Water damage remediation – Selby

Building owners in Selby experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or house via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is more subtle or unreported.

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required total structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage using DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be managed in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they create.

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

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must adhere to these guidelines. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and training to evaluate the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or have another reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The category has to do with how dirty the water that enters the structure has been. The first category is water that originates from a clean source, such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. It could include sources that may not normally seem like an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of streams and rivers. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is where the water comes into contact approximately five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold in water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only 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 ceiling, floor, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

Once all water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it’s wet. The object becomes damp or wet as a result.

The level of saturation is known as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is known as the process of evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation has been reached the drying process commences.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

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

Airflows with high velocity dry the surface and absorbs the moisture that is drawn out by air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration project is heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry out materials that are 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.

Electric heat can also be capable of being turned down or off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are able to heat quickly and emit very little emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they are able to keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures that have experienced massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired prior to. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be replaced or sanded. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded and restored after the repairs have been made.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as possible.

After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the end result leaves something to be desired.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as soon as possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after drying and this can help to eliminate the concerns about mildew growth and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. In some instances the only option to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong scent. You will need to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether your floor is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional company will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. Remember that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

The main factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

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

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur when the padding beneath is not dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that serious damage could require whole-wall replacement including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. Most of the time, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the material to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there could be an abundance of rot in the wood which can make it break easily.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems dependent on the way it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if not treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a structure or house.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant negatives. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Damage to your roof can be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Without HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

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

Stop the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What’s the price to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs vary. The following pricing breakdown is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is sudden and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged, but not for damage caused by neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some regions where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.