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Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Dries Out Carpets in Ft. Lauderdale Buildings

Trust SERVPRO for Mitigating Damage and Disruptions During Carpet Drying and Restorations

Unless the building is a warehouse, one of the common features in commercial and residential facilities is carpet. Preserving it is a primary goal in every restoration task.

Drying commercial carpets for Fort Lauderdale businesses has its problems and concerns. For SERVPRO technicians, we watch out for Backing Separation (Delamination) and Latex Deterioration as we begin to dry carpets in offices, hallways, customer service, and common areas.

Every carpet has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the adhesive used by manufacturers to secure the individual fibers to the primary. Another layer of latex holds the primary and secondary backings together. When water remains on the carpet for too long, the latex begins to break down; this results in the backings starting to separate, and the fibers start to come loose. To prevent both actions, we first get rid of the water. Technicians use pumps to remove the majority of it; usually within one day for a single floor of carpeting. With most of it out of the way, we switch to extraction wands; they are commercial-grade vacuums, specially designed to draw out water from carpets and carpet pads with damaging them. As they perform the task, our technicians are trained to watch for any signs of delamination and deterioration.

Since overly aggressive extraction damages carpet, there will always be a small amount of moisture left trapped. Since most commercial carpets do not utilize a carpet pad, it is rarely necessary for us to remove one. To completely dry the carpet, we use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the last trace of moisture.

We carefully examine the carpet and then lift a section at opposite ends of a room or hallway. This technique is know as "floating" in the industry. At the entry point, we place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet which pushes out the damp, colder air. To speed the process, we set up a fan to draw the damp air out, which makes the air-mover more efficient. If the room or hallway is extremely humid, we use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air. Depending on the size of this piece of equipment, we can draw out over 25 gallons of water each day. Our SERVPRO technicians take pride in working around an active work environment, reducing disruptions to our clients' customers and their employees.

Drying out your business is a relatively simple task, but it is time-consuming. Restoring carpets and other property needs to be handled by a professional service to avoid secondary damage. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has decades of experience and stands ready to support our fellow business owners. Call today at (954) 776-2000 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Detecting and Protecting Yourself From Flood damage in Fort Lauderdale After a storm

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Detecting and Protecting Yourself From Flood damage in Fort Lauderdale After a storm You can count on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South to take care of your home after flood damage hits.

Protect your Fort Lauderdale Home From Flood Damage


It is during storms that people get to witness the true destructive power of water. When they strike Fort Lauderdale, these natural disasters can cause strong winds, heavy rains, and ultimately, house floods. The results on your property can be devastating, to say the least, depending on the size and intensity of the storm. If the excess water finds its way into the house, it can damage important documents, furniture, upholstery, electrical equipment, and even structural materials.

When the floodwaters recede, trying to pick up the pieces can seem exhausting. Having access to a water damage restoration company in Fort Lauderdale can help ease the cleanup process. This is where SERVPRO comes into play. We have many years of experience offering flood damage cleanup services, as well as highly trained, IICRC-approved technicians ready to return your home to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.

It is hard to predict when a storm is going to occur, and whether it can cause flood damage. When it hits, the first thing you need to do is check for visible structural damage, such as cracks, holes, or warping. If you suspect damage to electric, gas, water, and sewer line, SERVPRO can come in and do the repairs.

The garage is one of the most overlooked places when checking for flooding after a storm. Assessing water damage in this space involves considering elements such as humidity, signs of mold and mildew, condensation droplets on the walls, pipes, and floor, as well as discoloration on certain surfaces and materials.

Most damage from flooding is caused by the impact of fast moving waters. The flood pushes against your home, compromising its structural integrity and in some cases, separating it from its foundation. Floodwaters also penetrate deep into the earth, where they can cause severe damage. They can shift and break load-bearing strata, causing significant foundational damage.

If you confirm the presence of water damage in your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO immediately. In the meantime, check whether the building is safe to stay in and if not, evacuate right away. Keep in mind that flooding can cause other damages such as gas and electrical hazards, which can also compromise your safety.

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For quick flood damage restoration services, you can always count on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South. We are locally based and pride ourselves as part of your community. Our services are available to all residents of Ft. Lauderdale South, Davie, Plantation, and surrounding areas. For any assistance, call us anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in Ft. Lauderdale

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in Ft. Lauderdale Fire damage requires a professional company to remediate and restore. Contact SERVPRO after a fire for an assessment and quick action.

