Water Damage Restoration Service in Santa Barbara CA and Beyond
Flooding is an emergency we respond to on a daily basis. If water damage has occurred, immediate action needs to be taken. Contact us now and we will respond within 90 minutes to dry and restore your home or business before more damage occurs.
Most home and business owners are unaware that they have insurance for this type of accidental damage. As an experienced and knowledgeable water damage company in Santa Barbara CA, we are able to get most claims covered under customers’ insurance policies by working directly with your insurance company.
Highly trained, skilled, and experienced technicians will arrive quickly to access the damage and formulate a plan to efficiently clean up the water in your home or commercial space, getting you back to normal as fast as possible. Water extraction and structural drying are immediately started to prevent mold and mildew from developing. We are licensed, insured and extremely well equipped.
Three Categories of Water Damage
Water damage is not always equal and can pose varying levels of health risks based on the type of water that has caused damage to your residential or commercial property. Water damage is classified based on the level of water cleanliness.
Clean Water – Category 1
Damage caused by water from sinks, showers, tubs, and supply lines is considered clean water and does not threaten the health of humans and animals. Clean water can develop into grey water after 48 hours.
Grey Water – Category 2
Damage caused by water from washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets, with only urine, is moderately unsanitary and can contain chemical, biological, and physical artifacts that can cause moderate illness and health issues in humans and animals. This is called grey water and can develop into black water after 72 hours if allowed to sit.
Black Water – Category 3
Damage caused by water from sewage backups, toilets containing feces, or flood waters from lakes, streams, rivers, and ground water is highly unsanitary, contains dangerous bacteria and biological matter, and can cause serious illness and health issues in humans and animals. Because the exact source of black water is often unknown, the quality and content of the water is unknown
Four Classes of Water Damage
Water damage is further categorized according to how long it will take for water to completely evaporate from the space. The class of water damage will guide the cleanup actions and equipment needed to dry out the damaged area
Slow Evaporation – Class 1
Class 1 water damage affects part of a room and the damaged items are mostly non-porous that should not absorb moisture significantly. Tiled areas, hard surfaces, and other non-porous materials fit Class 1 water damage.
Fast Evaporation – Class 2
Class 2 water damage affects a larger area containing items that absorb a moderate amount of water like carpets, drywall, wood, and fabrics. Water that has penetrated walls, less than 24 inches high also fall into this class.
Fastest Evaporation – Class 3
Class 3 water damage is when the damage comes from overhead and reaches a large area. The affected materials are likely a mix of absorbent and non-absorbent, with everything being exposed to a substantial amount of water. In this class, water will penetrate walls, ceilings, insultation, carpets, fabrics, and other porous materials.
Specialized Drying Techniques – Class 4
Class 4 water damage is when water has reached an area that makes drying and restoration particularly challenging. Class 4 water damage may affect porous and nonporous materials like plaster, concrete, and hardwood. Certain difficult to access areas, or locations that require substantially low levels of humidity to dry are also class 4 cases.
How Do We Repair Your Water Damage?
Water damage restoration and repair are the process of extracting water and using drying equipment to dry wet structures so your home or business can be restored to its original condition. This process can take a few days or more, depending on how soon you call us out after discovering the water damage.
Stopping the Flood Damage
It begins with assessing the damage and finding the source of the water problem. Whether it’s from an appliance, broken pipe, or sewage backup, the first step is to stop the water and repair the cause.
All standing water and/ or sewage from the affected area must be removed.Each situation is unique regarding how much water, what type of water and how long it has been there. Depending on the situation, the water may need to pumped out if it is excessive.
When possible, wet structures can be dried in place. Any materials that cannot be restored are removed.
Specialized air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry saturated structures that can be saved. Carefully managing this process is essential to drying the saturated structures as quickly as possible and to avoid additional damage. To keep drying time to a minimum, starting the drying process right away can prevent the water from traveling, thereby limiting the degree to which the structures are saturated.
Sanitizing and Deodorizing
Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing the affected areas ensure that once our work is complete mold and mildew do not develop.
How Much Does Water Damage Restoration Cost in Santa Barbara CA?
The cost of water damage services, restoration, and repairs can vary based on the extent and scope of the damage. We factor in various aspects including