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Water damage restoration service – Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association

Property owners in Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association experience burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

It is more complicated than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions available on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. There are situations that warrant us to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the expertise and knowledge to assess a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, is a possibility of negative health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or any other reason for concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the severity of the invasion of water.

The water that entered the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or tub or sink.

Category 2 is water that has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances in it. This can be caused by leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of streams and rivers. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. The system basically serves as an outline of how much saturated a structure or home is.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water comes in contact with approximately 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is usually the case where most of the materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

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

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and bricks and mortar. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

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

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as has been taken away.

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it’s wet. The object gets wet or damp as a result.

The level of saturation is known as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation process the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. This is known as the process of evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

An air mover can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

The item is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster than the natural environment where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and draws in the moisture drawn out by the air mover.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

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

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. They can be found in various energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be capable of being reduced or turned off when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills, you can adjust the wattage of a heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require less water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in their place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be used, hydronic boilers can often be used. They can produce radiant heat and can keep your drying area warm without the need of electricity.


To dry houses and buildings that have been damaged by water damage, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to extracting water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of up to 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. The affected hardwood floors must be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity, all floors should be sanded and restored after the repairs are completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home, it can be a stressful and expensive experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as fast as possible.

After spending time and money to restore your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the affected region should be replaced. There is a way to clean the carpet and use it after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring to remove the stain. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. It’s time to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. Remember that some of the techniques used for drying can also harm the carpet further even if it’s already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

  • How much water did you get on your carpeting?
  • What was the duration of water on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

Do your carpets need to be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, it can impact the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it is not dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the type and technique of repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can cause structural damage as well, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. The wood may get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their properties immediately following an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant negatives. Leaks in the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. A leaking roof may also harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults that can cause an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

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

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

What is the price of restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. 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 price: $7/sq. ft.

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage was the result of neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that results from exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage resulted from an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy is necessary. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.