3 Shockingly Common Water Damage Restoration Mistakes DIY Homeowners Make

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3 Shockingly Common Water Damage Restoration Mistakes DIY Homeowners Make

Your house has standing water in it.

Do you know what to do?

Many homeowners think all you need to do is get it out.

If only it were that simple.

Water damage restoration is not an easy task.

Those who think they can save money by doing it themselves might be short-changing their budget, health, or safety.

Here’s why:

Restoration from a water event must be dealt with quickly and properly.

If not, you might find yourself spending more than you think for do-over repairs.

Mistake #1 Waiting too long.

Face it.

Any type of damage to your home is a stress-filled event.

It can even cause shock.

Homeowners who avoid dealing with the situation for a day or more don’t realize the risks.

If they wake up in the middle of the night and find something leaking, they might attempt a MacGyver-like repair.

They say a silent prayer, hoping it will hold until morning.

Or maybe they’ll just turn off the source of the water leak.

And deal with it tomorrow.

What they don’t know is this can be like lighting the fuse that will blow up their finances.

Mistake #2 – Not understanding the severity of NOT doing it right.

Remediating water damage takes both expertise and proper equipment.

When you don’t have the expertise or the proper equipment immediately available, it’s in your best interest to call an IICRC-certified water damage restoration company.

The need for speed is mission critical.

This is not a time to research the issue.

That’s because, depending on the category of water involved, a toxic brew may be developing.

Like most any project, it takes a surprising amount of knowledge to do a good job at this, even though it’s easy to think there’s not much to it looking in from the outside.

The required knowledge goes way beyond getting that the water must be removed.

You need to know how, and that means:

  • understanding EPA requirements,
  • being able to identify the class of water, and
  • knowing how to properly dispose of it.

We founded Green Clean Care because we believe in doing all that’s possible to protect the environment. There are always going to be cleaning situations that require chemicals, though, and water damage remediation is often one of them.

Your health is at stake when dangerous bacteria and microbes are present. They must be killed. The many possible diseases that could result if they aren’t make chemicals the best possible option for restoring healthy environments.

Understanding the right equipment needed to extract water and knowledge of how to operate it is essential. Sometimes protective gear must be worn. Count on it: The average wet vac will not cut it if your basement is covered by a foot of water.

Plus, you might be putting yourself at risk for electrical shock or electrocution if you are unaware or can’t see what’s going on.

Mistake #3 – Not calling an IICRC-certified technician to get questions answered.

Like the fire and police, water damage restoration firms are on call.

If you even suspect having a problem that can’t wait, don’t hesitate.

Follow your hunch, and get peace of mind. Especially in the middle of the night.

Call a qualified water restoration firm right away.

They normally have an emergency number.

And we’re all here to help.

IICRC certified technicians have invested hours to master the procedures to handle loss, backflow, and contamination.

We all want to help.

I know it’s hard to call anyone in the middle of the night. However, that’s what some of us signed on for. We’re doing work that helps people.

Peace of mind is priceless.