Water damage is a unique challenge, with each situation presenting distinct variables that can impact the severity of the issue. However, a universal truth prevails across all scenarios: time is a critical factor when it comes to restoring your property. The swift spread of water and its rapid absorption into porous materials necessitates a prompt response to minimize the extent of damage. Let’s explore the typical timeline of water damage within a home.
Within Minutes… Materials such as carpeting, rugs, upholstery, and wood quickly absorb water until they reach a saturation point. Furniture finishes and rug dyes may bleed, causing stains that spread to adjacent objects. The urgency escalates if paper products come into contact with water, as they have only a brief window (often just minutes) before becoming irreparably damaged.
Within Hours… Most materials, having reached maximum saturation, begin to deteriorate. Drywall or sheetrock starts to swell and may crumble, while wood undergoes swelling and warping. Metal objects exhibit signs of corrosion or rust.
Within Days… After 24 to 48 hours, the onset of mold growth becomes a concern. Spores spread rapidly, causing damage not only in the affected areas but potentially throughout the entire home due to increased humidity levels. Additionally, many wood structures lose their structural integrity, necessitating the replacement of walls, baseboards, flooring, drywall, insulation, and more.
After One Week… Any items immersed in standing water for a week or longer are considered contaminated by “black water,” posing serious health risks and compromising the structural integrity of the home.
Despite the rapid progression of water damage, there’s good news: experts are ready to assist. A prompt call to professionals at the onset of a water damage event enables them to salvage as much of your possessions and home materials as possible. In the absence of immediate action, they can provide valuable support with mold remediation and the restoration of damaged sections in your home.
Time is indeed of the essence when addressing water damage, and our experts are here to help you navigate the complexities of water damage restoration. Call us immediately when a burst pipe, flood, or other water damage event occurs, so that we can promptly get started on cleaning up the mess.