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Did Fire Damage Smoke Ruin Your Lake Worth Home?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did Fire Damage Smoke Ruin Your Lake Worth Home? Don't let fire damage dictate where you live. Call SERVPRO today for fire damage remediation assistance.

Removing Odors from Properties with Fire Damage here in Lake Worth

One of the most prominent issues homeowners experience after a minor fire are unpleasant odors. When materials burn they release chemicals along with carbon into the surrounding atmosphere. Synthetic materials in particular release thicker smokes which come with odors that are not easy to remove. Using a professional service to both remove soots as well as tackle lingering odors is an essential part of getting your home back to how it was before.

Properties that undergo minor fire damage in Lake Worth can be remediating relatively quickly with a minimum fuss. Inhabitants do not have to move out of the structure during restoration because the flames are contained in one specific area, like a kitchen for example.

The more concerning aspect is that smokes travel on natural air currents and can occupy small, enclosed spaces that are difficult to remediate. From there, these residues and soots can give off odors that not only provide an unpleasant reminder of the damages, but also fill your home with the smells of burnt plastics and wood. SERVPRO can provide technicians with IICRC qualifications in odor control and remove unpleasant smells efficiently.

Deodorization requires more than one method to be truly effective. Sometimes, the source of an odor is never found; SERVPRO technicians use multiple procedures to ensure that the smell is combated properly. The first procedure is to use thermal fogging equipment. These vaporize deodorant solvents and spread that vapor throughout the affected area. Since deodorizing vapors are similar to smoke, they enter the same cavities and neutralize the offending odor.

In enclosed spaces like ventilation shafts or small attic spaces, we can place odor pellets. These mask odor particles until they eventually dissipate into the surrounding atmosphere and no longer present a problem. Furnishings can also be a common culprit in burnt smells even if they appear clean to the naked eye. We use chemical containment methods, spraying furniture with chemical deodorizers that form a barrier and prevent odors from rising into the air.

Part of getting your home back to preloss conditions is removing all reminders of the event, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (516) 588-9777 for thorough restoration and deodorization.

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Some Steps to Take to Recover From a Lake Worth Mold Infestation

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Some Steps to Take to Recover From a Lake Worth Mold Infestation     Our mold certified technicians investigate to find the source of the mold infestation in your home before remediating the damage. Contact SERVPRO.

What to Expect from Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Lake Worth

Homeowners in Lake Worth should always be alert to the possibility that mildews and molds can overtake areas of your dwelling. Leaks and spills left for more than 24 to 48 hours can fuel microbial growth that can spread throughout your home. Your first sign of a problem is often a musty smell. Our experts have the training and experience to assess and abate a mold infestation following protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mold damage in your Lake Worth home is more than a bad-smelling annoyance. Mold colonies grow on organic surfaces like wood and drywall, consuming the material which causes deterioration of structural components. As molds grow, more spores are produced, negatively impacting air quality. Susceptible individuals with allergies and sensitivities to molds and their byproducts can experience reactions to mold growth. Professional mold remediation removes active colonies and reduces spore counts to normal levels.  

SERVPRO remediation crews locate the mold infestation and map out its contours. We then plan a containment system to control the drift of moldy materials as we remove the debris. At a minimum, we use heavy plastic sheeting to isolate the mold-containing space from unaffected areas. Often a negative pressure air-scrubbing configuration adds more complete containment. This equipment uses negative air pressure to seal the rooms and cavities with mold off, venting the air through filters and exhausting it to the outdoors.

Once the containment perimeter is in place, our IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians get to work, using mechanical methods to remove mold growth. Brushes and scrapers loosen the mold, and even porous surfaces can be relieved of mold infestation with innovative techniques like soda blasting. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to enhance safety and avoid tracking moldy materials through your home.

