People often underestimate the difficulty of a water damage cleanup job. Water damage can be a very complicated process that involves far more than simply removing the water after a leak or flood. Understanding this is important because it prevents both underestimating the difficulty of water damage and mistakes in the water damage restoration process. Below are three common water damage cleanup mistakes according to our restoration experts at RestorePro in Sandusky.
Putting off beginning the water damage restoration process is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Water damage cleanup is very time sensitive. Every minute longer the water remains in your home after a flood increases the degree of overall damage to your home. The speed with which you remove the water will make all the difference whether your affected possessions are simply damaged or completely destroyed. Due to the importance of speed in the cleanup, we at RestorePro offer 24/7 emergency restoration services. That way, any time day or night, we can be there to help you through the water damage restoration process.
The saying “don’t sweat the small stuff,” while a valuable sentiment, does not apply to water damage cleanup. Every little detail counts during the water damage restoration process. Often, when a home experiences water damage, the water seeps into every crack and crevice, causing damage to most everything it touches. When the water leak is small or hidden it can take days or weeks before a homeowner may notice an odd smell or see visible mold growth. A restoration professional knows where to look for water damage that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as subflooring or damage to the interior of furniture.
Using household materials to clean up a small leak is one thing. Attempting to do so for any larger water damage problems is a big mistake. Only professional restoration experts should take on large water damage issues. There are three main reasons for this: Equipment, experience, and manpower. Professional cleaning and restoration companies have equipment that is far superior to what you can use at home. This includes industrial powered fans, pumps, and air scrubbers. The experience that professional cleaning and restoration experts have is unmatched. Due to this, they will be able to handle the restoration process more safely and effectively than you would be able to on your own. Last of all in manpower. The sheer amount of hours that is dedicated to a water damage restoration job is important. The process is so involved, and there is simply no replacement for the amount of time put into the job.
We hope you find these tips helpful for avoiding costly errors in the water damage restoration process. If your home does ever flood, though, don’t hesitate to give us a call at RestorePro for help.
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