Recent Water Damage Posts

Frozen Tundra

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Here in northern Wisconsin, you can never predict the weather. Over the last couple of weeks temps have barely gotten over zero degrees. With temperatures that low it is way more likely for your water pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes came make quite the mess, cost you lost of money and down time for your business. Frozen pipes are not the way you want to spend your time. The water pipes can burst causing more water damage and with the subzero temps it can take a long time for clean-up, can also be the perfect habitat for mold to grow. We need to remember to always leave all indoor faucets at a steady drip. Leaving them run can release any built-up pressure that can cause your pipes to burst. We at SERVPRO are always here to give you any helpful tips we can.

Water Damage Timeline

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Need immediate assistance? Call us 24/7, 365 days a year

(715)634-0699

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

Keep the water in the pipes

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

With this cold weather come freezing water and pipes. With very little to no snow cover to insulate or protect your pipes, they are exposed to the freezing winds and ground. There are many precautions everyone can take to prevent a pipe bursting and may save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

  • Heat tape. You can go to your local hardware store to purchase. It will keep your pipes at the temperature to prevent them from freezing.
  • Stacking straw or hay bails around the foundation of your home can help keep the wind and snow out with helping to keep the little bit of warmth in.
  • Leaving water trickling. Leave your faucets on just a little bit can save so much. Keeping water flowing can save it from freezing. It also releases any pressure that may build up from freezing and expanding

Any questions please feel free to give us a call (715)634-0699

Sewer Backup in Crawl Space in Hayward

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

When we think about water damage we often think that it is rainwater, floodwater, a broken pipe that causes water damage, not sewage backup.  This is not something that anyone wants to deal with especially when it comes to sewage.  At SERVPRO of Hayward, our crews are properly trained and certified for the removal and cleaning of sewage backup. Shown here is one of our technicians at SERVPRO of Hayward wearing all the proper PPE gear to enter the crawl space and the cleaning product to disinfect the area properly.  This sewage backup, fortunately, occurred in the crawlspace which was contained there, some other instances we have seen have been directly in the basement which usually causes major damage to the home, requiring the resident to leave for a period of time as cleanup happens so no contamination occurs.  If you have water damage due to sewer backup give us a call at 715-634-0699 for proper service from SERVPRO of Hayward.

Water Damage in your Business

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Today in northern Wisconsin is a complete downpour washout!  It literally has plans to rain for 20 hours and with inches pouring, basements at your place of business or commercial building could be in danger.  Many of us aren't at our business every day due to Covid-19 or some of us don't go into our basements on a daily basis.  But make sure to check when there are heavy rains as these places are breeding grounds also for mold if the moisture isn't properly taken care of.  Luckily for you we have expertise in both water mitigation and mold remediation.  Our trained and certified production technicians know how to make your disaster a stress free process for you so you have the ease of mind knowing it is done correctly and you and your employees won't be harmed. 

Give SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties a call at 715-643-7171 if your commercial property is in need of some attention due to moisture in your building.

It's the water you don't see that matters

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

You think it's the water that is on the rise flooding into your house that poses the problem, when it's actually the water you don't see that matters.

A lot of people think that when they "suck" the water out of their basements when either a pipe bursts or floodwaters rise they are done.  There could be more problems after that if not properly mitigated and dried out completely.  

Our technicians and crew members are completely trained and certified in drying techniques so that the damaged areas don't pose a problem later such as mold.  

When you have SERVPRO of Hayward called to your disaster you are reassured that the job will be done professionally and completely by standards.

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 to see how we can serve you.

Lowest temps in Northern Wisconsin for 2020 so far

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

With the lowest temperatures we have seen in Northern Wisconsin so far this year, your home may be at risk.  Today at SERVPRO of Hayward the temps were at -18 degrees.  With these below 0 temperatures it is very risky to leave a home unattended and expect everything to be OK.  We have seen newly built homes to older homes with water pipes exploding and causing massive water damage.  It doesn’t matter on the year your home was built but how well you are taking care of it.  If you are leaving your place of residence for an extended period time we suggest you turn off your water while away, if staying in your home or cabin, leave a stream of water running and keep your basement areas well heated to prevent frozen pipes.  If you fall to a disaster of busted pipes give us a call at 715-634-0699 with 24/7 emergency restoration needs at SERVPRO of Hayward.

Pipe Burst in Hayward

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up yourself after a water pipe bursting can be a pain and we realize this at SERVPRO of Hayward.  In some cases, excess water can be removed through the use of a wet-dry vacuum unit, but in cases of considerable depth, such as several feet of water, more heavy-duty equipment, such as powered submersible pumps, will be required. All of the water will need to be pumped out of the structure and then fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers will need to be brought in to remove residual moisture from the property.  We are here for when the water is too much for you to handle.  At SERVPRO of Hayward, we offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Emergency restoration services.  Give us a call at 715-634-0699.

Cleaning up after a water damage in Washburn County

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Depending on the amount of water first thing salvage important belongings.  In the case of standing water in any room, you should quickly unplug any electronics before you start recovering important belongings. When salvaging items that have come in contact with water, prioritize things that are the most difficult to replace or the most expensive, such as important documents, family keepsakes, computers, and TVs.  Start by wiping all of your personal items down with an antimicrobial, move them to a dry location and put fans on them, until the insurance company can get there to assess if items need to be professionally cleaned or thrown away. Other than damaged drywall and flooring, keep everything around until the insurance company comes, so they can confirm the quality and grade of your items to file your claim. If you’ve been gone with a water leak for more than 72 hours, mold has had a chance to spread, and it’s all considered graywater – meaning everything must go.

