When water gets into the home, there are several stages. It’s important to take care of the problem right away. If you wait until it moves into later stages, it can cause a lot more damage. The longer you wait to call in experts like Restore Pro, the longer and more expensive the water damage restoration process will be.

Five Stages of Water Damage

Stage 1 – Free flowing water is driven by gravity. Water will find cracks and crevices, outlets, and other openings in the floors and walls. Lower floors in the home will be invaded by water as it finds entry. The faster you move to contain the water, the less damage will be done to lower levels, as well as the interior of walls and floors.

Stage 2 – Moisture begins to soak into materials that it comes in contact with. Gypsum board and drywall, wood floors and carpeting, and furniture are usually the first victims. Personal belongings such as documents, clothing, and electronics are also common targets. Moisture wicks into any absorbent material that it touches. Quick mitigation can minimize the damage and save irreplaceable belongings.

Stage 3 – Humidity increases as water evaporates. The surrounding air is eventually saturated id it doesn’t have adequate ventilation. You might see condensation on the walls, sagging ceiling materials, and paper materials warping. To prevent extreme humidity, dehumidifiers, fans, and other air circulating equipment can help to remove the moisture.

Stage 4 – Microbial growth comes next. Mold and mildew are more than just unattractive. Mold can lead to serious health concerns, especially in vulnerable people. The very old and very young, anyone with a compromised immune system, and people with allergies or asthma should take extra care to avoid inhaling mold spores. Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours or moisture entering an area, so it’s important to act immediately. To treat or prevent mold, the professionals at Restore Pro focus on the three anti-mold essentials: humidity, temperature, and air circulation.

Stage 5 – If left untreated, eventually water damage can take over the entire structure. Mold and mildew can spread throughout the building. Weakened walls and ceilings may collapse, injuring anyone in the area. If water damage is allowed to get to this stage, the restoration process can be very long and costly.

Water damage isn’t something to take lightly. If it isn’t handled promptly and correctly, it can lead to serious problems. When you are faced with water in your home or business, let the experts at Restore Pro take care of it for you. We have the skills and equipment to take care of it the right way right away. Call us now at 1-800-847-0114