Forest Hills

Flood damage restoration service – Forest Hills

Property owners in Forest Hills get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required total structural replacement, that is to say, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not advisable. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of experts. The guidelines are laid out in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the need for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they pose.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of the project’s damages.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals need to follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person with the knowledge and knowledge to assess the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

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

Water damage through types and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The class has to do with how contaminated the water entering the structure was. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances in it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from streams and rivers. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. The system basically serves as a guideline for the amount of water a building or home should be.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes into contact about 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and retain water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5 to 40% of the total floor, ceiling, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at about 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as has been removed.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it’s moistened. The substance is then damp or wet due to this.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is called evaporation.

In other words the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas in the evaporation phase. They create a strong airflow across the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or a standard fan in your home.

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

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been taken out by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

A key component for any water damage restoration project is heating. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. This is due to the fact that they can be found in various energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of a heater and increase its power.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very less water They are popular for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers heat up quickly and release very little CO2. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly with these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

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


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that has been severely damaged by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired prior to. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been made.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have experienced flooding in your house this can be a costly and stressful experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as is possible.

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

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it after drying. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe It is likely that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. In some instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or salvageable. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in bad condition.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

  • How much water got onto your carpeting?
  • How long was the water on the carpet?
  • What was the source of water?

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might be dry but the chance of mold growth is present if the padding under isn’t dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after an event of flooding. When the firm has finished their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of damage. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing an area of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin serious damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

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


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural problems with their property following flooding or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a home. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it is important to fix foundational problems as quickly as you can to avoid future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different problems depending on how it’s treated. If the damage is not addressed quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a building or house.

Roof leaks can be very expensive and could have major drawbacks. A leak in the roof may result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. A roof that is leaky could harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues that can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your home. You are putting your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve determined there is an issue, it is important for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing severe damage , and may require repairs for water damage – which can result in structural damage.

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

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

  • Category 1: Clean water: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/sq. feet.
  • Category 3 black water: $7/sq. Ft.

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

If the cause was sudden and unintentional homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear to an object or surface because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property results from flooding, the incident would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.