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Mold Remediation Services in Fort Lauderdale

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

close up of mold on wall Discovering mold in your home is stressful. SERVPRO is trained and equipped to safely remediate mold damage.

Our Technicians are Certified When it Comes to Dealing With Mold Damage in a Home

Mold growth is a significant concern for Fort Lauderdale homeowners. If your home sustains water damage and is not attended to quickly, mold and mildew may develop and cause massive property losses. Mold is a fungus that thrives in dark, humid areas.

If you are dealing with mold problems in your house, SERVPRO can help remedy the situation. We have a long history of providing mold remediation services in Fort Lauderdale, and we are strategically located to respond quickly to your emergency. Our technicians are IICRC-certified, meaning that we use industry-standard procedures when dealing with any type of mold damage. 

Mold damage in the house can significantly affect its market value unless handled correctly and on time. The general perception of your property is essential when you are looking to sell. Walking into a home with mold.

Mold damage is typical in such places as basements and under sinks, but SERVPRO technicians have often found mold growth in attics and crawlspaces. In most cases, the mold is discovered by an inspector or appraiser during the sales transaction. Before you put up your property for sale, be sure to check the attic and crawlspace thoroughly. 

SERVPRO IICRC trained mold remediation experts can usually identify mold growth by visual inspection. They appear as black, gray, or greenish substances on a surface and prefer dark, humid corners such as in the corners of bathrooms and under sinks. We can also identify signs of mold damage by their distinct musty odor. The presence of mold indicates a water problem in your house. Our water damage restoration experts can investigate the source and repair the leakage. 

If you detect mold damage in your home, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here to help. We have a team of highly trained and highly experienced technicians who can respond promptly to your emergency. For any assistance, call us today at (954) 776-2000.

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)

close up of burning match SERVPRO is the only call you need to make for your fire damage restoration needs.

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.”

Responding To Flood Damage At Night In Fort Lauderdale

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

water covering the floor of a kitchen When you wake up to an extensive flood in your kitchen, it’s time to bring in the professionals at SERVPRO. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

Responding To Flood Damage At Night

When flood damage strikes in Fort Lauderdale at night, it can create a very different situation than floods that hit during the day. You may not receive warnings and prior notification of an impending disaster, and even if you do, it may be more difficult to ensure your safety than in more optimal hours. SERVPRO operates at all hours of the day and night to ensure fast and effective service for any disaster, but there are still several things you may need to do differently than place a call to us to weather the flood.

Turn off the Lights

While it may be tempting to keep the lights on when experiencing flood damage in Fort Lauderdale at night, doing so can create a serious electrocution hazard for you and your family. Floodwaters can damage electrical breakers, power lines, and individual fixtures, creating many risks at once. However, you should still have a source of illumination to find your way around the house in the dark: make use of flashlights or even smartphone screens and camera lights to guide the way around the house.

Wake Others Up

Unless you live alone, you should prioritize the safety of those around you and make sure that they understand the situation. Wake up anyone you can by any means necessary and gather them in one place, preferably the most secure or elevated position in your home. Get a headcount to make sure you have everyone, and only then should you move on to any additional steps.

Call For Help

SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified  technicians respond to emergency damage calls on a 24/7 basis, arriving at your home within hours of the disaster to begin recovery and repair for anything lost in the flood. However, you should also have a list of other emergency services on hand in case things go awry. Be ready to dial the fire department in case of a fire or medical emergency, as a direct call may be faster and easier than going through 911.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South provides emergency damage mitigation and restoration services around the clock to ensure that you are never unprepared for a disaster. Call us at the first time of trouble at (954) 776-2000.

Fire Damage Experts Out of Pembroke Pines Describe the Scoping Process

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen counter with soot covering it Fire damage can quickly overtake your kitchen. Team SERVPRO offers certified technicians to effectively mitigate the situation. Contact us right away.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Create a Plan to Tackle Your Particular Home's Fire Damage Situation

Whenever a fire ignites in Pembroke Pines, various types of damage can occur to your property. The heat and smoke created by the blaze can ruin building materials and contents. A major part of restoration is the cleaning of items covered in soot instead of replacing them. Most projects involve a combination of replacing burnt structural components and removing soils that adhered to surfaces.

Before any work begins, our SERVPRO technicians inspect your house to determine the extent of the damage. The first part of mitigating any fire damage problem in Pembroke Pines is to complete a scope of the overall project. The initial project scope outlines all of the work needed to completely restore your home to preloss conditions.

The purpose of scoping is to list the work that must be performed in restoring the damage to the property. The actual itemization of the loss is always detailed and accurate. Our SERVPRO restoration team always uses a consistent system when scoping. A consistent scoping process helps ensure accuracy, avoiding missing items on the estimate, and allows the estimator to review the estimate easily.

When we are completing the initial scope of the job, our SERVPRO IICRC-certified experts always follow some basic guidelines. First, we find out what the source of the fire was. Next, we start our inspection at the source and then work outwards. Then, we start taking inventory of the structure and keep a record of how severely structural components got damaged. After that, we take inventory of all of the affected contents of the building.

Since heat rises, smoke usually affects the ceiling and tops of the walls first. Therefore, we start inspecting the ceiling first; then we move downward towards the floor. Next, we move inside a room from left to right so that the order remains consistent.

We keep our records on a scope sheet, and we use a different scope sheet for each affected room. The scope sheet includes both structural items and contents that are inside each room. Whenever you need help with extensive smoke or fire problems, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 seven days a week.

The Hazards of Wet Smoke Damage to Fort Lauderdale Properties

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

manlift cleaning soot from warehouse SERVPRO removes soot and smoke from a Fort Lauderdale warehouse while donning PPE.

The Challenges of Fire Restoration in Fort Lauderdale after Wet Smoke

A debilitating byproduct of combustion is smoke damage. This can impact your property in several ways, causing a need for different types of restoration and recovery. Commonly, smoke damages your business through:

  • Odors
  • Soil Deposits
  • Residues
  • Airborne Particles

What is Wet Smoke?

A formidable obstacle to fire restoration in Fort Lauderdale businesses is wet smoke. With high humidity common to the area, many fire damage incidents burn slower with this added moisture. Fires that produce wet smoke smolder, moving slowly through the property and producing large volumes of aerosolized solids to impact surfaces and the environment.

Thick Surface Deposits

Because the fire damage happens at a slower rate, and the fire itself smolders rather than burns at high heat, a greater volume of smoke solids is produced and spread throughout the property. The result is a thick deposit of soils on surfaces around where the fire takes place, requiring emulsification and dissolving products to clear and clean.

Widespread Damage Area

Yet another one of the troublesome aspects of wet smoke damage is how widespread and threatening these situations can become. Wet smoke effects can spread far beyond the ignition point with slow-burning combustion. The more areas are impacted by thick residues and airborne contaminants, the longer and more involved restoration evolves. We work fast to mitigate loss and smoke migration. In a warehouse situation, rapid degradation of exposed products to smoke and soot are rapid.

Removing Smoke Damage

To remove smoke damage, we must overcome these effects where they are found. Surface damage can be remedied using a combination of wet and dry cleaning strategies, while airborne threats are managed using HEPA filtration products like portable HEPA 500 machines. Removing smoke damage in any of its forms is critical to successful fire damage restoration in a warehouse.

For help with fire cleanup and restoration, give our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team a call today at (954) 776-2000.

A Dangerous Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Plantation Home

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

green servpro van at job site Storm damage in Plantation? SERVPRO holds true to its slogan--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Do Property Owners in Plantation Call Rely Upon SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal after a Storm?

While living in Florida, there is always a small risk of having flood damage in your home at some point. With the number of tropical storms that hit yearly and heavy rains, it is just a part of life. However, it is never something a homeowner wants to deal with, who would? SERVPRO responds rapidly, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When a severe storm hits your Plantation home and causes flood damage inside of your garage, you may consider trying to handle the water yourself. After all, it is only your garage. However, it is best to allow professionals to handle the damage inside. Not only is the structure of your home put at risk of mold damage, but your belongings stored inside of your garage are open to the damage as well.
With exposure to standing water, your bicycle chains can rust, boxes of old belongings can become waterlogged, and your camping gear can mold. To prevent these issues, it is best to hire professionals who can make sure that the moisture in your garage is at an acceptable level.
When you call SERVPRO, we make it a priority to arrive at your residence quickly. We know that remediating the damage as fast as we possibly can is the key to a successful job. In the case of flood damage, it helps to ensure that there are no further complications, such as mold damage or secondary damage caused by the circulation of overly moist air.
SERVPRO can bring advanced trade tools such as portable submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums to your garage to remove the standing water. After the water is gone, we can take any ruined boxes and dry out your belongings inside, such as stored clothing. Afterward, we can repack your belongings into new boxes and restore them. We can also dry out your camping gear and clean the surface of the concrete.
Should you have lost any of your belongings in the flood, SERVPRO can help you create an insurance claim by cataloging your losses; we can provide a CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service. We strive to make all aspects of this remediation process less stressful for you.
If a tropical storm ever floods your home, do not hesitate to call for help. Dial (954) 776-2000 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South.

Avoiding Water Damage from a Fort Lauderdale Air Conditioning Unit

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

ac condensor unit Water damage in your Fort Lauderdale home from a clogged A/C unit? Call SERVPRO for cleanup and repair of your home

Is Your Fort Lauderdale Air Conditioning Unit Leaking?

With the warmer months here, you might notice your air conditioner having to work harder and run longer. It is made to do this, and part of its job is to remove moisture from the air, which then collects in a condensate pan that drains outside of your home. Often, this is where problems originate with water damage. There are a few things to keep in mind to avoid this issue.

Checking the Condensate Line

Look for the condensate line outside of your Ft. Lauderdale home. Ensure it is clear of any debris which would block it from freely draining liquid. Landscaping sometimes blocks the pipes, leaving you with a backup and Fort Lauderdale water damage. Mud daubers or other pests also can make a problem by building nests inside the pipe.

If you have had water damage occur already from your Ft. Lauderdale air conditioning unit, SERVPRO, a professional water damage remediation company, can help solve the problem and clean up the mess left behind.

Cooling System Maintenance

The condensate pump and lines need regular maintenance to continue running efficiently. You can also avoid water damage by ensuring algae does not build up and make clogs. Cleaning your unit periodically helps your system to run right and avoid water damage or a cooling system that cannot handle extreme heat.

Check the Drain Pan

If your air handler is in an enclosed space, you could have a drain pan. If there is water accumulating in this pan, your drainage is not adequate. You need to fix this right away, and there are kits available that turn your system off in case a clog forms to prevent your ceiling or floor from getting damaged.

Avoiding Water Damage

If you have any concerns at all about your air conditioning unit, it is a good time to schedule annual cooling system maintenance. A trained technician can keep your cooling system running efficiently all year long.

When a water damage emergency does arise, SERVPRO can be to your home quickly to assess the problem and damages, then dry your home out. They can find any hidden water with special tools and see if any mold has begun to grow.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can fix your air conditioner water damage. However, the faster you act in calling them at (954) 776-2000, the more damage you can avoid from accumulating, so contact us as soon as you realize there is a problem.

Why Should Ft. Lauderdale Businesses Use Water Cleanup Techs?

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked on side of street You can count on SERVPRO's comprehensive commercial water damage restoration services to dry your water damage.

Lauderdale SERVPRO Water Cleanup Technicians Remediate Damage to a Pre-Disaster State

Commercial entities, regardless of size, may be tempted to perform their cleanup to code after a pipe leak or appliance failure. However, water cleanup from certified professionals can provide more comprehensive services while saving Ft. Lauderdale business owners time and money. These restoration tasks include structural repairs, controlled demolition, repainting, and carpet and drywall installation.

Ft. Lauderdale businesses requiring fast-acting water cleanup can count on SERVPRO restoration technicians to render cleanup per commercial regulations, focusing on repair over replacement where feasible. These services are available for business owners 24/7, including holidays, to keep downtime to a minimum.

Preserving Wet Sheetrock Without Demolition

Not all drywall requires controlled demolition and installation of new sheetrock after water damage. This material can be cleaned, dried, and repaired without removal in many instances of clean water damage.

  • SERVPRO technicians can drill small holes into interior walls to force air into cavities with specialized air movement equipment. This process is beneficial for walls with backless cabinetry
  • Walls with two layers of sheetrock require more drying time with air movers and dehumidifiers than a single layer
  • Exterior walls with fiberglass insulation in a clean water damage scenario are often dried without demolition. However, drying time takes longer due to the limited airflow compared to an interior wall
  • Concrete block walls may require the drilling of small holes for water drainage. So long as there are no perforations in the paints used on these structures, they typically act as a vapor barrier that minimizes moisture exposure

Commercial property owners seeking quality mitigation can contact the SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team at (954) 776-2000 for restoration that makes the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

Can Ft. Lauderdale Beach Homeowners Help with Fire Restoration?

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot around air vent in ceiling; smoke and soot on wall and ceiling Although this fire was small in scope, soot and smoke traveled throughout the home.

SERVPRO Techs Take Care of Fire Restoration to Keep Property Owners Safe

After a fire occurs, a Fort Lauderdale Beach homeowner may consider taking on fire restoration tasks that make cleanup easier for technicians. However, some practices, like wiping down soot or moving belongings from the affected area, can increase the extent of the damage. Instead, homeowners can help by preparing photos and documentation in advance.

SERVPRO fire restoration teams can provide Fort Lauderdale Beach residents with cleanup and a detailed inventory of structures, contents, and conditions to submit a proof of loss claim. While restoration can usually be performed on-site, SERVPRO-approved warehouse spaces are available for pack-outs in the event of extensive fire damage.

SERVPRO Pack-Outs and Inventory for Fire Damage

During a pack-out, technicians document, classify and pack contents room by room. The steps taken for the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) include the following:

  • Individual items or boxes of possessions are bar code tagged and given a name that describes the contents for a searchable inventory database
  • Labels are scannable for easy access to information about inventory that can also be updated. Techs can also create searchable subcategories based on the room being packed to streamline the process
  • Paper inventory sheets are also essential to a successful pack-out to keep contents organized and provide paper copies for both property owners and claims adjusters
  • After contents are moved to the SERVPRO warehouse, home residents can inspect items and procure belongings that they need. The inventory process ensures that items customers wish to pick up or review are easy to find

Once fire damaged structures and warehouse contents are restored to a pre-disaster condition, SERVPRO can perform a move-back.

Property owners can contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for “Like it never even happened,” levels of restoration.

What Steps Are Needed to Restore a Flood-Damaged Plantation Home?

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room SERVPRO responds to storm damage calls 24/7 with extraction tools, EPA-registered biocides, and power sources in houses without electricity.

Plantation SERVPRO Flood Damage Techs Extract, Sanitize, Deodorize, and Repair Properties

Across the United States, including in Plantation, a whopping 14.6 million homes run the risk of flooding. Mopping up the remaining water and running fans can seem like a feasible strategy at first. Still, it may not be enough to mitigate the risk of further property damage or bacterial contamination.

Trained SERVPRO flood damage cleanup professionals in Plantation respond to disaster calls 24/7 with extraction tools, EPA-registered biocides, and power sources in houses without electricity. This comprehensive response can save homeowners time and money when tacking home flooding.

Steps Required for Flood Damage Mitigation

SERVPRO mitigation technicians observe the following protocols during floodwater cleanup:

  • Inspection - This step is key to forming a cohesive mitigation plan and is performed throughout the extraction and drying process to ensure that affected surfaces reach an equilibrium moisture content (EMC) comparable to dry, unaffected structures and contents in the home. Restorable flood-affected items are measured with sensors, meters, and imaging devices during restoration to this end
  • Sanitation - Because of the variety of contaminants present during a flood–which can include sewage, chemical residues, and solid debris–thorough cleaning with antimicrobials and careful disposal of unsalvageable contents and refuse is a must for keeping home occupants safe
  • Extraction and drying - Moisture removal units, such as portable and truck-mounted extractors, as well as sump pumps for standing water without solid waste, are just a few of the essential tools for eliminating excess moisture from water. Commercial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers are deployed after extraction to address remaining moisture
  • Deodorization - Ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging can dispense water- or solvent-based deodorizers that penetrate surfaces affected by malodors

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for property owners who call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

How To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

A plug in the wall on fire Let SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South help you and your home take preventative measures for fire damage.

Fire Cleanup in Plantation Is a SERVPRO Service

Any homeowner knows that fire is a serious concern. As well as the danger to your family, fire damages your home and belongings and disrupts your life as you work on getting things back to normal. SERVPRO is on hand to help you clean up after any fire - "Like it never even happened."

Prevention is better than cure. By taking precautions, you help prevent fire damage to your Plantation home. Not all fires are unavoidable. Sometimes you do not notice a potential problem or hazard until it is too late. SERVPRO experts recommend being proactive about checking for possible fire hazards in your homes.

A leading cause of fires is faulty wiring. Regularly check the wiring and electrical cords in your home, such as hairdryer or shaver, TV or computer wires, and other appliances. Replace any wiring that is frayed. If you cannot safely replace it yourself, call an electrician. It does not take long to do and could prevent a serious incident.

As well as checking your wiring, our technicians recommend you regularly check your outlets. We use them all the time, every day without actually thinking about it. An outlet if it is faulty, can be a genuine fire hazard. For this reason, we recommend never to overload electrical outlets. If your outlet looks like a mass of noodles, there is a real risk of fire. Stick to the simple rule of one plug to one outlet. Do not use any outlet that feels hot to the touch or gives off sparks. Call an electrician for assistance if you notice something amiss with an outlet. Do not be lulled into thinking that power strips are safe; an overloaded circuit is an overloaded circuit.

Another thing you can do to protect your home from fire is regular maintenance on your furnace, central heating, or open fireplaces. A furnace "blowback" is about as messy as smoke and soot can get. All of these need regular maintenance to keep them in good working order and make sure they are safe for your home. Get your heat sources checked thoroughly once a year. Mark it on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone so you do not forget. You should also regularly check any space heaters you use to be sure they are fit for use. 

Always be careful if you have an open flame in your house. For example, SERVPRO recommends that you never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a moment. The same applies for gas flames on your stove or if you have an open fireplace. Wherever there is a flame, take extra precautions to keep them away from drafts or materials that could catch fire.

SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South is on hand to assist you with the aftermath of a house fire. Call us at (954) 776-2000 for assistance.

Signs Water Damage Repairs Are Needed In Your Fort Lauderdale Bathroom

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Bubbled paint on a ceiling SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South will help you determine what your home needs after water damage.

Water Damage Repairs For Your Lauderdale Bathroom

Water damage and leaks in your bathroom can be quite costly to repair, as it takes much time to remove and reinstall things already in places such as your toilet, sink, and flooring. Signs of water damage are not always easy to spot, either, so knowing what to look for to prevent bathroom flooding and similar problems are essential. The first signs of water damage can be well hidden and overlooked easily. However, if you discover them in time, professionals like SERVPRO can fix the problem for you without a lot of headaches and costs.

Musty Smells

With no visible problems, a persistent damp smell is a big red flag that your bathroom in your Fort Lauderdale home is suffering from water damage. When you can smell this odor even when the bathroom is dry and clean, be convinced that there is moisture building up behind surfaces. You probably have mold growth to go along with it as well. Therefore, you need to call in SERVPRO right away to ensure this problem does not worsen.

Suspicious Walls

Blistering paint or crumbling plaster is just the first step to a disaster that is approaching. If water is dripping behind your walls, a leaking pipe is likely the problem. Drywall feels softer and swells when it absorbs water, and the process is usually slow. If you notice any of this or any cracks or gaps in your caulk or grout, it is time to address this issue of hidden water damage.

Damaged Flooring

Bathroom floors are made to be covered in water, so they stay in good condition unless you have a leak develop. Persistent moisture below the floor, however, creates buckling, cracking, and staining, so if any of this appears in your bathroom, you should be alarmed. The subfloor of your bathroom, usually made of plywood, starts to rot if exposed to moisture, making the floor gradually softer.

Visible Mold

It is usually too late for preventative measures when you see mold growth on walls, in corners, or spreading on the ceiling. It develops from the inside out, so when you can see it, there is just one explanation – you have a leak somewhere. SERVPRO’s professionals can come in and take care of the leak and the mold with special tools and cleaners, so get them to your home as quickly as possible.

These are all reasons why you need to regularly inspect your bathroom, including the shower area, around the sink, and your toilet. Maintain valves and pipes, plus the whole plumbing system, and replace any rusty parts. If your bathroom suffers water damage of any kind, please contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South right away. We can be there quickly when you give us a call at (954) 776-2000 to fix your bathroom up and make it a haven to wash away the stress of the day again.

Is It Hard to Find Quality Mold Remediation in Fort Lauderdale?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

mold on a white wall SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is a quality company to assist you with your mold issues.

Expertise in Mold Growth and Moisture Management Is Why SERVPRO Remediators Succeed 

Mold remediation in Fort Lauderdale requires an assessment of the infestation and the moisture sources fueling the mold growth. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-developed mold remediation protocol is the industry standard. EPA experts recognize that the only way to prevent repeated mold outbreaks occurring after mold removal is to manage the underlying moisture.

What Does Mold Need to Grow in Fort Lauderdale?

When you realize with dismay that your Fort Lauderdale home suffers from mold damage, self-recrimination can run rampant. Water, oxygen, and an organic surface to grow are the only prerequisites to mold damage. Remember that mold growth indicates the presence of excess moisture feeding the spores constantly in the environment, not poor housekeeping. Resolving water damage and elevated humidity issues are the keys to sustainable attic, bathroom, and other black mold remediation.   

Should Mold Remediation Companies Also Handle Water Removal and Drying?

It minimizes disruption to hire a contractor skilled in all aspects of a project’s assessment, planning, and implementation, why SERVPRO’s proven track record as water damage recovery and applied drying specialists plus mold remediation completes the equation. The state mold remediation certification our company earned and the training our technicians receive from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are why SERVPRO stands in good stead completing mold inspections, remediations, and removal:

  • Assess the mold damaged area, tracing water migration with moisture detectors and meters
  • Contain the workspace with 1.6 mil polyethylene, adding negative pressure air scrubbing equipment used across all our disaster restoration work interventions
  • Remove the mold with brushes, scrapers, and controlled blasting techniques, similar to water and fire residue cleaning  
  • Clean up debris with HEPA-filtered vacuums and wipedowns, then dispose of the hazardous waste per local regulations

Our water damage restoration expertise pairs perfectly with EPA remediation protocols, which is why SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South achieves sustainable mold abatement. Call (954) 776-2000 to schedule a mold inspection.

Why SERVPRO Is a Customer Favorite in Ft. Lauderdale for Mold Remediation

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO vehicle in front of a home SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale is thankful for their customers, and is always here to help.

Another Pleased Ft. Lauderdale Customer after SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration

Our owners/operators at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, Michael & April Panster, are firmly ingrained in the belief of providing excellent customer service. Reviews like the one below amplify this sentiment--get the job done right while recognizing our clients' concerns. We proudly serve our neighbors during stressful events. We Are Here to Help.

We live out of the country and arrived back at our apartment, the week before Christmas and New Year's, after being away for 6 months, to find our entire place covered in mold. I was given the name of SERVPRO from our insurance broker...the BEST piece of information given to me..EVER!! Stefhany came up the following morning and set things in motion immediately!! She arranged for someone to come inspect the place and we were given an immediate assessment of the situation. We were scheduled with a crew of 4 people arriving within 2 days to start the cleanup. They spent a total of 6 days cleaning our place from top to bottom. Stefhany also gave me the name of a dry-cleaning company to help with further cleaning of my soft fabric that couldn't be laundered. EVERYONE who I dealt with were AMAZING!! The people in the cleaning crew were eager to answer any questions we had and dealt with anything we had concerns about. Everyone we dealt with were so helpful and efficient at enabling us to resolve this situation as quickly and painlessly as possible. I HIGHLY recommend SERVPRO to anyone who has to deal with mold or any of the other situations like this that may come up. Thank you, thank you for all your help!!

Shelley R.

How Challenging Are Tasks Like Ceiling Cleaning During Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Ft. Lauderdale Homes?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with soot damage on the ceiling When a fire strikes your home, you need the help of SERVPRO. Our fire damage restoration techs have the understanding needed for the job.

SERVPRO Helps Ease Access and Handle Sensitive Materials During Fire Restoration Processes

During a fire, smoke drifts upwards and thus deposits most residues on the ceiling. Therefore, cleaning the ceiling is an essential step during a fire and smoke cleanup exercise. Because of the high elevation and unusual orientation, cleaning the ceiling is more challenging than dealing with other surfaces. 

The challenge of ceiling cleaning during a fire and smoke cleanup at your Ft. Lauderdale property also depends on the resources you have. That is why the assistance from SERVPRO is indispensable since we have the human resources, equipment, and advanced cleaning products needed to produce stellar results:

Some of the problems better resources help address include:

  • Dealing with delicate materials such as acoustic tiles
  • Easing access to an elevated surface
  • Dealing with various fixtures, including chandeliers

When fire residues are deposited on a surface, they adhere to the underlying material. Therefore, sufficient cleaning power is necessary to break the bond between the residues and materials. The challenge arises when the underlying material is delicate, and therefore aggressive cleaning might damage it. Our SERVPRO crews evaluate the material and choose a potent yet friendly cleaning approach. One such method is Peroxide-Active cleaning which helps safely remove residues from acoustic ceiling tiles. 

The right access is also necessary when attempting to clean a ceiling. Stepping on something such as a ladder or stool helps attain the height required to clean soiled areas. However, it quickly becomes tedious when you have to keep stepping on and off to clean a new area. Also, the awkward posture while cleaning is tiring. Our SERVPRO technicians bring extension poles to every fire damage site. We can attach cleaning sponges or other mediums, thus wiping the ceiling while standing on the ground. The long poles also allow a comfortable posture.

Other valuable resources include:

  • Immersion cleaners for accessories such as chandeliers
  • Blast cleaning equipment for porous or unfinished surfaces
  • Pressure washers for vast areas 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South uses various resources to ease fire and smoke cleanup. Call us at (954) 776-2000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Fire Mitigation Tactics Can Help Keep Plantation Facilities Operational after a Small Fire?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are ready at a moment's notice for every size of commercial damage restoration you need.

SERVPRO Prioritizes Methods That Help Maintain or Reinstate Operations Faster After a Fire

Whether you have a factory, hotel, or office, closing down even for a few days creates many challenges. You might fail to meet internal objectives or disappoint your clients. Even a small fire at your Plantation facility can force such closure if not properly damaged. 

The fire mitigation processes your Plantation facility needs to depend on its layout and the intensity of the fire. For any situation, SERVPRO can find simple ways to address it, allowing you to resume partial or complete operations. 

The mitigation steps that can help you sustain operations include:

  • Managing odors
  • Addressing Airborne materials
  • Pre-cleaning crucial areas
  • Identifying any hazards

The most apparent effect of a fire is the heavy soiling and deterioration of materials. However, it can also create hazardous situations. For instance, heat can melt electrical cable insulation, creating a risk of electrocution or damage to electrical equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use circular checkers to confirm whether there are changes to the electrical flow in your facility so that you can plug in equipment safely.

The combustion process releases various materials, including:

  • Soot
  • Aerosols
  • Gasses

Some of these materials remain suspended in the air, diminishing their quality. Working, even in areas of your facility unreached by the fire, maybe impossible or uncomfortable when air quality is inferior. Our SERVPRO technicians use axial air movers to ventilate your facility, forcing the particulate-filled air out. We can also use noninvasive deodorization procedures such as masking agents or photocatalytic oxidizers to help minimize odors, thus improving comfort. 

The soils left on surfaces by smoke as it spreads all over the property make it difficult to use the facility. Instead of waiting for a complete cleanup, some critical areas can be pre-cleaned, thus restoring partial use. Our technicians can isolate such areas by setting up containment barriers to prevent re-soiling.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South looks for practical ways to handle fire mitigation, dispensing off an incident "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (954) 776-2000.

What Are Some Practical Ways to Handle Contamination During Flood Removal in Ft. Lauderdale Homes?

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside a job site. Storm and flood damage restoration is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO Uses Both Physical and Chemical Methods to Remove Contaminants From Affected Properties

When handling flood removal, you have to take care of many distinct issues. Contamination is one such issue, and its sensitive nature necessitates careful handling to prevent spreading or unnecessary exposure for people.

Contaminants can be spread out all over the property. Therefore, you interact with them during many steps of flood removal from your Ft. Lauderdale home. That is why professionals like SERVPRO plan how to address contamination right from the beginning. 

There are three common ways used to handle contaminants:

Isolation means identifying the harmful materials and then protecting materials and contents from coming into contact with the toxic substances. Our SERVPRO technicians can achieve this by removing contents from affected areas or setting up containment barriers. 

Since isolation may not be possible, especially when groundwater is involved, another solution is removing heavily contaminated materials. In most cases, these are porous materials since cleaning them cannot remove all trace pollutants. Our SERVPRO technicians remove carpets, pads, and insulation from flooded sections of the property, thus leaving the hard surfaces and structural supports, which can be decontaminated by cleaning and applying chemicals.

Various chemical agents can help address contaminants, including:

  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Sterilants
  • Disinfectants 

Many commercial products produced for managing contaminants combine several chemical agents, making them practical for multipurpose use. Our SERVPRO technicians look for products with the right concentration levels to combat the pollutants we expect at your flooded property. For instance, if there is a sewage backup, biohazard levels are high, so we opt for products with a higher concentration of disinfectants.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South evaluates flooding incidents to ensure the flood removal approach chosen suits the condition at the site. You can reach us at (954) 776-2000 when you need assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fabric Cleaning after a Water Damaging Incident in Plantation Homes Often Requires SERVPRO's Protocols and Methods

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

sofa with throw in living room; water pooling on floor Water spills impact materials in different ways, including depositing dissolved residues from the water in the affected areas.

Various Tests that Improve Water Cleanup Outcomes in Plantation Homes

Cleaning up a home after water damage 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 textiles 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 affected areas. 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, our SERVPRO technicians determine which professional cleaning agents can clean more efficiently by doing the soil type tests.

Dissolving Test

If the incident leaves stains on fabrics, immediate action is necessary to remove them before they are 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 conditions is not always possible. We can, under certain conditions, remove soiled items to our facility for cleaning with the advanced Esporta Washing System. If appropriate, we can also suggest having specific fabrics sent to a particular dry cleaning company.

Cleaning up water damage 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.

Fort Lauderdale Great Emergency Water Damage Service Choice

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

view of brightly colored clothes in washing machine on spin cycle Washing machine failures as common sources of water damage. Inspect the area around your appliances often for signs of moisture.

Rely on SERVPRO for Swift Water Removal from Your Fort Lauderdale Property

Everyone knows that even while at home, emergencies can happen. One night you can be relaxing in your beautiful Fort Lauderdale home, and then the following day, your life gets turned upside down. You wake up the next morning to get your laundry out of the washroom, and you see a large puddle of water surrounding your washing machine. Before you get upset, think logically and consider your options.

Mopping the water up yourself may seem like an easy solution, but in the long run, it might prove to be a poor decision. It is a much better idea to call in Fort Lauderdale water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO. It is common knowledge that water can spread to many places that you may not see and cause problems within your home.

When water leaks its way into certain parts of your house, many problems can take place. Water seeps into places that are not visible. The water coming from the area of your washing machine can spread through wood and drywall and cause many issues, especially in a two-story home or condo.

If water makes its way inside your walls, then many things may happen to your home that you may overlook right away. Water can get in between your walls and possibly short out electrical connections, which can cause some problems. If water leaks into the drywall and does not get dried in a certain amount of time, you may develop a mold problem.

Water Damage Restoration

When dealing with problems concerning the most expensive investment in your life, it is best to leave it to the experts at SERVPRO. We are IICRC certified and experienced in dealing with any water damage situation. Our emergency restoration crews can show up to fix your problem, even if it happens after bedtime.

We can assist you in any home emergency 24 hours a day and seven days a week. If you ever wake up to an unexpected puddle of water in your home, contact us at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for 24/7 help.

How Can SERVPRO Help Ft. Lauderdale Businesses with Water Cleanup?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked outside of SERVPRO facility- ready to be deployed Each of our vehicles are stocked with restoration equipment and ready to be deployed to your water damage emergency.

SERVPRO Techs are Available 24/7 to Support the Local Business Community for Assistance with Water Damage Restoration

No matter how water damage happens in a Ft. Lauderdale business, the mitigation needs to begin as rapidly as possible to limit the downtime for the company. Every business owner knows while they are closed, their competition is open, and SERVPRO technicians work quickly for local property owners so they can reopen safely. 

Water cleanup by SERVPRO in a Ft Lauderdale business encompasses several phases to ensure no moisture gets left behind. The technicians rely on several different methods, including:

  • Trained eye visual inspection
  • Hygrometers for the extent of moisture saturation
  • Infrared cameras to discover collections of water vapor behind walls

Many types of water damage events in a business property are preventable through regular inspections. The installation of environmental monitoring equipment can assist in catching minor problems before they become large ones. However, it is not possible to totally avoid damage from storms, mechanical failures, or vandalism. 