SERVPRO Uses ALL OR SOME of Six Available Methods to Clean Your Property After a Fire

Restoring personal property after a fire is more cost-efficient and provides a needed mental boost to the victims who see only destruction and a deep, personal loss. This process is not short or easy, but a professional restoration company can make the difference between recovering something precious and having to dispose of it in the trash.
 
As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO understands what restoring a home after fire damage in Ft. Lauderdale means to homeowners and residents. We carefully examine the affected items and determine which one of six methods have the best chance to clean and restore the personal property.

Dry Cleaning – This is our first step. We use dusting cloths and feather dusters on dry surfaces with light-to-medium, non-greasy soils. If the amount of soil is heavy or in a thick layer, our technicians may use dry sponges or commercial grade vacuums to remove it. These actions are beneficial in removing excessive soils before moving on to other methods.
 
Wet Cleaning – This method is excellent for a property item with moderate-to-heavy soot and smoke residues. We prefer it for items which do not react poorly to being saturated with water or cleaning solutions. In most occasions, we use brushes and vacuums to remove most of the soils.
 
Spray and Wipe – This is a wet method, but our technicians use a spray bottle for more control over how much water and cleaning agents they apply. It is necessary for items such as curtains and drapes where the color may fade, run, or bleed down and across the surface.
 
Foam Cleaning – This is a variation of spray and wipe, but the spray bottle forces air into the liquid and applies foam instead. Foaming is our preferred method for cleaning upholstery fabric as too much water or cleaning agents may cause it to shrink and pull away from the frame.
 
Abrasive Cleaning – Our technicians use a brush and a thicker cleaning agent on rough surfaces such as rock or marble to remove smoke and soot residues or other soils. For metal surfaces, we may use a steel wool pad in place of the brush.
 
Immersion Cleaning – This is our method of last resort. For items with very heavy residues and that can take the procedure, we immerse them in a tank with water or a cleaning agent. Technicians then use sound waves to forces bubbles through the item, agitating all surfaces. It is very effective on property that absorbs a significant amount of residues over an extended period.
 
Returning your home to its pre-fire condition does not happen quickly. It is a difficult time for our neighbors, but SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here at every step until finished. If you need us, call today at (954) 776-2000.

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When Performing Water Damage Repairs In Your Fort Lauderdale Home, Think Restoration

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Performing Water Damage Repairs In Your Fort Lauderdale Home, Think Restoration When water leaks from your plumbing, it can quickly seep into all of the materials around.

Water Damage Repairs

When your toilet overflows, you have a leaky roof or a plumbing problem in any other area of your home, do you think of a restoration company first? The answer is more than likely no, you probably think of whoever does your maintenance, in most cases, you. 

You may believe that performing water damage repairs on your Fort Lauderdale home might save some money. However, in most cases, the majority of homeowners cause far more damage than they set out to fix. Everyone should keep in mind that having a wood shop course in school, or two years as an apprentice carpenter, does not make you a professional repair person. 

Let’s take the first example under consideration. A toilet overflow causes water to penetrate every corner of your bathroom. Water can seep into cracks in your walls, under your flooring, beneath plumbing fixtures, and even extend out into your hallway. You might mop the water out, dry carpeting in the hall and toss towels used to clean the mess up right into your washing machine. 

Leaving out the multitude of bio hazards that you and your family just became exposed to, there are some things you forgot to address that could become a huge problem down the road. Water getting underneath of your flooring is huge, the flooring, as well as the subfloor, need to be checked for moisture. Even a small amount can allow mold to grow or rot to set in places that you cannot see. 

With the right equipment at your disposal, you can overcome these problems easily, that is where SERVPRO comes into play. Our IICRC certified technicians use various equipment to help you discover how much water penetrated various surfaces, allowing you an opportunity to nip secondary damages in the bud. 

The same thing goes with roof leaks or other plumbing problems that may develop throughout your home. SERVPRO has expertly trained technicians available at a moments notice that help you prevent losses and continue to serve you as long as you need us. We have years of experience performing jobs of all sizes, everything from simple tasks to huge mistakes.