Thorough vacuuming with HEPA filter-fitted tools allows disposal of particles knocked loose during removal. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered antimicrobials to treat the previously infected areas to inhibit regrowth of the mold. SERVPRO helps arrange for the elimination of mold-feeding moisture, including reducing indoor humidity levels to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendation of 45 to 55 percent.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth offers professional mold remediation services every season of the year. Call us at (561) 588-9777 if you suspect mold damage to schedule an assessment.

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SERVPRO Provides Lake Worth Homeowners with Flood Restoration

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Provides Lake Worth Homeowners with Flood Restoration SERVPRO "Generates Power" for Flood Damage Restoration in Lake Worth

Crawlspace Concerns after Storm Damage in Lake Worth

The heavy rains seen during extreme weather events can affect all levels of your Lake Worth home. When assessing the harm done by a rainstorm make sure the restoration company you choose evaluates every area making up your dwelling. This includes the foundation supporting your house. The structural integrity of your property depends on the proper assessment of any damage done to the lowest level of your house.

The older homes in the Lake Worth neighborhoods often experience storm damage to the crawlspace type foundation chosen years before to allow cooling air to circulate and permit easy access to utility lines. If the heavy rain runoff collects or soaks into areas of the crawlspace, moisture issues become a significant problem. Deterioration of structural components and mold growth can follow. We have strategies and recommendations that can help restore and stabilize the space.

When the SERVPRO team arrives our project manager conducts a thorough inspection of the damage done within the foundation. We look for contributing factors such as cracks and eroded or poorly configured drainage configurations. We discuss making arrangements to repair gutters and downspouts or regrade the ground surrounding the crawlspace help avoid or minimize storm damage in the future.

We use pumps stocked on our service vehicles to remove water from the crawlspace. Cold water pipes that might add to the water load under your house because of condensation might need wrapping. Any insulation soaked during the storm damage needs removal and replacement. SERVPRO technicians complete the dry out of your raised crawlspace foundation with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.

Throughout the project our IICRC-trained employees take moisture readings, helping us to set and finally achieve final drying goals. Once SERVPRO completes the drying phase decisions need to be made to prevent subsequent water damage from the storms that are likely to recur in our area. You might consider installing a vapor barrier encapsulation system with a sump pump option.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth offers a range of options to help members of our community recover after storm damage to a crawlspace foundation. Call us at (561) 588-9777 to schedule an assessment as soon as possible after the rain. 

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Keeping Your Business Safe During the Holiday Season

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Your Business Safe During the Holiday Season When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful.

It’s finally fall and that means that the holiday season is right around the corner. For many businesses throughout South Florida, this is the time of year to prepare the commercial properties for increases in customers, and hopefully, increases in sales. From office holiday parties to family gatherings, the holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, however, it is also the time of year when business owners must account for potential criminal attacks. As such, it is important to create a security plan for the holiday season.

Small business owners are at risk of robberies since they often have extra cash in-store during this time of year. Be sure to keep in mind the following safety tips in the upcoming holiday season:

  • Go over all of the security employees with the staff and ensure they have a thorough understanding of protocols
  • Check that all alarm systems, surveillance cameras, locks, and cyber security software are in working order
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked upon closing each night
  • Update your system to account for the extended holiday hours
  • Try to make bank deposits at different times, avoid having a set routine
  • Consider bringing on a nighttime security guard
  • Avoid checking your business email account when you are on a public Wi-Fi network
  • Install an outside lighting system
  • If hiring seasonal employees, be sure to do thorough background checks

The holiday season is a profitable time for many businesses, but an unexpected break-in could send your business into a tailspin. When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful. Keep these tips in mind this year and have a wonderful holiday season!

9 Most Common Causes of Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 9 Most Common Causes of Water Damage If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help.

Water damage in the home, especially damage that is not identified, can cause serious issues to the home’s structure and even to you and your family’s health. Unfortunately, far too many homeowners are unaware of some of the most common causes of water damage and are therefore not prepared to prevent it in the first place. While some water damage is unavoidable, being educated on typical sources for water issues will make you more prepared to identify a problem and handle it before it becomes both costly and destructive to your home.

