What to Consider Before Water Damage Restoration?
How can you determine if you can clean up your home/commercial water damage yourself or is it time to hire a professional mitigation and restoration team?
The first thing you want to do is to evaluate the situation and consider a few of the following factors:
If your home is experiencing a small or moderate amount of water, you can typically manage it on your own if you have the proper tools. However, if there is significant flooding that is not going away despite your efforts, it might be best to call a professional.
If your neighborhood is recovering from a natural disaster or large flood, and your home has suffered significant damage, it may not be the time for a DIY project. Follow the instructions from your local disaster relief authorities and leave these repairs to the experts.
Source of Damage
Before you dive into water damage restoration, you need to discover where the water is coming from. There are three types of water you need to look out for when you have a flooding issue in your home.
- Clean water
- From rain or leaky pipes, this water does not contain harmful chemicals and is safe to handle yourself.
- Gray water
- Leaking from appliances like your dishwasher, toilet, or washing machine gray water may be slightly contaminated. With the proper precautions, you can clean this yourself.
- The most harmful type of water, blackwater comes from the sewer or flooding from a nearby water source such as a river. It often contains health hazards and is unsafe to handle.
Lastly, you’ll want to assess the level of damage. Light damage can often be handled by the homeowner; however, significant damage can be hazardous and dangerous to repair without the help of a professional. For example, if flooding on an upper level has seeped through the floor onto the ceiling, the damage is beyond your ability to safely restore.
As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island are advanced in training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition. Our process includes documentation of the drying process to validate your property is dry.