5 Common Restoration Terms Every Homeowner Should Understand.

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5 Common Restoration Terms Every Homeowner Should Understand.

When your home needs restoration, it can be a turbulent time. One thing that can make you feel better is understanding some terms used by the professionals. Your restoration company should help you understand these terms and answer all of your questions and concerns throughout the process. 

At Green Clean, we strive for transparency on every job we take. This starts by ensuring that you understand our jargon, so you’re never left guessing what was meant by something we said. 


5 Common Restoration Terms You Should Know.

With a restoration project coming up, there are five common terms that you might hear used. These include:

  1. Restoration: Restoration is the process of returning something, such as your home, to its previous condition. If your home has been damaged by water or fire, you’ll probably hear this term from many of the workers and people you deal with during the course of the project.
  2. Remediation: Remediation is the process of stopping something and reversing the damage done by it. Homes, with mold infestations, need remediation. A source removal process is used to stop and remove mold at the source of infestation to ensure there aren’t further growths or damage.
  3. Mitigation: Mitigation is the process of stopping or slowing down the damage. When your home has been hit with fire or water damage, mitigation helps to stop the damage being done and prepares your home for the restoration process. This can include drying your home out, cleaning, removing odors, and removing damaged items safely.
  4. Abatement: Abatement is the process of ending, reducing, or lessening something. If you live in an older home, and you discover asbestos in the walls or ceiling, the process of getting rid of it and returning your home to a healthy, safe space is abatement. In Minnesota, anyone removing asbestos must be certified by the state.
  5. Testing: In reference to a restoration project, testing means checking the quality of something. At Green Clean, we always work with a third party to handle the testing and ensure that they’re properly certified. We follow their lead to ensure all work in your home is done properly. 

Tips to Avoid the Need for Restoration.

Of course, if at all possible, it’s best to avoid the need for restoration due to fire, smoke, or water damage. There are few steps you can take to minimize the risks of these types of damages in your home. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Install smoke detectors throughout your home and replace the batteries regularly. If a fire starts, an alarm allows you to contain it more easily.
  • If you notice water dripping from a pipe or faucet, hire a plumber to fix it immediately. These small issues can become major issues quickly.
  • When you notice dark stains on your walls or ceilings, you need to have a plumber check for leaking pipes in the area to avoid a burst pipe. You might also need a roof repair or replacement.
  • Always make sure to extinguish any open flames, including fires in a fireplace, before leaving home or going to bed at night.
  • If you have water damage or smoke damage, there are steps you can take to minimize the damages in your home.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows where the emergency water shut off valve is and how to turn it off. In case of a water emergency, this bit of knowledge is crucial. 

If you’re diligent, you can avoid or minimize damage in your home. 


At Green Clean, we’re ready to step in and take care of any restoration work your home requires. We can also remediate your home when it’s infested with mold or other dangerous substances. Our team always takes the time to address your concerns and ensure that you understand the process. Contact us today!