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Can Smoke Damage Get Removed from Wood Floors in West Palm Beach Properties?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke residue is no easy task to get rid of. SERVPRO techs use the latest technology and equipment for every job.

Cleaning Up After Smoke Damage in West Palm Beach Requires Several Products and Approaches. 

Post-fire cleaning and restoration require several immediate strategies to reduce the spread and severity of smoke and soot effects. With the hazardous or unpleasant conditions that exist after a fire is extinguished, our professionals can quickly work to provide the appropriate mitigation actions to help. Our SERVPRO fire restoration technicians (FRT) have a contractor license and accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to aid with:

  • Clearing debris
  • Removing bulk materials
  • Filtering dirty air

How Sensitive Are Wood Floors to Fire and Water Damage?

Cellulose in wood floors can make them particularly susceptible to certain damages that make fire restoration in West Palm Beach properties a challenge. Absorption of water used in extinguishing a structure fire can leave the flooring in worse condition than only contending with soot and smoke residue deposits on the surface. Floor drying mats and other water removal tools benefit the overall fire restoration process.

Clearing Soot and Smoke Residues from the Floors 

Soot and smoke residues can come to rest on horizontal surfaces like the floor, heaping into thick deposits that are challenging to remove. Clearing the soot damage from wood flooring must be done with careful considerations to leave the finish of the planks unharmed. A neutral pH cleaning solution can be a wise choice for moderate damage.

Fire loss events can present some of the most overwhelming damage and compromising situations for your home or business. How quickly these disasters spread through the property requires a rapid response from qualified professionals like our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team. We are ready to help when you need it at (561) 588-9777.

Can Moisture Detection Help Improve Restoration Efficiency for West Palm Beach Homes?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of commercial restoration.

With Many Tools for Tracking Moisture Movement, We Can Help West Palm Beach Quickly.

From situations like ceiling leaks to intruding attic water after storm damages, our professionals need to work fast on mitigating present threats. While water removal services and content relocation are vital in the early stages of restoration, tracking moisture in the house ensures that drying tools get placed appropriately.

What Moisture Detection Equipment Helps After Water Damage? 

Tracking the movement of water and moisture through the property is a vital element of water damage restoration for West Palm Beach commercial properties. With multiple tools and devices that can have a role in this monitoring process, our experienced professionals must choose the ideal approach for current conditions and affected materials. Some of these options include:

  • Thermal Imagery – Using infrared technology in cameras, we can track temperature variances that indicate moisture in cool spots.
  • Moisture Meters – Through the use of capacitance, conductivity, or radio frequencies, moisture can be detected without requiring the probing of surface materials.
  • Hygrometers – This unit can show the relative humidity and temperature in an environment. Comparing dry readings to damaged areas can help determine the desired humidity levels.
  • Manometers – Unlike other moisture meters, this device measures the difference in static air pressure between areas. The data determines the pressure of the present gas/vapor to verify that the target air pressure level is achieved. 

Tracking moisture and damp pockets throughout the property can ensure that the appropriate tools and equipment get utilized for drying and restoration. By providing full-service restoration solutions, including water damage repairs, initial data collection makes recovery more efficient. Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team is ready 24/7 at (561) 588-9777.

How Can Lake Worth Crawlspaces Become Damaged by Flooding?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for the help your property needs.

After Natural Disasters, Pooling Water Can Linger Beneath Lake Worth Homes. 

The intrusion of floodwater into the space beneath properties can become considerable hazards to the living space above. Addressing the presence of water and preventing flood recurrences is a priority of our responding SERVPRO team. From extraction to crawlspace encapsulation, we can help.

The Damage That Flooding Can Do 

Considering the impacts of flood damage on Lake Worth homes, there are more threats than just water exposure. Damage can result after prolonged water exposure, including:

Mold Concerns Without Fast Drying

It is vital for our professionals to work to provide the most efficient possible drying and recovery solutions available. While there are many tools like air movers and desiccant/low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers to help in this regard, any delay in this action could facilitate mold growth and microbial threats.

Permanent Solutions for Crawlspace Flooding

Preventing recurrences of damage incidents is the priority of our SERVPRO team nearing the end of restoration and recovery. With so many homes in the Lake Worth and West Palm Beach area in the lower-lying flood plains or susceptible to coastal surges, preventative measures like crawlspace encapsulation can have a significant impact on keeping the space beneath homes dry in flooding conditions.

