Water damage restoration service – Glen Ellen

Homeowners in Glen Ellen suffer burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY methods that can be found online. This is a mistake. The management of water damage is according to established guidelines. These guidelines demand the knowledge and skills of professionals. 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 necessity for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they pose.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is a person with the knowledge and training to evaluate an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, then give us advice on the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high 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 concerns about contamination.

Water damage by types and classes


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

The water that entered the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean like the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a threat like the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents within it. Most often, this is due to contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when the water is in contact with approximately five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or retain water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete or masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has become deeply stuck in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water is removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The material becomes damp or wet because of this.

The saturation level is known as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is referred to as evaporation.

In another way it is does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation phase high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or a standard household fan.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times more quickly than in the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and sucks up the moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration work is heat. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs which require the use of multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many wattages.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills, you can adjust the power of one heater, while also increasing its power.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects since they generate virtually no emissions and use only a small amount of water. They take longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. They are capable of producing radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric source.


We employ low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate the 99 percent or more 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 occur starting from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and make it expensive and time-consuming. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as fast as you can.

It would be devastating to find out that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending so much time and money to repair it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used once it is dry, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very severe. There are times when you have to change your flooring to remove the stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong odor. You will need to change your carpet and padding in the event of this.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional company will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damages were. We can assess whether your carpet should be replaced or saved. Be aware that certain methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

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

Do your carpets need to be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding under your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may be dry however the risk of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it is not dried as well.

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

Drywall damaged by water

The severity of the damage determines the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage may be as simple as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, including walls studs and 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, drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the material to expand and shrink. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there could be an extensive amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to break easily.


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

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a house. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can cause a variety of problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof may cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. Leakage in the roof can also result in damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and become soft if you don’t deal with them right away. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. You are putting your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Pipe water damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there’s been leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how much square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically appropriate if the damage is sudden and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear on the surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.