Water damage remediation – Bucktown

Property owners in Bucktown get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required a complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that require the equipment and expertise of experts. 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 the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of the project’s damages.

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and knowledge to assess an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or have another reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The class refers to how polluted the water that entered the structure was. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or any other harmful substances. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


The IICRC has also created classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or house is.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% the building materials which absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they don’t soak up and hold in water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 indicates that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, plaster or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water is trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as has been removed.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it is moistened. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

The saturation level is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold the moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is attained the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the entire surface, that is controlled through a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than in normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

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

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration project. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many wattages.

You can also turn down or off electric heat while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your energy costs.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use only a small amount of water. However, the only drawback is they take longer to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly and generating minimal emissions. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in their place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used when there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying area warm even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints water from a damp building that is severely damaged by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water out of the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also remove up to 99percent of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be done starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. The hardwood floors affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if water is taken away from the affected area right away, there’s still a chance that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the final results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet, then use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to remove these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong scent. 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’ll need to replace your carpet is to find out whether your floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. We can assess whether your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A variety of factors can determine the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

  • How much water did you get on your carpeting?
  • How long was the amount of water that sat on the carpet?
  • Quel was the source of the water?

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, this can affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it has not dried too.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

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

The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. The wood can be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to take care of structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their properties immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage could affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues depending on how it is dealt with. If the damage is not treated quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak on the roof can cause mold and mildew to develop, which could cause death. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in the structure of your home. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

If you spot damaged water pipes stop the water supply.

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs can vary based on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown 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 damage covered By the 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 may provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the water damage resulted from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy is necessary. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can happen due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.