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale for qualified professionals who understand how providing restoration services also includes the quality of our repairs. (954) 776-2000

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Is Mold Removal In Your Fort Lauderdale Home Even Possible?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Removal In Your Fort Lauderdale Home Even Possible? Mold appears everywhere, in the air that we breathe, our food, water, and each surface that we make contact with on a daily basis.

Mold Removal

When someone uses the word ‘removal,' whether you consciously recognize it or not, you expect that person or entity to take something away, abolish something unwanted.

However, when it comes to mold removal in your Fort Lauderdale home, total removal of mold is never going to be possible, regardless of how much a company claims that their services perform at this level. Mold is, in fact, a regular part of our ecosystem, appearing indoors and outdoors in every city, state, and country around the world.

A company that provides you with mold remediation services, like SERVPRO, allows you access to the equipment and experienced technicians necessary to control mold growth in your home, not remove it. Their services help limit the conditions that make mold a problem while also providing you with the cleaning and repairs necessary to make your house a home, again.

Mold appears everywhere, in the air that we breathe, our food, water, and each surface that we make contact with on a daily basis. We bring mold spores into our homes every day, without even knowing it. There are even some mold species that thrive in harsh conditions, such as extreme cold, acidic solvents, and petroleum products.

However, the molds you need to worry about love dark, damp, hidden locations throughout your home. Areas such as the inside of your walls, in your ceiling, crawlspaces, basement, and even in your attic, all of which make a perfect feeding ground for mold if the right conditions exist. Simple things, such as a small leak in your roof allows water to enter your home, causing significant damage if left unattended long enough.

SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of equipment including infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate water anywhere in your home. When found, technicians use water extractors, air movers, dryers, and other attachments to get water out of even the smallest spaces.

If mold exists, a proper technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, uses the proper techniques to restore or replace contaminated materials physically. Chemicals should only serve as a method of controlling the spread of mold spores during the remediation process, never used as a sole treatment approach.

Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for additional information about our mold remediation services, or to schedule your initial inspection, today (954) 776-2000.

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Save Your Rain-Soaked Carpets from the Curb with Professional Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Save Your Rain-Soaked Carpets from the Curb with Professional Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Removes Water and Cleans Carpets for Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners

SERVPRO Mitigates Losses to Your Ft. Lauderdale Home's Water Damaged Carpets

Some of our area's storms are stronger than others and have been known to cause structural damage to the exterior that permitted additional damage to occur to the interior of the home. Rainwater entering your home through a slightly opened window might dry quickly, but a skylight that has not been installed correctly or shingles that have been torn away can allow a much larger amount of rain to ruin your carpeting.
 
Many of Fort Lauderdale's homes are susceptible to damage from rain water when these mishaps occur, resulting in ruined flooring below, but SERVPRO can help by performing professional carpet drying techniques following the guidelines of the IICRC. Carpets that remain fairly uncontaminated from external sources can be salvaged if the restoration process begins soon after the storm is over. SERVPRO is well-known for being Faster To Any Size Disaster, helping reduce the damage that is caused by the combination of the initial incident and a ticking clock. Waiting to respond to any disaster your home experiences only allows the damage to increase, and carpets soaked by rain can be one of the worst disasters a home might have.
 
Wet carpeting can lead to other kinds of damage. These can include mold growth, structural deficiencies in the underlay, absorption of moisture by more porous materials in the area, seeping of water into lower levels of the home, and warping or bubbling of the carpeting itself. Drying the wet carpeting can prevent these situations from becoming a reality, and save the carpet, also. Replacing carpets and padding can be much more expensive than restoring them. However, waiting any significant length of time can allow the padding underneath the carpeting to become too damaged, requiring it to be replaced.
 
When carpets have become waterlogged, care should be taken so that walking through the area is done. This can push water down further into the carpet pad, destroying it further. When we arrive, we assess the situation to determine which procedure is best for that home. We first extract as much of the water as possible in a process that is very similar to having the carpets cleaned. This water may seem very dirty, but it is only soil that was already present.
 
Because some carpeting types can more easily stretch due to their fiber content or the glue that is used for the backing, the rest of the drying process might be completed at our facility. If this is the case, we ensure that all carpet strips and tacks are safely removed from locations where they can cause injury.
 
