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Challenges to Expect When Addressing Water Damage in Fort Lauderdale

4/7/2024 (Permalink)

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How Time, Infrastructure, and Water Volumes Affect Water Restoration

Fort Lauderdale, or the “Venice of America” due to its numerous waterways, is famous for many reasons, including its stunning beaches with clear waters and soft sands. The city of 181,668 has a vibrant cultural scene with several museums, art galleries, and theaters. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is particularly popular for concerts, ballets, and Broadway shows. Notable local events include the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Tortuga Music Festival, and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Any water damage incident affecting Fort Lauderdale is a challenging situation. However, such a broad statement does little to prepare you for the specific things you must address to restore your workplace to its preloss state. SERVPRO® has significant experience handling such incidents, which helps anticipate and overcome challenges.

Likely challenges after workplace water damage

  • Time sensitivity
  • Overwhelming amounts of water
  • Complex infrastructure

Time is a serious concern when water is involved. The longer materials and contents are exposed to moisture, the more they deteriorate. You might notice swelling, discoloration, and unpleasant odors. Another aspect of time is interference with operations since the longer wet materials, slick surfaces, and other hazards remain unresolved, the more your regular work piles up. In the case of products for sale like clothing or furniture, losses may close the business. SERVPRO looks for ways to expedite the process, like using vacuum extractors to remove water faster.

If the water intrusion is significant, such as an overnight pipe leak, you face a considerable removal process, which can take several hours. The drying process may take days since porous and semi-porous materials absorb the spilled water. SERVPRO combines different techniques to facilitate faster drying. When we set up air movers around your premises, we facilitate faster evaporation. We also have LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air.

Another challenging aspect is dealing with complex infrastructure while addressing water damage. The pipes leaking the water may be deeply embedded within wall or ceiling cavities where electrical systems or air ducts run, complicating locating and stopping leaks. When SERVPRO handles the process, we can use thermal cameras to trace moisture sources.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North promptly responds to water damage, helping you overcome challenges and restore preloss conditions. Our business is to keep your business open. Call (954) 733-1006. 

Fort Lauderdale Mold Removal Services Provided by SERVPRO

2/11/2024 (Permalink)

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Rely On Certified SERVPRO® Certified Mold Removal Experts in Fort Lauderdale

Mold spores exist everywhere in our Fort Lauderdale homes, in our offices, and outside, where there is moisture and warm temperatures. Whenever there is a water leak around windows or plumbing, condensation on cold water pipes, or around AC systems, mold spores can rapidly grow into mold colonies, producing a strong, musty odor. Mold colonies can damage the surfaces they grow on and even damage structural items in your home.

The process of mold removal in your Fort Lauderdale home or office can be significantly facilitated by taking action as soon as you notice condensation, moisture, or a musty odor. Eliminate the source of the humidity and call SERVPRO for help. We can be onsite within four hours of your call.

Our mold experts are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation by the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and also by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).

We follow an industry-approved processes:

  • Inspection and assessment of any mold damage.
  • Identify the moisture source and correct it to prevent the return of mold infestations.
  • We apply containment protocols to prevent spores from spreading to other areas of the home.
  • We add air filtration systems to distribute contaminated air outside.
  • We remove and bag mold-contaminated contents and structures
  • All affected surfaces are cleaned and sanitized, including HVAC systems.
  • We provide restoration and repair services, including carpet cleaning, drywall repair, painting, and much more.

Whenever there is mold in your home, call the experts to help resolve the contamination correctly and avoid a recurring mold infestation. SERVPRO can help you manage the source of moisture and provide solutions:

  • Insulate pipes
  • Repair leaks in plumbing or windows
  • Install a dehumidifier to control the level of humidity

Call the mold removal certified experts at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North and nearby areas for assistance. We are Here to Help® 24/7. Call (954) 733-1006.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Fire Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

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Fort Lauderdale Residents Trust SERVPRO with Fire Restoration

Apart from causing cosmetic damage to your home, the smoke and soot particles also wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home. SERVPRO® techs prioritize removing these residues during the fire restoration of your Fort Lauderdale home. We use state-of-the-art cleaning agents and equipment to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO techs adapt the basic cleaning concepts during fire restoration of Fort Lauderdale homes based on the situation. We use multiple ways to agitate surfaces and various products to produce chemical reactions to remove residues.  

