When you own a home in Atlanta GA, there is endless potential for new projects and updates that you can learn to do on your own. In this DIY age, you can use the Internet to find tutorials on how to do pretty much anything. It is great to be self-sufficient and learn to do new things on your own, especially now when we have been able to spend so much time in our homes However, there are some things that shouldn’t be done without proper training, experience, and equipment. You wouldn’t try to perform surgery on your own appendix if it decides to rupture (at least we hope you wouldn’t!) and the same should go for water damage in your home. If a water pipe decides to burst in your basement, leave the water damage cleanup to the professionals, and you will be sure to get the best results.
Water can carry lots of bacteria. When damage occurs, whether from a pipe, the sewer, or Mother Nature, the first thing that needs to be determined is the category of water you are dealing with. Category 1 water is also referred to as clear water, and originates from a sanitary source. This type of water poses no substantial health risks, but should still be handled by trained professionals. Category 2 water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if contacted or consumed. This water is termed ‘gray water’ because of the potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms that could be in the water. Special equipment and cleaning is required to cleanup this type of water. The last category of water is ‘black water.’ Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful agents. Black water is extremely dangerous and may even cause death if ingested. Trained professionals should only handle this type of water. It requires deep and extensive cleaning and remediation, with the use of commercial-grade equipment.
Another reason water damage cleanup should only be handled by professionals is time. Response time is critical in mitigating damage caused by water. It is imperative to get the water extracted and dried completely to stop mold from growing and to prevent structural damage to the home. Professional cleaning and restoration crews have the tools and training required to handle any minor or major water damage, and can get it resolved quickly. By using state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment, like thermal imaging cameras, professional crews can locate and eliminate hidden moisture in walls and floors. Industrial grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers make drying that much easier and quicker. Without the use of this equipment, thorough and adequate drying will not be achieved. Without the proper training, experience, and equipment, you leave your home at risk for structural damage and mold growth when cleaning up.
While we are all for a DIY master room makeover, or learning how to build raised garden boxes, and even looking up how to install a wall mount for your new TV, there are certain things that should be left to the professionals. You want your home to be back to the condition it was prior to water damage as quickly as possible, and that is where we come in. At Serenity Restoration, we offer immediate response, 24/7, so we can begin the water extraction and drying process. We know how important your home is, especially during these difficult times, and that is why we work hard to safely and adequately restore and cleanup your home following water damage.