Water damage in your home can result from a number of household problems, including plumbing leaks, cracks in your basement or foundation, leaking windows, dilapidated siding and ragged roofing. When your home was originally built it was probably more water resistant than it currently is. Over time, your home begins to deteriorate and requires regular maintenance to ensure waterproofing and optimal functioning.
SFW Construction is a professional home repair and home improvement company that specializes in home renovation, weatherproofing, and structural repairs. We can help you prevent water damage and look for signs that water damage is already occurring. We also provide a range of restorative services, including leaking window repair, siding repair, roofing repair, and general carpentry.
Water damage can be a clandestine affair, occurring beneath your floorboards or walls, out of view. Or it can be as obvious as a badly leaking window or roof. With perforations in siding, minor roof leakage, and lack of flashing around your windows, moisture can penetrate the inner walls of your home and gradually disintegrate the structure of your home—all without you knowing about it.
Gradual water damage caused by unnoticed ruptures in your home that compromise its weatherproofing can result in damaged electrical wiring, rotting wood in your walls or window frames, and mold. These problems progress over time until you observe signs of the problem, such as discoloration around window frames, malfunctioning windows, and increases in energy bills.
However, water damage can also occur in an all-out assault, inundating your home rapidly and causing damages immediately. Water damaged furniture can swell and delaminate, and furniture that is painted or stained can leach out and discolor the carpet. Couches or other fabrics can also bleed when damaged by water. And severe humidity in your home will tend to cause unpleasant odors.
When left unattended, water damages to your home will increase. Within days fungi will sprout from cracks in wood surfaces, suffusing the air with a musty odor. Wood floors will become warped and may be ruined beyond repair. Other wood structures can swell and split. The paint on your walls will blister and peel, and wallpaper will become unglued and fall away from the walls.
Within weeks water damage will cause mold on wood surfaces and can cause wood to rot. If the water damage has inundated the structure of your home, it may need to be completely gutted and rebuilt. The environment in a home that is severely damaged by water becomes extremely unhealthy for humans and pets alike, as microbial growths, rotting wood and mold can cause serious respiratory problems.