Getting Back to Normal After Water Damage
Mitigation - the act of lessening the force or intensity of something unpleasant, as wrath, pain, grief, or extreme circumstances.
The term mitigation means – the act of lessening the force or intensity of something unpleasant, as wrath, pain, grief, or extreme circumstances.[i] One of the greatest parts of being one of the team members for SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach is that we are able to do just that; reduce the severity of a major loss: the water damage in your home or office.
Are All Water Disasters The Same?
Absolutely not! Water damage is completely unique to each home, each source of intrusion, the magnitude of the damage and whether the water is clean water or contaminated. Because of this, SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach must assess the job thoroughly to determine the proper course of action needed to get you back on your feet.
How Do We Do It?
Water Extraction –
Water extraction uses vacuum-type machinery to effectively remove all the surface water damage that is visible. Once the source has been stopped, our skilled team of technicians and crew chiefs systematically begin removing the water from furniture as well as carpets and other forms of flooring. This process stops the furthering of any water intrusion and prevents any more damage to your property.
Air has water in it. When we watch the weather on our local news stations, they give us the relative humidity. Humidity is the amount of water in your air. Florida is notorious for having higher levels of humidity than some of the less tropical states in the U.S. While most humidity is taken out of your home via your air conditioning system, when water loss happens the levels of moisture are too much for your HVAC system to take out on its own. Our dehumidifiers raise the temperature level in the home or business and literally suck the moisture out of the surrounding area leaving your home dry and ready to move forward with repairs.
It is our passion to get your home clear of mold-causing moisture. When moisture remains in a home for even a small amount of time, mold spores can grow. Once mold occurs, it causes much more damage and can even affect the health of those who spend most of their time inside the home or office.
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach is excited to begin the mitigation process in your place of business or your home. And please tell your friends. You never know you need us until you need us. SERVPRO® has been faithfully serving the community for over 50 years and we would love to be your restoration service provider.
When You Think Biohazard, Think SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach
Biohazard Remediation includes: crime scene, unattended death, sewage or chemical spills, blood or other bodily fluids, animal waste or hoarding.
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach offers biohazard cleanup which includes crime scene cleanup, hoarding remediation, animal and human waste and unattended death cleanup. All these things are the unpleasant aspects that affect all of us. We are trained to handle life’s messes with care.
What Is A Biohazard?
According to Wikipedia, “Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans. This can include samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health. It can also include substances harmful to other animals.”[i]
Types of Biohazards
Unattended Death –
This is the unfortunate circumstance when a loved one passes away, and they are discovered after the fact. When dealing with the sensitive issues such as an unattended death, it’s important to handle the situation with the compassion and courtesy that is due to the families of the deceased. We here at SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach understand and are here to lend a hand in the healing process. We want to help you and your family move forward in the best way possible. We work within all OSHA guidelines for the cleaning and disposing of all biohazardous waste.
Hoarding is also a potential biohazard depending on how extensive the hoarding is. Hoarding according to dictionary.com is, “to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.”[ii] There is reasonable hoarding for the preparation for the unexpected, such as hurricane and other emergency preparedness or purchasing gifts throughout the year in anticipation of a holiday with family and friends. But hoarding can become impractical when there is too much preparation involved or when it extends to keeping other things like garbage or spoiled food in the home for prolonged periods of time. SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach can help with hoarding cleanup as well.
Other Types of Biohazards –
Biohazards also include things like an overflowing toilet in a bottom floor condo. We can assist your local plumber with cleaning up after he has repaired the plumbing issue. There is also animal waste, other bodily wastes such as vomit or urine, chemical spills and crime scene clean up.
We at SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach are equipped to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Recovering From a Commercial Loss
Commercial loss can shut down your business indefinitely. Mitigation is needed to get you back up an running.
Damage to a home due to a fire or a severe storm can be devastating both emotionally and financially. On the other hand, when a fire or storm affects a business, there can be great loss for several families involved, and many businesses have gone bankrupt in an attempt to recover after a large loss.
According to a 2012 Washington Post article, the average overhead cost to run a business is approximately 56%. That means that if you make $1,000 per day in your business, $560 goes to your overhead costs. Zoinks! If catastrophe strikes, that overhead cost doesn’t go away. It needs to get paid whether your doors are open or not.
So What Can You Do?
The first step to making sure you can get back on track quickly is to have a good emergency plan. SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach can get you set up with our Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to enable you to have all your essential emergency information all in one place. We can walk you through locating all emergency shut off valves and the electrical panel, as well as help you to compile all your emergency contacts such as your plumber and electrician and your insurance company and policy information. You can also download our app at www.ready.SERVPRO.com.
