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Can West Palm Beach Homeowners Obtain Fire Damage Recovery Services from One Company, Meeting the Needs of Both Structures and Contents?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Approaches West Palm Beach Fire Restoration Challenges Balancing the Requirements of Damaged Structures and Contents -- Check Out Our Strategies to Restore the Space and the Irreplaceable Items that Make Your House a Home

If you have never contended with the effects of a fire in your West Palm Beach home, the tension presented when you have both damaged essential structural components, and a houseful of fire residue-coated items, is daunting. The necessity of quickly restoring the soot, smoke, and charring-compromised dwelling is undeniable. But you also wonder how room after room of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions can also receive the attention needed. Can both concerns be met by one multi-talented and appropriately equipped team? Let us show you why the answer is affirmative.

Is It Possible to Subdivide the Fire Damage Responses into Manageable Jobs?

When we arrive at your West Palm Beach home, fire damage restoration might proceed more efficiently if we consider a "divide and conquer" approach. One of the strategies we often follow is to move some or all of the contents of your home elsewhere while our onsite crew works on:

  • Firefighting water removal, containment, and disposal
  • Surface residue evaluation, including the matching of the soot residues found on different surfaces with appropriate cleaners, tools, and methods for efficient removal
  • Determining if charred or water-damaged structures are restorable, or if the components now, or after aggressive charring or water removal, no longer demonstrate the strength needed for their function, requiring replacement
  • Contemplating the challenges of odor removal and developing a deodorization plan

Why Would Packing-Out the Contents of a Fire-Damaged Home Help Speed the Restoration of the Physical House's Structure?

SERVPRO technicians relentlessly guard against the drift of fire residues in West Palm Beach from one space to another during restoration. Otherwise, the restoration process never resolves. A house fully loaded with furniture and other portable property requires our team to contain each workspace. Technicians must move items continuously to maintain the integrity of cleaned spaces. Contents also carry soot and water if they were located near the fire or if air currents or HVAC systems spread soot and debris to them. Moving the contents out of the house helps by:

  • "Clearing the decks" for efficient water and fire residue removal
  • Preventing contents from spreading soot and odors within the walls of your home, particularly in newly-cleaned areas
  • Lowering your home's humidity because it is likely the contents were soaked with sprinkler systems or the firefighters' hoses
  • Permitting us the room to scale up equipment assignment and crew members deployment to complete project phases quickly 

How Does a Pack-Out Improve Restorative Outcomes for the Contents of Your Home?

Like the benefits granted to your home's structure after removing soiled, wet contents, packing out your furniture and other possessions protects them from continuous resoiling from smoke and soot residues lingering in the air and settling on surfaces in your home. It also prevents wicking of the firefighting water into porous materials, and takes the permeable items away from a humid space filled with contaminants.

How Is My Personal Property Managed and Secured During a Pack-Out?

When our specially trained contents technicians assess the pack-out inventory, they start by sorting them according to the type and intensity of fire and water damage. During the pack-out process, SERVPRO employees use our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track the property through lists, barcodes, and pictures. The CCIS provides a concise documentation system for insurance claims, following each item. We determine item by item if it needs and can endure cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and disinfecting to regain its previous function and appearance.

What Are Examples of Special Restoration Resources SERVPRO Uses for Contents?

In our production facility, we maintain a range of resources focused on fire-damaged items' unique needs. Away from the hectic environment at your home, we carefully select from the following treatments, and more:

  • Freeze-drying for documents, photos, and other paper soaked during the firefighting
  • Industrial washers and dryers to restore:
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Household linens
  • Window treatments
  • Immersion tanks to soak soot-encrusted non-porous items before a scrub with soft brushes and towels
  • Ultrasonic tanks that use sound waves to blast off deeply embedded fire residues 
  • Small chambers to clean and dry furniture efficiently
  • Contained areas where we can use deodorizing technology like:
    • Thermal or wet foggers
    • Hydroxyl generators
    • Ozone machines

Never fear that SERVPRO of Lake Worth might falter in our pledge to return your dwelling and the unique contents within to "Like it never even happened." We respond 24 hours a day, prepared to send out fully equipped crews promptly with a single call to  (561) 588-9777.

Is It Possible to Restore My Lake Worth Home After a Fire?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage home To schedule a response team visit for your home here or in West Palm Beach, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 today.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Lake Worth Home and Its Contents

How Is SERVPRO A Better Option for Me?
Expertise in contents cleaning is why SERVPRO should be your choice for fire restoration in Lake Worth. Our specialists train extensively to clean and restore items many homeowners and residents often consider beyond saving. We cannot guarantee a perfect restoration, but our methods and equipment can get items as close to their original condition as possible.

