You come home one night after a whole day of hefty rainfall. You walk into your kitchen that you just cleaned the night before. You look up and spot a leak in your ceiling. “Oh great” are the words that usually spawn in your head. It’s the last thing you want to deal with after an entire day of productivity and hard work. Plus, you were already feeling gloomy due to the constant rain. You think of how to quickly solve this issue as stress-free as possible. Before you jump to conclusions and call up your one friend that “kind of knows a little bit about handy work here-and-there”, consider these important and common mistakes that people usually run into when dealing with water damage.
#1 – This is the most important! Never wait too long to call! Although this is the most obvious, it is also the least practiced. Many people wait until the next morning to take care of their problem. The damage being done to your house is increasing by the minute. Water damage is not something to be taken lightly and spreads very easily. This could definitely spell trouble for your home. You should act immediately!
#2 – One of the worst mistakes you can make is not making sure the workman that is coming into your home is certified. Water damage restoration is a huge task and it takes a professional to accomplish a job this technical. A water damage specialist that is IICRC certified is a must. Hiring an unqualified or under-qualified individual is a very big risk. Not only may the problem come back soon, but this person could cause damage to your home that will cause more problems in the long run.
#3 – Never try fixing the water damage yourself. As said in mistake #2, you should absolutely have a certified professional to fix your water damage issues. If you’re an adventurous home owner, trust me, we understand. It seems very tempting. However, there’s nothing more counterproductive than potentially causing even more damage to your home. This is a profession that is very technical and very complex. It’s vital that you have it done right to eliminate any risk.
#4 – Never ever choose a company that takes the short route in fixing things. Always choose an expert with professional equipment. This is why it’s important to check places like Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau, Yelp, etc. You should choose a company that has invested in every (relevant) tool possible to help you with whatever problem may come in your home!
#5 – Vacuum cleaners are extremely dangerous in a flood situation! Anything that runs electricity should NEVER be used in or around water. Even so, household vacuum cleaners are not built for retracting water. Our water damage team has all the necessary tools to get your home back into working order. To help keep water from spreading until we get there, move all your belongings and furniture from the surrounding area. place towels under a leak and mop up any flooding nearby.
We will help you any time you need us. We’re always here for you at Fast Action Restoration. We treat our customers as family– we never want you to take a short cut when dealing with a problem that could potentially ruin your home!