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In-Home Leak Detection

Approximately 10 percent of all homes in the U.S. have a leak that goes undetected until major damage has occurred. Those small leaks account for nearly 90 gallons of wasted water per day, per household, and increased costs to consumers.

The good news is that there are a number of easy and inexpensive ways that individuals can test for leaks at home. Bear in mind that leaks may not be within the home. They may originate in underground lines and that requires professional services.

Increased Costs

One of the first signs of a leak that individuals notice is an increase in their water bill. When water costs consistently increase and there’s been no rate increase or changes in water habits, suspect a leak.

Water Meter

Shut off all the water in the home and make sure water-using appliances aren’t running. Watch the meter – if the dial continues to move, there’s a faster flowing leak. If the dial isn’t moving, keep the water off and check again in a couple of hours. If the dial has moved, there’s a slow leak.

Usage

Monitor water bills to detect changes in usage. When water usage habits don’t change within the home, but bills indicate increased usage, it’s a good indication that there’s a leak somewhere within the system.

Exterior Leaks

Outdoor faucets, hoses and irrigation systems are also sources of water leaks. If water seeps through connections on hose connections while the water is on, it can usually be fixed by installing a new rubber hose gasket. Call a professional for irrigation system leaks.

Food Coloring

Toilets are often an unknown source of leaks that can account for up to 30 percent of every day water usage. To detect a toilet leak, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the color appears in the toilet bowl after 10 minutes, there’s a leak that needs to be addressed.

Vigilance and Technology

Leaks can happen anytime and often go undetected for long periods before they’re found. Vigilance is required to monitor meters, water usage and changes in bills to identify leaks in their early stages. There are also water leak detectors that work wirelessly to constantly monitor water systems. If a leak is sensed, it immediately shuts off the water.

Individuals also need to be aware that the appearance of mold growth or a musty smell in the home can be an indication of a leak. It should be addressed promptly by professionals that specialize in mold remediation.

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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Restoration After a Flood

A flood is a highly traumatic event in a person’s life and recovering from it can seem like an overwhelming task. The restoration process can be considerably easier and far less stressful with the assistance of a professional restoration company. They’ll take care of all the details, will have an on-site claims expert, and works with an individual’s insurance company.

A restoration company can salvage a wide range of possessions and restore them to pre-flood condition for savings. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small, localized flood contained to the home or the result of a force of nature such as a hurricane. Individuals don’t have to face the clean-up and restoration process alone.

There’s far more than just the water damage to consider. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours and the odor can be horrendous. Flooding from sewage lines or a hurricane are dangerous and highly toxic. Restoration specialists provide 24/7 emergency services and can respond within 30 minutes. The speed with which the restoration process begins is critical.

Restoration specialists have access to equipment, products, techniques and technology that aren’t available to the average individual. Thermal infrared imaging is utilized to identify where a leak originates so it can be stopped. Professional drying systems will be utilized to remove moisture from the premises.

In South Florida’s warm and humid climate, mold growth is a foregone conclusion. Restoration experts take samples and they’re analyzed in a lab to identify the exact type of mold that’s present to ascertain the best treatment option. Affected areas will be isolated to prevent the spread of mold spores and affected materials will be removed.

Complete structural cleaning will be conducted, the premises will be deodorized, and the restoration specialists oversee any rebuilding required. Salvageable possessions will be inventoried, packed up and transported to the company’s facility where they’ll be cleaned, deodorized, and treated to remove mold. Items will even be stored until they can be moved back into the home. The ability to salvage and restore affected possessions saves money on replacement costs.

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 to Spot Mold in Your Home

There are approximately 12 types of molds that typically inhabit homes. Mold is a naturally occurring fungi in the outdoor environment that provides the valuable service of helping to break down plant and animal matter. It’s spread by spores through the air, water, on pets and on people and their clothing.

A mold infestation is fairly easy to identify once it’s located. The fungi can appear as an innocuous scuff mark on a wall or behind furniture. It may also look like a dirty area on any surface. Mold only needs moisture, warmth and relative darkness to grow and homes with a fungi infestation will acquire a musty smell.

If your home has experienced water damage from storms, roof damage or a water leak, there’s a good chance that there’s been mold growth. What you may not know is that mold can also grow in AC filters and ductwork that’s then blown about your home where it can start a new colony.

A DIY test can be done with a swab and a diluted bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 16 parts water. Dab a small area of the solution on the suspect area. If the area quickly lightens or continues to come back after it’s been cleaned, there’s a good chance it’s mold.

Mold can have a serious effect on health that’s often chalked up to allergies. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headaches. People may also experience wheezing and difficult breathing, congestion, and a sore and itchy throat. If the symptoms get better when you leave the house, you should suspect mold. Some types of molds are highly toxic and have the potential to result in life-threatening illness.

The best recourse if you’ve detected mold in your home is to hire a professional remediation company. The professionals will contain the contaminant, have a sample analyzed by a lab, and treat the entire home if necessary to remove the affected area and restore air quality.

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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Storm Restoration on the Rise

Restoration experts have seen a distinct increase in the need for remediation and restoration services due to storm damage. Whether individuals believe in climate change or not, there’s no denying that storms are becoming more frequent and increasing in severity. Storm patterns are changing and the resulting damage is also escalating.

More Frequent and Stronger Storms

The oceans are warming, fueling more powerful storms and increased rainfall. Storm surges are higher as ocean levels rise and property damage from hurricanes alone has increased by 70 to 90 percent every decade since the 1980s. People in South Florida are particularly vulnerable and are bearing the brunt of those storms and the damage they generate, which significantly increases the need for restoration services.

Flood Prone

Adding to the problem is Florida’s position as having the lowest elevation above sea level in the nation. Oceanfront living is just one of the major attractions for residents and construction continues in those areas, even though they’re prone to damage from flooding and winds. Damage and devastation aren’t limited to the immediate coastal area. The effects of storm damage are being felt up to 12 miles inland from the actual storm fronts.

For those in South Florida, that means a combination of problems encompassing intense flooding, mold growth, loss of possessions, and structural damage to homes and businesses due to water, wind, lightning, and even tornadoes. The problems are compounded by electrical power outages. Individuals can no longer count on their insurance company for coverage, though FEMA flood insurance is still available. Several insurance companies have terminated coverage for clients.

Insurance companies like to work with restoration companies as it typically saves them money on coverage costs. It’s also beneficial for individuals since a restoration company is able to salvage a wide range of items and restore them to their pre-damage condition. A restoration company provides an on-site claim expert and communicates directly with a person’s insurance company. It relieves stress for families, can save them a significant amount of money, and will take care of all the restoration details.

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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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.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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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.

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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.

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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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