Flooding damage repair – Orinda View

Building owners in Orinda View suffer water damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they create.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is a professional who has the training to assess the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

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

Water damages caused through types and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the severity of the flooding of water.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 is water that has significant levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or any other dangerous substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This is basically an indication of the amount of water a building or home ought to be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is where the water comes in contact with around 5percent or less of construction materials that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 indicates that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. It is approximately 5% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and also where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 means that water is bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three ways to get rid of water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure dries, the better. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it is moistened. The material gets wet or damp as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

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

This means that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on two sides in the evaporation phase. They generate a large air flow over the surface of the object, which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or the typical household fan.

Air movers dry the object around 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and draws in the water that was taken away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many wattages.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency, and decrease your expenses for energy.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very little water, electric heaters are very used for restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing very little emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no power available to run electric heaters. 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.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to water damage, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from a damp building that has been severely affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can be made starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. To ensure uniformity flooring, all floors should be sanded, then restored after the repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home this can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water is taken away from the affected region immediately, there’s still a chance that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

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

It is essential to assess the extent of damage as soon as you can. The first step is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There’s a chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned once it is dry and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. In certain instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering scent. You will need to change your carpet and padding if this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess if the floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company can assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. Keep in mind that certain methods used for drying can also harm the carpet further if it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

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

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly however the risk of mildew growth is still present if the padding under isn’t dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing an area of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total 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 easily removed. Therefore, in the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and limit the costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened with water. The wood may be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. Although not all water problems can lead to structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if not taken care of promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. You are putting your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within 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.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. When your pipes break and water enters your home, creating extensive damage , and may require repairs for water damage – an event that could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

How much does it cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear to the surface or object due to exposure, lack of preventative 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 policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders may require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding may occur due to flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.