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Water Damage


Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the severity of water damage that happens after a flood or a leak. Taking fast immediate action prevents additional damage from occurring.

Water mitigation is needed after plumbing failures or when storms cause water to rush into your home. Soaked rugs, damaged walls, warped flooring and ruined furniture are only the beginning if mitigation is not engaged quickly.

Specific steps are taken to reduce property destruction, to prevent further water damage and to restore your property to its full value.

If your water damage is covered by insurance, your insurance carrier will expect you to mitigate your damage in a timely manner. 

When to Call For Water Mitigation

Seeping water damage is progressive, pervasive and can mean valuable objects may become permanently damaged – especially if emergency response is delayed beyond the first 48 hours. Response time is critical. If water damage is detected, immediately contact the water damage restoration professionals at Rainbow International Restoration in Hickory Hills.

Whether water damage is caused by a plumbing failure or it is storm-related, it is recommended that you seek a certified water damage professional help to mitigate the damage. From water extraction to sewage clean up, sump pump overflow to sewer back up, Rainbow International Restoration can quickly respond to assist with water damage cleanup. It is not recommended that you clean up water damage yourself as it can lead to bigger issues down the road such as mold. Water can seep behind baseboards and infiltrate the sill plate causing "hidden damage." Rainbow International Restoration has a variety of moisture meters and uses thermal cameras to detect hidden damage that is often overlooked.

There are four classes of water that identify the amount of water and the anticipated rate of evaporation based on the amount and type of wet materials in your home. There are three categories of water that identify the state of water that is affecting the damaged materials. A water loss from a burst pipe is addressed differently than flood damage. Because there is a science to drying out a structure, it is best to leave water damage cleanup up to water damage restoration professionals.

You can act fast by taking immediate steps to reduce the amount of long-term damage that can affect your property and your personal belongings. 


Steps to take when water damage is detected:

  • Call Rainbow International Restoration at (708) 460-0911 to set up water damage inspection

  • Shut off the water main if the water intrusion is stemming from your plumbing lines

  • Contact a plumber to address a failed sump pump or a clogged sewer line

  • Shut down the electrical breaker in damaged areas before unplugging or removing any electrical devices from the wet carpet or submerged areas.

  • Put aluminum foil under legs or feet of any furniture in contact with wet carpet or water to prevent permanent staining

  • Lift any curtains or draperies away from wet carpet or water

  • Lift and tack up any upholstered furniture skirts

  • Remove books, papers, fabrics, shoes, potted plants or other items that are able to stain wet carpet


Avoid doing these things:

  • Filing an insurance claim until your water damage has been inspected and you have spoken with your insurance agent to ensure that filing a claim is in your best interest

  • Use your home vacuum – electrical shock can result, as well as damage to the equipment

  • Place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on – newspaper ink transfers easily to wet carpet fibers which results in permanent staining

  • Walk on carpet any more than necessary – this keeps damage from spreading to unaffected areas


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Companies with only carpet cleaning equipment and hardware stores that let you rent their bottom of the line equipment will not assist in preventing water from wicking up walls, spreading under baseboards and molding or infiltrating into sill plates. Using your shop vacuum and setting up some household fans will not work in your favor in most cases. Water will penetrate through floor coverings into subfloors, eventually causing damage to any rooms that may be below. If moisture is not properly addressed, the relative humidity within the home will cause secondary damage to other building materials and contents that were not previously affected. 

If the humidity within the building is not controlled, undamaged objects safe from the original flood damage could be ruined as a result of absorbing moisture from the air. Structures that are not dried out quickly enough or dried out properly can lead to even bigger issues such as mold. 


Water Mitigation Services

Our flood damage restoration technicians are trained in current procedures, such as Rapid Structural Drying, to dry the structure in place as quickly as possible while utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

In some cases, we can even save water damaged hardwood flooring and water damaged drywall with our injectridy system.

Moisture meters and thermal cameras are used to locate moisture that is hidden behind walls or cabinets. It may appear that there is no moisture present, but our state of the art restoration equipment can identify what is not visible to the naked eye.

We only use top of the line air movers to circulate air, dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and extractors to remove standing water. Having the best tools available allows us to dry out your structure quickly and efficiently. 

For any possible questions you would like to ask your Water Damage Restoration Contractor, click here or call now for water damage cleanup. Rainbow International Restoration is the leading water damage restoration company in Chicago, Illinois.




Not sure if your water damage warrants filing an insurance claim?

Our water damage service professionals are well versed in insurance claims. We can help you determine the source of your water loss and if your damage will exceed your insurance deductible. This information is necessary in order to file an insurance claim. It is critical that you avoid filing an insurance claim until this information is determined to help you avoid an unpaid claim on your C.L.U.E. report.



Was your insurance claim denied or does it not cover the total cost of your mitigation? We've got you covered! Because everyone's financial situation is unique, our company has partnered with a distinguished finance company to offer you financing options that can cover the cost of your water damage clean up. With financing options ranging from fixed rate installment plans with low minimum payments to plans with no payments and free interest (if the total is paid during the agreed time frame), you will not find a better value than choosing Rainbow International Restoration for your flood damage cleanup. Contact us today and ask how our price match guarantee applies or how you can apply for financing.