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Understanding Secondary Damage

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Wall is covered with mold due to humidity in the room Damaged wall covered with mold due to flooding in Fernridge, MO

Understanding Secondary Damage

If you have water damage in your building in Fernridge, MO, quick remediation is vital. If you delay or if technicians are not thorough, you will likely have secondary damage such as a black mold problem. The key to avoiding such damage is understanding how it occurs. Here are four additional problems that can happen if a water damage issue persists.

1. Material Disintegration

When materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, floor pads or carpet become damaged by flooding, the damage doesn't stop on its own. The longer the affected materials are allowed to sit before mitigation happens, the more pronounced the damage can become. Walls that possibly could have been salvaged can become soft and bulging. Carpet fibers and ceiling tiles can begin to rot. The longer you wait, the more materials you are likely to have to replace.

2. Mold Growth

Black mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred. If you are not vigilant about calling water restoration specialists quickly, you may experience mold growth, which will then have to be added to the mitigation process. This can delay completion of the repairs significantly.

3. Electrical Issues

One of the first things you should do when your building floods is turn off the electricity. This is a safety precaution to help avoid electrical shock. Unless the electrical system is properly mitigated, however, that damage doesn't go away after cleanup. A qualified electrician should inspect for extra damage before the electricity is turned back on.

4. Corrosion

Metal items are particularly sensitive to excess moisture. High humidity levels can cause condensation on metal surfaces, allowing them to rust and weakening their strength. If these surfaces happen to be on pipes, this can lead to a much bigger problem down the line.
Even when flooding stops, new problems can still occur. Proper remediation is essential for avoiding black mold and other secondary damage after a flood.

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