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Water Damage - Why it's important to act quickly


While each case is unique, water damage typically follows a similar pattern. It is important to act quickly with water leakage or flooding. If you have water damage, please contact a reputable water restoration company to immediately extract water and help to disinfect to prevent microbial growth. Be sure to get an estimate of the charges before you sign a contract. For claim purposes, if you can, please take pictures and document what you can.

The damage water can do :

In less than an hour:

  • Moving water quickly spreads to other areas like up sheetrock and up insulation.
  • Furniture may stain carpet permanently.
  • Moisture-sensitive furniture may discolor.
  • Paper goods or other porous materials may be ruined.

In one to 24 hours:

  • Furniture delaminates or swells: legs can split.
  • Pressed wood swells or disintegrates.
  • Bacterial odor becomes apparent.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces may tarnish.
  • Normal household odors strengthen.

In 2 to 7 days:

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a musty odor.
  • Drywall swells and disintegrates.
  • Door and window casings swell and distort or delaminate.
  • Wood decking and studs begin to swell, warp, and split.
  • Electronic components may malfunction.

In 7 days or longer:

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a musty odor.
  • Wood components warp and split.
  • Chemicals within wood dissolve, discolor or destroy finishes.
  • Serious occupant health hazards may occur.

If you have water damage contact us suzanne@suzannebrownagency.com or 713-899-4651 so we can help you with your home insurance.


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