Using Elements of Cleaning During House Fire Cleanup 

SERVPRO technicians utilize a comprehensive approach known as TACT for effective fire restoration. The methodology incorporates Temperature, Agitation, Chemical action, and Time, each playing a pivotal role in suspending soils and residues in a cleaning product.

  • Temperature: Heat accelerates the movement of molecules, thereby enhancing the chemical reaction between cleaning solutions and soils. However, excessive heat can be detrimental, unsafe, or damaging to the cleaned materials. So, SERVPRO technicians adhere to the optimal temperature guidelines for each cleaning product, ensuring safety and efficacy.
  • Agitation: This process involves using friction to break the bond between soil and surface. Techniques like water pressure, air pressure, rotating brushes, scrubbing, wiping, and sand-blasting are employed. 
  • Chemical Action: SERVPRO's approach includes using detergents, acidic and alkaline solutions, and bleaches to break the bond between smoke residues and surfaces. The selection of the chemical agent is crucial and is determined based on the nature of the soil and the surface being cleaned.
  • Time: Referred to as dwell time in the restoration industry, it represents the duration required for soils to dissolve and for the chemical action to take effect. This period varies depending on the material, soil type, agitation method, and the temperature of the cleaning solution. 

SERVPRO's fire damage restoration emphasizes the balanced interplay of these elements to ensure that your Fort Lauderdale home is restored to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North at (954) 733-1006 if you need help restoring fire damage. 

Help for Flood Damage Cleanup in Wilton Manors

10/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Wilton Manors by SERVPRO®

Wilton Manors is a vibrant city known for its local landmarks and tourist destinations. One of the must-visit spots is the Wilton Manors Historical Society, which showcases the area's rich history through exhibits and artifacts. For nature enthusiasts, the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve offer lush greenery, walking trails, and picnic areas. Wilton Drive is the city's heart, with trendy shops, art galleries, and diverse dining options. In recent years, Wilton Manors has faced challenges like flood damage caused by extreme weather events. However, the resilient community has come together to restore and rebuild, ensuring that local landmarks and tourist destinations thrive and enchant visitors. 

To ensure a safe and effective restoration, you need professionals like SERVPRO for flood damage cleanup in Wilton Manors. Our IICRC-certified restorers use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to restore your flooded property to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”

Using Dehumidifying Equipment During Flood Restoration 

Like many coastal areas, Wilton Manors has faced the destructive impact of flood damage in recent years. The city's distinctive waterfront homes and historic buildings have been vulnerable to rising waters. Schools like Wilton Manors Elementary and parks like Mickel Park have also been affected, disrupting residents' lives and challenging the community's resilience. However, through determination and concerted efforts from restorers like SERVPRO, Wilton Manors is actively recovering, implementing measures to mitigate future risks, and safeguarding the cherished schools, parks, and community buildings that define its identity. 

SERVPRO techs use different dehumidification equipment to dry the structure after removing the standing floodwater. The types of dehumidifiers we use during water damage repairs include-

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers: Remove excess moisture through condensation and refrigeration processes.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers: Utilize moisture-absorbing materials like silica gel to extract humidity from the air.
  • LGR (Low Grain Refrigerant) dehumidifiers: Specifically designed to handle extremely high humidity levels and restore affected areas efficiently.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North at (954) 733-1006 for quick, round-the-clock service. 

Professional Help Needed for Fort Lauderdale Water Removal

8/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Fast Fort Lauderdale Water Restoration from SERVPRO® 

Fort Lauderdale is famous for its tropical rainforest climate. A relatively cooler and drier season starts in mid-fall. It runs through early spring, ideal for seasonal residents and vacationers looking for a warm and comfortable refuge from snow and cold. The temperature rises, and the risk of precipitation increases in late spring and summer, with showers occasionally approaching monsoon-type intensity. The heaviest rains are most common during May through October. The region receives an average of 60.95 inches of precipitation per year, significantly more than the national average of 30.25 inches.

Disaster restoration companies in South Florida must always prepare for possible severe weather and the damage it can cause. SERVPRO® has the resources to scale its response to catastrophic situations affecting many property owners in the devastated area. As the weather warms and atmospheric shifts begin in May, our (IICRC)-certified crews at SERVPRO guarantee reliable inspection, cleaning, and restoration services and are ready to respond to rainy-season emergency water removal in Ft. Lauderdale North. After extraction and cleaning, we dry out your property for comfort and appearance and to restore function.

