Flood damage restoration service – Moraga

Homeowners in Moraga experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is a mistake. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they present.

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

These guidelines are essential for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain circumstances it is necessary to employ an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is a person with the knowledge and training to evaluate a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

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

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The water that entered the building was classified according to its level of contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause illness or discomfort should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly affected, which means that it may contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances within it. Usually this 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. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically an indication of how saturated a building or house should be.

The lowest level of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with about 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the floor, ceiling, and wall are made of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. and other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts utilize a variety of extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s wet. The material is then damp or wet as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is closer to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides during the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful airflow over the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than in normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and sucks up the moisture that has been drawn away by the air movers.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

The most important element of any restoration work is heating. We use a variety of heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks that require the use of various heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

You can also reduce or off electric heat as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the power of another one to improve efficiency, and decrease your energy costs.

Since they produce virtually no emissions and require very minimal water They are used for restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing very little emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm, even without an electrical power source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of moisture from damp structures which have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also get rid of up to 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be done by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded and refinished after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water is eliminated from the region immediately, there’s an opportunity that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

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

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as is possible. First thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive It is likely that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. There are times when you have to change your flooring to eliminate these stains. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to change your carpet. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether your floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. Keep in mind that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet if it is already in bad condition.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding under it is not dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after the flood. Once the work is done you’ll be able to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out the drywall portion, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that help us determine the extent to which moisture has become. This helps us identify areas of damage and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a lengthy time, there could be an extensive amount of rot on the wood, which could make it break easily.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to take care of structural damage caused by the effects of moisture on their property immediately after a flood or water damage incident.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant disadvantages. Leaks in the roof may cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s a leak, it is essential to contact a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage , and may require water damage repair – a process that can bring with it structural damages.

When you see broken pipe water damage close off the supply of water.

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on the square footage you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

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

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding may occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans together with high winds.