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