Water damage remediation – Sebastopol

Building owners in Sebastopol get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or structure water damage is most of the time. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and evident. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

It is more complicated than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required a complete structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

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

Many times, building or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be managed by following the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the necessity of professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they present.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to help them determine the extent and type of the damage each project has sustained.

There are really important reasons why water damage experts need to adhere to these guidelines. There are certain situations that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess a site for contamination, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s occupants are at high risk or there is concern about contamination.

Water destruction caused through types and classes


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

The water entering the structure 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 a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. It could include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be considered highly contaminated. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful substances. Usually this means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water arising from the building exterior. The water in this category could have pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials or toxic substances in it.


We can also use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has gotten into your property. This system is basically an indication of how much saturated a structure or house ought to be.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% of the building substances which absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or retain water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster, concrete, wood, or masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. and also where other materials that don’t absorb much water such as plaster or concrete have not 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 times.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are three methods to remove water from a structure. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air mover. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage employ different extraction techniques. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

Once all water is removed, any moisture remaining is dried with high-speed airmovers.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s moistened. The result is that the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid to a gaseous state. This is known as the process of evaporation.

In another way the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation has been reached the drying process commences.

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 completely covers the area of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry objects around 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration task. To dry out materials damaged by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs that require the use of several different heat sources. This is due to the fact that they can be found in various energies, which lets you operate multiple heaters at once.

You can also turn down or off electric heat as the work is done, without affecting other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills you can alter the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very less water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. They are more difficult to heat up and require longer drying time.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. 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 dry buildings and homes that have experienced water damage.

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

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same manner it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also remove the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be removed so that repairs can occur from the subflooring upwards.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be taken off and fixed. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you have experienced flooding in your house, it can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water is taken away from the affected region immediately, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your house isn’t in top condition after you have spent lots of time and money to fix it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the damaged region should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some instances the only solution to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case it is likely that you’ll need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide whether to repair it or replace it. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. We can evaluate whether or not the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. If the carpet you have is already damaged, certain drying techniques can further damage it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets dry or cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet can last. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the work is done, you’ll be able make an informed decision on the state of your carpet. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of the damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then putting it back.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that help us determine the extent to which moisture has become. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or contract. Once the wood is moistened with water, it’s a lot easier to break. If the water is left to sit for a prolonged time, it could cause a significant amount of rot in the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after flooding or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can affect the foundation of a house. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to correct foundational issues as quickly as is possible to prevent further structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger many different problems in the manner it is dealt with. If the issue isn’t taken care of quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in problems with the walls or the foundation of a house or the building.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. The roof’s leaks could cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. Leaks in the roof may cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical problems are also common in roof water damage, which can cause an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Without HVAC you’re opening the interior of your house or business to all kinds of problems. It is possible for mold to grow and lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Damage to pipes caused by water

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a burst pipe within your home. When you’ve discovered that there has been an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause devastating damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, creating extensive damage and requiring repairs for water damage – which can bring with it structural damages.

Turn off the water supply and call a skilled IICRC-certified expert at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repairs and cleanup expenses can vary. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Is water damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

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

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage due to neglect.

If the damage to your property resulted from flooding, the incident will not be covered under a homeowners policy. Instead, a flood insurance policy is necessary. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding may occur because of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans together with high winds.