How Quickly Should Businesses Act When Water Damage Occurs?
An unexpected water disaster can be detrimental to any business, large or small. The key to keeping water damage to a minimum and restoring your business to a functional state again is based on how quickly you react to water damage. While some situations seem minor, even small amounts of water can cause significant damage if left unchecked. See how much damage can happen in a small amount of time without proper water damage remediation.
How much damage can happen over time when a water disaster occurs?
Water damage within minutes
- Water quickly spreads into floors, drywall, fixtures, equipment, and documents.
Damage in the first 24 hours
- Drywall swells and breaks from the saturation
- Hardwoods and furnishings swell and crack
- Microbial growth begins
Water damage within 5 days
- Mold growth accelerates
- Wood is saturated and warped
- Ceilings collapse
- Flooring is likely unsalvageable
Unchecked damage after 5 days
- Structural safety is compromised
- Contaminants are a serious threat
- Restoration costs escalate
How your business can be prepared for water damage
To be prepared, you need to develop a contingency plan in case of water damage or any other kind of emergency. SERVPRO has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your facility when such disasters strike your business. The SERVPRO ERP identifies prioritized points of contact for authorizing the cleanup and restoration to begin. This saves time which will get your business up and running quicker saving time and money. It also provides detailed information such as water and gas shut-off valve locations and other priority information to accelerate reaction time and keep damage to a minimum. This will provide the crews reacting to your situation a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call…crucial when time is of the essence!
Contact us at 863-617-1976 to learn more about protecting your business. We’re here 24/7 to assist you with any emergency you may experience.