If your home or business has been damaged by water, you know it’s not a fun experience. Water damage can come from many sources, such as burst pipes, leaky faucets, or heavy rains. And depending on the source and length of time the water stands, it can cause severe damage to your property. The sooner you call in professional help, the better off you’ll be.
When you call in the pros, they’ll walk you through what’s required. Water damage mitigation or water management services may be all that is required.
Water mitigation and water restoration may be provided separately, but they are frequently used together on a project. But what is the distinction between the two services, and what can you anticipate from each?
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at each method, as well as a few dos and don’ts when it comes to dealing with water damage in general.
WHAT IS WATER MITIGATION?
Water mitigation service, in its most basic form, is the removal of standing water and the drying of any affected areas in order to stop further damage. Before the experts get there, for example, removing items and opening windows can help to dry the location. (I’ll get into that later).
Water mitigation services entail employing specialist equipment and methods to reduce the likelihood of further water damage. The overall aim of water mitigation is to minimize the loss of property.
THE WATER MITIGATION PROCESS INVOLVES:
- Removing affected materials such as furniture, soft furnishes, flooring, beams, or drywall
- Commercial grade equipment and special techniques are used to extract water and dry out the affected area
- Cleaning and disinfecting any salvageable materials
- Protecting the property’s integrity by boarding up windows and doors and taking other necessary precautions
Typically, water damage mitigation services aren’t designed to repair or replace water-damaged property but rather ensure the disaster doesn’t lead to further consequences.
WHAT IS WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION?
Water damage restoration repairs and reconstructs the consequences of water damage in order to return a home or business to its pre-loss condition. This is generally after the water mitigation procedure. Trained specialists will use procedures and equipment to restore your property, followed by rebuild or reconstruction services. The tools and approach used depends on the type and extent of water damage.
THE WATER RESTORATION PROCESS TYPICALLY INVOLVES:
- Replacing or repairing damaged flooring and walls
- Repairing and/or replacing roof and ceiling damage
- Cleaning and disinfecting the area
- Cleaning carpets, rugs and upholstery
- Working to prevent mold growth
To put it more concisely, water damage restoration is the process of repairing or replacing damaged parts of your residential or commercial building that have been inflicted by water. Water mitigation does not encompass this same definition.