Flood damage restoration service – La Colonia

Building owners in La Colonia suffer water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or home through a storm, flood, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions discovered online. This is not advisable. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines demand the knowledge and skills 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 the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant the use of the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there are a chance of adverse health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the suspected contaminants or any other reason to raise concern over contamination.

Water destruction caused by categories and classes


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

The water entering the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness if contacted or consumed. It could include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances within it. This usually means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. The water could include heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion to your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of wall, floor, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials like carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. and where other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.

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

Forced Evaporation

After the water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it is moistened. The material is then damp or wet because of this.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is known as evaporation.

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or even a regular household fan.

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

High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs the water pulled out by the airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration project. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. They come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its capacity.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. However, the only drawback is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing low emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often 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.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in a damp structure which has been badly affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded, then restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home it could be a stressful and costly experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as possible.

It would be devastating to discover that your home is not in the best state after having spent lots of time and money to restore it.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damages as soon as you can. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it once dry. This can alleviate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was extensive. In certain instances the only option to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.

Check to see if the floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to change it. A professional service will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced or can be saved. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further even if it’s already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets need to be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath is not dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing a section of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

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

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is difficult to eliminate. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much easier to break. If the water remains for a long period of time, there can be an abundance of rot in the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural problems with their property following flooding or other water-related damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of issues based on the way it’s treated. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a building or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. Leaks in the roof may cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. The leaks in the roof could also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice broken pipe water damage, shut off the supply of water.

What is the price of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Rather, a flood policy would be necessary. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.