Timeline Of Water Damage
When you experience water damage in your home or business, drying it out quickly helps keep the claim cost down.
- Water spreads quickly throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Walls, floors, upholstery, and personal contents are absorbed by water.
- Furniture in the path of the water may bleed, causing permanent staining on the carpet.
- Books, photographs and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
- Affected drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces start to tarnish.
- Furniture starts to swell and crack.
- Dyes and ink on paper goods bleed and stain.
- A musty odor lingers in the air.
48 hours to a week:
- Mold and mildew may start to grow and spread.
- Doors and windows start to swell and warp.
- Metal surfaces start to rust and corrode.
- Furniture on the affected flooring warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint starts to blister.
- Wood floors swell and warp.
- Bio-hazard contamination is possible.
More than a week:
- Restoration time and costs increase dramatically. The replacement of contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.