Flooding damage repair – South Winds

Building owners in South Winds get hit with flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, 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 through a storm, flood or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be located on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they require the tools and skills 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 standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can create.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals should adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is a person who has the expertise and knowledge to assess the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, are a chance of adverse health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or any other reason for concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused by types and classes


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

The water that entered the structure was classified according to the degree of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances in it. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from streams and rivers. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. The system basically serves as a guideline for how much saturated a structure or residence ought to be.

The lowest degree of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with around 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 means that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction methods. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible is removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it is moistened. The substance gets wet or damp due to this.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold the moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

An air mover can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan used in the home.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration task. We make use of a variety heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs which require the use of multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they emit virtually no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. The only downside is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in the same place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


To dry buildings and houses that are damaged due to water damage, we employ Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from a damp structure which has been badly affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water from the air, like an 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.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be removed so that repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be replaced or sanded. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home, it can be a stressful and expensive experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as soon as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its pre-flood condition, it would be depressing to discover that the final results leave some things to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the first things that must be resolved is whether the damaged region should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe there is a chance that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. In some cases, the only way to get rid of the stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to consider replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering odor. If this is the case, then you will likely need to replace both the padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to find out whether your floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. Remember that some methods used for drying can also further damage the carpet if it is already in bad condition.

Several factors will influence the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Can your carpets be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding beneath it has not dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after an event of flooding. After the company completes their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not 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 removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. The wood can become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their properties immediately following an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues in the manner it is handled. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Along with creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could cause the structure of your home. Without HVAC, you are opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can result in a range of serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you have determined that there has been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

How much does it cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you own. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damage covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.