Water damage restoration service – Palo Alto Orchards

Building owners in Palo Alto Orchards experience burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water seeps into a building or house through a storm, flood, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques, such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call for a Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. The guide was created due to the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they create.

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

There are many reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. There are certain situations that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination, collect samples, get lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s inhabitants could be high risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason for 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 infiltration of water is.

The water that enters the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 is water that comes from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 is water that has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly affected, which means that it may contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents within it. Most often, this is due to contamination from toilet backflows following the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. The water in this category could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with approximately 5percent or less of building materials which absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of combined ceiling, floor, and wall consist of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and also where other materials that do not absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

The water has been absorbed into substances like concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How to dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than just making do with dehumidifiers and air mover. The faster the structure dries more efficiently. The quantity of material that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage experts employ an array of extraction techniques. Our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible has been taken away.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s moistened. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The degree of saturation is known as the point at which it is impossible to hold any more moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They create strong airflow which is directed by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary fan used in the home.

The item is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than natural conditions in which no air mover was used.

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

The most important element in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

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

You can also reduce or off electric heat while the job is being done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills it is possible to adjust the wattage of one heater while increasing it’s power.

Because they emit virtually no emissions and require very minimal water Electric heaters are used for restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be in their place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm, even without an electric power source.


We employ 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 extracting 170 pints of water in a damp building which has been badly damaged by water damage each 24 hours.

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

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. Once these repairs are complete then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home this can be a costly and stressful experience. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as quickly as you can.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best condition after spending so much time and money to restore it.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive It is likely that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only option to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong smell. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

Check to see if the flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you will have a better idea of how severe the water damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed for drying may further damage the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

The main factors 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?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding under it is not dried as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the state of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing some drywall, cleaning the area, and then replacing it.

The other side is that significant damage may need to be repaired completely, including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in water damaged drywall that is difficult to eliminate. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the water has grown. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. If the water sits for a long period of time, there could be a significant amount of rot in the wood, which could make it break easily.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural issues that affect their property after flooding or other water damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to a number of reasons. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it’s important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a number of different issues depending on how it is addressed. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Without HVAC you’re opening the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can result in a range of very serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What is the cost to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically appropriate if the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage caused by negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy is required. In some regions where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.