No matter how well-prepared you are, there's always a chance that extreme weather, mechanical failures, or other problems you can't foresee can lead to water damage. When that occurs, the important thing is to respond promptly. Water cleanup and repair for broken pipes are both simpler when they are seen promptly. That means your place of business needs a plan for facilities maintenance that includes clear lines of communication about emergencies.

SERVPRO techs recommend that local business owners create an emergency preparedness folder with basic information such as contact numbers, the chain of command for notification, and locations for the water main shutoff points. Also, include a copy of insurance coverage paperwork, so there is a clear understanding of the types of damages covered and what is out of the scope of coverage and will require out-of-pocket payment. Contact us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for commercial prevention and mitigation.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 stands ready to assist Ft. Lauderdale businesses with fast and efficient water cleanup available 24/7.

Need Fire Damage Restoration in Plantation – Call SERVPRO

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Chair on fire SERVPRO is always ready and available to assist with fire mishaps around the clock. Don't wait, Just Call (954) 776-2000.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs in Plantation and Surrounding Areas

Homeowners dealing with fire damage in their Plantation homes have a lot to consider after a fire in their home. But one area that many people do not immediately think about is their safety and their families. There is obvious damage from the fire and the water used to extinguish the fire. However, slippery floors, a structure that may be compromised, contaminants, and potential carcinogens can make it dangerous to re-enter your home unless adequate safety gear is utilized.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration and repairs to homes in Plantation. After the fire department gives the all-clear sign, our teams inspect the premises to assess the damage and the safety concerns that should be dealt with before entering the home. We can review the damage assessment and our proposed plan for restoration with you and your insurance adjuster for insurance claims. Personal protective equipment is used to protect our employees while we remove damaged contents and structural components. Everything is bagged and safely removed for disposal following approved procedures.

All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized. We wipe down all non-porous surfaces, removing soot and smoke residues. Porous materials are cleaned where possible; otherwise, they are disposed of following industry guidelines. We maintain a record of everything for inventory and claims to your insurance company. Our SERVPRO team can also assist with reconstructing your home and reduce the total time you may have to remain in temporary quarters.

Our Services Include:

Inspection and fire damage assessment

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Removal of soot and smoke residue from all surfaces
  • Odor removal and control

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for fire damage in Plantation and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 776-2000.

SERVPRO Can Help with Minor and Major Flood Damage in Plantation

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damaged job.

Call SERVPRO for Help with Flood Damage to Your Plantation Property

Damage from flooding to our Plantation homes can be catastrophic for many families. Even minor flooding can ruin your contents and cause permanent damage to porous materials, e.g., drywall and flooring. Floodwaters also introduce contaminants to your home, for example, bacteria, viruses, biological material, chemicals, and debris picked up by the raging water along the way. Water and moisture left in place can also create the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold infestations can occur in forty-eight hours or less.

SERVPRO provides flood damage restoration and repair services for Plantation homes and surrounding areas. We respond in less than four hours from your call. Our franchise is part of a large loss recovery team and can martial the resources needed to respond to large flood damage incidents.

High winds can damage roofs and walls, breaking windows and doors, letting in tremendous amounts of wind-blown rainwater along with floodwaters that cascade through your neighborhood. We provide emergency services such as board-up services to cover broken windows and doors and wall punctures. Tarps are placed on damaged roofs to prevent further damage from rainwater and animals.

Our team quickly assesses the situation and begins removing excess water, drying, and dehumidification. Since the floodwaters may be contaminated, we also clean and sanitize all items that can be restored, including structural components. We also perform minor repairs such as replacing carpet or damaged drywall to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Our Flood Damage Services Include:

  • Flood Water removal services
  • Flood Water damage restoration and repairs
  • Temporary emergency storm damage response – Tarps and board up

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for flood damage in Plantation and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 776-2000.

Homeowners Needing Water Damage Removal Services in Ft. Lauderdale Call SERVPRO

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaking from ceiling When water wreaks havoc in your home, you need the experts. Call SERVPRO right away!

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Removal to Ft. Lauderdale Residents

Residents of Ft. Lauderdale may not realize they have a water leak problem in their home until a ceiling panel comes crashing down with water inundating the room below. A slow leak from a water pipe in the ceiling can gradually soak drywall panels until the panels can no longer support the weight of the water. If the water and moisture have been present for some time, there could also be mold in your ceiling on the joists and the insulation. Taking fast action can limit the damage and the formation of mold colonies.

SERVPRO provides water damage removal services in Ft. Lauderdale and surrounding areas. We can help residents deal with damage from water leaks and remove wet ceiling panels, soaked drywall, and insulation from the ceiling area. We also clean up the water and debris from the floor and contents impacted by any water that may have fallen to the floor.

Our Water Damage Removal Services Include:

  • Restoration of damage caused by ceiling leaks
  • Water removal and damage repairs
  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal

SERVPRO can also help with repairs once the ceiling and joists have been dried using fans and dehumidifiers. Our mold remediation technicians can clean the affected area and sanitize it if mold colonies have begun to form. Mold can cause health effects for many residents, especially if an active colony has developed. 

Returning your home to its preloss condition as quickly as possible is our objective, “Like it never even happened.” Within four hours of your call to us, we are onsite and can also coordinate with your home insurance for a stress-free claims process.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for water damage removal in Ft. Lauderdale and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 776-2000.

What to Expect During Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

fire line Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire truck drives away to ensure a speedy and efficient remediation process.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Advice and Mitigation of Fire & Smoke Damaged Properties

Fire damage restoration can be a stressful time for any homeowner in Fort Lauderdale. You have just experienced a harrowing incident, and it is understandable if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, if you know what to expect during this time, it can be a bit easier to stay on top of things.

Here at SERVPRO, our team of experts strives hard to help you get through fire damage restoration in Fort Lauderdale as smoothly as we possibly can. Fire recovery is a multi-step process that takes time and patience. Here are a few things that you should expect from the process.

Assessment of the Damage

Assessing the damage is one of the first steps in restoration. The SERVPRO team of experts assesses the damage by visual inspection and determines the areas that need urgent attention. The team also determines the items that are restorable and the items that are not. Once they have gathered all the information, they provide you with a summary of the findings and also explain the best plan of action. You, and your insurance adjuster, if applicable, have the final say on salvaging or tossing building materials and belongings.

Extent of Cleaning

The SERVPRO team reviews the full extent of smoke, soot, and other fire damage. Our team has the skill set and experience to guide you through every step of the cleaning process. However, you have the final say regarding the extent of the cleaning. We help you to reach an informed decision by providing all the necessary information.

Deodorizing and Ductwork

Deodorizing is a huge part of fire damage restoration. We use ultra low volume and heat foggers that can tackle even the toughest of odors. In case you have a forced air heating system, our experts also examine the ducts for smoke and soot damage and provide you with options to deal with it.

Once you agree to the terms, our skilled professionals get to work and start the process of restoration. The time required for a complete restoration depends on the extent of damage and scope of cleaning.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South today to schedule an inspection at (954) 776 2000. Our experts are committed to helping you get your house to pre-fire conditions as soon as possible.

What to do When You Have Flood Damage in Your Davie Home

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Rain water on window When storm damage impacts your property, call on our skilled experts at SERVPRO for assistance.

Standing Water in Your Davie Home Can be a Shock, Call SERVPRO Today.

It is critical to move quickly when standing water gets discovered in your Davie home. Strong storm systems that can hit the coastline can raise creeks, streams, and other bodies of water. When you find standing water in any volume in your property, you must work to get the right personnel involved in implementing mitigation tactics that can save areas of your home yet to become affected by the migration of this damage.

Flood damage in Davie homes presents a substantial threat to the structural integrity of the property. Also, standing water can allow for threats many homeowners might not expect, like conducting electricity from outlets in the affected area or spreading bacteria and microorganisms throughout the property. You should never enter flood water in your home because health hazards and the risks of injury are too severe for those untrained or ill-equipped. Our SERVPRO professionals have personal protective equipment and extensive training to overcome these threats as they get discovered.

When you first find flooding in your home, the first thing that you should do is to contact our rapid response team. We have dedicated professionals standing by 24/7 to reach your home with effective extraction and drying processes. Our equipment and potent cleaning products can protect more areas of your home from the potential contamination of natural flooding.

Storm Flood Removal

Contacting your insurance provider is another crucial step to take, as we can often coordinate efforts between our SERVPRO management and your insurance adjuster. Being along the Florida coast, many homes already have storm and flood damage coverage in their plan to protect their houses, so you need the right information about what services get covered and what out-of-pocket expenses you might expect moving forward.

As unnerving as it might be to find a lower level of your home contending with several inches of standing water, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team has powerful extractors like our sump pumps and truck-mounted options to help. We also have rapid drying solutions to help us get to cleaning and disinfecting contaminated areas of your home as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (954) 776-2000.

Plantation Commercial Properties Need Excellent Water Damage Restoration Results

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Comes to Your Plantation Business to Get Started Quickly to Minimize Loss with Water Damage Restoration Services

No matter the industry you are in, commercial properties faced with water damage could be in for a hefty bill and unplanned downtime. To lessen the fallout from an overflowing sink basin or burst pipes, you can call in the help of skilled technicians from SERVPRO. We know how vital water mitigation is when you run a business, so we arrive fast with our fully-stocked Green Fleet so we can get to work. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and take the time to ensure no detail gets overlooked.

Whether you have a restaurant or run an office, operation at total capacity is always your main focus. SERVPRO comes in, ensures the safety of our crew and anyone within your place of business. We perform an assessment that tells our crew chief the best equipment to use and methods that will get to the heart of the water damage in your Plantation property. As with any water removal services and drying, we also take time to monitor indoor air quality (IAQ) and relative humidity (RH). Some steps you may see our water restoration technicians (WRT) taking include:

    • Using submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors to pull up as much standing water as possible.
    • Setting up centrifugal air movers and high-capacity fans to control air circulation.
    • Turning on industrial-grade dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the air.
    • Locating hidden moisture pockets with sensors and meters so that we can eradicate them.
  • Performing controlled demolition on an as-needed basis to replace unsalvageable materials with brand-new materials. Commercial Contractor License #: CBC1261730

When you hire SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for water damage restoration and cleaning services, we make your commercial space “Like it never even happened.” Call us whenever you need us at (954) 776-2000.

Fire Restoration Services to Fort Lauderdale Homes

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out fire Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services

Most fire damage to Fort Lauderdale homes is from smoke and soot residue. In a smaller number of homes, the heat and flames lead to major structural damage. They destroy interior walls, personal property and even force the replacement of the roof.

In these cases, fire restoration for Fort Lauderdale requires a service that can do more than just clean off smoke damage, hang new drywall, and then paint over everything. SERVPRO response teams are trained to restore and return homes to their original state after even the worst fires. We do not engage in major reconstruction, but we work closely with homeowners and general contractors to ensure a safe and clean environment.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

We start with demolition and removal. Once the fire department declares it is safe to enter the home, we remove and dispose of all property too damaged to clean or repair. It includes not only furniture and appliances but also building material such as drywall, wood paneling, and interior wall framing.

Next, we tackle the floor. After most fires, soot is so thick on carpets that it is cheaper to replace them than to attempt cleaning. We quickly remove them and examine the surface underneath. If it is a wood floor, our technicians determine if the floorboards are salvageable or if they need disposal as well. In most homes, we can replace the wood flooring unless the homeowner prefers using a professional installer.

With a solid surface under our feet, SERVPRO technicians begin cleaning. In addition to smoke and soot residues, some of the more difficult types of damage to remove are the odors. We start the process by wiping down surfaces with dry sponges to remove powdery residue. For thicker layers, our teams have the option to use vacuums or apply a cleaning agent as appropriate. For sticky residues, we start with stronger cleaning agents to break up the residues and then remove them with cloths and sponges.

Many of the odors disappear with the residues. Still, in some cases, they penetrate the surfaces of wall framing or the floors. To remove these, we can use special agents to deodorize the surfaces. If the odors are deeply penetrated, we use ozone generators to produce deodorizing particles that can penetrate as deeply as the odor particles and neutralize them.

Now come the walls. After we remove the damaged property and deodorize the interior of the home, it is a simple task for us to hang new drywall and then paint it or attach wood paneling so that it has as close to the same appearance as before the fire. If there is fire damage to main supports such as load-bearing walls, we leave that to whomever the homeowner hires.

For SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, this is not just a job. As a local franchise, these are our friends and neighbors we are helping to return home. If you need our services, call (954) 776-2000 today to schedule a visit and inspection. We are here for you.

When Performing Water Damage Repairs In Your Fort Lauderdale Home, Think Restoration

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Repairs

When your toilet overflows, you have a leaky roof, or a plumbing problem in any other area of your home, do you think of a restoration company first? The answer is more than likely no. You probably think of whoever does your maintenance, in most cases, you. 

You may believe that performing water damage repairs on your Fort Lauderdale home might save some money. However, in most cases, the majority of homeowners cause far more damage than they set out to fix. Everyone should keep in mind that having a woodshop course in school, or two years as an apprentice carpenter, does not make you a professional repair person. 

Take the first example under consideration. A toilet overflow causes water to penetrate every corner of your bathroom. Water can seep into cracks in your walls, under your flooring, beneath plumbing fixtures, and even extend out into your hallway. You might mop the water out, dry carpeting in the hall, and toss towels used to clean the mess up right into your washing machine. 

Leaving out the multitude of biohazards that you and your family just became exposed to, there are some things you forgot to address that could become a huge problem down the road. Water getting underneath your flooring is huge. The flooring, as well as the subfloor, need to be checked for moisture. Even a small amount can allow mold to grow or rot to set in places that you cannot see. 

Water Damage Restoration

With the right equipment at your disposal, you can overcome these problems easily. That is where SERVPRO comes into play. Our IICRC certified technicians use various equipment to help you discover how much water penetrated various surfaces, allowing you an opportunity to nip secondary damages in the bud. 

The same thing goes with roof leaks or other plumbing problems that may develop throughout your home. SERVPRO has expertly trained technicians available at a moment's notice that help you prevent losses and continue to serve you as long as you need us. We have years of experience performing jobs of all sizes, everything from simple tasks to huge mistakes.

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale for qualified professionals who understand how providing restoration services also includes the quality of our repairs. Just call (954) 776-2000.

Get Your Plantation Cleanup Underway with One of the Best Mold Removal Companies

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

SERVPRO is Available Plantation Mold Removal –We’re one of the Top Mold Removal Companies Around!

While performing regular cleaning throughout your commercial space, you may notice black mold development in one or more areas. If your Plantation interior has moisture issues in the bathrooms, employee kitchen, or another space, you always run the risk of some level of mold and mildew growth. Bathroom mold removal or colonization in any area is not the type of project you want to tackle on your own, as mold exposure can have the potential for health effects. Instead, calling SERVPRO gets you the prompt attention and professional cleaning you need. As far as mold remediation goes, we always leave your Plantation business interior Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

What is Black Mold, and How Can I Clean It?

As one of Plantation's leading mold removal companies, SERVPRO wants business owners and property managers to know that toxic black mold should always be treated with care by trained technicians. Stachybotrys Chartarum should not get disturbed as it can send spores into the air that you breathe. Some quick facts:

  • Mold spores are everywhere around us, both indoors and outdoors
  • Because they are microscopic, mold spores make their way through doors, windows, HVAC systems, and more
  • You may start to notice damp, musty odors in areas of your building with increased moisture
  • Before mold clean up, the source of any water leak or increased moisture must get addressed

SERVPRO arrives at your location with our Green Fleet filled with powerful HEPA filtration, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers. We work to bring down the relative humidity (RH) throughout your building and work on any necessary mold damage repairs. With the application of EPA-registered cleaning agents and deodorizers, we bring your commercial space back to pre-mold condition.

Mold removal companies like SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has the processes in place to handle your project safely and effectively. Call us at (954) 776-2000 when you need assistance!

How SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage in Fort Lauderdale

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home You need a team you can trust after a fire strikes in your home. Call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO is Your Advocate After Fire Damage in Fort Lauderdale

Words cannot express the feeling of devastation you may experience when faced with fire damage to your property. Whether a natural disaster caused it and you are one of many facing the need for recovery, or a fire started and affected only you, the result is the same; it is overwhelming. Your most immediate response should be quick and effective to avoid damage from spreading and escalating.

When you experience fire damage in Fort Lauderdale, SERVPRO is there to respond quickly to your call. We are equipped to be one of the fastest in the industry to respond to your call, and we do this by having a team on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, that is not enough. What is most important is that our team is also prepared to apply the latest technology and industry best practices to restore your property and bring it back to normal.

Why SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

In case of fire damage, our SERVPRO team is often faced with the consequences of the fire itself and with the damage caused by those putting out the fire. There is usually water to contend with, as well as debris that has traveled through your property, along with smoke and soot adhered to much of your walls and the contents of your home. When our Green Fleet arrives, you experience their initial efforts focused on extracting all water remains, drying your property, and removing soot as much as possible. Doing all this while keeping your family and our staff safe is our priority. 

At SERVPRO, we are highly trained to undertake a critical next step- deodorizing your home. Our staff is continually being educated in newer products and techniques so they can bring them to you in the case of disaster. Deodorizing after fire damage is extremely important, and we do it according to industry best practices. For example, our team may apply a dry fogging technique to your property. In this process, we disperse solvent-based deodorants by using specialized equipment. The dispersion process allows the solvent to penetrate your home and belongings, which overcomes the odor and eliminates it. Even though it sounds like a straightforward process, it is one that requires many safety precautions and specific steps before the actual fogging. 

Restoration after fire damage is best left to experts such as SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South. We are not only able to respond to your needs expediently, but we are explicitly trained to restore your property and leave it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (954) 776-2000 and make us part of your team.

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)

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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.”

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal Need to Be Conducted by a Team of Professionals

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation in Plantation is a Job for SERVPRO

Humidity is a fact of life in Florida, especially as the summer months come along. Despite many of our homes and businesses being under A/C, it is not uncommon for the weather to make its way into them, especially during the rainy season. If you suspect humidity is creating a nurturing environment for mold growth and want a mold inspection performed by a professional team, SERVPRO is your answer.

Plantation and the South Florida region are well known for their green spaces, and the area has welcomed many new residents in the last months. The city of Plantation and its leaders continuously make a conscious effort to promote green spaces and green living. It has received the Gold level designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), recognizing the city's sustainability efforts and commitment to improving its citizens' lives through environmental stewardship. Furthermore, city officials have worked with the National Wildlife Federation to become certified as a "Community Wildlife Habitat," an accolade bestowed upon only selected communities.

The City of Plantation's commitment to the environment dates back to 1976 when it started the Street Tree Program. This program seeks to increase the tree population while enhancing the quality of life for its residents. Homeowners can participate in the program while the city provides support in purchasing the trees, planting and maintaining them.

Dealing with mold remediation in Plantation

Mold can cause health effects, and removing it should be your top priority. It is not uncommon for mold to spread throughout a building for extended periods before its inhabitants discover its existence. Being vigilant and performing a mold inspection regularly can help you avoid widespread mold contamination. The basic steps to mold removal include:

  • Containment and Safety Precautions- Not surprisingly, our SERVPRO staff wears personal protective equipment to take care of mold in your business. Full body suits, masks, and respirators may be necessary to protect the staff. As a team, we raise physical barriers to the spread of mold by adding plastic sheeting around affected areas and controlling ventilation systems.
  • Removal- removing mold involves discarding any materials beyond being salvaged and cleaning each surface with equipment such as HEPA vacuums and sprayers. In this process, we assess the structural integrity of furniture and space itself and make additional recommendations as needed.
  • Drying- key to humidity control, we dry the area thoroughly to prevent future growth. Restoring normal humidity levels is possible thanks to specialized equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and desiccants.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is available around the clock to help resolve your mold situation. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let the industry's premier team lend its expertise for your benefit. Place your trust in us and let us leave your home. "Like it never even happened."

What to Include in Your Fire Damage Cleanup Plan

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fire damage clean-up in your home should be done by a team of pros. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for the fire restoration service you need.

Make a fire damage plan for your Fort Lauderdale home.

We all hope that we will not fall victim to a home fire. However, even if you take safety precautions, you cannot always prevent a fire. However, you can plan for what you will do after a fire. Planning now means you will not need to make big decisions in the aftermath when you are already stressed out.

A fire damage cleanup plan for your Fort Lauderdale home should include:

  • Plans for where you and your family will stay after a fire.
  • The details of your insurance company.
  • A file of important information about your family and pets, including medical needs.
  • Emergency contact details such as your doctor, vet, and a fire damage cleanup company.

Do not enter your home until you have clearance from the fire department. The next step is to call SERVPRO. We can take care of every aspect of fire damage cleanup, from removing soot stains and smells to overseeing redecorating and structural repairs. We can also help you create a loss inventory for your insurance company. Ask us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for a streamlined mobile app.

If you need a fire damage cleanup company, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Tips to Protect Your Attic from Water Damage

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling A leaky ceiling is no joke. SERVPRO has a team of experts ready 247 365 days a year for any size water restoration service needed.

Keep your Plantation attic safe and dry.

Your attic is one of the most vulnerable spots for water leaks. That is why it is essential to protect your attic before the water becomes a problem.

A leaking roof is the most common cause of water damage in Plantation attics. However, if you have appliances or an HVAC system in your attic, they might also lead to water damage issues.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect your attic:

  • Keep your roof in good condition – deal with any leaks or missing shingles immediately.
  • Ensure your attic has good insulation and ventilation.
  • If you have any appliances up there, check them regularly and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Run a dehumidifier in your attic to lower moisture levels.

If you think you have water damage up there, give SERVPRO a call. Our technicians can scan for hidden water sources and pinpoint possible leaks. We also equip our teams with dehumidifiers, air movers, and portable heaters to dry out your attic.

If you are concerned about water damage in your attic, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Do You Need Help with Contamination after Flood Damage?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home Contamination from a storm is very likely. SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified for any size storm restoration service needed for your home.

SERVPRO assists Fort Lauderdale residents with storm cleanup

Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination thanks to its glorious weather – 3000 hours of sunshine each year! - and its reputation as the Yachting Capital of the World. Fort Lauderdale is a busy and fun city of 182,437 residents with lots to see and do, both on and off the water.

Enjoy the sailor’s life in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale has a long history as a port city. In 1924, Joseph Wesley Young, the mayor of Hollywood, purchased land adjacent to Lake Mabel. He founded the Hollywood Harbor Development Company, and in 1928 they were ready to remove the rock wall between the harbor and the Atlantic. President Calvin Coolidge was going to press a button in the White House that would detonate the wall. Most of Broward County’s residents (85%) turned out, but unfortunately, the controller did not work. However, local engineers removed the wall, creating a waterway from Fort Lauderdale to the Atlantic.

Local authorities named the newly-created harbor Port Everglades, as it directly connects to the Everglades’ natural beauty and resources. Port Everglades became a significant player in the economy of Broward County and Fort Lauderdale. Today, it is a popular starting point for cruises, and residents of condos overlooking the port frequently ring bells, toot horns, and wave to passengers embarking on a cruise.

Fort Lauderdale is also popular with sailors, and there are private charters, regattas, and more, all year round. The excellent weather and great sailing conditions make the area especially popular with yacht enthusiasts. However, you do not have to charter a yacht to enjoy the sea-faring life at Fort Lauderdale. Relax and let someone else do the sailing with one of these fun options:

  • Hop aboard the Jungle Queen riverboat for an all-you-can-eat dinner and show. Sail along Millionaire’s Row and admire the beautiful mansions and luxury yachts. Includes an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner with ribs and chicken and a hilarious variety stage show.
  • Take a narrated 90-minute sightseeing cruise. Your captain will steer the boat through the New River area (also known as the Venice of America), while your knowledgeable guide points out the best sights and furnishes local information. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase onboard.
  • Try out Sail Splash for an unforgettable trip. Sail in a state-of-the-art catamaran, enjoy a complimentary cold beverage, and try out the portable water slide and giant water trampoline.
  • Treat the kids to a pirate adventure cruise. All young sailors can take part in pirate speak lessons and fire a water cannon! Plus, every child gets a bag of loot to take home.

Should you worry about the contamination after storm damage?

Cleaning up after storm damage is not like any other kind of water cleanup. Water that enters your home during a storm might contain contaminants. We classify some water as blackwater, which means there could be all manner of microbes, bacteria, viruses, and other nasties present.

If your home suffers storm damage, you want to call a storm remediation company that is safety-conscious and trains its staff to deal with contamination. SERVPRO teams will:

  • Dispose of any soft materials such as drapes or floor coverings that might be contaminated.
  • Remove structural elements such as drywall and oversee their replacement.
  • Use antimicrobial treatments such as sprays or ULV fogging where necessary.

For safety-conscious flood damage help, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Where Can Homeowners Seek Help after a Fire Damages their Property?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and trailer with equipment Our fire damage technicians have the skills and equipment to bring your home back from a fire catastrophe. Call us right away.

They Can Hire SERVPRO Technicians to Handle the Fire Damage in their Ft Lauderdale Homes

After a fire in your residence, it is not just what is burned that requires restoration. Different types of damage can occur because of the smoke and the water used to extinguish the flames. SERVPRO has experienced technicians who can restore your property to its normal condition.

Smoke and soot can spread throughout the property, including areas not affected by the fire, leading to secondary damage if not handled on time. Thankfully, the certified restorers from SERVPRO can handle the fire damage in your Ft Lauderdale property effectively. Our team gets to our customer’s property within a brief period since we understand how fast the secondary damages of fire can spread.

Some damages that can affect your home include:

  • Water from firefighting efforts can ruin your floors, walls, and valuable items.
  • Smoke and soot can discolor your walls, appliances, and other valuables.
  • Ash and water solution can cause corrosion and damage to various surfaces and materials.
  • Smoke and soot residues can tarnish metal and cause etching in the glass.

Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they contact. When cleaning various affected surfaces, we use special techniques and unique products. We can use natural fabric brightener mixed with shampoo super concentrate to clean your furniture and wool carpeting.

Do not let fire damage lead to expensive repairs. Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to get your property back to its former glory.

Which is the Best Way to Perform Mold Removal in a Commercial Property?

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Hiring Reputable Mold Removal Companies in Plantation like SERVPRO is the Best Solution

Mold is among the worst contaminants in a business, and it often grows indoors on wet or damp surfaces. It isn't easy to spot but can cause health effects to the people working or visiting a commercial property. SERVPRO restorers are ready to restore your commercial building to eliminate mold damage.

If you had water damage recently or come across signs of mold in your business, contact reputable mold removal companies in Plantation. Reliable restoration companies such as SERVPRO use advanced tools and unique but approved techniques to detect any mold contamination within your business. We can use a luminometer to test various surfaces contaminated by mold.

Some warning signs of mold in your business include:

  • Musty odors, especially in dark areas.
  • High moisture levels result in condensation on metal or glass surfaces.
  • Health effects
  • Dark spots on surfaces

We can remove the moldy materials or use highly advanced chemicals to clean the affected areas. Our technicians can use sporicides to get rid of mold on surfaces. The product also eliminates other contaminants like bacterial and fungal spores.

Avoid tackling mold-damaged areas, especially if you lack the required restoration skills. Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South to ensure that your place of business is safe and secure. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Talk to us today at (954) 776-2000. 

Prompt Restoration for Water Damage in Fort Lauderdale

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Qualified to Provide Water Restoration in Fort Lauderdale Homes

Fort Lauderdale is a city in Florida located about 25 miles from Miami. It is the largest city in Broward County and has an estimated population of around 180,000 people. Fort Lauderdale is the principal city in what is the Miami Metropolitan Area.

The city is named after a series of fortifications that the U.S.A built in the Second Seminole War. 'Lauderdale' comes from Major William Lauderdale, the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort there.

Major Tourist Attractions 

Today, Fort Lauderdale is one of the United States' most significant and most frequently visited tourist destinations. One of the main reasons for this is because it is a major yachting center, and thus, especially in the summer, tourists flood the area.

Climate also plays a part in why it has become such a frequently visited place. Fort Lauderdale summers are what almost every single tourist wants to experience.

Another popular feature of the town is The Strip. It is a promenade that runs along with the Oceanside. Its popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is lined with many upscale hotels, restaurants, bars, and boutiques.

The beaches around Fort Lauderdale are, without a doubt, the reason why the area has become such a fertile tourist site. The city has seven miles of beachfront and an average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. It is a favorite for those who love sand, sun, and surf.

Fort Lauderdale once had a reputation for being a spring break hotspot, but it is now a more sophisticated urban destination. The seemingly endless shops and restaurants, along with its wide boardwalks, provide it with a laid-back atmosphere, which sun-starved northerners crave while visiting Florida. Some of the top attractions in Fort Lauderdale include:

  • Fort Lauderdale beach – It is backed by many hotels, shops, restaurants, and a pedestrian walk.
  • Las Olas Boulevard – Many tourist attractions exist on this boulevard, including touring art galleries and museums and shopping at over 100 specialty boutiques. It stretches from downtown along New River to Las Olas Beach.
  • Museum of Discovery and Science – It features rotating and permanent exhibits and programs that entertain and educate the entire family.
  • NSU Art Museum – It is a unique and modern three-story building in the Las Olas neighborhood, which features over 7,000 works of art. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits and special events around the year.
  • Antique car museum – This museum concentrates on the Packard Motor Company’s history. Other memorabilia like a gallery devoted to the late president Franklin Roosevelt as also on display.

Why property Owners Should Seek SERVPRO’s Services in the Event of Water Damage in Fort Lauderdale 

Water damage is a common occurrence in Fort Lauderdale. After a water intrusion incident, what you can do is make sure that your property is restored quickly. This is where SERVPRO comes in. Our restorers are licensed to handle water loss incidents. We can use state-of-the-art technology to restore your property to its former condition. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  • Submersible pumps – We use them when water levels are 2 or more inches deep.
  • Commercial grade air movers – Axial and centrifugal air movers provide high-velocity airflow and quick-drying, which are essential in any restoration scenario.
  • Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers – They use a double cooling system, which reduces the temperature of moisture-filled air after it enters the equipment.

Don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South a call in the event of water damage to your property. You can reach us at (954) 776-2000 for effective restoration.

A Flash Flood Can Wreak Havoc on Your Home

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Flooding in Fort Lauderdale requires professional attention.

Rising sea levels and active storm seasons can challenge homeowners when they least expect it. Increasingly, we see flooding become part of our lives, and its consequences can be extensive. When water enters your home, it is time to call upon the expertise of a professional restoration company. Only a trained group of technicians can reassure you that the damaging effects of blackwater in your home are taken care of.

In Fort Lauderdale, flood damage after a storm is a job for our trained experts at SERVPRO. Our staff relies on the latest techniques and industry best practices to address the undesirable consequences of water coming into your home. If excess humidity, debris, and bacteria are of concern, let our team take care of them. As a homeowner, you should expect-

  • Industrial-grade equipment to extract water
  • Move-out and disposal services as necessary
  • Disinfection to discourage the growth of bacteria such as mold

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is ready to act when emergencies happen. Call us 24/7 at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Can a Fire Leave Invisible Damage?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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A Fire in your Plantation Home can Leave Damage Beyond what you See.

A fire can start anywhere in your home. An open flame, a kitchen fire, or an electric malfunction can kick-start a series of unfortunate events leading to smoke and soot settling throughout your home. Residue can be unpleasant to look at, but some of the most significant after-effects of a fire can be invisible. Most notably, the acrid smell a fire leaves behind can be hard to eliminate, which is why calling a professional company makes the most sense.

In Plantation, fire damage restoration services are our specialty at SERVPRO. Our team is available around the clock to examine the damage and take an active role in restoring your home back to normal. To do so, we may employ one or several of the following-

  • Industrial-grade extractors
  • Air circulators
  • Thermal foggers
  • Deodorizing pellets

Whatever your need is after a fire in your home, trust SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South to help. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Fort Lauderdale Makes the Most of its Proximity to the Water

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Don't let water damage stop your business from running. SERVPRO will work around the day or night for you to minimize as much loss as possible.

When water makes its way to your Fort Lauderdale business, SERVPRO is here to help.

Fort Lauderdale is no stranger to life on the water. Its privileged position in South Florida makes its beaches a popular destination for tourism and to set up a home. Considered the Yachting Capital of the World, sunshine is the norm in this city north of Miami. Port Everglades is one of the largest cruising ports in the world, making Ft. Lauderdale a popular spot for cruisers coming from all over the globe.

The Tequesta were the original inhabitants of what we now know as Ft. Lauderdale. Unfortunately, Spaniards arriving in the 16th century proved to be lethal for the Tequesta, who were suddenly facing foreign illnesses and conflict with neighboring tribes. Eventually, the tribe dwindled to just a few, and control of the area shifted throughout the years before its significant development in the 20th century. Organized development in the area began shortly before the 1900s when the Florida East Coast Railroad finalized a route through its lands. Ft. Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911.

The Florida land boom in the 1920s challenged Fort Lauderdale’s economy as the real estate bubble burst and was compounded by the aftermath of the Miami Hurricane in 1926 and the ensuing Great Depression of the 1930s. During World War II, Ft. Lauderdale saw an influx of population due to its Naval Air Station and Port Everglades. Once the war ended, many returned to the area, and its population grew significantly.

