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Why Water Damage Restoration is Not a DIY Project

4/21/2023 (Permalink)

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As seen this past week in Broward County, Water damage can happen at any time, and when it does, it's important to act fast to prevent further damage. We witnessed some of the most historic precipitation including over 25 inches of rain in a matter of hours. However, when it comes to the repair process, some homeowners make the mistake of trying to tackle the job themselves. In this post, we'll discuss why fixing it is not a DIY project and the mistakes that homeowners make when attempting it.

FEMA Guidelines and Rules for Insurance Claims in Florida

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is not following the guidelines and rules set by FEMA for insurance claims, most homeowners aren’t even aware of the guidelines let alone have a full understanding of its importance, here’s a link for more info. Insurance companies have specific requirements for documenting and filing claims, and failure to follow these instructions can result in the claim being denied. SERVPRO has established experience working with insurance companies and can help homeowners navigate the claims process.

Improper Repairs Being Costly

Another mistake that homeowners make is attempting to make repairs themselves without the proper training and equipment, Sorry but utilizing your house fan to dry a flooded room won’t actually get the job done correctly. Improper repairs can result in additional damage to the property and can end up costing homeowners more money in the long run. Part of SERVPRO being a leading restoration company in the nation is having the resources and equipment necessary to properly repair water damage and prevent further damage from occurring.

The Importance of Proper Equipment

Proper equipment is essential for effective water damage removal. Homeowners may not have access to the specialized equipment that professionals use, such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and moisture meters. Without this equipment, it's difficult to ensure that all the moisture has been removed from the affected area, which can lead to mold growth and other issues.

The Potential for Mold Growth

One of the biggest risks of DIY water damage restoration is the potential for mold growth. Mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours after water damage occurs, and it can spread quickly if not properly addressed. We here at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors have built a reputation of getting the job done right the first time to eliminate mold growth, which can be difficult for homeowners to do on their own.


In conclusion, water damage restoration is not a DIY project. Homeowners who attempt to tackle the job themselves can make costly mistakes and even harm themselves in the process. It is important to work with a professional company that has the experience, equipment, and expertise necessary to properly repair water damage and prevent further damage from occurring. If you are unsure the effects of our most recent rain event, let us know and we can schedule a free assessment. By doing so, homeowners can ensure that their property is restored to its original condition and that any potential health hazards, such as mold growth, are eliminated.

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