Water damage remediation – Santa Fe

Property owners in Santa Fe experience burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. Water damage can be controlled according to established guidelines. These guidelines call for the skills and tools of professionals. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water destruction to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts should follow these guidelines. In certain circumstances, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the training to assess the condition of a place take samples, perform lab testsand provide us with the type of water damage.

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

Water damage by types and classes


Restoration of water damage projects are classified into categories and class depending mostly on the severity of the flooding of water.

The water that enters the structure was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean such as the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These sources can be waters that are not readily apparent as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely polluted. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or any other hazardous substances. Usually this means contamination by toilet backflows following the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the exterior of the building. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This is basically setting guidelines for the level of saturation of the building or home.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% the building substances that absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 means that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This is about 5% up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster, wood, concrete, or the masonry.

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

The water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three methods for removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than airmovers. 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.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction techniques. We make use of a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

After the water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. As a result, the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

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

In another way, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object in two areas during the evaporation process. They produce strong airflow that is directed by a filter system.

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

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions in which there was no air movement.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been drawn out by the air movers.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

A key component in any water damage restoration is heat. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we employ a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs that require the use of several different heating sources. They are available in several different energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy you can alter the power of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

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

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are able to heat quickly and release very little CO2. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in that they do not use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to power electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the requirement of electricity.


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

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

Apart from removing water from the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove up to 99percent of mold spores that are airborne in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove water damaged hardwood floors to allow repairs to be made by removing the subflooring.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be replaced or sanded. To ensure uniformity, all floors should be sanded, then repaired after these repairs are completed.

Water Damage To Carpeting

Floods can cause serious damage to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best condition after you have spent lots of time and money to restore it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether or not the damaged area needs to be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after drying and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage has been very severe It is likely that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to remove the stain. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpeting is a strong and lingering smell. If it is then you may have to replace the padding and carpet.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to replace it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of just how bad the water damage was. We can evaluate whether or not the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. Be aware that certain methods used for drying can also further damage the carpet even if it’s already in bad condition.

The main factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Are your carpets dry and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

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 can still occur when the padding beneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning service is the best option to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following the flood. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The degree of damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall section cleaning it, after that, replacing it.

The other side is that serious damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is hard to get rid of. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that help us determine the extent to which water has grown. This allows us to isolate areas of damage and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

The water can also cause structural damage because it causes the wood material to expand and expand and contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s a lot easier to break. The wood may get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to take care of structural damage caused by the effects of moisture on their home immediately following the water or flood incident.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by many reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues in the manner it is addressed. It could cause serious structural damage if not addressed quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in issues with the walls and foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major negatives. Leakage in the roof could result in the growth of mold that could be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly they could cause your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical faults which could lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage dealt with immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment becomes faulty, this can definitely result in structural damage to your home. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of very serious health problems.

Pipe water damage

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve identified an issue, it’s essential to contact an expert to prevent the water from damaging the structure.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. If your pipes fail and water enters your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can result in structural damage.

Turn off the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot, water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Are water damage covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage was the result of neglect.

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

A homeowners policy would not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.