Even though Fort Lauderdale was known as a spring break haven for college students, it attracts a wealtheir cadre of tourists nowadays. Its sizable convention center, availability of international airports, and the cruising industry have raised tourism revenue for the city. Las Olas Boulevard, in downtown Fort Lauderdale, recently underwent significant redevelopment. Financial firms, hotels, and new high-rises have all made their homes in downtown and its adjacent business district. The yacht and boating industry is pivotal for the city, including the revenue and exposure caused by the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. American Express, AutoNation, Spirit Airlines, and many others have a significant presence and provide thousands of employment opportunities.

Entertainment in Fort Lauderdale

For those seeking entertainment beyond sandy beaches, there are many options to explore. Among the most popular attractions, you can visit the following:

  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
  • IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Water Removal Services

Just because your business is close to the water, you shouldn’t have to worry about it being devastated by it. Should the unimaginable happen, SERVPRO is your commercial water removal resource. Our team is ready around the clock to bring state-of-the-art equipment to extract water, dry your location, and return your business to normal operations. 

Equipment may include-

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Drying mats

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is your business partner during your time of need. Our knowledge and expertise work for you as soon as you call us at (954) 776-2000 at any time of day. Our goal is to leave your business, “Like it never even happened.”

Plantation Residents Grab a Bargain at Westfield this January

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Outside Westfield mall Plantation Fire Sale at the Mall? Call SERVPRO for Home Cleanup and Restoration.

The Traditional Sales Season Kicks Off at Westfield for Plantation Residents from January

January is the month when the sales season kicks in, and Plantation residents can be hopeful of snagging a bargain this year at Westfield's Broward Shopping Center. The palm tree-laden shopping court features over 115 retail stores with an in-house dining court and play areas for kids. Situated on West Broward Boulevard, the enormous mall has a wide selection of goods which are likely to see discounts of up to 50% this January. Over the last few years, the shopping district has undergone several renovations to maintain a clean, modern feel. At the same time, there are great discounts throughout at Macy's and JC Penneys. For those looking to find a bargain this January in Plantation, Westfield's Broward Mall is an excellent place to shop until you drop.
• The substantial retail center offers parking, children's play areas, and a cinema
• The food court has an exciting range of cuisines from Argentinian eateries to traditional American diners and fine dining restaurants
• The January sales typically bring in a considerable amount of discounted goods for eager post-Christmas shoppers
A property fire this winter could cause extensive odor and sanitary issues in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South at (954) 420-6305.

Winter Stargazing at the Buehler Planetarium in Davie

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Buehler Planetarium outside SERVPRO says flooding in Davie does not reach to the stars!

Broward College's Planetarium Opens to Davie Residents Every Wednesday Night

Broward Colleges Planetarium is one of the only publicly accessible observatories in Broward County. The Planetarium and observatory measure 40-foot in diameter using modern telescopic equipment that auto-focuses to ensure objects remain transparent, in focus, and accessible to those without training. Shows from the Buehler Planetarium in Davie run every Wednesday night with public admissions from 7 pm until 10 pm. The center is also well-known for its dedication to education, with several school programs and tours of the night's sky running throughout the year. The observatory position in Davie, Florida, allows visitors to get up-close views of the Orion Nebula on a clear night. Current renovations are underway, but public access is still available on Wednesdays.

Admissions start at $4 with concessions and rise to $6 for one-time visitors

Students from Broward College gain free access to the planetarium all year round including for private viewings

The observatory features 20 modern telescopes and well-informed, educative staff

Flash flooding can be devastating to your home and contents. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South at (954) 420-6305 for expert assistance.

Fires Can Cause Severe Harm to the Structure and Contents of Your Fort Lauderdale Home.

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and generator When the SERVPRO Fleet and Equipment Arrives at a Fort Lauderdale Property the Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration is already underway!

Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South for Expert Assessment, Estimate, and Restoration.

Just north of Miami, Florida, is Fort Lauderdale. The population of 182, 437 inhabitants makes Fort Lauderdale one of the larger destinations within the Miami metropolitan area. The stunning year-round weather and proximity to the Atlantic on the east coast have made this medium-sized district a popular tourist destination for Americans and the rest of the world. A combination of cruise ports, hotel resorts, Yacht clubs, and nightclubs have allowed Fort Lauderdale to establish itself as one of the United States' premier party destinations. There are over 36,000 hotel rooms, 100 marinas, and 45,000 yachts, which serve millions of visitors each year. Despite vast volumes of passing trade, the resident population in this part of the Miami metropolitan area remains relatively stable, with the lion's share of people using it for holiday getaways. As a result, much of the local economy relies on tourism, which provides visitors with endless sightseeing tours, nightclubs, and restaurants.

The original inhabitants of the Miami region were Tequesta Native Americans who lived on the land for upwards of two thousand years.

The arrival of Spanish trade ships and explorers in the 16th century led to an unwitting spread of smallpox and flu, which decimated the native population. In the nineteenth century, Miami saw significant conflict between Seminole tribes and settlers, which came to a head with the Second Seminole War in 1836. The response of the United States was to build several forts in the area, one of which was Fort Lauderdale, from which the principal city takes its name. The economic structure experienced a massive boom during the 1920s, followed by a devastating crash. However, much of the town's current provenance relies on the Second World War, when vast amounts of navy and air force bases were built. Many of these bases were later converted into yachting bays, which account for some 45,000 yachts in the local region. Fort Lauderdale is a part of the Gold Coast Region, which includes Miami and West Palm Beach, taken from the stunning, golden sands and beaches that line the coast. 

  • Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed the Venice of America

    with over 23 miles of beaches stretching across the East Coast.  Tourists can take the opportunity to ride on chartered cruises, ferries and take deep-diving tours of the abundant sea life. Boardwalks, hotels, and nightclubs line the beaches, which allow guests to navigate the morning through the evening during their travels seamlessly.
  • Las Olas Boulevard is perhaps the destination of choice for newcomers who want to experience what Fort Lauderdale has on offer. The palm-tree lined-stretch gladly provides 30 dining experiences, unrivaled shopping centers with 65 boutiques, leading museums, and ten international art galleries. 
  • The iconic Fort Lauderdale Beach Park offers golden sands and sea that are well-maintained throughout the year. Picnic tables, basketball courts, and outdoor grills are set up across the beachfront. Simultaneously, the nearby boardwalks offer a plethora of drinking and dining destinations with jaw-dropping views across the Atlantic coast.

Nightlife in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale was a one-time destination for spring breakers but, in recent years, has reinvented itself as a cosmopolitan destination for more seasoned clientele.

In terms of out-and-out nightlife, this city is diminished somewhat by the carnival atmosphere found in neighboring Miami Beach. However, Fort Lauderdale remains a top-level nightlife city with an egalitarian blend of mainstays from its boom in the mid-twentieth century to modern contemporary bars and dining. 

  • Mai Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show on the North Federal Highway is one of the mainstays that has survived over seventy years of trade. The tiki culture reigns supreme with Leis, drinks served in coconuts, and tropical decor. Weekend shows start from 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:30 pm.
  • On Seabreeze Boulevard is the incomparable Wreck Bar. This nightlife hotspot's interior appears as a sunken galleon ship with aquariums through the portholes and windows. From Wednesday to Saturday, mermaid shows take place through the windows and from the hotel's top. 
  • The Federal Highway is a spot lined with hotels and stunning bars as well as shows. Point Royal, run by celebrity head chef Geoffrey Zakarian from Food Network, is well worth the visit, while Jaxson's Ice Cream has become something of a celebrity in its own right to tourists from all over the world.

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South Provides Round the Clock Fire Restoration Services to Local Residents.

A property fire does not just affect one part of the home. The production of smoke from combusting materials causes significant residual damage and odor. These soilings are at their most prominent close to the source of the fire. However, the pressure generated by hot air can lead to plumes of smoke spreading throughout the home. Some of these residual smoke damages may appear invisible to the naked eye but can still affect indoor air quality. SERVPRO has a team of dedicated customer service staff who can answer your call twenty-four hours a day. Our technicians are experienced with up-to-date training on effectively restoring property from smoke and indoor air-quality damages. The process of transforming a burnt structure to its preloss condition can take time. Our team is proactive in completing tasks to ensure restoration offers maximum efficiency with the homeowner's minimum inconvenience. 

  • Production technicians can quickly rid your home of non-salvageable materials, which can mitigate against indoor air-quality issues. By removing non-salvageable materials from the site, we can focus our efforts on restoration, which increases cost and time efficiency.
  • Our air-filtration devices (AFDs) are state-of-the-art, using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove odor and soot particles as small as 0.3 microns. Technicians can use negative air pressure machines to establish containment in the home and prevent ulterior rooms from being affected. 
  • Controlling odor requires special equipment and training. SERVPRO technicians can use thermal or non-thermal fogging equipment to fumigate a property quickly. Powerful venting box fans can help to encourage air-exchange and remove unpleasant odors.

Burning materials can leave behind an unhealthy environment in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South at (954) 388-8554 for expert restoration.

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

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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 in Plantation. 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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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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Can My Home Be Restored After Water Spreads Everywhere?

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drying equipment in a wood floor hallway Water Extraction and Drying Hardwood Flooring to Help Our Davie Neighbors Is a Joy for SERVPRO Technicians!

SERVPRO Can Restore Davie Residences After Water Intrusions

A Pipe Burst in A Second-Story Bathroom, What Happens Next?

Water mitigation in Davie homes is simpler for SERVPRO when the water is from a pipe or other ‘clean’ source than from outside flooding which contains soil and other contaminants. Our teams follow the same set of mitigation procedures, but without much of the cleaning, debris removal, and odor removal needed for flooding.

What Happens First?

Our teams start by positioning drying equipment throughout your Davie home. This helps reduce potential damage, prevent further damage, and stabilize the inside environment. Next, teams take these steps:

  • Protect Contents – In every home, we have to move property away from the water. It prevents items from soaking up additional water and also allows easier access to the affected walls, floors, and ceilings.
  • Extract Excess Water – Teams now use pumps to draw off water. Depending on the amount in the home and which size pump is needed, they can remove up to 100 gallons per hour.
  • Extract Water from Carpets – Here, teams use extractors to draw off water without harming the carpet or the pad underneath. Carpet pads can deteriorate quickly, however, so if the water remained in place overnight, it might be necessary to remove and dispose of them even though the water was from a clean source.
  • Extract Water from Hardwood Floors – Teams use extractors here to carefully remove water without causing the boards to crack, split, or warp.
  • Extract Water from the Sub-Floor – Technicians use a small pump with a hose to pull water out of the sub-floor without needing to pull up a large amount of floorboards. They use the same equipment to remove water from behind walls and in overhead crawlspaces.

Is That Everything?

Not yet. As SERVPRO technicians complete these tasks, other team members install dehumidifiers to augment the drying equipment already in place. This last action lowers the humidity to comfortable levels.

To schedule a restoration team visit, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today.

Whom Should I Call to Restore My Fire Damaged Home?

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smoke beginning to fill room around smoke detector Fires can happen at any time and they are devastating for homeowners. Let SERVPRO remediate the damage. We have the necessary training and experience.

In the Davie Area, Fire Damage Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Are Your Best Option.

When you first think of South Florida and the Davie area, your initial thoughts involve sun, fun, watersports, and the seasonal threat of hurricanes.  While you can find all of these things in abundance in the region, the densely populated parts of the city are also prone to rapidly spreading fires.  Strong winds coming off the ocean can quickly blow flames from one nearby home to another.  These disasters can happen at any time of the year, but they are particularly bad during the dry season, between November and mid-May when there are no rains to extinguish the aggressive blazes.  In the aftermath of these personal disasters, it is comforting to know that there are excellent, fast, and friendly local services like SERVPRO that can help you recover.

What Makes SERVPRO Superior to Other Remediation Services?

SERVPRO’s reputation as a high-quality Davie fire damage restoration firm has been cemented by many favorable ratings, several superb restoration performances, and its innovative service offerings.  At the same time, we have also become well-known for our dedication to satisfying customers.  Some of the things leading to our exceedingly strong reputation are:

  • Our high customer satisfaction ratings on Google review and Facebook are 4.7 and 4.4 stars, respectively
  • The fact that we are a dependable, locally owned and operated firm that specializes in fire damage restoration and has a track record of doing things right
  • SERVPRO’s long-standing status as a leader in the restoration industry and its affiliations with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)
  • Our 24-hour emergency remediation service
  • Innovative service offerings like our Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) App, which gives company technicians detailed information about your property, before any damage occurs, so they immediately have a plan of action if anything happens in the future

All of these distinctive aspects of our service make it quite attractive to prospective customers.  As your trusted neighborhood SERVPRO, we always endeavor to meet or exceed your expectations.

What Specialized Fire Damage Remediation Training Do Your Technicians Have?

Our professionals undergo extensive training in cleaning up and restoring the fire-damaged property.  They receive both company and IICRC training and are individually certified in various specialties.  These specialties include:

  • Fire & smoke damage restoration
  • Odor control
  • Upholstery & fabric cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning

With these various relevant certifications, you can rest assured in knowing that SERVPRO workers know how to clean and restore your home and its contents following a fire, as well as effectively neutralize the foul odors associated with fire damage.

How Do You Clean Up and Restore Fire Damaged Homes?

When remediating fire damage in Davie, we employ a wide variety of high-tech tools and innovative techniques.  These methods are yet another way our service is distinguishable from others.  The general process our highly skilled experts use to clean up and restore your fire impacted property is:

  • First, ventilating your residence with high-velocity box fans and air movers to clear away residual smoke and odors.
  • Next, cleaning your home’s interior air with advanced filtering scrubbers that remove fire-related gases and particles.
  • Then, employing Vaportek systems and ozone generators to counteract remaining odorous particles.
  • Later, using HVAC cleaning systems to remove odorous substances from your ventilation network and thereby prevent them from being further spread throughout your residence.
  • While all of this is taking place, other workers inject deodorants into upholstery and carpets with high-tech injection devices.
  • At the same time, technicians remove various residues from household surfaces with techniques like scraping, abrasive blasting, wire brushing, the peroxide active cleaning method, and wiping with a dry sponge specifically useful for removing each residue type.
  • Afterward, our experts work to neutralize remaining foul fire-related odors from even the most difficult-to-access areas of your home with a state-of-the-art ultra-low volume (ULV) and thermal foggers.

Once the fire restoration process is complete, there are often few, if any, signs that your home ever suffered fire damage.  Our time-tested procedures generally restore your home and its furnishings to their pre-fire condition.  Odorous residues deposited around your house are cleaned up, and unpleasant odors are usually eliminated.

Life in South Florida is usually enjoyable.  If you weather the rainy season, the rest of the year is filled with an abundance of sunshine and warm-weather outdoor activities.  Of course, these opportunities bring with them more extensive local development and higher population densities.  If a fire ever breaks out, these issues can facilitate its rapid spread and increase your home’s fire risk.  It is, therefore, essential to anticipate potential fires and prepare for them accordingly.  

If you ever need help preparing for potential fires, cleaning up in their wake, or restoring fire damaged property, call SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for assistance.

Is There A Company That Provides Commercial Fire And Water Restoration In Plantation?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" We can help get your property back in order after any type of devastation. Call us at (954) 776 - 2000. We are always available.

SERVPRO's Rapid Response Team Expertly Provides Both Water and Fire Restoration to Any Size Commercial Building.

It does not matter if you own a small boutique or a large commercial building; if you experience water or fire damage, you need professional mediation. Why not deal with a company that can handle both situations should the need arise?

How Do You Restore My Business After Cleanup? 

Commercial buildings are prone to the same problems that residential homes experience. Pipes burst, fires happen overnight, or the sprinkler system malfunctions. Not only does SERVPRO clean your facility, but our restoration companies in Plantation will restore your business to preloss condition. Once we do the assessments, ensure the building's safety, and complete the cleanup restoration begins. You may think everything is lost, but that is not necessarily the case. SERVPRO takes the following restoration steps where applicable: 

  • Wet carpet and padding can be cleaned and replaced if not delaminated.
  • Subflooring can be restored.
  • Sheetrock and installation are salvageable. Various methods get used depending upon fire or water damage.
  • The contents of the home can be dried and restored. The content also gets sanitized with EPA-registered antimicrobials.
  • Smoke residue and odors get removed.

Get Back to Business

Anytime you require restoration companies and the services they provide means downtime for your business. That means a loss of revenue for you, and the longer it goes on, the more you lose. SERVPRO gets you back in business as quickly as possible. We can work with your schedule to allow our crews to work during your closing or off-hours if you need us too. When we get finished cleaning, repairing, and restoring your business, it will be, "Like it never even happened."

Commercial water and fire restorations are one of the services we offer local businesses. Our business depends on getting your company back to normal. Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776 - 2000 to help keep you in business during a catastrophe.

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Can Flood Removal Help Preserve Your Home's Value?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipoment being used in kitchen Should flood waters enter your home, call SERVPRO. We can quickly and safely make it, "Like it never even happened."

Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners Need Flood Removal Before Damage Occurs

Ft. Lauderdale homeowners know the importance of keeping their home's value as high as possible. The valuation of your home directly affects the money you can get for selling it. It is to your benefit to look after your house and boost its market value as much as you can.

Ft. Lauderdale residents dealing with flood removal are more concerned with the immediate need to clear their home of water and make it habitable once more. However, once the initial crisis has passed, it is crucial to consider your house value and whether a flood can damage it.

Can Flooding Affect the Value of a Home?

There is no one simple answer to this question as the effect of flooding on house prices varies by the geographical area and the extent of the damage the flood caused. There is undoubtedly a risk of house prices dropping following a water surge in a specific area.

The law in Florida does not require residents to disclose a house's flood history before selling it. However, much of Ft. Lauderdale is in a flood zone, and most buyers will be aware of that. Knowing that a property is in a flood area can make a difference in the amount a buyer is willing to pay.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South encourages homeowners to protect their homes from flooding whenever possible and call in assistance for rapid flood removal and cleanup if necessary. Swift action might affect your home's value, but it will most certainly positively impact your state of mind and ability to get back to your life.

What Are Some Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home from Flooding?

You cannot prevent a flood from reaching your Ft. Lauderdale home, but there are some things you can do to protect your house:

  • Add seals and barriers on doors and windows to prevent water seeping in
  • Add a sump pump system to drain water away from your house
  • Consider putting valves on drainage lines and toilets so that sewage cannot back up into your property when a flood occurs
  • Landscape your garden so that water flows down and away from your home

Why Is Extraction Such an Important Part of Restoration?

When SERVPRO teams arrive on your property, our first task is to extract as much standing water as possible. The more water we remove at the start of restoration, the less water will remain to soak into soft furnishings and structural materials. More water extraction at the beginning means less time spent drying and dehumidifying.

The more thoroughly we extract flood water from your home, the faster and more effective the remediation process will be.

What Tools Do SERVPRO Use for Flood Removal?

SERVPRO trains our teams to remove flood water from your home using a wide range of extraction tools. Every situation is different and requires the right tool for the job. Our equipment includes:

  • Portable extractors which we can take into your home and use on multiple levels provided there is still power to your house
  • Truck-mounted extractors are ideal for use if we need more powerful equipment or no electricity supply in your home
  • Carpet wands which extract moisture from glued-down carpets
  • Extraction tools, both stationary and self-propelled, to squeeze water out of carpet and carpet pad
  • Pumps of varying levels of power that we can choose from to pump out standing water

What Happens After the Initial Flood Removal?

Using equipment such as pumps and extractors is an essential first step in flood removal and remediation work. However, SERVPRO is committed to restoration work, and restoration goes far beyond the initial cleanup.

After flood removal, our teams set to work drying and restoring your home and belongings. We bring in air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out rooms and encourage ventilation. We assess drapes, furniture, and personal items to decide what we can salvage and what we cannot. Our teams thoroughly clean salvageable items and dispose of non-recoverable items.

Our air movers and dehumidifiers remove stubborn damp odors from your home, leaving it smelling fresh and clean. We also check for and take care of any structural damage so you can rest assured that it is safe to enter your home.

You cannot do anything about whether your home is in a flood zone, but you can take swift action in a storm. You can keep up your home value by taking good care of it and keeping water damage to a minimum.

For help with flood removal, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Can I Have Hidden Water Damage And Not Know It?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Hidden Water Damage Can Happen to Any Plantation Home, and You Need Professionals to Provide the Proper Mitigation

Your home may be solid as a rock, but water can still seep in that you can’t see, causing all kinds of problems. Ensure your Plantation home is safe by knowing what to look for and how to deal with it.

How do I know if I have hidden water damage?

Understanding what to look for is the key to keeping water intrusion from causing severe problems. Water damage repair to your Plantation residence can be fixed, and areas that have problems restored, but preventing them from happening is preferred. Here are some signs that you have hidden water causing damage: 

  • Water spots – these appear on ceilings and walls typically.
  • Drywall cracking
  • Floorboards and tiles – slight bulging or raised sections
  • Unexplained carpet stains
  • Corrosion on pipes
  • Small puddles or pools around sinks or toilets
  • Damaged or loose shingles on the roof.
  • Bad odors – can be mold or mildew.
  • Standing water in your yard can mean poor drainage.

Let the Experts Help

If you believe you have a problem with hidden water in your home, our Green Team of experts can help. We offer a professional assessment and search for water intrusion with an array of advanced technology equipment. SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians are ready to find the source of your problem and restore your residence “Like it never even happened.” Here is a portion of what you can expect from us when it comes to water damage repair:

  • Assessment – cutting edge equipment that can detect even small amounts of moisture.
  • Pumps and water extraction tools that are powerful and portable. 
  • Experienced Team - Commercial Contractor License #: CBC1261730
  • Mold damage repair - Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRSR2994
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers for rapid drying.

To track down and fix hidden water problems, contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for expert water damage repair service. 

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Whom Can I Call for Help Cleaning Up After a Fire in Fort Lauderdale?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

living room in a house that had a fire and burnt up the sheetrock and chairs Fires can crush the morale of a family quickly. When you contact SERVPRO, they will remediate the damage and have you and your family back into your h

Fire Restoration is Something We Do Best at SERVPRO - Let Us Take Care of Your Fort Lauderdale Residence

A fire is never anything you want to face as a homeowner, but SERVPRO is here to take away a lot of the stress and worry. We have technicians trained following standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so you can rest assured that we can get the job done right the first time. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster with crews available 24/4 to take your call.

When a fire breaks out inside the home, soot and smoke travel off to areas where you would least expect it. We have specialists trained for fire restoration in Fort Lauderdale who know how to address any soot and smoke left behind after the fire is extinguished. Our goal is always to make sure there are no lingering odors to remind you of the fire incident.

As a homeowner, it is scary to think about a fire breaking out in your home. Some of the more common causes of house fires and fire damage include:

  •   Heating systems
  •   Faulty wiring or electronics
  •   Smoking accidents
  •   Kitchen appliances
  •   Candles

It is essential to note that you should leave cleanup and restoration to skilled technicians to err on the side of caution. Even if the fire loss zone is a smaller or confined area of the home, further damage may result from unknowingly tracking soot and debris. There are also the potential hazards that come from breathing in toxic fumes from heavy soot and smoke residue.

You can count on us to remove all charred building materials and debris after the fire. We dispose of everything according to local guidelines and then start on the next phase of the restoration to make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South today at (954) 776-2000, and we have a crew standing by to help with fire restoration.

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What Types of Maintenance Can Help My Home Avoid Water Damage From Storms?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

"!" Sign In the rain Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your Property to pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your home 24/7 and clean up your Plantation home.

When intense weather hits local areas hard, if your home has not undergone regular maintenance, the result can be extensive water loss. Common issues reported include:  

  • Water coming in around poorly sealed windows and doors  
  • Leaking roof 
  • Landscape directing water towards rather than away from the home
  • Tree limbs too close to windows causing breakage

Is My Wood Floor a Loss Due to Flood Damage?   

When the flood damage rushes into your Plantation home, the timer starts ticking on the loss. Fast action can make the difference in a floor with restoration potential or facing the prospect of replacing your flooring. Certain criteria make or break the possibility of restoring your hardwood flooring:  

  • If the floorboards are composite wood, while economical, this type of flooring tends to deteriorate rapidly after water exposure
  • Wood absorbs water and the longer the boards remain wet, the more they warp
  • Drying in place is possible if the cleanup efforts begin rapidly enough
  • After drying, some boards may need sanding and refinishing to return to their original, flat state

Common Issues After a Flood Loss  

When SERVPRO technicians handle the removal of floodwater in a home, frequently there is no standing water but a copious amount of residual moisture left in flooring, wicked into sheetrock and contents. The techs use their equipment to determine where the water is and get to work extracting and drying the property. If there was any delay in the cleanup, the techs commonly use proactive mold growth deterrent applications to inhibit any germination of spores or growth. 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South (954) 776-2000 has the experience and equipment to handle any size flood damage in your home and return your home to its preloss condition. 

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How Can I Clean Storage Units In Plantation After Heavy Rain?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Interiors of a self storage facility When commercial water issues threaten your business and your relationship to clients, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Water Cleanup to Businesses in Plantation Within Four Hours of Notification of Loss.

Who is responsible for water-related storage damages?

Clients renting storage in Plantation are usually responsible for keeping their unit in a usable condition. However, if water loss is the result of poor general maintenance like leaking roofs or internal drainage issues, the responsibility may lie with the unit manager. It is crucial to provide secure storage for those renting units, and water losses can affect not only the structure of the unit but also the contents within. Maintaining good relationships with renters is as crucial as your reputation for secure storage. SERVPRO offers commercial water restoration callouts to help you keep a positive relationship with your clients and to provide decisive mitigation of any damages.

How does water damage occur in storage units?

One of the main reasons businesses require commercial water cleanup in Plantation is due to the unit's structural condition. Unlike residential properties, storage units tend to have less activity and interaction. These can mean that small holes or leakages go without notice until there is substantial rainfall. The construction method of a storage unit may also increase its susceptibility to water intrusion and damage. These builds tend to have little to no insulation, which can make them extra vulnerable to temperature changes which cause condensation. Finally, a storage unit with water intrusion may go unnoticed for several weeks, which can exacerbate the problem.

Does water damage get worse over time?

Without timely intervention, clean water supplies like rainwater can pool on floors or walls. With a lack of ventilation or airflow, these areas of moisture can stagnate or promote microbial growth. SERVPRO can address these issues by thoroughly disinfecting the affected area to remove any contaminants then dispersing anti-microbial chemicals through a mister to prevent mold from recurring. When there is long-term exposure to materials, it is not uncommon to find sheetrock or concrete floors cracking. These fissures can then be painful to clean or, on walls and ceilings, affect the structural integrity of the unit itself, exposing it to further harm.

What should I do when there is a water leak in storage?

    •    Remove items from the affected area and isolate them
    •    Extract excess water
    •    Put in place an appropriate drying system

What happens to contents during storage unit restoration?

The contents of a storage unit can hold sentimental value to your clients. But when contents are packed together, they are more likely to suffer from microbial growth or water degradation. SERVPRO can set up a clean zone to place possessions while basic cleanup takes place. When there is severe water intrusion or standing water, it may be necessary to remove the contents altogether. For these circumstances, we have temporary storage facilities in a climate-controlled warehouse and can arrange for professional removal on your behalf. Once the structure returns to a sanitary state, we can return content to their original places in the unit.

How do you set up a clean zone for content restoration?

    •    Select a cool, dry area of the site for a clean zone
    •    Seal the area by placing plastic sheeting on the ground. If necessary, create a tent around the sheeting
    •    Place items individually and in isolation
    •    Establish dehumidification to prevent mold growth

Do commercial restorers fix roof leaks?

Holes in the roof of your build can lead to continuous water exposure throughout the year. SERVPRO technicians can mitigate against roof leaks by fixing a tarpaulin over the damaged roof. In wet conditions, these tarpaulins can provide a robust stopgap solution until a professional roofer arrives. We can arrange for a roofer to fix any longer-term problems on your behalf. Any additional service requirements we include within the documentation that we pass to your insurer while you have the convenience of only dealing with one company throughout the process.

Is it challenging to dry properties with structural issues?

Storage units can present several challenges to normal drying conditions. Higher ceilings or exposed walls and roofs can result in droughts. Proper drying techniques focus on controlling all aspects of the affected area using air-movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Droughts can present an unknown variable to the equation and slow drying times when working on commercial sites where there is high exposure to outdoor elements. Our technicians can control these variables by setting up drying tents. Using sand-bags to pin the edges of a polyethylene sheet to the floor, we can attach dehumidifiers or air-movers beneath the sheeting to create an air tent. Drying concrete floors can be much more time and energy efficient using drying tents rather than controlling the entire space.

When commercial water issues threaten your business and your relationship to clients, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000.

Do I Need Different Contractors for Each Phase of Fire Damage Recovery of my Davie Home?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire Call us at (954) 776-2000, ready to share your priorities and concerns, and we can demonstrate the many ways we can help.

SERVPRO's Wrap-Around Services Handle All Aspects of Fire Restoration for Our Davie Community

Intense fire damage in your Davie dwelling confronts you with a broad range of concerns, including everything from water removal to cleaning to rebuilding structural components that are too charred or broken to remediate. Although you know you need to put one foot in front of the other to power through the crisis, it is optimal that you do it with a professional partner who can manage every task.

What Are the Most Likely Causes of Structural Damage Linked to Household Fires?

Charring and excessive water incursion contribute significant risks to your home's structure and underlie your need for exhaustive fire restoration in Davie. Fire destruction consumes and weakens framing, walls, woodwork, floors, stairs, and more, demanding reconstruction by licensed professionals. Firefighters use as much water as necessary to knock back the flames, and the now-contaminated fluids can collect in substantial amounts over ceilings, between walls, and in other building cavities. The heaviness of the water could collapse structures, which also necessitates build back services after cleanup, disinfection, and deodorization completes.

Does Any Disaster Recovery Firm Offer Turnkey Fire Restoration Help?

You are already stressed by the emotions and expense of coping with the fire's aftermath, so reduce the pressure by working with SERVPRO. We offer a full spectrum of services spanning water and fire mitigation, remediation, and licensed reconstruction. Rather than hiring a long list of specialized contractors, our well-trained and equipped team can deliver on our promise that your home will return to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Put yourself in the capable hands of SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South when you need restoration services from a reliable and comprehensively prepared contractor. Call us at (954) 776-2000, ready to share your priorities and concerns, and we can demonstrate the many ways we can help.

Are You Aware of These Types of Mold Lurking on Your Property?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Provide Commercial Mold Remediation for Plantation Businesses

Plantation, Florida business owners may be well aware that mold exists in some form in every indoor space. Still, they may be surprised at both the variety of indoor molds as well as the tenacious nature of this microbial growth. All molds need to thrive in any given environment are moisture and oxygen. Without thorough professional remediation, mold can cause health effects, affect indoor air quality, and damage assets and structural materials.

SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist businesses in Plantation with emergency-response commercial mold remediation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. SERVPRO techs receive extensive training and education on dealing with mold damage per restoration industry standards and use sophisticated technologies to this end, including:

  • HEPA filter vacuums that can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns in size.
  • OSHA-approved, EPA-registered biocides that mitigate both mold and odors.
  • Air movement and dehumidification equipment used in tandem with moisture measurement tools to return surfaces to normal humidity levels.
  • Odor control equipment handled by certified technicians to mitigate odors from mold and water damage.

Common Types of Mold in Residential Structures

  • Acremonium. This mold goes from small, moist deposits to becoming a widespread powdery pink, gray, white, or orange. Acremonium tends to thrive in small spaces like cooling coils, drain pans, window seals, and humidifiers. It can also grow alongside other strains of mold, including black mold.
  • Alternaria. Alternaria is easily one of the most common indoor molds to be found in residential buildings. It tends to accumulate in sicks, bathtubs, and similarly wet areas. Sometimes the presence of this furry dark green or brown mold can indicate water damage in your facilities.
  • Ulocladium. This black-colored mold, which is not what we know as “black mold,” tends to live in high-moisture areas that have previously suffered water damage, including basements and bathrooms. Contact a professional to inspect the mold on your property.
  • Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys is the name given to black mold, a microbial growth indicative of severe or long-term water damage. Black mold is slimy and can vary in color between dark green and black.
  • Penicillium. This blue-green, velvety mold spreads easily through the air and in ventilation systems but tends to proliferate the most in porous surfaces that have endured water damage. Common locations for penicillium growth include wallpaper, mattresses, and upholstery.

If you notice a proliferation of these or of other types of mold on your property, professional remediation is a must for preventing the spread of spores and keeping tenants and staff safe. Keep in mind that many buildings typically contain more than one type of mold, and careful inspection and remediation is necessary to keep each one from spreading.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold While Preventing Spores from Spreading

SERVPRO’s mold remediation techniques focus on the following:

  • Establishing containment measures such as sealing entryways and implementing negative air pressure machines to limit mold’s ability to travel through the air or to other areas of your property.
  • Removing unsalvageable, mold-affected materials from the property. These items are typically porous, including carpeting and drapes.
  • Cleaning mold off of nonporous surfaces and other salvageable items with EPA-registered biocides and removing large, solid mold deposits.
  • Eliminating settled mold spores of surfaces until there is no risk of them spreading through the air during drying.
  • Drying the mold-affected structure with air movers and dehumidifiers to eliminate the moisture that allowed the mold to thrive in the first place.

