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How Our Technicians Make Flood Damage In Plantation A Thing Of The Past

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Technicians Make Flood Damage In Plantation A Thing Of The Past If you feel that rainfall has been unusually heavy or regular over the past few months, be on the lookout for flash floods.

What Can Cause A Small Storm To Produce Flood Damage In Plantation?

While some storms (such as hurricanes) that cause flood damage in Plantation and surrounding communities can be easy to identify days in advance, many of our calls come from homeowners caught completely off-guard by relatively minor storms that somehow produce enough rainfall to flood their homes. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell whether or not a storm is likely to flood a property, and the best strategy is often to just maintain a constant state of preparedness in anticipation of any potential damages.

Prior Rainfall
Many people know that recent heavy rainfall can cause the soil to become saturated and lead to flood damage in Plantation and other communities, but what they often fail to consider is how much rain has fallen over a more extended period. The rain that regularly falls over several months can eventually become too much for the soil to bear, causing a relatively light individual storm to produce flooding. If you feel that rainfall has been unusually heavy or regular over the past few months, be on the lookout for flash floods.

Wind Patterns
Sometimes, it is not the rain that causes flooding so much as the wind. Strong wind currents can blow streams and bodies of water over their banks, leading to a wave of flooding around the water source. Moderate to strong rainfall coupled with powerful winds can be a devastating combination to your home.

Nearby Structures and Terrain
Any time a plot of land is developed or demolished around your home, or if natural areas experience a significant change, it can have the potential to place your home in a new danger zone for flooding. These changes could be permanent or as short-lived as a few weeks, but regardless of how long they remain in place, you should be wary of possible hazards. Be especially watchful for events such as wildfires or brush clearings that can change the soil composition and packing around your home.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South stands ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to calls for help from people in the local area who suffer at the hands of flood damage. Call our experts at the first sign of trouble at (954) 776-2000.

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Fight Black Mold With The Help of Our SERVPRO Heroes

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fight Black Mold With The Help of Our SERVPRO Heroes Our team has got your back when your store needs mold remediation services.

Removing Mold From Your Ft. Lauderdale Retail Store

While you might think that Black Friday can leave your Fort Lauderdale retail store in shambles, an actual disaster can cause even more detrimental effects. One of the things that many business owners do not even consider is the threat of mold growth in their retail stores. However, with just a small set of conditions to get met to allow for mold colonization, it is not as unlikely as you might believe.

One of the things that many business owners do not fully understand about mold in their Fort Lauderdale property is the detrimental effects to their investment, the building itself, and the customers and staff who fill it every day – leading to a need for mold remediation. The more you know about the dangers and risks of mold growth in your store, the better prepared you are to call remediation specialists like our SERVPRO team when the time comes.

With the kind of natural disasters that remain a persistent threat to the area throughout the year, flooding is always something that lingers in the mind of shop owners and homeowners throughout the region. Overcoming these effects might seem straightforward, but failure to remove all of the moisture and dampness these disasters leave behind can keep a door open for mold and microbial growth within your building that spreads quickly throughout the affected area.

Since the organism feeds on organic materials, the stock that you have in store itself becomes at risk immediately once a colony has formed. Spores travel far from the initial colony to seat into new materials such as clothing on racks and can erode and degrade these items to the point that they are irreparably damaged. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to help isolate the colony and keep this organism from spreading any farther than it already has while our technicians work to remove it entirely.

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While there are plenty of situations that you need to get prepared for when it comes to running a retail store, disasters like mold growth require you to seek the expertise and training of skilled professionals. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South mold remediation specialists can help you to remove the active colony and restore the damage that it has caused to your building. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (954) 776-2000.

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How To Recover From A Fire Caused By Your Space Heater In Your Plantation Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Recover From A Fire Caused By Your Space Heater In Your Plantation Home Should a fire break out in your home, large or small, it is never wise to delay in action.

The Space Heater Inside Your Plantation Home Can Cause Fire Damage

Fall is here, and you might be tempted to take out your space heater on a chilly morning, but leaving it unattended can cause fire damage inside of your home. While you go to make your morning coffee, you leave the heater on full blast in the living room. However, it was placed too close to the curtains and on top of carpet. While you're in the kitchen, the drapes catch fire and so does the carpeting.

When you smell the smoke and notice that fire damage is occurring inside your Plantation home, you rush to put it out with the extinguisher inside of your home. Despite the short amount of time that the fire was ablaze, it still managed to produce a lot of smoke around your drapes and carpet, causing soot stains on both. While the fire was relatively small, the wisest decision you can make is to call for professional help to assist with the stains left behind.

At SERVPRO, when we receive your call, we always strive to travel to your residence swiftly. We understand how valuable time is in the removal of stains left behind by a fire. The more time that your curtains and carpet have to sit, the tougher the stains can become to remove.

