Water damage remediation – Tiburon

Property owners in Tiburon get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced 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 seeps into a building or house via a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is more subtle or unreported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than just drying the interior. Modern methods for water damage remediation, 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 an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines can be included in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure the professional standardisation of instances involving water damage to buildings or homes, and the associated risks.

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

There are really important reasons why professionals dealing with water damage must follow these guidelines. There are situations that warrant our bringing in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place and collect samples, conduct lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s residents are in danger or have concerns regarding contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified according to category and class depending mostly on the degree of invasion of water.

The water that enters the building was classified according to the degree of contamination. Category 1 water comes from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water contains the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. These include sources that might not appear to be dangers, such as the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

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


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

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and water. It is the case when water comes into contact about 5percent or less of construction materials which absorb water. This is because the majority of substances affected by water don’t absorb or hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and coated or finished wood are only some of the examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. This is about 5% to 40% of the combined floor, wall and ceiling comprised of low-evaporation materials such as plaster wood, concrete or masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the wall, floor, and ceiling surfaces are porous materials such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. and other materials that don’t absorb water like plaster or concrete have not been negatively affected.

Class 4 refers to the fact that water has become deeply trapped in the materials that can not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and masonry. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How Drying a Water Damaged Building or Home Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are three methods of removing water from buildings. The removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than just having to put up with dehumidifiers or air moving machines. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. The quantity of materials to be extracted will influence both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals use various extraction methods. We have subsurface tools, wands, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeegees.

Forced Evaporation

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

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the water or moisture. The material becomes damp or wet due to this.

The saturation level is described as the point where it is impossible to hold any additional moisture. More humid means that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

This means that the object no longer absorbs water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. As soon as saturation is reached the drying process commences.

High-efficiency airmovers dry the object on both sides during the evaporation process. They generate a large air flow over the surface of the object which is directed through a filter system that completely covers the surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times more quickly than natural conditions, where no air mover is used.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface and sucks up the moisture pulled away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

Heat is an important component of any restoration task. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are great for drying jobs that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters at once because of their many power ratings.

Electric heat is also able to be reduced or turned off while the job is in process, without impacting your other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower the cost of energy, you can adjust the wattage of a heater, while also increasing its power.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water, electric heaters are very well-liked for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly and generating minimal emissions. They are typically run with propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to spread heat. This makes it difficult to evenly heat large areas using these heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to remain in place.

Hydronic boilers are often employed when there isn’t enough electrical power to power electric heaters. They are capable of producing radiant heat and keep your drying area warm without the need for electricity.


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

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

The home dehumidifier can extract water from the air in the same manner as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can eliminate the 99 percent or more of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Repairing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be made starting from the subflooring.

The damaged subflooring first needs to be removed and repaired. Then the affected hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. When the repairs are finished, the entire floor should be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and make it difficult and expensive. Even if the water has been taken away from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you will have to replace the flooring in the future.

After investing time and money in restoring your home to its original state, it could be devastating to find that the finished results leave something to be desired.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the initial issues that must be resolved is whether the affected area should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very severe. In certain instances the only solution to remove the stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor can also be an indication to change your carpet. It’s time to replace your carpet padding and padding when this happens.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to assess whether your floor is able to be dried and cleaned professionally. If you can have a reliable company do the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. Our team will evaluate 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 when it is already in bad condition.

Some of the considerations which will decide whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

Are your carpets professionally dried, cleaned, and cleaned?

The carpet’s ability to stay clean can be affected if the padding beneath it has been damaged. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew can still occur in the padding beneath if it isn’t dried.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpeting is properly restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the state of your carpeting. It is also possible to decide whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The degree of damage will determine the type and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage could be as simple as removing the drywall portion and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, including the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. In most cases the drywall will need to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to pinpoint damaged areas and limit the cost to only the areas that are damaged.

The water can also cause structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and contract. When the wood is saturated with water, it’s much more difficult to break. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there can be an abundance of rot in the wood, which could make it break easily.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to take care of structural damage caused by water-related issues with their properties immediately following a flood or water damage event.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not all water issues could cause structural damage, it is important to address foundation issues as soon as possible to avoid future structural damage.

Foundation water damage can lead to many different issues based on the way it is dealt with. It can cause severe structural damage if it isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks as well as damage the foundations of a building or house.

Leaking roofs are costly and may have significant drawbacks. Leaks in the roof could cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damages to the roof truss.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you do not take action immediately. Roof water damage can also be caused by electrical faults which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home may be damaged structurally if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposing the inside of your home or business to all sorts of issues. It is possible for mold to grow and cause a variety of serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Damage to pipes typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. Once you have determined that there has been leak, it’s crucial to seek out professional assistance to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a amount of damage. The water could enter your home via broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice water damage to your pipe that is not repaired stop the water supply.

What is the price of restoring water damages?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

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

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

If the cause of the damage was sudden and unintentional the homeowners insurance policy generally cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may provide for the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged however, it does not cover damage caused by negligence.

Neglect is defined as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by the weather, lack of maintenance or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property resulted from flooding, the incident is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. A flood policy is required. In some areas where flood insurance is required, it’s usually by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur as a result of storms, ground that is saturated to the point of overflowing or surging bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans when combined with strong winds.