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How Long Does It Take To Repair Water Damage?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

A water damage in a bathroom Water damage at this Fort Myers home was caused when the toilet supply line burst over a weekend when the homeowners were away

When It Comes To Water Damage, How Long Does It Take To Fix?

Flooding caused by bursting pipes or some other plumbing disaster can affect your Fort Myers, FL, home on a variety of levels. Water can cause considerable damage to your large appliances, floors and furniture. When a flood occurs, you may be unsure about the extent of the trouble or how long it might take to fix. However, working with flood restoration professionals and your insurance company can help you create a working timetable for necessary repairs.

Location Matters

Where the flood took place can affect how long it takes to make repairs. For example, small or slow leaks in a utility room can be repaired quickly if they come from these sources:

  • a leaking water heater
  • a washing machine
  • a clogged sink

However, bursting pipes in your basement due to a sudden cold snap may take four days or more to repair, especially if the resulting flood waters are more than a few inches deep.

Plumbing Problems May Slow Repairs

Water damage can be slowed or stopped by shutting off the supply lines in your home. However, if you need to call a plumber in to fix a broken pipe, this may extend the repair process by several days, especially if you cannot find someone to come out right away. In the meantime, you can ask your flood restoration experts to remove standing water and begin repairs to your walls and floor if necessary, and contact your insurance agent to begin a claim.

Material Drying Can Affect a Timetable

If your floors and countertops were affected by a flood, the material they are made of can affect how long it may take to repair them. For example, hardwood floors may need to undergo a special drying process to ensure they do not warp or suffer discoloration.

Flooding in your Fort Myers, FL, can occur for many reasons. However, whether you are dealing with bursting pipes or a leaking appliance, being able to gauge how long it will take for repairs to be completed can help you feel more confident about their outcome.

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