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Lake Worth Business District Stores and Service Centers Count on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Lake Worth Business District Stores and Service Centers Count on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage SERVPRO Sets up a Negative Air Pressure Containment to Dry Out Water Damaged Lake Worth Properties

Containment to Keep Your Water-Damaged Lake Worth Shop Open

Water damage can quickly get out of control in Lake Worth shops, regardless of the source of this incident. With store-based water loss incidents, plumbing is often the primary culprit. With this network of pipes usually hidden behind walls, it can be challenging to identify the immediate point of a break or rupture in the plumbing to repair it. Even with the main water supply shut off to the building shortly after the disaster occurs, it is still vital to pinpoint the vulnerability and to get this situation resolved before water service can get restored. Also, qualified technicians must address the damage the water has done to the shop as well.

One of the primary concerns that shop owners should have in their Lake Worth location after water damage is the effect that this situation has on their stock and investments. While spreading water can affect these items and your product in many ways, there are also options that our SERVPRO team employs to protect and preserve these contents when possible. Our team can remove at-risk belongings and your inventory to prevent oversaturation and potential total loss.

A massive obstacle to overcome when our team first arrives at your shop is containing the results of the disaster to the specific area around the source. With how quickly these damages can spread throughout a property, our SERVPRO technicians have physical containment barriers as well as the use of advanced equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to address moisture and saturation concerns. Our technicians can set up plastic sheets for isolation and use negative air pressure to channel excess moisture from the interior of your place of business.

An advanced containment strategy that begins along with our mitigation efforts can help to save our customers money. We strive to provide every business with the most effective efforts, and that commitment helps to get their doors open again quickly.

We understand that water loss incidents can have a dramatic and damaging effect on your shop, but it does not have to mean a total loss, either. Give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth professionals a call 24/7 at (561) 588-9777 to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

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How Excessive Moisture Affects Your West Palm Beach Home

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Excessive Moisture Affects Your West Palm Beach Home Excessive moisture can become a friendly environment for mold growth.

Does Water Damage Dry Up in Your West Palm Beach Home?

Many West Palm Beach homeowners fail to see the severity of water loss incidents without standing water and visible damages. In truth, prolonged moisture and dampness, even in areas that are difficult to see or access, can pose the same potential threats as standing water can. More alarming is the volume of homeowners that believe that these water loss incidents can dry up on their own without the intervention of professional restorers or focused drying efforts with efficient equipment.

Water damage in West Palm Beach does not restore itself. Even with the possibility of environmental conditions drying out moisture and dampness over time, the effects to the exposed structural elements and construction materials persists. A wise solution is to address the water damage as it happens with efficient and effective tools like our high-velocity air movers and the Injecti-dry system that can penetrate areas like wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and into flooring.

In a single day, moisture and dampness can cause irreparable damage to construction materials like drywall. The saturation causes the material to bloat and distort, either making it too heavy to remain in position, or to degrade to the point of falling apart. Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the spread of moisture damage like this from the initial visit, making a note of the dampness levels for preservation approaches like flood cuts.

Allowing moisture and dampness to resolve on their own also presents secondary risks for your entire household. Mold spores naturally exist in your home, even in wall cavities or inaccessible areas of your property. When given the appropriate conditions to seat and thrive, these mold spores can adhere to damp surfaces and materials and begin to form hazardous colonies. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists can address these concerns as well, but they could also have gotten avoided with the appropriate initial response to the water damages.

If you want to know if dampness and moisture from water loss incidents can dry up on its own, the answer depends on the condition. To avoid costlier restoration and potential remediation, give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth rapid response team a call at (561) 588-9777.

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We're Your Best Option When Dealing With A Water Damage Incident In Your West Palm Beach Home

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We're Your Best Option When Dealing With A Water Damage Incident In Your West Palm Beach Home We can have your home dry and safe again in no time when you call us at (561) 588-9777.

Why SERVPRO Is The Popular Choice For Water Cleanup In West Palm Beach

If you have noticed spots on your ceiling in your West Palm Beach home that you do not recognize, you want to take immediate action to see what the problem is. Spotting like this indicates you have a leak somewhere, and if it has leaked there once, it can happen again and create a more significant problem.

If a ceiling leak has caused water to pool into your home, you need water cleanup services in West Palm Beach right away before more problems arise. SERVPRO is a professional remediation company who understands that any water damage loss requires fast action. Therefore, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so it is easy to see why SERVPRO is a popular choice for water damage emergencies of all kinds.

There are various reasons why your ceiling could be leaking, including a leaky roof. Heavy wind storms can blow shingles off the roof, or your roof may just be told old to keep the water away. Your roof needs to be inspected regularly by a professional so look for any damages. Your gutters also should be checked. If they become clogged by leaves and other debris, it changes the flow of water with enough force that it can enter your home.

