When water floods your basement in Atlanta, it is pretty obvious that there is a problem. However, not all water damage is obvious. Since a majority of the plumbing in our homes is located behind walls or in areas we cannot see, oftentimes water damage happens in areas we cannot see. Unseen water damage and hidden moisture can be extremely dangerous to your home and your health. Some signs of water damage are easy to identify, while others may go unnoticed until the problem has become severe. It also poses a huge concern for the cleanup process because you might not know where to start. To identify hidden water damage in your home, we at Serenity Restoration recommend you look for the following:
If you notice any of the above signs in your home, you should call the professionals at Serenity Restoration right away. If left too long, hidden water damage (or any water damage for that matter) can actually lead to more damage – the most common, and potentially serious, being mold growth and structural damage to your home. By contacting the professionals, you will be able to begin the cleanup water damage cleanup process before the issue gets out of hand.
Mold growth is almost always associated with water damage, and especially hidden water damage. With excess moisture present, mold growth can begin within 24 hours. Mold reproduces by spores, which are best described as a type of seed and are invisible to the naked eye. Mold thrives on surfaces like wood, drywall, and insulation (basically the very elements that make up your home). If mold spores are inhaled or ingested, they can cause a variety of dangerous respiratory symptoms including, but not limited to:
Mold found in homes can be a very dangerous, and not to mention costly, problem. However, with prompt action and the proper equipment, mold growth and the complications that accompany it can be cleaned up safely.
Structural damage occurs after moisture has been trapped inside walls, under carpets, beneath floorboards, and in other unseen areas of the home. The integrity of building materials like sheetrock and wood is compromised when excess water and moisture become absorbed by the materials. These porous materials begin to swell as water is absorbed, and that expansion may cause warping, bending, cracking, and deterioration. Without complete drying and dehumidification, these structures will continue to weaken. Deterioration to these structural components is a huge risk of hidden water damage, and is best remediated by professionals who can safely and effectively reverse and repair the damages left behind by hidden water.
If your Atlanta home has sustained water damage or if you suspect there is hidden water damage, Serenity Restoration has the certifications, tools, knowledge, and integrity to take care of the damage the right, and affordable way. Don’t waste any time when it comes to water damage, and let these trained experts take care of you and help clean up any water damage you may have.