What is Secondary Water Damage?
What is Secondary Water Damage
Hidden moisture can do significant damage to many components in your home. If moisture is left behind after a water issue arises, the following long-term damage can begin to fester.
Mold: This quick growing microorganism only needs 24 hours to start growing which can lead to its spores spreading within days. Even a small patch of wet carpet left unchecked can create the right conditions for black mold to grow.
Electrical: Water that has seeped into the wall can affect the outlets. If water gets trapped, it may increase the potential for electrical shock.
Corrosion: Hidden pipes and fixtures in the home made of metal can begin to rust and corrode in wet conditions, eventually leading to potential bigger water issues like a pipe burst.
Wood Rot: As well as being an inviting place for black mold to grow, the wood elements of your home will begin to rot if not properly dried. This may lead to a loss in the home’s structural integrity.
Mitigate the Risk
SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr provides timely and professional assessments and cleanup which can be necessary to avoid hidden damage from becoming a catastrophic accident. When there is high humidity, it is even more important to ensure that dehumidification is done to stop water damage from spreading everywhere. Upon their arrival SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr will extract any standing water, remove saturated materials from the affected areas, and use air movers. Opening windows, depending on the humidity levels outside may slow down secondary damage until SERVPRO Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr arrives.
While a small water issue may not seem like anything to worry about, hidden damage may be lurking. Immediately addressing the issue can help keep the situation from escalating to a huge problem. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr will address the situation and answer any questions you have, through the drying process.