Water damage remediation – Orchard Park

Property owners in Orchard Park experience burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions discovered on the internet. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be controlled by following the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they pose.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals must follow these guidelines. There are instances that require the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the training to assess a site for contamination take samples, perform lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at risk or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The water that enters the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 water is clean like the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances within it. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. This system is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or residence should be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is where the water comes in contact with around 5% or less with construction materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water don’t absorb or hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 5% up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water is bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a building. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We use a variety of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s moistened. The substance is then damp or wet because of this.

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

The evaporation process occurs when water molecules change from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In this way the object no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. As soon as saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the entire surface, that is controlled through a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

The object is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster that in the natural environment where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and absorbs the water that was taken away by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. This is due to the fact that they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be capable of being reduced or turned off while the job is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower energy costs.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very minimal water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to remain in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electricity to run electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the requirement of electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures which have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

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

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and repaired. The hardwood floors damaged must be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as possible.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in top condition after spending lots of time and money to fix it.

This is why it is crucial to determine the severity of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things that must be resolved is whether the affected area should be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used after it has dried and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the water damage was very extensive. In some instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering odor. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to determine whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better idea of how serious the damage was. We can determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If your carpet is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

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

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried quickly, mildew growth may still be present in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The severity of the damage determines the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water sits for a long period of time, there can be an extensive amount of rot in the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water-related damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the problem isn’t treated promptly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a house or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof can cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. Leakage in the roof can also cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you do not deal with them right away. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to get roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. You are putting your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from causing structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing severe damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is an event that could cause structural damage.

As soon as you notice broken pipe water damage close off the supply of water.

How much does it cost to repair the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage is a result of neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

If the damage to your property resulted from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Rather, a flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.