If your house was hit by a flood, it is important to learn how water damage affects your home.
- Water contamination spreads to additional areas, increasing the expense of restoration.
- Any stains released from furniture (especially antiques) stain the carpets permanently.
- Moisture-sensitive furniture finishes turn white.
- Paper goods are ruined due to moisture absorption, which causes swelling and warping.
- Latent animal urine odor becomes noticeable.
- Furniture in direct contact with the water begins to delaminate or swell, legs begin to split.
- Swelling wood can cause finishes to crack.
- Sheetrock (drywall, gypsum board) starts to swell.
- Microorganisms begin to germinate, causing bacterial odor.
- Dyes from non-colorfast fabrics start to migrate.
- Metal surfaces start to tarnish.
- Mycelium fungi appears, along with their characteristic “musty” odor.
- Severe warping of wood finishes becomes apparent, and adhesive release forces delamination.
- Hygroscopic internal components in pianos and organs swell from condensed moisture absorption.
- Metal surfaces rust, pit, or corrode, causing permanent damage.
- Paint blisters, plaster dissolves, and wall covering adhesives release.
- Door and window casings swell and delaminate.
- Wood housing structures (decking, joists, studs) start to swell and warp.
- Persons with asthma or the infirm elderly start to develop hypersensitivity reactions.
- Due to prolonged dampness, mold roots into organic materials (jute backings, paper coverings on sheetrock, paneling, wood, contents) and destroys them.
- Wood components warp and split, while chemicals within the wood destroys finishes.
- Claim costs escalate drastically, as gutting the structure and replacing components becomes necessary.
- Occupants must be evacuated due to biological health hazards.
- Children may become sensitized to allergens arising from uncontrolled microorganism growth.