Water damage restoration service – Calistoga

Property owners 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 water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or residence by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

It’s more complex than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they depend on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they present.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damages on every 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 a person with the knowledge and knowledge to assess a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason for concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified by category and class, based on the severity of the flood.

The class refers to how polluted the water that entered the structure has been. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause illness or discomfort when inhaled or consumed. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents within it. This can be caused by leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from rivers and streams. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has entered your property. This is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or home should be.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water is in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or masonry.

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

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction techniques. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

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

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous form. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides in the evaporation phase. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary fan used in the home.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than in the natural environment, in which no air mover is used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and absorbs the moisture that has been drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

A key component of any restoration work is heat. To dry out materials damaged by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks that require several different heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many Wattages.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy, you can adjust the power of one heater and increase its power.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very used for restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and release very little CO2. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.

When electric heaters cannot be used, hydronic boilers can often be used. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need of an electrical source.


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

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

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be ripped up so repairs can take place from the subflooring upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. After that, the hardwood flooring 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 ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its original state, it could be depressing to discover that the finished results leave something to be desired.

Because of this, it is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to get rid of the stains. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to change your carpet. If it is then you may require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to replace it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll have a better idea of just how bad the water damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after a flood. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The severity of the damage determines the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out an area of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin severe damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, including the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that can’t be easily removed. Most of the time, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine how large and where the humidity has gotten. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. The wood can be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial for building owners and homeowners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues depending on how it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also result in issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be very expensive and could have major drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may cause damages to the roof truss.

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

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is most likely coming from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

If you spot broken pipe water damage stop the supply of water.

What is the price of cleaning up water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged however, it does not cover damage due to negligence.

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

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.