We Are 24/7/365
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach has the capability to get your business back on track in a quick and thorough manner. Our team of experienced technicians and crew chiefs run under the leadership of our new Operations Manager Mario Valderrama has the fortitude and knowledge to get the job right the first time so you can get back to business and help provide your customers with the best service or product you have always given them.
Bottom line, we are here for you. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach is ready and willing to jump in to extract water, remove debris, remediate mold and help restore all commercial fire, water and mold loss to make your business functional so that you can get back to bringing in revenue for your company. SERVPRO® has over 50 years in the restoration service and we want to be there for you.
Your Business Is Our Business – Call Us Today!
FIRE 101 – Preventing a Fire Triangle Protects Your Property
A fire needs all 3 components in order to keep a fire going. Remove 1 or more and the fire will go out.
Fires don’t normally happen by themselves. Something usually triggers a fire. A spark from a match or a lighter can usually get them going, but often times fires are sparked by things like poor electrical wiring, a stove that hasn’t been properly turned off or a candle that’s been left unattended (cat owners, beware. They have been known to knock down a candle while scurrying off a kitchen counter. True story!)
Keeping a fire going, requires three things:
- Fuel [something to burn – wood, paper, oil, coal, etc.]
- Oxygen – which is already in the air around us
If there is ample supply of these three entities, a fire can continue indefinitely. This is what makes a fire so dangerous.
So, how do you put a fire out?
To stop a fire from spreading, you need to eliminate one or more of the 3 points of the triangle. Most home owners do not own a fire extinguisher. What makes these devices so important and necessary is that they do exactly that, they remove the 3 ingredients for a fire. They cool off heat and smother the flame preventing oxygen from contacting the fuel. This allows the fire to be completely put out.
But what happens if you didn’t have this and you experience a fire loss?
That’s where SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach comes in. Our trained experts are here to help restore your home or business back to normal as quickly as possible. We know that precious photos, memorabilia and other sentimental items in your home can never be replaced, but we are here to refurbish and restore your home so that you can begin to rebuild those precious memories.
Some of the fire services we provide are:
- Debris removal and hauling away
- Soot cleaning from restorable surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings and non-porous furniture
- Soft content cleaning – clothing, bedding and other linens and some furniture.
- Deodorizing to remove odors caused by smoke infiltration.
- Air duct cleaning
- Carpet cleaning or removal when necessary
We at SERVPRO® have 50 years in the restoration business to best serve you, your home and your business in times when you need it most.
Call us today! We’re here to make it, “Like it never even happened.”™
MOLD, MOLD, EVERYWHERE, but when does it affect YOU?
Mold is a common occurrence, but when it's out of control, call SERVPRO(R) of Pompano Beach!
Mold lives and grows everywhere. It’s something we encounter every day without even being aware of it.
So, what makes mold a problem?
When there is moisture inside your home (usually caused by a leak) or commercial property, mold can grow quite quickly even if you don’t see visible signs of it. It’s so important to hire an experienced mold remediation specialist at the first thought of mold presence to get rid of the problem right away before it spreads. Once mold begins to spread, it can affect every area of your home or business and can cause health risks to you, your family, your pets and your staff.
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach specializes in water mitigation and mold remediation. It’s the cornerstone of our company. We know how to thoroughly and effectively remediate your mold to acceptable levels (it's impossible to get rid of mold completely because it exists everywhere and can come in whenever you open the door or window).
Dos and Don’ts
DO – Get a mold assessment. Mold assessors are not the same thing as mold remediators. SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach specializes in mold remediation. A mold assessor is someone who tests for mold by taking air samples, swabs, photos, etc. and provides us with the protocol for remediation. Even if you see visible signs of mold growth, a mold assessment tests for mold that you can’t see and can tell you what kind of mold is present and in what quantities. Not every mold spore is the same. Some are more dangerous than others. There may be mold in the air, in your air vents, in clothing, etc. A mold assessor will tell us at SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach, how far that mold reaches inside of your property, so we can accurately reduce all the mold and prevent it from coming back.
DON’T – Spray bleach on it and walk away. We have heard so many stories over the years of people spraying all sorts of things from bleach to disinfectant spray, etc. to try to get rid of the mold themselves. Mold has roots like a tree. Killing surface mold does not kill the mold inside your wall. Sure! It lightens up and you can smell that bleachy smell and think that you’ve gotten it. But let a few weeks pass and you’re right back at square one. Our SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach team of experts have been trained in the proper procedures of how to effectively reduce all the mold and keep it from returning. Call us. That’s what we’re here for.
