Water damage remediation – Rheem Valley

Homeowners in Rheem Valley 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.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes 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.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place so call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions found online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they call on the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they create.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of each project’s damage.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals must follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the training to assess the health of a building, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason that there might be concern over contamination.

Water damages caused according to categories and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class based on the severity of the flood.

The water entering the building was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 water originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. These include sources that may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be classified as highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. This could be due to leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from streams and rivers. The water could include heavy metals, pesticides or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. It is the case when water is in contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and retain water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It is approximately 10% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has become deeply stuck in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

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

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, the remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s wet. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation phase in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

An air mover can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or even a regular household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and draws in the water that was pulled out by the air mover.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration project. We make use of a variety heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration work because they produce essentially no emissions and use very little water. They take longer to heat up and require more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient at quickly heating up and generating very little emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in their place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electric source.


We use Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

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

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be done starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded, then repaired after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and cause it to be difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been taken away from the affected region immediately, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best state after having spent many hours and dollars to restore it.

It is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as quickly as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. In certain instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong scent. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to replace it. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or salvageable. If your carpet is already damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath it has not dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following the flood. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage determines the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

The opposite of this is that serious damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that can’t be easily removed. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the moisture has become. This helps us 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 contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water sits for a lengthy time, there could be an extensive amount of rot in the wood that can cause it to crack easily.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their home immediately following the water or flood occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also very common after natural catastrophes. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls and foundations of a construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and may have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof may cause mold and mildew to grow, which can be deadly. A leaking roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly, 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 an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. It can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. The water can get into your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the cost for restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Can Water Damage be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

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

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear on an object or surface due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some regions. Flooding may occur as a result of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.