Water Damaged Homes: The Scary Truth Hiding Behind Them

Posted on Nov 23 2016 - 7:42am by Home Gurus

Water Damaged HomesWater damage is one of the worst nightmares any property owner can have. Not only does it cost a lot of money to fix; it can also put the occupants of the building (your home, for instance) at numerous health risks. The worst part of this is that it can happen to anyone, as some of the primary causes of such destruction include natural phenomena like rains, storms, heavy snows and floods.

From the phrase “numerous health risks” alone, Contour says you should already realise the critical roles that waterproofing materials, such as aluminium coping and capping systems, play in averting them.

External Wall Surfaces and Sweating

Put your external wall surfaces on your list of priorities for preventing water damage. Failure to have them properly and thoroughly coated and/or finished will result in a process called “sweating”. This occurs when a building, such as your home, does not have adequate insulation. This is similar to how a pitcher of very cold water condensates and start forming water droplets on the surface of the container.

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Cold walls combined with warm air results in condensation or sweating. And once this takes place, you will soon expect the growth of moulds.

The Problem with Moulds

Condensation causes mould development. Although not all of these micro-organisms endanger lives, exposure to them can still hurt one’s health, especially for those who have certain allergies, or have compromised immune systems. Also, some mould species produce mycotoxins – toxic spores – that can lead to severe health issues. Add to that the fact that patches of moulds on your walls, ceilings, or floors look unpleasant.

Overall, you should not allow water damage to affect you, your loved ones, and the liveability of your home. You should waterproof every part and the component of it that you can, to avoid the costly consequences of water damage.