Following water damage, it is very important to get the water removed immediately. Each water damage case should be treated as an emergency because the longer water sits, the more damage it causes. The following timeline shows just how important it is to begin water damage repair right away:
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- Immediately after water damage: water will spread quickly, saturating every material it comes into contact with. Paper goods will begin to deteriorate very quickly once they are exposed to water, and other porous materials will begin to absorb the water.
- 24 hours after water damage: Materials like upholstery and carpet that have absorbed water become heavy and sodden. The breakdown of exposed materials like drywall, insulation begins because of all the swelling from the moisture. Wood will also begin to swell. Metal objects will begin to tarnish, and any colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed. Paper goods will no longer be salvageable. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present.
- 48 hours after water damage: Mold growth has started to spread, and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Wood will begin to warp and bend. Metal objects will begin to corrode, while other materials (drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding, furniture, and other textile goods) continue to deteriorate. Microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, so contamination levels become a threat.
- One week after water damage: If water damage has been present for this long, restoration costs and processes are significantly increased. Water contamination levels are a huge concern, and should be handled appropriately. Few items are salvageable after being exposed to water for this long, and structural damage is likely to ensue. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks, and have likely spread to other areas of the home. Structural integrity is compromised, posing a serious threat to those still living in the area. Cracks in walls and ceilings, and buckling of floors will be apparent by this time, and will require rebuild to correct.
No matter how long your water emergency has been present, Southeast Restoration will be able to get your home back to pre-loss condition. For thorough water damage repair in Athens, Southeast Restoration is the only call you need to make. Water damage can quickly become a nightmare for homeowners, especially because damage becomes worse as time elapses. We understand the seriousness of water damage, and that is why we are available 24/7 to respond to your water damage emergency. When you call Southeast Restoration, you and your home will get the best care possible. Our certified technicians work quickly to address the source of the water, locate any hidden leaks, and develop a strategic plan for the affected area before any more damage can occur. Our extensive experience in extraction, drying, and repairs will restore your home to its pre-loss condition and ensure the best possible outcome for your personal belongings. No matter the size, source, or scope of the water damage, Southeast Restoration is here to help.