Is DIY Water Damage Repair a Good Idea? This Will Help You Decide

How do you really feel about DIY water damage repair? Take a look, you might change your mind.

DIY water damage repairThere’s something about water damage repair that brings out the inclination in some homeowners to just try to do it themselves. Why? Because it’s water! How hard could it be? Well…

Let’s take a look at how water damage is one of the most common outcomes after a storm, what that water damage can really do to your house, and what it actually takes to clean it all up.

What Storms Do

When there are thunderstorms with torrential rains, or tropical storms that dump buckets of water, or even a spring storm after a dry winter, that water has to go somewhere. If there is just too much for the drainage system to handle, or for your gutter system to handle, or for the earth and landscaping around your house to absorb, it’s going to end up downstream from whence it came. That usually means somewhere in your house.

There are other reasons for house flooding after a storm. There could be damage to siding or roofing from wind or hail that lets water in. There might be a crack in the foundation and as water soaks into the soil it has access to your basement through that crack. There might be window wells that aren’t graded properly so water fills them and spills in through faulty windows causing flooding on the lower levels.

There are so many possible ways for storm water to get into your home, it seems likely that at some point everyone will have to deal with some type of water damage from a storm. But let’s move on.

What Water Does

When water gets into your house the first thing it does is drag along dirt, debris, and bacteria that it came into contact with before it was in your basement or lower level. It can also contain harmful levels of chemicals and toxins that it picked up on its path as well as once it’s in your home and comes in contact with stored paints, fertilizers, and cleaning products.

The water, now filled with all of these contaminants, flows freely into your living space. Now you not only have dangerous water to deal with, but it’s sitting in your house just waiting for the mold to set in. Yes, mold. Mold is one of the worst side effects of flood water in your home. Mold and mildew growth can start in as little as a day, and if we’re on the subject of toxic substances, mold is on that list.

We haven’t even mentioned the real heart-string tugger: when storm water destroys your personal belongings, including family heirlooms, photographs, furniture, and electronics, just to name a few. You might be able to buy new boots or a new TV or new family room furniture, but some of your personal belongings and keepsakes are irreplaceable. That can be truly heartbreaking.

What Restoration Technicians Do

When you have flooding from a storm, priority one is to get the water out. Water extraction is the most important step in recovery, and timing is critical. The sooner you get the water out, the more likely you are to stop the damage, and possibly reverse it.

Once the water is extracted using commercial water extraction tools, the drying process begins. State-of-the-art blowers, fans, ducting, floor drying systems, and ceiling, wall, and cavity drying systems are used to fully dry out everything that was previously under water. Dehumidifiers are used to remove moisture from the air to aid and speed the drying process.

Once the area is dry, it’s inspected and treated for mold. Additionally, antimicrobial treatment and deodorizing is completed to ensure the safety of your home and its contents.

Now that the house is dry, the restoration of the structure and the belongings can begin.

Whew, is that all? That is quite a to-do list.

Now that you have a clear picture of what water damage cleanup and repair looks like, do you still want to manage it on your own? Probably not. And that is a great decision.

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