Flooding damage repair – Sobrante Park

Homeowners in Sobrante Park experience flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to enter a house or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage using DIY solutions that can be located online. This is not advisable. Water damage can be managed by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the risks associated with it.

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

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage need to follow these guidelines. There are certain situations that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is a person who has the skills and knowledge to assess an area for contamination, take samples, run lab tests and give us advice on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is especially important in cases where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Projects for water damage restoration are divided into two categories in accordance with the degree of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the building was classified according to its level of contamination. The first category is water that comes from a clean source like an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water contains significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that might not appear to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents in it. Usually this means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water arising from the building exterior. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion into your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest degree of water absorption , and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. This happens when water comes into contact with less than 5% the building materials that absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water won’t retain or absorb water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This means that between 5 to 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is made of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, plaster, or masonry.

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

Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood that are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying techniques.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a structure. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage experts use a variety methods. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water is taken away.

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some moisture or water. The substance gets wet or damp due to this.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. More humid means that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous form. The process is referred to as evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation stage high-efficiency air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

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

Airmovers dry the object around 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and absorbs the water that was taken away by the air movers.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

The most important element for any water damage restoration project is heat. To dry out materials that have been affected by water, we make use of a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs that require several different heat sources. This is because they are available in several different power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

Electric heat is also capable of being reduced or turned off when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of one heater and increase its wattage.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration projects because they produce essentially no emissions and require very little water. They take longer to heat up and take more time for drying.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating in the sense that they don’t make use of forced air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat a large area with these types of heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often employed when there isn’t enough electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints moisture from damp structures that have experienced extensive water damage within 24 hours.

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. Next, the hardwood boards damaged must be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets Damaged by Water

Floods can cause severe damage to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as quickly as is possible.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after spending many hours and dollars to repair it.

In this regard, it is crucial to determine the extent of the damages as soon as you can. The first thing to do is to determine if the damaged area requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can eliminate worries about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage from water was serious. In some cases the only solution to get rid of the stains is to replace the flooring. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case, then you will likely have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not you’ll need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor can be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damages were. We can determine if your carpet should be replaced or can be salvaged. If the carpet you have is already damaged, a few drying techniques can further damage it.

The main factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Do your carpets need to be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet is clean. Although your carpet may have dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible if the padding underneath isn’t dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the work is done, you’ll be able take a shrewd decision on the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The severity of the damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and then replacing it.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. It is much easier to break wood if it is moistened by water. The wood will get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after a flood or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are a variety of reasons that water damage could affect the foundation of a home. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s treated. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also very common after natural catastrophes. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow, which can prove fatal. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system, which can cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that your rafters to degrade and become soft. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. You are putting your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. The growth of mold can cause severe health issues.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you have pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. If you’ve determined there is leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

A burst pipe can cause serious damage. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating repair of water damage. This is an event that could cause structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What is the cost to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Are water damages insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional homeowners insurance policies will usually 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 from neglect could be defined as wear and tear to the surface or object due to exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a US-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property resulted from flooding, the incident is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in some regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.