Water damage remediation – Graton

Property owners in Graton suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation, such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions found online. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. There are certain situations that require the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze the condition of a place and take samples, conduct lab tests, then give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial when the building’s inhabitants are at risk or have concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused by categories and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The water that enters the structure was classified based on its contamination. Category 1 water is clean such as a tub or sink or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent within it. This usually means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the building exterior. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. The system basically serves as a guideline for how saturated a building or residence should be.

The lowest level of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of the building materials which absorb water. This is the situation where most of the substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and retain water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of the combined floor, wall and ceiling consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

The porous materials, like fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and where other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

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 least 500 times more effective than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air mover. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage professionals use a variety techniques. Our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The material is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.

In other words, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover is able to move between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

The most important element in any water damage restoration is heat. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. They can be found in various wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the wattage of one heater and increase its power.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and release very little CO2. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to be left 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 they can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric source.


We employ low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

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

Apart from removing water from the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then refinished after these repairs have been completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and costly experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as fast as possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the end result leaves some things to be desired.

It is vital to identify the extent of the damage as fast as you can. First thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive there is a chance that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to remove the stain. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide to replace it. A professional company can help you determine how serious the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If your carpet is already damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet need to be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after the flood. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. Therefore, in the majority of cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. If the water sits for a lengthy time, it could cause a significant amount of rot within the wood that can cause it to crack easily.


This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after a flood or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different issues based on the way it’s dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof may result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can cause severe health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause devastating damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is an event that could bring with it structural damages.

If you spot damaged water pipes close off the water supply.

What is the price of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually applicable if the source of the damage is unexpected and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage resulted from a flood, the event would not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.