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Extraction & Mitigation: Understanding the Difference

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

In order to minimize the amount of water damage that occurs after a pipe leak, sewage backup, flood or other disaster, SERVPRO professionals employ several tactics. Extraction and mitigation are two distinct steps in the water damage restoration process. Both are designed to limit the effects of water damage to a property. How do they differ?

Water extraction is the process of removing standing water and excess moisture from the property using industrial strength wet/dry vacuums and powerful subversive pumps. Extraction speeds up the drying process and minimizes the risk of mold growth and secondary water damage. 

Water mitigation is the process of cleaning, sanitizing, and drying a property. This typically includes removal of unsalvageable contents, cleaning of the affected areas, application of disinfecting agents, and deodorizing and drying the structure. Affected structures, like drywall and flooring, may also be removed during this process. Technicians use diagnostic tools, like moisture meters, to help measure dampness levels. Commercial-grade equipment, like dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and air movers, are also set up to dry the water-logged property.

In the aftermath of a severe water damage, a combination of extraction and mitigation techniques can help restore your property to preloss conditions.

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