When we arrive at your home, we can start our investigation immediately and select the best method of stain removal for the delicate nature of your drapes and carpet. Our IICRC-certified techs can spread an absorbent powder overtop the stains left behind by the fire damage.

Absorbent powders are a delicate way to tackle soot stains left behind, as they clean by drawing the soil and dirt into the powder. Sometimes the powder can be mixed with a solvent and applied as a paste and left to dry. Afterward, SERVPRO can then use a vacuum to pull the powder and the stain away from your drapes and carpet.

Finally, if an odor remains behind, SERVPRO can use a thermal fogger to neutralize the particles in the air. Our goal is to leave your home feeling like it did in its pre-fire state.

Should a fire break out in your home, large or small, it is never wise to delay in action. Reach out to SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by dialing the phone number (954) 776-2000.

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Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Plantation Home

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Plantation Home If your sink or bathroom drain or pipe continually leaks, your home will sustain water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away for cleanup services.

A Dripping Sound can Indicate Water Damage Under Sinks in Plantation

Hearing water dripping steadily can become an annoying noise, especially when it happens during the night in Plantation. When checking to see which sink is the culprit, but finding nothing in the sink, nor in any tubs, looking inside the cabinet might reveal the sound's source.
 
When your property has such a leaky drain, water damage in Plantation can begin softening the walls and other structures housed in the cabinet. The moisture that caused the damage can spread to nearby areas, causing additional losses. Weakened areas like this can create severe damage to other structures because of the weight of the sink and any countertops. Microbial infestation can also develop.
 
The IICRC has certified our crew members in several areas of expertise. The knowledge gained during training ensures that we know the latest methods for mitigating damage and restoring your home to the same condition it was in before water damage existed. Our knowledge includes minor details, such as keeping the area between your front door and the area we are working in neat and clean, as well as highly technical methods used to repair and restore damaged areas.
 
Because our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened” for you, we take the time to discuss all aspects of the job before, during, and after we finish. We need to know that you are satisfied with our work and the results we produce for you and your family. At any time you need to discuss something with us regarding the damage to your residence, we encourage you to discuss this with us as soon as possible.
 
When we restore damaged materials under a sink, the materials we remove can hold a lot of messy debris. We lay out protective tarps or heavy sheeting to keep your floor clean, and double bag everything we remove. We use high-powered air movers to dry out the enclosed space and then spray the area with antimicrobial agents. We use vacuums with HEPA filters to clean up the area and remove any dust generated by our activities.
 
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South understands that water damage can happen because of unexpected drips, leaks, and other accidents. We are here to help you contain the mess, dry out your home, and get things back to normal again. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to reach our 24-hour service line and speak with us about the situation.

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Mold Removal Methods in Fort Lauderdale

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal Methods in Fort Lauderdale If mold spreads on the walls of your bathroom, contact SERVPRO to assess the damage and start the remediation process.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Effective Mold Removal Methods

Mold is common to every home in Fort Lauderdale. Since mold spores are usually inert, they pose no more threat to the structure and its residents than common house dust. When spores become active, stopping growth and removing them is the only way to return each home to its original, clean condition.
 
Mold and the need for mold removal in a Fort Lauderdale home often start after a storm, or a major plumbing issue causes flooding. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that inert spores only need a small amount of water to expand and begin growing into a colony. In a short time, mold can grow to a point where it threatens the home’s structure and can become a health risk to some people.
 
In most areas of the home, our technicians find any visible mold and then trace it to its origin point. Once it is all identified, they spray everything with an anti-fungal agent and wipe down affected surfaces with a dry sponge. If the layer is very thick, team members repeat the process until the surface is clean, or they switch to a brush or scraping tool to remove it. Once they complete the task, more team members bring in a vacuum hose to remove the mold and blow it into a sealed containment bag for disposal.
 
One of the new methods SERVPRO technicians have to remove thick layers of the mold is soda blasting. Similar to bead- or sand-blasting paint from a car, it is very efficient when mold grows wood surfaces like the roof support structure in an attic. Technicians use a high-powered spray gun to force a stream of soda and water across the mold, breaking it away from the support beams and other surfaces.
 
While the blasting action is fairly quick, the mixture of soda and mold forms a cloud. Technicians have to wear a mask to protect themselves, as well as coveralls and gloves to prevent skin irritation. After completing blasting, they use the same vacuum method to remove the mix of mold and used soda.
 
Removing mold from an area home is not a short or simple task. If you see mold or can detect that tell-tale musty odor; contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today. We are here for you.
 
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What To Do When Your Microwave Shorts Out And Causes Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do When Your Microwave Shorts Out And Causes Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home The microwave in your home is incredibly useful, but when it shorts out and causes a fire it is anything but useful.