A severe and unseasonably early series of rainstorms on April 12, 2023, caught everyone in Fort Lauderdale off guard. In just 12 hours, 25.6 inches of rain fell on the city, more than 40 percent of the annual precipitation. Flash flooding was inevitable as one downpour followed another, a phenomenon known as "training." The relentless rain saturated the ground, causing deep pooling that swamped vehicles and directed runoff into homes and commercial buildings throughout the affected area. The weather pattern produced the rainiest day in the city's history, resulting in the following: 

  • Fort Lauderdale mayor calling a state of emergency
  • School and airport closures
  • Drivers abandoning cars
  • Greater than 2 million in property damage
  • Thankfully no deaths

Our training, experience, and extensive inventory of high-efficiency equipment set us apart, making SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North, a regional leader in water removal. We are just a click away.

Fort Lauderdale Residents Need Expert Flood Damage Cleanup

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

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Trust Storm Flood Damage Assistance from SERVPRO

Anyone along the coast knows that storm fronts may wreak havoc on a home or business. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to help pick up the pieces from tropical storms and significant weather events that lead to exterior storm water flooding your interior. With our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) and proven methods, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Local Fort Lauderdale flood damage technicians who care about the community

Disaster response is imperative for any home or business owner. SERVPRO is here 24/7 to ensure all area customers get the prompt attention they deserve. Some of the attractions to enjoy in Fort Lauderdale include incredible dining, shopping, nightlife, and more, such as:

  • Las Olas Boulevard: Chock full of amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Las Olas Boulevard is a must for anyone visiting the area. You will find lovely art galleries, fashion boutiques, and sidewalk cafes where you can relax and enjoy a bite to eat. There are also several bars and cool breezeways where you can shake off a bit of the midday sun. 
  • Butterfly World: Experience over 20,000 live butterflies when visiting this fantastic attraction. This is the largest butterfly park in the world, including hundreds of exotic birds, a bug zoo, and breathtaking botanical gardens and waterfalls. If you are looking for a memorable outing with someone special or adventure with the kids, this is the place to visit.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is here whenever you require storm cleanup and flood damage restoration. Call us at (954) 417-7074 or request help online at your earliest convenience.

Fire Damage Restoration Process in Fort Lauderdale Homes

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

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Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage Restoration Including Damage Mitigation?

Fires in Fort Lauderdale homes cause significant damage to the house and contents. Much of the damage is caused by fire, smoke, and residues. In addition, extensive water damage is caused by the fire department dousing the flames to extinguish the fire. The damage can be mitigated after the fire department approves accessing the home.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration and mitigation services to Fort Lauderdale homeowners. We can be on-site within four hours after your call and respond to emergencies 24/7. The fire damage restoration process involves six significant steps and can only proceed once the fire department and emergency officials provide clearance. The process steps include the following:

  • Damage assessment
  • Property security
  • Debris removal
  • Demolition, water, and moisture removal
  • Smoke removal and cleanup
  • Reconstruction and Restoration

Damage assessment – confirm the building is safe to enter and assess the damage from fire, smoke, and water. Verify the full scope of work and inform our client and their insurance adjuster.

Property security – install fencing around the property if needed, board up windows and doors, and tarps on the roof to minimize additional environmental damage.

Debris removal – begin removing debris, including contents damaged beyond repair.

Demolition, water, and moisture removal – remove the damaged structure, including drywall, insulation, and flooring materials. Complete water extraction and dry the structure.

Smoke removal and cleanup – remove soot and smoke residue from all interior and exterior surfaces, do duct and furnace cleaning, and clean all contents.

Reconstruction and restoration – rebuild fire-damaged areas, including structure, cabinets, walls, and flooring materials. This step may also require duct, electrical systems, fixtures replacement, etc.

SERVPRO can help restore, reconstruct, and repair small and extensive fire damage situations.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North for fire damage restoration services. We provide service to Fort Lauderdale and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 417-7074.

Overcoming Fort Lauderdale Mold Damage to Homes

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Identify and Clear Mold Damage

With more than eleven miles of coastline, Fort Lauderdale is greatly influenced by coastal humidity and any severe weather making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean. Moisture concerns left unresolved in your home can lead to secondary effects like mold development.

When contending with Fort Lauderdale mold damage, it is essential to have experienced professionals to help. With our IICRC training and accreditation in microbial remediation (AMRT), odor removal (OCT), and structural drying (ASD), we can quickly help in ways that matter for your home.

How Do You Know Mold Threatens Your Home?

