Water damage restoration is not an easy task although a lot of homeowners think that it is. There is much more to water damage repair than just getting the water out and drying up the property. Here are some common mistakes that are repeatedly made by do it yourself homeowners who think that they can save money by taking up restoration work on their own. The fact of the matter is that these mistakes often cost the homeowner dearly in the long run as the restoration expenses just begin to pile on top of one another. Bad restoration work can have a cascading effect on your expenses as you will often have to spend more and more fixing your previous mistakes.
Common mistakes made by homeowners during water damage restoration
Waiting too long – Many homeowners are too shocked and stressed about water leaks that they try to put things off for a day or two. They will also be severely handicapped by the lack of equipment and knowledge that will be necessary to carry out the restoration work. For example, someone might find out about a leak in the basement at 2AM in the morning. Not knowing what to do, the homeowner will most probably turn off the source of the water leak and deal with the problem on the next day. However, those crucial hours where no restoration work is carried out will result in hundreds or even thousands of Dollars in additional expenses that could have easily been saved if restoration work had started right away. A professional contractor will be able to go to work on your property as soon as you give them a call since most of them work around the clock.
Lack of expertise and equipment to deal with water damage – This is the biggest drawback when it comes to self restoration efforts. Homeowners spend too much time trying to learn about how to carry out restoration work when they should rather be actually doing it. Proper water damage repair will require a large amount of knowledge. For example, you might have not known that there are four different classes of water than can damage your property. There are also 4 different categories of water damage. Each type of damage will have to be treated differently. For example, black water is a type of water that leaks from sources such as backed up toilets. This type of damage will require the use of EPA approved chemicals that will kill dangerous bacteria and microbes that can cause many types of diseases and health hazards. A homeowner will also find that he is woefully short when it comes to having the right equipment to carry out restoration work. For example, a property with several feet of stagnant water will require powerful water extraction units. A commercial contractor will have more than a handful of these pumps and will use them all at the same time to get the water out of your property in the fastest time possible.