Water damage can create massive issues for our homes and our health.
Sources of Water Damage
Water damage can occur as a result of many factors, here are some to consider:
- storm damage
- rising damp
- building design
- building materials
- damage to the roof
- lack of adequate fall in the roofline
- damaged gutters
- blocked gutters
- box gutters (and other internal gutters)
- overflowing gutters
- structural damage eg holes in the roof, gaps between windows and walls, and so forth
- occupant activities such as bathing, cooking, sleeping, perspiring, laundering and drying your clothes
- lack of or damaged water proofing
- lack of or damaged caulking, silicone or grout
I have written more about the effects of water damage, and mould, on the Australasian Society of Building Biologists (ASBB) site.
This article begins:
As a building biologist, my primary role is to identify the possible cause of health complaints and then hunt out the hazards in a home. It is quickly evident when there are problems with indoor air and electromagnetic radiation. However mould and problems from water damage is far less obvious – except to a trained professional.
Many people don’t realise that materials that remain wet for more than 24 hours begin to become problematic.
“Don’t worry about it, it’s only water!” Something we all have said… and then left the spill to dry out naturally.
Although this is a common behaviour, it is something that needs changing…
As well, I have another post about it here on the Eco Health Solutions site. In this, I go into relevant signs and symptoms and have a list of references.
Here is that post: Mould Water Damage and Health
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