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What Does Secondary Damage Mean?

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall, steps in a home damaged by flood waters Water damage in Lafayette, LA.

Understanding Secondary Water Damage

When you have a flooding problem in your Lafayette, LA, home, you may hear the professionals throw around a lot of technical terms. You could hear the residential cleanup crew talk about a wide variety of topics, including the following:

  • Black mold
  • Dirty water
  • Negative air chambers
  • Secondary damage

With so much technical speak going around, it's easy to get nervous about your water cleanup. Thankfully, understanding the technical terms is as easy as asking your restoration professionals for some clarification.

When it comes to water damage, the destruction can be broken into two categories. To understand what the second category is, you need to look at both forms of problems.

Primary Damage

When you think of flooding, you likely think of the primary damage first. If a burst pipe caused water to leak down your walls and pool in your living room, these sources of destruction are considered primary. The damage happened right when the water flooded your space. Any belongings or building materials directly affected by water are said to have been in the primary round of damage.

Secondary Issues

Secondary issues take place after the initial spurt of water is over. Perhaps you were able to turn off the water to your home, but that doesn't necessarily stop the damage. Black mold and high humidity could be sources of secondary problems, for example. The mold starts to grow if the water isn't taken care of promptly. This non-primary damage often occurs for three distinct reasons. First, slow reaction times may cause mold growth. Second, hidden leaks could cause a buildup of damage. Third, improper cleanup techniques could leave your home with high humidity even after the water is gone.

As a homeowner, you may feel baffled by a residential flood. Acting quickly can help you stop any secondary forms of damage from taking place in your home. If you take too long to address the water problem, you may end up with black mold growth, destroyed furnishings and humidity problems.

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