Procrastinating home repairs is such a temptation. If you’re not handy, if your finances are tight, or if you’re simply overwhelmed with the rest of “life,” putting off repairs around the house seems like the easiest thing to do. This can be especially true when the problem is a water-damaged ceiling. Not only do you have all the aforementioned reasons to put repairs off, but you also have the fact that a ceiling repair is almost always a big job.
The experts at Emergency Mitigation Services want you to resist the temptation to sit on a wet ceiling repair. In fact, as experts in all types of residential water damage in Lawrence, KS, our advice is this:
Never, ever procrastinate on water damage repairs.
Mold and Mildew
Any time you leave moisture sitting around, you run the risk of developing mold and mildew problems. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after flooding and, once you’ve got it in your home, it’s very, very difficult to eradicate and always requires professional remediation. Mold and mildew spread like wildfire and cause serious allergic and respiratory issues.
Water and electricity don’t mix; when they do, you get fire. If you’ve had water leaking into your ceiling, there’s a very good chance that you’ve got water near electrical wiring and fixtures, which poses a risk of fire to your home. Once water gets into your ceiling, it also has a clear path to the walls, exponentially increasing your risk of an electrical fire.
Two general types of accidents can occur in the presence of a leaky ceiling.
- Water dripping from the ceiling to the floor creates a risk that residents will slip and fall in the resulting puddles.
- Ceilings weakened by water can collapse, potentially causing harm to folks above and below.
Lasting Structural Damage
The longer water is allowed to sit, the more damage it will do. Not only will mold and mildew growth as mentioned before, but building materials slowly begin to rot and decay with the moisture. Drywall will slowly disintegrate, and structural beams and posts will rot and lose their integrity. Water in the ceiling rarely stays in the ceiling. Water follows the path of least resistance and will travel down your walls and into your foundation, undermining the safety of everything on its way.
The professionals at Emergency Mitigation Services are well-equipped to tackle all types of water damage cleanup in Lawrence, KS, including residential ceiling leaks. Call us as soon as you see signs of water damage in your ceiling. We’ll assess the problem, mitigate the damages, and get you on the road to recovery.
Do you have a wet ceiling? Don’t hesitate! Call Emergency Mitigation Services right away before the problem gets worse. We’re here 24/7 to help with emergency residential flood cleanup. You really can’t afford to procrastinate dealing with a leaky ceiling. Call today.