A Primer for Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Plantation Home
Fires cause charring, smoke, and soot damage. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss state.
Tips for Cleaning Up Your Plantation Home After Fire Damage
Dealing with a house fire is heartbreaking. You have to cope with the loss of valuable possessions and the challenge of getting your home back to normal. Some common problems to handle include soot, smoke, and cleaning up the chemicals or water that firefighters used to extinguish the fire. The water and chemicals can ruin the walls, carpeting, and furniture, among other things.
To deal with fire damage in your Plantation home, you should first assess the extent of the destruction. It is essential to open up all doors and windows to let in fresh air or use a fan to increase ventilation. Increased airflow helps remove residual smoke and minimize the odors that burnt materials and soot cause.
A fire can destroy many items in your house, and it may be necessary to replace them. You may only be able to figure out which things to replace after cleaning everything up. Cleaning up items in your house might seem like a tiresome task, but you need to complete it as soon as possible since procrastinating it can make matters worse. To clean up your property, some of the things you need include:
- Trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- A large sponge and rags
- A mask to protect your face
- Goggles to protect your eyes
After wearing the safety gear, soak the sponge into the TSP solution, containing a tablespoon of TSP and a gallon of water. Soot may be on all the surfaces exposed to the fire. Secure the carpets and upholstered furniture since the residue is oily and can stain them easily. Start cleaning the surfaces that have soot and smoke damage such as ceilings and walls. Begin from the top to the bottom because some residue can fall off from the surfaces you are cleaning. After that, dip the rags in warm water and rinse the affected surfaces.
Once you remove the soot, the next task is to deal with the smoke damage. Smoke creates odors that can linger in walls, ceilings, draperies, and fabrics even after you have tried to remove them using baking soda, white vinegar, and activated charcoal. Eliminating odors is difficult because the damage is at the molecular level. It is advisable to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to remove the smoke odor. Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can use high-level skills and deodorizing agents or equipment to remove the smells effectively.
We can use dry ice blasting to eliminate or minimize the musty burnt scent resulting from smoke, fire, and water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can also apply sealants on walls to block smells from escaping. Another strategy is using hydroxyl generators to remove unpleasant odors.
If you need fire damage restoration services in Ft. Lauderdale, Davie Fort or Lauderdale Beach, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Plantation Home After Water Damage Hits
Our technicians headed out to this home right away and began removing excess water from their property with our advanced equipment.
Water Damage can Start in Your Plantation Area Home's Roof
Homeowners in Plantation expect their home to weather the rain during each season and keep their family dry and comfortable. Tiny gaps in the roof or upper shingles can let rainwater inside. Problems with the seals on skylights can also let your home's interior get damp.
When a house in Plantation sustains intrusive water damage from overhead, the dampness can spread above your ceilings and down the walls. Inside your walls, this water can stay hidden while steadily weakening the walls' materials from the inside. Bumping into a wall while carrying a load of laundry or groceries and finding yourself faced with a hole can leave the area an immediate mess.
Our building services crew knows how to get things rebuilt with little mess. Our Commercial Contractor License # CBC1261730 means our customers receive an experienced, licensed team. We work in conjunction with our restoration crews to reduce lags in productivity and get all of the work done as fast as possible. Knowing that they do not need to look for a qualified team to rebuild damaged areas of their home means less stress.
We check ceilings for changes in their structure. While a curvature toward the floor indicates trapped water, we also look at the seams in the corners for cracks. Discoloration does not always happen early on unless a large amount of water has accumulated. Our goal is to mitigate damage before it can spread. We use different tools to locate and also to determine the amount of moisture in walls and other materials.
Sometimes, secondary water damage, such as microbial infestations, become exposed during our work. Under our Mold Remediation Contractor License # MRSR2994, we can perform any necessary remediation to ensure that your property regains its value and healthy environment. During such periods, as well as while we remove materials that create dust, we run our air scrubbing machines.
We also use these, as well as vacuums, while sanding drywall plaster before painting. All of these have HEPA filters, ensuring that we keep dust and any other microscopic particles from entering your ventilation system.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South helps homeowners within Davie, Rio Vista, and Las Olas by restoring and protecting their home from the harm water can cause. Water damage can leave your house's interior marred, weak, and the source of unwanted odors. Call us at (954) 776-2000, as We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage Remediation In Plantation
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Fire Damage Experts In Plantation Talk About Some Do It Yourself Procedures
The fire departments in the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale areas investigate over 200 fires each year. If your property ever suffers from fire damage, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Smoke and heat-related issues can sometimes be hard to find and difficult to mitigate. Our team of fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs have training and experience that helps us find and mitigate your problems.
