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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.

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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.

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Preparing your Home to Minimize Storm Damage

Even a small storm can result in damage, but South Florida homes are subject to hurricanes that are much stronger and destructive. To minimize damage, it’s essential that you have a plan in place to prepare your home to minimize the damage, even if you don’t live on the leading front of a storm. Flooding and flying debris can affect homes farther inland and severe weather can spawn tornados.

Windows

Put up shutters if you have them or board up the windows with plywood. Don’t wait until the last minute, as plywood will be in short supply due to others boarding up their own windows. Another option is installing impact glass. It spiders and splinters like glass in windshields, but won’t break and fall from the frame.

Flooding

If there’s a danger of a storm surge, flooding, you live in a low area, or on an inland lake, sandbags placed around a home can aid in minimizing water entry. It’s also a good idea to check your roof for damaged tiles. Keep gutters cleaned to ensure that water flows freely and won’t back up under roof tiles.

Outdoor Items

Place patio furniture, children’s toys, trash cans and similar items in a garage or storage building to prevent them from blowing around and causing damage to other homes. Park vehicles in the garage and make sure outbuildings and garages are locked.

Yard Debris and Plantings

Have leaf piles cleared away that can block drains. Make sure you have any damaged tree branches or limbs trimmed to prevent them from becoming wind-blown projectiles. If you have coconut trees, make sure the fruits are removed. It’s a good idea to remove the produce from any type of fruiting tree.

Go Bag

You may be required to evacuate during a hurricane or shelter in a basement during a tornado. Keep a go bag ready for your family and any pets. The State of Florida and Red Cross websites provide a list of essential preparedness items and quantities to keep on hand.

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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How Smoke Damage Affects Your Belongings

Anyone that’s experienced a fire is familiar with the smoky smell and sooty deposits that permeate everything. No part of a home or business will be unaffected by smoke damage. The odor and soot will reach into the far reaches of the structure. Smoke damage isn’t limited to a fire within a structure. The smoke from nearby wildfires has the ability to render buildings uninhabited and unusable.

Smoke from a fire wafts through the air and is much more insidious than it seems. The smoke from a fire is comprised of minuscule particles that are the byproducts of burning materials, also known as soot. It has the ability to eat through materials like acid.

The chemical components contained in smoke will vary, depending on the materials that were burned. Some of the most common are carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen, and sulfur dioxide. They’re all dangerous and can make you sick, long after the fire is extinguished. Smoke is comprised of very tiny solid particles, but it moves through the air like a gas.

After a fire, some furnishings may appear untouched, but they’ll contain those dangerous chemical particles. The particles can embed themselves in your clothing and bedding, upholstery, carpeting, drapes, in any porous material such as wood, and even behind walls. That’s why your home or business will have a lingering smell of smoke, which will also affect your air quality.

Smoke can also seep into medications, cosmetics and other personal hygiene products, along with food products, even if they’re new and unopened. Glass, metal and ceramic are non-porous substances and anything encased in those materials will typically remain useable.

A restoration and recovery company has advanced technology available to salvage and restore many of the items damaged by smoke, including furniture and electronics, when attended to quickly. The professionals will provide an inventory, pack the items, transport them for treatment, and store them until they can be returned to your premises.

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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Mold and Moisture Testing

South Florida residents have a wealth of benefits conferred upon them by Mother Nature. However, those same advantages can also be the cause of excessive moisture and mold growth in homes and businesses. There are approximately a dozen ordinary types of fungi that can be found growing outdoors that are easily transferred into indoor environments.

Moisture

There are often a variety of signs that a problem exists, but they often occur so slowly and humidity levels fluctuate from day to day so the condition is easily overlooked. Excess moisture enters the air through cooking, washing dishes, drying clothes and bathing. Another way that excess moisture enters homes is through HVAC units that are old and inefficient. They don’t cool sufficiently, leading to elevated moisture levels.

In other instances, a leaky pipe or water heater may be the culprit. Even a small leak can result in structural damage to the home, but it also opens the door to accelerated mold growth. Special methodologies and technology must be used to eliminate the source of the leak and remediate the resulting mold growth.

Home humidity testers are available, but they can’t identify the source. The best solution is to contact a remediation company. The professionals will utilize an infrared meter that can identify the source of leaks even behind walls and under flooring.

