Understanding Secondary Damage and How To Prevent It
What Is Secondary Damage?
This refers to damage that occurs after the initial incident. In the basement flood example, the flood is the initial, or primary, problem. This event can damage many items and even the structure in your home, causing them to become waterlogged and have to be repaired or replaced:
- Personal belongings
If, however, in the course of cleanup, you discover that there is black mold growing, the mold is a secondary issue caused by the initial problem. Because mold isn't a guaranteed outcome of a flood, it is not considered to be a primary type of damage.
How Can You Prevent Mold Damage?
Mold isn't something that you want to deal with in your home. Therefore, it is important to take the proper steps when cleaning up from a flood to ensure that it doesn't become a problem.
Contract with a water damage remediation company that understands the potential risk of secondary issues.
Begin to remove water and clean up after a flood as soon as you can safely do so.
Remember that basements are high humidity environments, so it's important to run dehumidifiers, heaters, AC units, or fans to circulate air and dry out the area thoroughly.
Be patient; don't rush or cut corners to finish the restoration job quickly. Take care to do it well to prevent future problems.
Prevent black mold and other long-term secondary damage to your home by working with professionals and taking the time to do the job right.