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A Host of Issues After Storm, Flood Damage in Plantation Home

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. We will help you with every portion of your Plantation home after a storm.

Storm damage can and will take over your Plantation home, let us be there.

Flood damage brings more than just water damage to a property. Several issues accompany this type of home disaster, even if it is as little as a half-an-inch of water has the potential to require the gutting of a home. 

One of the best things a Plantation homeowner with storm or flood damage can do is engage cleanup efforts as fast as possible. Water migrates quickly, and sheetrock is particularly susceptible to wicking water and shows signs of warping and buckling quickly. Common issues after an in-home flood include some of the following challenges.

Contaminated Water Safety

When a tree limb breaks a window, the water that enters the home generally poses no threat unless it has been more than 24-hours since the incident. Groundwater is another story. This type of water picks up everything it encounters along the way and frequently has mud and sewage when it enters homes. SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to test the water to determine the nature of any toxins or chemicals present and choose the appropriate cleaning agents to disinfect the home.

Mold Prevention

With the elevated humidity, naturally occurring airborne mold spores have the potential to germinate and quickly spread. SERVPRO technicians carry a mold remediation certification #MRSR2994. They know the early warning signs of a mold infestation and how to halt the growth and establishment of colonies through the use of chemical agents and the establishment of drying goals. 

Controlled Demolition and Rebuilding

Removal of carpet, padding, and sometimes tile to dry the subfloor is standard with flood loss. When sheetrock receives water damage, the technicians perform flood cuts to open up the wall cavities for complete drying. With their contractor license #CBC1261730, in many cases, they can offer reconstruction services to rebuild the property and restore it to its preloss condition. 

Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to restore your property from storm and flood damage. The technicians have the skills, equipment, and experience to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Our Professional Fire Damage Technicians Can Return Your Plantation Home To Pre-Damage Condition

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home with smoke and soot Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for effective restoration services.

Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Can Return Your Plantation Home to its Pre-incident State

Fires of any size can cause significant destruction to homes. Apart from the damage that flames cause, soot and smoke damage can affect several rooms. After a fire loss, you need support and guidance to restore your property to its usual condition. Some factors that determine the cost of fire and smoke damage restoration include:

    •    Level of fire, smoke and soot damage
    •    Size of the affected area
    •    Materials involved
    •    The reconstruction required

When there is fire damage in your Plantation home, you can seek assistance from SERVPRO franchise professionals. By calling us immediately, you can reduce the restoration costs. Our restorers have the experience and the right equipment to handle any fire loss incident to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can assess the intensity of the fire damage and how much restoration work is required. If the firefighters used water to extinguish the flames, we can determine the water damage that could have happened in your property. Our team can also evaluate the effects of smoke residues, which could be visible throughout your home on structures like ceilings, walls, and floors. It is necessary to remove these residues before you redecorate your house.

Our SERVPRO crew can also inspect the contents of your property to identify the ones we can restore economically. We can list the contents that are too expensive to repair and remove them if you approve. Your loss adjuster or insurance company needs a list of these items to arrange a settlement or replacement.

A fire affects a wide range of items, including carpets, cabinets, furniture, rugs and light fixtures, and bath fixtures. Therefore, it is critical to deploy a wide range of fire restoration strategies. On most surfaces, we can remove smoke residues using dry cleaning procedures, followed by wet cleaning. Surface cleaning removes most of the deposits. However, in some cases, smoke residues get driven into building materials.

When cleaning or other residue removal processes do not remove all residues from a surface, we can apply a sealant to it. Our crew can use sealants that are tinted in color to match the surfaces we are sealing. This minimizes the unappealing visual effect of the sealer. If the flames burnt some building materials, it is necessary to complete some rebuilding work. Our crew can reconstruct the affected materials. We handle the entire fire restoration process, allowing you to eliminate the hassle of hiring several firms.

Fire damage restoration requires a high level of expertise to return a property to its pre-fire condition reliably, promptly and cost-effectively. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for effective restoration services.

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment Necessary For Plantation Water Damage Restoration

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

One of our vans arriving to a home We use advanced water damage inspection equipment to help discover the moisture and start the drying process. Call us first for a fast response 24/7.

Types of Air Movers Used for Drying Plantation Homes 

Air movers are a standard staple for our professionals working to recover water loss incidents in Plantation homes. With varying sizes, types, and styles, these pieces of equipment all have an ideal use in specific scenarios. The choice in which type gets used, or how many, is a determination made during the initial inspection phase laying out the scope of the work, equipment necessary, and the qualified personnel needed to complete these tasks. 

