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Basements flood more frequently than any other area in the home, causing serious water damage and need for restoration. Because it seems to happen so often, and most of the long-lasting effects are hidden behind walls and under floors, many homeowners overlook basement floods and fail to recognize the dangers that follow flooding in the basement of their home in Denver. We at Team K Services want to inform you of the potential dangers that follow a basement flood.
Some of the effects of flooding in the basement that are easily noticed are the water damages done to your possessions. Furniture, carpet, drywall, textiles, and paper goods all suffer immensely when exposed to water. Damage to possessions is a top priority and concern following any water damage, and should definitely be addressed and restored as quickly as possible. However, most of these items can be replaced and pose no serious threat to your health or the structural integrity of your home. Excess moisture in your basement though can actually lead to significant health and structural dangers.
Water can flood into your basement through a number of ways. One way water can enter is through cracks in the foundation of your home. When the foundation allows entry points for water, it causes those cracks to expand. As cracks in the foundation expand, the foundation itself becomes weakened. Other structural components of the home, like wood, sheetrock, and drywall, absorb water when exposed to it. As these materials continue to absorb water, they begin to swell and warp. This warping compromises the integrity of floors, walls, and ceilings. Rot and deterioration will also begin to occur as exposure to moisture and water is prolonged.
Damp areas in your basement not only lead to warping and buckling of structural materials, but also provide the perfect environment for mold to grow. With excess moisture available, mold can grow in as little as 48 hours. As mold grows and spreads, fungus and other bacteria will also be introduced to your home. Exposure to these contaminants causes respiratory problems, and puts everyone in the home at risk of exposure. Mold spores travel through the air, so it is not just the air in the basement that is compromised, but the air quality throughout the entire home becomes contaminated. The need for water damage restoration is vital in order to avoid these health risks.
Along with respiratory problems from mold exposure, flooded basements also pose the risk for electrical shock. Water is a great conductor of electricity, so when it floods into your basement, all electrical components that have been exposed become hazardous. Standing water in basements is especially dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs. If your basement has flooded, shut off all power to the area until the floodwater can be properly and thoroughly cleaned and removed by professional water damage restoration technicians.
A wet basement is a serious threat to your health and your home’s structural integrity. Whether you have had a major flood, or you notice a small leak or excess dampness in your basement, do not procrastinate calling in the professionals. Team K Services is Denver’s #1 choice when it comes to water disasters and restoration in your basement, or anywhere in your home. They will respond in 90 minutes or less, to be sure to mitigate any further damage and get your property back to pre-loss condition as quickly and safely as possible.