Flooding damage repair – Eldridge

Property owners in Eldridge get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or residence via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying the interior. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage using DIY solutions located online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that call on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts need to adhere to these guidelines. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place take samples, perform laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s inhabitants are in danger or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are classified into two categories, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a threat like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion into your property. The system basically serves as an indication of how much saturated a structure or residence should be.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of the building materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water won’t hold or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. It’s about 5% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

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

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or 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 least 500 times more effective than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

After the water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s moistened. The substance becomes damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

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

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

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

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been taken away by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

The most important element for any water damage restoration is heating. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off during the process, without impacting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its power.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very less water They are used for restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to power electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electric source.


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

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

Apart from removing water from the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. Even if the water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is vital to identify the extent of the damage as fast as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after drying and the cleaning process can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was extensive. In some cases the only option to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong scent. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to find out whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. We will be able to determine if your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

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

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath it is not dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following a flood. Once the work is done you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The degree of damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing a section of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin serious damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the water has grown. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there can be a significant amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their properties immediately following the water or flood event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a house. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s treated. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your home. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to 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 a leak, it is important to call a professional to stop the water from damaging the structure.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, creating extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – a process that can result in structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired, shut off the supply of water.

What is the cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet, water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

If the water damage resulted from an event that is a flood, it is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur because of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.