Water damage restoration service – Antioch

Building owners in Antioch get hit with 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water seeps into a building or home through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage with DIY solutions available on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can present.

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

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. There are instances that require the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional 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 crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason to raise concerned about contamination.

Water destruction caused by categories and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The class is based on how dirty the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

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

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents in it. This usually means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or the masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including about 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

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

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air mover. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction methods. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as possible has been removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it is moistened. The material becomes damp or wet due to this.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold the moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation process occurs the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. This is called the process of evaporation.

In other words it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over 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 a fan, or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions, where no air mover is used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been taken away by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration task. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater while the job is being completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while raising the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs since they emit virtually no emissions and require minimal amounts of water. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in 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 out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in the same place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures that have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made by removing the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete, the entire floor should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and make it difficult and expensive. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as soon as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the finished results leave something to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can alleviate any concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very severe. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to remove the stains. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to change your carpet. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to find out if the floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

Several factors will influence the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly but the chance of mildew development is present if the padding beneath it is not dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following the flood. Once the work is done, you’ll be able take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. 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 properties immediately following a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues in the manner it is dealt with. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or the building.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow that could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. You are putting your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s crucial to get an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing severe damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can bring with it structural damages.

As soon as you notice damaged water pipes, shut off the water supply.

How much does it cost to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. 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 can be described as damage to a surface or object that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.