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Important Water Damage Facts

Fri 18 Sep 2009 - 13:30

Important Water Damage Facts
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Tom_Tillman]Tom Tillman

When you think about water damage, you probably think about it dramatic terms. For example, tidal waves and levies bursting and washing over cities and towns are the images that most people associate with the word flood. The truth is that even the smallest water leaks can cause flood-level damage to your home, and water damage can also show up in other, less obvious ways, in the form of black mold, water stains, and mildew.

Mold can spread quickly and only needs the appropriate conditions, i.e plenty of water to thrive. While some types of mold, like black mold are more toxic than others, all molds can cause allergic reactions and can have a dramatic impact on the health of those living in mold infested areas. Mildew, a type of mold that grows on damp fabrics, can also affect the health of anyone exposed to it. Exposure to both mold and mildew can cause headaches, diarrhea, dizziness, and chronic fatigue. The smell of mildew is also unpleasant and can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Even the most minor-seeming water damage can be costly and time consuming to repair. Water that saturates carpets eventually soaks into the carpet padding and into the flooring beneath, where it begins to rot away both the carpet and sub flooring. Linoleum flooring is not immune to water damage either, and can rot, mold, and peel. Wood flooring can rot, warp, and become permanently water-stained.

How can you prevent water damage? One thing that you should not do is to assume that you can clean up furniture and flooring damaged by water yourself. Flood damage restoration professionals are experienced in the best cleaning methods for water damage, and should be called in as soon as possible to keep permanent water damage from occurring. You should also call your insurance company as soon as possible. They will provide you with claim and inventory forms to fill out in order to receive reimbursement for the repair bills and replacement item costs that you will incur.

To help prevent water damage from occurring in the first place, you should inspect your pipes and fixtures regularly for leaks. If you find a leak or any other problems, have it repaired promptly. The cost of a repair will far outweigh the cost of recovering from a major water-related catastrophe. No one wants to have to cope with the aftermath of the loss of their valued possessions, especially if such a loss could have been easily prevented with routine maintenance.

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