Water damage restoration service – Pico Union

Property owners in Pico Union get hit with 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.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern techniques for water damage remediation, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required a complete structural replacement, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is not advisable. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them evaluate the severity and nature of the damage each project has sustained.

There are many reasons why water damage experts should adhere to these guidelines. There are instances that require us to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the skills and experience to analyze a site for contamination, take samples, run 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 occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the extent of the invasion of water.

The water entering the structure was classified based on its level of contamination. Category 1 water is clean, such as the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the spills from toilets.

Category 3 water can be classified as extremely contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of streams and rivers. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has entered your property. This is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or house is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This is when the water is in contact with about 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 5% up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete or the masonry.

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

The water has been absorbed into substances like concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

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 water from liquids is typically 500 times more efficient than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it is moistened. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is known as the process of evaporation.

In other words the object will no longer absorb additional water from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying will begin.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is directed by a filter system.

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or a standard fan used in the home.

The item is dried by air movers approximately 10 times faster that in natural conditions where no air mover was used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and draws in the moisture pulled out by the air movement.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

One of the most essential elements of any restoration project is the use of heat. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their numerous power ratings.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while raising the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water They are well-liked in restoration projects. They require longer to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): They are also extremely efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in the sense that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require walls and ceilings to be left in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electrical power source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that have been damaged by flooding, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced severe water damage within 24 hours.

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe damage to your home and make it difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as you can.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in top condition after spending many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as is possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There’s a good chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after drying and this will eliminate some of the concerns about mildew growth and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe there is a chance that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some instances, the only way to eliminate these stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a persistent and strong smell. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or repairable. If the carpet you have is in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

The main factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

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. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following a flood is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

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

The opposite of this is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to eliminate. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine how large and where the moisture has become. This allows us to isolate the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can cause structural damage as well, since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. It is much easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an abundance of rot within the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their properties immediately following a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues promptly to avoid structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues depending on how it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is very common after natural catastrophes. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or foundations of a the building.

Leaking roofs are costly and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. A roof that is leaky could harm the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to decay and soften if you do not address them immediately. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. There are many reasons to get roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may 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. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

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 identified a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. The water could enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the supply of water.

What is the price of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that results from exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the 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. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.