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Definition of water damage mitigation is “trying to reduce the harm dealt by wetness.” But generally it’s not applied to something as casual as spilling a glass of H2O on a hardwood floor and walking over to the closet to get a mop. Water damage mitigation generally refers to the efforts that experts take to contain the damage dealt by disasters like a flooded basement or a spraying water main. Let the Portland disaster restoration experts at ServiceMaster of Portland show you the best ways to deal with water damage caused by floods or storms.

The first step of most water damage mitigation techniques is simple — get rid of the water. Of course, depending on the water in question, that can mean everything from turning off the water main, to using a sump pump, the use of commercial-grade dehumidifiers, and actual towels and chamois to get the moisture out of a basement. Professional disaster response teams have very complex systems devoted to getting rid of water as quickly as possible; until the water is gone the recovery process cannot begin.

Once the water has cleared, the drying process begins. You might think if the water is gone, it must be dry, but that’s not actually how it works. Wood, fabric, and almost any porous surface will retain water, even if just microscopic amounts. That microscopic amount will continue to deal damage long after the visible standing water is gone. Disaster recovery teams use a combination of heat and dehumidification to extract the water from all of the objects in an area (including the walls and ceiling) to keep any more damage from occurring.

Depending on the length of time that the water has been standing, it may also be necessary for the water damage mitigation team to perform some basic mold and mildew remediation as well. Typically from arrival time to complete mitigation, it will take between 3 – 5 days depending on the size of the structure and how long the water has been standing.

When you first hear that you have a water catastrophe, call a disaster cleanup team immediately. The faster they get started, the more they can recover. When you’re in need of Portland disaster restoration services, rely on the experts ServiceMaster of Portland to help.