Water damage restoration service – Tomales

Homeowners in Tomales experience water damage regularly. Whether you’ve suffered from 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 house by way of a flood, storm or ruptured pipe. Sometimes the damage is visible and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying the interior. With the most modern techniques for water damage remediation Restoration companies like Critical Control can mitigate damage that would in the past would have required complete reconstruction of the structure, or in the sense of demolish and rebuild.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call an Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to address water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This isn’t a good idea. There are guidelines to deal with water damage and they call on the equipment and expertise of professionals. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide is created because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water destruction to buildings and homes as well as the risk they create.

Critical Control, a restoration company, can use the IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of the project’s damages.

There are many reasons why water damage experts should adhere to these guidelines. In certain circumstances, the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is necessary. An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place, collect samples, get laboratory tests, and help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is especially important in situations where the building’s residents are in danger or are concerned regarding contamination.

Water destruction caused through categories and classes


Projects for water damage restoration can be classified into two types according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The water that entered the structure was classified based on its contamination. The category 1 indicates that the water is from a clean source, such as burst water supply, or a sink or tub.

The category 2 water contains significant amounts of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness when inhaled or consumed. These include sources that are not usually considered to be an issue, like the discharge from washing machines or toilet overflows.

The water in Category 3 is highly polluted, meaning it could have pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents in it. This could be due to backflows of sewage, leaks from toilet traps, as well as floods of water from rivers and streams. This water can be contaminated by pesticides, heavy metals or toxic substances.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. This system is basically an outline of how much saturated a structure or house is.

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

Class 2 indicates that there is substantial infiltration of water as well as intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the total ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, or masonry.

Class 3 refers to the fact that around 40 percent or more of wall, floor and ceiling materials are porous materials such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet etc. and where other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as concrete or plaster haven’t been adversely affected.

The water has been absorbed into materials such as concrete, plaster, and wood, which are classified as Class 4. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water Damaged House or Building


Three ways of removing water from buildings are physical extraction, dehumidification, and the process of evaporation. Eliminating liquid water is typically 500 times more efficient than airmovers. The faster the structure can dry, the better. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by the amount of much stuff is being extracted.

Water damage experts employ various extraction methods. We employ a range of equipment, such as self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

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

Submerged objects absorb water and moisture once it’s wet. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

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

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

This means that the object has stopped absorbing water from the air. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the evaporation stage, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They produce a powerful air flow over the surface of the object that is controlled by a filter system that is able to cover the entire area of the object.

Air mover can move 10 to 20 times the amount of air than a fan , or an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object around 10 times faster than normal conditions, when no air mover is used.

The high-speed airflow dry the surface and draws in the water that was pulled out by the air movement.

Use heat to assist the drying process.

The most important element for any water damage restoration work is heat. In order to dry out any materials damaged by water, we employ various kinds of heaters.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters at once because of their many power ratings.

You can also turn down or turn off the electric heater when the task is done, and not affect other heaters. This means you can reduce one heater while increasing the power of another one to improve efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Electric heaters are a common feature in restoration jobs since they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. The only issue is that they take longer to heat up, requiring more time for the drying process in general.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at quickly heating up yet releasing minimal emissions. They can run on propane or natural gas.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heating in that they don’t use forced-air to distribute heat, so it can be difficult to evenly heat an space with these kinds of heaters. They also operate at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks that require walls and ceilings to remain in place.

If electric heaters are not used, hydronic boilers can typically be utilized. They can produce radiant heat and can keep your drying area warm without the requirement of electricity.


To dry buildings and houses that are damaged due to water damage, we employ Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier is capable of removing 170 pints of water in a damp structure that has been severely damaged by water damage every 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It can also remove up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

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

The subflooring needs to be taken off and repaired before. The affected hardwood floors must be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and make it expensive and time-consuming. Even if the water is removed from the affected region immediately, there’s still a chance that you’ll need to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s devastating to discover that your home isn’t in top state after having spent lots of time and money to repair it.

It is essential to assess the extent of the damage as fast as you can. The first step is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a chance that the carpet can be maintained and cleaned after drying and the cleaning process will eliminate some of the worries about the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the damage from water is very extensive It is likely that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. 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 get your carpet replaced. It’s time to change your carpet and padding when this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not you need to replace your carpeting is to determine if the floor can be professionally cleaned and dried. If you can have a reputable company perform the cleaning, you’ll have a better understanding of how severe the water damage was. Our company will assess the carpet and decide whether it is best to replace it or repairable. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying methods could further harm it.

Several factors will influence the decision of whether padding or carpet is a good idea to replace it.

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

If the padding under your carpet is also damaged, it could affect the length of time your carpet will remain clean. Even though your carpet may have dried quickly but the chance of mildew development is there if the padding underneath isn’t dried too.

The most secure way to make sure that your carpet is restored and disinfected after an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. Once the company has completed their work, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not you need to replace it.

Drywall damaged by water

The extent of damage will determine the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage can be as simple as removing some drywall and then cleaning the affected area and then putting it back.

On the other side of the coin significant damages could necessitate a total wall replacement, which includes walls studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in drywall damaged by water that is hard to get rid of. 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 allows us to identify areas that are damaged and limit costs to those areas that are only damaged.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the wood material to expand and contract. It is much more difficult to break wood if it is moistened by water. The wood can get brittle if kept in the water for too long.


In order to counteract this problem, it’s crucial for homeowners and building owners to fix structural damage from the effects of moisture on their property immediately after an event like a flood or water damage occasion.

Water Damage in the Foundation

Damage to a home’s foundation can be caused by various reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it’s critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

Water damage to the foundation can result in a myriad of problems based on how it’s dealt with. If the issue isn’t addressed quickly, it could result in serious structural damages.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural catastrophes as well as foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks and also damage the foundations of a house or home.

Leaking roofs are costly and have serious disadvantages. Roof leaks can result in the growth of mold and can be fatal. Leakage in the roof can also result in damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you do not take action immediately. Electrical problems are also common when it comes to roof water damage which can cause an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have roof water damage fixed quickly following a flood or other sudden damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system starts to fail or brand-new equipment becomes defective, it could cause structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and home at risk in the absence of HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health problems.

Damage to the Pipe Water

If you’re suffering from pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a burst pipe in your home. If you’ve determined there is an issue, it is important for you to contact a professional to stop the flow of water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

The burst of pipes can cause lot of damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, causing extensive damage , and may require repair of water damage. This is a process that can bring with it structural damages.

As soon as you notice broken pipe water damage close off the water supply.

What is the cost of cleaning up water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the repair and cleanup costs differ. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained from National Flood Services for each square foot

Is water damage covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance policies for homeowners are typically used if the damage is unexpected and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance may cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged, but not for damage due to negligence.

Damage from neglect could be described as wear and tear on a surface or object because of exposure, insufficient regular maintenance or general wear and tear. 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 an event that is a flood, it is not covered under the homeowners insurance. A flood policy is required. Mortgage lenders might need flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can happen due to floods, storms and overflowing bodies or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.