The Evolution of Water Damage Over Time | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
When it comes to home damage, seemingly insignificant issues like leaky faucets and small water spots are actually quite destructive. The problems often go overlooked, leading to gradual damage that wreaks havoc on the home over time.
An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
Water damage can begin slowly, but it progresses rapidly; water seeps into floors, walls and other soft surfaces that are in every home. These issues must be addressed immediately to get the best cleanup results and reduce further damage.
Here’s some important information to know about the water damage timeline:
If you’re a homeowner, there is a one in four chance of facing flood damage over a 30 year period in high-risk zones. Knowing what to do next is essential.
The most critical time period is the first 24 to 48 hours. Many items both structural and personal will fall victim to the damaging effects of water.
Water will soak through soft furnishings and upholstery; wooden structures can swell and become deformed from the moisture. Unfortunately, personal artifacts like books, photographs, and notes are particularly at risk of warping beyond repair.
Just as bad, mold can begin to grow during this timeframe, especially in areas like Lawrenceville where we see rain and humidity year-round. Acting quickly on water damage is essential to make sure your home is safe.
SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We maintain constant communication with you, especially regarding any materials that cannot be restored. We will remove these items in order to expedite the drying of those that we can restore.
Once the 24-hour mark hits, water damage progresses further and faster. Mold can spread like wildfire at this point when excessive moisture is present. As mold sets in and expands, it can even damage the structure of your home.
In addition, wood, drywall and other porous surfaces/walls will become increasingly compromised. Water damage isn’t exclusive to wood and concrete. After 24 hours, metal surfaces, hinges and hardware will start corroding.
Allowing moisture and standing water to sit for extended periods of time may be catastrophic and irreversible. As time passes, significantly more effort is required to restore the structure and items, causing increased costs.
Water left in the home or business will seriously degrade wooden supports and frames after a week, increasing the likelihood of major structural damage.
SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours.
We usually begin all service work with complete water extraction. This step helps prevent the spread of water further into the structure and helps reduce the drying time.
In most cases, the floors, furniture and other belongings subjected to water will require a deep cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once we remove the majority of the water, our specialists use our industry-leading drying equipment to help remove the water you can’t see.
After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.
At SERVPRO, we simplify the restoration process by managing the initial damage mitigation and handling the rebuild of the affected sections. We keep you up to date on every step, with the primary goal of having you back in your home or business as soon as possible.
Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 24⁄7 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.