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3 Examples of Secondary Water Damage

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Three technicians removing flooring To be safe after a flood, pull up all of the floorings and replace them with something new.

3 Secondary Water Damage Examples

If you have a flood in your Lakeview, TX, home, you don't only have the standing water to worry about. You also have to be mindful of potential secondary damage issues caused by the water. Here are three examples of secondary water damage.

1. Black Mold Growth
Mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours when there is moisture and high humidity. Simply removing the water isn't enough after a flood. To ensure that mold doesn't grow, you must dry everything out as thoroughly and quickly as possible. If the water has been standing for more than a day, you'll want to call a water damage restoration specialist to assess the damage and repair your home. You will likely find that you have black mold behind the drywall, and the professionals will know how to safely remove it.

2. Wood Rot
When wood gets wet, it can take a very long time to dry out. If the wood is quickly dried out, you likely won't have to worry about wood rot. However, if the wood sits for even a few hours in floodwater, you could find that it absorbed too much water to properly dry out before it starts rotting. If you don't replace the rotting wood in your home, the structure's integrity could suffer, so you never want to ignore it. A professional will cut out the rotted wood and replace it with new, healthy wood.

3. Flooring Damage
Many flooring materials will lose shape when they get saturated with water and will never return to normal, despite how long you let them dry out. Water can also get trapped under the flooring materials, and the wet, dark place is a perfect environment for black mold growth. To be safe after a flood, pull up all of the floorings and replace it with something new.
Depending on how long the water sits in your Lakeview, TX, home, you could have a lot of secondary water damage. However, when you rely on professionals to help you with the clean-up, the situation is much easier to handle.

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