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Why Water Damage DIY Is A Definite DO-NOT

water damage cleanup columbus, water damage restoration columbusWhen you try to handle water damage cleanup on your own, we at Southeast Restoration know the tendency of causing more danger and harm than is present in the first place. Failing to recognize the potential dangers associated with water damage cleanup, not thoroughly removing and drying the water, and improperly cleaning and sanitizing the affected area are all risks you take when attempting to cleanup after water damage in your Columbus home on your own.

Dangers Associated With Water Damage

  • Mold growth: Any time water damage has occurred, you have to assume that mold damage will also be an issue. Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours following water exposure. The presence of mold indoors poses a serious threat to the health of everyone in the home. Some common symptoms of mold exposure are coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, and other respiratory problems. Without the proper personal protective gear, you could expose yourself to mold when cleaning up water damage.
  • Electrical hazards: Water and electricity do not mix. If wiring has been exposed to water, it can increase the possibility of electrical shock. Any time water damage has occurred, all power to the affected area should be shut off. Without the proper training, you could expose yourself to electrical dangers that could prove to be fatal.
  • Structural weakness: Even after all the apparent water has been removed and dried, there could still be moisture trapped in the structural elements of your home. Materials like wood and drywall will absorb moisture on contact, and that can cause swelling, warping, buckling, and deterioration. Structural damage can lead to even more repairs, which means even more money to restore your home. With professional water damage cleanup, you can avoid any potential structural weakness and damage. 

Inadequate Water Extraction, Drying, And Dehumidification

The most important part of water damage cleanup is water extraction and drying. It is the first step of the process, and if not done correctly, will lead to further damage. Professional equipment will ensure that this process is done correctly and completely. Without the use of professional grade extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers, water and moisture can remain trapped and cause mold growth and structural damage. Trying to DIY the drying process will lead to inadequate drying. Do not be stuck trying to clean up water damage without the necessary equipment, training, and experience – it will only be at the expense of your home. 

Improper Cleaning And Sanitizing

The cleaning and sanitizing that follows water damage deserves specific care and attention. Water can carry lots of bacteria, and different types of water require different methods of sanitization. A professional water damage cleanup company is able to remove all germs and bacteria that can be invisible to the human eye, and ensure that your home is safe. 

If you find your home in Columbus has suffered from water damage, do not try to handle the cleanup on your own. When you call Southeast Restoration, you will benefit from our extensive experience in extraction and drying. Our certified technicians will work quickly to cleanup the damage no matter the size, scope, or source of the water damage. Avoid the risks, keep yourself safe, and let our team of experts handle the entire water damage cleanup process for you. 

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