Time Is More Than Money
You know the old adage as well as we do: Time is money. At least since its 18th century usage by Ben Franklin, it’s been an aphorism used to convey the cost of slackness in one’s work, or the value of being diligent.
And it holds a kernel of truth. In many situations, waiting to act, work or adapt will cost you fiscally. And while this is also true when it comes to home repair, it doesn’t convey or reveal the full truth.
Time is indeed more than money. Time is damage.
When your home experiences a damaging incident such as a water line break or fire, it’s absolutely imperative that you act quickly, and that your service company does the same. That’s one of many reasons SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service—we know every minute spent waiting means a deeper, more destructive impact on your home, and more time you have to spend with your life upended from it.
After a fire, for example, your home will immediately be inundated with stains from soot—heavy discoloration of walls and objects begin right away, and only deepen the longer you wait. This damage becomes permanent in only a few days’ time, making it impossible to remove without completely rebuilding the walls.
Further down the line, your home could experience structural damage, warping and permanent smoke smell, not to mention the effect on your furniture, clothes and more.
When your home experiences a water damage emergency, the urgency is much the same, though the effect differ. Belongings, documents and furniture experience immediate damage, some of which is reversible if fast action is taken. But the longer things sit, the more permanent the damage becomes—drywall, sub-flooring, and belongings can all become lost, warped or rusted.
Then, of course, there’s mold. In only 24 to 48 hours, mold growth begins unless moisture is completely dealt with and extracted. Regular drying or removal of dampness won’t do—if you want to ensure the safety and sanitation of your home after water damage, complete extraction is necessary.
So you see, time in this case is much more than money, though it will cost more to undo the damage done to homes in which more time has passed. When an emergency comes, take advantage of the 24⁄7 care of your local SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
When water or fire damage your home or business, call on the industry leaders in restoration and recovery. Contact SERVPRO to get help now.