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Fabric Cleaning after a Water Damaging Incident in Plantation Homes Often Requires SERVPRO's Protocols and Methods

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

wet vac in a living room with an upholstered sofa Plantation Homeowners Are Always Happy with SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup Results--even Sofas and Fabrics

Various Tests that Improve Water Cleanup Outcomes in Plantation Homes

Cleaning up a home after water loss incidents takes several steps. Apart from removing any standing water, there is a need to remove any soils left on contents such as furniture, items made from fabrics, or even appliances. Water cleanup involving fabrics can be the most complex, but performing various tests before cleaning can help ease the process and prevent more damage.

Chemical Tests
Before starting water cleanup processes in Plantation, there is a need to perform chemical tests on any fabric items soiled during the water spill. Such tests help establish how the material is affected by certain types of cleaning agents. Cleaning agents containing formic acid can dissolve nylon fabrics. Chlorine bleach, on the other hand, affects wool and many other substrates. With the results from the test, it is possible to clean your contents without causing further damages. Our SERVPRO technicians may not need to do the actual test if an item has labels showing the types of fabrics it is made from since our extensive experience in the industry helps us know common reactions to chemicals.

Soil Type Test
Water spills soil materials in different ways, including depositing dissolved residues from the water in the areas they affect. In general, residues are water-based or oil-based, so there is a need to establish the type left on fabrics in your house so that you can choose a cleaning agent perfect for the job. So, by doing the soil type tests, our SERVPRO technicians determine which professional cleaning agents can clean more efficiently.

Dissolving Test
If the incident leaves stains on fabrics, immediate action is necessary to remove them before they set. Knowing which type of solvent can dissolve the soil in the stain is crucial in removal. Our SERVPRO technicians perform tests, which establish whether plain water, regular detergents, or other solvents are necessary to dissolve the stains without damaging the underlying fabric. Many times, stain removal efforts end up bleaching the fabric, which is a less desirable outcome.

We understand that restoring fabrics such as clothing, drapes, and upholstery to preloss condition is not always possible. We can, under certain conditions, remove soiled items to our facility for cleaning with the advanced Esporta Washing System. We can also suggest, if appropriate, to have specific fabrics sent to a special dry cleaning company.

Cleaning up water loss sites can present challenges beyond water extraction. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What is the Best Way to Handle Commercial Water Cleanup in Plantation Commercial Properties?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians using water extraction equipment to remove water from a commercial properties floor SERVPRO is always on call to handle your commercial water damage, with the least intrusion to your business.

Common Issues During Commercial Water Cleanup in Plantation Properties 

While the goal during any water damage is to limit loss for the property owner, the need is even more significant when dealing with water loss to commercial property. Situations such as being closed for too long can result in the closure of the business.  

One of the main elements for a successful outcome for commercial water cleanup in Plantation businesses is that the actions begin as soon as possible after the initial damage.  

Controlled Demolition is Standard

Because of how quickly water wicks into sheetrock, SERVPRO technicians cut away the damaged areas using flood cuts. This action serves a dual purpose to inhibit further loss and makes it easy to make repairs. The flooring may delaminate or require removal to dry subflooring after exposure to water. Any removed tiles get inspected for the potential for reuse after cleaning and sanitization. 

Rapid Water Extraction

The professional equipment allows techs to remove the water quickly. Whether it is a small, localized area or a large scale water loss event, SERVPRO has the specialized extraction equipment, including truck-mounted units, to clean up and dry the property.  

One Service for Cleanup and Reconstruction

With its commercial contractor license #CBC1261730, SERVPRO offers property owners the hassle-free service of both restoration and rebuilding services. This assistance is especially helpful as the techs already know everything that requires repairs as they handled the mitigation. Plus, it limits the downtime necessary to repair the business and ready it for reopening.  

Mold Will Not Be an Issue

Mold is a common issue after a water loss incident. However, with the knowledge the techs possess as certified mold remediation experts license #MRSR2994, it does not have to be. They know the warning signs of a mold infestation and how to treat it without the danger of spreading spores.  

Final Touches Before Reopening

No one wants to work in or come to a business that has a musty scent. SERVPRO techs have advanced equipment for the neutralization of any residual odors. Leaving the premises smelling as clean as it looks. 

Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 when you need commercial water cleanup. They have the equipment and experience to make the water loss to your property, "Like it never even happened." 

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How Mold Can Occur from Poor Drying in Plantation Homes

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold on the wall and trim of a home. Mold damage can consume your Plantation home quicker than you realize, we can be there to assist you.

If you have mold in your Plantation home give SERVPRO a call, we will be happy to help.

Our SERVPRO professionals have helped to recover Plantation homes and businesses affected by mold and microbial threats. Often, these conditions develop due to water loss incidents that were mismanaged or inadequately dried. Failing to address all present moisture and saturation concerns can allow for both structural degradation and unknown fungal growth. 

While many homeowners are reluctant to authorize controlled demolition, this is often the only way to determine a need for mold damage repair in Plantation houses. Much like homeowners are not quick to wish reconstruction needs on the project, predatory restoration companies can rush the drying process and forgo more intricate inspection processes to avoid getting into services that would require subcontracting demolition or build back to another company. Our SERVPRO team has considerable experience in mold repairs, beginning with a group of qualified restoration technicians and licensed (MRSR2994) mold remediation contractors. 

A failure to inspect and understand the migration of water loss incidents can open up materials like OSB subflooring and framing to excessive saturation. Because these materials are porous, they can often quickly absorb the moisture from the event and trap this moisture beneath the surface. Present spores can land on these damp materials and find a welcoming surface to facilitate mold colonization. 

Because our remediation technicians can approach properties that have already been inadequately dried by other restoration teams, our SERVPRO professionals must often plan for the inevitability of microbial threats. To immediately address this concern, many of the structural elements affected can get removed and later replaced with the experienced contractors of our build back team. Failure to overcome any microbial threats that exist can delay the drying process and leave areas of your home more vulnerable to structural collapse. 

You might not always immediately assume that mold damage could exist in your home, especially if you have gotten led to believe that the recent water damage incident was thoroughly dry. We have seen many post-water damage mold concerns, and our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team can help however you need. Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000. 

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SERVPRO is Plantation's First Choice for Mold Remediation

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on walls in closet Is mold hiding in the crevices and closets of your home? Call SERVPRO if you see any signs of mold damage.

Why SERVPRO Is Plantation's Mold Damage Remediation Specialist

As a licensed mold remediation provider in Plantation, our services are sought after by residents who appreciate our commitment to ongoing training and integration of innovative equipment. Rather than approaching mold growth as a panic-causing development, we take pride in offering reliable, professional answers to minimize an unpleasant problem. Our calm assurance is why customers recommend hiring our team for mold abatement. 

Prevention Is Preferable to Remediation 

Although our fast and effective response is why Plantation homeowners request mold damage evaluations from our certified technicians. Our team's ability to advise homeowners on how to limit future mold outbreaks is probably our most valuable service. In some ways, removing mold is an easier task than anticipating microbial growth risk has so many variables. We take the responsibility to help our customers avoid mold outbreaks seriously, combining practical hints with suggestions for effective preventative products. 

Follow the Water 

Finding the mold and taking the steps needed to remediate is just the beginning. Before we find closure, our crew members must locate the moisture source and help you plan to eliminate the risks flowing from a persistent water loss. The detection skills of our team are why SERVPRO offers premier mold remediation. We are not interested in treating mold damage as a chronic condition. Our goal is to assist homeowners in eliminating available moisture so that mold growth recedes as an issue. 

House-Wide Inspection 

As we respond to your current mold crisis, we keep a practiced eye open to locate possible sources of water. Mold spores are everywhere, indoors and out. They present a danger only when water fuels their growth. Distinct risk factors neglected include minor leaks or lack of cleanup of spills. Failure to respond quickly to a water loss gives mold a helping hand, as it takes just a few drops and a dwell time of 24 to 48 hours to jump-start a multiplying colony. Noting unexpected sources of moisture such as inadequate venting of humid air in a bathroom or kitchen or a sweating condenser coil in an AC unit is why SERVPRO can help stop a persistent mold problem. 

Call (954) 776-2000 to access our trained and certified mold remediation technicians, ready to plan for fast mold removal, lawful disposal, and a significantly reduced chance of a rebound infestation. Experience why SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South enjoys a reputation of being highly rated and dependable.

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

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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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)

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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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