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Need to Remove Water Damage from a Fort Lauderdale Residence?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

lgr dehu in living room SERVPRO provides advanced drying equipment like this LGR-low grain refrigerant dehumidifier to mitigate Fort Lauderdale area water damage.

Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Water Removal Technicians Offer 24/7 Mitigation

Regardless of the time of year, Fort Lauderdale properties are vulnerable to water damage from structural or appliance issues that can happen seemingly out of nowhere, much to the frustration of homeowners. As a result, water–and eventually microbial growth–can potentially affect a home’s safety, indoor air quality, and the structural integrity of materials like drywall.

Extensively trained Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians respond to cleanup calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service includes weekends and holidays so community members can minimize home water damage while maximizing restoration potential for structures and contents.

Why Does Water Damage Smell?

Moisture tends to carry a distinctive, musty smell that is easily recognizable. However, Fort Lauderdale homeowners curious about this malodor’s origins should know the following:

  • The smell does not come from the moisture itself but from bacteria or microbial growth in the water
  • Mold and other microbes can spread enough to emit a noticeable odor in as little as 24- to 48 hours after water damage occurs
  • Microbes thrive on a combination of relative humidity levels above 60%, lacking or inconsistent air circulation, warm temperatures, and availability of organic materials

Local SERVPRO professionals can remediate potential microbial growth and odors with commercial-grade water restoration services. Staff and franchise owners also undergo thorough training. They can pursue self-paced education modules about water damage’s effects and implement effective remediation strategies.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Services Go Beyond Cleanup and Odor Control

SERVPRO techs’ water removal services focus primarily on safety and a restoration-first approach where possible. Some materials, like waterlogged sheetrock, are often easier and more economical to replace than simply clean and dry. Other items, like fiberglass insulation, can often be cleaned, dried, and restored successfully in a residential water damage scenario.

  • Water damage remediation technicians can expel moisture from surfaces with the help of 3-system extraction units. Most surfaces on a property only require the vacuum system, but the heater and pump systems are also available for implementation during the cleaning of upholstery and carpeting
  • Axial and centrifugal air movers work with low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers to remove, isolate, and collect moisture for disposal in a treated sewer
  • Porous materials impacted by water and microbes can be treated with hydroxyl generators, which use ultraviolet light to eliminate odor-causing bacteria
  • EPA-registered biocides double as sanitation and, to a lesser extent, odor control, especially when used in tandem with water damage deodorizing solutions
  • Fort Lauderdale restoration technicians can also implement build-back services after water cleanup that include drywall repairs, HVAC cleaning, and repairing tile flooring

SERVPRO professionals ensure that the water damage restoration process is successful with careful inspection and analysis with calibrated penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters. Potential damage behind walls and ceilings can also be detected with the help of thermal imaging cameras that can pinpoint changes in temperature consistent with wall cavity moisture exposure.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can be reached at (954) 776-2000 for comprehensive, emergency-response repair and restoration services.

Can Fort Lauderdale Home Fire Damage Be Repaired?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

second story landing fire scorched home This fire-damaged Fort Lauderdale home can be restored and repaired by our SERVPRO team of IICRC certified technicians.

SERVPRO Professional Fire Restoration Services Address Structure and Contents Damage

Home structural fire damage restoration can be a daunting task for any Fort Lauderdale homeowner to undertake after disaster strikes. Even small-scale kitchen fires, which are the leading cause of unreported home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), can leave behind hard-to-remove damages that can have a lasting impact on walls and appliances.

Certified SERVPRO fire restoration technicians salvage Fort Lauderdale properties regardless of the scale of the disaster. Sophisticated technologies, tried-and-true cleanup methods, and extensive fire cleanup training combine to produce effective results that return fire-affected homes to a pre-disaster condition.

How Fire Damage Residues Impact Residential Structures

Fire and smoke damage can have a wide array of effects on surfaces in a home, such as:

  • Drywall can easily become stained by smoke exposure
  • Soot particles can settle in nooks and crannies of appliances, electronics, and other sensitive items
  • Fire and smoke damage residues can also settle in HVAC components and ventilation shafts, which can potentially spread odors and soot throughout the property
  • Fire odors can vary based on what was burned. Dry goods, such as paper and wood, have a distinct smell compared to burnt plastics or pungent protein residues. Each material also requires a different type of care for removal
  • Soot can seep into porous surfaces like rugs, drapes, and upholstery. While these stains are often removable, consumer-grade solutions are much less likely to remove smoke residues fully

SERVPRO professionals provide Fort Lauderdale homeowners with commercial-grade solutions that eliminate fire damage stains and odors while minimizing demolition and replacement needs.