Other times, allowing the carpet to dry with the use of air movers while still partially attached is the least intrusive and disruptive method. In the industry, this is known as "floating a carpet." Opting for this approach requires close monitoring of the carpeting to ensure that warping does not take place. For either method, we use dehumidifiers and heaters to ensure that all types of absorbent underlays (wood floors, particle board panels, and the like) are dried fully. After the carpet is completely dry again, sanitizing and deodorizing follows. Carpeting is left like new again.
 
For disasters involving rain-soaked carpets, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for carpet drying. Always ready to take your call, we can answer any other questions or concerns you have about how we can save your carpets from being destroyed.

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Clogged Drains Go From Congested To Catastrophic In Fort Lauderdale Restaurants

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Clogged Drains Go From Congested To Catastrophic In Fort Lauderdale Restaurants SERVPRO recognizes the importance of being proactive, while also ready to react and restore if water damage happens in your restaurant.

Water Damage Caused By Clogged Drains

It comes as no surprise that a well-maintained restaurant kitchen has as part of the plan routine clearing of the sinks and drains. It also is typical that this type of maintenance can be overlooked, resulting in a very inconvenient outcome for the business owner, employees, and customers. SERVPRO recognizes the importance of being proactive, while also ready to react and restore if the worst happens.

During the dinner rush, a slow-draining pipe clogged completely, causing water damage needing immediate repairs at your Fort Lauderdale seafood restaurant. Water, food debris, and sewage discharged in the kitchen, halting food service for the night. A crisis like this is when your business needs our swift and focused assistance.

When this kind of damage and need for repairs presents, you deserve a steadfast and professional partner during the restoration. We offer speedy service, delivering results within hours of our team arriving on your premises. Increase the likelihood of reopening soon by working with us ahead of time. We may not predict what catastrophic event befalls your eatery, but our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) gives you the opportunity to devise a repair and restoration blueprint with us long before a problem happens.

One of our experienced project managers assesses your physical layout, talking with you to understand the way your restaurant operates and what your priorities are should there be a water damage challenge. Key information like the location of shut offs and the chain of command among your staff if you are unavailable allow us to spring into action right away. A mobile app walks you through a series of questions that further informs our crews. You and our SERVPRO representative complete the ERP and then you or your designated employees have the ability to activate the plan based upon the profile from a mobile device.

We then mobilize, arriving at your restaurant with a clear vision of the steps needed to abate and repair the water damage. Industrial strength water extraction and proper understanding of local contaminated water disposal procedures set the stage for cleanup and drying strategies. Repairs of the water damage affecting flooring, walls, furniture, and appliances then begin, always with the aim of limiting sharply any time the restaurant needs to be closed.

Call (954) 776-2000 to set up an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South.

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Fire Restoration Solution Available To Residents In The Fort Lauderdale Area

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Solution Available To Residents In The Fort Lauderdale Area Enjoy Fort Lauderdale Living with the Flamingoes, not Flames

Let the Steady Hand of SERVPRO Cleanup Your Fire Damaged Home

It is not hard to imagine someone being upset after a fire ravages their kitchen. They might enter their property after the fire is out, wanting to get a look at damages first-hand. When they do, their emotions overwhelm them; their eyes tear up as they experience what was once a safe place that held fond memories.  
 
Entering your Fort Lauderdale home on your own, before fire restoration crews have a chance to assess the damages and check for hazards can often lead to additional problems. You might look at the entire area as destroyed. However, it takes an expertly trained fire damage specialist to look past the obvious destruction to see a particular material or belonging found in your home as restorable.  
 
When you tread on fire damaged flooring, touch walls, cabinets, countertops, or any other surface affected after a fire occurs, you cause more damage and make it harder for professional fire-damage restoration technicians, like those offered at SERVPRO, to perform the services you hire them to do. If you want to receive the best results possible, serve as a sentry, protect your property from vandals, but avoid letting anyone, not even you, enter your property before help arrives.  
 
Give your SERVPRO team an opportunity to recover damaged items. Our technicians pay specific attention to each item found in your home, using advanced equipment and technology that helps recover your belongings and return your property to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy again.  
 
There are very few companies that can provide you with full-service solutions to environmental damage that occurs on your property, SERVPRO is one of them. With IICRC restoration certifications, many years of experience, and access to industrial-grade restoration equipment, we can provide you with results that far exceed any expectations you might have had.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for additional information about our services and get quality answers to the fire, water, mold, or storm damage issues on your property today. We deliver 24/7 emergency services, quick response times, and valuable solutions you can count on when you need help the most.

