Water Damage Will Only Grow As Time Passes | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
n our busy lives, a leaky faucet or small water spot may seem insignificant, something we can take care of later. However, never underestimate the massive amounts of damage moisture can have on your home.
In a year, the average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water.
Water damage moves quickly, soaking into the floors, walls and soft surfaces of your home or business. The faster you address an issue the better the results you will have in mitigating damage. Here is a basic timeline of how damage progresses:
Households have a one in four chance of experiencing flood damage over a 30-year period in a high risk area. Knowing what to do right away after water is spotted is crucial.
Within the first two days, certain items can immediately become victim to water and its disastrous amounts of damage.
Items such as upholstery and soft furnishings pull water in and quickly become soaked through. Wooden items can swell, and books and photos can warp or even ruin completely. Mold can begin to set up in this time frame as well. The faster a response is the more that can be saved.
SERVPRO has the expertise and mentality to “restore vs. replace” in order to preserve your keepsakes that cannot be replaced and save you money. If we find materials or items that cannot be salvaged in the restoration process, we will communicate with you directly and handle the removal in order to continue the drying process.
Water damage will continue to become more widespread after the first 24 hours as mold begins to set in. With excessive moisture, mold spreads like a wildfire and can even damage your property’s structure.
Wood surfaces and walls become more susceptible over time to moisture absorption as metal surfaces start corroding.
Allowing moisture to sit for any extended amount of time should be avoided at all costs as the effects may be irreversible or even catastrophic. The more time that passes creates greater structural damage and higher risk, making restoration costly and less effective.
Our process at SERVPRO starts as soon as you make the call, hopefully within the first 24 hours. The first step of the service process begins with water extraction, aiding in spread prevention and structural damage, as well as reducing drying time.
Floors, furniture and other belongings will likely need cleaning, deodorizing and sanitation. Once the majority of water is removed, our highly trained team will use industry-leading equipment to remove water you may have never even seen.
Once these steps are complete, your property will be assessed for construction needs in order to fully restore your home to preloss condition. This could mean a minor repair or an entire area of your home that requires rebuilding.
SERVPRO makes your restoration process simple by handling every step along the way, from mitigation to reconstruction. We will update you throughout the recovery, and you will be 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 recover.