Flooding damage repair – Rutherford

Homeowners in Rutherford suffer flood damage regularly. 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.

Water damage is more common when water gets into a structure or home by way of a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. Other times, it’s more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions discovered on the internet. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the need for professional standards in cases involving water destruction to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess a site for contamination take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s residents are in danger or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The category is based on how polluted the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 water comes from a clean source such as the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 is water that has significant levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. It can be caused by sewage backflows, toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This is basically an indication of the amount of water a building or residence is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% building substances that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete, or the masonry.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main methods of removing water from buildings. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water is removed.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The substance gets wet or damp due to this.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the time when water molecules transition from the state of liquid to a gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

The item is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in the natural environment where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was pulled away by the air mover.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration job. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills you can alter the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. However, the only drawback is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric source.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to flooding, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from an un-dry structure that has been severely damaged by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

Apart from removing water from the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house this can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water has been eliminated from the area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to replace your flooring eventually.

After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the final results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used after it has dried and this will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe It is likely that you’ll notice staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to eliminate these stains. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to change your carpet. It’s time to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to find out whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. We can determine if your carpet needs to be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

  • What proportion of water did you find on your carpet?
  • How long was the water on the carpet?
  • What was the source of water?

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately, the possibility of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath it is not dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following a flood. Once the work is done, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

The other side is that serious damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be removed easily. Most of the time, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the moisture has become. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water sits for a lengthy time, there could be a significant amount of rot on the wood which can 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 with their property after an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues in the manner it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or house.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in structural damage to your home. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – which can bring with it structural damages.

Shut off the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you own. The following pricing breakdown is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Category 1: Clean water: $3.75/sq. feet.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 black water $7/sq. feet.

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

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that results from exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.