Can I Take Care Of Water Damage Myself?

by | Last updated May 11, 2022 | Water/Mold Damage

If your property, residential or commercial, has recently sustained water damage, you may be wondering whether or not you require professional assistance. Generally, you should seek professional help for any water damage, especially if it’s severe. However, in some instances, you may be able to deal with this yourself.

This blog post will explain the concept of water damage in more detail, more specifically, explaining why you should hire a professional for most scenarios.

Removing water from the property to prevent further water damage

It is not only difficult to remove water from a property, however, it can also be dangerous. Professional restoration experts use specialist tools to safely remove the water, preventing any potential further damage.

The prevention of mold and nasty odors

If attempting to take care of water damage yourself, you may find it difficult to remove nasty odors. Furthermore, failing to clean up the damage, and not getting to the root of the problem may result in the build-up of mold.

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Mold not only contains a nasty smell itself, but it’s also dangerous for all those who live in the property, especially if left unattended, perhaps causing a spread.

A thorough water damage inspection

If attempting to tackle the damage yourself, you may struggle to conduct a thorough inspection of the property.

Working alongside a professional ensures a proper inspection, highlighting any underlying problems, and guaranteeing no further consequences of the water damage.

Blackwater is especially dangerous

Finally, if you have blackwater damage (waste that contains nasty pathogens and feces), then cleaning this up yourself can be especially dangerous. This requires professional help, ensuring you don’t make direct contact with the harmful bacteria.

In the first instance that you notice blackwater damage, seek professional support, such as the team at Jacob’s Ladder, increasing the safety of your health and property. If this is left unattended, it may lead to further property damage and various health risks.

To conclude

In most instances, unless the water damage is minor, you will need to seek the assistance of a professional restoration specialist. This is much safer and will prevent any nasty surprises down the line, ensuring a clean, safe, and well-maintained property.

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