The worst thing to ever happen to my house is water damage. That is included the electrical fire I had seven years ago. I did not realized, like many homeowners, how horrible it is and can be until it happen to me. After one of those hard and freezing winters, one of my pipes burst in the basement. It just so happen I was renovating the home at the time and was staying in a hotel until the crew had finished. It was horrible. When it was discovered that a pipe had burst of course I had it immediately clean up but I did not anticipate was standing water. Not realizing some of the water was left in like this alcove in the basement. When spring/summer time rolls around I start noticing this stuff on my walls. To confirm what I thought I was seen I called a friend of mine over who is a general contractor to get his opinion. He said exactly what I was thinking…mold.
Yes, standing water can lead to so much damage it is incredible. It can cause the floor boards and joist to rot, the floor to warp, the structure to weaken, and of course, as in my situation, a deadly mold infestation. Gross.
Although you can save a few dollars and clean up any standing water from a burst pipe or whatever yourself, like I did. But to be honest with who if this happens again, and I pray it does not, then I warm going to go with a professional. I had no idea what I was doing and now I am paying for it, literally.
I did find out a few steps one can take to help prevent something like this from happening to them.
- Clean and clear all gutters. Not to mention make sure that all the downspouts are pointed away from the house. If your downspouts are pointed towards the house you are creating an environment where moisture can penetrate your foundation, depending on its material, it will become weak and porous.
- This leads me to the next tip: make sure there are not any cracks in the foundation. The ground will absorb water, which means it will seep this water into your basement via those cracks in the wall. Make sure to seal and water proof all the base walls and floors.
- Take time to walk around your home and check for cracks and leaks. Not only does this allows water to come into your beautiful home but it also invites critters and drafts.
- Always check and have your HVAC equipment serviced. Leaky equipment can lead to a watery home. I personally go to http://www.virginiabeachhvacs.com and schedule an inspection. They are the only HVAC Company that I trust.
Many of the things you can do on your own if you are the do it yourself type. Nevertheless, for those that are not or if you discovered something beyond your expertise then do not hesitate to contact a professional. Do not be like me. I thought I knew exactly what I was doing and now I have to leave my house again as it is being fumigated or whatever they do for mold. I guess it is true what they, hindsight is twenty, twenty.