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Understanding the Differences Between Mitigation and Restoration

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

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When your company is hit by a storm and exposed to water damage and other losses, it's important to understand the repair and restoration services available in Colorado Springs, CO. When you're in the midst of the damage, sometimes the solution itself can feel overwhelming, so it's best to learn as much about disaster cleanup as possible. For example, you'll need to understand the differences between several terms:

  • Reconstruction: Your business will be returned to an earlier condition, such as the condition it was in before the damage occurred.
  • Restoration: Your business is brought back to its original state. Basically, the restoration process makes your business as good as new.
  • Mitigation: Professionals from the flood cleanup company work to reduce the effects of the storm on your business. Mitigation generally happens before other repair work.

Professional disaster cleanup crews will perform mitigation and restoration work to put your business back into action.

Differences Between Mitigation and Restoration Efforts

Mitigation Efforts

When your flood cleanup company completes mitigation steps, they are working to prevent damage from becoming more serious. Some of the efforts involved in this step involve moving furniture out of the building, removing carpets and rugs, and putting up tarping or plastic. Without mitigation efforts, water-logged furnishings may need to be replaced other than cleaned. The structure of the building may be affected by standing water. If windows were broken by flying branches, mitigation involves covering that opening, so more water, wind, and debris doesn't cause further damage.

The Restoration Process

Restoration efforts focus on the areas of your business that can't be saved during the mitigation process. It may include replacing wallboards, flooring, and shelving. Restoration work usually involves new paint, replaced carpeting (unless mitigation efforts saved the carpets,) and replacing damaged materials. Professionals from the restoration company can generally offer you an idea of how much work will be involved in this step.

Upfront Knowledge

For your own peace of mind, it's important to understand the difference between these two steps before the flood cleanup company arrives. You'll better understand how to work with your insurance company and the mitigation and restoration professionals, and you'll know what to expect during the cleanup process.

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