Flooding damage repair – Castro Heights

Building owners in Castro Heights get hit with flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure water damage is more often than not. Sometimes the damage is visible 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, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required complete structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they depend on the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a professional who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there are a chance of adverse health consequences, or the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the severity of the flooding of water.

The water that enters the structure was classified based on its contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 is water that has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. These sources can be water that isn’t obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the spills 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 in toilet traps, and floods of water from streams and rivers. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


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

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of water and absorption. This is where the water is in contact with approximately five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water won’t hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the total floor, ceiling, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster or masonry.

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

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

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals use a variety methods. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water has been removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it is moistened. The material becomes damp or wet due to this.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous one. This is referred to as evaporation.

In other words the object does not absorb any more water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once saturation has been reached the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on both sides in the evaporation phase. They create a strong air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

Air mover is able to move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or even a regular household fan.

The object is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster than natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and draws in the moisture taken away by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

A key component in any water damage restoration work is the use of heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect to dry jobs that require various heating sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also able to be shut off or reduced during the process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills, you can adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its power.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration work since they emit virtually no emissions and require minimal amounts of water. The only issue is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

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

They are also commonly used when there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm even without an electric power source.


We employ low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

Apart from removing water out of the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. The hardwood floors damaged must be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete, the entire floor should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

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

After spending time and money restoring your home to original state, it could be depressing to discover that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first step is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet, then use it after drying. This can alleviate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe It is likely that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to get rid of these stains. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to find out if the floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service will be able to help you determine how serious the damages were. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. Remember that certain methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet even if it’s already in bad condition.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, this can affect the length of time 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.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The severity of the damage will determine the kind and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out the drywall section, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that serious damage could require whole-wall replacement including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. Most of the time the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there could be an abundance of rot within the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural issues that affect their property after flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s treated. If the damage is not taken care of quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major drawbacks. Leaks in the roof may cause mildew and mold to grow, which can cause death. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical 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 home. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposing the inside of your business or home to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, causing severe damage , and may require water damage repair – which can bring with it structural damages.

Stop the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on the square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not if the damage was the result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear to an object or surface because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property results from flooding, the incident will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be necessary. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen because of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams in combination with high winds.