Water damage remediation – Hayward Highland

Property owners in Hayward Highland suffer flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water seeps into a building or residence by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying the interior. With modern professional techniques for water damage remediation Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required total structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call for a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they require the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can pose.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damages on every project.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. There are instances that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a person who has the skills and knowledge to assess the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, then give us advice on the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The class is based on how contaminated the water that enters the structure is. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This water can contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes we use in determining the level of water intrusion into your property. This is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or home ought to be.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of building materials which absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water won’t hold or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 means that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, plaster, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials, such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

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

How do you dry a water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at least 500 times more effective than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible is removed.

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it is moistened. The substance is then damp or wet due to this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In this way it is no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides during the evaporation process. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object, that is controlled through a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and absorbs the water that was taken out by the air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process

One of the most essential elements of any restoration project is heat. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. This is because they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need for electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures which have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

Apart from removing water from the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also remove up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you have experienced an incident of flooding in your home, it can be a costly and stressful experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as soon as is possible.

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

This is why it is important to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a way to clean the carpet and then use it after drying. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the water damage was very severe. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stains. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to change your carpet. If it is it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your padding and carpet.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. We can determine if the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that certain methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in bad condition.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet can last. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of the damage. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out a section of drywall then cleaning it and then replacing it.

The other side is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. If the water sits for a lengthy time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot in the wood, which could make it break easily.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues with their property after an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage could affect the foundation of a home. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different problems based on how it’s treated. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Along with creating roof leaks damage can also cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues that can cause an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there’s been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is a process that can result in structural damage.

When you see damaged water pipes close off the water supply.

What’s the price to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a damaged window, but not if the damage was the result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage from neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen as a result of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.