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Attempting A Water Damage Cleanup Can Be Dangerous

water damaged floors in a Yakima home

Water damage is always unpredictable. You can take as many precautionary steps to avoid it, but there can always be something that happens that is out of the scope of your control. Because of this, you may not have the expendable cash, and professional water damage cleanup may seem irrelevant. However, depending on the severity, it can be dangerous and more costly to do it on your own without any professional assistance. 

Here are five reasons why it may not be such a good idea to do your own water damage cleanup in Yakima

Dangers Of DIY Water Damage Cleanup

Believe it or not, water damage can be extremely dangerous. At first glance, it may seem like it’s just water; how bad can it affect you? However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Professionals go through arduous certification processes to properly clean up a home for a good reason. 

Mold Damage

Water damage can cause mold to grow in a home within 24 hours of the flood. Mold is a very hazardous spore to be exposed to especially if you do not have experience when dealing with it. Mold can have several negative impacts on the body and immune system. The most common effect that mold has on our bodies is allergic reactions and it can also cause asthma attacks, eye and/or skin irritation, irritated throats/nose, and lung problems. Repeated mold exposure can increase one’s sensitivity, causing more severe allergic reactions. Exposure to certain molds that produce toxins called mycotoxins can cause more serious illnesses as well.  Moreover, there are different categories of water that a flood can bring into your home. 

Water Damage Categories

There are three types of water: clean water, gray water, and black water. Clean water is water that is safe for you to be around such as well water, purified water, and city water. Gray and black water are where the danger lies. Gray water is untreated, used water from sinks, washing machines, and showers while black water is wastewater from toilets or contains harsh chemicals. Both types of water can cause serious illnesses so it is imperative to be aware of the pollution level from the source of the flood. No matter the case, both types require safety equipment and proper knowledge to be dealt with appropriately. 

These are the top reasons why water damage can be extremely hazardous to your own health. Though there are some jobs that you may be able to do on your own, some are best left to professionals who can get the job done correctly. As stated previously, floods can cause serious harm to your health if you attempt water damage restoration on your own. If you are unsure of the level of pollution of water present in your home, how bad the water damage is, or need help with water damage restoration, professionals at Clean Image Services have the knowledge and experience to get the job done efficiently.