Water damage can affect your home's structure

The Real Dangers of Water Damage

Water damage causes a lot of issues in your home. The obvious signs of water damage are bad enough. Things such as discolored walls, cracked floors, and peeling wallpaper are all common when water damages your house. However, the water can cause other dangers as well. These real dangers can have disastrous effects on your home, leaving you with a large clean-up and costly restoration. Without quick action and repair, water can severely impact the safety of your house and health.


Mold is the most common and most dangerous side effect of water damage. The wet environment that water damage creates is the ideal growing habitat for most spores of mold. Any kind of mold spore will cause damage to your home and could negatively affect your health. Breathing in mold spores can cause allergic reactions in many people, even those who don’t suffer from allergies. Mold is also extremely dangerous to touch. The surfaces of most species can cause infections. It’s never recommended for a homeowner to try removing the mold on their own. Always contact a mold remediation specialist to safely and effectively handle the mold.

Electrical Concerns

Water damage causes a lot of visible problems in your home, but it also causes less-visible damage as well. When you experience water in your house, you run the risk of that water mixing with your electrical components. A leaky pipe behind your wall could drip water onto the wiring that shares that space. A flooded room may have water seeping into electrical outlets. If your home does sustain water damage, it’s important to make sure you get your electrics checked out as well. Otherwise, you could be facing injury or further damage the next time you use an appliance.

Structural Damage

Water can weaken the structural integrity of your home’s supports. The pressure of water from a flood or the build-up of water from a drip can both negatively affect your home’s foundation. Additionally, the mold that water attracts can eat away at the surfaces it grows on, causing more problems. Wet and moldy structures also attract a slew of pests, insects, and rodents. These unwelcome guests can cause further damage to your supports by eating away at the material and leaving biohazardous waste behind.

Water damage is a serious issue that needs to be resolved as soon as possible. When your home has water damage, you need to call a home restoration company to deal with the mold, electrical issues, and structural concerns. ServiceMaster has helped families and homes recover from water damage for over 35 years. Our trained and certified technicians are standing by, ready to help assist after any emergency water concern. Call us today at 203-753-0666 to discuss your home’s water damage needs.

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