Water damage restoration service – Tomales

Homeowners in Tomales get hit with burst pipe damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to enter a house or building water damage can occur most of the time. Sometimes the damage is apparent and apparent. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

Remediation of water damage is more complicated than just drying the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation typically restorers such as Critical Control can mitigate damage which would in the past would have required complete structural replacement, in terms of demolition and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are Available Contact for a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders attempt to repair water damage with DIY solutions discovered online. This is not advisable. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage , and they require the skills and tools 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 of situations that involve water damage to homes and buildings as well as the risk they present.

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

These guidelines are crucial for professionals dealing with water damage. In certain circumstances there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is a person with the knowledge and training to evaluate a site for contamination, take samples, run lab tests and offer us suggestions on the kind of water damage that is likely to occur.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s residents are at high risk or there is concern regarding contamination.

Water damage by types and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified by category and class based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The water entering the building was classified according to the degree of contamination. The first category is water that is clean such as the sink or tub, or burst water supply.

Category 2 water has significant levels of contaminants and could cause illness if it is consumed or in contact with. It could include sources that may not normally seem like an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated meaning that it can contain toxic, pathogenic or other harmful substances in it. Usually this means contamination by toilet backflows following the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the exterior of the building. The water could be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine how much water has gotten into your property. The system basically serves as an indication of how much saturated a structure or residence is.

The lowest level of water absorption and the highest amount of water is classified as Class 1. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of construction substances which absorb water. This is typically the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low in evaporation, which means that they do not absorb or retain water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are a few examples.

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

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of flooring, walls, and ceiling surfaces are porous such as carpet, insulation, fiberboard, etc. and also where other materials that do not absorb water like concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water is stuck in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as plaster, wood, concrete and the masonry. This calls for special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged Home or Building Works


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than using dehumidifiers or airmovers. The faster the structure dries the more effective. The extraction method and the dehumidification process are affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals employ a variety of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets dried with high-velocity air movers after as much water as possible is removed.

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

The level of saturation is described as the point where it becomes impossible to contain any additional moisture. The higher the humidity, the closer the air is to saturation.

The evaporation stage is the time the time when water molecules transition from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. The process is called evaporation.

In another way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the air. The saturation point is the point at which evaporation begins. When saturation is reached the drying process commences.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the entire surface which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire surface of the object.

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

Air movers dry the object around 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there isn’t any air mover.

Airflows with high velocity dry the surface and absorbs the water drawn out by the airflow.

Utilizing Heat To Aid In the Drying Process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any water damage restoration project. We employ a variety of heaters to dry the materials that are damaged by water.

Electric Heaters These heaters are perfect for drying tasks which require the use of various heating sources. They are available in several different power levels, which allows you to use multiple heaters at the same time.

It is also possible to turn off the electric heating as the work is done, and not affect other heaters. To increase efficiency and reduce your energy bills, you can adjust the power of one heater, while also increasing its capacity.

Since they produce virtually zero emissions and consume very minimal water Electric heaters are popular in restoration projects. However, the only drawback is that they take longer time to warm up, which means that they require more time to dry process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): Hydronic boilers are also very efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing low emissions. They can be powered by natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to evenly heat large areas by using these heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require ceilings or walls to remain in place.

When electric heaters cannot be employed, hydronic boilers may typically be utilized. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need of an electrical 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 is capable of extracting 170 pints of water from an un-dry structure which has been badly damaged by water damage every all day, every hour of the day.

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

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

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

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

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have experienced a flood in your home it could be a costly and stressful experience. Even if water is eliminated from the area right away, there’s the possibility that you’ll need to replace your flooring eventually.

After investing time and money in restoring your home back to its original state, it could be devastating to find that the end result leaves some things to be desired.

Because of this, it is important to assess the extent of the damages as soon as you can. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the affected region should be replaced. There is a way to wash the carpet, then use it after drying. This will eliminate any concerns about mildew growth or lingering scents.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There may be stains on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very serious. In some instances, the only way to get rid of these stains is to replace the flooring. A persistent, strong odor could also be a reason to replace your carpeting. If it is then you may have to replace the padding and carpet.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be cleaned and dried professionally. If you have a reliable company do the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. Our team will evaluate the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or salvageable. Keep in mind that certain methods used for drying can also harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

Some of the considerations that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet should be replaced include:

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

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the time that your carpet can last. Even though your carpet may have been dried immediately but the chance of mold growth is present if the padding under isn’t dried too.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is 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 to take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether to replace it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The extent of damage will determine the nature and method of drywall repair. Repairing water damage may be as easy as removing some drywall and cleaning the area and then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, serious damage could require a complete reconstruction of the wall, which could include wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in water damaged drywall that is difficult to remove. So in most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We employ moisture testing tools that allow us to determine how large and where the water has grown. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to only the areas that are damaged.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood may be brittle if kept in the water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s essential to homeowners and property owners to fix structural damage from moisture-related problems with their properties immediately following the water or flood incident.

Water Damage to the Foundation

There are many reasons water damage can cause to a foundation of a house. While not all issues with water cause structural damage, it’s essential to fix foundational issues as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

Foundation water damage can cause many different problems in the manner it is handled. If the issue isn’t addressed promptly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can lead to roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a structure or home.

Roof leaks can be costly and can have serious drawbacks. A leak on the roof may cause mold and mildew to grow, which can cause death. The leaks in the roof could also 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, which can lead to an electric fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is put in place. Your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. The growth of mold can result in a range of health issues that are very serious.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re suffering from pipe water damage, it will likely be coming from a burst pipe in your home. Once you have determined that there is an issue, it is important to get professional help to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Burst pipes can cause a number of damages. When pipes are damaged and water enters your home, creating extensive damages and necessitating water damage repair – an event that could cause structural damage.

Turn off the water supply and then call an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the cost of the restoration of water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Depending on the square foot, water damage repairs and cleanup expenses differ. National Flood Services has the following breakdown of pricing per square foot.

Will Water Damage Be Covered By Homeowner’s Insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden the homeowners insurance policy will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance will provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage due to negligence.

Neglect can be described as damage to an object or surface that is the result of exposure, inadequate maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will NOT cover neglect-related damage.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident will not be covered under a homeowners policy. The flood insurance policy is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in specific regions. Flooding can be caused by storms, flooding the ground or overflowing bodies of water, or overflowing or surging bodies like streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.