When it comes to cleaning up after any kind of flood, it can be difficult to know when you can DIY and when you should call in the pros. Many a homeowner has tried to save some money by doing flood cleanup themselves, only to end up with huge repair bills down the road. What many people do not realize is that water can seep into some unexpected places. When you think you have it all mopped up and cleaned up, you might be surprised as where it can still be lurking. Here are some tips to help you know when to DIY and when to call the pros.

1. What kind of water?

If you have a flood from a burst pipe that spews out clean water, you may want to tackle that yourself. If you literally have flooding from a flood, however, you may want to call in the pros. The same is true of flooding from a septic tank. Flood and septic water contains potentially harmful bacteria, so you want to make sure you’re not just drying it out but killing all the bacteria as well. Professional flood restoration companies use commercial strength microbial solutions to be sure your home is not just dry, but free of contaminants.

2. How deep and how long?

If you have an inch or less of fresh water that you tackle right away, you might be safe to DIY. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that drywall is called drywall for a reason. It is made of a material that actually absorbs water from the bottom that can travel high up into your walls through a process known as “wicking.” The paint or wallpaper covering the wall will prevent you from being aware there is water in your walls. If you don’t take appropriate steps to dry it out, your drywall can warp and possibly even grow mold or mildew. When water has been standing for an hour or more, it is always best to call the pros.

3. What kind of humidity?

Humidity – or moisture in the atmosphere – makes it difficult for water to evaporate, which complicates flood cleanup in AZ. In a very arid or dry area such as Phoenix or Glendale AZ, moisture will evaporate more quickly, which means if you have a small flood with clear water that you clean up rapidly, you will be less susceptible to long term mold or mildew damage. When in doubt, however, it is always best to call in the pros.