Knowing When You Need Flood Restoration
It is often quite difficult to determine when you can fix water damage yourself, and when you need to call in the help of a professional flood restoration provider. Water is very destructive in nature, and the longer it sits, the more damage it is likely to cause. There are also a number of other factors to consider, such as the source of the water (whether it came from a sewage spill, a hurricane, torrential rain, etc.), the amount and depth of the water, the length of time the water has been sitting and whether or not there is mold or mildew growth. We are going to show you four different ways that can help you determine if you should attempt trying to clean up a flooded home on your own.
Cleanliness of the Water
The most important thing to consider before attempting to clean up water damage yourself is the source of the water. Water that has been contaminated by lead, sewage, or bacteria is very dangerous and can give you severe side effects if exposed to it. To determine how dangerous the water is, you must know the source of the water. Was the water damage a result of a sewage backup or spill? If so, being exposed to this water is very dangerous as it is filled with microorganisms and bacteria, and can cause disease and infection. If the water was a result of a flood or a sump pump failure, take caution. The water may not be hazardous initially but if it has been stagnant for a few days, bacteria has time to form and you should take extreme caution and wear safety gear that protects your body.
Amount and Depth of the Water
Generally speaking, if the water is more than 2 or 3 inches in depth, it is going to be very difficult for you to effectively extract the water and repair the damage. The reason it is difficult to repair the damage yourself is because the equipment necessary to extract the water before it soaks into your wood and drywall is very expensive and hard to operate. On top of that, if the water is not extracted in time, and water does soak into your drywall and wood, this creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold removal can triple or quadruple your repair costs and cause you lots of trouble in the future.
Flood Restoration Within 48 Hours
You have 48 hours to extract the water and dry out your property before mold and mildew begins to settle in. If you do not know how long the water has been sitting, or it has been sitting longer than 48 hours, it is suggested that you call a professional flood restoration provider to come out to your property for a free on-site estimate.
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