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Davie Residents Can Take a Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale this Holiday Season

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Ft. Lauderdale Enjoy yourself this holiday season and take in the beauty of south Florida while SERVPRO takes out your homes pesky water damage.

Holiday Lights and More in Ft. Lauderdale

As the yachting capital of the world, it is no surprise that even our Holiday Season events in the Fort Lauderdale area center around our beaches and boats. These tours depart from the Riverside Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale and showcase the lights and holiday spirit of many homes, businesses, and beachfront along the south Florida coast. Each of these tours lasts around an hour and a half and begins daily on the 4th of December, 2020. 

Experience the lights, holiday music, and unique themed cocktails available on this one-of-a-kind excursion that is fun and magical for the entire family. You can order your tickets from the Water Taxi website for this special event and choose your desired time slot and date at that time. 

A water disaster in your home can all but ruin your holiday spirit, so let our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team help with water removal for your Davie home. You can contact us 24/7 by calling (954) 776-2000.

Plantation and Ft. Lauderdale Jazz Fans Come to the Flamingo Gardens

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle and equipment Let SERVPRO take your blues away by jazzing up your home after theres been a flood. You can reach us at (954) 776-2000.

Great Atmosphere and Excellent Music 

For anyone with a penchant for good jazz music, you should not hesitate to see the Brubeck Brass group's live performance at The Flamingo Gardens on November 28th, 2020. It is recommended that those interested should secure their seats and admission tickets in advance, as health and distance restrictions limit the number of potential spectators. 

There is no special event pricing for this event, so you can come early to the Gardens and stay as long as you would like. Because admission is limited to 150 guests in the facility, you can go online to secure your place in the appropriately socially distanced crowd on this or any other upcoming live performance on the grounds. The show begins at 2 PM, though you can enter Flamingo Gardens as early as 10 AM on the performance day. 

Keep your jazz tunes from turning to blues by trusting our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team to help with flood removal in Plantation homes when you need it most. Give us a call at (954) 776-2000 anytime.

Ft. Lauderdale: A City That Suits Tourism

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Ft. Lauderdale SERVPRO teams are ready and available 24/7 to residents in Ft. Lauderdale and surrounding areas. Call right away at (954) 776-2000.

South Florida’s City of Tourism

As one of the most popular tourist destinations for snowbirds escaping the harsh northern winters in comfortable south Florida, Ft. Lauderdale provides favorable weather, history, culture, art, and other draws. For many years beginning in the 60s, the city was one of the foremost destinations for spring break travelers from colleges across the country. After extensive damage to the municipality when these tourists boomed to more than 350,000 during this time of the year, efforts were made to significantly scale back allowances for these travelers to accommodate no more than 20-30,000 instead. Tourism still continues to be a driving force, even without the efforts to attract the college crowd in March/April.  

Where the City Got Its Name 

Much like everywhere in Florida, the area exchanged hands multiple times over its recorded history. When the land was acquired from the indigenous inhabitants, the site became an attractive location for a military outpost to protect settlements and settlers in the underdeveloped Florida territory during the Second Seminole War. A series of forts were constructed in the area, all bearing the name of Lauderdale after the commanding officer who oversaw their construction – Major William Lauderdale.

After the conflict, these forts would be abandoned, and the general area where Ft. Lauderdale now stands, would stay undeveloped for a further five decades. It would be 1893 before significant development could begin, and incorporation as a city would eventually occur in 1911. The area became more heavily populated during Florida's land boom of the 1920s, despite widespread destruction from devastating natural disasters like the Miami Hurricane in 1926 or the Great Depression taking hold of the country in the 1930s.

Effects of a Population Boom 

The immediate area around Ft. Lauderdale would experience a substantial boom in residents and development after World War II. Because of the site being used as a primary naval port, many military personnel experienced firsthand the allure of South Florida's favorable weather and beauty. Once the war reached a conclusion, soldiers and personnel wanted to find a permanent place to settle down and call their own.

This would more than double the population of this seat of Broward County between the 1950 and 1960 census. By 1970, the population had nearly doubled again from the over 36,000 residents in 1950 to almost 140,000 by 1970. With more diversity and a denser population, the business diversified. New restaurants, companies, products, and services were made available and helped the city to thrive. In this time, the city would also focus on developing secondary education platforms to encourage Floridians to stay in the area to pursue a higher level of knowledge needed in an expanding economy.

The Sun and Sand of Ft. Lauderdale 

Because tourism is a driving force of the economy, the upkeep and development of beach areas are one of the city officials' constant objectives. This work encourages the continued construction of rental properties on the beachfront and the growth of commercial structures within the blocks nearest to the ocean.

