West Village

Water damage remediation – West Village

Homeowners in West Village suffer water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

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

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY methods that can be discovered on the internet. This is inadvisable. The management of water damage is according to the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. There are situations that warrant our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the extent of the flooding of water.

The class has to do with how contaminated the water that entered the structure was. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. This can include sources which might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or any other dangerous substances. This usually means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. This is when the water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials, such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

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

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main methods to remove water from a building. The removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than just making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The material becomes damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous form. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. Once saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the surface of the object 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% more air than a fan, or even a regular fan used in the home.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity dry the surface and absorbs moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Use heat to assist the drying process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many wattages.

You can also turn down the electric heating when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the power of one heater and increase its power.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water Electric heaters are used in restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. They can generate radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need for an electric source.


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

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

In addition to extracting water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also eliminate up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded, then repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you have been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you will have to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after you have spent lots of time and money to repair it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the first things to address is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was extensive. There are times when you have to change your flooring to remove the stains. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to find out whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or salvageable. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

The main factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

  • What was the percentage of water you find on your carpet?
  • How long did the water remain on the carpet?
  • What was the origin of the water?

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

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it is not dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after an event of flooding. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

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

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be easily removed. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, it could cause an abundance of rot on the wood that can make it break easily.


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

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

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

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Damage to your roof can be caused by electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly after a flood or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your home. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

If you have pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is essential to contact an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is an event that could bring with it structural damages.

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

What’s the cost for the restoration of water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following pricing breakdown is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Category 1 clean water: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/sq. ft.
  • Category 3 blackwater: $7/square. ft.

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can provide for the repair or replacement of broken 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 degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of a flood, the event will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.