Three Risks Of DIY Water Damage

water damage minneapolis, water damage cleanup minneapolisMany home and property owners in Minneapolis feel like they might be able to save some money following water damage if they handle the cleanup on their own. While it is good to be proactive and get the cleanup process started as soon as possible, we at 24Restore want to remind you that it’s important to keep in mind the risks that come with any DIY water damage cleanup attempt.

Risk #1: 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 key. The first 48 hours following water damage are crucial in mitigating further damage, mold growth, 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. Mold growth can begin in as little as 24-48 hours following water damage, and spreads very easily through the air. Indoor mold exposure 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, more damage, and more money. 

Risk #2: Inadequate removal and drying of water.

Common DIY water damage restoration attempts include the use of towels, mops, and shop vacuums to help dry up and remove water. While these methods may appear to successfully remove and dry up water, adequate cleanup is not achieved. Water and moisture can penetrate porous materials, such as wood, drywall, insulation, floorboards, and carpet. What’s worse is, 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 who have experience and training to ensure the best results. 

Risk #3: Putting you and your family, in a dangerous situation. 

Even when water damage doesn’t appear to be extensive or a serious problem, certain situations can pose some incredibly dangerous threats. Depending on the source of the water, there can be grossly contaminated water that can cause serious illness if ingested or even upon contact. Lack of personal protective equipment can expose individuals to any harmful contaminants in 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 cleanup. 

Before attempting any water damage cleanup on your own, keep in mind all the risks you are taking on. Instead, let the trained, experienced, licensed, and fully equipped professionals at 24 Restore in Minneapolis handle the water damage cleanup process for you.