Water damage remediation – Grant Hill

Property owners in Grant Hill get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or house by way of a flood, storm, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more complex than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage with DIY solutions found on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they present.

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

There are many reasons that water damage professionals need to follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is someone who has the expertise and knowledge to assess a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s residents are in danger or there is concern about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class based on the extent of the invasion of water.

The classification is based on how polluted the water that entered the structure is. Category 1 water comes from a clean source like a tub or sink or burst water supply.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These sources can be water that isn’t obvious as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. It can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from streams and rivers. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. This is basically an indication of how saturated a building or residence ought to be.

The lowest level of absorption by water and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% the building substances which absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

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 to dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a structure. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure dries, the better. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation process the water molecules leap from a liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides during the evaporation phase. They generate strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

An air mover can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or even a regular fan used in the home.

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

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air mover.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

The most important element for any water damage restoration project is heating. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous wattages.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy you can alter the power of one heater and increase its capacity.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water, electric heaters are very used for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up and generating very little emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in their place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electricity to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need for electricity.


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced extensive water damage within 24 hours.

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

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be done by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. The damaged hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded down and refinished after these repairs have been made.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

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

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after drying, and this cleaning will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage from water was serious. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to remove these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. It’s time to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or salvageable. Be aware that some of the techniques used for drying can also harm the carpet further if it is already in bad condition.

The main factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

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

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately but the chance of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath it is not dried too.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out a section of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and shrink. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood may be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their home immediately following the water or flood incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect the foundation of a home. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it is important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is dealt with. If the problem isn’t addressed promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundations of a building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. Leaks in the roof may cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other unexpected damage.

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. Without HVAC it is opening the interior of your house or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – which can cause structural damage.

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

What is the cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage was the result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of the surface or object because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. 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 flooding, the incident is not covered under a homeowners policy. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can happen as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.