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Can Water Damaged Floors be Salvaged?

Floors can sustain water damage from a variety of sources and Florida residents have the added potential for damage from flooding and hurricanes. One of the first casualties of water damage are the floors in any structure. Depending upon the material, in some instances, the flooring can be saved. Others will need to be completely replaced.

Laminate flooring is a popular choice due to its cost-effectiveness, ease of cleaning, and high-end appearance. It’s not waterproof, but if the affected area is small and limited in scope, a restoration and recovery company may be able to save it. Laminate affected by widespread leaks, flooding, or extinguishing a fire will have to be replaced.

For structures with hardwood flooring, it can be difficult to determine if the floor is salvageable without a professional assessment. In many situations, only the affected section will require replacing. If resurfacing is performed, it must be done by a professional to avoid warping or cupping. Much will depend on how much moisture has been absorbed and how long the damage was taking place before it was discovered.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles typically fare best when it comes to water damage. Moisture won’t penetrate the tiles and into the subflooring if the tiles were properly installed. It will also depend on the type of tile. This is another situation in which the assistance of a professional is essential. In some cases, the tiles can be reinstalled with an adhesive if they haven’t been loosened and the grout hasn’t been damaged.

Any time that water damage has occurred to floors, it’s essential to obtain the services of restoration and recovery professionals. They can evaluate the damage and they also have the advanced tools and specialized technology needed to save the flooring if it’s at all possible for it to be salvaged.

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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Leave Damage Restoration to the Pros

Damage to homes and businesses can take many forms, from water, smoke and fire to mold and biohazardous materials. While many individuals may have plenty of handyman skills, home and business owners should always leave damage restoration to the professionals. There are a variety of dangers involved that restoration professionals are specially trained to handle.

Water is one of the most common types of damage that individuals will experience in South Florida, whether it’s from roof damage, leaky pipes and water heaters, flooding from rainstorms and hurricanes, or water from extinguishing a fire. Damage from any of those sources will require extensive work and there’s more to consider than just the damage.

When floors, attics, and furnishings get wet, the warm Florida environment fosters the growth of mold that can begin to replicate in as little as 24 hours. There are dozens of mold types that can be present and the proper treatment can’t be applied without knowing exactly which type of mold it is. Precautions must also be in place to prevent its spread as it’s removed and prevent other areas from being contaminated.

Restoration professionals are also uniquely qualified to address biohazards that can include crime scenes and septic systems that have overflowed, along with pathogens encompassing bacteria and viruses. All of those situations require a highly-trained team of specialists for clean-up, disposal, and to mitigate contamination.

There are many reasons to hire restoration experts. They have access to methods, techniques and technology not available to the average individual. When contacted promptly, restoration professionals are able to address damage to structures, furniture and possessions to remove water, mold, odors, and smoke damage. They can preserve and restore items ranging from drapes and furniture to electronics.

The services provided by restoration specialists are especially important to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, particularly during major outbreaks of flu or in the current pandemic. Those services help keep families, employees and customers safe, while providing part of a comprehensive plan for reopening businesses.

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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How Mold Spreads in Your House

One of the most little known facts is that homeowners can have mold growing in the house without even knowing it. The fungi can flourish under floors, air conditioning systems, ductwork, and in basements and attics. There’s a myriad of naturally occurring mold in the environment that can be brought in your home on shoes, clothes, and other items, along with you, your children, and pets.

It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your house when mold spores are deposited in favorable surroundings, it begins to multiply. Mold requires a moist, dark place to grow and can infest your home and grow for weeks or even months before it’s discovered. Some of the most common locations and ways mold spreads through your home include the following:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Clothes dryer vents
  • Condensation
  • Damp clothes left to dry in the house
  • Ductwork
  • Leaks from plumbing or water heaters
  • Poor outdoor drainage
  • Rook leaks
  • Steam from showers and spas
  • Ventilation from stove hood exhausts

Mold spores are extremely small, lightweight, and are present in the air. They can be circulated through ventilation systems, by ceiling fans, and ductwork as air conditioners blow cool air through your home. The fungi can be disseminated through your home through open doors and windows. Many of the cellulose-based materials that are routinely used in homes foster mold growth. Even the soil in potted plants can be a breeding ground for the fungi.

There are dozens of ways in which mold can spread throughout your home and for people with respiratory conditions, it can even be dangerous. If you suspect mold, engage the services of a professional mold remediation company. They will identify the exact type of mold that’s present, ensure no cross-contamination takes place, and address the fungi problem throughout your entire 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.

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Different Types of Water Damage

Water damage typically happens without warning. What most people don’t know is that all water damage isn’t created equal. There are different types of water that can damage residential, business, and commercial structures. Each type of requires specific techniques, precautions, and solutions to address the problem that can only be performed by restoration professionals.

Clean Water

This type of water can cause considerable damage, be frustrating for individuals, but it’s the easiest to remediate. It’s categorized as clean, since it usually originates from a burst pipe, broken appliance, rainwater, or defective sprinklers and doesn’t contain microbial contamination. If it’s not dealt with within 24 hours, mold begins to grow.

