Los Cerritos

Water damage restoration service – Los Cerritos

Homeowners in Los Cerritos get hit with flood 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.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place so call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage with DIY solutions available online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of the project’s damages.

There are many reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is a person who has the skills and knowledge to assess a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, then give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be at risk, are a chance of adverse health effects, the occupants are required to determine the suspected contaminants or have another reason for concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused through categories and classes


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

The classification refers to how dirty the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely contaminated. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful substances. It can be caused by leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. The system basically serves as an outline of how saturated a building or residence is.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% the building materials which absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 5% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood or masonry.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet that comprise Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

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

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a building. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more effective than airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible is taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

The saturation level is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process the water molecules leap from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In other words the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is attained the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary fan.

The item is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than in the natural environment where no air mover was employed.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and draws in the moisture drawn away by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is heat. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

Electric heat is also able to be turned down or off while the job is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually no emissions and require very minimal water They are used for restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing low emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

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

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm, even without an electric power source.


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

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

In addition to extracting water from the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be ripped up so repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and cause it to be difficult and expensive. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as quickly as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the final results leave an unsatisfactory impression.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used after drying, and this cleaning can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. In certain instances the only solution to eliminate these stains is to replace the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to replace your carpeting. It’s time to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to change it. A professional service will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or salvageable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

  • How much water got onto your carpeting?
  • What was the duration of water on the carpet?
  • What was the origin of the water?

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and disinfected?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet can last. Although your carpet has been dried in a short time, mildew growth is still possible in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage will determine the type and way to repair drywall. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. The wood may be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural issues with their property after an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues in the manner it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if not taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and foundations of a the building.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and become soft if you don’t take action immediately. Damage to your roof can be caused by electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment becomes inoperable, it can result in structural damage to your home. Your business and home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you have determined that there is a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost of restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

  • Category 1 clean water: $3.75/sq. feet.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 blackwater price: $7/square. feet.

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that results from exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

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