How Long Does Water Damage Restoration Take

Life in our city is nice and cozy. Great weather, beaches, parks, among many other things. Now, when that comfort is disrupted by water damage in your home, we completely understand how worried and stressed you can feel. This is why, in this post, we’ll explain what you can expect in terms of water damage restoration timelines. What things need to be done during the restoration project and how long does each of those things take to complete. 

In a Hurry? Here are Quick Points to Take Away:

  1. Typical drying time is 3-7 days
  2. Repairs usually take 1-2 weeks
  3. Expect at least 2 weeks for the entire project to be completed

Water damage restoration timelines are split into drying time and the following repairs/reconstruction. Then, the timelines for each of the two parts are determined by their complexity and materials involved. 

Need more clarification? Keep on reading!

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How Long to Dry Out Water Damage

How long it takes to dry out water damage depends on materials affected, severity of the damage, and drying methods. 

Severity of the Damage

Let’s start with the damage severity. What determines the severity of your water damage situation? Multiple things:

  1. What category is your water damage?
  2. How long has the damage been standing for?
  3. How high is the humidity in the area?

We’ll explain each of these one by one. Water damage can be split into 3 categories – clean, gray, and black water. If you’d assumed that clean water would be the fastest to dry and black the slowest, you’d be correct. The more contaminated and dirty the water, the longer the drying process because we also have to make sure that the area is disinfected properly. 

Then, if the damage has been standing for some time, the materials will have soaked up more of it, leading to longer drying time. 

And the humidity levels of the surrounding areas and also the weather conditions will also impact drying time.

Wet Materials

Different materials are affected by water in different ways. For example, carpets are some of the fastest to dry, taking only a day or two in most cases. Drywall drying also takes only a couple of days. 

However, materials like masonry and hardwood flooring can take up to several weeks, depending on the severity of the damage, a factor we’ve just covered. 

We also have to take into account the property itself. Some older buildings and materials may fail if we dry too aggressively, leading to a slower drying process to preserve the property successfully.

Drying Methods and Efficiency

Obviously, the knowledge and skills of your drying technicians will have a say in how long it takes to dry out water damage in your home. 

Equipment will also play a role. The more powerful the equipment, the faster the drying time. Keep in mind that the most powerful equipment will also be really loud and cause unbearable heat, disrupting your daily functioning in the property. You’ll have to see if you’re okay with this or not. 

As you can see, there are many things to consider when trying to answer the question “how long it takes to dry out water damage”, so make sure that your restoration specialists are on-top with their communication and that your situation is clearly explained. 

To learn more about how drying works, check psychrometrics.

How Long to Repair and Reconstruct

The answer to this question will almost always depend on how long the drying process took. If drying was a breeze, then that means that there’d not been a lot of water (and the water likely hadn’t been contaminated), leading to not many – if any – repairs and replacements being required.

However, if there is one foot of water in your property, not only will it take much longer to dry, but the amount of materials that will have to be replaced and repaired is bigger. A general estimate is 1-2 weeks but it can take much longer than that at times.

For example, in case of severe floods, water damage repairs can take from several months up to a year!


So, to wrap it up, your restoration project will probably take around 2 weeks. Again, as always, it will depend on the scenario but we can confidently say that a 2 week timeline will cover most of your cases. 

Now, if you’re ready to get started with water damage restoration, call Sparkling City Water Damage Restoration today!

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