Drying is monitored with a variety of moisture measurement tools, including penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters. Infrared imaging is also used to detect moisture damage behind walls or under flooring that may also house or become an ideal environment for mold growth.

After remediation, SERVPRO technicians can focus on any rebuilding or renovation services that they are licensed to provide, including installing new carpet, repairing damaged subflooring, and replacing damaged drywall and baseboards.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South wants to keep your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (954) 776-2000 for emergency response mold inspection and remediation.

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How Quickly Does Water Cause Permanent Damage to My Plantation Home?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water stain from the leak We offer turnkey restoration services, from assessment, mitigation, and remediation through build back.

Local Water Damage Experts at SERVPRO Train and Prepare for Rapid Residential Cleanup for the Plantation Community

Water damage does not wait for resolution patiently. It has a destructive timetable that is as predictable for water restoration professionals as it is devastating for Plantation homeowners. Some of the damage occurs just minutes to hours after the water event, and the severity of the consequences increases exponentially. Experts recommend contacting water restoration professionals immediately after the discovery of a water loss to arrange for swift removal of the damaging fluids and application of the industry’s best practices supporting structural drying.

What Kind of Immediate Damage Does a Water Emergency Cause?

When your Plantation home needs water cleanup, damage to some surfaces, fixtures, and contents begins immediately. Many structural components, furnishings, and personal possessions are composed of permeable materials, ready to absorb fluids and suffer breakage or swelling.

Damage Begun if Cleanup is Delayed

First minutes to a few hours
    •    Documents, pictures, books, and other papers become soggy, with pages weakening and sticking together, bindings and glues loosening, inks spreading, and images blurring.
    •    Stain, varnish, and paints can transfer from wooden furniture legs and supports to carpeting, rugs, and floors.
    •    Textiles stretch or shrink, depending on composition, and dyes can run and stain adjacent surfaces.
    •    Electronics and electrical cords short out and expose occupants to the risk of shock.

Up to 24 hours
    •    Pressed wood and particleboard furniture and supports swell and warp.
    •    Hardwood frames on furniture swell and distort.
    •    Metal fasteners tarnish.
    •    Drywall and ceiling tiles bulge and begin to crumble, increasing personal safety and property damage risk when significant quantities of collected water force a structural breakdown.
    •    Insulation compresses, packing down between walls.
    •    Carpets stretch and become prone to rips and delamination.
    •    Laminate flooring peels and disintegrates.

24 hours to a week
    •    Mold growth commences on all surfaces and contents.
    •    Water quality deteriorates, with pathogen growth possible.
    •    Door and window frames swell, preventing security issues due to improper closure.
    •    Metals corrode, and fasteners break down.
    •    Hardwood floors cup or crown, and planks or strips can buckle, pulling up from the subfloor.

7 days or more
    •    Structural supports can fail.
    •    Molds, mildews, and other hazards proliferate, affecting air quality and infecting surfaces.

How Do Professional Water Cleanup Crews Manage Water Cleanup?

When SERVPRO arrives, our project manager does a safety analysis. Once safety hazards are controlled, our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians begin work.

Emergency Services

    •    We use pumps and extractors to clean up standing water.
    •    We employ moisture detectors and meters, along with thermal imaging, to locate hidden water and evaluate absorption levels in structures.
    •    Weep holes are punched in ceilings and walls to avoid a sudden collapse during a water release.
    •    Weakened structures are identified, and supports installed if indicated.
    •    Flood cuts and other controlled demolition strategies release water and provide access for structural drying.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Surface soils are cleaned away, and potential microorganism growth inhibited through the application of EPA-registered products.

Drying out All Affected Spaces

Our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians use the moisture data gathered earlier in the project to determine appropriate drying goals. They calculate the number of air movers and heaters needed to facilitate evaporation, taking care to position the equipment at proper angles. Dehumidifiers condense or absorb the water vapor, collecting it for disposal.

What Help Is Available for Cleanup of Water-Logged Contents?

Any furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions in the path of the water loss face ruin without professional cleanup, drying, and disinfection. Whether we set up a protected space on your property to process the damaged items or pack them out to our production center, our trained contents processing employees evaluate and plan for restoration. Unique and innovative resources are available to save time, expense, and memories.

    •    Freeze-drying can mitigate further damage and remediate harm for wet papers and photos.
    •    Immersion and ultrasonic cleaning tubs remove soiling from solid objects.
    •    Industrial washer and dryers and upholstery cleaning equipment return textiles to their previous function and appearance.
    •    Small, contained drying spaces accelerate and control the drying of furniture and electronics.

Who Offers Rebuilding and Repair Services After Water Cleanup?

Our construction division addresses and arranges for the build back of structures damaged by the water incursion. Our contractor license permits us to complete the circle, rehabbing, and replacing materials altered or removed to aid in water cleanup and drying. After we perform the last walk-through, you can enjoy your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Why choose SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for your water cleanup needs? We offer turnkey restoration services, from assessment, mitigation, and remediation through build back. Call us at (954) 776-2000.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Ft. Lauderdale, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South today at (954) 776-2000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why Do Experts Focus on Water Loss First After Fire Damage?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire along house Let SERVPRO mitigate your fire issue in your PLantation home.

Your Local SERVPRO Provides All Services Plantation Residents Need to Recover from a Fire

When restoration professionals in Plantation arrive after the fire, prioritization of firefighting water and chemical mitigation and remediation seem surprising. The destruction caused by the fire requires water recovery efforts to proceed immediately for detailed reasons that a reputable disaster company makes clear from the start.

How Does Water Damage Complicate Recovery Efforts?

The firefighters use all the extinguishers and water needed to knock back the flames when responding to the fire damage at your Plantation home. Significant safety issues present because of the quantity and contamination of the water, and these concerns must resolve before our team cleans up smoke and fire residues. Unsafe conditions caused by water include:

-Slip, trip, and fall risks
-Electrical shock
-Collapse of ceilings and walls from water weight and pressure
-Damage to building materials, including moisture migrating far from the fire site
-Mold growth
-Contact with toxins and hazards such as lead and asbestos leached into the water

Will I need to Hire Different Contractors for Water Damage?

Industry best practices demand that restoration professionals master all aspects of responding to a fire loss, including removing water and drying the structure. SERVPRO trains and equips our managers and technicians for comprehensive disaster response, counting water and fire damage restoration as the foundation of all we do.

What Are Other Advantages of Our All-Encompassing Approach to Fire Damage Restoration?

While one crew is concentrating on the water damage, our project manager uses the time to assess the smoke and soot damage so we can move forward quickly. As we switch to the cleaning and deodorization of the fire residues, we also evaluate the repair and rebuilding of the original damage or any controlled demolition. As general contractors, we can transition to these final restoration steps seamlessly.

The wide-spectrum, wrap-around services offered by SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is vital to get you back on your feet again after a residential fire. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to start your recovery.

Can Water Get Safely Extracted From Area Rugs in My Plantation Building?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

bucket collecting dripping water Water damage can cause an unfortunate setback to your business. If this happens make sure to contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Techs Have the Equipment and Training to Restore All Types of Rugs and Carpet in Plantation Properties

When a local area rug store had an overnight pipe break, the result was a lot of rugs made from many different fiber types that needed cleaning and drying. Wool fibers react badly to lengthy water exposure, so cleanup efforts must begin quickly to lessen the loss. 

Can Area Rugs With Commercial Water Damage Get Restored?

Understanding the makeup of the rugs goes a long way towards determining if an area rug has the potential for restoration from commercial water damage in a Plantation store. Signs moisture got left behind in a rug include: 

  • Musty odors
  • Water spots, dye bleed or discolorations
  • Separating of the backing in severe cases

What Can Go Wrong with Water Loss on an Area Rug?

In short, a lot of incorrect cleaners and methods get used. Poor outcomes can range from shrinkage to bleeding to the destruction of the fibers. There is not a single way to restore an area rug with water loss. SERVPRO techs test the fibers to determine first what materials are present from to choose the correct restoration procedures which can include any or all of the following: 

  • Water removal using weighted extractor head
  • "Browning" or resetting the fibers to get rid of water spots
  • Using professional drying equipment and methods such as tenting
  • Steam cleaning and deodorizing carpet when appropriate

The fast action by the technicians can make the difference between area rugs that get returned to their preloss condition, and rugs that are a loss from due to water. The fast move out of existing stock and cleanup of any rugs with water absorption assist in helping the rug store retain their investment in their product.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 is ready 24/7 to assist local businesses with cleanup and restoration from commercial water damage of any size.

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Damage to Outside Hose Bib Can Break Plumbing in Plantation Properties

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a condo. SERVPRO's advanced equipment dries out a Ft. Lauderdale condo.

SERVPRO Is Ready to Restore and Repair Your Water-Damaged Plantation Home

When something impacts the attached hose bib on the exterior of your Plantation home, it might not cause noticeable damage on the outside. The primary connection where this fixture attaches to an offshoot of your plumbing service in the house often gets buried in the wall system between the exterior siding, insulation, and interior wallboard. A jarring of this fixture can loosen or break where this fixture connects to the plumbing at the threading, causing substantial water damage.

Because you might not immediately consider the impact of damaging your exterior hose connection to a need for water removal in your Plantation home, the problem can initially go unnoticed. Within this wall system of insulation, wood framing, and drywall, water can begin to pool and collect. When you notice the damage forming, it is imperative to contact our SERVPRO professionals immediately and to sever the water supply to your home if it is possible for you to do so. Some outside fixtures have an accessible interior shutoff valve, which can isolate just the damaged area and not put the rest of the property out of water while repairs occur.

Addressing a need for water removal often includes several actions happening as soon as our SERVPRO professionals arrive at the residence, beginning with flood cuts of the damaged drywall. Saturation of this material makes it a challenge to recover, and this provides immediate access for our technicians to remove the water remaining in the structural cavities. We also then have access for our team of in-house residential contractors to repair the damaged plumbing fixture while the rest of the team sets up air movers and dehumidifiers to begin evaporative drying in this utility room of your home.

Without a fast response to emergencies like damaged plumbing fixtures in your home, the situation can get out of control quickly. From plumbing repairs to thorough drying of exposed materials and contents, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team can help however you need. Contact us at (954) 776-2000.

What Can Be Done About Hurricane-Related Flooding Damage in Plantation?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

weather map of United States with hurricane approaching Make sure to have SERVPRO on speed dial in case your property is affected by a hurricane. We arrive on the scene quickly and ready to mitigate.

In Plantation, It Always Pays to Prepare Your Home for Hurricanes and to Know Who to Call After Disaster Strikes 

Considering its year-round tropical weather and easy access to South Florida’s main attractions, Plantation often seems like the perfect place to live.  However, there is a price to pay for these great lifestyle benefits. This cost comes in the form of the yearly hurricane season, lasting from June 1st through November, which routinely causes severe flooding damage to the homes of area residents like you.  The low-lying, swampy nature of this region, coupled with the network of canals that crisscrosses it, only enhances this hurricane-related flooding. The only ways to handle this risk are to properly prepare your home for these storms as soon as you learn of their approach and by contacting the right cleaning and restoration professionals afterward.                

What Can You Do to Mitigate Hurricane-Related Flood Damage in Plantation?

The first step you can take to mitigate hurricane-related flooding damage in Plantation is to properly prepare your home prior to a storm’s arrival.  Generally, in South Florida, weather forecasts give us anywhere from three days to a week’s warning of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane’s landfall.  During this warning period, depending on the severity of the storm, you should:

    • Find the shutoff switches/valves to your electricity, gas, and water.  Switch these off before you leave, so that additional damage to your property is prevented and others are protected from potential electrical shocks or gas explosions.
    • Ensure that all sump pumps and drains are in good working order.  By doing this, you help prevent water from entering your home.
    • Make sure to properly repair and seal any foundation cracks or damage.  In doing so, you protect your ground floor from flood water penetration.
    • Inspect your roof for missing and damaged tiles or shingles.  By replacing these, roof leaks and more extensive water damage may be avoided.
    • Be certain your gutters are clean because clogged gutters can lead to wall and roof leaks.
    • Close and secure your storm shutters, or cover your windows with plywood.  This helps protect your windows from flying debris and storm winds.
    • Move or tie down outdoor objects that could become damaging projectiles in a storm.
    • Trim nearby trees that could fall on, drop branches on, or otherwise damage your home.  This should reduce the potential for roof damage and associated water leaks.   
    • Place sandbags around your home to divert flood waters away from it.

As soon as the storm passes and you return home, call an experienced flood damage mitigation and restoration company in Plantation like SERVPRO.  We are always ready to answer your call, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Oftentimes, our technicians can be on-site within four hours of your call.  The flood damage-related services we offer include:  

  • Water extractions of all magnitudes
  • Hazardous water and waste removal and disposal
  • Professional cleaning and disinfecting that prevents harmful microorganism growth and dry rot
  • Water damage inspections using high-tech moisture meters and sensors
  • Expert drying of your home’s interior and contents, using dehumidifiers, air movers, injectidry systems, and other equipment
  • Professional odor removal with sprayers and state-of-the-art foggers

How Does SERVPRO Mitigate Flood Damage and Restore Affected Homes?

While nothing is 100% certain, SERVPRO is often able to produce remarkable results for homeowners in Plantation.  Generally, after our technicians arrive on-site and assess the situation, they:

    • Extract standing water with extractors and submersible pumps
    • Remove storm debris and mud with rakes and shovels
    • Safely discard all materials contaminated by floodwaters and pressure wash and disinfect impacted structural elements
    • Dry your home’s interiors, walls, and ceilings with dehumidifiers, air movers, and injectidry systems
    • Determine when the job has been completed by measuring moisture levels with meters and sensors
    • Disinfect and deodorize your house with advanced foggers

What are the Benefits of SERVPRO’s Service?

SERVPRO’s service can benefit you these key ways:

    • It could save your home and many of your possessions
    • Our technicians are often able to limit the severity of your flood damage
    • We help prevent harmful microbial growth and eliminate unpleasant odors
    • We can often save you time and money by always first attempting to restore things, rather than simply replacing everything

Living in Plantation can seem like a dream, but hurricanes and the flooding they cause are a yearly threat here.  Make sure you plan ahead for them and the other destructive weather events common to this area. Be sure to check your insurance coverage well in advance of hurricane season to ensure that you are properly covered for all likely weather-related issues.  When disaster does eventually strike, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for assistance.  

Specialty Cleaning Professionals are Available For Ft. Lauderdale Residents

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background To disinfect, SERVPRO uses products that meet EPA’s criteria for use and are appropriate to disinfect different surfaces where germs congregate.

A Professional Specialty Cleaning Company at Your Service is SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South

One of the advantages of living in the Ft Lauderdale area is the availability of resources during this coronavirus crisis. Our team of highly trained professionals provides cleaning and disinfection services for commercial properties and public spaces.

Our SERVPRO team offers a number of unique strategies using EPA approved medical-grade cleaning chemicals and agents that track with the latest data about this virus. We also know how to best eliminate viral pathogens on a variety of surface materials and contents through your Ft. Lauderdale area home or commercial establishment. SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South technicians follows strict CDC, EPA, and OSHA protocols. We have experience in doing this almost every day as we perform our non-virus Bioremediation core-services in Ft. Lauderdale such as sewage spill cleanup, mold and microbial remediation, and crime scene cleaning.

    •    Access to hospital-grade cleaning products
    •    Commercial equipment that does a better job than DYI trigger sprayers
    •    Flexible work-hours
    •    Experienced team members to get any size job done

Using SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is a simple way of enhancing your protective measures. Let us clean and apply EPA approved disinfectant at your home or business. To protect your family and clients, call us today at (954) 776-2000.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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We Get You Back In Business After A Water Loss In Plantation

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Our restoration van outside a home Our water damage inspection equipment helped discover the moisture and start the drying process in this home. Call us first for a fast response 24/7.

Cleaning and Deodorizing After Water Loss in Your Plantation Shop

While you might have been able to remove your wares and sellable goods from your Plantation shop at the initial sign of a water loss incident, there are still many steps to get it back to its original condition. While this often begins with extraction and drying efforts, it is the cleaning and deodorization that play a vital role in making space feel the way that it used to before the water loss emergency struck.

Knowing what water cleanup your Plantation shop needs after drying and recovery efforts complete is a combination of information gathered by our project manager and the ongoing evaluation of the property from our technicians working the job. Water losses can often leave residues and persistent odors behind, making it a challenge to move on after the loss. Our team of technicians can work to help with both of these concerns using sophisticated tools, potent products, and experienced personnel.

Cleaning Up After Drying 

Not all water loss incidents require build back and reconstruction, but almost every situation requires some degree of cleaning and restoration by these technicians of our SERVPRO team. Drying is the initial phase here, and once completed, we can utilize many methods to restore the look and vibrancy of affected carpeted flooring, shelves, cabinets, counters, and other areas of your water damaged shop.

Lingering Odors 

As you might have noticed after situations like rainstorms outside, water has a smell when it interacts with other materials. In a confined space like your shop, this smell can be challenging to avoid and compromising to how guests feel about being in your building. Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple strategies to remove foul odors, including:

  • Thermal fogging
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Ozone generators
  • Abrasive cleaning

No matter what your shop needs after a water emergency, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team can help with a fast response and capable equipment. From drying and cleaning to deodorization and even build back, we can make water losses “Like it never even happened,” for your business by calling (954) 776-2000.

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Who Do I Call After My Plantation Home Has a Fire?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flames shooting from an upstairs window and roof of a house When the fire is out in my Plantation Home--I know to call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Build Backs for Fire-Damaged Plantation Properties

Living in the Plantation area of South Florida, we tend to focus more on hurricanes and how to protect our homes against them. We add windows and shutters, and we make sure our drainage systems can sustain torrential downpours. However, we also need to be prepared to call the best technical team should fire damage distress our home. When flames reach our property, we are concerned with the structural safety of our house as well as salvaging our contents and belongings. Rather than tackling this daunting task on your own, seek professional assistance for better results.

Is your home in Plantation the victim of fire damage?

Our SERVPRO team is at the ready to help you assess the extent of the harm. Our technicians train to identify those belongings that are beyond repair and remove them from your home. Similarly, we can address other items individually and apply the most effective remediation methods to remove traces of smoke and soot and restore them to their original preloss condition.

How can we treat affected smoke and its residual odor?

  • Treated with specialized solutions to neutralize and deodorize the offending odors
  • SERVPRO team employs air scrubbers and ozone generators to breakdown the smell and neutralize them
  • In Florida, where the A/C unit is generally at work, we use charcoal activated filters to improve the air quality in your vents
  • Thermal foggers penetrate other surfaces

These processes are under the close supervision of our IIRC certified staff and results are monitored continuously.

The indoor air quality of your home is a priority, as is eliminating all traces of the damage. Even though we attempt to salvage all your belongings, some of them may be beyond repair. Our team will make recommendations and assist in the removal, so your life returns back to normal as soon as possible. When further repairs are needed, we can utilize our Commercial Contractor License #: CBC1261730 for the build back to meet your wishes.

In a region where we think more about rain than we do fire damage, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here to help you in all of your home’s fire and water needs. Just call us at (954) 776-2000 and allow us to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Some Tips to Help With Flood Damage Remediation in Plantation

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded area near garage Flooding can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to help remediate the flood damage affecting your home.

Flood Damage in Plantation

Plantation is perfectly tucked in between the state’s eastern coast and the Everglades, not to mention having I-595 as its southern border. It allows residents to enjoy our local area and to quickly get on the road for adventures everywhere else. 

Plantation flood damage, though, is anything except an adventure. When it happens, the contaminated, outside water can ruin much of a home’s interior in a very short amount of time. SERVPRO response teams can quickly remove the water and clean the home before permanent damage can happen, but when water remains standing for too long, the teams then remove and replace the affected building material. 

As a licensed contractor (CBC #1261730), our construction teams can perform most tasks needed to return a home or commercial facility to its pre-flood state. Technicians demolish and remove damaged building material, then replace it so the structure either looks exactly as it did before or make improvements and adjustments to the floor plan according to the owner’s directions. 

Our carpenters and builders can easily expand a wall to enlarge a kitchen, or build in additional floor framing to support a large island that dramatically changes the layout. If a family finds its needs changing due to new children arriving or parents moving in for support, they can also help the owner reduce the size of an entertainment area to allow for more bedrooms. 

Even in the middle of a rebuild with workers on-site, however, each home or business is still at risk for further damage. To ameliorate problems from weather or animal intrusions, SERVPRO technicians secure the home as carpenters begin the demolition and rebuild. These preventive actions include boarding up windows and doors, cover roof damage with tarps or plywood where needed, and sealing or covering cracks that form when severe flooding shifts a home off or cracks its foundation. 

Our goal at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is to return every home here, and in other communities like Davie, Las Olas, and Rio Vista, to its pre-flood condition. To schedule a service call or ask a question about specific items like furniture restoration, contact us today at (954) 776-2000. 

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SERVPRO Is Here for Flood Damage Help in Ft. Lauderdale

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

large desiccant dehu with ducts and diesel generator towed on a trailer at job site No Storm Cleanup, Drying and Rebuilding Job Is Too Large for Our SERVPRO Team Servicing Ft Lauderdale

When Your Ft Lauderdale Home Has the Wet Water Woes--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Services

Heavy storms can cause unexpected flooding in Ft. Lauderdale, leaving behind debris and sludge after the flood water recedes. As a homeowner, choosing a professional service to assist you in cleaning up the damage is crucial in restoring your house to preloss conditions.

If you are dealing with flood damage in Ft Lauderdale, the specialists at SERVPRO are here to assist you in the cleanup and restoration process. Our team receives extensive training and understands the steps to take to ensure that damages are minimal. Our project manager or crew chief develops a plan to deal with primary losses quickly and ensure no secondary damage like mold infestations or foul odors get out of control.

Upon arrival, our team removes debris and damaged contents from within the home. During the removal of contents, we catalog every item for insurance purposes. At this time, SERVPRO technicians determine whether flood cuts are necessary to ensure building materials within the home can dry effectively without trapping moisture behind the sheetrock.

Since flood water typically does not leave much standing water, technicians usually make several passes with portable extraction equipment to remove excess water. For non-hard surface flooring material like carpets and pads, the black water (contaminated) may require the disposal of these items. Then they use moisture detection equipment to determine where water may have migrated. Accordingly, our technicians strategically position high-velocity air movers to accelerate the drying process. At the same time, dehumidifiers pull moist air in and push dry, warm air out to expedite the drying process.

After a flood, deodorization often needs to occur. SERVPRO technicians utilize specific procedures for moist environments. Our specialists may choose to avoid the use of activated oxygen (ozone) as it reacts with moisture and may cause bleaching of carpets or upholstery along with the safety risks of the O3 molecule. The team customizes a plan to remove offensive odors from the impacted area. If the technicians decide to fog the area, they take safety precautions to ensure pilot lights and any other ignition sources do not ignite during fogging. They may also opt to use air scrubbers that remove particles from the air, drawing dirty air through a series of HEPA filters and exhausts clean air back into the environment. Typically, charcoal filters are also outfitted on the air scrubbers.

SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment while considering your individual needs. Our restoration technicians make it, "Like it never even happened."

If floodwaters hit, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here to help you 24/7. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 for our emergency team.

Who Should You Call When Water Damages Your Plantation Rental Property? SERVPRO!

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

corner of room. mold growing on water damaged floor and wall Mold damage can occur when water damage is not mitigated. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Water Removal Plantation – Vacation Homes

Many homeowners in our area rent their property as vacation homes during the winter months to snowbirds who want to spend the winter months in a warm climate. Absentee homeowners depend on everything working correctly while absent and for their clients renting their homes as well. Imagine getting a call from a neighbor or your renter that water is leaking into the home, and you are hundreds of miles away.

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Plantation and the surrounding area. We often receive calls from worried absentee landlords who need someone to help deal with leaking water and the ensuing damage it can cause, not to mention potentially lost rental income. We respond on a 24 / 7 basis and are onsite in less than four hours. We can meet with whoever is onsite and manage the water situation, including removing the excess water and drying your home.

Delays Can Cause More Damage

Does your tenant know whom to call? Are you always available? How much can additional water damage occur due to delays in reaching yourself or folks that can restore your home after a water damage event? SERVPRO has introduced a new program that provides homeowners peace of mind in situations like this and can be valuable information for your tenant as well. This new program - Emergency READY Program or ERP!

One of our team members can work with you to create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile that has all the information needed for your tenant, yourself, and our team needs in a disaster situation. Phone numbers to call along with backup numbers, locations of shut off valves, and much more. A complete profile can facilitate faster response and start-up in dealing with the water damage event. We also include tips for the homeowner or tenant to take to mitigate the damage as much as possible.

The best part of creating the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is that it is free! We also have Contractor Licenses: Commercial: CBC1261730, Mold Remediation: MRSR2994. We can not only assist with removing the water and drying your home, but we can also arrange for repairs in these situations.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Sailboat Bend, Melrose Park, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

high crawlspace with poly sheeting and a dehu SERVPRO Provides Flooding Cleanup and Drying in Plantation Structural Crawlspaces--and Offers Encapsulation

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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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)

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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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Did You Know SERVPRO has a Storm Response Team Always on Standby in Ft. Lauderdale?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water on floor of living room.  SERVPRO extraction equipment next to sofa. A storm flooded this house. Our Storm Response Team was able to quickly remove the water and restore the home.

Storm Response Team at the Ready for Ft. Lauderdale  

Because of tropical storms like Nestor that just permitted some extensive destruction along the Florida coast, Ft. Lauderdale homeowners have sought out the most efficient and effective practices to protect their properties after a severe weather event. Storm response is a vital need for many homes and businesses when hurricanes and other natural disasters make landfall. Our preparedness for emergencies can have our team arriving quickly in a crisis to help.  

Storm and flood damage to Ft. Lauderdale homes can be widespread and costly for property owners – not to mention traumatic when it displaces you and your family from the residence. We have a highly trained team accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in almost every niche of restoration for flood recovery and rebuilding needs that your house might have.  

Severe weather systems can often present the risks of flooding to your area home. Our SERVPRO team can approach these disasters with premier extraction and drying equipment, helping to reduce the affected areas of your household. The migration of flood damages is a common obstacle to overcome. However, with the application of our continuous water removal capable with our portable sump pumps and trash pumps, we can reach the point of thorough drying practices as promptly as possible.  

With a division of licensed (CBC1261730) general contractors, we can move beyond the conventional restoration practices to help your property more comprehensively. Because of how experienced our staff is with the building trades, we can offer multiple services following widespread flood damages, including drywall removal, board up, roof tarping, portable power solutions, and full-scale reconstruction.  

Being one of the homeowners in our coastal communities comes with the understanding that your household could fall victim to the fierce presence of tropical storms and hurricanes throughout the years. Quickly responding to these emergencies can encourage the fast response and thorough recovery efforts of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team. You can contact us anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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At Last, The Secret To Fire Damage Remediation Is Revealed

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

roof collapsed into room from water damage Don’t let water damage linger in your house. Contact SERVPRO and get it taken care of.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Handle Advanced Issues Impending Water Removal

Although water is very useful in daily activities around the home, it is equally destructive if spilled uncontrollably. The good thing about water is its colorless and odorless nature when clean, so restoring an affected property mostly involves drying wet materials and contents. Some cases of water damage, however, are not straightforward because of some tricky issues.

The levels of water damage in your home vary depending on what happens after the water spills. If water removal in your Davie property happens fast, the spilled water might be removed while still on the surface of the materials. Even if absorbed, extraction and other drying procedures can remove it quickly. However, in some cases, especially when water spills affected wood, the absorbed water can form chemical bonds with the material, thus preventing regular evaporation patterns. There is a need to break the chemical bonds and dry the wood to prevent long-term problems such as rotting or warping. Our SERVPRO technicians heat the wood to break the bonds. Heating also creates enormous vapor pressure in the deeper layers removing moisture through vapor diffusion.

Air plays a vital role during the drying process by holding and transporting the moisture removed from materials. The way air interacts with other aspects of drying, such as temperature, can slow the drying process. As water evaporates from a material, the air next to the surface can become cooler; forming what is known as a boundary layer. The boundary layer ends up saturated with moisture stopping the evaporation process altogether, thus impeding drying. Our SERVPRO technicians are aware of such behavior. That is why we use air movers and even heaters to keep the drying process in-track.

Water removal should happen in a timely yet controlled manner. Taking too long can cause permanent issues such as carpets delaminating or crowning and buckling on wooden floors, among other issues. Working too fast, especially during the drying phase, can make materials crack or warp. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation and set manageable drying goals.

Water removal in Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach can be a headache. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Water Damage Can Cause Mold to Grown in Your Plantation Library

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Lingering Water Causes Mold Growth in Your Plantation Library 

Libraries hold hundreds, if not thousands, of novels and publications. Because of how challenging it can be to prevent storm damage in our coastal community, our team has a rapid response to these emergencies. Keeping your building dry, especially during the hurricane seasons, can help you to reduce the likelihood of mold development and other harmful effects.  

As challenging as it might feel to prevent unexpected roof and structural damage that leads to water penetration, the threat of mold damage to Plantation businesses like your library should be a strong motivator. Mold develops in as little as 48 hours under the right conditions, and growing colonies can spread quickly to surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to address these threats in the earliest stages when you first discover colonization and have remediation tactics to help your property through every stage of recovery. 

Your primary investment in a library rests in the pages of the literary works stocked on the shelves. Because heightened moisture typically exists throughout the year, we must diligently prepare for mold in the Ft. Lauderdale area to develop at any time. With the excessive damage that can occur to construction materials, carpeting, and even furniture in the building, we heavily rely on the expertise and trade experience of our remediation contractors (MRSR2994.) This division can carefully address controlled demolition issues, document drying, and other threats common to mold recovery.  

One of the best methods of reducing the widespread mold damage and ruin of the books and publications you have in the library is establishing defenses against the spread of spores, contaminants, debris, and other particulates. Containment protocols like the creation of a negative air space bordered with 6mil plastic sheeting prevent the spread of active spores while our remediators work to eliminate mold colonization in the damaged areas. 

The library sees foot traffic every day, and the presence of mold can create a hazardous atmosphere for your readers until the situation gets resolved. No matter when you find mold growing in your building, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians of SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can help. Contact us anytime at (954) 776-2000. 

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If You Need Water Removal Services In Plantation Call Us Right Away

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

our water drying equipment set up in a kitchen that suffered water damage Our experts responded quickly and began the restoration process and restored this property to pre-damaged conditions right away.

The Best Equipment For Water Removal In Plantation

At the first sign of water damage in your house, it’s important to invest in water removal services right away. The longer water sits on your floors, the harder it becomes to restore and repair the parts of your home that have been damaged. SERVPRO uses some of the best water removal equipment to extract water from your floors as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Moisture Detectors

The first step of water removal in your Plantation home is to detect the source of the damage. Devices such as moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and hygrometers can read the water content in certain locations to detect moisture. In some cases, it’s necessary to read levels of moisture, whereas in other cases it’s important to detect whether there is any moisture at all. 

Water Extraction

The next step in the water removal process is the extraction of water. To properly treat the areas of the home that have been damaged, our SERVPRO technicians will use a variety of extraction units to suck and pump the water out. Some of these units are so large that they are mounted on a truck; other units are portable for small fixes. Carpet wands are smaller devices that are used for water removal in carpets and floors with pads underneath.


After all of the water damage has been safely removed from your home, the drying process begins. Most of the materials in your home that can be damaged from water are porous, meaning they have the tendency to retain water even after removal. This includes materials like wood, carpet, and drywall. Drying equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and air filtration devices are used to move air effectively through the house and to the affected areas.

Need water removal services ASAP? Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today to start the water damage assessment, extraction, and restoration process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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Why It Is Important To Clean After A Fire In Your Davie Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire causes significant damage to a kitchen We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Focus More On Cleaning After Fire Damage In Your Davie Home

After the unfortunate incident of a fire in your Davie home, you must take steps to restore it to its preloss state. You can use different approaches, including replacing materials, resurfacing, or cleaning them. When choosing the method, you have to consider the cost implications as well as the effectiveness. Cleaning presents several advantages, especially when done by a professional restorer such as SERVPRO.

Can help you reduce the cost
Compared to other methods of restoring fire damage in affected Davie homes, restorative cleaning reduces the costs involved. With different cleaning approaches available including the use of cleaning agents and agitation, it is possible to restore deterioration from smoke deposits and heat action at a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced cleaning methods such as soda blasting or peroxide-active cleaning for better outcomes.

Deals with a wide range of issues
When a fire breaks out, the combustion process causes a wide range of damages. Some materials are charred from the heat while others are left caked with soot and other residues. The fire also leaves a heavy smoky odor that you have to address to ensure your property remains habitable. Cleaning helps address most of these problems when done correctly.

