Why is Mitigation Important!
When you have water damage in your home or business the first thought should be how to mitigate the situation. Mitigation, as defined by FEMA, is “the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impacts of disasters”. Mitigation is important because it is the first step toward getting your property back to the way it was as quickly as possible. It will minimize the potential for mold growth and hopefully prevent a more costly situation. The longer that water stands in a structure the more extensive the damage can be, so it is important to begin mitigation immediately.
Here are some steps you can take, after you have found water damage in your property, to help. First, you can try and locate the source of the water. If it is a burst pipe or stemming from running water you should try and turn off the main water source, or contact a plumber if you are unable. This will help prevent any more damage than what has already been done. It is important to remember that you should stay away from electronic devices that have been affected, and to turn off any related breakers if you are able to do so. You should gather any items that haven’t been damaged and move them to an unaffected area of the house. Also, avoid walking on affected carpet as much as possible, to keep from spreading the affected area.
When the experts at SERVPRO of Orangeburg arrive to your call, they will go through several steps to achieve the complete drying of your structure and contents.
Step 1: Assessment: A technician will assess the extent of the damage, which will help him determine the type of the water damage, and the areas that were affected.
Step 2: Extraction: Our trained technicians will extract any standing water left in the structure
Step 3: Drying: We will use industry leading equipment such as fans and dehumidifiers to quickly speed along the drying process.
Step 4: Sanitizing: Technicians will sanitize the affected areas with antimicrobial treatment.
Step 5: Cleaning: If needed, our crew will come after the drying has finished and clean the carpet and/or rugs that were affected.
Water damages can be a major disruption in your life, but we here at SERVPRO of Orangeburg are committed to helping you get your property back to the way it was and making it “Like it never even happened.”