However, if you do ever notice fire damage inside your Plantation home, there are steps you the homeowner can take to help with the restoration. The first step after something burns inside your dwelling is to get everyone safe then to extinguish the fire. Make sure that none of your building materials or contents are still smoldering or smoking.
Next, our SERVPRO technicians always recommend that you find the shutoff for your utilities. If gas is leaking, another fire can ignite, so it is smart to shut the gas running through your house off. Electricity can also pose potential hazards. Therefore you should turn off the electricity inside your building. If any water pipes got damaged during the blaze, then shutting off your water can prevent moisture-related issues.
Then, you should look for any other potential safety hazards. If there are electrical lines exposed, then you must call in a certified electrician to fix the problem before you turn your power back on. If there are burnt items that could cause a trip or fall hazard, then it is a good idea to remove them so that they no longer pose a threat.
Once your utilities are shut off, and you have fixed all of the safety hazards you can find it is then wise to remove any severely burnt or charred items. Burnt materials can sometimes soil other things that did not get affected during the blaze. It is also a wise idea to open your windows and doors and use fans to push air through your house to help reduce foul odors.
If you ever suffer from an inferno igniting on your Davie, Las Olas, or Sailboat Bend property, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 immediately after the fire gets extinguished.
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Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners Know to Call Upon SERVPRO for Restoration Services
Need Help with a Fire, Storm, Mold or Water? SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South Has the Techs, Equipment, and Desire to Help!
Every Restoration Detail Completed after Ft. Lauderdale Property Disaster is Why SERVPRO Is an Industry Leader
Our long term experience in the restoration industry means Ft. Lauderdale residents coping with water, fire, mold, or storm damage know the company to call for help. Investment in commercial quality equipment, capable of rapid cleanup and thorough drying is one of our priorities. The other is an investment in training a skilled and committed team of restoration professionals, holders of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) in a broad range of specialties.
The source of a water loss in Ft. Lauderdale is most often the malfunction of an appliance, a tub or sink overflow, or plumbing leak, not a storm or hurricane. This kind of water damage can sneak up on a homeowner, occurring over some time unnoticed, yet causing significant harm to structural components, fixtures, and contents of a home. If your vigilance fails to avoid every leak or spill, we can help get rid of the water and dry out your home.
Plumbing, both supply and waste piping, runs between walls and floors and ceilings. Your first signal might be a dark stain or bulge on a surface. Stepping in a puddle near a cabinet can reveal a long-term leak under a kitchen sink that collected behind kickboards. A dishwasher or water heater can break, spreading gallons of water across floors and into crawl spaces or foundations. Every minute spent wondering what to do means more damage. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are ready to respond as soon as we receive your call.
Trapped water and soaked building materials might need controlled demolition strategies to reach the moisture and remove irreparably damaged drywall, insulation, or other structural components. We can take on that task as well as the rebuild after the water evacuates and the wet areas dry. Our full spectrum of services is why SERVPRO can take you from a wet mess to a fully restored space without the stress of hiring ever-changing crews and contractors to resolve the problem.
Fire damage to your Ft. Lauderdale home can be one of the most devastating events in your entire lifetime. Engaging the services of a disaster restoration company that can take you from the shock and helplessness of viewing the scene minutes after the firefighters leave through the dozens of mitigation, remediation, and restoration tasks needed to resume your comfortable life is the key to overcoming the stress and fear. We are uniquely positioned to provide those services.
From removing gallons of filthy, debris-filled water to removing every bit of soot clinging to surfaces, our IICRC-trained Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are the answer to your fire restoration needs. We are trained to match cleaning products, methods, and tools with the various types of soot seen after a fire -- dry, wet, or protein-based. Getting it right is vital as conventional cleaning techniques often make the situation much worse.
Many of our technicians hold more than one certification, meaning that the crews move from task to task seamlessly. Contents frequently move to our production facility for specialized care, and our deodorization experts employ a range of techniques to eliminate, not just cover up the smoky smells. We also offer rebuilding services, saving you the frustration and effort of lining up different professionals to complete the fire damage restoration project from start to finish.
When mold damage in your Ft. Lauderdale home takes hold, it is essential to understand that no process exists that can eliminate mold completely. Mold spores are always in the atmosphere and settled on surfaces, usually troubling no one. When exposed to moisture, however, spores begin a growth cycle that can damage building materials and expose susceptible individuals to higher levels or irritants and allergens. Mold remediation can remove active mold colonies and reduce the number of spores. When paired with moisture control, mold damage recedes.
