Water damage remediation – Hilltop Bayview

Building owners in Hilltop Bayview suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to enter a house or structure, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior to repair water damage. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available Contact for a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions located on the internet. This is a mistake. 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 required to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of each project’s damage.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and experience to analyze the condition of a place, take samples, run lab tests and give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason for concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the building was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


It is also possible to 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 home or building.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is where the water comes in contact with about 5% or less with building materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a structure. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The object is then damp or wet as a result.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous one. This is referred to as evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

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

The object is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than the natural environment where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been drawn away by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration job. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy you can alter the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects because they produce essentially no emissions and require very little water. They take longer to warm up and need more time for drying.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes them perfect for drying tasks that require walls and ceilings to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electricity to power electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the requirement of electricity.


To keep buildings and homes dry that are damaged due to water damage, we make use of low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures which have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water out of the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be completed by removing the subflooring.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home this can be a stressful and costly experience. Even if water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s the possibility that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

After spending time and money restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting if the water damage was very severe. In some instances the only option to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to replace it. Professionals will assist you in determining how severe the damages were. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. If your carpet is already damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet need to be replaced.

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately but the chance of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it has not dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that serious damage could require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood can be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to a number of reasons. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible to avoid further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. A leak in the roof may cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. A leaking roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. There are many reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your home. Without HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, causing extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – a process that can cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

What is the price of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, but not when the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.