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Once Wet, Does Drywall Need to be Replaced?

The simple answer is no, but much will depend on the amount of water involved in the incident, the type of water, and how quickly the water is eliminated. Drywall that’s been wet for 48 hours or more should be removed and replaced, along with any insulation. In addition to ruining the drywall, within 24 hours the growth of mold begins.

If drywall has exceeded the 48-hour limit, call in a professional restoration company. The job of removing the materials and performing the new installation will be far more extensive than most people anticipate. It requires an elevated level of training and experience.

The type of water that caused the damage is also a critical factor. Water from a broken or leaky water pipe, or a malfunctioning appliance such as washer, water heater or dishwasher, is relatively “clean.” Water flow should be shut off to prevent further damage and any visible water can be mopped up. Drywall can typically be dried out without replacement.

Flooding from strong storms, hurricanes and sewer backups are another matter entirely and no one should ever attempt to deal with them on their own. Always call in a professional remediation company. Flooding from storms and hurricanes contain contaminants ranging from sewage and chemicals to dead animals and parasites. Drywall will need to be immediately removed and surrounding materials replaced.

Sewage backups release physical and airborne contaminants. Sewage can contain pathogens encompassing E-coli, salmonella and botulism. Vapors are released that can result in vomiting and cramping, along with fever, gastroenteritis and even death with prolonged exposure. Drywall and surrounding materials will need to be completely replaced and the area sanitized.

Restoration companies have the specialized training and industrial tools required to remove and replace contaminated materials safely. They also have the experience to know when drywall must be replaced and when it can be left in place.

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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Protecting Artwork from Hurricane Damage

The announcement that a hurricane is bound for South Florida results in a flurry of activity. The actions most commonly taken are barricading windows with plywood and placing sandbags around foundations and basements. Those precautions will help, but there are other actions that should be taken.

Shutters

Artwork can suffer damage due to flood waters and flying debris. Permanently installed shutters are an easy way to protect homes from breaking glass and they don’t have to be up every time a hurricane comes through. For outdoor statuary, there are prefabricated, impact-resistant structures that can be erected over statues.

Shatter Proof Glass

Unlike ordinary window glass that will break, shatter-proof glass is manufactured in the same way as auto glass. It’s resistant to blowing debris and if an impact is hard enough to damage it, the glass spiders but won’t break, and holds its place in window frames.

Trim Trees

Flying debris is a major problem in hurricane force winds. Have trees inspected annually for dead branches and signs of disease. Plan for the removal of damaged or weak branches that can damage roofs. Trees that are precariously rooted should be removed to prevent them from falling on homes.

Move the Artwork

For those that have statues and paintings in their home, the best solution is to move them to a location that’s safe from flooding, but that’s not always possible due to the wide swath of destruction that a hurricane generates. Consider using an artwork warehouse to store any type of artwork in the event of a hurricane.

Insurance & Documentation

Keep photos and appraisals of all artwork in a safe place if the worst happens and an insurance claim must be filed. Have artwork re-appraised periodically as it goes up in value, make sure it’s ensured, and check the details of the insurance policy every year. Contact a professional restoration service if the worst happens.

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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Are You Ready for the Next Hurricane?

June 1 to Nov. 30 is official hurricane season and South Florida residents are at particular risk. The key to survival is advanced preparation. It will help alleviate panic and can save lives. The following tips apply whether you’re going to evacuate or shelter in place. Comprehensive preparedness lists can be found at NOAA and the American Red Cross.

Planning

Make a strategic plan and make sure everyone knows what to do. The best solution is to gather together and evacuate. A plan is essential, even for those that intend to ride out the storm. Make arrangements for caring for children, the elderly, infirm and pets.

Phones

Your phone is going to be an integral part of your preparedness plan. Make sure it’s fully charged, have a charging cord, and a mobile charging block for when the power goes out. Have a current photo of every family member and pet on the device. You can even take a photo of your drivers license and children’s school IDs.

