Flood damage restoration service – Tomales

Building owners in Tomales suffer water damage regularly. Whether you’ve been affected by a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a fire suppression activation, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

Water damage is more common when water enters a building or home via a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Other times, it’s hidden or not reported.

It’s more complex than simply drying the interior to fix water damage. With the most modern water damage remediation tactics Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage which, in the past, would have required total reconstruction of the structure, or in other words, demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place – So Call a Professional

Many times, building or home owners try to tackle water damage using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is not a good idea. There are guidelines for dealing with water damage and they require the skills and tools of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is necessary to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risks associated with it.

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

These guidelines are important for professionals dealing with water damage. In some situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is professional with the experience and knowledge to examine the condition of a place, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s inhabitants are at high risk or have concerns regarding contamination.

Categories and classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are divided into two categories according to the extent of the water infiltration is.

The class is based on how contaminated the water that entered the structure has been. The category 1 indicates that the water originates from a clean source such as a burst water supply or even a sink or tub.

Category 2 is water that contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness should it be consumed or ingested. These include sources that might not appear to be a threat such as discharge from washing machines or overflows from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely polluted, meaning it could contain toxic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents in it. This can be caused by sewage backflows, leaks in toilet traps, and water flooding from rivers and streams. This water may be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances.


We can also use the IICRC’s classes to determine just how much water has penetrated your property. The system basically serves as an outline of the amount of water a building or residence ought to be.

Class 1 is the smallest amount of water and absorption. This is the case when water comes in contact with less than 5% of building materials that absorb water. This is the situation where most of the materials affected by water are low evaporation. This means they aren’t able to absorb and hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are several examples.

Class 2 means that there is significant infiltration of water as well as intrusion. It’s about 5% to 40% of the total floor, wall and ceiling are composed of low evaporation materials such as plaster concrete, wood, or bricks and mortar.

The porous materials like carpet, insulation , and fiberboard, that make up Class 3 are approximately 40% of floor, wall and ceiling materials, including around 40% in class 3. and where other materials that don’t absorb water like concrete or cement have not been adversely affected.

Water has been absorbed by materials such as concrete or plaster and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This requires special drying techniques and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from buildings. The removal of liquid water is at about 500 times more efficient than just putting up with dehumidifiers and air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

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

Forcible Evaporation

After the water has been removed, the remaining moisture is dried using high-velocity airmovers.

A submerged object absorbs water and moisture once it’s moistened. The object gets wet or damp as a result.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for the air to contain any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is getting closer to saturation.

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

In another way the object will no longer absorb additional water from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. the point at which evaporation begins. Once saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation stage the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce strong airflow that is controlled by a filtering system.

An air mover can transport between 10 and 20% more air than a fan, or even a regular fan in your home.

The object is dried by airmovers around 10 times faster that in natural conditions where no air mover was employed.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and absorbs the moisture pulled out by the air movers.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

The element of heat is crucial to the success of any restoration task. We use a variety of heaters to dry the materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heaters They are ideal for drying jobs that require the use of multiple heat sources. This is because they can be found in various energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

You can also turn down the electric heating when the task is done, without affecting other heaters. This means you can lower one heater, while increasing the power of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are common in restoration jobs because they produce essentially no emissions and use only a small amount of water. They are more difficult to warm up and need more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers heat up quickly and emit very little emissions. They can be powered by propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat in that they do not utilize forced-air for distribution of heat, which means it could be difficult to evenly heat an area using these kinds of heaters. They can also be used for dry work that does not require walls or ceilings to be in the same place.

In the event that electric heaters can’t be utilized, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. They can generate radiant heat and can keep your drying space warm without the need for an electrical source.


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

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

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air in the same way as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also eliminate up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

Water damaged hardwood floors need to be removed so that repairs can take place from the subflooring upwards.

The subflooring must be removed and repaired first. The damaged hardwood boards need to be sanded down or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Carpets are susceptible to water damage

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing flooding in your house, it can be a costly and stressful experience. Even if the water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is still a chance that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as is possible. One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is whether or not the affected area should be replaced. There’s a possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used once it is dry, and this cleaning can help to eliminate concerns regarding the growth of mildew and lingering odors.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

There could be staining on your carpeting , especially if the water damage was very serious. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to get rid of these stains. Another factor that could cause you to consider replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong odor. It is necessary to replace your padding and carpet in the event of this.

Then, consider if your floor can be professionally dried before deciding whether you want to repair it or replace it. Professionals can aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or can be saved. Remember that certain methods used for drying can also harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

The main factors that will determine whether or not the carpet and padding need to be replaced are:

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

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it could affect how long the carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet is dried fast, the growth of mildew is still possible if the padding underneath is not dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the most effective way to ensure that your carpet is dry and clean following an event of flooding. After the company completes their task, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the condition of your carpet and decide whether or not to change it.

Water Damaged Drywall

The degree of damage determines the kind and technique of repair. Water damage repair can be as simple as removing a section of drywall cleaning it, then replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin significant damage could require a complete wall replacement, including walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

Drywall that has been damaged by water often contains mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most instances drywalls will have to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools to measure the amount of moisture. This helps us identify areas of damage and limit the costs to areas that need to be repaired.

It also causes structural damage, as it causes the wood to expand and expand and contract. It is easier to break wood when it has been moistened with water. If the water sits for a prolonged time, there could be an extensive amount of rot in the wood, which could make it break easily.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners taking immediate action to fix water-related structural issues that affect their property after an event like a flood or water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for a number of reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues as quickly as possible to prevent structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can cause a variety of issues based on the way it’s dealt with. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it could result in structural damage that is severe.


Roof Water Damage

As with foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural catastrophes. As well as the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can also cause issues with the walls and the foundation of a house or building.

Roof leaks are expensive and have serious disadvantages. A leak in the roof could cause mildew and mold to grow, which can cause death. A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof truss system and cause structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t address leaks in your ceiling immediately the risk is that your rafters decay and soften. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage that can lead to the possibility of an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or any other unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home can be damaged by structural damage if the HVAC system fails or is defective equipment is installed. If you do not have HVAC you’re exposing the inside of your home or business to all sorts of issues. Mold growth can lead to severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there has been leak, it’s crucial to get professional help to stop the flow of water and ensure that it doesn’t lead to structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause amount of damage. When your pipes break and water enters your home, creating extensive damage , and may require water damage repair – an event that could result in structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration like Critical Control as soon as you spot damaged water pipes.

What is the cost to fix the damage caused by water?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Cleaning and repair costs can vary based on the square footage you have. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was accidental and sudden, homeowners insurance policies will usually cover it. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can provide for the repair or replacement of broken windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect may be defined as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, lack of preventative upkeep or general deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property is the result of flooding, the incident is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. Flood insurance is mandatory. In some areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can occur due to storms, ground that is saturated to the point of and surging or overflowing bodies water such as rivers, ponds, lakes oceans, streams in combination with high winds.