Water damage remediation – Visions at Brentwood

Property owners in Visions at Brentwood get hit with water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions that can be located on the internet. This is a bad idea. The management of water damage is by following the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge and skills of experts. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water destruction to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts should adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze the condition of a place and take samples, conduct lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, are a chance of adverse health effects, the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concerned about contamination.

Water destruction caused through categories and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

The water entering the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source such as an unclean sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. These include sources that are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent within it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This is basically a guideline for how much saturated a structure or home ought to be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This is when the water comes into contact approximately five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the substances affected by water have low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and retain water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished 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 floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction techniques. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

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

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

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. This is known as evaporation.

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. As soon as saturation is attained the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides in the evaporation phase. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

Airflows that are high-velocity dry the surface and absorbs moisture pulled out by the airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

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

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs which require the use of multiple heating sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off during the process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration jobs since they emit virtually zero emissions and consume only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

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


To dry houses and buildings that are damaged due to water damage, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to removing water out of the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away water damaged hardwood floors so that repairs can be done starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you have been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house this can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water is removed from the affected area right away, there’s the possibility that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

This is why it is crucial to determine the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the water damage was very severe. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to eliminate the stain. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. If this is the case then you may need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. A professional service will help you determine how serious the damages were. We can determine if the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. If your carpet is already in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

The main factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

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

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact how long the carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have dried quickly but the chance of mildew development is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after an event of flooding. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing a section of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The other side is that major damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to determine the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and shrink. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, there could be a significant amount of rot in the wood that can make it break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage event.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of promptly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a house or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant negatives. A leak on the roof can cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be deadly. Leaks in the roof may also cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in the structure of your house. Without HVAC, you are exposing the inside of your business or home to all sorts of issues. It can lead to serious health issues.

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 a leak, it is essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause devastating damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing extensive damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is an event that could cause structural damage.

If you spot damaged water pipes, shut off the supply of water.

How much does it cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not if the damage is a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear to an object or surface due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the US-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. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding may occur because of storms, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.