Water damage remediation – Tocaloma

Homeowners in Tocaloma suffer water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Damage to water is more frequent when water enters a building or house by way of a flood, storm or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and obvious, sometimes it’s hidden or minor.

The process of repairing water damage is more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern water damage remediation techniques, such as Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available for your reference. Call a Professional

A lot of times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be found online. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be controlled in accordance with established guidelines. These guidelines call for the expertise and equipment of professionals. The guidelines can be found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standardisation in situations involving water damage to homes and buildings and the risks they pose.

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

There are a lot of reasons why water damage experts need to follow these guidelines. In certain situations, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an expert who has the training to assess the condition of a place take samples, perform lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is crucial in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at risk or are concerned about contamination.

Water damages caused according to categories and classes


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

The water entering the structure was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 implies that the water is from a clean source, such as a burst water supply or a sink or tub.

Category 2 water is characterized by the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness when it is ingested or contacted. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines, or the overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could contain pathogenic, toxic or other harmful substances in it. This usually means contamination from sewage, toilet backflows after the toilet trap, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also established classes that we follow in determining the level of water intrusion to your property. This system is basically an indication of how saturated a building or residence should be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of absorption and the amount of water. It is the case when water comes into contact approximately 5% or less with building materials which absorb water. This is typically the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or retain water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

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

The porous materials, like carpet, insulation and fiberboard that comprise Class 3 comprise around 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including approximately 40% of the materials in Class 3. Other materials like concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into materials like concrete or plaster and wood that are classified as Class 4. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged House or Building


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods of removing water from a structure. Removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than merely having to put up with dehumidifiers or air movers. The quicker the structure is dried more efficiently. The quantity of materials that needs to be extracted will affect the extraction process as well as dehumidification methods.

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

Forced Evaporation

The remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers after as much water as has been taken away.

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

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for the air to contain any moisture. The greater the humidity, the closer the air is getting to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In this way it is no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is referred to as the saturation point. As soon as saturation has been reached the drying process starts.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They generate a large air flow over the entire surface, which is directed through a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

Air mover can move 10-20 times more air than a fan , or an ordinary fan.

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

Airflows that are high-velocity removes the moisture from the surface and absorbs the water pulled out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In The Drying Process

Heating is a crucial element of any water damage restoration project. We use a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heating sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously due to their numerous Wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or off electric heat when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. To maximize efficiency and lower your expenses for energy it is possible to adjust the power of one heater while increasing it’s wattage.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require less water, electric heaters are very well-liked for restoration projects. The only downside is that they take longer time to heat up, requiring longer drying time. process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly yet releasing very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heaters as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to distribute heat. This makes it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They also run at less temperature, which makes them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no power available to run electric heaters. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they can easily keep your drying area warm even when there is no electric power source.


To dry buildings and houses which have suffered damage due to flooding, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from a damp building that is severely damaged by water damage every 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also get rid of the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be cut up to ensure repairs can occur starting from the subflooring up.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be taken off and fixed. After that, the hardwood flooring damaged need to be sanded or replaced. After these repairs are completed then the entire floor must be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause significant destruction to your home and make it expensive and time-consuming. You may need to replace your flooring even if you’ve taken the water out of the area as quickly as you can.

It’s devastating to find out that your home isn’t in top state after having spent so much time and money to repair it.

In this regard, it is important to assess the extent of damage as soon as possible. One of the initial issues to address is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet and use it once dry. This can alleviate any concerns about mildew growth or lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In certain instances the only option to remove these stains is to change the flooring. Another aspect that may prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong smell. If this is the case, then you will likely have to replace your padding and carpet.

Check to see if the floor can be dried professionally before you decide to change it. A professional service will aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it’s worth replacing or salvageable. Keep in mind that some of the techniques employed for drying may harm the carpet further even if it’s already in bad condition.

Many factors determine the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

  • How much water dripped onto your carpet?
  • What was the duration of amount of water that sat on the carpet?
  • Quelle was the source water?

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

If the padding beneath your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately however the risk of mold growth is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried out as well.

Professional carpet cleaning company is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean after an event of flooding. 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.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage could be as easy as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

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

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores that cannot be removed easily. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing instruments to measure the amount of the moisture. This allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

It also causes structural damage by causing the wood to expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes a lot easier to break. The wood may get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


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

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to many reasons. While not every water issue can lead to structural damage, it’s crucial to fix foundational issues as quickly as is possible in order to avoid any future structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can trigger a number of different issues depending on how it is dealt with. If the problem isn’t taken care of quickly, it can cause serious structural damage.


Roof Water Damage

Roof water damage can also be caused by natural catastrophes, just like foundation water damage. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also cause problems with the walls and the foundation of a house or construction.

Roof leaks can be costly and can have serious drawbacks. A leak on the roof could cause mildew and mold to develop, which could cause death. The leaks in the roof could cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t take care to address leaks in your ceiling right away the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Electrical faults are also prevalent in roof water damage, that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired swiftly after a flood or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or faulty equipment is installed. Without HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. The growth of mold can lead to a number of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe water damage

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you have determined that there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and make sure it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. The water can get into your home through broken pipes, which can cause severe damage. This could lead to structural damage.

As soon as you notice damaged water pipes close off the supply of water.

How much does it cost to restore the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repair and cleanup costs can vary. The following breakdown of pricing is available from National Flood Services for each square foot

  • Clean water category 1: $3.75/sq. Ft.
  • Category 2 gray water: $4.50/sq. feet.
  • Category 3 black water: $7/sq. Ft.

Does water damage get covered by homeowners’ insurance?

If the cause was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows but not for damages due to negligence.

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

If the water damage results from a flood, the event is not covered under the homeowners insurance. Instead, a flood insurance policy is necessary. In some regions, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can occur because of flooding, over-saturated ground, flooding or overflowing bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, oceans in combination with high winds.