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FIRE AND SMOKE RESTORATION

Fire Restoration Helps get you Back in Your Home

Once the flames have been extinguished and your home is boarded up to prevent unauthorized entry, the first question you may have is “How soon can I return to my home?” That will largely depend on the extent of the damage. That’s where the services of a professional, 24/7 restoration and remediation service is invaluable.

They have on-site insurance adjusters and even work with your insurance company. A restoration company takes care of all the tedious details associated with restoring a residence to its pre-fire condition, enabling you to get back in your home as quickly as possible. They have a variety of effective methods to remove smoke residue, commonly known as soot, and salvage a wide variety of your possessions.

The materials used in construction releases chemicals and particles into the air when they’re burned. Those particles are deposited throughout the dwelling. Smoke penetrates behind walls and permeates the entire structure. Compounding the problem is the water used to quench the blaze that aid in the growth of mold and mildew.

A professional remediation service will provide you with an itemized list of items that can be treated to remove smoke and water damage, remove odors and any trace of mold. Even electronics can be salvaged. Your possessions will be packed up, transported, treated, and stored until the complete restoration of your home is completed.

A fire is a highly traumatic event. You and your family may be in shock and not thinking clearly following a fire. A restoration team takes care of all the immediate details, such as boarding up the residence, that can save you from a liability issue should unauthorized individuals enter and injure themselves.

Remediation companies work with a variety of industry professionals that are specialists in their field. They work quickly and efficiently to remove debris and provide construction services so you and your family can get back in your home with alacrity.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Air Quality is Essential for Good Health

An increasing number of people are becoming aware of the air quality in their homes and within the workplace – and with good reason. Air quality is a critical component for good health and can be affected by an array of variables.

Individuals in South Florida spend a significant amount of time indoors for the relief that air conditioning provides from the heat and humidity. Air quality can be affected by elements ranging from mold infestations to pollutants from manufacturing and other processes. Radon is a naturally occurring gas in the environment that can seep into buildings and is associated with lung cancer.

Poor air quality can cause allergy flareups, fatigue and eye irritation. It also affects the ability to obtain a sound night’s sleep the body needs to repair itself. Restless and interrupted sleep reduces cognitive function and indoor air quality has become a serious public health issue.

Addressing air quality is particularly important following a fire, flood or hurricane. The environment following those events is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and viral contaminants. Preserving air quality requires more than just sweeping, mopping or vacuuming. Floor coverings and modern building materials have the ability to attract and hold contaminants no matter how much people clean.

There are measures that individuals can take to improve air quality at home and in the workplace. It’s beneficial to run an air purifier, at least in the bedroom at night. A whole-house filtration system is even better. Air duct cleaning will remove a variety of allergens and prevent them from being circulated through a structure.

Controlling humidity levels and using air vents when cooking is effective in addressing air quality. One of the most important things that individuals can do is to regularly check air filters and that’s especially important for AC units. Improving ventilation is a critical element for better air quality. Opening doors and windows, and operating ceiling fans, enables the exchange of old air for new.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Costs Associated with Mold Remediation

A mold outbreak shouldn’t be taken lightly and has nothing to do with a lack of cleanliness. There are approximately 12 different types of molds that can infest structure and swift remediation is essential. Individuals should never attempt to address mold on their own. It’s a job for professionals that have the special training required to remove it safely and prevent contamination of other areas.

The cost of mold remediation will vary, depending upon the size of the colony, the severity of the infestation, and its location. Professionals charge between $13 and $28 per square foot, on average, for a total of about $3,000. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Variables include the number of individuals needed to remove any affected areas ranging from walls and floors to bathroom cabinets.

The longer individuals wait to call in a professional, the more extensive the contamination will become and the higher the cost will be. Don’t wait until there’s a need for a whole-house remediation job. The cost of remediation includes far more than mold removal. There’s testing to ascertain what type of mold is present. After the mold has been eradicated, there can be wallboard, insulation and flooring to replace.

