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When Does Primary Damage Result In Additional Damage?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Primary damage is the first form of damage that affects the condition of a structure. For instance, water damage may originate from a pipe break, leak or outside water source. The initial incident is considered primary, while any related damage that results, such as the growth of black mold, is designated as secondary.

The Initial Incident

The cause of water damage is primary if no damage existed beforehand. Here are a few examples of primary water damage:

  • A pipe break
  • A pipe leak
  • A sewer backup

In each of these instances, it should be assumed that no previous damage had occurred. The pipe did not break or leak or the sewer did not back up due to another direct cause on the same premises. For example, if a storm were to damage the roof a structure and cause a leak, the storm damage would be primary and the water damage would be secondary.

Secondary Damage
Primary water damage can result in a variety of consequences. Standing water or even residual high humidity levels after extraction support the growth of black mold. For this reason, it is important to act quickly to remove water, clean the affected area, if necessary, and dry damage.

Mitigation and Cleanup
Water damage mitigation and cleanup should start within 24 to 48 hours of an incident that causes water damage. A slower start will significantly increase the risk of secondary damage that affects building materials, rotting wood and rusting metal, or allow enough time for mold spores to settle down on a surface and start multiplying into colonies.
Property owners and managers should act quickly to mitigate and restore primary water damage to a commercial structure in Herriman, UT. Hiring mitigation, cleanup and restoration professionals can ensure that the job gets done right the first time to reduce the risk of secondary problems such as black mold.

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