Flooding & Water Damage Repair – Martinez

Service - Water damage restoration, Martinez

Critical Control - Restoration service5029 Hiller Ln, Martinez, CA, 94553, United States925-732-5656

Building owners in Martinez suffer flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced 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 pipe causes water to enter a house or structure, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call for a Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they pose.

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

There are a lot of reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone who has the skills and experience to analyze a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s residents are at risk or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The category refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure is. The first category is water that is clean like an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that may not normally seem like a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by toilet backflows following the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the building exterior. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


It is also possible to use 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 building or home.

The lowest level of water absorption and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of construction substances that absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of substances affected by water have low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

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

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. Other materials such as cement or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How do you dry a water damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods of removing water from a building. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s wet. The substance is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation stage the water molecules leap from a liquid to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In another way, the object will no longer absorb additional water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large airflow over the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular fan in your home.

The item is dried using airmovers about 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

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

Use heat to assist the drying process.

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration work is heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. This is because they can be found in various wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Because they emit virtually no emissions and require very minimal water Electric heaters are well-liked in restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up and generating minimal emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

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

Hydronic boilers are also often used when there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the requirement of an electric source.


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

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

In addition to removing water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also remove up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors so that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home, it can be a costly and stressful experience. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as quickly as you can.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the final results leave some things to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first step is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it again after drying. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpet if the water damage was very extensive. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove the stain. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to change your carpet. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to change it. If you have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. We will be able to assess whether your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. Remember that some methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further when it is already in bad condition.

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

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

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after a flood. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The degree of damage determines the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin serious damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine where and how extensive the moisture has become. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and shrink. It is much easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water remains for a prolonged time, there could be a significant amount of rot on the wood that can make it break easily.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural issues that affect their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if not taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also very common after natural disasters. As well as creating roof leaks damage can also result in issues with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow that could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your house. Your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re experiencing pipe water damage, the water will likely be coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the flow of water and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing severe damage , and may require water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

Stop the water supply, and then contact an expert IICRC-certified specialist from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect damaged water pipes.

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a broken window, but not when the damage was the result of neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear to a surface or object due to exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage from neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water like lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.