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Know Who to Call When Water Damage Affects Your Ft. Lauderdale Store

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Know Who to Call When Water Damage Affects Your Ft. Lauderdale Store If your retail location suffered from a water damage emergency, that takes priority to remediate. Contact SERVPRO for quick drying action.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Your Store After Water Damage

As a business owner, you pour everything you have into helping your Ft. Lauderdale retail store succeed. For you, this means long hours in the hopes that your store reaches the levels of notoriety that you had dreamt. Unfortunately, a water incident in your shop can leave you unable to serve the customers of the community, and so taking care of these situations as they happen are of the utmost importance.

While you might not always think about the professional restoration companies that exist throughout the region, it is nice to have a plan in place in case you require fast restoration for water damages in your Ft. Lauderdale store. Our SERVPRO team prides itself on rapidly responding to both commercial and residential emergencies to get the job done quickly and to prevent further damages from occurring.

When our team of professionals arrives at your retail location, we assess where the damage came from and how widespread it actually is. In some scenarios, your business might only require concentrated cleaning and drying efforts to a small portion of the building. Others require more intricate equipment and personnel to bring the affected areas of the shop back to preloss conditions.

Whatever the cause of the damage, preventing it from happening again in the immediate future is a significant step in our overall restoration efforts. This process might require our SERVPRO technicians to replace or repair breaks in the plumbing, or help you to find the appropriate contractor to rebuild damaged areas that allowed for water penetration.

As always, drying the affected areas is the essential component to restoration. This step ensures that further damage does not occur and prevents situations like mold growth from compounding on the already present problem you face.

While you might not ever fully prepare for water damages affecting your business unexpectedly, knowing whom to call in a situation like this can help you to keep your doors open to the community that you serve. You can rely on the rapid response of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South water damage restoration technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.

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Water Removal After a Fire in Plantation

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal After a Fire in Plantation Contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave to dry out and remediate your damaged property.

SERVPRO Technicians Fully Understand That Remediating Fire Damage Includes Drying Out Your Property After the Firefighters Leave

Until you experience a home fire and the firefighting efforts made to rescue your Plantation house, the fact that fire damage remediation includes water removal and damage probably surprises you. When you are in the midst of fire damage recovery, it makes perfect sense - and adds stress to the situation. Water removal and fire damage are two of our core services.
 
Your burning home needed firefighters to pull out the stops, and now water removal in Plantation is at the top of your task list. Water and chemical extinguishers are essential but add to the chaos after the fire is out. Our restoration company is equally competent in water removal and fire restoration, a perfect balance for your challenges.
 
SERVPRO sends an experienced project manager to your home to assess all aspects of the disaster. The water removal steps precede everything except boarding up and tarping for a few key reasons. First, water is a known safety hazard, exposing you, your family, and our workers to slip and fall and electrocution concerns. Second, removing the water makes the cleanup of smoke and soot damage easier - without the added mess of water and floating debris is it far more comfortable to concentrate on the cleanup.
 
Finally, water is at least equal to or even more destructive than fire. If moisture remains unabated for 24 to 48 hours, microbial growth is possible. Porous materials like insulation and drywall dissolve in standing water, and carpeting can delaminate, and other fabrics weaken and stain. SERVPRO can limit or halt these processes as we remove the water.
 
As soon as practical, SERVPRO begins the operation of submersible pumps to evacuate the majority of the water. We use infrared scanning to locate hidden pockets of water as any residual continues to damage the property and threaten the space with mold growth. If required by rules and codes we contain and dispose of it as directed by local authorities. We follow the pumps with extractors, all the while testing materials for moisture levels. Structural drying follows, monitored with periodic moisture metering until the goals determined by our crew lead is reached.
 
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South considers water removal to be an integral part of any fire damage restoration project. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 as soon as the firefighters leave to get this complex job in motion.

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When In-Place Carpet Drying Is Feasible After Water Damage In Fort Lauderdale

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When In-Place Carpet Drying Is Feasible After Water Damage In Fort Lauderdale This saturated carpet will be dried and cleaned using extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers.

