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How Likely is Flooding During Hurricane Season?
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West Palm Beach homes can see the violent side of nature during certain times of the year, leading to quickly developing flooding scenarios.
Between June and September every year, West Palm Beach residents prepare for the onslaught of heavy rainfall and storms possible. While some seasons are worse than others, rapidly forming powerful systems can reach the land with terrible force, providing a considerable challenge for aging structures in the immediate area to resist damage. The torrential rainfall can have a pressing impact on the streams, creeks, and other water bodies as well. Storm surges also incorporate destructive swells from the ocean to flood the shoreline properties.
Because of how quickly flood damage in West Palm Beach homes and condos can develop, many property owners have little time to contend with these conditions before they are out of control. DIY restoration for flooding can be a considerable challenge when you consider how less-prepared homeowners are for these emergencies versus the extensive inventory of recovery tools available to our SERVPRO team.
Some Common Concerns for Flooding in a House Are:
- Debris – Natural flooding brings in varying debris and solids, including decomposing organic matter, wildlife, and other pressing threats.
- Contaminants – Bacterial and viral pathogens present in substances like sewage, chemicals, and other encountered threats could exist in the water in your house.
- Volume – Often, the volume of the water preset is another concern. Our SERVPRO professionals have powerful extractors like submersible pumps and wet vacuums to manage these conditions.
- Safety Hazards – Pooling water can also create hazardous situations like electric shock scenarios when water levels reach as high as live outlets in the damaged space.
Hurricane season can be destructive to homes and businesses in the area, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team is always ready and able to help. Give us a call anytime at (561) 588-9777.
Should I open My Windows After Flood Damage?
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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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How Does Flood Damage Affect Crawlspaces in Lake Worth?
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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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Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?
We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.
SERVPRO Talks About Hurricane Damage in Lake Worth
With Hurricane Irma in our rearview mirror, it’s easy for many Florida residents to forget how scary and dangerous hurricane season can be. February is a great time to remind yourself and your family members of how vital storm preparation is for safeguarding your home and keeping your loved ones protected. While summer is often the season most associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, and all types of storms, it is essential to keep in mind that the spring season also brings with it the threat of intense storms. The reality is that Florida sustains more hits from hurricanes than any other state in the country. Living in the Sunshine State has many, many perks, but regular hurricanes near Lake Worth are certainly one of the negatives to residing here.
Understanding some basic facts about Florida storms is essential in being prepared both physically and mentally for an unexpected hurricane or tornado. Consider the following fast facts on Florida storms:
- Hurricane Irma made landfall at 115 knots in Cudjoe Key
- Anything above a Category 3 composes a to be a major hurricane
- When tornadoes take place in the spring season, they are more likely to strike at night
- A tornado can form inside of a hurricane
- In any given moment around 1,800 thunderstorms are happening around the globe
- Thunderstorm clouds can reach more than 20,000 feet high
- Moisture, unstable air, and lift create the basic thunderstorm
- Cumulonimbus clouds produce thunderstorms
- Lightning due to thunderstorms kills more people each year than tornadoes do
- A “derecho” refers to a severe storm encompassing a large area, including high winds, and lasts a long time
Being prepared in the event of an unexpected storm is imperative. SERVPRO of Lake Worth responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Lake Worth home or business back to pre-storm condition. Contact us at (561) 588-9777.
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What Is the Best Way to Remove Water Odor from My Home?
Flooding in West Palm Beach, Boats, Houses, or Condos--Rely on SERVPRO for Damage Control and Restoration
SERVPRO has multiple applications to neutralize odors in West Palm Beach Houses
Nearly everyone in this part of Florida, West Palm Beach, has dealt with some level of flooding in their homes and many people can attest that the odor post-water loss is one of the worst things to deal with. This can get compounded as something even worse when the water contains sewage or other stinky elements. Because flood water has the potential to be harmful to come into contact with and SERVPRO techs wear head to toe protective clothing when performing restoration services in local properties.
Are My Carpet and Furniture Automatically a Loss if They Have Flood Damage?
