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We Have Specialized Techniques to Get Rid of Flood Damage in West Palm Beach

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room. If this looks like your living room you need help. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How Fast Flooding Can Compromise West Palm Beach Houses

Flooding can become one of the most destructive emergencies that threaten West Palm Beach homeowners, and in many cases can even rival the powerful, raw force of hurricanes reaching the coasts. With weather events compromising structural elements on the outside of properties, homes become susceptible to direct water flow and torrential rainfall until the problem can get corrected by reconstruction specialists. During the time that the storm continues to pass over the area, high volumes of water penetration can occur and spread throughout an exposed home.

Flood damage in West Palm Beach can quickly become a dangerous and hazardous situation for families exposed to these effects. Because of how quickly that these circumstances can threaten your entire household, there are some ways that you can help to protect what matters most to you before our SERVPRO professionals first arrive. Even though We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, your involvement can help to reduce your restoration costs when it is safe for you to do it.

  • Get Everyone to Safety – One of the priorities that any homeowner should have during an emergency is ensuring the safety of everyone exposed. Your family is more important than any single item in your house, or the property itself, so make sure everyone has a safe exit from the property.

  • Content Management – You have two options depending on the time that you have available once these disasters first begin. Our SERVPRO team has a content management department that removes at-risk furniture, belongings, and keepsakes to our facility or somewhere else in the property. You can begin this work to reduce the time that our trained professionals must devote to this content protection, giving us more resources and time to begin other mitigation tasks.
  • Take Photographs – Another way that homeowners can help when their property becomes compromised is to take photographs of damage they can see. From standing water in various areas of the property to structural concerns, photographs can help to provide your insurance provider with the documentation they need to begin a damage claim.

While there are many ways that structural breaches can lead to flooding in your home, we have real-time mitigation solutions designed to save you time and money. You can count on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team. Give us a call anytime you need us at (561) 588-9777.

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Plumbing and Water Damage Problems in West Palm Beach? Hurry and Call SERVPRO for Restoration

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Call Us to Your West Palm Beach Home to Remove Water and Restore Your Property After a Major Leak

Aging Fixtures Can Cause Water Damage in West Palm Beach Homes

Corrosion of bathroom fixtures is a substantial problem for many West Palm Beach homes. While the simple combination of oxygen, water, and carbon dioxide can be enough to mar the appearance of these faucets and other elements, other present minerals in the water supply can also attribute to this unappealing result, or worse yet, the deterioration of these fixtures to the point of breaches in the plumbing system.

Water damage in West Palm Beach that results because of the erosion and degradation of bathroom and shower fixtures can present a rapidly worsening disaster. Until you can get the valves shutoff to the specific fixture, or the entire household, water can continually find a path to this opening, as this is the area of pressure loss in your pressurized plumbing system. Combating mineral deposits and harmful substances in the water can prove challenging though, as many homeowners do not recognize a severe problem until they need our SERVPRO restoration services.
 
Surface water treatment is a common practice for the area, pulling from larger reservoirs and natural water sources. The general practice here is to add in disinfecting products, often concentrated chlorine, which can kill off any threats or foreign substances in the public water supply. What chlorine does not address, however, are minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium, and fluoride. Higher concentrations of specific minerals can damage plumbing, especially in times where water gets held in the pipes for prolonged periods.
 
Once degradation has begun, even in areas like showerheads or sink faucets, it is challenging to stop or even slow. SERVPRO can provide fast service to remove standing water and then address excess moisture and restore a normal RH level. Whole-house filters can help to reduce the presence of mineral deposits in the water supply, which can prolong the life of your plumbing. If the damage has already occurred, and fixtures must get replaced, you should consider these filters with the installation of these new elements to encourage the longevity of your entire system.
 
Plumbing breaches can be devastating for your household as the water can spread quickly from the bathroom through neighboring areas.

 Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We have ready trailers prepared to roll out from our facility to help with substantial water loss incidents 24/7. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (561) 588-9777.

We Arrive Quickly To Any West Palm Beach Home After A Flood

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

We have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry and are trained to provide these services to you.

Why Handling Flood Damage in Your West Palm Beach Residence Promptly is Critical 

West Palm Beach is located in a coastal, low-lying, and relatively flat region. It experiences heavy rain events frequently and tropical storms periodically, making it vulnerable to flooding. Historically, flooding in this city taken several forms. One is flash flooding that occurs because of intense localized precipitation. Rain leads to a buildup of floodwaters that exceeds drainage capacities. Coastal surge flooding caused by storm-force winds is also an issue.

When your West Palm Beach property has flood damage, you should not put off the cleanup work and repairs because the damage can worsen. Floodwater can cause the metal to rust and furniture to discolor. The mineral deposits in floodwater can also leave stains on ceilings and walls. The following happens after floodwater enters a home.

