Flood damage restoration service – Sherman Heights

Property owners in Sherman Heights experience water 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or home by way of a flood, storm, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available – Call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage to each project.

There are many reasons why water damage experts should adhere to these guidelines. There are instances that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place take samples, perform lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are divided into two categories, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

The category is based on how polluted the water entering the structure has been. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely polluted. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. This is where the water is in contact with around five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is the situation where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and finished/coated wood are just several examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete or masonry.

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. This includes about 40% in class 3. Other materials such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction techniques. We have subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after the maximum amount of water is taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The object gets wet or damp because of this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation phase in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover moves around 10-20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary fan.

The object is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water drawn out by the airflow.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration job. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. They are available in several different energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be capable of being reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy, you can adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use very little water. They take longer to heat up and require more time for drying.

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

Hydronic boilers are different 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 also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired prior to. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have been unfortunate enough to have an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water has been removed from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its original state, it could be a shock to discover that the final results leave something to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This will eliminate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring to get rid of the stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong scent. If it is then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to replace it. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you will have a better idea of how serious the damage was. We will be able to assess whether your carpet should be replaced or saved. Remember that some of the techniques used for drying can also harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

The main factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew may still be present when the padding beneath is not dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed you’ll be able to take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that serious damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood can be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners making immediate changes to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues with their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it is important to fix foundational issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues depending on how it is handled. If the problem isn’t treated promptly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could result in mold and mildew to grow, which can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

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 which can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely cause structural damage to your home. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can occur and cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

If you have pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s important to call a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

If you spot broken pipe water damage close off the water supply.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on the square footage you have. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

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

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the water damage is the result of flooding, the incident would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.