Flood damage restoration service – Waldrue Heights

Property owners in Waldrue Heights experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water enters a building or residence through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern methods for water damage restoration typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions discovered on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that require the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

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

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. There are situations that warrant the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s residents are in danger or have concerns regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The category refers to how dirty the water entering the structure is. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a risk like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic or any other harmful agent within it. Usually this means contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the building exterior. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest amount 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 substances which absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is significant 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 wood, concrete or the masonry.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including about 40% in class 3. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

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

How do you dry 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 about 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible has been removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it’s moistened. The object gets wet or damp due to this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

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

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the air. This is called the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas during the evaporation phase. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than an ordinary fan.

Air movers dry objects around 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been drawn out by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

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

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs which require the use of multiple heat sources. This is because they can be found in various power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency, and decrease your cost of energy.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water They are well-liked for restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating minimal emissions. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They can produce radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need of electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and refinished after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. Even if the water is taken away from the affected region immediately, there’s still a chance that you will have to eventually replace the flooring.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to its original state, it could be depressing to discover that the end result leaves something to be desired.

In this regard, it is important to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after it has dried, and this cleaning will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very extensive. In some instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely require replacement of both your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. We can assess whether your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. Remember that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further even if it’s already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly but the chance of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath isn’t dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing an area of drywall then cleaning it and then replacing it.

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

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. Therefore, in the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify where and how extensive the moisture has become. This helps us identify damaged areas and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, there can be an extensive amount of rot on the wood which can make it break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following the water or flood occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for various reasons. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues dependent on the way it is dealt with. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. In addition to the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls or foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your home. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposing the inside of your business or home to all kinds of problems. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it will likely be coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, causing severe damage and requiring repairs for water damage – which can result in structural damage.

Turn off the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

What’s the price to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on a surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.