Water mitigation and water damage restoration services are both available to help repair mishaps, such as a burst pipe or a basement filled with standing water. However, these services are different from one another and it is important to know their distinct purposes. While both are important and often provide similar services, water mitigation is often first priority for protecting homes from damage.
Water Mitigation vs. Water Damage Restoration
Water mitigation’s purpose is to prevent further water damage by removing affected structures, such as drywall and flooring. If these structures are wet, they may cause problems, such as the growth of mold and a weak structure, among others.
Water damage restoration’s purpose is to repair or replace structures that have been damaged by water. Problems like mold spores in the subflooring will be removed, but will only be effective if the spread of water damage has stopped.
Water Mitigators and Restorers
Water mitigators and water damage restorers have different purposed, but are both necessary to properly tackle water damage. Water mitigation professionals are often first priority in a water damage situation because their job is to stop damage at its source and prevent it from spreading. Water damage restoration professionals often come next because they cannot properly repair affected property until the spread of damage has stopped.
Water mitigation professionals and water damage restoration professionals often work together and are employed by the same company. In fact, customers who hire companies that offer both mitigation and restoration services often find their house in better shape afterwards.
Water Mitigation Services
Water mitigators use equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, and air movers to remove all moisture from a property. These tools are used to measure levels of dampness and dry the property with water damage.
These professionals stabilize the property by using tarp or wooden boards to broken windows in order to keep out animals and unpredictable weather. They also remove debris from the property, both natural and manmade, and clean and disinfect the house to make it safe to live in. All the services provided by water mitigation professionals are temporary because they halt the damage for now, so water damage restoration professionals can repair the affected areas.
Water damage restorers repair or replace structures riddled with water damage. They replace warped hardwood flooring, remove mold, and fix damaged walls and roofs. These professionals use moisture testing afterwards to ensure that all issues with the property have been fixed. If no moisture is detected, the water damage restorers’ job is finished because they have removed all water damage.
Water mitigation professionals respond quickly because their services are considered as emergencies. They realize how important it is to address water damage before it spreads to other materials and causes irreversible damage. However, once the professionals arrive, it depends on how severe the damage is to estimate how quickly it will be mitigated.
Water damage restoration professionals do not arrive immediately after damage because they can only provide their services once the property has been mitigated. If the customer has employed two separate companies for water mitigation and restoration services, this response time may take even longer.
As with the water mitigators, it depends how severe the water damage is to estimate how long it will take to restore the property. Issues like growth of mold and mildew, damaged floors, and peeling walls can be difficult to remove and take a longer amount of time. For example, a typical floor replacement may take between four and ten days.
Water Damage Restoration Cost
Like many services, the price of water mitigation and water damage restoration is not concrete, but rather dependent on many factors. High-risk, unsanitary water is more expensive than low-risk, clean water because it is more dangerous for the professionals to clean it out.
Debris caused by flooding is more expensive than water damage contained by a broken dishwasher because there is more property to remove or repair. Price can also depend on how long a property has been exposed to floodwater because structures that spend more time underwater have more damage and require more work.
Cost is also affected by how easy or difficult it is for professionals to reach and repair affected structures, as well as the type of materials and tools needed for the job. Mold also requires more cleanup and is, therefore, more costly.
Here are the most common misconceptions many people have about water mitigation and water damage restoration:
Replacing damaged materials costs less than restoring them.
This is false. Water damage restoration professionals can often restore damaged property and materials for much less money than the cost of replacing them. They will also use their professional eye to identify which objects and materials are too damaged and advise you to replace them.
Water damaged carpeting and drywall dries naturally.
This is technically true. However, those materials take much longer to dry naturally and they will only dry on the surface. Hidden moisture behind walls and underneath carpeting can cause mold, which will further damage the house and cause health risks.
Water damage restoration professionals are able to detect the levels of hidden moisture underneath carpeting and behind walls, and will remove or repair affected structures before they become a significant problem.
DIY water damage restoration and mitigation save money.
This is only true if you know how to properly mitigate and restore the property yourself. Water mitigation professionals and water damage restoration professionals both possess the proper training and equipment to effectively do their jobs, and the danger and difficulty that comes with these jobs is not to be taken lightly. It is best to hire a professional and avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
Call Target Restoration for Professional Work
Target Restoration offers complete water mitigation and water damage restoration services in Waco and the surrounding areas of central Texas. Our Master Water Restorers have over 7 years of on-the-job and classroom training and are IICRC-certified, immediately responding and setting up professional drying equipment to effectively restore the area.
As soon as you call our professionals, you can expect us to arrive in a timely manner, quickly extracting all standing water to prevent the damage from spreading. We will then determine the best plan of action after an initial inspection. Our technicians will then install powerful drying and dehumidification equipment to remove all remaining moisture from the area, mitigating the water damage. We can also restore
Anti-microbials will then be applied to the affected area to prevent the development of mold growth or mildew. All soiled porous materials like drywall, flooring, insulation, and ceiling material is then removed and replaced with new materials. We will then work with your insurance company during the claims process to make the process easier for you.
In the event that your home or building has been flooded or suffered water damage, don’t hesitate to call our professionals at (877) 741-9026.
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