Side Effects of Water DamageAugust 29, 2017
It’s interesting to think that one of our most vital natural resources as a planet, can play both positive and negative protagonist roles. When areas suffer droughts, when young children don’t have enough to drink, these are scenarios when we thank goodness for running water. On the flip side, water can play a dangerous role in areas that receive too much, or when water infiltrates the wrong areas. As a company, passionate about reinforcing the foundation of your home, ensuring that the homes that you build are safe and secure, it’s important to us to share as much knowledge as possible, so that you make building decisions that are informed and well-thought out. Too often, the VIC team is called to the scene of a home, where foundation damage may have been avoidable. Too often, the culprit is water damage.
Today, VIC kicks off a series of posts talking about all things water. Number one on the list? The side effects that can be more troublesome than you would think.
First things first, how does this excess water even penetrate the foundation of your home? There are several frequently occurring factors. Flooding may occur if you have a pipe that has burst, drainage that isn’t working properly, or a crawlspace that has not been fully built out. Each of these can lead to a plethora of associative water damage issues. Here are some of the most common:
Mould is probably the most common bi-product of water damage. Not only is it difficult on the eyes, it can be detrimental to many systems of your health. The mere presence of spores that have mould can irritate any allergies that you may have, create a foundation for asthma and amplify any irritation that your nose, throat, eyes and skin experience. Mould spores in the air are a common occurrence and nothing to worry about. Mould spores that land on water or areas of excess moisture can create a rolling stone effect, growing and growing more each day. Expert tip to avoid? Ensure that you clean up any standing water that you see, throughout your home.
Home Façade Damage
The façade is the outside of your home, the first thing that visitors see when they pass by. Because it’s your first line of defence against the elements, the façade of your home can take a beating. Examples of this include discolouring, paint that is damaged or peeled away, and buckling timbers. Each of these have one common denominator- water damage. Unfortunately, may homeowners wait until they see aesthetic damage, before they make the steps to remedy.
Structural damage is the third and final side effect that we’ll cover today, and it’s potentially the most problematic. It creates the perfect environment microbial growth, which immediately leads to mould. Examples of this type of damage include a lack of drainage, gutters which are either damaged or blocked, and improper soil grading.
Stay tuned for more information about water damage and how to avoid.