Water damage remediation – Lafayette

Property owners in Lafayette suffer water damage regularly. 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.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or building water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would 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 address water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can create.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. There are situations that warrant the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the skills and experience to analyze an area for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason for concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The water entering the building was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 water originates from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water is characterized by high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic substances in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion into your property. This system basically sets 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 happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It is approximately 10% up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the flooring, walls, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

The water has been absorbed into substances like concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than simply having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s wet. The object becomes damp or wet as a result.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

In other words it is does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create a strong air flow over the surface of the object, which is directed by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster that in the natural environment where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and draws in the water that was pulled out by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration project. We make use of a variety heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks that require the use of multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work since they generate virtually no emissions and require only a small amount of water. However, the only drawback is they take longer to warm up, which means that they require longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing minimal emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

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

Hydronic boilers are often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to power electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electrical source.


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

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

Apart from removing water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of up to 99percent of airborne mold spores in the air by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity flooring, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been made.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home this can be a costly and stressful experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as quickly as you can.

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

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as you can. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the affected region should be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned once it is dry and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to eliminate the stains. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. If this is the case then you may require replacement of both your carpet and padding.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to assess if the floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional service can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Keep in mind that some methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew growth is still present if the padding under it has not dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after a flood. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, serious damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine the extent to which water has grown. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to address structural damages from the effects of moisture on their property immediately after the water or flood occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s crucial to fix foundational issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s treated. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a structure or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof may result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A leaking roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can cause a variety of serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s important to call a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

When you see damaged water pipes, shut off the water supply.

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage due to negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear to the surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy would be mandatory. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.