Water Mitigation Basics

Published: 16th May 2011
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It is also referred to as the water damage restoration process. Water mitigation is the service provided that removes excess water from a home, business or property. The service can be water extraction and removal, as well as repair and construction. Water mitigation has a broad interpretation. This is dependent on the response that is undertaken after water damage has taken place. The response is based on the amount of water and the area affected.

Water damage can be disastrous if left unattended. The typical causes of water damage are floods, leaking roofs, burst/ leaking pipes and overflowing sinks and tubs. The damage caused by each action will necessitate a different course of action, however immediate action is important. Water mitigation considers all aspects of the damage when choosing a course of action. These are size of the damage, location of the damage and the type of fluid (e.g. flood water is contaminated and requires different action as opposed to water from a leaky pipe which is not contaminated).

Water mitigation companies have been established to handle the water damage restoration process. They employ a variety of techniques and tools to accomplish the task.

Water mitigation process takes a few steps, which if undertaken promptly, will ensure in speedy restoration of damaged materials and property. These include:

1. Hire professionals

This is immediate if the cause of damage is uncontrollable e.g. flooding. The longer one takes, the more costly the restoration process becomes. Professionals are much better equipped to handle this kind of damage as opposed to handling it yourself.

Professional services have the proper equipment (air scrubbers, dehumidifiers and floor drying equipment), required to remove all water from your home and restore it to its pre loss condition..

2. Assessment of the damage

Assessment of the damage involves identifying the cause of the damage. A few causes have been mentioned. Water mitigation services are then chosen depending on the causes identified.

The assessment stage may be undertaken by the individual or the professional company hired to take care of the problem.

3. Content restoration

Content restoration is the moving of the items and materials that have been damaged by the water. Water mitigation services personnel will analyze the items affected by the water. They will determine whether the items can be used again or are to be discarded.

Those that can be salvaged are dried, sanitized and deodorized. If an item is determined to be irreparable, it is thrown out.

4. Mold treatment

Water removal also includes any mold treatment that may be required in the property or home. For this, professionals are highly recommended for the job as they are well trained and equipped to handle mold removal on a larger scope. Mold can cause health hazards and is best left to the professionals. The proper mold removal techniques are then employed to deal with it.

The average water mitigation process takes about a week. A speedy reaction to the problem is important to ensure timely handling of the matter.

Water mitigation can also be performed in the smaller environment of the home. Eliminate all standing water and ensure dry surfaces in and around the home. Proper humidity levels, enough ventilation and temperature control are some of the steps that can be taken.

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