Life is all about trying new things failing at them and practicing until you get better and better until one day after a lot of trial and, error and mistakes and failures, you are proficient at that thing you initially started but failed miserably at. That said, the try-until-you-succeed-and-teach-yourself-as-you-go-along method, fashionably DIY these days, is not always the right fit for all situations.
For example, you are probably not going to find many people advising you to DIY your car engine repair unless you have a project car that you do not mind not being able to drive for a while or ever again. Cookies are a great project for DIY. If you screw them up, it’s not a big deal, your investment on both materials and time is pretty nominal, so if you do ruin them, it’s a learning experience with minimal consequences.
DIY issues start to get pretty out of hand with home repairs, some small things like clearing a clogged drain or maybe even repairing a hole in some drywall are not majorly risky DIY projects, but when you find yourself with a major flood in your house, that’s when you want to be careful. In this article, I will discuss some of the major pitfalls a lot of people run into when they try and deploy the DIY method when cleaning up from a major flood in their home.
The first mistake a lot of people make with flood cleanup is that they take way too long to figure out what is causing the water to flow or how to get the standing water out from the area it is in. Picture this, you’ve got a flooded basement, you have no clue where the water came from or maybe you do and you’re staring at a burst pipe gushing water into your new basement pond, how to do you make that water stop flowing, it’s a broken pipe, where is the off switch? While you are fumbling for your phone and reading articles like this one, that pipe is dumping hundreds of gallons of basement and house destroying water into your home, you’re off to a great DIY start, congrats!
Okay so you’ve managed to find the main water line valve in your home and turn it off, so the water is not flowing anymore out of the burst pipe, now how do you get the thousands of gallons of standing water out of your basement aquarium? Alright, so you do some more quick internet searching, and now you learn that you need something called a sump pump to move all of that water out of your basement to some sort of drain or area far enough away from your house so as not to do even more damage to your foundation. Do you have a sump pump, do you have the proper hosing to move that water to a safe area? Oh no, you need to check Amazon Prime or sprint over to your closest Home Depot.
The next and sometimes final mistake, some unfortunate people make with flood cleanup, are fatal. Some silly DIY’er might go stumbling into their flooded basement and get shocked with thousands of volts of electricity, and their unconscious body falls face-first into the water because they never thought to make sure the power was off before trudging in. A flood cleanup is not a joke, and the proper safety precautions must be taken. Not taking safety seriously can result in severe injury and or death.
Call Drymax Restoration today for all of your flood cleanup needs in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Broussard, Alexandria, and the LA areas. We are here to give you and your loved ones peace of mind in one of the most stressful situations for homeowners.