When DIY Water and Mold Removal is Safe

Is DIY water and mold removal safely doable? These two services are often mentioned in the same sentence — usually when a homeowner is discussing contracting with a certified professional water damage and mold restoration service. Nevertheless, many people consider taking on the dual tasks of DIY water and mold removal and rightly wonder what they’re up against. Here are some guidelines to make an educated decision.

  • DIY water and mold removalDue to electrocution hazard, if there’s any chance that outlets or wiring are wet, you shouldn’t consider DIY water removal unless/until a professional electrician has cleared the premises. Additionally, rooms with sagging saturated walls or ceiling should be off-limits due to the danger of structural collapse until a contractor has inspected the house.
  • Where the water originated matters a lot. “Clean” water, straight from a ruptured water supply line or fixture may be safely mopped up or removed. However, flood water from outdoors may carry a variety of toxins, and any sewage backup or spill contains dangerous biohazards. These sources of water should be avoided and left to professionals.
  • Pumps, wet/dry vacuums and fans typically available to homeowners at consumer-level rental centers are often not designed specifically for water damage restoration. If you lack the equipment utilized by professional water damage teams to get the job done, expect to get less-than-professional results.
  • If you can see mold growth on hard, impermeable surfaces, and verify that the extent is limited to an area of less than 10 square feet, you may be able to wipe it away with a 1:9 ratio of bleach to water. However, if mold is widespread and/or growing on permeable structural materials like wood or drywall, removal/replacement of these materials is typically necessary and calls for professional intervention.
  • If you suspect mold growth but can’t locate it, a mold remediation professional is needed to conduct tests that track down the location of mold and identify the type. Not everything that looks like mold is mold and not all mold is toxic.

Before you take on DIY water and mold removal, contact Rytech, Inc. about the advantages of qualified professional treatment.

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