DIY Flood Cleanup Mistakes to Avoid

ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services understands that most homeowners want to get back to normalcy after experiencing flood damage in their homes. However, taking matters into your own hands and going the DIY route can lead to significant pitfalls.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common and uncommon mistakes that homeowners may make when trying to DIY flood damage.

Failing to Recognize the Potential Dangers of Flood Damage

Flood damage can be deceptive to homeowners. Even if you don’t see water damage, the truth is that it can seep into cracks and do more than just make things damp. In actuality, flood damage can cause:

  • Electrical shorts, loose wires, and electrocution
  • Gas leaks and explosions
  • Corrosion to metal pipes and surfaces
  • Fungus, mold, and bacterial growth
  • Structural damage to critical supports of your home (such as the foundation and flooring)
  • Contamination by bacteria or sewage
  • Unsteady footing
  • Broken glass and other debris
  • Displaced wildlife and pest infiltration

Waiting Too Long to Address the Flood Damage

The longer you wait to clean up flood damage, the greater the risk of more expensive and extensive restoration efforts. In fact, some of the signs of flood damage can manifest in minutes, where you’ll some of the following:

  • Paint will begin to bubble
  • Wallpaper starts peeling
  • Wood furniture starts swelling up with moisture
  • Swelling in the flooring and molding
  • Fungus starts to grow (which marks the start of mildew and mold growth)
  • Electricity may be intermittent and unreliable

Each of these factors worsens in severity the longer a homeowner waits to address the flood damage. Considering that many DIY homeowners have limited resources, flood damage can take weeks to bring back to normal. And even if you’re making progress on removing moisture, you may have mold growth in the drywall that returns despite extensive cleaning.

Using Insufficient Cleaning Equipment

Do you own or have access to any of the following professional flood damage equipment?

  • A heavy-duty fan
  • A dehumidifier
  • An air scrubber
  • A flood pumper (also known as a extraction tool)
  • A moisture probe
  • Specialized wall and floor drying systems (such as a wet vac)
  • High-quality cleaning products

Unless you own a commercial cleaning business, it’s likely you won’t have access to professional-grade equipment for efficient flood damage cleanup. While homeowners may be tempted to rent equipment or purchase it outright, the cost can be several thousands of dollars – plus the hours wasted on DIY efforts.

Work With the Professionals at ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services

Now that you know the dangers of flood damage, how quickly flood damage develops, and why professional equipment is important, it’s time to call the professionals at ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services. We’re at your service to get the job done fast.

You can rely on our experienced technicians for 24/7 service to mitigate flood damage at your home, giving you the peace of mind to get back to normal ASAP. Call us anytime, we’re here for you.