Flooding damage repair – Oakville

Building owners in Oakville suffer burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or home via a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

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 solutions that can be found online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the tools and skills of experts. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they pose.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the project’s damages.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. In some situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a person who has the expertise and knowledge to assess an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s occupants are at risk or there is concern about contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class based on the severity of the invasion of water.

The classification has to do with how contaminated the water entering the structure has been. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful substances. Most often, this is due to contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This kind of water could include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when the water is in contact with around five percent or less building materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete, or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. 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 materials like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a structure. 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 dries the more effective. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it is moistened. The substance becomes damp or wet due to this.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

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

In another way the object does not absorb any more water from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is attained the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides in the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful airflow across the entire surface which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary household fan.

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

Airflows that are high-velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration work is the use of heat. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs which require the use of several different heating sources. This is because they can be found in various wattages, allowing you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s power.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very less water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in their place.

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


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

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

Apart from removing water from the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away flooring that has been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and make it difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been removed from the affected region immediately, there’s still a chance that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your home isn’t in top state after having spent so much time and money to fix it.

In this regard, it is important to assess the extent of damages as soon as you can. The first step is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after drying, and this cleaning can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was extensive. In some cases the only solution to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a persistent and strong odor. If it is then you may need to replace both your padding and carpet.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. Professionals will help you determine how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. Remember that some methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

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

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath isn’t dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after an event of flooding. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

The other side is that serious damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the moisture has become. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water can cause structural damage as well, since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there could be a significant amount of rot within the wood that can make it break easily.


To avoid this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to a number of reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues in the manner it is addressed. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls and foundations of a the building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. A roof that is leaky could cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you have determined that there has been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repairs for water damage – which can result in structural damage.

When you see broken pipe water damage stop the water supply.

What’s the cost for restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically appropriate if the damage is sudden and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident is not covered under a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy would be required. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.