Water damage restoration service – Pullman

Homeowners in Pullman experience burst pipe damage regularly. 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.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is more subtle or unreported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place so call a Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is a mistake. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. There are certain situations that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination take samples, perform laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s occupants are at risk or have concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class, based on the severity of the flood.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 water is clean such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water comes in contact with around 5% or less with building materials which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

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

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and where other materials that don’t absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water is stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. The removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than just making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

Once all water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In this way the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation phase. They generate a large air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular fan in your home.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times faster than in the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

A key component in any water damage restoration work is heating. To dry out materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. They can be found in various wattages, allowing you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects since they emit virtually no emissions and use only a small amount of water. The only issue is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers are able to heat quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm, even without an electrical power source.


To dry buildings and houses that are damaged due to water damage, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water in a damp building that is severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have 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. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as quickly as possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home to original state, it could be devastating to find that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

This is why it is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as soon as possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned once it is dry and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpet if the damage from water was extensive. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to remove the stain. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. It’s time to change your carpet and padding in the event of this.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet might have dried quickly however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it is not dried too.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The degree of damage determines the kind and method of drywall repair. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to eliminate. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood when it has been moistened by water. The wood will be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues dependent on the way it is handled. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundations of a building or house.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof may result in mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be defective, it could cause structural damage to your house. If you do not have HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you have determined that there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired, shut off the supply of water.

What is the cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages due to negligence.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear on a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the damage to your property results from flooding, the incident is not covered under a homeowners policy. A flood policy is required. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen because of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.