Flood damage restoration service – Vintage Oaks Homeowners Association

Building owners in Vintage Oaks Homeowners Association experience flood damage on a regular basis. 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 pipe causes water to get into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. 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, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY methods that can be located online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can create.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person who has the skills and knowledge to assess the condition of a place, take samples, run lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class based on the severity of the invasion of water.

The category is based on how polluted the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 water originates from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water is characterized by significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as extremely contaminated. It may contain pathogenic, toxic, or any other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion into your property. This is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or house should be.

The lowest level of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% building materials which absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 5 up to 40% of the combined floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete, or masonry.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes around 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction methods. We use a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water is removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The substance becomes damp or wet because of this.

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

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous state. This is referred to as evaporation.

In other words the object will no longer absorb additional water from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object, which is directed by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

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

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

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and absorbs the moisture that has been pulled away by the air movers.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

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

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their many power ratings.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while raising the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration work because they produce essentially no emissions and require very little water. They require longer to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up and generating very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electric power source.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

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 through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be ripped up so repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. The hardwood floors damaged must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you have experienced a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water is removed from the affected area right away, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

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

Because of this, it is crucial to determine the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There’s a chance that the carpet can be cleaned and used after it has dried, and this cleaning will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. In some instances, the only way to remove these stains is to change the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong smell. You will need to change your carpet and padding in the event of this.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We will be able to determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that some methods employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence whether the carpet or padding is a good idea to replace it.

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

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly however the risk of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath it is not dried as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing a portion of drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

On the other side of the coin significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the moisture has become. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, it could cause a significant amount of rot in the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


In order to counteract this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to avoid structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

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

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be deadly. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC you’re opening the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there is leak, it’s crucial to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing severe damage and requiring water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

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

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may be used to pay for repairs or replacement of windows that have been damaged, but not for damage due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the damage to your property is the result of a flood, the event is not covered under the homeowners insurance. A flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.