Water damage remediation – Alta Vista Homeowners Association

Property owners in Alta Vista Homeowners Association experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water seeps into a building or home by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to repair water damage. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required total structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available – Call for a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions found online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they depend on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water destruction to buildings and homes and the risks they present.

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

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage should follow these guidelines. There are certain situations that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the health of a building take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high risk, there are a chance of adverse health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or any other reason to raise concern over contamination.

Water damage through categories and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the severity of the invasion of water.

The classification is based on how polluted the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. It could include sources that are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is classified as highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or home should be.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. It is the case when water comes into contact about 5percent or less of building materials that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the materials affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, plaster, or masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been taken away.

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

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation phase the water molecules leap from a liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

Airmovers dry the object about 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and absorbs the moisture taken away by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration job. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. They are available in several different power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off during the process, without affecting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater and increase its capacity.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very minimal water They are popular in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly and generating low emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying area warm even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure which has been badly affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be removed so that repairs can take place from the subflooring upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damage to your home and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as fast as possible.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent so much time and money to fix it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether the affected region should be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and this will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong odor. If this is the case then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. A professional company will be able to help you determine how serious the damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If the carpet you have is already in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

Many factors determine whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

The carpet’s capacity to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of the damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing the drywall section then cleaning it and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be easily removed. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine how large and where the moisture has become. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot in the wood which can cause it to break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their properties immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to avoid further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s treated. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. Along with creating roof leaks damage can cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow that could be fatal. The leaks in the roof could also cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC it is exposing the inside of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can occur and cause a variety of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve determined there’s been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice damaged water pipes stop the supply of water.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup cost will differ based on how many square feet you have. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is caused by exposure, poor maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is necessary. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.