Water damage remediation – Tocaloma

Building owners in Tocaloma 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 home via a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Sometimes, the damage is hidden or not reported.

The process of repairing water damage is more complex than simply drying the interior. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are available – Call an Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions that can be found on the internet. This is inadvisable. The management of water damage is by following established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines are included 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 buildings and homes and the dangers they can present.

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

These guidelines are essential for water damage professionals. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone who has the skills and experience to analyze the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, then give us advice on the nature of the water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the occupants of the building could be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health consequences, or the occupants express a need to identify the contaminants that are suspected, or some other reason that there might be concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


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

The category refers to how contaminated the water that entered the structure has been. Category 1 water comes from a clean source, such as an unclean sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It can cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that might not appear to be an issue, like the discharges from washing machines, or toilet overflows.

Water in Category 3 can be considered highly contaminated. It may contain toxic, pathogenic, or any other hazardous substances. This could be due to sewage backflows, leaks from toilet traps, as well as the flooding of rivers and streams. The water could contain pesticides, heavy metallics or other toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the home or building.

The lowest level of absorption by water and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact with less than 5% of the building substances 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 don’t soak up and hold water. Examples are concrete, finished/coated wood, plaster or masonry.

Class 2 signifies that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This is about 10% up to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete, or bricks and mortar.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard and so on. Other materials, such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water haven’t been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by substances like concrete as well as wood, plaster, and even wood, which are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying methods.

How to Dry a Water Damaged home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporate. Removal of liquid water is at least 500 times more effective than merely putting up with dehumidifiers and air movers. The quicker the structure is dried the more effective. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification are affected by how much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction methods. Our tools include wands, subsurface extraction tools, self-propelled tools, and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried using high-speed air movers once the maximum amount of water is taken away.

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture when it’s wet. The result is that the object becomes damp or wet.

Saturation is the time at which it becomes impractical for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

In the evaporation process in which water molecules are ejected from a liquid state to a gaseous state. This is referred to as evaporation.

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. This is called the saturation point. When saturation is reached the drying process commences.

High-efficiency air movers dry the object on two sides during the evaporation process. They produce 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 an ordinary fan.

Air movers dry the object about 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there is no air movement.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs the moisture drawn out by the air movement.

Utilizing Heat to Aid The Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration job. To dry out the materials that have been affected by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heaters They are ideal to dry jobs that require the use of various heat sources. You can run multiple heaters simultaneously because of their many power ratings.

Electric heat is also capable of being turned down or off when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you could turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually no carbon dioxide and require little water Electric heaters are popular in restoration projects. However, the only drawback is they take longer to warm up, which means that they require more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient in heating up quickly and generating low emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, which means it could be challenging to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They also operate at less temperature, which makes them perfect for drying tasks that require ceilings and walls to be left unattended.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may often be used. Because they’re so effective in producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying space warm even when there is no electrical power source.


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

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints water from an un-dry structure which has been badly affected by water damage each all day, every hour of the day.

In addition to removing water from the air as a LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does this, the home dehumidifier can also remove as much as 99% of mold spores that are airborne in the air through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be cut up to ensure repairs can take place beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be taken off and fixed. The affected hardwood floors require sanding down or replaced. Once these repairs are complete and the floor is finished, it should be sanded, refinished and polished to ensure uniformity.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and cause it to be expensive and time-consuming. It is possible that you will need to replace your flooring even if you’ve removed the water from the area as soon as you can.

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

It is vital to identify the extent of the damage as fast as possible. One of the first issues to address is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or persistent smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water has been very severe, it is possible that you will have noticeable marks on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring in order to remove these stains. An odor that is persistent and strong may also be the reason to change your carpet. You will need to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpet is to determine if the floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. Professionals will be able to assist you in determining how severe the damage was. Our firm will examine your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or re-usable. If your carpet is already damaged, a few drying methods could further harm it.

A variety of factors can determine the decision of whether padding or carpet should be replaced.

Are your carpets dry and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s ability to remain clean is affected when the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mildew growth is still present if the padding beneath isn’t dried too.

Professional carpet cleaning service is the best way to make sure your carpeting is dry and clean following the flood. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpet and determine whether or not to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The procedure for repair of drywall differs based on the extent of the damage. Water damage repair can be simple as taking out a section of drywall, cleaning it, and after that, replacing it.

On the other side of the coin, severe damage might necessitate whole reconstruction of the wall, which could include walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Water damaged drywall often harbors mold spores which can not be removed easily. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to determine the amount of moisture. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water also causes structural damage, as it causes the material to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood if it has been moistened by water. The wood will get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


To avoid this issue, it’s important for building owners and homeowners to address structural damages from water-related issues with their home immediately following a flood or water damage incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

The damage caused by water to a house’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s crucial to address foundation problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems in the manner it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Like foundation water damage, roof water damage is quite common following natural disasters. In addition to creating roof leaks damage can also cause issues with the walls and foundation of a home or the building.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof could cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. Leaks in the roof may also cause damages to the roof truss.

If you don’t address the leaks in your ceiling promptly the risk is that the rafters to decay and then soften. Roof water damage can also result from electrical issues which could lead to the possibility of an electric fire. All of these are excellent reasons to have roof water damage repaired quickly following a flood , or any other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment becomes defective, it could cause structural damage to your home. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposed to the interior of your business or home to all sorts of issues. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Water damage to pipes

Pipe water damage is usually caused due to a pipe burst within your home. When you’ve discovered that there is an issue, it is important to seek out professional assistance to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause number of damages. Water can enter your home through damaged pipes, which can cause severe damage. This can lead to structural damage.

When you see damaged water pipes stop the water supply.

What’s the price to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the following pricing breakdown per square foot.

Does water damage get covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically appropriate if the damage is sudden and not intentional. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that results from exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the US states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s insurance policy will not be able to cover damage to water caused by flooding. Instead, a flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can occur due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies such as streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.