Flooding damage repair – Santa Susana

Property owners in Santa Susana get hit with flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to get into a home or building, water damage occurs most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available Contact an Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be discovered on the internet. This is a mistake. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. These 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 instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the associated risks.

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

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the health of a building, collect samples, get lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

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

Water damage by categorizes and classes


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

The water entering the building was classified according to its level of contamination. Category 1 is water that originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, 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 if contacted or consumed. This can include sources which are not usually considered to be a threat such as discharges from washing machines, or overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered extremely contaminated. It may contain pathogenic, toxic, or any other hazardous substances. Most often, this is due to contamination by toilet backflows following the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This category of water can include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


You can also utilize the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and water. It is the case when water comes into contact about 5% or less with building materials that absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

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

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

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 is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The quantity of material to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction methods. We use a variety of tools including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as possible is removed.

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

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process the water molecules leap from liquid state to gaseous state. This is called the process of evaporation.

In this way the object does not absorb any more water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. As soon as saturation is reached, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful airflow over the entire surface, which is directed by a filter that covers the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

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

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and draws in the water that was drawn out by the air movers.

Using Heat To Assist The Drying Process

The most important element in any water damage restoration project is the use of heat. We make use of a variety heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs that require the use of various heat sources. They can be found in various energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat can also be capable of being reduced or turned off while the job is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the power of another one to improve efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water Electric heaters are used for restoration projects. They take longer to warm up and need longer drying time.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little carbon dioxide. They can be run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying area warm without the need of electricity.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints water from an un-dry structure that is severely affected by water damage each 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Hardwood floors damaged by water have to be removed so that repairs can be made from the subflooring upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. Next, the hardwood boards damaged need to be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and repaired after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have an incident of flooding in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as quickly as possible.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

This is why it is important to assess the extent of damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and used after drying and this will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting if the damage to your carpet was serious. In certain instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. It’s time to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. Professionals will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or salvageable. Be aware that some methods employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet if it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine how large and where the humidity has gotten. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to those areas that are only damaged.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and shrink. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much easier to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, it could cause a significant amount of rot within the wood which can cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair water-related structural issues with their property after an event like a flood or damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by a number of reasons. Although not all water problems could cause structural damage, it is important to fix foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the problem isn’t addressed promptly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. In addition to the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Leaking roofs can be extremely costly and might have significant negatives. Roof leaks can lead to mold growth and can be fatal. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Electrical problems are also common in the case of roof water damage which can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. If you do not have HVAC you’re opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been leak, it’s crucial for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing severe damage and requiring repairs for water damage – a process that can cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you notice damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to repair the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses vary. The following pricing breakdown is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of an object or surface due to exposure, insufficient preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy is mandatory. In certain areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur because of flooding, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans together with high winds.