Flooding damage repair – Historic Railroad Square Association

Property owners in Historic Railroad Square Association experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 enter a house or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

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

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be managed according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of experts. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage should adhere to these guidelines. In some situations, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is professional with the training to assess the health of a building, collect samples, get lab tests, and then provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants are in danger or there is concern regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class based on the extent of the flood.

The classification is based on how polluted the water entering the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. This can include sources which may not normally seem like a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered extremely contaminated. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other dangerous substances. This could be due to leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of rivers and streams. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This is basically an indication of how saturated a building or home ought to be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

The porous materials like carpet, insulation and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. and where other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The material is then damp or wet because of this.

The degree of saturation is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation phase the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

In this way the object no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. As soon as saturation is attained the drying process starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan in your home.

The item is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster than natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and absorbs the moisture that has been taken out by the air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks which require the use of several different heat sources. They can be found in various power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also turn down the electric heating as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its power.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water Electric heaters are popular for restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be used, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They are capable of producing radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of moisture from damp structures that have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

Apart from removing water from the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you have experienced a flood in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as soon as you can.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best state after having spent so much time and money to repair it.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the affected area should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and use it after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was extensive. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to remove these stains. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide whether to change it. A professional service can help you determine how serious the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet need to be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing an area of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is much easier to break wood when it has been moistened by water. If the water sits for a lengthy time, there could be an abundance of rot on the wood that can cause it to crack easily.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their properties immediately following a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues promptly to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues in the manner it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also very common after natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a building or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. A leak on the roof may cause mold and mildew to develop, which could 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 the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can 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 exposed to the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of very serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a burst pipe in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – which can cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What’s the price to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages from neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding can happen as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams together with high winds.