Flood damage restoration service – Del Cerro

Homeowners in Del Cerro get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 pipes cause water to seep into a home or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

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

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage with DIY solutions available online. This is a mistake. Water damage can be controlled by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of professionals. 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 present.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. In certain circumstances, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an expert who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct 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 consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants, or some other reason for concerned about contamination.

Water damage according to categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The class is based on how polluted the water that enters the structure was. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. It could include sources that may not normally seem like a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This water may include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. This is where the water is in contact with about 5% or less with construction materials that absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

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

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How do you dry a water damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a structure. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. Some of our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as is taken away.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water it absorbs some water or moisture. As a result, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous one. The process is called evaporation.

In this way it is no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. Once saturation is attained, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on both sides in the evaporation phase. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface which is directed by a filter that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than in natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

Airflows that are high-velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the moisture pulled out by the airflow.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

A key component of any restoration work is heat. To dry out materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks which require the use of several different heat sources. They are available in several different wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat can also be capable of being shut off or reduced when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work since they generate virtually no emissions and require minimal amounts of water. They take longer to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.

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

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electric source.


To dry buildings and houses that are damaged due to water damage, we make use of Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures which have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. The hardwood floors damaged must be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as quickly as possible.

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

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as you can. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after drying and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was serious. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to get rid of the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. If it is, then you will likely require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide whether to replace it. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll have a better idea of how serious the damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. Keep in mind that some methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet even if it’s already in bad condition.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth is still possible if the padding underneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after a flood. Once the cleaning is complete, you’ll be able make an informed decision on the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the nature and way to repair drywall. 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, significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water sits for a long period of time, there could be an extensive amount of rot in the wood, which could make it break easily.


To avoid this issue, it’s important 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.

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s treated. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a building or house.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. Roof leaks can lead to mold growth and can be fatal. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. You are putting your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been leak, it’s crucial to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause serious damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, causing severe damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

If you spot damaged water pipes close off the supply of water.

What is the price of the restoration of water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the damage to your property results from a flood, the event will not be covered under a homeowners policy. A flood policy would be necessary. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to floods, storms, overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.