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Common Mistakes You're Making with Water Damage

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

When finding themselves amid a water damage event, many people immediately react by jumping in and cleaning up the mess. Beginning the restoration process as soon as possible is essential, but starting before you have taken the necessary steps or know what you are doing could make things worse in the end. A few of the most common mistakes in water damage clean up are listed below to help avoid these mishaps. The most critical mistake not to make is to hire a professional restoration company to do the dirty work for you. SERVPRO of Hammond is your local expert to help you navigate the “waters.”

Mistake #1 - Not Having the Job Done RIGHT the First Time

Adopting the “do it yourself” approach to water damage clean-up is often the go-to mindset. However, this is usually a more complex process than people think. It can be a long process, and following the proper procedures is very important. For example, if you neglect to begin airing out your home by opening up windows and doors for ventilation and using fans to dry things out as soon as possible, the damage will eventually be worse.

Mistake #2 - Not Being Completely Thorough

As mentioned above, the water damage restoration process done right requires that you be very thorough. Cutting corners and major shortcuts will not make a big difference and can cause more damage. It is better to have the job done right upfront, but it will not happen overnight. To ensure all the water is removed and mold will not begin to grow on, and in your walls, ceilings, and carpet, you will want to make sure your contractor is certified to do the work needed in an appropriate time frame.

Mistake #3 - Waiting Too Long

It can be tempting to put off dealing with flooding or water damage when it’s just a minor incident, especially when life is hectic. Even minor flooding can lead to significant damage in the long run. The water seeps into walls and flooring over time when not dried properly and can cause structural damage and mold growth. It’s not worth the risk of procrastinating. It could save you a lot of time, heartache, and money in the long run.

Mistake #4 - Not Involving a Certified Restoration Company

Trying to tackle the water damage restoration process on your own is a significant undertaking. Having it done right the first time requires the proper expertise, the right equipment, and enough time to be as thorough as required. Though it may seem like you have the time and resources to clean it up, you will soon realize the process is more involved than initially thought. Should you ever find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been compromised by flooding or water damage, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Hammond.

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