Flood damage restoration service – El Toyonal

Property owners in El Toyonal get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to enter a house or structure water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This is a mistake. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the need for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they create.

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

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the health of a building take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The water that enters the structure was classified according to the degree of contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is inhaled or touched. It could include sources that may not normally seem like a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered extremely contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other dangerous substances. This could be due to sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This water can contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of building materials that absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or hold in water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the floor, wall and ceiling surfaces are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. and also where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s wet. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold any more moisture. More humid means that the air is closer to saturation.

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

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

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

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Use heat to assist the drying process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat can also be able to be shut off or reduced during the process, without affecting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills you can alter the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very less water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating very little emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm, even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that has been severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. The damaged hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete, the entire floor should be sanded and refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and can make repairs difficult and expensive. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as soon as you can.

It’s a huge shock to find out that your home is not in the best condition after spending so much time and money to repair it.

It is vital to identify 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 will be cleaned and used once it is dry, and this cleaning can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was severe. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stains. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering scent. You will need to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to repair it or replace it. Professionals will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. Remember that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

Some of the considerations that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew may still be present if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after a flood. When the firm has finished their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The degree of damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing a section of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

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

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. The wood may become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following a flood or other damages caused by water.

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage could affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues promptly to prevent structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause various issues depending on how it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a structure or house.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof may cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be deadly. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s a leak, it is crucial to get an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing severe damage and requiring water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

As soon as you notice damaged water pipes, shut off the water supply.

What is the cost to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, but not when the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage results from a flood, the event would not be covered by a homeowners policy. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.