Remediating Fire and Smoke Damage with SERVPRO Cleaning Solutions

Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO professional soot removal entails a multitude of methodically implemented steps. These include:

  • Manual cleaning of fire damage from ceiling to floor, and lightest to heaviest. This pattern provides effective, efficient cleaning that has minimal impact on surfaces
  • SERVPRO crews can also perform structural drying for fire suppression before performing fire restoration services. A dry structure is necessary for safe remediation
  • Heavy-duty cleaning options for fire damage include EPA-registered biocides, alkaline solutions, and abrasion blasting with soda ash, dry ice, and other blast media
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can deploy solvent-based deodorizers via thermal foggers for fire odor removal. This device allows deodorizers to chemically bind with soot particles to thoroughly eliminate odors. Protein residues from kitchen fires can be addressed with specialized enzyme digesters that turn oily proteins into water-soluble byproducts for easy removal
  • Soot removal with HEPA-filter vacuums can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns in size

After performing the cleanup, SERVPRO fire restoration technicians can focus on rebuilding services such as hanging new drywall where necessary, cleaning HVAC systems, repainting walls, and flooring repairs. SERVPRO professionals also clean salvageable contents thoroughly to return them to a pre-disaster condition once more.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South renders 24/7 disaster mitigation services when property owners call (954) 776-2000.

Where Can Fort Lauderdale Homeowners Get Safe Mold Remediation?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

demolished kitchen assemblies, showing mold Mold remediation and cleanup in Fort Lauderdale needed? SERVPRO provides solutions, "Like it never even happened."

Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Offers Comprehensive Mold Damage Cleanup

Home mold DIY cleanup for Fort Lauderdale properties can seem feasible at first. However, mold growth on surfaces like drywall and fibers indicates larger microbial clusters lurking in wall cavities, HVAC systems, and other home areas. Professional mold damage mitigation can prove safer and more effective for homeowners experiencing these disasters.

Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO professionals use mold inspection, mitigation, and rebuilding services to return residential properties to a pre-disaster state per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. Certified technicians use proper containment measures and personal protective equipment (PPE) to implement mold damage mitigation solutions in Fort Lauderdale.

Preventing Mold Damage Proliferation in a Residence

After discovering mold damage on a property, homeowners may be tempted to get right to cleaning. However, it is crucial to understand how mold grows and what conditions allow it to thrive before cleaning.

  • Lacking air circulation allows mold to spread freely. Sudden usage of HVAC systems can unintentionally circulate microbes to other areas of the home instead of getting rid of them
  • Elevated relative humidity, particularly over 50%, can accelerate mold damage growth. Pipe and supply line leaks, among other forms of water damage, can accelerate this
  • Porous organic materials like area rugs, drapes, clothing, wood, and drywall are particularly prone to microbial proliferation

SERVPRO mitigation services do not entail total mold removal, which is impossible. However, it is possible to return a Fort Lauderdale home to a clean, safe, pre-damage state that is free of malodors.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Returns Homes to a Pre-Disaster Condition

SERVPRO mold damage mitigation technicians render a myriad of tasks that reduce microbes to normal levels for an indoor residential space. These activities include the following:

  • Setting up clean rooms for equipment decontamination, as well as sealing off affected areas with polyethylene sheeting. Mold inspection also detects areas with elevated moisture levels that aggravate microbial growth
  • Establishing negative air pressure with HEPA-filter air scrubbers traps microbes for more thorough spore remediation. A combination of dry and wet cleaning methods, as well as sanitation with EPA-registered biocides, allows for more rigorous mold damage remediation
  • Positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce relative humidity to normal levels for a residential property, which slows microbial growth
  • Performing necessary drywall demolition, carpet and pad removal, and other disposal tasks with homeowners’ permission. This process allows technicians to install new materials where needed
  • Implementing odor control strategies that are tailored to affected surfaces. Mold odors can be quelled with solvent-based deodorizer solutions, time-release pellets, counteractant odor beads, and thorough HVAC cleaning, among other solutions.

