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If you’ve had water running through your home, you are instantly hit with choices: should I grab the laptop or unplug the TV? Should I turn off the water at the street or grab some towels first? As soon as you get the immediate flow of water stopped, your next call should be to GCPRO.
When water sits for too long or is not dried completely, the damage can spread from just your possessions to the physical structure of your property. At the same time, mold will begin to form and cause more damage that will require repairs that will take longer and be more costly to complete. Water damage must be addressed correctly and as soon as possible to protect the health of your home. Water that sits too longer can become both unhealthy and unhygienic. Get an assessment immediately after water leaks and floods.
Within minutes, water leaks will spread evenly in your property, soaking everything that gets in the way :walls, floors, upholstery, furniture, belongings.
If the water is black water, like from sewage, anything the water touches immediately becomes a potential biohazard. With this type of water damage, the home will need to be decontaminated.
If the water is clean water, like from a water heater or washing machine, standing water in the affected areas is much less of a concern. You still have the damage of course, but the risk of a bio-hazard is less likely.
Within just a single hour up to a day after your home has been exposed to any excess water, it will begin to cause damage. This is when drywall begins to bulge and break, furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Between hour 2 and the end of the first week, the damage will compound. The doors, windows, and wood flooring may swell and warp, and metal may begin to rust and corrode. Mold starts growing in 24- 48 hours.
Don’t put off cleanup and repairs If water damage persists for more than a week, mildew and mold growth, structural damage and biohazard contaminants may pose serious risks to you and your family. The delay in restoration time may also increase the cost to repair water damage significantly.
Mold spores and the need for mold remediation and decontamination services are almost guaranteed at this point.
Take this situation seriously and get the best restoration team in place ASAP. The timeline for repairs will depend on 1) the time it takes affected materials to dry up and 2) how severe the damage is. If you’re just dealing with a single room, maybe two, it will likely take less than a month- 72 hours for drying out, and another 1-2 weeks to actually repair the damage.
The larger the space, the longer the process will take. If your whole home has been affected, the restoration process will likely take multiple months. In this situation, you and your family should find another place to stay. Before you start worrying about that, get the GCPRO technicians on site to walk you through the process and possible pitfalls.
For example, the water may have caused considerable structural faults and safety hazards in the home, such as unsound walls and mold. Problems may continue even after the existing damage has been mitigated, unless the source of the damage has been properly identified and corrected.
Connect with GCPRO water damage experts for “start to finish” restoration services. GCPRO Restoration is a full-service reconstruction company that can handle the entire project from clean up to repairs.
Over the past 12 years they’ve helped over 5,000 households in the greater Chicago area recover from all sorts of disasters. The team has the knowledge, the people, processes and equipment necessary to provide you with the help you need.