Water damage restoration service – Lowell

Homeowners in Lowell suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 get into a home or building water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is more subtle or unreported.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required a complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

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

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

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

There are really important reasons that water damage professionals need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain circumstances, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and knowledge to assess an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s residents are at risk or there is concern about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The category has to do with how dirty the water entering the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water originates from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 is water that has high levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent in it. This can be caused by toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% of the building materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or the masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous materials like carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water is stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

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 minimum 500 times more efficient than just making do with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. Our tools include subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, any moisture remaining is dried with high-speed airmovers.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The substance gets wet or damp as a result.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is called evaporation.

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary fan used in the home.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times faster than in normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been pulled out by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect to dry jobs that require various heating sources. They can be found in various power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also reduce the electric heating as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills you can alter the wattage of a heater and increase its capacity.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work since they emit virtually no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. They take longer to warm up and need longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the requirement of electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from an un-dry structure which has been badly affected by water damage each 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be done by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. The hardwood floors damaged must be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your house is not in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to repair it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first things to address is whether the damaged region should be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned once it is dry and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some instances the only option to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. If you find this to be the case then you may require replacement of both your carpet and padding.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide whether to replace it. A professional service will be able to help you determine how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or re-usable. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed for drying may harm the carpet further if it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

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

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Although your carpet may have dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage will determine the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out the drywall section, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that serious damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to isolate the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the material to expand and contract. It is much easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a prolonged time, there can be an abundance of rot in the wood that can cause it to break easily.


To avoid this problem, it’s crucial for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property immediately after a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to avoid potential structural damage.

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


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a house or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Without HVAC you’re exposing the inside of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

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

Shut off the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

How much does it cost to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs will vary depending on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage was the result of neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. A flood policy is required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.