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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

• Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything it’s settles in. • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings, even into your emotionally valued properties. • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Up to 24 hrs:

• Drywall begins to swell and break down, deterioration starts. • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish. • Furniture begins to swell and crack. • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain. • A musty odor appears.

24hrs to a week:

• Mold and mildew may grow and spread. • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp. • Metal begins to rust and corrode. • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold. • Paint begins to blister. • Wood flooring swells and buckle, warp. • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

After 1 Week:

• Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive and sometimes need a complete demolition. • Structural safety, toxic mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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