Flood damage restoration service – Stewarts Point

Building owners in Stewarts Point experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that require the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

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

There are really important reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person who has the skills and training to evaluate an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could be high 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 that there might be concerned 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 flooding of water.

The class is based on how contaminated the water entering the structure was. Category 1 water is clean, such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

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


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest amount of water absorption , and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with less than 5% of the building materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

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

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction techniques. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

After the water is removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The substance is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

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

In another way, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation phase. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

The object is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster that in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and draws in the water that was taken away by the air movers.

Use heat to assist the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration task. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous Wattages.

Electric heat is also able to be shut off or reduced during the process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require less water They are popular in restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas with these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of electricity.


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

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

Apart from removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can occur from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and cause it to be difficult and expensive. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as soon as possible.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best state after having spent so much time and money to fix it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first issues to address is whether the affected area needs to be replaced. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned once it is dry and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was serious. In some instances, the only way to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. If it is it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to find out whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better idea of just how bad the water damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. If your carpet is damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

The main factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the work is done you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. The wood will become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following the water or flood event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage could affect the foundation of a home. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can lead to many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundations of a structure or home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. The roof’s leaks could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be defective, it could result in the structure of your home. Your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

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

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs will vary depending on the square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, poor 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 damage to your property results from a flood, the event will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.