Water damage remediation – El Verano

Homeowners in El Verano experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water gets into a structure or residence by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

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

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or there is concern about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The classification refers to how polluted the water that entered the structure is. Category 1 water originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water is characterized by significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or any other dangerous substances. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as the flooding of streams and rivers. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. The system basically serves as an indication of how saturated a building or residence is.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. It is the case when water is in contact with less than 5% construction substances which absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they don’t soak up and hold in water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

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

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and where other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction techniques. Our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as has been removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it is moistened. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

In another way it is no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10-20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration task. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks that require several different heating sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the power of one heater and increase its power.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration projects because they produce essentially no emissions and require only a small amount of water. They require longer to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing minimal emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the requirement of an electric source.


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

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

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity flooring, all floors should be sanded, then repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and make it costly and difficult to repair. 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.

After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be a shock to discover that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first step is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and the cleaning process can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to eliminate the stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. We can determine if your carpet needs to be replaced or salvaged. Remember that certain methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

The main factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin, significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine the extent to which water has grown. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and shrink. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. If the water remains for a prolonged time, there can be a significant amount of rot in the wood which can make it break easily.


To avoid this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their properties immediately following the water or flood event.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s treated. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth and can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults that can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is crucial to get an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing extensive damage and requiring water damage repair – an event that could bring with it structural damages.

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 damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup cost will differ based on the square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by a homeowners policy. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams in combination with high winds.