Water Damage Over Time
Secondary destruction, due to an initial issue with water damage, is almost always inevitable if the appropriate, initial steps aren’t taken. Over time, water can cause your house to suffer from numerous issues. In fact, water damage can rapidly increase the owner’s claim costs in just a couple of minutes; moisture-sensitive furniture could start to turn white, or furniture that is resting on/in wet areas could begin to leach and stain the surrounding areas.
Within a few hours, any furniture that is resting in water will likely begin to swell and delaminate. Odors, which are typically considered normal for households, begin to become more apparent due to the humidity inside the property.
If left alone for days, warping and cupping of wood starts to become more noticeable, often leaving wooden floors unsalvageable. Wooden floors aren’t only affected, though, being that structural pieces (made from wood) begin to swell, warp and split apart. More possibilities include musty odors that could fill the property due to fungi development, or less abrasive instances where wallpaper adhesives start to peel away — just be sure to remove items that are being hung using this method to prevent further damage to those items.
Properties that go weeks without being tended to after water damage are liable to obtain a laundry list of issues. Mold starts to sink into organic material, ultimately ruining the integrity of said material. Due to microbial growth, allergen sensitivity may arise, causing any occupants to evacuate the property. But it gets worse; a complete gutting of the structure could be the only option. Not only will this drive out the occupants who are living in that residence, but will increase the claim substantially.
It is important to handle any considerable amount of water damage done to your home in a timely matter. Doing so could potentially avoid a large loss situation that could have been totally avoidable in the first place.
Are you unsure of what to do or how to handle your water damage situation? Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your water restoration needs!
-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.