Frequently Asked Questions About Water Mitigation

Flooding of your home or business is an extremely stressful and emotional occurrence that warrants the assistance of an expert water mitigation team. A water-related disaster in your home is an unusual happenstance, so it’s normal to have questions about water mitigation and how the process works. The following are commonly asked questions from our customers:

How does the water mitigation process work?

Water mitigation is a multi-phase process. The first step is to extract all remaining water from flooring, wet carpet, and other affected materials. Once the water is removed, specialized types of equipment such as dehumidifiers are used to dry the area. If there are unsalvageable materials that were affected by the water, they will be properly removed and discarded. 

Why is dehumidification necessary?

Water can create excess moisture in the air which can damage your walls, floors, furniture, and other structural components in your home. Dehumidification effectively reduces air moisture, thus halts and prevents further damage to your home. 

How long should water mitigation take?

The short answer: it depends. There are three major factors to consider when assessing the length of time for repairs. Firstly, the amount of water involved. The more water, the longer the drying process and the larger the area to repair. Secondly, how long was the area exposed to moisture? The longer the area goes unmitigated, the more damage occurs. The final factor to consider is the materials affected. For instance, concrete, stone, etc. will have a different response to flooding than wood or drywall. 

How much does water mitigation cost?

The cost of water mitigation depends on the size of the flooded area and the amount of time needed to fix the property. If your insurance policy covers water mitigation, you are typically only responsible for the deductible.

Can flood damage or water cause mold?   

Due to the fact that mold thrives in moist environments, consistently wet areas are great facilitators of mold growth. Mold growth can begin within 24-48 hours, therefore, it is essential to call Entrusted as soon as possible.

What certification is required for water mitigation?

An Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is required for businesses performing water mitigation services. The professionals employed by these companies must also receive certification from the IICRC.

Flooding of your home or business is never a pleasant experience. If you have any questions about Entrusted’s water mitigation services, give us a call or request a visit. We’re happy to answer any additional questions you have.