Water damage remediation – South Santa Rosa

Property owners in South Santa Rosa get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water enters a building or house through a storm, flood or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and obvious, sometimes it is minor or hidden.

It’s more difficult than just drying out the interior to repair water damage. Modern water damage remediation techniques such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would have required total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions available on the internet. This is inadvisable. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are laid out in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for instances involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines assist restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the kind and severity of the damage on each project.

There are many reasons why water damage experts should adhere to these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is someone who has the skills and training to evaluate a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests, and then provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s occupants are at risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused by categories and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories, depending on how extensive the water infiltration is.

The classification has to do with how dirty the water that entered the structure is. Category 1 implies that the water originates from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or tub or sink.

Category 2 is water that has significant levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort of illness if contacted or consumed. This can include sources which may not normally seem like a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances within it. It can be caused by backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as water flooding from streams and rivers. The water in this category could include heavy metals, pesticides, regulated materials or toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the degree of water intrusion into your property. The system basically serves as an indication of how saturated a building or house is.

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

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This is about 5 up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor, and wall are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and where other materials that do not absorb much water such as concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as concrete, wood, and masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three ways to remove water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation. The removal of liquid water is at minimum 500 times more efficient than simply having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The quicker the structure can dry more efficiently. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We use a variety of tools , including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forcible Evaporation

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

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some of the water or moisture. In the process, the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is closer to saturation.

In the evaporation stage the water molecules leap from a liquid state to a gaseous state. The process is called evaporation.

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. As soon as saturation is attained the drying process starts.

In the evaporation phase high-efficiency air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large air flow over the surface of the object, that is controlled by a filter that completely covers the area of the object.

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

Air movers dry objects about 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface of the object and draws in the moisture that has been drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

A key component in any water damage restoration is the use of heat. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we use various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry jobs that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous power ratings.

Electric heat can also be adjustable, allowing it to be shut off or reduced during the process, without impacting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy you can alter the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use minimal amounts of water. The only issue is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process generally.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little emissions. They typically operate with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They are also able to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be in their place.

If electric heaters are not utilized, hydronic boilers can often be used. Because they are so efficient at producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying space warm even when there is no electric power source.


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

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

In addition to removing water from the air, like an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air, 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 done from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. After that, the hardwood flooring affected need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs difficult and expensive. You may need to replace your flooring, even if you have taken the water out of the area as soon as you can.

It’s devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best condition after you have spent lots of time and money to restore it.

In this regard, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damages as soon as you can. First thing to do is to determine if the damaged part requires replacement. It is possible to clean the carpet, then use it after drying. This can alleviate any worries about the growth of mildew or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

You may notice stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very extensive. Sometimes, you will have to replace your flooring to eliminate the stains. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to get your carpet replaced. If you find this to be the case then you may have to replace your padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor is able to be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional service can aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our company will assess the carpet and decide if it should be replaced or re-usable. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further when it is already in poor condition.

Some of the considerations that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Do your carpets need to be dried or cleaned professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet can last. Even though your carpet is dried quickly, mildew growth may still be present when the padding beneath is not dried.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after a flood is to hire an expert carpet cleaning service. When the firm has finished their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision regarding the condition of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The severity of the damage will determine the kind and technique of repair. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out an area of drywall then cleaning it and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin severe damage might necessitate whole reconstruction of the wall, which could include the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. Therefore, in the majority of cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of the moisture. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water can also cause structural damage since it causes the wood to expand or shrink. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s a lot easier to break. The wood may get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


To prevent this problem, it’s crucial for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from moisture-related problems with their property immediately after a flood or water damage occasion.

Foundation Water Damage

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not every water issue could cause structural damage, it’s important to fix foundational issues as soon as possible to avoid further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of problems depending on how it’s treated. It could cause serious structural damage if it isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. In addition to causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or the building.

Roof leaks are expensive and can have serious drawbacks. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. The leaks in the roof could also result in damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage taken care of immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system begins to fail or brand-new equipment becomes defective, it could result in structural damage to your home. 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 lead to a number of very serious health problems.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it is likely to be from a pipe that has burst in your home. Once you’ve determined there’s leak, it’s essential to contact a professional to stop the water from causing structural damage.

A ruptured pipe can result in devastating damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

When you see damaged water pipes close off the supply of water.

What is the cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Water damage cleanup and repair costs can vary based on how many square feet you have. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Are water damage covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

The homeowner’s insurance policies are generally applicable if the source of the damage is sudden and unintentional. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear of a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

If the water damage results from an event that is a flood, it is not covered under the homeowners insurance. A flood policy is required. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds oceans, streams together with high winds.