Flood damage restoration service – Pittsburg

Homeowners in Pittsburg suffer burst pipe 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.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that require the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines can be available in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can create.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for professionals dealing with water damage. In certain circumstances there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is someone who has the expertise and knowledge to assess a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could be high risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants, or some other reason to raise concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The water that enters the building was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water comes from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness if contacted or consumed. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a threat, such as the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This water may include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system is basically an outline of how much saturated a structure or house ought to be.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. This is where the water is in contact with approximately five percent or less building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of materials that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

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

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet, etc. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been negatively affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main methods of removing water from buildings. The removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. 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 various extraction methods. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water has been removed, any moisture remaining is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. The material is then damp or wet due to this.

The saturation level is referred to as the point at which it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

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

In another way the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying will begin.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface, that is controlled through a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

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

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

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

Use heat to assist the drying process

The most important element of any restoration is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we make use of various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great to dry jobs that require the use of multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can reduce one heater while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and lower energy costs.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very little water Electric heaters are used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They can be run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in the sense that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them ideal for drying jobs that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough electricity to power electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need of an electric source.


We use Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings and houses that have suffered water damage.

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 dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The hardwood floors damaged need to be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and make it costly and difficult to repair. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as fast as is possible.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of the damages as soon as you can. First thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There’s a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned once it is dry, and this cleaning can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is very extensive there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. In some cases, you may need to change your flooring to remove the stains. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to change your carpet. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to find out whether the flooring is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. Professionals will be able to help you determine how serious the damages were. We can evaluate whether or not your carpet should be replaced or saved. If your carpet is damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

If the padding beneath your carpet has been damaged, this can affect how long the carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath it has not dried as well.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of damage. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, serious damage could require a complete wall replacement, including the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be easily removed. So in most cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that help us determine where and how extensive the water has grown. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the material to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. If the water is left to sit for a lengthy time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can happen due to a number of reasons. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues dependent on the way it is addressed. It can cause severe structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or the building.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling immediately, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. You are putting your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. The water can get into your home through damaged pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how much square footage you have. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, but not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage is the result of flooding, the incident will not be covered under the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.