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How Long Does Water or Flood Damage Take to Dry Out?

11/20/2023 (Permalink)

Flooded and wet hardwood flooring, partially removed. How Long Does Water or Flood Damage Take to Dry Out?

Extensive flooding in your home or commercial building can be a nightmare scenario, and even a minor leak can cause a challenging mold infestation. Water starts to damage building materials and possessions within as little as an hour, so it is important to start the water restoration process as quickly as possible. The longer areas of your home are wet, the greater the damage will be. As soon as you can, contact a quality water remediation company such as SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene.

If you do experience a water leak or water damage, the time it takes to dry out varies according to certain factors such as: 

  • How many gallons of water entered your home or office building
  • How long the water went unaddressed
  • What types of surfaces the water contacted

SERVPRO® can do a full investigation of your building in order to determine how long the water restoration process will take in your case, however, buildings can usually be restored in a few days. The average dry time for buildings with significant water damage is five days, but in some cases, only three days of drying are needed. The dry time might be as long as 7-10 days if porous flooring materials and carpeting were affected.

How Does a Water Remediation Company Address Water or Flood Damage?

Mitigating the effects of water damage and restoring your building requires a thorough process that involves correctly ascertaining the extent of the damage, removing the water, drying out lingering moisture, repairing damaged materials, and rebuilding areas that were unsalvageable. As our experts go through the following steps, they use specialized techniques and equipment to minimize the dry time:

Responding to the Call and Conducting an Assessment

Our experts are dispatched as soon as we get an emergency call. When we arrive on site, we will act fast to find the source of the leak or flooding and prevent more water from entering the building, if necessary. We will conduct tests to determine whether or not the water is contaminated, and we will perform a thorough investigation to learn how far the water has traveled.

Disposal Services and the Securing of Undamaged Items

You may have some furniture and building materials that need to be disposed of, while other possessions may simply need to be relocated and/or restored. We offer both of these services, along with the implementation of advanced sanitizing and deodorizing methods.

Water Extraction, Drying, and Dehumidifying

We use industrial-grade pumps and dehumidifiers to remove excess water and dry out the building. Sometimes, a surface may appear dry even when it is still wet, so we monitor the process carefully to ensure that all areas of your building dry out completely.

Cleaning and Restoration

Once all of the areas of the building are dry, we can focus on replacing any drywall or carpeting that was removed and conducting major repairs as needed. Sometimes, entire rooms, walls, and parts of the ceiling are rebuilt.


Address water damage quickly to restore your peace of mind, sanitize your space, and help your building function again. When you need a remediation company that will respond with expertise at a moment's notice, contact SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene.

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