The Quick Progression of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte
When life gets busy, things that may seem insignificant at the time may get passed over. For example, that leaky faucet in your bathroom or the odd water spot here or there will get ignored.
Unfortunately, even the smallest of water issues can have destructive effects on your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.
Water damage will progress quickly and spread rapidly if not properly addressed. Water damage can leak into your wood or vinyl floors, into your walls or through your soft carpet and furniture.
Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:
In the First 24 Hours
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. Living on the coast, we are susceptible to flash flooding from storms and hurricanes, so it is crucial to know what to do in those early hours after the event.
The 24 to 48 hours after the disaster or storm are vital to preventing long term or irreversible damage. While quick action can help in the long run, certain items in your home can immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects due to their fragile nature.
Items like furniture, upholstery, scrapbooks or precious photos are uniquely vulnerable to the damaging effects of water or moisture. They can take a longer time to dry out or can be ruined beyond repair with even the smallest amount of moisture. If that isn’t bad enough, these items are susceptible to mold, and it can take hold and grow quickly if left untreated.
SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save your belongings. We make sure to remove the fragile items quickly to start the restoration process as soon as we can.
We treat your precious keepsakes with care, and we do our best to help reverse the damage. However, if something cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you.
Within the First Week
Within the first week, water damage will quickly worsen and mold arrives in this timeframe. Mold can spread like wildfire if left untreated, and if it sets in and grows, it can be detrimental to the integrity of your home.
After One Week
The longer you wait to address the water issues, the higher the cost and the greater the efforts to restore your home will become. Parts of your home could be damaged beyond repair if not treated.
How SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte Will Help
Our restoration process begins with the first phone call, which ideally happens within the first 24 hours after damage. When we arrive, we begin the water extraction process to remove the bulk of the water. From there, we clean, sanitize and deodorize your floors and walls, and finish with our industry-leading drying equipment to dry up any remaining and hidden moisture.
After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.Our technicians can assess the construction needs, and we can even help with the rebuilding process.
Regardless of the situation, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte will take you along with us at every step and have you back in your home or business as soon as we can.
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.