Flood damage restoration service – San Ramon

Homeowners in San Ramon get hit with burst pipe 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.

The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or home through a storm, flood, or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and evident. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It is more complicated than simply drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern methods for water damage remediation such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that depend on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damages on every project.

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place, collect samples, get lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s occupants are at risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Water damages caused according to categories and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class, based on the degree of flood.

The water entering the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. This can include sources which may not normally seem like dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be classified as extremely contaminated. It could be contaminated by toxic, pathogenic, or any other dangerous substances. It can be caused by leaks from toilet traps, as well as the flooding of streams and rivers. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals that are regulated, toxic materials, or chemicals in it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has entered your property. This system is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or home should be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. It is the case the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% the building substances that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and finished/coated wood are just a few examples.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or the masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure dries the more efficient. The amount of stuff that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s wet. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is called the process of evaporation.

This means that the object is no longer able to absorb water from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They produce strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry objects around 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and absorbs the moisture pulled away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration job. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. They are available in several different wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while increasing the power of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very less water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need more time to dry.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of an electric source.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to flooding, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

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

In addition to removing water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing 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 from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. The hardwood floors affected need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and make it costly and difficult to repair. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as soon as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home to its original state, it could be depressing to discover that the end result leaves something to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible. The first step is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There is a way to wash the carpet and then use it once dry. This will eliminate any worries about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very extensive. In some instances the only solution to remove these stains is to replace the flooring. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. It’s time to replace your padding and carpet when this happens.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before you decide whether to change it. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or repairable. Be aware that some methods used for drying can also further damage the carpet even if it’s already in bad condition.

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

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean is affected when the padding underneath it is damaged. Although your carpet may have dried quickly, mildew growth is still possible if the padding underneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after the flood. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies based on the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as taking out some drywall and cleaning the area and replacing it.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the costs to the areas that are damaged in a way that is necessary.

The water can also cause structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened with water. The wood will become brittle if it is allowed to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this problem, it’s crucial for homeowners and building owners to take care of structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. Although not all water issues result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger various issues in the manner it is handled. If the damage is not addressed quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage could cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a building or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks can be very costly and can have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof can cause mildew and mold to develop, which could cause death. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and become soft if you don’t address them immediately. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can cause the structure of your home. Your home and business at risk because you do not have HVAC. It can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve identified leak, it’s crucial to get a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause severe damage. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. It could cause structural damage.

When you see water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the supply of water.

What is the cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs will vary depending on how many square feet you own. The following breakdown of pricing is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

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

Neglect is defined as damage to an object or surface that is the result of the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can happen because of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.