The greater Ft. Lauderdale area is home to more than 7 miles of beach, providing an assortment of employment, recreation, and entertainment opportunities for visitors and for residents. The Fort Lauderdale Beach and nearby Las Olas Beach can both be attractive options for those looking for days of relaxation and calmer settings without quite the abundance of space competition that comes with larger metropolitan regions like Miami to the south. The miles of beachfront allow for many profitable resort destinations such as the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, W Fort Lauderdale, and the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

A Unique Combination of Retail and Nightlife 

Resorts and accommodations can be a significant portion of the local economy, generating close to 90 million in a small hotel development tax charged, but so are attractive developments like shopping centers and retail locations. From outlet malls outside of the city limits to many combined shopping experiences such as the Harbor Shops Mall, the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, the Coral Ridge Mall, and the shops and specialty stores along the main strip of Las Olas Beach, the city has just what shoppers are looking for when they visit.

Being an alluring tourist destination and bolstering travel to the city means providing entertainment and action at all hours of the day. Once the sun goes down, the city comes alive with many of its premier dining destinations, which is an extensive list of more than 4,000 restaurants. The immediate metropolitan area has more than 130 nightclubs that can tailor to any taste in music or crowd.

The Potential for Mold Growth in Ft. Lauderdale Businesses  

With more than 550 hotels in Ft. Lauderdale that accommodate millions of overnight visitors throughout the year, staying ahead of potential concerns like mold development can keep structures and their customers safer. The city experiences a humid climate through most of the year, which can present scenarios where higher moisture content can directly impact exposed materials and contents within a building.

Our SERVPRO professionals must work quickly to sample and test the environment to determine mold spores' concentration. If mold is believed to exist, addressing these concerns is two-fold between eliminating active colonization through remediation practices and removing the damage source through drying and regulating airflow in the problematic areas. Remediation practices can vary based on the severity of the situation and the affected materials, making the decision vital to preserving as much of a compromised hotel lobby or room as possible.

As leading remediation professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI), we can offer real-time solutions with containment to prevent the spread and worsening of mold conditions. Remediation strategies can include surface cleaning, sanding, abrasive cleaning, and controlled demolition.

Because of the humid conditions and the high influx of traffic that can allow for water damage in your area hotel, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South professionals are always prepared for the possibility of mold development. Call our remediation technicians today at (954) 776-2000.

Why Does the Kitchen Smell So Bad After a Cooking Fire?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

White microwave and white cabinets burned and covered in soot When fire damage happens in your home, contact SERVPRO. We’re Here to Help.

SERVPRO’s EPA-Registered Sanitation Solutions Add Odor Control to Fort Lauderdale Fire Cleanup

Fort Lauderdale homeowners may be surprised to know that even a successfully smothered kitchen fire can leave behind lingering effects. Invisible protein residues are both foul-smelling and challenging to remediate with consumer-grade cleaners.

SERVPRO professionals render fire cleanup services for Fort Lauderdale homes. Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified techs are well-versed in current restoration industry standards and continually update knowledge to stay in line with new benchmarks.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Control Protein Residue Odors?

Burnt proteins leave behind a lingering and potent odor that requires specialized cleaning solutions to remove thoroughly.

  • Protein residues require enzyme digesters to turn these soils into water-soluble byproducts for ease of cleaning.
  • Residues can then be removed with EPA-registered antimicrobials.
  • Wastewater free of dry cleaning solvents is disposed of in a treated sewer. In contrast, solvents are dumped at an approved industrial waste disposal location.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South provides Faster To Any Size Disaster cleanup for residents that call (954) 776-2000.

What Tools Do Professionals Use for Water Removal?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room When water invaded this home, SERVPRO was there. We fully dried and restored this property to its preloss condition.

When Water Disasters Impact Your Davie Home, We Have Multiple Strategies to Remove Standing Water and Begin the Drying Process 

Removing water from surface materials in your Davie home requires several tools and technologies in our growing inventory of recovery equipment. After a thorough inspection of your property following a disaster, we can identify the most appropriate mitigation and restoration plan for your specific structure. Ultimately, we make these decisions based on the most efficient path to returning your home or business to its original condition. 

The tools and technologies that promote water restoration for Davie homes and businesses can vary significantly from one property to the next. As a leading restoration company for the Ft. Lauderdale area, we have a broad assortment of extractors and water removal tools to address both standing water and trapped moisture in porous materials like wood flooring and carpets. 

What Are the Best Tools to Remove Surface Water?  