Few aspects of drying water damage in Plantation homes involve setting equipment and leaving it to run for hours or even days unattended. There are distinct differences in the types of air movers available, meaning that they get chosen as the most efficient possible options – and therefore require regular monitoring and dryness testing while in use. While these units can vary in size, strength, and even height – there are two main types of air movers used by our SERVPRO team for drying up water damaged homes. 

  1. Centrifugal Air Movers  

One of the aspects that differentiates this type of air mover from others our team uses is the presence of an impeller that can pull in air and move it to the outlet with focused force. Because these units have a higher static pressure for air volume, they are ideally used in situations where the airflow must impact a specific point. Centrifugal units also have a low-profile or thrust air mover variety, which is ideal for floating carpets, drying underneath fixtures, and drying structural cavities after flood cuts get made. 

  1. Axial Air Movers 

Axial air movers are another popular option with our SERVPRO professionals as they can produce a higher Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) output without requiring as much power as centrifugal units. Axials can get daisy-chained (plugged into one another) from a single outlet point, allowing our team to address widespread saturation without requiring unavailable outlets or long lines of extension cords. 

We know how vital the right equipment can be in the drying stages of water recovery. You can count on our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team to arrive with the right tools and devices to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000.

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Did You Know SERVPRO has a Storm Response Team Always on Standby in Ft. Lauderdale?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water on floor of living room.  SERVPRO extraction equipment next to sofa. A storm flooded this house. Our Storm Response Team was able to quickly remove the water and restore the home.

Storm Response Team at the Ready for Ft. Lauderdale  

Because of tropical storms like Nestor that just permitted some extensive destruction along the Florida coast, Ft. Lauderdale homeowners have sought out the most efficient and effective practices to protect their properties after a severe weather event. Storm response is a vital need for many homes and businesses when hurricanes and other natural disasters make landfall. Our preparedness for emergencies can have our team arriving quickly in a crisis to help.  

Storm and flood damage to Ft. Lauderdale homes can be widespread and costly for property owners – not to mention traumatic when it displaces you and your family from the residence. We have a highly trained team accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in almost every niche of restoration for flood recovery and rebuilding needs that your house might have.  

Severe weather systems can often present the risks of flooding to your area home. Our SERVPRO team can approach these disasters with premier extraction and drying equipment, helping to reduce the affected areas of your household. The migration of flood damages is a common obstacle to overcome. However, with the application of our continuous water removal capable with our portable sump pumps and trash pumps, we can reach the point of thorough drying practices as promptly as possible.  

With a division of licensed (CBC1261730) general contractors, we can move beyond the conventional restoration practices to help your property more comprehensively. Because of how experienced our staff is with the building trades, we can offer multiple services following widespread flood damages, including drywall removal, board up, roof tarping, portable power solutions, and full-scale reconstruction.  

Being one of the homeowners in our coastal communities comes with the understanding that your household could fall victim to the fierce presence of tropical storms and hurricanes throughout the years. Quickly responding to these emergencies can encourage the fast response and thorough recovery efforts of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team. You can contact us anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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At Last, The Secret To Fire Damage Remediation Is Revealed

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

roof collapsed into room from water damage Don’t let water damage linger in your house. Contact SERVPRO and get it taken care of.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Handle Advanced Issues Impending Water Removal

Although water is very useful in daily activities around the home, it is equally destructive if spilled uncontrollably. The good thing about water is its colorless and odorless nature when clean, so restoring an affected property mostly involves drying wet materials and contents. Some cases of water damage, however, are not straightforward because of some tricky issues.

The levels of water damage in your home vary depending on what happens after the water spills. If water removal in your Davie property happens fast, the spilled water might be removed while still on the surface of the materials. Even if absorbed, extraction and other drying procedures can remove it quickly. However, in some cases, especially when water spills affected wood, the absorbed water can form chemical bonds with the material, thus preventing regular evaporation patterns. There is a need to break the chemical bonds and dry the wood to prevent long-term problems such as rotting or warping. Our SERVPRO technicians heat the wood to break the bonds. Heating also creates enormous vapor pressure in the deeper layers removing moisture through vapor diffusion.

Air plays a vital role during the drying process by holding and transporting the moisture removed from materials. The way air interacts with other aspects of drying, such as temperature, can slow the drying process. As water evaporates from a material, the air next to the surface can become cooler; forming what is known as a boundary layer. The boundary layer ends up saturated with moisture stopping the evaporation process altogether, thus impeding drying. Our SERVPRO technicians are aware of such behavior. That is why we use air movers and even heaters to keep the drying process in-track.