What Items Can Your Specialists Restore?
Mattresses and Box Springs – Residents forget that these items were covered by sheets, blankets, and other bedding. The only exposed surfaces are usually the fabric sides (or ticking) of the box springs. Our restoration specialists can wipe down and clean these using most of the cleaners in our inventory since there are no colors to run and cause staining. Most mattress fabrics are colorfast, so specialists can use them with our Hot Water Extraction Method to successfully remove smoke residues and other particles as well.

Lampshades – For the average lampshade from a retail store it is probably cheaper to replace than restore it. For expensive items, the fabric is probably delicate enough to require a dry cleaning method using one of our solvents that removes smoke residues and other particles. This also prevents the fabric from pulling away from the frame and reduces water and rust stains.

Is That Everything?
No. SERVPRO specialists can also remove the smoke residues and burnt particles that can settle in rugs. Typically, the first order is to vacuum the fibers to remove loose soiling. The problem is worse here since they are also ground into the rugs by efforts to extinguish the fire. After identifying the type of fabric in the rug, they identify the best cleaner to use, and if an agitation device can be used along with a shampoo machine.

To schedule a response team visit for your home here or in West Palm Beach, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 today.

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How Do You Remove Smoke and Protein Residues from Fire-Damaged Cabinets in West Palm Beach?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Cabinets with fire and smoke damage. Fire and smoke damage can get tricky, SERVPRO is here to assist your West Palm Beach condo after fire damage.

When kitchen flare-ups damage your West Palm Beach condo, there are several steps involved in protecting the affected surfaces. 

Damage to your kitchen can happen quickly and be an alarming situation for your West Palm Beach condo. As fast as these scenarios can get out of control, it is vital to understand the impact these flare-ups can have on the kitchen and surrounding areas. Cleaning up after a fire of any size or type requires careful planning and thorough evaluations. Our project manager can respond quickly to fire loss emergencies to evaluate the property, the damage present, and what should be done to restore your condo to its original condition.

What Cleaning Practices Remove Surface Residues? 

Much of the choices made in restoring fire damage to West Palm Beach condos and residences involve understanding the type of smoke residue and debris present. Every type of fire can present a different obstacle for restorers like our SERVPRO team. Grease and kitchen fires often result in protein residues on exposed surfaces like the cabinets and counter-tops. There are several potential approaches to removing these residues and restoring the underlying materials. 

  • Agitative Cleaning – Agitative cleaning involves several different potential processes such as brushing, steel wool, vacuuming, or feather dusting to remove thicker groupings of particulates on the surface.
  • Media Blasting – By combining baking soda along with pressurized air or water, we can often break apart thick residues on surfaces generated by proteins and grease without damaging the substrate underneath.
  • Chemical Solvents – We have multiple cleaning products designed to address oil-based soils and water-based threats alike. Chemical solvents can emulsify surface soiling to rinse or wipe it away. 

As threatening as fire losses can seem, our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team has the experience and a potent line of cleaning products to help restore exposed elements and contents. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (561) 588-9777.

Can I Use Bleach For Mold Remediation In The Office?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

West Palm Beach Entrepreneurs Want A Quick Fix For Mold.

West Palm Beach business owners know that it is essential to keep their company headquarters in good condition. Your office building is one of your most significant expenses, and so you want to take as good care of it as you can.

If you notice mold growth in your West Palm Beach premises, you might wonder if you can use bleach for mold remediation. Bleach has become something of a folk remedy – many people believe it is a safe and effective way to deal with mold yourself, instead of calling in a remediation company.

But is it a good idea to use bleach on the spores in your office? 

How does mold grow?

To understand some of the reasons bleach is not suitable for mold remediation, we must first understand how mold grows. Spores can develop if the environment has a supply of organic material for food, water, oxygen, and the correct temperatures.

Items such as drywall, wallpaper, and even carpets, provide organic material for spores to munch on. Add in enough oxygen, the right temperatures, and a damp environment, and you have a recipe for spore growth in your office.

Does bleach kill mold?

Technically, yes – bleach can kill some mold spores. However, the Environment Protection Agency does not recommend using bleach for cleaning mold, and SERVPRO strongly recommends you find an alternative. In some cases, using bleach is very ineffective, and in other cases, it can make the problem worse.

It is also important to note that bleach is caustic and is a toxic chemical. It is not generally safe to use, and SERVPRO encourages you to steer clear of it.

Why is bleach not effective for killing mold?

Most bleach labels state it is not suitable for porous surfaces. Bleach cannot penetrate the deeper levels of porous surfaces such as wood or drywall.

When mold grows on wood or drywall, it does not only build on the surface. It forms deeper roots into the material where it can continue to feed and propagate. If you use bleach on a non-porous surface, you may believe you have eradicated the mold. However, you have only tackled the surface appearance and have not dealt with the underlying spore growth. The fungus can quickly regrow in this situation.

 Can bleach make the problem worse?

