Is Water Damage Considered An Emergency?

As a property owner, you need to know when water damage is just a leak and when it’s an emergency. It is a common occurrence for property owners to underestimate the amount of property damage that water is capable of causing. The reality is that water damage is a common cause of significant property damage and can occur due to natural means such as floods as well as faulty plumbing and toilet overflows. It might be too drastic to call water damage an emergency, but it is definitely a situation that you should address quickly. Failure to do so can lead to further damage. Water damage can also represent health and safety issues when not dealt with quickly after it occurs. Some things that you need to be wary of if your property has experienced water damage include:

  • Appliances that have been damaged by water.
  • Look out for structural damage to your property.
  • Water contamination is a possibility.
  • Water damage can lead to the growth of mold – a health hazard.
  • Mold can also lead to further structural damage.
  • Be wary of issues related to your electrical and gas supplies. 
  • Sewage backup is another issue that poses a serious health risk to anyone at the property.

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Does Water Damage Happen Immediately?

We have covered the fact that water damage is considered to be a situation that needs to be addressed quickly. Another common question that property owners are unsure of is the speed that water damage can occur at. The truth is that if a large enough amount of water floods your property, it will quickly spread evenly across all the floors and will then begin working its way up the walls and into furniture and other personal property items. 

Once things have become wet, you are in a race against time as a property owner. It is important to quickly bring in a professional contractor that specializes in water damage restoration services. It is also important to note that contaminated water that has gone grey and black from issues such as sewage is a bio-hazard. In these cases, it will be necessary to decontaminate the entire property. If the water came from a clean source such as certain household appliances, it can still do a lot of damage but is less of a concern from a health standpoint.

How Long Does It Take for Water Damage to Show?

Different signs of water damage will emerge in the coming week after the flooding occurs. From the first hour, up to the first twenty-four hours of exposure to water, your property’s drywall could begin to swell, bulge, and break. You will often see similar responses from items of furniture. From the first forty-eight hours to the first seven days after exposure, the water damage will only continue to expand and mold and mildew can start to appear. Further swelling can occur in areas such as flooring, doors, and windows. Metal property items will often begin to corrode and rust. At this point, health risk concerns also arise. If water damage is allowed to go on past a week, all of these factors can continue to compound and structural damage can occur to your property. These points further help to illustrate why it is so important to quickly address water damage issues when they occur.

How Bad Is Water Damage?

There are a few important things to know about the severity of the water damage that your property has sustained. These points include:

  • You Need to Note How Far the Water Has Spread – It is important for you to determine how far the water spread out across your property after water damage occurs. This information will be valuable when the process of water extraction begins. 
  • Was the Flood Water Grey or Black? – If your property was flooded with grey or black water, it must be decontaminated professionally. The sources of this type of water include sewers, and toilets, as well as floodwaters. The bacteria that these waters contain are a serious health risk.
  • Look Out for Long-Term Water Damage Signs – Musty smells, and the presence of mold and mildew are common long-term signs of water damage. These issues need to be dealt with quickly as they can pose a health risk. They can also cause further property damage.

How Long Does It Take to Dry Out Water Damage?

Another common question that we are here to answer is the length of time that it takes for water damage to dry out. The reality is that this will depend on several key factors. Depending on the area of the property, and other factors such as ventilation, the drying time can take anywhere from two days to as much as several weeks. Five days of drying time is generally considered to be a good average.

There are several things that you can do to speed up the drying time for water damage at your property. These things include using dehumidifiers, and fans. Air drying is another thing that you can do. If possible, it is recommended to combine all of these factors around your property to speed up the drying process as much as possible.

Who Do You Call When You Have Water Damage?

When your property has suffered from water damage, it is time to call our experts here at ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration Services. Our professional water damage repair and restoration professionals will quickly get to work extracting all water from your property. From there, we will begin the drying process and the process of repair and restoration. Our experienced team will also perform any mold remediation that is needed to eliminate the possibility of this health hazard becoming a problem. 

You can reach us at (859) 309-9964 or through our contact page. We are excited about the opportunity to make a difference for you and your property. Bringing in our experienced team of water damage restoration professionals is the best way to quickly get your property back to normal.