Water damage restoration service – Old Palo Alto

Property owners in Old Palo Alto experience water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building water damage is more often than not. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to repair water damage. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required total structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place so call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions found on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they depend on the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they pose.

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

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place take samples, perform laboratory tests, and advise us on the category of water damage.

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

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The category has to do with how contaminated the water entering the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

Category 2 involves water that has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. It could include sources that might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Category 3 water is grossly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent within it. Most often, this is due to contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or residence is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This happens when water comes into contact with less than 5% of construction substances which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

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

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. Other materials like concrete and plaster that do not absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

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 times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it is moistened. The material is then damp or wet because of this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

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

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than the typical household fan.

The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster than in the natural environment where there was no air movement.

High-velocity airflow removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration job. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you could lower one heater, while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Electric heaters are common in restoration projects since they generate virtually zero emissions and consume minimal amounts of water. However, the only drawback is that they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at quickly heating up and generating low emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electric source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from an un-dry structure which has been badly damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as quickly as you can.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your house is not in the best condition after spending so much time and money to fix it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as you can. One of the initial issues to address is whether or not the affected area needs to be replaced. There is a way to clean the carpet, then use it again after drying. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpet if the water damage was very severe. In some instances the only solution to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If it is, then you will likely require replacement of both the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is already damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

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

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet is dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after an event of flooding. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the state of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The degree of damage determines the nature and way to repair drywall. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing the drywall section cleaning it, then replacing it.

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

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify the extent to which humidity has gotten. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and shrink. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood may become brittle if it is left to dry in water for too long.


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

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues in the manner it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if not treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or house.

Roof leaks can be costly and can have serious drawbacks. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you do not address them immediately. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired promptly following a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely cause the structure of your house. Your business and your home at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Pipe water damage

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve determined there is a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. The water could enter your home through damaged pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice damaged water pipes close off the supply of water.

How much does it cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was unintentional 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 if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. Rather, a flood policy would be required. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.