In the majority of situations where SERVPRO handles flood damage cleanup in West Palm Beach homes, porous items such as carpet, cushions, or upholstered furnishings require discarding as there is no way to restore them to a sanitary standard for reuse within the home.
Carpets can be injurious to move when wet due to its weight, so the technicians need to remove the water beforehand. Once the water gets extracted as much as possible, the carpet gets cut into manageable strips and disposed of according to local sanitary regulations.
Non-porous items that may respond to deep cleaning methods such as immersion cleaning, may have restoration potential for reuse within the home. SERVPRO techs inspect each item in the loss area methodically and nothing gets disposed of without approval from the adjuster or property owner. The techs are happy to work directly with the insurance adjuster as needed, and this also ensures that all the work done during the cleanup gets approved as being within the scope of coverage so there are not any surprise out-of-pocket expenses for cleaning up the flood loss.
Controlled Demolition is a Common Part of Flood Loss Cleanup
It is hard to believe half an inch of water can do the amount of damage it has the potential to leave behind. It can:
- Wick into sheetrock and cause buckling and warping
- Delaminate tile
- Ruin carpet and padding
- Seep under floor covering and saturate the subfloor
Measures that SERVPRO techs take against this type of loss to the structure include:
- Drilling weep holes for drainage in walls and baseboards
- Removal of baseboards to open up floor joints for extraction and drying
- Flood cuts to quickly remove damaged sheetrock above the waterline
Mold is Always a Concern After Flood Loss
SERVPRO technicians have an extensive library of information and training in the fight against mold infestations post-flood. Because of the elevated interior humidity, and warmer year-round temps in Florida, it creates a perfect breeding ground for naturally occurring mold spores to germinate and spread rapidly.
When drying the property, the techs take air moisture readings to determine the current percentages and develop a drying goal that is below sustainable levels for mold growth. During the drying process, readings get taken at regular intervals to ensure that the interior humidity levels are on track. Once the interior gets dried, proactive treatments to inhibit any mold growth through the use of antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants.
Several actions go into the preparation of the structure for repairs or reconstruction needed to bring the home to its pre-flood loss condition. Getting rid of ruined building materials and contents assists in lowering the foul odors but residual odors may remain even after the structure shows as dry on the meter readings. To leave the structure odor-free, the techs use a variety of odor control methods to neutralize unpleasant scents left behind. One of the go-to pieces of equipment is the Hydroxyl Generator which works exactly like leaving laundry in the sun to kill odors using the same UV rays. Best of all, as this machine converts airborne molecules, it is completely safe around people, pets and plants. Thermal fogging requires no one else is on-site while it gets used, but it is very effective for getting rid of otherwise embedded odors and making them nonexistent. Since both of these odor control methods work to change the odorous particulate at the molecular level, the scents never return.
The loss area also gets thorough hand-cleaning from the techs using their proprietary cleaners. Depending on the surfaces getting cleaned - different solutions get used. For example, an antibacterial for counters and specialized formulas for other types of surfaces.
SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 brings the professional tools and experience to eliminate the problems flood damage brings to a home and restores the property to its pre-water loss condition.
Am I Ready for Storms and Flooding in West Palm Beach This Hurricane Season?
Storms can bring flooding and flood damage into your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for expert water removal services.
Choose SERVPRO Before the Winds Blow, and Know You Have a Restoration Industry Leader on Your Side When Heavy Weather Hits West Palm Beach
Even if you have dodged the worst outcomes in previous seasons, you cannot predict the time you and your family might be dealing with significant storm-related flooding. In addition to following advice about proactive preparations to minimize the impact on your home’s structure and plan for your family’s safety, you need a name and number to call to get help with flood loss.
What Is the Best Flood Restoration Company for Residential Disasters?
You need a company that prioritizes your situation when storms cause flood damage in West Palm Beach. We promise to deliver the workforce and equipment scalability to help you plus other residents and neighboring businesses in our community promptly during storm flooding. Reliability and follow through on a promise of clear communication are musts.
What Kind of Training Should I Look for in a Restoration Company?
