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Water damage cleanup can be n incredibly difficult task. In fact, most homeowners in Yakima, WA do not know the correct way to clean up water damage (yes, there is a right and wrong way to handle water damage), and they actually end up making things worse. Here are the three most common mistakes homeowners make when taking on a water damage cleanup project.

  1. Waiting too long to begin cleanup

The ‘I will get to it later’ attitude will lead to even more damages done to your home and belongings following water damage. A quick and less extensive restoration is dependent on time. The longer water damage sits, the worse the damage will be. As soon as you notice water damage, you need to act. Immediate steps need to be taken to stop the source of water, limit the spread of damage, and develop a plan to ensure your home and property is restored properly. Do not wait or waste any time when your home has sustained water damage. 

  1. Not completely removing or drying the water

When people attempt to clean up water damage on their own, they often use whatever equipment they can find around their homes to get the job done. For example, many homeowners have attempted to remove water in their homes with a shop vac, and once all the water they can see is gone they think the job has been done. What they do not know though, is that water seeps into materials like wood, drywall, insulation, ceilings, and floors and is absorbed by these porous materials. So even if surface water appears to be gone, water is still hidden where we cannot see. Without professional extraction equipment, commercial-grade air movers, and dehumidifiers, hidden moisture will remain in your home – which leads to more damage. Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of moisture exposure. When it grows in areas we cannot see, it is able to continue growing and spreading, leading to an extensive mold removal process once it is discovered. Mold exposure also causes a lot of respiratory symptoms and is a major health risk. Without the right experience, training, and expertise to thoroughly remove water, water damage will continue to be a problem long after surface water has been dried. 

  1. Trying to handle the cleanup on their own

Because water damage restoration is an extensive project and requires certain steps and equipment to guarantee the best results, it should be left to the professionals. Water damage projects are not something that homeowners should tackle on their own if they don’t have the proper training and experience in cleaning and restoring damage caused by water. Water may also contaminate your home and require powerful disinfection services. Don’t attempt a do-it-yourself water damage project – make sure to contact professionals. 


At Clean Image Services, Inc. in Yakima, WA, we offer 24/7 emergency water damage cleanup services so that the damage can be mitigated immediately. We are a full-service restoration company and are able to handle your water damage cleanup from start to finish, no matter the size or scope. With the use of professional equipment, proper training, and experience, our trained technicians are able to provide fast reliable service to completely restore your home to its pre-loss condition. Do not try to handle water damage cleanup on your own, and let Clean Image Services, Inc. take care of all your water damage cleanup and restoration needs in Yakima.