Do It Yourself Water Damage Cleanup
This will be some tips and suggestions on a do it yourself water damage cleanup. It’s not going to be all-inclusive, but we will give you a few tips on water damage cleanup if you’re trying to do it yourself.
One question right off the bat is, are pretty sure you want to do it yourself? Why are you trying to do it yourself?
There’s two practical scenarios why you might want to try and do it yourself.
One is, if the amount of water damage is really small that relative or compared to the amount of your deductible, that it’s not worth it to use your insurance so you go full service.
The other scenario is there may not be insurance coverage. Either property does not have any coverage whatsoever or the water was from a source that’s not covered under the policy so it’s not a covered event.
A lot of policies do not cover water when it comes from the outside. Especially if it was flood waters, surface waters or groundwater. So there are a few limitations to where there could be damaging its and it’s not covered by insurance. So that’s not an option.
A lot of the work is labor. The labor you can do by yourself. The extraction, lifting carpet, removing padding and extracting the carpet again. That’s just labor. You may not have the best extraction equipment but get the padding out from under the carpet. Extract repeatedly and you can get some reasonable results.
If the carpet is old enough, you may make the choice to not dry the carpet and to dispose of it and get it out of the way. There are some limitations on what you can do yourself though. You only have one chance to get it right. If you don’t dry things timely enough and it develops mold you have a lot more damage than what you had originally.
So even if you do it yourself, consider hiring a water damage contractor to come in and use their meters to inspect, diagnosis and advise you what should be done. In our area, we’re happy to go do that for somewhere in the range of $100-150. Then you’re not assuming. You’re not guessing. You’ve had a professional with experience with all the tools and meters tell you and show you exactly what needs to be done. Base boards may or may not need to come out. The drywall may or may not need to be cut and removed. Insulation may or may not be wet and may need to come out. There may or may not be vapor barriers in walls and in areas that affect how and why things will dry. The paint may be permeable enough that a wall will dry without being too invasive but it may not. The paint on that wall may act like a vapor barrier. Wallpapers often times act like a vapor barrier. It may or may not dry. There may be all sorts of materials that are wet and not apparent or it is not obvious they are wet.
Unless you have the experience and training in moisture meters and and tools to detect moisture, you don’t know. So you can do the Labor part of it yourself but don’t try to the be the know all and diagnose and do the prescription
yourself. Spend a few dollars and have somebody hold your hand, coach you, advise you so you don’t miss stuff. Don’t do it wrong and make things worse and have a lot more damage. The labor you can do yourself. In a self-pay situation, a company like ours is very willing to the to make discounts on equipment rental. Tips on the minimum
amount of equipment you can get by with. If we are on site we can point exactly where and how the fan should be positioned.
Yes the labor you can do yourself. Don’t try to diagnosis it yourself.