The Progression of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
A leaky faucet or small water leak in your home can often go unnoticed, but unfortunately even a small amount of moisture can have disastrous effects on your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
Water damage quickly seeps into floors, walls and other soft surfaces of your home. It is very important to address the problem right away. The timeline of water damage progresses quickly.
If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Especially living in “Flash Flood Alley” like we do, knowing what to do in the aftermath is crucial.
The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage can make the difference between short-term and long-term problems. Items like soft furnishings and upholstery will retain water, and wooden structures and furniture can swell from excess moisture.
Personal belongings like books or photographs are especially fragile and can easily be lost beyond repair. Mold can also start to grow within 24 hours so quick action is essential.
Our experts at SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will help restore rather than replace your possessions and keepsakes. If anything cannot be successfully restored, that will be communicated to you immediately. We aim to remove these types of materials as soon as possible to give them the best chance of restoration.
After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. If mold sets in, it can damage your home’s internal structures.
Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised. Metal surfaces will start corroding in this time frame as well.
You must avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period of time because some effects may be disastrous or irreversible. As time goes on and no action is taken, it gets more costly and more invasive to reverse the damage. The risk for increased structural damage goes up as well.
SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours of the event. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water and reduces the drying time in the home.
In most cases, floors, furniture and other belongings require a deep-clean, sanitization and deodorization. After the majority of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water and moisture you can’t easily see.
After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step varies from minor projects to entire structure rebuilds in your home.
Let us simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial long-term damage mitigation and by rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO of Alamo Heights will keep you informed every step of the way and have you back in your home or business as soon as possible.
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.