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Plantation Home Sub-Level Stormwater Damage Cleanup Needed? Call SERVPRO

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Flash Flooding Concerns for Plantation Crawlspaces

Flash flooding is a situation that is already out of control by the time it reaches your Plantation home. With severe weather systems making landfall on the shore here regularly, summer flash floods to lower-lying areas not lining the coast can have a powerful effect on exposed homes and businesses. Despite the storm damage that might have led to the presence of floodwater in your home or its crawlspace, our SERVPRO professionals must respond quickly to remove this standing water and its threat to exposed structural components.

Crawlspaces provide access for utilities and can help to protect from immediate flood damage in Plantation homes. Though this area can prevent the penetration of rushing floodwater, it is critical to extract this standing water and to clean up after the mess to prevent microbial threats, the spread of bacteria, or structural degradation and deterioration with prolonged moisture exposure. Knowing how your home is at risk with a flooded crawlspace can help to stress the importance of professional restoration happening as quickly as possible.

Moisture and Direct Exposure

The presence of excess water in the crawlspace of your home after a flood can be an adverse situation for the exposed wooden framework, supports, joists, subflooring, and more. Framing wood can be a porous material, allowing direct saturation and the absorption of higher humidity and moisture content in this confined area after flood damages.

Microbial Threats

Excessive moisture in this space beneath the house can lead to the development of microbial threats that can spread into the main floors of your home. Mold growth in the crawlspace can use organic materials like the subflooring and carpets above them to spread colonies into the house and pose threats to the structural integrity of the house and the health of its occupants.

Confined Spaces

A defining trait about crawlspaces is how difficult they can be to access fully. When flood effects are present, we have useful strategies to remove all standing water and moisture from these areas. From submersible pumps with long discharge lines to wet vacuums, we can prepare the space for complete drying and encapsulation when requested.

From one-time flood recoveries to full crawlspace encapsulations, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team can help however you need it after a flood loss. Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000.

Destination Weddings Require Premier Water Removal Services in Plantation

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Couple getting married by the beach We are available 24/7 for your water restoration needs. Give us a call at (954) 776-2000.

Our SERVPRO Teams Have The Experience and Skill To Rid Your Property of Any Water Damage that May Pose a Threat to Your Business  

Plantation is beloved by vacationers seeking warmth, sun, and forever memories with family and friends. Among those who travel here are couples who chose our community for one of the most significant happenings in their lives -- their wedding. If a water emergency threatens to derail a milestone event, people traveled for thousands of miles to celebrate, our team is ready to get things back on track fast.

Rapid Water Damage Mitigation and Remediation 

When your event center in Plantation requires water removal, a speedy response is mandatory for two main reasons. 

First, water is incredibly destructive to nearly every building material. Failing to rid the space of liquid water and then dry the structure thoroughly exposes your commercial building to permanent deterioration and nearly guaranteed mold damage. 

Second, a wet space is not what your customers expect nor purchased. A ruined wedding or other celebration breaks the contract you made with your client and is likely to destroy your reputation.

We Are Prepared to Rectify a Soggy Situation

SERVPRO crews get to work immediately, concentrating on getting your space ready for your guest’s once-in-a-lifetime experiences while preserving your investment. Here are a range of the things you can expect from our response:

Emergency Services -- Provided Immediately

  • Water shut off
  • Mitigation of water spread
  • Pumping out and extraction of liquid water

Scoping the Job -- Refinements to Emergency Services

  • Moisture detection and metering
  • Evaluation of extent and intensity of damage
  • Prioritizing (working with customer and insurer)
  • Choosing effective remediation strategies

Implementation of Plan

  • Scaling crew member numbers and equipment inventory
  • Continuous monitoring of drying progress 

Example of a Typical Commercial Water Removal Challenge

Your customer's contract with you for space to spread out and stage their wedding. Your beautiful hardwood floors were a selling point, but now they are underwater. Here’s how we fix that:

  • Water deeper than two inches pumps out into sanitary sewer lines.
  • Squeegees and wand-equipped truck-mounted and portable extractors suction up the remaining liquids.
  • The water beneath the polished surface must be removed as well -- a wet subfloor saturates the surface repeatedly. 
  • Floor mat systems use negative pressure to pull liquids from all layers.
  • Tenting of areas with 1.6 mil polyethylene allows us to force warm, moving air section by section to finish up liquid water removal and reduce moisture to normal levels.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South does more than removing water from your wedding center; it saves your customers’ day and your reputation. Call us at (954) 776-2000 as soon as the water rises to get a momentous event back on schedule.

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The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation in Plantation

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

soot covered furniture after a fire Fire damage can leave soot and odors behind. Contact our SERVPRO team for effective remediation services 24/7 365 days a year.

Air Quality Devices Used After Fire Losses in Planation Homes

Improving the quality of the air is vital for Plantation homes recovering from a fire loss incident. Many threats can circulate in the air after a disaster, including soot, ash, and other carcinogens. To begin effective restoration and recovery of a fire-damaged property, our SERVPRO team must address these pressing air quality concerns during the mitigation phase.

Clearing the air involves the use of several sophisticated tools, and typically takes place among the other mitigation tactics for fire damage in Plantation homes. This process is also vital when emergency services like controlled demolition and debris removal are necessary, as these tasks can aerosolize soot and other particulates. Air quality and filtration equipment can reduce the presence of these contaminants and hazards in the environment through various approaches.

Air Scrubbers

Air scrubbing equipment is one of the most effective tools for reducing airborne contaminants after a fire loss incident. While these do little to address smoke odors and other concerns, they do have impellers capable of pulling in high volumes of air and moving them through an onboard HEPA filtration system to reduce particles in the air as small as 0.3 microns.

Hydroxyl Generators 

Because harsh odors from smoke and charring are often present throughout the damaged areas once mitigation begins, our SERVPRO team can benefit from using a multi-purpose tool like the hydroxyl machine. These stationary units utilize UV cleaning to neutralize odor threats while pulling air through the filtration system to reduce visible particulates circulating in the damaged region of the house.


Reducing the hazards in the environment can often get aided by reducing the presence of residues and soot on surfaces and contents throughout the property. With practices like soda and media blasting, we can remove soot with a damp application to minimize dust while preventing a potential aerosolization hazard later by allowing soot-covered surfaces to go uncleaned.

Removing airborne contaminants from a house after a fire is a vital task to reduce health hazards to those exposed. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team has cutting-edge filtration equipment and cleaning practice to help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (954) 776-2000.

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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)

A bathroom with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. We will help you with every portion of your Plantation home after a storm.

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)

fire damaged home with smoke and soot Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for effective restoration services.

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)

One of our vans arriving to a home We use advanced water damage inspection equipment to help discover the moisture and start the drying process. Call us first for a fast response 24/7.

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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