In a water disaster, many homeowners feel that they should begin the cleanup themselves, but there are some strong reasons why that is not such a good idea.
- Many times the homeowner is not aware of the potential dangers involved such as hidden live power sources, contaminants in the water, and possible physical danger from falling and debris in the water.
2. Most insurance companies will cover most of the emergency clean up procedure and the more professional water damage companies have software that specializes in itemizing the estimate for the insurance company.
3. The homeowner could expose himself to mold, which quickly begins to grow whenever there is a flooded situation in a home. Mold and mildew can form and grow very quickly, and the homeowner will not have the experience or the protective equipment to protect himself in these circumstances.
The homeowner will not, as a rule, have the necessary equipment to do a thorough job. Items such as heavy duty pumps to clear the water from the area is a must. High speed fans and drying equipment is used to dry the area thoroughly, and then dehumidify the area completely. The the pieces of equipment that will really restore the are not usually found in the homeowner’s inventory, or even at the local tool rental shop.
4. The homeowner will not know how to find mold behind the walls, under the floor joists, and behind the dry wall. The water restoration company will have special detection equipment for this.
5. The homeowner will not have the sophisticated cleaning and sanitizing equipment that is necessary to sterilize the area from germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, raw sewage, and other pathogens. The entire area must be make perfectly clean, or these organisms and mold will resurface later.
The homeowner may feel that he can do the job, but odds are he can’t to the degree that is needed.