Water Damage And The Effects On Your Indoor Environment

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The topic of water damage and mold has become a somewhat controversial topic. There are numerous opinions on the topic when it comes to clean up. But one aspect of water damage that everyone can agree on is that water damage will lead to mold if the water damage isn’t cleaned up quickly and properly. The affects of water damage on the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and health of the occupants varies greatly and is less understood.

Wikipedia’s definition of water damage:

Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others.

The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property.

There are a number of reasons for water damage such as plumbing leaks, sewage problems, hail damage, leaking crawl spaces and attics and natural disasters to name a few. Regardless of the cause for your water damage, it needs to be dealt with quickly and properly to protect the building and it’s occupants from potential health risks. Water damage can also damage the structural integrity of a building.

tech doing water damage cleanup in basement
Water Damage Cleanup

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards call for mitigation procedures to begin as soon as safely possible after the initial loss. Overtime the quality of the water will deteriorate and when this happens the greater the damage will be to the structure and its contents. In addition, the potential for environmental hazards will increase and are more likely to develop.

Some of the environmental changes taking place after water damage has occurred are:

  • Mold and bacteria amplification
  • Parasitic infestations
  • In some instances, viruses can be transmitted

These things come from indoor and outdoor environments that naturally harbor microscopic life forms in varying degrees –  known as microbes. Microbes are simply these tiny one celled organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses. These microbes flourish when they are exposed to excess moisture for a prolonged time period.

Because the health effects associated with water damage, the IICRC developed a classification for the for the water damage based on the water quality. This helps remediators,  property owners and other interested parties to determine the necessary actions to take for proper health and safety.

Understanding the risks and potential problems means that quickly dealing with restoration water damage in Indianapolis and other areas that are susceptible to flooding is imperative. Protect your property by acting quickly and finding a restoration company that follows environmentally friendly remediation processes.

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