Flooding damage repair – Four Seasons - Sterling

Property owners in Four Seasons - Sterling 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 gets into a structure or house through a storm, flood, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. Other times, it’s more subtle or unreported.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be managed in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they pose.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage to each project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals should adhere to these guidelines. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and experience to analyze an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s occupants are at high risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The classification has to do with how polluted the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 water is clean such as a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the building exterior. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


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

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% building substances which absorb water. This is the situation where most of the items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

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

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

Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main methods to remove water from a building. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

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

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. This is called the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. 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.

An air mover can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan in your home.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and sucks up the moisture pulled away by the air mover.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

The most important element in any water damage restoration work is heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying tasks that require the use of several different heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their many wattages.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills you can alter the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Since they produce virtually no emissions and require very minimal water Electric heaters are popular for restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They are typically run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in the same place.

When electric heaters cannot be utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They can generate radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need for electricity.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and houses that have suffered water damage.

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

In addition to removing water from the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and repaired. The damaged hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause severe damage to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as soon as is possible.

After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its original state, it could be a shock to discover that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

This is why it is important to assess the severity of the damages as soon as you can. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive It is likely that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to get rid of these stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. We will be able to determine if your carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that certain methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

The main factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after a flood. After the company completes their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as taking out some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to isolate 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 more difficult to break. If the water remains for a prolonged time, there could be an abundance of rot on the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for many reasons. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation problems as quickly as you can to avoid further structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues depending on how it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. As well as creating roof leaks damage can also result in issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or the building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant negatives. The roof’s leaks could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults that can cause an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. You are putting your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

What’s the cost for the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. 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 negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages from neglect.

If the damage to your property results from an event that is a flood, it is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.