Flood damage restoration service – San Marin

Property owners in San Marin experience burst pipe damage regularly. 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.

Water damage is more common when water gets into a structure or residence through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than just drying the interior. Modern water damage remediation tactics, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist – So Call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not advisable. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the knowledge and skills of experts. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity for professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can pose.

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

There are really important reasons that water damage professionals should follow these guidelines. There are certain situations that require our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate a site for contamination take samples, perform lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a likelihood of adverse health effects, the people who live there are required to determine the contaminants that are suspected or any other reason that there might be concern over contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class based on the extent of the invasion of water.

The water that enters the structure was classified according to its contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 involves water that has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause illness or discomfort when inhaled or consumed. It could include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents within it. Most often, this is due to contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or harmful substances.


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

The lowest amount of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with around five percent or less construction materials which absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.

Class 2 means that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the floor, ceiling and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood, or the masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of flooring, walls and ceiling surfaces are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. and where other materials that do not absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from a building. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air mover. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The substance is then damp or wet due to this.

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

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from liquid state to gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

In this way the object will no longer absorb additional water from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is attained, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the entire surface that is controlled through a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where no air mover is used.

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

Use heat to assist the drying process.

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration job. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their many power ratings.

You can also reduce or turn off the electric heater as the work is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy you can alter the power of one heater, while also increasing its power.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very little water They are used for restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and take longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large space with these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in place.

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


To dry buildings and houses that are damaged due to flooding, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

Apart from removing water out of the air, such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also eliminate up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. The hardwood floors damaged must be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity the floors must be sanded, then refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets Damaged by Water

If you have been unfortunate enough to have flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water has been eliminated from the area immediately, there is an opportunity that you will have to replace your flooring eventually.

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

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the severity of the damage as soon as possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether the affected region should be replaced. There’s a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used once it is dry and this will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting if the water damage was very serious. There are times when you have to change your flooring to get rid of the stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. If you find this to be the case then you may need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. Professionals will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or re-usable. Keep in mind that some methods employed for drying may cause further damage to the carpet when it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet might be dry however the risk of mildew growth is still present if the padding under it is not dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after an event of flooding. Once the cleaning is complete, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing a portion of drywall and then cleaning the affected area and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin significant damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to isolate the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood will get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible to avoid future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is handled. If the issue isn’t treated quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can result from natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a structure or home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major negatives. Leaks in the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Electrical problems are also common in roof water damage, which can cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment becomes inoperable, it can cause the structure of your home. 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.

Water damage to pipes

If you have pipe water damage, it is most likely coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s important to call an expert to stop the water from creating structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can provide for the repair or replacement of damaged windows, but not for damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear to the surface or object due to exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy would be mandatory. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding may occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.