SERVPRO’s mold damage process emphasizes repairs and restoration over replacement wherever possible to help homeowners enjoy increased savings and an easier transition back to a clean, safe residence.

Homeowners can reach the SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South crew at (954) 776-2000 for rapid-response remediation and restoration services after a disaster.

Commercial Water Damage in a Fort Lauderdale Fabric Store

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

clothes hanging in closest Don't Leave Wet Clothes Hanging Around in Your Ft. Lauderdale Fabric Store, Call SERVPRO

To Most Businesses in Ft. Lauderdale, Fast Water Removal is Crucial

Fabric stores and dress shops are very vulnerable to damage of many types. Even a few drops of water from a broken or misdirected sprinkler head can ruin a silk dress or cause the color in an entire bolt of cloth to run and ruin any pattern. It is always not enough to set up a big fan or move dress racks to the outside and out of standing water.

Commercial water damage to a Fort Lauderdale business can mean a weekend closure or closing its doors forever. The cleanest water still contains some contaminants, i.e., a ruptured water heater always has rust at the bottom. The situation is even worse if the water has backed into a business from a sewer line. SERVPRO has the experience and stock of cleaners and sanitizers to ensure that we can restore almost anything.

Essential cleaning agents take care of items that have been splattered or soaked in most cases. Fabrics are more sensitive than other properties due to the dyes they contain. If the water comes from an activated fire suppression system, smoke or soot residues are likely attached. Technicians are trained to examine the area of contamination and determine the best course of action. Our extensive inventory of cleaning agents lets us take care of nearly every type of mold or soil that finds its way into the water.

Cleaning the affected water damaged property may not be enough. If the dirt or other contaminant is from a sewer or septic system, fabrics and clothing require disinfection, sanitizing, and often discarding. Our disinfectants (chlorines, phenols, and alcohols) kill over 90 percent of the organisms found in the dirtiest water and are easily mixed with water to create the strength needed without ruining fabrics. Typically, these fabrics are not salvageable.

Our sanitizers are exceptional in destroying even heavy mold infestation. They are not suitable for fabric use but are perfect for removing mold from display racks, storage shelves, hangers, and countertops where textiles and clothing are laid out for the customer.

Restoring your business after a disaster can be an extensive process. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South understands that even a few days closed can ruin a business, and we do our best to help you reopen the moment it is safe to do so. If you need us, call today at (954) 776-2000. We are here to help.

Fire Restoration Solution Available to Residents in The Fort Lauderdale Area

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Let the Steady Hand of SERVPRO Cleanup Your Fire Damaged Home

It is not hard to imagine someone being upset after a fire ravages their kitchen. They might enter their property after the fire is out, wanting to get a look at damages first-hand. When they do, their emotions overwhelm them; their eyes tear up as they experience what was once a safe place with fond memories. 

Entering your Fort Lauderdale home on your own before fire restoration crews have a chance to assess the damages and check for hazards can often lead to additional problems. You might look at the entire area as destroyed. However, it takes an expertly trained fire damage specialist to look past the obvious destruction to see a particular material or belonging found in your home as restorable. 

Walking on fire damaged flooring, touching walls, cabinets, countertops, or any other surface affected after a fire occurs, causes more damage, making it harder for professional fire-damage restoration technicians to restore the property. 

Contact your SERVPRO team an opportunity to recover damaged items. Our technicians pay specific attention to each item found in your home, using advanced equipment and technology that helps restore your belongings and return your property to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy. 

Few companies can provide full-service solutions to environmental damage on your property, and SERVPRO is one of them. With IICRC restoration certifications, many years of experience, and access to industrial-grade restoration equipment, we can provide you with results that far exceed any expectations you might have had. 

Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for additional information about our services and get quality answers to your property's fire, water, mold, or storm damage issues today. We deliver 24/7 emergency services, quick response times, and valuable solutions you can count on when you need help. (954) 776-2000

Drying During Water Damage Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

view of water damaged kitchen When water comes out of a pipe or appliance, it usually heads straight to your floors and starts to build up.