Pets and Service Animals

Don’t leave your pets behind if you evacuate. Service animals should be wearing their vests and you should have a photo showing you and your pet(s) or service animal together in the event that you’re separated. Plan for litter and litter boxes for cats. Have enough pet carriers for each animal in case you have to evacuate. Don’t forget food, water, and a dish to put it in. Don’t place pets in the basement as there will be flooding.

Medications

Fill any prescriptions you can for you and your pets and include any supplies of prescriptions you have on-hand. Place them in a waterproof container and keep a list of medications for each person and pet on your phone.

Paperwork

Make copies of IDs, Social Security cards, passports, pet vaccination records, vehicle registrations and all insurance policies to name just a few. Save them to a thumb drive and place it in a waterproof container that can be affixed to your key ring or a waterproof container for your go-bag.

Food and Water

Have enough bottled water to last for at least three days for every family member and pet. Canned goods with pull-tops are an excellent choice, but don’t forget to pack a can opener.

 

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 Check Moisture in Wood

There are multiple reasons why individuals may need to check the moisture level of the wood in their home or for woodworking projects. There may have been flooding, extreme humidity, or the air conditioner may have broken down. Wood that contains an excess amount of moisture is subject to shrinking and warping as it dries, which can affect the structural integrity of a home or custom furnishings.

Moisture Meter

The simplest, fastest and easiest way to test moisture levels in wood is with a moisture meter. There are two types of handheld devices. One has two “pins” on one end that are inserted into the wood. The meter measures the electrical resistance in the wood. Unfortunately, it will leave two small holes in the wood.

There are also pin less meters. They’re typically more expensive, but don’t leave marks in the wood. They have a scanning plate that’s simply pressed against the wood to obtain a reading. Water conducts electricity, so the more moisture in the wood, the greater the reading on the meter, no matter which type is utilized.

Wood absorbs moisture from the air around it. Even a 1 percent variance can cause significant problems, especially for those that install wood flooring or create custom woodworking projects.

Oven Drying

The oldest method of measuring moisture content in wood is by drying it in a specialized oven or kiln, then measuring how much it weighs. Before the invention of modern moisture meters, this was the accepted method for determining water content in lumber and it was highly accurate when performed correctly.

The disadvantage to oven/kiln drying is that it’s time-consuming, renders the wood unusable, and a special oven or kiln is required to perform the testing. It was used to measure moisture in the wood before a structure was built, or a custom woodworking project was launched, to ensure it didn’t exceed an 8 to 25 percent moisture level.

Logs, siding and lumber used to build storage sheds, barns and even boats are often still kiln-dried to ensure the wood won’t shrink or pull apart during the construction process. Posts and beams aren’t usually tested for moisture content prior to construction.

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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Are Duct and Vent Cleaning Necessary?

People generally don’t think about the ductwork in their homes or business. The systems convey air-conditioned air to keep people comfortable and provide a welcome respite from hot and humid air. However, there can be dangerous elements lurking in ductwork that can make people ill. There are a variety of reasons why ductwork should be cleaned, not least of which is better air quality.

Mold

Small amounts of moisture can collect over time in ductwork, providing an ideal environment for mold growth. All the fungi need to proliferate is a warm and damp environment. Mold that’s growing in ductwork is dispersed throughout a home or business every time the air conditioning operates. Periodic cleaning of vents and ductwork removes mold.

There are approximately 12 types of molds typically found in structures. Some are responsible for symptoms that are similar to allergies such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Others can be far more dangerous, causing lung irritation, respiratory distress and even memory and cognitive problems.

Flooding

During a flooding event, water enters ductwork and it carries an extensive variety of contaminants. Floodwaters contain contaminants that include chemicals, human and animal waste, and medical and industrial waste. The water also carries bacteria, viruses and parasites. Cleaning ductwork after a flood removes those contaminants.

Fire

Not all burning materials in a fire are completely consumed. Microscopic particles called soot are released and they infiltrate even the smallest of cracks and crevices. Those particles are known carcinogens and they’re responsible for an odor of smoke that can linger for months. Removing them alleviates health concerns.

Dust and Debris

Dirt, dust and debris build up over time in ductwork that can attract insect pests and rodents. It can clump and block the flow of air, while distributing dust back into the air. Cleaning ductwork helps systems operate more efficiently, which saves money.

