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Effective Recovery of Fort Lauderdale Water Damage

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

water extraction wand and handle servpro poster Water damage in Fort Lauderdale home have you down? Call SERVPRO--We have the equipment and expertise to make it "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning and Mitigating Water Damage Threats

The fast movement of water in a home after a leak in the plumbing or malfunctioning appliance can allow a property to become overwhelmed by migrating loss effects. Water Restoration Technicians accredited through the IICRC are ready to help with structural drying, water removal services, mold prevention, and content cleaning.

Fort Lauderdale water damage impacts homes and businesses. With a population of more than 180,000 in the municipality, restoration teams like SERVPRO must be prepared for flooding, leaks, and other water emergencies that could threaten structures. As leading restoration professionals for Broward County, we can provide a full-service solution from mitigation to repairs.

Emergency Services After a Disaster

There is no convenient time for disasters to occur, so when they do, you need assurance that competent restoration professionals are on their way to help. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7, and with stocked production vehicles, we can begin emergency services for water-damaged homes as soon as possible. Early actions our technicians and contractors can take to help include:

  • Water Extraction
  • Utility Repairs
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Content Relocation

Early Water Removal Approaches

When water pools on the flooring surfaces of your residence, the resulting water damage can be substantial. Many of these materials are porous or semi-porous, allowing absorption and saturation to become factors preventing efficient drying and recovery. Part of the objectives for efficient mitigation is removing standing water using a combination of wet vacuums, submersible pumps, and other special extraction units in our inventory.

What Tools Are Necessary for Drying?

Because water cleanup is one of the most essential actions SERVPRO professionals can take after water damage, our professionals have hundreds of tools and equipment to help. The inventory is especially adequate with the Large Loss portion of our restoration services. However, having multiple air movers, dehumidifiers, portable heaters, and extraction units can also benefit residential restoration.

The Science of Effective Drying

Psychometry is one of the primary studies for our restoration professionals working in water damage restoration and recovery. Understanding the behavior of water and moisture with materials and open spaces can improve cleaning and drying times. Effectively drying your property through evaporation and other chemical processes occurs as a balance between three principles:

  • Airflow – The movement of air is the foundation of efficient drying. Using axial and centrifugal air movers placed at 45-degree angles against wet surfaces, we can continually evaporate surface moisture of salvageable building materials.
  • Temperature – The warmer surfaces are, the faster chemical processes can occur. Introducing heat to the drying process and affected materials allows molecules to move quicker, improving the drying speed and the effectiveness of surface cleaning solutions.
  • Humidity – Moisture in the air can slow the progress of drying considerably. When the maximum relative humidity of the space is reached, drying stalls entirely, and we must regulate moisture removal through desiccant and low-grain refrigerant dehumidification.

Full-Service Contractors

Many types of repairs and reconstruction approaches are necessary after water disasters like burst pipes or flooding. Our general contractor license allows us to complete a range of needed build-back services beginning in the earliest stages of mitigation with controlled demolition and emergency repairs. We assess and evaluate total construction needs as recovery efforts are ongoing.

Fort Lauderdale water damage can be one of the most hazardous and destructive conditions for area homes. Knowing how to mitigate loss and dry the structure thoroughly after these emergencies is why so many trusts the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors team. We are available 24/7 at (954) 516-7611.

A Comprehensive Recovery Solution for Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

smoke alarm servpro poster SERVPRO advises testing your smoke and fire alarms every six months to help prevent fire damage to your Fort Lauderdale property.

The Scope of Restoration After Fire Damage

Because this metropolitan area is so extensive in the state, Fort Lauderdale homes and businesses are plentiful. When disasters like fires impact structures in the city, our SERVPRO team can help with a fast response and focused attention where it is needed the most. Our commitment to fast service prevents more significant harm to the property.

Fort Lauderdale fire damage can be destructive to the structures where it occurs. Even the prompt arrival of first responders to extinguish the blaze can leave behind water damage, soot and smoke residues, and harsh odors to contend with when professionals like ours arrive. Our experienced FSRT-Certified technicians have products and equipment to help recover your house after fire losses.

Improving Post-Fire Conditions with Mitigation

  • Inspection - Our crew chief or production manager can review the entire property, catalog loss, and pinpoint restoration priorities.
  • Removing Hazards - Many post-fire conditions can put house occupants at risk, from faulty structural integrity to water damage.
  • Air Filtration – Volatile environments are typical after a fire gets extinguished, so it is an early action of restoration technicians to use HEPA filtration tools to reduce contamination and hazards.
  • Relocating Contents – SERVPRO professionals must remove any contents impacted by fire damage and relocate to a clean area of the residence or our facility for focused restoration and storage.
  • Removing Damaged Materials -Eliminating debris and bulk materials from the property is important in firmly assessing all hazards, structural issues, and safety concerns.

