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Understanding Secondary Water Damage

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

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At the first signs of unwanted water in your West Whittier, CA, finding and repairing the cause needs to be done swiftly, as well as proper cleanup. While a small leak may not seem like a major problem, if the water isn’t properly cleaned and mitigated, it can lead to long-term effects known as secondary damage. Unlike the obvious effects of standing water on your belongings, this time of damage can remain hidden until it becomes a serious problem.

Types of Secondary 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
Timely and professional assessment and cleanup are necessary to avoid hidden damage from becoming a big problem. When there is high humidity, it is even more important to ensure that dehumidification is done by a water and mold remediation professional to stop any damage from spreading. While waiting for help to arrive, sop up any standing water, remove saturated items from the affected areas, and use fans or open windows, depending on the humidity levels, to begin the drying process.
While a small water issue may not seem like anything to worry about, hidden damage, such as black mold, may be lurking. Immediately addressing the issue and getting professional assistance can help keep it a small problem.

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