Flooding damage repair – Iron Triangle

Property owners in Iron Triangle experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions located on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they pose.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. There are instances that require the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the skills and knowledge to assess the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants, or some other reason for concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The class refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure was. The first category is water that is clean, such as the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances in it. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets and seawater, 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 include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or residence ought to be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% the building substances which absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and retain water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes around 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. The elimination of water that is liquid is at least 500 times more effective than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

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

After the water is removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. In the process, the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation stage the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In another way the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation process. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

High-velocity airflow removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water drawn out by the airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. We employ a variety of heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs which require the use of multiple heat sources. They are available in several different power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater and increase its power.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very less water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electricity to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need of electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water from a damp structure that has been severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water has been taken away from the affected area right away, there’s an opportunity that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s devastating to discover that your house is not in the best state after having spent lots of time and money to fix it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as is possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it after drying. This will eliminate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to eliminate these stains. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If the carpet you have is in poor shape, some drying methods can cause further damage to it.

The main factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

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

On the other hand of the coin severe damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to eliminate. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there could be an abundance of rot in the wood which can make it break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it is important to address foundation problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s treated. If the issue isn’t addressed promptly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundation of a home or building.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. Leakage in the roof can also cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also common in roof water damage, which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. There are many reasons to have your roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can cause the structure of your house. If you do not have HVAC you’re opening the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, the water is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause devastating damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

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 the square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on a surface or object due to exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be necessary. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.