Water damage remediation – Knickerbocker

Property owners in Knickerbocker experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or residence through a storm, flood, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying out 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 a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This is a mistake. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can present.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. There are certain situations that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the nature of the water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could 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 have another reason that there might be 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 water infiltration is.

The water that enters the building was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent in it. Usually this means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has penetrated your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of the building materials that absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

The porous materials like carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

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


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than air movers. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals use a variety techniques. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s moistened. In the process, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

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

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

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation phase. They produce strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or even a regular fan used in the home.

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs moisture pulled out by the airflow.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

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

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. This is due to the fact that they can be found in various power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they generate virtually no emissions and require only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time for drying.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas with these heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes them ideal for drying jobs that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough power available to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm, even without an electrical power source.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from a damp building that is severely affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damage to your home and make it costly and difficult to repair. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as soon as you can.

After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll notice marks on your carpet. In certain instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to change your carpet. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional company can help you determine how serious the damage was. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. Keep in mind that certain methods employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Can your carpets be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly however the risk of mildew development is present if the padding under isn’t dried too.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after the flood. After the job is completed you’ll be able to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The degree of damage will determine the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing a section of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. In the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that help us determine how large and where the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it is moistened by water. The wood will be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this issue, it’s important 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 occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is handled. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundations of a building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

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

Damage to pipes caused by water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

When you see water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the supply of water.

What’s the cost for the restoration of water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can be used to pay for repairs or replacement of windows that have been damaged, but not for damage due to 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 degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage resulted from a flood, the event is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.