Water damage remediation – Mercuryville

Property owners in Mercuryville suffer flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair, such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines can be found 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 instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

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

There are many reasons that water damage professionals need to follow these guidelines. There are instances that require us to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s occupants are in danger or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the degree of flood.

The category refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. It could include sources that are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent within it. Usually this means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the building exterior. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% construction substances which absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of materials affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they don’t soak up and hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 means that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is called the process of evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation phase high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or an ordinary fan.

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

Airflows with high velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by air movement.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

A key component for any water damage restoration is heating. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. They come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater while the job is being done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the wattage of a heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need for an electrical source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures which have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur starting from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is eliminated from the area right away, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

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

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of the damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used after it has dried and this will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was serious. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to eliminate these stains. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to change your carpet. If it is then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to change it. Professionals will be able to help you determine how serious the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. Keep in mind that some methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

Several factors will influence whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

  • How much water got onto your carpet?
  • How long did the water remain on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

Can your carpets be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after 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 about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out the drywall portion, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin serious damage might necessitate whole reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. The wood can become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


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

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different problems based on how it’s treated. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a building or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can be deadly. The leaks in the roof could also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also common in roof water damage, which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing extensive damage , and may require water damage repair – a process that can result in structural damage.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to repair the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. ft.
  • Category 3 blackwater: $7/sq. ft.

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is unexpected and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

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

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.