Flooding damage repair – Sonoma

Property owners in Sonoma get hit with flood damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or building water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It is more complicated than just drying the interior of the building to repair water damage. With the most modern methods for water damage restoration Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required total structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Exist and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not a good idea. The management of water damage is according to the established guidelines. These guidelines require the knowledge and skills of professionals. These guidelines are included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. The guide was created due to the need for professional standardisation in situations involving water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they create.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to help them assess the type and extent of each project’s damage.

There are really important reasons that water damage professionals must adhere to these guidelines. There are instances that require our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and training to evaluate a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests and give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is crucial when the building’s residents are in danger or there is concern about contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into categories and class based on the extent of the flood.

The water entering the structure was classified based on the degree of contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water comes from a clean source such as a water source that burst, or even a sink or tub.

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

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents in it. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and floods of water from rivers and streams. This water can contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes that we follow in determining the degree of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically an indication of the amount of water a building or residence is.

Class 1 means the least amount of water and absorption. This is when the water comes into contact about 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is usually the case where most of the substances affected by water have low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete, finished/coated wood, masonry or plaster.

Class 2 means that there is significant absorption of water and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5% and 40% of the total floor, ceiling and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete or masonry.

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard which make up Class 3 comprise around 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 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 means that water is trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The quicker the structure dries the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water has been taken away.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The object gets wet or damp due to this.

The level of saturation is known as the point where it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time when water molecules change from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. This is known as evaporation.

In another way it is will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

High-efficiency air movers dry objects on two sides in the evaporation phase. They generate a large airflow across the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

A fan that moves air can transport between 10 and 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

The item is dried using airmovers around 10 times faster than in natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and draws in the water that was drawn out by the air movers.

Utilize heat to aid in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements for any water damage restoration work is heating. We employ a variety of heaters to dry materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their numerous Wattages.

Electric heat is also able to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, without affecting your other heaters. This means you can reduce one heater while raising the wattage of another to maximize efficiency, and decrease your expenses for energy.

Since they produce virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water, electric heaters are very used in restoration projects. However, the only drawback is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process generally.

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

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating because they don’t use forced-air heat to disperse heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly using these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry out jobs that do not require walls or ceilings to be in their place.

Hydronic boilers are often used in situations where there is no electricity to run electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they can easily keep your drying space warm, even without an electrical power source.


To dry buildings and houses that have been damaged by flooding, we employ low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of extracting 170 pints of water in a damp structure that is severely affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is essential to take away the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed from the subflooring up.

The subflooring must be taken off and repaired before. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged must be replaced or sanded. After these repairs are completed, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant damages to your house and make it difficult and expensive. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have eliminated the water from the area as fast as possible.

It would be devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top condition after spending so much time and money to restore it.

This is why it is important to assess the extent of the damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether the damaged area should be replaced. There’s a good chance that the carpet will be cleaned and still used after it has dried and this will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpet if the water damage was very extensive. In some instances, the only way to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is a persistent and strong scent. It’s time to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. A professional company will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our company will assess the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or salvageable. Remember that certain methods used for drying can also cause further damage to the carpet even if it’s already in poor condition.

Many factors determine whether the carpet or padding should be replaced.

Are your carpets dry and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, this can affect how long the carpet can last. Although your carpet has been dried quickly, mildew growth may still be present in the padding beneath if it is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following flooding is to employ an expert carpet cleaning service. After the company completes their task, you’ll be capable of making an informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The process for repairing drywall varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage may be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

On the other hand of the coin serious damages could necessitate a total reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that can’t be easily removed. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, because it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it has been moistened by water. The wood can become brittle if it is left to dry in water for too long.


This problem can be avoided by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues with their property after a flood or other water-related damage.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage could affect the foundation of a house. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the damage is not taken care of quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a building or the foundation of a home.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof could cause mold and mildew to develop, which could be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damage to the roof truss system.

If you don’t fix leaks in your ceiling right away, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage repaired quickly 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 is defective equipment is put in place. You are putting your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe water damage

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there is a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. The water could enter your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

Stop the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost to restore the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

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

Homeowners insurance policies are usually used if the damage is sudden and not intentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a damaged window, but not when the damage occurs as a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear on the surface or object due to exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property results from an event that is a flood, it will not be covered under homeowner’s insurance. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.