How Water Damage Progresses: A Timeline | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties
Have you ever put off fixing a leaky faucet or delayed drying out a small water spot in your home? If you have, chances are that the lingering effects caused more damage than if you had taken care of it as soon as the issue presented itself.
An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
Water damage can progress rapidly if left untreated. The damage can seep into floorboards, walls or drywall, and can ruin fragile items in your home. It’s crucial to address the issue right away to give your home the best chance of a full restoration.
Here’s what you need to know about how quickly water damage can move through 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. Living in the South, we are susceptible to flash flooding from storms, so it is crucial to know what to do early on after the weather event has passed.
Make sure to be proactive in the first 24 to 48 hours following the damage to ensure the least amount of your belongings and possessions become casualties of the water. Certain items will immediately become waterlogged and ruined if not cared for right away.
Items like cozy chairs, scrapbooks or that family quilt that has been passed down for generations can be compromised beyond repair if quick action is not taken. Items like these can take a long time to dry out and sometimes are not salvageable. Additionally, mold grows quickly and efficiently on these things and can make matters worse.
Here at SERVPRO of Conway & Faulkner Counties, we have the “restore vs. replace” mentality. Your possessions matter to us, and we do our best to save the precious things that cannot be replaced.
However, if something cannot be restored, this will be communicated to you. These things are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.
Mold can spread like wildfire if it is not cleaned up and removed properly in this timeframe. If it sets in, it can be incredibly hard on your home’s internal structure and can even compromise its integrity.
After a week, the costs and efforts to restore your home will continue to increase and cause you more money and expertise to reverse. The very structure of your home can become damaged beyond repair as well.
SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. We begin by thoroughly extracting the water to prevent further spread and to speed up drying time. Most likely, your floors, furniture and other possessions will also need to be cleaned, sanitized and deodorized as well. We finish by using our powerful drying equipment to remove the rest of the moisture and hidden water.
After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. Whether it be a small repair or a massive rebuild, we will be able to help with the restoration and the repairs. We will take you along with us at every step and have you back in your home or business as soon as we can.
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.