San Carlos

Water damage remediation – San Carlos

Homeowners in San Carlos get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or residence by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they call on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to buildings and homes as well as the risk they create.

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

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. In certain circumstances, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and knowledge to assess an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is crucial in cases where the building’s residents are at risk or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The class is based on how contaminated the water entering the structure has been. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. This could be due to leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or harmful substances.


The IICRC has also established classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

The lowest level of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction substances which absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold in water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

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

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. Other materials such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 means that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not readily absorb water, such as plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to dry a water damaged Building or House


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and the process of evaporation. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The faster the structure is dried, the better. The quantity of materials to be extracted can affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as possible is taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it is moistened. In the process, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to being saturated.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous one. The process is called evaporation.

In other words the object does not absorb any more moisture from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. Once saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the process of evaporation the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create a strong airflow over the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than the typical household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than the natural environment, in which there is no air movement.

High-velocity airflow leaves the surface dry and absorbs the moisture that is drawn out by air movement.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration task. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying tasks which require the use of various heating sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their numerous wattages.

Electric heat can also be capable of being shut off or reduced during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while raising 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 very popular in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating very little emissions. They typically operate using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to run electric heaters. Because they are so efficient in 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 help dry out buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that is severely affected by water damage every 24 hours.

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also get rid of up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you’ve experienced a flood in your home this can be a stressful and expensive experience. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as quickly as possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home to pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as possible. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it after drying. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe It is likely that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In certain instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering scent. If this is the case then you may need to replace both your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to find out whether your floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We will be able to assess whether your carpet needs to be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can further damage the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

The main factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

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

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately but the chance of mold growth is present if the padding under it is not dried as well.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of damage. Repairing water damage is simple as taking out the drywall section cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

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

Mold spores can be found in water damaged drywall that is difficult to eliminate. In the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment which allow us to identify how large and where the moisture has become. This helps us identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and contract. It is much easier to break wood when it is moistened by water. The wood may get brittle if left 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 a flood or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it is important to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible to avoid future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems depending on how it is dealt with. If the problem isn’t treated promptly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks can be very costly and might have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

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

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in the structure of your home. You are putting your home and business at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can lead to a number of serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

Damage to pipes typically caused by a burst pipe within your home. If you’ve discovered an issue, it’s crucial to get an expert to prevent the water from causing structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. If your pipes fail they can let water into your home, causing severe damage , and may require repairs for water damage – a process that can bring with it structural damages.

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

What’s the price to fix 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 breakdown of pricing per square foot.

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 black water $7/sq. Ft.

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear to a surface or object because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property results from flooding, the incident would not be covered by the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding may occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.