Even Without Flood Insurance, It Pays To Hire A Professional Disaster Restoration Crew To Clean Up Your Home

Marvin Simmons

To save your home, you must do deep, detailed cleaning and disinfection after a heavy flood or other significant water event damages your home. While homes in Canada are more at risk from water damage than from fires, you may not have adequate insurance coverage to help offset the costs of hiring a disaster restoration company after a flood.

There are good reasons to call in experts, even if your insurance won't help pay the expense of recovery work. Here are 3 important reasons to bring in the professionals:

1. Nasty germs and molds start thriving right away in moist conditions.

It only takes hours for nasty water-borne bacteria and other germs to start multiplying like crazy, so the sooner you start drying out your home, the safer it will be for your belongings and your lungs.

Depending on the source of the water damage, your walls and floors may be coated with raw sewage, animal fecal matter, and lots of nasty disease-causing microorganisms. Left in a humid, wet state, your home will provide all of the shelter and nutrition these diseases and germs need to turn your home into a biohazard zone. Your home could even be condemned if conditions become severe.

 If you and your family can jump right in and do the work immediately, you have a good chance of reducing the damage to your home. If you wait even a few days, you may be facing the increased costs of repairs and demolition that can only be done by professionals. Having a disaster restoration team step in right away will save you this sort of heartache down the road.

You're going to have to invest in equipment and tools before you start.

No matter who cleans up your home, restoring it properly involves specific equipment you will need to purchase, rent, or borrow. This includes protective gear and cleanup tools.

You'll need gloves, respirators, wading boots with steel toes, and possibly a hazmat suit if the home has been sitting a few days. You may also need:

  • Wet/dry vac
  • Sump pump
  • Moisture sensor to check humidity of walls and floors
  • Mops, pails and other cleanup tools
  • Solutions and detergents to clean and disinfect
  • Contractor cleanup bags to get rid of ruined items
  • Generator and extension cords if it is too dangerous to turn on power

You'll also want a roll-off dumpster on site for disposal of nasty carpets and furniture, unless you have a truck or other vehicle large enough to haul off the damaged items yourself. You'll need tools to replace flooring and carpets, the skill and tools to replace drywall, and the knowledge and tools to fix other structural, wiring, and home décor damage.

A disaster restoration team already has the know-how and the tools to clean up your home, and they will remove damaged materials as they restore your home to a livable condition.

Your health is worth more than anything.

You may be eager to save money by doing flood recovery yourself. No one will fault you for trying to protect your budget after a disaster.

The problem with doing it yourself is that you risk exposing yourself to physical harm, both from structural damage and from nasty molds and germs. One slip and fall; one day's exposure to heavy fecal content; or one unseen nail that sticks through your foot can cause you years of health problems.

When you factor in the many hours of specialized work to be done; the purchase of tools; and the immediate threat to your health; allowing the experts like Rocky Cross Construction (North) Ltd home damage repair clean and sanitize your home after water or flood damage is the more economical choice in the long run.