Flood damage restoration service – City Central

Property owners in City Central experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or home by way of a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

It’s more complex than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

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

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. 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 the health of a building take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants, or some other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the severity of the flooding of water.

The water that entered the building was classified based on its level of contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances within it. This usually means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or toxic substances.


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

The lowest level of water absorption and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water comes in contact with approximately five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous materials like carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. and also where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. The elimination of water that is liquid is at about 500 times more efficient than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage professionals use a variety methods. We make use of a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

After as much water is removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s wet. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

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

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the entire surface which is directed through a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

The object is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster than in natural conditions where no air mover was used.

Airflows that are high-velocity dry the surface and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is heat. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. They come in a variety of energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while raising the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very less water They are popular for restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take longer drying time.

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

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

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no power available to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings and houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that is severely 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 as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place from the subflooring upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and costly experience. Even if water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as you can. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and then use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe It is likely that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to remove these stains. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. It’s time to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

Check to see if the floor can be professionally dried before you decide whether to replace it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will be able to determine how severe the water damage was. We will be able to determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed for drying may further damage the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

A variety of factors can determine the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

Do your carpets need to be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after an event of flooding. After the company completes their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the kind and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas 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 with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there could be an abundance of rot in the wood that can cause it to break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it is important to fix foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems dependent on the way it is addressed. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a house or house.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. A leak in the roof can result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. Without HVAC it is exposing the inside of your home or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is which can bring with it structural damages.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is sudden and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage caused by neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that results from exposure, poor maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans together with high winds.