Tamalpais-Homestead Valley

Flood damage restoration service – Tamalpais-Homestead Valley

Building owners in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. 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.

Damage to water is more frequent when water gets into a structure or house by way of a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s hidden or minor.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying out the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which previously would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call for a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage using DIY solutions available online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal water damage that call on the tools and skills of professionals. These guidelines are detailed in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as 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.

These guidelines are crucial for professionals who deal with water damage. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and knowledge to assess the condition of a place, take samples, run lab tests, and then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there are a chance of adverse health consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason to raise concerns about contamination.

Water damage according to types and classes


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class based on the extent of the invasion of water.

The water entering the building was classified according to its contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean, such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants, and could be able to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a danger, such as the discharge from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is considered to be extremely polluted. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other hazardous substances. This usually means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the trap for toilets or a flood of seawater from rivers and streams, or any other water flowing from the building exterior. This category of water can contain heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also created classes we use in measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the structure or the home.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water is in contact with approximately 5% or less with building materials which absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they don’t soak up and hold in water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster , or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is made of materials with low-evaporation, such as plaster, concrete, wood or bricks and mortar.

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

Class 4 means that water is stuck in materials that do not easily absorb water as plaster, wood, concrete and masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How do you dry a water damaged Building or Home Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. The elimination of water that is liquid is at minimum 500 times more efficient than merely making do with dehumidifiers and air moving machines. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Professionals dealing with water damage use a variety methods. We use a variety of equipment, such as subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools.

Forcible Evaporation

After as much water is removed, any remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs some water or moisture. The substance becomes damp or wet due to this.

The level of saturation is known as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain the moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This is known as evaporation.

In other words it is no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point of evaporation. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or the typical household fan.

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

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

Use heat to assist the drying process

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is the use of heat. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying jobs that require the use of various heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously because of their numerous wattages.

Electric heat can also be capable of being shut off or reduced while the job is in process, without affecting your other heaters. In order to maximize efficiency and lower your energy bills, you can adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s capacity.

Because they emit virtually no emissions and require very minimal water They are used for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly and generating very little emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may frequently be employed. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


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

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

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can remove the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to allow repairs to be made from the subflooring up.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and replaced. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded and refinished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause severe damages to your house and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. Even if water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is still a chance that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

After spending time and money to restore your home back to its pre-flood condition, it would be depressing to discover that the end result leaves an unsatisfactory impression.

It is vital to identify the extent of the damage as fast as possible. The first step is determine if the affected part requires replacement. There’s a chance that the carpet will be cleaned and used after it has dried and this will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll see noticeable staining on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to get rid of the stain. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong odor. If this is the case then you may have to replace your carpet and padding.

The next step in determining whether or not you need to replace your carpet is to determine whether the flooring can be professionally cleaned and dried. A professional company will assist you in determining how severe the damages were. Our company will assess your carpet and determine if it should be replaced or re-usable. Keep in mind that some methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

The main factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding should be replaced include:

  • How much water did you get on your carpet?
  • How long did the water sit on the carpet?
  • What was the source of the water?

Can your carpets be dried, cleaned and disinfected professionally?

If the padding underneath your carpet is also damaged, it can impact the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly, the possibility of mold growth is present if the padding under isn’t dried too.

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

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing a portion of drywall, cleaning the area, and replacing it.

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

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. In the majority of cases, the drywall will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to determine the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

Water 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 with water. The wood will get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

There are many reasons water damage can cause to the foundation of a house. Although not all water problems cause structural damage, it’s important to address foundation issues as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different issues based on the way it’s treated. If the problem isn’t addressed quickly, it can result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is also quite common following natural catastrophes. As well as causing roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls or foundations of a building.

Leaking roofs are extremely expensive and could have major disadvantages. Roof leaks can cause mold to grow and can be fatal. The leaks in the roof could cause damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you do not take action immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues that can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment is found to be inoperable, it can result in structural damage to your house. If you do not have HVAC it is opening the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can occur and result in a range of very serious health problems.

Damage to Pipes from Water

If you have pipe water damage, the water is most likely coming from a pipe that has burst in your home. When you’ve identified a leak, it is crucial to get a professional to stop the water from creating structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, causing severe damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can cause structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist at a water restoration firm like Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to restore water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair cost will differ based on how much square footage you own. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

  • Category 1 clean water: $3.75/sq. ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/ sq. feet.
  • Category 3 blackwater price: $7/sq. Ft.

Is water damage insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may cover repair or replacement of a damaged window, but not when the damage is a result of negligence.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on an object or surface due to exposure, lack of preventative maintenance, or general degradation. According to the American-based Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance will not cover damages due to neglect.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding ground, overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.