Flooding damage repair – Lagunitas-Forest Knolls

Homeowners in Lagunitas-Forest Knolls get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or residence via a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it is minor or hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions that can be located on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they depend on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage to each project.

There are many reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In some situations it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is an individual who has the skills and training to evaluate the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, are a chance of adverse health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or any other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categorizes and classes


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types according to the extent of the water infiltration is.

The category refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure was. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. The sources could be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely polluted. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of streams and rivers. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. This is basically an indication of how saturated a building or house should be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. This happens when water comes into contact with less than 5% of the building materials which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water won’t hold or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 and 40% of the ceiling, floor and wall is constructed from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, plaster, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard that comprise the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and also where other materials that don’t absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods of removing water from a structure. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water is removed.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it is moistened. In the process, the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from the state of liquid to a gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In another way the object will no longer absorb additional water from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than the typical household fan.

The item is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than natural conditions where no air mover was used.

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

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. This is because they are available in several different wattages, allowing you to operate multiple heaters at once.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its capacity.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration work since they generate virtually no emissions and require very little water. The only downside is they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in their place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electric power source.


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of moisture from damp structures which have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring has to be taken off and repaired before. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded and refinished after these repairs have been made.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been removed from the affected area right away, there’s the possibility that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best condition after you have spent so much time and money to restore it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of the damage as fast as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There’s a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and used after drying, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe there is a chance that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to change your flooring to eliminate the stains. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to change your carpet. If this is the case then you may have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. Be aware that certain methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after a flood. When the firm has finished their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The severity of the damage will determine the nature and technique of repair. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing a section of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, serious damage could require a complete wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in water damaged drywall that is difficult to eliminate. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify areas of damage and limit the costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water can cause structural damage as well, since it causes the wood to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood can get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues that affect their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it is important to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s treated. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is fairly common after natural disasters. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could cause death. The leaks in the roof could cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you do not deal with them right away. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment becomes defective, it could result in the structure of your house. Without HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you have pipe water damage, it will likely be coming from a burst pipe in your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s essential to contact a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage , and may require repairs for water damage – an event that could bring with it structural damages.

Turn off the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What’s the price to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Is water damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage due to negligence.

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of a flood, the event would not be covered by a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.