Water Damage Happens Quickly | SERVPRO® of Houston County
Perhaps today you noticed a small water stain on the ceiling of your Houston County home. You may not think anything of it, as water spots happen all the time.
However, you cannot underestimate the destructive effects moisture can have on your home. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
This is not something you want to ignore because water damage progresses so quickly. The moisture will permeate your home’s floors, walls and other porous surfaces.
It’s important you address the issue as soon as possible so your home doesn’t suffer any long-term damage. Below is a timeline of how quickly water damage can progress in your home.
Assuming you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of flood damage within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. This is why you need to know what to do next.
You have a window of about 24 to 48 hours before you approach the point of no return. Right off the bat, some items, like books and photographs, could become warped beyond repair. Upholstered furniture and wooden structures will also become soaked through.
In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Quick action is essential.
SERVPRO of Houston County’s experts will come to your home and operate with a “restore vs replace” mindset to help you save money and preserve the items in your home that are most valuable to you.
We will want to remove those items to help expedite the drying and recovery process. If anything is beyond repair, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
The fact is—one week is too long to wait to deal with water damage. By this point, mold will likely be spreading like wildfire, and as the mold festers, it will damage your home’s structure.
Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.
If possible, avoid letting moisture sit for this long because some effects will be catastrophic or even irreversible. As time increases, so will the costs and efforts required to restore your home back to its preloss condition. Of course, we will do everything in our power to save your home, regardless of the state it’s in.
Our restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water.
This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time. After we have removed the majority of water in your home, our specialists will finish out the drying process by removing the water you can’t see.
Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization.
After these steps are completed, we will move on to the construction phase if needed. This could include a couple repairs here and there or even rebuilding entire rooms. SERVPRO’s experts will assess your situation and let you know what repairs are right for your home.
Allow us to simplify the restoration process as well by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.
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.