Water damage remediation – Simi

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The most common cause of water damage is when water gets into a structure or home through a storm, flood or ruptured pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more complex than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are readily available – Call an Professional

Oftentimes, home or building owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they call on the equipment and expertise of experts. These guidelines can be included 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 structures or homes, as well as the risks associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to determine the extent and type of the project’s damages.

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must adhere to these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual who has the expertise and training to evaluate a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests, then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there are a chance of adverse health effects, the occupants have a desire to know the suspected contaminants or any other reason to raise concerned about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class depending mostly on the extent of the flooding of water.

The water entering the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 means that the water comes from a clean source, such as a water source that burst, or tub or sink.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. This can include sources which might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents within it. It can be caused by sewage backflows, toilet trap leaks, and the flooding of rivers and streams. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic substances in it.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This is basically a guideline for the amount of water a building or house is.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. This is where the water comes in contact with around five percent or less construction materials that absorb water. This is the situation in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold water. Examples include concrete, coated or finished wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 refers to absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 and 40% of the ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster, or masonry.

The porous materials, such as carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of wall, floor 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 affected in any way.

Class 4 indicates that water is bound in materials that do not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and bricks and mortar. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from a building. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process will be affected by the amount of much material is being removed.

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

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried using high-speed air movers once as much water as possible is removed.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. As a result, the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. The process is called evaporation.

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

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

A fan that moves air can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

The object is dried by airmovers about 10 times faster than the natural environment where there was no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was taken away by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

A key component of any restoration work is the use of heat. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we employ various types of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry jobs which require multiple sources of heat. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their many wattages.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be turned down or off during the process, but without impacting other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills, you can adjust the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its wattage.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are used for restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES),: These boilers heat up quickly and release very little CO2. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in that they don’t utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat a large area using these kinds of heaters. They can also be used to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electricity to run electric heaters. They can produce radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need for electricity.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and homes that have experienced water damage.

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

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

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be ripped up so repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be replaced or sanded. In order to ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded and refinished after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

If you have been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home it could be a stressful and expensive experience. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as soon as possible.

It would be devastating to discover that your home is not in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first things to address is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after it has dried and the cleaning process will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive It is likely that you will have noticeable stains on your carpeting. In some instances the only solution to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. If this is the case then you may need to replace both the padding and carpet.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you will be able to determine how severe the water damage was. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

A variety of factors can determine the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried and cleaned?

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect how long the carpet is clean. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly, the possibility of mildew growth is still there if the padding underneath it is not dried out as well.

The safest way to ensure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

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

Mold spores can be found in damaged drywall, which is difficult to eliminate. In most instances, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to assess the extent of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood when it has been moistened by water. The wood may be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential for homeowners and building owners to take care of structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are numerous reasons why water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not every water issue cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as soon as possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can lead to many different problems depending on how it’s dealt with. It could cause serious structural damage if not treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also very common after natural catastrophes. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or building.

Roof leaks are expensive and may have significant drawbacks. A leak in the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could be deadly. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause your rafters decay and soften. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults that can cause an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have roof water damage taken care of promptly following a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. Without HVAC you’re opening the interior of your business or home to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Pipe water damage is usually caused by a ruptured pipe in your home. When you’ve discovered that there’s been a leak, it’s important for you to contact a professional to stop the water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage. When pipes are damaged, water may enter your home, causing severe damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could bring with it structural damages.

Stop the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the cost for restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs will vary depending on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing for each square foot:

Can Water Damage be covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a broken window, but not when the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear on the surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance does not cover damage from neglect.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by a homeowners policy. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.