Flooding damage repair – Ross

Homeowners in Ross get hit with water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 get into a home or building water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. There are certain situations that require the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place, collect samples, get lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or any other reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The class refers to how contaminated the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water originates from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water is characterized by high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. These include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or any other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the building exterior. The water could include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or residence should be.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% building substances that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water do not retain or absorb 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% and 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. The elimination of water that is liquid is at least 500 times more effective than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage experts use a variety techniques. We make use of a variety of tools , including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water has been removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The object gets wet or damp due to this.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any more 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 known as evaporation.

In another way the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on both sides in the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object around 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration job. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. This is because they are available in several different energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also reduce or off electric heat when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very less water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. However, the only drawback is they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and release very little CO2. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electricity to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need of an electrical source.


We employ Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from an un-dry structure that is severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be cut up to ensure repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been taken away from the affected area right away, there’s an opportunity that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the final results leave something to be desired.

Because of this, it is crucial to determine the extent of damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and then use it after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to eliminate these stains. Another factor that could cause you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. If it is, then you will likely require replacement of both the 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. A professional service will help you determine how serious the damages were. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Remember that some methods employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, it can impact the length of time your carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur if the padding underneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following a flood. After the company completes their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing the drywall section cleaning it, then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. Most of the time, the drywall will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify how large and where the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a lengthy time, there can be a significant amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


To avoid this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their property immediately after a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues dependent on the way it is addressed. If the damage is not addressed quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. Roof leaks can result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe water damage, the water is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s essential to contact a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repairs for water damage – which can result in structural damage.

When you see broken pipe water damage stop the water supply.

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage from neglect.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is required. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding may occur because of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.