Spotting mold growth in your home is not always a given. Mold damage can be elusive and hidden, making it vital to understand how to see the signs that something could be amiss. Because many property owners do not know what to look for, mold conditions can worsen out of sight until the colonization is extensive enough to breach surface materials. Some of the telling signals of active colonization can include:

  • Surface Spotting – On the surface of materials like drywall and other porous elements of the home's construction, spotting can be a clear indicator of active colonies. These irregular patches of varying colors are often easily distinguished against construction materials.
  • Structural Damage – Mold feeds on organic matter, meaning that the longer colonies exist, the more structural damage results. 
  • Harsh Odors – Volatile organic compounds create a strong, musty smell around active colonies. Even without surface damage, this smell can show homeowners that a problem exists.

How Likely is Mold Damage for Fort Lauderdale Homes?

Coastal Florida is known for its humidity, and homes, condos, and businesses can all suffer these effects. Poor ventilation or excessive moisture content can be contributing factors to facilitating mold growth. Because spores exist naturally in most environments, areas only await appropriate environmental conditions to allow mold to infest the hosting materials and grow.

What Do Remediators Do First?

Our remediation team's early actions can often directly impact the restoration and removal. Mitigating loss starts with the crucial steps to prevent conditions from getting worse, such as:

  • Contain the Colonization – Erecting containment barriers is an effective method for resolving mold and microbial threats' spread and continued development. Physical walls with wood and polypropylene sheeting are often helpful for spore containment.
  • Stop Moisture Damage – Because moisture contributes to mold damage, we must clear any damp areas of the house. We can run powerful dehumidifiers and might even encourage a permanent installation of one of these units under specific circumstances.
  • Prevent More Damage – Using our general contractor license, we can actively repair any areas, allowing the penetration of moisture damage in the property or installing better ventilation to areas that need helpful airflow.

How Does SERVPRO Eliminate Mold?

Removing mold colonies is not a one-size-fits-all option for homes and businesses. Instead, several layers of consideration and planning go into the decision to eliminate active colonies and prevent recurrences moving forward. Often, the process could be surface cleaning, abrasive removal tactics, sanding, controlled demolition, or a combination of these solutions. Surface cleaning is the most preferred and least invasive, but these choices get made on the location of the damage and the severity of the infestation.

Fort Lauderdale mold damage is a fairly common occurrence for homes and businesses, especially following severe weather events that impact these structures. When mold threats exist in your home, we have competent professionals to address these conditions. Give our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North remediators a call at (954) 734-1006.

Restoration After Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Events

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

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The Priorities of Water Damage Cleanup

As part of the second largest county in the state, Fort Lauderdale is home to a growing population nearing 200,000. With the frequency of callouts like water disasters and emergencies, the more than a million residents of Broward County rely on SERVPRO to help with critical areas of damage recovery and cleanup like:

  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Surface cleaning
  • Mold prevention
  • Deodorization

Fort Lauderdale water damage events require immediate action from experienced professionals on our restoration team. With accreditations from the IICRC in areas like structural drying, water restoration, and microbial remediation, our talented team is ready to help when disasters strike.

Priorities of Water Restoration

Every restoration situation is unique, offering site-specific challenges to return a property to preloss condition as efficiently as possible. Some of the core components of successful mitigation and damage recovery include:

-   Extraction

When mitigation gets started for water damage in area homes, one of the key efforts of this process is removing standing water from the flooring. Pooling can spread throughout the house, impacting several flooring materials, wood trim, wall systems, and other sensitive building materials. It should be prioritized to remove any lingering water like this with tools from our stock like:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Carpet Wands
  • Submersible Pumps

-   Thorough Drying

Wet materials require thorough drying to prevent controlled demolition and reconstruction. This effort involves many tools to help regulate moisture and protect sensitive building materials and contents:

  • Air Movers - Airflow is one of the primary drying principles, and with axial and centrifugal units in our inventory, we can quickly manage surface water concerns.
  • Portable Heaters - Cooler temperatures in the drying areas can slow down productive evaporation, especially by forming invisible barriers several inches above the surface of wet materials. Heaters help to increase the temperature of drying zones to combat this effect.
  • Dehumidification Equipment - Regulating moisture content in the environment is also an important step in drying. High humidity slows drying so that dehumidification equipment can collect these moisture grains for removal.
  • Special Purpose Drying Tools - However, water damage is not always on the surface for collection and removal. In some situations, special tools like drying mats or weighted extractors must aid in relieving materials of trapped water and moisture.