DO – Have someone house sit for you while you’re away. Even if you don’t have pets, hurricane season here in South Florida is notorious for wreaking havoc on your homes and businesses even if there isn’t obvious damage. It doesn’t hurt to have someone check in on your home from time to time. There’s nothing worse than to be a seasonal resident coming down for the holidays only to find black spots on everything in your home! Staying on top of things is the best way to keep mold away from your home and your belongings.
DON’T – Call a fly-by-night mold remediation company. SERVPRO® has been in the mold remediation business for over 50 years. Our reputation for being one of the best in the business has given us a name you can count on in your time of trouble.
Old Water Heaters in South Florida Homes
Leaking Water Heater
South Florida is known for its tropical breezes and its warm sunny beaches, but did you know that many homes and condos in South Florida have water heaters that are over 30 years old?
Is this a good time to be retro?
Absolutely not. While water heaters give us the convenience of having instant hot water to supply our showers, dishwashers, washers and sinks, they can also pose a potentially expensive water loss that creates a lot of damage. This damage can happen not only to your own home, but in the event that you live in an apartment or condo on the second floor or higher, you can also create damage to the home owner or tenant that lives below you.
Water heaters built 30 years ago were built to last, but not forever. If you have a water heater that is over 30 years old, it would be in your best interest to hire a licensed plumber to remove and replace that water heater.
But what if you already have a water heater water loss in your house or condo?
That’s where SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach comes in. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you in your time of need.
With our team of experts, SERVPRO® has over 50 years of collective experience to make your home “Like it Never Happened.”
What Steps Should You Take?
- Before anything else, call your home owner’s insurance company. They will be able to walk you through getting a claim started and let you know if you are covered for the damages.
- Call a licensed plumber. You’ll want to get the water heater replaced right away or at least have the leak stopped so that mitigation can begin. Standing water can begin to wick into your drywall immediately so to try to salvage as much as possible, you’ll want to fix that leak right away.
- Call a water mitigation specialist. What makes SERVPRO® a trusted brand? Knowledge by itself is great, but knowledge plus experience is wisdom. That’s what makes SERVPRO® a cut above the rest. Our tried and true systematic water mitigation practices give us an edge to bring life back to normal for you in a timely and professional manner.
Call SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach today!
FINDING OUT THE CAUSE OF RAIN LEAKS IN YOUR POMPANO BEACH HOME AND WHAT TO DO AFTER A RAIN STORM
Don't let a rain storm cause water damage to your home.
It’s annoying, frustrating, and can be quite costly to find a rain leak when a rain storm hits Pompano Beach, Florida. Being one of the leading causes for water damage, rain leaks are a headache for any homeowner to deal with. But no need to worry, the professionals at SERVPRO have gathered a few helpful tips to get you through this pesky water situation.
There could be a number of different reasons as to why your home is experiencing a rain leak and this could be due to what your home is made of. If it’s brick, concrete, or wood framed, there is a main rooted source to the rain leak. Did you know that water damage is the second highest filed insurance claim in North America? Yeah, water can lead to some unexpected costs if not handled properly especially since rain related water intrusions are not covered by insurance. Getting the leak fixed soon is extremely important to saving money in repairs.
One main reason why rain leaks occur is due to brick cracking. If your home is made primarily of brick, or has brick in it’s composition, rain leaks are still possible. Weather conditions, time and erosion all cause brick and all stonework to eventually develop cracks. These cracks need to be repaired by a skilled tradesperson. As soon as you find a leak in your home, calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is the first step to cleaning up the damage already done.
Another reason for rain leaks is a problem with your roof. This one may seem obvious, but if you can’t clearly see it you may easily dismiss it. A hole or imperfection or even a piece of debris on your roof can cause rain leaks. We recommend calling a professional roofer to climb up on your roof and check it out, but there could be a hole in your roof that is being covered by a piece of debris. On the other hand, there may be a piece of debris, which could make a hole or vulnerable spot on your roof as it rubs against the surface.
Now that you have a better understanding of how a rain leak can occur in your home and what to do, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Pompano Beach can be there as soon as the same day for any water damage disaster.
If you’re experiencing a rain leak in your home give us a call at (954)970-4942
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How To Make Sure Your Home's Roof Is Safe After A Storm in Pompano Beach
Checking Your Roof Can Save You Time and Money After A Storm
Hurricane seasons can been record breakers in their amount of intensity and property damage. However, homes in a storm tracks may not be the only ones who need a professional's attention. Catastrophic winds and flying debris have been known to take a toll on roofs all over the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. Home and property owners should always be arranging for post-storm inspections whenever a storm passes by. This ensures that contractors like SERVPRO can provide any necessary repairs before the difficulties of seasonal changes begin.
