Flooding damage repair – Valley Ford

Homeowners in Valley Ford get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or residence by way of a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Other times, it’s more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions located on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they require the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

There are really important reasons that water damage professionals must adhere to these guidelines. There are certain situations that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason to raise concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the degree of invasion of water.

The class has to do with how contaminated the water that entered the structure is. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort if contacted or consumed. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be extremely polluted. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination from toilet backflows following the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when the water comes into contact about five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

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

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and the masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than airmovers. The faster the structure dries, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety techniques. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it is moistened. The material becomes damp or wet due to this.

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

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is called the process of evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times faster than in natural conditions, where no air mover is used.

Airflows with high velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the water drawn out by the airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

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

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks which require the use of multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many wattages.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer to get hot, which requires longer drying time. process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in their place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in a damp building which has been badly affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to removing water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also remove up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded, then refinished after these repairs have been made.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home this can be a stressful and costly experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. The first step is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after it has dried, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to eliminate the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. If it is, then you will likely need to replace both your carpet and padding.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to find out whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. Professionals can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. Be aware that some methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence whether the carpet or padding need to be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after a flood. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage determines the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage could be as easy as taking out the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

The water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and shrink. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water remains for a long period of time, there can be an abundance of rot within the wood, which could make it break easily.


To avoid this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their property immediately after the water or flood event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues promptly to avoid structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues dependent on the way it is addressed. It could cause serious structural damage if not addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden 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. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s important to call an expert to prevent the water from damaging the structure.

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

As soon as you notice damaged water pipes, shut off the water supply.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of broken windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.