In a few minutes

  • Water spreads and various porous materials absorb it.
  • Wood finishes and furniture gets disturbed and may stain or bleed.
  • Paper documents, books, and photographs absorb the water and warp.
  • The bacteria in floodwater spread to different parts of a home.

After 1-24 hours

  • Wood furniture delaminates and swelling can cause cracking.
  • Non-colorfast dyes in fabrics bleed.
  • Musty odors fill the home.

After 48 hours 

  • Severe warping in wood flooring may render it unsalvageable and require replacing.
  • Wallpaper adhesive may no longer support the weight of wallpaper.
  • Mold infestation and odor become apparent.
  • Paint blisters
  • Metal surfaces rust.
  • Thicker wood products like studs and doors swell and warp.
  • Mold growth occurs.

SERVPRO is well equipped and well organized to handle the flood damage in your home efficiently. We have advanced water extraction equipment like portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums that can remove the standing water rapidly. Successful water damage mitigation entails removing both the visible and invisible water. Visible water is the pooling, flooding, and puddles resulting from the incident, while hidden water manifests as extreme indoor humidity.

High humidity migrates readily to rooms and upper levels of a building where water in a liquid state is not present. Exposure to high humidity causes secondary destruction to porous building materials and household possessions. High humidity also slows the drying process of soaked building materials. To prevent the repercussions of high humidity, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) use compact air movers to increase air circulation. Using these devices also increases evaporation and minimizes drying time. Compact air movers are suitable for drying small and hard-to-reach spaces like corners, under counters and closets.

Our SERVPRO crew also uses industrial-grade dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. We use dehumidifiers continuously during the water damage recovery process until the indoor relative humidity reaches the desired levels. Our technicians can also use antimicrobial treatments to sanitize your home and industrial air scrubbers to eliminate unpleasant odors.

When floodwaters have entered your Lake Worth, Ocean Ridge, or Palm Beach residence, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for restoration services. We can provide you with the help you need. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Know How To Handle The Mitigation Process In Lake Worth After A Fire Disaster

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

We respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event, big or small, we are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Help with West Palm Beach Fire Damage, Even If You Want to Handle Restorations Yourself

Small house fire damage can cause a big scare during the incident itself but may appear relatively benign after things settle down. While it is true that most fires stay contained and cause only a limited amount of home damage, you may want to wait before you grab a paint can and simply cover up the burnt area. Even if you wish to handle reconstruction and restoration efforts on your own, SERVPRO can still help you out in a few ways as a professional damage mitigation service.

Insurance Concerns

Sometimes, insurance companies covering fire damage in West Palm Beach specifically request the services of a damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. In these situations and even many times when the insurance adjuster does not directly call for our involvement, it may be cost-beneficial to have our technicians bring in industrial cleaning solutions and specialty products designed for fire residues. Some types of smoke and ash can cause additional damage to the home without advanced approaches to cleanup, adding on costs for both you and your insurance company. Additionally, we can provide cost estimates and inventory services that help to accelerate and legitimize insurance claims.

Safe Disposal of Materials

Fire residues can contain toxic, caustic, and otherwise hazardous materials that should not be poured down drains or send to a landfill. These substances can also sometimes cause health effects if handled without appropriate personal protective equipment. We can help by cleaning up materials and disposing of them safely so that any repainting and other fire damage restorations can be done with as few safety hazards as possible.

Odor Removal

Even small fires can sometimes create long-lasting smoke smells in the area, even after renovations and restorations have been completed. Lighter smoke odors can sometimes be masked with commercially-available air fresheners and adsorption agents, but if problems persist, you may want to give us a call. We keep a stock of deodorizing agents explicitly designed to target various types of fire and smoke odors to ensure that no smells remain uncovered once we leave.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can handle the entire fire damage mitigation and restoration process from start to finish and stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond rapidly to calls for help. Call us at (561) 588-9777.

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How to Dry Your West Palm Beach Home After Locating Standing Water

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

This leaking hot water heater created a mess!. SERVPRO was able to thoroughly dry the home and get it back to its preloss condition.

Removing Standing Water from Your West Palm Beach Home

Water loss incidents persisting long enough to create a standing water situation in your West Palm Beach residence can be an overwhelming circumstance for homeowners. Finding the right equipment and the best approach to handle these effects fast and effectively requires a quick response. As soon as you recognize an emergency developing, you need to react immediately with preventative measures and powerful tools available through specialty locations like major chain hardware superstores. 

There are many machines and practices that our SERVPRO professionals use to address water removal in West Palm Beach houses. The objective is first to determine the cause of the water damage and what must occur to both to repair this problem and to stop the supply pouring out temporarily. Since you need to stop water flow to repair plumbing and fixture concerns successfully, find your shutoff valve where your service enters the property. Turning off the water supply prevents further water movement so that you can assess the severity of the plumbing issues and begin drying and cleaning. 

