Water damage remediation – Los Guilicos

Homeowners in Los Guilicos experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or home through a storm, flood or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than just drying out the interior to fix water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques, such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

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

There are really important reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. There are instances that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the expertise and training to evaluate an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the nature of the water damage.

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

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class depending mostly on the degree of invasion of water.

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

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or any other harmful agent in it. This could be due to sewage backflows, toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This is basically an outline of the amount of water a building or residence is.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction substances that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they don’t soak up and retain water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It’s about 10% up to 40% of combined floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

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

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

Once all water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

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

In other words the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on both sides during the evaporation phase. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than the typical household fan.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than in natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

One of the most essential elements of any restoration is heat. In order to dry out any materials which have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many power ratings.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without affecting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater and increase its power.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and take more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing minimal emissions. They are typically run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs which require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electrical source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that have been damaged by flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to removing water out of the air, as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and make it difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been removed from the affected area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to its original state, it could be a shock to discover that the end result leaves something to be desired.

In this regard, it is important to assess the severity of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues to address is whether or not the affected area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it again after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very severe. In some cases the only option to remove these stains is to change the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to change your carpet. It’s time to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to assess if the floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional service can assist you in determining how severe the damages were. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. Be aware that some of the techniques employed for drying may further damage the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

A variety of factors can determine the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

Do your carpets need to be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Although your carpet might have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew growth is still present if the padding under isn’t dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. When the firm has finished their work, you will be in a position to make an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify the extent to which moisture has become. This helps us identify damaged areas and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there could be a significant amount of rot on the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners immediately taking action to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the damage is not treated quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and foundations of a the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant drawbacks. A leak on the roof can result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and become soft if you don’t take action immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in the structure of your home. If you do not have HVAC you’re opening the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. If you’ve determined there has been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repairs for water damage – a process that can cause structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the supply of water.

What is the cost to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Repair and cleanup cost will differ based on the square footage you have. The following breakdown of pricing is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental 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, but not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to an object or surface because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the damage to your property results from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. A flood policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can happen as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams together with high winds.