According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as little as six inches of water can sweep someone off their feet, and 12 inches of water can move a small vehicle. SUVs, vans, and trucks will be swept away in 18-24 inches of water. Water can be destructive, too, to buildings, homes and other structures from a rainfall, tropical storm, or burst pipes.
At Reynolds Restoration Services, we have worked with many residential and commercial clients in the past 15 years who have experienced water damage resulting from a small, leaky pipe or a catastrophic flood from a storm. While every loss is different, our team has found the top three water damaged areas that home and business owners should not ignore after a water-related emergency:
The average 2,000-square-foot home has approximately 6,500-7,900 square feet of drywall. Depending on the type installed in a home, this can equate to nearly $20,000 in value. Unfortunately, most home and office water emergencies affect drywall, making this one of the most damaged areas after a water loss. While damaged drywall is an eyesore, it can also lead to more severe problems like mold and mildew growth. Mold thrives in damp and high-humidity spaces and can be dangerous to building occupants. Mold has been linked to respiratory and related health issues and should be remediated as soon as possible.
Most homes and businesses rely on in-wall insulation to help regulate the indoor air temperate for the building as insulation helps keep spaces warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Insulation that is installed in attics and walls, however, is often water damaged as a result of a leaky roof or window. While wet glass fiber insulation will eventually dry and won’t lose its insulation capacity, insulation that has become compacted or is in a closed wall cavity will usually not rapidly dry out. The dampness of the insulation may eventually migrate to the drywall and floorboards, causing additional damage.
Perhaps the most visible impact of a water loss is wet carpeting. If you have ever used a home carpet cleaner or spilled a glass of water, you know how long it takes for the materials to dry, even though the water spilled or used was a small amount. When large amounts of water permeate carpeting, this can lead to bigger issues like mold and bacterial growth. If water has come in contact with area rugs or any moveable carpet, they should be moved to a well-ventilated area to dry. With wall-to-wall or fully installed carpeting, specialized equipment such as air movers and dryers may be necessary to speed up the drying process.
Time is of the Essence
While the initial damage after a water-loss may feel overwhelming, your home or business can be saved by taking quick action. It is critical to begin the drying process as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of damage to the structure and mitigate the growth of mold and mildew.
For small water incidents, you should move any water-soaked items to a well-ventilated space to begin drying. Things like area-rugs, furniture, and décor, for example, should be moved to a different location. For larger water losses that perhaps dumped gallons of water into a space, you should consider partnering with a professional water emergency response company like Reynolds Restoration Services.
For 15 years Reynolds Restoration Services have helped homeowners and business in the Mid-Atlantic region clean up their spaces after a water loss. Our team of trained professionals are available to respond 24/7 to help so you can get back to business – or back home – quickly. We have the equipment and team to dry out spaces, perform reconstruction on damaged structures and even can restore contents to their pre-loss condition. If your home or business has experienced a water-loss, reach out today to connect.