Mold is a type of fungus and only needs darkness and moisture to thrive. If the source of the moisture that precipitated the mold growth is a leaky pipe or roof, it will have to be repaired or replaced to prevent another infestation. Be on the lookout for signs of a damp environment where mold can grow such as a termite infestation.

The growth of mold can occur anywhere, even in air conditioning units and pipes. Mold can aggravate allergies and affect overall health. The fungi can trigger an asthma attack, cause sneezing and runny nose, along with itching, wheezing and shortness of breath. Anyone that suspects a mold infestation can have mold testing performed.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Commercial Disinfectant for a Clean Office

Even regular cleaning with over-the-counter disinfectants has the potential to leave behind viruses, bacteria and even fungi that can cause illnesses. While they may not bother most people, anyone with a compromised immune system can become seriously ill. If the COVID-19 pandemic taught people nothing else, it proved how easily and quickly illness-causing agents can be transmitted.

To ensure the highest level of disinfecting possible, call in the professionals. They have access to commercial disinfectants that destroy germs rather than simply reducing their numbers. Professional remediators also have high-tech methods that are proven effective such as chemical atomizers that coat surfaces with a fast-drying mist.

It’s important to understand that sanitation is different from disinfection. Sanitation refers to cleaning, typically with products designed to lower germ levels to acceptable levels. Disinfection is the process of killing 100 percent of infectious agents within 10 minutes as per the EPA. The strategies meet with CDC recommendations.

Professional remediators will take a sample to identify the type of infectious agents that are in the environment and verify the findings through a laboratory analysis. Specific contaminated areas can be sealed off to be treated independently and whole office disinfection can be provided. Areas are disinfected and all resultant debris is disposed of in a safe manner.

Disinfection is particularly important in Florida where cases of COVID-19 are surging with people returning to work and an influx of tourists to the area. Even though vaccines are available, they don’t prevent people from contracting COVID-19 – it mitigates the symptoms if someone gets it and reduces the potential for hospitalization. However, new variants are making an appearance. The use of commercial-grade disinfectants aren’t as effective as professional methods.

Offices that have been treated with commercial disinfectants can leave traces of contaminants, unlike professional disinfection. There’s still a significant portion of the population that remains unvaccinated and professional disinfection is the best way to keep the environment safe for everyone.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Why you Should Clean Furniture and Carpets

Carpeting and furnishings represent a considerable monetary investment, but you may not have thought beyond weekly vacuuming of the carpeting. There are numerous reasons why you should consider having your upholstered furniture and carpeting occasionally cleaned by professionals.

Health Concerns

There are any number of bacteria, mold, fungi and other contaminants that are unwittingly brought into homes and businesses on shoes, clothing and by pets. Contaminants that cling to cloth and fabric are difficult to remove without the advanced tools and techniques available to professionals. Ordinary cleaning will remove most of the dirt, grime and contaminants, but a professional provides a deeper level of clean.

Air Quality

Mold, mildew fungi, bacteria, odors, stains and a variety of allergens build up over time no matter how carefully you clean. It can seriously affect the air quality of any structure. It’s particularly problematic for those with respiratory conditions and allergies.

Odors

People and pets shed dead skin cells that attach themselves to the fibers of fabric. You may have changed a baby on the furniture or have a smoker in the house and spills aren’t limited to any age group. All of those instances result in odors. Cooking is one of the biggest sources of odors in carpeting and upholstery.

Money Savings

Periodic cleaning preserves carpeting and upholstery to keep colors vivid and textures fresh. It’s much more cost effective to hire a professional to clean rather than spend thousands in replacement costs.

Cleaning is Expected

All cloth and fabric furnishings and carpeting are sold with the expectation that you’ll perform regular cleanings as part of a maintenance regimen. Even if you quickly wipe up spills and the fabric is treated for stains, a certain amount of moisture will seep underneath the surface.