Airflow is one of the essential tools that SERVPRO techs use to restore water damage. Drying your structure effectively requires knowing the right techniques for using airflow. In the case of your ceiling, the airflow from air movers must be directed across the wet ceiling to evaporate any moisture. Doing so circulates the warm air which has risen to the ceiling. For drop ceilings, we open a few panels on either end and then direct the airflow into these areas.

Additional issues that can cause leaking in your ceiling include leaky pipes. Leaky pipes are many times the most dangerous water leak since even the tiniest hole can flood your ceiling with many gallons of water per day. Old pipes or pipes which were not correctly installed or secured can cause these issues.

If an upstairs bathroom is not waterproofed correctly with the right sealant or caulk, this can also be a significant reason for water damage in your ceiling and can also damage the room below. Also, if you have a laundry room upstairs, a leaking washing machine creates massive damage when it leaks many gallons at once.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth is always available to help you with a water damage emergency in your home in Manalapan, Hypoluxo, or Ocean Ridge. We can have your home dry and safe again in no time when you call us at (561) 588-9777.

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Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your West Palm Beach Bakery

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your West Palm Beach Bakery We have the technology and techniques to restore your business so you don't lose money. We are here 24/7 so don't hesitate to call us anytime.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Gets West Palm Beach Bakery Back in Business

Water damage can be devastating to a business and particularly so in the foodservice industry. Along with disruptions to the company, there are health department standards that must be met for cleanup and long with ensuring the environment is safe for both customers and employees.

In the case of cleaning up commercial water damage in a West Palm Beach bakery due to a broken pipe in the kitchen, SERVPRO technicians arrive on site within hours of the initial call and begin to address multiple issues at once to hasten the process of getting the business restored for reopening as quickly as possible.

Our technicians inspect the area around the pipe break to ensure there was not any long term moisture or vapor barriers present in the wall. Often slow leaks that go unnoticed become waterfalls that get the attention of everyone. Because of the increased humidity and lack of ventilation, this area can be a perfect home for mold colonies to grow. During the drying phase, baseboards around the bottom of the wall are removed to allow for the positioning of air movers and dehumidifiers to lower the moisture to the point the potential for mold growth is inhibited.

Saturated drywall often is a casualty of water loss situations. Our technicians use moisture detectors and thermal imaging to determine where the moisture ends and begins and cut the drywall retaining moisture away. This enables the wall cavities to be voided of excess moisture.

Once the premises attains drying goals set by our technicians, the sanitation of the bakery can begin. In a business where there are established standards for cleanliness, SERVPRO technicians have proprietary antifungal and antibacterial formulas that leave surfaces disinfected and sanitary.

SERVPRO does not remove even damaged materials without the approval of the property owner. As part of the restoration, our SERVPRO location offers a full range of building services so we can clean, restore and repair your bakery so you can reopen as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth knows that every minute commercial water damage keeps your business from being open is revenue lost. Call our emergency response team 24/7 at (305) 269-8900 at the first sign of water loss, and we can be on site within hours to begin cleaning and restoration.

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If Your Lake Worth Crawlspace Suffers Damage After A Flood, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If Your Lake Worth Crawlspace Suffers Damage After A Flood, Our Crew Is Here To Help! To schedule an inspection or a visit from one of our teams, call (561) 588-9777 today.

Protecting Lake Worth Crawlspaces From Flooding

Lake Worth homes, like the rest of South Florida, do not have basements, but instead, have a crawlspace which raises the floor to a height of two feet or less from off the ground. It is done to protect the underside of the top level of the floor from damage and to give the floor space to naturally dry out when after it becomes soaked after a flood. The crawlspace is also useful for running cable, electrical, and water lines.

At two feet or less, a Lake Worth crawlspace with flood water cannot be easily accessed. Here, SERVPRO technicians find points where they can lift floorboards or drill holes behind floor trim to remove the water. They begin with one of the smaller pumps from our equipment inventory and hoses to reach into every corner.

To dry the crawlspace after removing the water, team members then attach the hoses to an air mover. The device allows us to pump in warm, dry air to force out moisture trapped in the support beams and sub-flooring. We check the results with a moisture meter, and either continue the process or close up the floor depending on the results.

It is better, of course, to keep flood water out of the crawlspace entirely. If the crawlspace is large enough for easy entry, SERVPRO technicians use a technique called encapsulation. It is a cost-effective method to protect any home from the flood effects brought on by our extreme weather.

The floor in most crawlspaces is dirt, so the initial focus is on the cinder block that makes up the short walls. If there are cracks in them, technicians fill each one with hydraulic cement. If there are many cracks, or for large ones, our personnel may cover the area with masonry cement as well. Together, they make a very effective seal against penetration from flood water.

