Dangers of DIY Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage restoration is an expensive process. If your Monroe home has received water damage, you are going to have a lot to deal with. Before trying to tackle water damage cleanup on your own, we at Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte want you to be aware of all the benefits that come with working with a restoration team, as well as the risks that come from DIY water damage restoration.

Personal Harm

Most people do not recognize water damage is a dangerous situation. Even if the water damage does not look extensive, there can be many hidden dangers. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when trying to handle water damage on their own is failing to protect themselves when cleaning up the mess. From the type of water (clean, gray or black), to potential electrical shock, there are many factors when dealing with water damage that can be extremely harmful. It is important to get the mess cleaned up quickly, but going into it not knowing where the water source is from, without proper personal protective clothing and equipment, or without shutting off all power to the area can make you susceptible to harm.


Many DIY cleanup techniques provide a quick fix for water damage. When dealing with mold, there is no such thing as a quick fix. Because mold can go unseen, you may not even know that you are dealing with mold when cleaning up after water damage. Without the proper tools and equipment to detect and remediate mold, it can turn into a serious health problem. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred, so any time you are dealing with water cleanup you should assume you are dealing with mold, and any time you are dealing with mold you should call in the professionals.

Structural Damage

Even after surface water has been dried, water damage may seep beneath walls, under carpets and floorboards, and in other places you cannot see. Integrity of walls, floors, and ceilings may be compromised. Drying without dehumidification will keep the moisture that seeped into these areas trapped, and you may think the problem is fixed when its not. Without the use of commercial grade drying equipment and technology to detect moisture in places you cannot see, water damage will linger long after you think it has been removed.

Benefits of Using a Restoration Team

It is quite simple when deciding on whether to call in help with water damage restoration – always go with a restoration team. Professionals possess the proper knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle the restoration process quickly, effectively, and safely. At Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte, our team closely follows a number of extensive steps to be sure the water damage is completely resolved and no mold is present. We use state-of-the-art technology to detect moisture in unseen areas, commercial-grade drying equipment to remove all water and moisture, and can respond quickly to mitigate any further damage. Professionals can begin the restoration process quicker than a homeowner trying to DIY it, and can guarantee satisfactory results. Let Restoration 1 take care of everything from start to finish when dealing with water damage in Monroe and surrounding areas.