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Why Fort Lauderdale Property Owners Call SERVPRO for Carpet Drying and Cleaning

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment extracting water SERVPRO understands how serious water can damage the carpeting in your home, Call us for assistance with water removal.

Drying Carpets In Fort Lauderdale Homes Done Right

Fort Lauderdale homes suffer flooding almost regularly. Despite the incredible weather we have here, the problem is usually a plumbing failure of some type. To clean and dry carpets after a flood or spillage, every homeowner needs to bring in professional service.

So, why SERVPRO? Because when it comes to carpet drying and water damage in Fort Lauderdale, we have the tools to take care of every carpet problem you might have after stepping in ankle-deep water in your living room. Whether the water is from a small leak or stormwater from the exterior, we have the answers. Carpets that absorb a large amount of water can have the layers separate in a process called delamination. Fast extraction can prevent this degradation. We detach the edges of the material from the tack boards and slightly roll back the carpet. We then force heated circulation from air movers, and the carpet lifts slightly and floats and ripples. "Floating a Carpet!" This is one method our technicians excel in because of our internal training and adherence to best practices.

Water Removal and Remediation

The difference in a carpet cleaning service depends on the source of the flooding or puddling. Outside flooding carries contaminants such as soil, fertilizers, animal wastes, and other contaminants. We cannot guarantee a carpet is safe after cleaning, so our team leaders recommend that they remove and dispose of it. This discarding also reduces the chances of secondary water damage since a large volume of water is removed along with the carpet and padding. Rapid water removal and drying of carpets is crucial in preventing mold growth.

If the water comes from a source like a split water line, we consider it to be clean water, and our teams can begin restoration work. One of the new tools SERVPRO has in our inventory is the Rover Weighted Rider Extractor. This line of equipment takes the difficulties of using a large extractor (weight and maneuverability) and reverses these issues into advantages. A SERVPRO technician can stand and ride on this wet vacuum, forcing the water out of the coverings without causing damage very efficiently.

Before, the weight made moving some extractors very difficult. The design also made using one in corners or around large furniture problematic. The models we use now have improved steering to allow operators to use them almost anywhere. Not only is the weight more evenly distributed, but there is also an adjustable platform that the operator stands on, which provides him a better viewpoint for operation and uses the technician's weight as well. It lets us perform the task more evenly, so there are no wet spots when we finish. Our teams may need to remove the carpet pad, but the Rover devices make it easier to lift them away and clean the floor afterward.

For small rooms and closets, our SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands. These devices are easier to use, and team members can adjust the vacuum speed and agitation to remove the water without accidentally pulling apart the carpet layers, causing delamination.

With these tools and our extensive training programs, SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South is the best choice for carpet drying and other restoration tasks. If you need our help to restore your home, call us today at (954) 776-2000 to set up an inspection and get started.

Storm Surge Will Cause Flood Damage in Fort Lauderdale

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Rain on home When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damage job.

Saltwater Complications Make Hiring SERVPRO Professionals For Fort Lauderdale Flood Restoration Smart

Rain and wind storms, ranging in severity, challenge homeowners year-round in Fort Lauderdale. Flood damage differs with each weather pattern. Some storms feature perfect conditions for storm surge creation, adding salty seawater to the mix invading your home.

What Causes Storm Surge in Fort Lauderdale?

The strong winds of tropical storms or hurricanes produce a vertical circulation of water deep into the ocean. As the storm edges closer to land, the comparative shallowness of the sea pushes the swirling water up and over the land. 

Is Saltwater More Destructive to Fort Lauderdale Residences Than Rainwater?

When a storm surge exacerbates the circumstances of flooding, SERVPRO crews adapt the water damage restoration plan. The brackish water infiltrating a flood-damaged home escalates the harm caused. Effects of saltwater flooding include:

  • Corrosion and eventual weakening of concrete, stone, plaster, and brick
  • Accelerated rusting of metal supports and fasteners
  • Delignification of wood -- a breakdown of lignin, part of the wood cell structure 
  • Significant increase in electric conductivity, raising electrocution, shock, and fire risks, as well as the destruction of home electronics

How Does SERVPRO Manage Increased Salinity During Water Clean Up?

As SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) work through best practices protocol, they add steps to reduce salt residues:

  • Monitoring power use even more carefully than usual 
  • Using freshwater flushes before the pumping and extraction stages
  • Containing and properly disposing of the brackish water according to local regulation
  • Inspecting for salty residues when cleaning and adapting techniques when salinity is high 

Remediation of flood damage from rain and storm surge is a staple SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South service. Give the experts a call at (954) 776-2000.

Why Fire Cleanup in Fort Lauderdale is Not Just About What You Can See

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

stripped interior framing and trusses primed SERVPRO primed the cleaned framing and trusses with an odor-killing paint to seal the smell fire odors. Our Fort Lauderdale customers were pleased.

