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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.

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Does Renter’s Insurance Cover Water Damage?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Restore or Replace Water Damaged Floors

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Steps to Take After Water Damage

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

Who To Call

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

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

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

Safety First

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

Begin Repairs Immediately

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

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

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

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Quick Action After Water Damage can Save you Thousands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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

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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.

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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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