Inside: If you have an attic and can get to it, start there during daylight.
- If you see any sunlight peeking through holes in the plywood, that's a good indicator of roof damage, which in turn could already have water accumulated.
- If you can't find any visible holes use a flashlight to find any dark stains or sagging, this could also mean moisture is present and in turn need attention.
Outside: By walking around the perimeter of your house you should be able to see most of your roof and inspect for the following problems that can cause water damage:
- Shingles that are missing
- Any deformed shingles that are cracked, bent, etc.
- Dark patches of shingles. These shingles could dry out over time and lead to water leaks.
- Debris. Something as simple as a tree branch can cause damage over time if not removed right away. It could also be hiding a hole in your roof.
If you find damage: Call a local, reputable roofing contractor right away and then contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 to help with water damage.
The sooner you address any hurricane-season damage, the more secure your roof and home will be for the upcoming months.
Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After a Water Intrusion or Leak
Pompano Beach Relies on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration
Damage from water can occur from different sources throughout your home. Your kitchen can develop a leak in a water hose leading from a dishwasher or a kitchen pipe under the sink. Your washing machine can overflow, etc. Many people believe that the water caused by these instances is clean, but the EPA reports that “clean water” can carry unhealthy bacteria. Other causes of damage can also be caused by a leaking room, bad weather, or cracks within the foundation.
Water damage is classified into four different classes for proper treatment. If you experience water damage in your Pompano Beach home, restoration experts can determine what is needed in the clean-up efforts. The classification of water damage is based on the effects of the water, the rate of evaporation, and how much moisture is absorbed by the materials in the area. All four classifications involve the following information:
• Class One is the least harmful. This damage affects only part of a room, with materials that include particle board, plywood, structural wood, vinyl composition tile, and concrete.
• Class Two has a fast rate of evaporation. This faster rate means that carpets and cushions are damaged. The seepage of water up a wall is less than 24 inches, and moisture is held within structural materials.
• Class Three has the fastest rate of evaporation. Damage may come from faulty sprinklers or other ceiling sources that can soak the walls, furniture, carpets, ceilings and the subfloor. A wide-spread water event.
• Class Four requires special water restoration and removal treatment. This classification affects flooring, plaster, stone, brick, crawlspaces, and concrete.
SERVPRO is a leading industry, water remediation service. For the safety of everyone in the home, it is important to distinguish which category of water damage you have. Restoration experts from SERVPRO offer removal services such as sewage clean-up, structure drying, water mitigation, contents inventory and cleaning. Our ASD, applied structural drying technicians, can deal with any type of water problem requiring extraction and restoration. "Like it never even happened."
For a quick, professional, water removal service, contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach. We are locally owned and operated. We have the expertise and equipment to restore your property properly. Call us today at (954) 970-4942. You can expect an immediate response time 24 hours a day, day or night.
Professional Services Available to Restore Your Home After A Hurricane
If your home becomes affected by a Hurricane, call SERVPRO for thorough water removal services.
Last year Hurricane Irma was on track to be one of the costliest hurricanes in United States history, rivaling Hurricane Katrina in potential economic damage. Millions of Floridians had been affected, with some having losing everything in the storm. In the aftermath of such disasters, SERVPRO is always ready at Pompano Beach to provide water removal services to a sizable and desperate population in need. While our systems would normally strain under such a heavy workload, our national resources allow us to acquire extra equipment and even personnel in the aftermath of such disasters. Below are a few ways we can help after a Hurricane.
Many homes can remain flooded in Pompano Beach and require water removal. Even if standing water has gone away, water remains soaked into materials and foundations across most of the community, creating grave and immediate structural and mold problems for those left without care. Our wide array of water extraction and removal devices allow us to handle a broad spectrum of moisture problems and fully clear your home of water in a timely fashion.
Even if your home has fully dried out, it will likely still bear the marks of flood damage. Stains, debris, and warped materials can plague many local homes, presenting simple but significant obstacles for homeowners looking to return to normalcy. SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, and we can help to eliminate any lasting damage, no matter how severe it may seem.
Mold Checks and Remediation
Hurricanes invariably lead to the explosive growth of one particularly troublesome household organism: mold. Mold can begin to grow with any amount of water added to the home but is especially likely after flooding. Our technicians and inspectors are always careful to monitor for and deal with mold colonies should they begin to grow.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is here to help in the aftermath of a Hurricane. Call us 24/7 at (954) 970-4942 for emergency services or questions about our work.
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