Here’s How Water Can Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties
Water damage is no joke! What may seem like a small leak can quickly lead to big problems as hidden moisture eats away at the soft surfaces in your home.
A single leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year, and that water may very well be seeping into your home.
Water damage’s effects progress quickly and damage everything from floors to walls to soft surfaces in your home. It’s important that you address the issue right away to reduce the damage. After significant water impacts your home, here’s what you can expect to happen over the next few days.
In 24 Hours
This is when you want to act. The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are crucial.
This is because water damage progresses quickly, and some items will be ruined immediately. For example, photographs and books are too fragile to withstand the effects of excessive water exposure. Soft surfaces will soak through, and porous surfaces like wood can swell from the moisture. This is also the time period when mold will also begin to form.
As a homeowner in the Clatsop or Columbia county area, you know there is a chance your home may experience water damage from flooding one day. There is actually a one in four chance of a flood damaging it within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. It’s essential you know what to do next.
SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We will remove any materials we can save as soon as possible to expedite the drying, and if there are any items in your home we cannot salvage, our experts will let you know.
It’s Been a Week
You need to be aware of how much damage water can do when it’s left to fester for up to a week. After the first 24 hours alone, water damage can do a number on your home’s structure. Not to mention, mold will spread like wildfire and contribute to the structural damage.
Porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.
Longer Than One Week
At this point, the damage may be catastrophic or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.
SERVPRO Can Help You
You don’t need to think about worst case scenarios with SERVPRO by your side because our restoration process starts after the very first call. We will begin the process by thoroughly extracting any water in your home to prevent the water from spreading.
We will then move on to cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your furniture and belongings. After most of the water is removed from your home, our pros in green will dry up all of the water you can’t see using industry-leading drying equipment.
After these steps, we may need to move on to construction work in order to bring your home back to preloss condition. The extent of the repairs will depend on how much damage your home has sustained.
Make the process even smoother by trusting SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to handle both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. We will be sure to keep you up to date each step of the way and get 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.