Chemical Properties of Water

The water molecule is comprised of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. This is what is meant by the chemical shorthand H2O. This unique chemical structure gives rise to the special properties specific to water. For example, the fact that the oxygen atom bonded to the two hydrogen atoms possesses valences or the ability to bond to other atoms or molecules gives rise to the destructive power of water. In other words, if water did not bond and react with other atoms it would not interact with them and something that cannot interact with other atoms there is no way that it can cause damage.

Rust and rot are two very obvious types of water damage Utah that the H2O molecule can cause. Rust happens because the oxygen molecule bonds with the atoms that make up the metal it comes into contact with. When this happens the chemical structure of the metal changes into rust. Similarly, the oxygen molecule will bond to the atoms and molecules making up the atomic structure of wood and cause it to rot by changing its chemical structure.

Those of us who are not chemists or other types of scientists tend not to think about water damage Utah in this manner. When we do think of water damage we tend to think of it in terms of the water seeping into the metal or wood and causing damage by soaking it and somehow undermining its integrity. This is in fact what is happening but it is happening because the way the atoms bond and interact with each other. In a sense water is transformative in that it changes the materials that interact with it from one substance to another. By contrast we tend to think that the substance that has rusted or rotted essentially stay the same but is weakened somehow.