Standing water can be one of the most destructive effects left behind after a water damage incident. Without quick action, absorption can occur to exposed materials. The removal of standing water is an essential effort to prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction of areas that could otherwise be preserved. Some of the best types of tools for this action include:

  • Pumps – Electric submersible pumps and other units like high-pressure extractors and self-priming trash pumps are vital in different conditions to remove surface water. The effectiveness of these extractors hinges on the depth of the water involved. Under two inches of standing water causes the pumps to lose prime and become less effective.
  • Vacuums – Vacuums are a versatile water removal tool in our arsenal because of their portability. In addition to these units' mobility, wet vacuums are even more useful when combined with various wands and attachments for specific extraction scenarios. 
  • Wands – Special attachments for vacuums in submersible pumps can help resolve specific issues encountered in removing water. Wands are exceptionally beneficial for areas where accessibility is an issue. 

Is Trapped Water Challenging to Remove from Carpeting? 

Thousands of homes have carpeted floors, though the type of material used can vary from one residence to the next. With the likelihood of carpeted floors in Davie encountering water damage after a loss incident, our SERVPRO team must prepare for these circumstances. We have multiple tools designed to address these immediate concerns through water removal and drying practices. When approached quickly enough, it is often possible to protect and preserve the carpeting layer, even if the padding underneath must get replaced. Some of the mechanisms that we utilize to recover saturated carpeting include: 

  • Light Wands
  • Carpet Wands
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Floating Carpets 

Is Trapped Water Destructive to Wood Flooring?  

With multiple types of wood flooring, the effect of standing water and absorption on this building material can vary. Our response to these conditions determines the likelihood of preserving these installed materials and reducing the need for tear-out and reconstruction. Often, there are three types of water damage in wood plank flooring. These include surface water, free water, and bound water. The various water penetration states dictate how and if wood flooring can get dried and restored or if controlled demolition is a more cost-efficient approach. There are multiple tools used in the recovery of wood flooring, including: 

  • Floor Drying Mats
  • Tenting
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air Movers 

When Is a Material Too Damaged to Preserve?  

Water exposure can have an undeniable impact on specific sensitive materials like drywall. After only 24 hours of exposure, direct contact of water with installed drywall material promotes swelling, sagging, and collapse. It is the prerogative of responding technicians to evaluate these risks and begin implementing controlled demolition practices whenever necessary to protect the house and the team's occupants. When a material is considered too damaged to leave installed, we can quickly uninstall it and discard the sheetrock to reduce relative humidity and moisture content in the house, leading to mold growth, further water damage, and other concerns. 

It is not always cut and dry what your property needs after a water disaster, but extraction and water removal are often involved in some capacity. Understanding what measures must get taken to return a house to the preloss condition involves the data collected during the initial inspection and evaluation of the property by our project manager. You can count on our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team for our fast response with these efficient extraction tools to make water damages "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.

What Are Benefits in Choosing a Fire Damage Restoration Firm that Has a Commercial Contractor License?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of warehouse Warehouse fire damage requires a multilevel restoration approach. SERVPRO has what it takes for complete restoration.

Avoid the Need to Hire Additional Contractors by Working with SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Ft Lauderdale 

A fire disaster in your Ft Lauderdale warehouse involves dozens of phases, steps, and tasks to bring your property back to preloss condition. Finding a firm that can handle all anticipated and unexpected issues is a real bonus for a business dealing with a fire's aftermath. Streamlining the cleanup after a fire has many benefits, not the least of which is ensuring your business is back to full operation as quickly as possible. 

What Types of Fire Cleanup Tasks Benefit from a Contractor's License? 

Water removal is a priority during Ft Lauderdale fire damage cleanup. The sprinkler system and firefighters use water as an extinguisher as the fire roars through your commercial building. If the water is not extracted fast and the affected spaces dried out, building materials suffer from a double corrosion load from both fire residues and moisture. Excess water also increases safety risks -- slips, trips, falls, electric shock, and fluid-borne contaminants. Water can hide from a casual inspection but must be found and released. Commercial contractors can help with structural collapse risks from trapped water and heavy charring by: 

  • Adding building supports to prevent ceilings and walls from falling or crumbling
  • Drilling and sawing holes to release water from behind walls and built-in fixtures
  • Punching weep holes in sagging ceilings 
  • Cutting walls between studs to release the firefighting water  
  • Performing controlled demolition of badly burned building materials  

Who Can Handle the Repairs and Rebuilding Post-Remediation? 

