Superficial damage to a flooded or otherwise waterlogged house is easy to see. But what happens to your home’s structural integrity after water damage? The fact is, unless remediated properly, the effect of water could devastate your house’s architecture and continue to do so for years to come. At ServiceMaster DSI, we offer extensive water damage restoration services in the Kansas City, MO area to keep your home from suffering structural water damage symptoms.
The foundation of your home is the building block of its structural integrity. Flooding can cause disintegration of your home’s base on any number of levels if water damage restoration actions aren’t taken. Foundations are often built from concrete blocks or brick and mortar. Water can erode and crumble the mortar joints between bricks as well as deteriorate the cement in other types of foundations, compromising one of the most important structural aspects of a home.
There are many layers to most interior walls in a home, and water can get to all of them. Specifically, without water damage restoration, flooding can saturate the gypsum board (also known as sheetrock) and wood studs that make up most interior walls. It will also soak the insulation batting between the outer and inner walls. The continued presence of water in the walls and insulations will likely lead to swelling, warping, and rotting. Most gypsum boards that have been exposed to water for more than one to two hours will need to be replaced.
Similarly, the floors in your house are at risk even if they are laminate or tile. Water will start to erode the grout between tiles, just like with the mortar in your foundation. Most laminated vinyl or composition floors aren’t entirely water proof, especially at the edges where the floor meets the wall. Water will eventually curl laminate floors at the edges. For wood floors and carpets, water is especially dangerous. Unless water damage restoration action is taken immediately after flooding occurs, wood floors will swell and could rot, and most carpets will need to be completely replaced.
If the ventilation system is flooded, it can be the most dangerous to ignore during water damage restoration. Flood water can contain bacteria and toxic debris, and if these things are present in your vents, they can be pumped into your home’s air even after the water has evaporated, thereby necessitating mold removal services.
Keep your home as structurally sound as it was before any flooding or water damage occurred. Call ServiceMaster DSI for water damage restoration services in Kansas City, MO.