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Hire Out or DIY? How to Determine if Your Covina Home Needs Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Do DIY Water Removal in Your Covina Home 

There is a correct time and place for DIY cleanup of water damage in your home. Water emergencies often happen without warning such as a supply line hose to a washing machine failing or a leak within a wall you had zero knowledge of until it dripped through the ceiling.

There are five essential questions to ask about the water removal needs in your Covina home to determine if you need a professional restoration services company.  

How much water is there?

The amount of water in the home is a crucial factor. While you are emptying your home wet/dry vac for the tenth time, the water in your home continues to migrate on the floors and become absorbed into the carpeting. When the damage is on an upper floor in your home, it is finding its way into the lower levels via the floor joists and ceiling. SERVPRO technicians have multiple portable pumps for fast water extraction in several areas of the home at once. 

What type of water needs removal?

In the first 24 hours after a water spill, it is considered "clean" with little to no danger of bacteria or contaminants. If the water in your home has the potential to contain sewage or has sat in the open for over 24 hours, it becomes safe to handle, and you need professional water removal.  

Do I have the right equipment?

If you are going into battle against a water spill and your tools are a mop and wet/dry vac, the outcome may not be what you envision. Water migrates swiftly following the path of least resistance and gets into subflooring quickly. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to extract water from all kinds of surfaces and furnishings. 

Is there a danger of mold?

Did you know mold only requires warmth, moisture, and food such as sheetrock, paper or wood to flourish? If you leave moisture behind during a DIY water cleanup and the ambient temperature is over 70F-degrees, you could potentially have a costly mold infestation issue in the future.  

Can I eliminate the water odor?

That familiar musty odor that remains means there is still an excess of moisture somewhere in your home. SERVPRO technicians possess a diverse array of moisture detection equipment to ascertain the exact location of all water, whether it is visible on the surface or not along with professional-level odor control applications. 

When your home needs water removal, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111. The experienced, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the water damage in your home "Like it never even happened."

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