Our mold remediation crews use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol developed for schools and commercial buildings to rid your home of active mold colonies and reduce mold spore levels to more normal levels. We contain the work area to prevent drift of the spores using physical barriers and air scrubbers. Moldy materials are removed and bagged for appropriate disposal, and EPA-registered antimicrobials treat the affected area to prevent regrowth.
If the moldy area is extensive and porous materials like drywall and insulation were severely damaged, we can also remove those materials and replace them. Our ability to take a problematic mold damage situation from severely compromised structural components in need of at least partial demolition to reconstruction completed to the highest standards is why SERVPRO is the mold remediation contractor to engage. Our construction team is ready to follow up where our licensed and certified mold remediation team left off.
The tropical storm and hurricane season stretches for six months in Ft. Lauderdale. Although plenty of forecasters give people in the area information on the significant storms as they develop, it is only when the extreme weather nears our city or makes landfall that the full extent of their damage potential becomes apparent. Having a professional partner in case of severe damage is critical to your peace of mind as a resident of southeastern Florida. We are always prepared to help.
Preparation for hurricanes and other intense storm systems goes a long way toward making you feel in control and ready to shield your family from the worst of the June through November storm season. Think about a consultation with our team in advance of any storm activity to pinpoint any vulnerabilities in your home. We can explain and offer to you our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan which can help mitigate or prevent damages. As part of your hurricane go-kit be sure to have our number available so we can connect to schedule an assessment if your home suffers damage.
Flood damage, including storm surge, is a significant risk during the hurricane season. One of the reasons why SERVPRO is successful when hired for flood damage remediation is our familiarity with the complications presented by saltwater contamination. Expect us to follow best practices when responding to saltwater flooding, including freshwater flushing before water removal and drying.
Mold Remediation: MRSR2994
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is skilled in disaster mitigation and remediation across all types of property damage risks. We offer rebuilding services as well, making reaching out to us at (954) 776-2000 the only distress call needed to resolve even complicated disaster scenarios.
SERVPRO Responds to Commercial Water Removal for Plantation Businesses
Dirty Laundry? No Problem for SERVPRO to Keep the Plantation Laundromat Open for Cleaning after a Water Flooding
Reach Out to Professional Plantation Water Cleanup Services When a Washer in Your Laundromat Leaks
Owning a building full of washing machines certainly increases the chances of needing the assistance of professional water cleanup services. In the case of your laundromat, one of the water supply lines attached to a washing unit broke and caused water to spill out onto the floor rapidly. By the time that you manage to turn off the water in the building, the nearby floor and the adjacent walls were significantly impacted.
To minimize the damage to your laundromat, call for local Plantation water cleanup services. Addressing the spill yourself would be challenging, and you may end up missing spots of water that you cannot see. Allowing professionals to handle the cleanup job makes room for you to focus on your business and ensuring that foot traffic to the undamaged section of the laundromat remains intact. Why place your patrons in jeopardy with possible slippage, falling, and maybe then even suing?
SERVPRO understands how stressful sudden water damage can be for any business owner. We always go the extra mile to make sure that we arrive at your location as soon as we can. Furthermore, we work whenever you need us to, whether it's three in the morning or three in the afternoon.
Once SERVPRO arrives, we can section off the area that we are remediation. Doing so can ensure that people still feel comfortable using the undamaged portion of your laundromat. From there, our water damage restoration technicians can focus on removing the standing water from your building. We can use equipment such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the water swiftly.
SERVPRO can search for any remaining pockets of water that might be unseen by using infrared cameras. Furthermore, we can also check the moisture levels with moisture meters. If the levels seem off, we can use devices such as axial fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and drying mats to address any water damage on your property.
Protecting your equipment from water damaging effects of rust or electrical motor failure is a goal we reach for during the mitigation service.
When you need water cleanup services, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by dialing (954) 776-2000. Night or day, our technicians are available when you need them.
After A Fire In Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach House Our Crew Will Remove Any Debris
By calling (954) 776-2000, we can make fire loss effects, “Like it never even happened.”
Debris Removal For Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach House
Among the most challenging aspects of restoring the damages from a fire in your Ft. Lauderdale beach house is the mess these scenarios create. Even without a situation that spreads heavily throughout the property, you still have areas around the ignition point affected by soot, smoke residues, odors, structural compromise, and debris. Our restoration professionals have sophisticated tools and years of experience to provide a confident and efficient approach to addressing all of these concerns.