Understanding Variances of Soot Damage

The type of smoke damage plays a part in how cleanup is approached. We have several options for smoke and soot residues like:

  • Wet Smoke - Moist soot deposits have the same corrosivity expected with soot particles but the added challenge of potential smearing and staining. Alkaline cleaners and solvents work to manage these delicate situations to protect underlying host materials.
  • Dry Smoke - Dry deposits are among the easiest to clean but expect more widespread structural damage from the high heat combustion moving quickly in the structure. The light film can often be vacuumed with HEPA filtration products and then addressed with chemical sponges.
  • Protein Residues - Kitchen fires are a common reason for restoring fire damage, and these emergencies create some more challenging scenarios. Grease and protein residues become a thick soil deposit on surfaces, requiring strong solvents to dissolve and emulsifying products to separate soot from materials for wipe cleaning.

How Threatening Are Odors?

The fire damage restoration process is not complete without decisive action against harsh malodors in the workspaces. Combusting various materials can create volatile conditions that make comfortable living impossible. Our professionals utilize several deodorization tools and potent masking, pairing, and neutralizing agents to overcome these strong effects. With focused attention on this issue, smells can often be addressed rapidly at the end of the main restoration phase before reconstruction or repairs get underway.

Post-Fire Repairs and Reconstruction

Simply cleaning up after fire and smoke damage is rarely all a home or business needs to return to preloss condition. Structure fires are notorious for being destructive to installed building materials, and our experienced professionals must perform several actions throughout the recovery process to remedy these losses. From early controlled demolition and emergency repairs to full-scale reconstruction needed in areas of your home, our general contractor license benefits customers.

Fort Lauderdale fire damage can be highly destructive in many cases, making it a costly and lengthy restoration. We work with your insurance company for approval to provide a fast service with positive results. Give our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors team a call today at (954) 516-7611.

The Importance of Prompt Fort Lauderdale Mold Damage Cleanup

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

mold colonies servpro poster Mold colonies in your Fort Lauderdale home? Call the remediators at SERVPRO to restore your property and contents "Like it never even happened."

How SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage

Mold is always a threat to area homes, as many property owners might not notice the effects of active colonization until the organisms reach the living space. With the destructive capacity of these microbial growths, SERVPRO can respond fast with certified remediation professionals.

Is Mold Expected in Fort Lauderdale?

Many do not understand how likely Fort Lauderdale mold damage is despite how common this callout is for restoration professionals. Intense storms common along this massive coastal city can directly impact homes, condos, businesses, and shops. When lingering moisture is a concern for any structures in Broward County, mold and microbial growth are often not far behind.

Early Actions Help Reduce Damage Effects

Mitigation focuses on any damage your home or business might experience, including mold and microbial effects. Prioritizing efforts to protect your home and its contents from hosting colonies can make remediation faster and more productive. Some of the early mitigation objectives include:

  • Moisture Management – Because moist and damp conditions are the root cause of mold and microbial growth; it is naturally a mitigation priority to eliminate this water damage concern and resolve areas allowing moisture penetration.
  • Content Relocation – Relocating the contents of your residence is also a priority. We can move personal belongings to a safe area in the house or our SERVPRO facility for cleaning, deodorization, and climate-controlled storage.
  • Repairs or Demolition – SERVPRO professionals identify structural damage and work to remove any materials that could pose a safety hazard from collapse, breaking, or weakening.

How Does Remediation Work in Your Home?

Choosing the right remediation method for mold damage in the house can be less straightforward than it might appear. Careful consideration goes into this decision, as failing to successfully remove mold colonies from sensitive materials might result in their removal or further deterioration. We use information gathered during mold inspections to direct the remediation actions to follow, including:

  • Surface Treatment – This process involves using powerful cleaning agents and sporicidal products to remove surface mold damage and prevent further colonization.
  • Abrasive Cleaning – A more aggressive method using pressurized air or water with an abrasive media like dry ice to eliminate more embedded mold infestations.
  • Controlled Demolition – A final measure of mold removal where the only remaining option is to remove affected hosting materials entirely.

