When water leaks are caught in time, there are rarely problems beyond cleaning up a wet mess and minor repairs. “When leaks are not caught and repaired the damage can be extensive,” said Mark Powers, the SERPRO Avila Beach water damage specialist. “We’ve released this report to help people understand how important it is to take care of water leaks as soon as possible.”
Report: What lurks beneath water damage
Water damage includes property loss due to rotted wood, rust, wet electrical wiring, warped wood such as floors, doors and windows, decayed drywall, loss of carpets, drapery and upholstered furniture, loss of other property that was exposed to water, mold, and mildew, unpleasant odors and even structural damage that needs to be repaired.
Mold and mildew thrive in damp, wet environments. Mold spores are everywhere. When their environment is dry, the spores are dormant but exposure to moisture causes mold to grow within 24 to 48 hours, literally eating whatever it is growing on. Hungry mold in the company of water-soaked materials speeds up the deterioration process. In addition, mold and mildew can cause allergic symptoms and respiratory ailments in people and animals that are exposed. Some molds, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as “black mold produce mycotoxins. Exposure to high levels of mycotixins can lead to neurological problems and sometimes even death.
Pathogens found in wastewater, or “black water” commonly from sewage backups, or storm floods that have damaged sewage lines and allowed black water into the floodwaters, are harmful. The pathogens commonly found in black water include Salmonella, E. Coli, Pseudomonas, Shigella, Vibrio, Mycobacterium, Clostridium, Leptospira, Yersinia, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, intestinal worms and more. Even a simple toilet overflow is going to spread pathogens, although not necessarily to the degree of a sewer back up. However, a toilet that leaks or repeatedly overflows is spreading a certain level of pathogens. If the toilet has been leaking due to a crack in the porcelain or a failed seal for some time, those pathogens are going to build up in the flooring and walls.
Some of the best ways to prevent water damage are:
- Regularly inspect areas where leaks might go undetected,
- Remove any standing water around building foundations, including under the building. Landscape watering is a common contributor to water that pools around foundations and under buildings. Change the watering direction to eliminate standing water and avoid planting thirsty landscaping close to buildings.
- Replace leaking faucets immediately, repair leaking pipes, and dry out any damp spots as soon as they are found.
Call the expert
Despite best efforts, accidents happen and water damage and mold can follow. The Avila Beach water damage specialists at SERVPRO are available 24/7, 365 days a year to respond to an emergency. Water damage emergencies can include flooding from a broken pipe, storm or other natural disaster damage, even the results of the fire department saving a building from a fire. Even neighbors of the building that was on fire can experience water damage as well as smoke damage. SERVPRO of Avila Beach also helps property owners file and track insurance claims.
SERVPRO of Avila Beach
1131 Pike Lane, Suite 9
Oceano, CA 03445
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