Water damage restoration service – Lucas Valley-Marinwood

Building owners in Lucas Valley-Marinwood get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water enters a building or home through a storm, flood, or burst pipes. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available for your reference. Call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage using DIY solutions that can be discovered online. This is a mistake. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of experts. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to help them assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. There are instances that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s occupants are in danger or are concerned about contamination.

Water damage according to categorizes and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The classification has to do with how polluted the water that enters the structure was. Category 1 means that the water comes from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. It could include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances within it. This usually means contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is where the water comes into contact approximately 5percent or less of building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 10% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete, or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure can dry, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts use a variety methods. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

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

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

In other words, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached the drying process starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on both sides during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is directed by a filter system.

An air mover moves around 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and sucks up the water that was taken away by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs that require various heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their many power ratings.

Electric heat is also able to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while raising the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require minimal water Electric heaters are popular in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), These boilers are able to heat quickly and release very little CO2. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in the same place.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no power available to run electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need of electricity.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water in a damp structure that is severely damaged by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded and restored after the repairs have been completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

It is crucial to determine the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and then use it after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the water damage was very severe. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to remove the stain. Another factor that could cause you to think of replacing your carpeting is a persistent and strong smell. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. A professional service will help you determine how serious the damages were. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or salvageable. Be aware that certain methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet need to be replaced.

Can your carpets be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry however the risk of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it has not dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following a flood. After the company completes their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of the damage. Water damage repair can be as easy as removing an area of drywall then cleaning it and then replacing it.

The opposite of this is that significant damage may require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify the extent to which water has grown. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

The water can also cause 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 sits for a long period of time, there could be an abundance of rot on the wood which can make it break easily.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their property immediately after a flood or water damage incident.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it’s important to address foundation issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. It can lead to serious structural damage if not taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also result in issues with the walls and foundations of a construction.

Roof leaks can be very expensive and could have major negatives. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow and can be fatal. A roof that is leaky could cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you do not address them immediately. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely cause the structure of your house. You are putting your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

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

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. The water can get into your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

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

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding may occur because of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.