Hazards Of Attempting A DIY Water Damage Restoration Job

Cleaning up a water-damaged mess is typically a lot more complicated than just pumping out water and drying things out. Other issues like health hazards, having the right equipment, being thorough, and making a large enough time commitment can all get in the way of an effective DIY water damage cleanup job. 

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From our restoration professionals at Faithful Cleaning, here are four potential hazards of a DIY water damage restoration job. 

Health Hazards Of Water Damage

Arguably, the biggest drawback of DIY water damage restoration is that it can be very dangerous. There are three main health hazards that you face when doing a DIY water damage restoration job. First, the water may be contaminated with harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Contact with contaminated water can lead to serious health problems. This is especially dangerous when the water contains harmful chemicals or sewage. Second, the water could have an electrical charge. This happens when the flooding damages your electrical systems and leads to a live current running through the floodwater. Make sure you shut off your electricity before beginning the restoration process to prevent this from happening. Third, the flooding could have caused structural damage putting parts of your home at risk of collapsing. Without any notice, portions of your home could cave in putting you in serious danger.

Lacking The Proper Equipment

A key advantage restoration professionals have is their commercial-grade water damage restoration equipment. Simply no DIY approach can compete with this high-quality equipment and the speed with which it is able to handle the water damage restoration process. You can buy the quality equipment from a local department store to help you with a water damage mess. Once again, however, it isn’t nearly as effective as commercial-grade equipment.

Significant Time Investment

Water damage restoration is hard work. It will take a long time to remove the water, dry out all the moisture, sanitize your home, repair your possessions, and do many other things too extensive to list here. Make sure your know what you are getting into if you choose a DIY approach and that you have enough time on your hands to get the job done. 

Unsuccessful Dry-Out

Relatedly, the significant time investment required for water damage restoration means that if enough time isn’t put in then not all the moisture will be removed. Even small remaining pockets of moisture can lead to major damage and mold problems in the long run. You will also have to deal with the long-lasting consequences of the flood since it was never addressed properly in the first place.

As you can see, there are a lot of different things that can get in the way of an effective water damage cleanup job. Make sure you factor in these potential issues before taking up a DIY water damage job. For any questions or complications you may have, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Faithful Cleaning for help.