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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Can Floors Get Mold?

Mold growth is a common problem with South Florida heat and humidity. All mold needs to grow is warmth and moisture. The fungi sink its roots into organic, porous materials where it proliferates. Floors are vulnerable to mold growth, whether it’s hardwood or carpeting. It can be difficult for individuals to distinguish a moldy surface from one that’s dirty.

Floors can develop mold and depending on how long it’s been multiplying, it may have resulted in damage that can compromise the structural integrity of the building. Mold can appear under floorboards and carpeting. That’s where the services of a professional remediation company are invaluable.

It’s important to understand that home remedies are ineffective. They remove mold on surfaces, but they’re unable to reach the roots. The roots must be killed or the fungi will return. A professional remediation and restoration service will take a sample and have it analyzed in a laboratory to ascertain exactly what type of mold is present.

The experts will create a treatment plan and all affected areas will be isolated to prevent contaminated materials from infecting other locations. The company will treat and reclaim any affected materials whenever possible.

Carpeting will need to be removed, replaced, and the mold eliminated. When mold is present under floorboards, there may be no other option than to replace the flooring. If the mold has spread to underfloor supports, it can cause significant damage to the entire structure.

A restoration company works with professionals in other industries that can make needed repairs and they’ll oversee the entire project from start to finish. Mold can affect any structure. All the fungi require is moisture and warmth to begin the process and it can grow unnoticed for an extended amount of time. Anytime a musty smell is detected, it’s a signal that mold is present and a professional remediation company should be consulted.

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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Will Air Duct Cleaning Remove Smells?

Homes and businesses are subjected to an extensive variety of odors every day. They permeate every corner of a structure, originating from sources that includes pollution, cooking, trash, pets, mold, and smoke. Sewer odors are common from drains and decaying animals in ductwork can also occur. Some smells are simply annoying, while others can be dangerous.

Temporary Measures

To mitigate odors, many turn to burning scented candles, using an air purifier, or opening up windows. However, if the smell is coming from ductwork, all of those are only temporary measures and won’t get to the root of the problem. Only cleaning the ductwork will provide a long-term solution and is best performed by trained professionals.

Ductwork cleaning won’t eliminate an odor that doesn’t originate from the system, but there are many types of smells that can be traced back to ductwork. Regular cleaning and maintenance eliminate those concerns.

The Process

An air duct cleaning company will perform a video camera inspection of the ductwork to identify any specific problems that may exist. Samples will be taken and analyzed, a specific plan of treatment will be created, and all appropriate areas will be sealed off to prevent the spread of any contamination.

High-powered vacuums and other technology will be employed to clean and sanitize the ducts. Material from the ductwork is disposed of in an appropriate manner and clients receive a ductwork cleaning confirmation.

Cleaning of ductwork is essential after a fire or flooding event. Soot from a fire infiltrates every nook and cranny of a building. It’s a known carcinogen that can cause long-term health issues and the odor will last for months. Water that infiltrates ductwork during a flood is contaminated with everything from chemicals to human waste. Cleaning eliminates ductwork-related odors, reduces the potential for illnesses, and enables systems to operate more efficiently.

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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The Best Way to Diagnose Dampness

People have multiple ways of diagnosing dampness issues in homes and businesses. A simple sniff test can detect a musty smell that can indicate mold, but individuals don’t have to wait until their ceilings are sagging or the wallpaper is peeling. There are other ways to detect moisture and do it before the situation becomes dire. The best way of detecting dampness depends on if the individual is doing it or a professional.

Individuals don’t have to undergo flooding or have their premises saturated with water due to a fire to develop dampness. Excess moisture can manifest as liquid, humidity and vapor. Even with optimally performing air conditioning that extracts moisture from the air, dampness can occur from sources that includes drippy pipes, malfunctioning appliances, condensation, and roof leaks.

Temperature & Humidity Readings

Anyone can perform a dampness test at home with a humidity gauge and thermometer. It requires individuals to record the humidity and temperature in different rooms of the home or business, and outdoors, every half hour. Elevated levels inside the structure compared with the outdoor measurements provides insight into the potential for dampness.