Unfortunately, yes, using bleach can make your mold problems worse. Bleach has high water content, and that water can sink into porous materials, leaving the chlorine component behind to evaporate on the surface. That water feeds the deeper mold roots and encourages further growth. Now the mold has extra fuel to come back more strongly than before.

What is the best alternative to bleach?

The best alternative to bleach is hiring a professional remediation company like SERVPRO. We train our technicians in assessing a mold situation and using the most appropriate tools.

Hiring a professional team means you do not have to take time out of your business to deal with mold yourself, and you are not using toxic bleach in the work environment. We have industry-standard antimicrobial and antifungal products to hand, which are better suited to the job than bleach.

Can SERVPRO get rid of mold?

No – it is a myth that a remediation company can remove mold from your premises. Because the spores are microscopic and present throughout the natural world, it is impossible to eradicate them. However, thorough mold remediation can get rid of existing spores and discourage new growth.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth uses devices such as:

Moisture sensors

Moisture meters and penetrating moisture meters

Thermo-hygrometers

Infrared imaging

To monitor moisture levels in your office. Monitoring means we can tackle mold growth wherever it is hiding. We also know for sure when the moisture level and humidity has dropped to a level mold does not like. Our monitoring process means our remediation process is more than surface deep, and therefore more effective.

What is the SERVPRO mold remediation process?

On arrival, our team will:

Inspect and assess so we can draw up the best plan

Set up containment if needed to prevent further spread of spores

Use air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to pull the microscopic spores out of the air

Remove mold and mold-infested materials

Clean your office and office furniture as much as practical

We also train our teams to handle odor removal and carry out restoration jobs (such as replacing drywall or carpets). We understand the need to get back to work, which is why we aim to leave your property, “Like it never even happened.”

For help with mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777.

How Is Professional Water Restoration In West Palm Beach Cost-Efficient?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

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When your West Palm Beach office complex gets damaged by water disasters, it can be time and money-saving to choose competent restorers like our SERVPRO team. 

In larger commercial structures, like the office complex where your business is located in West Palm Beach, a water disaster can simultaneously impact multiple companies. With multiple floors and shared workspaces, migrating loss effects can quickly spread to several areas of the facility and cause substantial property losses. Among the chief concerns is the impact that these situations can have on contents like personal records, documentation, and client-specific files. Content relocation and cleaning efforts can help to address these concerns with mitigation tactics.

With a custodial staff for the complex, it is often tempting to avoid choosing professional water restoration companies for West Palm Beach facilities. There are multiple benefits to choosing professionals like our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team for these tasks, if not specifically for the understanding that we are equipped to handle large loss situations with industrial-grade extractors, dehumidifiers, and portable power.

Failure to adequately and thoroughly dry the facility is among the primary concerns with DIY restoration. Without removing moisture entirely from exposed materials and contents, it is likely to cause continued problems for the building such as:

  • Structural Deterioration
  • Contents Damage
  • Health and Safety Hazards
  • Microbial and Mold Growth

How Does SERVPRO Ensure Thorough Drying? 

We rely on sophisticated technologies to determine when drying goals and desired moisture content levels have gotten reached during restoration. Surface moisture meters, hygrometers, and thermal imagery all play a role in finding damp pockets in wall systems, flooring, and ceiling materials. When the results of these inspections are satisfactory to our restorers and the customer, we begin the structure's final cleanup.

Water disasters can sweep through your facility quickly and fiercely, threatening documentation, furniture, flooring, and more. Give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team a call to help however you need at (561) 588-9777.

Can Smoke Residues Get Removed from Carpeting in My Lake Worth Property?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire damage to Lake Worth homes can be devastating and overwhelming, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with practical cleaning approaches.

Because there are so many different types of fire damages that can impact Lake Worth properties, there are no universal solutions for cleaning and restoring a home after these disasters. The type of combustion and materials burned before extinguishment occurs can leave various residues and soiling on surfaces and contents throughout the property. Smoke residues are formidable aspects of fire restoration for our SERVPRO team. When these soils impact sensitive materials like carpeting, a repair can be challenging.

With so many layers of fire damage in Lake Worth homes and businesses to contend with after these disasters, our restoration professionals in this niche are among the most heavily trained in our roster. Experience against considerable damages to flooring materials can often allow us to preserve and protect exposed elements like carpeting from requiring removal and discarding. Cleaning soot and smoke residues from fibers require a calculated process that begins with determining how severe soiling is and ensuring that our cleaning approaches are not going to cause irreparable damage to the flooring. Our restoration process for smoke-damaged carpets includes:

• Damage Assessment
• Pre-Testing and Sampling
• Carpet Cleaning
• Post-Cleaning Inspection

Who Can Perform Controlled Demolition and Reinstallation?

