What Types of Damage Can Water Cause in Your Home?

Water damage can be expensive, and it’s more common than you might think. According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one in 50 homeowners will file a water damage claim in a given year, which makes up about 24% of insurance claims. Here’s some of the damage a water damage company can clean up for you.

Light Water Damage

Light water damage usually occurs when there’s a minor amount of water that sits for a relatively short time period. If you have a small leak in your home, the water from that leak will start to soak into any porous building materials first. This is why minor water damage is so common in drywall and ceilings. At first, you may notice slight discoloration on walls and other porous materials. Because the porous nature of drywall makes it easier for water to get in, these materials are also easier to dry out. Plus, the drywall on your walls and ceilings doesn’t provide any structural support, so it won’t cause collateral damage.

Structural Damage

When structural damage occurs, it’s time to call a water damage company. Structural damage occurs when the water from a flood or leak starts to collect in non-porous building materials, such as wood. These materials are harder to dry out than drywall, plus they can compromise the structural integrity of your home. If you have water damage that’s affecting the structural parts of your home, it’s time to call in the experts.

Mold and Mildew

It might not seem like a big deal, but mold and mildew can actually be very bad for your health. Unfortunately, mold and mildew are almost always results of water damage in some sense. If water sits in your home for an extended period of time, it creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is why it’s so important to call a water damage company as soon as you spot a leak or flood.

Water damage can cost homeowners thousands, and you never know when a flood or plumbing problem can leave you with a house full of water. If you recently had a leak or another water damage incident, call A-1 Restoration and we’ll take care of it right away.