What is Water Mitigation?
Put simply, water mitigation is the process of minimizing damage caused from water. Many things can lead to moderate to severe water damage, including: flooding, structural problems, poor ventilation, high humidity, or even a plumbing issue. If left untreated, mold is highly likely to form, leading to other health concerns for you and your family.
Lifetime Quality Restoration & Construction uses state of the art equipment to inspect your home, identify the cause of damage and complete a scope of work required.
What can be done?
Sewage Backups and Overflows can do more than damage your home or business; they can be very hazardous to your health. Using cutting edge industry tools and techniques, our expertly trained and certified technicians will remove contaminated water and affected materials that could pose a risk to your family’s health, and then repair the damages once the mitigation has been completed.
We facilitate water extraction though various proven methods including extraction, dehumidification, air movement and heat. We then monitor the site’s atmospherics to ensure the drying process is effective. Once the water has been removed, we clean, sanitize and disinfect the contaminated areas to ensure microbial growth and/or toxins have been eliminated. We execute this process while working with your insurance carrier and will always keep you informed every step of the way.
Areas of special concern and how to help reduce the need for mitigation:
- Plumbing in outside walls – open cabinets to allow heat to circulate to walls
- Sinks and drains – allow faucets to drip and keep drains clean and maintained
- Uninsulated and/or unheated crawlspaces – insulated areas and pipes
- Poor insulation – ask to have an insulation consultation performed to ensure adequate insulation
- Rapid drops in temperature – Monitor your thermostat, heating efficiency and ensure your duct-work is clean and maintenance is current.
- Vacant homes with no heat or the thermostat set too low – do not allow your home to sit with no climate control!
- Neglected hot water heaters – look for deposits on the tank. These acidic sediments accumulate and cause the tank liner to fail. Please note: when the tank fails and the water is released into your home, it will be continuously fed until the shut off is activated! Always have your hot water tank inspected regularly. Other options are a tankless hot water heater with an automatic shut off valve, install a water alarm, and/or insulate the tank.
- Sump Pump – Be sure your sump pump is adequate for the square footage of your home and install a battery back up in the event of a power outage.
Molds contain toxins and allergens that can cause flu like symptoms. Children, senior citizens and those with asthma are all at higher risk for these symptoms, some severe.
Molds are a type of fungi. Nobody knows how many species of fungi exists, but the estimated range is from tens of thousands to over 300,000!
You can add mold inhibitors to paints to help prevent mold from growing. You can also use a dehumidifier, and an air conditioner in the warm and humid months to help prevent mold.