Timeline of Water Damage - Why It's Important to Act Fast and Call SERVPRO
Whether it’s from an unexpected appliance leak or flooding from heavy rain, when water damage occurs it’s necessary to act quickly! It may be tempting to try to repair it yourself, but preserving the property structure and contents often requires professional expertise and equipment. This is especially critical in Florida, where delaying water damage mitigation can quickly lead to mold.
Water damage timeline: why you must act fast!
Within Minutes: Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings
1-2 Hours: Drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to warp/mold
48 Hours-1 week: Mold grows, a musty odor may appear, doors and furniture warp, metal begins to rust, wood flooring swells/warps
Over 1 Week: Structural/safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks
When you call SERVPRO Gainesville West/Alachua West for Water Damage:
We have trained technicians on call 24/7/365 because we know emergencies happen at all times and time is of the essence. Our crew strives to arrive at the job site within about an hour to quickly provide an estimate and start working with your insurance company.
Our crew can begin extracting water and placing equipment immediately, using industrial wet/dry pumps and truck-mounted units. We can also remove the carpet pad and place dehumidifiers if needed. We have equipment to measure the extent of moisture saturation and may use infrared cameras to look for hidden water behind walls and ceilings.
If you experience water loss/flooding at your home or business, you can see why it’s important to act fast and minimize the damage. Choose professionals who have the equipment and training to get the job done right - give us a call at SERVPRO (352)374-6589.