Flood damage restoration service – Binghamton

Homeowners in Binghamton suffer flood 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.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. 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 In Place – So Call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage with DIY solutions discovered online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they create.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage to each project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals should adhere to these guidelines. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and experience to analyze the condition of a place and take samples, conduct lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s residents are at high risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused through categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the extent of the invasion of water.

The class has to do with how contaminated the water entering the structure was. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be water that isn’t obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic substances within it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. This is when the water comes into contact about 5% or less with construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It’s about 5 up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 are approximately 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

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


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods of removing water from a structure. The removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

After the water has been removed, any moisture remaining is dried with high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it is moistened. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

The saturation level is referred to as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation process the water molecules leap from a liquid to a gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

In other words the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create a strong airflow over the entire surface that is controlled through a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times faster than in natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

High-velocity airflow removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

The most important element for any water damage restoration is heating. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. They can be found in various power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they generate virtually no emissions and require minimal amounts of water. However, the only drawback is they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly and generating very little emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no power available to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electrical source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced extensive water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can get rid of up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The hardwood floors damaged need to be replaced or sanded. Once these repairs are complete then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause severe damage to your home and make it difficult and expensive. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as soon as possible.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent so much time and money to restore it.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as you can. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, the only way to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong odor. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether your floor is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional service will be able to help you determine how serious the damages were. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or re-usable. If your carpet is already damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mildew development is present if the padding under isn’t dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean following a flood. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin severe damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a long period of time, there could be an extensive amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural issues that affect their property after flooding or other damages caused by water.

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 problems cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to avoid future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different problems based on how it’s treated. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. As well as creating roof leaks damage can also cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could also cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical faults are also common in the case of roof water damage which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Without HVAC you’re opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, causing extensive damage , and may require water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

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

How much does it cost to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on the square footage you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages from neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy is required. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.