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DIY Water Damage Cleanup? We Don’t Think So!

flood damage restoration yakima waA flooded home is devastating. Flooding can damage your possessions, furniture, floors, carpets, walls, and even your house’s foundation. Flooding can be caused by a variety of things, including broken pipes, faulty appliances, backed-up toilets, overflowing bathtubs, and wet weather leaking in from outside, so it is easy to be caught off guard by it.

If your Yakima home needs water damage restoration, here are a few reasons why you should call for professional help rather than trying to clean it up yourself.

Flood Damage Restoration—Yakima, Washington

Standing water may carry an electric current.

Do not walk into a flooded home. Look at how high the water level is. Is it as high as the electric outlets on your walls? If it is, then you definitely do not want to come in contact with the water because it is likely carrying an electric current and could shock and even kill you. Instead, the safest thing you can do is turn off the electricity in your home and then call professionals to come help you out. They can test the water and make sure that it is safe before anyone puts themselves at risk.

Different water sources might contain dangerous chemicals or bacteria.

Another reason you do not want to just walk in flooding water is that it might not be safe to come in contact with depending on its source. Standing water could contain bacteria that will make you sick, especially if it contains any level of sewage. If an appliance has broken, then the water may have dangerous chemicals mixed into it, as well. It is much safer to allow professionals to test the water for any kind of contamination than to risk coming in contact with it yourself.

The right equipment will prevent mold and mildew.

One of the problems with substantial water damage is that it can take a very short time to lead to mold. In as little as twenty-four hours, the moisture can begin to form mold and mildew. When professionals come in and repair the damage, they have the right kind of equipment to ensure that the water is removed completely. They are also able to sanitize following the water damage to make sure any bacteria or anything that could make you sick is cleaned completely. Professionals use their equipment to remove the water, sanitize, and dehumidify to make sure that everything is not only dry but also clean so that no bacteria, mold, mildew, chemicals, or any sort of contaminants remain.

Repairs are probably needed.

Flooding causes damage to a lot of materials. After flooding, you likely need services like drywall replacement and floor repair. These kinds of projects are difficult to do yourself and can be dangerous or lead to further damage if they are not done correctly. Allowing licensed and qualified professionals to take care of the fixes for you will give you the peace of mind that your home is safe and secure.

If you experience any flooding in your Yakima home, call Clean Image Services to get clean it up for you. They will restore your home and possessions, so you do not have to worry about further damage.