Water damage can be very destructive

Damaged Home

Water damage is so destructive especially when left untreated. (Photo Credits)

Water damage can be extremely destructive especially when it has been left untreated for a long period of time. It does not only damage a home for the short term, but it can definitely weaken the whole home.

The Washington Post came up with an informative article on how flood water and subsequent water damage destroys a home structure. The article was up-to-point and even had graphics to illustrate the facts that they are discussing in the article. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego Ca  

“Water weakens regular drywall, and the paper facing provides food for mold, Reichel said. If drywall is soft, crumbly or moldy, it has to be replaced. Plaster and other materials may dry, but walls and ceilings that were in contact with water still need to be gutted down to the framing so that the insides can be cleaned and dried to prevent mold.”

Check out the rest of the feature article here.

Mold Damage

Mold damage also destroys a home. Forbes.com has published a web post on this saying that old homes with untreated water damage can definitely be problematic in this aspect.

“You might see signs of mold on the walls of an old home, but more often you will smell the musty gasses released by mold hidden in walls, attics and underfloor framing. Much has been written about the dangers of mold to the health of a structure and, more important, its inhabitants. If you smell the noxious, gassy byproduct of the mold anywhere, consider a thorough inspection by a professional. This can potentially be a major issue, as the cost to remove mold and properly install new drainage and waterproofing in a very old structure sometimes is not economically feasible.”

Check out the rest of the write-up here.

Structural Integrity

Third-Party Service Ratings Website Angie’s List says one of the most common sources of water damage at home is a leaking roof. Once a leaking roof goes untreated, the article mentioned that there are several damages that a home can sustain. Structural Integrity issues are one of the destruction that has been discussed in the write-up.

“Spongy and weak water-damaged wood can end in peeling paint, damaged ceilings, and buckled wall coverings. Structural damage is inevitable if there is a serious and long-standing roof leak. That means that a good chunk of deteriorated ceiling could give way and fall, damaging anything underneath. You would surely hate to find your laptop or television under a collapsed ceiling, but it would be even worse if you were under it.”

The whole article can be read here.

A home’s structural integrity is definitely at risk with untreated water damage.