When it comes to water damage cleanup, time is crucial. The sooner the removal and cleanup process begins, the more the damages can be minimized and controlled. Water damage will spread quickly, and can easily turn into a larger, more expensive problem, if not handled right away. Here is a timeline of just how much damage can occur in such a short amount of time following water damage.
Immediately after water damage:
Water will spread quickly, saturating every material it comes into contact with. Paper goods will begin to deteriorate very quickly once they are exposed to water, and other porous materials will begin to absorb the water.
24 hours after water damage:
Porous, textile materials like upholstery and carpet that have absorbed water become heavy and sodden. The breakdown of exposed materials like drywall, insulation begins because of all the swelling from the moisture. Wood will also begin to swell. Metal object will begin to tarnish, and any colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed. Paper goods will no longer be salvageable. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present.
48 hours after water damage:
Mold growth has started to spread, and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, so contamination levels become a threat. Wood will begin to warp and bend. Metal objects will begin to corrode, while other materials (drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding, furniture, and other textile goods) continue to deteriorate.
One week after water damage:
If water damage has been present for this long, restoration costs and processes are significantly increased. Water contamination levels are a huge concern, and should be handled appropriately and treated as category 3 water (black water). Few items are salvageable after being exposed to water for this long, and structural damage is likely to ensue. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks, and have likely spread to other areas of the home. 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 apparent by this time, and will require rebuild to correct.
While it is crucial to begin water damage cleanup as quickly as possible, Stenvik Specialty Construction Services is a certified and insured water cleanup restoration company offering premium water removal and property repair to home and business owners in Marysville who have suffered any size or type of water damage – regardless of how long the damage has been present. Stenvik works quickly to cleanup water damage, mitigate further damage, and restore your property to pre-loss condition safely and correctly. We understand how quickly things can go from bad to worse following water damage, and are ready to step in as soon as get the call. Do not wait, or waste any more time to get the cleanup process started once you discover water damage. Let Stenvik take over, and get your life back to normal following any and all water damage disasters.