Corte Madera

Flood damage restoration service – Corte Madera

Building owners in Corte Madera experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions that can be located on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they depend on the equipment and expertise of professionals. 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 in situations involving water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they create.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. There are certain situations that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building, collect samples, get lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categorizes and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class based on the severity of the invasion of water.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean like the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk like the discharge from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful agents in it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. The system basically serves as an outline of the amount of water a building or house should be.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is when the water is in contact with approximately 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

Class 2 means that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the floor, wall and ceiling surfaces are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. and also where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and masonry. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of material to be extracted will influence the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage experts use a variety techniques. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it’s wet. The substance gets wet or damp as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from liquid state to gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create a strong airflow across the entire surface which is directed by a filter that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

The item is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been pulled out by the air movers.

Use heat to assist the drying process

A key component in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks which require the use of various heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many power ratings.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while raising the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are well-liked in restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time to dry process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in the sense 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 can also be used for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying area warm, even without an electric power source.


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

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

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete, the entire floor should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house, it can be a stressful and costly experience. Even if water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in top condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

This is why it is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage as soon as possible. The first step is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after drying and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe It is likely that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stains. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering odor. If it is, then you will likely require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. If you’ve got a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will 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 already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

  • What was the percentage of water you find on your carpet?
  • What was the duration of water on the carpet?
  • Quelle was the source water?

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet may be dry, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding beneath it is not dried too.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean following a flood. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then putting it back.

On the other hand of the coin, severe damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. Therefore, in the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

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


In order to counteract this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to address structural damages from moisture-related problems with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it is important to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible to prevent future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of issues based on the way it’s treated. If the issue isn’t treated quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or the building.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. A roof that is leaky could harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly 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 faulty, this can definitely cause structural damage to your home. Without HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a burst pipe in your home. Once you have determined that there is leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause devastating damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipe water damage.

What is the price of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

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

Can Water Damage be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is unexpected and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage caused by negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is required. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur as a result of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.