Even our SERVPRO professionals utilize sump pumps and wet-vacs for specific scenarios. Many homeowners already own a wet-dry vac, especially considering the likelihood of severe weather threats to the coast. With some patience, you can extract the bulk of saturation and standing water from flooring materials with this machine. 

Dehumidification units and drying fans like the air-movers that our professionals use in water loss recovery are also available for rent in specific shops. These tools help you to dry out damaged areas of your home before the spread worsens. 

Ensure that your home is entirely dry and clean after a water loss incident. Lingering water in any area of your property can welcome situations like mold and microbial growth. Whenever water loss situations occur, you can count on our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team to help you however you need. Give us a call at (561) 588-9777.

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Why SERVPRO Is the Answer to Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in West Palm Beach

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

You will understand why, when you call SERVPRO for your water damage.

No matter how your water damage happened, we will help.

Flooring takes a beating when water intrudes into your West Palm Beach home. It provides a highway for the water spreading from a broken pipe, an overflowing tub or sink, a malfunctioning appliance, or another type of water loss. Your first inclination is often to throw down a few towels and “finish” the job with a mop or shop vac. Your efforts, although valiant, are unfortunately likely to be inadequate. Avoid a nasty surprise down the road by asking us to evaluate the situation soon after the water emergency.

When water damages West Palm Beach floors, the materials used to construct this essential housing fixture must guide appropriate responses. Hardwood floors are beautiful and somewhat able to shed water on the surface. Their ability, particularly when finished with water-resistant substances, to appear untouched after a quick mopping up can distract from damage happening below your feet.

Our SERVPRO crews have answered the call to rescue damage hardwood floors days or weeks after the initial water loss. Over time the water you do not see after wiping off the spill or flooding causes damage to the subfloor materials and the underside of the hardwood planks. Water percolates between the joints and at the baseboard. Failing to account for this means the moisture persists, saturating the planks from the bottom. 

Terms like “cupping” and “crowning” now become part of the discussion. When hardwood absorbs water from below it swells, each length confined by the boards adjacent and constrained by a waterproof topcoat. The planks deform, either pushing up at the center (crowning) or at each long edge (cupping). In severe cases, the floor “buckles,” the planks pulling up and away from the substrate. Sometimes the wavy floor can be repaired by sanding. Other times it must be replaced.

Either way, SERVPRO technicians must remove the moisture from all layers of flooring fast. Employing negative air pressure by attaching floor mats to the surface and connecting them by hoses to powerful extractors is a preferred method. It pulls water from several layers, reducing the moisture content to normal levels as determined by metering quickly. 

Avoid the heartbreak of ruined hardwood by consulting with SERVPRO of Lake Worth immediately after water spreads across your floors. No job at your home  is too big or too small, and we look forward to helping after your call at (561) 588-9777.

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Let the Professionals Handle Mold Damage in Your Lake Worth Business 

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Let us help you reopen your restaurant quicker after mold damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Mold Damage in Your Lake Worth Restaurant 

You may be wondering what is up with all of the hype surrounding mold damage in your Lake Worth restaurant. Many talk about possible health concerns while others mention the effects mold has on your dining atmosphere. In reality, one of the most significant concerns stems from any number of permanent damages fungi can cause if left festering in your building. 

Mold and other bacteria cause decomposition of organic materials used to construct your restaurant in Lake Worth. Mold damage is something you should never ignore; sometimes, it takes a professional in mold remediation to locate and control growth found on your property. With that said, if you locate mold damage in your restaurant, it is crucial to address the issue as soon as possible. 

Since mold often coincides with water damage, you want to call a company who specializes in mold damage mediation, like SERVPRO. Our technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can help you remove water from you building fast, making the likelihood of mold growing less. We also have services designed to adjust to your specific circumstances, allowing us to provide you with quality solutions.

SERVPRO technicians follow strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our IICRC training. The core steps include cleaning and drying moldy materials, proper disposal of uncleanable infected items, and drying of non-moldy items within 48-hrs of exposure. We have emergency response teams available 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week to respond to your call for help with any situation, even those that occur after hours. 

At SERVPRO, we look out for your customer's health and safety, document all conditions and processes involved in your remediation, and work hard to control mold contamination at its source. If at all possible, we help keep your restaurant doors open as we perform your businesses remediation. Regardless, we normalize the contamination and remove the water source, causing the infestation. 

Work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth for access to expert mold remediation services throughout West Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, and Palm Springs. We do everything possible to keep other local businesses running smoothly, call today. (561) 588-9777

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Why Stress Over Water Damage Remediation in Your West Palm Beach Home?

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Your home can quickly be taken over by water damage. Contact the professionals today for remediation assistance.

