If you need to replace a faucet, you can either do it yourself or hire a plumber. If you want to paint a wall, you can either do it yourself or hire a painter. In cases like these, the pro might do a better job, but you can do an okay job, too. Water damage restoration, however, falls into a different category. This is the type of work you should always hire a pro to do for you. Why? Well, it all comes down to the following risks and how professionals are able to minimize them.
The Risk of Infection
The water that floods homes is almost always contaminated with dangerous bacteria. You may figure that if it's not toilet water, then it's reasonably clean. However, even clean water that originates from your sink gets introduced to contaminants when it hits surfaces like your floor. Then, the bacteria proliferate to dangerous levels. Floodwater from outdoors is generally bacteria-laden, too. Professional water remediation teams have the right clothing and protective attire to protect their skin, respiratory tract, and digestive system from infection. Homeowners don't always have this gear, and they may not know how to use it properly, which leads to an increased risk of infection and illness.
The Risk of Electrocution
You may have seen a movie or TV show in which a character steps into a pool of standing water, only to be electrocuted or shocked. This can and does happen in real life. If the water comes into contact with an electrical socket, it can become electrified. Water damage restoration professionals know how to make sure the power is off and a pool of water is safe before they step into it. Why risk stepping into electrified water to do the cleanup yourself?
The Risk of Leaving Water Behind
It can be really hard to tell how far water has penetrated and what structures have become moist. Professionals have lots of experience doing this, but homeowners can often leave moist materials behind. This is riskier than you might think. It can lead to the growth of dangerous mold, which could make you very ill. It's best to pay professionals and be sure all the water is cleaned up thoroughly.
Water damage restoration is best left to professionals for risk-related reasons. If your home has suffered water damage, look for a restoration company in your area and give them a call.