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The Effects of a Water Damage

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water is a lot of things.

It is essential to life on earth. The human body is mostly made up of water. If you go without water for an extended period of time, you will die. On the other hand, water is one of the most destructive substances on earth. Massive tsunamis and thunderstorms can cause destructive floods, destroying anything in their path.

Water is also a universal solvent. This means water can dissolve nearly anything, given enough time. Think of the Grand Canyon. Massive amounts of stone carved into a canyon over the course of millions of years. Imagine comparing that to a flood in your home or business. Water damage in properties nearly never occurs for long enough to erode things like stone, but it can easily erode and dissolve things such as drywall, plaster, wood, and any paint or varnish that may be covering it. This process happens when materials are exposed to certain amounts of water for a long period of time and the molecular bonds of the material begin to weaken and deteriorate, and in some materials cases completely dissipating and becoming a mushy substance.

Water is pretty incredible, but so are the floors and walls of your home or business. If a flood or major leak is threatening to turn your home to mush, give SERVPRO of Hesperia / Apple Valley /Barstow / Twentynine Palms a call. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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