Water damage remediation – Maine Prairie

Homeowners in Maine Prairie get hit with water damage on a regular basis. 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.

Water damage is more common when water gets into a structure or home by way of a flood, storm, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage using DIY methods that can be located on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they depend on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they create.

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

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals must adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone with the knowledge and training to evaluate a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water damages caused according to types and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class, based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The category refers to how dirty the water entering the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. This can include sources which may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances in it. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. The water could include heavy metals, pesticides or toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of building materials that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, plaster, or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from buildings. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more effective than airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction methods. We use a variety of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible has been removed.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it’s moistened. The material gets wet or damp as a result.

The degree of saturation is described as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from the state of liquid to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In other words, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is attained the drying process commences.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions where no air mover was used.

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

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

The most important element in any water damage restoration work is heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their many Wattages.

You can also reduce or off electric heat as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while raising the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water They are popular for restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and take more time for drying.

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

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

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


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made by removing the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been made.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house it could be a stressful and costly experience. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as possible.

It would be devastating to discover that your home is not in the best state after having spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

This is why it is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as soon as possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after it has dried, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to remove these stains. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case then you may require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to determine whether your floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine how serious the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or repairable. Be aware that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

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

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might be dry, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding beneath it has not dried as well.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. When the firm has finished their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The severity of the damage determines the type and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out a section of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

The other side is that serious damage could need to be repaired completely, including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there could be an abundance of rot within the wood, which could make it break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any further structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s treated. If the damage is not taken care of quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a house or house.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all 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 may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of serious health issues.

Pipe water damage

If you have pipe water damage, the water is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s important to call an expert to prevent the water from damaging the structure.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. Water can enter your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

If you spot damaged water pipes close off the supply of water.

What is the price of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was sudden and unintentional homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of broken windows but not for damages caused by neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative 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. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.