Mold

A small amount of mold can blossom into an extreme growth in very little time when it has the dark and moist conditions it needs to replicate. Mold can be growing, even if it can’t be seen. There are at-home mold test kits, but every home has a small number of mold spores, and they can’t determine the exact type of mold. Even if the infestation isn’t extensive, it can affect the health of people and pets.

The professionals will take a sample of the mold and have it tested in a laboratory to ascertain exactly what variety of fungi is present. The area to be treated will be sealed to prevent contamination of other places in the home. The mold is removed and disposed of properly, and all infected areas are cleaned. When necessary, a surface is removed and 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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Can I Stay in my Home During Mold Remediation?

Mold exists naturally both inside and outdoors. Most people never even notice its growth or the symptoms often associated with it, but a mold infestation is extremely serious. The good news is that you can usually remain in your home if you want while remediation is being performed.

Much depends on how extensive the infestation is, but there are other things to consider. The equipment used to clear the mold will be noisy. You may find it annoying, but the equipment can’t be turned off. The home’s HVAC system may also need to be shut down and depending upon the time of year, temperatures can soar and become extremely uncomfortable.

Sensitivity may also be an issue for you or a family member. Even the wave of a hand near a colony of mold is enough to send spores into the air. You won’t be able to use the room being treated since it will be cordoned off and the chemicals being used may cause a reaction.

A professional remediation team leaves nothing to chance. There are more than a dozen types of fungi that commonly infect homes. The remediation team will take samples to identify which type of mold is in evidence and it will be verified through laboratory analysis. Once the type of fungi has been categorized, the remediation experts can create a detailed plan for its removal.

A mold remediation company will carefully seal off contaminated areas to prevent the mold from spreading and contaminating other areas of the home. Depending upon the infestation level, multiple areas of the home may need to be partitioned off for treatment.

The remediation team will use an extremely high-powered vacuum to remove the mold and the infected surfaces will be cleaned. Sometimes it’s necessary for affected areas to be removed. The experts are able to do this, remove it without contaminating other areas, and dispose of it in an appropriate manner. A mold clearance report confirming the removal is issued when the job is completed.

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 REMOVAL BOCA RATON

Water Damage Restoration Step-by-Step

Water damage to homes and businesses occur from a variety of sources. It can be the result of hurricane flooding and storm surges, leaky or broken pipes, and fire prevention sprinkler systems. Damage can also occur due to water used to extinguish a home fire and appliance overflows. No matter what the cause, a water restoration company has solutions for every contingency.

When water damage occurs, it’s not just the liquid that must be extracted. Mold is also a problem. The fungi can begin multiplying in as little as 12 hours under the right conditions. Remediation is a multi-step process that should begin as quickly as possible.

Water damage restoration is a very exacting and detail-oriented process. The experts have a myriad of techniques and technology they can draw upon to achieve the best possible results. They work directly with insurance companies and provide an onsite insurance claim specialist. Services are available 24/7. The process begins by responding to water, flooding and sewage emergencies within 30 minutes.

When flooding or leaks occurs, but the exact location isn’t known, thermal infrared imaging is used to identify the source of moisture issues. It’s an indispensable tool that eliminates unnecessary damage from trial-and-error exploration of the past.

The restoration specialists have methods at their disposal to address multiple issues with furnishings and even expensive electronics. An inventory of items will be created and possessions that can be saved will be packed and transported for restoration. Moisture will be extracted, any mold growth will be eliminated, and possessions will be deodorized.

Water damage typically extends over a much larger area than individuals anticipate. In many instances, flooring, walls and other materials will need to be removed and replaced. A full-service restoration company will oversee the process and provide storage for items that have been salvaged and treated until they can be moved back into the home.

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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What Should Fire Restoration Include?

When a fire occurs, after the safety of family and pets are assured, most individuals are primarily concerned with the damage to the structure. There are multiple situations that will need to be addressed and the best place to begin is with a fire restoration company.

They will work with insurance companies and provide an on-site insurance specialist. It’s important that individuals understand the range of services that should be included when they contact a restoration and remediation company.