After flood damage in area homes and businesses, it is up to the fast response of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team to help. We strive to provide full-service solutions for flood removal and repairs/reconstruction the property needs after a loss event. Flooding can be overwhelming, but our technicians are standing by to help at (561) 588-9777.

We're Your Best Option When Dealing With A Water Damage Incident In Your West Palm Beach Home

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO as soon as you see signs of water damage in your home.

Why SERVPRO Is The Popular Choice For Water Cleanup 

If you have noticed spots on your ceiling in your West Palm Beach home that you do not recognize, you want to take immediate action to see what the problem is. Spotting like this indicates you have a leak somewhere, and if it has leaked there once, it can happen again and create a more significant problem.

If a ceiling leak has caused water to pool into your home, you need water cleanup services in West Palm Beach right away before more problems arise. SERVPRO is a professional remediation company that understands that any water damage loss requires fast action. Therefore, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, so it is easy to see why SERVPRO is a popular choice for water damage emergencies of all kinds.

Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages

There are various reasons why your ceiling could be leaking, including a leaky roof. Heavy wind storms can blow shingles off the roof, or your roof may just be told to keep the water away. Your roof needs to be inspected regularly by a professional so look for any damages. Your gutters also should be checked. If they become clogged by leaves and other debris, it changes the water flow with enough force that it can enter your home.

Airflow is one of the essential tools that SERVPRO techs use to restore water damage. Drying your structure effectively requires knowing the proper techniques for using airflow. In the case of your ceiling, the airflow from air movers must be directed across the wet ceiling to evaporate any moisture. Doing so circulates the warm air which has risen to the ceiling. We open a few panels on either end for drop ceilings and then direct the airflow into these areas.

Water Damage from Leaking Pipes

Additional issues that can cause leaking in your ceiling include leaky pipes. Leaky pipes are often the most dangerous water leak since even the tiniest hole can flood your ceiling with many gallons of water per day. Old pipes or pipes which were not correctly installed or secured can cause these issues.

Suppose an upstairs bathroom is not waterproofed correctly with the suitable sealant or caulk. In that case, this can also be a significant reason for water damage in your ceiling and can also damage the room below. Also, if you have a laundry room upstairs, a leaking washing machine creates massive damage when it leaks many gallons at once.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth is always available to help you with a water damage emergency in your home in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, or Ocean Ridge. We can have your home dry and safe again in no time when you call us at (561) 588-9777.

If Your Lake Worth Crawl Space Suffers Damage After A Flood, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to help with any concerns you have about your homes crawl space. Call us for assistance at (561) 588-9777.

Protecting Lake Worth Crawl spaces From Flooding

Like the rest of South Florida, Lake Worth homes do not have basements but have a crawl space that raises the floor to a height of two feet or less from off the ground. It is done to protect the underside of the floor's top-level from damage and give the floor space to naturally dry out after it becomes soaked after a flood. The crawlspace is also useful for running cable, electrical, and water lines.

Water Removal Services

At two feet or less, a Lake Worth crawl space with flood water cannot be easily accessed. Here, SERVPRO technicians find points to 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 every corner.

After removing the water, team members then attach the hoses to an air mover to dry the crawlspace. 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 crawl space 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.

Crawl Space Encapsulation

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 cracks or large ones, our personnel may cover the area with masonry cement. Together, they make a very effective seal against penetration from floodwater.

Next, SERVPRO technicians level the dirt floor of the crawlspace. The action eliminates the 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 from bleeding into the crawl space 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 crawl space 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.

Is It Possible To Restore Frames and Trusses in Lake Worth Homes After Fire And Smoke Damage?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

You can trust that your property is in good hands with the experts at SERVPRO after a fire hits home.

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Testing and Cleaning Methods When Conducting Fire Damage Restoration

When fire damage in your Lake Worth home extends beyond wall panels and ceiling tiles, you might be worried whether the affected structural supports are salvageable. The main issue with trusses and frames is deep charring that compromises structural integrity or severe soiling that standard cleaning cannot reverse.

