Water damage restoration service – Occidental

Property owners in Occidental suffer water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 house via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques, such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place so call a Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

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

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. There are instances that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a person with the knowledge and experience to analyze an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s residents are at risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Water damages caused according to categories and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified into categories and class, based on the severity of the invasion of water.

The class refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure has been. The first category is water that is clean such as a tub or sink or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely contaminated. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or any other harmful substances. This could be due to toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is where the water comes into contact about five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water do not absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just some of the examples.

Class 2 means that there is a significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall are made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster, or the masonry.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up the class 3 make up around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from buildings. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction techniques. Some of our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

Once all water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it’s wet. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create a strong air flow 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 to 20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster that in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and absorbs the water that was drawn out by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

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

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different wattages, allowing you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also turn down or off electric heat as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s power.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects since they generate virtually no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in their place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric 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 removing 170 pints water from a damp building that is severely damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also eliminate up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water to allow repairs to be completed from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and make it expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

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

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as you can. One of the initial issues to address is whether the affected area should be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after drying and this will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe there is a chance that you’ll notice staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to remove the stain. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. If it is then you may have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to find out whether your floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. Professionals can assist you in determining how severe the damages were. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If your carpet is already in poor shape, some drying methods can cause further damage to it.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Can your carpets be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath is not dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the company has completed their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The procedure for repair of drywall differs depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may require whole-wall replacement including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. Most of the time, the drywall will have to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which moisture has become. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, there could be an extensive amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


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

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems promptly to prevent structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. In addition to the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth that could be fatal. A leaky roof can affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults that can cause an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your house. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is crucial to get an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. Water can enter your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. The following breakdown of pricing is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally used if the damage is unexpected and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage was the result of neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover water damage caused by flooding. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen because of storms, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.