Water damage remediation – Spanish Flat

Homeowners in Spanish Flat get hit with water damage on a regular basis. 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.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or home through a storm, flood or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying out the interior. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required total structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage with DIY solutions located on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they require the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they present.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of the project’s damages.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. There are instances that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building take samples, perform lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage

Categories

Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The water entering the building was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a threat like the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This could be due to backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from streams and rivers. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.

Classes

The IICRC has also created classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water comes into contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or retain water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

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

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, including about 40% in class 3. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

The water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house

Extracting

Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air mover. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety methods. We make use of a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

Once all water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

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

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

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

In other words the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation is attained the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

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

The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and absorbs the water that was taken away 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 job. We make use of a variety heaters to dry out materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. They can be found in various wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also reduce or off electric heat when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy it is possible to 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 require only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

They are also commonly used when there is no electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even without an electric power source.

Dehumidification

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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can get rid of the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and repaired. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as soon as possible.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the finished results leave something to be desired.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as is possible. One of the first things that must be resolved is whether the damaged region should be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after drying and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to remove these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. If it is, then you will likely have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. We will be able to determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If your carpet is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

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

Are your carpets dry or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried out as well.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the company completes their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out a section of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

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

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that help us determine how large and where the humidity has gotten. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood will become brittle if it is kept in the water for too long.

 

To prevent this problem, it’s crucial for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their properties immediately following an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to avoid future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause many different problems depending on how it is handled. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t treated quickly.

 

Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. In addition to the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold and can be fatal. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical problems are also common in roof water damage, that can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment becomes defective, it could result in structural damage to your house. Without HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from damaging the structure.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is an event that could cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What is the price of restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be required. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding may occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams together with high winds.