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How Water Affects the Building Materials in Your Home

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro professional drying out water from floor Wet damage flooring in a Weston, FL home

How Water Affects the Building Materials in Your Home 

Nothing’s quite as worrying as water damage to your home in Weston, FL. Besides its contents, water can impact the physical structures and building materials inside. From swelling wood to soaked drywall, these substances react to flooding and saturation in a variety of ways. To understand what restoration entails, it’s worth taking a look at water’s effects on the common building materials used inside your home.

1. Swelling Wood

It’s a well-known fact that wood absorbs moisture. That’s because the cell walls of plants are designed to soak up water through osmosis. When water saturates items such as cabinets or subflooring, they drink it in and swell up as a result. In most cases, swollen wood items will need to be replaced. If not rectified, the wood will just keep on swelling and result in even more damage.

2. Drenched Drywall

Fortunately, drywall impacted by flooding may be salvageable. With a broken pipe, severe weather or even a supply line break, you’ve got a short window of time in which to act. Left alone, drywall will become weak and begin to crumble. An experienced water damage restoration company can dry out and restore the material.

3. Tile Flooring and Walls

Water damage and tile can be somewhat more complex. It depends on the type of tile used, how long the water sits and whether it permeates into unsealed grout. A couple of loose tiles can be deceptive, hiding damaged subflooring, drywall or plaster.

4. Carpet

Waterlogged carpet also presents a unique problem. Its salvageability largely depends on the type of damage present and how quickly you act. Clean water damage is more easily rectified since the carpet can be cleaned and dried out by professionals.

Reclaiming your home after water damage can be difficult, but the right restoration company will be Here to Help. If you need water pipe repair, have swelling wood or see other water damage, contact a restoration professional as quickly as possible.

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