Water damage remediation – Olympus Pointe
Homeowners in Olympus Pointe get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.
When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. Other times, it’s more subtle or unreported.
It is more complicated than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required total structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.
Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call a Professional
A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage with DIY solutions available online. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be managed in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they pose.
The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.
These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. In certain situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination, collect samples, get lab testsand help us determine the kind of water damage.
This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.
Water damage through types and classes
Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.
The water that entered the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.
Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a risk like the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent within it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or toxic substances.
The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. The system basically serves as an outline of how much saturated a structure or residence is.
The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with around five percent or less construction materials that absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.
Class 2 signifies that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5 to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall are made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.
Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling materials are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.
Class 4 means that water is bound in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.
How to dry a water damaged Building or House
Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.
Water damage experts employ an array of extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.
After the water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.
A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s wet. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.
Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.
In the evaporation stage, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.
This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.
In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.
A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular household fan.
The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions in which no air mover was employed.
Airflows that are high-velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the water pulled out by the airflow.
Use heat to assist the drying process
The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration task. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.
Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect to dry jobs that require several different heating sources. This is due to the fact that they are available in several different wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.
You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater while the job is being completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your energy costs.
Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and require very little water. They require longer to heat up and require more time to dry.
Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing very little emissions. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.
Hydronic boilers are different 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 a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.
Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electrical power source.
To dry buildings and houses that have been damaged by flooding, we employ Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.
The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure which has been badly affected by water damage every 24 hours.
Apart from removing water from the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also remove up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.
Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage
Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur starting from the subflooring up.
The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.
Carpets are vulnerable to water damage
If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as is possible.
After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be a shock to discover that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.
In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things to address is whether the affected area should be replaced. There is a way to clean the carpet and then use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.
Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event
There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was serious. In some cases the only solution to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. If this is the case then you may require replacement of both the padding and carpet.
The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether your floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of just how bad the water damage was. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or saved. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.
Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.
- What was the percentage of water you find on your carpet?
- How long did the water stay on the carpet?
- What was the source of water?
Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?
If the padding under your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it is not dried as well.
A professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after a flood. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.
Drywall damaged by water
The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing a section of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.
The other side is that serious damage could need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.
Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.
Water can also cause structural damage as it causes the material to expand or shrink. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there can be a significant amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.
This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following an event like a flood or damages caused by water.
Water Damage in the Foundation
There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.
The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues depending on how it is handled. If the problem isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.
Roof Water Damage
Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundations of a house or home.
Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. A leak in the roof can cause mildew and mold to develop, which could cause death. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.
Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.
HVAC Water Damage
If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely cause the structure of your house. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can occur and cause a variety of health issues that are very serious.
Pipe water damage
Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s essential to contact a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.
Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.
When you see water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.
What’s the price to repair water damage?
Water damage restoration cost per square foot
Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:
- Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. ft.
- Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. ft.
- Category 3 black water: $7/sq. feet.
Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?
If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not if the damage is a result of negligence.
Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear on a surface or object due to exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.
If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.
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