Water damage remediation – Suscol

Building owners in Suscol suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or home through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior to fix water damage. Modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required complete structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of experts. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

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 water damage professionals. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a professional who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The water entering the building was classified based on its level of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort if contacted or consumed. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a risk like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. It is the case the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% building substances that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, 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’s about 10% up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or the masonry.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than just making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the better. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. We use a variety of tools , including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible has been removed.

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

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In other words it is does not absorb any more moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. When saturation is attained, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

High-velocity airflow removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water pulled out by the airflow.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

The most important element of any restoration project is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off during the process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water They are popular for restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in place.

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


To dry buildings and houses which have suffered damage due to water damage, we make use of low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure that is severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and make it difficult and expensive. Even if the water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is still a chance that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending lots of time and money to repair it.

In this regard, it is important to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether the affected region should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it after drying. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive It is likely that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases the only option to remove these stains is to change the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to change your carpet. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to determine whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. Keep in mind that some methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

  • What percentage of water did you get on your carpet?
  • How long was the water on the carpet?
  • What was the source of water?

Are your carpets dry or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately but the chance of mildew development is present if the padding under it has not dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. After the company completes their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

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

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is much easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, there can be a significant amount of rot in the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any further structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues depending on how it is handled. If the damage is not treated promptly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a building or house.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to decay and soften if you do not address them immediately. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

What’s the cost for restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you own. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Category 1: Clean water: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 blackwater: $7/sq. feet.

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property resulted from a flood, the event will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy would be required. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.