Mitigation, Remediation, Restoration Of Water Damage

Water Water — Everywhere!

Whether it is water overflow from the toilet or tub, a broken water pipe, a laundry washing machine overflow, a water heater bursting, water damage from firefighter hoses, or an excessive rainstorm outside that begins to flow inside — the sight of water water — everywhere, can make any homeowner cringe and yearn for the power of the biblical Moses, who held up his staff to part the Red Sea!

Mitigation, Remediation, Restoration Of Water Damage

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Mitigation, Remediation, Restoration

While Exit Mold, homes restoration experts serving NYC and its five boroughs for 25-plus years, do not have the power to part waters as Moses — we do use a systematic approach of mitigation, remediation, and restoration to stop the rising waters quickly and mitigate the damage water can bring to a home.

Time is of the essence when water flooding occurs, as water damage can wreak havoc on a home’s structural integrity when wood floors absorb water and cause warping and rotting, electrical wires become compromised, plumbing pipes corrode, and walls and ceilings get stained. The clear danger from excessive moisture is mold growth and, depending on the source of water flooding, the development of bacterial germs.  

The mitigation, remediation, and restoration process works in conjunction with each other, and each step is a process that must be done to achieve a successful permanent restoration of a home affected by water flooding. To clarify each step, we provide the following details of what NYC homeowners can expect from the professionals of Exit Mold who mitigate, remediate, and restore a home besieged by water water everywhere!

Water Mitigation

Mitigation: The first action in mitigation is placing a tarp or boards over doors and windows to protect the property being worked on. With that, mitigation involves stopping the spread of water completely. With the flowing water stopped, the mitigation process continues as Exit Mold professionals assess if the water source is sanitary or contaminated. With that understood, a thorough evaluation is done of how large an area was flooded and whether there is structural damage to the home. Pumping out the water, drying the space out, and determining what items can be salvaged and what needs to be tossed completes the mitigation process, which then progresses to remediation.


Remediation: remediation involves sanitizing and deodorizing after the water source is defined. Clean, clear water, which often has as the source rainwater or snow melt, leaking water pipes, or an overflow of sinks, tubs, showers, or toilets, requires no sanitizing, just removal of the water with the use of pumps and drying the area using blower fans, dehumidifiers, and other equipment. Grey water, usually flowing from dishwashers, washing machines, or toilets containing urine only, broken sump pumps, or leaky aquariums, requires sanitizing bacteria, mold, and other defined contaminants. If the water is black, the water is severely contaminated with sewage, grease runoff, toxins, or pathogens and requires extensive sanitization. Remediation overlaps with mitigation in that drying the area is necessary for the mitigation phase before deodorizing and sanitization in the remediation phase.

Water Restoration and Repair

Restoration: Overlapping with remediation, which is the temporary stabilization of a home or business from flooding, is the permanent restoration of a water-damaged home or business to pre-water condition, performing such minor repairs or significant reconstruction as:

  • Repair or replacement of hardwood and tile floors.
  • Repair or replacement of damaged walls, windows and doors, and ceilings.
  • Painting of walls.
  • Replacement of carpeting. 
  • Repair of furniture damaged by water.
Water Restoration Professionals of Exit Mold

Contact The Professionals

Mitigation, remediation, and restoration of a home or business can be overwhelming in knowing what to do first. Naturally, in the flood of water caused by a leaky pipe, the burst of the water heater, or an overflowed tub or toilet, a plumber must be called to fix the specific problem. Exit Mold of New York and your insurance adjuster should be contacted for flood and water damage restoration.

Call Exit Mold for other home restoration services such as lead testing, lead paint removal, as well as mold assessment and remediation. Exit Mold technicians are trained and certified in systematic best practices and procedures to restore the home property and the contents of a home to pre-damage condition, working round-the-clock to get the job done! Call today, and let us answer your other questions.

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