Water damage remediation – Marquette

Property owners in Marquette 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.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or home through a storm, flood, or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

It is more complicated than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage with DIY solutions available online. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they present.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals need to follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone who has the expertise and experience to analyze an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s occupants are at risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused through categories and classes


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

The water that enters the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 means that the water originates from a clean source such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

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


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. The system basically serves as an indication of how saturated a building or house should be.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water is in contact with about five percent or less construction materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances affected by water won’t hold or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It is approximately 10% up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it is moistened. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. This process is known as evaporation.

In another way it is no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. As soon as saturation is reached the drying process commences.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow across 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 the amount of air than a fan or an ordinary fan.

Airmovers dry the object around 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture pulled out by the airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

The most important element in any water damage restoration is heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their many power ratings.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water They are used for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas with these heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in their place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electrical source.


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

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

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

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been made.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you’ve experienced flooding in your house, it can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water has been removed from the affected region immediately, there’s an opportunity that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and used after it has dried and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the water damage was very severe. In certain instances, the only way to get rid of the stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. It’s time to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to assess whether your floor can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can determine if the carpet should be replaced or saved. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

A variety of factors can determine the need for padding or carpet need to be replaced.

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

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. After the company completes their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of the damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing the drywall section cleaning it, then replacing it.

The other side is that significant damage may require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a long period of time, it could cause a significant amount of rot in the wood which can cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it is important to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible to avoid further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of issues based on the way it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. As well as creating roof leaks damage can also result in issues with the walls and foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling immediately they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

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

Damage to Pipes from Water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s crucial to get an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Stop the water supply, and then contact an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

What is the price of the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, but not if the damage is a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage from neglect.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding may occur because of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.