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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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SERVPRO Helps Save Your Favorite Easy Chair After Flood Damage In Fort Lauderdale

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Helps Save Your Favorite Easy Chair After Flood Damage In Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Often Cleans Up and Drys Out Fort Lauderdale Flooded Homes

Fort Lauderdale Flooded Furnishings Get Great Restoration from SERVPRO

Last year’s King Tides reminded residents that flooding is a genuine danger in this area. High tides and the resulting floods are a householder’s nightmare as the cleanup can often be time-consuming and costly.
One of the worst parts of dealing with the aftermath of flood damage to your Fort Lauderdale home is the sense that life just is not the same. Handling the effect of flooding on your home and belongings is stressful and makes life feel unstable. Damage to favorite pieces of furniture is a common cause of concern.
SERVPRO experts are on hand to help restore your house and belongings after a flood. That includes taking steps to save your favorite easy chair. The combination of soft upholstery materials with wooden frames makes soft furnishings particularly susceptible to flood damage. Wood warps and becomes misshapen while soft upholstery wicks up water. Quick drying is vital to help prevent mold or mildew growth in the soft material.
The first step after flooding in your home is to put in a call to SERVPRO. While you wait for our IICRC-certified experts to arrive, there is an important step you can take: Move the chair away from the carpet or any other surfaces that are at risk of being stained by bleeding color. Only do this if it is safe for you to do so. Blocking, placement of paper or wood, to eliminate contact with the water, also can help.
Our technicians arrive with all the tools necessary to dry your chair as quickly as possible. We have powerful truck mounted cleaners ready to clean your chair and other furnishings and get rid of any water stains before drying commences. Our equipment uses hot water extraction, and a specialist upholstery tool to deep clean water damaged furniture.
Now your furniture is cleaned it is time to dry it. We start by drying out buttons and zippers to prevent rust. We also place furniture pads around metal buttons and waxed paper between the zipper and the chair cushion. These steps prevent rust transfer, so your upholstery is not stained by it.
Cushions are tented or propped up so air can move more freely around them. SERVPRO technicians can skillfully create a small containment barrier around the affected piece of furniture that hastens drying. Our experts calculate the best position and number of dehumidifiers and air movers for thorough drying of your chair. Air movers direct air under and around chair legs, backs, seats, and cushions to encourage evaporation and drying. Meanwhile, dehumidifiers remove moisture from the surrounding air and promote a drier environment.
If your favorite chair is damaged by flood water, do not give up. Give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South a call at (954) 776-2000 for help.

How To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home SERVPRO Tip: Overloaded Outlets Cause Fire Damage in Plantation Homes

Fire Cleanup in Plantation Is a SERVPRO Service

Any homeowner knows that fire is a serious concern. As well as the danger to your family, fire damages your home and belongings and disrupts your life as you work on getting things back to normal. SERVPRO is on hand to help you clean up after any fire - “Like it never even happened.”
Prevention is better than cure. By taking precautions, you help prevent fire damage to your Plantation home. Not all fires are unavoidable. Sometimes you do not notice a potential problem or hazard until it is too late. SERVPRO experts recommend being proactive about checking for possible fire hazards in your homes.
A leading cause of fires is faulty wiring. Regularly check the wiring and electrical cords in your home, such as hairdryer or shaver, TV or computer wires, and other appliances. Replace any wiring that is frayed. If you cannot safely replace it yourself, call an electrician. It does not take long to do and could prevent a serious incident.
As well as checking your wiring, our technicians recommend you regularly check your outlets. We use them all the time every day without actually thinking about it. An outlet if it is faulty can be a genuine fire hazard. For this reason, we recommend never to overload electrical outlets. If your outlet looks like a mass of noodles, there is a real risk of fire. Stick to the simple rule of one plug to one outlet. Do not use any outlet that feels hot to the touch or gives off sparks. Call an electrician for assistance if you notice something amiss with an outlet. Do not be lulled into thinking that power strips are safe; an overloaded circuit is an overloaded circuit.
Another thing you can do to protect your home from fire is regular maintenance on your furnace, central heating or open fireplaces. A furnace "blowback" is about as messy as smoke and soot can get. All of these need regular maintenance to keep them in good working order and make sure they are safe for your home. Get your heat sources checked thoroughly once a year. Mark it on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone so you do not forget. You should also regularly check any space heaters you use to be sure they are fit for use.
Always be careful if you have an open flame in your house. For example, SERVPRO recommends that you never leave a burning candle unattended even for a moment. The same applies for gas flames on your stove or if you have an open fireplace. Wherever there is a flame, take extra precautions to keep them away from drafts or materials that could catch fire.

SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South is on hand to assist you with the aftermath of a house fire. Call us at (954) 776-2000 for assistance.

Important Facts about the Process of Mold Removal In Fort Lauderdale

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Important Facts about the Process of Mold Removal In Fort Lauderdale Mold Is Infesting this Wall in a Ft. Lauderdale Condo

SERVPRO Removes Mold Growth and Sources of Moisture as Part of the Remediation Service

Mold is a scary topic for many homeowners. It is imperative to know and understand factual details about such things. Otherwise, it is too easy to become mired down with things that are not important to your situation.

Fort Lauderdale residents with condos or homes that have mold should know that complete mold removal is not a possibility. Because this organism lives abundantly everywhere, complete mold removal is only a myth. Remediation is the best any industry expert can provide, and SERVPRO knows the latest standards in providing this to you.
Instead of mold removal, control of mold present in the home is what can, in actuality, protect your home from the damaging effects of a mold infestation. Mold exists in each and every home, no matter how clean a home is. Mold is not a large problem until it becomes too prolific and then grows out of control, causing stains, degradation of building elements and belongings, and possible foul odors.
Mold can grow out of control only when the environmental conditions meet its requirements. These requirements include dark areas free of direct sunlight, dampness, a food source, and a location that is free from disturbance by people, pets, and strong air currents. Disturbing mold before it can grow can keep it from spreading, but disturbing it after it has grown larger can be counter-productive, as this allows mold spores to be released and colonize elsewhere in your home.

In addition to mold removal, SERVPRO Professionals also partition off areas that are contaminated with mold so that mold spores are less likely to enter into uncontaminated areas. Mold-infested materials that are removed from your home are always bagged up properly, preventing mold and spores from getting a free ride to other areas of your home. Equipment such as air scrubbers, complete with HEPA-filters, are used to remove any mold spores from the partitioned area before we remove the plastic sheeting. In extreme cases, we can also use negative air pressure to isolate specific areas of your condo.
We use the latest in hygrometers and moisture meters that can show us where moisture is accumulating in your home. We then repair whatever is damaged so that moisture is no longer available for mold to use. We do everything possible to ensure that mold is remediated from your home.
If you have located mold in your home, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can provide you with much more than just mold removal. We can help protect your home from future problems that are caused by these fungi. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 day or night, and we can answer your questions, schedule an appointment, and give you peace of mind.

Signs Water Damage Repairs Are Needed In Your Fort Lauderdale Bathroom

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Signs Water Damage Repairs Are Needed In Your Fort Lauderdale Bathroom Signs of water damage are not always easy to spot, so knowing what to look for to prevent bathroom flooding and similar problems are essential.

Water Damage Repairs

Water damage and leaks in your bathroom can be quite costly to repair, as it takes much time to remove and re-install things already in place such as your toilet, sink, and flooring. Signs of water damage are not always easy to spot, either, so knowing what to look for to prevent bathroom flooding and similar problems are essential. The first signs of water damage can be well hidden and overlooked easily. If you discover them in time, however, professionals like SERVPRO can fix the problem for you without a lot of headaches and cost.

Musty Smells
With no visible problems, a persistent damp smell is a big red flag that your bathroom in your Fort Lauderdale home is suffering from water damage. When you can smell this odor even when the bathroom is dry and clean, be convinced that there is moisture building up behind surfaces. You probably have mold growth to go along with it as well. Therefore, you need to call in SERVPRO right away to ensure this problem does not worsen.

Suspicious Walls
Blistering paint or crumbling plaster is just the first step to a disaster that is approaching. If water is dripping behind your walls, a leaking pipe is likely the problem. Drywall feels softer and swells when it absorbs water, and the process is usually slow. If you notice any of this or any cracks or gaps in your caulk or grout, it is time to address this issue of hidden water damage.

Damaged Flooring
Bathroom floors are made to be covered in water, so they stay in good condition unless you have a leak develop. Persistent moisture below the floor, however, creates buckling, cracking, and staining, so if any of this appears in your bathroom, you should be alarmed. The subfloor of your bathroom, usually made of plywood, starts to rot if exposed to moisture, making the floor gradually softer.

