Water damage restoration service – Marsten Ranch

Homeowners in Marsten Ranch experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water enters a building or residence through a storm, flood or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior to repair water damage. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

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

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water destruction to buildings and homes and the dangers they can pose.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

There are many reasons that water damage professionals must follow these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze the condition of a place, take samples, run lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s residents are at risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Water damage according to categories and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified according to category and class based on the degree of flood.

The category is based on how contaminated the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic or other hazardous substances. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from streams and rivers. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This is basically an indication of how saturated a building or home ought to be.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact about 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 to 40% of the combined floor, ceiling, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and airmovers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The quantity of materials to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

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

Forced Evaporation

After as much water has been removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s moistened. In the process, the material gets dampened or wet.

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

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is called evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filtering system.

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

The object is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture drawn away by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration work is heating. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require the use of several different heating sources. This is due to the fact that they are available in several different energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also turn down or off electric heat while the job is being done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and lower expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and require only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly and generating very little emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even without an electric 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 water from a damp building that has been severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring has to be removed and repaired first. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. 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 is possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the end result leaves something to be desired.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage from water was extensive. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring to get rid of the stain. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to find out whether your floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will be able to determine how severe the water damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or repairable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

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

Are your carpets dry, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it has not dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

The other side is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify the extent to which water has grown. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water sits for a prolonged time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot within the wood that can cause it to break easily.


To prevent this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property immediately after a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect the foundation of a home. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it’s important to fix foundational issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of problems based on how it is dealt with. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof may cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be deadly. Leakage in the roof can also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to get 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. The growth of mold can cause severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

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

What is the cost of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Are water damages covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, however, not if the damage is a result of neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding may occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes rivers, oceans, and streams in combination with high winds.