What To Know About Water Damage Repairs?
What kind of water damage repairs can a homeowner perform on their own?
When floods or leaks infiltrate the home, they can cause serious problems right away. In addition to creating frustration, floods and leaks can foster mold or microbial growth and leave powerful odors behind. When the problem is small and superficial, it may possible for an ambitious do-it-yourselfer to fix the problem without professional help.
When should a professional be hired to perform water damage repairs?
Floods, storms and sewage backups can leave behind “black water,” which refers to any standing fluid that has contamination with hazardous material. This usually means fluid that has flowed from rivers, lakes, or other areas likely harboring microbes and harmful bacteria. It can also refer to fluid contaminated with chemical runoff, like oil or fertilizer, or fluid contaminated with sewage. Homeowners should not attempt to restore homes affected by this fluid as it can cause serious health problems in people not certified in its handling.
Professionals should also handle the issue if a home has been affected structurally or if the problem is widespread. The longer the water is allowed to remain, the worse the problem will get, and it is imperative to begin restoration immediately. A single do-it-yourselfer will usually be overwhelmed by the sheer destruction a major flood or storm can cause.
Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.