Flooding damage repair – Vichy Springs

Property owners in Vichy Springs suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 home via a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required a complete structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they present.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate an area for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s occupants are at risk or are concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused by types and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The classification is based on how contaminated the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 water is clean like the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause illness or discomfort when inhaled or consumed. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a danger like the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly affected, which means that it may contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances within it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. The water could include heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. This is basically an outline of how saturated a building or house should be.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is when the water is in contact with around 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This is about 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or the masonry.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How to dry a water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

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

Forcible Evaporation

After the water has been removed, any remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it is moistened. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

The level of saturation is known as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

Air mover is able to transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or a standard fan in your home.

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

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

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration project. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the wattage of a heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very little water They are well-liked for restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require walls and ceilings to be left in place.

They are also commonly used when there is no power available to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need for electricity.


We employ Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in a damp structure which has been badly damaged by water damage each 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water out of the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made starting from the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. After these repairs are completed, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as is possible.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your home isn’t in top condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. One of the first things that must be resolved is whether or not the affected area needs to be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned once it is dry, and this cleaning will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was severe. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to change your carpet. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to assess if the floor is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If your carpet is damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the length of time your carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew may still be present when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about 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 is as easy as removing the drywall section then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and shrink. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there can be a significant amount of rot on the wood which can make it break easily.


To avoid this problem, it’s crucial for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a house. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s important to fix foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems dependent on the way it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a building or home.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could result in mold and mildew to grow, which can be deadly. The leaks in the roof could also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical problems are also common in roof water damage, that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. Your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there has been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause devastating damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, causing severe damage and requiring water damage repair – a process that can cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage due to flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding ground and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.