Debris removal is an intricate step in fire cleanup for any Ft. Lauderdale beach house or property. Beach houses are particularly susceptible to having more debris than some of the other structures throughout the city because of its primarily wood and drywall construction. These elements can easily ignite when exposed to moving fires, which can help the destruction to spread far beyond the source. Our SERVPRO experts can help by assessing the debris left behind and working quickly to clean up these damaged areas.
From the time that our crew first arrives at your fire-damaged address, we must not only assess the damages with a walkthrough but also determine vulnerabilities of remaining structural components as debris removal begins. Knowing the risks for our team members can go a long way to keeping our technicians, and anyone else exposed, safe. This inspection can guide our controlled demolition process, removing at-risk and damaged structural elements and construction materials only to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in reconstruction phases.
Clearing out the mess from your beach house is one thing, but disposing of it all properly is another. Our SERVPRO professionals have the necessary training to handle even biohazardous materials and dispose of them according to specific protocols mandated by federal statutes and through the state of Florida.
For property owners with insurance, and even though these policies can vary significantly, many offer fire debris removal coverage. Speak to your provider and reach out to the dedicated professionals of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team. By calling (954) 776-2000, we can make fire loss effects, “Like it never even happened.”
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How to Remove Flood Water From Your Plantation Home
Did the recent storms bring water into your home? No worries! SERVPRO is on the job!
Extraction Equipment Used to Mitigate Plantation Area Flooding
We have multiple machines and tools that can help us to contend with flooding that remains a present threat for Plantation homes and businesses. Even with reinforced structures and installed diversion implements, avoiding the effects of flooding can be a challenge for specific areas of the property. Our technicians have experience with addressing multiple facets of flood recovery, including efficient extraction solutions. With each disaster being different, our approach to restoring the damage must change accordingly.
With many machines capable of removing excess water after flood damage in Plantation homes, it becomes a matter of technician discretion as to which equipment is ideal for the current situation. A common choice for water removal is the submersible pumps. These require electricity to run, and we can supply temporary power solutions to properties in the dark with our portable generators that arrive with our SERVPRO Green Fleet of service vehicles and production trailers.
With substantial water loss incidents that affect broad areas of the home, our technicians often select to use our rapid and powerful extraction solutions like the truck-mounted pumps. These tools are among the most efficient in our industry and can remove water at a rate of up to 300 psi. Our extractor truck rolls out with the Green Fleet to flooded destinations, making this tool accessible and on-site for our technicians combatting spreading water effects in the house.
Also, our SERVPRO team has other portable extraction tools and specialized equipment, including our wet-vacs with extraction wands and our weighted extractors to help reduce the oversaturation of carpeted areas. Once our removal of all standing water occurs, our experienced team can get to work on other vital mitigation efforts like drying and cleanup.
You cannot predict the severity or the likelihood of disasters like flooding taking place, but you do have a choice in the team that you choose to help you get things back to normal. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South professionals can help with premier recovery solutions and equipment designed to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000.
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Ft. Lauderdale Shop Owners Often Rely on SERVPRO for Discreet Mold Remediation
Mold Remediation for a Ft. Lauderdale Cafe by SERVPRO Saves Your Morning Coffee
How You Can Handle Mold Damage Found in Your Ft. Lauderdale Cafe
Florida is known for its incredibly hot and humid weather, and that weather can cause mold damage if buildings are not adequately made to withstand the typical conditions of the region. High humidity means that your cafe is continuously exposed to excess moisture in the air. It is essential for buildings to be built correctly, and encourage free airflow, so the humid air cannot linger for too long. Furthermore, keeping the temperature inside of your cafe at a specific point can help ensure that excess moisture cannot cause problems for you, such as mold damage.
In the case of your Ft. Lauderdale cafe, the mold damage was caused by excess moisture lingering inside of the building due to humidity and the lack of a working A/C unit. When something breaks, sometimes you may be tempted to put off repairing it, especially if the repair may be an expensive undertaking. However, it only takes seventy-two hours of exposure to excess moisture for microbial growth to begin.
Always remember, when you find mold damages inside of your establishment, it is essential to call for help immediately. Swiftly calling for a cleanup and restoration company, like SERVPRO, can ensure that the remediation goes much smoother. Mold can cause health effects, and it is against food safety standards to run a cafe that has been infected with it. The quicker the problem is dealt with, the better it is for your foot traffic and your business. A customer leaving a bad review can damage your reputation as a clean establishment, offering a refreshing respite from a long day.
