Flooding damage repair – Oakville

Property owners in Oakville experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be located on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be managed in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge and skills of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they pose.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals should follow these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where 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, take samples, run lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s residents are in danger or are concerned about contamination.

Water destruction caused through categories and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The class is based on how contaminated the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 is water that is clean, such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness if contacted or consumed. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or any other hazardous substances. This could be due to sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has entered your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This happens when water comes into contact with less than 5% building substances which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete or masonry.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and bricks and mortar. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main methods of removing water from a building. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction techniques. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water has been removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. The material is then damp or wet as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

In another way it is does not absorb any more water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

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

Airflows that are high-velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. 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 heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. This means you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very little water Electric heaters are used for restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They can also be used to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in the same place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying area warm even without an electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be completed starting from the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and repaired. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you have been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house, it can be a stressful and costly experience. Even if the water has been eliminated from the area right away, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in the best state after having spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be cleaned and used once it is dry and this will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive It is likely that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to get rid of the stains. Another factor that could cause you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or re-usable. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying techniques can further damage it.

Some of the considerations that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

  • What percentage of water did you get on your carpet?
  • What was the duration of water on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

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

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, this can affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after the flood. Once the work is done you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin, severe damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood if it is moistened by water. The wood may become brittle if it is left to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s treated. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. Your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repairs for water damage – which can bring with it structural damages.

Turn off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the price of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

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

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

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

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.