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Take a look around your home, and make a list of the items that show signs of wear and damage. Maybe your flooring is looking a bit worn in the high-traffic areas. Perhaps some of your windows have begun to leak, and maybe your oven creaks when you open it. Most of these problems can be corrected without you having to outright replace the offending item. You can instead hire a repair specialist and let them work their magic! Choosing repairs and restoration over replacement can save you a small fortune over time, and it is also better for the planet. Learn more in the articles provided here.



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Two Reasons DIY Water Damage Restoration Is A Bad Idea

by Ella Curtis

One common mistake people make after experiencing water damage in their homes is trying to clean it up by themselves. Oftentimes, they don't want to hire a professional because they're low on funds, don't have insurance coverage, or think the damage isn't that bad. However, here are two reasons you'll want to reconsider going the DIY route when it comes to cleaning up after a water leak or flood.

It'll Probably Take Longer than Necessary

As noted previously, sometimes people decide to tackle water damage restoration themselves because they think it will save money. These same people also tend to assume they can get the job done faster than a professional, since professionals don't have to wait for an open appointment for service.

The truth is doing it yourself is a surefire way of increasing the length of time it takes to get your home back to normal. The most common reason for this is people often don't realize just how bad the water damage is. If there was a flood, for instance, the homeowner may assume only the rug needs to be dried out when in reality the water likely soaked all the way to the underlay. As a result, they often only dry what they see and the untreated area becomes a breeding ground for mold and structural damage, leading to increased costs and treatment times.

Another reason it can actually take longer to recover from water damage is the DIY options available to homeowners just aren't as powerful as the tools the professionals use. These companies use large powerful hoses and industrial-sized fans to extract water and dry the affected area, which is why it can take as little as 72 hours to dry out affected areas (or less depending on the room size).

At the end of the day, you're better served hiring a water damage restoration company to take care of the mess and spend your time on other more meaningful tasks, such as caring for your family.

You May Get Sick

Depending on where the water from the leak or flood comes from, you may be endangering your health by trying to clean it up yourself. There are three types of water you can encounter when dealing with water damage: clean, gray, and black.

Clean water is what comes out of your faucets, making it the most harmless type of water in your home. Gray and black water, on the other hand, contain contaminants—such as chemicals or feces—that can cause illness. If the water leak or flood is the result of sewage overflow, water from exterior sources (e.g. clogged street drain) or you're not sure what the source is, it's best to have a professional handle the clean up to avoid sickening yourself or your family.

To learn more about water damage restoration, contact a local professional in your area.