Overcoming Musty Smells from Mold Colonies

One of the telling signs of active colonization is a musty odor. This byproduct of mold development results from the presence of volatile organic compounds in the environment created by the organisms. With how widespread and intense these odors can be in the house, it is essential for restoration and remediation professionals of our team to work to reduce the severity and ultimately neutralize the scents entirely.

Keeping Mold from Coming Back

One of the priorities of our responding technicians is taking all necessary actions to ensure that the mold damage stays gone. We have many methods of protecting your property, including applying mold inhibitors. One of the most efficient paths to preventing recurring microbial threats is resolving the cause of the moisture damage that facilitated the colony growth. With a general contractor license, we can quickly manage repairs and build-back needs for the property to seal structural vulnerabilities.

When dealing with Fort Lauderdale mold damage, many homeowners might not know how to proceed and what is best for their property. With how severe these situations can become, it is vital to move quickly with professional remediation. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors team can help homes through each step of this process. Call now at (954) 516-7611.

Water Damage Repair - Calm After the Storm in Lauderdale Lakes

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

flooded residential street; palm tree in background Residents in our area know a thing or two about extreme weather. But rest assured, SERVPRO is always standing by when storms happen.

Water Damage Repair Cleans & Protects Your House

Extreme weather can wreak destruction to homes and other properties in Lauderdale Lakes. SERVPRO knows how to make everything "Like it never even happened." We carry out water damage repairs and other services, erasing the effects of storms.

One of the skills we use with families in Lauderdale Lakes who need water damage repair services is de-escalating the stress caused by the situation. Instead of rushing to take care of everything that needs cleaning, repairing, or replacing yourself, our professional restoration experts are ready to take care of these tasks for you.

Here is a short list of the things SERVPRO's crew can handle for you after a storm leaves your home needing water damage repair:

  • Drying and dehumidification,
  • Cleaning surfaces and removing debris, and
  • Ensuring entryways and windows show no damage.

We can make your sunroom dry and tidy again if it feels damp. Did the wind push more than some light rain spraying through an open window? We can give the area the attention it deserves and ensure it dries out with little to no additional damage. Although we adhere to IICRC standards, we also use our experience when we need to modify something to obtain better results for our customers.

When the wind pushes the rain around, it carries silt and larger debris wherever it goes. We can clean exterior areas or interior places that show flooding. Sometimes all it takes is a quick wash-down with a high-pressure hose to make something look immaculate again. Such minor treatment is perfect for debris-filled driveways, decks, and other outside places. We always scale our services to your exact needs.

Your security matters to us. We know that doors and windows are much more than decorations on the exterior of your property. We can check for proper latching and ease of opening and closing and repair anything your family might have a problem using.

At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors, we want to help you and your family. We do this by restoring and protecting your property. Call us at (954) 280-6212 for repairs and other restoration services.

Water Restoration of Your Fort Lauderdale Home Keeps Mold Away

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

wet carpet, spilled from glass nearby When your Fort Lauderdale property has a dramatic wet carpet (not from a spilled glass), call SERVPRO to save the day.

Water Restoration Thwarts Secondary Water Damage

Intrusive water comes in through the path of least resistance. Once in, it might dry, as in evaporating into the air. However, your Fort Lauderdale residence now has a pathway to let additional water inside. To prevent this from happening, you should consider water restoration services to protect your investment.

Prompt water restoration work in Fort Lauderdale also eliminates problems with moisture and high humidity. In addition to eliminating the entryway for more water, SERVPRO makes mold very difficult to form colonies. While mold particles and spores are always in any given house, controlled humidity levels keep the microbial population under control and at normal numbers.

When SERVPRO carries out water restoration projects, we work toward the elimination of the other situations:

  • Odors,
  • Stains and discolorations, and
  • Deficits in flooring.

Odors that come from water often seem musty. Such water could seep into your home’s living space from a leaking pipe, wet swimsuits every weekend, or a loose shingle on your roof. We locate the entryway, seal it off, and perform highly effective deodorization techniques.

Stained walls from a leaking upstairs bathroom can ruin your home’s look. We can fix this, so it’s just “Like it never even happened.” We also have several ways to fix discolorations on carpeting. Bathrooms can also become stained from mold and mildew, and we have products specifically for this high-traffic area of the home.

When you find weak spots in your flooring, we can repair these areas and make everything uniform again. We can also help eliminate warping in boards through different procedures. If mold grows under tile or linoleum, we can help remove it and replace it with new flooring.

Water restoration services are crucial for protecting your property. It eliminates mold and mildew, repairs wooden flooring, keeps carpeting from deteriorating, freshens up your walls and ceilings, and much more.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors, at (954) 429-5948 for expert water restoration services that you can count on to help you protect your investment.

