Water damage restoration service – Larkmead

Homeowners in Larkmead get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 enters a building or residence by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available for your reference. Call a Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is a bad idea. The management of water damage is by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of experts. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

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

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. There are situations that warrant us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze an area for contamination, take samples, run lab tests and offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial when the building’s residents are at high risk or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The water entering the building was classified according to its contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. This can include sources which might not appear to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. This could be due to leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of streams and rivers. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This system is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or residence is.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% building substances which absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they don’t soak up and hold in water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It is approximately 5% up to 40% of the combined floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or the masonry.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s wet. The object is then damp or wet due to this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

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

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

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

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration job. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off during the process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require walls and ceilings to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no power available to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying area warm without the need of an electric source.


To dry houses and buildings that have been damaged by flooding, we make use of Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from a damp structure which has been badly affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be cut up to ensure repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the end result leaves some things to be desired.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after drying and this can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was extensive. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to remove these stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering odor. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

Check to see if the floor can be professionally dried before you decide whether to repair it or replace it. A professional company will help you determine how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. Remember that certain methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

The main factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

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

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following an event of flooding. After the company completes their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

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

The opposite of this is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

It 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 remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an abundance of rot within the wood, which could make it break easily.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural issues with their property after flooding or other damages caused by water.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s treated. It can lead to serious structural damage if not addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a structure or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. A leak in the roof can result in mold and mildew to grow, which can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could result in the structure of your home. Your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you have determined that there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally 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 broken windows but not for damages caused by neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams when combined with strong winds.