Why you Shouldn’t DIY for Flood Damage

If your home has flooded, you know how horrible the damage can be.

Water can seep into every little crack and hole, and even an inch of it in your basement can destroy things you’ve saved for years. Carpet may have to be ripped up, many items may have to be thrown away, and area where the leak originated has to be found and repaired.

After seeing what you’ve lost, you may be tempted to save money and do the cleanup and repairs yourself.

After all, it’s just mopping up water and sealing a crack, right? Wrong.

This is one of those tasks that you simply shouldn’t do yourself. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

Mold

Mold is the biggest potential danger that can occur after a flood.

The problem is that if even a little bit of water gets into a wall or under the floor, it can lead to mold. Once mold starts growing, it may spread through much of your house without you knowing until it’s too late.

Breathing in mold spores can cause a wide variety of illnesses, but because these illnesses often seem like more common problems like asthma, even that may not alert you to mold.

Professionals who handle water damage dry out projects on a regular basis know and where mold grows, and even how to find mold in those tricky, hard to see areas. Professionals will inspect areas very closely to make certain all water has been removed.

Missing a Spot while Sealing the Leak

If you miss even one small area where the leak occurred, you’re going to have yet another one the next time it heavily rains or floods. While this may not be nearly as bad as the first time your home flooded, it’s still going to be a headache that you have to deal with.

Part of the problem here is the tools and sealant you use. Cheaper sealant may not hold as well or expand to fill the entire area. Professionals have the materials necessary to make certain the area is completely sealed.

It’s Not as Easy as it Looks

It might sound easy enough to rip out your water damaged carpet and replace it with tile or laminate, but it’s really not that simple. This is especially true if the subfloor has been damaged. If the room sat with water in it for several days or longer and the subfloor is made out of wood, it’s possible the whole thing will need to be replaced. If you’ve never done anything like this before, it’s very possible you’ll miss something like this.

It Can Be Dangerous

Finally, trying to repair your home following flood damage can be dangerous in a number of other ways.

If water got into the walls, it may have caused damage to your home’s electrical system, and that could result in a fire or other damage. If it’s gotten into the cement foundation and the weather turns colder, it could freeze and expand, cracking it.

There are many ways water damage can be destructive beyond the initial flooding. Don’t put your home and your family at risk—have a professional handle it.

Written by Elise
on January 22, 2015