Some things are just better left to the professionals. When dealing with the cleanup and damages from water damage, you may be tempted to take care of it yourself. Some scenarios can be remedied with elbow grease and time, but others will require more intensive work to truly remedy the issues and prevent future damage. Here are the most common mistakes people make when attempting DIY water damage cleanup.
TOO MUCH RISK
- Anytime there is flooding it is always important to be aware of the risks of electrocution or explosion. The power should always be shut off if risk is apparent and only if it is safe to do so. Never enter a flooded area unless electricity and gas have been turned off. If there is a smell of gas, the home should be evacuated and assessed by a professional before reentering. Stay clear of any electrical lines, equipment, or fixtures during or after a flood, even with the power turned off.
- Porous structural materials like drywall, insulation, and beams can be weakened from water damage. That means the structure of your home may be at risk. Walls can also buckle or break due to oversaturation of water. Removal of these materials can be dangerous. Professionals will know how to properly dry out or replace damaged areas. They will also take note of potential warning signs that further damage has occurred to walls or foundations.
POSSIBLE HAZARDS TO HEALTH
- Whenever there is water damage it is important to consider the contamination hazards. Greywater is water from utilities like sinks, tubs, showers, or dishwashers and is considered mildly contaminated. Black water refers to the water used to flush toilets that mixes with human waste. This type of water can contain contaminants like parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Contact with this type of water is considered highly hazardous as it can pose serious health risks including hepatitis A and encephalitis. If proper protocols for cleanup are not carefully met, then people and animals are at high risk of becoming sick.
- Any surfaces that are not dried properly are at risk of mold in as little as 24-28 hours. Mold exposure can bring with it health risk, especially to those with health problems like asthma or compromised immune systems.
- Water can easily find its way into nooks and crannies of the home including walls, cabinets, and floors. That means that damages are not always easily visible. Damages behind walls or under floors may not be discovered until it is too late.
- Any items that have come in contact with sewage waters are contaminated. That means that they cannot just be rinsed off and used again. Any type of porous materials will need to be thrown out. That may include rugs, books, curtains, etc.
- Not just any cleaning products will do to remove contaminants. Hard surfaces will need to be cleaned with professional high-grade disinfectants.
- Drywall, carpets, padding, and other porous materials affected will most likely have to be removed and replaced. Any areas that are missed or not dried properly run the risk of mold. Mold can begin growing in as little as 24-48 hours. If not addressed quickly, it can create a big problem.
You don’t want to make the mistake of a do it yourself cleanup only to find out later that the problems have multiplied. Save time and money upfront by leaving the cleanup to the water restoration professionals. They are highly trained and carry the right equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. They will take care in removing the water and sewage, removing any contaminated property, drying out the damaged area, and thoroughly sanitizing the contaminated area with high-grade cleaning products and techniques.
Pro Response Restoration has the professional equipment and knowledge to clean your home safely and thoroughly. We are available 24/7 to address any water damage needs you have, including those that may be hazardous. We’ll get your home cleaned up and back to pre-loss condition quickly and with care. Call us today!
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