When water damage affects your home in Arlington, a prompt response will make all the difference in restoration time and cost. The longer water sits without being cleaned up, the worse the damage will be. The proper steps to mitigate damage need to be taken as soon as possible. Porous materials, such as drywall, wood, carpet, and insulation, can all absorb water and will begin to swell, deteriorate, and even rot the longer they remain wet. The following timeline will show just how much damage your home could sustain following water damage.
First few minutes following water damage:
Water spreads quickly throughout the exposed area, penetrating through walls, floorboards, and other unseen areas of the home. Everything in the water’s path becomes saturated with water, and items such as photos and paper goods begin to warp wet and become swollen. Materials that make up upholstery on furniture and carpet begin to absorb moisture, and become heavy and sodden with water.
First 24 hours following water damage:
Breakdown of materials will begin to occur. Metal objects will begin to tarnish, rust, and corrode, while drywall will start to breakdown under the swelling from the moisture. Furniture will begin to crack under the weight of the swelling, and any colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed and spread. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours, and a must odor will start to spread throughout the area.
First 48 hours following water damage:
Mold growth spreads through pores, and mildew can start to be seen on surfaces. Mold can lead to a very serious problem, and spreads and grows very rapidly when moisture is present. Wood that has been immersed in water will begin to warp, including wood floors, doors, and window frames. Metal objects will continue to corrode, furniture will continue to deteriorate, and carpet may no longer be salvageable. Other microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, and contamination may begin to be a threat.
Up to one week following water damage:
By this time, restoration time and costs have increased significantly, and chance of repair and salvaging items decreases significantly. Extensive cleaning, decontamination, repair, and rebuild are more likely necessary. The structural integrity of the home is greatly compromised, posing a serious threat to those in the area. Other serious health threats are likely present from the mold growth and contamination of the water.
It is clear to see how quickly damage can worsen following any water damage in your home. That is why it is so important to call the right people to respond to your water damage needs. D&W Restoration specializes in water damage mitigation. Our methods have proven successful at reducing or preventing the amount of damage that can be caused by water damage. Since the risk for more damage increases drastically when water sits for extended lengths of time, it is important to begin mitigation as soon as possible. With 24/7 emergency responses, we are ready to help as soon as disaster strikes. For all your Arlington water damage needs, let D&W Restoration take care of you and your home.