Water damage remediation – Alliance Redwood

Homeowners in Alliance Redwood experience burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water seeps into a building or residence through a storm, flood or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

It is more complicated than just drying out the interior to fix water damage. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact for a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity for professional standardisation of situations that involve water destruction to buildings and homes and the risks they present.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to follow these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place take samples, perform laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concern over contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


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

The category has to do with how polluted the water entering the structure was. Category 1 means that the water comes from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be extremely polluted. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the building exterior. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or home should be.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with around 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete, or masonry.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise Class 3 are approximately 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes around 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water is stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and masonry. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts use a variety methods. We employ a range of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides in the evaporation phase. They generate strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

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

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and sucks up the water that was pulled out by the air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process

The most important element of any restoration project is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs which require the use of several different heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their many power ratings.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very used for restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need for an electric source.


We use Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

In addition to removing water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also remove up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house this can be a stressful and costly experience. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as quickly as possible.

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

In this regard, it is important to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first step is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used once it is dry and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the water damage was very extensive. In certain instances the only solution to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. We will be able to determine if your carpet should be replaced or saved. Remember that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet need to be replaced.

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

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. When the firm has finished their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the kind and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

The other side is that major damage could require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. If the water sits for a long period of time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot in 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 a flood or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to avoid future structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of problems based on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t treated promptly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof may cause mold and mildew to grow, which can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could harm the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could result in the structure of your home. You are putting your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is crucial to get an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. When your pipes break and water enters your home, creating extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can result in structural damage.

As soon as you notice broken pipe water damage stop the water supply.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on the square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage caused by neglect.

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

If the damage to your property resulted from a flood, the event will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding can occur because of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams in combination with high winds.