When water damage soaks your carpets call SERVPRO

Addressing water damage quickly makes more options available when determining how to dry out the carpeting in your Fort Lauderdale home. Depending on many different variables, drying wall to wall carpeting in place can be successful. Other considerations might suggest that removal and off-site drying before reinstallation is preferable. Let our carpet drying specialists help you choose the proper course for your situation.

After a water damage event in your Fort Lauderdale house, an action plan for carpet drying becomes a necessity. Specialized equipment and familiarity with protocols developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set our carpet drying services apart. Our training and experience suggest in-place drying can work under the following conditions.

  • The water damage occurred fewer than 72 hours before restoration.
  • The water involved is clean or Catagory One.
    The subfloor is a single layer, in good condition, and not comprised of laminate or hardwood.
  • The pad contains non-organic fibers.
  • No vapor barrier or non-permeable pad layer exists.
  • No microbial growth or contamination is evident.

SERVPRO accomplishes top down, in-place drying with more thorough extraction and increasing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers employed. First, our crew uses extractors with the regular wand to halt the migration of water from wet to dry areas of the carpeting. Then we switch to a weighted wand to force more moisture out of the carpeting and pad with each pass. 


SERVPRO crew members receiving training on the proper patterns to follow as the water is moved out of the carpet fibers. Typically we begin with the center of the room, switching to the perimeter as the drying proceeds. Our team finds that dividing the space into 10 square foot sections benefits a complete extraction. Periodic evaluation of the efficacy of the extraction is vital. Pulling a corner up and squeezing the pad allows us to be sure both carpeting and padding approach the moisture level wanted -- the goal is no water observable when we compress the fabrics.

Drying in-place minimizes disruption to your home. Furnishings need not be removed, just rearranged during the process. The process requires a more extended deployment of SERVPRO’s commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers but avoids removing and reinstalling large expanses of carpeting.

Professional assistance is crucial if you want to pursue in-place carpet drying. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South offers full-service carpet drying options. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to arrange an evaluation of your water damage scenario.

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Responding To Flood Damage At Night In Fort Lauderdale

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Responding To Flood Damage At Night In Fort Lauderdale When flood damage strikes in Fort Lauderdale at night, it can create a very different situation than floods that hit during the day.

Responding To Flood Damage At Night

When flood damage strikes in Fort Lauderdale at night, it can create a very different situation than floods that hit during the day. You may not receive warnings and prior notification of an impending disaster, and even if you do, it may be more difficult to ensure your safety than in more optimal hours. SERVPRO operates at all hours of the day and night to ensure fast and effective service for any disaster, but there are still several things you may need to do differently than place a call to us to weather the flood.

Turn off the Lights
While it may be tempting to keep the lights on when experiencing flood damage in Fort Lauderdale at night, doing so can create a serious electrocution hazard for you and your family. Floodwaters can damage electrical breakers, power lines, and individual fixtures, creating many risks at once. However, you should still have a source of illumination to find your way around the house in the dark: make use of flashlights or even smartphone screens and camera lights to guide the way around the house.

Wake Others Up
Unless you live alone, you should prioritize the safety of those around you and make sure that they understand the situation. Wake up anyone you can by any means necessary and gather them in one place, preferably the most secure or elevated position in your home. Get a head count to make sure you have everyone, and only then should you move on to any additional steps.

Call For Help
SERVPRO responds to emergency damage calls on a 24/7 basis, arriving at your home within hours of the disaster to begin recovery and repair for anything lost in the flood. However, you should also have a list of other emergency services on hand in case things go awry. Be ready to dial the fire department in case of a fire or medical emergency, as a direct call may be faster and easier than going through 911.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South provides emergency damage mitigation and restoration services around the clock to ensure that you are never unprepared for a disaster. Call us at the first time of trouble at (954) 776-2000.

