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What Is Secondary Damage and What Types of It Exist?

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

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What is Secondary Damage and What Types of it Exist?

When your home has been damaged by a natural disaster, the last thing you want to deal with is secondary damage. Secondary damage refers to structural damage that occurs when the primary damage remains unaddressed. There are two types of secondary damages: biological and mechanical. Biological refers to mold and mildew growth, while mechanical refers to rusting, corrosion, and warping. Some secondary damage has to be dealt with right away, while others are more manageable. If you don't handle this type of damage properly, it could lead to more serious issues down the road like premature structural failure or even structural collapse! If you're wondering how we can help repair your home after an unexpected incident occurs: our team of experts at SERVPRO of Ozone Park/Jamaica Bay will get started on making sure your property is safe again as soon as possible!

What Is Secondary Damage?

Secondary damage is damage that occurs after the primary damage. For example, if a flood or fire cause damages to your home, it will most likely be necessary to replace or try and salvage water-damaged items.

When secondary damage occurs, it's best to call in professionals who can help assess the situation and determine how much of the initial problem they can repair themselves before calling in a restoration company.

Types of Secondary Damage

Secondary damage can be either biological or mechanical, with the former including mold and mildew growth, and the latter including rusting, corrosion, and warping.

For example: if you don’t get your car into a shop right away after you notice an oil leak, it will only worsen and become more expensive to fix later. 

Secondary Damage Refers to Structural Damage That Occurs When the Primary Damage Remains Unaddressed

This can happen with or without the presence of a disaster if the primary issue is not addressed. Secondary damages are often caused by natural disasters, but they can also be caused by non-disaster factors, like neglecting maintenance on your home or leaving a broken window open during a storm.

When should you call a restoration company? If you notice any of the following signs, it's time to call in an expert:

  • Your home or building has suffered water damage from flooding or other sources that shouldn't have happened
  • The odor of mould is present in your home (if left untreated)

If you suspect that your home has been affected by secondary damage, immediately contact us. We will come out to your home in Ozone Park, NY and assess the damage. We will provide a free estimate, and we can work with you to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

Our team is on standby 24/7. We can help you with any secondary damage your property may be facing. Don’t hesitate to call us at (347) 233- 2305 for an estimate and more information about our services!

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