Water damage remediation – Hercules

Building owners in Hercules get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions located on the internet. This is inadvisable. The management of water damage is by following established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in the 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 buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place, collect samples, get lab testsand help us determine the kind of water damage.

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

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The water entering the structure was classified according to the degree of contamination. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source, such as a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent within it. This could be due to leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the building or home.

The lowest level of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water is in contact with about five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

Class 2 indicates that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It’s about 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, including approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as concrete, wood, and the masonry. 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 the three main methods to remove water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than air movers. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The quantity of materials to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

After the water has been removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s moistened. The object is then damp or wet due to this.

The saturation level is referred to as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation process, water molecules jump from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. As soon as saturation is attained the drying process starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They generate a large airflow across the entire surface that is controlled through a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

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

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

A key component of any restoration work is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat can also be capable of being shut off or reduced during the process, without affecting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the power of one heater while increasing it’s power.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs because they produce essentially zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. The only issue is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating low emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even when there is no electric 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 is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in a damp structure that has been severely damaged by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. Once these repairs are complete then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you have been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home it could be a stressful and costly experience. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as possible.

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

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some cases the only solution to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding in the event of this.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to replace it. A professional company will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A few of the factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing a section of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

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

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be easily removed. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to assess the extent of moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. The wood will get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


This issue can be prevented 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 water damage.

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 issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is handled. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is fairly common after natural disasters. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or the building.

Leaking roofs are costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could result in mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. Leakage in the roof can cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t take action immediately. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes defective, it could result in structural damage to your home. Without HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Damage to pipes caused by water

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

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. The water can get into your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup costs will vary depending on the square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing 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 will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.