Flood damage restoration service – Northwood Heights

Homeowners in Northwood Heights get hit with flood 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 via a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair like 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 an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that call on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can create.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. There are certain situations that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination, collect samples, get lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Water damage through categorizes and classes


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

The water that enters the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. Usually this means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion to your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances that are affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces are porous such as 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.

The water has been absorbed into substances like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage experts use a variety techniques. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

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

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

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. The process is called evaporation.

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow across the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and draws in the moisture that has been pulled away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks that require various heat sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off while the job is in process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they emit virtually no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. The only downside is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are able to heat quickly and emit very little emissions. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that is severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired prior to. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity flooring, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been made.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home this can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

After spending time and money restoring your home to original state, it could be devastating to find that the finished results leave something to be desired.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used once it is dry, and this cleaning will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very extensive. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to remove these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to consider replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering odor. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. Keep in mind that some methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

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

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth may still be present in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following an event of flooding. After the company completes their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out the drywall portion, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin serious damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be easily removed. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and shrink. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood may become brittle if it is kept in the water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following an event like a flood or water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a home. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. In addition to the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or building.

Leaking roofs are extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. Leaks in the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be deadly. A leaking roof may also harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to have roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your house. You are putting your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe water damage, the water is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you have determined that there’s been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – a process that can cause structural damage.

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

What’s the cost for the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not when the damage is a result of neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general wear and tear. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is required. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans together with high winds.