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What to do if you have water damage – Act fast… every second counts!

Posted on 2:26 pm by IRCS

If you are unfortunate enough to have water damage due to a frozen pipe, faulty plumbing, a non-functioning sump pump causing basement flooding, every second counts. You must take action immediately to insure that serious and long-lasting damage does not occur.

How Quick Water Damage Happens

Within Minutes:

  • Water contamination spreads to unaffected areas
  • Moisture sensitive surfaces swell and disfigure
  • Furniture stains appear on carpeting and are usually permanent
  • Paper goods and records are ruined
  • Rust stains appear on carpeting and other surfaces
  • Drapery fabrics that contact water may develop permanent watermarks.

Within Hours:

  • Pre-existing moisture related problems are activated
  • Drywall softens and warps
  • Cellulosice browning may occur on natural fabrics
  • Foam cushion (carpet pad) can begin to disintegrate
  • Bacterial odor problems begin to develop
  • Wood furniture, in contact with water, can become permanently ruined.

Within Days:

  • Mildew and biological growth happens, odors begin to permeate the structure
  • Wood floors are warped and ruined
  • Woven carpet installations could shrink
  • Delamination of tufted carpet is possible
  • Vinyl floor coverings can permanently discolor, adhesives can break down
  • Allergies and asthma can be aggravated.

Within Weeks:

  • Structural integrity of interior wall members, sub-floors, and ceiling installations can be permanently damaged.
  • Mildew can permanently stain/damage natural materials
  • Serious health hazards to occupants of buildings have developed.

BOTTOM LINE – EVERY MINUTE Counts! Call Indiana Restoration and Cleaning Services as soon as water damage occurs. We guarantee to take care of your needs, quickly.

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