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When you say ‘Secondary Water Damage’, what does that mean?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water on this carpet could have caused secondary damage if the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville hadn't arrived quickly.

When your Davidson County home or business experiences damage due to water, you can see where the initial damage occurs. Water may cause your hardwood floors to cup; maybe require some carpet to be dried, but what does it mean when you hear the term secondary damage?

Secondary water damage is additional property damage caused when water is not dried properly or has not been clean up quickly enough. Some examples of secondary water damage are as follows:

  • Mold: Mold can occur within 24-36 hours after a water loss occurred if appropriate water mitigation steps are not taken.
  • Material Damage: Flooring such as hardwoods may cup or crown due to moisture, but in some cases, the damage is reversible if the property drying process is started quickly. But left untreated, the flooring and subfloors may have to be replaced.

Don’t wait for secondary damage to affect your home or business.

At SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville we offer 24-hour emergency services to help prevent secondary damage. If you have experienced water damage to your home or business, give our IICRC certified team of experts a call at (336) 224-2565.

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