Flood damage restoration service – Greystone Homes

Property owners in Greystone Homes suffer burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they depend on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they pose.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. In certain situations, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person who has the skills and training to evaluate a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the occupants have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason for concern over 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 water that enters the building was classified according to the degree of contamination. Category 1 water is clean like the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents within it. Most often, this is due to contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% of the building substances which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood, or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. and also where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a building. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The quantity of material to be extracted will influence the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried with high-velocity air movers after the maximum amount of water is taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it is moistened. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. More humid means that the air is closer to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas in the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than the typical household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than in the natural environment, in which no air mover is used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was drawn out by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is heating. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we make use of a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. They can be found in various energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. They take longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in their place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no power available to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need for an electric source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water from a damp structure which has been badly affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be done from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. Then the affected hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and make it costly and difficult to repair. Even if water is taken away from the affected region immediately, there’s an opportunity that you’ll have to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent so much time and money to repair it.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as you can. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether the affected region should be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and then use it after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very extensive. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to get rid of the stain. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. If it is then you may have to replace your padding and carpet.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. A professional company will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Several factors will influence the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

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

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mold growth is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after an event of flooding. Once the work is done, you’ll be able make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may 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. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify the extent to which humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood may be brittle if kept in the water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to address structural damages from the effects of moisture on their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a home. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems dependent on the way it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls and foundations of a the building.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and can have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could cause death. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely cause structural damage to your house. You are putting your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could bring with it structural damages.

Turn off the water supply, and then contact an expert IICRC-certified specialist from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the cost of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

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

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

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy would be necessary. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.