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Water Damage Timeline

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Within Minutes of a water damage:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything
  • Water is absorbed into the walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining to carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

1-24 hours after a water damage:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 hours to one week after water damage:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, window, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint starts to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

More than one week after water damage:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be very expensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contamination pose a serious risk to occupants

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