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Water Damage. How Long Has It Been There?

Water damage, has it been there for a while, or is it actually fresh?

Water affects different materials in different ways. If tile, brick, or other tough material has been affected by water damage, chances are, the water has been around for quite some time. On the other hand, if your damage is on drywall, hardwood flooring, or carpet, it could be new or it could be a prolonged water issue. Even a bit of water can affect these materials right away.

Drywall, wooden flooring, and other softer materials may develop what looks like "rings" if they have suffered water damage over a long period of time. The water soaks in and discolours the material. If this happens a few times, the effects can be several rings of water, some being small and others large. This means the water damage has been around for a while. But, this also means the pattern of water damage is intermittent. It happens often but there are dry spells where the material can dry out. The source of water could be from a pipe that only runs sometimes, like the supply pipe to the shower or it could be the result of a roof leak, which only causes water damage when it rains.

Areas that have new water damage are likely to be wet but not soft. If you touch the water damage and you notice that the drywall is soft, that means the water has had time to soak in and ruin the integrity of the material and is the result of water damage that has been there for quite some time. But it's also important to know that tough material such as tile may never soften at all.

If you discover water anywhere in your home, even if you don't know how long it has been there, always consult with a professional. Our professionals at Corner 2 Corner Cleaning & Restoration have the knowledge to help you out in any way they can and it's our promise to ensure any and all damage is taken care of before it gets out of hand.

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