Next, SERVPRO technicians level the dirt floor of the crawlspace. The action eliminates pooling of moisture. Then, they lay down heavy sheets of polyethylene and reinforce them with a mesh of polyester. It seals the floor to prevent moisture bleeding into the crawlspace and makes an excellent vapor barrier. Personnel then uses polyurethane caulk or foundation tape to secure the sheets to the walls and posts supporting the sub-floor structure.

If you have any concerns about the crawlspace under your home, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth today. Encapsulation takes only one visit from our restoration teams and is far more cost-effective at preventing damage than pumping out water after a flood. To schedule an inspection or a visit from one of our teams, call (561) 588-9777 today. We are here for you.

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How to Restore Fire Damaged Property in Lake Worth

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Restore Fire Damaged Property in Lake Worth Call SERVPRO to restore your fire damaged belongings.

What Factors Affect Fire Damage Restorability in Lake Worth Properties?

At first, even when localized to one area of the home, fire damage can look daunting to clean up. We know that looks can be deceiving and often items homeowners think are a total loss are restorable through our cleaning methods.  

When mitigating fire damage to a Lake Worth property, several factors determine how much SERVPRO technicians can salvage through restoration efforts. No two fires are the same because the materials that fuel the fire are unique to the location and airflow patterns for the premises are never the same. The rules for cleaning and restoration are rooted in scientific methods, and finite, and technicians apply them to each situation to fit the circumstances for the best outcome for the property and possessions.  

Technicians use both wet and dry sponge methods to clean smoke residue, and soot non-porous surfaces such as vinyl wallpaper and enamel painted walls. Items that smoke has permeated such as upholstery or carpeting generally require deep cleaning methods to neutralize the odors. Plastics and rubber leave wet smears to clean up while wood and natural materials leave a drier, lighter residue that is easier to clean.  

Soot is a double issue during clean up. The small particles can cause odor and also some motes are smaller than the human eye can see. SERVPRO technicians often use HEPA air scrubbers that can capture particles as tiny as 0.3-microns. Soot can travel if not contained and wind up in food containers in the pantry moving through the threads in a jar or invade the refrigerator if the gaskets are not adequately sealed. Our technicians can inspect food items and advice if it is safe to keep or dispose of them.  

Fire damage needs to be handled as quickly as possible after the fire. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777. Our certified restoration specialists are available 24-hours a day to get your property and possessions back to their preloss condition.

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Did Leaking Pipes Cause Water Damage in Your West Palm Beach Residence?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did Leaking Pipes Cause Water Damage in Your West Palm Beach Residence? SERVPRO of Lake Worth is available 24/7 for all of your water loss restoration needs.

What to Expect from Professional Water Damage Remediation in West Palm Beach

Whether your West Palm Beach home suffers from a sudden plumbing emergency or the long-term effects of an unnoticed slow leak fast and expert help delivers a superior result. Although it might seem like the harm from a smaller leak is easily managed with do-it-yourself efforts the reality is any water loss needs assessment and then mitigation by trained disaster restoration technicians. Our team is reliable, insightful, and an industry leader. 

Water damage inflicts far-reaching effects on your West Palm Beach abode. With a water emergency, the damage you see is often just a glimpse of a much more severe and progressively destructive problem. Professional evaluation, project planning, and implementation of the tasks required can restore and preserve the integrity and comfort of your home. 

When the SERVPRO team arrives, an experienced project manager inspects the scene. We map out the extent of the water damage, which frequently involves using advanced technology like thermal scanning. Trapped water under cabinets or behind walls can complicate what seems like minor damage from a loose connection or cracked pipe or hose. More major flooding such as that from a broken water heater also migrates into cracks and crevices. Our professionals know how to locate all the excess moisture to ensure our efforts completely solve the problem. 

Standing water deeper than a couple of inches removes quickly with our submersible pumps. Wanded extractors take over, more efficient at pulling moisture spread over vast expanses as well as joints between floors and walls. SERVPRO service vehicles carry these tools as well as more specialized equipment like floor mats utilizing a negative pressure system to suction water up from several layers of hardwood and subflooring. 

Our IICRC-trained technicians take moisture measurements of the building materials affected to inform our determination of drying goals. After the liquid water is evacuated the SERVPRO green trucks provide air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers assist in pulling moisture out of porous structural components into the air as vapor, and then condensing or absorbing the vapor for removal. 

Making it “Like it never even happened.” demands precise moisture measurement, skilled water cleanup, and thorough structural drying courtesy of the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth. Schedule an assessment by calling us 24/7 at (561) 588-9777. 

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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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