If you've ever gotten your home damaged by water, you know the pain of having to wait for your home to get back to normal. The restoration process is the most time-consuming process out of any other type of repair. This is because when water damage happens, it wreaks everything that comes in contact with it. Furniture, wallpaper, tile floors, you name it. Everything gets destroyed by water damage. However, as time-consuming as this process is, it varies from case to case and from house to house. Thus, it begs the question, how long does the restoration process take for homes with water damage?
The time it takes for the wet substances (i.e., furniture, floors, decoration items, walls) to dry will determine how long it takes to finish water damage repairs. One room should typically be dried out and prepared for restoration within 72 hours, and the actual water damage repairs should take between one and two weeks.
Leading to more severe problems
Mold and mildew
We realize that following a tragedy, most property owners want things to return to normal. Still, each repair job will differ based on the damage's extent. Not to mention the impacted building materials. Plus, water damage can often lead to more severe problems. When the walls of a water-damaged house are taken down, mold is almost always discovered. Mold inspection and tests carried out by a professional will be needed if the infestation goes out of control.
The same goes for mildew. Both these substances can be deadly with prolonged exposure to them. Thus, water damage isn't always distorted books and flooded basement floors. Water damage can often lead to serious problems inside the home's very structure.
Before any walls are opened for drying, asbestos testing must be done if the house was completed before 1985. Results are typically available 24 to 48 hours after testing. If the results are negative, the water-damaged property can begin the drying process immediately with a restoration business like Zavza Seal LLC.
As you may know, asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral. Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to asbestosis. This is an inflammatory condition of the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, chronic and severe coughing, and chronic lung damage.
Factors that affect and prolong the restoration process
Drying out the house will always be the first step in water damage restoration. The following factors will affect how long it takes to dry up water damage:
- How much water seeped inside or inadvertently involved the house?
- How much time did the water stay on the property?
- How long did it take to halt the leak and ease the situation?
- Did the water include any contaminants (e.g., did it come from the toilet or come into contact with dangerous materials)?
- Which construction materials were impacted by the flood or water damage?
If your home has sustained water damage and needs repairs, or if you are in an urgent situation and need help right away, Zavza Seal LLC is qualified to handle every step of the restoration process.
What does the restoration process entail?
If you're curious about what the whole restoration process entails, here's a rundown:
- The severity of the water damage must be analyzed, along with the various structural elements, to create a clear plan for restoring your property.
- Securing wet areas by removing electrical equipment and trip risks to enable safe and practical work.
- Industrial water extractors are used to extract water.
- Air movers and commercial-grade dehumidifiers are used throughout the drying process to remove extra moisture and guarantee that everything is totally dry.
- Air filtering helps purify the air and restore excellent quality by removing any and all bad smells.
- The replacement of floors (wood, stone, or other flooring materials), the removal and replacement of drywall and other building materials, and various reconstruction or restoration tasks are all examples of the repair process.
- Coordinating with the insurance provider and finishing any necessary paperwork.
As we said before, the time it takes to complete repairs will depend on the extent of the structural damage and floods. Once we have finished our assessment of the wet materials and determined the sizeable amount of repairs required due to the water damage, can we get an estimate of how much time it will take to restore everything back to how it was?
Typically, it will take 72 hours for the drying process to be finished. However, it will take longer for more extensive flood-affected areas to dry out entirely. Air movers and commercial dehumidifiers, made to remove moisture effectively, should also help this process. Before the site can dry, any standing water or flooding will need to be removed before the area can dry.
If you're facing any issues regarding water damage in your home, contact us today. You can visit our website here, or call us now for a free estimate.