Odors Are Eliminated After a Fire by the Skill of SERVPRO

When we think of fire damage repair, we immediately imagine soot-blackened walls and charred furnishings. We might visualize smoke patterns on the ceiling and broken window frames left exposed to the elements. These things are a standard part of fire damage restoration, and, at SERVPRO, we handle them all the time.

However, there's another big part of the process that often gets overlooked – the removal of noxious odors. After a fire, there are all kinds of unpleasant smells left around. This is why a reliable fire cleanup in Fort Lauderdale always involves state-of-the-art deodorization techniques.

The Significance of Smell

Odor can be a surprisingly tricky element to eliminate, particularly after fire damage, because the burning of manufactured and synthetic items releases chemicals into the air. These partially combusted products mix with acrid, toxic smoke and form a miasma of nasty smells. At SERVPRO, we use industrial deodorization equipment to draw these odors out and make the property safe again. We can also utilize mechanical means of smoke odor mitigation using hydroxyl generators, or under more difficult circumstances, ozone machines to capture the malodorous smoke particles.

Not many people know that the most potent way to deodorize a fire damaged property is by replicating the smoke's behavior. In other words, because smoke surrounds objects in suspended fashion and then clings to them, technicians use deodorizing 'bombs' or 'fogs' that mimic these characteristics.

The odor-killing chemicals are efficiently dispersed, and then the property is thoroughly treated and cleaned to remove all remaining odor-producing residues. In cases of severe fire damage, parts of the property may have to be sealed off or demolished and replaced. For example, fire damaged walls are usually painted rather than fully deodorized because the area is too broad and non-porous for a 'fog' to work.

Odors That Exist in the Mind

Another fascinating aspect of fire cleanup is the management of psychological odors. These occur because the singular nature of the event or crisis creates powerful associations in the property owner's mind. They know that there has been a fire, so they expect to smell burning, and, more often than not, they do – even if no such odor is present. This is known as Phantosmia.

It is tricky for fire cleanup teams to tackle, but it is a part of our everyday operations. We put home and business owners at ease by walking them through the deodorization process to feel confident about the results. Then, we discuss some of the responses people commonly have after experiencing a fire and how this can affect their perceptions.

At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, we pride ourselves on always doing what is best for our customers. Dealing with the effects of fire is never easy, but with our help, you can get repairs started and finished quickly. We are based in your local area so that we can arrive on-site fast. Call us 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.

Water Damage Restoration Service In Ft. Lauderdale

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling, plumbing showing SERVPRO provides water damage repair work, we can make this Fort Lauderdale water damaged ceiling go away, "Like it never even happened."

Trust SERVPRO to Help with Your Water Damaged Home or Business

Many situations can wreak havoc on your home or commercial property and cause a lot of unwanted personal and financial concerns about the damage that you are being forced to experience. Take the stress and fear out of these situations and benefit from restoring your property with our professional services that go above and beyond.

Our SERVPRO expertly trained water damage restoration technicians in Ft. Lauderdale can be on your doorstep, ready to assist you within four hours after you make your first call. We walk you through the entire restoration process from beginning to end and show you how we can repair your property to tip-top condition. This can also save you the time and expense involved in scheduling all of the different maintenance issues; we can handle them all. We allow you to relax while knowing that you and your property receive the expert care you deserve.

Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages

Take the opportunity to repair that bowed ceiling in the guest bedroom caused by a broken pipe in the upstairs bathroom last summer that you could not deal with yet. You know, the one with the nasty widening, highly unattractive water stain that everyone avoids looking at directly. Stop ignoring the damage that exists and give the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO the opportunity to assist you with your repairs. You do not need to have the time to fix it yourself anymore; we can handle the repairs for you, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO sends technicians to your door who are highly trained in every aspect of your repair needs. We can remove all of the damaged materials, extract and dry any remaining water, stop the spread of any existing mold and clean up the entire area affected by the incident, making it appear "Like it never even happened."

Our technicians at SERVPRO can do all of this and even contain any contamination that may have an opportunity to cause health risks to you or the occupants of your home or commercial property. Isn't it time to stop guessing what might exist inside of that water damaged ceiling? We can help.

Give the highly trained experts at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South a call today. We can quickly provide you with the assistance you need through our 24/7 emergency service. (954) 776-2000

Is It Possible to Need Mold Damage Remediation Without Seeing Mold in a Fort Lauderdale Property?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has Years of Experience and Training for Professional Mold Remediation in Fort Lauderdale

Mold damage in a Fort Lauderdale property can come in many forms. Often it can grow for a long period before it gets discovered, and it is entirely possible to have a large-scale infestation without visible signs.

