There is something about a fresh, airy, clean home that radiates volumes! Whether your home is minimalistic, luxuriously baroque, contemporary, or traditional; whether it’s an old city bungalow or a busy street apartment; a vintage red-oxide floored abode or a wonderfully kitschy little flat in the sub-urban areas – the words ‘warm’ and ‘cozy’ give out a certain positive vibe about your home.
Old friends love to visit, guests always feel comfortable, and most of all, you and your family feel safe, healthy and happy around the axis of comfort of your own home.
It is quite easy to forget that the root of this picturesque dwelling lies, amongst other factors, in your home being clean, warm and dry! The importance of having a dry home, and the impact of leakages on the health of you and your family cannot be undermined.
The more obvious and direct health hazards of a leaking house could be:
- Fire hazard.
A leaking wall or roof or attic can easily be the reason of a fire threat due to short electrical circuits and wires. Worse, it could happen at a time when your family is deep asleep in the middle of the night, or when you are not at home to take notice, even!
- Slip hazard.
A leaking wall or roof could easily let a puddle of water collect on the floor, and anyone – your children, or an elder family member could easily slip and fall, causing near-disastrous results!
- Structural damage hazard.
Water-weakened roofs and ceilings could have been rotting inside, severely for months without your knowledge, and a part (or whole) of this deteriorated ceiling could fall on you and your family, and the imagined situation would be clearly far from pretty, think of it!
- Mold, Fungus and Mildew related health hazards.
Besides causing irreversible damage to your walls and the structural integrity of your home, some of the biggest, most serious health threats could be caused by the insidious growth of mold, fungus and mildew within and around your leaky, water-laced walls, fixtures and ceiling. Mold and fungus, besides causing the more common health related concerns like respiratory allergies and infection, or throat, nose, eyes and skin irritation – could, in severe cases cause high fever, constant fatigue; and in case of some high-toxicity strains, even near-fatal health complications! Especially in children and members of the family with a weak or compromised immunity, it could pose a serious threat to well-being.
Owing to the mere gravity of these situations, it’s imperative that home leakages be taken seriously, and be dealt with immediately, with the help of a thorough professional, whose expertise in diagnosing and repairing these problems could help you maintain that warm, beautiful, healthy little home that you’ve built together with your family.