Is Disaster Restoration A DIY Project?
As a property owner, handling a task yourself can save money. Unfortunately, it may be putting your financial investment in your property as well as your health, at unnecessary risk. Skilled disaster recovery contractors have extensive training, certifications and experience. The right contractors will have the right tools and they’ll be prepared with personal safety training and protective equipment. They know the dangers and do what’s required to protect themselves and every person in the property as well! Disaster restoration is one of those times when DIY isn’t the best idea – let professionals handle disaster clean-up work.
Professional disaster restoration has a clear advantage over DIY and here are a few different situations where, and why you should take your safety seriously in these circumstances.
- Flooding, Tornado and other Natural Disasters:
Natural disasters present a multitude of different challenges. Flooding can bring biohazardous materials or contaminated water into a building, along with damage to the structure and other critical mechanical systems. Earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes also present serious potential concerns. Your structure, which may not be safe to enter yourself, just in terms of its stability could be a good reason to hire specialists. A professional disaster mitigation and recovery company is able to make the initial assessment regarding whether it is safe to enter an area, and then do the work needed to minimize further damage and costs.
Mold is a serious threat when water is present in excessive amounts in the building materials and structure. Even a small amount of water, left unattended, could provide the perfect breeding ground for microscopic mold growths, which will then put spores into the air, and your lungs. Mold growth, and attempting to clean it yourself without the proper training and equipment, can lead to an allergic reaction that could then threaten your health. Letting a professional contractor handle the task is certainly the best course of action. Not only will you keep yourself safe, but you can get pre- and post-cleanup inspections and mold tests to confirm the cleaning was completed meticulously.
Fire and smoke damage also presents numerous challenges you may not be equipped to handle. Fires that involved oils or fats as fuel, for example, can leave a very thick, oily, and very difficult film on surfaces that can linger for years, or even decades. That, along with the damage fire and smoke can cause to every part of a space, can lead to a property damage level beyond the average abilities of an individual that hasn’t had the training, and certainly doesn’t have the right tools and equipment. Further, when the fire was extinguished, it may have involved significant water damage putting out the fire, which can lead to mold growth.
Be sure to get a qualified initial assessment from your trusted disaster recovery contractor so you know more about what needs to be done, and the best way to move forward if you have any doubts. Remember that this isn’t a task you should do “on the cheap;” property damage can exceed many thousands of dollars in costs and risk your health, well after the disaster has ended, without proper mitigation, recovery and restoration.