SERVPRO Helps in Fort Lauderdale with Water Damage

One day everything can go as usual when suddenly you have an appliance malfunctioning in your house. Machines wear over time, and the older ones in your home risk breaking one day. And, to make matters worse, appliances like your washing machine or dishwasher could cause water to leak. If one of your appliances dies and spreads moisture, the results could be devastating even though the source may be a clean water line.

When our SERVPRO technicians work on mitigating water damage in Fort Lauderdale, we start by figuring out where the moisture originated. If we know the source is something like your broken dishwasher, we can turn off the water source to the appliance so that H2O stops leaking into your structure. Next, we can thoroughly inspect your building to see what all got negatively affected by the leak.

When water comes out of a pipe or appliance, it usually heads straight to your floors and starts to build up. However, once the moisture has reached the interior of your home, it can quickly begin soaking into your building materials and contents, causing further issues. Once standing water is on your floors, the H2O can also start evaporating into the air and cause secondary problems when the relative humidity levels get elevated.

We can set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage like mold or humidity issues. The air movers push air around your house to speed up the drying process, and the dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air.

SERVPRO Can Offer Other Services after a Water Leak Occurs

  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Water Extraction
  • Restorative Carpet Cleaning
  • Mold Inspections

If your dishwasher ever breaks and leaks out water, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Certain Key Factors Impact Water Damage Repair in Ft. Lauderdale

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck with outside gear SERVPRO provides well-managed water damage cleanup services for Ft. Lauderdale commercial sites.

Ft. Lauderdale Water Damage Repair Requires Proper Environmental Management

When remediating commercial water damage in Ft. Lauderdale, it pays to remain mindful of interior environmental conditions and properly manage them. Key factors like the amount of excess water present, humidity levels, air circulation, and temperature all play important roles in how quickly water-related issues can be effectively cleaned up.

The Ft. Lauderdale water damage repair professionals at SERVPRO understand the effects of these elements on drying speeds and their overall impact on the restoration process. We have routinely dealt with them while performing emergency water damage services involving everything from burst pipes and ceiling leaks to basement flooding events. With all of that said, the specific ways interior environments can slow or speed up restoration are:

  • The amount of water they contain determines how fast interiors can be dried – the more standing water in an environment, the longer it is going to take to dry it up
  • Overly humid places, those with a relative humidity over 60%, are much slower to dry because they can absorb less evaporated water and airborne moisture is 1,200 times less efficient to remove from a business than water
  • Airflow determines how quickly water-saturated air can be replaced with dry air that is able to absorb more water vapor, which facilitates surface drying
  • The temperature of a structure sets the moisture-holding capacity of its air – higher temperatures, preferably those between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the first drying days, enable it to hold more water vapor and speed up the drying process

Considering all of these issues, our experts know the importance of extracting as much standing water as possible from structures before worrying about dehumidifying the air.

So, if your local business ever requires water damage repair, keep SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South in mind. Our skilled technicians are always here and ready to assist you at (954) 776-2000.

SERVPRO Knows How to Handle Fire Restoration in Plantation

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged cabinets in a kitchen SERVPRO manages fire damaged homes in Plantation with great cleanup and restoration--"Like it never even happened."

Emergency Fire Restoration Steps to Limit Overall Damages

When a home in Plantation suffers fire damage, emergency measures can be taken to limit the development of further issues. Fortunately for local homeowners, SERVPRO understands this and knows what should and should not be done to mitigate overall fire-related problems.

Once on-site, SERVPRO facilitates fire restoration efforts in Plantation by actively working to limit the severity of damages that need to be addressed. In the long run, these proactive steps make it much easier to perform house fire clean up, smoke remediation, and fire restoration work on fire damaged homes. The specific things our trained technicians initially do to mitigate blaze-related damage are:

