Flooding damage repair – Port Costa

Property owners in Port Costa experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more complex than simply drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional 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 in place so call an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage by using DIY methods that can be discovered on the internet. This is a mistake. The management of water damage is according to the established guidelines. These guidelines call for the knowledge 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 exists because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they present.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

There are many reasons why water damage experts must adhere to these guidelines. There are situations that warrant us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and training to evaluate a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants are at risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The category refers to how dirty the water that enters the structure was. Category 1 water originates from a clean source such as the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 involves water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort should it be consumed or ingested. It could include sources that are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly affected, which means that it may have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent in it. Most often, this is due to contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the building exterior. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

The lowest level of water absorption and the most water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% the building substances which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or hold in water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5% to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is constructed from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, or masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of floor, wall and ceiling materials are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. and where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ various extraction methods. We have tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible has been taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. The material gets wet or damp due to this.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

In the evaporation process, water molecules jump from a liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is referred to as evaporation.

In this way it is does not absorb any more moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They create a strong air flow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

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

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than in the natural environment, in which there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was drawn away by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration task. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks which require the use of multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off when the work is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater and increase its capacity.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very little water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

When electric heaters cannot be utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electric power source.


We utilize Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to dry buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of moisture from damp structures which have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can get rid of up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

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

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as quickly as you can.

It would be devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best state after having spent lots of time and money to repair it.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damages as soon as you can. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether the damaged area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet, then use it once dry. This can eliminate concerns about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was extensive. In some cases, the only way to get rid of the stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to consider replacing your carpet is a strong and lingering odor. If you find this to be the case then you may need to replace both the padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or repairable. Be aware that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

The main factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Can your carpets be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, this can affect the time that your carpet is clean. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after a flood. After the company completes their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage determines the type and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage could be as easy as taking out some drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

The other side is that major damage could require whole-wall replacement including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in drywall damaged by water that is difficult to remove. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine where and how extensive the water has grown. This helps us identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can cause structural damage as well, because it causes the wood to expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, there can be a significant amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners making immediate changes to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following an event like a flood or water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not all water concerns cause structural damage, it is essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of problems depending on how it’s treated. It can lead to serious structural damage if not addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. Roof damage could cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a structure or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be costly and may have significant drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could result in the growth of mold, which can prove fatal. A roof that is leaky could cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix 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. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment becomes inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your house. Without HVAC it is exposed to the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to the Pipe Water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is a leak, it’s important for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in serious damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

When you see broken pipe water damage, shut off the water supply.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on the square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

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

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

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident would not be covered by a homeowners policy. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific areas. Flooding can happen due to flooding, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams in combination with high winds.