SERVPRO is always available whenever you need a team of our talented technicians. No matter when you find the damage on your property, our doors are open, and a representative is ready to answer the phone. We take arriving at your establishment as quickly as possible very seriously and pride ourselves on our reputation of time-management. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Once SERVPRO gets to your establishment, we can immediately get to work and set up a barrier of plastic sheeting around the mold damage. It is essential to contain the active mold spores throughout remediation, so they do not spread to a different section of your cafe.
From there, our technicians can set up air scrubbers to pull any airborne spores from the air while we work, and to neutralize the musty scent that comes hand-in-hand with mold damage. Using a disinfectant, SERVPRO can remove the mold from the surfaces of your walls. Furthermore, we can use an antifungal agent to ensure that regrowth does not happen and then return your cafe to you in its pre-mold condition.
When mold damage strikes, get help immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by calling (954) 776-2000. Night or day, we are ready to help.
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Is Your Washing Machine Spinning Water Damage Into Your Plantation Home?
Inspect your washing machine hoses often to protect your home from water damage.
You May Need Water Damage Restoration Services in Plantation After a Washing Machine Leak
Washing machine water damage is typical in homes. It can occur because of a burst supply hose, overflowing, and drain line failures. The water from the washing machine can ruin your house, and the increased moisture can lead to other issues like the growth of mold on damp surfaces.
Mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours after the incident and can keep growing until treatment begins. Taking action quickly after noticing water damage in your Plantation home can keep the situation from getting worse. The first task is to stop the flow of water. You should then contact a company that provides water damage mitigation services like SERVPRO to help restore your property to its preloss condition. Our team offers water extraction, structural drying, dehumidification, carpet restoration or replacement and mold removal services among other services.
Upon arrival at your home, we can examine the affected area and then begin the cleanup and restoration process. We use equipment like shop vacs to remove any standing water since this helps speed up the drying process. Our technicians then use air movers to enhance evaporation by sweeping saturated air away from surfaces and replacing it with dryer air, which pulls moisture from the wet structure and contents. The air close to a wet surface becomes saturated, and the surface becomes cooler as water evaporates from it. Our crew then uses refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers to dry the moisture that is in the air. We continue the drying process until all the materials in the home return to normal moisture content levels.
Our SERVPRO team checks the moisture content of the affected areas against the moisture levels in the unaffected areas to bring them to the same level. We can also rebuild any part of your home that we removed for effective drying like drywall and padding under carpeting. Our restoration process is non-destructive, quick, and efficient from the beginning to the end to reduce the expense of repair work.
When there’s water loss in your home, you can contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for professional help. We can remove the water and dry your home to return it to its preloss condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Get Flood Damage Restoration for Your Ft. Lauderdale Home
Many homeowners live close to or in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Flooding can occur in homes in such areas. Runoffs may bring contaminants like oil, chemicals, debris, and sewage into your home and cause severe damage, especially if you do not take steps to dry your property quickly.
If there is flood damage in your Ft. Lauderdale home, it is critical to begin the cleanup and dry out process without delay to salvage as many items as possible. A company that is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to offer flood restoration services can be of great help to you. SERVPRO is one such firm, and our technicians offer flood cleanup services using state-of-the-art water removal, drying, and restoration equipment.
Our IICRC certified technicians can use shop vacuums to suck up all the water that’s present in your home. We can rotate the shop vacs around the rooms to reach all the affected areas. The time this step takes varies based on the substrate we are drying, the total amount of water present and the size of a room or rooms. For large quantities of stagnant water, we can deploy our truck-mounted pump or submersible pumps.
Once we remove the standing water, we begin the drying process. We use air movers to circulate airflow throughout the rooms. We can position air movers at specific sections of the walls to ensure that air gets to the most saturated parts of a room. Walls behind cabinets typically take more time to dry because of the several layers of drywall and the back of cabinets. In that case, our technicians can drill holes into the drywall to make it easier for the air to circulate. After we complete the drying process, we repair the holes drilled in the walls. The level of the contaminants also dictates if a controlled demolition is required for any non-salvageable building materials.
Our SERVPRO technicians also use dehumidification equipment to eliminate moisture that could lead to additional damage like mold growth. We use different dehumidifiers depending on the severity of the water damage. For larger residential water restoration jobs, we can use the large-loss electric desiccant dehumidifier which is mounted on a trailer. We also carry an assortment of LGR low grain refrigerant and portable desiccant equipment.
When flood water has entered your home, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can help you extract it and restore your home to its preloss condition. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 for restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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