Flooding damage repair – Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association

Building owners in Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association experience flood 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.

Water damage is more common when water gets into a structure or house through a storm, flood, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be managed by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a professional who has the training to assess the health of a building take samples, perform lab testsand advise us on the category of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, are a chance of adverse health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or any other reason that there might be concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The water entering the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 water comes from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort 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 the overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances in it. This could be due to leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion to 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. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% of building substances that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the ceiling, floor and wall is constructed from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

After as much water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. The material becomes damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once saturation is attained the drying process commences.

In the evaporation phase high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

The object is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster than in natural conditions in which no air mover was employed.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and draws in the moisture pulled away by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

A key component of any restoration project is heating. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their many wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy, you can adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water They are popular in restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in the same place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the requirement of electricity.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water in a damp building that has been severely damaged by water damage every 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can get rid of the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. Then the affected hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and costly experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as you can. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet and then use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to remove these stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. If it is it is likely that you’ll need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to replace it. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will be able to determine how severe the water damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or re-usable. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet can last. Although your carpet might have dried quickly but the chance of mold growth is present if the padding under isn’t dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after an event of flooding. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, serious damage could require a complete wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is difficult to eliminate. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the water has grown. This allows us to identify damaged areas and keep costs restricted to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there could be a significant amount of rot in the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is addressed. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundations of a construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you do not deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment becomes inoperable, it can result in structural damage to your home. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can lead to a number of serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

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

How much does it cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

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