Flooding damage repair – Chiquita

Building owners in Chiquita experience 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.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to get into a home or structure water damage is more often than not. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required total structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact for a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be controlled according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

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 must adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination take samples, perform lab testsand advise us on the category of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s inhabitants are at risk or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class, based on the extent of the invasion of water.

The class refers to how polluted the water entering the structure was. Category 1 water comes from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water is characterized by significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances within it. It can be caused by leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% building substances that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water won’t hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

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

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a building. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than airmovers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

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

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s wet. The result is that the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan or the typical household fan.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than in normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and sucks up the moisture that has been taken out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration project. We make use of a variety heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs which require the use of several different heat sources. This is due to the fact that they can be found in various wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also reduce or off electric heat when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually no emissions and require very little water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require longer drying time. process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating low emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

When electric heaters cannot be used, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm even without an electrical power source.


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

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

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be done from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water has been eliminated from the area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after you have spent so much time and money to fix it.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after drying and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In certain instances the only solution to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to change your carpet. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll require replacement of both your carpet and padding.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to replace it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. We can determine if your carpet should be replaced or saved. Be aware that certain methods employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

The main factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets dry and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur when the padding beneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after a flood. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The severity of the damage determines the kind and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin, serious damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is hard to get rid of. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and contract. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood can get brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural issues with their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of problems depending on how it’s dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be very expensive and could have major drawbacks. A leak in the roof could cause mildew and mold to grow, which can cause death. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your home. Your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s important to call an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repairs for water damage – which can cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the cost for restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup cost will differ based on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the water damage resulted from a flood, the event would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.