Flooding damage repair – Summit Ridge

Homeowners in Summit Ridge suffer burst pipe 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.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place so call a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage with DIY methods that can be found online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

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

These guidelines are essential for professionals who deal with water damage. There are certain situations that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categories and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class, based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The classification has to do with how dirty the water entering the structure is. Category 1 water is clean, such as a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion to your property. This is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or house should be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of water and absorption. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% of construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold in water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 signifies that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the ceiling, floor, and wall are made of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete or the 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, with around 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water is trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as concrete, wood, and bricks and mortar. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction methods. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s moistened. The material is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is called the process of evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on two sides during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular household fan.

The object is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster than in the natural environment where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been taken away by the air movers.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration project. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water They are used for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing low emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas with these heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electrical source.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors so that repairs can be done starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the first things to address is whether the affected region should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after it has dried, and this cleaning can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some cases, the only way to eliminate these stains is to replace the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong odor. If you find this to be the case then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will be able to determine how severe the water damage was. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. If the carpet you have is already in poor shape, some drying techniques can further damage it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets dry and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it is not dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after the flood. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing an area of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. In the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there can be an abundance of rot in the wood which can cause it to break easily.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues promptly to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different problems depending on how it’s dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundations of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, which can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your house. Without HVAC it is exposing the inside of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to 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 fix 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 breakdown of pricing can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

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

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some regions where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams when combined with strong winds.