Water damage remediation – Point Reyes Station

Building owners in Point Reyes Station experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or house by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it is minor or hidden.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying the interior. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is a bad idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they call on the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. There are instances that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the skills and knowledge to assess a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s occupants are at high risk or have concerns about contamination.

Water destruction caused through categorizes and classes


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The category refers to how contaminated the water entering the structure has been. Category 1 water is clean, such as the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water is characterized by significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a danger like the discharge from washing machines or spills from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent within it. This could be due to leaks in toilet traps, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or home is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% building substances that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

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

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and bricks and mortar. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods of removing water from buildings. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety methods. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the water or moisture. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

In another way, the object does not absorb any more water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

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

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

Airflows that are high-velocity dry the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration work is heating. In order to dry out any materials that have been affected by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

You can also turn down the electric heating when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills it is possible to adjust the wattage of a heater while increasing it’s power.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water Electric heaters are popular in restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing very little emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be utilized to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be able to stand in their place.

They are also commonly employed when there isn’t enough power available to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even without an electric power source.


We utilize low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

In addition to removing water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also eliminate up to 99% of airborne mold spores in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors so that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. After these repairs are completed and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and make it difficult and expensive. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as quickly as you can.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its original state, it could be devastating to find that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is vital to identify the extent of the damage as fast as is possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area requires replacement. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it once dry. This will eliminate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage from water was severe. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to get rid of the stains. A strong, lingering odor can also be an indication to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case then you may need to replace both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor is able to be cleaned and dried professionally. A professional company will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or salvageable. If the carpet you have is already in poor shape, some drying methods could further harm it.

A few of the factors that determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Do your carpets need to be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. After the company completes their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The severity of the damage determines the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, significant damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, including wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. Therefore, in the majority of cases drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to isolate the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood can be brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural problems with their property following flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to avoid future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems depending on how it is handled. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a building or home.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. Roof leaks can result in the growth of mold, which can prove fatal. Leakage in the roof can cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent when it comes to roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

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

Damage to the Pipe Water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. Once you’ve determined there’s a leak, it is important to call an expert to prevent the water from creating structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the price of cleaning up water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Will Water Damage Be Covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies 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 occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be described as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the damage to your property is the result of a flood, the event is not covered under the homeowners insurance. A flood policy is required. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.