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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Timeline of Water Damage

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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