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How Does A Little Leak Can Cause Huge Problems?

  • Written by Alison Lurie

Most people ignore little leaks in their homes, thinking that it would not cause them any problem. Some will fix it temporarily and forget about it, considering that the leak has stopped.

Unseen water leakage can wreak havoc to your home. So, when you see standing water in an area of your home, remember to take immediate action by calling waterproofing services to fix it.

Water leakage problems

A lot of problems may occur in your home if it has water leakage. A tiny leakage in your walls may weaken the foundation and support walls. It may also cause fire once the leak reaches the electrical system. Moreover, a small water leak can start wood rot, cracks, and mould growth.

The dangers of moulds and mildew

High humidity or a small amount of water allows the growth of moulds and mildew. Spores will then spread in the air around your home, which will cause a lot of health problems. More than 40% of the air you breathe in your home are from the crawl space or basement, where water leaks usually happen.

Spores can irritate the eyes and nose, and some studies found that it can cause cancer too. Elders and children are the ones who are prone to the dangers of moulds and mildew.

If your home is waterproofed correctly, you don't have to worry about the dangers brought by moulds and mildew. Moreover, it will save you from spending a lot of money on their removal.

Water damages

Your home could be sitting on either concrete or wood beams and brick foundation. Water can slowly destroy both materials. Your home's wooden supports can become soft because of moisture or start to rot, causing it to become weak. Your floor will sink or warp, or the windows and door may get stuck. Wood swells when exposed to water, causing all these problems.

Concrete is not safe for water damages as well. Water erodes concrete quickly, causing it to weaken. A crack as thin as a hair may allow water to seep in, causing the crack to become wider. A small water dribble on your wall may indicate a massive amount of water is already putting tons of pressure on the foundation walls.

Inspect your home

You can always do something to keep water from getting into your basement. You can clean the gutters and make sure that the waterspouts are draining correctly away from your house's foundation. Keep the trees and landscaping away from your home to let the water drain well.

Do not attempt to seal your basement by yourself using some sealants you find from a DIY store. Chances are they don't work, and only professional waterproofing services can do it right. Moreover, allowing the professionals to do the job will ensure that all water leaks will be sealed.

The waterproofing services can thoroughly inspect your home for cracks in your floor, walls, and ceilings. They can determine the causes of these cracks and seal them properly, making sure that it will not reoccur.

It is best to ensure that all the cracks and gaps in your home are sealed before starting the waterproofing projects. It is not advisable to install any waterproofing system without controlling the water in the first place.

With an early waterproofing, you can save your home and your health from the dangers of water damages that started with a little leak.

Alison Lurie is a farmer of words in the field of creativity. She is an experienced independent content writer with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry.  She is a multi-niche content chef who loves cooking new things.

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