Water damage remediation – Charleston Meadow

Property owners in Charleston Meadow suffer water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 seep into a home or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

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

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be controlled by following established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they create.

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

There are many reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s occupants are at high risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class based on the degree of flooding of water.

The water that entered the building was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 is water that comes from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort should it be consumed or ingested. It could include sources that may not normally seem like an issue, like the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Category 3 water can be classified as extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic substances in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. It is the case when water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of building materials that absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or retain water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 5 to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as has been removed.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s wet. As a result, the object becomes damp or wet.

The degree of saturation is known as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous form. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation phase. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than the typical household fan.

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

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and sucks up the moisture drawn away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

A key component for any water damage restoration project is the use of heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. They come in a variety of energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down the electric heating while the job is being done, without affecting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the power of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very well-liked for restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no power available to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need for an electrical source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that are damaged due to flooding, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints water from a damp building which has been badly affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also remove up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve experienced flooding in your house it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if water is eliminated from the area right away, there’s the possibility that you’ll have to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your house is not in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether the damaged region should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and this can help to eliminate the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was extensive. In certain instances the only option to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to consider replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering scent. If this is the case, then you will likely require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to replace it. A professional service can help you determine how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. Be aware that some methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew development is there if the padding underneath it is not dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after an event of flooding. When the firm has finished their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage may be as simple as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is hard to get rid of. Therefore, in the majority of cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood can be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues with their property after flooding or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues depending on how it is handled. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. You are putting your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you have pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been a leak, it’s important for you to contact a professional to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Shut 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 spot broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet, water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can be used to pay for repairs or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the water damage resulted from a flood, the event is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can occur due to flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.