Water and the Damage It Causes | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul
A little water spot or drippy faucet may seem like something you can handle later, but moisture and its destructive effects should never be underestimated. In a year, a small household leak can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water.
Water damage moves quickly, saturating floors, walls and other surfaces. Addressing the problem right away means less damage and better end results.
This is the basic timeline of how water progresses:
Living in a house in a high-risk area means that you have a one in four chance of enduring a damaging flood within 30 years. When you spot water, knowing how to respond is crucial.
The first two days after a flood is the most crucial time frame. Some items in your home will be lost to water’s effects almost immediately.
Anything upholstered or soft will absorb water and become soaked, while wooden items will begin to swell from moisture. Personal items like books and photographs are susceptible to warping and may become damaged beyond repair.
Mold can also begin to form in these first few hours, making taking action quickly of the utmost importance.
SERVPRO has a “restore vs. replace” mentality. We want to save as many of your precious keepsakes as possible, as well as your other items so you save money. If we cannot fully restore any items, we will communicate directly with you and handle the removal so that your home can continue to dry out.
Water damage moves quickly after the first 24 hours. When an environment is moist, mold can spread like wildfire and even set in and damage the home’s structure.
Any porous surfaces like wood or walls will become compromised, while corrosion will start on anything metal.
You want to dry your home and items out as quickly as possible, as any moisture allowed to sit for extended amounts of time will have catastrophic effects. The more time that passes the more it will cost to do the extensive work required to restore anything.
Risks also increase when items stay wet, too, as structural damage is greater.
Even within the first 24 hours, SERVPRO can respond and begin work immediately. Service starts with thorough water removal to prevent any additional spread and reduce drying time.
It is likely that floors, furniture and other items will need to be cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. Once the majority of water has been removed, our specialized team will use industry-leading equipment to remove water you can’t even see.
Once these steps are finished, there may be a need for construction work in order to restore things back to preloss status. This could involve a minor repair or a complete rebuild of a damaged section of your home.
SERVPRO can simplify your restoration process by handling every step from damage mitigation through construction. We will keep you aware of the progress of each step and get you back in your home faster.
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.