How Long Does It Take to Get Rid of Water Damage?
Dealing with water damage can be a real challenge for homeowners, both right after the damage, as well as in the long run. Whether you are dealing with flood damage from storms, or leaky pipes, water damage can cause all sorts of headaches as well as significant health and safety problems in your home.
Maybe you are just dealing a burst pipe, or worse yet you have a flooded basement. Regardless of how bad the initial damage is, you cannot afford to wait to start the water cleanup process. Water spreads very quickly and will get absorbed into the floors, the walls, your furniture and other areas in your home.
Once you have stopped the actual leak, you need to immediately start the process of water mitigation, which is the process of preventing or reducing the amount of water damage, to prevent additional damage.
Does Water Damage Happen Immediately?
Within minutes, water leaks will spread evenly in your property, soaking everything that gets in the way. Your walls, floors, upholstery and belongings all become soaked in water. As soon as water creeps in, your carpets may get stained and your photographs, books and other paper goods may start to bulge and warp.
If the water is black water, like from sewage, anything the water touches immediately becomes a potential bio-hazard. With this type of water damage, the home will need to be decontaminated.
If the water is clean water, like from a water heater or washing machine, standing water in the affected areas is much less of a concern. You still have the damage of course, but the risk of a bio-hazard is less likely.
Water Damage Within 1 to 24 hours
Within just a single hour up to a day after your home has been exposed to water, it will begin to cause damage. This is when drywall begins to bulge and break, furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Water Damage Within 48 hours up through 7 days
Between hour 2 and the end of the first week, the damage will compound. Your home will experience growth and spread of mold and mildew. The doors, windows, and wood flooring may swell and warp, and metal may begin to rust and corrode. At the same time, there is a possibility of serious biohazard contamination.
Water Damage After More than a Week
If water damage persists for more than a week, mildew and mold growth, structural damage and biohazard contaminants may pose serious risks to you and your family. The delay in restoration time may also increase the cost to repair water damage significantly.
Mold spores and the need for mold remediation and decontamination services are almost guaranteed at this point.
How Long Does Water Damage Restoration Take?
The time that water damage repairs take to complete will depend on the time it takes for the material affected to dry up and how severe the damage is. If you’re just dealing with a single room, maybe two, it will likely take less than a month- 72 hours for drying out, and another 1-2 weeks to actually repair the damage.
The larger the space, the longer the process will take. If your whole home has been affected, the restoration process will likely take multiple months. In this situation, you and your family should find another place to stay.
Getting Professional Help
Most flooding and water damage situations require immediate response by professionals. Once you have stopped the leak, it’s time to start removing water. If you try to do it yourself and miss something or wait too long to call, it will take significantly longer to repair and restore your home. Often, professionals can get to the damage more quickly, taking steps that the average homeowner may not know to take, that can reduce the overall costs of restoration.
When you hire a water damage restoration company to handle your water repair, they will start with water extraction immediately to minimize the damage and even help prevent the onset of mold. After the water mitigation process is complete and further damage prevented, the water damage restoration process will begin so you can start rebuilding and restoring your home!
If you are unsure about what your first steps for when your house floods should be, then give us a call! We specialize in water damage restoration and flood or natural disaster repairs. Our goal is to get you repaired and restored as soon as possible to help you safely enjoy your home once again.