Recent Water Damage Posts

Need to Remove Water Damage from a Fort Lauderdale Residence?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

Fort Lauderdale SERVPRO Water Removal Technicians Offer 24/7 Mitigation

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

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

Why Does Water Damage Smell?

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

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

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

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Services Go Beyond Cleanup and Odor Control

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

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

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

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

How Can Ft. Lauderdale Homes Get Restored After Burst Pipes?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Damage in wall cavities can be far-reaching in Ft. Lauderdale properties.

Burst pipes can often leave a high volume of water damage trapped between walls or floors of your property. Our experienced professionals have effective means of draining out trapped water and beginning the vital drying process to minimize the controlled demolition and reconstruction needed to return the property to its original condition.

Water Removal and Moisture Monitoring

Among the most challenging aspects of water damage restoration for Ft. Lauderdale homes is clearing standing water from the property. Any pooling can be devastating to porous materials exposed, namely drywall and flooring. With vacuuming and pumps, we can collect and safely dispose of any standing water concerns.

With surface water resolved, we can begin monitoring and investigating the spread and severity of moisture and dampness pockets. Several tools and technologies are prevalent in this process, many of which continue to get used throughout the drying process to monitor progress. These include:

  • Thermal imagery (Infrared)
  • Moisture meters
  • Probing meters

Can SERVPRO Handle Repairs?

Our team of professionals can provide a wealth of repair and build-back services following water damage with a general contractor license. From the plumbing repairs often needed after burst pipes and ceiling leaks to the reinstallation of removed structural elements, this is one of the final stages in returning a property to its original condition.

Knowing how involved and intricate water damage restoration can become, these are rare situations ideal for do-it-yourself approaches. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale team is a leading restoration team in the area for water and flood damage recovery, so we are ready 24/7 to help you make these emergencies "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (954) 776-2000.

Avoiding Water Damage from Dishwasher Failure in Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Stainless steel dishwasher with door open, plates aligned in top row SERVPRO Tip--Inspect Hoses for Leaks in Dishwashers in Fort Lauderdale Properties--Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Says Inspect Your Appliances Often to Reduce the Chances of Water Damage

The dishwasher is one of the greatest modern conveniences in most homes today in Ft. Lauderdale. It lowers your water usage and eliminates the need for you to be stuck forever at your sink, washing and drying every single dish, pot, and pan by hand. After multiplying this by three meals a day, it is easy to see how much energy and time a dishwasher can free up in your schedule to take care of other things in your busy life.

However, as much as residents do not want to live without this kitchen appliance, they do not feel the same when their dishwasher leaks and creates water damage in Ft. Lauderdale homes. Now, they are faced with fixing the issue and addressing the aftermath of the damage done. 

When this happens, SERVPRO can make your life much easier by helping you clean up the water disaster all around you. We are a certified and trained remediation company that can take care of your problem in a timely fashion, all while considering you as an individual.

Thirty percent of home water damage is caused by an appliance's failure. You may be able to avoid flooding in your home by following a few helpful steps. 

Each dishwasher is different, so be familiar with your appliance. Read the owner's manual when you first purchase it to ensure you are operating it correctly. You can keep your dishwasher from breaking down later and springing a leak when you follow the recommendations for soap type and how much to use. 

Regular maintenance for any appliance is a must. Protecting against rust, cleaning the rubber seals, unclogging spray nozzles, and flushing out filters should be done regularly. If you fail to maintain your dishwasher, it can cause it to run less efficiently and even break down, leading to leaks and related damage. 

A leaking dishwasher can do quite a harm, as it could hide behind the machine, and you might not see it for a long time until you notice other damage, such as the tile floor cracking. Our technicians at SERVPRO can quickly find the problem for you when you suspect something is wrong, and we have the industrial tools needed to extract any water plus get your home dry again.

If it is the right fit for your dishwasher, use hoses made of braided stainless steel. They usually fit better in small spaces without kinking, which can cause cloth or rubber hoses to burst. Also, check your water lines routinely. There is usually one leading to the disposal or sink drain and one to the kitchen sink supply faucet. A leak in the water line or a burst hose is the most common problem with dishwashers. 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can be trusted to clean up the mess after your dishwasher fails, no matter the day or time. If you reside around Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, or Davie, you can reach us by dialing (954) 776-2000 whenever you need us.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage to avoid further damages of your home.

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.

Water Damage Restoration Service In Ft. Lauderdale

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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

Trust SERVPRO to Help with Your Water Damaged Home or Business

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

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

Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Prompt Restoration for Water Damage in Fort Lauderdale

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home with equipment You can count on SERVPRO’s experienced professionals to eliminate water damage on your property. Call us today.

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.

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.

What Tools Do Professionals Use for Water Removal?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Are the Best Tools to Remove Surface Water?  

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

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

Is Trapped Water Challenging to Remove from Carpeting? 

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

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

Is Trapped Water Destructive to Wood Flooring?  

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

  • Floor Drying Mats
  • Tenting
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air Movers 

When Is a Material Too Damaged to Preserve?  

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

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

Can My Home Be Restored After Water Spreads Everywhere?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Can I Have Hidden Water Damage And Not Know It?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Our SERVPRO team works quickly to get your water damage under control. Contact us for assistance.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

Restoration

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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