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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

Water Damage Restoration Professional vs. DIY: Pros and Cons

Updated: Jul 7


Small white fan and a shop vacuum
Typical DIY Equipment for Water Damage Restoration

When faced with water damage, homeowners often wonder whether to tackle the restoration themselves or seek professional help. My first ever water damage job was in my own house before I knew about the restoration industry. I woke up to half an inch of water in the basement and a broken pipe. I fixed the broken pipe and did my best to clean up the water. I used a wet vacuum and lots of towels. 8 hours later it looked like all the water was gone. I plugged in a small dehumidifier and patted myself on the back. Over the next few days, I started noticing water stains on the trim and the floating floor made a squishing noise like there was still water under it. I called a professional to come take a look. He was being nice and said it looks like did a good job of getting most of the water cleaned up. Then he informed me about the things I missed, and it was a long list. All the trim, doors and floor had to be removed. Then it was dried out by powerful fans and commercial dehumidifiers. Without the specialty equipment and the specific knowledge of water damage I had overlooked some major issues. If I had not called a professional who knows the secondary damage that could have been done or the amount of mold that would have started growing. 

The basement flooding is what propelled me into the restoration field. I went on to get certified by the IICRC and learned the proper way to deal with water damage and started Renew by Grewe Restoration. Now I hope to share some of that insight with you so that you can make an informed decision if you ever are unlucky enough to experience water damage in your home. 


The Dilemma of Water Damage

Water damage can strike unexpectedly, leaving homeowners scrambling to address the aftermath. While some may opt for a DIY approach to save money and exert control over the restoration process, others may prefer to enlist the expertise of professional restoration services. Let's explore the advantages and disadvantages of both options to help homeowners navigate the complexities of water damage restoration.

1. DIY Water Damage Restoration:

Pros:

  • Cost Savings: DIY restoration can be more budget-friendly, as homeowners can avoid labor costs associated with hiring professionals.

  • Control and Flexibility: DIYers have full control over the restoration process, allowing them to work at their own pace and make decisions based on their preferences.

  • Learning Experience: Taking on DIY restoration can be a valuable learning experience, empowering homeowners to gain new skills and knowledge about home maintenance and repair.

Cons:

  • Limited Expertise: DIYers may lack the specialized knowledge and equipment needed to address complex water damage issues effectively.

  • Time and Effort: Restoring water damage can be labor-intensive and time-consuming, requiring significant effort and dedication from homeowners.

  • Risk of Errors: Without professional guidance, DIYers may inadvertently overlook key restoration steps or make mistakes that compromise the effectiveness of the process.

2. Professional Water Damage Restoration:

Pros:

  • Expertise and Experience: Professional restoration companies have the training, expertise, and specialized equipment to handle water damage effectively and efficiently.

  • Faster Restoration: Professionals can expedite the restoration process, minimizing downtime and reducing the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth.

  • Comprehensive Solutions: Restoration professionals offer comprehensive solutions, addressing not only the visible damage but also underlying issues that may contribute to future problems.

  • Dependency on Service Availability: Professionals dedicate their entire work day to getting things done. If you are attempting to do a restoration project while holding a full time job it may take you much longer to complete. 

Cons:

  • Higher Cost: Hiring professional restoration services can be more expensive upfront, as homeowners must cover the costs of labor, equipment, and materials. Many times this process would be covered by your insurance but you would need to cover the deductible.

  • Less Control: Homeowners relinquish some control over the restoration process to professionals, relying on their expertise and judgment to guide the project.


Making the Right Choice

Choosing between DIY water damage restoration and professional services depends on various factors, including the extent of the damage, homeowners' skills and resources, and their willingness to invest time and effort. While DIY restoration offers cost savings and a sense of control, professional services provide expertise, efficiency, and peace of mind. Ultimately, homeowners must weigh the pros and cons carefully to make the best decision for their properties and circumstances.


Warm regards,

Brady Grewe

Owner

Renew by Grewe Restoration


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