Flood damage restoration service – Sand Hill

Building owners in Sand Hill 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 fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to seep into a home or building water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is evident and obvious. Other times, it’s more subtle or unreported.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior to fix water damage. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, 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 in place – So Call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration professionals like Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage on each project.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. There are certain situations that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the skills and experience to analyze a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are classified into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The water entering the structure was classified according to the degree of contamination. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like a tub or sink or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause illness or discomfort when inhaled or consumed. It could include sources that are not usually considered to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be classified as extremely contaminated. It could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other hazardous substances. This can be caused by toilet trap leaks, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact around 5percent or less of building materials that absorb water. This is due to the fact that most of the substances that are affected by water don’t hold or absorb water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 5% up to 40% of combined ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials like plaster, concrete, wood or the masonry.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including about 40% in class 3. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been affected in any way.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water is bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from buildings. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more efficient than air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage experts utilize a variety of extraction techniques. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools Self-propelled tools, self-propelled instruments, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The material gets wet or damp because of this.

The degree of saturation is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation phase, water molecules jump from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is called evaporation.

In this way it is no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects in two areas during the evaporation phase. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filter system.

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

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

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

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

The most important element in any water damage restoration is heating. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs which require the use of various heat sources. This is because they come in a variety of wattages, allowing you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater while the job is being completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your expenses for energy.

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

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are able to heat quickly and emit very little carbon dioxide. They are typically run using propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be difficult to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough power available to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints water from an un-dry structure which has been badly affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to removing water out of the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed, the entire floor should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant damage to your home and cause it to be costly and difficult to repair. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

After spending time and money restoring your home back to its pre-flooding condition, it will be depressing to discover that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

This is why it is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet and use it after drying. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only solution to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If it is then you may need to replace both your padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to repair it or replace it. A professional service will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

Many factors determine whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding beneath it has not dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following an event of flooding. Once the work is done you’ll be able to take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of the damage. Repairing water damage could be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

The other side is that serious damage could require whole-wall replacement including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

There are spores of mold in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood to expand or shrink. After the wood has been moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there could be an extensive amount of rot within the wood, which could cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural problems with their property following flooding or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it is important to correct foundational issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause a variety of issues based on the way it’s treated. If the problem isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof can cause mold and mildew to develop, which could cause death. Leakage in the roof can also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in the case of roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to have roof water damage taken care of quickly after 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 installed. Your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe damage due to water, it will likely be coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you have determined that there’s been a leak, it’s important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing severe damage and requiring repairs for water damage – an event that could result in structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you spot broken pipe water damage.

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

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages due to negligence.

Damage caused by neglect can be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages from neglect.

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