Why Water Damage Can’t Wait
Water damage, when ignored, can be dangerous and devastating. It happens fast and before you know it, water can absorb and ruin porous materials. In the worse cases, standing water can cause significant and grave structural damage. The longer materials and possessions are exposed to water dictates the severity of the deterioration. Understanding how quickly water damage affects property can help you prevent serious erosion.
Within minutes of a dishwasher leak, water damage begins. Floors, furniture, rugs, and other possessions are soaked with excess moisture. This moisture will instantly take its toll on any structure it comes in contact with. Perhaps, you catch the leak immediately; or perhaps, you are at work or running errands and come home hours later to find this mess. Within those few hours, many types of damage can occur. Drywall begins to bloat with moisture and break down, metal surfaces tarnish and an unpleasant, musty smell fills the room. In as soon as 48 hours, mold spores begin to surface and wooden floorboards are warped and moldy.
So what can be done? Water damage occurs quickly and the first thing homeowners can do is turn off their water. If the floor is covered in an inch or more of water, the electricity should also be turned off immediately. Your next step is to call SERVPRO. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Anson, Stanly & Richmond Counties provides 24-hour residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.