Water damage remediation – Crescent Park

Building owners in Crescent Park suffer water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or residence by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that, 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, building or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions available online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that depend on the tools and skills of experts. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building and collect samples, conduct lab testsand help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage

Categories

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

The category has to do with how polluted the water that enters the structure was. The first category is water that is clean, such as the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent in it. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of streams and rivers. This water may include heavy metals, pesticides or toxic substances.

Classes

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

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. This is when the water comes in contact with approximately 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5 to 40% of combined floor, wall and ceiling consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes around 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into substances like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House

Extraction

Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than air movers. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it is moistened. As a result, the object becomes damp or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation stage the water molecules leap from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is known as the process of evaporation.

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

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

Air movers dry objects around 10 times more quickly than in natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and sucks up the moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration job. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

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

Electric heat can also be capable of being reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. The only downside is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly and generating minimal emissions. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can often be used. They are capable of producing radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric source.

Dehumidification

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

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

In addition to removing water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away flooring that has been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be done starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. Even if water is eliminated from the area right away, there’s the possibility that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

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

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as you can. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether the affected area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used once it is dry and the cleaning process can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the damage from water was serious. In some instances the only option to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong odor. You will need to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to find out whether your floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine how severe the water damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. Be aware that some methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after an event of flooding. After the company completes their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. It is easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. The wood may be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.

 

To avoid this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the issue isn’t addressed promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.

 

Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a structure or house.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof can cause mildew and mold to grow, which can cause death. Leakage in the roof can cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to get roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s a leak, it is important to call an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Does water damage get insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional, homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that results from exposure, poor maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage due to flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.