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Mitigation and Restoration: What's the Difference?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Drying and office after heavy rains This facility took on a lot of water after heavy rains. SERVPRO was quick to respond and start the extraction and drying process.

What's The Difference Between Mitigation And Restoration?

If your Brenham, TX, business has been affected by severe flooding or rainstorms, chances are you've contacted a flood cleanup company to help get your building back to normal. You'll probably hear the terms "mitigation" and "restoration" used quite a bit, and you may be unclear about the difference. Here’s a look at what each means.

Mitigation

Mitigation is your first line of defense after your building has been damaged and includes measures used to stabilize the situation before more damage can occur. The mitigation company should respond quickly and take steps such as:

  • Inspecting damage
  • Making sure the structure is stable
  • Boarding up windows
  • Setting up tarps
  • Removing furniture and other items
  • Storing property
  • Extracting water

A flood cleanup company responsible for mitigation takes the first steps in dealing with the damage, but depending on the severity, further work may be needed to prevent bigger problems and eradicate the possibility of health risks from mold or other pathogens. This is where restoration comes into play.

Restoration

A restoration company is responsible for bringing your property back to the state it was in before the storm damage occurred. Once mitigation has been completed, the job of repairing structural damage can begin. The company should clean and sanitize any parts of the structure that have been exposed to mold, bacteria or other pathogens, and can disinfect and restore any salvageable items that have been removed from the building. Restoration can be a lengthy process, depending of the severity of the storm damage. After everything has been dried and disinfected, repairs might range from replacing some drywall and painting to rebuilding entire sections of the structure.

In many cases, a flood cleanup company can offer both mitigation and restoration. Now that you have more insight into what to expect from both types of services, you should be able to make an informed decision when choosing a company.

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