What’s Secondary Flood Damage?

When a business or home suffered flood damage, it’s vital not to compound the issue with what’s considered secondary damage. Inside a flooded home, the evaporation of all intruding water rapidly saturates the air. It’s why flood damage restoration ought to start as soon as you can – to prevent any further damage from the saturated air. Whether this damage was caused by rising flood waters, or by a broken pipe, quick flood cleanup prevents the damage from spreading within several ways.Secondary Flood Damage Washington DC

Firstly, rapid flood water removal with extraction machines or through additional means is going to mean less water evaporating inside the home’s air. Also, it’ll prevent the excessive water from migrating underneath walls and spreading to additional spaces of the house, and from wicking into porous materials such as your cabinets and drywall.  Therefore, the sooner you remove as much of the water as you can, the better.

Secondly, you’ll still have lots of moisture inside the porous materials within your house which will continually evaporate. The harm of that is twofold.  1. The high moisture levels in the air that are caused by the evaporation will start to condense on everything else within the house; therefore, even if it was not initially touched by the water, it’ll become wet and experience damage.  Plus, these currently wet materials are going to be the perfect breeding ground for mold growth.  Plus 2. The high humidity drastically will slow the process of drying and keep everything wet for a lot longer. It’ll virtually ensure extra costly and severe mold and water damage. Therefore, you’ll have to use and get high volume dehumidifiers that take the moisture from the air and get the humidity as low as it can get. It’ll prevent condensation from getting all other items wet, and it’ll greatly decrease the drying time.

For more information on secondary flood damage repair contact Triangle Legacy in one of these locations: DC: (202) 888-2960; Virginia: 703-673-1175; Maryland: (301) 523-9419.