A Water Damage Timeline | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton
One thing’s for sure, you don’t have time to deal with water damage. Unfortunately, that won’t stop it from affecting your home.
Something as seemingly insignificant as a leaky faucet or a small water spot could have a destructive effect on your home. This is because water could be lurking in places you can’t see.
An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
Water damage progresses rapidly, permeating your floors, walls and soft surfaces. That’s why it’s important to address the issue right away, rather than put it off. Here’s how quickly water can corrupt the integrity of your home:
If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.
You need to take steps within the first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage in order to save your home from further damage. Unfortunately, some items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects. These include things like upholstered furniture, wood surfaces and personal belongings like books and photographs.
Luckily, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton operates with the mindset of “restoring vs. replacing” because we know how important these items are to you. This will help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.
We will be sure to remove any salvageable items as quickly as possible, so they can dry. We will let you know if anything cannot be saved.
After the first 24 hours, water damage will become much worse as mold sets in and spreads like wildfire. This, along with the excess moisture, will become to affect the structure of your home.
In addition, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.
When you left water sit in your home for over a week, it may get to the point of no return. By this point, the structure will be extremely compromised, and the costs and efforts to restore the structure of your home will be high.
Give SERVPRO a call as soon as possible, preferably within the first 24 hours. As soon as we hear from you, our experts will get to work to restore your home. We start by extracting any excess water in the home to prevent it from spreading any further.
It is likely your floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After we have removed most of the water, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.
After we have address all these areas, your home may still require some restoration work, and this could include either minor or major repairs.
Allow our team to simplify the restoration process for you by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.
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.