Flood damage restoration service – The Cottages

Building owners in The Cottages experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

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

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required a complete structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage to each project.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building take samples, perform laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s occupants are in danger or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The classification is based on how contaminated the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. This could include water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be classified as extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


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

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% building substances which absorb water. This is usually the case where most of the materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

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

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous 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 materials such as concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main methods to remove water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

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 with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible has been taken away.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

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

In the evaporation stage, water molecules jump from a liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

In this way it is does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or the typical household fan.

The object is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

High-velocity airflow removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many Wattages.

Electric heat can also be able to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use only a small amount of water. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can be run 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 difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in their place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even without an electric power source.


To dry houses and buildings that are damaged due to water damage, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99percent of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired prior to. The affected hardwood floors must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

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

After investing time and money in restoring your home to original state, it could be devastating to find that the final results leave something to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as is possible. The first step is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet and then use it after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. In certain instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to change your carpet. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

Check to see if the floor can be professionally dried before you decide whether to repair it or replace it. Professionals will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damages were. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

The main factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, this can affect how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following an event of flooding. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of damage. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing an area of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

The water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and 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, it could cause a significant amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


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

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage could affect a foundation of a house. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of issues based on the way it is dealt with. If the damage is not treated promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a structure or home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant disadvantages. A leak in the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you do not deal with them right away. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. Without HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it will likely be coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s crucial to get an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, causing severe damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

What’s the price to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repair and cleanup costs vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage due to flooding. A flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur due to flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.