Saturday, February 9, 2013

Water Damage South Florida

Water Damage

    Water damage can really cause destruction to your belongings and home's structure which will eventually lead to health complications if not taken care of properly. Living in South Florida we are unfortunately set squarely in the crosshairs of almost any major storms coming from the Atlantic basin, especially during hurricane season. Along with the weather, water damage can originate from numerous sources inside your household.  Common occurrences such as clogged toilets, broken pipes, and plumbing leaks make water damage unavoidable in most cases. Even if you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Water damage is definitely not something to ignore because it steadily gets worse over time. Moisture sticks behind walls, under floors, in foundation cracks and throughout the infrastructure of your home. This especially rings true for the high humidity climates like we have in South Florida.

      If moisture and oxygen are present, eventually this will formulate into mold growth. When water damage is overlooked it will start eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell and structural integrity. The airborne fungus that develops from this will cause allergies and in some cases even cause serious problems such long term irritation to the lungs.

    Molds reproduce by creating tiny spores (viable seeds) that usually cannot be seen without magnification and will continually float throughout the air being inhaled by anyone occupying the space. There are no EPA or government standards that have been established for mold or mold spore levels, so it is impossible to prove that a building or room is in compliance with any regulations concerning mold exposure.
With this being said, it’s imperative to tackle the issue at the source as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more extensive the damage.