What is water remediation?
To reverse any damage caused by water involves three phases: mitigation, remediation and restoration. Many property owners are familiar with water restoration, as it involves returning materials to their original condition.
The water remediation phase differs as it involves cleaning, drying, sanitizing and repairing, and it is essentially the bridge between the mitigation and restoration phases. The remediation phase is arguably the most integral part of the transition between the other two stages.
How are remediation and mitigation different?
Mitigation is a type of emergency response to water damage cleanup. In short, water mitigation prevents the damage from spreading. In addition to this, it helps to minimize any secondary damages that may occur; for example, moldy drywall or floors.
Commercial water damage restoration differs from this as it focuses on the cleanup and repairs before the restoration phase. This process ensures that the environment is dry and sanitary once again before restoring the site to its original condition.
What does the water remediation process involve?
- Complete water removal. This involves extracting any water from floors, carpets, drywall and ceilings. The materials need to be completely dry in order to be restored to their original condition.
- Precise moisture monitoring. Extra care is taken to make sure that any hidden moisture pockets are addressed.
- Cleaning and sanitizing. Any area or materials which have been affected by the water damage are cleaned with special tools. Cleaning personal items prevents mold growth and the spread of germs and diseases. Some professionals may use air scrubbers to sanitize the air.
- Final drying process. Industrial equipment is used for several days until technicians can confirm that the drying process has been completed. Small items may be dried in a drying machine.
- Pre-restoration repairs. Address the repairs that can be completed before restoration, and remove any non-salvageable materials as part of the remediation process. This process varies depending on the item being restored. For instance, restoring a rug has a very different process from electronic items.
What tools can be used?
A few examples of equipment that water technicians may use are:
- Water extraction vacuuming equipment
- Heavy-duty centrifugal air movers and axial fans
- Desiccant dehumidifying equipment
- Specialized sanitizing and disinfecting products
- Industry-proven cleaning tools and products
Why monitor and analyze the water I produce
Purifying the water used within your organization reduces waste, it’s more efficient and helps the environment.
What Benefits Will I Get?
With a water treatment system, you can decrease your operating costs and find residual materials which could be utilized.