How long does it take for water to do damage?

Water Damage – Timeline Of Destruction

Water Damage will usually take 1 hour to a full day before damaging your home’s infrastructure. Areas affected by water will show signs of damage like bulging, cracking, and swelling in furniture or drywall. Water Damage gets worse over time, so the longer the water damage is present, the more damage your home will have. We know how important it is to get the water cleaned and dried quickly to mitigate any further damage to your home and belongings. This timeline shows how important it is to start water damage restoration:

Immediately After Water Damage

Water moves extremely quickly; saturating every material it comes into contact with. Paper goods will start to deteriorate very rapidly as soon as they are exposed to water, and other porous materials will absorb the water quickly. Water damage restoration becomes harder the longer the water is not dried up.

24 Hours After Water Damage

Mold growth starts in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present. Materials like upholstery and carpet that have absorbed water become heavy and soaked, and colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed. The deterioration of exposed drywall, insulation starts because of all the swelling from the moisture. Wood will also begin to swell. Metal objects will begin to tarnish. Paper goods will no longer be salvageable. These first few hours are most important.

48 Hours After Water Damage

Mold growth will have started to spread, and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Metal objects will begin to corrode, while other materials (drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding, furniture, and other textile goods) continue to deteriorate. Wood will begin to swell and bend. Microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, so contamination levels become a threat.

One Week After Water Damage

Restoration costs and processes are greatly increased if water damage has been present for this long. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks and have likely spread to other areas. Very few items are able to be saved after being exposed to water for this long, and structural damage is extremely likely. Structural integrity is compromised, posing a serious threat to those still living in the area. Cracks in walls and ceilings, and buckling of floors will be noticeable by now and will require rebuilding and restoration to fix this.

Professional Water Damage Company

No matter how long your water damage has been present our water damage experts are prepared to handle your water damage restoration. These technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), and receive weekly training to keep their skills and knowledge at their best. We take the most advanced current scientific approach to water damage and Flood cleanup so we can quickly assess your situation and determine the fastest way of drying your home and property to mitigate further damage. Since there is no time to waste when it comes to water damage restoration, our water damage professionals are available 24/7 to respond to your needs. When you are in need of water damage restoration, do not waste any time and call our team.

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