Water damage restoration service – Bellevue

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

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This is inadvisable. The management of water damage is in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. In certain situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a possibility of negative health consequences, or the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concerns about contamination.

Water damage through categorizes and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the building was classified according to the degree of contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source, such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent in it. This usually means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


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

The lowest amount of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes in contact with approximately five percent or less construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. It’s about 5 to 40% of the combined floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from a structure. The removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than simply having to put up with dehumidifiers or air mover. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include 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.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The saturation level is known 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.

The evaporation phase is the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is known as the process of evaporation.

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing water from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation process. They create a strong airflow over the entire surface, that is controlled through a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was taken away by the air mover.

Use heat to assist the drying process

The most important element for any water damage restoration is heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. This is because they can be found in various energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat is also capable of being shut off or reduced while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very less water Electric heaters are popular 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 and generating minimal emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough power available to power electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need of an electric source.


To dry houses and buildings that are damaged due to flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of moisture from damp structures that have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water out of the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be completed from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. The hardwood floors affected need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing a flood in your home this can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have 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.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. There’s a 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 the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive, it is possible that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to change your flooring to eliminate the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. If this is the case, then you will likely have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to find out if the floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional service will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We will be able to determine if your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. Be aware that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

  • How much water did you get on your carpeting?
  • What was the duration of amount of water that sat on the carpet?
  • What was the origin of the water?

Can your carpets be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out the drywall portion, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, severe damage might necessitate whole reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine the extent to which humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood can be brittle if kept in the water for too long.


To avoid this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues depending on how it is addressed. If the damage is not taken care of promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is fairly common after natural disasters. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could cause mold to grow that could be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposing the inside of your house or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can result in a range of serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you have determined that there’s been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 black water: $7/sq. Ft.

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property is the result of an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.