Water damage remediation – Los Medanos

Building owners in Los Medanos suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or structure water damage is more often than not. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying the interior. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required a complete structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

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

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to homes and buildings and the dangers they can pose.

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

There are many reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone with the knowledge and training to evaluate an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is particularly important in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or any other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

The classification is based on how contaminated the water that enters the structure was. The first category is water that originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. This could include water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances within it. Most often, this is due to contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. The water could include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically a guideline for how much saturated a structure or residence ought to be.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is when the water is in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, plaster or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply bound in materials that do 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 building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure dries, the better. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety techniques. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

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

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

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

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

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than in normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

Heat is an important component of any restoration job. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks that require the use of various heating sources. This is because they come in a variety of power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also turn down the electric heating when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills you can alter the wattage of one heater and increase its capacity.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very less water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly with these heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electrical power source.


We employ Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings and houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure which has been badly affected by water damage each 24 hours.

Apart from removing water out of the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can occur starting from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have experienced a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and costly experience. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as soon as is possible.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in top state after having spent lots of time and money to fix it.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the affected region should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe It is likely that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In certain instances, the only way to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will have a better idea of how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or repairable. If your carpet is already in poor shape, some drying techniques can further damage it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet need to be replaced.

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The degree of damage will determine the type and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing a section of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine how large and where the moisture has become. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. The wood may get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to address structural damages from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it is important to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible to avoid future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause various issues dependent on the way it is handled. If the damage is not treated promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a house or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. The roof’s leaks could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Electrical faults are also common in the case of roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage dealt with promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your house. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s crucial to get an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. The water could enter your home through damaged pipes, causing extensive damage. This can lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on the square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was sudden and unintentional homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, but not when the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that results from exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to neglect.

If the damage to your property resulted from an event that is a flood, it is not covered under a homeowners policy. A flood policy is required. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.