Considering the fact that we all woke up to rain I thought it only right that for the last day of our health awareness week we discuss what standing water, or a persistent leak might do to your health.
Directly one might not think there is much that can happen when there is water in your home, but that it just not true. Leaks and water damages can be some of the most silent, harmless experiences for a family. Lets put it this way, have you ever traveled to a developing country? You know how they say ‘don’t drink the water’? That standing water in your basement could be teeming with the exact same bacteria, if not mosquito larva.
That last part is a little hard for people to except but we’ve seen many cases where water left standing for over a week before a happy breeding ground for these disease-spreading insects. It’s summertime, and many mosquitoes are in their peak-breeding season where hundreds if not thousands of female mosquitoes are looking for any stagnant water source to lay their young. Your basement is a perfect, nearly predator free place for their babes to hatch, grow, and breed again.
Minus the insects, bacteria will cultivate and become an issue. Many of these bacteria will feed off, and destroy sheetrock and wood compromising the structural integrity of your home. For this example lets get out of the basement and into the attic. Mr. Thompson has had a leaky roof for ages. Actually he can’t remember when it started, just that it’s there and he forgets about it. One day a strong storm comes, and the support beam that has been slowly rotted by water and mold is too weak. It collapses and nearly destroys the house. Terrible isn’t it? It could all be avoided by just repairing the roof and potentially having an expert examine the beam to see the level of damage it has sustained.
Standing water and leaks also give rise to mold. Your home is made of what mold eats, so here is the formula to remember:
Water + Humidity + Food Source = Mold
This can happen all year round, and many times remain hidden between walls where a leaky pipe might be. Frankly most people do not catch their mold problem until it is far too late. These damages can go up into the thousands incredibly easily, and some even in the tens of thousands. A recent large mold remediation we administered cost almost twenty thousand dollars.
Water is a sneaky thing, it gets everywhere it shouldn’t, but it doesn’t ever completely disappear without proper drying and handling by trained professionals. If you have a water damage contact us seven days a week. We’ll be happy to help.
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