Grey Water

There are many reasons why water can be classified as grey, all of which indicate a level of contamination. The water has become unsanitary and has the potential to result in rashes or illness through contamination by chemical or biological elements such as blood, urine, or even laundry products. Grey water also encompasses water in toilets, tubs, spas, and washing machines that has been allowed to set undisturbed for long periods of time.

Black Water

Black water is categorized as water that is contaminated and can result in serious illness or death to people and pets. The most common type of black water is from sewer back-ups and toilet overflows. Black water can be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, mold, bacteria, and viruses through flooding from storms, the overflow of any natural inland waterway, and ocean water.

There are three levels of black water contamination and the water isn’t necessarily black in color. Level I black water typically originates within a structure and is limited in scope. Level II sources are also from within a building, but the damage and affected area is far greater. Affected materials must be removed and disposed of properly. A Level III contamination results from flooding and/or a storm surge. The danger is greater and lasts longer.

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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Disinfecting Large Spaces

Businesses, schools, and commercial properties present special challenges when there’s a need for disinfection ranging from mold growth to the COVID-19 virus. The company performing the procedure will need to have a highly trained team and be able to deliver services tailored to the specific reason for disinfection.

It’s important to note that cleaning is not the same as disinfecting. Cleaning is typically the process of sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and similar tasks to remove dirt and dust. Some products used in ordinary cleaning activities may have disinfection properties, but it’s not guaranteed. Disinfection, particularly in today’s environment of COVID-19, means a very specific process designed to kill bacteria and viruses.

Infectious agents are most often spread through airborne droplets when people breathe, talk, and interact at close range. Those infectious droplets stay in the air for a significant amount of time and can continue to infect others. Additionally, traditional air filtration systems and AC units can also serve to spread and exacerbate infections.

A professional disinfection company will take samples and have them analyzed in a lab to identify all types of infectious agents within a commercial space. A detailed plan will be created according to CDC recommendations for disinfection. Ordinarily, contaminated areas will be sealed off. In open commercial spaces, that’s often not an option and disinfection will require unique solutions, depending on the industry involved.

Disinfection procedures may include a combination of techniques to ensure complete coverage of the facility, along with any electronics and soft surfaces in offices and similar areas. Sanitizing procedures may or may not require the temporary closing of the facility as each industry and situation is different.

It’s essential that facility owners obtain a clearance report following disinfection procedures. It certifies the safety and efficacy of the sanitization procedure and provides a record for any pertinent agency that may request it such as OSHA.

It’s important to remember that disinfection procedures are applicable before contamination has actually occurred. It’s an essential safety measure that’s particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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What you Need to do After a Fire

Time is of the essence after a fire. Even though there will be a level of shock and disbelief, there are things that you’ll need to do as soon as possible. Don’t worry about the structure. It can be replaced.

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim and find out if there are any benefits you can access. Save the receipts for anything you must purchase as a result of the fire. That can include lodgings, clothing and other necessities. They may also have the names of local restoration and cleanup professionals.

You, your family, and any pets will need to find a safe place to stay. Even a small amount of fire damage will render your home uninhabitable. If you don’t have access to family, you can contact a local disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army that can provide assistance with locating lodgings.

It’s also a good idea to make a visit to the veterinarian for any pets. Smoke inhalation can cause severe harm to pets’ lungs. They may even have sustained burns that aren’t immediately visible and they’ll be traumatized the same as you and your family.

After a fire is extinguished, you’ll be responsible for boarding up the structure to prevent any unauthorized entry. It’s a safety issue and a top-flight fire, smoke, and water restoration company will provide that service. The company should also be able to work directly with your insurer to coordinate what needs to be done to preserve any salvageable belongings, initiate cleanup, and restoration.

A fire restoration company will make recovery infinitely easier. Whenever possible, they’ll salvage and restore items to their pre-fire condition, remediating smoke, odor, water and mold damage. The company should also be able to aid in the cleanup and restoration process of your home. A fire is an extremely traumatic event. Following a set of procedures will help you and your family return to normal as quickly as possible.

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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Stopping the Spread of Mold

Mold is naturally occurring everywhere in the world, but no one wants it in their home or commercial spaces. Individuals should never attempt to take care of a mold infestation on their own. It can make people very sick and without the proper safety precautions, it can easily be spread throughout the environment.

Mold easily grows in damp conditions. The first step is to determine where the moisture is coming from that’s spurring its growth and eliminate it. Common causes are wet basements, leaky water heaters or pipes, and leaks around windows or roof areas. The fungi can flourish in any location, even AC filters and ductwork.

The second step in mold remediation is to determine exactly what type of mold is growing by submitting it to a laboratory and having it professionally analyzed. There are more than a dozen different common fungi that can infect homes, workspaces, and commercial enterprises. The exact treatment will depend on the type of mold.

A professional mold remediation company will ascertain the area of growth and establish a plastic barrier to contain and isolate it from the adjoining area. A variety of precautions will be taken to ensure there’s no cross-contamination during the entire removal process.

Individuals don’t typically have to leave their homes during the process and businesses won’t have to suspend operations. An exception to that would be if the infestation was especially widespread and posed a hazard to pets or people.

