Flooding damage repair – Tassajara

Property owners in Tassajara get hit with burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a flood, storm or burst pipes cause water to get into a home or structure, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. In other instances, it’s subtle or under-reported.

It’s more difficult than just drying the interior to fix water damage. Modern water damage remediation techniques, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available – Call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is a mistake. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they require the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is required to ensure professional standardisation of scenarios involving water damage houses or buildings, and the risk associated with it.

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

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. There are situations that warrant our bringing in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and training to evaluate a site for contamination and take samples, conduct lab tests and provide us with advice regarding the type of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s residents are at risk or are concerned regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


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

The classification is based on how dirty the water entering the structure has been. Category 1 water is clean, such as a tub or sink or burst water supply.

The category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and is likely to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a risk, such as the discharge from washing machines and spills from toilets.

Water in Category 3 can be considered extremely polluted. It may contain pathogenic, toxic, or any other dangerous substances. Usually this means contamination by the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the exterior of the building. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when determining the degree of water intrusion to your property. The system basically serves as an outline of how much saturated a structure or residence should be.

Class 1 means the least amount of absorption and water. It is the case the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% construction substances which absorb water. This is typically the case where most of the items affected by water are low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and hold in water. Concrete, plaster, masonry, and coated or finished wood are only a few examples.

Class 2 signifies that there is substantial absorption of water and intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood or masonry.

The porous materials, such as fiberboard, insulation and carpet, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40 percent of the floor, wall and ceiling materials, with about 40% in class 3. and other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

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

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three ways to get rid of water from buildings. Eliminating water from liquids is at most 500 times more efficient than using dehumidifiers or air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage experts employ different extraction techniques. Some of our tools include tools for subsurface extraction, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as is removed.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture when it is moistened. The material becomes damp or wet because of this.

The degree of saturation is known as the point at which it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from a liquid state to a gaseous one. This process is known as evaporation.

In this way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. This is called the saturation point. As soon as saturation has been reached, the drying process begins.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filtering system.

A fan that moves air can move between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular household fan.

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

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs moisture that is drawn out by airflow.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any restoration project. To dry out materials which have been affected by water, we make use of a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry tasks which require multiple sources of heat. This is because they are available in several different wattages, allowing you to run multiple heaters simultaneously.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating while the job is being completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can reduce one heater while raising the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Because they emit almost no emissions and require very less water, electric heaters are very used for restoration projects. They take longer to heat up and take more time for drying.

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

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heaters because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas by using these heaters. They also run at an lower temperature, making ideal for drying projects that require walls and ceilings to be left unattended.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the requirement of an electrical source.


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

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

In addition to removing water from the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does, the home dehumidifier will also get rid of as much as 99% of airborne mold spores in the air by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can take place starting from the subflooring up.

The subflooring needs to be removed and repaired first. The affected hardwood floors must be sanded or replaced. In order to ensure a uniform appearance, all floors should be sanded down and restored after the repairs have been made.

Carpets are prone to water damage

Floods can cause serious damages to your house and can make repairs expensive and time-consuming. You might need to change your flooring, even if you have removed the water from the area as fast as you can.

After spending time and money restoring your home to original state, it could be depressing to discover that the finished results leave some things to be desired.

It is essential to assess the severity of the damage as quickly as you can. The first thing to do is determine if the affected area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet will be maintained and cleaned after it has dried and this will help eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting if the water damage was very serious. In some cases, the only way to eliminate these stains is to change the flooring. An odor that is persistent and strong could also be a reason to get your carpet replaced. If it is, then you will likely have to replace your carpet and padding.

Then, consider if your floor can be dried professionally before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. If you can have an established company that can handle the cleaning, then you will have a better idea of just how bad the water damage was. Our firm will examine the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or salvageable. Remember that some of the techniques used for drying can also harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

A few of the factors that determine whether or whether the padding and carpet need to be replaced are:

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mildew development is present if the padding under it has not dried too.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure that your carpet is clean and dry after an event of flooding. When the firm has finished their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The severity of the damage will determine the type and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing a section of drywall then cleaning it and then replacing it.

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 cannot be removed easily. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This allows us to identify the areas that are damaged and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage as it causes the material to expand or shrink. It is much more difficult to break wood if it is moistened by water. The wood will get brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


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

Water Damage in the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can occur for many reasons. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it’s important to correct foundational problems as quickly as you can in order to avoid any future structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems in the manner it is handled. It can cause severe structural damage if not treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also quite common following natural disasters. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can also cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Leaking roofs are extremely expensive and could have major negatives. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. Leaks in the roof may also cause damages to the roof truss.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you don’t address them immediately. Damage to your roof can result from electrical issues that can cause an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood or other sudden 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 house or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Pipe water damage

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there’s been an issue, it is important for you to contact a professional to stop the leak and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. Water can enter your home via broken pipes, causing extensive damage. This could lead to structural damage.

When you see broken pipe water damage, shut off the water supply.

What’s the cost for restoring water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

Does water damage get insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies generally cover it. According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance can cover repairs or replacement of a damaged window, however, not if the damage occurs as a result of 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 United States declares that homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by neglect.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Rather, a flood policy would be necessary. Mortgage lenders might need flood policies in certain regions. Flooding can happen because of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams when combined with strong winds.