Property owners in Moraga experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 gets into a structure or residence by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.
Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques, such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.
Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist so call a Professional
A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not advisable. The management of water damage is by following established guidelines. These guidelines call for the expertise and equipment of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can pose.
The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage to each project.
There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals must follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.
This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or there is concern about contamination.
Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types according to the extent of the water infiltration is.
The water that enters the structure was classified according to its contamination. 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 has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a risk like the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.
The water in the category 3 is considered to be highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination from toilet backflows following the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.
The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.
The lowest degree of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when water is in contact with less than 5% the building substances that absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low evaporation, meaning, they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.
Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.
Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. and other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.
Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.
Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.
Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.
After as much water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.
If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The object gets wet or damp as a result.
The saturation level is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.
In the evaporation process the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. This is known as evaporation.
This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.
In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create strong airflow which is directed by a filter system.
A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.
The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster than natural conditions in which no air mover was used.
High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs moisture pulled out by the air movement.
Heating is a crucial element of any restoration task. We make use of a variety heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.
Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many wattages.
It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while raising the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower energy costs.
Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they emit virtually no emissions and use only a small amount of water. They take longer to warm up and need more time to dry.
Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can be run on 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, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require ceilings and walls to be left in place.
Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electrical power source.
We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry as well as houses that have suffered water damage.
The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from a damp building which has been badly damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.
The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.
It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.
The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs have been completed.
Floods can cause serious damages to your house and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as you can.
After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its original state, it could be depressing to discover that the finished results leave an unsatisfactory impression.
In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after drying and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.
There may be stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was severe. In certain instances the only option to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If this is the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.
The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to determine whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. Remember that some methods employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in bad condition.
A few of the factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:
Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?
If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet has been dried fast, the growth of mildew may still be present if the padding underneath isn’t dried.
Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after a flood. After the company completes their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to replace it.
The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.
The other side is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.
Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This helps us identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.
Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened with water. The wood may get brittle if kept in the water for too long.
To prevent this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.
Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for various reasons. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.
The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s treated. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.
Roof Water Damage
Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause issues with the walls and foundations of a building.
Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. A leak in the roof could cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. Leaks in the roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system.
If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling immediately, they can cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also common in roof water damage, which can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.
Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC, you are opening the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.
Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.
A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing severe damage and requiring water damage repair – which can result in structural damage.
When you see water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the water supply.
Based on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs can vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.
Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?
Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.
Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear of the surface or object due to exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.
A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. In some regions where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can be caused by floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.