Flooding damage repair – Galleria

Building owners in Galleria get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call for a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is not advisable. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they pose.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the project’s damages.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination, collect samples, get lab testsand advise us on the category of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or there is concern 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 infiltration of water is.

The class refers to how contaminated the water that entered the structure has been. The first category is water that comes from a clean source, such as the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines or spills from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other dangerous substances. This could be due to leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


The IICRC has also created classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. This system is basically an outline of how saturated a building or house is.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when the water is in contact with about 5percent or less of building materials which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

Class 2 means that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, plaster or masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a structure. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The object becomes damp or wet because of this.

The saturation level is described as the point where it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create a strong airflow across the surface of the object that is controlled through a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions, where no air mover is used.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and draws in the moisture pulled out by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration task. We employ a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. This is due to the fact that they are available in several different wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration projects since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. They take longer to heat up and require more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in the same place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. They can generate radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need of electricity.


To dry houses and buildings which have suffered damage due to water damage, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from a damp building that is severely damaged by water damage every 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired prior to. The affected hardwood floors must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been made.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs difficult and expensive. Even if water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best state after having spent lots of time and money to restore it.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it once dry. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive It is likely that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. In some cases, the only way to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong smell. It’s time to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals can aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

A variety of factors can determine whether the carpet or padding is a good idea to replace it.

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

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following an event of flooding. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out the drywall section then cleaning it and then replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that serious damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

Mold spores can be found in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas of damage and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there could be an abundance of rot on the wood that can cause it to crack easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is dealt with. If the damage is not treated promptly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a house or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage dealt with promptly following a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be defective, it could cause structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup cost will differ based on the square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

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

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage was the result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear of a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the damage to your property resulted from a flood, the event is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.