SERVPRO’s managers and technicians trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are crucial components in your restoration plan. Our employees learn on-site assessment approaches, site safety and securing protocols, and flood cleanup and structural drying best practices. The work we do for you is consistent and appropriate to the severity of damage we observe in your home. Even as we handle many projects after a storm, we individualize your plan, completing it on time and in a professional manner.
What Kind of Community Commitment Should I Expect?
Our firm represents the culmination of our owner's 30-plus years of devotion and experience in consumer assistance industries in our region. Be confident that we are here to help you today, and intend to be available for questions and issues in the future.
SERVPRO of Lake Worth has the resources to assist the communities we serve in real-time as the storm blows over, and flooding needs a professional response. Call (561) 588-9777 to consult with our team about how we can help today.
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Using Chemical Cleaners After Flood Damage in West Palm Beach
Call SERVPRO for assistance after a flood occurs in your West Palm Beach home. We are always available to help.
How SERVPRO Handles Contaminants After Flood Damage Occurs
Living almost anywhere in Florida exposes you to flood potential, given the number of heavy summer storms and hurricanes in the state. When you live in a city right near the coast, you have even higher potential to undergo a flood at some point, and it is vital to know how to clean your home afterward properly.
Flood damage in West Palm Beach after either a minor or major storm can be challenging, especially if there is widespread damage throughout the community, and home stores run low on materials. You may need professional assistance to restore and clean your home.
After the floodwaters recede and all the excess moisture extracted, one of the biggest tasks facing homeowners is ridding the structure of dangerous microorganisms, including illness-causing bacteria and fungi spores that may foster dangerous mold infestations within the home. There are several different types of disinfectants, formulated explicitly for SERVPRO that attack these microorganisms to halt or hinder their growth.
Antimicrobial refers to any chemical used against microorganisms that prevent their development or stop their growth. Antimicrobials include germicides, fungicides, virucides, sporicides, and mildewcides. Disinfectants and sanitizers also fall under the umbrella of antimicrobials. Disinfectants such as Vanquish and Microban destroy 99 percent of organisms on contact and are incredibly useful at eradicating dangerous microorganisms after flood damage. They may not kill dormant bacterial or fungal spores, which could potentially reproduce in the future.
The terms sanitizing and sterilizing should not be confused. Sanitizers decrease microbial to levels that are acceptable and are not as harsh of a cleaner as disinfectants; however, after sanitizer use microbes may grow back under the right conditions. With this in mind, sanitizers are not the best primary cleaning solution after a flood. They are, however, useful as a secondary cleaner used in conjunction with disinfectants. Disinfection can be attained, which is a step above sanitizing a structure or room.
SERVPRO technicians do not use sterilizers for any water or flood damage. Sterilization kills all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores, but is not possible for cleaning a residence since it can only be used on surfaces that can withstand the dangerously strong chemicals containing chlorine. Sterilizing is typically used in clinical environments and not applicable to residence cleaning.
Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for 24/7 for help recovering after flood damage.
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Did Recent Storms Leave Water Damage in Your West Palm Beach Ceilings?
No matter the size of your water loss event, we have the equipment to dry your home.
Removing Damaged Ceilings in Storm-Damaged West Palm Beach Condos
High-end condominiums throughout West Palm Beach are unfortunately just as susceptible to the violent weather events as other properties in the path of tropical storms. With the high winds and torrential rainfall, damage to roofs and the building itself can leave your condo exposed to some substantial flooding in the right conditions. Even without several inches of standing water to contend with, repairing and replacing damaged structural elements can be costly enough for even minor flooding.
Migrating water during a storm event can lead to flood damage in West Palm Beach condos. Because so many condo ceilings include soundproofing to add privacy and a more pleasant living condition, many costlier elements and materials can become damaged when water makes its way through the roof to your building. Depending on where floodwater travels, the same expensive damages could occur in shared wall cavities between yours and another’s unit.
When our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at your damaged address, we must assess the condo for structural concerns. Ceiling materials like drywall, acoustic ceiling, or plaster can all show noticeable signs of integrity loss with direct water exposure. Pooling water can quickly saturate through porous organic materials like drywall to cause a composition change where the wallboard becomes too heavy to remain installed.
