Flood damage restoration service – Walnut Heights

Property owners in Walnut Heights get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 seep into a home or building water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be discovered on the internet. This is a mistake. There are guidelines for dealing water damage that call on the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the need for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they pose.

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

There are really important reasons that water damage professionals should follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building take samples, perform laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the suspected contaminants, or some other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Water destruction caused by categorizes and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The water entering the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 water comes from a clean source such as the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. This could include water that is not obvious as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents within it. This could be due to backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and the flooding of streams and rivers. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or residence should be.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is constructed from low-evaporation substances like plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods of removing water from buildings. The elimination of water that is liquid is at about 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some of the moisture or water. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

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

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. Once saturation is attained the drying process starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides during the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the entire surface which is directed by a filter that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

An air mover can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or even a regular fan used in the home.

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

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

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

A key component in any water damage restoration is heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. This is because they are available in several different energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills you can alter the wattage of one heater and increase its wattage.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration jobs since they generate virtually no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. The only issue is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no power available to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electrical source.


To dry houses and buildings that have been damaged by flooding, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have experienced massive water damage in just 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 the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home, it can be a stressful and costly experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home back to its pre-flood condition, it would be a shock to discover that the finished results leave something to be desired.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after drying and this can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe It is likely that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stain. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. If it is, then you will likely need to replace both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to determine whether the flooring is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company will be able to help you determine how serious the damage was. We can determine if your 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 require replacement are:

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after a flood. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability 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 procedure for repair of drywall differs based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing a portion of drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there could be a significant amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for many reasons. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to prevent structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can cause a variety of problems depending on how it’s treated. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a building or house.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could also cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which can cause an electrical fire. There are many reasons to have your roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. Without HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can occur and cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe water damage, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s crucial to get an expert to prevent the water from damaging the structure.

A burst pipe can cause devastating damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

How much does it cost to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you own. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

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

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that results from exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy would be necessary. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding can happen 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.