Moisture Meter

Professionals use a moisture meter to take readings in different areas of a building. In the hands of a professional, an accurate assessment can be made. Professionals take into consideration multiple factors including the complexity of the structure, the construction materials, current condition and maintenance history, along with the meter readings. It’s not a good method for home or business owners, however, since recalibration of the meter is required.

Sight & Smell

Most people first detect a musty smell in a building. It comes from mold growth that accompanies dampness. They may also see evidence of mold growth on ceilings, walls, floors or near appliances. Water droplets on walls, dark or discolored areas, peeling wallpaper, excessive condensation and sagging may be evident.

Dampness in a building also contributes to a sensation of coldness. By the time the dampness has become obvious, it may have compromised the structural integrity of the building. It can also be affecting the health of everyone that enters.

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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Top 3 Restoration Services in South Florida

South Florida is subject to a combination of concerns with which residents have to contend on a regular basis. The climate makes the area vulnerable to the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes, wildfires and mold growth. The following are the top 3 most requested restoration services in South Florida.

Water Damage

From floods due to hurricanes or burst pipes, flooding of any kind requires prompt attention to prevent further damage. Water remediation services encompass removing the water, drying the premises, and rebuilding or restoring any affected areas. That can include removing flooring and wallboard, addressing any structural damage, remediating mold, and rebuilding and replacing damaged materials.

Fire and Smoke

When a fire occurs, a structure sustains damage from the fire, smoke, and water used to extinguish the blaze. Remediation services will remove the water, treat smoke damage, and repair destruction wrought by the fire. A remediation service also has technology that can salvage and clean many types of items that includes drapes, furnishings and electronics.

Home and business owners don’t have to experience a fire for their structures to sustain smoke damage. The smoke from wildfires will permeate buildings and severely compromise air quality. Smoke contains microscopic particles of unburned material, commonly known as soot. The particles penetrate even the smallest areas and have the power to cause allergy-like symptoms to serious health conditions.

Mold

All mold requires to flourish is a warm, damp environment. Mold is a naturally occurring fungi, but has the potential to infect homes at any time. The danger is higher after a fire or flood. Mold roots burrow into porous materials such as wallboard and simply addressing the surface infestation doesn’t kill the roots. Remediation services identify exactly what type of mold is present through laboratory analysis, puts measures in place to prevent it from spreading, removes affected materials safely, and can provide reconstruction services.

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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Can Smoke Odors be Removed from Furniture?

Few people know that odors from a fire can be safely eliminated from a variety of personal possessions ranging from drapes and area rugs to furniture, clothing and electronics. Yes, odors can be removed from furniture, but there are some limitations. Not every item can be salvaged.

A fire generates smoke that contains microscopic pieces of unburned material. Those particles, known as soot, are disseminated into the air during a fire and can be blown about by the lightest of breezes. The particles find their way into the smallest of cracks and crevices, including fabric and upholstered items. The soot is what causes the odor of smoke.

Restoration companies use an ozone treatment to remove soot, which eliminates the odor. During a treatment, a molecule is generated that reacts chemically with the molecules in soot and neutralizes them. An ozone treatment is cleaner than other types of methods and doesn’t leave residue or byproducts that have to be cleaned again afterward.

Ozone is a gas and can penetrate anywhere that air can flow. It’s the most effective way of ridding belongings and homes of smoke odors. It’s imperative that professionals perform the treatment. They have the training to precisely control the humidity, temperature and time of the treatment. Restoration experts know what materials can be treated. Leather, rubber, and some types of textiles and plastics don’t respond well when exposed to an ozone treatment.

Simply cleaning the wooden portions of furniture won’t eliminate the odor. The soot particles will still be embedded in the upholstery. An ozone treatment neutralizes the soot molecules. Items that have undergone an ozone treatment are clean, deodorized and safe to be reinstalled in the home.

Insurance companies like to work with restoration professionals. Every item that can be reclaimed is less money the insurer has to expend. It’s also beneficial for clients. It enables them to retain treasured pieces of furniture and antiques that might otherwise be lost forever.

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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