Flooding damage repair – Trenton

Building owners in Trenton experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or residence through a storm, flood, or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying the interior. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required total structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be managed by following established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they pose.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to help them determine the extent and type of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are essential for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone who has the expertise and experience to analyze a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then give us advice on the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused by categorizes and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are classified into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the building was classified according to its contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source such as the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort if contacted or consumed. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a risk like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is classified as highly contaminated. It may contain pathogenic, toxic, or other hazardous substances. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the building exterior. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


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

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water comes in contact with about five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of materials affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. and other materials that don’t absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, any moisture remaining is dried with high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s moistened. The object becomes damp or wet as a result.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from liquid state to gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

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

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides during the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

An air mover can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard household fan.

The item is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture drawn away by the air mover.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs that require the use of multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many wattages.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can turn one heater down while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your cost of energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs because they produce essentially zero emissions and consume only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electrical power source.


To dry houses and buildings that are damaged 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 massive water damage in just 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 will also get rid of up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you’ve experienced flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if water is taken away from the affected area right away, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

After spending time and money to restore your home to its pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to change your flooring to get rid of these stains. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong odor. It’s time to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of just how bad the water damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or re-usable. Remember that certain methods employed for drying may further damage the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet need to be replaced.

Are your carpets dry or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, this can affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after the flood. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing a section of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The other side is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood can become brittle if it is kept in the water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it is important to address foundation problems as quickly as you can to avoid future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause many different problems dependent on the way it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a building or home.

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

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues which could lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to get roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the supply of water.

What’s the price to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Is water damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, but not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage due to flooding. A flood policy would be mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.