Flood damage restoration service – Cobblestone Homeowners Association

Homeowners in Cobblestone Homeowners Association get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 pipe causes water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY methods that can be discovered online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the equipment and expertise of experts. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can present.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage to each project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. There are certain situations that require us to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and training to evaluate the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s residents are at high risk or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the degree of flood.

The classification has to do with how polluted the water that entered the structure was. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

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


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. The system basically serves as an indication of the amount of water a building or house is.

The lowest amount of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water is in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or retain water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the floor, ceiling, and wall are made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, plaster, or masonry.

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

The water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety techniques. Our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as is taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s wet. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

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

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas during the evaporation process. They produce a powerful airflow over the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and draws in the water that was drawn out by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements of any restoration is heating. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require the use of various heating sources. This is because they come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your cost of energy.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration projects since they generate virtually no emissions and use very little water. The only downside is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require longer drying time. process generally.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of electricity.


To dry buildings and houses that are damaged due to water damage, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure that has been severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can be made starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired prior to. The hardwood floors damaged must be replaced or sanded. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded, refinished and polished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. Even if water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you will have to eventually replace the flooring.

It would be devastating to discover that your house is not in the best condition after spending lots of time and money to fix it.

In this regard, it is important to assess the extent of the damage as soon as possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet, then use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to eliminate these stains. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case then you may have to replace your carpet and padding.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. A professional service will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and disinfected?

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, this can affect how long the carpet is clean. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after an event of flooding. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out an area of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, severe damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood when it has been moistened by water. If the water sits for a lengthy time, it could cause an abundance of rot in the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.


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

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues promptly to prevent structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems dependent on the way it is addressed. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you do not address them immediately. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you have determined that there has been an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. Water can enter your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, but not when the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear of the surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.