Flood damage restoration service – Alhambra Valley

Homeowners in Alhambra Valley get hit with flood damage regularly. 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 house by way of a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as 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 are available for your reference. Call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage with DIY solutions found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damages on every project.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant us to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine a site for contamination take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Water destruction caused according to categories and classes


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

The water that entered the structure was classified based on the degree of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. This could include water that is not 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 could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. This can be caused by sewage backflows, toilet trap leaks, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% the building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

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

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous materials like carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

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

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it is moistened. The material becomes damp or wet due to this.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the entire surface that is controlled by a filter that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

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

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than in natural conditions, where no air mover is used.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs the moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

A key component of any restoration project is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs which require the use of several different heat sources. This is because they can be found in various energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require less water Electric heaters are used for restoration projects. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time to dry process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

Hydronic boilers are also often used when there is no electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced extensive water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you’ve experienced an incident of flooding in your home it could be a costly and stressful experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as fast as you can.

After spending time and money to restore your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the final results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after it has dried, and this cleaning will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In certain instances, the only way to remove these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering scent. You will need to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or salvageable. Keep in mind that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

A variety of factors can determine the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, this can affect how long the carpet can last. Even though your carpet may be dry however the risk of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath isn’t dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following the flood. Once the work is done you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the type and technique of repair. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out a section of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

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

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to assess the extent of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood will be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their properties immediately following an event like a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for many reasons. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it’s important to address foundation issues as soon as possible to prevent future structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s treated. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. A roof that is leaky could harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. You are putting your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, the water will likely be coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s important to call an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. When your pipes break and water enters your home, causing severe damage and requiring repairs for water damage – which can cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply, and then contact an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not when the damage is a result of neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding may occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams in combination with high winds.