Most of the fire and smoke damage left in Lake Worth properties can be restored if the correct resources are utilized. SERVPRO technicians can help you with every stage of the process, starting with evaluating the damage, cleaning, and refinishing.

Abundant Resources Help Simplify:

  • House fire clean up
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire restoration

Deep charring is more severe since it alters the structural integrity of the framing, thus rendering the materials unsalvageable. Our SERVPRO technicians use char gauges to check the scorching depth, thus guiding the processes that follow. If the frame or truss is deemed structurally stable, restoration only takes the removal of the burnt residues. 

Cleaning the unsealed or unfinished surfaces of trusses and frames is a challenging process. Leaving smoke residues on the surfaces is not an option, even though they are tucked away out of sight. The odors they emit can make the house uninhabitable. Our SERVPRO technicians test the residues to determine whether they are greasy or dry. For dry residues, we can use pressure washers to strip them off the surfaces. Alternatively, blast cleaning with soda or dry ice helps remove greasy residues easily. Blast cleaning also has the added advantage of leaving the structure dry.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth helps manage any aspect of fire and smoke damage restoring preloss conditions in your property. Call us at (561) 588-9777. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Some Steps to Take to Recover From a Lake Worth Mold Infestation

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage on your property.

Why SERVPRO for Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Lake Worth

Homeowners in Lake Worth should always be alert to the possibility that mildews and molds can overtake areas of your dwelling. Leaks and spills left for more than 24 to 48 hours can fuel microbial growth that can spread throughout your home. Your first sign of a problem is often a musty smell. Our experts have the training and experience to assess and abate a mold infestation following protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mold damage in your Lake Worth home is more than a bad-smelling annoyance. Mold colonies grow on organic surfaces like wood and drywall, consuming the material that causes structural components deterioration. As molds grow, more spores are produced, negatively impacting air quality. Susceptible individuals with allergies and sensitivities to molds and their byproducts can experience health effects due to mold growth. Professional mold remediation removes active colonies and reduces spore counts to normal levels.  

Containment for Mold Damage Remediation

SERVPRO remediation crews locate the mold infestation and map out its contours. We then plan a containment system to control the drift of moldy materials as we remove the debris. At a minimum, we use heavy plastic sheeting to isolate the mold-containing space from unaffected areas. Often a negative pressure air-scrubbing configuration adds complete containment. This equipment uses negative air pressure to seal the rooms and cavities with mold off, venting the air through filters and exhausting it outdoors.

Once the containment perimeter is in place, our IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians get to work, using mechanical methods to remove mold growth. Brushes and scrapers loosen the mold, and even porous surfaces can be relieved of mold infestation with innovative techniques like soda blasting. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to enhance safety and avoid tracking moldy materials through your home. 

Thorough vacuuming with HEPA filter-fitted tools allows the disposal of particles knocked loose during removal. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered antimicrobials to treat the previously infected areas to inhibit regrowth of the mold. SERVPRO helps arrange for the elimination of mold-feeding moisture, including reducing indoor humidity levels to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendation of 45 to 55 percent.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth offers professional mold remediation services every season of the year. Call us at (561) 588-9777 if you suspect mold damage to schedule an assessment.

We Know How To Handle The Mitigation Process In Lake Worth After A Fire Disaster

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be overwhelming, Our certified technicians are available to help 24/7. Just call (561) 588-9777.

SERVPRO Can Help with Fire Damage, Even If You Want to Handle Restorations Yourself

Small house fire damage can cause a big scare during the incident itself but may appear relatively benign after things settle down. While it is true that most fires stay contained and cause only a limited amount of home damage, you may want to wait before you grab a paint can and cover up the burnt area. Even if you wish to handle reconstruction and restoration efforts independently, SERVPRO can still help you out in a few ways as a professional damage mitigation service.

Insurance Concerns

Sometimes, insurance companies covering fire damage in Lake Worth specifically request a damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. In these situations and even many times when the insurance adjuster does not directly call for our involvement, it may be cost-beneficial to have our technicians bring in industrial cleaning solutions and specialty products designed for fire residues. Some types of smoke and ash can cause additional damage to the home without advanced approaches to cleanup, adding on costs for both you and your insurance company. Additionally, we can provide cost estimates and inventory services that help to accelerate and legitimize insurance claims.