The first order of business for a fire restoration company is to ensure the premises are secured when fire and police officials deem is safe to do so. That includes boarding up any point that someone could use to gain entry to the property. If any unauthorized individual enters the property and is injured, it represents a potential lawsuit even though the intruder was trespassing.

Individuals should expect the restoration company to provide an inventory of the items that can be salvaged. From furnishings to expensive electronics, the company will pack and transport each object to the restoration site. Water will be removed, mold eradicated, odors neutralized, soot eliminated, and ozone treatment employed.

The damage incurred during a fire extends far beyond what’s immediately visible. Depending upon the extent of the fire, the aftermath of a blaze will reveal damage to walls, floors, ceilings and roofs. Restoration experts will oversee the repair and replacement of the structure and provide assurance of the building’s structural integrity when applicable.

A fire is a trauma-inducing event. It’s one that often leaves individuals in shock and unsure of what to do. The first order of business is to ensure that every family member and pets are safe. A fire restoration company can handle the myriad of details associated with a fire. The experts work with insurance companies, restore possessions, and ensure that homes are returned to their pre-fire condition.

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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What to do After Storm Damage

Damage resulting from a storm can affect individuals in multiple ways, depending on the severity of the storm and the surrounding environment. Severe storms can arise with little warning in South Florida, resulting in flooding, wind damage and tidal surges not associated with hurricanes. Cleanup can seem like an overwhelming task and that’s when the services of a restoration and recovery company is invaluable.

When storm damage occurs, the first thing people typically do is call their insurance company. However, the insurance agency won’t be able to address the immediate needs that individuals have. A professional remediation service will immediately arrive on-site and implement temporary measures to secure windows, doors, the roof and other access points to prevent unauthorized entry.

Stop Mold Growth

It’s imperative that any water damage be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Mold can begin to grow in damp humid conditions within a few hours. A storm damage remediation team uses multiple methods to remove water and dry the premises.

One of the advantages of working with a restoration company is that they have advanced technological treatments and techniques that enable them to salvage many types of possessions ranging from furnishings to expensive electronics. They’ll inventory, pack up, and remove any items to be treated.

Professional cleaning

Possessions are cleaned, sanitized, deodorized, and treated to remove water and any mold growth that occurred. The specialists even provide storage for treated items until they can be safely returned to a home or business. The task of cleaning up after storm damage isn’t a problem with remediation professionals. They’ll ensure that damage to structures is repaired and provide waste and debris removal.

The services of a storm damage remediation team provide a one-stop resource for cleanup and restoration when storm damage occurs. They work directly with insurance agencies to the specifications of policies until the damage is repaired. Remediation teams alleviate stress and provide clients with peace of mind.

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 Clean Up After a Sewage Back Up

Most people think of a sewage back up as a nasty inconvenience. In actual fact, backed up sewer pipes can result in situations in which it becomes a biohazard that can endanger lives. Sewage contains multiple types of bacteria and viral pathogens that can cause serious illness.

While sewage smells horrible, the real danger comes from the air-borne vapors that are released. Sewer gas contains ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane – all of which are toxic to people and pets. All those compounds have the potential to cause organ damage during prolonged exposure.

The rotten egg smell associated with sewage comes from hydrogen sulfide. What many people don’t know is that the ammonia, combined with the high levels of the other toxic gases, also present a fire hazard.

When fumes are inhaled, they can result in a variety of symptoms encompassing headache and dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, along with memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Depending upon the level and length of exposure, people can experience a loss of smell and irritation of the eyes, mouth, throat and lungs.

The gases can also lead to severe types of gastroenteritis. It’s critical that a sewer back up be addressed promptly. If left for any significant length of time, inhaling those fumes has the potential to be deadly.

Even if the back up is “minor” in scope, the danger still exists. When sewage backs up in the home, ordinary cleaning is insufficient to kill contaminants. Sewage can seep under flooring and soak into walls where the dangerous elements will continue to grow. That residual dampness can also lead to a mold infestation.

A professional restoration company has the experience, specialized equipment, and chemical formulas to clean, sanitize and neutralize the danger when a sewer back up occurs. They’ll work with insurance companies to remove the contamination, and repair and replace affected areas, to eliminate the danger. The professionals understand the seriousness of the situation and will respond to the emergency 24/7.

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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