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Avoiding Water Damage from Your Ft. Lauderdale Air Conditioning Unit

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Water Damage from Your Ft. Lauderdale Air Conditioning Unit If you have any concerns at all about your air conditioning unit, it is a good time to schedule an annual cooling system maintenance.

Is Your Ft. Lauderdale Air Conditioning Unit Leaking?


With the warmer months here, you might notice your air conditioner having to work harder and run longer. It is made to do this, and part of its job is to remove moisture from the air, which then collects in a condensate pan that drains outside of your home. Often, this is where problems originate with water damage. There are a few things to keep in mind to avoid this issue.

Checking the Condensate Line

Look for the condensate line outside of your Ft. Lauderdale home. Ensure it is clear of any debris which would block it from freely draining liquid. Landscaping sometimes blocks the pipes, leaving you with a backup and water damage. Mud daubers or other pests also can make a problem by building nests inside the pipe.

If you have had water damage occur already from your Ft. Lauderdale air conditioning unit, SERVPRO, a professional water damage remediation company, can help solve the problem and clean up the mess left behind.

Cooling System Maintenance

The condensate pump and lines need regular maintenance to continue running efficiently. You can also avoid water damage by ensuring algae does not build up and make clogs. Cleaning your unit periodically helps your system to run right and avoid water damage or a cooling system that cannot handle extreme heat.

Check the Drain Pan

If your air handler is in an enclosed space, you could have a drain pan. If there is water accumulating in this pan, your drainage is not adequate. You need to fix this right away, and there are kits available which turn your system off in case a clog forms to prevent your ceiling or floor from getting damaged.

Avoiding Water Damage

If you have any concerns at all about your air conditioning unit, it is a good time to schedule an annual cooling system maintenance. A trained technician can keep your cooling system running efficiently all year long.

When a water damage emergency does arise, SERVPRO can be to your home quickly to assess the problem and damages, then dry your home out. They can find any hidden water with special tools and see if any mold has begun to grow.


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SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can fix your air conditioner water damage. However, the faster you act in calling them at (954) 776-2000, the more damage you can avoid from accumulating, so contact us as soon as you realize there is a problem.


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Can Professional Water Removal in Fort Lauderdale Rescue a Flooded Squash Court?

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Professional Water Removal in Fort Lauderdale Rescue a Flooded Squash Court? Removing water from your squash courts quickly can improve the chances that they will not have to be replaced. Call SERVPRO to start the process.

SERVPRO's Quick Response Greatly Contributes to a Successful Outcome


It is a scene that no building supervisor wants to see first thing on a weekday morning. You come back from a weekend rest, open up the sports center, and discover that a burst pipe has covered the floors in water. The usually shiny, pristine squash courts are submerged, and you need to take urgent action to prevent irreparable damage.

When it comes to basic commercial water removal in Fort Lauderdale sports centers, the process is relatively simple. SERVPRO extracts as much standing liquid as possible with a pump machine. The process is fast and efficient. However, things get trickier when we start working out how to remove surface water and absorbed moisture.

The Value of a Fast Response

With wood, a quick response is critical. According to the USDA, a standard 2 ¼ inch floorboard expands 1 1/28th of an inch for every one percent change in moisture. If it does not seem like a lot, know that a 150-foot squash court is likely to expand by around 25 inches. Most floors cannot withstand this degree of swelling and start to warp and buckle. So, call SERVPRO for help immediately.

The Resilience of the Floor

The likelihood of a full restoration depends on the type of squash court. Plywood, for example, is particularly vulnerable. Once it begins to expand, it is very difficult to rescue. If it gets wet, it delaminates and the sublayers separate. The most resilient courts feature floating boards. They can only expand sideways, and there is an expansion gap built for the purpose.

The History of the Floor

SERVPRO also considers the history of the squash court when putting together a water removal plan. For instance, the number of times it is coated, and re-finished has an impact on repairs. It is good news for sports centers and indoor courts because they are periodically re-coated to help them withstand heavy foot traffic. The more finishes it has had, the harder it is for water to penetrate the wood.

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South is a local water damage removal and repair service. You can find us in the Fort Lauderdale area, and we promise a fast response for all flooded businesses. Call us 24/7 at (954) 776-2000 to learn more about how we bring hardwood floors back to life.

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