Difference Between Mitigation & Restoration
There is a difference between the terms mitigation and restoration. After a severe rainstorm in Akron, Ohio a homeowner has realized that their basement has flooded. Immediate action needs to be done to concentrate on minimizing the amount of damage that has occurred. In this scenario, mitigation is the process of cleaning up the water and the damaged areas before secondary damage like mold grows. The mitigation crews use specialized equipment such as dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, moisture meters, and air movers to remove all moisture from the structure. Though a flood cleanup company can service the homeowner with mitigation efforts, it may be preferable to contact a water damage restoration company that can assist with restoring the damaged areas.
After the mitigation has been completed and the water damaged areas are reading dried, the process of restoration begins in returning the home to its original condition. This is normally longer than the process of mitigation. Restoration efforts can take months and often must be done in parts. Professionals often will try to restore damaged items before considering replacement, although replacing items is sometimes necessary. From our scenario in the first paragraph, if the carpet in the basement is unsalvageable after trying to mitigate the carpet, the homeowner will then need to pick, order, and install new carpeting.
SERVPRO of West Akron is your one-stop shop from mitigation to restoration from a water, fire, or storm disaster. After our crews have performed the cleanup services, we can smoothly transition into the reconstruction services to help restore your home or business back to preloss condition, so it looks “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at 330-867-5723.