Water damage remediation – Chipps

Building owners in Chipps get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or residence through a storm, flood or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions that can be located on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be managed by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water destruction to buildings and homes and the risks they pose.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of the project’s damages.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s occupants are in danger or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class, based on the severity of the flood.

The classification is based on how polluted the water entering the structure was. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause illness or discomfort if contacted or consumed. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be highly contaminated. It may contain pathogenic, toxic, or any other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest amount of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is where the water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of substances affected by water have low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It’s about 10% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety methods. Our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it is moistened. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

In other words the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is called the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

Air mover is able to transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular fan in your home.

The item is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster that in natural conditions where there was no air movement.

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

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration project. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. They can be found in various wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, 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 reduce your energy costs.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very less water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electricity to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from a damp building that is severely affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause serious damage to your home and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best condition after spending lots of time and money to repair it.

It is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether the damaged region should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and use it again after drying. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to get rid of the stain. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. If you’ve got a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll have a better idea of just how bad the water damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

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

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly but the chance of mold growth is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after an event of flooding. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the type and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

The flip side of the coin is that major damage could require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and shrink. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there can be a significant amount of rot on the wood that can make it break easily.


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

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect the foundation of a house. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it’s important to fix foundational issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues in the manner it is handled. If the damage is not taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. There are many reasons to get roof water damage repaired promptly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally 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. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to the Pipe Water

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

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. Water can enter your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

When you see damaged water pipes stop the water supply.

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you have. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

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

If the cause was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, however, not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear on an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. 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 a flood, the event would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.