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Excel Restoration Outlines the Risks of Untreated Water Damage

Excel Restoration is a reputable and knowledgeable water damage restoration company in McHenry, IL.

Excel Restoration Outlines the Risks of Untreated Water Damage

Excel Restoration Service explores the best practices when faced with untreated water damage in your home or business. Water damage can occur due to a cracked pipe, backed-up sewer line, or severe weather event, causing significant property damage. The risks of untreated water damage can present threats to health and structural damages.

Common Damage Caused by Untreated Water

The extent of damage caused by untreated water can come from flood damage or even a small, persistent drip. Another common cause of water damage comes from burst pipes—especially during winter, when pipes may freeze—or a sewage backup. Exposure to untreated water causes the following property damage and safety risks:

  •       Weakened Drywall and Flooring: When rooms are exposed to significant amounts of water, the floors and walls are often the most vulnerable. Depending on the success of the cleanup, you may avoid damage to flooring and drywall. When wooden flooring structures become soaked, they can warp and rot, requiring extensive repairs. Wet drywall can warp and require replacement.
  •       Corrosion: Depending on the pH levels, oxygenation, and pipe material, corrosion can occur and cause damage that may not be noticeable until it’s too late. This can result in a small leak that can affect structural integrity. More significant corrosion can cause a pipe to break and result in flooding or damage to other mechanical systems throughout a property.
  •       Damage to Electrical Systems: Water exposure to the electrical system causes damage, increases fire hazards, and can create dangerous conditions. When electrical systems are exposed to water, they can require inspections by licensed electricians and plumbers to ensure the safety of building occupants.
  •       Staining: Untreated water damage can leave unsightly stains that may require repairs beyond simply repainting the walls. Permanent stains can significantly reduce a property’s value as well.

“The risks of untreated water damage can present threats to health and structural damages,” says Excel Restoration Service owner, Justin Parat. “It’s important to take action immediately to mitigate the potential for further damage.”

Safety Risks

While home and business owners tend to focus on property damage after a flood, another major risk of untreated water damage is health and safety. Unlike physical damage, these conditions may go unnoticed for some time. Properly cleaning, treating, and disinfecting after exposure to untreated water is essential for maintaining a healthy environment.


Mold is one of the most significant health risks of untreated water damage. Exposure to mold spores can cause an allergic reaction and trigger asthmatic symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. It can also be the root cause for a person developing an allergy to mold.

The first 48 hours after water damage present the highest risk for mold development and are the most critical time to reduce the chance of exposure by calling a professional water damage restoration company.

Pest Infestation

Untreated water damage can attract various insects and rodents into your property, which can damage structural and mechanical systems and cause unsanitary conditions. If your property has suffered untreated water damage, you may need to call a licensed pest control technician to treat your home to avoid infestation.

Bacteria Exposure

Flood and wastewater contain high levels of harmful bacteria that can cause serious conditions, including dysentery and typhoid. If your property has been exposed to wastewater, consult a professional restoration company to sanitize your space and ensure that it is safe to live in.

Want to Learn More?

Excel Fire And Water Damage Restoration Services is a family-owned and -operated company offering water damage restoration, fire damage repair, and mold removal services throughout McHenry and Lake counties. For more information about the risks of untreated water damage, contact Excel Fire And Water Damage Restoration Services or visit their website at

Contact Information:

Excel Restoration

4501 Giant Oak Dr
McHenry, IL 60051
United States

Justin Parat

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