Water damage remediation – Sobrante

Building owners in Sobrante experience flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water seeps into a building or house by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipes. Sometimes the damage is apparent and obvious. Sometimes, the damage is subtle or under-reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complex than simply drying out the interior. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration, often restorers like Critical Control can mitigate damage that previously would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available Contact for a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be discovered online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they require the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the need for professional standardisation of situations that involve water damage to buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to evaluate the severity and nature of each project’s damage.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. In some situations, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the training to assess the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s occupants might be at risk, is a possibility of negative health effects, the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected or have another reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories in accordance with the degree of the water infiltration is.

The classification refers to how polluted the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 means that the water is from a clean source such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and can cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. These include sources that may not normally seem like a threat such as discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in Category 3 is highly contaminated meaning that it can have pathogenic, toxigenic or any other harmful agent within it. Usually this means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This water can include heavy metals, pesticides or other toxic substances.


It is also possible to use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the structure or the home.

The lowest level of water absorption , and the most water is classified as Class 1. This happens when water is in contact with less than 5% of the building materials that absorb water. This is because most materials that are affected by water do not hold or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It is approximately 5 up to 40% of combined floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous like fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. Other materials such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires more drying time and special drying methods.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or House


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is typically 500 times more effective than airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the better. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both dehumidification and extraction techniques.

Water damage experts employ a variety of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including subsurface extraction tools and self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object gets wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some moisture or water. In the process, the material gets dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible 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 state. This process is known as evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. When saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

In the process of evaporation high-efficiency air moves dry the object on two sides. They create a strong airflow over the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter system that is able to cover the entire surface of the object.

An air mover moves around 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan or an ordinary household fan.

Airmovers dry the object around 10 times faster than in normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and sucks up the water that was taken out by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration job. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the power of another one to improve efficiency and lower energy costs.

Electric heaters are common in restoration work since they generate virtually no emissions and use only a small amount of water. The only issue is they take longer to heat up, requiring longer drying time. process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas with these heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in the same place.

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 requirement of an electric source.


We use Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to keep buildings dry and houses that have suffered water damage.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can extract 170 pints water from damp structures that have suffered massive water damage in just 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water from the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove up to 99percent of airborne mold spores the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be completed by removing the subflooring.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. Next, the hardwood boards affected need to be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe damage to your home and can make repairs difficult and expensive. Even if water is taken away from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to its pre-flooding condition, it will be a shock to discover that the final results leave some things to be desired.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as is possible. One of the first issues to address is whether or not the damaged area should be replaced. There is a good chance that the carpet can be cleaned and still used after drying and this can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the damage to your carpet was severe. In some cases, the only way to remove these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think of replacing your carpeting is a persistent and strong scent. It’s time to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

Next, determine if your floor can be professionally dried before you decide to replace it. A professional company can assist you in determining how severe the damages were. Our company will assess the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or re-usable. If your carpet is already in poor shape, some drying methods can cause further damage to it.

A few of the factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding require replacement are:

Do your carpets get professionally dried, cleaned, and disinfected?

The carpet’s capacity to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible when the padding beneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to make sure your carpeting is clean and dry after the flood. Once the cleaning is complete then you’ll have the ability to make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies according to the extent of damage. Repairing water damage may be as simple as removing the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

The opposite of this is that serious damage could need to be repaired completely, including fiberglass insulation and wall studs.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine how large and where the humidity has gotten. This allows us to isolate damaged areas and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood material to expand and shrink. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. If the water is left to sit for a long period of time, there can be an extensive amount of rot in the wood that can cause it to break easily.


This problem can be avoided by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other water-related damage.

Water Damage in the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage could affect a foundation of a house. While not all water issues can lead to structural damage, it is important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can to avoid future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause a number of different issues dependent on the way it is handled. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, it could cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also result from natural disasters as well as foundation water damage. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Leaking roofs can be extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. A leak on the roof could result in mold and mildew to develop, which could be deadly. Leakage in the roof can cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in your ceiling could cause your rafters’ to degrade and soften if you do not address them immediately. Water damage to the roof could be caused by electrical faults that can cause the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have your roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could result in structural damage to your home. Your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. The growth of mold can cause a variety of very serious health problems.

Water damage to pipes

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. When your pipes break they can let water into your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repairs for water damage – which can bring with it structural damages.

Shut off the water supply and call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipe water damage.

What is the cost of restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Are water damage covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will be used to pay for repairs or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is the result of exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage is the result of an event that is a flood, it would not be covered by a homeowners policy. A flood policy would be required. In some regions the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding may occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like lakes, rivers, ponds rivers, oceans, and streams together with high winds.