Charleston Gardens

Flood damage restoration service – Charleston Gardens

Property owners in Charleston Gardens get hit with water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions that can be discovered online. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity for professional standardisation in situations involving water destruction to buildings and homes and the risks they pose.

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

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place, collect samples, get lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants are in danger or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The classification refers to how polluted the water that enters the structure was. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water is characterized by high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as 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 harmful substances. This could be due to leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from rivers and streams. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. This system is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or house is.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This is where the water comes into contact approximately 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and retain water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. and also where other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as plaster or concrete 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 means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts use a variety methods. Our tools include subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s moistened. The substance becomes damp or wet due to this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is attained, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover is able to move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan in your home.

Air movers dry objects around 10 times faster than the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been pulled out by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

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

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the wattage of a heater and increase its capacity.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water They are popular in restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to run electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need of electricity.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as quickly as possible.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its original state, it could be a shock to discover that the finished results leave something to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as you can. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and then use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. In some cases the only solution to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a persistent and strong odor. If this is the case then you may have to replace the padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide whether to repair it or replace it. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. Remember that some methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

  • What proportion of water did you see on your carpet?
  • What was the duration of water on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth is still possible when the padding beneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after a flood. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

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

On the other side of the coin serious damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes wall 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 will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a long period of time, it could cause a significant amount of rot on the wood that can cause it to break easily.


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

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is very common after natural disasters. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can also cause problems with the walls and foundations of a building.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. Without HVAC it is opening the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can cause severe health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s crucial to get an expert to prevent the water from causing structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing severe damage and requiring repairs for water damage – a process that can cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

What is the price of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you own. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Category 1 clean water: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 black water $7/sq. feet.

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement for a broken window, but not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear on an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage due to flooding. A flood policy would be mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.