Flooding damage repair – Sycamore Square

Property owners in Sycamore Square suffer flood 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.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to enter a house or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair, such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not advisable. The management of water damage is according to established guidelines. These guidelines call for the expertise and equipment of experts. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

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

There are many reasons that water damage professionals need to adhere to these guidelines. There are situations that warrant us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the health of a building, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categorizes and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The category is based on how polluted the water entering the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents within it. Most often, this is due to contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the building exterior. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water is in contact with approximately 5percent or less of building materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

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

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water is trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and the masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more efficient than air movers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction methods. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water is removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s wet. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

The saturation level is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold the moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is known as the process of evaporation.

In other words it is no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once saturation is attained the drying process commences.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than in normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration job. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their many Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills, you can adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and require more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing minimal emissions. They can be run on 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 makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They can also be used to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in their place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electrical source.


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

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

Apart from removing water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs are completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in the best condition after you have spent so much time and money to repair it.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as soon as possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used once it is dry and this will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, the only way to remove these stains is to change the flooring. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If it is then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide to change it. A professional company can assist you in determining how severe the damages were. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or re-usable. If your carpet is already damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth is still possible in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. After the job is completed you’ll be able to take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, severe damage could require a complete wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an abundance of rot on the wood, which could make it break easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a home. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is addressed. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls or foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could result in the growth of mold, which can prove fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues which could lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with promptly following a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in the structure of your home. Your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is a process that can bring with it structural damages.

If you spot broken pipe water damage, shut off the water supply.

What is the price of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs will vary depending on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is sudden and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear on the surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can happen due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.