Give SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699 if you have water damage to see how we can help.

Water Intrusion and Mold in the Ladysmith area

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water intrusion and mold in your home can lead to many unforeseen damages.  In this home, it appeared as though the toilet vent has been leaking causing mold and drywall damage to the bathroom ceiling. 

From a catastrophic flooding event to a persistent plumbing leak, any water intrusion could lead to mold growth. Even high humidity that causes condensation on cold surfaces could be enough to trigger growth.

It only takes 24 to 48 hours from the time water is introduced for mold to start growing. Therefore, if you just ran across flood water or a plumbing leak with no indication of how long it’s been there, you may want to hire a mold remediation company to test for mold.  Luckily SERVPRO of Hayward has trained and certified technicians to do this for your home or business.

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for all your water restoration needs.  

Ashland, we are faster to your water damage event

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hayward provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Hayward arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 715-634-0699

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Hayward

SERVPRO of Hayward specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our crew

Hayward Residents we specialize in flooded basements

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water in this basement caused by quick thawing grounds and heavy rain this spring.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Hayward basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 715-634-0699

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Hayward and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 715-634-0699

What can we do for you in Spooner

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Hayward our crew is trained and certified from the Insitute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification approved school (IICRC).  This means they know how to detect moisture and the levels in your home to make sure the process of a water damage is done accurately and safely.  They provide water removal and dehumidification services and our drying equipment controls temperatures and humidity, minimizing secondary damage. In some cases, if the water has damaged too much of the existing elements such as drywall, carpeting or other flooring we can remove the damaged areas as we offer a reconstruction service as well after your home is properly dried out.  

If you find yourself ankle deep, or just a saturated floor give us a call we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Timeline

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 

715-634-0699

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Frozen Pipes

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

A Frozen Pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Hayward's Professional Crew is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. In an emergency situation we will be there for you faster and will help the situation from growing into a large problem with our professional crew.

Flood Cleanup Tips for Sawyer County

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded home:

As the snow and ice has quickly melted, you may be standing in a flooded area.  Here are a few tips from American Red Cross that can help you cleanup up after a flood.  If the job is just too large, give the professional team at SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-634-0699.  

Tips:

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a flood, including the supplies you’ll need, how to sanitize food contact surfaces, and how to repair water damage.
  • Be careful when moving furnishings or debris, because they may be waterlogged and heavier.
  • Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
  • Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped out completely in a short period of time, pressure from water-saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards.

Faster to your Polk County Water Damage Event

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hayward provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Hayward arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 715-634-0699

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Hayward

SERVPRO of Hayward specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

Check Out our Certifications

Hayward Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

This Hayward home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Hayward basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 715-634-0699

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Hayward and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 715-634-0699

Frozen Pipes causing a Water Problem?

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

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A Frozen Pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Haywards Professional Crew is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. In an emergency situation we will be there for you faster and will help the situation from growing into a large problem with our professional crew.

Water Damage Time Line

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 

715-634-0699

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Frozen Pipes?

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

A Frozen Pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Hayward's Professional Crew is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at 715-634-0699 for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. In an emergency situation we will be there for you faster and will help the situation from growing into a large problem with our professional crew.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hayward is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 715-634-0699

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Hayward has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Hayward

SERVPRO of Hayward specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Backup/ Sewer Backup... Are you covered?

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

The drain is backing up, and then going back down the drain.

If this question leaves you in doubt, it might be a good idea to confirm that you are covered for such a loss with your insurance agent.  The fact is, most unendorsed homeowner's insurance policies DO NOT provide coverage for Water Backup & Sewer Back up.

Water Backup & Sewer Backup claims are one of the more common insurance claims on a homeowner's policy and can be one of the most costly as well.  Types of losses we are referring to are as follows:

  • Backup of a sewer or drain
  • Over flow or discharge of a sump
  • Sump failure

Even if you have an unfinished basement, you should STRONGLY consider the endorsement as losses can add up quickly when the water is rising.  Water backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair but also can create health hazards.

Call your agent today to discuss your policy.

Tips for trying to Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

  • Let a faucet drip that has a supply pipe running along an outside wall. You do not need a strong flow, just enough to keep the water flowing. Flowing water freezes slower than standing water in a pipe.
  • Do not turn your heat down during windy cold days. The cooling down period allows the cold to penetrate walls before it comes into your house. The pipes are exposed to this cold air. Hot water heat is more prone to freezing due to the hot water in the heating lines. Hot water will freeze faster than cold or room temperature water.
  • Leave cabinet doors under sinks that face outside walls open. These areas are not generally heated but do receive the cold air coming in through walls. This will help prevent froze water supply and waste piping.
  • Insulate walls where piping runs. Opening walls and checking is not always practical. However checking for insulation when walls are open for repairs or remodeling is a great idea.
  • Keep garage doors closed when not going in or out. The cold air will freeze pipes exposed to garage walls. These walls are not always insulated as well as outside walls.
  • Shut off water to outside faucets. Leaking outside faucets and piping to them are caused by freezing over the winter. We replace many outside faucets and piping in the spring due to freezing.
  • Have a neighbor, relative or friend check on your house when you go out of town. Total house freeze ups that require major repair result from homes that the heat goes out and the house gets down below 32 degrees. All the plumbing freezes including toilets, faucets etc. This could amount to costs well over $10,000.00.

Water Damage Timeline

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 

715-634-0699

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.