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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)

smoke and soot on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residue can be difficult to remove. Our team is trained and equipped to handle all of your fire damage.

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)

SERVPRO poster clean your bathrooms... Inspection and scoping of mold damage can mitigate the damage. Count on SERVPRO AMRT techs to get it done right the first time.

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.

Water Damage Restoration from Severe Weather in Fort Lauderdale

4/16/2023 (Permalink)

water covering the floor of a living room When flooding brings excess water into your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians 24/7 - 365 days a year for effective services.

What Restoration Is Necessary After Flooding?

Storm damage and flooding are a persistent threat in the coastal homes and even condominiums of the Fort Lauderdale area. We know the damage that nature can do to structures, so we have a disaster relief team and a Large Loss response unit to help secure homes immediately with board-up, tarping, and mitigation.

The Earliest Efforts to Secure Your Home

Mitigation is a case-by-case situation for water damage restoration in Fort Lauderdale homes. Severe storm systems can leave homes compromised by the elements, letting floodwater into the main living spaces. We must work fast to address these concerns with mitigation strategies like:

  • Water Removal - We eliminate standing water in the living space using extractors and vacuums. 
  • Debris/Muck-Out Cleaning - We remove contaminated debris and muck from the structure using hand tools and vacuums. After removal, we can better assess the condition of the building materials and what controlled demolition is necessary.
  • Content Removal - We remove flood-damaged contents from the structure. Anything we can save is moved to our nearby warehouse for restoration and storage.

Removing Ruined Materials

Controlled demolition is a necessary component of flood recovery. Contamination cannot be overcome with porous materials like drywall and carpeting, making it essential to pull out these ruined elements for replacement.

Thorough Drying Solutions for Your Home

Even though many porous materials require removal after exposure to contaminated floodwater, our responding professionals must also have suitable drying solutions to help. We have air movers and dehumidifiers to manage surface water concerns and the humidity in affected rooms. The combination of these tools accounts for much of the drying effort in the house.

Post-storm water damage restoration can take many forms. When flooding is a concern for your home, the prompt arrival of experienced recovery technicians like our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North team helps to keep your cherished belongings and structure as safe as possible. Call our rapid responders at (954) 734-1006.

Work With Certified Technicians During Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Repairs Damaged Subfloor During Commercial Water Removal in Fort Lauderdale

Commercial water damage restoration services can ensure normalcy resumes in your business within the shortest time possible after the scare. If, for instance, the unfortunate incident happens in a building with several floors, operations might come to a standstill. Also, the water might flow to other floors and cause costly damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians can demolish and repair a damaged subfloor during commercial water damage restoration in Fort Lauderdale. It is a layer located between the foundation and the flooring. If the water is allowed to sit in the building for a long time, it may affect the subfloor – resulting in serious structural problems.

The following are some of the steps that our team follows to demolish and repair a damaged subfloor when offering water damage remediation services:

  • Site preparation: During this step, we remove personal belongings, furniture, and other office items to ensure the site is clear.
  • Moisture mapping: We use the technique to identify the exact locations the moisture affects. Since the information can highlight the damage's extent, we can decide whether such areas must be demolished and repaired.
  • Demolition:

Our SERVPRO technicians remove the damaged sections of the subfloor. If the damage is severe, we might be forced to remove the entire subfloor.

  • We dry and sanitize the affected areas to lower the chances of mold growth.
  • Subfloor replacement: We repair the existing subfloor or install new layers of plywood or appropriate material.
  • Finishing: We install appropriate flooring, vapor barriers, and insulation.

Our team has the right tools to make the water mitigation process successful. We also document all our work and hold frequent meetings with stakeholders to update them accordingly. The documentation is valuable if you stand to be compensated by your insurer.

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North at (954) 417-7074 for professional commercial water damage cleanup services. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and promise to exceed your expectations as we work to return your property to its preloss state.

Mold Removal with Damp Insulation in Fort Lauderdale Homes

2/7/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Mold Removal and Repair in Attics in Fort Lauderdale

Mold spores need moisture or high humidity, warmth, and organic food sources to thrive, often available in Fort Lauderdale homes. Plumbing leaks, roof leaks, and high humidity levels are common in our area, especially in attics, leading to compromised insulation and roof structures.

SERVPRO provides mold removal, inspection, and repair services to Fort Lauderdale residents dealing with mold infestations. The impact of high humidity in the attic leads to conditions that compromise the insulation in your home:

  • Insulation inefficiency due to matting and wet materials
  • Rockwool insulation may rust when wet due to its metal content
  • Insulation may be full of mold spores and colonies
  • Structures may be compromised with long-term mold infestations

Vapor barriers are installed to prevent moisture from passing into your home into the interior and vice versa. Vapor barriers also impede the drying of insulation and attic spaces, increasing concerns about further mold growth in these areas.

SERVPRO's IICRC trained techs carefully remove all insulating material exposed to mold and is too wet to dry appropriately with ventilation from high-capacity air movers. Once the insulation has been removed, dry air is blown into the attic to dry all cavities and spaces inside the attic before reinstalling new insulating materials.

We utilize moisture meters to check for high moisture conditions inside walls, cavities, and attics. We may create holes in the walls or ceilings to access any high moisture areas and blow dry air into these areas to dry the cavity and drywall. SERVPRO may remove drywall to access the site and complete the mold cleaning.

Once mold removal is complete and the space dried, SERVPRO finishes all repairs and restoration needed to return your home to its original condition “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North for mold removal services. We provide service to Fort Lauderdale and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 734-1006.

Effective Water Damage Repair by SERVPRO in Fort Lauderdale

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Fort Lauderdale Drywall Water Damage Restoration

Water intrusion in your Fort Lauderdale property disrupts normalcy. It can seep into cracks and crevices, soaking into nearby structural materials and belongings where all sorts of problems develop. Drywall is one of the readily affected materials. It would help if you repaired water-damaged drywall as soon as possible, as it can cause even more significant issues, such as mold growth. Depending on where water has intruded and damage accrued, you can partially or entirely replace the drywall.

Homeowners should limit further damage by prioritizing water damage repair in Fort Lauderdale. A water-damaged property poses many hazards which can be dangerous. For example, if wet drywall is due to overhead flooding, the ceiling might collapse, putting your safety at risk. In this case, have your home’s structure evaluated by a professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO. Our teams know how structures are built and inspect the entire assembly to extract moisture successfully.

Other hazards

  • Electrical
  • Biohazards
  • Molds

Safety precautions are essential as some old drywall joint compounds contain asbestos. Also, the electrical system runs through the wall and could cause electrocution when not handled with care.

Drywall moisture removal

To start working on moisture-damaged drywall that requires cutting out some sections, SERVPRO crews clear the area by removing or pulling back items like wet furniture, carpet, and padding. Our crews utilize moisture meters to probe moisture content or level on drywall before deciding how much to cut out. Depending on the damage extent, we may have to remove damaged wall studs, flooring, and cabinets. Once the damaged section is removed and bagged, our crews dry the area around and inside the wall using air movers and dehumidifiers, treat it to remove any odor and prevent microbial growth, then install the new drywall pieces.

Some useful tools when cutting out damaged drywall

  • Keyhole saw
  • Rotary saw
  • Kett saw
  • Reciprocating saw

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North provides quality drywall water damage repair. Call us at (954) 734-1006. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.