Safe Disposal of Materials

Fire residues can contain toxic, caustic, and otherwise hazardous materials that should not be poured down drains or sent to a landfill. These substances can also sometimes cause health effects if handled without appropriate personal protective equipment. We can help by cleaning up materials and disposing of them safely so that any repainting and other fire damage restorations can be done with as few safety hazards as possible.

Odor Removal

Even small fires can sometimes create long-lasting smoke smells in the area, even after renovations and restorations have been completed. Lighter smoke odors can sometimes be masked with commercially available air fresheners and adsorption agents, but if problems persist, you may want to give us a call. We keep a stock of deodorizing agents explicitly designed to target various types of fire and smoke odors to ensure that no smells remain uncovered once we leave.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can handle the entire fire damage mitigation and restoration process from start to finish and stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond rapidly to calls for help. Call us at (561) 588-9777.

Lake Worth Commercial Drying Goes Hand-In-Hand with Flood Damage Restoration

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

You might not be able to avoid water incidents, but SERVPRO of Lake Worth is there to help if they occur.

SERVPRO Helps Lake Worth Business Owners Clean Up Flood Damage Fast – Call Us 24/7!

Even though a business owner may have a solid plan to run daily operations, the need for water clean up after a flood might come as a shock. Depending on the floodwater's composition, there could be copious amounts of debris and contamination to contend with as well. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. We can have our Green Fleet at your door within hours of your call to begin flood restoration services.

The best way to mitigate commercial flood damage in Lake Worth is by calling in skilled technicians for the project. We take immense pride in our proven methods for flood remediation services, including:

  • With our IICRC-certified water damage restoration team, safety is our main concern.
  • We coordinate with the local authorities before entering your business and always suit up in personal protection equipment (PPE). 
  • We set up a staging area and select zones to help prevent cross-contamination within your business.
  • We ensure everything ends up cleaned, deodorized, and sanitized so that your commercial space gets the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned label.

Understanding the Risks of Floodwater in Your Business

You may think that you can have your janitorial assigned for water damage remediation. However, leaving behind even the slightest amount of moisture or bacteria can spell trouble. We arrive at each job with:

  • Truck-mounted extraction pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Air moving technology and dehumidifiers
  • Foggers that emit disinfectant solution

From start to finish, SERVPRO of Lake Worth has you covered for flood damage restoration. You can reach us anytime by calling (561) 588-9777.

Our Certified Technicians Restore West Palm Beach Businesses After Water Damage

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Any kind of water damage is serious in commercial food service. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to dry your establishment.

Water Damage Cleanup Gets West Palm Beach Bakery Back in Business

Water damage can be devastating to a business and particularly so in the foodservice industry. Along with disruptions to the company, health department standards must be met for cleanup and along with ensuring the environment is safe for both customers and employees.

In the case of cleaning up water damage in a West Palm Beach bakery due to a broken pipe in the kitchen, SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site within hours of the initial call. They begin to address multiple issues at once to hasten the process of getting the business restored for reopening as quickly as possible.

Our technicians inspect the area around the pipe break to ensure there were no long-term moisture or vapor barriers present in the wall. Often slow leaks that go unnoticed become waterfalls that get the attention of everyone. Because of the increased humidity and lack of ventilation, this area can be a perfect home for mold colonies to grow. During the drying phase, baseboards are removed to allow for the positioning of air movers and dehumidifiers to lower the moisture to the point that the potential for mold growth is inhibited.

Saturated drywall often is a casualty of water damage situations. Our technicians use moisture detectors and thermal imaging to determine where the moisture ends and begins and cut the drywall retaining moisture away. This enables the wall cavities to be voided of excess moisture.

Once the premises attains drying goals set by our technicians, the sanitation of the bakery can begin. In a business where there are established standards for cleanliness, SERVPRO technicians have proprietary antifungal and antibacterial formulas that leave surfaces disinfected and sanitary.

SERVPRO does not remove even damaged materials without the approval of the property owner. As part of the restoration, our SERVPRO location offers a full range of building services so we can clean, restore and repair water damage to reopen as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth knows that every minute water damage keeps a business from being open is revenue lost. Call our emergency response team 24/7 at (561) 588-9777 at the first sign of water damage, and we can be on-site within hours to begin cleaning and restoration.