Flood damage restoration service – Blackstock South

Homeowners in Blackstock South suffer flood damage regularly. 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.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. There are instances that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the skills and experience to analyze a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

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

Water damage according to categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The classification is based on how polluted the water that entered the structure is. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause illness or discomfort should it be consumed or ingested. This can include sources which might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from rivers and streams. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances that are affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

Class 2 means that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It’s about 10% up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or the masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. and also where other materials that don’t absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals use a variety techniques. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

After as much water has been removed, the remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it is moistened. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous one. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow over the entire surface that is controlled by a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions where no air mover was used.

Airflows with high velocity dry the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration project. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks that require multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down or off electric heat when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy, you can adjust the wattage of a heater and increase its power.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they generate virtually no emissions and require very little water. However, the only drawback is they take longer to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electric power source.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from a damp building which has been badly affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to removing water from the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

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

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as is possible.

It would be devastating to discover that your home isn’t in top state after having spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as you can. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very serious. In some instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering scent. If this is the case then you may require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath it is not dried as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The severity of the damage determines the type and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall section then cleaning it and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is easier to break wood when it has been moistened by water. If the water remains for a prolonged 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 owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following a flood or other water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage could affect a foundation of a house. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it is dealt with. If the damage is not taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. Along with creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls or foundations of a the building.

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

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes defective, it could cause structural damage to your home. If you do not have HVAC you’re opening the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Water damage to pipes

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause devastating damage. When your pipes break and water enters your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is which can result in structural damage.

If you spot broken pipe water damage, shut off the water supply.

What’s the price to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear of a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by a homeowners policy. A flood policy would be mandatory. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.