When it comes to water damage restoration, there’s a variety of levels of water damage that you should consider before you pick up the phone and call in a water damage restoration company. Before you call, you should ask yourself a few questions:
- Is the water damage extensive?
- Is the water damage contaminated by sewage water?
- How much would it cost to hire a professional as opposed to doing it in-house?
- How much time would it take to get the job done?
Is the water damage extensive?
This basically means how much water has actually flooded your room or basement. Is it several inches of water? Or is it just a couple of millimeters of water? If the carpets are soaked by faucet water from your bathroom, chances are good that you probably don’t need a professional to come in and do the job. If your floors are just wet from water overflowing from the bathroom sink or from a leaky pipe under the bathroom sink, chances are good that you probably don’t need to hire a professional to do the job.
Is the water damage contaminated by sewage water?
This means exactly as it sounds. Let’s say that your toilet broke and is seeping sewage water from around the base of the toilet where the toilet meets with the tile floor. If there are feces, pee, dirt, and other unsightly soils coming from around the base of the toilet, it’s probably a better idea to hire a professional to do the cleaning and sanitation of your bathroom floor.
How much would it cost to hire a professional as opposed to doing it in-house?
Everyone knows that hiring a professional to do a job can be costly. Even when you have insurance for your home or property. Like car insurance, every time you file a claim with an insurance company for an accident, your insurance premiums would likely go up. So even though the insurance company may actually cover the costs of repair, you’ll end up paying in one form or another. It’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of hiring a professional and risk raising your insurance premiums as opposed to doing the job in-house. If a natural disaster like a storm or hurricane comes through your neighborhood and wrecks a part of your house or hotel, it might be a better idea to let the professionals handle that kind of damage. But if it’s a simple leak due to old age or rust and corrosion, it might be a better idea to the job in-house.
How much time would it take to get the job done?
“Time is money” is a popular phrase used by Americans. It takes time for you to schedule a team of professionals to come into your house or hotel/motel to survey the damage, calculate the time and costs to do it before issuing you a final price quote. On top of that, you’re depending on their availability and time schedules. Not the other way around. Whether or not they show up on time and are able to do the job in the time frame that they set really depends on many factors. Same day jobs are usually out of the question and you’ll likely have to wait until the following week or two before they can come in to do the job. This is time that could be used to earn you money by renting out the unit, if you own a hotel/motel. These are definitely some things you should consider before bringing in a group of professionals to do the job. Sometimes, it might just be faster and less of a hassle to do the job yourself.
Realistically speaking, whether you’re a home owner or business owner, it might be a good idea to keep some air mover units and axial fan units dedicated to drying floors, carpets, and other things on hand. Especially one’s where it’s a simple leak or minor flooding. Having a few air movers on hand will save you time and money from calling and scheduling the time of the day for the professionals to come in and do the job. And if you’re a home owner, chances are good that you probably don’t need those super powerful commercial units sold by some of the top manufacturers in the industry: B-Air, XPOWER Manufacture, Phoenix Equipment, Viking, Dri-Eaz, etc.
For home owners, durability probably isn’t as much of a concern so much as cost of the unit since most home owners won’t be carrying these around and throwing them on trucks to be moved from location to location like the professionals. Here are some air movers that you should consider for under $100:
If you’re a business owner and durability is a concern (most will be) but you still want to keep costs low, here are some air movers that you should consider for under $250:
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