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Consequences of Water Damage in Hotels and Motels
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
The obvious consequence of water damage is damage to the hotel property. The flooring of the water-damaged area will certainly be affected since water flows downwards. Unfortunately, water can ruin many types of floors from carpets to vinyl, tiles and wood floors, even the wood subfloor below carpeting. The replacement bill can be very expensive.
Water can damage not only the flooring of the hotel but it can also make its way into other areas and surfaces where it can create further damage such as to ceilings. If the floor above becomes flooded, the ceiling of the floor below can be damaged. Also, walls are likely to sustain damage because of their porous surfaces, which means they absorb moisture. Usually, there is a need to replace or repair the bottom section of water-damaged walls and, again, high costs can be expected here.
Water can also damage electrical wirings and cause electrical and fire hazards to guests and staff. Speaking of hotel property, the contents of the building may also be affected by water damage. Almost always, the hotel's furniture is damaged if not destroyed. Even precious antiques and works of art are not spared from water damage events.
A bigger concern is when the damage affects the personal belongings of guests, because the hotel may be liable to pay for the damaged items. Mold growth is another serious issue linked with water damage. Mold causes destruction wherever it grows. Molds look disgusting, affects the odor in a room, and can affect overall indoor air quality. It's a serious concern for hotels because it can affect their image and reputation as well as lead to serious potential health risks.
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