Cherry Street Historic District Neighborhood

Flooding damage repair – Cherry Street Historic District Neighborhood

Homeowners in Cherry Street Historic District Neighborhood experience burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or structure water damage is more often than not. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying the interior. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be discovered on the internet. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be managed according to established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they present.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for professionals dealing with water damage. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person who has the skills and experience to analyze an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused by categories and classes


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

The water entering the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. It could include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. This can be caused by leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This kind of water could 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 penetrated your property. The system basically serves as an outline of how much saturated a structure or home ought to be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% the building substances that absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 indicates that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 5% up to 40% of the combined floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or masonry.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 are approximately 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure dries the better. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

After the water has been removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

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

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from the state of liquid to a gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is directed by a filter system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times faster than in natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and draws in the water that was taken out by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration job. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs that require the use of several different heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many power ratings.

Electric heat can also be able to be turned down or off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s power.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require minimal water, electric heaters are very popular for restoration projects. However, the only drawback is they take longer to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process in general.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


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

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

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be completed by removing the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. The hardwood floors affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as possible.

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

In this regard, it is important to assess the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged region should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after drying and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe, it is possible that you’ll notice staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to get rid of the stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. If it is it is likely that you’ll have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. 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 team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. Remember that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet if it is already in bad condition.

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

  • What was the percentage of water you see on your carpet?
  • How long did the water remain on the carpet?
  • What was the origin of the water?

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet is dried quickly, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. Once the company has completed their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide 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 could be as simple as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there can be a significant amount of rot within the wood which can make it break easily.


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

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it’s important to fix foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can cause a variety of problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or house.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults that can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, causing extensive damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is a process that can result in structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

How much does it cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

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

Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

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

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear to an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can occur due to flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams together with high winds.