Water damage remediation – San Geronimo

Building owners in San Geronimo get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by 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 get into a home or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage by using DIY methods that can be discovered online. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they require the equipment and expertise of professionals. These guidelines are available 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 destruction to buildings and homes and the risks they create.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damages on every project.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. 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 knowledge to assess an area for contamination, take samples, run lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, are a chance of adverse health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the suspected contaminants or have another reason to raise concern over contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types, depending on how extensive the infiltration of water is.

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

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is inhaled or touched. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a threat like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. This could be due to toilet trap leaks, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This is where the water is in contact with about 5% or less with construction materials which absorb water. This is the situation that the majority of the building materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold in water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor and ceiling materials, with around 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that do not absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water is bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like concrete, wood, and the masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three ways to get rid of water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals use a variety techniques. We employ a range of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb moisture and water when it’s moistened. In the process, the material gets dampened or wet.

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

The evaporation process occurs when water molecules change from the state of liquid to a gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

This signifies that the object no longer absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate a large air flow over the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

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

Airflows with high velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by airflow.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration project. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous wattages.

Electric heat is also able to be turned down or off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy you can alter the wattage of a heater and increase its wattage.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water They are popular for restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are able to heat quickly and release very little CO2. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They are also able for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used when there is no electrical power to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for an electric source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have suffered extensive water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to removing water from the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove as much as 99% of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed by removing the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. The damaged hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house it could be a stressful and costly experience. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s devastating to find out that your home is not in the best condition after you have spent so much time and money to fix it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and then use it once dry. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some cases, you may need to replace your flooring in order to get rid of the stains. A persistent, strong odor may also be the reason to change your carpet. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll have to replace your carpet and padding.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide whether to replace it. A professional company will assist you in determining how severe the damages were. We can evaluate whether or not the carpet should be replaced or saved. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

Can your carpets be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately but the chance of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it has not dried too.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision on the condition of your carpet. You can also decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage can be simple as taking out an area of drywall cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that major damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine how large and where the moisture has become. This helps us identify areas of damage and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a lengthy time, it could cause a significant amount of rot in the wood which can make it break easily.


This problem can be avoided by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair water-related structural issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage can affect the foundation of a house. Although not all water issues cause structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of problems based on how it’s dealt with. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. As well as creating roof leaks damage can also result in problems with the walls or foundations of a building.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could cause death. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you do not take action immediately. Electrical problems are also common in roof water damage, which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your home or business to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause severe damage. The water can get into your home through damaged pipes, causing extensive damage. This could lead to structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

How much does it cost to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how much square footage you have. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of a surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover damage due to 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 is mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground and overflowing bodies or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.