Water damage: A risk to your home and health

When you have extensive water damage in your home, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Repairing is certainly an option, but depending on the extent of the damage and the length of time it’s been going on, it could be much cheaper (and easier) to simply sell your water damaged house as is.

And DIY water damage repair is not only extremely difficult—it’s a risk to your health. DIY repairs can also result in legal action due to federal and state disclosure laws. If you do repairs yourself without a permit and neglect to tell a potential buyer, it could mean trouble for you down the road. Not worth it.

First thing’s first: your home’s water damage—no matter how substantial—is nothing to be embarrassed about. We’ve been buying damaged houses for 30 years now and we’ve seen it all, from sagging ceilings to feet of standing water. No one wants water damage< in their home, but if and when it happens, we’re here to help.

Deciding whether to pay for repairs or sell your water damaged house comes down to evaluating the costs and benefits both to your home and your health.

Risks to home

Water damage comes in many shapes and sizes. Four, in fact, according to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The four classes range from Class 1, which is relatively easy to repair and affects only part of a room, to Class 4, which will require specialty drying and has saturated such materials as brick, stone and hardwood.

Class 4 water damage is characterized by its fast evaporation rate, which leads to greater humidity in the air, and can thus affect larger areas of your home. While Class 4 is the most severe of the IICRC classifications, all types of water damage need to be dealt with adeptly and swiftly.

Risks to health

Water damage—and especially standing water—comes with it a whole host of potential health complications.

Similar to the IICRC destruction classifications, there are also categories to describe the water you see in your home. ”Clean water,” which usually comes from overflowing sinks or broken appliances, poses the smallest risk to your health, although the damaged area should still be repaired. Category 2 is often referred to as ”gray water” and can cause sickness if ingested, but Category 3 ”black water” is the most dangerous of the three. Black water usually results from sewage problems and contamination of lower category ”clean” or ”gray” water. It is important to note that even ”clean” standing water can develop microbial growths within 24 hours and increases the risk of developing mold.

Contaminated water poses a risk to everyone, but especially the old, the young or those with compromised immune systems. The presence of any type of heightens your family’s risk for respiratory disease and can aggravate allergies or asthma.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also offers a helpful about the health risks of excess moisture in your home that is worth reading before deciding whether to sell your flood damaged home.

If you are worried about the presence of water or flood damage in your home, selling your house fast with water damage is an option you should consider. Give us a call and we’ll talk about how we can help by buying your house and letting you get on with your life.