What is Water Damage Mitigation and Why Are Estimates Difficult to Provide?

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While most of us are accustomed to receiving an upfront quote when we have work done on our home, it’s not always possible to provide water damage mitigation estimates.

As water mitigation experts based in the Minneapolis area, whether we first supply an estimate really depends.

For one thing, most insurance companies typically don’t require water damage mitigation estimates until the work is complete. It would often be difficult to give one that’s accurate in advance due to how quickly things change and the time that may be required to successfully complete a job.

Another reason is there are responsibilities that only the homeowner can fulfill.

What is Water Damage Mitigation?

Water mitigation, sometimes called restoration or clean up, is an industry term meaning to take action to reduce the severity of water damage. Mitigation is required to evaluate, curb, and prevent any additional damage that has already been caused due to flooding or some other kind of major water loss within a home or business. This type of restoration service is meant to return the structure to working condition, similar to how it was before the water damage.

When it comes to water damage, we remind others almost daily that time is of the essence. That’s because the longer water sits, the more damage is done.

It becomes increasingly more hazardous and costly to remove because of the health risks to humans and the environment. The faster we can get the work done, the less the insurance company will need to pay out in claims.

Insurance companies do, however, require an estimate for the reconstruction phase.

What Does a Water Mitigation Company Do?

Water mitigation companies specialize in removing water from homes and businesses that have experienced water damage. Companies specializing in water mitigation can help with flooding, mold remediation, broken plumbing and appliances, and more. A good team will also offer effective drying services before beginning the restoration process.

As water mitigation specialists working in the Minneapolis area, Green Clean offers 24/7 emergency and disaster response restoration and cleaning services.

Water Mitigation Services in Minneapolis

Many water damage restoration companies have their mitigation estimates challenged, but we seldom experience this because we are fair. In fact, we are often asked to review estimates as a third party for insurance companies.

If it’s work that is not covered by insurance, we will typically provide a ballpark estimate before we begin.

But, if the job is for something that has sat for a long time, we almost always give an estimate before we start. In cases like this, we’re able to provide an estimate for water mitigation before starting because enough time has elapsed that it is nearly impossible for any additional damage to be done. And it may also be work that is not covered by insurance, depending on the circumstances.

Some estimates we charge for as an assessment and documentation. This would typically be the case for mold remediation when a real estate transaction is involved or pending, or for a home with damage from pets. Contact us to learn more.

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