Residential water damage is extremely common, especially in homes throughout the South Florida region. Understanding potential sources of water issues is the first step to prevention. The following are some of the most common causes of water damage:

  1. Washing machine supply lines pressure
  2. Dripping toilet
  3. Busted or leaking pipes
  4. Sewer lines backup
  5. Gutters
  6. Water buildup in crawl spaces
  7. HVAC problems
  8. Malfunctioning appliance like dishwasher, sink, refrigerator, etc.
  9. Heavy rains or major storms

While the above causes are the most commonly seen challenges for homeowners, there are a variety of additional causes of water damage. Being proactive is the best way to save money and maintain your home’s interior and exterior in optimal condition. If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help. Call us today to learn more!

Fire Safety Tips While Cooking

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips While Cooking As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family.

Cooking is a special activity that many families like to do together. Unfortunately, cooking fires are the leading cause house fires and home fire injuries today. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 percent of all home fires begin in the kitchen and U.S. fire departments record that they respond to an average of approximately 166,100 cooking-related fires annually. There are about 455 daily fires in the United States and with cooking fires being the top source, it is important to be aware of how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

Cooking equipment can be very dangerous if not used properly and carefully. Thanksgiving is actually the leading day for home fires involving some type of cooking equipment. That number is 4 times the average number of home fires! Since the average American household cooks at least one hot meal each day, it is absolutely essential to be doing so safely. These are some of the most critical fire safety tips to follow while cooking:

  1. Never leave the kitchen while boiling, frying, broiling, or grilling food
  2. Turn off the stove every single time the kitchen is left unattended
  3. Do not use the stove or stovetop if you have consumed alcohol or are feeling sleepy
  4. Keep items like wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels, and food packaging away from the stovetop
  5. Regularly check on food items that are roasting, baking, or simmering
  6. Always use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking food
  7. Be aware of your clothing like large-fitting shirts or loose sleeves
  8. Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
  9. Never throw away hot grease in the garbage can
  10. If a small fire starts on the stovetop, smother the flames with a lid to cover the pan and then turn off the burner
  11. If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and do not open the door
  12. If you have any doubts about stopping the small fire, get out of the home immediately and call 9-1-1

As the fall holiday season begins, many families will be enjoying their time together in the kitchen. As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family. If your kitchen does suffer from fire damage, contact SERVPRO right away to handle the cleanup and restoration. Contact us today for more information!

Some of the Worst Hurricanes of All-Time

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Some of the Worst Hurricanes of All-Time Hurricane season has been good to South Florida residents in 2018, but it is important to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather.

Florida residents are all too familiar with hurricane season and the massive destruction that it can cause. Unfortunately, the 2017 hurricane season broke all kinds of records in regard to damage and disaster. With the most notable storms of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, people across the globe have suffered tremendously at the hands of one of nature’s scariest, most unpredictable weather threat. In many cases, the damages incurred following a particularly bad hurricane create lengthy, sometimes permanent, effects on the physical locations, the community members, and the economy.

While troubling to recall some of the most destruction storms, it is important to remember that hurricanes are something to be taken very seriously. In Florida, Hurricane Andrew was a big wake-up call for many. As such, remembering some of the biggest storms of the past can serve to enhance preparation in the future. In no particular order, the following are some of the worst hurricanes of all-time:

  1. Katrina, 2005
  2. Galveston, 1900
  3. Harvey, 2017
  4. Andrew, 1992
  5. Camille, 1969
  6. Sandy, 2012
  7. Irma, 2017
  8. Ike, 2008
  9. Maria, 2017
  10. Gilbert, 1988
  11. Florida Keys, 1935
  12. Mitch, 1998

Hurricane season has been good to South Florida residents in 2018, but it is important to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather. Preparedness is extraordinarily important to protect your loved ones, yourself, and your property. Coastal residents must be even more prepared and aware of the current and future weather. Be sure to check back on our blog for updated tips on preparing your home for hurricane season!

