Water damage restoration service – Atchison Woods

Building owners in Atchison Woods suffer burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or residence via a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available – Call for a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is a bad idea. The management of water damage is according to established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge and skills of professionals. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are important for professionals dealing with water damage. There are instances that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination take samples, perform lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

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

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

The class refers to how dirty the water that entered the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other harmful substances. This could be due to backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from rivers and streams. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water is in contact with about 5percent or less of building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from buildings. The removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety techniques. We have subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, any moisture remaining is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s moistened. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is described as the point at which it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10-20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

The object is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster than in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and absorbs the moisture that has been drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration project is heating. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. This is because they come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat can also be capable of being turned down or off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and lower energy costs.

Because they emit virtually no emissions and require very little water They are used in restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to be left in place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm, even without an electric power source.


We use Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures which have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded and refinished after these repairs have been made.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as soon as you can.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to repair it.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage as soon as possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There’s a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after drying and this can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. In certain instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to consider replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. If this is the case then you may require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to replace it. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, you’ll have a better idea of how serious the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet when it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew growth is still present if the padding under it has not dried as well.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed, you’ll be able take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out the drywall section cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water sits for a long period of time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


To avoid this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their properties immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to fix foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of problems depending on how it’s treated. If the damage is not addressed promptly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant disadvantages. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. Leakage in the roof can also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you do not deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to get roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. You are putting your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can result in a range of very serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repairs for water damage – a process that can bring with it structural damages.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the supply of water.

What is the cost to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows but not for damages due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be mandatory. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.