Water damage remediation – Simi

Homeowners in Simi get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or residence through a storm, flood, or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required a complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available Contact a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage with DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a bad idea. Water damage can be controlled by following the 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 is necessary to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the category and class of damage to each project.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals should follow these guidelines. There are instances that require the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a person who has the expertise and experience to analyze an area for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, are a chance of adverse health consequences, or the occupants have a desire to know the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason for concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class, based on the degree of flooding of water.

The category is based on how polluted the water that enters the structure has been. Category 1 water originates from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water contains high levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. This can include sources which may not normally seem like an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful agents within it. This usually means contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s courses to determine how much water has penetrated your property. This system is basically a guideline for how saturated a building or house is.

The lowest amount of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This is when water comes into contact with less than 5% the building substances which absorb water. This is because most substances that are affected by water do not retain or absorb water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It’s about 5% to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling consist of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood, or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. and also where other materials that don’t take in a lot of water, such as concrete or plaster haven’t been negatively affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water is stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main methods of removing water from a building. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods are affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage utilize a variety of extraction methods. We make use of a variety of tools , including subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

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

The saturation level is known as the point where it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. More humid means that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is known as evaporation.

In another way it is does not absorb any more moisture from the air. This is called the saturation point. When saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

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

Air mover is able to transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than an ordinary fan, or an ordinary fan used in the home.

The item is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than natural conditions where there was no air movement.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs the water that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. This means that you could reduce one heater while raising the wattage of another one to improve efficiency and lower cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are well-liked for restoration projects. However, the only drawback is they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

They are also commonly used in situations where there is no electrical power to run electric heaters. Because they are so efficient in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electric power source.


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

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

Apart from removing water from the air like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also eliminate up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Repairing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed starting from the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be replaced or sanded. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and then refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage To Carpeting

If you have experienced flooding in your house this can be a stressful and expensive experience. Even if the water has been eliminated from the area right away, there’s the possibility that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

It would be devastating to discover that your home isn’t in the best condition after you have spent lots of time and money to fix it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet and then use it again after drying. This can alleviate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some cases, the only way to eliminate these stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

Next, determine if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. A professional company will assist you in determining how severe the damage was. We will be able to evaluate whether or not your carpet should be replaced or salvaged. If the carpet you have is damaged, a few drying methods can cause further damage to it.

Many factors determine the need for padding or carpet need to be replaced.

  • What was the percentage of water you find on your carpet?
  • How long was the amount of water that sat on the carpet?
  • What was the source of water?

Can your carpets be dried or cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Although your carpet might have dried quickly however the risk of mildew development is present if the padding beneath it is not dried too.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the cleaning is complete you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the state of your carpeting. You can also decide whether to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage determines the type and technique of repair. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. In the majority of cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools which allow us to identify how large and where the water has grown. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much easier to break wood when it has been moistened with water. The wood will get brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their home immediately following an event like a flood or water damage event.

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it’s important to address foundation issues as quickly as is possible to avoid future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different issues based on the way it’s treated. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Along with causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. Leaks in the roof can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. Leaks in the roof may cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t deal with them right away. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to get roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. The growth of mold can cause serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

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

A ruptured pipe can result in severe damage. Water can enter your home through broken pipes, causing severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

When you see damaged water pipes stop the water supply.

How much does it cost to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following pricing breakdown can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. feet.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/sq. ft.
  • Category 3 blackwater: $7/square. Ft.

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is sudden and unintentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may be used to pay for repairs or replacement of broken windows but not for damages due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or object that results from the weather, lack of maintenance or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

A homeowners policy would not cover water damage caused by flooding. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.