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Homeowner Tries Water Removal on Own—Decides Pros are Better

6/24/2015 (Permalink)

The “can-do” attitude is great to have in everyday life. It’ll get you far in your career as well as personal and professional relationships. But there’s a limit. DIY is great for Pinterest, but not always applicable in real life. This extends to water damage removal. When it comes to ensuring the safety of your home, it is imperative that you hire a professional to remove water damage. If it is not cleaned up properly, it can result in mold which can be dangerous for you and your family. 

One homeowner in Orange learned this recently. He had a pipe leak in the wall, and when he had a plumber come out and repair it, the plumber informed him of the extensive water damage. The plumber recommended he call a restoration company, but the homeowner decided he wanted to try removing the damage himself.

After a few days of trying and realizing it was going to be more difficult than he wanted, he called SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/Brea. Our Production Manager, Edgar Orozco, made it out to the home immediately. He knew it was something we would be able to fix for him, so we immediately got to work.

We set up equipment to start the drying process, but knew there were some parts that would have to be removed because of the delay in reaction time by the homeowner. We started by removing and disposing of the carpet of the bedroom, closet, and bathroom. We also had to remove some drywall in all those rooms and the bathroom. Since it had been a few days, we knew there was a concern for mold in the drywall. We tested, and thankfully the results came back negative.

From there, we sprayed all the affected areas with anti-microbial spray to ensure there would be no further damage and left our equipment to dry the rest of the area.

The homeowner was thankful for the services of SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/Brea. He knew he could have made the situation much worse if he hadn’t called us when he did, and he was happy we were able to get the job done quickly.

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