Stages of Drywall Water Damage: What You Need To Know
Drywall water damage can happen when your home is exposed to water from a flood, plumbing issues, condensation, a leaky roof, or minor spills. It is a cause of distress to many home owners and it happens fast. Drywall is amazingly sturdy, yet it is also absorbent and can be ruined when exposed to water for too long. Ignoring water damaged drywall can end up costing much more than if it’s taken care of right away. You will be able to act quickly to limit damage when you know the following stages of damage caused by water to drywall.
Stage 1: The first 24 Hours
With mild water damage you may be able to thoroughly dry out the effected drywall within 24 hours to prevent mold growth. But know that once water damage is underway it only takes a matter of minutes for it to begin to do real damage. Within the first hour to 24 hours you may notice questionable odors. You may see wet spots or changes to your drywall and paint, such as swelling, cracking, flaking or bubbling. Mold presence could lead to health concerns if it is not addressed quickly by remediation professionals. The team at Water Extraction Experts can help!
Stage 2: 48 Hours-1 Week
If water damage goes unchecked it will spread; saturating everything in its path. Mold, mildew, and other contaminants will also begin to spread. The chemicals in the paint used to coat the drywall also contribute to the process of mold growth. During this time, people with respiratory issues or compromised immune systems could begin to experience distressful health problems.
Stage 3: More than 1 week
All water damage problems mentioned above will intensify after1 week. Collapsed ceilings, structural damage, toxic spores from mold and mildew; those are just a few of the reasons it is wise to address any drywall water damage right away. Also, drywall paper provides a good food source to allow mold to quickly multiply to numbers unsafe to humans. Exposure to mold is dangerous!
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As you can see, water damage works fast to do real damage to your home. Ignoring the signs of drywall water damage is risky; not just to your home but also to your health. You don’t have to face it alone. Water Extraction Experts are here to help you. Our team of certified technicians use the most advanced technology in water damage mitigation and mold remediation to quickly get your home and your life back in balance again.
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