Pico Union

Flood damage restoration service – Pico Union

Homeowners in Pico Union experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water seeps into a building or home by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call an Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage using DIY solutions that can be located online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they call on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damages on every project.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals should follow these guidelines. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone who has the expertise and experience to analyze a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s residents are at risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Water damages caused through categorizes and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class, based on the extent of the invasion of water.

The water entering the building was classified according to its level of contamination. The first category is water that is clean like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. These include sources that may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic or any other harmful agent within it. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This kind of water could contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of water and absorption. It is the case when water is in contact with approximately 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 to 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as wood, concrete or masonry.

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

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to dry a water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods of removing water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water has been removed, any moisture remaining is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. The result is that the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is known as evaporation.

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

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation process. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface that is controlled by a filter that completely covers the area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

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

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and draws in the moisture taken away by the air movers.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

Heat is an important component of any restoration job. 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 heating sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many Wattages.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills, you can adjust the wattage of one heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Because they emit virtually no emissions and require very little water They are used for restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly and generating minimal emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electrical 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 remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as fast as possible.

It would be devastating to discover that your house is not in the best state after having spent so much time and money to fix it.

It is vital to identify the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether the affected area should be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it once dry. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the water damage was very serious. In some instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to consider replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. It is necessary to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to repair it or replace it. A professional company will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or re-usable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

  • What was the percentage of water you get on your carpet?
  • How long did the water sit on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to stay fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry however the risk of mold growth is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to ensure your carpet is dry and clean following a flood. Once the company has completed their job, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out some drywall and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

The opposite of this is that major damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or expand or contract. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood may get brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial for homeowners and building owners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage event.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for various reasons. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different issues based on the way it’s treated. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a structure or house.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and might have significant negatives. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow and can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

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. Without HVAC, you are opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of very serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

Water damage to pipes is typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s important to call an expert to stop the water from damaging the structure.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. When your pipes break and water enters your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could cause structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

How much does it cost to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet, water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. feet.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. ft.
  • Category 3 blackwater price: $7/sq. feet.

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages due to negligence.

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

If the damage to your property results from a flood, the event will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur as a result of flooding, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.