Water damage restoration service – Lucas Valley

Building owners in Lucas Valley experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to get into a home or structure, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

It is more complicated than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

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

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they present.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

There are many reasons why water damage experts must follow these guidelines. In certain situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the occupants of the building 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 to raise concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class, based on the degree of flood.

The category is based on how polluted the water entering the structure has been. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 is water that has high levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines and spills from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances in it. This could be due to backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from rivers and streams. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has entered your property. This system is basically an indication of the amount of water a building or home is.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction substances that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It is approximately 5% up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

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

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure dries the better. The quantity of material to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried with high-velocity air movers after the maximum amount of water has been removed.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. The substance gets wet or damp because of this.

The saturation level is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is closer to saturation.

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

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is called the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas during the evaporation process. They produce a powerful air flow over the entire surface, which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10-20 times more air than the typical household fan.

The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster that in natural conditions where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been taken away by the air movement.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration job. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many power ratings.

Electric heat can also be capable of being reduced or turned off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects because they produce essentially zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. They take longer to heat up and require longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in the same place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electric power source.


To dry houses and buildings that are damaged due to flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of moisture from damp structures that have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll have to replace your flooring eventually.

After spending time and money to restore your home to its original state, it could be devastating to find that the finished results leave something to be desired.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. The first step is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and the cleaning process will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll notice marks on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to eliminate the stain. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely need to replace both your padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to replace it. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine how serious the damage was. We can determine if your carpet should be replaced or salvaged. Keep in mind that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

Some of the considerations that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mildew development is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after the flood. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing the drywall section, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

It also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an abundance of rot within the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following a flood or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s treated. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a building or house.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. Leaks in the roof can result in mold and mildew to develop, which could cause death. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent when it comes to roof water damage which could cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can occur and cause a variety of serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there is a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. The water could enter your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired, shut off the water supply.

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses vary. The following breakdown of pricing is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is sudden and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of broken windows however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.