SERVPRO Provides Trustworthy Fire Restoration in Fort Lauderdale 

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Home engulfed in fire. Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service.

Honest Fire Restoration Methods in Fort Lauderdale 

If your Fort Lauderdale home ever suffers fire damage, you want to be able to trust that remediators know precisely what needs to be done. Some remediation firms make this difficult by not professionally recording worksite conditions before they begin their work. SERVPRO, however, gives you peace of mind by meticulously detailing damages before any actions are taken.

SERVPRO’s fire restoration experts in Fort Lauderdale want clients and adjusters to be properly informed so that they know only necessary work is being undertaken. This mindset aims to minimize overall smoke remediation and fire restoration costs and ensure that all essential measures are completed. As our teams evaluate fire-damaged homes for fire and smoke damage, they make an easy-to-understand record of pre-existing issues and those caused by the current event. Company technicians do this by:

  • Taking pictures of or videotaping any furnishings and other contents with probable pre-existing damage like gouges, nicks, scratches, or water rings
  • Verifying the overall condition of household contents with video and photographic evidence, ensuring that none have been inaccurately described, and proving that none are missing before any remediation begins
  • Justifying cleanup and restoration estimates by photographing impacted rooms and items before anything is packed up, moved, or discarded
  • Gathering, organizing, and transferring all of this visual evidence to CDs so that clients, adjusters, and workers have a good understanding of the work that needs to be completed

Documenting a worksite in this fashion facilitates communication between all interested parties, helps reduce potential disagreements, and usually substantially speeds up the remediation process. In the end, this all allows everyone to save time and money.

With all of this in mind, it is exceedingly clear why SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors is one of the most reputable fire restoration services in South Florida. So, whenever you need fire-related assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at (954) 516-7611.

Quality Water Removal and Drying Service in Fort Lauderdale

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

relative humidity scale Professional water removal from Fort Lauderdale homes requires the science of drying. The interior Relative Humidity is a key factor. SERVPRO knows.

How SERVPRO Does Water Removal in Fort Lauderdale

Efficiently and effectively drying water-impacted Fort Lauderdale homes requires that four key factors be properly controlled. These interior drying factors are the amount of water that needs to be evaporated, temperature, relative humidity, and air movement. Luckily, local services like SERVPRO know what it takes and have the equipment necessary to manage these conditions.

When your Fort Lauderdale home needs water removal work done, SERVPRO can likely assist you. Our highly skilled water damage remediation teams have all the most advanced tools to perform the water removal services your residence requires. Regardless of whether the water issue resulted from ceiling leaks, burst pipes, an appliance malfunction, or another problem, we can often help. Once onsite, SERVPRO workers do the following to facilitate the drying of your home:

  • Quickly attempt to remove as much standing water as possible with state-of-the-art water vacs and extractors so that minimal amounts of moisture need to be evaporated later
  • Maintain interior temperatures between seventy- and eighty degrees Fahrenheit (employing heaters if necessary) to maximize the moisture-carrying capacity of the air and encourage more rapid evaporation
  • Keep inside relative humidity below 60% (and under 40% following twenty-four hours of drying) with the right number of dehumidifiers to promote continued evaporation
  • Further promote speedy evaporative drying by pushing damp air out and drawing dry air inside with powerful, strategically placed air movers
  • Address difficult-to-access wet areas behind structural elements with cutting-edge Injectidry systems

The overall effect of these actions is to substantially reduce drying times, limit further damage, and reduce costs.

If you ever require water removal services, know that your friends at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors can help. Our remediation experts are always here and ready to assist you. Call us anytime at (954) 516-7611.

How Dehumidifiers Dry Your Fort Lauderdale Business’ Water Damage

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

large trailered desiccant dehumidifier SERVPRO, a premier large loss water damage restoration company, has the heavy equipment for saving Fort Lauderdale businesses. Take a look.

SERVPRO Remediates Fort Lauderdale’s Water Damage

Water-damaged businesses in Fort Lauderdale often require specialized drying measures. Usually, remediation services like SERVPRO must employ dehumidifiers to complete crucial steps in the drying process. These companies have two types of dehumidifiers, refrigerant and desiccant, at their disposal and can use either or both to complete their work.

