Water damage restoration service – Inverness

Homeowners in Inverness get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. 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.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or house via a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation, such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY methods that can be located online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they depend on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to help them assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are important for professionals dealing with water damage. There are situations that warrant us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a person who has the expertise and training to evaluate a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then give us advice on the nature of the 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 have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the extent of the invasion of water.

The water that enters the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause illness or discomfort should it be consumed or ingested. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent within it. This usually means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. The system basically serves as an outline of the amount of water a building or residence ought to be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. It is the case when water is in contact with about 5% or less with construction materials which absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just several examples.

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

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of wall, floor, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. and also where other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods to remove water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure is dried, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The object becomes damp or wet as a result.

The degree of saturation is known as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation phase high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They create a strong air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

The item is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than in natural conditions where there was no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and absorbs the water that was taken out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration project. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs which require the use of various heat sources. This is because they come in a variety of energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also turn down the electric heating as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water They are used for restoration projects. The only downside is they take longer to heat up, requiring longer drying time. process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly with these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in the same place.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no power available to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need for an electrical source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that have been damaged by water damage, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from a damp structure which has been badly damaged by water damage every 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water out of the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing 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 needs to be taken off and repaired before. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be replaced or sanded. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause serious damage to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. Even if water is removed from the affected area right away, there’s still a chance that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the final results leave some things to be desired.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe, it is possible that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In certain instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. Remember that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet even if it’s already in bad condition.

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

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, this can affect how long the carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried quickly, mildew growth may still be present in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then 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.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

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. The wood may become brittle if it is kept in the water for too long.


To avoid this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their properties immediately following a flood or water damage event.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for many reasons. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it is important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a number of different issues in the manner it is addressed. It can cause severe structural damage if not treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a house or home.

Leaking roofs are costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak on the roof could result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe water damage

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating repairs for water damage – an event that could bring with it structural damages.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the supply of water.

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

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

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.