When you have water damage in your home, the cleanup can go far beyond the standing water that you discover. Water seeps into walls quickly, and water that was left for too long will cause problems in areas that you can't even see. Left alone, water damage can destroy the integrity of your walls, create a breeding ground for mold and mildew, and cause health problems for people living in your home. If you have had water damage in your home and you aren't sure if it has been completely cleaned up, it's important to call a water damage restoration service to assess the situation.

Water Will Ruin Your Walls

If you find standing water in a room and it has seeped into your walls, it's important to determine the extent of the damage the water has caused. Even if you have dried out the walls, this can leave walls made out of sheet rock weak and crumbling. You don't want to allow your walls to dry out over time, as this can make your problem worse and cause the need for a complete wall replacement. Taking care of the problem before it gets worse is your best way to save money in the long term.

When Water Remains

Whether unknown water is still in your walls, or it has seeped into an area you have not discovered, remaining water is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. While this may not seem like a big deal, mold and mildew can cause respiratory and other health problems in otherwise healthy individuals. If mold is allowed to grow in your home, such as in your basement, it can be difficult to remove the mold if it goes deep into the structure of your home. 

People who already have asthma are susceptible to mold and mildew growth, and this can make asthma much worse.

Once you determine the source of the water that has entered your home, it's important to get the problem fixed right away. If water continues to leak into your home, you are risking further damage to your foundation, walls, and the support system of your home. While you may be able to clean up some of the water on your own, it's almost impossible to find all of the water unless the leak was small. Take your time and call in a professional when you have water damage, you will avoid more costly repairs in your future.