As the SERVPRO technicians clean up debris and soot residues finishing touches are needed. Our commercial contractor license permits us to move from mitigation to remediation, to building back the irreparable damage of the water, fire, flames, or restoration interventions. 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South maintains a commercial contractor license, enhancing our ability to take a fire damage cleanup from assessment through any needed build-back. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 to discuss options and opportunities to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Contractor Licenses:

Commercial: CBC1261730

Mold Remediation: MRSR2994

What Tools Do Professional Water Restorers Have That Homeowners Lack?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture meter Our SERVPRO technicians have state of the art equipment your home needs after a water incident occurs. Call the experts today for assistance.

When water damages occur in Ft. Lauderdale homes, efficiency prevents unnecessary tear out and discarding materials and contents. 

When you consider the immense undertakings of restoring damaged Ft. Lauderdale homes after water disasters, you can quickly see how out of control the situation can become without the appropriate experience, tools, and available professionals. Our SERVPRO team stays ready for water emergencies by keeping pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles loaded with efficient, industry-leading tools and machines for all water restoration facets. 

Part of the fast response our professionals can provide for water damage cleanup in Ft. Lauderdale homes hinges on our ability to mobilize quickly when you call. We have technicians trained in each area of Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and Carpet Cleaning (CCT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Some of the unique tools and products our professionals can utilize on restoration tasks include:

  • Squeegee Wands – Removing surface water with vacuums and attachments like these can often be one of the priorities of restoration, especially considering how pooling can damage exposed materials. 
  • Antimicrobial Products – Surface cleaning is also a large focal point for our restoration team, as preventative measures taken initially can reduce the potential for mold growth. 
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers – While desiccants are a staple of drying in colder temperatures uncommon to south Florida, they are used because they reintroduce dry, warm air back into the work area to promote further evaporation. 

How Can SERVPRO Tell the House is Dry? 

We double-check our drying and restoration efforts using multiple tools. By investigating the property for further water damage signs, we can direct drying tools to these areas to prevent microbial growth. Some of these discovery devices include:

Restoration of water damages can be a complicated situation for inexperienced homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team can help. We are available 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.

What professional companies get rid of mold in a residential property?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall. Don't let mold take over your Plantation property. Let SERVPRO help you.

Mold Removal Companies like SERVPRO Can Control Microbial Growth in your Plantation home.

Why does mold re-appear through the year?

Mold can dry out and cease to grow in your Plantation home during certain parts of the year. However, mold spores can lay dormant during the drier periods and spring back to life following wet or humid periods. If the humidity or moisture levels in your property rise and fall, its insulation could be an issue. Wetness on exterior walls of a poorly insulated home can condensate, creating damp spots or moisture on the centrally heated interior. If mold appears during wet times of the year, you may want to investigate insulation. If it occurs during hotter periods, then you could benefit from installing a vapor barrier. In short, mold appears in the presence of moisture. SERVPRO can investigate the cause of decay and place a procedure to bring it back under control throughout the year. 

Can I control mold using non-professional equipment?

There are several techniques that mold remediation companies in Plantation use that can be readily applied to your property. You can control minor microbial growth issues that appear on a particular section of your home, such as behind fittings, using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers cannot remove mold or spores. However, they can remove the moisture that microbial organisms need to grow. For some households, placing a dehumidifier close to the mold's surface can make the issue more manageable. However, SERVPRO recommends using a professional remediator should the problem crop up in multiple areas or appear to get worse over time. Microbial infestations can spread inside walls, and what looks like a benign issue may require professional intervention.

What safety equipment do mold professionals use?

- N95 or better respirator for minor to moderate issues

- Chemical resistant gloves and eye protection

- Significant contamination may require hazmat or bodysuits

What questions do mold professionals ask?

Finding mold in your property can be the result of water, flood, or fire restoration. Typically, molds occur in situations where there is or has recently been, excess quantities of water. A SERVPRO crew chief may ask you if there are previous issues with mold in your Plantation home and the first discovery. These answers can be vital to understanding the length and breadth of the problem. A property with previous mold growth, for example, may need a more in-depth investigation of insulation or other building materials than one that has recently occurred. Equally, a property with a recent history of mold following water damage may indicate that the home areas were insufficiently dry. These questions can help SERVPRO to narrow down the extent of a microbial growth issue and act accordingly.

Do I need to dry property with mold growth?

All microbes require moisture to grow. Establishing drying equipment can help prevent microbial growth. However, it is crucial to understand how regular drying equipment can affect mold infestation. Pieces of equipment regularly used to dry properties include air-movers and venting fans. These are not always suitable for mold remediation since the air circulation can carry mold spores into previously unaffected homes. It is not uncommon for SERVPRO crew chiefs to delay the drying process until all mold remnants are cleaned or otherwise removed from the property. Delaying the drying procedure can ensure that mold spores do not reach other areas of the home.

What chemicals do mold professionals use?

