Water damage remediation – South Kensington

Property owners in South Kensington get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions available online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they create.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must adhere to these guidelines. There are certain situations that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants or any other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The classification is based on how dirty the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 is water that comes from a clean source like a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause illness or discomfort should it be consumed or ingested. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered to be highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. This can be caused by leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from streams and rivers. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. This system is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or house ought to be.

The lowest amount of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5 to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or the masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up the class 3 make up 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 concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a structure. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s moistened. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

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

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. As soon as saturation is reached the drying process starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides during the evaporation process. They produce a powerful airflow across the entire surface that is controlled through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

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

The object is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

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

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

The most important element for any water damage restoration is heat. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we make use of a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs which require the use of several different heating sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be able to be turned down or off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy, you can adjust the wattage of a heater and increase its capacity.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. They require longer to heat up and require more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in their place.

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


We use 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 water from a damp building that has been severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water from the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also eliminate up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made from the subflooring up.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired prior to. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and make it difficult and expensive. Even if the water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s the possibility that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

This is why it is important to assess the severity of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things that must be resolved is whether the affected area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and then use it after drying. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. In some cases, the only way to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to change your carpet. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If your carpet is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

Many factors determine whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

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

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet might be dry, the possibility of mold growth is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried as well.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to 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 based on the extent of the damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing a section of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin significant damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the material to expand and shrink. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood will get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


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

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to prevent structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues dependent on the way it is handled. If the issue isn’t treated quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks can be very expensive and could have major drawbacks. Leaks in the roof may cause mildew and mold to develop, which could cause death. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system, which can 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. Electrical faults are also prevalent when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Without HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s important to call an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

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

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on how much square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

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

Damage from neglect could 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.

If the water damage results from flooding, the incident will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can happen due to flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans together with high winds.