Smoke and Water

Any structure that’s experienced smoke or water damage should be treated professionally. It doesn’t matter whether it was a leak, a fire, or water from extinguishing a fire. The techniques available, especially to restoration services, will ensure that water is removed and the experts can treat and save a wide range of furnishings, even expensive electronics.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Water Damage? Always Call the Experts

It can be tempting for individuals to attempt water clean-up and restoration themselves in an attempt to save money. What most people don’t understand is that the damage goes far beyond what they can see on the surface. A DIY approach to water damage can make the situation worse, affect health, and cost more to remediate and repair.

Water damage can occur due to appliance leaks, burst pipes, storms, sewer problems, and water from extinguishing a fire. Any type of water damage should be addressed within 24 to 48 hours. Within 24 hours, mold can begin to flourish and it’s a situation that requires the services of a professional. Wallboard, insulation and similar building materials can soak up water like a sponge.

Water Detection and Removal

Restoration specialists have access to industrial level tools and advanced techniques that the average person doesn’t. The professionals will begin by removing any liquid and drying out carpeting and furnishings. If the location of the leak is unknown, professionals have thermal infrared imaging to detect leaks behind walls and under floors.

Mold

The growth of mold is a particular hazard in South Florida’s climate. Restoration professionals will take samples of any visible mold and have it analyzed to determine what type of fungi is present to ascertain the proper remediation method. They’ll isolate the source and utilize multiple measures to prevent contamination of other areas as they remove affected materials.

Cleaning and Deodorizing

The professionals will provide a thorough cleaning and deodorizing of the premises. They also have the ability to clean and deodorize upholstered furnishings. The experts have advanced techniques that are even effective for saving expensive electronic devices to return everything to pre-damage condition.

Insurance Specialists

One of the advantages of working with a professional restoration and remediation company is that they have on-site insurance claim specialists that will work with an individual’s insurance company. It relieves stress on property owners and insurance companies like to work with the specialists as it typically reduces the amount of money they have to pay out on a claim.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Does Renter’s Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Renter’s insurance covers an individual’s personal property for a great many things from fire and theft to wind and water damage. There are also many things that it may not cover, depending on the circumstances.

The basics of renter’s insurance is that it covers the cost of damage to the renter’s personal property only. It will typically cover the cost of hotel and living expenses if the home is destroyed until the renter can find another place to live.

It may also cover personal property damage from storms, for instance, if a window is broken and rain enters. Individuals aren’t covered, however, if they leave a window open during a storm or if a storm is forecast and the renter still leaves the window open.

In the event of flooding or sewer back-ups, even if the landlord has insurance on the structure, it covers his/her losses only and the protection isn’t extended to the renters. The landlord is expected to maintain the property in good condition. It’s just one of the reasons that individuals need to have their own insurance coverage.

Renters insurance will cover the cost of common mishaps such as burst pipes or a leaky water heater. In multi-story dwellings, renter’s insurance will pay for damages to personal property if a roof leak occurs or from water that leaks into a lower apartment through the ceiling. Coverage won’t be extended from water seeping up from underground.

Water damage as the result of flooding won’t be covered unless the renter has a separate flood policy or endorsement. Damage from backed up sewers may or may not be covered. Renters are expected to report a sewer problem to the landlord before a toilet can overflow and cause damage. If the renter doesn’t inform the landlord, any damage to personal property may not be covered.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Restore or Replace Water Damaged Floors

Flooring that’s been damaged due to water presents special challenges. The decision to retore or replace will depend on a number of factors. The ultimate decision may hinge on an individual’s insurance policy. An adjuster will be sent to assess the damage and the decision to restore or replace may be taken out of the policy holder’s hands.

Time is critical in regard to water damage. The warm and humid conditions of South Florida provide a perfect breeding ground for mold, and the fungi can begin multiplying in as little as two hours when provided with sufficient moisture.

Some types of flooring are more prone to damage than others. Hardwood flooring is the most susceptible to water damage. Even a small amount of water can result in crowning, cupping, buckling, discoloration, warping and odors. If the flooring demonstrates minor signs of damage, a restoration company may be able to save it and remediate any mold damage. They’ll also work with insurance companies to arrive at an equitable solution.

