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What Is The Most Common Form of Secondary Damage?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Black mold growth on wall due to water damage Secondary water damage can cause mold growth.

What Is The Most Common Form of Secondary Damage?

Water damage is a serious problem that can lead to secondary damage, which is often more costly and damaging than the initial water issue. In fact, mold growth and other types of secondary damage can undermine the structural integrity of your home or business. As you can see, it’s important to address any water damage as soon as possible to avoid these problems.

What is secondary damage?

Secondary damage is damage that occurs when water-damaged items are not addressed quickly enough. Remember, water can cause mold and mold can destroy your home’s structure. It’s important to get help from a professional restoration company as soon as possible.

Mold can start growing in 48 hours.

Mold needs just three things to thrive: water, oxygen, and food. If you see any of these ingredients in your home, you're at risk for mold growth. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours and can continue to grow for months or even years. The reason this is so dangerous is that when you have a mold problem, the spores are still there but they're just not visible. They're in your walls and they're going to keep spreading.

Mold can grow for months or even years if you don't address it. Mold remediation is an ongoing process that requires a lot of work and care. The higher the humidity, the faster mold will grow

If you find mold anywhere in or on your property (in a house or other building), call an experienced remediation company right away—time is of the essence when dealing with fungal infestation!

Dehumidifiers can help.

In areas of high humidity, dehumidifiers can help reduce humidity levels to prevent mold from growing and causing damage to the home. Dehumidifiers can also help prevent structural damage by lowering relative humidity.

If you live in a humid climate and have a leaky pipe or roof near your AC system, it's especially important that you take precautions against secondary damage to your home. A dehumidifier is an affordable and efficient way to combat this type of damage before it occurs; if you have any questions about how best to use one in your situation, consult with our SERVPRO team today!

If you see mold, it is time to call a professional!

If you see mold or notice a musty smell, call a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Beach immediately! Mold is a fungus that feeds on organic matter. It can grow in places that are damp, dark, and warm—basements, bathrooms, and attics. Mold can cause structural damage to your home by eating away at the materials it grows on like wood, drywall, and carpet.

If you’re worried about mold, or if you just want to be sure that your home is safe from dangerous contaminants, contact our SERVPRO team today. We can help ensure your home is safe from mold and other harmful materials.

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