Flood damage restoration service – Diablo Estates

Homeowners in Diablo Estates experience flood 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.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available for your reference. Call for a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions found online. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain circumstances, 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 particularly important when the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or are concerned about contamination.

Water destruction caused according to categories and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class based on the extent of the flood.

The category is based on how contaminated the water that enters the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful agents within it. This could be due to sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from rivers and streams. The water could be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or harmful substances.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. It is the case when water comes into contact around 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as 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 the masonry.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety methods. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible has been taken away.

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it’s wet. The result is that the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

In the evaporation stage the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

In this way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is attained, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than the typical household fan.

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

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

A key component for any water damage restoration is the use of heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require several different heating sources. They can be found in various energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also turn down the electric heating while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the wattage of one heater and increase its wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. They require longer to heat up and require more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: These boilers are able to heat quickly and release very little CO2. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating since they don’t utilize forced air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas with these heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often employed when there isn’t enough power available to power electric heaters. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to water damage, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to extracting water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be made by removing the subflooring.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. 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 a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as soon as possible.

It would be devastating to discover that your home isn’t in top condition after spending lots of time and money to restore it.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as you can. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. It is possible to clean the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was severe. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to eliminate the stain. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. If this is the case, then you will likely need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. A professional service will help you determine how serious the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. If your carpet is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

A variety of factors can determine whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after a flood. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin severe damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the material to expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an abundance of rot on the wood, which could make it break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural problems with their property following an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof can cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. The leaks in the roof could cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

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. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it will likely be coming from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, causing extensive damage , and may require water damage repair – a process that can result in structural damage.

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

What is the cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs can vary based on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement of a broken window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of an object or surface because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy is necessary. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams together with high winds.