Alta Vista Homeowners Association

Flood damage restoration service – Alta Vista Homeowners Association

Homeowners in Alta Vista Homeowners Association suffer flood 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.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or house by way of a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

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

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is a mistake. Water damage can be managed according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. There are certain situations that require the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and experience to analyze an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s residents are at risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused by types and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified according to category and class based on the extent of the invasion of water.

The classification refers to how contaminated the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be water that isn’t obvious as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely polluted. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful substances. This usually means contamination from toilet backflows following the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has entered your property. This system is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or house ought to be.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes in contact with around 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case where most of the items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and also 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 is stuck in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as concrete, wood, and the masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods of removing water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We have subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as is taken away.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it is moistened. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

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

In this way, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. As soon as saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas during the evaporation process. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object, which is directed by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than in the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

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

Use heat to assist the drying process.

A key component for any water damage restoration project is heating. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying tasks that require several different heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous Wattages.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced during the process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Since they produce virtually no emissions and require very little water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers are able to heat quickly and emit very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They are capable of producing radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the requirement of an electric source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures that have experienced severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water from the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also remove up to 99percent of airborne mold spores in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and restored after the repairs are completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and costly experience. Even if water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your house is not in the best state after having spent so much time and money to repair it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after it has dried, and this cleaning 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 is very extensive It is likely that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring to eliminate the stains. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case then you may require replacement of both your carpet and padding.

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 dried and cleaned professionally. A professional service will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that certain methods employed for drying may further damage the carpet when 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.

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

Are your carpets dry or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath isn’t dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after an event of flooding. Once the company has completed their work, you will be in a position to make an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change 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 can be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. The wood may become brittle if it is left to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their property immediately after a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it is important to fix foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can lead to many different problems based on how it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a building or house.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could result in mold and mildew to grow, which can be deadly. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical faults are also common in roof water damage, which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC it is exposing the inside of your house or business to all kinds of problems. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe water damage, the water will likely be coming from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been a leak, it’s important for you to contact a professional to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What is the cost of restoring water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you own. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

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

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage was the result of neglect.

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

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy is mandatory. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.