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Dangers of Water Damage

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Water damage is not something that should be left to resolve itself. It can come in several forms depending on the type and extent of water damage that you’ve experienced. It could be your flooded basement, or it could be a leaking kitchen faucet that is slowly damaging the hardwood floor underneath. In any case, the signs of water damage around your house or commercial property are to be taken seriously, and the problem should be attended to as soon as possible. There are certain risks and health hazards associated with different types of water damage that can even compound if you choose to neglect them. Some of the dangers associated with water damage are listed below.


Mold can be a devastating problem for your house as well as the people living in it. “It’s just a small leak. It’ll be fine” almost always ends up contributing to the mold growth within a house or commercial property. Mold can be a serious health hazard as it can cause breathing restrictions, nausea, irritated eyes, and other conditions. For those with allergies, it can worsen their symptoms, and someone with a compromised immune system can be at an even greater risk of facing breathing restrictions. Health hazards are not the only danger you’ll expose yourself to if you ignore signs of mold. The presence of mold is in your property can be a real stumbling block when it comes selling the property, and it will be difficult for you to sell your house at a good price if it’s afflicted by mold.

Water damage is the primary pre-cursor to mold development, and it doesn’t even take very long for mold to develop - even less than 72 hours.

Electrical hazards

The wiring inside your home is prone to water damage. Water can find its way to the wiring through a number of means, and this can cause fuses to blow, electrical appliances to get damaged and can even start fires or lead to electrocution. In case of a flooding situation, always be sure to shut off the power supply to the entire house before you do anything else.


Another way that water damage can be dangerous for you is through the contaminated water that might invade your property. When the water source is outside of the house, mostly in the case of floods, it brings with it hazardous chemicals and contaminants. Therefore, the water that is flooding your basement is not just any water and can be detrimental to your skin, eyes, and general well-being.

Bacteria and Germs

This is a common risk when you’ve experienced a sewage backup problem. When the source of water damage is sewage, it is one of the worst kinds of water damage you can experience. This particular water invasion is what’s commonly known as “black water damage.” The water is ridden with parasites, bacteria, and microbes. Depending on the source of the water, your home can be infected with bacteria, germs, and parasites and you and the people living in your house can be exposed to diseases such as hepatitis among many others. The cleanup of this kind of water damage is a professional task, so don’t try to do it yourself, especially without ensuring protection against the dangers lurking in the water.

To conclude, water damage can pose a number of dangers depending upon the type and extent of it. However, if you ever suspect any sign of water damage in your commercial or residential property anywhere in Framingham, Massachusetts, you can easily avail our dedicated services for impeccable water damage restoration in no time.

For personal safety and building safety, water damage restoration is best left to professionals. 

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm - safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water removal and restoration of any water damage related issues in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Holliston MA, and Westborough MA. Call STOP Restoration (STOP MetroWest 508-753-3780) based in Framingham MA.