Water Damage Time Line

Water can be your best friend or your worst enemy, it all depends on the circumstances.
On a hot summer day, water provides comfort in the form of a way to cool off if it’s confined within the lining of a swimming pool, or even a way to stay hydrated if presented in a water bottle.
However, the sinister side of water is revealed when it’s allowed to roam free in your home thanks to a clogged toilet or broken pipe. At that point, it’s only a matter of time before water goes from being a minor nuisance to a full-on disaster – and things only get worse as the clock keeps ticking.
Here’s a breakdown of the water damage that occurs when water attacks your home and is not addressed in a timely fashion:

Time Lapsed: Minutes

* Water saturation spreads to surrounding areas, increasing both the scope and cost of your loss.
* Visible furniture discoloration and carpet staining.
* Paper products begin to swell, warp and split.
Time Lapsed: Hours
* Wet drywall begins to absorb water.
* Uncoated metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
* Furniture delaminates, swells, warps, and legs begin to split.
* Usual household odors become more apparent, and a “sour” odor may develop from standing water.
* “Clean water” (category 1) damage begins to turn into category 2 water damage (aka “grey water”).
Time Lapsed: Days
* Water damage is now classified as category 2 (“grey water”).
* Uncoated metal surfaces start to rust.
* Mold begins to develop, bringing a stronger musty odor with it.
* Window casings and doors swell, warp, or delaminate.
* Wood decking, joists, and studs begin to swell, warp, and split.
* Electronic devices within the affected area may suffer malfunction.
* Drywall, sheetrock, gypcrete & other porous materials exposed to water begin to swell and disintegrate.
* Deteriorating indoor air quality poses a health risk to occupants, especially those with existing health conditions and/or compromised immune systems.
Time Lapse: Weeks
* “Grey water” (category 2) damage left untreated is now classified as “Black Water” (category 3) damage.
* Indoor air quality now poses a serious health risk and proper personal protection equipment is required to enter the affected area.
* Liability increases on insurance claims due to the serious occupant health hazards presented by untreated category 3 water damage.
* Mold associated with prolonged dampness damages natural fibers, paper covers on wet drywall, paneling, wood, and other building materials.
* Claim costs on related water damage claims spike due to contaminated building materials requiring removal & replacement.


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As you can tell, time is of the essence when your home has suffered water damage. The longer you wait, the more damage water does, so make sure you have a plan of action in the event that your property sustains water damage.
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