In many cases, to address the materials used in soundproofing your unit, we must get beyond the surface material like drywall or tile. Noise reduction materials are typically a form of insulation or a mat-like element installed between your ceiling and the floor of the unit about yours. The same premise exists for neighboring condos on the same level. Our SERVPRO team can remove these water damaged materials and work with positive pressure systems, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry out the damp, structural cavities. Our in-house general contractors can complete the demolition and reinstallation of this material to make this flood loss incident “Like it never even happened.”
With the premier materials used in the construction of your condo, reconstruction and rebuilding can be costly avenues. Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team can limit how much of your residence needs to get rebuilt after a flood loss with our fast and confident response. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.
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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In West Palm Beach
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Flood Damage West Palm Beach – Move Out and Storage of Personal Items
Every year the West Palm Beach area is exposed to a variety of tropical storms, including tornadoes and hurricanes. These storms can cause significant flooding and damage to homes and businesses. Structures must be cleaned and dried. Contents must be removed, cleaned, stored, and returned once the client's home or business is restored to its original condition.
SERVPRO responds to flood damage events in Palm Beach and surrounding areas. Every job site is different, requiring many different solutions, a variety of equipment, and skilled technicians. Our crew chief assesses the situation and prepares a plan to clean your home and restore it. This plan may include moving the contents of your home or business into undamaged areas of the building or to a secure SERVPRO site.
Details and Accuracy
Clients are stressed about the flood damage that has been caused by a storm. Whenever contents must be cleaned, moved, stored, and then returned to the original site, clients need to know that their contents are safe. We maintain detailed and accurate records of the status and location of every item. Our customers can be confident that their belongings are safe.
Any time contents are removed from the job site, even if it is to a staging area within the building, it adds cost and time to the project. SERVPRO attempts to manage the cost and complete the job in a cost-efficient manner. For example:
Clean the contents before moving the item to a staging area
SERVPRO prefers to move the contents to a staging area within the building unaffected by the flooding to reduce the cost and time needed for the job
We identify items that are unrecoverable due to the flood damage
SERVPRO maintains accurate records of the status and location of every item which are available to the client and their insurance adjuster if needed
Clients can count on our team to return your home or business, "Like it never even happened," while maintaining an accurate inventory of all of your contents affected by the flood damage.
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Understanding How a Move-Out Benefits Lake Worth Homeowners with Flood Damage
Water damage is at its most destructive when it comes in the form of an in-home flood. The goal of SERVPRO is to always cause as little disruption as possible during cleanup efforts and the technicians clean and dry both the structure and contents in place when possible.
There are times when cleaning up a Lake Worth home with flood damage that a move-out is the best solution. There are several benefits to using this service during restoration.
What is a Move-Out?
This action is an organized removal of a customer's contents from their home into a secure location. The location may be at the SERVPRO facility or an on-site secure storage pod. In the cases of a partial move-out, the items removed go to another area of the home that is unaffected by water loss for safe storage until the completion of water damage restoration efforts.
Cleaning Before Moving Saves Time
This cost-saving strategy works to lessen the time needed to pack, unpack, and repack the items repeatedly. Home contents receive restoration efforts and then packed until it is time to bring them back into the home. Because this reduces the number of times the objects require handling, this also limits the chances of accidental damage. Items with mold or insect infestation receive special attention for cleaning to prevent cross-contamination during storage.
Move-Out Sorting of Items
During the move-out process, the sorting of items occurs. Flood damaged items with restoration potential through SERVPRO's proprietary methods go to storage. In the case of items that require disposal, the discarding of the articles does not occur without the consent of either the property owner or adjuster.
Inventory Move-Out Items
Each item removed gets photographed and a detailed report made as to its condition and location in the home. This assists the insurance carrier in expediting the claim and not paying for items that had restoration potential. The report accounts for every item SERVPRO technicians handled as well as details about the cleaning or discarding of each individual piece. SERVPRO utilizes the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service program to establish a chain of custody for each item removed from the premises.
SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 has certified, experienced technicians that are available to clean up flood damage 24/7 whether it is a single room or a whole house with water loss, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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We Have Specialized Techniques to Get Rid of Flood Damage in West Palm Beach
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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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We Arrive Quickly To Any West Palm Beach Home After A Flood
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.
- Thicker wood products like studs and doors swell and warp.
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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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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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:
- Katrina, 2005
- Galveston, 1900
- Harvey, 2017
- Andrew, 1992
- Camille, 1969
- Sandy, 2012
- Irma, 2017
- Ike, 2008
- Maria, 2017
- Gilbert, 1988
- Florida Keys, 1935
- 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!
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:
- Make sure the fence surrounding your home is secured
- Clear your gutters of all debris and ensure they are faced to drain away from your home
- Remove any dead tree limbs and trim trees near on the property
- Place any valuables in waterproof containers
- Gather documents like insurance policies, birth certificates, health/medications paperwork, and important phone numbers
- Check your roof’s condition
- Secure all loose items around the property
- 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!
Flood Control Facts for You
Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding.
South Florida home owners are all too familiar with major storms and the flooding the follows them. From heavy winds and heavy rains to inefficient drainage systems, experts have made some frightening predictions for the future of South Florida homes. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UOCS) recently released a report pointing to the potential of chronic flooding effecting one million Florida homes by the year 2100. These warnings are certainly scary and they make most South Florida residents think about how to handle flooding today and tomorrow. One of the most important things to consider is the concept of flood control and how you can use it to your home’s advantage.
Understanding some of the basics of quality flood control is important to minimizing potential dangers that stem from major storms. As we find ourselves in the thick of hurricane season, Florida residents should learn the following flood control facts:
- Drainage systems are always in operation in order to keep water elevation desired level
- The drainage district is in control and cannot open its discharge control to the community
- Opening the discharge control to the community is only authorized in emergency situations
- Older communities typically suffer from severe flooding due to their older storm water systems
- Homeowners can play a role in preventing flooding by avoiding putting trash bags in road swale and avoiding throwing debris in canals or lakes
Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding. Working together as a community to keep canals and lakes free from debris and not placing trash bags in road swales are just a few ways to play a part in controlling flooding. Florida is surrounded by water and with hurricane seasons getting increasingly more potent, it is important to stay educated on flood control.
Protecting Your Home from Damage in Heavy Rain
Proactively protecting your home from water damage or storm damage in heavy rains is extremely important.
Hurricane season technically ends on November 20th, but experienced Florida residents know that heavy rains can (and do) come during any season. When a serious storm comes your way, heavy rains can wreak havoc on your property, both inside and outside of your home. If it seems like it’s been even wetter than usual in South Florida lately, that’s because it has been! Based on new reports from the South Florida Water Management District, South Florida hasn’t seen this much rain in 86 years. Storm surges of heavy rains often mean flooding in your neighborhood and it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with this extra rainfall and water.
Rain damage can be very costly if not handled both immediately and correctly. Far too many homeowners become lazy about storm damage and then are left to deal with additional issues like mold growth. As such, keep the following tips in mind for protecting your home from damage in heavy rain:
- Clean your gutters regularly
- Pay attention to your home’s drainage efficiency
- Check your windows and doors for proper sealant
- Have your roof inspected
- Fix any leaks throughout your home, especially in the bathrooms and kitchen
- Watch out for water leakage through your air vents
- Look out for mold growth, which often indicates water damage
- Be aware of potential health hazards associated with rain damage
- Make sure that all electrical equipment and appliances are in a water-free location
Proactively protecting your home from water damage or storm damage in heavy rains is extremely important. From both a safety and cost-savings perspective, ensuring that your home is safeguarded during Florida’s rains is beneficial in a variety of ways. If your home has suffered storm damage in any recent heavy rains, contact our team of water damage professionals today!
Staying Safe and Smart in Hurricane Irma
Good luck to all and remember that SERVPRO is here for all of you during and after the storm!
