Water damage remediation – San Miguel

Building owners in San Miguel experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to enter a house or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions located online. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage buildings or homes, and the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage on each project.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and experience to analyze a site for contamination collect samples, perform lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the type of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s residents are at high risk or are concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categorizes and classes


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

The water that enters the structure was classified according to the degree of contamination. Category 1 is water that 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 is likely to cause discomfort or illness should it be consumed or ingested. These include sources that are not usually considered to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful substances within it. This can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. The water in this category 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. This system basically sets guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with around five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and retain water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

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

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

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three methods for removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than air movers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forcible Evaporation

After the water has been removed, the remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs moisture and water when it is moistened. In the process, the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to saturation.

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

This signifies that the object is no longer able to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. We call that saturation point the point of evaporation. As soon as saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter that covers the entire surface of the object.

An air mover can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

The object is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions in which no air mover was employed.

Airflows that are high-velocity dry the surface and absorbs moisture pulled out by the airflow.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

A key component in any water damage restoration project is heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs that require the use of several different heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous power ratings.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency, and decrease your energy costs.

Since they produce virtually no emissions and require very minimal water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: The boilers quickly heat up and release very little CO2. They can run on propane or natural gas.

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

They are also commonly used when there is no electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they are able to easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electric power source.


To keep buildings and homes dry that have been damaged by water damage, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can get rid of the 99 percent or more of the airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be completed starting from the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. Then the affected hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and costly experience. Even if the water has been removed from the affected area right away, there’s still a chance that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be devastating to find that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether the affected region should be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after drying, and this cleaning will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe It is likely that you’ll notice marks on your carpet. In some cases the only solution to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding in the event of this.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to change it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Keep in mind that some methods employed for drying may further damage the carpet when it is already in bad condition.

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

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to stay fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding beneath it has not dried too.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the cleaning is complete, you’ll be able make an informed decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The degree of damage will determine the nature and technique of repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing a portion of drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

The opposite of this is that major damage could need to be repaired completely, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened with water. The wood will get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this issue, it’s important for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from water-related issues with their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different issues based on the way it is dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if the issue isn’t addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks and also damage the foundation of a building or home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major drawbacks. Leaks in the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. A leaking roof may also cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical faults are also common when it comes to roof water damage which could cause the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood , or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety 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. If you’ve determined there has been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. When your pipes break, water may enter your home, causing severe damage and requiring water damage repair – which can bring with it structural damages.

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 damaged water pipes.

What’s the cost for the restoration of water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Can Water Damage be covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement for a broken window, however, not if the damage is a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the water damage is the result of a flood, the event is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy is required. Mortgage lenders may require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can happen due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water like rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams together with high winds.