What Is Secondary Damage and Why Is It Important for Your Business?
When a significant water intrusion strikes your business, it isn’t just the flooded areas that receive damage. Excessive water in Upper Montclair, NJ, also directly leads to high humidity that can cause black mold and other problems in seemingly untouched places. This can create what’s known as secondary damage.
Water Damage Spreads Beyond the Flood
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) defines secondary damage as “the impairment of the appearance or function of a material from prolonged indirect exposure to water.” Key to this issue is that the water never made direct contact with the damaged materials.
Examples of this type of damage include
- Black mold
- Swelling wood or drywall
- Cupping or warping of a wood floor
The damage can be either cosmetic, structural or both. It may also be reversible or permanent.
Water Wicking Causes Secondary Damage
Excessive humidity in a building can cause all kinds of problems. It’s bad for paperwork, electronics and many sorts of building materials. Water also can be drawn to dry areas by being wicked through porous materials and can even travel uphill through tiny cracks by capillary action due to water’s amazing surface tension.
Water Damage Should Be Repaired Immediately
Simply put, the longer water has to impact a material, the more damage possible. If caught quickly, many types of harm, such as minor wood warping, can be reversed. Once the wood has rotted, however, the injury is permanent. Wood rot must be removed and replaced quickly to avoid drawing termites. Black mold and fungus can often be fixed, and bowed flooring is usually repairable.
If you’ve had a water intrusion into your business in Upper Montclair, NJ, you need an IICRC-certified company with the specialized equipment that can extract excess water from salvageable materials. SERVPRO is Here to Help you get back to normal business operations and put the disaster far behind you quickly and efficiently.