Water damage restoration service – Greenbrae

Property owners in Greenbrae experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or residence through a storm, flood, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call a Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions available online. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be controlled by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of professionals. These guidelines are available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damages on every project.

There are many reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a professional who has the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s residents are at risk or have concerns about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categorizes and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories according to the extent of the water infiltration is.

The water that enters the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. This could include water that is not obvious as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances in it. It can be caused by toilet trap leaks, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or residence is.

The lowest level of water absorption and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is where the water comes in contact with approximately five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they don’t soak up and retain water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 signifies that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This means that between 5 to 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is constructed from low-evaporation substances like plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water is bound in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

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

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, the remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. In the process, the material gets dampened or wet.

The saturation level is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. Higher humidity 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 state. This process is known as evaporation.

In another way it is does not absorb any more water from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation is attained the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filter system.

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

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

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

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration project. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying tasks which require the use of various heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many Wattages.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they generate virtually no emissions and require minimal amounts of water. They take longer to heat up and require longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly with these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in the same place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm even without an electrical power source.


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water in a damp structure which has been badly affected by water damage every 24 hours.

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

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made by removing the subflooring.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as soon as possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its original state, it could be depressing to discover that the final results leave some things to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as you can. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some cases the only solution to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace the padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not the carpet should be replaced or saved. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the length of time your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might be dry, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding under it is not dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean following a flood. When the firm has finished their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage determines the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

The water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood may be brittle if kept in the water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural problems with their property following an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues in the manner it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if not taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a house or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs are costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak on the roof may cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could cause structural damage to your house. Your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can result in a range of serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it will likely be coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you have determined that there has been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause devastating damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

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

What is the cost of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, but not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on an object or surface due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be necessary. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.