The Risks Of DIY Water Damage Restoration

Taking risks can pay off when the reward outweighs the consequence. While there is a time and place for risk taking, one thing you should not risk is correct restoration of your Raleigh home following water damage. Many homeowners feel like they can save a few bucks by attempting water damage restoration themselves, but we at Proven Professional Construction Service warn that the risks of DIY water restoration are just not worth it (and will probably end up costing more in the long haul). 

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Risk #1: Putting yourself, or your family, in a dangerous situation. 

So there’s some water flooded, pooled, or leaking into your home – no big deal right? Wrong. Even when water damage doesn’t appear to be extensive or that serious, certain situations can pose some incredibly dangerous threats. Lack of personal protective equipment can expose individuals to harmful contaminants in water. Depending on the source of the water, there can be grossly contaminated water that can cause serious illness if ingested or even upon contact (like sewage water). If you are unable to identify the source of the water, treat it as if it is contaminated and wait for the professionals. Excess water in homes also carries the risk of electrical shock. Failing to turn off power and appliances in the affected area could prove to be fatal. The risks of potential dangers and hazards following water damage are not worth it; it is better to let trained and experienced professionals handle water damage restoration. 

Risk #2: Waiting too long to begin the cleanup-up process.

When it comes to successful water damage restoration with as little damage as possible, timing is of the essence. The first 48 hours following water damage are crucial in mitigating further damage and costs. If water is not extracted as quickly as possible, structural damage can begin to occur and carpet and flooring will suffer immensely. Other systems in the home, such as gas lines, HVAC systems, septic systems, and plumbing systems are also at increased risk the longer water sits. Another serious problem you face with water damage is mold growth. Mold growth can begin in as little as 24-48 hours following water damage, spreads very easily through the air. Mold found in homes has serious health threats, including (but not limited to): coughing, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, and other respiratory problems. Failing to begin water cleanup ASAP can lead to many more problems, and much more damage. Simplified, the longer water sits, the sores the damage becomes and the more costly restoration will be. 

Risk 3: Inadequate removal and drying of water

Popular DIY water damage restoration methods include the use of towels, mops, and shop vacuums to help dry up and remove water. While these methods may appear to remove and dry up water, the proper cleanup is not achieved. Water and moisture can penetrate porous materials, such as drywall, insulation, floorboards, carpet, etc, and this hidden water can become trapped inside. Without the use of professional grade moisture detection equipment, this moisture will cause damage long after the visible water had been dried. Without commercial grade drying equipment like air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers, thorough and adequate drying cannot be guaranteed. Sure this equipment may be able to be rented, but without the proper training and experience, it will not produce the same results that you would get with professionals. 

DIY water restoration is extremely challenging and risky. Do not take chances on your home; leave water remediation to the professionals. With the proper training, equipment, and experience, Proven Professional Construction Services can handle all your water damage restoration needs. With emergency services and availability 24/7 in Raleigh and surrounding areas, we will be able to get to work right away to be sure that your home is safely, thoroughly, and adequately dried and restored. Make the sure choice and let Proven Professional Construction Services take the risks out of water damage restoration. 

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