What Happen Within Minutes Of Water Damage?

  • Saturation spreads to other areas, causing secondary damage thereby rapidly increasing the scope and cost of your loss.
  • Wet furniture legs will lose the stain that has been applied at the factory causing a stain to appear on carpets and hard surfaces especially from antique furniture legs.
  • Discoloration of furniture.
  • Paper goods start to swell, and warp.

What Happens Within Hours Of Water Damage?

  • Furniture delaminates or swells, legs begin to split.
  • Pressed wood swells and disintegrates.
  • Odor becomes apparent.
  • Tarnishing of uncoated metal surfaces occur.
  • Normal household odors become more apparent.

What Happens Within Days Of Water Damage?

  • Fungi appear, along with characteristic “musty” odor.
  • Internal components in pianos and organs swell in the presence of condensed moisture or elevated humidity above (>60% Relative Humidity).
  • Drywall (Sheetrock, gypcrete) swells and disintegrates.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces begin to rust.
  • Door and window casings swell and distort or delaminate.
  • Wood decking, joists, studs begin to swell, warp and split.
  • Electronic components may malfunction.
  • Occupants with respiratory problems or compromised immune systems may experience distress.

What Happens Within Weeks Of Water Damage?

  • Fungi associated with prolonged dampness damages natural fibers, paper coverings on drywall, paneling, wood, etc.
  • Wood components warp and split, while chemicals within wood dissolve, discolor or destroy finishes.
  • Claim costs escalate dramatically; demolishing and replacing contaminated materials may be necessary.
  • Serious occupant health hazards increase.

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