Citizens of tropical climates understand first-hand the effects of water damage. Although southeastern states are more susceptible to water damage through tropical weather patterns, water damage can occur from multiple sources.
Poorly engineered roofing structures or concrete foundations will promote harmful water intrusion, overloaded rain gutters or overgrown tree roots under foundational structure will build water content, and broken water pipes or malfunctioning appliances can spell catastrophe.
The long-term costs of water damage are extremely alarming for asset owners interested in the stability of their investment. More so with residential applications, water damage can often be prevented by simply inspecting one’s home for potential warning signs. The average cost of water damage in the United States is approximately $7,000, but the preventive cost would have only been about $550. Forward thinking and proper execution of preventive water damage measures is essential for sustainable asset management.
Most water damage occurs slowly, over time, with a sneaky diagnosis during the initial stages. For this reason, it is important to find a waterproofing company in your area that specializes in a variety of prevention or repair niches. The top professionals in waterproofing like Raleigh Waterproofing Inc will repair foundations, crawl spaces, and basement irrigation in new construction projects, as well as existing residential and commercial structures.
Yard and gutter drainage is imperative, including roof sealing and topography. Identifying cracking in your roof or gutter is essential for water damage prevention. All of these functionalities should be what you look for in a waterproofing company.
Below are some of the long-term costs of water damage that you should avoid.
Structural Failure – A simple wet, color stain on your ceiling is the least of your worries long-term. Water damage can compromise structural integrity, particularly with older wooden homes or cracked concrete foundations. Water damage will create a destructive process of rotting, rusting, or delamination of materials. If you are living in a wooden structure, wood rot will not only invite pests and insects, but will eat away at the structure rapidly. Steel structures will begin to rust, and oxidation will occur, causing the desecration of key connection areas for structural stability. In addition, the loss of lamination on coated materials such as porches or outside decks can lower the lifetime of the product and is aesthetically unpleasant.
Insect Infestation – Most insects love cold, dark, wet places. Water-damaged walls, floorboards, and crawl spaces pose an enormous issue in certain climates. One of the biggest issues is termite infestations. Water-soaked wood will promote a great environment for termites and other wood-eating insects. This can ultimately further spread the damage of the rotting wood and cause a structure-wide issue if not investigated and acted upon.
Bacterial Growth & Health-Risks – Water damage usually has three distinctive categories, increasing in severity as the category numbers increase. For example, category 1 is water damage that is still considered “clean” and does not pose an immediate threat to the lives of the inhabitants. A category 2 water damage situation would most likely occur from a cracked water pipe under the sink or overflowing toilet. The water carries microorganisms or chemical contaminants, but is not immediately dangerous for inhabitants.
On the other hand, category 3 water is extremely dangerous and should not be left without clean-up or repair. This water is known as “black water” and contains harmful bacteria or fungi from sewage or rising water. The people of New Orleans were subject to “black water” during Hurricane Katrina. The flooding caused rising water that picked up animal and human waste and moved it into citizens’ homes. Contact a professional after a flood occurs to ensure your safety prior to the clean-up and repair process.
Increased Costs – As discussed previously, the initial prevention costs of inspections and maintenance each year are substantially lower than disaster costs that occur after negligence. Make sure to have your structure waterproofed at the first signs of water leakage. Fixing the leak before damage occurs is the best way to avoid higher costs due to infestations, compromised engineering, or mildew.
The writer, Matthew Hall, is a proud homeowner who does everything he can to protect his investment. He writes on the side to help others learn the best ways to keep their home in perfect shape. If you wish to learn more about Matthew you can visit on Google+.