Flood damage restoration service – Victoria by the Bay

Homeowners in Victoria by the Bay suffer 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.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to enter a house or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage with DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

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

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage should adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a professional who has the training to assess the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason for concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

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

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be considered highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from streams and rivers. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. This system is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or residence is.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% the building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 10% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

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

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The material gets wet or damp due to this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation phase the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

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

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create a strong airflow over the entire surface which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

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

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

Use heat to assist the drying process.

One of the most essential elements of any restoration project is heat. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat is also capable of being shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its power.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require less water, electric heaters are very popular for restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing very little emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in their place.

When electric heaters cannot be used, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they are able to easily keep your drying area warm, even without an 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 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 from the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and expensive experience. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as quickly as is possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the final results leave some things to be desired.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged region should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and then use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe there is a chance that you’ll notice marks on your carpet. In some instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to think of replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong smell. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to determine if the floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional service will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or salvageable. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

A few of the factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew may still be present in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the company completes their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, severe damage could require a complete wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be removed easily. Therefore, in the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a long period of time, there could be an extensive amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following a flood or other water damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different issues based on the way it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if not taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or foundations of a building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can occur and cause a variety of serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s important to call an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is which can cause structural damage.

Shut off 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 damaged water pipes.

What’s the cost for restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs can vary. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Are water damage covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage is the result of flooding, the incident will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding may occur because of storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.