Water damage restoration service – Diablo Shadows

Homeowners in Diablo Shadows get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. 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.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. With modern professional methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required complete structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they require the tools and skills of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damages on every project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals must adhere to these guidelines. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person with the knowledge and knowledge to assess a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, then give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are classified into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The water entering the building was classified according to the degree of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic or any other dangerous substances. Usually this means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. This is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or residence should be.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water is in contact with about five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the floor, ceiling, and wall are made of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood or the masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or House


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much material is being removed.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous one. This process is known as evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation has been reached the drying process commences.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow across the entire surface which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or a standard household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster than in natural conditions in which no air mover was employed.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs moisture pulled out by the airflow.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

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

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require the use of multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce the cost of energy, you can adjust the power of one heater and increase its wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume only a small amount of water. The only issue is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be used to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in their place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used when there is no electricity to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need for an electrical source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that are damaged due to flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be removed so that repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and refinished after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damage to your home and make it costly and difficult to repair. Even if the water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money restoring your home to original state, it could be a shock to discover that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

This is why it is important to assess the extent of damages as soon as you can. One of the initial issues to address is whether the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be cleaned and used after it has dried and the cleaning process can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring to get rid of the stain. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether the flooring is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or salvageable. If your carpet is in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mildew development is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried out as well.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The degree of damage will determine the type and method of drywall repair. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out an area of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can cause structural damage as well, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there can be an abundance of rot in the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


To avoid this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to take care of structural damage caused by the effects of moisture on their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for various reasons. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to avoid future structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can lead to many different problems depending on how it’s treated. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a house or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be very expensive and could have major drawbacks. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve discovered that there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired, shut off the supply of water.

What is the cost of restoring water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows but not for damages due to negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

If the water damage resulted from an event that is a flood, it is not covered under a homeowners policy. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans together with high winds.