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Water Damage


Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood or a permeating leak. It prevents additional damage by taking fast, appropriate actions.

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.

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, contact the water damage restoration professionals at Rainbow International Restoration.

Whether water damage is caused by a plumbing failure or it is storm-related, it is recommended that you seek professional help to mitigate the damage. Act fast by taking immediate steps to reduce the amount of long-term damage that can affect your personal belongings.


Steps to take as soon as you detect water damage:

  • Call Rainbow International® at (708) 460-0911
  • Shut off the water main if possible
  • 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 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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Don't Delay Water Mitigation Services

Shop vacuums or companies with only carpet drying equipment cannot prevent water from wicking up walls, under baseboards and molding or into sill plates. Water will penetrate through floor coverings into subfloors, eventually causing damage to rooms below.

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. 

Rainbow International’s Water Mitigation Services

Our flood damage restoration technicians are trained in current procedures like Rapid Structural Drying in order to dry the entire structure as quickly as possible by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Moisture meters are needed to locate moisture invisible to the eyes or that lurks hidden behind walls or cabinets. Rainbow International's water damage restoration service professionals will quickly and efficiently dry out all wet materials, objects, and surface.

When facing an emergency such as flooding from a plumbing failure or stormwater back up, we understand that you need help right away. Our team is standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your emergency. 

For any possible questions you would like to ask your Water Damage Restoration Contractor, click here or call now for water damage cleanup. 


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

Rainbow International Restoration can help!

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.