Water Mitigation Versus Restoration: What’s the Difference?

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.   

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