Flood damage restoration service – Stanford

Property owners in Stanford get hit with burst pipe 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 ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. In other instances, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more complex than just drying the interior to repair water damage. With modern professional water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required total structural replacement, in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available Contact for a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a mistake. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the tools and skills of professionals. The guidelines can be found 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 houses or buildings, and the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration business, can use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

There are a lot of reasons that water damage professionals should follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the health of a building take samples, perform lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are in danger or are concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration of water damage projects are classified by category and class, based on the degree of flooding of water.

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

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a risk like the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances in it. Usually this means contamination from toilet backflows following the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This category of water can have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion to your property. The system basically serves as a guideline for the amount of water a building or home ought to be.

Class 1 refers to the lowest amount of absorption and the amount of water. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of building materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of substances that are affected by water won’t absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

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

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard which make up the class 3 make up around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials. This includes about 40% in class 3. Other materials such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has been deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water as wood, plaster, concrete and masonry. This means that it requires longer drying times and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water damaged Building or House


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure can dry the more effective. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much material is being removed.

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

Forcible Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water has been removed.

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

The level of saturation is known as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. The higher the humidity, the more close the air is to being saturated.

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

In another way, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air mover dry the object from two sides. They generate a large air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the area of the object.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or a standard fan in your home.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times more quickly than the natural environment, in which no air mover is used.

Airflows with high velocity leaves the surface dry and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Using Heat To Assist the Drying Process

A key component of any restoration project is heating. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks which require the use of various heating sources. This is because they come in a variety of energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills it is possible to adjust the power of one heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Because they emit almost zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very popular in restoration projects. The only issue is that they take longer time to get hot, which requires longer drying time. process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES), The boilers quickly heat up and emit very little emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat since they don’t utilize forced air heat to spread heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They can also be utilized for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to be in the same place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


We use low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) to help dry out buildings as well as houses that have suffered water damage.

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

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate up to 99 percent of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove flooring that has been damaged by water so that repairs can be completed by removing the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. Then the affected hardwood boards must be sanded or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance the floors must be sanded down and refinished after these repairs have been completed.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is the possibility that you’ll have to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money to restore your home to pre-flood condition, it would be devastating to find that the end result leaves some things to be desired.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damage as quickly as is possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether the affected region should be replaced. There is a good possibility that the carpet could be maintained and cleaned after it has dried, and this cleaning will eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpet if the water damage was very serious. There are times when you have to change your flooring to eliminate the stains. A strong, lingering odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. You will need to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

Next, determine if your flooring can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. Professionals can aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We will be able to assess whether the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. If the carpet you have is already damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

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

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

If the padding underneath your carpet is damaged, it could affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet is dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur if the padding underneath is not dried.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean after the flood. After the company completes their job, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not you need to change it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as taking out a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and then putting it back.

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

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores that can’t be removed easily. Most of the time the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, because it causes the wood to expand or contract. It is much more difficult to break wood when it is moistened by water. If the water remains for a long period of time, it could cause a significant amount of rot on the wood which can cause it to crack easily.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners taking immediate action to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to various reasons. While not all issues with water result in structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundational issues promptly to prevent structural damage.

Foundation water damage can result in a myriad of issues based on the way it is dealt with. If the problem isn’t treated promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also result in issues with the walls and foundations of a building.

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

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to get roof water damage taken care of quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may suffer structural damage if your HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. Without HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your home or business to all kinds of problems. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Damage to pipes caused by water

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. Once you have determined that there’s been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the flow of water and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a amount of damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, causing extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – which can bring with it structural damages.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact a skilled IICRC-certified expert with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What is the cost to repair the water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square foot the repair and cleanup costs differ. The following pricing breakdown is available at National Flood Services for each square foot

Will Water Damage Be Covered By the Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance policies can cover repair or replacement for a damaged window, but not when the damage occurs as a result of neglect.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the water damage results from a flood, the event would not be covered by a homeowners policy. Instead, a flood insurance policy is necessary. In certain areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water or the overflowing or surge of bodies such as streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.