Flood damage restoration service – Bucktown

Property owners in Bucktown suffer flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced 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 pipes cause water to get into a home or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available for your reference. Call for a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY solutions located on the internet. This is not advisable. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge and skills 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 created because of the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they create.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and advise us on the category of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s residents are at high risk or are concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categories and classes


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

The classification is based on how contaminated the water that entered the structure was. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. These sources can be water that isn’t obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent within it. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from rivers and streams. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

The lowest level of water absorption and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with about 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

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

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The object is then damp or wet as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation process occurs the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is called the process of evaporation.

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

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or even a regular household fan.

The item is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than in the natural environment where no air mover was used.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water pulled out by the air movement.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration project. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying tasks that require the use of multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their numerous Wattages.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced during the process, without impacting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills, you can adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its capacity.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water They are popular in restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing low emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in their place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough power available to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electric source.


To dry houses and buildings which have suffered damage due to flooding, we make use of Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure that has been severely affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also eliminate the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be done by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. The hardwood floors damaged must be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and restored after the repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. Even if the water has been eliminated from the region immediately, there’s an opportunity that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending lots of time and money to repair it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether the damaged region should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to eliminate the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely have to replace the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. Professionals can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can determine if your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. If your carpet is damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and disinfected?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following the flood. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The degree of damage determines the kind 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 opposite of this is that serious damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine how large and where the water has grown. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is much easier to break wood if it has been moistened with water. The wood can be brittle if kept in the water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems dependent on the way it is addressed. If the problem isn’t addressed quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also common in the case of roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes inoperable, it can cause the structure of your house. You are putting your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it will likely be coming from a burst pipe in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s a leak, it is crucial to get an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

As soon as you notice broken pipe water damage, shut off the supply of water.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on how much square footage you own. The following pricing breakdown is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows but not for damages caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.