If you didn’t read my last post “Living With a Water Damage” I’ll briefly catch you up. It was May 2nd when I found the moisture in my walls and excessive amount of water in my closet floor. There was an unidentified leak coming into the closets of my bedroom which caused a moderate amount of water damage. For 5 days I didn’t go into my bedroom. For 5 days I slept on the couch. My home was invaded with people, fans, and noise.
Friday, May 6th, had arrived and I walked into the quietest house I had experienced in a long time. *Okay, so it was 5 days.. but I digress. The fans were gone. The dehumidifier was gone. There were no more drop cords and water tubes running down my hallway and into my bathroom sink. And the noise, most importantly, the noise of it all was gone.
*side note: living with your home in turmoil while still trying to manage your personal/parental/corporate life on an every day basis will make time seem like it’s moving 397505x slower than usual.
If you’re thinking about, or about to be, living in an apartment get ready for no one to tell you ANYthing. One day you can walk into your house and have 3 strangers in your bedroom ripping up carpet and yelling at each other without your approval.
That was how my week of a water damage went. Strangers in my home, lots of yelling, and nothing getting my approval. There I was, calling/emailing/begging for answers while everyone else kept on like it was something they see every day. Granted, this is their job, so I can see how their lack of sympathy was somewhat normal.
What was odd for me to process was the fact that I deal with this every day. I see water damages and fire damages every single day.
I deal with these random events all day, 5 days a week. Why was this effecting me so badly? Why was this unlike any other water damage I’ve been around? What made this different from the fire damage I saw last week, or the mold infestation I visited last month? I’ll tell you, because it was mine. This time it was much more personal than “Mr. Smith’s” house down the road. This was my home, these were my things, and I was surrounded by talks and thoughts of water damage 24 hours a day for 5 days. So this time the lack of sympathy hit me to the core. Not knowing what was going on was just downright annoying.
My advise to you if you’re dealing with any damage restoration in your home is just be patient. I understand your confusion and your angst for everything going on in your home. Just remember, you’re dealing with professionals. They should be trained and certified, most of them even hold special licensing to practice damage restoration. If you’re still uneasy do your research, look into their reviews, get in touch with the people who they’ve done work for. After all, they are occupying your home. If you’re the homeowner, request that Project Managers seek your approval, or at least inform you, of plans to complete the mitigation and remediation process of the damage clean up.