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When water damages occur, the wrong response can cost you

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When water damages occur, the wrong response can cost you This brand new kitchen suffered water damage due to a faulty refrigerator line

When water damages occur in your home or workplace, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the cleanup yourself. We will respond quickly, with the right equipment to dry and help protect your property.

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owner
(These tips are for clean water situations only) 

* Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be one safely

* Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

* remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine.

* Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs

* Hang furs and leather good separately at room temperature

* Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

* Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water

* Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

* Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting


Components of Proper Water Damage Restoration

*Fast Action 
*Thorough Drying

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is drying properly, contact us at 954-725-6400!

When water damages occur, the wrong response can cost you

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

When water damages occur in your home or workplace, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the cleanup yourself. We will respond quickly, with the right equipment to dry and help protect your property.

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owner
(These tips are for clean water situations only) 

* Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be one safely

* Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

* remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine.

* Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs

* Hang furs and leather good separately at room temperature

* Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

* Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water

* Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

* Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting


Components of Proper Water Damage Restoration

*Fast Action 
*Thorough Drying

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is drying properly, contact us at 954-725-6400!

Managing Mold

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold Surface mold can be everywhere. Furniture, ceilings, clothing and in this case, picture frames!

FROM THE ORDINARY...
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

TO THE UNHEALTHY.
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS
We handle water damages ever day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

* The presence of visible mold

* Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present

* Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

* Excessive humility

These conditions may require the expertise of  qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

We care about property restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions. 

If you think you may have a mold problem, call us today to protect your health and your property! 954-741-4321

Managing Mold

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold Surface mold can be everywhere. Furniture, ceilings, clothing and in this case, picture frames!

FROM THE ORDINARY...
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

TO THE UNHEALTHY.
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS
We handle water damages ever day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

* The presence of visible mold

* Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present

* Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

* Excessive humility

These conditions may require the expertise of  qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

We care about property restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions. 

If you think you may have a mold problem, call us today to protect your health and your property! 954-725-6400

How To Find And Stop Air Leaks In Your Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services How To Find And Stop Air Leaks In Your Home Windows like this need to be double checked to make sure they are caulked correctly.

Have you noticed a cool draft in your home recently? If you feel air drafts moving throughout your house, especially near your doors or windows, it may be time to learn how to find air leaks in your home. Believe it or not, air leaks could be costing you tons of money on energy bills. The air you pay to warm up or cool down spaces within your home is wasted – if it slips easily through the cracks. Drafts are most commonly located by windows and doors, but they become an even bigger problem in attics and basements. Leaks and cracks cause your HVAC to work overtime, raising your electric bill. Don't waste your money just to be stuck inside a drafty home. You can fix many air leaks yourself. Read these tips  to find out how to spot and stop the air leaks in your home.

  1. Detect air leaks. If you see any gaps or cracks in your caulking or weather stripping, they could be sources of an air leak. Also, if you can rattle your doors or windows, there's likely enough space for air to make its way inside. Look and feel for any cracks, gaps or drafts in all the following areas:
    • Exterior corners
    • Foundation seals
    • Door and window frames
    • Weather stripping around doors
    • Electrical and gas service entrances
    • Basement
    • Baseboards
    • Air conditioners
    • Vents and fans
    • Attic
    • Attic hatches
    • Any area where pipes or wires run into the house
  2. Test your theory. Try holding a lit incense stick near windows, door frames and suspected air leaks. If the smoke rushes out or gets blown back into the room, you've confirmed there's an air leak in that area.
  3. Caulk small gaps. If you find any openings less than 1/4 of an inch wide, use caulk to seal the air leaks. If you need to caulk around pipes that get hot, be sure to use high-temperature caulk.
  4. Use foam sealant on gaps that are 1/4 of an inch to 3 inches wide, like the areas around plumbing pipes and vents.
  5. Weatherstrip doors and windows to seal air leaks. While you're weatherstripping, check your door hinges to ensure they're tightly screwed, as well. If they're loose, they could add more air to your home.

Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control In this picture you will see the drywall in this bathroom that had to be removed.

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture. 

Commercial Water Damages

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damages Here you see one of our professional extracting water from this office.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

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 Edison 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 Edison 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) 725-6400 for fast help.