Inevitably there are situations where flooring materials like carpets are too severely damaged to preserve. With in-house contractors available to dispatch along with our restoration professionals, SERVPRO can provide efficient controlled demolition solutions in these situations. These same contractors can replace the flooring once other fire mitigation services have completed.

Fire damage can be widespread and overwhelming for homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team works to reduce the severity of these conditions through cleaning and restoration techniques. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

Should I open My Windows After Flood Damage?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

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West Palm Beach Residents Want To Air Their Homes Quickly.

Nobody living in West Palm Beach wants their home to smell damp. A fresh-smelling home is much nicer than one that smells bad.

After flood damage, West Palm Beach homeowners might open their windows to help with the airflow. It’s natural to assume that an open window and better air circulation is a cure for lingering damp odors after a flood. However, open windows can interfere with the dehumidifying process.

Why is dehumidifying a vital part of flood damage restoration?

The first stage of flood damage restoration is pumping out standing water. After your home is free of water, it is time to clean, dry, and disinfect. But running dehumidifiers is essential too. 

Dehumidifiers dry the air and remove the lingering damp feeling

Dehumidifiers help dry out carpets, furnishings, and the structure of the home, 

            to prevent water damage

Dehumidifiers help get rid of leftover damp smells

Dehumidifiers are an essential part of preventing mold growth after a flood

Why is it important to keep the windows closed?

The dehumidification process requires a closed drying system with all doors and windows closed. A closed system makes it easier to control the environment and monitor drying progress.

What kind of dehumidifiers does SERVPRO use?

SERVPRO teams use three types of dehumidifier:

Conventional refrigerants – use refrigerant coils to trap and cool the air, and turn it into moisture droplets before pumping the droplets away from the structure

Low grain refrigerants – work similarly to conventional refrigerants except that they pre-cool the air before moving it across the coils

Desiccants – use water-absorbing compounds to absorb moisture from the air and then vent the moisture-laden air out of the building

Each type of unit has its strengths. Conventional devices are our most commonly-used dehumidifiers as they work in a range of conditions. Low grain units can dry to a lower level of humidity and are more energy-efficient. Desiccant units lower humidity much faster than refrigerant types.

No matter what the scenario, you can rest assured that our teams know which unit is best for each situation.

If you are concerned about getting your home dry after flood damage, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth a call at (561) 588-9777.

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What are Signs of Bathroom Water Damage?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Large bathroom; bathtub in background; standing water on floor Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO can Help Locate and Remediate Lake Worth Water Damage

Homeowners dealing with water damage will agree that it can be quite a headache. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two most common areas of the home that suffer from various kinds of water damage. Bathrooms often have at least three water sources between the sink, the shower or bathtub, and the toilet. As such, there are multiple places where leakage can occur. On top of dealing with leakage, bathrooms also create a lot of humidity from steamy showers or baths. When moisture levels rise in a small space like a bathroom, several potential issues can result.

Living in South Florida means hot days and nights, which means you need a well-functioning bathroom to clean up. Therefore, homeowners need to be aware of the most common signals that water damage may be present. The following are some of the most typical Lake Worth bathroom water damage signs: 

  • Damp, musty smells
  • Floor damage like buckled, cracked, or stained tiles/wood
  • Noticeable issues with discolored walls, warped walls, or wet walls
  • Mold presence on the walls, ceiling, or corners
  • Gaps between the grouting/calking 

The ability to pinpoint possible water damage signs in your bathroom is critical to minimizing the overall damage and cost to repair. While something like an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet is an apparent cause of bathroom water damage, other issues may present themselves much slower and inconspicuously.

If and when you notice that your bathroom has some water issues, you must be proactive in seeking help. Our team of highly trained bathroom water damage professionals attacks the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth today to learn more! (561) 588-9777 

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How Should You Prepare Your Business for the Upcoming Holiday Season?

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Credit card being entered into iPad; blurred Christmas slights in background When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful.

SERVPRO Can Help Your Prepare Now to Keep Your Business Safe for the Holiday Season 

Even though it's summer, the holiday season is right around the corner. For many businesses throughout Lake Worth, 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 vital for Lake Worth businesses 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 the security employees with the staff and ensure they have a thorough understanding of protocols
  • Check that all alarm systems, surveillance cameras, locks, and cybersecurity software are in working order
  • Ensure locking all doors and windows 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 period for many businesses, but an unexpected break-in could send your business into a tailspin. When it comes to small business security, you cannot be too careful. Should your business need emergency restoration, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is always available. Contact us at (561) 588-9777. 

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How Does Flood Damage Affect Crawlspaces in Lake Worth?

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

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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, including the foundation supporting your house. Your property's structural integrity depends on the proper assessment of any damage done to the lowest level of your home. 

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 foundation's damage. 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 to 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, we make decisions to prevent subsequent water damage from the storms that are likely to recur. 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 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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