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What Is Secondary Water Damage?

When a building undergoes a water incursion, people tend to only think about the standing water itself. However, when the water is left to sit, it can cause additional damage, such as black mold growth, which can often cause even more damage than the water. This is called secondary damage, which can occur in several forms.
1. Electrical
Severe damage can occur when water gets in electrical sockets. If you suspect that this has happened, stay out of the area until a professional can inspect it; electrical shocking is a risk.
2. Wood Rot
Organic material, such as wood, is susceptible to rotting when water is introduced. Wood rot can lead to significant structural problems.
3. Mold
Mold doesn’t need much to grow. Since mold spores are already nearly everywhere, all they need is high humidity and a food source. Black mold is one of the most common types. It can begin growing in as little as 24 hours and can spread quickly throughout the building.
4. Flooring
Standing water can cause flooring such as hardwood and laminate to buckle. There’s no way to repair them when this happens. Soaked carpet usually won’t be able to be thoroughly dried quickly enough. Most of the time, flooring must be removed and disposed of. Water can get trapped under the flooring, which can cause even more problems in addition to the flooring itself, such as mold growth and damage to the padding and subfloor.
5. Corrosion
Corrosion can begin when metal materials (e.g., pipes and studs) come into contact with water, even with high humidity. The metal can disintegrate, causing even more damage.
Suppose your building sustains water damage in New York City. In that case, whether it’s from a spontaneous flood or a slow leaking pipe, it’s crucial to immediately stop the water and begin the remediation process. If caught soon enough, quick action can prevent black mold growth and other secondary damage.

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