Cleaning is flexible
Compared to other restoration processes, cleaning is a flexible process, so it is possible to make alterations to get the desired results. It is possible to make alterations even in the middle of a cleaning process, unlike when replacing materials. Changing aspects such as the chemical agent, the dwell time such an agent has with the targeted soil and the temperature of the cleaning solution, it is possible to alter the outcome of a cleaning exercise. Our SERVPRO technicians also ensure we agitate the affected areas entirely using different resources, including scrubbing by hand, using rotating brushes and water pressure.

Cleaning is practical and offers several benefits if there is fire damage in your Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach home. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Professional Tips for Cleaning Your Flood Damaged Plantation Residence

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall and ceiling Mold is a secondary issue from water damage. Quick mitigation reduces the risk of mold growth.

Why Plantation Property Owners Should Outsource Flood Damage Cleanup 

While the Fort Lauderdale area is no stranger to hurricanes and flash flooding, the residents also know fast cleanup is essential to lessening damage to their homes.  

Upon arrival to a Plantation home with flood damage, SERVPRO technicians immediately scope the property to determine all areas that require water removal. Techs use both visual observation and specialized moisture detection equipment throughout the worksite.  

Damage from Groundwater

Of all the types of water damage in a home, groundwater has the probability of delivering the most loss to a house. Everything the water rushes through on its way to the home gets picked up, and that can include debris, toxins, and sometimes sewage which leaves a smelly, sludgy mess in the house.  

Carpet Does Not Usually Fare Well

In many types of home water damage situations, the carpet has restoration possibilities through cleaning applications. When a carpet receives saturation by groundwater, there are no cleaning methods to adequately restore it to the hygienic levels required for safe reuse.  

Unless You Have Protective Gear-Do Not Touch It

Homeowners should not come into contact with groundwater. There is a reason it carries a rating as a category three biohazard. SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine the nature of any contaminants and take the appropriate mitigation methods while wearing personal protection gear.  

No Stress About Secondary Issues

Even an inch of water in the home has the potential to leave a devastating amount of damage. Mold is a common issue after flood loss to a home. Because airborne mold spores need only warmth, moisture, and food such as paper or sheetrock, this part of the state is at significant risk for the development of mold colonies. SERVPRO technicians have Mold Remediation certification #MRSR2994 and know the early signs of infestation so they can act to inhibit the growth and spread of mold through proactive treatments. 

At the first sign of flood damage to your home, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000. Whether it is a single room or a whole house affected, our technicians are ready to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Save Your Fire Damaged Laundromat In Davie

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Primer for Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Plantation Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fires cause charring, smoke, and soot damage. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss state.

Tips for Cleaning Up Your Plantation Home After Fire Damage  

Dealing with a house fire is heartbreaking. You have to cope with the loss of valuable possessions and the challenge of getting your home back to normal. Some common problems to handle include soot, smoke, and cleaning up the chemicals or water that firefighters used to extinguish the fire. The water and chemicals can ruin the walls, carpeting, and furniture, among other things.  

To deal with fire damage in your Plantation home, you should first assess the extent of the destruction. It is essential to open up all doors and windows to let in fresh air or use a fan to increase ventilation. Increased airflow helps remove residual smoke and minimize the odors that burnt materials and soot cause.  

A fire can destroy many items in your house, and it may be necessary to replace them. You may only be able to figure out which things to replace after cleaning everything up. Cleaning up items in your house might seem like a tiresome task, but you need to complete it as soon as possible since procrastinating it can make matters worse. To clean up your property, some of the things you need include:  

  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner 
  • Rubber gloves 
  • A large sponge and rags 
  • Buckets 
  • A mask to protect your face 
  • Goggles to protect your eyes  

After wearing the safety gear, soak the sponge into the TSP solution, containing a tablespoon of TSP and a gallon of water. Soot may be on all the surfaces exposed to the fire. Secure the carpets and upholstered furniture since the residue is oily and can stain them easily. Start cleaning the surfaces that have soot and smoke damage such as ceilings and walls. Begin from the top to the bottom because some residue can fall off from the surfaces you are cleaning. After that, dip the rags in warm water and rinse the affected surfaces.  

Once you remove the soot, the next task is to deal with the smoke damage. Smoke creates odors that can linger in walls, ceilings, draperies, and fabrics even after you have tried to remove them using baking soda, white vinegar, and activated charcoal. Eliminating odors is difficult because the damage is at the molecular level. It is advisable to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to remove the smoke odor. Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can use high-level skills and deodorizing agents or equipment to remove the smells effectively. 

We can use dry ice blasting to eliminate or minimize the musty burnt scent resulting from smoke, fire, and water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can also apply sealants on walls to block smells from escaping. Another strategy is using hydroxyl generators to remove unpleasant odors.  

If you need fire damage restoration services in Ft. Lauderdale, Davie Fort or Lauderdale Beach, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Plantation Home After Water Damage Hits

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians headed out to this home right away and began removing excess water from their property with our advanced equipment.

Water Damage can Start in Your Plantation Area Home's Roof

Homeowners in Plantation expect their home to weather the rain during each season and keep their family dry and comfortable. Tiny gaps in the roof or upper shingles can let rainwater inside. Problems with the seals on skylights can also let your home's interior get damp.

When a house in Plantation sustains intrusive water damage from overhead, the dampness can spread above your ceilings and down the walls. Inside your walls, this water can stay hidden while steadily weakening the walls' materials from the inside. Bumping into a wall while carrying a load of laundry or groceries and finding yourself faced with a hole can leave the area an immediate mess.

Our building services crew knows how to get things rebuilt with little mess. Our Commercial Contractor License # CBC1261730 means our customers receive an experienced, licensed team. We work in conjunction with our restoration crews to reduce lags in productivity and get all of the work done as fast as possible. Knowing that they do not need to look for a qualified team to rebuild damaged areas of their home means less stress. 

We check ceilings for changes in their structure. While a curvature toward the floor indicates trapped water, we also look at the seams in the corners for cracks. Discoloration does not always happen early on unless a large amount of water has accumulated. Our goal is to mitigate damage before it can spread. We use different tools to locate and also to determine the amount of moisture in walls and other materials.

Sometimes, secondary water damage, such as microbial infestations, become exposed during our work. Under our Mold Remediation Contractor License # MRSR2994, we can perform any necessary remediation to ensure that your property regains its value and healthy environment. During such periods, as well as while we remove materials that create dust, we run our air scrubbing machines. 

We also use these, as well as vacuums, while sanding drywall plaster before painting. All of these have HEPA filters, ensuring that we keep dust and any other microscopic particles from entering your ventilation system.  

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South helps homeowners within Davie, Rio Vista, and Las Olas by restoring and protecting their home from the harm water can cause. Water damage can leave your house's interior marred, weak, and the source of unwanted odors. Call us at (954) 776-2000, as We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage Remediation In Plantation

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage remnants keep you down. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

Fire Damage Experts In Plantation Talk About Some Do It Yourself Procedures

The fire departments in the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale areas investigate over 200 fires each year. If your property ever suffers from fire damage, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Smoke and heat-related issues can sometimes be hard to find and difficult to mitigate. Our team of fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs have training and experience that helps us find and mitigate your problems. 

However, if you do ever notice fire damage inside your Plantation home, there are steps you the homeowner can take to help with the restoration. The first step after something burns inside your dwelling is to get everyone safe then to extinguish the fire. Make sure that none of your building materials or contents are still smoldering or smoking. 

Next, our SERVPRO technicians always recommend that you find the shutoff for your utilities. If gas is leaking, another fire can ignite, so it is smart to shut the gas running through your house off. Electricity can also pose potential hazards. Therefore you should turn off the electricity inside your building. If any water pipes got damaged during the blaze, then shutting off your water can prevent moisture-related issues. 

Then, you should look for any other potential safety hazards. If there are electrical lines exposed, then you must call in a certified electrician to fix the problem before you turn your power back on. If there are burnt items that could cause a trip or fall hazard, then it is a good idea to remove them so that they no longer pose a threat. 

Once your utilities are shut off, and you have fixed all of the safety hazards you can find it is then wise to remove any severely burnt or charred items. Burnt materials can sometimes soil other things that did not get affected during the blaze. It is also a wise idea to open your windows and doors and use fans to push air through your house to help reduce foul odors. 

If you ever suffer from an inferno igniting on your Davie, Las Olas, or Sailboat Bend property, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 immediately after the fire gets extinguished. 

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Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners Know to Call Upon SERVPRO for Restoration Services

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Need Help with a Fire, Storm, Mold or Water? SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South Has the Techs, Equipment, and Desire to Help!

Every Restoration Detail Completed after Ft. Lauderdale Property Disaster is Why SERVPRO Is an Industry Leader

Our long term experience in the restoration industry means Ft. Lauderdale residents coping with water, fire, mold, or storm damage know the company to call for help. Investment in commercial quality equipment, capable of rapid cleanup and thorough drying is one of our priorities. The other is an investment in training a skilled and committed team of restoration professionals, holders of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) in a broad range of specialties.

Water Damage
The source of a water loss in Ft. Lauderdale is most often the malfunction of an appliance, a tub or sink overflow, or plumbing leak, not a storm or hurricane. This kind of water damage can sneak up on a homeowner, occurring over some time unnoticed, yet causing significant harm to structural components, fixtures, and contents of a home. If your vigilance fails to avoid every leak or spill, we can help get rid of the water and dry out your home.

Plumbing, both supply and waste piping, runs between walls and floors and ceilings. Your first signal might be a dark stain or bulge on a surface. Stepping in a puddle near a cabinet can reveal a long-term leak under a kitchen sink that collected behind kickboards. A dishwasher or water heater can break, spreading gallons of water across floors and into crawl spaces or foundations. Every minute spent wondering what to do means more damage. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are ready to respond as soon as we receive your call.

Trapped water and soaked building materials might need controlled demolition strategies to reach the moisture and remove irreparably damaged drywall, insulation, or other structural components. We can take on that task as well as the rebuild after the water evacuates and the wet areas dry. Our full spectrum of services is why SERVPRO can take you from a wet mess to a fully restored space without the stress of hiring ever-changing crews and contractors to resolve the problem.

Fire Damage
Fire damage to your Ft. Lauderdale home can be one of the most devastating events in your entire lifetime. Engaging the services of a disaster restoration company that can take you from the shock and helplessness of viewing the scene minutes after the firefighters leave through the dozens of mitigation, remediation, and restoration tasks needed to resume your comfortable life is the key to overcoming the stress and fear. We are uniquely positioned to provide those services.

From removing gallons of filthy, debris-filled water to removing every bit of soot clinging to surfaces, our IICRC-trained Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are the answer to your fire restoration needs. We are trained to match cleaning products, methods, and tools with the various types of soot seen after a fire -- dry, wet, or protein-based. Getting it right is vital as conventional cleaning techniques often make the situation much worse.

Many of our technicians hold more than one certification, meaning that the crews move from task to task seamlessly. Contents frequently move to our production facility for specialized care, and our deodorization experts employ a range of techniques to eliminate, not just cover up the smoky smells. We also offer rebuilding services, saving you the frustration and effort of lining up different professionals to complete the fire damage restoration project from start to finish.

Mold Remediation
When mold damage in your Ft. Lauderdale home takes hold, it is essential to understand that no process exists that can eliminate mold completely. Mold spores are always in the atmosphere and settled on surfaces, usually troubling no one. When exposed to moisture, however, spores begin a growth cycle that can damage building materials and expose susceptible individuals to higher levels or irritants and allergens. Mold remediation can remove active mold colonies and reduce the number of spores. When paired with moisture control, mold damage recedes.

Our mold remediation crews use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol developed for schools and commercial buildings to rid your home of active mold colonies and reduce mold spore levels to more normal levels. We contain the work area to prevent drift of the spores using physical barriers and air scrubbers. Moldy materials are removed and bagged for appropriate disposal, and EPA-registered antimicrobials treat the affected area to prevent regrowth.

If the moldy area is extensive and porous materials like drywall and insulation were severely damaged, we can also remove those materials and replace them. Our ability to take a problematic mold damage situation from severely compromised structural components in need of at least partial demolition to reconstruction completed to the highest standards is why SERVPRO is the mold remediation contractor to engage. Our construction team is ready to follow up where our licensed and certified mold remediation team left off.

Storm Damage
The tropical storm and hurricane season stretches for six months in Ft. Lauderdale. Although plenty of forecasters give people in the area information on the significant storms as they develop, it is only when the extreme weather nears our city or makes landfall that the full extent of their damage potential becomes apparent. Having a professional partner in case of severe damage is critical to your peace of mind as a resident of southeastern Florida. We are always prepared to help.

Preparation for hurricanes and other intense storm systems goes a long way toward making you feel in control and ready to shield your family from the worst of the June through November storm season. Think about a consultation with our team in advance of any storm activity to pinpoint any vulnerabilities in your home. We can explain and offer to you our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan which can help mitigate or prevent damages. As part of your hurricane go-kit be sure to have our number available so we can connect to schedule an assessment if your home suffers damage.

Flood damage, including storm surge, is a significant risk during the hurricane season. One of the reasons why SERVPRO is successful when hired for flood damage remediation is our familiarity with the complications presented by saltwater contamination. Expect us to follow best practices when responding to saltwater flooding, including freshwater flushing before water removal and drying.

Contractor Licenses:
Commercial: CBC1261730
Mold Remediation: MRSR2994

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is skilled in disaster mitigation and remediation across all types of property damage risks. We offer rebuilding services as well, making reaching out to us at  (954) 776-2000 the only distress call needed to resolve even complicated disaster scenarios.


SERVPRO Responds to Commercial Water Removal for Plantation Businesses

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty Laundry? No Problem for SERVPRO to Keep the Plantation Laundromat Open for Cleaning after a Water Flooding

Reach Out to Professional Plantation Water Cleanup Services When a Washer in Your Laundromat Leaks

Owning a building full of washing machines certainly increases the chances of needing the assistance of professional water cleanup services. In the case of your laundromat, one of the water supply lines attached to a washing unit broke and caused water to spill out onto the floor rapidly. By the time that you manage to turn off the water in the building, the nearby floor and the adjacent walls were significantly impacted.

To minimize the damage to your laundromat, call for local Plantation water cleanup services. Addressing the spill yourself would be challenging, and you may end up missing spots of water that you cannot see. Allowing professionals to handle the cleanup job makes room for you to focus on your business and ensuring that foot traffic to the undamaged section of the laundromat remains intact. Why place your patrons in jeopardy with possible slippage, falling, and maybe then even suing?

SERVPRO understands how stressful sudden water damage can be for any business owner. We always go the extra mile to make sure that we arrive at your location as soon as we can. Furthermore, we work whenever you need us to, whether it's three in the morning or three in the afternoon.

Once SERVPRO arrives, we can section off the area that we are remediation. Doing so can ensure that people still feel comfortable using the undamaged portion of your laundromat. From there, our water damage restoration technicians can focus on removing the standing water from your building. We can use equipment such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the water swiftly.

SERVPRO can search for any remaining pockets of water that might be unseen by using infrared cameras. Furthermore, we can also check the moisture levels with moisture meters. If the levels seem off, we can use devices such as axial fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and drying mats to address any water damage on your property.

Protecting your equipment from water damaging effects of rust or electrical motor failure is a goal we reach for during the mitigation service.

When you need water cleanup services, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by dialing (954) 776-2000. Night or day, our technicians are available when you need them.


After A Fire In Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach House Our Crew Will Remove Any Debris

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

By calling (954) 776-2000, we can make fire loss effects, “Like it never even happened.”

Debris Removal For Your Ft. Lauderdale Beach House

Among the most challenging aspects of restoring the damages from a fire in your Ft. Lauderdale beach house is the mess these scenarios create. Even without a situation that spreads heavily throughout the property, you still have areas around the ignition point affected by soot, smoke residues, odors, structural compromise, and debris. Our restoration professionals have sophisticated tools and years of experience to provide a confident and efficient approach to addressing all of these concerns.

Debris removal is an intricate step in fire cleanup for any Ft. Lauderdale beach house or property. Beach houses are particularly susceptible to having more debris than some of the other structures throughout the city because of its primarily wood and drywall construction. These elements can easily ignite when exposed to moving fires, which can help the destruction to spread far beyond the source. Our SERVPRO experts can help by assessing the debris left behind and working quickly to clean up these damaged areas.

From the time that our crew first arrives at your fire-damaged address, we must not only assess the damages with a walkthrough but also determine vulnerabilities of remaining structural components as debris removal begins. Knowing the risks for our team members can go a long way to keeping our technicians, and anyone else exposed, safe. This inspection can guide our controlled demolition process, removing at-risk and damaged structural elements and construction materials only to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in reconstruction phases.

Clearing out the mess from your beach house is one thing, but disposing of it all properly is another. Our SERVPRO professionals have the necessary training to handle even biohazardous materials and dispose of them according to specific protocols mandated by federal statutes and through the state of Florida.

For property owners with insurance, and even though these policies can vary significantly, many offer fire debris removal coverage. Speak to your provider and reach out to the dedicated professionals of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team. By calling (954) 776-2000, we can make fire loss effects, “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Remove Flood Water From Your Plantation Home

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Did the recent storms bring water into your home? No worries! SERVPRO is on the job!

Extraction Equipment Used to Mitigate Plantation Area Flooding 

We have multiple machines and tools that can help us to contend with flooding that remains a present threat for Plantation homes and businesses. Even with reinforced structures and installed diversion implements, avoiding the effects of flooding can be a challenge for specific areas of the property. Our technicians have experience with addressing multiple facets of flood recovery, including efficient extraction solutions. With each disaster being different, our approach to restoring the damage must change accordingly. 

With many machines capable of removing excess water after flood damage in Plantation homes, it becomes a matter of technician discretion as to which equipment is ideal for the current situation. A common choice for water removal is the submersible pumps. These require electricity to run, and we can supply temporary power solutions to properties in the dark with our portable generators that arrive with our SERVPRO Green Fleet of service vehicles and production trailers. 

With substantial water loss incidents that affect broad areas of the home, our technicians often select to use our rapid and powerful extraction solutions like the truck-mounted pumps. These tools are among the most efficient in our industry and can remove water at a rate of up to 300 psi. Our extractor truck rolls out with the Green Fleet to flooded destinations, making this tool accessible and on-site for our technicians combatting spreading water effects in the house. 

Also, our SERVPRO team has other portable extraction tools and specialized equipment, including our wet-vacs with extraction wands and our weighted extractors to help reduce the oversaturation of carpeted areas. Once our removal of all standing water occurs, our experienced team can get to work on other vital mitigation efforts like drying and cleanup.  

You cannot predict the severity or the likelihood of disasters like flooding taking place, but you do have a choice in the team that you choose to help you get things back to normal. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South professionals can help with premier recovery solutions and equipment designed to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000.

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Ft. Lauderdale Shop Owners Often Rely on SERVPRO for Discreet Mold Remediation

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation for a Ft. Lauderdale Cafe by SERVPRO Saves Your Morning Coffee

How You Can Handle Mold Damage Found in Your Ft. Lauderdale Cafe  

Florida is known for its incredibly hot and humid weather, and that weather can cause mold damage if buildings are not adequately made to withstand the typical conditions of the region. High humidity means that your cafe is continuously exposed to excess moisture in the air. It is essential for buildings to be built correctly, and encourage free airflow, so the humid air cannot linger for too long. Furthermore, keeping the temperature inside of your cafe at a specific point can help ensure that excess moisture cannot cause problems for you, such as mold damage.

In the case of your Ft. Lauderdale cafe, the mold damage was caused by excess moisture lingering inside of the building due to humidity and the lack of a working A/C unit. When something breaks, sometimes you may be tempted to put off repairing it, especially if the repair may be an expensive undertaking. However, it only takes seventy-two hours of exposure to excess moisture for microbial growth to begin.
Always remember, when you find mold damages inside of your establishment, it is essential to call for help immediately. Swiftly calling for a cleanup and restoration company, like SERVPRO, can ensure that the remediation goes much smoother. Mold can cause health effects, and it is against food safety standards to run a cafe that has been infected with it. The quicker the problem is dealt with, the better it is for your foot traffic and your business. A customer leaving a bad review can damage your reputation as a clean establishment, offering a refreshing respite from a long day.
SERVPRO is always available whenever you need a team of our talented technicians. No matter when you find the damage on your property, our doors are open, and a representative is ready to answer the phone. We take arriving at your establishment as quickly as possible very seriously and pride ourselves on our reputation of time-management. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Once SERVPRO gets to your establishment, we can immediately get to work and set up a barrier of plastic sheeting around the mold damage. It is essential to contain the active mold spores throughout remediation, so they do not spread to a different section of your cafe.
From there, our technicians can set up air scrubbers to pull any airborne spores from the air while we work, and to neutralize the musty scent that comes hand-in-hand with mold damage. Using a disinfectant, SERVPRO can remove the mold from the surfaces of your walls. Furthermore, we can use an antifungal agent to ensure that regrowth does not happen and then return your cafe to you in its pre-mold condition.
When mold damage strikes, get help immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by calling (954) 776-2000. Night or day, we are ready to help.

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Is Your Washing Machine Spinning Water Damage Into Your Plantation Home?

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Inspect your washing machine hoses often to protect your home from water damage.

You May Need Water Damage Restoration Services in Plantation After a Washing Machine Leak

Washing machine water damage is typical in homes. It can occur because of a burst supply hose, overflowing, and drain line failures. The water from the washing machine can ruin your house, and the increased moisture can lead to other issues like the growth of mold on damp surfaces.

Mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours after the incident and can keep growing until treatment begins. Taking action quickly after noticing water damage in your Plantation home can keep the situation from getting worse. The first task is to stop the flow of water. You should then contact a company that provides water damage mitigation services like SERVPRO to help restore your property to its preloss condition. Our team offers water extraction, structural drying, dehumidification, carpet restoration or replacement and mold removal services among other services.

Upon arrival at your home, we can examine the affected area and then begin the cleanup and restoration process. We use equipment like shop vacs to remove any standing water since this helps speed up the drying process. Our technicians then use air movers to enhance evaporation by sweeping saturated air away from surfaces and replacing it with dryer air, which pulls moisture from the wet structure and contents. The air close to a wet surface becomes saturated, and the surface becomes cooler as water evaporates from it. Our crew then uses refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers to dry the moisture that is in the air. We continue the drying process until all the materials in the home return to normal moisture content levels.

Our SERVPRO team checks the moisture content of the affected areas against the moisture levels in the unaffected areas to bring them to the same level. We can also rebuild any part of your home that we removed for effective drying like drywall and padding under carpeting. Our restoration process is non-destructive, quick, and efficient from the beginning to the end to reduce the expense of repair work.

When there’s water loss in your home, you can contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for professional help. We can remove the water and dry your home to return it to its preloss condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Ft. Lauderdale Storm Water Removal, Disinfecting, and Restoration--All Done by SERVPRO

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

The Green Fleet from SERVPRO Mitigates Storm Damage in Ft. Lauderdale Properties--and FAST!

Get Flood Damage Restoration for Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

Many homeowners live close to or in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Flooding can occur in homes in such areas. Runoffs may bring contaminants like oil, chemicals, debris, and sewage into your home and cause severe damage, especially if you do not take steps to dry your property quickly.

If there is flood damage in your Ft. Lauderdale home, it is critical to begin the cleanup and dry out process without delay to salvage as many items as possible. A company that is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to offer flood restoration services can be of great help to you. SERVPRO is one such firm, and our technicians offer flood cleanup services using state-of-the-art water removal, drying, and restoration equipment.
Our IICRC certified technicians can use shop vacuums to suck up all the water that’s present in your home. We can rotate the shop vacs around the rooms to reach all the affected areas. The time this step takes varies based on the substrate we are drying, the total amount of water present and the size of a room or rooms. For large quantities of stagnant water, we can deploy our truck-mounted pump or submersible pumps.
Once we remove the standing water, we begin the drying process. We use air movers to circulate airflow throughout the rooms. We can position air movers at specific sections of the walls to ensure that air gets to the most saturated parts of a room. Walls behind cabinets typically take more time to dry because of the several layers of drywall and the back of cabinets. In that case, our technicians can drill holes into the drywall to make it easier for the air to circulate. After we complete the drying process, we repair the holes drilled in the walls. The level of the contaminants also dictates if a controlled demolition is required for any non-salvageable building materials.
Our SERVPRO technicians also use dehumidification equipment to eliminate moisture that could lead to additional damage like mold growth. We use different dehumidifiers depending on the severity of the water damage. For larger residential water restoration jobs, we can use the large-loss electric desiccant dehumidifier which is mounted on a trailer. We also carry an assortment of LGR low grain refrigerant and portable desiccant equipment.
When flood water has entered your home, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can help you extract it and restore your home to its preloss condition. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 for restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Call Us Immediately If Mold Is Growing In Your Fort Lauderdale Home

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold After The Storm, Call SERVPRO For Help In Your Fort Lauderdale Home!

As we head into hurricane season, Fort Lauderdale homeowners need to be ready. Named storms are not the only concern; every single downpour threatens our roofs and windows, leaving our homes vulnerable to storm damage. However, the danger does not stop when the rainy season ends. On the contrary, water damage may not become evident until a few months have passed. Unaddressed water leaks can invite mold into your home without you even noticing it.

If mold invades your home and you need a reliable mold removal service in Fort Lauderdale, SERVPRO is the answer. Our crew is available 24/7 and ready to protect you and your loved ones from the spread of mold in your home. Many happy customers can attest to the professionalism of our crew and our ability to remove the existing mold while helping you prevent future infestations. The quicker you act, the more you control any losses related to the presence of mold in your home.

A crucial step in eliminating mold from your home is identifying its source. Our SERVPRO team follows the path of the mold and monitors the humidity levels in your home to figure out where excess moisture exists. Mold thrives in humid environments and wherever water has been standing. Once we know where the problem originates, we address it by facilitating repairs to plumbing and other leaks. With the water source under control, we apply anti-fungal solutions and disinfectants to remove the mold from your home. Our staff works carefully to review each affected surface and remove any visible traces of mold. Our expertise helps us assess when it is most cost-effective to replace building materials, such as drywall, instead of repairing them.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is your best option for professional mold removal in the area. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Water Damage Professionals Can Restore Your Home In Plantation To Pre-Damage Condition

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help you recover from the effects of water damage with as little time and money spent on mitigation and restoration work as possible.

Water Cleanup Work In Plantation Doesn't End When A Home Is Dry

Our water cleanup work does not end once moisture levels in your home return to normal. A completely dry and sanitary home may often still show the marks of the damaging incident that brought in SERVPRO in the first place. We train our technicians to handle not only the time-sensitive drying and damage mitigation tasks necessary in these situations but also any work to be done over the coming days and weeks to leave your home looking “Like it never even happened.” Here are some of the ways our technicians may be able to help beyond drying and damage prevention.

Cleaning Out Debris
One of the first things we do (if necessary) for water cleanup situations in Plantation is to remove any debris from the area and identify belongings that can be restored rather than replaced. Depending on the situation, debris removal can be dangerous without protective equipment and years of experience handling similar scenarios. Sometimes, we may be able to complete this work while still drying out your home, but other situations may call for some debris removal to happen after removing any traces of moisture.

Refinishing Materials
Many types of water damage can harm the finishes and paint on materials throughout your home. With an extensive network of industrial suppliers and routine refinishing work done on homes in the local area, almost all of our technicians have a sizable amount of experience restoring finished surfaces to pre-damage condition.

Minor Reconstruction
Some of the smaller parts of your home's structure and materials may need repairs or reconstruction after they sustain water damage. Baseboards, electrical systems, cabinets, and many more ground-level amenities are all typical centers of SERVPRO technicians' restorative efforts.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can help you recover from the effects of water damage with as little time and money spent on mitigation and restoration work as possible. Call us at (954) 776-2000 for our 24/7 services.

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When Your Fort Lauderdale Property Suffers Damage From A Flood, Our Crew Can Help!

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts want to help you by making it “Like it never even happened.”

Floods And Storms Leave Fort Lauderdale Properties In Need Of Cleaning Crews

During a storm, rain and wind move both water and other things around outside your home, leaving debris from nearby streets, businesses, and other homes in your yard. When this becomes overburdening to homeowners in Fort Lauderdale, they call a professional service like SERVPRO to make things beautiful again.

Instead of doing the work themselves and taking unnecessary risks in cleaning their properties, many decide that a team of flood damage specialists in Fort Lauderdale can save them time and money instead. Because we are a local business, we can also arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster, and get the work done more efficiently than doing it yourself. No project is ever too large or small for us, nor too messy or complicated. Our IICRC training and certification assure you of our team's skills.

When storms pass through our area, the scent left behind often ignores the fact that wind-blown detritus does not belong in your flower beds, nor wrapped around the tender branches of your young saplings. We come prepared with the tools that let us work quickly without damaging any of your property or the landscaping you have worked so hard to maintain.

Exterior structures of your home and other buildings like garages, sheds, or pool houses can also sustain damages during stormy weather. Cleaning and making minor repairs prevent things from becoming worse and gives you an expert eye for possible problems before they become more severe and costly for you. These include gutters, screen doors and windows, siding, and fencing around your property.

Ensuring your Rio Vista, Sailboat Bend, or Davie home continues to provide your family and guests with a safe and secure setting means a lot to us. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at our 24-hour service line, (954) 776-2000 to hear more about how we can help you restore and maintain things after storms and minor flood damage leave your property a mess. Our experts want to help you by making it “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Our Specialists 24/7 If A Fire Has Damaged Your Fort Lauderdale Restaurant

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

If you need our services to mitigate damage from a disaster in your business, call us today at (954) 776-2000.

Restoring Commercial Fire Damage In A Fort Lauderdale Restaurant

In the restaurant business, sometimes accidents happen. Commercial fire damage is a common risk that, with diligence and regular maintenance, can be mitigated almost entirely. However, when a grease fire during lunch service covers your kitchen in unsightly soot, it can be overwhelming to consider the amount of cleanup that needs to take place before you re-open your doors.

Fortunately, when you have commercial fire damage in your Fort Lauderdale small business, certified SERVPRO technicians are here to restore your commercial facility to its pre-existing condition while observing all regulations and codes so that you can get back to business as usual without worry.

When our SERVPRO team comes to your business, we can thoroughly wipe down your fixtures to prevent soot corroding your utensils, furniture, and electronics. Our team can clean your fixtures to eliminate future fire risks that you may have been unaware of previously. Grease and proteins burned in fires can leave filmy residues that impart foul odors on surfaces in your kitchen, and untreated soot can corrode surfaces if allowed to go acidic.

Another concern after soot cleanup is the elimination of odor, and SERVPRO has the tools to address commercial kitchen fires in your establishment. Vent systems can be cleaned with a variety of agitation tools including brushes, augers, and air whips, while loose soot and buildup are vacuumed up, which prevents your HVAC system from spreading odor throughout your facility. Deodorization can be accomplished with industrial-grade box fans, HEPA air scrubbers with carbon and potassium permanganate filters, and even sprayers to address odor-causing particles and on charred stainless steel fixtures.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is dedicated to disaster cleanup, whether commercial or residential. If you need our services to mitigate damage from a disaster in your business, call us today at (954) 776-2000.

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How SERVPRO Removes Smoke and Soot Odors From Fires in Davie

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage can quickly spread, affecting areas that were not damaged by flames.

Odor Removal After Small Outlet Fire in Your Davie Home

Sometimes situations like fires do not spread throughout your Davie property beyond the combustion point, either due to a fast extinguishment on your end or because the fire burns out as quickly as it began. Whatever the case might be, a situation like a small outlet fire in the living room of your home might not have widespread damages, but there are effects that you still have to overcome to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Odors are fire damage effects that can often be the most challenging to overcome in your Davie home after the fire is out. DIY deodorization and masking the odor with stronger smells does not cut into the root of the problem, and that is why these solutions are only a temporary bandage to the more significant concern. Our SERVPRO team can arrive with the tools that can handle any of the lingering damage from this small fire in your home, including effective deodorization for all affected areas.

When our team arrives at your fire-damaged address, we can inspect the property quickly for any damages that might have resulted that require mitigation tactics. Cleanup and deodorization are often the steps to follow a small fire inspection, as much of the damage remains contained to a limited area, often requiring some soot cleaning, smoke residue removal, and removing the damaged portions of drywall for later replacement.

Deodorization requires some added steps, and that begins with containment of the affected area. By setting up physical barriers and invisible barriers with the use of machines like our hydroxyl generators, we can keep the smoke damage odors from spreading throughout the property. With the use of equipment like thermal foggers, we can break apart odor molecules and permanently remove the noxious scent the fire left behind.

While small fires might not seem as traumatic as widespread structure blazes, the same level of care and consideration needs to go into the restoration of the property. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South rapid response team is standing by 24/7 to help at (954) 776-2000.

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What Caused Water Damage in my New Plantation Home?

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the necessary equipment to rapidly remove water from your home.

Water Removal in New Construction in Plantation

Even new construction is susceptible to water damage. Your condo, townhome or single-family home in Plantation does not have to go through a hurricane or torrential downpour for water to make its way into your living room or kitchen. A broken dishwasher, a ruptured pipe, or overflowing bathtub can all leave the contents of your home wet and in need of restoration services. Most importantly, the structure of your home can suffer if you do not tackle the problem promptly.  

