Water damage restoration service – Atlas
Building owners in Atlas experience 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.
Water damage is more common when water enters a building or house through a storm, flood, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.
It’s more difficult than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required total structural replacement, that is to say, in terms of demolition and rebuild.
Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional
Many times, building or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that depend on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water destruction to buildings and homes and the risks they create.
The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage to each project.
There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to follow these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the nature of the water damage.
This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants are at risk or there is concern regarding contamination.
Categories and classes of Water Damage
Water damage restoration projects are classified by category and class depending mostly on the severity of the invasion of water.
The category refers to how contaminated the water that entered the structure was. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.
Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. These include sources that may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.
The water in Category 3 is highly contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent within it. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.
You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or house is.
The lowest amount of water absorption and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water comes in contact with about five percent or less building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.
Class 2 indicates that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. It is approximately 10% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or masonry.
Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of wall, floor 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.
Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.
How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works
Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure is dried, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.
Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.
Once all water has been removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.
When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The substance is then damp or wet as a result.
Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.
The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from the state of liquid to a gaseous form. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.
In another way the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. When saturation has been reached the drying process commences.
High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They produce a powerful airflow over the entire surface which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.
An air mover can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or even a regular fan in your home.
The object is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which there was no air movement.
A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and draws in the moisture that has been pulled out by the air movers.
Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process
Heat is an important component of any restoration task. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.
Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs that require the use of multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their numerous power ratings.
You can also reduce or off electric heat as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.
Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time to dry.
Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.
Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.
Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. Because they are so efficient in 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 help dry out buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.
The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from a damp building that has been severely damaged by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.
The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.
Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage
It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be done by removing the subflooring.
The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs are completed.
Carpets are susceptible to water damage
Floods can cause significant damage to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as soon as is possible.
It would be devastating to find out that your home is not in the best state after having spent many hours and dollars to restore it.
Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned once it is dry and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.
Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event
You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. In some cases the only solution to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering odor. If this is the case, then you will likely require replacement of both your carpet and padding.
Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to repair it or replace it. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or salvageable. Keep in mind that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet when it is already in poor condition.
The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:
- What percentage of water did you see on your carpet?
- What was the duration of amount of water that sat on the carpet?
- What was the origin of the water?
Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?
If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, it can impact how long the carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur when the padding beneath is not dried.
The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their work, you will be in a position to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.
Water Damaged Drywall
The procedure for repair of drywall differs based on the extent of damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing the drywall section cleaning it, after that, replacing it.
The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may require whole-wall replacement including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.
The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This helps us identify the areas that are damaged and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.
Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood can be brittle if kept in the water for too long.
To prevent this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage event.
Foundation Water Damage
There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.
Foundation water damage can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t treated quickly.
Roof Water Damage
Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a house or house.
Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof may result in mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. Leaks in the roof may cause damage to the roof truss system.
Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults which could lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.
HVAC Water Damage
Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. You are putting your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.
Damage to Pipes from Water
Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is important to call an expert to prevent the water from damaging the structure.
A burst pipe can cause severe damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is which can cause structural damage.
When you see broken pipe water damage, shut off the water supply.
What’s the price to restore water damage?
Water damage restoration cost per square foot
Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.
- Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. Ft.
- Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. ft.
- Category 3 blackwater price: $7/sq. ft.
Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?
Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is sudden and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.
Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear on a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.
If the water damage resulted from flooding, the incident is not covered under the homeowners insurance. A flood policy is required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.
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