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What is Water Damage Mitigation? - How We Can Help Stop Water Damage In Your Home or Business

Sep 22

What is Water Damage Mitigation?

A property that has been flooded must first be protected from more water damage before it can be restored.

Water mitigation services come into play in this situation.

Water extraction is typically the first step before restoration can start. This includes removing standing water as well as any remaining water that may be saturated carpeting or other porous building components.

A water mitigation company may also offer water damage restoration services, but these two tasks are distinct from one another.

In this article, we'll explain the mitigation method (as well as the regular instruments and equipment utilized) and respond to some of the most often asked queries about the procedure.

Let's explore water mitigation in more detail, as well as how Intech Fire & Water Restoration can support you during the water removal and restoration process.

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what is water mitigation?

Assessing, containing, and avoiding additional harm from happening after a water loss are all parts of water mitigation.

Every organization or person involved in water mitigation has this as their primary responsibility.

Water mitigation also entails removing water from the land in order to get it back to how it was before the loss.

Even though they are independent tasks on a property, mitigation and restoration are interdependent.

Additionally, water restoration typically comes after water mitigation.

Unless, of course, the building was to be demolished due to serious structural damage.


Process of Water Damage Mitigation


Before water damage restoration can start, a water damage mitigation company will perform a number of activities once it gets to the scene.


The steps in the mitigation procedure are as follows:


1. Stop the Water Flow

Often, Mother Nature is to blame for water incursion, and it will have stopped by the time a contractor gets there. In other circumstances, the mitigation business might need to stop a faucet, appliance, main water valve, emergency roof repairs, or shrink-wrap roofing material to cover the roof. The work of a mitigation firm includes locating the source of the water loss and making sure that further water doesn't enter the building in an effort to limit future damage. The property owner could occasionally be hesitant or unsure about trying to halt the water flow on their own.


2. Evaluate Mitigation Needs

house with water damageThe leading organization for the cleaning and restoration  sector, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), divides flood water into three categories: 1, 2, and 3. Category 1 water is sometimes referred to as "clean water" and is similar to water that comes from a faucet, albeit it may have originated from a damaged water line or an overflowing tub. Grey water, also referred to as category 2 water, is most likely contaminated chemically and/or contains particles. Highly contaminated "black water" in category 3 ranges in composition from seawater to river water to raw sewage. Determining the water's cleanliness and if it poses a harm to the building's occupants is a component of a mitigation company's overall assessment. The quality of the water will also affect how much PPE must be worn when working on the property and how intensive restoration operations must be to restore the property to its pre-loss condition.


3. Drain and dry out.

Last but not least, the mitigation business will probably remove any standing water from the property and may then use portable extractors to remove any water that is still there. After extraction, the affected areas can be dried off as the following step in the water damage restoration process.


Water Damage Restoration vs. Water Mitigation


What's the distinction?

As we've already mentioned, the technique is the fundamental distinction between water mitigation and water damage restoration.

flood damage inside of a houseAs previously mentioned, water mitigation mainly entails stopping any further damage from happening. In order to limit the amount of loss a property experiences, it is what experienced restoration contractors undertake before they move on to the restoring process.

This could entail salvaging salvageable belongings, maintaining the property's structural integrity, and tarping off or containing other portions of the property where water damage might potentially spread.

In order to effectively reduce the risk of additional spread and property damage, mitigation eventually also entails draining the water from the land.


A commercial-grade truck-mounted extractor is often used to extract water from the land and get rid of any standing water. After that, portable extractors are frequently used to remove water from carpeting or other soft surfaces.


Restoration work on water damage starts after mitigation. This is the process of restoring the building so that it can be used as it was before the loss.

The amount of restoration work required will mostly depend on how badly the property was damaged.

In certain instances, installing air conditioners and dehumidifiers on the property is sufficient to completely dry everything out.

In other instances, drywall will need to be removed, along with the carpet and carpet padding, and antimicrobials will need to be used to stop the spread of mold.

Additionally, it frequently includes contents restoration to put hard and soft things from a property back in their pre-loss condition.

Before the property may be restored to its pre-loss condition, reconstruction may be necessary if the building components (such as carpet, flooring, drywall, and electrical) need to be removed.

As you can see, skilled restoration contractors need to know what has to be done first in order to restore a water-damaged property once it has been properly mitigated.


This cannot be discovered until the problem is under control and further property damage is not at risk.


The Work of a Water Mitigation Company

House damaged by storm damageWhat does a company dealing with water mitigation do?

Simply, it works to evaluate, contain, and avoid more harm to a property loss.

When a mitigation business responds to the scene, its initial steps will be to evaluate the water's quality, confine the existing water and stop it from spreading to other parts of the property, and then extract the water using specialized extraction tools.

After the water has been removed from the property, the water mitigation team may occasionally depart and make room for a water damage restoration professional.

However, the majority of the time, the business that handles water mitigation also handles water damage restoration.

Although insurance is feasible for distinct businesses to respond to and carry out both functions in the event of a property loss, it is frequently simple for property owners to have one business handle both tasks.

For instance, Intech Fire & Water Restoration assists you at every stage with services such as roofing, interior and exterior construction, mold treatment, smoke and fire damage restoration, water damage cleanup, and water mitigation.

We have two locations in Columbia, SC. If you are experiencing storm or water damage, give us a call on our 24/7 line!

Water Mitigation and Restoration in West Columbia, SC

Intech Water & Fire Restoration
1058 320 Harbison Blvd b, Columbia, SC 29212


Water Mitigation and Restoration in Columbia, SC

Intech Water & Fire Restoration
6941 N Trenholm Rd ste f104 116, Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 887-2695