Water damage restoration service – Bennett Valley Homeowners Association

Homeowners in Bennett Valley Homeowners Association get hit with water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call 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 created because of the need for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building take samples, perform lab tests, and then provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health consequences, or the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason for concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified by category and class depending mostly on the degree of flooding of water.

The category has to do with how contaminated the water entering the structure was. The first category is water that originates from a clean source such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness if contacted or consumed. These include sources that might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. The water could be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion into your property. This system is basically a guideline for how much saturated a structure or house should be.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water comes into contact with less than 5% construction substances that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to 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 plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. and where other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from buildings. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of materials to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

After the water is removed, any moisture remaining is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s moistened. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from liquid state to gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In other words it is does not absorb any more moisture from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

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

The object is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than natural conditions where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and draws in the water that was taken away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

A key component of any restoration work is heating. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating while the job is being done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work since they generate virtually no emissions and use very little water. They take longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in the same place.

They are also commonly used when there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need for electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from a damp building that has been severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded, refinished and polished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and make it expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water is removed from the affected area right away, there’s an opportunity that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It would be devastating to find out that your home is not in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some instances the only option to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to determine if the floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional company will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or salvageable. If the carpet you have is already in poor shape, some drying techniques can further damage it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mildew growth is still present if the padding under isn’t dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean following an event of flooding. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The degree of damage will determine the kind and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin, significant damage might necessitate whole reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is difficult to eliminate. Therefore, in the majority of cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and contract. It is much easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, there could be an extensive amount of rot on the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their home immediately following the water or flood event.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause many different problems in the manner it is addressed. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a structure or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold and 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 the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. There are many reasons to have your roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your home. Without HVAC you’re exposing the inside of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s important to call a professional to stop the water from damaging the structure.

A pipe that bursts can cause serious damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is which can bring with it structural damages.

As soon as you notice broken pipe water damage close off the supply of water.

What’s the cost for the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is unexpected and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, but not when the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams when combined with strong winds.