Glen Ellen

Flood damage restoration service – Glen Ellen

Building owners in Glen Ellen get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or building water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to fix water damage. 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 In Place so call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions located on the internet. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be managed in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. There are instances that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified according to category and class, based on the degree of flooding of water.

The classification refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be water that isn’t obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


We can also use 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 saturation of the building or home.

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

Class 2 indicates that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 10% to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete or masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes around 40% in class 3. Other materials, such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the better. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. We have subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water is taken away.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. As a result, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

In the evaporation phase in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They produce a powerful air flow over the entire surface that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

Air mover is able to transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry objects around 10 times faster than the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

Airflows that are high-velocity dry the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration job. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many Wattages.

You can also reduce or off electric heat when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy, you can adjust the wattage of a heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they emit virtually zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. The only downside is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas with these heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat they are able to keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


We employ Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings 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 massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be done starting from the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be replaced or sanded. Once these repairs are complete then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

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

It’s a huge shock to discover that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

In this regard, it is important to assess the severity of the damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after drying, and this cleaning can help to eliminate the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was extensive. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to get rid of the stain. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to change your carpet. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to assess if the floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service will be able to help you determine how serious the damages were. We can assess whether your carpet needs to be replaced or can be saved. If your carpet is already in poor shape, some drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

  • What percentage of water did you get on your carpet?
  • How long did the water remain on the carpet?
  • What was the source of water?

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible if the padding underneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after the flood. After the job is completed then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin serious damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which humidity has gotten. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to break easily.


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

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a house. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it’s important to address foundation problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any further structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of problems based on how it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a building or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. A leak on the roof can cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be deadly. Leakage in the roof can cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in the structure of your home. You are putting your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there is leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing severe damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could cause structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the water supply.

What is the price of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on the square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. feet.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. ft.
  • Category 3 blackwater price: $7/sq. feet.

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

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of 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, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding may occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.