The Effects of Water Damage On Building Materials and Its Health Hazards...

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Within Minutes...
  • Water damage spreads to other areas originally damaged by the effects of water, causing secondary damage thereby rapidly increasing the scope of insurance claims while increasing claim costs.
  • Transfer stains occur due to wood and metal furniture, especially antique, staining carpeting.
  • Discoloration of furniture.
  • Paper goods start to swell, warp, and split.

 

Within Hours...
  • Furniture delaminates or starts to swell and/or warp, legs begin to split.
  • Wet Drywall begins to soak up the water 
  • Finish Building Materials begin to swell, warp and split.
  • Musty Odor becomes apparent from the standing water.
  • Tarnishing of uncoated metal surfaces.
  • Normal household odors becomes more apparent.
  • A Clean Water intrusions starts to become a Grey Water situation

 

Within Days...
  • Water damage becomes a Grey Water intrusion
  • Fungi appear, along with a stronger musty odor.
  • Internal components in pianos and organs swell and warp due to the effects of water or elevated Relative Humidity (RH) (>60% RH).
  • Wet Drywall (Sheetrock, gypcrete) and other porous building materials begin to swell and disintegrate.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces begin to rust.
  • Door and window casings swell and warp or split.
  • Wood decking, joists, studs begin to swell, warp and split.
  • Electronic components may malfunction.
  • Health Hazards associated with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) becomes an issue
  • Occupants with health issues or compromised immune systems begin to experience distress.

 

Within Weeks
  • A Grey Water instrusion turns into a Black Water situation
  • Mold spores associated with the building materials prolonged exposure to water damage starts to erode natural fibers, paper coverings on wet drywall, paneling, and other building materials
  • Building materials comprised of wood components warp and split, while chemicals within wood dissolve, discolor or destroy finishes.
  • Claim costs on Water Damage Insurance Claims escalate dramatically; demolishing and replacing contaminated building materials becomes necessary.
  • Serious occupant health hazards abound; liability increases on insurance claims
  • The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) turns into a serious health hazard and proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is required to enter the area effected by water damage
  • Serious consideration should be made to contacting an Industrial Hygienist (IH) to perform mold testing and formulate a mold remediation protocol

 

Disaster & Water Damage Restoration: Long Island and New York City

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