If you’ve experienced water damage in your home or business, you understand that it’s no picnic.
Whether it’s from a burst pipe, a leaking faucet, or heavy rains, water damage can cause severe damage to your property.
And, as you can imagine, the longer it sits, the more damage water can cause. So, the sooner you call in professionals to assist, the better.
Once you call in the experts, they will talk you through what needs to be done. You will either just need water damage mitigation, or water mitigation services followed by water damage restoration services.
Water mitigation and water restoration services can be performed separately, but often professionals rely on both methods when working on a specific job.
But what’s the difference between the two services, and what can you expect from both?
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?
In its simplest form, water mitigation service is the prevention of further water damage by removing standing water and drying any affected areas.
The property owner can start the process before the professionals arrive, such as removing belongings and opening windows to help dry the area. (More on that later).
Water mitigation service involves using specialized equipment and techniques to prevent further damage from water intrusion. The overall goal of water mitigation is to minimize loss.
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 rebuilds the effects of water damage with the goal of restoring a home or business to its pre-damaged state. This will usually take place after the water mitigation process.
Trained professionals will use techniques 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 sum it up, water damage restoration services involve repairing or replacing damaged parts of your residential or commercial property, where water mitigation does not.