Flooding damage repair – Northridge

Property owners in Northridge experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to get into a home or building water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior of the building to repair water damage. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions located online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and provide us with the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the suspected contaminants, or some other reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Water damage by types and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic or other dangerous substances. This could be due to backflows of sewage, toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from streams and rivers. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or harmful substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has entered your property. The system basically serves as a guideline for how saturated a building or home ought to be.

The lowest level of water absorption and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water don’t absorb or hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation and fiberboard that comprise the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. and where other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 means that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main methods of removing water from a building. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts utilize a variety of extraction techniques. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The material 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. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

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

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the air. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and sucks up the moisture taken out by the air movers.

Use heat to assist the drying process

The most important element for any water damage restoration project is the use of heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. This is because they come in a variety of energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off during the process, without affecting your other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your energy costs.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. They require longer to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing low emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.

When electric heaters cannot be used, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


To dry buildings and houses that have been damaged by water damage, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from a damp structure which has been badly affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also eliminate the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. The hardwood floors affected need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity, all floors should be sanded and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs difficult and expensive. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as soon as you can.

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

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of damages as soon as you can. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after drying, and this cleaning will help eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe there is a chance that you will have noticeable staining on your carpet. In certain instances the only option to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering smell. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to change it. If you’ve got an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine how serious the 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, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets need to be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding under your carpet is damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to ensure your carpet is clean and dry after a flood. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out the drywall section cleaning it, then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, serious damage could require a complete wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is much easier to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water sits for a long period of time, there can be a significant amount of rot in the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is handled. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a structure or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. A leak in the roof can result in mold and mildew to develop, which could cause death. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to 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 which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. There are many reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment is found to be defective, it could result in structural damage to your house. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

If you spot damaged water pipes close off the water supply.

How much does it cost to fix the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on the square footage you have. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s 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 may cover repair or replacement for a broken window, but not when the damage was the result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of an object or surface because of exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage from neglect.

If the water damage resulted from flooding, the incident will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Rather, a flood policy would be mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain areas. Flooding may occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams together with high winds.