Water damage remediation – Alice

Building owners in Alice get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior to fix water damage. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are essential for professionals who deal with water damage. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an individual who has the skills and experience to analyze an area for contamination, take samples, run lab tests and offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or there is concern regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class based on the degree of invasion of water.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean like an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other dangerous substances. It can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may include heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic substances.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system is basically an outline of how much saturated a structure or residence is.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This is where the water comes in contact with approximately 5% or less with building materials which absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold in water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the ceiling, floor and wall is made of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water is trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The faster the structure dries, the better. The quantity of materials to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been taken away.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it is moistened. The object gets wet or damp due to this.

The degree of saturation is known as the point where it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.

This means that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. As soon as saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides during the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster that in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and absorbs the water that was pulled away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. To dry out materials damaged by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their many power ratings.

You can also reduce the electric heating while the job is being completed, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater, while also increasing its power.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration work since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. The only downside is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up and generating minimal emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in the same place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they are able to keep your drying area warm even without an electric power source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that are damaged due to water damage, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water in a damp building that has been severely affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can occur from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. Then the affected hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. Even if water is removed from the affected area right away, there’s an opportunity that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to original state, it could be depressing to discover that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

Because of this, it is crucial to determine the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged region should be replaced. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after drying and the cleaning process can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the damage from water was extensive. In certain instances the only option to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring can be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We will be able to assess whether your carpet needs to be replaced or can be saved. Keep in mind that some methods employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Do your carpets get professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect how long the carpet is clean. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following the flood. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing a portion of drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

The opposite of this is that major damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. If the water remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot on the wood that can cause it to break easily.


To avoid this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from the effects of moisture on their properties immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause many different problems in the manner it is handled. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof could result in mold and mildew to grow, which can be fatal. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it will likely be coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s important to call an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is which can result in structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following breakdown of pricing is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage caused by neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage due to flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.