DIY Water Damage Repair or Hire a Specialist?
Updated: Feb 25, 2020
How hard can it be to remove water from a flooded basement after a torrential rainstorm, burst frozen pipe, or when a commercial restaurant sprinkler goes off? From a do-it-yourselfers (DIY) point of view probably not so hard once you know what you are doing. But what if you don’t have the time, ability, and tools to learn what to do? Add to this the fact that nearly all water damage and restoration projects also deal with mold mitigation and mold prevention protocols. On this last point, hiring a professional is probably the best choice for even the do-it-yourselfer. In addition to having a firm knowledge and experience with mold protocols, in this blog, we’ll highlight three other reasons it makes sense to hire a professional for water damage and restoration. It is our hope to steer the reader clear of a lot of hassle.
#1 We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
Every month we get a call from a do-it-yourself to hand off their project when they get stuck. Often a wall or parts of it need to be penetrated or opened up in water damage restoration and mold mitigation. Sometimes asbestos and faulty/outdated electrical wiring are uncovered. It takes more than a YouTube video to help troubleshoot this. As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried safely, quickly, and thoroughly. We adhere to the professionalism, specifications, techniques, and protocols provided for in IICRC Certification (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), the water damage, mold, and disaster recovery industry standard. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
#2 We Have the Tools and Equipment
From the minute we arrive at your home or business, it is our job to quickly and accurately assess the situation and implement an action plan. We work rigorously to get your property back to the way it was before the water damage occurred. For example, while we are extracting the water in the basement or elsewhere, we often employ thermal imaging using infrared cameras to help detect damp spots in floors, ceilings or walls. This helps us pinpoint where the water build-up is before we penetrate/open up a wall or ceiling. As a result, we can minimize and isolate the areas of your home that need to be restored, potentially saving time and money needed to complete the restoration.
In addition to infrared cameras, we have equipment readily available for any situation, for water damage projects large and small, such as commercial dehumidifiers, HEPA air scrubbers, air movers and more. For a do-it-yourselfer, renting this equipment is not the trick, but the knowledge of how to deploy them is. One common side effect do-it-yourselfers report to us before handing over their project is someone or everyone in their home got a bloody nose. Commercial dehumidifiers suck all the moisture out of the air and can cause an extremely dry nose leading to a bloody nose. Commercial dehumidifiers need to be used correctly to avoid this.
#3 We Work Seamlessly With Your Home Owners Insurance
Most of the water damage restoration projects we work on include an insurance claim. As a result, we not only partner with the homeowner or business owner, but also with the insurance agent/claims adjuster. Sometimes, we don’t initially know what the cost of the restoration will be, our first priority is to get the water out. While this is happening, we establish a working relationship with your insurance agent/claims adjuster and start to build out a restoration plan that meets your insurance coverage to give you options. We pride ourselves on being excellent communicators and superb at follow up. You can have peace of mind working with our team.
The purpose of this blog is to steer the do-it-yourselfer clear of a lot of hassle. Renting equipment is one thing, but having the knowledge and expertise is another. Unlike fixing the car or home appliance, watching a YouTube video is likely not enough to get your water damage project done safely, quickly, correctly, and with peace of mind.
If you experience frozen pipe water damage, contact Tricore Restoration 24/7 for immediate water extraction at 715-791-0404.