  • Conducting preliminary safety inspections, establishing emergency electricity for necessary cleaning and restoration efforts, pre-cleaning excessively sooted contents, and securing the property by fencing in perimeters and boarding up windows
  • Setting up drying equipment, removing excess interior moisture resulting from firefighting measures, and starting the deodorization of the residence
  • Warning residents about what they should not do to protect their property; this includes telling them not to wash walls, clean carpets or upholstery on their own, operate uncleaned or unchecked electrical appliances/equipment and avoid sending soot-soiled garments to dry cleaners inexperienced in handling fire-damaged clothing
  • Advising occupants about what they can do to help remediators and speed up restoration work; this involves recommending that they limit movement within their home to prevent the spread of soot particles, avoid touching contents with soot-covered hands, clean and protect chrome fixtures with a lubricant, and change the furnace filter and cover the air registers of HVAC systems operating during a fire

With all of this in mind, it is no wonder why SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is one of the most trusted fire restoration services in this area. So, whenever you need your fire-damaged home cleaned up and restored, don’t hesitate to call us at (954) 776-2000.

Mold Removal in Ft. Lauderdale Takes Knowledge of Its Life Cycle

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold stains on walls and ceiling A closet is infested with mold growth because the humidity level was too high. Set the AC to 78 degrees or less. Tip for our Ft. Lauderdale neighbors.

SERVPRO’s Ft. Lauderdale Mold Removal Experts Know All about Mold and Its Elimination

Understanding the life cycle of mold and the environmental conditions that foster its growth is half the battle in eradicating it from Ft. Lauderdale homes. Luckily, area cleanup and restoration firms like SERVPRO are armed with this knowledge and highly effective in removing such fungal infestations from local residences.

SERVPRO, a mold removal firm in Ft. Lauderdale, teaches its technicians all about how mold develops and what fuels its proliferation. Company mold specialists use this valuable information to, among other things, complete mold inspection jobs, perform mold remediation work, and do black mold damage repairs. With all of that said, this is how residential mold problems generally start and progress:

  • Mold spore masses, consisting of a collection of tiny, seed-like spores, exist nearly everywhere in the environment and are present in most houses
  • These seed collections float around in the air and, once disturbed, can release thousands of individual spores that can land on any surface
  • Once on a surface, these seeds can lie dormant until the right conditions exist to promote their development into full-blown mold growths
  • Typically, when spores land on wooden, paper, or cellulosic fiber surfaces that they can consume as food, they start growing once indoor relative humidity reaches 60% and temperatures are between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Eventually, when mold starts to grow, it develops structures known as “hyphae” that can evolve into tree-like objects that can propagate yet more spores and start the entire process all over again

Mold continues to spread, discoloring surfaces and producing foul, musty odors, as all of this takes place.

So, considering this, remember to call your neighborhood SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South whenever you need mold removal services. We are always ready to assist you at (954) 776-2000.

Action Plan for Water Damage Repair in Fort Lauderdale

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

a window sill covered in water SERVPRO technicians have effective tools to assess the moisture levels in different parts of your home. Contact us 24/7 - 365 days a year.

Let a Professional Water Restoration Technician Help Restore your Fort Lauderdale Home After Water Damage

Water damage in Fort Lauderdale can occur thanks to many reasons. Some common causes include aging or defective plumbing, faulty appliances, and leaky windows. Regardless of where the water damage originates, a thoughtful cleanup process is essential to prevent secondary damage and its loss of time and resources. To make sure you identify all real and potential threats, call a certified team of experts to help you understand your vulnerabilities.

In Fort Lauderdale, water damage repair and restoration are in good hands when you call our SERVPRO staff. Our trained water restoration technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a distinction that verifies our industry knowledge and expertise. Aside from the strength of our knowledge base, we also have access to the latest equipment and technology in the water damage and remediation industry, helping us restore homes most efficiently.

When our SERVPRO crew receives a call on our 24/7 hotline, we dispatch our fleet of experts to your home. Upon arrival, we concentrate on assessing the damage and controlling the water source if we need to. We prioritize safety and wear adequate personal protective equipment to prevent undesirable consequences. For a thorough and successful process, we do the following-

  • Use moisture sensors to find hidden water within walls and under baseboards and flooring.
  • Employ hygrometers and infrared moisture meters to assess humidity levels in the air
  • Determine sanitizing steps, particularly important when sewage is involved in the incident

With the information we gather about your home and the water in it, we develop a complete action plan to extract water, dry the affected areas and apply solutions that help disinfect and sanitize your home.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is at your service when disaster strikes. Reach us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”