Flooding damage repair – Salvador

Homeowners in Salvador experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or house via a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage using DIY solutions located on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are included 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 pose.

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

These guidelines are essential for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an individual who has the skills and experience to analyze an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s occupants are at high risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified according to category and class, based on the degree of invasion of water.

The water that enters the structure was classified based on the degree of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or any other dangerous substances. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has entered your property. This system is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or house should be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% construction substances that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water don’t absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the floor, ceiling, and wall are made of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, plaster or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of flooring, walls and ceiling surfaces are porous materials like carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction techniques. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

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

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

This means that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation phase. They generate 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.

The item is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster than in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and draws in the water that was pulled away by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

The most important element in any water damage restoration project is the use of heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very less water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are able to heat quickly and release very little CO2. They are typically run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly with these heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric source.


To dry buildings and houses that have been damaged by water damage, we make use of Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be made starting from the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as fast as you can.

It would be devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first step is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There’s a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to remove the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to change your carpet. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to find out if the floor is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional company will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. Remember that some methods employed for drying may further damage the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

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

Do your carpets need to be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it can impact how long the carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet might have dried quickly however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding under isn’t dried as well.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after an event of flooding. Once the company has completed their work, you will be in a position to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the type and technique of repair. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

The opposite of this is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify damaged areas and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and shrink. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much easier to break. The wood may be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural problems with their property following a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues in the manner it is handled. If the damage is not addressed quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or building.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and can have significant disadvantages. A leak on the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be deadly. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposing the inside of your home or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the supply of water.

What is the price of the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

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

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, but not when the damage is a result of neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy would be mandatory. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur as a result of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.