Soot and Smoke Will Linger if Not Treated Properly

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot and Smoke Will Linger if Not Treated Properly In this picture you can see the soot covering the walls and ceiling in this home.

If you have had fire damage affect your home you know how scary and intrusive it can be. Long after the fire has been put out the smell of smoke can linger. SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City is an expert in cleaning and restoration.

As you can see in the this picture the walls and ceiling of this home have been stained with soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot isn’t removed and all the surfaces treated.  Many people do not realize concrete is a porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke. It will take Soda blasting and several different treatments in order to remove the smell from this structure.

After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from a fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke in your home as constant reminder of what happened. If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you.

Beware of Tornadoes During Hurricanes

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beware of Tornadoes During Hurricanes Intense Tornado

Beware of Tornadoes during a Hurricane

Typically, tornadoes and hurricanes are thought of as separate storms, with tornadoes causing images of the flat prairie to come to mind, and hurricanes associated with coastal, warm tropics. Hurricanes are tremendously larger than tornadoes. However, Tornadoes can produce winds that are a lot faster than winds of hurricanes. Some tropical storms and hurricanes, however, can spin up tornadoes, as many have in the past. Just how do tropical storms and hurricanes make tornadoes? 

Tropical storms and hurricanes are known collectively as tropical cyclones and have all the ingredients needed for make tornadoes. Most hurricanes can firstly carry with them individual supercells, which are well-organized, rotating thunderstorms. These storms are typically ones that spin up massive twisters in the Plains. Every tornado has to have a storm to form. 

Hurricanes secondly bring with them moist, warm air, which acts as the fuel of these storms. These conditions make the atmosphere unstable, with namely a layer of warm air that is less moist and slightly colder than the air above it. All of this contributes to an unstable atmosphere since the warm air wants to rise, as it is not as dense. 

Hurricanes finally create a wind shear, which is an abrupt change in the speed of the wind plus the direction of the wind over a short change in height. Rolls form from these alternating winds which are making swirling air. Then these vortices can be flipped vertically, which makes tornadoes, by updrafts from thunderstorms, which are currents of rising air that are warm. 

A majority of hurricanes that move inland can cause tornadoes. It is rather uncommon not to have tornadoes with these storms, in fact. Tornadoes form mainly over land instead of water since the land slows down the winds which are at surface level, making, even more, wind shear. Tornadoes form anywhere these supercells that are already there happen to be, but meteorologists are not able to predict yet exactly where the tornadoes strike. 

Usually created in the swirling bands of rain that is outside the cyclone, these twisters are found in the front-right quadrant of the storm. If the storm is moving north, in other words, you can likely find tornadoes to the northeast of the eye of the cyclone. 

Tornadoes spawned from cyclones are not different fundamentally from other tornadoes which form in the Great Plains area. One difference, however, is that the former are usually less powerful, not exceeding a rating of EF2 for the most part on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Twisters which form in the Plains, secondly, get all of their components from different places. With hurricanes, however, they give all the elements needed for twisters on their own. 

If one of these powerful storms has gone through your area, your property has likely sustained storm damage of some kind. Give our trained professionals at SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City a call so that we can come out quickly to assess and repair the damages. (954) 725-6400

Water Intrusion = MOLD

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Intrusion = MOLD In this kitchen you can see the mold that has grown behind the oven that is going to be removed.

While we work hard to care for our homes, we must be diligent to ensure that there will be no water intrusion into our homes.  As a homeowner, we need to take the necessary precautions and steps to minimize the amount of this moisture to reduce the risks of mod developing. 

Mold tends to become an issue due to water intrusion, and this has developed into a huge issue for homeowners and property managers.  Not taking care of water in your home will encourage mold growth.  As mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, they tend to make their way through the home, and are always present in indoor and outdoor air. 

It will become a nuisance as well as a possible health issue when it starts to grow. 

Mold requires a food source, the right temperature, above freezing and plenty of moisture.  These conditions are all a part of your home's make up, so be diligent in checking on your home for any water intrusion.  If you do come across a mold issue, call SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City.  We are the mold remediation experts!