SERVPRO handles Fort Lauderdale mold damage remediation jobs with care. The technicians scope the property to determine the actual amount of mold growth found under floors and behind walls. The technicians use their moisture detection equipment to find collections of moisture that indicate potential mold colonies. SERVPRO techs drill small holes and look to see if there is active mold growth, using a borescope. Also, SERVPRO techs ascertain the reason for the infestation so steps can get taken to end the cause of the issue.

Frequently Seen Reasons for Mold Growth

  • Slow leaks that have gone unresolved
  • Ongoing elevated humidity with poor ventilation
  • Poorly cleaned water damaged properties

Once the techs lower the humidity in the room, any dried matter left behind by the colonies gets removed either by manual methods or abatement techniques such as soda blasting.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 has a mold remediation certification #MRSR2994 and is available 24/7 for any size mold damage remediation.

Combating Smoke Damage in Your Fort Lauderdale Restaurant

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Table set and waiting for customers in restaurant Smoke and fire damage can close your business. Call SERVPRO for fast restoration.

Contending with Smoke Damage

After a fire has damaged your Fort Lauderdale restaurant, you might spend a considerable amount of time mulling over the damages and determining the best approach to get your doors back open to the public. The trouble with fires is that they often affect your business in many ways, so just handling a small part of the problem still leaves many other issues that could threaten the safety and quality of the service that you could provide to your customers.

One of the most typical obstacles that business owners face before they can reopen the doors to their Fort Lauderdale restaurant is the need for smoke cleanup. Smoke damages can show up in a few unique ways, and each of these must get addressed before your eatery can welcome your loyal customer base back through the doors. Fortunately, you have SERVPRO and our team of certified fire restoration technicians at your disposal to help the process move quickly and require less out-of-pocket expense from you.

Smoke damage is often attributed to the lingering foul odor left in the area after the fire has gotten extinguished. In truth, this symptom is only part of the problem that you face. To combat this nauseating odor that remains in the fabrics and the air of the affected areas after a fire has occurred, our SERVPRO team utilizes thermal foggers with a dense chemical compound intended to counteract the molecules of the noxious scent and leave no discernible smell behind. This process takes care of the general area and the individual contents of the room, such as furniture, fabrics, and textiles.

Vacuums are used to pull soot from surfaces and contents of the room, attributed to smoke damage to the facility. The approach is to restore the surfaces to their original conditions entirely. If this is not possible, our team works to make them suitable for repainting or resurfacing after the cleaning commences.

When you are battling all of the effects of fire damage in your restaurant, you need to immediately contact the fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South. With your profits and customer loyalty hanging in the balance, getting your issues resolved quickly should be a top priority. Give us a call anytime at (954) 776-2000.

SERVPRO Helps Save Your Favorite Easy Chair After Flood Damage in Fort Lauderdale

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor Water can quickly damage floors and furnishings. SERVPRO has the tools to quickly dry the water and restore your home.

Fort Lauderdale Flooded Furnishings Get Great Restoration from SERVPRO

Flood damage is a genuine danger in this area. High tides and the resulting floods are a householder’s nightmare as the cleanup can often be time-consuming and costly.

One of the worst parts of dealing with the aftermath of flood damage to your Fort Lauderdale home is the sense that life is not the same. Handling the effect of flooding on your home and belongings is stressful and makes life feel unstable. Damage to favorite pieces of furniture is a common cause of concern.

SERVPRO experts are on hand to help restore your house and belongings after flood damage. That includes taking steps to save your favorite easy chair. The combination of soft upholstery materials with wooden frames makes soft furnishings particularly susceptible to flood damage. Wood warps and becomes misshapen while soft upholstery wicks up water. Quick-drying is vital to help prevent mold or mildew growth in the soft material.

The first step after flooding in your home is to put in a call to SERVPRO. While you wait for our IICRC-certified experts to arrive, there is an important step you can take: Move the chair away from the carpet or any other surfaces that are at risk of being stained by the bleeding color. Only do this if it is safe for you to do so. Blocking, placement of paper or wood to eliminate contact with the water also can help.

Our technicians arrive with all the tools necessary to dry your chair as quickly as possible. We have powerful truck-mounted cleaners ready to clean your chair and other furnishings and get rid of any water stains before drying commences. Our equipment uses hot water extraction and a specialist upholstery tool to deep clean water damaged furniture.

Now your furniture is cleaned, it is time to dry it. We start by drying out buttons and zippers to prevent rust. We also place furniture pads around metal buttons and waxed paper between the zipper and the chair cushion. These steps avoid rust transfer, so your upholstery is not stained by it.

Cushions are tented or propped up so air can move more freely around them. SERVPRO technicians can skillfully create a small containment barrier around the affected piece of furniture that hastens drying. Our experts calculate the best position and number of dehumidifiers and air movers for thorough drying of your chair. Air movers direct air under and around chair legs, backs, seats, and cushions to encourage evaporation and drying. Meanwhile, dehumidifiers remove moisture from the surrounding air and promote a drier environment.

