When thinking of water damage with weather changes, the coming of winter signifies the threat of water damage. However, summer can also bring a slew of issues as well, putting a strain on the home’s plumbing system. Since it is so hot in the summer months, more water is being used than in the winter whether that be through watering plants, taking more cold showers to cool off, or kids playing in the water. Unfortunately, unlike in the winter, water damage in the summer is more likely to occur from indoor factors.
As mentioned earlier, it is far more likely that households will use more water in the summertime for a variety of reasons. Because of this, there is a larger strain on indoor plumbing. With this heavy use, the likelihood of a pipe failing is higher. It’s important to keep constant maintenance on all of the pipes in the household to hold up the integrity and lower the chance of water damage. Keep an eye and ear out for any leaks present and replace them as soon as they are noticed. The longer that leaky pipes are allowed to reside, the higher chance they are to burst and cause water damage. It’s important not to put their maintenance on the back burner, as it will be more expensive in the future if a burst does occur.
Mold can occur anytime there is water damage that is not taken care of immediately. It will grow within 24 hours of water contact if it is not addressed properly. Unfortunately, mold is more likely to grow in the summer months because of the higher temperatures and summer rains. High humidity and condensation can also trigger mold to begin to grow.
This growth is a huge problem because of the impact it can have on a person’s health. The most common effect that mold has on our bodies is allergic reactions which can also cause asthma attacks, eye and/or skin irritation, irritated throats/nose, and lung problems. Repeated mold exposure can increase one’s sensitivity, causing more severe allergic reactions. Exposure to certain molds that produce toxins called mycotoxins can cause more serious illnesses as well.
Warmer weather can bring about more rain in the summer. Because it is so hot, more water is vaporized, therefore causing more rain. However, rain can bring about higher humidity, as well as floods. One of the most common causes of water damage is flooding so it’s incredibly important to keep up with preventative measures. If a basement is prone to flooding, make sure to have a sump pump installed to outsource flooding easier. You will also need to make sure that you are properly sealing floors, ceilings, windows, and doorframes.
Summer can be a difficult season when it comes to water damage. Because of that, it’s important to understand preventative measures. With that, it’s also crucial to know who to reach out to if a problem does happen to arrive. Professionals at Serenity Restoration are always available to help you with your water damage needs. They understand the environment that your home is exposed to and know the best steps to help remedy any water damage that might come along with the warmer seasons.