- Anti-microbial chemicals can prevent mold spores from building up through the stages of growth

- Biocides eliminate organic matter but can be toxic 

- Disinfectant can help to eradicate micro bacteria, viruses, and fungi growth

How do I start removing mold from a property?

Microbial organisms are a part of every indoor environment. SERVPRO technicians remediate mold issues to bring them down to an acceptable level. Microbes cannot be eliminated. We consider an acceptable level to be preventing the growth of microbes. Preventing growth is achievable by combining drying methods with chemical deterrents. Anti-microbial chemicals are dispersible using ultra-low volume (ULV) misting equipment. We can fumigate a property using anti-microbial chemicals to ensure that microbes are not capable of growing, causing odor or affecting your indoor air quality. Mold infested materials typically need to be replaced entirely to avoid a recurrence of the microbial issue. Our technicians can perform the removal, safe disposal, and replacement of many building materials in your property.

What steps can I take to avoid mold buildup?

- Allowing plenty of sunlight into the home throughout the year

- Ventilating the house properly to avoid damp buildup

- Regularly inspecting your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system

A professional remediator can help you to overcome microbial growth issues in your home long-term. Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 420-6305 to begin.

What Damage Can Flooding Do to Your Plantation Home's Walls?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged wall Stormwater can soak into the drywall of your home causing extensive damage. Don't wait, give us a call today.

Penetrating floodwater can be a devastating situation, but even when water does not reach inside the structure, wall systems can still become damaged. 

Plantation homeowners have seen the destructive nature of flooding when it occurs in the area. After bursts of powerful rain that can leave several inches over an hour to the rising of creeks and streams after steady rain days, the results remain the same. Water pooling outside of properties in the neighborhood can find a way inside many of these structures. When it does not, wall systems preventing interior damage can still become affected. Each element of an exterior wall is sensitive and susceptible to flood damage, which includes:

  • Siding
  • Insulation
  • Plywood
  • Wood Framing
  • Drywall

Flood damage repair for Plantation homes often hinges on understanding what damage has occurred to these exterior wall systems and what should be done to restore it. We have a team of general contractors that can repair these degrading materials or rebuild destroyed portions of your house, meaning that we have a comprehensive approach to flood losses. When our team first arrives, we can focus on determining the extent of the damage, which often requires removing exterior siding so that probing moisture meters can detect the presence of water on both the inside and outside of the wall. 

Is It Possible to Limit Reconstruction Needs? 

Reconstruction is often inevitable when flood damage occurs, but our SERVPRO team's prompt response can help to begin moisture removal and antimicrobial treatments for indirectly exposed elements. Those immediately impacted by floodwater must often get removed and later replaced due to the potential contaminants present in natural flooding. 

Working on repairs to restore your home after a flood is a situation that many families have to face in southern Florida. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team can help when you need it. Give us a call anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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Can Restoration Technicians Salvage Fire-Damaged Cabinets?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen after fire Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have the training your home needs after a fire occurs.

Certified Fire Restoration Pros in Davie Offer 24/7 Mitigation Services.

Kitchen fires are among the most common in the United States by far. These types of residential fires are also the most frequently unreported. However, Davie residents should be aware that fire damage residues can continually damage belongings well after extinguishing the flames.

If your Davie residence needs fire restoration services to prevent soot and odors from affecting your home further, SERVPRO is available to mitigate damage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your local SERVPRO team can render fire damage cleanup services with commercial-grade equipment, including EPA-registered proprietary antimicrobial solutions designed to address fire damage odors and soils.

What Nearby Surfaces Are Affected By a Stovetop Fire?

  • Walls and ceilings are likely to have a light dusting of dry soot sticking to them.
  • Soot particles settle in cracks and crevices, including on electronics, appliances, and in fixtures like sinks and cabinets.
  • Porous surfaces like aprons, oven mitts, wood furniture, and kitchen towels can soak up soot and odors and may require additional care to return them to a preloss state.

How Does SERVPRO Restore Fire-Damaged Wood Cabinets?

Cabinetry affected by fires is likely to require several different cleanup solutions, including the following:

  • Dry cleaning sponges designed to mitigate light, dry soot deposits, especially in cabinet interiors.
  • Wood Creme Paste to address heavier stains. Because soot turns acidic from exposure to water, many heavy-duty soot cleaning solutions are alkaline in nature.
  • Metal hinges suffering from corrosion or other damages from soot may be more cost-effective to replace than restore, depending on their condition.
  • Abrasion blasting with gentle media like soda ash and corn cobs to remove surface char while preserving your fixtures.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is prepared to keep your property looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (954) 776-2000 to start the mitigation process.

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