If your favorite chair is damaged by floodwater, do not give up. Give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South a call at (954) 776-2000 for help.

What Should Property Owners do When You Need Water Cleanup Services in Fort Lauderdale

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling; drywall torn away to repair source of damage Do you know how to locate hidden moisture? SERVPRO does!

Talk to SERVPRO Team of Professionals to Help You with Water Cleanup in Your Lauderdale Property

Do not delay if you find water seeping into different surfaces in your house. To prevent expensive repairs and health problems, contact licensed restorers right away. Restorers will help you save your property and restore it to its pre-damage condition in a short amount of time.

During the years we have been in business, we have successfully helped thousands of property owners with water cleanup in Lauderdale. Our technicians ensure to leave our customer’s property better than its preloss state.

During the restoration process, we use advanced equipment from the beginning to leave no detail behind. We take moisture and a humidity reading regularly throughout the process to get a clear picture of how effective the drying process is. We can use inspection cameras and borescopes to check for any moisture behind drywall. The device helps in:   

  • Accessing hard to reach areas
  • Minimizing property damage 
  • Getting a clear picture of damages

SERVPRO technicians can use various dehumidifying processes depending on the damage intensity. However, to determine the best technique, our technicians can use penetrating moisture meters to get the exact moisture readings in porous surfaces such as carpet and pad. For moderate moisture levels, we can use a low grain refrigerant dehumidifier to dry the affected area. The equipment helps us increase the rate of evaporation in the affected property.

Even when a slight amount of water seeps into your property, it can cause significant damages. Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for prompt restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Smoke Damage in a Plantation Home Can Travel through the HVAC System

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage done to ceiling and walls Fire damage restoration is an easy task. for SERVPRO. Our techs are trained and experienced in fire restoration services.

Complete Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Is Possible in Plantation Thanks to SERVPRO

It is not unusual for a kitchen fire to happen in a home in Plantation. Throughout the world, accidents happen, and in a matter of seconds, flames rise, and smoke fills a home threatening its structural integrity. Most homeowners, however, may find themselves seeking a fire damage restoration company rather than declaring their home a total loss. SERVPRO specializes in water and fire damage restorations in homes of all sizes.

In Plantation, fire damage restoration services include a close look at the home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. The ducts can serve as an efficient way for smoke to circulate throughout your home, and our SERVPRO technicians inspect them when assessing the overall smoke and fire damage. Some of the questions we ask include-

  • Where did the fire originate relative to the HVAC vents, and how long did it burn?
  • Is there residue inside the ducts, and is it heavy?
  • What are the ducts made of? Metal? Flex duct? Fiberboard?
  • Is it necessary to consult with a specialized HVAC sub-contractor?

When our SERVPRO team determines that smoke traveled through the vents and left residue behind, we clean them by removing soot from all surfaces and applying cleaning agents. We have special vacuums in our inventory for this purpose.

We may also use foggers and deodorizers to eliminate odor particles. This process is done best while the duct system is sealed to optimize results.

Do not underestimate the impact of smoke in your home, even areas far from the place of ignition. Invite SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South to assess the damage and provide solutions based on industry best practices. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and rely on our expert team for the best results.

Storms in South Florida can Deeply Affect Homes in Davie

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home Storms have residual effects after the fact. SERVPRO is trained and experienced in all forms of storm damage restoration.

Flooded Davie Homes Can Call SERVPRO for Assistance

Storms in South Florida can be impactful, even when they do not register among the largest in the region’s history. Like all other cities in the area, Davie is susceptible to their effect, including a rise in water levels, broken branches, damaged roofs, and many other consequences. 

When stormwater makes its way into a Davie home, moving quickly to enlist the help of SERVPRO and our professional team is the best step to protect your home and its contents. 

Our Davie clients with flood damage may be surprised by how involved the water damage restoration process can be. Cleaning up after a flood involves much more than water extraction, and it takes a certified team like SERVPRO to address the specific needs of your home. As we perform water damage repairs, you may expect some of the following to take place-

  • Carpets- carpets are typically removed completely when stormwater saturates them. Their porous nature becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which can prove harmful to your health. Our team takes care of removing and disposing of it according to environmental and local regulations.
  • Structural Damage- our staff inspects the home for structural damage and coordinates with relevant specialists and authorities. As needed, we may help replace drywall or liaise with contractors for more extensive repairs. Every minute your home’s structure soaks up water, the damage to its structural stability increases.
  • Biohazards- thanks to the debris and microorganisms in floodwater, a full restoration process must include anti-microbial solutions as part of the cleaning efforts. 
  • Once our water removal services are done, we use advanced technology to clean the area and thwart the growth of bacteria such as mold.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is ready to serve the Davie community and restore its homes. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home. “Like it never even happened.”