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Water Damage in Office Buildings
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture, and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage can be costly. In addition to the potential damage to office items, important office files and documents could also be destroyed. Also, water is able to penetrate deep into the cavities of building structures and common building materials and become trapped, creating ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident and even when just a single incident has occurred in a building.
Failure to thoroughly eliminate contamination and moisture in a water-damaged office building leads to several long-term problems, including warping, splitting and discoloration of structural material and a musty or stuffy odor inside the office. Damp surfaces and materials also serve as breeding ground for harmful microorganisms such as bacteria and mold.
When bacteria and mold grow in the walls or other areas of a previously water damaged office, it presents the potential for causing long-term health issues with the employees who work inside the building. This can include allergies, bronchitis, flu-like symptoms, aches and pains, or even frequent headaches. In people who have compromised immune systems, health risks are greater and can cause potentially dangerous issues. This can lead to lost work time, more sick leave requests, lost production, and even employees who may leave permanently if the mold situation is not remedied.
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