Flood damage restoration service – Bolinas

Homeowners in Bolinas get hit with 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 gets into a structure or house via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

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

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be located online. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. In some situations it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and knowledge to assess an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s occupants are in danger or there is concern about contamination.

Water damages caused according to types and classes


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

The class is based on how polluted the water entering the structure was. The first category is water that originates from a clean source, such as a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. This can include sources which may not normally seem like an issue, like the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Category 3 water is grossly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents in it. It can be caused by leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic substances within it.


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

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water is in contact with around five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they don’t soak up and retain water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

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

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

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

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a structure. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than simply having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The faster the structure is dried, the better. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water is removed.

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

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

In the evaporation stage the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. This is known as the process of evaporation.

In this way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration task. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. They come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also reduce or off electric heat while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be used, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm even when there is no electrical power source.


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

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

In addition to removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired prior to. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and make it costly and difficult to repair. Even if water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best condition after you have spent lots of time and money to repair it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first things that must be resolved is whether the affected region should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used 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 water damage has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll notice marks on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to eliminate the stains. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering smell. You will need to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. If your carpet is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

The main factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding under it is not dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after a flood. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, serious damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened by water. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there could be a significant amount of rot within the wood, which could make it break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to take care of structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to a number of reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems in the manner it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a structure or house.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. Once you have determined that there’s been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

Turn off the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

How much does it cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on the square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically appropriate if the damage is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be necessary. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.