Treating Water Damage Like An Emergency

Following water damage to your home in Waukesha, it is very important to get the water removed immediately. Each water damage case should be treated as an emergency because the longer water sits, the more damage it causes. The following timeline shows just how important it is to remove and dry the water as soon as possible:

Water Damage In Waukesha

Immediately After Water Damage:

Water will spread quickly, saturating every material it comes into contact with. Paper goods will begin to deteriorate very quickly once they are exposed to water, and other porous materials will begin to absorb the water. 

24 Hours After Water Damage:

Materials like upholstery and carpet that have absorbed water become heavy and sodden. The breakdown of exposed materials like drywall, insulation begins because of all the swelling from the moisture. Wood will also begin to swell. Metal object will begin to tarnish, and any colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed. Paper goods will no longer be salvageable. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present.

48 Hours After Water Damage:

Mold growth has started to spread, and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Wood will begin to warp and bend. Metal objects will begin to corrode, while other materials (drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding, furniture, and other textile goods) continue to deteriorate. Microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, so contamination levels become a threat. 

One Week After Water Damage:

If water damage has been present for this long, restoration costs and processes are significantly increased. Water contamination levels are a huge concern, and should be handled appropriately. Few items are salvageable after being exposed to water for this long, and structural damage is likely to ensue. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks, and have likely spread to other areas of the home. Structural integrity is compromised, posing a serious threat to those still living in the area. Cracks in walls and ceilings, and buckling of floors will be apparent by this time, and will require rebuild to correct. 

No matter how long your water emergency has been present, White Knight will be able to get your home back to pre-loss condition. For thorough water damage restoration in the Waukesha area, White Knight is the only call you need to make. We start by removing and discarding carpet padding, which can act as a sponge to trap moisture. Any remaining water on the slab or subfloor is then removed, and baseboards and carpeting are treated with an antimicrobial agent to retard the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Turbo air movers and commercial-grade dehumidifiers are then strategically placed around the affected areas to maximize airflow and remove all excess moisture. We know that water damage can quickly become a nightmare for homeowners, and that is why we offer 24/7 emergency water removal services in Waukesha and surrounding areas. Any time you notice water damage in your home, call White Knight to get it taken care of as quickly as possible.  

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