You might know all about water damage, but do you know about DIY water damage restoration?

While there’s compelling evidence to support hiring a restoration contractor, there are some instances where you should take the DIY approach. If you’re not sure what those instances are, don’t worry. Just keep reading.

We’re going to fill you in on how to address water damage all on your own so you can decide what course of action is best for you. Here are the tips for DIY water damage restoration you need to know about.


1. Identifying the Scope of the Damage

When inspecting the area, it’s important to be methodical. Document the damage with pictures, as this will help the process along later on. It’s easy to discount the true extent of the damage, so be sure to check even small, dark areas as they can have hidden damage.

If possible, remove any objects in your way so you can inspect each area thoroughly. But remember to always prioritize safety. 

2. Gathering Necessary Supplies and Equipment

The supplies and equipment you will need include:

  • wet/dry vacuum cleaner
  • mops
  • buckets
  • scrub brushes
  • towels
  • fans to dry the area

You will also need a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in the air. You will also need to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, safety goggles, and a respirator, to protect yourself from potential health risks associated with mold and mildew. Lastly, you will need cleaning products and sealers to restore the area to its pre-water-damaged condition.

3. Evaluating the Safety of the Situation

Safety should always be the number one priority when attempting any water damage restoration. Begin by checking the area for possible electrical and gas hazards. It is important to shut off any electricity and gas in the affected area if safe to do so.

Inspect the affected area for weakened or damaged structural elements such as drywall and flooring. During the process, keep children and animals away from the area.

4. Finding and Fixing the Water Source

Inspect your plumbing system for any leaks or cracks. Check all pipes and faucets, as well as the places around them, such as the base of toilets and showers, to ensure no water is leaking. Take note of any problems in your systems that will need a plumbing repair.

Additionally, inspect your roof and external siding to ensure no leaks or openings. Make sure all gutters and drains are clear of debris and opening properly, as this can cause water to seep into your walls and ceiling, leading to more extensive damage. Lastly, check your basement or crawlspace for signs of water.

5. Benefits of Calling a Professional

Despite the benefits of DIY water damage restoration, calling a professional can also be beneficial. Professionals have the equipment, experience, and knowledge to fully address the water damage.

It’s also important to note that some home insurance policies will cover the cost of professional restoration. Professional water damage restoration specialists are also highly trained to address the specific problems that arise during the process.

Start Your Water Damage Restoration Project Today

Overall, if you have water or flood damage to your property, it is important to act quickly. By following the tips above, you can successfully take on DIY water damage restoration. It is always wise to consult with an expert should the damage be too severe. For peace of mind, consider obtaining property insurance.

Get started today and restore your property safely and quickly.

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