Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.
If you have homeowner's or renter's insurance that will pay for damage remediation, it's almost always the best choice to hire a professional cleanup team after a water-damage event. But if you don't have insurance, you may be wondering if you can save a little money by making the job a DIY project for this weekend. This is a valid question, and you should consider these three points before deciding whether or not you're the right person for the job.
1. Decide if you can safely perform cleanup on your own
Personal safety should be a big priority in this situation. Stopping the spread of water damage won't do you any good if you end up in the hospital or worse from an electric shock. Not only does water conduct electricity very efficiently on its own, making pools of standing water potentially life-threatening, but it can also make other substances better at conducting electricity as well when they get wet. And electricity isn't the only hazard that can arise; the water may separate dangerous chemicals from the materials they touche, and it provides a wonderful habitat for pathogens to flourish in even if the water wasn't contaminated to begin with. Contaminated water, such as leaks from a dishwasher or washing machine, pose even more of a threat, and highly contaminated water (such as sewage or floodwaters) can pose extreme health risks.
2. Determine if you can dry everything within 24 hours
If you're going to tackle this job on your own, it's vital that you get all the affected materials cleaned and dried in less than one day to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can take root on damp surfaces no matter how clean you keep your house; the spores float in from outside any time you open a door or window, and when they find a hospitable environment, they start to grow. They can not only stain and seriously damage your belongings and home but also exacerbate or cause health problems.
3. Think about whether your time is best spent on cleanup
If you perform your water-damage cleanup on your own, you may spend several hours of your life doing it even for a small area of water damage. If you have a high-end, high-demand job, your time for those few hours may be more valuable to you than the money you'd spend on a professional cleanup. If you shave time off of work or sleep or other essential activities in order to accomplish this, you may actually lose more money overall than you would by paying a professional.
These three aspects of the situation are all important points to consider before going out and buying cleaning materials for your water-damage situation. If you want to compare professional cleanup prices to what it would cost you in time and lost work as a DIY project, try calling a few water-damage remediation companies and asking for free quotes. Talk to a company such as Althouse Restore for more information.
27 September 2016