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Water Mitigation Versus Restoration: What’s the Difference?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
water mitigation versus restoration

Dealing with water damage typically involves two phases: water mitigation and restoration. Most water damage incidents evolve from a time-critical crisis into a more predictable stage of repair and recovery. Research has shown that best results are achievable when this sequence of events is properly managed. In most cases, water mitigation and restoration techniques will be executed by a single company equipped and certified to handle all phases of the process and deliver optimum results.

Read on for definitions of the terms “water mitigation” and “restoration.”  

Mitigation is the fast, first response to an immediate emergency.  It is designed to address present water damage issues and put a stop to the process of further damage. Specialized equipment and proven techniques are immediately applied to address these specific issues:

  • Locate and stop the source of water if it’s still occuring.  
  • Establish safe conditions inside the house by identifying and resolving dangers like electrical hazards or collapsing ceilings.
  • Utilize high-volume water extractors to rapidly remove the major amount of water from the house.  
  • Remove soaked materials such as carpeting, mattresses and other absorbent items from the house.
  • Deploy industrial-grade dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage due to spread of water vapor.  
  • Protect from further damage if necessary by taking actions such as installing roof tarps, boarding up windows, etc.  

Restoration is the longer-term process of total drying inside the structure, as well as neutralizing secondary effects of water damage. The goal of recovery is to fully restore the indoor environment to the status it was before the water damage incident occurred. These are some of the basic elements:

  • Replacement of permanently damaged materials like soaked drywall and flooring that cannot be restored to previous quality.  
  • Restoring damaged structural areas such as the roof.  
  • Utilizing moisture-detection technology to locate and eliminate any residual moisture in areas such as inside wall cavities and other hidden zones.  
  • Applying mold prevention techniques throughout the house. This will likely include later follow-up air samples to verify that mold is not an issue.
  • Testing to confirm that established industry standards for full drying inside the house have been met.   

Understanding The Water Restoration Process…

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

air moverWhen indoor flooding brings upheaval to your daily life, the professional water restoration process returns confidence. Water damage restoration is an established specialty, utilizing proven, standardized techniques and advanced technology to produce results that meet accepted industry standards. From the moment you contact a qualified water damage expert, you’ll benefit from the accumulated experience of thousands of successful restorations.

Water restoration process

To eliminate some of the uncertainty in the wake of a water damage event, here are the basic steps in the water restoration process.

24-Hour Contact – Water damage isn’t a static event that’s over when the water stops flowing. It continues to worsen by the hour as water migrates deeper into the structure. Mold contamination that accompanies water damage is also time-critical. That’s why you’ll get direct, human-to-human response, 24/7/365.

On-Scene Assessment – First responders make sure the water source is stopped. Then, the type of water affecting the house is classified, from Category 1 (clean) to Category 3 (toxic sewage). Damage is mapped; moisture readings are recorded at defined reference points so the drying process can be tracked and confirmed. Furniture and other belongings that need to be relocated are moved.

Water Extraction – Getting water out of the house ASAP is essential to successful recovery. Technicians utilize high-volume pumps to clear flooded areas like basements. Wet/dry vacuums pick up water on hard surfaces while powerful water extractors also pull water out of carpeting and carpet pads, as well as cracks, crevices, and hidden areas within the structure. Building materials including water-logged drywall, ceiling panels and saturated insulation may have to be removed and replaced.

Drying – Because high humidity inside a flooded house causes secondary water damage, industrial dehumidifiers are used to continuously extract water vapor. High-volume air movers keep air circulating across walls, floors, and furniture to speed drying. At regular intervals, moisture is measured at multiple reference points until a specified level of drying has been achieved. When tests confirm that the house is fully restored to baseline dryness, the process is concluded.

Ask the professionals at Rytech, Inc. for more about how the water restoration process works.

Prevent Mold Contamination in Your Home With These 4 Steps

Monday, April 7th, 2014

prevent mold contaminationTo prevent mold contamination, you must assume that mold spores are everywhere in your home. These invisible airborne microorganisms freely circulate in household air and lie dormant in hidden spots. Once moisture is present, mold growth is inevitable. The goal is to eliminate the presence of chronic moisture and, should it happen by accident, take immediate proactive steps to stop mold from gaining a foothold. Here are four primary defenses to prevent mold contamination. (more…)