Water Damage Above and Below in West Palm Beach Home

This part of Florida is no stranger to high humidity, and that makes it even more crucial to act as quickly as possible when there is water damage. It is even more so when water loss events happen in an upstairs bathroom and make its way into floor joists and even the ceiling below.

When SERVPRO handled water damage in a West Palm Beach bathroom from an overflowed bathtub, we needed to attack the problem from above and below. Water ran under the tile flooring into the floor joists and dripped through the ceiling into the kitchen below as confirmed by our moisture detection probes and thermal imaging. We used portable pumps to extract as much moisture as possible so we could lessen the time the drying phase of restoration services would take.

Why SERVPRO? We know it is vital to get excessive moisture removed and dried as quickly as possible to avoid additional problems such as mold or weakening of building materials that later need replacing. We are based locally and can be on site soon after your call to help lessen losses through restoration and proprietary cleaning methods.

Our technicians set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the bathroom above to dry the flooring. To address the floor joists and ceiling, we drilled weep holes in the ceiling to allow greater airflow and fashioned a unique configuration using stiff plastic to create a plastic tube to force air from our air movers downstairs into the weep holes to deliver large quantities of air into the space to dry it thoroughly.

Once the water loss areas attained drying goals as confirmed with our detection equipment, we cleaned and disinfected the bathroom and kitchen. Our technicians paid particular attention to ensuring humidity levels in the bathroom and kitchen were well under ideal conditions for mold to become an issue from this event.

When water damage strikes, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for fast cleanup and restoration. We are local and arrive quickly whether the damage is in part of a room or an entire home affected, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How to Remove Smoke Odors After a Fire in Your West Palm Beach Home

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whether fire or water restoration, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is equipped for the job.

Removing Odors with Fire Damage in West Palm Beach

Fire damage can be devastating for a home, there are not only charred items and building materials but also damage from water or the extinguishing agent used to put out the fire. Because soot can travel, it is vital that cleanup happens as quickly as possible and traffic stays out of the fire loss area until mitigation efforts are completed to avoid spreading it to other rooms.

When SERVPRO cleans up and restores fire damage in a West Palm Beach home, our first concern is safety. We contain the rooms using thick plastic barriers and cover the vents to keep soot from traveling into the ductwork.

Our technicians pack and remove restorable items to another area outside of the cleanup site. Then we remove charred items and building materials and extract water or remove fire extinguisher residue as needed using hand-held vacuums with HEPA filters. The HEPA filtration is necessary because it captures the small soot particles that can cause odor.

Our technicians work closely with your insurance adjuster to ensure that there is approval for every step of the restoration process and we remain within budget. SERVPRO technicians photograph and catalog every item we handle, whether it is a restoration or a loss.

After the cleanup of fire loss areas of the home, we clean and disinfect surfaces. This action typically lowers foul smoke odors significantly, but sometimes the smoke odors left behind require additional odor control treatments.

We have different types of equipment to meet smoke odors head-on and eradicate them. Hydroxyl generators and ozone machines work in similar fashions to capture odor-causing particles and render them inert at the molecular level. Another type of odor control uses thermal fogging, which delivers a liquid solvent heated and delivered as a fog that penetrates porous items exactly like smoke and overtakes the residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can turn around the effects of fire damage. Contact our certified technicians 24/7 at (561) 588-9777, and we can arrive onsite within hours to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Why Try And Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Lake Worth Home Alone?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can sneak up on you in your Lake Worth home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Best Tools and Products to Help Mold-Damaged Lake Worth Homes

The discovery of mold growth in your Lake Worth property can often be stressful for a homeowner, especially one who understands the severity of this situation. Colonization can quickly spread throughout a property, moving far beyond the origin point to spread to new materials, contents, and areas of your house. Combatting the effects of this spreading organism can be challenging and requires the expertise and equipment of our skilled Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Finding the right approach to contending with mold damage in your Lake Worth home takes careful consideration. With the appropriate tools, products, and tactics, many lightly or currently unaffected materials can avoid removal and replacement by our SERVPRO team. As with all of our recovery projects, the best way to fully understand the work to get done on the site is to start with a careful evaluation of the scope of the damage.

The removal of colonies is the only way to protect and preserve affected materials that have not become too badly damaged to save. There are multiple solutions for decolonization, among the most immediate and broadly effective of these being media blasting. With different products from shells to soda, we can use abrasive cleaning approaches to remove the entire hyphae of an organism.

Our SERVPRO professionals also arrive with state-of-the-art cleaning, disinfecting, and antimicrobial sprays and products. Each of these agents plays a critical role in the cleaning and recovery of affected surfaces, contents, and materials throughout your mold-damaged house. These same products can also help to make surfaces uninhabitable against spreading colonization and active mold spores in a damp environment.

We strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive and thorough experience when removing mold colonization from their home and restoring the damaging effects these organisms can cause. You can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team to make mold growth “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (561) 588-9777.

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