Florida residents are no strangers to hurricanes and the massive damage that they can cause. With Hurricane Irma looming, it’s difficult avoid the memories of past hurricanes that left homes in shambles. Devastation is something that sticks with a family. Nevertheless, if the rebuilding efforts after monster storms like Hurricane Andrew taught us anything, it taught us to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more. While its exact path is still unknown, there is no way around the fact that Hurricane Irma is going to be a seriously catastrophic storm. At this point, emergency plans should already be in place as you prepare your home and your family for the massive hurricane heading our way.
Weather experts have warned that wind, not flooding, is going to be the main concern this weekend. As such, the following steps should be taken today and tomorrow to ensure that you and your family stay safe and smart in Hurricane Irma:
- If you have an evacuation plan, now is the time to set it in motion. Map out your route and hit the road as soon as possible.
- Make sure your gas tank is full.
- Get water (1 gallon per day per person), non-perishable food items (enough for 3-7 days), and flashlights.
- Keep all important documents (insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, emergency contact phone numbers, health insurance cards, and any other important identification, financial, or property paperwork) in a waterproof safe box or some type of protective case.
- Photograph every room and valuable item inside of your household, as well as the entirety of the outside home. Photographs will be critical when filing insurance claims after the storm.
- Put up your shutters now, before the rain starts to come down.
- Run a load of laundry and dishes today before the power goes out.
- All patio furniture must be brought inside.
- Secure your garage door.
- Trim any branches or damaged trees that look like they may fall once the winds pick up.
Do not forget to prepare your pets for the storm. In addition, make sure that your first-aid kit is handy in addition to toilet paper, medications, cash, and fully charged electronics. Hurricane Irma is likely going to cause major destruction to South Florida homes. The focus right now must be safety for you and your family. If you have any questions, please reference local news stations or the NOAA Weather Radio for updates. Good luck to all and remember that SERVPRO is here for all of you during and after the storm!
Interesting Facts about Hurricanes in Florida
Take a look at some unique and interesting facts about hurricanes in Florida.
Floridians have grown so accustom to experiencing hurricane season that they rarely stop to think about hurricanes themselves. While any natural disaster can be scary and destructive, they also have the potential to be beautiful acts of nature. From flash floods to power outages, it’s easy to get lost in the negative elements of Florida hurricanes and the damage that they cause to our homes, businesses, and community as a whole. Have you ever taken a moment to reflect upon your hurricane knowledge? When is the last time you stopped to catch up on interesting hurricane facts?
If the answers to these questions leave you wanting more, keep reading. As storm damage experts, our team at SERVPRO has taken the time to get to know hurricane extremely well. Take a look at some unique and interesting facts about hurricanes in Florida:
- Warm water is used as a source of energy to create hurricanes
- The eye of a hurricane can range anywhere from 2 miles in diameter to more than 200 miles in diameter
- Other names for hurricanes include tropical storms, cyclones, and typhoons
- Around 33 percent of cat and dog owners do not have a hurricane disaster plan in place for their pets
- When the waves of the hurricane are extremely heavy they are referred to storm surges
- In 1953, the National Hurricane Center began naming storms officially
- Approximately 40 percent of hurricanes in the United States strike Florida
- The eye of a hurricane is typically calm
- More often than not, the right side of a hurricane is most dangerous
- Tornadoes have been caused by hurricanes
- When the wind speeds of a storm hit 74 mph, the storm is considered to be a hurricane
- Category 5 hurricanes, the most dangerous of all, are marked by winds that exceed 156 mph
- Hurricane Andrew, Florida’s most catastrophic hurricane, was a Category 5
- Naming hurricanes helps with communication amongst the general public as well as weather forecasters
Being educated on hurricanes is important for any Florida resident. Understanding the history of these storms can help to calm nerves, manage expectations, and lead to better decision-making in the event of a bad storm. Be sure to continue your hurricane education to keep you and your family safe this summer.
After a Florida Storm Safety Tips
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From serious thunderstorms to hurricanes and everything in between, South Florida homeowners must be prepared for the worst during the summer months. When it comes to rainy season and hurricane season in Florida, most people focus on preparations before a storm strikes. While this is critically important for home protection, attention must also be paid to what to do after a Florida storm. It goes without saying that keeping you and your family safe is the number one priority before, during, and after a storm. After a serious storm hits and you’ve make sure that your family is safe, thinking about what steps to take from there on out is important.
