5 common mistakes that people make when they DIY their basement water damage restoration.

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5 common mistakes that people make when they DIY their basement water damage restoration.

Let’s play out a scenario.

You wake up and go downstairs to the basement. The moment your feet step off that last step you feel it, squoosh. There’s water all throughout your beautiful, soft carpet.

UGH (insert the expletive of your choice)!!!!!!!!!

Then, after taking 5 minutes to flush out your immediate anger, you realize you have two options. One, you could call a professional and have your basement restored, or you could try to DIY the water damage restoration yourself. How do you make the right decision?

At Green Clean, we won’t just answer that question for you. Instead, we’d like to highlight 5 common mistakes that individuals make when they choose to restore their water damage on their own. Here are some of the mistakes:


They didn’t have the correct coverage.

Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes we see happens before DIY is even an option. Although you have insurance on your home, it’s crucial that you talk with your agent and make sure you have a sump and sewer endorsement. Making sure that you’re covered for if and when water damage occurs is crucial.

Removing water solves all of the problems.

There are many effective ways to remove water in a damage type of situation. This, however, is not the only element that needs to be considered. First, where else could the water have gone (walls, floor boards, etc.). Each of these areas may need additional treatment or cleaning to protect from mold or other harmful bacteria.

It’s simple, I have a shop vac!  

One of the most common mistakes that we see when people DIY their home’s water damage restoration, is thinking that simple drying will resolve the situation. If your basement is carpeted, the carpet padding needs to be replaced (even if it’s dryable). This padding, once water is collected within it, can become a health risk to your family (harnessing mold and other harmful elements).

Time and money is too important to them (it’s blinding).

In more cases than not, DIY solutions pertaining to water damage restoration do not save the individual time or money. A good rule of thumb is that you should have things completely cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours. If you’re thinking about renting a shop vac and manually extracting the water, be sure to do it within that window. If you don’t by that 48 hour mark, you’re likely going to need to do some demolition (ripping up carpet, tearing down walls, replacing baseboards, etc.).

Years of experience don’t just appear in the morning.

At Green Clean we have over 200g years of collective experience. This experience affords us the ability to make calculated decisions to best protect your home from further damage. This type of experience doesn’t just appear in the morning. Unfortunately, many DIYers miss this point, and it ends up costing them more home damage than necessary.


If you find yourself stepping off that last basement step and hearing squoosh, please make the correct decision. Even if you end up doing it yourself, give our team a call. We’re always happy to point you in the right direction with your carpet cleaning and restoration needs.

-Green Clean