Water damage remediation – Greenmeadow

Building owners in Greenmeadow get hit with flood damage regularly. 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 home by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

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

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of the damage each project has sustained.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals should adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a person with the knowledge and knowledge to assess an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason for concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class based on the extent of the flood.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 means that the water originates from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. Usually this means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. The water could be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically an outline of the amount of water 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 is where the water comes into contact around five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

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

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much material is being removed.

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

Forced Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some water or moisture. The substance is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. When saturation is attained the drying process starts.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate a large airflow over the entire surface which is directed by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than in natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and draws in the moisture taken away by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration work is heat. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many wattages.

You can also reduce or off electric heat when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater and increase its capacity.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they emit virtually no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. They require longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


We use Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints 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 will also get rid of up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can occur starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and make it expensive and time-consuming. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your house isn’t in top condition after spending so much time and money to repair it.

This is why it is important to assess the severity of the damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after drying, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering scent. It’s time to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. We can determine if your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is already in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

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

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew may still be present in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after the flood. When the firm has finished their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing the drywall section cleaning it, then replacing it.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be removed easily. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to pinpoint areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood will become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their property immediately after the water or flood event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to fix foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can lead to many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

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

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof may result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been a leak, it’s important for you to contact a professional to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

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

What is the cost of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup cost will differ based on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental 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, but not when the damage was the result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear of a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage caused by flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.