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What is the Difference Between Mitigation & Restoration?

Risk Mitigation words on puzzle pieces to illustrate reducing problems, trouble, dangers or hazards and increase security and protection from harmWhen disaster strikes, acting quickly and effectively is crucial to minimizing damage and restoring your property to its pre-loss condition. Terms like mitigation, remediation, and restoration are often used interchangeably. Thus, it can be difficult for people who do not work in the industry to understand what each one entails. So, let’s break it down.

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Remediation, mitigation, and restoration are three distinct phases in the process. Each addresses damage caused by disasters such as water damage, fire damage, mold infestation, and more.


Mitigation involves taking immediate actions to minimize further damage and protect your property from additional harm. This could include measures such as water extraction, boarding up windows and doors, and setting up dehumidifiers to prevent mold growth. The goal of mitigation is to stabilize the situation and prevent the damage from worsening.


Removing mold.A professional disinfector cleans and sprays the area with an antimicrobial treatment to prevent mold from coming back in houseRemediation is the process of addressing the underlying cause of the damage and restoring your property to a safe and healthy condition. This could involve tasks such as removing contaminated materials, cleaning, and disinfecting surfaces, and repairing structural damage. Remediation focuses on eliminating the source of the problem and restoring your property to its pre-loss state.


Restoration is the final phase of the process and involves bringing your property back to its original condition. This could include rebuilding damaged structures, replacing flooring and fixtures, and repainting walls. The goal of restoration is to return your property to pre-event generated renovation concept , apartment before and after restoration or refurbishment

Now that we have defined mitigation, remediation, and restoration, let’s take a closer look at the four steps involved in the remediation process:

  1. Discovery

    The first step in remediation is to identify the extent of the damage and determine the underlying cause. This could involve conducting thorough inspections, using specialized equipment to detect hidden moisture or mold, and assessing the structural integrity of the property.
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  2. Prioritization

    Once the extent of the damage has been assessed, the next step is to prioritize tasks based on their urgency and importance. This could involve addressing immediate safety concerns, such as removing water-damaged materials or securing hazardous areas, before moving on to less critical tasks.

  3. Remediation

    With priorities established, the remediation process can begin. This could involve tasks such as removing water and moisture, cleaning, and disinfecting surfaces, and repairing structural damage. The goal of remediation is to eliminate the source of the problem and restore your property to a safe and healthy condition.
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  4. Monitoring

    After remediation is complete, monitor the situation to ensure that the problem has been fully resolved and to prevent future issues from arising. This could involve regular inspections, testing for moisture or mold, and implementing preventive measures such as waterproofing or installing moisture barriers.

By following these four steps in the remediation process, we can effectively address the underlying cause of the damage and restore your property to its pre-loss condition. If your property has been affected by a disaster, we are here to help you navigate the mitigation, remediation, and restoration process and get your property back on track.

About Red Truck Disaster Response in Boise, Idaho

One room is  already renovated and the second room is in process of renovation, 3d illustrationBefore starting Red Truck Disaster Response in 2016, owner Patrick Coppi spent more than 30 years working in the restoration industry. Through his experience working for a national franchise, he saw first-hand how larger companies fail to provide the level of customer service their clients need and deserve when they are going through a loss to their home. He started Red Truck and made the conscious decision to put service first. Our clients are our highest priority. With a focus on professional and supportive service and open communication, we help our clients restore both their homes and their lives after a disaster. We will work with any insurance company and can handle any size loss. If you face a loss of any kind, 24/7, call our hotline (208) 225-6896 and we’ll be happy to help!