January 7th, 2021

What Sports Can Teach Us About Damage Restoration

By Nic Cornwell - Owner & Founder

Since sports are so integral to our day-to-day life, it can be helpful to think about damage restoration as a sport.

As Americans, we are addicted to sports. It doesn’t really matter what the sport is, so long as it is entertaining and gets your blood pumping.  Sports are so important in our lives that sport metaphors actually flood our language. See what I mean by reading below.

For example, saying things like, “That’s a home run,” “You smashed it out of the park,” “Slam dunk,” or “Kobe!” are completely normal and understandable in everyday speech. Even those who aren’t very interested in sports know exactly what these sports references mean. (Although some Europeans, I have learned, don’t always understand them.)

1. Restoration is a Sport

It’s you versus the mold, the water damage, the fire and smoke damage, or the soot.  This rival has entered your home and now it’s time for you to defend your territory and show that this is your house. Restoration is a sport where the home is the title. Do you own the home, or you simply living in it while mold takes over?

Yes, this is a little melodramatic, but the picture stands.

2. Create a Game Plan

The first part of any sports team is to create a game plan. No successful athlete goes into a game or match without preparing for their next rival. For example, boxers will learn about their upcoming rival’s boxing strategies. This helps them train for that competitor specifically.

You should do the same thing for restoration. Create a game plan that is specific to whatever damage is in your home. Water damage restoration will require a different game plan than fire damage restoration, or mold damage restoration, though all require the same amount of determination and grit.

3. Train

Once you have your game plan, you have to train. Talking about what you are going to do is not enough. You have to train by getting the necessary equipment and tools. Without this training, you will be wholly unprepared for the task at hand.

One of the best training exercises for water damage restoration in Austin, TX is having a water evacuation route and practicing it with your family. The same goes with fire damage. Talk with your family about what you will do in the case of a serious fire.

Additionally, training involves having the proper equipment and tools in your arsenal. Get the proper insurance so that way you are insured in the case of a disaster. This lets you have more financial agency over your home.

4. Take Care of Yourself

Almost all athletes will tell you that the most important part of their athletic ability is staying healthy and taking care of themselves. Whether there’s a match coming up or not, athletes often stick to regimented diets and workout exercises to keep their bodies in peak condition. That’s because their bodies require care and commitment.

You should take extra precaution to care for yourself and your family in the case of water damage or restoration. If there is any damage to your home, make sure you are not putting yourself or your family at risk by being within the home. There is no point to restore the home if you are putting yourself at risk.

You need to learn how to tell if you have mold.  If you see mold or unstable structures, leave the home immediately and leave the job to the professionals. They will be able to restore your home without causing any injury or harm. Let someone like our team at Quick Dry Restoration take care of the restoration for you.

With that same mindset, you also need to take preventative care of your home. Many restorations could have been completely avoided had you done regular maintenance on your home. Inspect your pipes, plumbing, and roof on a semi regular basis. This will allow you to catch any issues early on so nothing gets damaged.

**Learn more about Why Mold Damage Matters with our Ultimate Homeowners Guide.

5. Stack the Team

Whether it’s the NFL, college golf, or high school soccer, everyone wants the best team possible. Without good players, a team is completely useless. Make sure to fight the damage hard by creating the ultimate restoration team.

The best way to stack the team for damage restoration is to hire professionals. Professionals have specific tools and training so that they can target the issue and win the match.

6. Listen to Your Coach

Once you have the best players on your team, you still have to listen to the coach. The coach is able to see things that the players are not. When players consistently disrespect the coach, that’s when things go wrong.

The same goes for restoration. Listen to your coach, namely the service professional, to get the job done right.

Our team of professionals can give you proper advice for remaining safe, protecting your home, and restoring any damage. If you don’t listen to the professionals, you may find yourself in a heap of trouble.

7. Don’t Get Lazy

Even if you have successfully restored your home, don’t get lazy. Athletes will tell you that the moment you get lazy is the moment you stop excelling at your sport. By being lazy with your home, you can easily miss out on early warning signs of damage in the future, leading to a damage restoration rematch.

Start by reading this article about what to do if your home floods.  Then continue to be aggressive and proactive when it comes to damage restoration. The best way to fix damage is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Don’t get lazy once you restore your home. You don’t want a rematch.

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