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What is the difference between remediation and mitigation?

Remediation is the process of cleaning up a contaminated site so that it is safe for human use. It involves removing hazardous substances, usually soil or water, accumulated on or around the area. Remediation may be a short-term goal to achieve before construction begins, or it may be part of a long-term strategy where removal occurs over an extended period.

Mitigation refers to actions taken to reduce or eliminate impacts from future releases of contaminants at an existing facility. It typically involves fencing off areas around a facility so that no one enters them, installing air filters and other protections over facilities, and taking other steps to reduce or eliminate the possibility of contamination occurring again.

Some materials to watch out for in any construction and that are displaced by the wind in the construction site can be Asbestos, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

Below we will explore the different types of remediation and mitigation in construction.


When construction equipment starts to destroy flora, soil erosion occurs—root systems provided by vegetation help to keep soil in place and stop erosion. Dirt can be shifted during the grading process by both wind and water erosion.

In this case, Cirillo Civil will assess the issue, create a unique plan just for your project site, and work to repair the area. Soil erosion is a big concern to any land plot, so reducing the chances of it happening from the get-go is the best strategy. To achieve that, preserving a robust perennial plant cover, and mulching, are two great ways to start.

Planting cover crops in vegetable gardens, such as winter rye, and including annual grasses, tiny grains, legumes, and other plant species that are cultivated to act as a temporary vegetative cover, is a good idea to prevent land and soil erosion.


We will develop a mitigation strategy around the precise root cause of the issue as well as the area that needs to be mitigated to stop and undo the contamination that was brought on by storms or defective material, particularly groundwater contamination brought on by a problem with a monofil, landfill, or wastewater treatment facility. We adapt our standard operating procedures to the demands of each project because these circumstances differ from site to site.

Situations involving contamination can soon become hazardous. We will test to determine what safety measures, such as the evacuation of the job site and the neighbourhood, must be implemented both before and during the decontamination phase. After reducing the pollution, we will also do additional testing to establish when the area is safe to re-enter and when the water there is safe to use.


Natural disasters, toxins in the earth or groundwater, or deteriorating weather patterns can all cause structural deterioration over time. As a remediation Civil Construction Sydney services expert, Cirillo Civil will assess the extent of the harm before fixing and replacing the damaged structures. If the damage below earth exceeds what is visible above, we will evaluate it and restore it.

Start today, do not hesitate to call us for inspections or to solve your problems on-site.

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