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SERVPRO Is The Firm To Call For Mold Removal In Ft. Lauderdale

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Is The Firm To Call For Mold Removal In Ft. Lauderdale Mold Loves Moisture in Ft. Lauderdale Homes, Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Ft. Lauderdale homeowners can try to be as vigilant as possible, but our climate and unexpected circumstances make it challenging to avoid mold growth. Knowledge of the life cycle of mold helps limit fungal infestations, but many natural events and accidents can fuel an outbreak. Our mold remediation team delivers a solution whatever the cause.

High-quality Mold removal in Ft. Lauderdale needs to be available quickly. A savvy homeowner takes the time to line up a reputable firm before the problem becomes overwhelming. Mold spores always float in the air or lie on surfaces inside or out. All that is needed for molds to thrive is moisture, which is also a common ingredient in our tropical climate. We arrange for our employees to receive the most up to date mold removal training because we know the need for this service is constant.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a mold remediation protocol that offers the most satisfactory results. SERVPRO crews are familiar with and employ this procedure. When we take on a mold project, we first contain the area where the mold grows, using physical barriers or air scrubbing equipment.

Once we establish containment zones, the SERVPRO crew typically wears personal protective gear to remove the mold. Nonporous surfaces respond well to scrapping and wiping. If the mold hyphae penetrate into an object or surface, we use products to release the mold like EPA registered antimicrobials or strategies like soda blasting, akin to sandblasting, using sodium bicarbonate as an abrasive to loosen mold.

Mold removal precedes bagging and proper disposal of the moldy material. Then SERVPRO employees evaluate the circumstances to identify where the moisture that feeds the mold originates. We suggest options and arrange for repairs to limit the moisture as that is the only way to avoid mold removal emergencies in the future.

Call SERVPRO for mold removal in Ft. Lauderdale with the assurance that we approach the problem with the industry’s best practices. We do not promise to eliminate mold spores, but we offer effective removal of active mold colonies together with a proven plan to inhibit their immediate reestablishment.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is a leader in mold removal and remediation services. Call (954) 776-2000 if you suspect mold infestation in your home.

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Flood Damage Indicates the Saturation of Your Ft. Lauderdale Home in Hazardous Category 3 Water

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Indicates the Saturation of Your Ft. Lauderdale Home in Hazardous Category 3 Water At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, we are here to help and here to serve.

Dealing with Flood Damage Issues? SERVPRO Has Your Back

Interspersed with bodies of water, Ft. Lauderdale has many different types of recreational activities for families. New construction of roads and business areas change the terrain in many ways, sometimes making new pathways for rainwater to get to those bodies of water.

Unfortunately, sometimes these changes cause the rainwater to fail to reach a lake or river before it causes flood damage to someone's Ft. Lauderdale home. If this happens to your home, SERVPRO can help you by providing services that mitigate the damage and stop preventable damages from becoming an additional nightmare. The IICRC classifies floodwater as Category 3, the worst type possible. Sewage and toilet backups also fall into this same classification, showing the foulness of this water.

SERVPRO's mitigation experts can restore your home so not only does the water disappear, but we also remove the many hidden dangers, as well. Pathogens, organic material, and chemicals that washed into your residence can create odors, also. After our Odor Control Technician (OCT) completes work focused on destroying smells caused by remnant particles, restored homes once again smell "Like it never even happened."

Belongings affected by the flood that you point out to our crew can receive priority care, so we restore these first. Doing so can help your family while dwelling with relatives or other temporary location by providing at least a partial sense of normalcy. Other belongings still receive timely treatment to ensure that they become pathogen-free again and safe for your use.

Removing the water, cleaning your home, and airing things out so mold fails to grow and water damage never develops beyond the initial stages help to save you substantial costs. It also helps assure you that moving back into your home soon after can become a soon-realized event, and help your family fully recover from the disaster.

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SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can be contacted at (954) 776-2000 whenever you have an emergency involving flood damage. We always answer our phone, 24/7, every day of the year. Please call us, so we can help your family by professionally mitigating the damage and eliminating the risks to your family.

