Water mitigation refers to the process of properly cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring a property to its pre-water damage condition. Water damage clean up is not as simple as it may seem. Every property damage situation is unique, requiring an individualized plan of action to complete the mitigation process. Here are some critical steps to consider when you find yourself facing water damage to your home or property. 

Assess the Damage

A professional can best assess the extent of water damage in your property. Speed is critical to avoiding mold or irreparable damage. Items such as wet walls and insulation will hold moisture for a long time if left untreated. The result is that mold clusters can form behind the wall. A professional inspection will help identify these types of concerns and define the class and category of water damage. This will help devise a plan to help best clean and restore your property.

Remove and Dry

Identifying the cause and ensuring more water doesn’t enter the property is a big part of preventing further damage. 

  • Standing water: Must be removed first. Industrial extractors, wood and sub-floor drying systems, and air movers are used in the mitigation process to remove any and all standing water professionally. 
  • Dry Out:  Once standing water has been removed, remaining moisture must be eliminated from both the air and the house itself.  Professional companies will use dehumidification techniques, freeze-drying, and industrial-strength dryers and blowers to remove all remaining moisture and eliminate mold-friendly environments. 
  • Personal Items Moved: All personal items should be cleared and prepared to be sanitized before returning them to their original space. This also helps avoid mold or unwanted bacteria growth.

Clean and Restore!

One last step in the mitigation process is the sanitation of the home or property. Structural damage from contaminated water needs to be adequately inspected, cleaned, and restored to ensure it will return to a safe and healthy condition. Once the property has been thoroughly dried and cleaned, the restoration of your home can begin! This may include many things, such as repairing or replacing ceilings, floors, and walls. Carpets and carpet pads may need to be cleaned, dyed, stretched, or simply replaced, depending on the damage’s extent.

Restoration also involves replacing materials such as drywall and insulation. At times, this process is simply installing a few new panels of drywall.  More serious cases could require replacing entire walls. Exposure to toxic substances like lead and asbestos is possible during restoration. Older homes are likely to contain these substances.

What’s the Difference?

Keep in mind; there is a difference between mitigation and restoration. The distinction is the process. 

Water mitigation is essentially the removal of water damage and prevention from further damage occurring. Mitigators work towards preserving the property’s structural integrity and contain other areas of the property where water damage could potentially spread. After mitigation occurs, restoration begins. This is the process of restoring the home back to its original pre-loss condition. 

When it comes to restoring your property, water mitigation is an important aspect. We specialize in cleaning, drying, sanitizing, and restoring property damaged by hazardous flood waters or pipe bursts in or around your property. If you have come across water damage at your home, office, or business, contact RP Idaho today!