Flooding damage repair – Fulton

Property owners in Fulton experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to get into a home or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call a 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 a bad idea. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the health of a building and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

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

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the severity of the flood.

The water entering the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 water originates from a clean source, such as the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This kind of water could include heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic substances within it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has entered your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest degree of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% of the building substances which absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete or masonry.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals use a variety methods. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been removed.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The object gets wet or damp because of this.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it is impossible to hold the moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the surface of the object, which is directed by a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

Airflows with high velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration project. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. They are available in several different energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also turn down or off electric heat when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very minimal water, electric heaters are very well-liked for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm, even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from a damp structure that has been severely affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be completed by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as you can.

It’s devastating to discover that your home is not in the best condition after spending so much time and money to repair it.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after drying and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage from water was serious. In certain instances, the only way to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong scent. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to assess whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional company will assist you in determining how severe the damages were. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. Remember that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

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

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, serious damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or expand or contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there could be an extensive amount of rot on the wood that can make it break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to address structural damages from moisture-related problems with their home immediately following the water or flood occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage could affect the foundation of a house. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues depending on how it is handled. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. Along with creating roof leaks damage can also cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could cause mold to grow that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical faults are also common in roof water damage, that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely cause the structure of your house. Your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been leak, it’s crucial to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, creating extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – an event that could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

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

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear on an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be mandatory. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.