Flooding damage repair – Suscol

Homeowners in Suscol get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or home through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This is a mistake. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines call for the expertise and equipment of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

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

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone with the knowledge and knowledge to assess an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, there are a chance of adverse health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concerns about contamination.

Water damage according to categorizes and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The water that entered the structure was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 water comes from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. This can include sources which might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances. This usually means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. The system basically serves as an outline of the amount of water a building or house should be.

The lowest level of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 5 up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling surfaces are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification 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 squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

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

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

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is more close to saturation.

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

In this way, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process

The most important element for any water damage restoration is heating. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. They are available in several different power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat can also be able to be reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very less water They are well-liked for restoration projects. However, the only drawback is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

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

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures that have experienced extensive water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can get rid of the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as is possible.

It’s devastating to find out that your home is not in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to repair it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used once it is dry, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some cases the only option to remove these stains is to change the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to change your carpet. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll 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 can be saved. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

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

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done you’ll be able to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that serious damage could require whole-wall replacement including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood can get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues dependent on the way it is handled. It can lead to serious structural damage if not taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

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

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak on the roof could cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be deadly. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. Water can enter your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a broken window, but not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. A flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.