For water removal services in Plantation, SERVPRO is at your call. Our rapid response team is available 24/7 to arrive at your home to assess the extent of the damage. Even if it seems like it is just a couple of wet spots on your floors, our moisture meters can detect any abnormal humidity level. By using thermal imaging technology, we can even detect any water deposits in places such as under flooring and drywall.  

Our most immediate concern is extracting water from your premises. Our SERVPRO team moves any of your belongings that can be salvaged to unaffected areas and treat them as appropriate. Similarly, we dispose of those belongings beyond repair according to any relevant regulations and guidelines, so you do not have to worry about it. As we conduct this assessment, we also extract water with submersible pumps and handheld devices, to reach all surfaces.  

When you approach water removal as a DIY project, you risk leaving behind bacteria that continues to grow and invite mold into your home in the future. To avoid that, we carefully monitor the proliferation of organisms through technology and our SERVPRO team disinfects and dries all areas before completing the job. Our expertise in the field allows us to anticipate future complications from this water loss event.  

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is your team of experts dedicated to restoring your home to its mint condition. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Some Options for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Your Fort Lauderdale Business

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Patients depend on your clinic for their health needs. Should the business location suffer from water damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Reconstructing Water-Damaged Areas of Your Fort Lauderdale Clinic

When water loss incidents occur in your Fort Lauderdale clinic, you have a finite amount of time to get the right professionals working to recover and restore the resulting damages. With so many patients and personnel depending on the facility, even a small water loss incident could displace many appointments and necessary procedures. Our professionals can help with a 24-hour emergency response. We can be there for you whenever disaster strikes, arriving with the tools and experienced personnel to help.

Water damage repairs in Fort Lauderdale are often necessary when substantial water loss incidents occur in your medical facility. Our SERVPRO professionals can identify the full extent of the damage from the time that we first arrive, detailing and demolition that must occur and the subsequent reconstruction necessary to restore the property successfully. Our crew features experienced, licensed contractors with hands-on experience in commercial construction, giving us a comprehensive approach to water damage recovery for your business.

The priority upon our arrival is noting the source of the water damage and making certain that the appropriate measures have gotten taken to repair this source. With substantial water loss events that require reconstruction, often burst or broken plumbing pipes are to blame. We can identify this point and repair the compromised plumbing if this has not already taken place.

Controlled demolition requires our SERVPRO team to assess each structural element individually for its structural integrity and possibility of restoration. We only remove damaged elements that cannot get restored with our conventional approaches. Once mitigation and demolition complete, our experienced contractors can begin work immediately on restoring these removed materials. With our seamless transition between these two phases, we can get your clinic ready for the final touches of restoration quickly so that your doors do not stay closed a moment longer than necessary.

While you cannot predict when disasters like water loss incidents can strike, you have to have a plan in place to restore these damages to keep your staff and patients safe. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South rapid response team can arrive quickly to the emergency with the experience and equipment to help. Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000.

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Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Out Carpets in Ft. Lauderdale Buildings

Trust SERVPRO for Mitigating Damage and Disruptions During Carpet Drying and Restorations

Unless the building is a warehouse, one of the common features in commercial and residential facilities is carpet. Preserving it is a primary goal in every restoration task.

Drying commercial carpets for Fort Lauderdale businesses has its problems and concerns. For SERVPRO technicians, we watch out for Backing Separation (Delamination) and Latex Deterioration as we begin to dry carpets in offices, hallways, customer service, and common areas.

Every carpet has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the adhesive used by manufacturers to secure the individual fibers to the primary. Another layer of latex holds the primary and secondary backings together. When water remains on the carpet for too long, the latex begins to break down; this results in the backings starting to separate, and the fibers start to come loose. To prevent both actions, we first get rid of the water. Technicians use pumps to remove the majority of it; usually within one day for a single floor of carpeting. With most of it out of the way, we switch to extraction wands; they are commercial-grade vacuums, specially designed to draw out water from carpets and carpet pads with damaging them. As they perform the task, our technicians are trained to watch for any signs of delamination and deterioration.

Since overly aggressive extraction damages carpet, there will always be a small amount of moisture left trapped. Since most commercial carpets do not utilize a carpet pad, it is rarely necessary for us to remove one. To completely dry the carpet, we use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the last trace of moisture.

We carefully examine the carpet and then lift a section at opposite ends of a room or hallway. This technique is know as "floating" in the industry. At the entry point, we place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet which pushes out the damp, colder air. To speed the process, we set up a fan to draw the damp air out, which makes the air-mover more efficient. If the room or hallway is extremely humid, we use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air. Depending on the size of this piece of equipment, we can draw out over 25 gallons of water each day. Our SERVPRO technicians take pride in working around an active work environment, reducing disruptions to our clients' customers and their employees.

Drying out your business is a relatively simple task, but it is time-consuming. Restoring carpets and other property needs to be handled by a professional service to avoid secondary damage. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has decades of experience and stands ready to support our fellow business owners. Call today at (954) 776-2000 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

If your home is affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO immediately to minimize the damage.

Calling Professionals Can Make the Difference Between Saving Your Belongings and Losing Them After Flood Damage

The weather is tough to predict. You never know when a natural disaster like a severe thunderstorm is going to blow through Ft. Lauderdale. However, when it does, storm and flood damage can happen quickly. Hail damages roofs, gusting winds knock structures down, debris flies into buildings, lightning strikes, and torrential rain causes floods to homes and offices.

When your Ft. Lauderdale home has been affected by flooding and flood damage, you want to turn to SERVPRO. Our expert restoration training allows us to do the work needed to get your property back to the condition it was in before the storm. We have fast and efficient storm damage relief and cleanup that you can trust.

We use specialized equipment to quickly and thoroughly extract any standing water on your property. We use truck mounted pumps to do so, and after the water is removed, we use tools that dry out your home as well. These include desiccant dehumidifiers, air movers, and industrial fans. Our staff receives extensive training every year, and we are members of the IICRC.

SERVPRO technicians can also help you with your insurance claims. We work with your insurance company while recovering your home from flood damage, as we know it is a stressful time for you and your family. We can help get your claims settled quickly, so you get the coverage you need and deserve.

Going through a flood in your home can be a scary event. How good the cleanup afterward is and the company you choose to restore your home can make the difference between saving your valuable possessions and not being able to salvage them. Our technicians all genuinely care and help you to repair your property damage, and also help you save any personal possessions which could have been damaged by the flood waters.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South are the ones to get a hold of after your home has been flooded. Anyone living in the areas of Davie, Ft. Lauderdale, or Plantation can reach out to us anytime you need at (954) 776-2000.

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Our Fast Response Is Crucial In Restoring Your Flood Damaged Home In Davie To Pre-Damage Condition

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Just reach out to us at (954) 776-2000, and we will make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Swift Response When Your Home In Davie Floods

When you think of the safety of your home in Davie, you may not think of flooding as a concern. In Florida, we tend to worry more about keeping natural disasters such as hurricanes outside of our home, not focusing on what to do if we are suddenly flooded. In reality, proximity to a canal, backed up sewers or a torrential downpour are all risk factors and knowing what to can make all the difference to the damage you sustain.

If ever your home in Davie sustains flood damage, SERVPRO is your best ally in bringing your home back to its original condition. Our training and expertise help us apply industry best practices to the restoration process, which can cut down the time and expense associated with recovering from this crisis. For example, we review with you the contents of your home and decide on those that need to be relocated to avoid further damage, those that are not salvageable and those that can be salvaged without being moved. Our experts apply a variety of techniques to address the specific need of each surface.

As we move through your property, we make a plan to extract water and quickly begin the drying process. By using air movers, anti-humidifiers and other equipment focused on water evaporation; we can start addressing other needs. Our SERVPRO team pays close attention to any hidden pockets of water that may become breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, and we carefully eliminate and disinfect them to prevent further growth. We also address structural issues, like the warping of hardwood floors and removal of carpets. When flood waters come in touch with porous materials such as upholstery and rugs, these are typically removed due to the contaminated nature of the water entering your home. Our team can assist and advice throughout this process, always keeping your health and safety in mind.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is a phone call away when disaster strikes. Well beyond the elimination of water and drying of your property, we are your trusted team in anticipating negative consequences. Just reach out to us at (954) 776-2000, and we will make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

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How Our Mold Damage Experts Can Restore Your Davie Property

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call (954) 776-2000 to speak to one of our certified technicians to begin the process of mold remediation in your home now.

SERVPRO Tackles Mold Damage In Davie Rental Home

Mold is opportunistic and only requires moisture, food which can consist of most organic materials from drywall to books and optimum temperatures. In this area of Florida, the warm, moist air creates a perfect environment for mold growth, and homeowners have to be diligent to keep it at bay.

SERVPRO was called to perform mold remediation on a Davie rental property where the tenants had ignored a small leak in the attic area that had turned into a significant problem. The mold had spread from the area of the leak to the wood and possibly affecting the wood under the insulation. The landlord had the plumbing repaired; now he needed the mold handled.

Our technicians inspected the attic and found no other issues causing retention of moisture other than the previously leaking pipe. They contained the entryway to the attic to stop the spread of mold spores into the rest of the home. Once contained, they used a special vacuum to collect the insulation for possible reuse. The wood underneath had mild mold growth, and it was damp. Air movers and dehumidifiers were applied to the area to quickly dry the surfaces and make it unfriendly for mold.

Once dry, to avoid bringing moisture back into the attic, the SERVPRO team chose to use soda blasting to remove the mold by targeting areas of growth with a highly concentrated stream of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) which works as a mild abrasive to scrub mold from surfaces while it performs the dual function of cleaning plus deodorizing.

Industrial vacuums with HEPA filters are used to pull up mold and spores and trap them so they can be removed entirely from the property. A final wipedown with our professional-grade anti-fungal leaves the surface clean and inhibits the return of mold.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South knows the clock is ticking when you have discovered mold damage. Our emergency services are ready 24/7 to assist you. Call (954) 776-2000 to speak to one of our certified technicians to begin the process of mold remediation in your home now.

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SERVPRO Will Respond With A Sense Of Urgency To Your Plantation Home Restoration Needs

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Failed plumping is one of the causes of water damage in homes. Don't try try and fix it yourself call our trusted professionals today.

SERVPRO - Remediating Water Damage To Plantation Homes

Tucked between the Everglades and I-95, Plantation residents enjoy Florida’s beautiful nature and have quick access to everything else our state has to offer. Homes in our area can meet every need of either a growing or retiring family.

When water damage occurs to Plantation homes, even a small amount, it can quickly cause thousands of dollars in restoration costs. Every homeowner needs to bring in a professional company to stop and remove the water, then dry all affected property. SERVPRO restoration specialists can perform all of these tasks quickly, with the goal of returning a dry, safe home to every owner.

Most water damage issues come from a failed plumbing problem like a split dishwasher line or a broken pipe. Our personnel immediately turn-off the water and can fix minor problems like these. If we discover a major break somewhere, the team leader immediately recommends bringing in a licensed contractor.

With the water flow stopped, SERVPRO specialists next remove the standing water using a combination of pumps and extraction devices. Depending on the amount of water and size of the home, they can often remove it in a day or two.

As they complete removal, other team members place furniture and other items on pallets outside or in the garage, so trapped water can drain and evaporate. Specialists set up fans to increase air circulation and a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air, so it takes less time to dry them.

For the home itself, carpets are at risk for rot and delamination, separation of the top and bottom layers, if not dried quickly. Once they complete extraction, team members lift the carpet from the floor and remove the soaked pad. These items are far cheaper to replace than to expend labor hours trying to dry them. Next, specialists place an air mover at one end to force warm, dry air under and over the carpet and a box fan at the other end to draw out the damp, cool air in the room of the affected carpet.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is to quickly dry every home affected by a water issue and return it to the owners as swiftly as possible. If your home has had a recent water incident, call us today at (954) 776-2000. We are here for you.

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Why Mold Needs to be Quickly Remediated in Your Davie Home

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

This mold resulted from a plumbing leak.

What Makes Mold Hazardous for Your Davie Residence?

There are grand misconceptions about microbial growth that occurs in humid conditions common to Davie homes. The riskiest of these underestimations is the idea that mold growth in your home is not hazardous, and that eventually leaving it alone remedies the problem. As misguided as these ideas are, many homeowners use them as the excuse for not removing mold colonies as they get discovered, or spending the money necessary to get professional remediators like ours to do the removal correctly.

However you view mold remediation, and its necessity for your damaged Davie property, services like this can preserve structural elements of your property and better protect your family against the potential health effects exposure to an active colony can cause. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians undergo extensive training to assess risk and effectively remove mold growth from homes using sophisticated and advanced technologies.

Understanding the effect that mold can have on your home is vital to appreciate the need for immediate intervention by trained professionals that get equipped to remove the organism. As mold spores seat onto surfaces, they begin using the organic material as a food source to grow and continue to spread throughout the affected area. The longer a colony remains in a single place, the more erosion and degradation that material experiences.

Our SERVPRO professionals have encountered mold growth in all stages. Early onset of colonization sometimes leaves room for our technicians to remove the organism without tearing out the affected structural element. For more severe cases, controlled demolition would be necessary to eliminate the presence of mold effectively, and neighboring areas and surfaces get sprayed with an antimicrobial solution to prevent further seating and colonization.

While many homeowners might not take mold growth as seriously as they should, the longer it persists, the more damage it does to your home. You can protect unaffected areas of your property by removing the mold as quickly as possible by contacting our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South applied microbial remediation technicians today at (954) 776-2000.

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When You Need Water Cleanup Services In Your Davie Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our experts anytime you need by dialing (954) 776-2000, and we waste no time in coming to help you.

Water Cleanup For Your Home In Davie

Your refrigerator and ice maker in your Davie home should be inspected regularly to ensure everything is functioning correctly. If it is not maintained well, it can begin to leak, creating a potential for water and mold damage. A water leak can damage the floors and walls of your kitchen, and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Water cleanup services for your Davie home are essential so that you can get back to life as normal. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of moving quickly on a job like this, so more damage is not created. With our professionally trained team and specialized tools, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is the right choice.

After arriving at your home and assessing the damage, SERVPRO technicians create a drying goal, which is the condition we want to bring about in the areas that were affected by the leak. Once we establish this goal, your structure is dry again. The drying goal includes moisture content readings from unaffected, dry areas of your home and contents. We take readings in percentage for wood materials and points for non-wood materials.

We also need to set moisture content goals by either establishing a drying standard or recording the average equilibrium moisture content. How much moisture is in dry materials in an undamaged area of the structure is the dry standard. We take readings for moisture content from materials which are dry to get this standard. We determine part of our drying goal from these readings.

We can also use normal equilibrium moisture content of materials for our goal. Moisture content readings of dry materials are taken, then we use the readings as our drying goals.

We use a moisture meter to see if the drying goals are being met and then document every time we monitor it. Our technicians compare the readings to see if the item is indeed drying. After we reach the drying goal, the process of drying is complete.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South carefully monitors your home in Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, or Davie to ensure it is drying back out after a water damage emergency. You can reach our experts anytime you need by dialing (954) 776-2000, and we waste no time in coming to help you.

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Plantation, Mold Damage, Safe Cleanup, and of Course, SERVPRO!

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation and Rebuilding to Affected Homes in Plantation

The Benefits of Mold Remediation for Your Plantation Home

When it comes to restoring damages that occur to your Plantation home, these circumstances might not always occur from clear causes. With mold and fungal growth that can occur in area homes, the threat to the structural integrity of the property worsens as the organism spreads. Our rapid response team can help to limit the spread of a mold colony and preserve affected elements when possible to reduce the costs of remediation. How can professional mold removal and subsequent restoration benefit a homeowner?

A common misconception about microbial growth in your Plantation home is that a homeowner can do their own version of mold remediation to resolve it. Do-it-yourself mold removal is often ineffective because traditional cleaning approaches rarely penetrate surfaces deep enough to remove the entire organism. Homeowners most often take off the surface layer of mold growth and believe the situation has gotten resolved.

Our SERVPRO mold remediation team can arrive quickly and begin our process by immediately quarantining the affected areas of the property. Often, we start with physical barriers created with heavy plastic and continue reducing the present active spores in the area through the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers. These pieces of equipment can help to trap particulates and spores as small as 0.3 microns.

A way that professional remediation can benefit your household is by providing a reduction in the spread of the organism and certified technicians with the expertise to remove present mold colonies from the affected areas. We can also provide effective techniques to purify the air quality with hydroxyl generators to protect our technicians and the occupants of the house from exposure to harmful volatile organic compounds that can get released from spreading colonies.

When you discover mold growing in your home, you want to ensure that the efforts made to remove the colonies are thorough and efficient. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South applied microbial remediation technicians can provide fast mitigation and removal for active mold growth and effective solutions to restore the damage the organism causes. Give us a call today at (954) 776-2000.

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Do Not Let Mold Take Over Your Plantation Property Contact Our Team Of Experts For Help!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

If a leak has been discovered in your warehouse building in Plantation, you could be dealing with mold growth.

Commercial Mold Remediation For Your Plantation Business

If a leak has been discovered in your warehouse building in Plantation, you could be dealing with mold growth as well, primarily if the leak was undetected at first. If the moisture was sitting for even a day or so, the mold might have had a chance to begin growing. Without professional help to clean it up, the problem only continues.

Commercial mold remediation in Plantation is essential when you discover mold growing in your building. Mold can cause health concerns, so to protect you and your employees, it is essential to have it taken care of right away. A significant reason to dry materials which are water-soaked promptly is to prevent permanent damage from fungi. Mildew, mold, and bacteria are responsible for decomposing organic materials.

SERVPRO technicians follow IICRC standards and guidelines when it comes to handling mold growth. We use work practices to keep the mold from spreading and to keep you and our workers safe. We also record conditions in the building, such as the extent of contamination and the amount of moisture saturation.

To keep mold from spreading to nearby clean areas, we may place negative air machines near where drywall demolition occurs to reduce the how much airborne mold our staff are exposed to and make the mold removal process more efficient.

If the mold has grown above normal levels, the best solution is for us to get rid of the mold contamination. We can accomplish this by removing materials that are affected by growing mold, vacuuming the mold spores into HEPA filters, and by wiping surfaces which are soiled with detergent cleaning products and damp cloths.

Correcting the problem of moisture is the key to dealing with the mold properly. We stop the source of the moisture which initially contributed to the growth of mold. Even the best efforts for cleanup won’t keep the mold from coming back if your building continues to have issues with moisture.

At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, we understand that finding mold growth in your business in Plantation, Davie, or Ft. Lauderdale can be a bit overwhelming. However, when you reach out to us at (954) 776-2000, we waste no time in getting to you so we can help make your building safe again.

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We Are The Team To Call If Your Ft. Lauderdale Home Is Taken Over By A Mold Infestation

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold growth in your house can be unnerving and upsetting to many homeowners, but the situation isn't going to go away on its own.

The Spread Of Mold Throughout Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

Some disasters affect your Ft. Lauderdale home all at once, spreading damages evenly throughout entire floors of your house and requiring extensive cleanup and even reconstruction to overcome. Other situations are slower to develop but can ultimately cause the same type of devastation if left unchecked. We have a fast response team that can help you to face situations like mold growth that could potentially threaten your property and those that reside in it.

Mold damages in your Ft. Lauderdale home do not go away on their own if you choose to ignore them, despite what many homeowners tend to believe to the contrary. What a situation like fungal growth requires is the efforts of highly-trained technicians with the experience and advanced equipment to remove the organism entirely rather than only removing the immediate top layer of damage as so many DIY methods do. Our SERVPRO professionals have many approaches to help, and this begins with thwarting the spread of the organism throughout your home.

A reason that our team is a wise choice to help you through this trying time is that we get well-equipped with advanced equipment designed to overcome the presence of mold in your home fast. We have tactics to remove mold growth from materials like drywall and wood framing, but also OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions that can prevent the spread of mold spores to new surfaces in the affected areas by making this material uninhabitable to the organism.

Our highly trained technicians also have equipment like air scrubbers and negative air chambers that can trap mold spores moving throughout the active environment to prevent them from reaching new surfaces to seat and thrive.

Finding mold growth in your house can be unnerving and upsetting to many homeowners, but the situation isn't going to go away on its own. You need professional help from a team that can do the job right and does it fast. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South rapid response team is available 24/7 with the full measure of resources to remove mold colonies from your home and restore the damages they cause. Give us a call at (954) 776-2000.

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How Our Team In Fort Lauderdale Will Make Your Flood Damage Disaster “Like it never even happened.”

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

After removing the water, SERVPRO restoration specialists can begin work cleaning and remediating the effects of the contaminated water.

Remediating Flood Damage To Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods

Although much of the water damage to Fort Lauderdale homes comes from failed plumbing, the sudden rush of water from a storm can cause more physical damage. There is also the contamination that floodwater brings into a home which needs quick removal and cleaning.

Fort Lauderdale homes with flood damage need a company that can work both issues. SERVPRO restoration crews train extensively to quickly remove water and eliminate the threat left behind by soil, animal feces, and other contaminants. Because of the increased threat, they start by spraying every surface with an anti-bacterial agent. This action immediately reduces the threat to not just our personnel, but also to the homeowner and anyone else that might need access to the home.

Now, they begin removing the floodwater and any affected property. The first tools our teams use are pumps and extraction wands. Both devices can quickly draw water off floors and out of the home. With the pumps, they direct the water into the nearest sewer opening. If the drains are temporarily blocked, team members pump the contaminated water into a tank truck for delivery to a water treatment plant.

After removing the water, SERVPRO restoration specialists can begin work cleaning and remediating the effects of the contaminated water. Team members use cleaning agents with an anti-bacterial chemical to wash away soil and other matter left by the water. To ensure they get all of it, team members use long-handled squeegees to push the last traces off floors and out the nearest doorway. We cannot, however, 100% guarantee that our efforts can return a carpet to a safe, clean condition. For those caught in a flood, we only recommend disposal.

Flooding also contaminates building material like drywall. If the panels remain intact, technicians can wash them down with a cleaning agent to try and preserve them. If there is any damage, the cost to try and restore them is higher than replacing them. If the homeowner wants to save time, our teams replace every panel the floodwater touched.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is to return your home to its pre-flood condition as quickly as we can safely do it. If you have flood damage now or want to eliminate the threat in the future, call us today at (954) 776-2000. We are here for you.

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Proven Tips For Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Remediation

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes water damage affects the walls or even ceilings in your home. Contact SERVPRO to figure out the cause and remediate any damage.

Restore vs. Replacement: Water Damage Repairs in Private and Commercial Properties, Fort Lauderdale.

After a burst pipe or flooding issue it is more than likely that your walls, carpets, floors, and ceilings need professional cleaning. That is not to mention your possessions which may be expensive to replace or hold sentimental value and therefore irreplaceable. We are a restoration service that specializes in restoring possessions after damages onsite or by packing them out to an advanced cleaning facility before replacing them after service.

After water damage, repairs to Fort Lauderdale properties can be expensive if you choose the wrong provider. At SERVPRO we work with a restore rather than replace mentality to ensure that our customers are fully satisfied after each service. In some cases, we may use advanced equipment to repair items that you may have thought were beyond repair; this approach is particularly valuable when damages affect items of significant personal worth such as photos.

A SERVPRO technician is likely to have several IICRC certificates in a broad range of restoration criteria. Their training allows them to accurately assess damages and make a decision on methods of cleaning. Certain items may respond better to dry cleaning, such as carpets which can be up to 50% weaker when saturated with water. Floors, ceilings, and walls could benefit from wet cleaning and possessions from immersion cleaning using advanced Esporta washing machines. Whichever approach we decide to take you can trust us to "always do what is right by the customer."

The first step of our service is a visual assessment that teaches us what equipment is needed and the best approach to take. In the long run, conducting an educated visual assessment saves time and expense. SERVPRO has technicians well-versed in removing and repairing sections of drywall as well as reducing the risk of mold growth through application of anti-microbial paints or treatments. Each service finishes with odor control to leave your property feeling like new.

If you need repairs after damages contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today.

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Plantation Owners Stay, Pack-Outs of Possessions by SERVPRO Can Salvage More and Cost Less After a Fire Loss

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Responds to Fire Damage to Help Our Plantation Neighbors

Understanding How Move-Outs Work during Fire Damage Restoration in Plantation 

Though we strive to offer fire damage restoration services while the customer's contents are at the site, some situations may force us to recommend move-outs. It means we have to move the items to a remote location for the restoration process to take place smoothly. Move-outs are labor intensive since we have to move, pack, unpack, clean, repack, and move the contents back. We have to come up with a detailed inventory and be careful to avoid breakage when performing such services in Plantation.

Let us start by looking at some of the reasons as to why move-outs may be necessary during fire damage restoration in Plantation. Some contents may suffer additional damage if the cleanup and restoration work start while they are still in position. For instance, if the flooring or roof is severely damaged, the structure may be unsafe and force us to remove furniture from the house. Another instance is when the building is saturated with water, and the resulting high humidity is likely to cause avoidable damage to expensive upholstery and artwork.
It is important to note that not all fire damage restoration jobs require move-outs and we avoid them as much as we can when we consider them to be unnecessary. We enhance good relations with customer and adjusters. Remember, a damaging fire incident brings along many losses, so avoiding the additional expenses can be appreciated by both the adjusters and clients. We always look for ways of minimizing the number of times we handle your items to avoid breakages. If we have to perform them, then we must know what you consider to be most important.
We have a system known as the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that helps us to track all your items during a move-out. We tag each item and give it a unique serial number. The CCIS makes it possible for us to categorize contents as restorable, non-restorable, and questionable items.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is an experienced company that uses industry-proven techniques to offer residential and commercial restoration services. To get help at any time of the day, call (954) 776-2000.

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How Our Technicians Make Flood Damage In Plantation A Thing Of The Past

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you feel that rainfall has been unusually heavy or regular over the past few months, be on the lookout for flash floods.

What Can Cause A Small Storm To Produce Flood Damage In Plantation?

While some storms (such as hurricanes) that cause flood damage in Plantation and surrounding communities can be easy to identify days in advance, many of our calls come from homeowners caught completely off-guard by relatively minor storms that somehow produce enough rainfall to flood their homes. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell whether or not a storm is likely to flood a property, and the best strategy is often to just maintain a constant state of preparedness in anticipation of any potential damages.

Prior Rainfall
Many people know that recent heavy rainfall can cause the soil to become saturated and lead to flood damage in Plantation and other communities, but what they often fail to consider is how much rain has fallen over a more extended period. The rain that regularly falls over several months can eventually become too much for the soil to bear, causing a relatively light individual storm to produce flooding. If you feel that rainfall has been unusually heavy or regular over the past few months, be on the lookout for flash floods.

Wind Patterns
Sometimes, it is not the rain that causes flooding so much as the wind. Strong wind currents can blow streams and bodies of water over their banks, leading to a wave of flooding around the water source. Moderate to strong rainfall coupled with powerful winds can be a devastating combination to your home.

Nearby Structures and Terrain
Any time a plot of land is developed or demolished around your home, or if natural areas experience a significant change, it can have the potential to place your home in a new danger zone for flooding. These changes could be permanent or as short-lived as a few weeks, but regardless of how long they remain in place, you should be wary of possible hazards. Be especially watchful for events such as wildfires or brush clearings that can change the soil composition and packing around your home.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South stands ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to calls for help from people in the local area who suffer at the hands of flood damage. Call our experts at the first sign of trouble at (954) 776-2000.

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Fight Black Mold With The Help of Our SERVPRO Heroes

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Our team has got your back when your store needs mold remediation services.

Removing Mold From Your Ft. Lauderdale Retail Store

While you might think that Black Friday can leave your Fort Lauderdale retail store in shambles, an actual disaster can cause even more detrimental effects. One of the things that many business owners do not even consider is the threat of mold growth in their retail stores. However, with just a small set of conditions to get met to allow for mold colonization, it is not as unlikely as you might believe.

One of the things that many business owners do not fully understand about mold in their Fort Lauderdale property is the detrimental effects to their investment, the building itself, and the customers and staff who fill it every day – leading to a need for mold remediation. The more you know about the dangers and risks of mold growth in your store, the better prepared you are to call remediation specialists like our SERVPRO team when the time comes.

With the kind of natural disasters that remain a persistent threat to the area throughout the year, flooding is always something that lingers in the mind of shop owners and homeowners throughout the region. Overcoming these effects might seem straightforward, but failure to remove all of the moisture and dampness these disasters leave behind can keep a door open for mold and microbial growth within your building that spreads quickly throughout the affected area.

Since the organism feeds on organic materials, the stock that you have in store itself becomes at risk immediately once a colony has formed. Spores travel far from the initial colony to seat into new materials such as clothing on racks and can erode and degrade these items to the point that they are irreparably damaged. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to help isolate the colony and keep this organism from spreading any farther than it already has while our technicians work to remove it entirely.

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While there are plenty of situations that you need to get prepared for when it comes to running a retail store, disasters like mold growth require you to seek the expertise and training of skilled professionals. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South mold remediation specialists can help you to remove the active colony and restore the damage that it has caused to your building. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (954) 776-2000.

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How To Recover From A Fire Caused By Your Space Heater In Your Plantation Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Should a fire break out in your home, large or small, it is never wise to delay in action.

The Space Heater Inside Your Plantation Home Can Cause Fire Damage

Fall is here, and you might be tempted to take out your space heater on a chilly morning, but leaving it unattended can cause fire damage inside of your home. While you go to make your morning coffee, you leave the heater on full blast in the living room. However, it was placed too close to the curtains and on top of carpet. While you're in the kitchen, the drapes catch fire and so does the carpeting.

When you smell the smoke and notice that fire damage is occurring inside your Plantation home, you rush to put it out with the extinguisher inside of your home. Despite the short amount of time that the fire was ablaze, it still managed to produce a lot of smoke around your drapes and carpet, causing soot stains on both. While the fire was relatively small, the wisest decision you can make is to call for professional help to assist with the stains left behind.

At SERVPRO, when we receive your call, we always strive to travel to your residence swiftly. We understand how valuable time is in the removal of stains left behind by a fire. The more time that your curtains and carpet have to sit, the tougher the stains can become to remove.

When we arrive at your home, we can start our investigation immediately and select the best method of stain removal for the delicate nature of your drapes and carpet. Our IICRC-certified techs can spread an absorbent powder overtop the stains left behind by the fire damage.

Absorbent powders are a delicate way to tackle soot stains left behind, as they clean by drawing the soil and dirt into the powder. Sometimes the powder can be mixed with a solvent and applied as a paste and left to dry. Afterward, SERVPRO can then use a vacuum to pull the powder and the stain away from your drapes and carpet.

Finally, if an odor remains behind, SERVPRO can use a thermal fogger to neutralize the particles in the air. Our goal is to leave your home feeling like it did in its pre-fire state.

Should a fire break out in your home, large or small, it is never wise to delay in action. Reach out to SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by dialing the phone number (954) 776-2000.

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Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Plantation Home

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

If your sink or bathroom drain or pipe continually leaks, your home will sustain water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away for cleanup services.

A Dripping Sound can Indicate Water Damage Under Sinks in Plantation

Hearing water dripping steadily can become an annoying noise, especially when it happens during the night in Plantation. When checking to see which sink is the culprit, but finding nothing in the sink, nor in any tubs, looking inside the cabinet might reveal the sound's source.
When your property has such a leaky drain, water damage in Plantation can begin softening the walls and other structures housed in the cabinet. The moisture that caused the damage can spread to nearby areas, causing additional losses. Weakened areas like this can create severe damage to other structures because of the weight of the sink and any countertops. Microbial infestation can also develop.
The IICRC has certified our crew members in several areas of expertise. The knowledge gained during training ensures that we know the latest methods for mitigating damage and restoring your home to the same condition it was in before water damage existed. Our knowledge includes minor details, such as keeping the area between your front door and the area we are working in neat and clean, as well as highly technical methods used to repair and restore damaged areas.
Because our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened” for you, we take the time to discuss all aspects of the job before, during, and after we finish. We need to know that you are satisfied with our work and the results we produce for you and your family. At any time you need to discuss something with us regarding the damage to your residence, we encourage you to discuss this with us as soon as possible.
When we restore damaged materials under a sink, the materials we remove can hold a lot of messy debris. We lay out protective tarps or heavy sheeting to keep your floor clean, and double bag everything we remove. We use high-powered air movers to dry out the enclosed space and then spray the area with antimicrobial agents. We use vacuums with HEPA filters to clean up the area and remove any dust generated by our activities.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South understands that water damage can happen because of unexpected drips, leaks, and other accidents. We are here to help you contain the mess, dry out your home, and get things back to normal again. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to reach our 24-hour service line and speak with us about the situation.

