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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)

Open book on table; library shelves in background Keep mold from colonizing in the library. Call us today!

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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We Can Save Your Fire Damaged Laundromat In Davie

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

A fire at your laundromat can drive you out of business in an instant.

Resolving Problems Likely To Develop After Commercial Fire Damage In Your Davie Laundromat

A fire at your Laundromat can drive you out of business in an instant, especially if it happens late at night when no one is around to take immediate action. Various factors can spark such fires, including faulty appliances or poor practices when using some equipment such as driers. Hiring professional restorers can help ensure business in your Davie Laundromat rebounds faster by addressing all the issues that develop.

Shattered windows and blackened surfaces
Incidents of commercial fire damage in your Davie Laundromat can have far-reaching effects because of aspects like heat, air currents and smoke interacting with the structure and contents during the fire. For instance, the extreme heat can lead to thermal expansion or other deformation of the window frames causing glass panes to shatter. Soot and other smoke deposits also blacken interior and exterior walls. Our SERVPRO technicians provide different solutions, including boarding up openings left when windows shatter and handle difficult cleaning tasks.

Tough Cleaning Tasks
One difficult cleaning task is removing soot residues from exterior walls, especially if it is stucco. The soot forms a greasy mess, which is hard to remove using regular detergents and water. Bleaches such as chlorine, on the other hand, can damage the cement composition, which would change the color of stucco. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents such as oxygen bleach cleaner.  We also have different tools like vacuums to remove soot dust before starting the cleaning process. We also have pressure washers to rinse off the cleaning agents better.

Removing Noxious Smells
People expect a Laundromat to look and feel clean. After a fire, smoke odors might linger even after thorough cleaning and rebuilding of the damaged areas, thus interfering with your normal business operations. Our SERVPRO crews can use advanced deodorization procedures to eliminate the odor.  Because humidity tends to make odors seem sharp, we first dry all excess moisture from the structure. We also use various advanced equipment to neutralize odors including:

    •    Hydroxyl Generators
    •    Ozone Machines
    •    ULV foggers
    •    HEPA Filtered Air Scrubbers

Restoring fire damage at your commercial establishment can take long. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help expedite the process. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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A Primer for Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Plantation Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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 
  • Buckets 
  • 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

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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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