Fire Damage To Your Home

The microwave in your home is an incredibly useful tool to help you prepare meals, but when it shorts out and causes fire damage inside your home is it anything but useful in that moment. Your microwave has its own independent nook inside of your cupboards, and unfortunately, the fire was quick to spread to the levels above it. The blaze impacted your spices and Tupperware, melting down the plastic materials and burning up the dried oregano and rosemary very swiftly, giving more fuel to the fire.

By the time you managed to put the flames out, it had burned your cupboards and spread smoke throughout your kitchen, making the fire damage in your Plantation home look much worse than it actually was. However, to ensure a successful damage remediation, it is vital for you to call for professional services right after the fire is extinguished. Promptly getting a team to your home can help reduce discoloration from smoke and soot as well as make it easier to remove.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, the first thing we can begin to do is clean up the mess that the fire left behind. We can remove your ruined microwave from the nook it is stored in, as well as scrape away the remains of the plastic containers and bottles from the shelves above. Afterward, SERVPRO can select a cleaning method to remove the soot from the various surfaces inside your kitchen, including your fridge, stove, countertops, sink, and cupboards.

On metal materials such as your sink, stove, and refrigerator, we can choose to use something a little more harsh, like chemical cleaning methods. On the wooden and stone surfaces of your countertop and cabinets, SERVPRO can use something more gentle, like lubricative cleaning solutions. We use a simple spray-and-wipe system, going over the stains repeatedly until they lift away from whatever we are cleaning.

Because the smell of burning plastic can be so foul, the last thing SERVPRO can do to remediate your kitchen is to use a thermal fogger. The "fog" of the machine is a solution that attacks the particles in the air that cause the foul odor. SERVPRO's goal is to rid your home of all reminders of the fire, including sight and smell.

If an electrical shortage in an appliance causes a fire inside your kitchen, never hesitate to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by phoning (954) 776-2000. Day or night, we are available for the job.

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Choosing Professional Carpet Drying For Your Fort Lauderdale Business

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Choosing Professional Carpet Drying For Your Fort Lauderdale Business Drying the affected area is critical to prevent mold and mildew growth, not to mention a continual weakening of structural components.

Professional Carpet Drying

Routine maintenance of your Ft. Lauderdale business can sometimes be trying enough, especially when your business sees a lot of foot traffic. Carpets often take the worst of these effects from the high volume of customers or clients, and this is made even worse when you have an emergency that leaves water damages throughout areas of your facility.

While you seek first to repair whatever the source of the water damage was, you also have to think about the most efficient manner for carpet drying in your Ft. Lauderdale business. One of the things that you need to consider when you have oversaturated carpeting is that time is not on your side. Pooling water and damp areas can weaken structural elements and ultimately cause irreparable damages if the situation does not get addressed promptly.

Water damage in the carpets of your business can get addressed in several steps, and these need to happen as quickly as possible to ensure the preservation of the materials. Extraction for oversaturated carpeting and pooling is a process that typically requires a specialized tool known as a weighted extractor. Given the magnetism for fibers in the carpet to hold on to dust, debris, and even the water in this situation, wet-vacs are less effective in these situations. Instead, a ride-on machine forces water to the surface to get extracted by pushing it out with a heavy roller.

Drying the area is critical to prevent mold and mildew growth, not to mention a continual weakening of structural components. If the water damage gets deemed deep enough, drying mats might get used to penetrate into the subflooring and dry the damage. Damage towards the surface can often get resolved with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers.

While this might have given you a more technical approach to the way that we can dry out carpeted areas in your facility, it shows you the level of dedication that our professionals put into a project like this. Given the concerns when areas of your facility are inadequately dried, trust our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South restoration technicians to do what it takes to restore these areas promptly. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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A Dangerous Tropical Storm Off the Atlantic Ocean Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Pembroke Pines Home

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Dangerous Tropical Storm Off the Atlantic Ocean Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Pembroke Pines Home The Green Fleet Arrives at a Pembroke Pines Home Fast and Works Faster, The Storm Water Is Already Gone

Property Owners in Pembroke Pines Often Rely Upon SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal after a Storm

While living in Florida, there is always a small risk of having flood damage in your home at some point. With the number of tropical storms that hit yearly and heavy rains, it is just a part of life. However, it is never something a homeowner wants to deal with, who would?

When a severe storm hits your Pembroke Pines home and causes flood damage inside of your garage, you may consider trying to handle the water yourself. After all, it is only your garage. However, it is best to allow professionals to handle the damage inside. Not only is the structure of your home put at risk of mold damage, but your belongings stored inside of your garage are open to the damage as well.
 