SERVPRO’s technicians are trained and experienced in effectively drying water damage-impacted Fort Lauderdale businesses. Over their many years of serving this community, our water damage remediation professionals have helped countless neighborhood commercial establishments overcome the effects of burst pipes, ceiling leaks, and basement flooding. When drying interiors impacted by these water issues, SERVPRO uses dehumidification machines in the following ways:

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers are usually employed first because they can operate most efficiently on less electric power and at higher temperatures than desiccant ones
  • The refrigerated coils in these machines condense water vapor from the air, dry off surfaces, and lower the moisture levels of moderately-to-highly porous materials like drywall, carpeting, fabrics, and upholstered furnishings
  • Once full power has been restored to your facilities and temperatures can be lowered, desiccant dehumidifiers are used if structural elements, low or non-porous/permeable materials like hardwoods and concrete, and confined spaces remain wet
  • These desiccant moisture removers first use special water molecule-attracting materials like silica gel to dehumidify the air, then they heat these materials so that their stored liquid is evaporated and released into the exterior environment

Ultimately, 80% of most drying jobs in Florida can be effectively completed with refrigerant moisture removers, but the final 20% of the work usually requires desiccant machines.

With that said, if you are ever faced with water damage at your shop, store, restaurant, hotel, or other commercial establishments, don’t hesitate to call your helpful neighborhood SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors. We are always ready for your call at (954) 516-7611.

Why SERVPRO Is a Leading Lauderdale Lakes Mold Damage Remediator

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

mold servpro poster Lauderdale Lakes folks count on SERVPRO for mold remediation.

Certified Mold Damage Experts in Lauderdale Lakes

Not all Lauderdale Lakes remediation firms are as highly credentialed or experienced in mold cleanup and restoration as SERVPRO. Our team members have received some of the industry’s most advanced training and certifications. Also, working in South Florida has given them extensive mold-related experience and facilitated their development of optimal procedures.

SERVPRO, one of Lauderdale Lakes’ leading Mold Damage restoration services, endeavors to maintain its reputation by employing only top-notch technicians. Company mold specialists are extensively trained in such topics as mold inspection, mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. Many have also earned sought-after certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in fields like:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Odor Control

Over years of dealing with mold, our technicians have devised the following procedures:

  • Finding and stopping the moisture source that enabled mold to grow so that the problem doesn’t return at a later time
  • Limiting worker and resident exposure to mold as it is disturbed during cleanup measures by using the proper protective equipment and preventing the fungus from contaminating unaffected areas
  • Maintaining detailed records of interior conditions and the progress of remediation efforts so that final results can be better ascertained
  • Working to keep mold contamination near its source and preventing its spread by employing negative air machines where mold-disrupting activities are occurring
  • Eliminating mold from interior areas by removing mold-damaged items, vacuuming mold into HEPA filters, and damp-wiping mold-impacted surfaces with detergents

In most cases, these time-tested measures effectively eradicate residential mold issues.

So, if you ever suspect that your home has mold damage, give your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors a call. We are always pleased to assist you in your time of need at (954) 516-7611.

Skilled Water Damage Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

drying mats with air mover SERVPRO's advanced drying equipment like this drying mat system mitigates water damage in Fort Lauderdale area homes. "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO in Fort Lauderdale for Help with Water Damage

Water restoration involves many working parts to ensure everything gets done correctly. If you have a significant water spill or flooding in your Ft. Lauderdale property, skilled restoration is the best way to ensure results. SERVPRO offers safe, efficient water removal services to handle all standing water, but our crew’s efforts go well beyond water cleanup. If you require structural drying, reconstruction, and mold prevention, we have trained technicians and proven methods to ensure it gets addressed right the first time. Our efforts ensure your property is left “Like it never even happened” with a job well done.

It would be best to have proven solutions whenever you have water damage in Fort Lauderdale. Our scalability means we can adapt to handle any water restoration project we get called for. The team considers all unique elements of your water emergency to select the best equipment and processes to generate results. Our Green Fleet comes loaded with equipment and tools such as:

  • Extractors and pumps – We have extraction tools to pull up standing water quickly to limit moisture migration into unaffected areas of your home or business. Not only does this contain the problem area, but it also halts further saturation.
  • Fans and air movers With all water restorations, airflow is critical for evaporating moisture and drying. We strategically set up industrial axial fans, air movers, and other equipment to better achieve our drying goals.
  • Dehumidification and portable heating – Some situations call for increased temperatures within the work area to eliminate moisture faster. Our powerful dehumidifiers also help reduce relative humidity (RH) for better results than any DIY method could achieve.

When you know that you require rapid response and trained technicians for water damage, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors is available 24/7 to provide area customers with emergency service. Call our customer care team at (954) 516-7611 or request help online.