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Call SERVPRO of E. Davie/Cooper City to properly Remediate MOLD!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Properly Remediate Mold From Your Davie/Cooper City Home

Merely scraping mold off of a surface and giving the area a quick sanitizing effort is barely enough to eliminate mold damage in your home. Mold must be dealt with carefully, thoroughly, and professionally; otherwise, the homeowner may face some grave consequences. SERVPRO provides certified, premium mold remediation solutions, ensuring that all threat from the fungus is indefinitely removed from your home and that none of these secondary effects get a chance to appear after we leave. 

Returned Mold Growth 

One of the most important reasons to contact a professional company like SERVPRO to handle any mold damage in your home is to prevent any chance of the same colony returning. If mold is improperly cleaned, handled, or removed, left-behind spores and patches of growth can flare up into a new, often much more virulent infestation than existed previously. In some cases, this new mold growth can be much harder to remove because any surviving spores may be much harder than those that died off from previous treatments. We use advanced sanitizing and air filtration technology to remove as many spores as possible from the building, and bring chances of renewed mold damage down to a minimum. 

Water Damage 

In the majority of cases our SERVPRO technicians see in the field, mold is not the only factor causing damage to the home. Most mold colonies start to grow only after a source of water has caused other types of damage to the house, leaving materials soaked and vulnerable to mold. We clean up and restore any water damages we come across in addition to the mold. 

Odors 

Even if you can somehow remove all traces of mold damage without specialized equipment, you are almost certainly not done dealing with its effects. Odors from mold damage can persist for long after the mold has otherwise been cleaned up, and require relatively heavy equipment to eliminate. We use advanced chemical fogging technology to remove all odors from the home, both those heavy in the air and deeply embedded in building materials.

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SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City provides thorough, professional, and certified mold damage restoration services to the local area. Give us a call at 954-741-4321.

Does your place of business have MOLD?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to speak with our IICRC Certified Technicians at 954-741-4321.

Get a jump start of Fire Remediaton

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City Technicians can Come in Right After the Firefighters Leave to Remediate the Damage

Smoke damage to walls can come in many forms, from the black sooty deposits that linger after a fire to cigarette smoke. The method used to clean this type of fire damage depends on the type of wall and the nature of the damage. After a house fire, it is always advisable to consult a professional restoration company. They have the tools, experience, and gear to do the job properly. 
 
If you are looking for fast reliable service SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here to help. Our technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure high industry standards when performing their job. We have access to advanced cleaning solutions for every restoration project, making it easier to return your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible. 
 
Smoke damage causes black spots and discoloration to your walls. Charring occurs when the paint burns down, leaving soot residue from the resulting smoke. The first step is assessing the extent of the damage before determining whether cleaning is a suitable option. Cleaning charring and heavy soot from flat-painted walls may be impossible in severe situations, leaving priming and repainting as the only solution. 
 
Apart from unsightly soot residue and charring, smoke can leave a sour odor that tends to linger onto the walls. Smoke odors are quite stubborn, so SERVPRO fire damage technicians often resolve to multiple techniques to completely get rid of the unpleasant smell. If the smoke odor penetrates into your furnishings, draperies, and carpets, we may have to remove or replace these items. 
 
All traces of smoke and soot on the walls after a fire damage event can continue wreaking havoc soon afterwards. Ash residue corrodes surfaces over time and may wear out your walls if not professionally cleaned quickly. To minimize repair costs, SERVPRO can come in and check the extent of the damage to determine the most effective cleaning method for the long-term. 
  
If your walls have sustained smoke and fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to restore them to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7, every day of the week to respond to emergencies. Call us today at (954) 741-4321. 

Tips for a Successful Water Cleanup

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is by far one of the greatest nightmares homeowners face. Even just a small broken kitchen pipe can quickly cause a considerable quantity of damage to your home. It is for this reason that you need to take care of water damage immediately.

Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts of SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:

Turn Off the Water

You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?

It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!

Accelerate the Drying Process

The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.

If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.

If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!

Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.

Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum

Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.

This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.

Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!

Things Not To Do

There are some things you should definitely NOT do after your home suffers from water damage:

  • Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.
  • Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.
  • Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.
  • Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.

These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!

Final Steps

The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.

When this occurs, make sure you follow the directions given to you. Usually, the professionals will ask you to keep their equipment running for a while. Make sure you stick to their schedule and do not arbitrarily turn off their equipment. This could negatively affect the drying process and make things worse.

The last thing the professionals will do is give you preventative maintenance tips. It is recommended that you follow through on these steps to insure that your home and belongings return to their former state. It can make the difference between whether or not your home ever suffers unneeded water damage again!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here 24/7/365 to answer your questions or concerns.  Call us at 954-741-4321.

To Save or Not to Save-Water Damage Problems

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

What Type of Water Damage

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City contact them today.  They are always there to help.  954-741-4321.

Water Restoration at your business

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Davie/Cooper City is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (954) 7411-4321 for fast help.

Mold Remediation the Right Way!

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

11/4/2019

Is it okay to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?

No!

For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelines according to the IICRC:

People use bleach to "kill" mold.  The IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxic and allergenic. Re-mediating them fully --by using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today to get your mold issues taken care of right away 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO uses green products to eliminate mold to ensure your safety.  SERVPROxide delivers a KO punch to eliminate mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and odors!

If you suspect that you have MOLD, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today @ 954-741-4321. 

Common Signs of Water Damage

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, water inside of a house can migrate anywhere it wants to and thus present a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.

Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:

  1. Moisture in carpet or other flooring
  2. Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
  3. Dark grouting around floor tiles
  4. Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
  5. Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
  6. Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
  7. A musty odor in particular spots in the home
  8. Higher water bills
  9. Buckling of wood floors
  10. Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners save money and the integrity of the home’s structure.

If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services. 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City's IICRC Certified Technicians can help determine if there's moisture in your home using specialty equipment.  Should you find signs of water damage, call us at 954-741-4321 for an assessment.

How to Protect Your Business

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Owning and operating a commercial property ca be stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business.  As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and professional assistance.

The team at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!  Call us 24/ 7 /365. @ 954-741-4321.

Tips to prevent mold in a bathroom!

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Heat and moisture accumulate on a regular basis in bathrooms, providing the perfect environment for mold to grow. Not only can mold impact the appearance of your bathroom, but it can also cause damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings and become a health hazard. Prevent mold by keeping the bathroom clean, eliminating moisture accumulation, and providing ventilation.

Here are 7 easy steps to prevent mold in your bathroom.

1. Dust and clean your bathroom regularly with all-purpose cleaner.

2. Wash your shower curtains and bath rugs frequently.

3. Check for sink or toilet leaks and get them repaired.

4. Keep your shower walls as dry as possible.

5. Don’t keep bathing products in your shower or tub.

6. Provide ventilation by using your exhaust fan and opening bathroom door and windows.

7. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City and our IICRC Certified Technicians are here to help!

Call us 24/7/365 @ 954-741-4321.