Assessing the damage to your home must be done extremely carefully, as things may have shifted during the storm and are potential hazards. Keep the following tips in mind for what to do after a Florida storm:
- Listen to your local news via radio or television as well as the NOAA Weather Radio for important instructions and/or announcements
- If you had evacuated, do not re-enter your home until your area has been declared safe
- Do not drive into any flooded areas
- Do not drive through barricaded or closed roads
- Only stand on firm ground, avoid any areas with moving water
- Carefully check your appliances, water, gas, and electrical lines for any damages
- Do not consume any food or beverage unless you are sure that it is not contaminated
- Use flashlights for light while inspecting your damage, never use open flames of any kind
- Avoid using the telephone unless you are reporting a life-threatening emergency, keeping the phone lines open is important
- Do not use your generators indoors
- Make sure any electrical items are completely dry before turning them on
- Keep your pets under close watch
- Report any downed power lines
- Help people in your community who need is (especially the elderly or those with special needs)
Once you and your family feel safe and secure, it is a good idea to take photographs or videos of your home and the surrounding areas. Documenting the damage and recording losses is a good idea for both inside and outside of your home. In addition, be hyper-aware of waterborne bacterial contaminations, these are common after major storms and can be a major health threat. The final step in what to do after a storm is to contact your local storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals. SERVPRO is here to get your home back to pre-storm condition as quickly and efficiently as possible!
Storm Safety Tips for Florida Residents
It is important to take every precaution necessary to ensure the utmost safety during a tropical storm, hurricane, or even heavy downfall.
Summer months in the “Sunshine State” are filled with on and off rain almost every single day. Those who have lived here for years can relate to the unpredictable, wet, and frustrating weather that strikes Florida. From tracking hurricanes to simply preparing your home for a bad rainstorm, being proactive and diligent is the key to protecting you, your loved ones, and your residential property. Planning ahead is often the difference between total destruction and minor damage, so be sure to prepare yourself during this stormy summer season!
June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season in Florida, so it’s time to educate yourself on the best safety practices before it’s too late. Things like torrential rain downpours, high winds, and storm surges can wreak havoc on your homes. Keep the following storm safety tips in mind this summer:
- Trim your trees properly and be aware of any power lines near your home
- Unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment
- Create a contact list of important numbers such as emergency services, county law enforcement, local hospitals and utilities, and the local American Red Cross
- Be aware of the location of the closet storm shelter
- Make an emergency kit with enough food for 3-7 days, plenty of water, clothing, batteries, first aid kit, flashlights, emergency radio, cash, and a cell phone
- Keep your gas tank filled during the summer
- Right before a storm, turn the refrigerator and freezer temperature to as cold as possible
- Put up your hurricane shutters and remove any loose items from around the house
- Think about purchasing a generator
- Discuss an evacuation plan with your family
The above storm safety tips for Florida residents really only scratches the surface of what needs to be done to adequately prepare for a storm. It is important to take every precaution necessary to ensure the utmost safety during a tropical storm, hurricane, or even heavy downfall. Be sure to check back on our blog to learn more safety tips as we move along into the summer months. Be safe out there!
Hurricane Matthew Recovery Plan
Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach for 24-hour emergency service for storm damage cleanup and restoration.
Florida felt the wrath of Hurricane Matthew last week and many Florida residents are now left to handle the aftermath of this deadly storm. The Atlantic coast had to deal with strong winds, persistent heavy rains that brought ocean waves across beaches, and rising water throughout the coastal communities. Flash-floods have been of major concern, leaving homeowners desperate to protect their families and their homes from damage.
Estimates point to over 1 million people left without power due to Hurricane Matthew and while the storm did not directly hit the Sunshine State, the winds, rain, and storm surges left countless homes damaged. As homeowners and property managers attempt to get back to “normal”, having a recovery plan is crucial.
