Mitigation vs Restoration vs Remediation - What's the Difference?
When there is a water damage issue at a residential or commercial property, you will often hear the terms “Mitigation, Restoration or Remediation” being used. While they seem like they may be similar that actually mean very different things:
Mitigation – reducing the severity, seriousness or painfulness of something
Restoration – returning something to a former condition
Remediation – the act of remedying or correcting something, usually cleaning up, reversing or stopping environmental damage
What using the term “Mitigation” in a water damage situation, it is referring to extracting water and drying out the structure or contents so no further damage can occur. Water is very invasive and can get into just about any area of a home and cause damage. This can not only be in the form of direct water but also secondary damage from high humidity. The sooner water can be removed and humidity brought down to normal levels, the better chance of salvaging more contents and structure.
When the term “Restoration” is used, it is referring to restoring the property or contents to it’s pre-water damage state. This can mean new paint, new floor, replacing baseboards, etc. Making it look like the water damage never even happened.
When the term “Remediation” is used in a water damage circumstance, it is normally referring to killing and/or removing mold that may have formed. Mold can cause a variety of issues for a homeowner. It is important to get it taken care of so the structure can be safely reoccupied.
It you have a water damage and need mitigation, restoration or remediation assistance, please give us a call at SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas 214-463-5880.