Expectations for Professional Mold Removal

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Expectations for Professional Mold Removal Unlike some of our competitors, our highly trained mold remediation specialists are here to quickly restore your property.

Spreading throughout a residential or commercial property in as little as 48 hours, mold infestations are something that must be taken seriously. It is important to understand that since mold spores live everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, any company claiming the ability to remove all mold from a building is being dishonest. The reality is that microscopic mold spores occur naturally and only become an issue in high quantity. The problem in the mold remediation industry is that far too many companies make false claims and are actually lacking the skills, experience, and equipment to so that job the right way.

Mold removal is a specialized skill that requires licensing to do the job effectively, safely, and with the proper restoration techniques. The following are important qualities to look for when you are hiring a professional mold removal and restoration company:

  • An Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist should be on the job
  • An inspection and assessment should be done to determine mold damage
  • Actions should be taken to contain the mold and prevent spreading (the best method is using negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area)
  • Air filtration should be used
  • Protective safety gear should be worn at all times when dealing with mold projects – look out for things like face masks, gloves, or even a full suit if the mold issue is very large
  • Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be utilized
  • All contents in the contaminated areas should be cleaned properly to not only disinfect but to also remove odors
  • Restoration should take place last to restore affected areas and repair damage

SERVPRO is proud to offer our mold damage repair and restoration services at a reasonable cost. Unlike some of our competitors, our highly trained mold remediation specialists are here to quickly restore your property. Call us today to learn more!

Preparing Your Home for a Big Storm

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing Your Home for a Big Storm If heavy rains or storms have damaged any part of your home or property, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our storm restoration team!

The middle of summertime means almost daily rainstorms. In South Florida, the rain seems to come as quickly as it leaves and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, however, we all know how much impact even short-lived heavy rains can have on the roads, on the neighborhoods, and on individual homes across the county. While some storms are so massive they cause unpreventable damage, the majority of South Florida storms will cause minimal to no damage if the homeowner is readily prepared for them to occur. There are a number of home maintenance tips that can help to mitigate potential storm damage, especially for those who live in flood-prone areas and neighborhoods.

Preventative measures can save thousands of dollars in storm damage repairs. As such, keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for a big storm:

  1. Make sure the fence surrounding your home is secured
  2. Clear your gutters of all debris and ensure they are faced to drain away from your home
  3. Remove any dead tree limbs and trim trees near on the property
  4. Place any valuables in waterproof containers
  5. Gather documents like insurance policies, birth certificates, health/medications paperwork, and important phone numbers
  6. Check your roof’s condition
  7. Secure all loose items around the property
  8. Protect important areas like your windows and doors

Being prepared for a big storm means being proactive in safeguarding your property, both inside and outside of the home. Those living near the coastline must pay extra attention to the news to determine if they need to evacuate their neighborhood. If heavy rains or storms have damaged any part of your home or property, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our team of storm restoration professionals!

Recognizing Signs of Water Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Recognizing Signs of Water Damage Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors.

Homeowners in South Florida are well aware of high stressful and costly water damage can be. Water damage is caused by a wide variety of things, ranging from things like heavy rainstorms all the way to washing machine leaks. While many people think of water damage in terms of a busted pipe or a massive flood, some of the most intense damage comes from seemingly minor issues. That is why it is so important to recognize signs of water damage as early as possible, before the damage grows significantly. Fixing a water damage problem in the earliest stages is the key to reducing the amount of restoration required.

Identifying the source of the water is the very first step in detecting water damage. As water accumulates in one location, the damage begins to spread quickly, so being vigilant is imperative. The following are some of the most common signs of water damage to keep an eye on:

  • Foul smells caused from bacterial growth
  • Peeling paint
  • Water bill increases
  • Stained or discolored ceilings and/or walls
  • Warping, sagging, or buckling of floors, ceilings, or walls
  • Puddles of water
  • Mold growth
  • Hearing running water when the home is quiet
  • Damage to the exterior of the home, particularly cracked roof tiles

Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors. If you believe that you home may have some water damage, it is important to act right away. Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!