Well Intended Water Damage Advice
I got a call yesterday from a distressed homeowner – she had just gone downstairs and found water everywhere. Not just a little water either, but several inches of standing water. On the phone, the homeowner was very worried about all of her things that were now wet. Once I got to the job site, however, there was a neighbor over there who came over with the best of intentions. He didn’t want to see his neighbor, who was elderly, get taken advantage of. However, in doing so he gave his neighbor some horrible advice.
This wasn’t a small water damage event, almost every square inch of the basement was affected. I recommended that the homeowner file an insurance claim, as there was damaged flooring, damaged and wet walls, and lots of damaged personal property. It was going to take much more than an insurance deductible to get everything dried out and repaired. The neighbor, however, who was a ‘contractor’ said that the house didn’t need to be dried. His prescription was just to get the water sucked out. Maybe he thought the home would dry out on its’ own. As a certified water damage restorer, I know this simply isn’t the case. With all of the wet structural materials, in a few days, without proper drying, mold is going to begin to develop. Then the smells will start to waft upstairs. Unfortunately, once mold begins to develop, the items that become mold-affected can not be saved. Instead of drying things out, they have to be removed and replaced, which is much more costly. This says nothing for the costs of removing and taking care of the mold problem.
When you have an emergency at your home, contact professionals. If not, you may be getting well-intention advice that is not the best for your home.