Water removal should happen in a timely yet controlled manner. Taking too long can cause permanent issues such as carpets delaminating or crowning and buckling on wooden floors, among other issues. Working too fast, especially during the drying phase, can make materials crack or warp. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation and set manageable drying goals.

Water removal in Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach can be a headache. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Water Damage Can Cause Mold to Grown in Your Plantation Library

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Lingering Water Causes Mold Growth in Your Plantation Library 

Libraries hold hundreds, if not thousands, of novels and publications. Because of how challenging it can be to prevent storm damage in our coastal community, our team has a rapid response to these emergencies. Keeping your building dry, especially during the hurricane seasons, can help you to reduce the likelihood of mold development and other harmful effects.  

As challenging as it might feel to prevent unexpected roof and structural damage that leads to water penetration, the threat of mold damage to Plantation businesses like your library should be a strong motivator. Mold develops in as little as 48 hours under the right conditions, and growing colonies can spread quickly to surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to address these threats in the earliest stages when you first discover colonization and have remediation tactics to help your property through every stage of recovery. 

Your primary investment in a library rests in the pages of the literary works stocked on the shelves. Because heightened moisture typically exists throughout the year, we must diligently prepare for mold in the Ft. Lauderdale area to develop at any time. With the excessive damage that can occur to construction materials, carpeting, and even furniture in the building, we heavily rely on the expertise and trade experience of our remediation contractors (MRSR2994.) This division can carefully address controlled demolition issues, document drying, and other threats common to mold recovery.  

One of the best methods of reducing the widespread mold damage and ruin of the books and publications you have in the library is establishing defenses against the spread of spores, contaminants, debris, and other particulates. Containment protocols like the creation of a negative air space bordered with 6mil plastic sheeting prevent the spread of active spores while our remediators work to eliminate mold colonization in the damaged areas. 

The library sees foot traffic every day, and the presence of mold can create a hazardous atmosphere for your readers until the situation gets resolved. No matter when you find mold growing in your building, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians of SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can help. Contact us anytime at (954) 776-2000. 

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When You Discover Standing Water in Your Davie Home

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van in a driveway. Don’t panic when you have a flood damage in your Davie home, let us help you through the water.

Standing water in your Davie home can be a shock, call SERVPRO today.

It is critical to move quickly when standing water gets discovered in your Davie home. Strong storm systems that can hit in the coastline can raise creeks, streams, and other bodies of water. When you find standing water in any volume in your property, you must work to get the right personnel involved in implementing mitigation tactics that can save areas of your home yet to become affected by the migration of this damage.

Flood damage in Davie homes presents a substantial threat to the structural integrity of the property. Also, standing water can allow for threats many homeowners might not expect, like conducting electricity from outlets in the affected area or spreading bacteria and microorganisms throughout the property. You should never enter flood water in your home because health hazards and the risks of injury are too severe for those untrained or ill-equipped. Our SERVPRO professionals have personal protective equipment and extensive training to overcome these threats as they get discovered.

When you first find flooding in your home, the first thing that you should do is to contact our rapid response team. We have dedicated professionals standing by 24/7 to reach your home with effective extraction and drying processes. Our equipment and potent cleaning products can protect more areas of your home from the potential contamination of natural flooding.

Contacting your insurance provider is another crucial step to take, as we can often coordinate efforts between our SERVPRO management and your insurance adjuster. Being along the Florida coast, many homes already have storm and flood damage coverage in their plan to protect their houses, so you need the right information about what services get covered and what out-of-pocket expenses you might expect moving forward.

As unnerving as it might be to find a lower level of your home contending with several inches of standing water, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team have powerful extractors like our sump pumps and truck-mounted options to help. We also have rapid drying solutions to help us get to cleaning and disinfecting contaminated areas of your home as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (954) 776-2000.

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If You Need Water Removal Services In Plantation Call Us Right Away

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

our water drying equipment set up in a kitchen that suffered water damage Our experts responded quickly and began the restoration process and restored this property to pre-damaged conditions right away.

The Best Equipment For Water Removal In Plantation

At the first sign of water damage in your house, it’s important to invest in water removal services right away. The longer water sits on your floors, the harder it becomes to restore and repair the parts of your home that have been damaged. SERVPRO uses some of the best water removal equipment to extract water from your floors as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Moisture Detectors

The first step of water removal in your Plantation home is to detect the source of the damage. Devices such as moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and hygrometers can read the water content in certain locations to detect moisture. In some cases, it’s necessary to read levels of moisture, whereas in other cases it’s important to detect whether there is any moisture at all. 

