Water damage restoration service – Meadow Oaks

Building owners in Meadow Oaks suffer water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced 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 gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies 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 In Place – So Call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions found online. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can present.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of the project’s damages.

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an expert who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s occupants are at risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types according to the extent of the water infiltration is.

The class has to do with how polluted the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water comes from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. It could include sources that are not usually considered to be an issue, like the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the building or home.

The lowest degree of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% of building substances which absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete, or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water is trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts employ an array of extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as is removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

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

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create a strong airflow across the surface of the object, which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than in natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been drawn away by the air movement.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration task. We make use of a variety heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. They are available in several different wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also reduce or off electric heat while the job is being done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy you can alter the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very less water They are popular in restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly and generating minimal emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

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


To dry houses and buildings that are damaged due to water damage, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water from an un-dry structure that is severely affected 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 this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home this can be a stressful and costly experience. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in top condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to repair it.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage as soon as possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after it has dried and the cleaning process can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe It is likely that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a persistent and strong smell. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before you decide whether to replace it. Professionals can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We will be able to assess whether your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

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

Do your carpets need to be dried or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding under it is not dried too.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the company completes their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage may be as simple as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

The other side is that significant damage may require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water can also cause structural damage as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened by water. The wood can get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


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

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is handled. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a house or house.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues, which can lead to an electric fire. There are many reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by a homeowners policy. A flood policy is required. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen because of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water such as lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.