Water damage remediation – Oak Knoll

Property owners in Oak Knoll suffer burst pipe 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.

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or home through a storm, flood or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

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 that can be found online. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be managed in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can create.

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

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. There are instances that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the training to assess the health of a building and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or there is concern about contamination.

Water destruction caused by types and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class depending mostly on the degree of flood.

The classification is based on how polluted the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 is water that is clean like a tub or sink or burst water supply.

Category 2 involves water that has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause illness or discomfort when inhaled or consumed. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent within it. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from rivers and streams. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


It is also possible to 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 building or home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction materials which absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, including about 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

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, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure is dried, the better. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. The material gets wet or damp because of this.

The degree of saturation is known as the point at which it is impossible to hold the moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. The process is called evaporation.

In other words, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once saturation has been reached the drying process commences.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow over the entire surface which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan or the typical household fan.

The object is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was pulled out by the air movers.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

A key component of any restoration is heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their numerous wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require minimal water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing low emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough power available to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm, even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from a damp building that is severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

Apart from removing water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. The hardwood floors damaged need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity flooring, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and make it costly and difficult to repair. Even if the water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to its pre-flood condition, it would be a shock to discover that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as possible. One of the initial issues to address is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to get rid of these stains. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering odor. If it is, then you will likely require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to find out whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

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

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet might have dried quickly, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it is not dried too.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much easier to break. The wood will be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is dealt with. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a house or house.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues which could lead to an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could result in the structure of your house. Without HVAC, you are exposing the inside of your house or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing severe damages and necessitating water damage repair – a process that can result in structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What’s the price to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear of the surface or object due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is mandatory. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.