Flooding damage repair – Elmira

Building owners in Elmira experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or home via a flood, storm, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

It’s more complex than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions located on the internet. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be controlled according to the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge and skills of professionals. These guidelines can be 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 situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

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

These guidelines are important for professionals dealing with water damage. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination, collect samples, get lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s residents are in danger or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types according to the extent of the water infiltration is.

The water entering the structure was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 water originates from a clean source, such as a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water is characterized by significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent in it. Most often, this is due to contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. This system is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or house is.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of water and absorption. This is where the water comes into contact around 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It is approximately 5 to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or the masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main methods to remove water from a building. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as has been taken away.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s wet. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

The saturation level is known as the point where it is impossible to hold the moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

In the evaporation process, water molecules jump from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

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

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs the moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs that require various heating sources. They are available in several different wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

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

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing low emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be used, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need for an electric source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

In addition to extracting water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be done from the subflooring up.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home is not in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to restore it.

This is why it is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether the damaged area should be replaced. There is a way to clean the carpet and use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe It is likely that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to eliminate the stain. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering scent. If this is the case, then you will likely require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide whether to change it. A professional service will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. We will be able to determine if the carpet should be replaced or saved. Be aware that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly but the chance of mildew growth is still present if the padding under isn’t dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. After the company completes their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. Most of the time, the drywall will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there can be an extensive amount of rot in the wood which can cause it to break easily.


To avoid this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by the effects of moisture on their properties immediately following the water or flood event.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it is important to fix foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues dependent on the way it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural disasters. Along with creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls and foundations of a the building.

Roof leaks can be costly and can have serious drawbacks. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Electrical problems are also common in roof water damage, that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your house or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can cause serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there has been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

When you see broken pipe water damage, shut off the water supply.

What’s the cost for restoring water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, but not when 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 US states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the water damage is the result of a flood, the event will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is mandatory. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding may occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans together with high winds.