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Do it yourself, or DIY, home repair and maintenance is increasing in popularity among homeowners. In many cases, DIY projects are a great way to go because they are cost-effective. Also, it can done on your own schedule, and allow you to learn a new skill. While this may be true for many types of home repair, it is certainly not true with water damage restoration.
Water damage restoration is a far more involved and time-intensive process than many people expect. Thus, those who go into the restoration process alone often find themselves in above their head. To stress the importance of professional water damage restoration over DIY restoration, here are the limits of the DIY approach (our water damage restoration pros at FireWater Restoration proudly service the Seattle, Renton & Bellevue communities):
Water damage can take a significant amount of time to repair. One of the main reasons for this is that effective water damage restoration must be extremely thorough. Even small pockets of moisture that were not removed can cause mold growth. Mold then may spread throughout the home. Comprehensive cleaning requires a lot of time and effort — probably more time than you have to devote to the restoration efforts.
Water damage is far more complicated than many people expect. Thus, making it through the process safely and successfully requires a certain level of experience and training in regard to water damage restoration. For example, certain hazards like contaminated water and structural damage require training to deal with appropriately. Without the proper training and experience, you are likely to be in over your head once you jump head first into the water damage restoration process.
Effective water damage restoration requires having the appropriate restoration equipment. Examples of this include water pumps, air scrubbers, air movers, dehumidifiers, and others. Without this equipment on hand, you can expect the water damage restoration process to require significantly more time and effort to complete successfully. Even if you have some of this equipment on your own, it is probably only built for household, not commercial, purposes. There is a big difference between these two, since household equipment is typically not built to handle a water damage restoration job.
Last of all, manpower is a final advantage that water damage restoration companies bring to the table. Water damage restoration requires a lot of work so having just one or two people on the job often isn’t enough. A professional water damage restoration company will have as many restoration technicians as needed to get the job done right.
Don’t put yourself through the time, effort, and hazards of going through the water damage restoration process on your own. Rather, if your home is ever flooded, make sure one of your first calls is to a certified water damage restoration company in your area. At FireWater Restoration, we are one such company here to get you through the water damage restoration process as effectively and painlessly as possible.