Stages of Water Damage You Need to Know

Water damage is a serious problem that a home or business can experience. This problem has specific stages that every property owner should know. Many property owners fail to know that this problem does not only entail damage of the property substrates, but also covers the occurrence of microbial and fungal growth, which can be hard to eradicate once it occurs.

Should this problem occur in your home or office, it is very important to know the different stages of water damage.

The first stage of water damage is when water spread from the source horizontally or vertically in all directions and causing damage to your walls, ceilings, floors and its contents. At this stage, there should be an immediate action to reduce the cost of repair and resulting cleanup. If you delay action, cost of repair and cleanup and time to do it increases exponentially.

If the damage is not contained at this point, the water flows freely and affects materials that come in contact with it. At some point in this stage, saturation takes place as gravity pulls moisture deeper into the materials or floors.

The second stage is when materials readily absorb moisture and start to become saturated and show swelling, cracking, or warping in the case of furniture or hardwood materials. If these materials remain wet for a long period of time, irreversible damage can occur.

The third stage sets in when high humidity begins to cause damage in the affected property. When moisture begins to evaporate in the wet materials, it saturates the air, which can lead to damage to your photos, paintings, and books. Some signs of high humidity include formation of condensation on walls and ceiling sagging.

The damage caused by high humidity can be mitigated by controlling humidity levels using high-powered dehumidifiers. At this stage, immediate action must be observed to deter the growth of microbes and fungi.

The fourth stage is when high humidity is not controlled, which leads to the growth of fungi, microbes, and other microscopic organisms. When fungi damage occurs, it affects that quality of indoor air. Moist environment encourages the growth of these harmful organisms.

As these harmful organisms can cause serious health risks, reducing the damage at this stage is a top priority. Controlling three factors is key to deterring their growth – temperature, air circulation, and relative humidity. When these factors are controlled, it will set in an environment that will dry up wet contents. This can also confine the water damage to the original area where it first occurred.

The fifth and last stage involves the spread of microbes and other microorganisms to other areas that are not originally affected. Mould and mildew, for example, can spread from the affected area to another if microbial growth is not hindered. At this stage, it is important to involve a professional air quality tester and water restoration contractor to make a comprehensive plan to address the issue.

Water damage restoration can be costly if you do not act quickly at the earliest stage possible. Irreplaceable items will increase as well if you do not address this issue immediately. You can always contact us at 1800001010 if your property is damaged by water. By having a great sense of urgency and responding quickly by call a restoration professional like All Aces Services, you can save a lot of money that is otherwise spent on replacing damaged items or renovation.

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