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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.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Minimize Storm Damage with These Home Improvements

It’s easier to limit the potential for damage to dwellings with some home improvements than to suffer the aftermath. Even seemingly minor tropical storms can wreak havoc on homes. The home improvements don’t have to be expensive, require a major overhaul of systems, or be expensive to be effective. It’s much better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

Impact Glass

Installing impact glass windows and door glass helps protect homes from any type of blowing debris. The glass will splinter, but won’t shatter and break from an impact. It works in much the same way as auto glass. Because it doesn’t break, rain and debris won’t enter the home. The windows are advantageous whether used in conjunction with shutters or not.

Garage Concerns

A well-placed limb can shatter glass, damage garage doors, and provide an entry point for floodwaters and unwanted wildlife. Garage doors can be reinforced with bracing on the inside of the door. Braces can also be added to strengthen wheel tracks. Hire a professional to perform the tasks or consider the installation of a garage door designed to withstand high winds.

Basements and Foundations

Concrete is a porous material that allows water to enter. Sealants can be applied to concrete foundations that protect it against liquids. There are also methods that can be used to modify crawlspaces and basements that enables water to enter and exit instead of crashing against the home which can result in knocking the home off its foundation.

Backflow Valves

One of the most dangerous situations can occur due to sewer backflows. Consider having sewer backflow valves installed. They temporarily block drain pipes, thereby preventing backflows into the house.

Fortifications

Every home has weaknesses that can be exploited when storms manifest. Search out weaknesses in areas ranging from the roof and gutter systems to gables and siding. Have them appropriately fortified before a storm strikes.

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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Storm Damage Restoration – Don’t Do it Yourself

Storm damage and water damage restoration encompasses much more than fixing busted windows and replacing roofing shingles. In fact, know that storm damage can actually have very long-lasting impacts, like mold, moisture, water, rot, mildew and poor indoor air quality. Long-term exposure to these elements puts people at risk for developing many illnesses and diseases over time. Take action now by hiring a qualified, experienced, professional company to help you assess your immediate needs and recommend comprehensive long-term solutions.

Damage Assessment

The first step in this type of restoration is assessing the damage. This can be done with simple methods, such as taking a water sample and looking for leaks. If you have flood damage, for example, it is important to also obtain a water extraction device to quickly remove and dry out the damp areas. The roof will need to be assessed by a qualified company to assess the extent of the damage and help you develop a comprehensive cleaning strategy.

Debris Removal

Next, debris removal and clean-up is necessary. It’s impossible to assess the damage to your home properly unless you are able to look inside and outside, especially if there are broken windows or signs of water damage. In addition to removing debris, a qualified restoration company will also remove damaged roof shingles and any other visible debris from the roof. In many cases, all damaged roof shingles must be replaced in order to ensure the proper structural integrity of your home.

Repairs

Once the roof repair and restorations are complete, then your next step may just be installing a new roof. Many companies offer this service as part of their comprehensive disaster restoration service. Contact a reputable, trusted professional to discuss your options and estimate an estimate for your roof repair.  Investing in a comprehensive home insurance policy now will mean you’ll be covered in the event of any serious or severe weather damage due to theft, fire or other causes.

Professionals

Storm damage can be a devastating and dangerous event, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the appropriate precautions, you can help prevent future problems and save money on labor costs and repair costs. Don’t attempt to do a storm restoration job yourself, contact a local restoration company. They will be able to guide you through the process and help you avoid problems that could have been avoided.

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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