Water damage restoration service – Gravenstein

Homeowners in Gravenstein experience water 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.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or house through a storm, flood or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call for a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they depend on the equipment and expertise of experts. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they present.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to help them determine the extent and type of each project’s damage.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage should follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants, or some other reason for concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified by category and class depending mostly on the extent of the flood.

The classification has to do with how polluted the water that enters the structure was. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful agents in it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% of the building materials that absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods of removing water from buildings. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as is taken away.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The substance is then damp or wet due to this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation phase in which water molecules are ejected from liquid state to gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides in the evaporation phase. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

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

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Use heat to assist the drying process

A key component in any water damage restoration work is heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced while the job is in process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs since they emit virtually no emissions and use only a small amount of water. However, the only drawback is they take longer to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

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


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring must be removed and repaired prior to. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as fast as you can.

It would be devastating to discover that your house is not in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues to address is whether the damaged region should be replaced. There’s a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe It is likely that you’ll see noticeable stains on your carpeting. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to remove these stains. Another factor that could cause you to think of replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong odor. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. A professional service can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

A variety of factors can determine whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

  • What proportion of water did you see on your carpet?
  • How long did the water stay on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

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

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. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened by water. The wood will be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to prevent structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or building.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be deadly. A roof that is leaky could cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your house or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you have determined that there is an issue, it is important for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is an event that could result in structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs differ. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 blackwater cost: $7/square. Ft.

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on a surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property results from a flood, the event will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.