Water damage restoration service – San Lorenzo

Property owners in San Lorenzo suffer 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 storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building water damage is more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, but sometimes it’s subtle or even hidden.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. Modern water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that, in the past, would have required a complete structural replacement, that is to say, in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call an Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY methods that can be found online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they require the skills and tools of experts. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of each project’s damage.

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to adhere to these guidelines. In some situations, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building and collect samples, conduct laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The water entering the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. This could include water that isn’t obvious as a danger such as the effluent from washing machines or spills from toilets.

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


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of construction substances which absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 means that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It is approximately 5% to 40% of the combined ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. Other materials like cement or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has been deeply stuck in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This will require more time to dry 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 at most 500 times more effective than airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the better. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction methods. We employ a range of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The material becomes damp or wet as a result.

The saturation level is described as the point at which it is impossible to hold any more moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

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

In other words, the object does not absorb any more moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover can move between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

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

Use heat to assist the drying process

Heat is an important component of any restoration project. We make use of a variety heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. This is due to the fact that they come in a variety of energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also adjustable, allowing it to be reduced or turned off during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of another one to improve efficiency, and decrease your expenses for energy.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work since they generate virtually no emissions and require very little water. They take longer to heat up and require more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up and generating minimal emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

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

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electric power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water from a damp structure that has been severely affected by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to extracting water out of the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove up to 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are prone to water damage

If you have experienced a flood in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s still a chance that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

It would be devastating to discover that your house is not in the best condition after you have spent lots of time and money to repair it.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as possible. One of the first things that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area needs to be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after it has dried, and this cleaning will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is severe there is a chance that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to remove these stains. An odor that is persistent and strong can also be an indication to change your carpet. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to assess whether the flooring is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service will be able to help you determine how serious the damages were. We will be able to assess whether your carpet should be replaced or salvaged. Be aware that certain methods employed for drying may harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

Some of the considerations that determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, this can affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew development is there if the padding underneath it has not dried as well.

The safest way to ensure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. When the firm has finished their job, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The severity of the damage will determine the kind and way to repair drywall. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing a section of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

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

There are spores of mold in water damaged drywall that is hard to get rid of. In the majority of cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine where and how extensive the water has grown. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and shrink. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, there can be an extensive amount of rot on the wood which can make it break easily.


In order to counteract this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage event.

Foundation Water Damage

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect the foundation of a house. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues depending on how it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t treated quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. As well as creating roof leaks damage can also result in issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak on the roof can cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A roof that is leaky could affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. Without HVAC, you are exposed to the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. If you’ve discovered a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. When your pipes break and water enters your home, causing severe damages and necessitating repairs for water damage – a process that can cause structural damage.

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

What’s the price to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. The following pricing breakdown is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically appropriate if the damage is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US declares that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. A flood policy is necessary. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen because of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.