Flood damage restoration service – Corte Madera

Homeowners in Corte Madera suffer burst pipe damage on a regular basis. 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.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying the interior. 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 and you can call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage with DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is a mistake. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. There are certain situations that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the health of a building, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants are in danger or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused by categorizes and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class based on the degree of flooding of water.

The water that enters the structure was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or any other dangerous substances. It can be caused by leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically an indication of the amount of water a building or residence is.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is where the water comes in contact with about 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of materials to be extracted will influence both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals use a variety techniques. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

After as much water has been removed, any moisture remaining is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s moistened. The object becomes damp or wet as a result.

The level of saturation is known as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is called the process of evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation phase high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the surface of the object that is controlled through a filter system that completely covers the surface 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.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was drawn away by the air movers.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

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

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require the use of several different heating sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills you can alter the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very less water Electric heaters are used for restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in their place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need for an electric source.


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

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

In addition to removing water from the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. Then the affected hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you have experienced an incident of flooding in your home this can be a costly and stressful experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as quickly as possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its pre-flood condition, it would be depressing to discover that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first step is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after it has dried, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive there is a chance that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only solution to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide to replace it. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. We can assess whether your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. Remember that some methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence the decision of whether padding or carpet should be replaced.

Do your carpets get professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after a flood. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of the damage. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing an area of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood will become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial for homeowners and building owners to address structural damages from moisture-related problems with their home immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s important to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak on the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. Leakage in the roof can cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t take action immediately. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues that can cause an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your home. Your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

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 for you to contact a professional to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This could lead to structural damage.

When you see water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What’s the cost for restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damage covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a damaged window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

If the water damage resulted from flooding, the incident will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.