-   Cleaning Impacted Surfaces

Water can leave films and soils on exposed materials, making cleanup a critical step in restoring homes “Like it never even happened.” Most surface cleaning solutions we undertake involve wiping with chemical agents. However, more advanced restoration is often needed for areas like carpeting with our hot water extraction solutions and bonnet cleaning.

-   Preventing Mold Damage

It is not a far path from water damage to mold damage, as these microbial colonies need moist environments to develop and thrive. It is a priority for our SERVPRO IICRC-certified team to regulate conditions that could result in microbial threats, often through these three potential actions:

  • Potent Products – The first direct line of defense against mold growth are the powerful sporicidal products and antimicrobial solutions that act as inhibitors on treated surfaces.
  • Regulating Moisture Concerns – Mold colonies require moist environments to develop and spread. A large part of combatting these harmful scenarios relies on managing this moisture and preventing it from becoming a lingering condition in your household.
  • Comprehensive Inspections – We utilize our expertise in microbial remediation to identify developing mold colonies and begin needed removal solutions. 

Fort Lauderdale water damage can rapidly impact homes and businesses, creating a harmful situation for property owners. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North team is an experienced unit for water mitigation and restoration solutions. Give us a call to help today at (954) 734-1006.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage Threats Require Fast Action

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO FSRT Technicians Restore Fire Damage

Ft. Lauderdale and its surrounding area are home to hundreds of thousands of people, and many small shops, businesses, offices, and other commercial properties. With such an assortment of structures, it is crucial to have experienced professionals to help when situations like fires occur.

Fort Lauderdale fire damage can appear in many forms, from overloaded circuits in a condominium to a kitchen flare-up in a single-family home. We understand the urgency of these situations, making it a conscious effort to show We're Faster To Any Size Disaster with our SERVPRO Green Fleet, often arriving within hours of the first notice of loss.

Creating a Safe Work Environment

Safety must be the focus of SERVPRO professionals. There are many hazards associated with post-fire cleanup and recovery services, and the earliest efforts of experienced technicians from our roster are meant to address these possible hazards. The most pressing concerns are often airborne contaminants and structural weakness, which SERVPRO fire restorers can resolve with HEPA filtration products and controlled demolition services.

Addressing Pressing Concerns Early in Restoration

Mitigation can be one of the most productive priorities for responding SERVPRO professionals. Fire damage can be traumatic and stressful for homeowners to witness in these stages, so many early efforts are intended to keep this situation from worsening. This phase can include removing debris, cleaning up standing water, relocating contents, and conducting a thorough inspection of the property to determine how restoration should proceed.

Removing Soot Soils from Surfaces

Fire damage is often most visualized as the black, soot-laden surfaces of a home after a blaze gets extinguished. This situation can worsen until steps are taken to filter out spreading soot particles and clean surfaces impacted by this soiling. We make decisions based on the type of smoke damage present, determining the ideal restoration and removal approach. Types of soil deposits include:

  • Dry Smoke
  • Wet Smoke
  • Grease Residues

Removing Strong Malodors from the Property

After fire damage gets cleaned up in homes, there are still additional loss effects to deal with for professionals. Lingering malodors present the most direct issues for comfortable living, and we must use a combination of cleaning efforts to overcome them:

  • Fogging – Mobile fogging units can help spread neutralizing agents throughout the property. Because of the vaporous emission of the machine, these are ideal for clearing trapped odors from building materials.
  • UV Cleaning – UV breaks down molecular structures circulating in the environment. Exposure to UV prevents these compounds from replicating and can even destroy these particles in some cases.
  • Ozone – Oxidation units in our supply create an unstable molecular compound of O3, which can seek out odor molecules in the environment and bond. When this union occurs, the smell is neutralized. In its unstable form, ozone can be hazardous to those exposed, so it gets used cautiously.

SERVPRO Can Help with Post-Fire Repairs

Few structure fires do such minimal damage to residences that no replacement materials or repairs are needed. Because this is a standard part of the recovery process, it is beneficial that our SERVPRO team has a general contractor license. With this license, we are permitted to complete several build-back services your home or business might need, starting with controlled demolition and material removal through utility repairs, roof repairs, and new construction.

When you contend with Fort Lauderdale fire damage, you need experienced restoration professionals to help. As leading fire recovery specialists for Broward County, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is ready to help with the restoration and recovery services you need most. Call now at (954) 734-1006.