Visible Mold
When you see mold growth on walls, in corners, or spreading on the ceiling, it is usually too late for preventative measures. It develops from the inside out, so when you can see it, there is just one explanation – you have a leak somewhere. SERVPRO’s professionals can come in and take care of the leak and the mold with special tools and cleaners, so get them to your home as quickly as possible.
These are all reasons why you need to regularly inspect your bathroom, including the shower area, around the sink and your toilet. Maintain valves and pipes, plus the whole plumbing system and replace any rusty parts. If your bathroom suffers water damage of any kind, please contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South right away. We can be there quickly when you give us a call at (954) 776-2000 to fix your bathroom up and make it a haven to wash away the stress of the day again.

Commercial Water Damage in a Fort Lauderdale Fabric Store

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in a Fort Lauderdale Fabric Store Don't Leave Wet Clothes Hanging Around in Your Ft. Lauderdale Fabric Store, Call SERVPRO

To Most Businesses in Ft. Lauderdale, Fast Water Removal is Crucial

Fabric stores and dress shops are very vulnerable to damage of many types. Even just a few drops of water from a broken or misdirected sprinkler head can ruin a silk dress or cause the color in an entire bolt of cloth to run and ruin any pattern. It is always not enough to set up a big fan or move dress racks to the outside and out of standing water.

Commercial water damage to a Fort Lauderdale business can mean a weekend closure or closing its doors forever. The cleanest water still has some contaminants in it; i.e. a ruptured water heater always has rust at the bottom. If the water has backed into a business from a sewer line, the situation is even worse. SERVPRO has the experience and stock of cleaners and sanitizers to ensure that we can restore almost anything.

Basic cleaning agents take care of items that have been splattered or soaked in most cases. Fabrics are more sensitive than other property due to the dyes they contain. If the water comes from an activated fire suppression system, there is likely smoke or soot residues attached as well. Technicians are trained to examine the area of contamination and determine the best course of action. Our extensive inventory of cleaning agents lets us take care of nearly every type of mold or soil that finds its way into the water.

Cleaning the affected property may not be enough. If the dirt or other contaminant is from a sewer or septic system, fabrics and clothing require disinfection and sanitizing, and quite often, discarding. Our disinfectants (chlorines, phenols, and alcohols) kill over 90 percent of the organisms found in even the dirtiest water and are easily mixed with water to create the strength needed without ruining fabrics. Typically, these fabrics are not salvageable.

Our sanitizers are exceptional in destroying even heavy mold infestation. They are not good to use on fabrics but are perfect for getting rid of mold from display racks, storage shelves, hangers and countertops where fabrics and clothing are laid out for the customer.

Restoring your business after a disaster can be an extensive process. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South understands that even just a few days closed can ruin a business and we do our best to help you reopen the moment it is safe to do so. If you need us, call today at (954) 776-2000. We are here to help.

Carpet Drying Methods In Fort Lauderdale

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Carpet Drying Methods In Fort Lauderdale If water is not removed immediately, your carpet can be ruined.

Carpet Drying Techniques

When it comes to clean-up after one of Florida's tropical storms or some other type of water damage, one of the most important is restoring carpets to their original state. If this is not accomplished soon enough or if it is not done properly, the cost to a homeowner can quickly grow into thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

SERVPRO understands how important carpet drying is to Fort Lauderdale. The faster our technicians correctly do their job, the faster our customers can return to their homes and lives. This is why SERVPRO experts do their best to determine the best method needed. In many cases, this is what we call in-place drying. There are three key advantages to this method.

1) The occupants of the home are much less disrupted. Pulling up carpeting (even temporarily) adds many hours and perhaps even days to the process.

2) The furniture will not need to be removed from the room. A technician can stack it in the middle while removing the water from the edges and working his way inward; moving it to the dried areas as he moves inward.

3) The carpet suffers much less damage when it does not have to be reinstalled, or seams have to be resealed.

In-place drying is not always an option, however. There are a number of situations where it is necessary for us to remove the carpet and even replace the padding underneath in order to restore the home to its pre-damage state.

1) The carpet has been flooded or otherwise exposed to water for longer than 72 hours.

2) Mold or other biological contamination is discovered in the carpet.

3) The pad underneath is made of an organic material such as animal hair or jute (also used in making burlap).

4) The carpet has been installed over hardwood or laminated flooring.

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South strives to make sure our customers can return to their normal lives as quickly as possible. We also work hard to do this in as economical a manner as well. If you have or suspect you have water damage to your carpets, call us today at (954) 776-2000.

