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Differences Between Water Damage Mitigation Versus Restoration

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Posted on June 11, 2022 by Angel Clean

A home or business can experience flooding in many ways, whether Mother Nature, mechanical failure, or even in the event of a fire. That can beg the question, which services do you need for water damage mitigation or restoration?

In truth, the answer is simple; mitigation refers to preventative measures, and restoration refers to repair. Unfortunately, what that means for homeowners or business owners is insurance companies are less likely to assist with the cost of mitigation.

So knowing how mitigation is a strategy toward complete restoration, homeowners and businesses can prepare better for those discussions with insurance adjusters.

Mitigation Process

When it comes to the process of mitigating efforts, professional service crews seek to reduce any cause of risk from secondary damage to a building. For instance, containment is half the mitigating battle flowing a flood.

Flood water containment must be swift to prevent further damage and the spread of mildew and mold from reaching other areas of a home or business.

Some of the mitigating activities that occur after a house fire that local fire crews extinguished can cause additional damage if not executed quickly. For instance, mitigation pros often assess whether to remove water or look for live electrical wires. That could mean the difference between preventing mold growth to avoiding injury.

The variables in any clean-up are as dynamic as the emergency. For example, suppose a home or business becomes inundated with flood water, property owners should contact a professional mitigation company to assess when a building is safe to reenter since the EPA designates flood water as black water.

But suppose an office or home has experienced a flood from an internal rupture of a freshwater pipe, sometimes called clean water. In that case, a mitigation crew may utilize specialized equipment to begin the water mitigation process and move quickly into restoration services.

Restoration Efforts

If water mitigation is a preventative measure, then it stands to reason that the restoration aims to repair or replace water-damaged articles based on the severity of the disaster. Once mitigating is complete, water damage restoration can begin.

In most cases, the company hired to complete the mitigation will perform the restoration project and the final cleaning and disinfecting. Often in the restoration process, the idea is to dehumidify the air to dry a property out adequately.

Unfortunately, it’s not all that cut and dry since flood disasters are not all alike. If the damage is extensive, dehumidifying and air movement can not begin until mitigation is complete. That is why you need to hire a professional restoration company is critical to caring for your whole property during a flood.

Hire a Professional Mitigation Team

You need a water damage restoration company with over 25 years of experience in whole flood mitigation and restoration to restore your home or office to ensure the safety of everyone inside. A company like Angel Clean. One familiar with the four-state area of southwestern Missouri.

They offer a face-to-face customer experience on every estimate. In addition, they will walk you through the entire process and keep you fully informed during the whole project. 

Contact Angel Clean today to schedule your free on-site consultation if you need a team of water restoration professionals.