Water Restoration | Wet Basements

Homeowners’ Guide to Determining if DIY is Right for your Water Damage Restoration Project

Over the years, I have visited with many clients that were in a panic over water problems in their homes. They were looking for advice on whether they should try a “do it yourself” approach or pay a professional to dry out their home.  A couple of motivators that typically drive the do-it-yourself mindsets:  

  1. The sheer challenge of the situation and the knowledge that “I’ve tackled many tougher things!” 
  2. It also can be a cost-saving measure, a “must do’” more than a want to. 

A quick overview of water restoration starts with physically removing water, or any excess moisture through extraction. Next is creating an environment conducive to drying, usually incorporating air movement (fans) and removing humidity from the air (dehumidifiers). Then it is critical to monitor the drying process. Starting, stopping, or continuing as needed are standard directions discovered when drying wet structures. 

Here are a couple of things to consider when deciding whether to roll your sleeves up or to call a professional.

These questions should always be asked before work begins: 

  • Can I access the tools necessary to do the job right?  
  • If I tackle this project, can I do a complete job and do it correctly? 
  • Am I dealing with materials that are going to need extra attention, such as plaster or hard-wood floors? 

Important Drying Tips 

Attempting DIY water restoration without all the necessary training, experience, equipment, or tools is a questionable endeavor. Taking that step is a gamble, and it might be a tricky proposition, considering what is at stake. 

  • Thorough extraction is paramount to a successful dry down.  
  • You will need professional drying equipment: air movers and dehumidifiers, which are available at most rental yards. 
  • Access to monitoring instruments: Both penetrating and non-penetrating meters. 

Your success will depend on what is wet, how much moisture remains, and how quickly you can completely dry it.  

What is at stake if you are not successful at quickly drying out your basement? In a four-letter word …mold!

Bacteria will begin to flourish in hours, and some molds will start to grow in as little as 24-48 hours. In either case, you will be on the clock, or you will have a new larger problem! 

Still have questions? Check out our website for additional information regarding water damage or give us a call at the office and we would be happy to answer your questions! 785-232-3779

Thanks you,

Dan Chavez