Water damage remediation – Cunningham

Property owners in Cunningham suffer burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be controlled according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the knowledge and skills of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. 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 help them assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone who has the expertise and knowledge to assess the condition of a place and take samples, conduct lab tests, then give us advice on the nature of the water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants are at high risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The water entering the building was classified based on its level of contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These include sources that are not usually considered to be an issue, like the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. This usually means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic substances in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

The lowest amount of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes in contact with about 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 means that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster, or masonry.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 means that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from a structure. The removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of tools , including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as is taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s moistened. The material is then damp or wet as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation process occurs the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as evaporation.

In other words, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air mover 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 more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times faster than in normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and draws in the water that was pulled away by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

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

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. They are available in several different wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also able to be turned down or off while the job is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can reduce one heater while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency, and decrease your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to remain in the same place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough power available to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures which have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water from the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also remove up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be ripped up so repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. The hardwood floors damaged need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must 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 can be a stressful and costly experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as quickly as you can.

It’s devastating to discover that your house is not in the best state after having spent lots of time and money to repair it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used once it is dry and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe there is a chance that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases the only solution to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering scent. It’s time to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide to repair it or replace it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. Remember that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

A few of the factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

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

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may be dry, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding under it has not dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. After the company completes their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This helps us identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. The wood can get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


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

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s crucial to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s treated. It can cause severe structural damage if not addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a building or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant drawbacks. Roof leaks can lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical faults are also common in roof water damage, which can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. It can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. Once you have determined that there has been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, causing extensive 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 damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damage covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, however, not if the damage is a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear of an object or surface because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can happen because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.