If your home or commercial property has experienced flood damage, it is important to do the following:
- Remove lamps and other electrical items
- Use a mop to remove any excess water
- Take any wet cushions or upholstery and remove them
- Wipe down wood furniture carefully
- Place wood blocks or aluminum foil under the legs of furniture sitting on wet carpeting
- Turn the air conditioner on maximum to increase air circulation as much as possible
- Move colored rugs away from wet carpeting
- Remove any artwork or nice objects to a dry area
- Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach for 24-hour emergency service
Our professionals are the best people to assess the damage and then restore your property. With South Florida’s most trustworthy, professional storm damage specialists, we are prepared to get your home or commercial property back to its pre-storm condition. Contact us today to learn more about our unmatched storm and flood restoration service.
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.
The 2016 hurricane season officially began on June 1st and while Floridians are celebrating a record low decade of category 3 or higher hurricane landfalls, being prepared is imperative to keeping you, your family, and your home safe. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30th, meaning there are still three months of potential hurricanes looming around Florida. Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.
South Florida residents are encouraged to remain alert and in tune with the weather during these months. While a hurricane may not strike, tropical depressions and tropical storms may still pose a threat to your home.
Making Sure Your Home is Ready
Hurricanes mean high winds, a lot of rain, and potential property damage. Making sure that your home is ready for these conditions can prevent some dangerous and costly damage. Be sure to do the following:
- Ensure that your rain gutters are clear, as clogging may cause water damage.
- Trim and/or remove any tress or limbs that are damaged surrounding your home.
- Consider buying a generator for an alternative power source in the event that the power goes out.
- Retrofit windows, doors, and roof to reduce the likelihood of property damage.
In addition to the above suggestions, it is important to prepare a disaster supply kit to with things like batteries, flashlights, copies of important personal information, first aid supplies, and cash. You and your family should discuss a family emergency plan is the event of a bad storm, a local evacuation, and any potential weather threat.
Storm Recovery in Florida
Being prepared is crucial to you and your family no matter how large or small a storm may be. Even a category 1 or category 2 hurricane can cause damage to your property. Recovering from a disaster is a slow, gradual process and knowing who to call for repairs and restoration is the first step. SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach has dealt with countless water damage jobs following disastrous hurricane seasons. Our water damage repair team is professional, kind, and efficient. Be sure to call 561-588-9777 immediately after water damage or storm damage is discovered in your home or commercial property.
When Storms or Floods hit Lake Worth, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Lake Worth.
SERVPRO of Lake Worth specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Lake Worth, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program
SERVPRO is the proud National Sponsor of The American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program
Preparation is the key to minimizing the damage during an emergency. When disaster strikes, it is often difficult to make a logical, smart decision with a limited amount of time and a lot of stress and pressure. However, with a careful preparation plan in place, emergency situations can be managed and resolved quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO has become a master of dealing with and fixing disasters. Leading the nation in both residential and commercial restoration, SERVPRO is able to cleanup structural damage caused by water, fire, mold, soot, and more. When an emergency occurs, SERVPRO is always there to clean up the mess to limit the devastation that a disaster can have on people and their community.
With a comprehensive understanding of disaster relief, SERPVRO has officially teamed up with The American Red Cross as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating program. In doing so, SERPVRO will play a major role in making sure that homeowners and business owners are prepared and ready to handle disaster. Using the 1-2-3 Assessment, the Ready Rating Program helps organizations to better understand their current level of preparedness through a measurement and scoring system. Once a Ready Rating Score is given, the organization is now able to utilize the program’s tips and best practices to help improve their score over time.
Dominick Tolli, the Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross stated, “We are excited to have SERVPRO as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO understands the importance of being prepared for emergencies before they happen. As a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, SERVPRO is helping businesses, schools and organizations become more resilient to disasters and other emergencies.”
Preparing for a disaster before it happens is absolutely critical to minimizing damage and cost associated with the emergency. SERVPRO has spent decades helping to speed up the recovery process following a disaster or emergency for homes and businesses across the country. We are dedicated to providing fast, effective, and reliable fire and water cleanup and restoration, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more.