Taking Immediate Action With Water Damage

Posted by: RestoreMore on February 25, 2021

They say ‘time heals everything’, but whoever ‘they’ are must not have dealt with water damage. The longer you wait when it comes to water damage, the worse the damage in your Racine home gets. In minutes, water can spread. In hours, mold can grow and wood can warp. We at RestoreMore are witnesses in that time definitely does not heal water damage; in fact, it makes it much worse. 

Timeline of Water Damage Effects:

  • Minutes After Water Damage: 
    • Moving water will spread throughout the entire area, saturating everything in its path
    • Drywall, insulation, carpet and carpet padding, furniture, wood floors, and other porous materials begin to absorb water that is exposed to them

  • 1 Hour After Water Damage:
    • Finishes and stains from furniture will be released by the water, and could cause staining on floors and carpets
    • Finishes and upholstery on furniture will begin to discolor
    • Books, magazines, art work, photographs, documents, and other paper goods will begin to deteriorate as they continue to absorb water

  • 24 Hours After Water Damage:
    • Musty odors become apparent
    • Drywall swells and begins to deteriorate
    • Exposed metal surfaces and fixtures begin to tarnish
    • Finishes begin to crack and split
    • Laminated furniture swells from too much water absorption
    • Dyes and inks from textiles and paper goods seep and spread, causing staining

  • 48 Hours to 1 Week After Water Damage:
    • Mold, mildew, and other harmful contaminants will have begun to grow rapidly and spread throughout the area
    •  Paint on walls will begin to bubble and blister
    • Adhesives begin to breakdown
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
    • Exposed metal begins to rust
    • Doors, casings, windows, and studs begin to swell and warp
    • Wood flooring begins to buckle and warp from swelling
    • Microbial growth will begin to cause respiratory symptoms for those living in the area, especially those with respiratory concerns or compromised immune systems 

  • More Than 1 Week After Water Damage:
    • Structural integrity of materials in the home is greatly compromised

    • Water and contaminants in the water pose serious health hazards to anyone in or near the vicinity of the water damage

    • Mold spores travel through the air affecting air quality throughout the entire home or building, posing serious health threats to those inhaling the air 

    • Cost and restoration time dramatically increase due to extensive damage 

Do not let time get away from you when dealing with water damage. The longer you wait, the more damage increases; which means the more expensive restoration will be. RestoreMore is experienced, licensed, and certified in providing water damage restoration services. We follow all industry standards and best practices to ensure your water damage loss is handled properly. If you find yourself facing water damage in Racine or surrounding areas, do not waste any time in calling RestoreMore. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be there to help restore your commercial or residential property back to its pre-loss condition.

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