Water damage remediation – Nicasio

Property owners in Nicasio get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. 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.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or home by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

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

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions discovered on the internet. This is inadvisable. The management of water damage is in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they present.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the training to assess the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants are at risk or are concerned about contamination.

Water damage according to categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the degree of flooding of water.

The water entering the structure was classified according to its contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. This could include waters that are not readily apparent as a risk like the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered to be highly contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from streams and rivers. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances within it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. This system is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or home should be.

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

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or the masonry.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. and other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply bound in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. The quantity of materials to be extracted will influence the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as is removed.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some water or moisture. The result is that the material gets dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is referred to as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, drying starts.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the surface of the object which is directed by a filter that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

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

Air movers dry objects about 10 times faster than in normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and sucks up the moisture that has been pulled away by the air mover.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration job. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used for drying jobs that require multiple heat sources. This is because they come in a variety of energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume only a small amount of water. The only downside is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time to dry process in general.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in their place.

If electric heaters are not 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 when there is no electrical power source.


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in an un-dry structure that is severely damaged by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also eliminate the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be completed from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. The hardwood floors affected need to be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded, then refinished after these repairs have been made.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and cause it to be 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 possible.

It would be devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues to address is whether or not the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after it has dried and this will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very severe. In certain instances the only solution to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering odor. If this is the case, then you will likely have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpet is to find out whether the flooring can be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional company can aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. If your carpet is already damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

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

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

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Although your carpet may have dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the type and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing an area of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, including the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water also causes structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. It is much easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water sits for a long period of time, there can be an extensive amount of rot on the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can cause to the foundation of a home. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundation of a house or home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to get roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in the structure of your home. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

If you have pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the supply of water.

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on the square footage you own. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally appropriate if the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear on a surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the damage to your property resulted from flooding, the incident will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water such as lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.