Water damage restoration service – Cloverdale

Property owners in Cloverdale suffer 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.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and 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 many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage should adhere to these guidelines. There are certain situations that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and knowledge to assess a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants are in danger or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The water that entered the building was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 means that the water originates from a clean source such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. It could include sources that might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances within it. Most often, this is due to contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the building exterior. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


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

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% of building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, or masonry.

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

Class 4 means that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three ways to get rid of water from a structure. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction techniques. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it’s wet. The substance is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

In other words, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create a strong airflow across the entire surface that is controlled through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or the typical household fan.

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture taken out by the air movers.

Use heat to assist the drying process

Heat is an important component of any restoration project. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous Wattages.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency, and decrease your energy costs.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are popular for restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer to get hot, which requires longer drying time. process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough power available to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in 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 keep buildings dry as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints water from a damp structure that has been severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

Apart from removing water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be removed so that repairs can take place from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. The hardwood floors damaged must be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and make it difficult and expensive. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as fast as possible.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the finished results leave something to be desired.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether the affected region should be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after drying, and this cleaning will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was serious. There are times when you have to change your flooring to eliminate these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong scent. It’s time to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Several factors will influence whether the carpet or padding need to be replaced.

  • What percentage of water did you find on your carpet?
  • How long was the amount of water that sat on the carpet?
  • What was the origin of the water?

Can your carpets be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following a flood. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The degree of damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

On the other hand of the coin severe damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, there can be a significant amount of rot on the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it is important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent future structural damage.

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


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a structure or house.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause 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. There are many reasons to have your roof water damage repaired promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you have determined that there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is a process that can result in structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

  • Category 1: Clean water: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/sq. ft.
  • Category 3 black water: $7/sq. feet.

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is unexpected and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.