Flood damage restoration service – Blackstock North

Homeowners in Blackstock North experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water enters a building or residence via a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete 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 online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that depend on the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the 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 certain circumstances there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is professional with the training to assess the health of a building take samples, perform lab testsand advise us on the category of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused according to types and classes


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

The category refers to how contaminated the water that entered the structure was. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water contains the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from rivers and streams. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest degree of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 5 up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete, or masonry.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation and fiberboard which make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

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. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

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

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is closer to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster than natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and draws in the moisture that has been taken away by the air mover.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many Wattages.

Electric heat can also be able to be reduced or turned off during the process, without affecting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater and increase its capacity.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work because they produce essentially no emissions and use only a small amount of water. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing very little emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to remain in their place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. They are capable of producing radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electric source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that have been damaged by flooding, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been eliminated from the area right away, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after drying, and this cleaning will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to remove the stains. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong scent. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

The next step to determine whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to assess if the floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet should be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur when the padding beneath is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the state of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then putting it back.

The flip side of the coin is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and limit costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood can become brittle if it is left to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to prevent structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues dependent on the way it is handled. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also very common after natural disasters. Along with creating roof leaks damage can also cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major drawbacks. Roof leaks can result in the growth of mold and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also prevalent when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes inoperable, it can result in structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s important to call a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

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

Shut off the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will 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 results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage 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 necessary. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding may occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.