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Commercial Water Damage Can Compromise Food Safety Where Patrons Dine in Ft. Lauderdale

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Can Compromise Food Safety Where Patrons Dine in Ft. Lauderdale SERVPRO Dries Out Your Favorite Venue in Ft. Lauderdale.

SERVPRO Strives to Cleanup and Restore Your Ft. Lauderdale Business with Minimal Disruptions

Ft. Lauderdale has many different venues for tourists, visitors, and locals to enjoy time with friends and family while being entertained. A majority of these activities seem enhanced when we include food, so many establishments provide a variety of items to guests. Not only does this increase your guests' satisfaction but it also adds considerably to your profits.
 
Local food regulations require you maintain a clean environment where food storage and preparation takes place in your Ft. Lauderdale venue, but commercial water damage can make this difficult to achieve. Crumbling sections of walls, countertops, and other parts of your kitchen can cause food contamination nightmares. Not only that, but establishments of any kind with water damage also have higher incidences of pest infestations. We work hard to do our part to keep the local food inspectors satisfied with the sanitation in your establishment.
 
One of the problems with such catastrophes involves social media. Building your reputation in today's business world relies heavily on customer feedback, often on sites under outside control. Once a business receives a negative review, it typically remains on the internet permanently. SERVPRO technicians can help your business thrive by mitigating water damage before these catastrophes happen and diminish your patrons' experience. Positive word-of-mouth advertising can only promote your business, and we aim to help you achieve this and avoid any negativity that water damaged food preparation areas can cause.
 
We can work discretely and alongside your employees when needed helps you carry out your normal business operations without interruption. This can often happen when you detect water damaged areas before they become too large. Prevention always costs considerably less and requires significantly less time, as well. More extensive damage might require temporary closure of your business, and this can quickly affect profits.
 
Our employees are skilled in the diverse aspects of mitigation and also in carrying out these steps in the presence of other people, including your patrons. However, we can often finish mitigating an empty building faster and more efficiently, and with less risk of injury to others than we can in an occupied building. Discussing your options in this regard can help you decide how you would like for us to proceed.
 
At the first sign of water damage in your entertainment venue, contact us, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, your local experts in disaster mitigation, by calling (954) 776-2000. We can help you keep your patrons happy and safe by avoiding possible contaminants in your food preparation environment through proper and effective mitigation.

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An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire In Your Davie Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire In Your Davie Home Your Davie home can still suffer damage from small fires, even if you put it out before it spreads to another room.

An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire

Everyone can get distracted by their work or home chores, but it is never a good thing when this distraction has the potential to lead to fire damage. There are plenty of reasons to use a candle in your home, including aromatherapy to destress, but it is never a smart idea to leave the room that a candle is burning in for an extended period. A pet or a child could accidentally knock it over and, even though the flame is small, it has the potential to create a fire and leave behind damage.

Your Davie home can still suffer damage from small fires, even if you put it out before it spreads to another room. Curtains, tablecloths, napkins, and foodstuffs can still all burn up quickly when in contact with a fire of a small nature. As the fire spreads from object to object, it can grow in magnitude. The blaze can leave soot, ash, and discoloration behind, but a professional fire restoration company can help remediate these problems.

SERVPRO strives to get to your home as quickly as possible after your call. The longer that greasy soot stains stay in contact with the wood of your table, or the paint of your walls, the higher chance it has to discolor your belongings. The sooner a professional can begin remediating the damage, the easier it is to return your possessions to you in their preloss condition.

Our SERVPRO techs can sort through whatever you lost in the fire, including your curtains and tablecloth. When it comes to cleaning, our techs usually use a combination of three methods to remove soot, including lubricating and chemical cleaners as well as abrasive tactics. SERVPRO can set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture the particles in the air that cause bad odors and neutralize them. We aim to erase as many reminders of the damage that took place in your home as possible.

Don't wait to call for professional help when a candle causes a fire in your home. Reach SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000. Trust us to handle the damage so you can concentrate on other things.