Damage can be cosmetic or destructive. If a restoration company hasn’t been called to remediate the damage within 24 to 48 hours, it’s almost a sure bet that there’s mold growth and it can spread to walls. Mold can complicate the situation in multiple ways and presents a danger to health. If subflooring has been damaged, it will need to be replaced along with the flooring.

Clean water such as rainwater or leaking pipes can be removed safely and in many instances the flooring can be treated for mold and saved. Gray water from sources such as washing machines and dishwashers can present more of a challenge as it contains contaminants. Black water comes from sewage or waterways. It contains waste, bacteria and contaminants that pose a serious threat to health. Flooring damaged due to black water will need to be replaced.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Steps to Take After Water Damage

It would be an error to assume that water damage is superficial or limited. Household water leaks tend to occur slowly over time. Depending upon the location of the leak, water can soak into insulation, behind walls, under flooring, and compromise structural integrity. When toilet or sewer-related damage is the issue, it’s a toxic situation.

Who To Call

It’s important for individuals to know and understand their options in the event of water damage. Most insurance companies recommend that policyholders contact them first to make a claim, but the policy may include other options.

  • Choose from a list of preferred providers maintained by the insurance company to handle specific types of damage
  • Allow policyholders to choose their own contractor, such as a restoration and recovery company, and the insurance company will pay the bill
  • Require policy owners to obtain cost estimates from three contractors before selecting one

Time is of the utmost importance with water damage. In moist and humid conditions, mold can begin growing and multiplying in as little as 24 hours. It’s essential to hire a water restoration team as soon as possible.

Safety First

Turn off the electricity and don’t stand in any wet areas or pooling. To reach fuse boxes that may be near the leak area, wear rubber boots and protective clothing in the event of an injury to prevent potential infections. Gather up any paper documents such as passports, vehicle titles and similar items to protect them from damage. If the leak is sewer-related, vacate the premises.

Begin Repairs Immediately

This is where the services of a restoration and recovery company is without compare. An insurance claim specialist will be on-site to assist individuals. The company’s professionals will pinpoint the origins of the leak with thermal infrared imaging, remove the liquid and dry out the site. Mold remediation will be performed, along with complete structural cleaning and deodorization. The experts will also arrange for any needed repairs.

An advantage of hiring a restoration expert is that they have the advanced technology available to restore a vast number of items ranging from furniture and drapes to electronic devices. They’ll pack and transport salvageable items, perform restoration services, and store possessions until all the water damage has been alleviated, and then return them to the home or business.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Quick Action After Water Damage can Save you Thousands

Most people believe that when their home experiences water damage, simply paying their insurance deductible will get the ball rolling and the insurance provider will pay for the rest. What you may not know is that even insurance on a home’s contents won’t necessarily cover full replacement costs or provide you with brand new items.

Insurance companies will typically prorate the value of damaged possessions, furnishings and appliances, leaving you stuck with the remaining cost of replacing them. Swift action is required to minimize damage, prevent mold growth, and preserve salvageable items to save you thousands.

The fluidity of water means it can flow and spread far beyond its point of origin to affect walls, floors, ceilings and insulation. In addition to damage from the water, the resultant conditions provide an ideal environment for mold growth within 24 hours. If left unchecked, it severely compromises air quality in your home.

The solution is a restoration and recovery service. The professionals can salvage a great number of possessions ranging from drapes and furnishings to electronic devices. In the past, homeowners had little choice but to throw away any items that were water damaged.

Restoration companies have advanced technology and tools that can remove water, dry the premises, eliminate mold, neutralize odors, and return items to their pre-water damaged condition. Thermal infrared imaging is utilized to detect leaks with pinpoint accuracy when the damage is due to an in-house leak.

Samples will be taken of mold and analyzed to determine exactly what species of mold is present, enabling it to be treated accurately. All salvageable items will be inventoried, transported for treatment and stored until they can be returned to your home.

Depending on your insurance policy, you could find yourself receiving a fraction of the money needed to replace water-damaged items. A restoration company can save many of those possessions without the need to replace them, saving you thousands of dollars.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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