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Flooding damage repair – Blackstock South

Building owners in Blackstock South get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, 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 burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It is more complicated than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone who has the skills and experience to analyze the condition of a place, take samples, run lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s residents are at risk or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The category refers to how contaminated the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances within it. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or harmful substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or home should be.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they don’t soak up and hold in water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

Class 2 means that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the floor, ceiling, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure is dried, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it is moistened. The material gets wet or damp due to this.

The level of saturation is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

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

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides in the evaporation phase. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or even a regular household fan.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than in the natural environment, in which no air mover is used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture drawn away by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements of any restoration project is heat. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many wattages.

You can also reduce the electric heating as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require less water, electric heaters are very well-liked for restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They are typically run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm, even without an electrical power source.


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings and houses that have suffered water damage.

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

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded, then refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you have experienced a flood in your home, it can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if water is taken away from the affected area right away, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to remove the stains. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong odor. If it is it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. Professionals will be able to help you determine how serious the damages were. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or re-usable. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

Some of the considerations that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

  • What was the percentage of water you find on your carpet?
  • How long did the water stay 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, this can affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have dried quickly but the chance of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath it has not dried too.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpeting. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage may be as simple as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that major damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify how large and where the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there can be an abundance of rot in the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a structure or house.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. A leak in the roof can cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is essential to contact a professional to stop the water from damaging the structure.

A burst pipe can cause devastating damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

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

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. A flood policy would be required. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.