Flood damage restoration service – Victoria by the Bay

Homeowners in Victoria by the Bay experience burst pipe damage on a regular basis. 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.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or residence via a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required a complete structural replacement, that is to say, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available for your reference. Call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions available on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be managed by following the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

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

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. There are situations that warrant our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess a site for contamination, collect samples, get lab testsand advise us on the category of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants or any other reason for concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The water that entered the structure was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water is characterized by significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

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


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest amount of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water is in contact with around five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold in water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5 to 40% of the floor, ceiling, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. and where other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried with high-velocity air movers after the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it’s moistened. In the process, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The level of saturation is described as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous form. This is known as the process of evaporation.

In another way, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides in the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

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

The item is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster that in the natural environment where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture taken away by the air movers.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

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

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their many wattages.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency, and decrease your cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water They are popular in restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: These boilers are able to heat quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas with these heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

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


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure uniformity, all floors should be sanded, then refinished after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home this can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s the possibility that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

It would be devastating to discover that your home is not in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to fix it.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things to address is whether the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after drying and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was extensive. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to remove the stains. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to repair it or replace it. A professional company will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might be dry however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding under it is not dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after the flood. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing the drywall portion, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that can’t be easily removed. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the material to expand and shrink. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, there could be an abundance of rot on the wood that can make it break easily.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues dependent on the way it is addressed. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or building.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. A leak on the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical faults are also common in the case of roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes defective, it could result in structural damage to your house. You are putting your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s important to call an expert to prevent the water from causing structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Are water damage covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement for a broken window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be necessary. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.