Flood damage restoration service – Hillcrest

Building owners in Hillcrest get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water seeps into a building or house through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required complete structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions found online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they depend on the tools and skills of experts. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants, or some other reason that there might be concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are classified into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The classification refers to how contaminated the water that enters the structure was. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. This can include sources which might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances in it. Most often, this is due to contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when the water comes in contact with approximately 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and retain water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It is approximately 5% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete, or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 means that water has become deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and the masonry. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or House


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage professionals use a variety methods. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as is taken away.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

In the evaporation stage, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

In another way it is does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on both sides during the evaporation phase. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times faster than normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

Airflows that are high-velocity dry the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. This is because they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also reduce or off electric heat when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the power of another one to improve efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration jobs since they emit virtually no emissions and use very little water. They require longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in their place.

When electric heaters cannot be utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need of electricity.


To dry houses and buildings that have been damaged by flooding, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to removing water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and make it difficult and expensive. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as soon as you can.

After spending time and money to restore your home to its pre-flood condition, it would be a shock to discover that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive there is a chance that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In certain instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If it is, then you will likely have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to determine if the floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or saved. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

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

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the length of time your carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible when the padding beneath is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their work, you will be in a position to make an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The severity of the damage determines the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

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

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the material to expand and contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood can become brittle if it is kept in the water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s crucial for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect a foundation of a house. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a number of different issues depending on how it is addressed. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a building or home.

Leaking roofs are extremely expensive and could have major negatives. A leak in the roof may result in mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults that can cause an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

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

A pipe that bursts can cause serious damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

If you spot broken pipe water damage close off the supply of water.

What is the price of restoring water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

If the damage to your property results from a flood, the event will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is necessary. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams in combination with high winds.