Water damage remediation – Cerro

Homeowners in Cerro get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or residence by way of a flood, storm or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required complete structural replacement, that is to say, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they require the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can present.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts should adhere to these guidelines. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is professional with the training to assess the condition of a place take samples, perform laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s occupants are in danger or there is concern about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified according to category and class, based on the severity of the flood.

The water that enters the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 water comes from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. This can include sources which might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be extremely contaminated. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other dangerous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. The water could be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. This system is basically an outline of how saturated a building or residence is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction materials which absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 5 to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

The 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 do you dry a water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods to remove water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage professionals use a variety methods. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water has been removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. In the process, the material gets dampened or wet.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

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

In another way, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow across the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than in the natural environment where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn away by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration project is heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs that require several different heat sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many wattages.

Electric heat can also be able to be turned down or off when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of a heater while increasing it’s wattage.

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

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing low emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electrical source.


To dry houses and buildings which have suffered damage due to flooding, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be done by removing the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s an opportunity that you’ll have to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent lots of time and money to fix it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the severity of the damage as soon as possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after it has dried, and this cleaning can help to eliminate the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some instances the only option to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. You will need to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company can aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. We can determine if your carpet needs to be replaced or saved. Keep in mind that some methods employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

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

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet may have dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the cleaning is complete, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then putting it back.

The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be easily removed. Most of the time the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine how large and where the moisture has become. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is easier to break wood when it has been moistened by water. If the water remains for a long period of time, there could be an extensive amount of rot in the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of problems depending on how it’s treated. It could cause serious structural damage if not taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a structure or house.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and can have significant disadvantages. A leak in the roof can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues that can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

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

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, causing severe damage and requiring repair of water damage. This is a process that can result in structural damage.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear to a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

If the water damage resulted from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur due to flooding, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.