June 12, 2023

The Potential Dangers of Untreated Water Damage

Water damage, whether from a minor leak or a major plumbing issue, can cause serious damage to your home if left untreated. Mold growth, pest infestations, and warping are just a few of the concerns. While a minor leak can sometimes be handled on your own, most major water damage should be assessed by a professional who can help dry things out and search for hidden mold. If water damage has occurred in your home, the experts at MasterClean can help you understand the steps needed to set your house back to the right. 

Finding the Source

When a water damage event happens, the first and most important thing to do is find the source of the leak. Not only is stopping water from coming in a high priority, but knowing the source will also tell you if the water you’re encountering is safe. Water that has come into contact with sewage is unclean and can become a much bigger issue for restoration. Anything that comes into contact with black water will usually need to be removed. 

Once you’ve found the source, taking action and getting professional help to dry out the area is the best way to prevent further damage. The sooner you take care of the moisture, the more successful you are likely to be in mitigating the problems that follow. By allowing moisture to sit untreated, you can eventually be left with more extensive damage.

Risks Involved With Untreated Moisture

Untreated water damage can eventually lead to the development of a lot of problems. Large leaks can lead to structural damage in the home. Mold can grow in places that you may not see and may pose a health risk. According to the CDC, the effects of mold vary in intensity from person to person, but there is a link between mold exposure and symptoms such as wheezing and coughing. People with allergies or asthma may be more severely affected. 

Repairs for untreated water damage can become costly, so it’s best to address the issue as soon as possible with a professional. Besides mold growth, other symptoms of water damage include bubbling or cracking paint, warping on the floor, and stains. In some cases, moisture can attract pests like rodents and cockroaches.

Treating Water Damage Quickly

If you know that a flood or leak has occurred in your home, you’ll want to dry things out as soon as possible. Once you’ve stopped the leak, a professional can help you begin removing the water. Experts have the tools available to not only dry the area but to assess the damage and help determine the next steps you’ll need to take. 

If there is already mold growing, MasterClean has the tools to find it and remove it. We can even work with your insurance company directly to communicate the extent of the damages and bill for repairs. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help with water damage, mold removal, and more.