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Mitigation vs. Restoration

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO offers both mitigation and restoration services 

To prepare your business premises and yourself for any disaster and its cleanup, you should be aware of the work type that needs to be done. Knowing the difference between restoration and mitigation is necessary when a disaster strikes; they are standard terms used in the disaster restoration industry. In this blog post, we will use commercial fire damage as an example of defining mitigation and restoration. 

What is the difference between mitigation and restoration: 


Mitigation is referred to as reducing the seriousness of something, which is, in this case, are the consequences of fire damage. For example, say the fire damage resulted in smoke damage from a kitchen fire. With the help of mitigation, further secondary damage is avoided. 

Mitigation companies restrict the damage by methods and tools like: 

  • Installing roof tarps
  • Building a vital structure that is safe against collapse
  • Water to be removed through firefighting efforts.
  • Plugging holes
  • Disinfecting and cleaning

Mitigation services don't replace or repair but ensure that the hazard doesn't continue to have further consequences. 


Restoration is started after mitigation. The experts help rebuild and repair your damaged property and bring it back to the pre-disaster condition. They help to replace floors and walls that have been damaged and combat odors, mold, and infestations. The most common difference between them both is that mitigation allows you to move forward. Mitigation helps prevent further damage by the fire cleanup, whereas restoration helps your business get back to normal. 

What does a mitigation company do? 

The SERVPRO team consists of mitigation professionals. As mitigation requires a lot of experience and skills, we are known to be the best. A mitigation company's job is to lessen the damage to your business or home and make it secure for repairs after water damage, mold damage, smoke, and fire damage that have drastically affected a property. The SERVPRO team is an expert in cleaning, drying, and making an area ready for restoration services. 

Water mitigation services

Water mitigation is referred to as the process of providing all the safety precautions necessary, such as stabilizing floors and ensuring that the water damage doesn't continue to cause further damages. 

The severity of the water damage will help to determine its mitigation services. Our certified technicians will remove unsalvageable contents, perform water extraction, and use antimicrobial agents. Sketches will also be prepared for drying logs for the insurance company. 

Water restoration services

Water restoration is the act of restoring a property after water damage occurs once the water damage is stabilized. Water damage restoration professionals will remove, dried, and disinfected all wet contents. 

The drying and cleaning time will be determined by the damage that occurred. It can take from 3 days to a week but will be done as quickly as possible. The air movers and water damage equipment are left at your property to complete the cleanup process. The equipment will only be removed when the humidity and moisture test confirms that all affected areas are dry. 

Further water restoration services include replacing damaged floors and walls, mold removal, repair roof damage, and moisture and humidity tests to ensure that all the problems are treated efficiently and resolved. The services drastically depend on the seriousness of water damage that has occurred. 

SERVPRO restoration and mitigation services

Different mitigation and restoration services are depending on the type of hazard that has occurred. Mitigation is referred to as long-term pre-disaster planning, which involves non-structural and structural efforts to prevent future risks. 

For fire damage, SERVPRO can mitigate and secure your structure caused by smoke, fire, and water. In water damage, we will take quick action to prevent the destruction of your structure. For mold damage, tests will be conducted, and the necessary precautions will be taken. At SERVPRO, we will handle all such emergencies and will be here for your assistance so that you're stress-free in this challenging time.

When your business or home has experienced any kind of hazard or damage, be it from smoke, flood, or fire, it's essential to get accurate mitigation and restoration services so your lifestyle can quickly get back to normal. SERVPRO is a preferred restoration vendor amongst insurance companies and  offers residential and commercial restoration services that will make your business and home damage "Like it never even happened."

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