Water damage can be one of the most destructive things to happen to your home. If you can catch it in time, the level of damage can be minimized, but sometimes that means having to act very fast. So how quickly can water damage impact your home?
The speed at which water damage affects your home will obviously depend on the source. If it’s something like a small leak, then it could take weeks before the problem is even noticed, by which point much of the damage will be done.
However, if it’s quick acting, like a flood, then obviously the damage will be much more intense, and will often require much more work due to the extent of the problem. Similarly, there can be both short-term and long-term impacts of water damage throughout your home.
Short-term impacts of water damage
Within minutes of water appearing in the home, some damage is already done. This is because the water will likely be carrying some kind of contaminant, which can get into furniture. More than anything, this drastically increases claim costs, as much of this might need to be thrown away.
Similarly, after only a few hours contact with water, furniture can be damaged beyond repair. This could either be staining or bleaching, or wooden furniture can split or peel. Also, colored furniture will begin to leach color into the carpet, which can be a big issue if your carpet is light.
Aside from this, the other short-term concerns are the smell, humidity, and possibility of fungi sprouting in your home. While furniture damage is quite obvious, a small leak behind a wall might go unnoticed until mold develops.
Long-term impacts of water damage
If left unchecked for days – or even weeks – mold and fungi can develop. If nothing else, these can be very harmful to your health, and can be almost impossible to remove entirely if left for too long. This will add to the musty odor that’s probably already apparent by this point.
By this time, any wooden furniture may well be unsalvageable. This is also true of wooden floors, which can warp. If this happens, then a full replacement might be necessary. Solid wooden furniture won’t be affected as quickly as laminated furniture, but after a period of weeks then it’s unlikely much can be saved.
The final major concern is the impact this all has on health. Along with fungi and mold, other microbes will begin to grow in the warm and humid environment. If water gets into the structure of the building, this can lead to much more extensive restoration work.
What to do about water damage
If you’ve noticed water damage in your property, then it’s important to act fast in order to minimize its impact. We at EZ Water Damage Restoration Services are all too familiar with the problems of water damage, which is why we offer 24/7 callouts in the San Diego area. So if you’ve got concerns over water damage at your property, give us a call.