Flooding damage repair – Lombard

Property owners in Lombard get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced 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 seeps into a building or residence via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

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

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be managed by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, 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 essential for professionals dealing with water damage. There are situations that warrant us to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and experience to analyze an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the nature of the water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason to raise concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The water that enters the building was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 water comes from a clean source such as a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. This could include water that is not obvious as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other dangerous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion into your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the building or home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This is where the water comes in contact with about five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is the situation where most of the materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and retain water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, or the masonry.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. and where other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which 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


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main methods to remove water from buildings. The elimination of water that is liquid is at about 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible has been taken away.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some water or moisture. The material is then damp or wet as a result.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from a liquid to a gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

High-velocity airflow removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s power.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require less water They are well-liked for restoration projects. However, the only drawback is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process overall.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating because they don’t use 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 less temperature, which makes them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure which has been badly damaged by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

Apart from removing water out of the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also eliminate up to 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damage to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as fast as you can.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best state after having spent so much time and money to repair it.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as you can. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned once it is dry 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. In some instances the only option to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. A professional company will help you determine how serious the damage was. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or saved. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately but the chance of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath it is not dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after a flood. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, severe damage could require a complete wall replacement, including the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is difficult to eliminate. Most of the time the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine the extent to which humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood if it has been moistened with water. The wood may be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can cause a variety of problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t treated quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a building or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. A leak in the roof may cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues which could lead to an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could 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 in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there has been leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing severe damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs will vary depending on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Can Water Damage be covered By 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 may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, however, not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain areas. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.