With the exposure to standing water, your bicycle chains can rust, boxes of old belongings can become waterlogged, and your camping gear can mold. In order to prevent these issues, it is best to hire professionals who can make sure that the moisture in your garage is at an acceptable level.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we make it a priority to arrive at your residence quickly. We know that remediating the damage as fast as we possibly can is the key to a successful job. In the case of flood damage, it helps to ensure that there are no further complications, such as mold damage or secondary damage caused by the circultion of overly moist air.
 
SERVPRO can bring advanced trade tools such as portable submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums to your garage to remove the standing water. After the water is gone, we can take any ruined boxes and dry out your belongings inside, such as stored clothing. Afterward, we can repack your belongs into new boxes and restore them. We can also dry out your camping gear and clean the surface of the concrete.
 
Should you have lost any of your belongings in the flood, SERVPRO can help you create an insurance claim by cataloging your losses; we can provide a CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service. We strive to make all aspects of this remediation process less stressful for you.
 
If a tropical storm ever floods your home, do not hesitate to call for help. Dial (954) 776-2000 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South. Night or Day, our doors are always open, and our phone is always available for your call.

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The Truth About Mold Growth in Your Plantation Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth About Mold Growth in Your Plantation Home When you find mold growing in your home, it is time to contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for mitigation services.

Team SERVPRO Understands Mold and the Type of Environment that it Needs to Proliferate

For nearly 100 years now, mold has been a widely misunderstood organism. Depending on where it grows and what it grows on, it can either be a benefit or a hazard. Part of the confusion stems from the misinformation about how mold grows in your home and what you should do if you find a colony of fungal growth in your Plantation residence.

There is no mistaking that some varieties of mold have helped to shape the world of medicine and provided cures and antibiotics for conditions that had been fatal before. Part of your job as a homeowner is to understand one simple truth about mold growth: there is no variety of mold that can grow in your home that is beneficial to you or your family. In fact, the mold damage you encounter in your Plantation home is the opposite.

Several varieties of mold can grow inside of your home as well, depending on the spores present in the environment and the kind of material in the affected area for colonization to begin. While many homeowners have been informed about occurrences of black mold, green and even orange varieties are also possible. Our SERVPRO remediators have the training to help them identify the specific type of microbial growth in your home and the most efficient means of removing it.

There are no types of mold that grow in your home that are not potentially hazardous. Those who expose themselves to thriving mold colonies run a risk of potential health effects. This fact should encourage any homeowner to forgo do it yourself methods of mold removal and trust in the professional remediation available from our SERVPRO technicians.

The discovery of mold in your home should encourage you to seek out the appropriate means of safely removing it. The longer that the problem persists, the more damage it can cause to your home, and threats of these mentioned health effects continue to increase. Trust in our experienced SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South remediation specialists to respond quickly and help you to remove this unwelcome growth in your home. You can reach us anytime at (954) 776-2000.
 
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Fire Damage Experts Out of Pembroke Pines Describe the Scoping Process

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts Out of Pembroke Pines Describe the Scoping Process Smoke can do a great deal of damage to your home. After you and your family are safe, contact SERVPRO to assess the damages.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Create a Plan to Tackle Your Particular Home's Fire Damage Situation


Whenever a fire ignites in Pembroke Pines, various types of damage can occur to your property. The heat and smoke created by the blaze can ruin building materials and contents. A major part of restoration is the cleaning of items covered in soot instead of replacing them. Most projects involve a combination of replacing burnt structural components and removing soils that adhered to surfaces.
 
Before any work begins, our SERVPRO technicians inspect your house to determine the extent of the damage. The first part of mitigating any fire damage problem in Pembroke Pines is to complete a scope of the overall project. The initial project scope outlines all of the work needed to completely restore your home to preloss conditions.
 
The purpose of scoping is to list the work that must be performed in restoring the damage to the property. The actual itemization of the loss is always detailed and accurate. Our SERVPRO restoration team always uses a consistent system when scoping. A consistent scoping process helps ensure accuracy, avoiding missing items on the estimate, and allows the estimator to review the estimate easily.
 
When we are completing the initial scope of the job, our SERVPRO experts always follow some basic guidelines. First, we find out what the source of the fire was. Next, we start our inspection at the source and then work outwards. Then, we start taking inventory of the structure and keep a record of how severely structural components got damaged. After that, we take inventory of all of the affected contents of the building.
 
Since heat rises, smoke usually affects the ceiling and tops of the walls first. Therefore, we start inspecting the ceiling first; then we move downward towards the floor. Next, we move inside a room from left to right so that the order remains consistent.
 
We keep our records on a scope sheet, and we use a different scope sheet for each affected room. The scope sheet includes both structural items and contents that are inside each room. Whenever you need help with extensive smoke or fire problems, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 seven days a week.
 
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