Timeline of Water Damage
Within the first hour:
- If water is moving at a quick pace it will spread throughout the dwelling, finding the path of least resistance, saturating everything in its path.
- Paper goods such as artwork, books, and magazines may become unsalvageable due to saturation.
- Stains/finish released from furniture could cause permanent staining on flooring and carpets.
- Finishers on moisture sensitive furniture may begin to turn white.
One to Twenty-Four Hours:
- Normal household odors will begin to intensify.
- Drywall swells and begins to breakdown.
- Laminated furniture begins to swell and split, and finish can begin to crack.
- Musty/sour odors become apparent.
- Metal surfaces that are unprotected begin to sully.
- Dyes/ink from textiles and paper goods begin to seep and spread causing staining.
Forty-Eight Hours to One Week:
- Unprotected metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Mold, mildew, and other contaminants have begun to grow and spread.
- Windows, doors, casings, and studs begin to swell and warp.
- Furniture warps and begins to show signs of mold.
- Adhesives begin to breakdown and release.
- Wood flooring begins to swell, warp, or buckle.
- Persons with respiratory concerns or compromised immune systems could experience distress or heightened sensitivity to allergens from microbial growth.
More than One Week:
- Structural safety and health concerns may pose serious hazards to residents, other living arrangements may be needed until reconstruction is complete.
- Claim cost and renovation increases due to vast restoration