Anti-microbial agents and negative air machines are just some of the tools and technology available to a professional mold remediation company. They’ll treat the area and stop further mold growth, ensure the safe removal of infected materials, and prevent infection of other areas. The professionals have access to methods that aren’t readily available to others and are specially trained in all available safety precautions.

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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Don’t let Storm Damage Overwhelm You

Storm damage can be just as overwhelming and traumatic as a fire and you may initially find yourself at a loss as to how to proceed with recovery and restoration. That’s when hiring a professional restoration company can help, providing an invaluable resource. The company will take care of all the pertinent details and do so in the correct order to put clients’ minds at ease.

Storm damage can take many forms and can require the removal of tree limbs, repair of numerous areas of the home, removal of furnishings, and the treatment of salvageable possessions. A recovery and restoration company will be able to perform all those tasks and works directly with insurance companies to save individuals and insurers time and money.

There are multiple types of storms to which you can be subjected in South Florida ranging from summer squalls to hurricanes. When a structure is involved, there will be water damage and the addition of high winds can amplify the devastation. Mold will quickly begin to grow in the damp conditions creating unhealthy conditions.

Storms can arise quickly, giving you little time to secure items in the yard that can cause damage and become flying projectiles. Damage can occur from a variety of sources that includes tidal surges, wildfires, hail and tornadoes. While cold weather and freezing temperatures aren’t usually a problem, there have been historic freezes that resulted in substantial damage.

A recovery and restoration company has the resources and training to help in all phases of cleanup, repair structural damage, and treat the premises for mold that can begin to flourish in as little as 24 hours. The company will remove any of your salvageable possessions and furnishings to treat them with high-tech techniques to remove water, stains, odors, and mold.

With the services available through the highly trained professionals of a restoration and recovery company, storm damage will be alleviated quickly and efficiently. When homes and businesses sustain storm damage, a restoration team will provide multiple services and peace of mind to ease your trauma.

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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Business Sanitization Solutions

COVID-19 has presented business owners with unique challenges to maintain a superior level of sanitation to help in flattening the curve and curbing the spread of the virus. The pandemic has also raised questions for homeowners, particularly those with the most vulnerable populations. As the virus has expanded its reach, additional demographics have been identified as vulnerable making sanitation solutions for COVID-19 essential.

It doesn’t matter whether a business is currently open, had a reopening, or has been ordered to shut down again, sanitation is an important element of dealing with the virus. The Rapid Restoration Recovery team works closely with clients to identify all infected areas and eliminate all viral hazards resulting from any cause. A clearance report is provided upon completion of each project.

The service is especially beneficial for supermarkets, convenience stores, and warehouses that have been open throughout the pandemic. It provides an important safety measure to protect essential workers to ensure they’re available to serve the public and for continued productivity. Hundreds of asymptomatic shoppers may enter a store each day with the potential to spread the virus.

Sanitation measures are equally critical for schools to protect students, teachers, and staff. Learning institutions are being required to open in August, will need to submit a reopening plan, and set forth safety precautions. Viral sanitation services will play a significant role in that process.

Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other medical facilities must operate and ensuring that the COVID-19 virus doesn’t spread is an ongoing battle in those environments. With hundreds of patients and medical staff entering each day, the current situation requires more stringent protocols than normal.

The virus struck older individuals and those with underlying health conditions at first. Now it’s affecting an increasing number of young and healthy adults. Many have the virus, but are asymptomatic and are bringing COVID-19 home to friends and family without being aware. It’s just one of the myriad of reasons why Rapid Restoration Recovery sanitization services are an essential part of keeping people safe in businesses and at 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.

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How Mold Can Affect your Lungs

Millions of people suffer the ill effects of mold growing in their homes and they’re not even aware of its existence. The potential for mold growth increases in humid climates such as South Florida and can affect your lungs, along with your eyes, nose, throat, and even your skin.

When you breathe in mold, it typically causes the same symptoms as an allergy. It can result in watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. You may also experience shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest, along with sore throat and worsening of any existing allergies or asthma.

Mold can generate symptoms ranging from mild to severe. When mold spores are inhaled, your immune system immediately begins working overtime trying to fight it. If you have a weakened or compromised immune system, you’re at greater risk and can even develop pneumonia that produces symptoms similar to the flu.

High humidity levels can make symptoms worse. Compounding the problem is the myriad of different types of mold to which you may be exposed. There are more than 100 varieties of the fungi, with about a dozen that you may typically come into contact in a home or work environment.

Mold is a highly adaptive fungus that can multiply in dark conditions with a humidity level of 50 percent or higher. It can flourish in basements, air conditioning systems, and ductwork. It grows behind walls, in attics when there’s a roof leak, and in carpet pads and carpeting. People that work in wineries, greenhouses, farming, bakeries, and carpentry are at increased risk.

If you have mold or suspect you have, don’t try to eradicate it yourself – you could only make it worse. Hire a professional mold remediation company. They have the ability to test and identify the exact type of mold that exists and take appropriate measures. They’re also skilled in removing it without contaminating other areas of your 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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