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Effects of Water Damage on Building Materials

Often, we think that inundation issues in homes come from wild weather and big storms. However, broken water supply lines, appliance failures such as washing machines as well as damaged roofs allowing rainfalls in your house may also cause important water damage and eventually lead to flooding.

This water is considered as “clean water” (category 1) which does not pose harm to humans and isn’t contaminated with sewage, bacteria or viruses. But actions need to be taken very rapidly to avoid further damage.

Within Minutes…

Water spreads to other areas rapidly damaging the flooring, the walls and the furniture on its way. More specifically, wood and metal furniture as well as carpet can be stained and discoloured and paper goods will more likely swell and split.

Within Hours…

Furniture will keep deteriorating and swelling, the water will also begin to penetrate the plasterboard and the finish building materials causing a musty odour.
Please note that the water damage involving clean water at the start may quickly become a grey water situation. Once clean water enters in contact with other surfaces and materials, as they will start dissolving and release contaminants over time will change the conditions of the water to grey.

Within Days…

The clean water will be upgraded to a grey category, which will cause a beginning mould growth, along with a very strong musty odour impacting the Indoor Air Quality. Obviously furniture, plasterboard and other porous building materials will keep swelling and disintegrating and electronic components will also be affected and may malfunction.

Within Weeks…

The grey water will become completely unsanitary and turn into black water as chemicals and other contaminants from building materials and furniture dissolve into the water. Not only will it contribute to water contamination but also to further discoloration and destruction compromising all building materials as well as contents. Mould spores will keep growing which will affect dramatically the Indoor Air Quality and proper Personal Protection Equipment is required to enter the contaminated area.

TIME is crucial when an important water event such as flooding occurs in your property involving any type of water. The quicker your water damaged house is taken care of by a water specialist company such as Juvenaire, the less destruction is caused and the easier the recovery process.

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