Flooding damage repair – Orinda Village

Building owners in Orinda Village suffer flood 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.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available Contact for a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY methods that can be located online. This isn’t a good idea. The management of water damage is in accordance with the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of professionals. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can create.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damages on every project.

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts need to adhere to these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone with the knowledge and experience to analyze an area for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants are in danger or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are divided into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The water that entered the building was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source, such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. These include sources that may not normally seem like a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may contain pathogenic, toxic or any other harmful agent in it. It can be caused by leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from streams and rivers. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the materials that are affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It’s about 5% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or the masonry.

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

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main methods to remove water from a structure. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ a variety of extraction methods. We use a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The substance gets wet or damp because of this.

The level of saturation is referred to as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas in the evaporation phase. They produce a powerful airflow across the surface of the object which is directed by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

The item is dried using air movers approximately 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which no air mover was employed.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and sucks up the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

Heat is an important component of any restoration project. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many Wattages.

Electric heat is also capable of being shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and lower energy costs.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. However, the only drawback is they take longer to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process in general.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat a large 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.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying space warm even without an electric power 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 can draw 170 pints of moisture from damp structures that have experienced extensive water damage within 24 hours.

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

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be removed so that repairs can occur beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

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

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is an opportunity that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the end result leaves something to be desired.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove these stains. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering scent. If it is then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional company will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If your carpet is already damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Many factors determine whether the carpet or padding is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets dry or cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet has been damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried out as well.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage is as easy as removing an area of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify where and how extensive the water has grown. This helps us identify the areas that are damaged and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened with water. If the water sits for a long period of time, there can be an extensive amount of rot in the wood which can cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after flooding or other water damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t treated promptly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and can have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof can result in mold and mildew to grow, which can be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your home. Without HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you have pipe damage due to water, it will likely be coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause serious damage. The water could enter your home through damaged pipes, causing extensive damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

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

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. 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 negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear to a surface or object because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Rather, a flood policy would be required. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen as a result of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams together with high winds.