When you think of WATER DAMAGE what comes into your mind? Devastating flood? A tree coming through your roof during a rain storm? These catastrophic events are a real threat during a wind and rain storms, but there are other ways that rain can cause damage on your home or business.
Electrical – Fire Damage
If water gets into the attic it can permeate your electrical wiring, light fixtures, receptacles, junction boxes. Minimum exposure to electrical components from water can cause a short that trips a breaker repeatedly, but in a worst-case scenario, it can cause arcing that creates a spark and starts a fire.
Mold Growth – Mold Remediation & Air Ducts
Mold spores are everywhere, all they need is moisture and warm environment to thrive. When rain gets into your attic it can make its way into the walls or ceilings of your home. It doesn’t take long for mold to flourish in dark and hidden areas. Mold can cause poor air quality and health issues like headaches, fatigue, congestion, respiratory problems and allergy symptoms. Mold is aggressive and can destroy your property since it feeds on organic material such as: wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, and wallpaper, flooring and carpet.
Water Saturation – Structural Damage
Let’s start with insulation which acts like a sponge so removing the outer wall without removing the insulation is a huge mistake. Depending on the type of insulation you have, once it gets damaged it can lose its R-value, or the ability to prevent air flow to decline. Damp insulation will need to be removed and replaced. If the water intrusions into the attic aren’t noticed and the wet insulation stays in place, your HVAC equipment is going to have to work harder and consume more energy to maintain comfort in your home, so your cooling costs will increase and so will those mold spores.
Overflowing gutters can create a downpour on your exterior walls. This can cause major structural damage to your home or business. When the sun pops back out and the walls are drying nicely, or so you think, the moisture within is causing damage and overtime this can create a MAJOR problem. It’s one thing to do drywall, ceiling, and floor damage from a inside overflow but, structural damage can cause a house to sink. If you have an area that has constantly been hit with water it is possible that you can or could have this problem.