Water damage remediation – Lakes and Birds

Property owners in Lakes and Birds experience burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. Other times, it’s more subtle or unreported.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call a Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage to each project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals need to follow these guidelines. There are instances that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the expertise and experience to analyze an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial when the building’s inhabitants are at risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

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

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. These include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or other dangerous substances. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This water can contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or residence ought to be.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% building substances which absorb water. This is the situation 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. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

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

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling materials are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. and also where other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than air movers. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The object gets wet or damp as a result.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is called evaporation.

In other words it is no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than the typical household fan.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

The most important element of any restoration work is heating. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. They come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also capable of being turned down or off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very used for restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers are able to heat quickly and release very little CO2. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

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


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water from an un-dry structure that is severely damaged by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to removing water from the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and make it costly and difficult to repair. 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.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent many hours and dollars to restore it.

Because of this, it is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after drying and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to get rid of the stain. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to change your carpet. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

Check to see if the floor can be professionally dried before you decide to change it. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or re-usable. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

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

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it can impact how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet might be dry however the risk of mildew development is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following the flood. When the firm has finished their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not 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 easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be removed easily. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This helps us identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it is moistened by water. The wood can get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


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

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect the foundation of a home. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues dependent on the way it is handled. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also very common after natural catastrophes. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks can be costly and can have serious drawbacks. Leaks in the roof can cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be fatal. A leaking roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults that can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you have pipe damage due to water, it will likely be coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.