What is Water Mitigation?
Water loss mitigation consists of calculating the damages, controlling the damage, and preventing further damage from occurring. Performing water mitigation is the primary responsibility of any company or individual that manages the process.
It is also possible to mitigate water damage by extracting water from the property and restoring it before the loss. Mitigation and restoration differ from one another such that you can’t restore without comfort when it comes to property. Additionally, most water mitigation is followed by water restoration.
Process of Mitigating Water Damage
ForTo leaking water damage restoration to proceed as soon as a water damage mitigation company arrives on the scene, various tasks must be completed before the restoration can begin.
In this blog, we will look at the steps involved in the mitigation process:
1. Stop the Flow of Water
Mother Nature is often responsible for water intrusion in many cases, and by the time contractors arrive at the construction site, most of the water will have evaporated. A mitigation company may need to shut off a faucet or an appliance, turn off the main water valve, and tarp the roof in case of a leak or shrink-wrap the roof material in case of a roof leak. It’s an essential part of a mitigation company’s job to determine what caused the water loss and ensure that further water is prevented from entering. It is possible that the property owner may not be aware or cautious about attempting to stop water flow on their own.
2. Analyze mitigation requirements
Flood water is classified into three categories by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the premier association supporting the cleaning industry. Water in category one is commonly known as “clean water,” similar to water from the faucet but can also originate from a broken water line or overflowed tub. Generally, water in the category two classification is called “grey water” because it might have a variety of contaminants or debris. Water in Category 3 is highly polluted and contains raw sewage, seawater, river water, etc. In addition to determining whether the water is clean and poses a danger to occupants of the property, mitigation companies conduct an overall assessment.
It is also essential to consider how clean the water is. It will influence how intensive the restoration effort must be to restore the property to its pre-loss condition and what type of protective gear is required.
3. Drain water and dry the area
A mitigation company may also use portable extractors to extract any remaining water from the property after removing any standing water. For water damage restoration to be completed, the next step is to extract the water from affected areas, then dry out the affected areas.
How Water Mitigation Companies Work
The concept is to assess, contain and prevent further damage to a property that has already been damaged. Mitigation companies respond to disasters to assess the water quality, including the existing water to prevent it from spreading, and then extract the water from the site with specialized tools.
When the water has been extracted from a property, the water mitigation team might leave and let a water damage restoration service handle the restoration. Water mitigation companies typically also serve as water damage restoration companies in most cases, although this is not always the case.
There are separate companies that can respond to a property loss and handle these tasks, but property owners can often benefit from having a single company that handles both.
For instance, if you have experienced water damage, Lake Travis Water Damage can help you with water damage cleanup, mold remediation, smoke and fire damage restoration, roofing, and other construction services.