Water damage remediation – San Ramon Village

Building owners in San Ramon Village get hit with flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building water damage is most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. Modern 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 Exist – So Call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners try to tackle water damage with DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage , and they depend on the tools and skills of experts. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage structures or homes, as well as the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage to each project.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. In certain situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building, collect samples, get lab tests, and then advise us on the category of water damage.

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

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the building was classified based on its contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 is water that has high levels of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. This can include sources which might not appear to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

The water in Category 3 is highly contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents within it. This could be due to backflows of sewage, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from streams and rivers. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has gotten into your property. This system is basically an outline of how saturated a building or home is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% construction materials that absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water don’t absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. This means that between 5 and 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, or masonry.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and also where other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air mover. The faster the structure is dried, the better. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the moisture or water. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

The level of saturation is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any more moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation phase is the moment when water molecules shift from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying begins.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

Air mover is able to transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or even a regular fan used in the home.

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

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs the water pulled out by the air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration work is heating. 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 tasks that require multiple heat sources. They can be found in various energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also capable of being shut off or reduced during the process, without impacting your other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower energy costs.

Since they produce virtually no emissions and require very less water They are used for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to get hot, which requires longer drying time. process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, so it can be challenging to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They are also able to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in the same place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need of electricity.


To dry buildings and houses which have suffered damage due to flooding, we use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of moisture from damp structures that have experienced severe 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 also eliminate up to 99 percent of the airborne mold spores by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be made starting from the subflooring.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. Then the affected hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing an incident of flooding in your home, it can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s an opportunity that you’ll need to replace the flooring in the future.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your home is not in the best condition after spending so much time and money to restore it.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the initial issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the damaged area needs to be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpet if the damage from water was serious. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring in order to eliminate these stains. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. If it is it is likely that you’ll require replacement of both your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to find out whether the flooring is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you have an established company that can handle the cleaning, you’ll be able to determine just how bad the water damage was. We can assess whether your carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Be aware that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors which will decide whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

Do your carpets get professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet might have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew development is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried as well.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after a flood. Once the work is done, you’ll be able take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine 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 as easy as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other side of the coin significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify areas of damage and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and shrink. It is easier to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water remains for a prolonged time, it could cause an extensive amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to break easily.


In order to counteract this issue, it’s important to homeowners and property owners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their property immediately after the water or flood event.

Foundation Water Damage

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different problems depending on how it’s dealt with. If the damage is not taken care of quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is fairly common after natural disasters. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a house or home.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major drawbacks. Roof leaks can result in the growth of mold, which can prove fatal. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

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

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is put in place. Your business and your home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can occur and lead to a number of serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from 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 for you to contact a professional to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause serious damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

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

What is the cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how much square footage you own. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

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

If the cause was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows but not for damages due to negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or object that is caused by exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general wear and tear. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy is necessary. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.