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Has your home suffered from water damage? Each water damage restoration case should be treated as an emergency because the longer water sits, the more damage it causes. Water damage can come from a number of different sources, such as frozen or burst pipes, roof leaks, sewage backups, sump pump failures, appliance malfunctions, and flooding. No matter what the cause of your water damage is, it is vital to get it cleaned up as soon as possible. The following timeline shows why water damage restoration needs to happen as soon as possible
Immediately after water damage: water will spread quickly, saturating every material it comes into contact with. Paper goods will begin to deteriorate very quickly once they are exposed to water, and other porous materials will begin to absorb the water.
24 hours after water damage: Materials like upholstery and carpet that have absorbed water become heavy and sodden. The breakdown of exposed materials like drywall, insulation begins because of all the swelling from the moisture. Wood will also begin to swell. Metal object will begin to tarnish, and any colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed. Paper goods will no longer be salvageable. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present.
48 hours after water damage: Mold growth has started to spread, and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Wood will begin to warp and bend. Metal objects will begin to corrode, while other materials (drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding, furniture, and other textile goods) continue to deteriorate. Microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, so contamination levels become a threat.
One week after water damage: If water damage has been present for this long, restoration costs and processes are significantly increased. Water contamination levels are a huge concern, and should be handled appropriately. Few items are salvageable after being exposed to water for this long, and structural damage is likely to ensue. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks, and have likely spread to other areas of the home. Structural integrity is compromised, posing a serious threat to those still living in the area. Cracks in walls and ceilings, and buckling of floors will be apparent by this time, and will require rebuilding to correct.
No matter how long your water emergency has been present, GC Pro will be able to get your home back to pre-loss condition. We are experienced in handling all sizes and types of water damage. Our water damage restoration process starts with emergency water removal. Then we begin complete structural drying. To ensure thorough drying, we utilize dehumidification and water detection for floors, walls, wood framing, insulation and sheetrock. Then we take steps for mold remediation if applicable, and disinfect and sanitize the area. Finally, we make all repairs and handle any needed reconstruction. We understand the seriousness of water damage and just how time-sensitive it is, and that is why we offer 24/7 emergency water removal services in Naperville.