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Mold Removal Methods in Fort Lauderdale

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

If mold spreads on the walls of your bathroom, contact SERVPRO to assess the damage and start the remediation process.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Effective Mold Removal Methods

Mold is common to every home in Fort Lauderdale. Since mold spores are usually inert, they pose no more threat to the structure and its residents than common house dust. When spores become active, stopping growth and removing them is the only way to return each home to its original, clean condition.
Mold and the need for mold removal in a Fort Lauderdale home often start after a storm, or a major plumbing issue causes flooding. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that inert spores only need a small amount of water to expand and begin growing into a colony. In a short time, mold can grow to a point where it threatens the home’s structure and can become a health risk to some people.
In most areas of the home, our technicians find any visible mold and then trace it to its origin point. Once it is all identified, they spray everything with an anti-fungal agent and wipe down affected surfaces with a dry sponge. If the layer is very thick, team members repeat the process until the surface is clean, or they switch to a brush or scraping tool to remove it. Once they complete the task, more team members bring in a vacuum hose to remove the mold and blow it into a sealed containment bag for disposal.
One of the new methods SERVPRO technicians have to remove thick layers of the mold is soda blasting. Similar to bead- or sand-blasting paint from a car, it is very efficient when mold grows wood surfaces like the roof support structure in an attic. Technicians use a high-powered spray gun to force a stream of soda and water across the mold, breaking it away from the support beams and other surfaces.
While the blasting action is fairly quick, the mixture of soda and mold forms a cloud. Technicians have to wear a mask to protect themselves, as well as coveralls and gloves to prevent skin irritation. After completing blasting, they use the same vacuum method to remove the mix of mold and used soda.
Removing mold from an area home is not a short or simple task. If you see mold or can detect that tell-tale musty odor; contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today. We are here for you.
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What To Do When Your Microwave Shorts Out And Causes Fire Damage To Your Plantation Home

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

The microwave in your home is incredibly useful, but when it shorts out and causes a fire it is anything but useful.

Fire Damage To Your Home

The microwave in your home is an incredibly useful tool to help you prepare meals, but when it shorts out and causes fire damage inside your home is it anything but useful in that moment. Your microwave has its own independent nook inside of your cupboards, and unfortunately, the fire was quick to spread to the levels above it. The blaze impacted your spices and Tupperware, melting down the plastic materials and burning up the dried oregano and rosemary very swiftly, giving more fuel to the fire.

By the time you managed to put the flames out, it had burned your cupboards and spread smoke throughout your kitchen, making the fire damage in your Plantation home look much worse than it actually was. However, to ensure a successful damage remediation, it is vital for you to call for professional services right after the fire is extinguished. Promptly getting a team to your home can help reduce discoloration from smoke and soot as well as make it easier to remove.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, the first thing we can begin to do is clean up the mess that the fire left behind. We can remove your ruined microwave from the nook it is stored in, as well as scrape away the remains of the plastic containers and bottles from the shelves above. Afterward, SERVPRO can select a cleaning method to remove the soot from the various surfaces inside your kitchen, including your fridge, stove, countertops, sink, and cupboards.

On metal materials such as your sink, stove, and refrigerator, we can choose to use something a little more harsh, like chemical cleaning methods. On the wooden and stone surfaces of your countertop and cabinets, SERVPRO can use something more gentle, like lubricative cleaning solutions. We use a simple spray-and-wipe system, going over the stains repeatedly until they lift away from whatever we are cleaning.

Because the smell of burning plastic can be so foul, the last thing SERVPRO can do to remediate your kitchen is to use a thermal fogger. The "fog" of the machine is a solution that attacks the particles in the air that cause the foul odor. SERVPRO's goal is to rid your home of all reminders of the fire, including sight and smell.

If an electrical shortage in an appliance causes a fire inside your kitchen, never hesitate to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by phoning (954) 776-2000. Day or night, we are available for the job.

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Choosing Professional Carpet Drying For Your Fort Lauderdale Business

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Drying the affected area is critical to prevent mold and mildew growth, not to mention a continual weakening of structural components.

Professional Carpet Drying

Routine maintenance of your Ft. Lauderdale business can sometimes be trying enough, especially when your business sees a lot of foot traffic. Carpets often take the worst of these effects from the high volume of customers or clients, and this is made even worse when you have an emergency that leaves water damages throughout areas of your facility.

While you seek first to repair whatever the source of the water damage was, you also have to think about the most efficient manner for carpet drying in your Ft. Lauderdale business. One of the things that you need to consider when you have oversaturated carpeting is that time is not on your side. Pooling water and damp areas can weaken structural elements and ultimately cause irreparable damages if the situation does not get addressed promptly.

Water damage in the carpets of your business can get addressed in several steps, and these need to happen as quickly as possible to ensure the preservation of the materials. Extraction for oversaturated carpeting and pooling is a process that typically requires a specialized tool known as a weighted extractor. Given the magnetism for fibers in the carpet to hold on to dust, debris, and even the water in this situation, wet-vacs are less effective in these situations. Instead, a ride-on machine forces water to the surface to get extracted by pushing it out with a heavy roller.

Drying the area is critical to prevent mold and mildew growth, not to mention a continual weakening of structural components. If the water damage gets deemed deep enough, drying mats might get used to penetrate into the subflooring and dry the damage. Damage towards the surface can often get resolved with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers.

While this might have given you a more technical approach to the way that we can dry out carpeted areas in your facility, it shows you the level of dedication that our professionals put into a project like this. Given the concerns when areas of your facility are inadequately dried, trust our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South restoration technicians to do what it takes to restore these areas promptly. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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The Truth About Mold Growth in Your Plantation Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

When you find mold growing in your home, it is time to contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for mitigation services.

Team SERVPRO Understands Mold and the Type of Environment that it Needs to Proliferate

For nearly 100 years now, mold has been a widely misunderstood organism. Depending on where it grows and what it grows on, it can either be a benefit or a hazard. Part of the confusion stems from the misinformation about how mold grows in your home and what you should do if you find a colony of fungal growth in your Plantation residence.

There is no mistaking that some varieties of mold have helped to shape the world of medicine and provided cures and antibiotics for conditions that had been fatal before. Part of your job as a homeowner is to understand one simple truth about mold growth: there is no variety of mold that can grow in your home that is beneficial to you or your family. In fact, the mold damage you encounter in your Plantation home is the opposite.

Several varieties of mold can grow inside of your home as well, depending on the spores present in the environment and the kind of material in the affected area for colonization to begin. While many homeowners have been informed about occurrences of black mold, green and even orange varieties are also possible. Our SERVPRO remediators have the training to help them identify the specific type of microbial growth in your home and the most efficient means of removing it.

There are no types of mold that grow in your home that are not potentially hazardous. Those who expose themselves to thriving mold colonies run a risk of potential health effects. This fact should encourage any homeowner to forgo do it yourself methods of mold removal and trust in the professional remediation available from our SERVPRO technicians.

The discovery of mold in your home should encourage you to seek out the appropriate means of safely removing it. The longer that the problem persists, the more damage it can cause to your home, and threats of these mentioned health effects continue to increase. Trust in our experienced SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South remediation specialists to respond quickly and help you to remove this unwelcome growth in your home. You can reach us anytime at (954) 776-2000.
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Know Who to Call When Water Damage Affects Your Ft. Lauderdale Store

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

If your retail location suffered from a water damage emergency, that takes priority to remediate. Contact SERVPRO for quick drying action.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Your Store After Water Damage

As a business owner, you pour everything you have into helping your Ft. Lauderdale retail store succeed. For you, this means long hours in the hopes that your store reaches the levels of notoriety that you had dreamt. Unfortunately, a water incident in your shop can leave you unable to serve the customers of the community, and so taking care of these situations as they happen are of the utmost importance.

While you might not always think about the professional restoration companies that exist throughout the region, it is nice to have a plan in place in case you require fast restoration for water damages in your Ft. Lauderdale store. Our SERVPRO team prides itself on rapidly responding to both commercial and residential emergencies to get the job done quickly and to prevent further damages from occurring.

When our team of professionals arrives at your retail location, we assess where the damage came from and how widespread it actually is. In some scenarios, your business might only require concentrated cleaning and drying efforts to a small portion of the building. Others require more intricate equipment and personnel to bring the affected areas of the shop back to preloss conditions.

Whatever the cause of the damage, preventing it from happening again in the immediate future is a significant step in our overall restoration efforts. This process might require our SERVPRO technicians to replace or repair breaks in the plumbing, or help you to find the appropriate contractor to rebuild damaged areas that allowed for water penetration.

As always, drying the affected areas is the essential component to restoration. This step ensures that further damage does not occur and prevents situations like mold growth from compounding on the already present problem you face.

While you might not ever fully prepare for water damages affecting your business unexpectedly, knowing whom to call in a situation like this can help you to keep your doors open to the community that you serve. You can rely on the rapid response of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South water damage restoration technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.

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Water Removal After a Fire in Plantation

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave to dry out and remediate your damaged property.

SERVPRO Technicians Fully Understand That Remediating Fire Damage Includes Drying Out Your Property After the Firefighters Leave

Until you experience a home fire and the firefighting efforts made to rescue your Plantation house, the fact that fire damage remediation includes water removal and damage probably surprises you. When you are in the midst of fire damage recovery, it makes perfect sense - and adds stress to the situation. Water removal and fire damage are two of our core services.
Your burning home needed firefighters to pull out the stops, and now water removal in Plantation is at the top of your task list. Water and chemical extinguishers are essential but add to the chaos after the fire is out. Our restoration company is equally competent in water removal and fire restoration, a perfect balance for your challenges.
SERVPRO sends an experienced project manager to your home to assess all aspects of the disaster. The water removal steps precede everything except boarding up and tarping for a few key reasons. First, water is a known safety hazard, exposing you, your family, and our workers to slip and fall and electrocution concerns. Second, removing the water makes the cleanup of smoke and soot damage easier - without the added mess of water and floating debris is it far more comfortable to concentrate on the cleanup.
Finally, water is at least equal to or even more destructive than fire. If moisture remains unabated for 24 to 48 hours, microbial growth is possible. Porous materials like insulation and drywall dissolve in standing water, and carpeting can delaminate, and other fabrics weaken and stain. SERVPRO can limit or halt these processes as we remove the water.
As soon as practical, SERVPRO begins the operation of submersible pumps to evacuate the majority of the water. We use infrared scanning to locate hidden pockets of water as any residual continues to damage the property and threaten the space with mold growth. If required by rules and codes we contain and dispose of it as directed by local authorities. We follow the pumps with extractors, all the while testing materials for moisture levels. Structural drying follows, monitored with periodic moisture metering until the goals determined by our crew lead is reached.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South considers water removal to be an integral part of any fire damage restoration project. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 as soon as the firefighters leave to get this complex job in motion.

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When In-Place Carpet Drying Is Feasible After Water Damage In Fort Lauderdale

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

This saturated carpet will be dried and cleaned using extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers.

When water damage soaks your carpets call SERVPRO

Addressing water damage quickly makes more options available when determining how to dry out the carpeting in your Fort Lauderdale home. Depending on many different variables, drying wall to wall carpeting in place can be successful. Other considerations might suggest that removal and off-site drying before reinstallation is preferable. Let our carpet drying specialists help you choose the proper course for your situation.

After a water damage event in your Fort Lauderdale house, an action plan for carpet drying becomes a necessity. Specialized equipment and familiarity with protocols developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set our carpet drying services apart. Our training and experience suggest in-place drying can work under the following conditions.

  • The water damage occurred fewer than 72 hours before restoration.
  • The water involved is clean or Catagory One.
    The subfloor is a single layer, in good condition, and not comprised of laminate or hardwood.
  • The pad contains non-organic fibers.
  • No vapor barrier or non-permeable pad layer exists.
  • No microbial growth or contamination is evident.

SERVPRO accomplishes top down, in-place drying with more thorough extraction and increasing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers employed. First, our crew uses extractors with the regular wand to halt the migration of water from wet to dry areas of the carpeting. Then we switch to a weighted wand to force more moisture out of the carpeting and pad with each pass. 

SERVPRO crew members receiving training on the proper patterns to follow as the water is moved out of the carpet fibers. Typically we begin with the center of the room, switching to the perimeter as the drying proceeds. Our team finds that dividing the space into 10 square foot sections benefits a complete extraction. Periodic evaluation of the efficacy of the extraction is vital. Pulling a corner up and squeezing the pad allows us to be sure both carpeting and padding approach the moisture level wanted -- the goal is no water observable when we compress the fabrics.

Drying in-place minimizes disruption to your home. Furnishings need not be removed, just rearranged during the process. The process requires a more extended deployment of SERVPRO’s commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers but avoids removing and reinstalling large expanses of carpeting.

Professional assistance is crucial if you want to pursue in-place carpet drying. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South offers full-service carpet drying options. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to arrange an evaluation of your water damage scenario.

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SERVPRO Is The Firm To Call For Mold Removal In Ft. Lauderdale

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Loves Moisture in Ft. Lauderdale Homes, Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Ft. Lauderdale homeowners can try to be as vigilant as possible, but our climate and unexpected circumstances make it challenging to avoid mold growth. Knowledge of the life cycle of mold helps limit fungal infestations, but many natural events and accidents can fuel an outbreak. Our mold remediation team delivers a solution whatever the cause.

High-quality Mold removal in Ft. Lauderdale needs to be available quickly. A savvy homeowner takes the time to line up a reputable firm before the problem becomes overwhelming. Mold spores always float in the air or lie on surfaces inside or out. All that is needed for molds to thrive is moisture, which is also a common ingredient in our tropical climate. We arrange for our employees to receive the most up to date mold removal training because we know the need for this service is constant.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a mold remediation protocol that offers the most satisfactory results. SERVPRO crews are familiar with and employ this procedure. When we take on a mold project, we first contain the area where the mold grows, using physical barriers or air scrubbing equipment.

Once we establish containment zones, the SERVPRO crew typically wears personal protective gear to remove the mold. Nonporous surfaces respond well to scrapping and wiping. If the mold hyphae penetrate into an object or surface, we use products to release the mold like EPA registered antimicrobials or strategies like soda blasting, akin to sandblasting, using sodium bicarbonate as an abrasive to loosen mold.

Mold removal precedes bagging and proper disposal of the moldy material. Then SERVPRO employees evaluate the circumstances to identify where the moisture that feeds the mold originates. We suggest options and arrange for repairs to limit the moisture as that is the only way to avoid mold removal emergencies in the future.

Call SERVPRO for mold removal in Ft. Lauderdale with the assurance that we approach the problem with the industry’s best practices. We do not promise to eliminate mold spores, but we offer effective removal of active mold colonies together with a proven plan to inhibit their immediate reestablishment.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is a leader in mold removal and remediation services. Call (954) 776-2000 if you suspect mold infestation in your home.

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Flood Damage Indicates the Saturation of Your Ft. Lauderdale Home in Hazardous Category 3 Water

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Dealing with Flood Damage Issues? SERVPRO Has Your Back

Interspersed with bodies of water, Ft. Lauderdale has many different types of recreational activities for families. New construction of roads and business areas change the terrain in many ways, sometimes making new pathways for rainwater to get to those bodies of water.

Unfortunately, sometimes these changes cause the rainwater to fail to reach a lake or river before it causes flood damage to someone's Ft. Lauderdale home. If this happens to your home, SERVPRO can help you by providing services that mitigate the damage and stop preventable damages from becoming an additional nightmare. The IICRC classifies floodwater as Category 3, the worst type possible. Sewage and toilet backups also fall into this same classification, showing the foulness of this water.

SERVPRO's mitigation experts can restore your home so not only does the water disappear, but we also remove the many hidden dangers, as well. Pathogens, organic material, and chemicals that washed into your residence can create odors, also. After our Odor Control Technician (OCT) completes work focused on destroying smells caused by remnant particles, restored homes once again smell "Like it never even happened."

Belongings affected by the flood that you point out to our crew can receive priority care, so we restore these first. Doing so can help your family while dwelling with relatives or other temporary location by providing at least a partial sense of normalcy. Other belongings still receive timely treatment to ensure that they become pathogen-free again and safe for your use.

Removing the water, cleaning your home, and airing things out so mold fails to grow and water damage never develops beyond the initial stages help to save you substantial costs. It also helps assure you that moving back into your home soon after can become a soon-realized event, and help your family fully recover from the disaster.

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SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can be contacted at (954) 776-2000 whenever you have an emergency involving flood damage. We always answer our phone, 24/7, every day of the year. Please call us, so we can help your family by professionally mitigating the damage and eliminating the risks to your family.

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Commercial Water Damage Can Compromise Food Safety Where Patrons Dine in Ft. Lauderdale

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Out Your Favorite Venue in Ft. Lauderdale.

SERVPRO Strives to Cleanup and Restore Your Ft. Lauderdale Business with Minimal Disruptions

Ft. Lauderdale has many different venues for tourists, visitors, and locals to enjoy time with friends and family while being entertained. A majority of these activities seem enhanced when we include food, so many establishments provide a variety of items to guests. Not only does this increase your guests' satisfaction but it also adds considerably to your profits.
Local food regulations require you maintain a clean environment where food storage and preparation takes place in your Ft. Lauderdale venue, but commercial water damage can make this difficult to achieve. Crumbling sections of walls, countertops, and other parts of your kitchen can cause food contamination nightmares. Not only that, but establishments of any kind with water damage also have higher incidences of pest infestations. We work hard to do our part to keep the local food inspectors satisfied with the sanitation in your establishment.
One of the problems with such catastrophes involves social media. Building your reputation in today's business world relies heavily on customer feedback, often on sites under outside control. Once a business receives a negative review, it typically remains on the internet permanently. SERVPRO technicians can help your business thrive by mitigating water damage before these catastrophes happen and diminish your patrons' experience. Positive word-of-mouth advertising can only promote your business, and we aim to help you achieve this and avoid any negativity that water damaged food preparation areas can cause.
We can work discretely and alongside your employees when needed helps you carry out your normal business operations without interruption. This can often happen when you detect water damaged areas before they become too large. Prevention always costs considerably less and requires significantly less time, as well. More extensive damage might require temporary closure of your business, and this can quickly affect profits.
Our employees are skilled in the diverse aspects of mitigation and also in carrying out these steps in the presence of other people, including your patrons. However, we can often finish mitigating an empty building faster and more efficiently, and with less risk of injury to others than we can in an occupied building. Discussing your options in this regard can help you decide how you would like for us to proceed.
At the first sign of water damage in your entertainment venue, contact us, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, your local experts in disaster mitigation, by calling (954) 776-2000. We can help you keep your patrons happy and safe by avoiding possible contaminants in your food preparation environment through proper and effective mitigation.

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An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire In Your Davie Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Your Davie home can still suffer damage from small fires, even if you put it out before it spreads to another room.

An Unwatched Candle Can Cause A Small Fire

Everyone can get distracted by their work or home chores, but it is never a good thing when this distraction has the potential to lead to fire damage. There are plenty of reasons to use a candle in your home, including aromatherapy to destress, but it is never a smart idea to leave the room that a candle is burning in for an extended period. A pet or a child could accidentally knock it over and, even though the flame is small, it has the potential to create a fire and leave behind damage.

Your Davie home can still suffer damage from small fires, even if you put it out before it spreads to another room. Curtains, tablecloths, napkins, and foodstuffs can still all burn up quickly when in contact with a fire of a small nature. As the fire spreads from object to object, it can grow in magnitude. The blaze can leave soot, ash, and discoloration behind, but a professional fire restoration company can help remediate these problems.

SERVPRO strives to get to your home as quickly as possible after your call. The longer that greasy soot stains stay in contact with the wood of your table, or the paint of your walls, the higher chance it has to discolor your belongings. The sooner a professional can begin remediating the damage, the easier it is to return your possessions to you in their preloss condition.

Our SERVPRO techs can sort through whatever you lost in the fire, including your curtains and tablecloth. When it comes to cleaning, our techs usually use a combination of three methods to remove soot, including lubricating and chemical cleaners as well as abrasive tactics. SERVPRO can set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture the particles in the air that cause bad odors and neutralize them. We aim to erase as many reminders of the damage that took place in your home as possible.

Don't wait to call for professional help when a candle causes a fire in your home. Reach SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000. Trust us to handle the damage so you can concentrate on other things.

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Plantation's Water Damage Technicians Explain Moisture's Effects on Carpet

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

If moisture is not extracted quickly, it can damage carpet to the point where it must be removed and replaced.

Call SERVPRO ASAP to Save Carpet after Water Damage

Water getting inside a house in Plantation can cause problems with building materials, including carpet. Excessive moisture can damage the carpet to the point where it must be removed and replaced. Since carpeting material is porous, carpet can trap in moisture present in the subfloor.

If the carpet is left wet for too long, foul odors can fill the room with mildew-like smells. Some types of carpet can develop black mold after a water damage issue in Plantation. Mold can spread to other building materials and cause health effects.

Determining whether the carpet needs to be removed or if water removal can save it is the first step when mitigating issues with wet carpet. All carpet has a primary and secondary backing that is held together with latex. Latex also is what adheres the carpet fibers to the backing. When carpets get saturated by water, the latex can deteriorate.

When the latex breaks down due to moisture, delamination or the separation of the backing material can occur. Deteriorating latex reduces the carpets structural integrity. If the primary or secondary backing gets detached, the carpet must be replaced.

After water affects a house, any glued down carpet can form bubbles underneath. The bubbles are the result of moisture breaking down the glue. In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians can peel up the carpet and glue it back down to remove the air bubbles. In other scenarios, the carpet must get pulled up and removed.

The padding underneath carpet can get ruined by excessive moisture as well. If water saturates carpet padding, it can lose its structural integrity and break apart. Padding can also trap moisture present inside the subfloor and hold foul odors. If the carpet pad gets in the way of drying the subfloor or carpet, it gets pulled out and discarded because it is relatively inexpensive to replace.

If the moisture inside the home has not yet ruined the carpet or pad, then it can be saved by drying. When drying carpet and the pad underneath it, our IICRC certified technicians pull up the carpet and put an air mover at an end so that the air "floats" the carpet up and dries more rapidly. Calling SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 can help speed up the drying of excessive moisture inside your home.

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Flood Damage and Cleanup in Your Fort Lauderdale Home

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen very quickly. When you and your family are safe, it is time to contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Dries Out Your Flooded Property

While longer days and warmer weather come with Spring, the season also brings conditions such as heavy rains which could increase your risk for a flood in Fort Lauderdale. Spring storms can bring several inches of rain in only a few hours, or they can stall out over one area for several days. These heavy rains can bring severe flooding by overwhelming the ground, overflowing storm drains, or causing rivers to spill out of their banks or levees.
When the rains in your area have caused flooding in your Fort Lauderdale home, you are left with quite a mess on your hands, no matter how much water got inside. Flooding and flood damage completely disrupts your daily life and is something that needs to be attended to right away. Let our SERVPRO staff help you get the water out and dry your residence and possessions so you can return to your normal life.
Even after we are done getting all the water out of your property, our job is not done. Structural items, like subfloors and walls, may require cleaning. We use professional products to make your home look as good, if not better; then it was before the flooding.
SERVPRO staff clean and deodorize any carpeting which was exposed to the floodwaters. We choose a carpet cleaning method which is appropriate for the level of soiling. We look at things such as if the dirt is primarily on the fiber tips or if it is ground down into the fibers, if the carpet fibers are very matted, and if they stiff and sticky. We have various methods of cleaning we use depending on how severe the soiling was. In the case of grey water where we are salvaging the carpet, we use a more aggressive method.
Most of the time, we need to clean other items in your home as well. All contents exposed to water or high humidity need to be evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture requires cleaning and polishing after exposure to high humidity. We also check clothing, closets, and storage areas for contents that need cleaning and deodorizing. All photographs and wall hangings are also checked for damage from condensation and high humidity. When it comes to electronics, they can require unique drying and cleaning services to restore them, so we recruit the help of other professionals.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South wants to make sure your entire home in Pembroke Pines, Davie, or Weston is dry and clean before we say that our job is done. Give us a call at (954) 776-2000 as soon as you need us so we can help you.

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The Right Team for Mold Damage Repair in Your Fort Lauderdale Residence

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

When remediating mold damage, SERVPRO locates and stops the source of the moisture to prevent future mold growth.

Rely on SERVPRO for Quick and Thorough Mold Damage Remediation

While you are almost always working to keep up with the needs of your home as it ages, there are inevitably going to be circumstances that are out of your depth to remedy and repair. Such is the case of discovering mold growth and its subsequent damage in your Fort Lauderdale house. While you might think that fixing this problem is as simple as thoroughly cleaning the area, most conventional cleaning efforts are not able to successfully remove the entire organism, not to mention repair or restore the damage that the colonies have caused.

Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO professionals get specially trained to deal with all varieties of fungal growth and the latest remediation methods for efficient removal and restoration of the affected areas. If you have mold damage to repair in your Fort Lauderdale home, having the right team of remediation specialists to call can help you to make the process smooth and bring your home back from this compromised condition more quickly.

From the moment that our team arrives at your house, we begin our assessment into the full scope of the damage starting with the farthest reaches of mold colonies throughout the affected areas. This process gives our SERVPRO specialists the area of the job that needs to be sectioned off. Preventing mold spores from spreading to new areas while the remediation process is underway is critical to not having the problem recur.

Locating the source of the moisture that fed the mold spores and allowed them to form into colonies is a critical component of our remediation process as well. By stopping this source from allowing more water into this area of your home in the future, recurrences are much less likely. After repairs have gotten completed, and the colonies have gotten removed, drying the area is the next step. Dehumidification equipment gets used for this step to pull the moisture from the air quickly. For an added measure of security and peace of mind, our technicians might recommend a permanent dehumidifier for the area.

When you discover mold damage in your home, many people find themselves overwhelmed with how to get rid of it and prevent it from ever happening again. Fortunately, with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, you do not have to combat this situation by yourself. Our experienced mold remediation specialists are available 24/7 just by calling (954) 776-2000.

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Professional Restoration Company Supplies Fort Lauderdale Residents With Carpet Drying Services

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Wet carpeting can be dried out if you contact SERVPRO fast enough after a water damage situation. Call us right away for best results.

Trained SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property After an Incident

Experiencing water damage of any kind on your property can leave you with water-soaked carpeting that requires a professional's attention. Leaving moisture in your carpet to dry naturally can cause severe damage to your subfloor and even allow mold to grow.  
A quality restoration company can perform carpet drying services in your home that make it possible to reuse wet carpeting. However, the speed at which you make your decisions plays a significant role in how much of a loss you suffer. Avoid hesitating when it comes to water damage on your Fort Lauderdale property, call for help immediately.
SERVPRO technicians can provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to get things under control quickly. We perform carpet drying services with a variety of water extraction, cleaning, and drying equipment that makes the entire drying process as efficient as possible. Just to let you know, renting a wet/dry vacuum from a local hardware store is not a viable alternative.  
SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC-industry certified technicians with several years experience in providing drying, cleaning, and decontamination services. We can pull up entire sections of your carpet, remove saturated padding, dry the subfloor, install new padding, and re-install carpeting to return your home to a quality pre-water damage condition.
SERVPRO has water extractors of all shapes and sizes, making removing water from your home easier than ever before. We also use hygrometers, dehumidifiers, and air-moving equipment to ensure the removal of all pockets of hidden moisture throughout your home. Our technicians take pride in providing full-service solutions to our customers and want to serve as your answer to water damage situations that often affect your property.
SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has an entire Green Fleet assembled, ready to deploy throughout the Davie, Weston, Pembroke Pines area. We provide quality cleanup and restoration services to members of our local communities 24/7, 365, including holidays. Contact us today to obtain professional carpet drying services you can count on to keep your home clean and safe. (954) 776-2000
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When You Require Complete Water Damage Repairs For Your Ft Lauderdale Bar

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Keep Your Bar Open for Ft. Lauderdale Vacationers After Water Damage--Call SERVPRO

Water Removal is a Key Component of SERVPRO Restoration for Your Commercial Establishment

When your business suffers water damage, especially a significant disaster, it can be difficult to determine the most efficient and cost-effective means of moving forward. As with any business, your Ft. Lauderdale bar cannot expect to make any money when you cannot open your doors to the paying customers that want to get inside, so time is of the essence to get the issues resolved and the damaged restored as quickly as possible. Time is money, after all.
While you might be aware that SERVPRO can handle water damage without much trouble, you might not be aware that our team is also able to handle the necessary water damage repairs to your Ft. Lauderdale bar as well. You can have both the means of getting the immediate damage restored as well as fixing structural concerns and problems that prevent you from functioning like you used to before the incident.
It begins with thoroughly assessing the source of the damage that you have experienced in the bar. Typically speaking, even significant water damage comes from one central point, be it a break in the water lines inside of the building, appliance malfunctions, or something of this nature. Initially, this source has to get shut down to allow for the immediate restoration and water removal efforts to begin.
Once the affected areas have gotten restored, our SERVPRO technicians assess the areas in need of structural repair and plumbing repairs to prevent future problems. Material like drywall can get significantly damaged by the presence of pooled water, so portions of this often need to get replaced when you have water emergencies inside of your facility. Fortunately, we partner with the skilled commercial contractor for rebuilding after our water restoration service is complete.  
The same can get said for the plumbing inside of the bar as well. When you have breaks and ruptures that were the cause of this initial water damage, these are areas of your plumbing that have to get replaced and repaired before the restoration efforts can get deemed successful.
As you can see, there are many sides to the SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South restoration team. When you are grappling with water damage to your business and need a quality restoration outfit to get you back on your feet, give our team a call today at (954) 776-2000.

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What to do After a Flood Damage to Your Plantation Home?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience flood damage, the first step is to make sure you and your family are safe.

Steps to Take Before the Professionals Arrive

Whether it is due to a storm or heavy rains, flood damage can wreak havoc on your property. It is essential to have a plan in place to ensure your safety and minimize the damage.

Thankfully, professional restoration experts can help you deal with the aftermath of flood damage to your Plantation home. The IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians have the necessary equipment and technical knowledge to get the situation under control. You can do a few things before the professional help arrives after flood damage to your home.

Ensure Your Safety

Safety comes first. Before you do anything, ensure that you and your loved ones are safe and protected. Flooded areas can have many dangers such as unstable structures, unsure footing, and floating debris. Wait for the help to arrive before trying to clean up the mess by yourself.

Call in the Professionals

Once you are safe, the next thing is to call in the professionals to begin the restoration process. SERVPRO technicians can contact you within an hour after we hear from you and within four hours of your call, our technicians can reach you to start the process. A restoration expert can contact you and arrange for the services. We take pride in the fact that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Assess the Damage, if Possible 

Until the professionals arrive, you can prepare a visual record of the damage caused by the flood. Take many pictures from different angles, if it is possible to take pictures of the damage. It might help you during the insurance negotiations. Make sure that you share your assessment with the restoration experts so that they are aware of the damage.

It can be tempting to start the restoration process before the professionals arrive. However, it is not a particularly great idea. It is much wiser to wait for the technicians to arrive rather than trying to do something on your own.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today to schedule an appointment and a free consultation.  

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Early Signs of Mold Damage in Your Fort Lauderdale Home That You Should Never Ignore

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has certifications to remediate mold damage from residential and commercial properties.

What Are The Early Signs of Mold in Your Ft Lauderdale Property?

Once mold finds its way into your home, it can spread very quickly if you do not act fast. The best way to prevent it from turning into a total catastrophe is to have professionals mitigate it in time. The earlier the professionals can intervene, the better.

Thankfully, you can spot the mold in its early stages in your Fort Lauderdale home, if you know how to read the early signs. Call in the experts at SERVPRO as soon as you spot any of the following signs of mold damage to prevent it from getting out of hand.

Moldy smell
One of the earliest signs of mold damage is the characteristic moldy smell. Even if the mold is not visible, the existence of a musky, damp odor can indicate its presence in places such as attics and behind walls. If a portion of your home has such an odor, call in the experts at SERVPRO immediately.

Visible mold growth
The mold damage starts with a few colonies in damp places such as bathrooms, attics, and crawlspaces. If you spot any growth that you suspect can be mold, call the professionals as soon as you can. Avoid trying to clean the mold by yourself, even if there are only a few colonies. Not only mold can have health effects, trying to clean it by yourself can help spread it to unaffected areas easily.

Excessive humidity
Mold loves humidity. If there is excessive humidity in a part of your home, it can quickly become the breeding ground of mold. A humidity level of above 60% is most conducive for the mold growth. So, if you experience more than usual humidity in a part of your home, seek professional help to fix the problem.

Water damage
Water damage due to broken fixtures or pipes can be inviting to the mold. If you see signs of water damage such as warped paint, water stains, condensation problems, seek professional help immediately. If you ignore the water damage, it can create a very favorable space for the mold to grow and before you know it, you might have two problems.

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Safety Measures for Mold Damage in Ft Lauderdale

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has the Answers for Mold Remediation in Ft. Lauderdale

For Mold Remediation, Rely on the Best Practices of SERVPRO

Mold damage to homes in Ft Lauderdale is no laughing matter. In addition to costing hundreds or thousands of dollars in remediation costs, some species of mold can cause health effects with prolonged exposure. Protecting the safety of residents and our technicians is SERVPRO's top priority, and we institute numerous safety protocols and measures in the average mold damage remediation project to ensure that everyone involved leaves happy, healthy, and better for the wear. Here are some safety measures you can expect in your home during our work.
Air Filtration
Air filtration is among our most common treatments for mold damage in Ft Lauderdale and surrounding areas because it is essential for almost all cases. We use industrial-strength air filtration devices to rapidly and thoroughly scrub the air from spores and chemical contaminants, ensuring that as little harmful material as possible remains once we leave. This process can also help to eliminate dust and other airborne contaminants in your home, and you may notice markedly better air quality in the residence once this step of the process finishes. These devices are called HEPA filtered air scrubbers.

