DIY water damage restoration is a poor idea.

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DIY water damage restoration is a poor idea.

It’s a little known fact that Minnesota actually has 6 seasons:

  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Construction
  • Water Damage

Okay, we may be acting a little facetious, but our phone has been ringing consistently with inquiries for water damage restoration. And, like most restoration companies, we’re working as quickly as we can to take care of all of our clients; we’re really in water damage season over here.

Many times however, we receive calls in May & June from homeowners who chose not to call a professional, and instead used improper DIY methods to restore their water damaged home, making their situations worse. This blog is designed to address 4 reasons DIY water damage restoration is a poor idea, so you can protect yourself, your family, and your home.

And truly enjoy the beauty of Spring.  


Water isn’t the only problem.

One of the most common problems of DIY water damage restoration is the assumption that the water is the only problem. However, in many cases, bacteria, mold, and other harmful elements can infiltrate your home, get in your walls, and pierce through your air. This can lead to an unsafe home to live in.

The risks are too high.

As stated above, there’s more to it than just removing the water. When you factor in the health and safety of your family members (and pets), it simply becomes risky. If you don’t know how to properly assess water damage, it’s our recommendation that the risks are too high for you to do so, and that you contact a professional.

What you see isn’t what you get.

In many cases, it may seem like you’ve removed all of the water when you actually haven’t. This is because water can seep into walls and under carpets. Because of this, it’s important to contract a professional who can thoroughly, and accurately, assess the damage, and more importantly, assess where the damage is.

You don’t have the proper equipment.

We hate to break it to you, but a shop-vac and some fans aren’t going to fully restore your home from water damage. Professional restoration companies have access to equipment that is not available to the market, and have the experience necessary to know how it’s properly used (or how it’s not). You wouldn’t take a pedal bike to a drag race, would you? Don’t be caught using the proper equipment to resolve your water damage.


At Green Clean, we always recommend that you call a professional first if you experience any water damage.

However, there may be certain instances where DIY solutions are acceptable. With this in mind, please remember that water isn’t always the problem, there are actually risks at play here, you might not be able to see everything, and the proper equipment is hard to come by.

Plus, if you have the right insurance, you’re covered!

If you’ve experienced any water damage this Spring, please don’t hesitate to connect with our team. We’d be happy to provide a free consultation and recommendation.

-Green Clean Team