Flood damage restoration service – Eckley

Property owners in Eckley experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water enters a building or residence by way of a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. Sometimes, the damage is more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required total structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to deal with water damage with DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be controlled by following established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a professional who has the training to assess the condition of a place, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health consequences, or the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants or any other reason to raise concern over contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


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

The class has to do with how dirty the water entering the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines and 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 could be due to toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from streams and rivers. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of water and absorption. It is the case the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% the building materials that absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials, such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 means that water is stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the better. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The material gets wet or damp as a result.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

In the evaporation stage, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter that completely covers the surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions where no air mover was used.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration task. To dry out materials damaged by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. They can be found in various energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

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

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use only a small amount of water. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electrical source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water in a damp structure that has been severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove 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 Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have an incident of flooding in your home, it can be a stressful and costly experience. Even if the water has been taken away from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your home is not in the best state after having spent so much time and money to fix it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of the damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to eliminate the stains. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong odor. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to find out whether the flooring can be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional service will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet should be replaced or salvaged. Be aware that some methods employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet need to be replaced.

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

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried as well.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following an event of flooding. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing an area of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

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

Mold spores can be found in water damaged drywall that is hard to get rid of. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine how large and where the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood to expand and expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened by water. The wood can become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a home. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues depending on how it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. Leaks in the roof may cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be deadly. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your home. If you do not have HVAC, you are opening the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

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

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, creating extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

If you spot damaged water pipes close off the supply of water.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

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

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage caused by flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.