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Plantation's Water Damage Technicians Explain Moisture's Effects on Carpet

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plantation's Water Damage Technicians Explain Moisture's Effects on Carpet If moisture is not extracted quickly, it can damage carpet to the point where it must be removed and replaced.

Call SERVPRO ASAP to Save Carpet after Water Damage

Water getting inside a house in Plantation can cause problems with building materials, including carpet. Excessive moisture can damage the carpet to the point where it must be removed and replaced. Since carpeting material is porous, carpet can trap in moisture present in the subfloor.

If the carpet is left wet for too long, foul odors can fill the room with mildew-like smells. Some types of carpet can develop black mold after a water damage issue in Plantation. Mold can spread to other building materials and cause health effects.

Determining whether the carpet needs to be removed or if water removal can save it is the first step when mitigating issues with wet carpet. All carpet has a primary and secondary backing that is held together with latex. Latex also is what adheres the carpet fibers to the backing. When carpets get saturated by water, the latex can deteriorate.

When the latex breaks down due to moisture, delamination or the separation of the backing material can occur. Deteriorating latex reduces the carpets structural integrity. If the primary or secondary backing gets detached, the carpet must be replaced.

After water affects a house, any glued down carpet can form bubbles underneath. The bubbles are the result of moisture breaking down the glue. In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians can peel up the carpet and glue it back down to remove the air bubbles. In other scenarios, the carpet must get pulled up and removed.

The padding underneath carpet can get ruined by excessive moisture as well. If water saturates carpet padding, it can lose its structural integrity and break apart. Padding can also trap moisture present inside the subfloor and hold foul odors. If the carpet pad gets in the way of drying the subfloor or carpet, it gets pulled out and discarded because it is relatively inexpensive to replace.

If the moisture inside the home has not yet ruined the carpet or pad, then it can be saved by drying. When drying carpet and the pad underneath it, our IICRC certified technicians pull up the carpet and put an air mover at an end so that the air "floats" the carpet up and dries more rapidly. Calling SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 can help speed up the drying of excessive moisture inside your home.

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Combating Smoke Damage In Your Fort Lauderdale Restaurant

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Combating Smoke Damage In Your Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Smoke damage is often solely attributed to the lingering foul odor that is left in the area after the fire has gotten extinguished.

Combating Smoke Damage

After a fire has threatened your Fort Lauderdale restaurant, you might spend a considerable amount of time mulling over the damages and determining the best approach to get your doors back open the hungry public. The trouble with fires is that they often affect your business in a multitude of ways, so just handling a small part of the problem still leaves many other issues that could threaten the safety and quality of the service that you could provide to your customers.

One of the most typical obstacles that business owners face before they can reopen the doors to their Fort Lauderdale restaurant is the need for smoke cleanup. Smoke damages can show up in a few unique ways, and each of these must get addressed before your eatery can welcome your loyal customer base back through the doors. Fortunately, you have SERVPRO and our team of certified fire restoration technicians at your disposal to help the process move quickly and require less out of pocket expense from you.

Smoke damage is often solely attributed to the lingering foul odor that is left in the area after the fire has gotten extinguished. In truth, this symptom is only part of the problem that you face. To combat this nauseating odor that remains in the fabrics and the air of the affected areas after a fire has occurred, our SERVPRO team utilizes thermal foggers with a dense chemical compound intended to counteract the molecules of the noxious scent and leave no discernible smell behind. This process takes care of the overall area, as well as the individual contents of the room such as furniture, fabrics, and textiles.

Vacuums are used to pull soot from surfaces and contents of the room, which is attributed factor of smoke damage to the facility. The approach is to restore the surfaces to their original conditions entirely, but if this is no longer possible, our team works to make them suitable for repainting or resurfacing after the cleaning has commenced.

When you are battling all of the effects of a recent fire in your restaurant, you need to contact the fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South immediately. With your profits and customer loyalty hanging in the balance, getting your issues resolved quickly should be a top priority. Give us a call anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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