Timeline of Destruction With Water Damage
A little water isn't going to hurt anything. WRONG!! When water damage is left untreated, the structure of a home or business starts to deteriorate over time. Here is the timeline of destruction if the water damage goes untreated:
- Carpets, padding beneath flooring, subflooring becomes saturated.
- Furniture on wet carpets starts to leach and stain.
- Wood/wood products start absorbing water.
- Personal belongings may be completely destroyed.
- Humidity starts to make the house stink.
- Particleboard cabinetry and furniture distorts and the integrity of the material weakens, crumbling over time.
- Dyes from non-colorfast fabrics bleed (clothing stored together, upholstery, etc.).
- In 48 hours or less, clean or grey water can deteriorate to black water, and areas that experience water intrusion clean water can rapidly become toxic.
- Mold becomes visible and causes musty odors
- Allergen sensitivities can be caused by microbial organisms.
- Wood may severely warp and cup, making most wooden floors unsalvageable.
- Painted walls blister and wallpaper begins to peel away.
- Structural wood within home, such as framing, begins to swell and split.
- Home is hazardous to human health and must be evacuated.
- Mold infests organic materials, rendering it unsalvageable.
- Drywall crumbles while the home’s structural integrity declines.
- Damage to the foundation becomes apparent.
- Home may be salvageable but may need to be gutted down to the studs.
- Damage to the foundation may be significant.
- The cost of repairs is likely more than the value of the home.
- Damage that could have been prevented over time (i.e., neglect) disqualifies the owner from insurance claims.
- The home may be unsalvageable
Remember, just because it "looks dry" doesn't mean it is dry!