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3 Types of Secondary Damage After a Flood

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

When a flood first occurs in your home you may experience some immediate damage, such as wet drywall and carpet. This damage is referred to as a primary damage. If water is left to sit for a long enough time secondary damage will often occur which can often cause more harm. The best way to prevent secondary damage, is to immediately contact SERVPRO of Winooski/Stowe. If the water damage is not addressed quickly enough you may encounter these types of secondary damage in your home. 

1. Deteriorating Drywall

While flood waters can immediately make their way into you walls, drywall will soon start to breakdown if not thoroughly dried. One common cause of rotting drywall is a leak by a broken pipe or leaky roof, which often goes unnoticed by homeowners.

2. Mold Growth

Mold loves moisture, which is why water damage often lead to mold growth in your home. Specific species of mold such as black mold, thrive on a constant water source. If left untreated mold will continue to spread and damage other parts of the house. 

 3. Warping Hardwood Floors 

If faced with high humidity or extended contact with water, hardwood floors will often experience warping. You can tell if floors are warped if they are visibly disfigured or rising off the ground. This can happen when an undetected leak makes it under your floors, or when flood water is not dealt with fast enough.ame

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