Homeowners in Rosemont suffer 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.
The most common cause of water damage is when water seeps into a building or home via a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.
It’s more complex than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.
Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional
Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions located on the internet. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that call on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the need for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can present.
Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.
These guidelines are essential for professionals dealing with water damage. There are instances that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate the condition of a place and take samples, conduct lab tests, then give us advice on the type of water damage.
This is particularly important in situations where the occupants of the building could be high risk, there are a chance of adverse health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concern over contamination.
Restoration of water damage projects are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the degree of flood.
The water entering the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source such as a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.
Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.
Water in Category 3 can be classified as extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other hazardous substances. Usually this means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.
The IICRC has also created classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion to 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 water and absorption. It is the case when water comes into contact about 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they don’t soak up and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.
Class 2 signifies that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, or masonry.
The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.
Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.
Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.
Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction methods. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.
After as much water has been removed, any remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.
Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s moistened. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.
The saturation level 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.
The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is called the process of evaporation.
This means that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, the drying process begins.
In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.
An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.
Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.
High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs moisture drawn out by the airflow.
The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration job. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected 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. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many Wattages.
You can also reduce the electric heating while the job is being done, without affecting other heaters. This means you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and lower expenses for energy.
Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very less water Electric heaters are used in restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and take more time for drying.
Hydronic Bioler (TES),: The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.
Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.
When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electric power source.
We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry as well as houses that have suffered water damage.
The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from a damp building which has been badly damaged by water damage every 24 hours.
The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.
It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed by removing the subflooring.
The subflooring must be removed and repaired prior to. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to ensure uniformity.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home, it can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.
After investing time and money in restoring your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the final results leave something to be desired.
In this regard, it is important to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after drying and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.
There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very extensive. In certain instances, the only way to eliminate these stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case then you may require replacement of both your carpet and padding.
Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried 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 how severe the water damage was. We can determine if your carpet needs to be replaced or can be saved. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.
A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:
Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?
If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet can last. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.
A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following an event of flooding. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.
The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as taking out some drywall, cleaning the area, and replacing it.
The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.
There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.
Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened by water. The wood can be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.
This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water-related damage.
Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.
The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not treated quickly.
Roof Water Damage
Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or home.
Leaking roofs are extremely expensive and could have major negatives. Leaks in the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also cause damages to the roof truss.
If you don’t address 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 that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.
Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Without HVAC you’re opening the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of serious health issues.
Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. Once you have determined that there is a leak, it’s important for you to contact a professional to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.
A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.
Turn off the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.
Depending on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses vary. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot
Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?
If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not when the damage was the result of negligence.
Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages from neglect.
If the water damage results from a flood, the event is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.