It’s not uncommon for homeowners to attempt to clean up after a flood themselves, thinking it’ll help save them money on their insurance deductible or repair costs. However, not only is a DIY flood clean-up difficult to do, but it’ll also cost you more in the long term. Action Restoration, one of the state’s top restoration companies, elaborates further below.
Short Timeframes Before Mold Starts Forming
For one thing, unless you have the proper equipment and enough experience doing clean-ups, you’re unlikely to finish cleaning up in a few days or so. And that can be problematic because it only takes 48 to 72 hours for mold start to star forming on damp surfaces. To prevent mold formation, all the flood water inside should have been pumped out and your interior should be completely dry by that time.
There’s also the issue of health hazards arising from proximity to dirty floodwater. Unless the flooding is coming from a water pipe, flood repair professionals will have to take extra safety precautions, such as wearing full-body protective garb and respirators approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, when handling flood water that has been potentially contaminated with sewage. The fumes alone are enough to pose a health hazard.
The structural integrity of certain parts of your home might also be compromised due to water damage. For instance, your drywall might become heavy and unstable after absorbing flood water, not to mention there’s a risk of electrocution from submerged live wires.
The Difficulty of Assessing the Extent of Water Damage
Lastly, it takes a trained eye to spot the warning signs of water damage. If you happen to miss any of these signs, mold can start to form and affect other parts of your home, costing you more in future repairs. That’s why it’s best to leave flood clean-ups to experienced professionals.
Action Restoration, a full-service restoration company with more than a decade’s worth of experience, offers professional flood damage repair services, including mold remediation. To get help with mold or flood damage, call us at (616) 200-8946 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as the surrounding communities.