We take care to use heavy sanitization techniques across all infected areas of the home, scrubbing surfaces clean of spores and mold growth on both the visual and to a degree the microscopic levels. Through a combination of chemical sanitizers, UV ray devices, and other treatments, we eliminate as many microscopic spores as possible within a compressed time frame.

For particularly severe cases of mold damage, we may recommend a partial quarantine or full temporary move-out of the home to avoid the risk of anyone contracting an illness or spreading the mold further. While quarantines are often difficult and inconvenient, they are necessary under difficult cleanup projects.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South provides the community with trustworthy, experienced, and inexpensive mold damage remediation services. If you find mold in your home, call us at (954) 776-2000.

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Cleaning The Walls And The Air After Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

The most overwhelming thing about the fire damage to your Fort Lauderdale home is where to begin.

Cleaning The Walls And The Air After A Fire

Once the fire trucks have pulled away from your Fort Lauderdale home, you are likely stressed and confused about what to do next. The fire affected several rooms of your home before it could get successfully extinguished, and now the soot and odor are the two most prominent problems that you are facing. Attempting to repair and restore the damages on your own can be overwhelming, and most in your same position have chosen to seek professional restoration services.

The most overwhelming thing about the fire damage to your Fort Lauderdale home is where to begin. Fortunately, by contacting us at SERVPRO, we can walk you through our entire restoration process to put you at ease as we move forward. Based on your priorities, our experienced and certified restoration specialists start to put your home back to its preloss condition.

Soot is often a very abrasive by-product of a recent fire, and it can be widespread throughout your home (even affecting areas that were not directly impacted by the flames). Cleaning these areas is an important step and one that involves specialty equipment like scrubbers and rollers. Depending on the severity of the damages from the smoke and soot, out SERVPRO team chooses between wet and dry cleaning of the surfaces of your home, wet cleaning getting reserved for some of the heaviest of residues. Ideally, the process is intended to restore the walls back to their original condition. If that is not possible, the process prepares your walls for primer and paint.

Odor removal is a commonly overlooked aspect of fire restoration, as many homeowners in the throes of this stressful time have a hard time focusing on anything but the immediate damage they can see. Fire damage can create odors that are noxious or that are at the very least difficult to stomach for days at a time. Using HEPA filtration systems and foggers, our experienced team can nullify odor molecules entirely in the affected area, leaving behind no trace of the former foul scent.

These are just some of the processes involved in our extensive fire restoration process. If you are dealing with a recent fire, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South. You can reach us 24/7 at (954) 776-2000.

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Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale Offices

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleans and Restores Water Damaged Commercial Carpeting in Fort Lauderdale

SERVPRO Tries to Quickly Restore Water Damaged Carpets While Allowing the Office Operations to Continue

The goal of restoring the effects of water damage in Fort Lauderdale is to preserve the affected building and its contents. One of our first concerns is the carpet. In a business that may already be struggling, replacing the carpet may be the final expense that closes their doors permanently. Alternatively, it may be part of the fine ambiance of an office that leads to a successful enterprise.

 For commercial carpet drying, Fort Lauderdale business owners need SERVPRO to understand the primary problems with carpets and how to deal with them. Once exposed to water, each one is at risk for latex deterioration and backing separation, also called delamination.
Carpets have primary and secondary backings. Latex is what manufacturers use to attach carpet fibers to the primary backing and the primary to the secondary backing. Unfortunately, latex breaks down immediately after installation. It is a very slow process, however, and most carpets have a fairly long life. Exposure to water breaks down the latex more quickly, causing the fibers and the backings to separate.
Delamination first shows up as bubbles. They form when air finds its way between the two backings. Air bubbles the first form in high traffic areas like entryways, hallways, and waiting rooms. There is often water in the bubbles as well. Delamination can also happen because of poor installation. SERVPRO technicians know that the only way to prevent these problems is to carefully draw water out of each carpet and thoroughly dry them.
We begin by pumping out any standing water and then use extraction wands to draw moisture out of the carpets. Technicians use these devices carefully since there is the possibility of aggravating or even causing delamination by using the wands on too high a setting when the latex is wet, and the backings are more vulnerable to separation.
Some buildings use a commercial grade, short-napped carpet that is glued to the subfloor. In these cases, if there is a lot of standing water, we may use a "Rover" which is similar to a riding lawn-mower to vacuum water from the material. We can attempt to "float" the edges by the baseboards to induce a faster rate of evaporation.

After we complete extraction, we set up a series of air movers and axial fans. The air movers force warm, dry air over the carpet surface. We can adjust the angle, intensity, and temperature of each device to ensure the carpet dries quickly but does not cause any secondary damage. The box fans we install at exit points draw cool, damp air from the affected rooms, hallways, and other areas which allows the air movers to work more efficiently.
Returning every business to a dry, safe state is important for our local and state economies. If your business needs our help, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is here to offer assistance. Call (954) 776-2000 today for more information and to set up an appointment.

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Fire Damage And Smoke Removal Services In Plantation

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire damage can take a toll on your property and significantly reduce its total value.

Fire Damage And Smoke Removal Services

When a fire occurs in any Plantation home, the aftermath can be overwhelming. The destruction from the smoke can become even worse if you postpone the fire damage restoration process. The longer you wait after the damage has occurred, the higher the chances that restoration costs and damages will increase.

You can minimize long-term issues and avoid costly repairs by contacting a competent fire damage restoration company based in Plantation. As a locally-based and longstanding fire and smoke damage restoration firm, SERVPRO is conveniently positioned to respond quickly to your emergency. We have a team of highly skilled, IICRC-certified technicians that can come in and restore your property to preloss conditions as best as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Once you call SERVPRO and direct our experts to the site, we can assess the extent of the fire damage and determine the appropriate cleanup process. Using a licensed and insured restoration company is essential to minimize the risk of further damage to your property. Our professionals are thoroughly trained to deal with this type of situation, applying their experience to restore every part of the fire-damaged home.

SERVPRO's fire damage restoration services are designed to save as many of your belongings (including furniture, clothing, and appliances) as possible. We document everything we remove from your house by keeping written records or taking pictures. SERVPRO employees work quickly and carefully to help you get your life back to order within no time. When the cleanup process is over, we return any salvageable items back to your home.

Fire damage is often accompanied by certain signs that are quite conspicuous, for instance, discoloration on walls and ceilings, as well as dark stains on surfaces. We offer professional smoke removal services that can help remove soot residue on these surfaces using industrial-grade tools and products. We also use advanced deodorization techniques to eliminate odors that tend to linger in hidden areas within the structure.

Smoke and fire damage can take a toll on your property and significantly reduce its total value. If you need quick and reliable fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is there to help. SERVPRO's emergency response service is available 24/7, every day of the year. Call us today at (954) 776-2000.

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Why You Need Professional Water Removal Services in Plantation

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Regardless of the cause of the water damage, a call to SERVPRO starts the water removal process and helps prevent mold from setting in.

Our Trained Technicians Dry Out Every Nook and Cranny of Your Water Damaged Property

A water damage problem arises when your area experiences a storm, your roof leaks or when plumbing systems fail. Immediate action should be taken to mitigate the loss that may result from water emergencies in Plantation. If you fail to do water removal, your ceiling, flooring, carpet, and property may be subject to damage, and even creation of favorable conditions for mold growth may result.

Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians are trained to offer residents of Plantation professional water removal, repair and clean up services. While responding to water emergencies, we begin by identifying the source of the problem and perform the necessary repair. During the restoration process, we attend to leaks, broken pipes, water heater and sump pumps failures.

Dehumidifiers are some of the equipment that our technicians use to lower the air's relative humidity. The device works by promoting the evaporation of moisture to the surrounding, thus making target area dry. Low grain refrigerant, desiccant, and refrigerant are the primary type of dehumidifiers that our water damage technicians use. Each model is used to attain different results and under different circumstances.

The time that our SERVPRO technicians take to clean and dry your property depends on the level of the water damage. In the early stages of the restoration process, we do property pack up, cleaning, removing the unsalvageable contents, disinfecting and deodorizing the affected areas. The air sanitizers and drying equipment do not leave the site until the water extraction, and clean-up process is complete. A test is done to confirm whether the affected property has attained the standard moisture, humidity and temperature levels before removing the necessary equipment.

Technicians from SERVPRO observe safety precautions when using the cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting products. That is why you are advised to stay away from the area since you may not have protective equipment like splash goggles and respirators.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South responds faster to all types of storm, fire, water and mold damage disasters. Call us at (954) 776-2000 to be served by a trusted leader in restoration.

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Professional Mold Removal Stops Damage and Prevents Reinfestation in Fort Lauderdale Properties

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Florida homes have a higher risk of experiencing microbial growth and mold damage due to the weather conditions.

Call the Certified Technicians at SERVPRO at the First Sign of Mold in Your Home

Fort Lauderdale homes remain at higher risk of microbial growth, water damage, and other hurricane-related problems. SERVPRO technicians study and receive IICRC certificates in mitigation and related fields so homeowners can rest assured that their homes receive the necessary care.

Discovering mildew and mold growing in a Fort Lauderdale home signifies the need for professional mold removal and remediation. Without this, mold can continue to grow. Unchecked, it can take over a home quickly. Made from cellulose of various forms, homes contain almost unlimited amounts of food sources for mold and mildew.

Growth cannot happen without a source of water for these microbes, however. Part of remediation of mold includes locating this source and eliminating it from the environment. Leak from pipes, drains, or appliances can happen, as can entryways for external sources of water. Loose roofing materials, soggy floors in crawlspaces, and basement cracks can all allow water to enter your home.

Before we remove the mold already growing inside your home by cutting away and removing drywall, carpeting, and other materials, we put up physical barriers, such as heavy-gauge plastic sheeting, and set up air scrubbers. These machines eliminate microscopic pathogens and other debris from the air.

Carpeting can sustain copious amounts of damage, even in areas where it seems dry and impervious to moisture. This happens because the moisture travels within the absorbent and highly porous padding underneath. Mold also consumes the glue on the carpet's underside. Eliminating any carpet affected by mold often removes a large percentage of the mold within a home.

Because mold can grow anywhere in a home, we can perform mold removal from any type of situation or environment. Having only a normal amount of mold and mildew in your home protects not only your home but it also protects the people living there.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South's technicians can help perform the latest techniques in mold removal, so your home no longer suffers from mold damage and any subsequent effects. Reaching us is as easy as calling our local number, (954) 776-2000, at any hour, day or night. Our 24-hour service remains ready every day of the year.

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Minimize Disruption By In-Place Carpet Drying For Your Fort Lauderdale Business

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

A water event that saturates the carpeting in a furniture store setting poses a threat of causing major damage.

Carpet Drying For Your Business

A water event that saturates the carpeting in a commercial setting poses a question for the Fort Lauderdale business owner. Removing carpeting and padding for drying off-site may close your location down twice, once for the pullout, and a second time to reinstall. Finding a carpet drying firm that offers in-place drying limits downtime if done skillfully.

In-place carpet drying for your Fort Lauderdale furniture store is feasible as the water soaking the area is clean, from supply pipe break and the carpet laid over a concrete subfloor. The display furnishings need not all be removed from the showroom, simply repositioned as our team works through the room. The project manager carefully weighs the pros and cons and suggests the in-place method, confident our trained technicians and specialized equipment are up to the task.

No cutting of carpet or unraveling of seams is necessary when the in-place method wins. SERVPRO work crews receive advanced education in the methodology of this strategy, including the order of very specific steps. Extraction of the water is the initial job, and must be done aggressively, as the process only works if the majority of the water is removed from both carpet and padding before moving on to drying technologies.

Weighted extractors use both suction and pressure to move the moisture out of the fibers. The center of the area is treated first, followed by the perimeter. If water is migrating to dry areas during the extraction, the SERVPRO crew members focus on 10-foot square sections at a time, using a wand before the weighted extractor to limit the migration.

The carpet may appear dry, but if the padding still holds significant water, it continuously wicks into the carpeting. Expect the SERVPRO team to inspect the progress made periodically, checking the padding in accessible areas for water load and resuming extraction over a previously completed area until the pad holds no water.

Extraction in-place seems more time consuming, but it is still much less disruptive and takes less time overall than a tear out and replacement. Once areas of the carpeting and underlying padding approach the moisture level desired, SERVPRO workers position air movers and industrial strength, specialized dehumidifiers to move moisture from the carpet fibers to the air. The movement of the air and action of the dehumidifiers cause the ambient humidity to reduce as the water-laden air plays across the coils and condenses within the dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has the experienced and trained technicians and specialized equipment to dry even large areas of wet carpeting in-place. Call (954) 776-2000 as soon as possible after a water event to schedule an evaluation and move quickly to dry out your business’s carpeting.

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Dealing with Dreaded Surprises Created by Hurricane Irma in Fort Lauderdale

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma's Force Gets Cleanup from SERVPRO in Ft. Lauderdale

Hurricane Water Intrusion Leads to Secondary Problems in Homes and Condos

Usually, returning to your winter home in Fort Lauderdale is worth the time spent packing up and winterizing your more northerly residence. Most of the time, the usual preparations made before winter residents travel out of Florida for their summer homes provide enough protection from the fall weather. However, Hurricane Irma slammed into our sunny state with much more force than many expected.
This forcefulness may have left your home filled with water. This moisture can allow mold and mildew, along with many other problems, to destroy your Ft. Lauderdale winter home's interior. SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated service and has the professionally trained personnel you need to stop any current damage from worsening. Our 24-hour services include restoration and cleanup of homes, so they look “Like it never even happened,” even after a hurricane.
What winter residents should look for upon returning South in their home's interiors include visible mold, dank and heavy odors, and saturation that might occur anywhere in the home. Carpets might contain water that stays hidden until someone walks across the room. Mattresses and upholstered furniture easily harbor enough moisture for mold to grow, often rendering these pieces unsafe for future use.
Knowing the difference between saturation from rainwater or flooding helps immensely. With hurricane-force winds, rain can enter through the cracks in or around windows rather rapidly. Boarding up often helps, but these boards can splinter under the stress recently seen, and then, instead of protecting them, shatter the windows.
Flooding can bring in pathogens that threaten health with severe, even deadly illnesses. SERVPRO's technicians receive training in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and they can quickly determine the presence of pathogenic activity. When a home is protected by barriers, as in the case of boarding up, floodwaters may not carry in larger, tell-tale signs, such as debris. However, the microbes, being tiny, may seem non-existent and unimportant.
Our equipment can pinpoint the level of microbial activity and populations. We then take action to remove these from your home. Infections and illnesses can affect people, but mold and mildew damage a home quickly, making it an unlivable mess. Water extraction done quickly is the key to mitigating physical damage and potential health hazards.
Coming back to a watery home can wreck your peace of mind instead of being the home-away-from-home you expected. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is always available to take your call, so the damage done by Hurricane Irma is minimized. Call our local number, (954) 776-2000, as soon as you discover that your home is affected by a disaster.

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Detecting and Protecting Yourself From Flood damage in Fort Lauderdale After a storm

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

You can count on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South to take care of your home after flood damage hits.

Protect your Fort Lauderdale Home From Flood Damage

It is during storms that people get to witness the true destructive power of water. When they strike Fort Lauderdale, these natural disasters can cause strong winds, heavy rains, and ultimately, house floods. The results on your property can be devastating, to say the least, depending on the size and intensity of the storm. If the excess water finds its way into the house, it can damage important documents, furniture, upholstery, electrical equipment, and even structural materials.

When the floodwaters recede, trying to pick up the pieces can seem exhausting. Having access to a water damage restoration company in Fort Lauderdale can help ease the cleanup process. This is where SERVPRO comes into play. We have many years of experience offering flood damage cleanup services, as well as highly trained, IICRC-approved technicians ready to return your home to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.

It is hard to predict when a storm is going to occur, and whether it can cause flood damage. When it hits, the first thing you need to do is check for visible structural damage, such as cracks, holes, or warping. If you suspect damage to electric, gas, water, and sewer line, SERVPRO can come in and do the repairs.

The garage is one of the most overlooked places when checking for flooding after a storm. Assessing water damage in this space involves considering elements such as humidity, signs of mold and mildew, condensation droplets on the walls, pipes, and floor, as well as discoloration on certain surfaces and materials.

Most damage from flooding is caused by the impact of fast moving waters. The flood pushes against your home, compromising its structural integrity and in some cases, separating it from its foundation. Floodwaters also penetrate deep into the earth, where they can cause severe damage. They can shift and break load-bearing strata, causing significant foundational damage.

If you confirm the presence of water damage in your home, be sure to contact SERVPRO immediately. In the meantime, check whether the building is safe to stay in and if not, evacuate right away. Keep in mind that flooding can cause other damages such as gas and electrical hazards, which can also compromise your safety.

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For quick flood damage restoration services, you can always count on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South. We are locally based and pride ourselves as part of your community. Our services are available to all residents of Ft. Lauderdale South, Davie, Plantation, and surrounding areas. For any assistance, call us anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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Is Mold Removal In Your Fort Lauderdale Home Even Possible?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold appears everywhere, in the air that we breathe, our food, water, and each surface that we make contact with on a daily basis.

Mold Removal

When someone uses the word ‘removal,' whether you consciously recognize it or not, you expect that person or entity to take something away, abolish something unwanted.

However, when it comes to mold removal in your Fort Lauderdale home, total removal of mold is never going to be possible, regardless of how much a company claims that their services perform at this level. Mold is, in fact, a regular part of our ecosystem, appearing indoors and outdoors in every city, state, and country around the world.

A company that provides you with mold remediation services, like SERVPRO, allows you access to the equipment and experienced technicians necessary to control mold growth in your home, not remove it. Their services help limit the conditions that make mold a problem while also providing you with the cleaning and repairs necessary to make your house a home, again.

Mold appears everywhere, in the air that we breathe, our food, water, and each surface that we make contact with on a daily basis. We bring mold spores into our homes every day, without even knowing it. There are even some mold species that thrive in harsh conditions, such as extreme cold, acidic solvents, and petroleum products.

However, the molds you need to worry about love dark, damp, hidden locations throughout your home. Areas such as the inside of your walls, in your ceiling, crawlspaces, basement, and even in your attic, all of which make a perfect feeding ground for mold if the right conditions exist. Simple things, such as a small leak in your roof allows water to enter your home, causing significant damage if left unattended long enough.

SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of equipment including infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate water anywhere in your home. When found, technicians use water extractors, air movers, dryers, and other attachments to get water out of even the smallest spaces.

If mold exists, a proper technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, uses the proper techniques to restore or replace contaminated materials physically. Chemicals should only serve as a method of controlling the spread of mold spores during the remediation process, never used as a sole treatment approach.

Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South for additional information about our mold remediation services, or to schedule your initial inspection, today (954) 776-2000.

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Save Your Rain-Soaked Carpets from the Curb with Professional Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water and Cleans Carpets for Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners

SERVPRO Mitigates Losses to Your Ft. Lauderdale Home's Water Damaged Carpets

Some of our area's storms are stronger than others and have been known to cause structural damage to the exterior that permitted additional damage to occur to the interior of the home. Rainwater entering your home through a slightly opened window might dry quickly, but a skylight that has not been installed correctly or shingles that have been torn away can allow a much larger amount of rain to ruin your carpeting.
Many of Fort Lauderdale's homes are susceptible to damage from rain water when these mishaps occur, resulting in ruined flooring below, but SERVPRO can help by performing professional carpet drying techniques following the guidelines of the IICRC. Carpets that remain fairly uncontaminated from external sources can be salvaged if the restoration process begins soon after the storm is over. SERVPRO is well-known for being Faster To Any Size Disaster, helping reduce the damage that is caused by the combination of the initial incident and a ticking clock. Waiting to respond to any disaster your home experiences only allows the damage to increase, and carpets soaked by rain can be one of the worst disasters a home might have.
Wet carpeting can lead to other kinds of damage. These can include mold growth, structural deficiencies in the underlay, absorption of moisture by more porous materials in the area, seeping of water into lower levels of the home, and warping or bubbling of the carpeting itself. Drying the wet carpeting can prevent these situations from becoming a reality, and save the carpet, also. Replacing carpets and padding can be much more expensive than restoring them. However, waiting any significant length of time can allow the padding underneath the carpeting to become too damaged, requiring it to be replaced.
When carpets have become waterlogged, care should be taken so that walking through the area is done. This can push water down further into the carpet pad, destroying it further. When we arrive, we assess the situation to determine which procedure is best for that home. We first extract as much of the water as possible in a process that is very similar to having the carpets cleaned. This water may seem very dirty, but it is only soil that was already present.
Because some carpeting types can more easily stretch due to their fiber content or the glue that is used for the backing, the rest of the drying process might be completed at our facility. If this is the case, we ensure that all carpet strips and tacks are safely removed from locations where they can cause injury.
Other times, allowing the carpet to dry with the use of air movers while still partially attached is the least intrusive and disruptive method. In the industry, this is known as "floating a carpet." Opting for this approach requires close monitoring of the carpeting to ensure that warping does not take place. For either method, we use dehumidifiers and heaters to ensure that all types of absorbent underlays (wood floors, particle board panels, and the like) are dried fully. After the carpet is completely dry again, sanitizing and deodorizing follows. Carpeting is left like new again.
For disasters involving rain-soaked carpets, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for carpet drying. Always ready to take your call, we can answer any other questions or concerns you have about how we can save your carpets from being destroyed.

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Clogged Drains Go From Congested To Catastrophic In Fort Lauderdale Restaurants

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recognizes the importance of being proactive, while also ready to react and restore if water damage happens in your restaurant.

Water Damage Caused By Clogged Drains

It comes as no surprise that a well-maintained restaurant kitchen has as part of the plan routine clearing of the sinks and drains. It also is typical that this type of maintenance can be overlooked, resulting in a very inconvenient outcome for the business owner, employees, and customers. SERVPRO recognizes the importance of being proactive, while also ready to react and restore if the worst happens.

During the dinner rush, a slow-draining pipe clogged completely, causing water damage needing immediate repairs at your Fort Lauderdale seafood restaurant. Water, food debris, and sewage discharged in the kitchen, halting food service for the night. A crisis like this is when your business needs our swift and focused assistance.

When this kind of damage and need for repairs presents, you deserve a steadfast and professional partner during the restoration. We offer speedy service, delivering results within hours of our team arriving on your premises. Increase the likelihood of reopening soon by working with us ahead of time. We may not predict what catastrophic event befalls your eatery, but our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) gives you the opportunity to devise a repair and restoration blueprint with us long before a problem happens.

One of our experienced project managers assesses your physical layout, talking with you to understand the way your restaurant operates and what your priorities are should there be a water damage challenge. Key information like the location of shut offs and the chain of command among your staff if you are unavailable allow us to spring into action right away. A mobile app walks you through a series of questions that further informs our crews. You and our SERVPRO representative complete the ERP and then you or your designated employees have the ability to activate the plan based upon the profile from a mobile device.

We then mobilize, arriving at your restaurant with a clear vision of the steps needed to abate and repair the water damage. Industrial strength water extraction and proper understanding of local contaminated water disposal procedures set the stage for cleanup and drying strategies. Repairs of the water damage affecting flooring, walls, furniture, and appliances then begin, always with the aim of limiting sharply any time the restaurant needs to be closed.

Call (954) 776-2000 to set up an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan with SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South.

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Important Facts about the Process of Mold Removal In Fort Lauderdale

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Is Infesting this Wall in a Ft. Lauderdale Condo

SERVPRO Removes Mold Growth and Sources of Moisture as Part of the Remediation Service

Mold is a scary topic for many homeowners. It is imperative to know and understand factual details about such things. Otherwise, it is too easy to become mired down with things that are not important to your situation.

Fort Lauderdale residents with condos or homes that have mold should know that complete mold removal is not a possibility. Because this organism lives abundantly everywhere, complete mold removal is only a myth. Remediation is the best any industry expert can provide, and SERVPRO knows the latest standards in providing this to you.
Instead of mold removal, control of mold present in the home is what can, in actuality, protect your home from the damaging effects of a mold infestation. Mold exists in each and every home, no matter how clean a home is. Mold is not a large problem until it becomes too prolific and then grows out of control, causing stains, degradation of building elements and belongings, and possible foul odors.
Mold can grow out of control only when the environmental conditions meet its requirements. These requirements include dark areas free of direct sunlight, dampness, a food source, and a location that is free from disturbance by people, pets, and strong air currents. Disturbing mold before it can grow can keep it from spreading, but disturbing it after it has grown larger can be counter-productive, as this allows mold spores to be released and colonize elsewhere in your home.

In addition to mold removal, SERVPRO Professionals also partition off areas that are contaminated with mold so that mold spores are less likely to enter into uncontaminated areas. Mold-infested materials that are removed from your home are always bagged up properly, preventing mold and spores from getting a free ride to other areas of your home. Equipment such as air scrubbers, complete with HEPA-filters, are used to remove any mold spores from the partitioned area before we remove the plastic sheeting. In extreme cases, we can also use negative air pressure to isolate specific areas of your condo.
We use the latest in hygrometers and moisture meters that can show us where moisture is accumulating in your home. We then repair whatever is damaged so that moisture is no longer available for mold to use. We do everything possible to ensure that mold is remediated from your home.
If you have located mold in your home, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can provide you with much more than just mold removal. We can help protect your home from future problems that are caused by these fungi. Contact us at (954) 776-2000 day or night, and we can answer your questions, schedule an appointment, and give you peace of mind.

Carpet Drying Methods In Fort Lauderdale

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

If water is not removed immediately, your carpet can be ruined.

Carpet Drying Techniques

When it comes to clean-up after one of Florida's tropical storms or some other type of water damage, one of the most important is restoring carpets to their original state. If this is not accomplished soon enough or if it is not done properly, the cost to a homeowner can quickly grow into thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

SERVPRO understands how important carpet drying is to Fort Lauderdale. The faster our technicians correctly do their job, the faster our customers can return to their homes and lives. This is why SERVPRO experts do their best to determine the best method needed. In many cases, this is what we call in-place drying. There are three key advantages to this method.

1) The occupants of the home are much less disrupted. Pulling up carpeting (even temporarily) adds many hours and perhaps even days to the process.

2) The furniture will not need to be removed from the room. A technician can stack it in the middle while removing the water from the edges and working his way inward; moving it to the dried areas as he moves inward.

3) The carpet suffers much less damage when it does not have to be reinstalled, or seams have to be resealed.

In-place drying is not always an option, however. There are a number of situations where it is necessary for us to remove the carpet and even replace the padding underneath in order to restore the home to its pre-damage state.

1) The carpet has been flooded or otherwise exposed to water for longer than 72 hours.

2) Mold or other biological contamination is discovered in the carpet.

3) The pad underneath is made of an organic material such as animal hair or jute (also used in making burlap).

4) The carpet has been installed over hardwood or laminated flooring.

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South strives to make sure our customers can return to their normal lives as quickly as possible. We also work hard to do this in as economical a manner as well. If you have or suspect you have water damage to your carpets, call us today at (954) 776-2000.

Five ways to prevent lead poisoning in Ft. Lauderdale

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO SAYS Check for Lead in Older Ft. Lauderdale Homes

SERVPRO Tip: Check for Lead Poisoning in Your Home

Even in 2017, lead poisoning is still one of the most toxic dangers in our homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. How hasn't heard about the problems with the municipal water system in Flint, Michigan?
Did you know that there are simple testing kits you can find at most hardware stores in Ft. Lauderdale to detect lead in your home? A ten-minute blood test can also determine if your young child has a dangerous amount of lead already in his bloodstream. These two tests should be done, can give you peace of mind or indicate corrective measures are needed if your living area was constructed before 1978.
Dr. Geller states that lead poisoning is a leading cause of aggressive behavior and learning disabilities in young children. It is unfortunate how such a small amount of a lead-based paint chip or dirt contaminated with lead can also lead to anemia and developmental problems.
Dr. Geller offered the following 5 lead poisoning prevention:
 1.No chewing on hard, painted surfaces, such as windowsills.
 2.Remove chipped or peeling paint as soon as possible.
 3.Request lead poison screening tests from your physician, even as just a precaution.
 4.Keys may contain lead. Small children should never chew or teethe on them.
 5.Run tap water through your plumbing for several minutes to help purge lead that may be present. If the water is for cooking, baby formulas, or general food preparation, run it even longer.

Ask SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South what we can do to help with a possible lead exposure, or other biohazard circumstance in your home. Call us at (954) 776-2000.

Facts About Mold Remediation in Ft. Lauderdale and When to Call a Professional

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation for a Condo in Ft. Lauderdale? Call SERVPRO

Trust SERVPRO to Remedy Your Mold Damaging Issues

Our climate in South Florida is ideal for mold growth, so it is important to be informed on how and where it grows and how to handle any damage. Mold damage can range from minor to extensive; some may be treatable without a professional, while other times you may need to call in the experts.  The trouble is that it often lurks in places that you cannot see.  First and most importantly if you suspect that you might have a mold problem, don’t ignore it.  Mold remains until it is removed and, if not, can impact your health and the value of your home.

What exactly is mold?
Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in Ft. Lauderdale homes on any organic material (think wood, paper, sheetrock, drywall) and spreads through spores that are invisible to the naked eye.  It loves warm, humid environments but can grow any time there is moisture.  Often it hides in places that you cannot see, like behind shower stall walls or in the sheetrock of a damp basement (typically not an issue in our area.)

Why is mold growing in my home?
If you have mold in your home, it is because spores have settled in your home and are continuing to grow and spread due to the presence of moisture.  Often mold is a result of water damage: a leaky roof, leaking pipes, improper drainage around the home, or poor ventilation.

Is mold bad for my health?
When it is disturbed or touched, the spores are carried through the air and can spread the problem throughout your home.  Exposure to these airborne spores can lead to health effects. SERVPRO suggests that you consult a physician for more information.

Can I handle the cleanup myself?
Generally speaking, if you are somewhat handy and have a mold situation in less than a 3 ft x 3 ft area, you might be able to tackle the problem yourself.   It is vital to be safe while tackling the problem.  Research proper mold removal techniques and have a plan of action before you begin to tackle DIY mold removal.  Always make sure to wear gloves, goggles and protective clothing and avoid inhaling mold spores by wearing a mask or respirator. Make sure that in addition to the mold being removed, that the moisture problem is fixed or the mold can return. SERVPRO firmly recommends that you rely on us for safe and professional mold remediation.

Reasons to Call a Professional:
♣     You are not handy and feel overwhelmed at thinking of the cleanup
♣    The moldy area is bigger than 10 sq ft.
♣    You suspect that the mold might have gotten into your HVAC unit- turn off the unit and call a professional immediately.  The last think you want to do is spread mold throughout the entire home/building
♣    The water damage/ mold was caused by a sewer backup.  Contaminated water is nothing to mess with and can seriously impact your health – call SERVPRO for the cleanup.
♣    You have started to tackle it yourself and realize the problem is worse/bigger than you anticipated

Remember that the best way to prevent mold growth is to control moisture in your home.  Keeping the interior and exterior of your home on a maintenance schedule can help to avoid any minor issues from becoming major. Rely on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South by calling us 24/7 for mold remediation at (954) 776-2000.

Mold Damage Restoration Services In Fort Lauderdale

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture Invites Mold into Your Ft. Lauderdale Condo

Your Condo Get Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

Having a vacation condo is great until work gets busy, you end up leaving it empty for a couple of years, or longer. Windows get left open, or plumbing fixtures slowly drip, giving plants and mold the moisture needed to grow uncontrollably.
When it is time to plan a return trip to your Fort Lauderdale condo, mold damage could be an issue. You will need to find a local company that has the proper personnel and equipment available to perform the repairs you need. Why not use one that has expertly trained IICRC certified technicians who give you the professional services you deserve.
SERVPRO responds to your call within four hours, communicates with you through the entire process, and even helps you with any paperwork that may be necessary for your insurance company. Our onsite managers assist with keeping you informed about progress and answers any questions you may have during the restoration process.
SERVPRO's onsite manager can also be the one to direct all work, perform the proper safety precautions, and handle the initial inspection and assessment of the damages to your property. They can also make service recommendations and plan every step of your restoration process. While each situation is different, the overall process remains the same.
Our technicians use advanced techniques to locate and repair the issue causing water exposure inside of your home and determine which areas need mold remediation services. We cordon off any affected areas, remove any additional standing water that may exist. We have access to infrared detection devices used to locate moisture hidden within walls and crawlspaces.
While deploying a restore versus replace mentality, SERVPRO technicians transport any of your furniture, or personal belongings found within the affected area to a safe location, where they receive special handling, depending on the needs of each particular item. While we attempt to save as much as possible, some items, such as sheetrock or other materials overly saturated by mold growth need to be removed and properly disposed of before drying, and cleaning procedures begin.
We use specialty drying equipment and dehumidifiers to properly dry each area and deploy various cleaning methods, depending on the type of exposure and condition of each surface we encounter. Once we have fully cleaned each of the affected areas, we apply the proper deodorization methods to eliminate any odors that exist as we go. We also perform any additional repairs necessary to complete the job in its entirety.
Contact SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South today, (954) 776-2000


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