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How Quickly Can Flood Damage Wreck Your Home?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on walls after flood, wood floor SERVPRO Says--Call us fast to mitigate flood damaghe and prevent mold infestations in your Salem home

Salem Residents need Flood Damage Remediation Fast

When a storm rips through Salem, it can leave all kinds of chaos in its wake. We are all used to seeing images on television of storm-ravaged houses, but of course we hope it will never happen to us. Unfortunately, you cannot guarantee your home will not suffer damage, but when disaster strikes, SERVPRO is here to help.

Speed is vital when dealing with flood damage in your Salem home. Floodwater causes more damage the longer the situation goes on.

What happens when floodwater first enters your home?

The damage begins as soon as water enters your home. Moisture immediately soaks into:

  • Floor and walls
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Upholstery and drapes

Color can bleed out of upholstery in minutes, paper products can swell, and wood can warp.
What are the risks in the first few hours?

In the first few hours, drywall soaks up water, carpets become even more water-logged (and usually are not salvageable), and wood swells more. Metal surfaces might start to tarnish, and you will start to smell the unmistakable damp odor that comes after flood damage.

What are the risks in the first week?

Within a week, the effects of a flood are catastrophic:

  • Mold spores start growing within 48 hours, which can cause health effects and spreading fungus
  • Doors and window frames swell to the point they cannot open
  • Metal starts to rust
  • Paint blisters and bubbles

Can SERVPRO get here fast?

It is clear that fast action is vital. We contact you within an hour of receiving your first call, and arrive at your home within four hours to begin assessment and remediation.

Our technicians come with industry-grade personal protective equipment and powerful pumps, air dryers, and dehumidifiers. We remove excess water, then dry your home, and supervise necessary repairs. Because we arrive quickly, we can often save wooden furniture and upholstery.

We monitor moisture levels and check for hidden patches of moisture, to ensure a thorough job. We also deodorize your home when we are finished, so it smells fresh once more.

If you need help fast, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.

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