As a parent, I can't tell you how many times I have walked in on a disaster. Just a few days ago, my kids were playing together and they decided to flood our master bathroom with a few towels and a boatload of water. Although some messes are cute or funny, others are completely overwhelming and difficult to clean up. Fortunately, I have an excellent damage contractor on speed dial, and he comes out to help me whenever I need a little assistance. I want you to know how to tackle tough messes, which is why I put up this website.
If your washing machine flooded, a toilet overflowed, or your hot water heater leaked, you may have water sitting in your space. Many people are unsure when they should attempt to clean up the water themselves or when they should attempt to call in a water damage restoration specialist to assist them. Here are a few of the times when you should leave clean-up to a professional.
Water Is Sitting in the Space
If you have more water sitting in your space than you can clean up with a few towels, you may need a professional to come in and begin the process of removing water from your home. A water damage restoration professional will begin by removing all of the sitting water from your space. This can include suctioning the water out, pumping the water out, or using dehumidifiers or fans to air the space out.
An Area Larger Than 10 Square Feet Is Affected
Another sign that you should call in a water damage restoration professional for water damage restoration services is having a large area of space affected by the water. As a general rule of thumb, if over ten square feet of space is affected by the water, you should call in a professional. However, if the space is smaller, but there are multiple walls that are affected, different types of flooring that are affected, or the mess is larger than you feel you can deal with on your own, you should call in a pro.
The Flood Contains Sewer Water or Dirty Water
If the water is clean, such as a clean water pipe bursting or your hot water heater leaking, you can clean the water up yourself. However, if the water is dirty, such as muddy flood water or it contains sewage, you should always call in a professional for water damage restoration. They need to sanitize the space to ensure it is free of germs and bacteria.
The Presence of Mold Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Lastly, if you have health conditions, such as conditions that lower your immune systems or asthma, that make being exposed to mold even more damaging, you should call in a professional for water damage restoration. Mold can begin to form in as little as 24 to 48 hours. You may not know mold is present until you begin the process of cleaning up. Don't risk your health and instead, call in a professional if you have these health conditions.
If you are living with one or more of these scenarios, you should leave water clean-up and restoration to the professionals. Call in a water damage restoration professional today to begin the process of having the water safely removed from your home and ensuring your home is safe and sanitary for you and your family to continue living in.