Flooding damage repair – Cotati

Building owners in Cotati experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they require the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can pose.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

These guidelines are essential for professionals dealing with water damage. In some situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the health of a building, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and advise us on the category of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or any other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Water destruction caused according to categorizes and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class based on the severity of the flooding of water.

The class refers to how contaminated the water entering the structure was. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 is water that has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic or any other harmful agent within it. This can be caused by toilet trap leaks, and the flooding of streams and rivers. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


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 saturation of the building or home.

The lowest degree of water absorption and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with about 5% or less with building materials which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It’s about 10% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood or masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling surfaces are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. and other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. The amount of stuff to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ an array of extraction techniques. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

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

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

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

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

In another way, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. When saturation is attained, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface that is controlled through a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan used in the home.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than in the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs the water drawn out by the airflow.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration project. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many wattages.

You can also reduce the electric heating when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy you can alter the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its power.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs since they generate virtually no emissions and require only a small amount of water. The only downside is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electrical power source.


We utilize 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 of moisture from damp structures that have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and repaired. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete, the entire floor should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you’ve experienced flooding in your house this can be a stressful and costly experience. Even if the water has been taken away from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It would be devastating to discover that your home is not in the best state after having spent many hours and dollars to restore it.

It is vital to identify the extent of the damage as fast as is possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet and use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the water damage was very extensive. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to eliminate the stain. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to change your carpet. If it is it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to find out if the floor is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or can be salvaged. Be aware that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet need to be replaced.

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

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly however the risk of mildew development is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following an event of flooding. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The severity of the damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that can’t be easily removed. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine how large and where the water has grown. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is much easier to break wood when it has been moistened with water. The wood will get brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their properties immediately following an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a house or house.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, that can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your house. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is crucial to get an expert to stop the water from causing structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

How much does it cost to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how many square feet you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.