Moore, OK, Water Damage Restoration Company Explains Primary & Secondary Damage

Locally owned and operated for more than ten years, Paul Davis Damage Restoration Services provides damage restoration and reconstruction services to the local area. The technicians understand how stressful and sudden a fire, flood, water leak, or other accident can be. That is why they promise to provide a free estimate within four hours of a customer’s call.

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A rapid response is vital to prevent secondary damage from occurring. Water damage restoration experts distinguish between primary water damage and secondary water damage.

Primary Water Damage

Primary water damage is any damage that occurs at the initial water intrusion incident. Causes of initial water damage include a broken pipe, burst supply line, leaking or overflowing toilet, roof damage from a storm, an HVAC condensate pan leak, or water from extinguishing a structure file.

Primary damage may be reversible if the water and moisture are immediately removed from the affected areas and items. Other types of primary water damage may not be reversible without extensive repair, reconstruction, or replacement. These incidents include a collapsed ceiling, short-circuited electronics and electrical devices, faded or stained upholstery, household paper products, and ruined foodstuffs.

A key factor in successfully mitigating primary water damage is the rapid response. If the property owner has not been able to identify the source of the water intrusion and stop the flow, the response team will locate the source of the intrusion and stop the water flow.  Next, the trained technicians will take steps to prevent any further water damage to appliances, furniture, and personal belongings. Meanwhile, the water removal and drying process will commence.

Another key factor is the rapid and complete removal of water from the damaged areas. Powerful equipment enables technicians to rapidly complete the water extraction and removal process. Industrial strength fans and dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air. Cleaning and sanitizing make the structure safe for humans and pets and allow restoration, repairs, and reconstruction to begin quickly so that life can return to normal.

Secondary Water Damage

Secondary water damage is damage that occurs due to prolonged exposure to water and moisture after the initial water intrusion event. Secondary damage may begin almost immediately after the primary water intrusion. Undetected or hidden water leaks are frequent causes of secondary damage. Delays in mitigating initial water intrusion are a leading cause of secondary water damage. An inadequate water damage restoration project that fails to completely remove all water and moisture can also lead to secondary water damage. Securing qualified, reputable property damage restoration specialists is essential to prevent secondary damage.

Types of secondary water damage include:

  • mold and mildew
  • buckled flooring and staircases
  • swollen baseboards and molding
  • warped drywall and cracked plaster
  • wood rot

Like primary water damage, some secondary water damage may be permanent or reversible. An example of permanent secondary water damage is wood rot. Wood rot must be removed and replaced. Another example of permanent secondary damage is carpeting that has been contaminated by mold, mildew, or bacteria growth. The now hazardous carpeting and padding must be removed and replaced with new flooring.

Some types of secondary damage may be reversible if the water and moisture are completely removed before the damage becomes too extensive. Warped flooring and swollen baseboards may not need to be replaced if the moisture is removed quickly and the materials return to their original shape.

Secondary water damage is much less forgiving than primary water damage and is often permanent and more costly than primary water damage. The restoration process involved in primary water damage is often less expensive and less time-consuming than the repair, replacement, or reconstruction services that secondary water damage can necessitate.

Knowing the differences between the two types of water damage helps homeowners, property managers, and businesses understand the crucial importance of the following steps:

  • Pre-qualifying a property damage restoration company before a disaster strikes
  • Stopping the initial water intrusion at its source, if possible
  • Immediately notifying the pre-selected water damage restoration company so they can rapidly dispatch their team to begin water removal, drying, and dehumidifying and take other steps to prevent advanced secondary water damage
  • Taking simple and safe actions to mitigate the water damage before the restoration crews arrive at the site of the disaster
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Taking on water damage restoration as a DIY project usually means delaying the water removal, drying, and dehumidifying process at least several hours until the proper equipment can be secured or rented. These hours of delay may allow for extensive secondary water damage costing thousands more to repair and restore. The initial effort to save money may actually cost substantially more than calling in the professionals who have the equipment, training, and techniques to quickly, safely, and completely remove all the water and moisture from the affected areas.

For more information about water damage restoration in Norman, OK, call Paul Davis Damage Restoration Services at (405) 802-5405.