Water & Flooding Damage Repair – Clayton

Service - Water damage restoration, Clayton

Critical Control Clayton - Restoration service5161 Keller Ridge Drive, Clayton, CA, 94517, United States(925) 732-5656

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

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or home by way of a flood, storm, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact for a Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not a good idea. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of each project’s damage.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination take samples, perform laboratory tests, and advise us on the category of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s residents are at high risk or there is concern about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified into categories and class, based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The class refers to how dirty the water entering the structure was. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

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

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely contaminated. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful substances. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in 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 level of saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of construction materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This is about 10% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete, or the masonry.

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

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a structure. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

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

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried with high-velocity air movers after the maximum amount of water is taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The material gets wet or damp because of this.

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

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from a liquid to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In another way the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object in two areas in the evaporation phase. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

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

The object is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster that in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity dry the surface and absorbs the moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration work is heating. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs that require the use of various heat sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills you can alter the power of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects because they produce essentially zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. However, the only drawback is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They are typically run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to remain in their place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that have been damaged by water damage, we employ Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures that have experienced severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water from the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired prior to. The affected hardwood floors must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and costly experience. Even if water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s still a chance that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

It would be devastating to find out that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending so much time and money to restore it.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as soon as possible. The first step is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet and then use it after drying. This can alleviate any concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some cases, the only way to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. You will need to change your carpet and padding in the event of this.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you will be able to determine how severe the water damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or re-usable. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the company has completed their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing an area of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that serious damage could require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood can get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for many reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can lead to many different problems based on how it is dealt with. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or the foundation of a home.

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

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults that can cause an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is put in place. Without HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, the water is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there is leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repairs for water damage – an event that could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear on the surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage due to flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some regions. Flooding may occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams together with high winds.