NEW VS. OLD WATER DAMAGE
The most frequent form of property damage is cased by water and the are numerous ways it can occur. Nature, for one, can be the culprit through sudden storms and flooding. A common offender are sneaky slow leaks. The worst and most unmistakable type of water loss would be sewage backup. If you are not sure when the water loss. Here are our top guidelines if sign of water damage is from something new or old.
- Material affected
Hard materials such as brick take a long time to show damage. So whether currently damp or not, the problem has probably been around for a while. For other materials, the problem could be old or new. Wood may warp, split, or buckle. You'll probably notice that immediately for hardwood floors, but it may be awhile before you spot problems inside cabinets and in other out-of-the way places.
- Are there rings?
Drywall, hardwood floors, along with other porous materials can develop “rings” if they’ve suffered water damage during a lengthy time period. If it occurs a couple of times, the result is similar to a number of rings of water damage, some big and some small. The origin of water might be a pipe that just runs occasionally, such as the supply pipe into the shower.
- Mildew and Microbial Growth
Water, especially stagnant water, attracts and produces perfect conditions for mold spores to grow and form colonies. If there is a moisture, microbial growth is never far behind, usually occurring 24 to 48 hours after the initial water loss. Therefore, you spot what you think could be some growth, the loss may be older and would need immediate attention.
Water damage costs American homes and businesses some billion every year, each claim nearly thousand of dollars. So it doesn’t matter if the damage is old or new. If the leak is ongoing, immediate action can reduce or even eliminate the cost of water damage restoration and repairs. Call for a professional water damage restoration service. SERVPRO of Ventura can remedy the problem. Call us at (805) – 656 – 3911.