Almost every household in America will experience some sort of water damage at some stage over the life of the property. Small accidents such as an overflowing sink or a leaky faucet can easily be fixed with the help of home equipment such as a dry/wet vacuum and a hairdryer. However, when the water damage relates to more complex forms of damage such as backed up toilets, broken pipes, flooded basements, rainwater flooding and so on, it is best that the homeowners calls for the services of a professional water damage restoration contractor.
Here are some examples of situations where a professional water damage repair company might be able to do a much better job than homeowners who will try to attempt restoration on their own.
Water damage repair arising out of a broken pipeline – Sometimes, you can be clueless about the source of water leak in your house. You may or may not know that there are several pipes that are concealed in the construction of your home. They can suddenly crack for various reasons. A professional restoration company will be able to use infra red cameras to identify the cracked pipe without having to break down walls or other construction materials. It would be very difficult for you to properly identify this leak without the right equipment that only a restoration contractor will carry.
The four categories of water damage restoration – There are essentially four different types of water that can cause damage to your property. Category 1 and category 2 are the least problematic as they are water from relatively clean sources such as an open faucet or a broken washing machine or dishwasher. Category 3 and 4 are very problematic because the water will be infected with a lot of microbes, bacteria and fungi. Category 3 and 4 water, otherwise known as black water will come from sources such as backed up toilets, sewer lines, sea water, river water etc. Only a professional contractor will know how to treat each category of water. Some will require the use of chemical based agents that will remove the bacteria and fungi from your property. If you attempted restoration on your own by just drying out your property, you could run the risk of exposing your dear and loved ones to dangerous levels of bacteria that will obviously not be visible to the naked eye.
There are several other advantages to hiring a professional restoration company, some of them being fast response times, help with the insurance claims process and cost effectiveness when it comes to restoration results.