Flooding damage repair – Calistoga

Homeowners in Calistoga get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

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

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they require the tools and skills of experts. The guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

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

There are really important reasons that water damage professionals need to follow these guidelines. In certain situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a person who has the skills and experience to analyze an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

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

Category 2 water contains the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that may not normally seem like a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other dangerous substances. This could be due to sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from streams and rivers. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. The system basically serves as an outline of how much saturated a structure or house ought to be.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% building substances which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5 to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster, or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at about 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water is removed, any moisture remaining is dried with high-speed airmovers.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The object is then damp or wet as a result.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create a strong airflow across the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary fan.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration project. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous power ratings.

You can also turn down the electric heating while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its wattage.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use very little water. The only downside is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating low emissions. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used when there is no electricity to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need of an electrical source.


To dry buildings and houses which have suffered damage due to water damage, we employ Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home it could be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its original state, it could be a shock to discover that the end result leaves some things to be desired.

This is why it is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether the damaged area should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and use it after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only option to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. If it is then you may require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to determine if the floor can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll be able to determine how serious the damage was. We will be able to determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing the drywall section cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin serious damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in water damaged drywall that is hard to get rid of. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened by water. If the water sits for a lengthy time, there could be an abundance of rot within the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues dependent on the way it is handled. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. In addition to the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Leaking roofs are extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. A leak in the roof can cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment becomes inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your house. You are putting your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

If you have pipe water damage, the water will likely be coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s important to call a professional to stop the water from damaging the structure.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing extensive damage and requiring repairs for water damage – a process that can result in structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property is the result of an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be mandatory. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.