The timeframe in which it is possible to repair water damage in a home can vary based on various factors. These include the type of flooring materials, the type of water damage, the water source, the size of your home, and the areas affected. It may take longer to repair more severe damage than minor water damage, but this also depends on how widespread the damage is and if there are any structural issues in each case. At All Pro Restoration, we are a water damage restoration company, offering total water damage restoration services in Denver, Aurora, and the surrounding areas.
Time for Water to Dry
After water makes contact with material, it only takes about one hour for the water damage to begin. The time it takes for water damage to dry out completely in a particular affected area is about 72 hours (or 3 days). The time frame for drying may be longer for larger affected areas with excess water, and will vary by material, (ex. wood floors dry differently than carpet). Regardless of the size of the area affected, following the correct procedure to restore the quality of the home’s interior is vital. Even though the water may dry within about 72 hours, it may take several weeks to repair all of the resulting damage, from wet furniture to roof leaks. Additionally, if it is not clean water (i.e. dirty water) that has caused damage, there may be more work involved in your professional water damage restoration.
Mold and Asbestos
Another consideration is mold growth. The longer the water remains and is allowed to spread the greater the chance for mold to grow. Mold remediation can be a major piece of your water damage restoration process. Asbestos is yet another consideration for homes built prior to 1985. The results of an asbestos test take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. If the asbestos test comes back positive, the restoration company must remove the asbestos before repairing the water damage. If the asbestos test comes back negative, the drying process can begin.
The Process of Water Damage Restoration
There are a number of stages in the water damage restoration process. It all starts with inspection and the drying process. In some severe cases, you may have to leave your home until the restoration process is finished. This is sometimes necessary for health and safety reasons, especially if there is extensive structural damage or extensive water damage. After restoration professionals remove the water, they employ high volume fans and floor fans to help remove any remaining moisture present in building materials, including walls. It could take about four weeks’ worth of work to make a home inhabitable again after water damage has occurred. Don’t forget to contact your insurance company to ensure they don’t have additional steps throughout the water restoration process.
To learn about the water damage restoration services and water damage repairs our team at All Pro Restoration offers for homeowners, call us today at 720.729.0002 or reach us through our contact form.