Dealing with a flooded home and a massive water damage mess is one of the last things anyone wants to deal with. If your home is flooded, it may seem appealing to clean up the mess and restore the damage on your own. While this is a good idea in some cases, you need to know what you are getting yourself into.
Here are three of the downsides of DIY water damage restoration from our cleaning and restoration experts at TCM Restoration in Anchorage.
At the outset, water damage restoration may seem simple enough. Get the water out, dry out the home, and return your life back to normal. In practice, however, there are many intermediate steps that can be very challenging to accomplish on your own. For instance, once all the water has been removed, the task of painting the home from any contaminants in the water still remains. This is a seriously time-intensive job that must be done right to ensure your home is clean and safe. Another challenging intermediate step is drying out any furniture or upholstery affected by the water. This can also be very time-consuming, but it is hard to focus on this while you are still worried about getting the floodwater out of your home, to begin with.
Water damage restoration involves a whole lot more than just soaking up some water. There are several very serious hazards that can come into play during the process. These include contaminated water, structural damage, mold damage, electrical problems, gas leaks, pest infestations, and more. While you may be equipped to handle some of these hazards, you never know what problem to expect next, and you can quickly find yourself in a dangerous position that you do not have the experience or equipment to deal with.
Effective water damage restoration often hinges on one simple thing — speed. The faster you are able to remove the standing floodwater and dry out the home and any affected items, the better off you will be. Most items and parts of your home can be saved after exposure to floodwater but only if they are removed from the water and dried out as soon as possible. Water damage restoration companies are simply better equipped to swiftly remove water from a flooded home. With significant manpower and commercial-grade restoration equipment, they will be able to remove the water from your home far more quickly than you would ever be able to on your own with water-damage restoration tools you could buy at the department store.
At the end of the day, there is simply no replacement for the quality and speed provided by a professional water damage restoration company. There can be good reasons to do a DIY cleanup job, but make sure you factor in the downsides discussed above before jumping in headfirst. We at TCM Restoration in Anchorage are always here to help and are just one call away for any restoration help you may need.