Water damage remediation – Chadbourne

Homeowners in Chadbourne get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water seeps into a building or home by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

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

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a professional who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate the health of a building, collect samples, get lab testsand help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s residents are at risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Water damage according to categories and classes


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

The water entering the building was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. It could include sources that may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is classified as highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the building exterior. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. This is basically an outline of how much saturated a structure or residence should be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of the building substances that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

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

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible is removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. The object becomes damp or wet as a result.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold the moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is closer to saturation.

In the evaporation phase in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In another way the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas in the evaporation phase. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or even a regular fan used in the home.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than in the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

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

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

The most important element for any water damage restoration is heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs that require the use of multiple heating sources. They come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also reduce the electric heating when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require less water Electric heaters are used in restoration projects. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to remain in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no power available to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that has been severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. Even if the water is taken away from the affected area right away, there’s an opportunity that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It would be devastating to find out that your home is not in the best condition after you have spent lots of time and money to fix it.

This is why it is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as soon as possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was extensive. There are times when you have to change your flooring to remove the stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to consider replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong odor. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. If the carpet you have is already 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?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following the flood. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing the drywall section then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin serious damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, including the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage as it causes the material to expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood may become brittle if it is kept in the water for too long.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage event.

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different problems depending on how it’s dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundations of a house or home.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also common in the case of roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s essential to contact a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repairs for water damage – a process that can result in structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

What’s the cost for restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

Does water damage get insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy is necessary. In some regions where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.