The Cottages

Flood damage restoration service – The Cottages

Homeowners in The Cottages get hit with burst pipe 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 via a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying out the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available Contact for a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY methods that can be discovered online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that call on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can pose.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals must adhere to these guidelines. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s residents are at risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The water that enters the structure was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered to be highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other hazardous substances. Usually this means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water flowing from the building exterior. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically an outline of how much saturated a structure or house should be.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of the building materials which absorb water. This is usually the case where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold in water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of combined ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has become deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and bricks and mortar. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three ways to get rid of water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as is taken away.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The object becomes damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation stage, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.

This means that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

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

An air mover can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

The item is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster that in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity dry the surface and absorbs the moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

A key component in any water damage restoration work is heating. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs which require the use of several different heat sources. This is because they can be found in various power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also able to be turned down or off when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills you can alter the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration work since they emit virtually no emissions and require minimal amounts of water. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to power electric heaters. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm, even without an electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from a damp building that is severely affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99percent of airborne mold spores in the air by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as soon as you can.

It would be devastating to find out that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending lots of time and money to repair it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as is possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to remove the stains. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to change your carpet. If it is it is likely that you’ll have to replace your padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. A professional company will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or re-usable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

The main factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

  • How much water dripped onto your carpet?
  • How long was the amount of water that sat on the carpet?
  • What was the origin of the water?

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to stay fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might be dry however the risk of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath it has not dried too.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out the drywall section cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, severe damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. Therefore, in the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and shrink. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood will get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their property immediately after the water or flood occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues in the manner it is dealt with. If the damage is not treated promptly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also very common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or home.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults that can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired promptly following a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. Without HVAC, you are opening the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Water damage to pipes

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s essential to contact a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

When you see broken pipe water damage, shut off the supply of water.

How much does it cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

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

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can be used to pay for repairs or replacement of broken windows however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is caused by exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property results from an event that is a flood, it is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.