Five ways to prevent lead poisoning in Ft. Lauderdale

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Five ways to prevent lead poisoning in Ft. Lauderdale SERVPRO SAYS Check for Lead in Older Ft. Lauderdale Homes

SERVPRO Tip: Check for Lead Poisoning in Your Home

Even in 2017, lead poisoning is still one of the most toxic dangers in our homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. How hasn't heard about the problems with the municipal water system in Flint, Michigan?
Did you know that there are simple testing kits you can find at most hardware stores in Ft. Lauderdale to detect lead in your home? A ten-minute blood test can also determine if your young child has a dangerous amount of lead already in his bloodstream. These two tests should be done, can give you peace of mind or indicate corrective measures are needed if your living area was constructed before 1978.
Dr. Geller states that lead poisoning is a leading cause of aggressive behavior and learning disabilities in young children. It is unfortunate how such a small amount of a lead-based paint chip or dirt contaminated with lead can also lead to anemia and developmental problems.
Dr. Geller offered the following 5 lead poisoning prevention:
 1.No chewing on hard, painted surfaces, such as windowsills.
 2.Remove chipped or peeling paint as soon as possible.
 3.Request lead poison screening tests from your physician, even as just a precaution.
 4.Keys may contain lead. Small children should never chew or teethe on them.
 5.Run tap water through your plumbing for several minutes to help purge lead that may be present. If the water is for cooking, baby formulas, or general food preparation, run it even longer.

Ask SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South what we can do to help with a possible lead exposure, or other biohazard circumstance in your home. Call us at (954) 776-2000.

Facts About Mold Remediation in Ft. Lauderdale and When to Call a Professional

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Facts About Mold Remediation in Ft. Lauderdale and When to Call a Professional Mold Remediation for a Condo in Ft. Lauderdale? Call SERVPRO

Trust SERVPRO to Remedy Your Mold Damaging Issues

Our climate in South Florida is ideal for mold growth, so it is important to be informed on how and where it grows and how to handle any damage. Mold damage can range from minor to extensive; some may be treatable without a professional, while other times you may need to call in the experts.  The trouble is that it often lurks in places that you cannot see.  First and most importantly if you suspect that you might have a mold problem, don’t ignore it.  Mold remains until it is removed and, if not, can impact your health and the value of your home.

What exactly is mold?
Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in Ft. Lauderdale homes on any organic material (think wood, paper, sheetrock, drywall) and spreads through spores that are invisible to the naked eye.  It loves warm, humid environments but can grow any time there is moisture.  Often it hides in places that you cannot see, like behind shower stall walls or in the sheetrock of a damp basement (typically not an issue in our area.)

Why is mold growing in my home?
If you have mold in your home, it is because spores have settled in your home and are continuing to grow and spread due to the presence of moisture.  Often mold is a result of water damage: a leaky roof, leaking pipes, improper drainage around the home, or poor ventilation.

Is mold bad for my health?
When it is disturbed or touched, the spores are carried through the air and can spread the problem throughout your home.  Exposure to these airborne spores can lead to health effects. SERVPRO suggests that you consult a physician for more information.

Can I handle the cleanup myself?
Generally speaking, if you are somewhat handy and have a mold situation in less than a 3 ft x 3 ft area, you might be able to tackle the problem yourself.   It is vital to be safe while tackling the problem.  Research proper mold removal techniques and have a plan of action before you begin to tackle DIY mold removal.  Always make sure to wear gloves, goggles and protective clothing and avoid inhaling mold spores by wearing a mask or respirator. Make sure that in addition to the mold being removed, that the moisture problem is fixed or the mold can return. SERVPRO firmly recommends that you rely on us for safe and professional mold remediation.

Reasons to Call a Professional:
♣     You are not handy and feel overwhelmed at thinking of the cleanup
♣    The moldy area is bigger than 10 sq ft.
♣    You suspect that the mold might have gotten into your HVAC unit- turn off the unit and call a professional immediately.  The last think you want to do is spread mold throughout the entire home/building
♣    The water damage/ mold was caused by a sewer backup.  Contaminated water is nothing to mess with and can seriously impact your health – call SERVPRO for the cleanup.
♣    You have started to tackle it yourself and realize the problem is worse/bigger than you anticipated

Remember that the best way to prevent mold growth is to control moisture in your home.  Keeping the interior and exterior of your home on a maintenance schedule can help to avoid any minor issues from becoming major. Rely on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by calling us 24/7 for mold remediation at (954) 776-2000.