It is an unfortunate truth that many individuals underestimate the possible damage water can cause with even limited direct exposure time. Chemistry teaches that water can be a base or an acid depending on environmental aspects indicating that in high acid environments, water acts as a base and in low pH environments, water is a little acidic. The mutable nature of water manages water the ability to carve through solid rock to produce beautiful natural marvels but this very same ability can likewise ruin drywall, plumbing products, and other typical structure materials. This point, however, is often forgotten when people handle water damage.
When dealing with water damage, lots of people simply focus on the leading layer of water and neglect to do anything for the layers of water that have permeated the subsurface or been absorbed into the gypsum board (aka drywall and sheetrock) and sill plates usually due to the double whammy of they do not comprehend the dangers and they do not have the correct extraction equipment. Wikipedia reports that the gypsum board is “quickly harmed by exposure to water” and “supports the development of mold.” While plasterboard is dealt with to make it more water-resistant, ought to the gypsum board be punctured or needs to water, as when it comes to water damage, collect around the vulnerable area of the plasterboard, the porous gypsum board will then easily take in and hold the water. The longer this taken in water remains inside the plasterboard the more damage it triggers.
Unlike fire damage that leaves a visible and typically static course of damage, water damage can be subtle and can manifest its destruction over some time. Opposed to the immediate damage caused by fire, water, comparable in many methods to tension, can gradually chip away at the host till it requires extensive repair at a MUCH greater cost and over an area MUCH larger than preliminary exposure would have been needed to deal with. The subtle nature of water is what causes water damage to be regularly ignored and, for that reason, undertreated in real-life case situations.
Unfortunately, regardless of the best intent and valiant effort of many respectable do-it-yourselfers, their efforts are for naught as they simply lack the equipment required for remediation and such equipment is not typically available at your regional rental store. At best these people might have access to a commercial carpet cleaner which can effectively remove the top layer of water however does little to permeate the subflooring or remove the taken in water so they will stop when the area feels dry and will leave a fan on. This technique is extremely similar to the technique utilized by remediation experts in the infancy of the water repair occupation but this was soon sent out to pasture as it was quickly shown to be inefficient, at best, and a catalyst for decomposition and mold development, at worst.
The very best method to fight water damage, and to prevent the short and long term devastation caused by water damage, is to call a professional water damage restoration company as quickly as the damage is found. While the respectable do-it-yourselfer will have the relentless desire to break out their devices and help the expert water damage repair company, the best way a do-it-yourselfer could help the company is by disabling the source of the water damage (if possible), guaranteeing the area is devoid of electrical dangers, and ensuring the affected area is devoid of debris and physical dangers (if possible) so that the professionals can extract the water as quickly as possible to lessen the repair time.