Water Extraction

The next step in the water removal process is the extraction of water. To properly treat the areas of the home that have been damaged, our SERVPRO technicians will use a variety of extraction units to suck and pump the water out. Some of these units are so large that they are mounted on a truck; other units are portable for small fixes. Carpet wands are smaller devices that are used for water removal in carpets and floors with pads underneath.

Restoration

After all of the water damage has been safely removed from your home, the drying process begins. Most of the materials in your home that can be damaged from water are porous, meaning they have the tendency to retain water even after removal. This includes materials like wood, carpet, and drywall. Drying equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and air filtration devices are used to move air effectively through the house and to the affected areas.

Need water removal services ASAP? Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today to start the water damage assessment, extraction, and restoration process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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Why It Is Important To Clean After A Fire In Your Davie Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire causes significant damage to a kitchen We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Focus More On Cleaning After Fire Damage In Your Davie Home

After the unfortunate incident of a fire in your Davie home, you must take steps to restore it to its preloss state. You can use different approaches, including replacing materials, resurfacing, or cleaning them. When choosing the method, you have to consider the cost implications as well as the effectiveness. Cleaning presents several advantages, especially when done by a professional restorer such as SERVPRO.

Can help you reduce the cost
Compared to other methods of restoring fire damage in affected Davie homes, restorative cleaning reduces the costs involved. With different cleaning approaches available including the use of cleaning agents and agitation, it is possible to restore deterioration from smoke deposits and heat action at a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced cleaning methods such as soda blasting or peroxide-active cleaning for better outcomes.

Deals with a wide range of issues
When a fire breaks out, the combustion process causes a wide range of damages. Some materials are charred from the heat while others are left caked with soot and other residues. The fire also leaves a heavy smoky odor that you have to address to ensure your property remains habitable. Cleaning helps address most of these problems when done correctly.

Cleaning is flexible
Compared to other restoration processes, cleaning is a flexible process, so it is possible to make alterations to get the desired results. It is possible to make alterations even in the middle of a cleaning process, unlike when replacing materials. Changing aspects such as the chemical agent, the dwell time such an agent has with the targeted soil and the temperature of the cleaning solution, it is possible to alter the outcome of a cleaning exercise. Our SERVPRO technicians also ensure we agitate the affected areas entirely using different resources, including scrubbing by hand, using rotating brushes and water pressure.

Cleaning is practical and offers several benefits if there is fire damage in your Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach home. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Professional Tips for Cleaning Your Flood Damaged Plantation Residence

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall and ceiling Mold is a secondary issue from water damage. Quick mitigation reduces the risk of mold growth.

Why Plantation Property Owners Should Outsource Flood Damage Cleanup 

While the Fort Lauderdale area is no stranger to hurricanes and flash flooding, the residents also know fast cleanup is essential to lessening damage to their homes.  

Upon arrival to a Plantation home with flood damage, SERVPRO technicians immediately scope the property to determine all areas that require water removal. Techs use both visual observation and specialized moisture detection equipment throughout the worksite.  

Damage from Groundwater

Of all the types of water damage in a home, groundwater has the probability of delivering the most loss to a house. Everything the water rushes through on its way to the home gets picked up, and that can include debris, toxins, and sometimes sewage which leaves a smelly, sludgy mess in the house.  

Carpet Does Not Usually Fare Well

In many types of home water damage situations, the carpet has restoration possibilities through cleaning applications. When a carpet receives saturation by groundwater, there are no cleaning methods to adequately restore it to the hygienic levels required for safe reuse.  

Unless You Have Protective Gear-Do Not Touch It

Homeowners should not come into contact with groundwater. There is a reason it carries a rating as a category three biohazard. SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine the nature of any contaminants and take the appropriate mitigation methods while wearing personal protection gear.  

No Stress About Secondary Issues

Even an inch of water in the home has the potential to leave a devastating amount of damage. Mold is a common issue after flood loss to a home. Because airborne mold spores need only warmth, moisture, and food such as paper or sheetrock, this part of the state is at significant risk for the development of mold colonies. SERVPRO technicians have Mold Remediation certification #MRSR2994 and know the early signs of infestation so they can act to inhibit the growth and spread of mold through proactive treatments. 

At the first sign of flood damage to your home, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000. Whether it is a single room or a whole house affected, our technicians are ready to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."

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