If you experience severe water damage due to flooding, you will likely have to hire a professional water damage repair company to help return your home to a safe, livable state. Before you hire a company, it is important that you understand the difference between water damage mitigation and water damage repair.
What is water mitigation?
Water damage mitigation is the process of removing excess water from your home. It is generally done using specialized pumps, fans, and heating equipment. Another part of water mitigation involves isolating the water and removing items that have not yet been affected by the water to help control the spread of damage.
When does water mitigation need to happen?
Prompt water mitigation helps lower the overall cost of your repairs. Depending on the type of flooding you are experiencing, such as flooding from a burst pipe as opposed to flooding from an act of nature, a mitigation team can come to your home immediately or when the flooding has stopped and there is not immediate danger from entering the home. Whatever causes the flooding, you should contact a water mitigation company as soon as all residents from your home are in a safe place.
While you are waiting for the team to arrive, there are several things that you can do, such as contacting your insurance company, taking photos, and removing unaffected items.
What is water damage repair?
Water damage repair occurs after the water has been removed from your home and your home has been thoroughly dried. It may involve replacing flooring, drywall, and electrical outlets as well as refurbishing or replacing carpet and furniture.
When does water damage repair need to happen?
In most cases, if the flooding is properly mitigated, then you can delay the water damage repair until you have reached an agreement with your insurance company or have gathered the necessary funds to pay for the repairs yourself. You may be able to save some money by completing some of the flood damage repairs yourself and then paying an experienced company to complete the repairs you are unable to do on your own.
One instance when you cannot delay repairs is when mold has began to grow due to the water damage. To prevent the spread of mold, you will have to have it treated immediately. Sometimes, this involves removing a section of drywall or carpet and replacing it. Since mold is not always visible, you should consider having a professional inspect the flooded area a day or two after the problem has been mitigated if you plan on delaying repairs.
You may also want to complete water damage repair as soon as possible in order to get back to your regular lifestyle and help process any emotions you have associated with the flooding experience.
Why select a company that does both?
Many companies, such as Complete Restoration Services, offer both mitigation and restoration services after flooding. This can be a good option because you will only have to submit one claim to your insurance. Additionally, you may be able to have the restoration start and finish sooner, because it can overlap with the water mitigation process.
Why select a company that specializes in one or the other?
Some companies offer only mitigation or only restoration services. It can be a good idea to go with these companies because the specialization may improve their services. Also, a company that specializes in mitigation may have greater availability during an emergency and they may be able to get to your home sooner.
If your home is flooded, it is important to contact your insurance company and start water damage mitigation as soon as possible. However, restoration and repair can often wait a while longer. For both services, it is important that you choose companies with experience and several references available.