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How Moisture Meters Help in the Recovery Process

Water damage from broken pipes, leaky roofs, dysfunctional appliances and even flooding is far more common than most people think. The situation can arise suddenly, but instances can occur over time and do significant damage before it’s detected. A moisture meter is an invaluable tool in the recovery process.

Moisture meters are easy to use and measure the moisture content in an extensive range of building materials. The handheld tool can indicate if there’s been damage to doors, foundations wallboard and other areas. Building materials in structures contain a certain amount of moisture all the time, but when readings are above the norm, it indicates a problem.

The meters are a critical tool for restoration experts. The readings indicate where excess moisture exists and even where structural integrity of a building has been compromised. The readings are equally important for determining when conditions are optimal for the installation of flooring and wallboard.

Moisture meters can also tell restoration experts where there are areas that are too moisture saturated to save. Elevated moisture levels are a good indication that there may be mold growth or that rot has set in. The meters provide valuable information for restoration professionals, allowing them to rebuild and restore homes and businesses that meet all health and safety standards.

The meters provide restoration experts with documentation if a property owner needs to apply for FEMA assistance. It’s also crucial for providing proof to insurance companies about water-related damage and the extent when policy holders file a claim. The tool is utilized throughout the entire restoration process.

Water damage isn’t always visible to the eye. Damage under floors and behind walls isn’t always immediately apparent. Restoration experts can use the meters to detect moisture in a variety of materials ranging from drywall and insulation to mortar and concrete.

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 Drying Techniques for Water Damage

When homes and businesses experience water damage, people often have the right idea about drying out the premises, but lack the industrial grade equipment needed to adequately perform the job. For those that are determined to make water damage a DIY project, there are definite steps that can be taken, but individuals may discover it involves considerable expense, time and labor and they will still require the services of professionals later down the road.

Never attempt to remove “gray” or “black water.” It contains health-affecting biologics and contaminants that are toxic. For “white” water, remove any furniture and other objects that have been affected. It’s critical that water be removed as quickly as possible to minimize damage that can affect structural integrity. Wet vacs and pumps are available that will suck up the water. Just be sure to empty the water in an appropriate manner.

Circulating air is essential for the drying process to minimize the growth of bacteria and fungi. High-powered fans can be purchased or rented to do the job. It may require several, depending on the extent of the damage. It can also help to open windows to help circulate the air. The fans can result in rising humidity, so dehumidifiers will be necessary to lower levels.

It’s best to call in the professionals for water damage. They have industrial grade equipment for every step of the remediation process. Vacuums and pumps are used that are capable of extracting hundreds of gallons of water in a very short time.

They’ll also use air movers that will be focused on floors, drywall and other areas that have been saturated with water to evaporate moisture and minimize the growth of mold and bacteria. Since the evaporation process creates humidity, professionals will utilize powerful dehumidifiers. Heaters may also be deployed when appropriate.

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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Minimize Water Damage by Hiring a Professional

When it comes to minimizing water damage, it pays to hire a professional. They have the tools, certifications and experience to deal with water disasters. Their methods are equally effective whether structures have been invaded by water from broken pipes, a storm surge, hurricane, fire suppression system, or dysfunctional appliances.

Water is going to result in some damage no matter what happens. The key is to remove the liquid as quickly as possible and that’s exactly what a restoration company will do. They respond quickly, extract the water and dry out affected areas. Professionals will have the capacity to remove hundreds of gallons of water.

In the event of sewage saturation or hurricane-borne water, the liquid presents a biohazard that the professionals are qualified to remediate. Water from those sources will have contaminants that can encompass bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and toxic chemicals.

The services of restoration professionals don’t stop at water extraction. They’ll remove furnishings that have been contaminated and have the technology to dry them out, remove odors, disinfect, eradicate any mold that’s started to grow, and even store them until they can be returned to the home or business. They even have effective methods for restoring electronics.

Mold can begin to grow in structures in as little as 24 hours when it has warmth and moisture. When it comes in contact with porous surfaces such as wallboard, it quickly sinks in roots. Restoration professionals will detect and remove mold, taking every precaution against it spreading to other areas.

A restoration company will provide an on-site adjuster that will work directly with a client’s insurance company to ensure removal of any affected building materials and oversee the repair or replacement of flooring, roofing, electrical wiring and dry wall, providing a one-stop resource for water damage remediation and restoration.

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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Is it Possible to Restore Flood Damaged Floors?

In some instances, it may be possible to restore a floor that’s been damaged due to flooding, if the damage has been restricted to a relatively small area. Much will depend on the extensiveness of the flooding and other factors will be taken into account such as the type of flooring and the type of water that caused the damage.

Restore Flood Damaged Floors

Some types of flooring are more prone to damage and will have to be fully replaced, while others may sustain less damage. Ultimately, homeowners may have little input on the decision to repair or replace. The insurance company that issued the homeowners policy will make the decision based on which is more cost-effective for the company.

Water Type

A major factor will be the type of water involved in the flooding. Category 1 (clean water) water poses little threat to humans. It typically originates from leaky or broken pipes, tubs and sinks, or breaks in supply lines that deliver water into the home. Category 2 (gray water) water has been contaminated with biological or chemical elements that can cause discomfort or illness when consumed.

Category 3 (black water) has been contaminated with pollutants that can include bacteria, fungi and viruses, along with chemicals, fertilizers, industrial waste, and even feces. It’s the most dangerous type of floodwater that can affect homes. It presents an extreme danger to people, pets and plants.

The decision to repair or replace will also be based on whether the damage is cosmetic in nature or if it the damage presents a danger to the people that live in the home, if mold has formed, and if the subflooring has been damaged.

There are many elements that go into the decision of whether to replace or repair floors that have been flood damaged. Insurance companies will typically opt for repair whenever possible as the least expensive option for the company. However, floors damaged by certain types of water will necessarily have 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.

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What to do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

A burst pipe doesn’t necessarily occur with a bang and an eruption of water. Sometimes a burst pipe results in a leak that causes damage over a long period of time and can be difficult to identify. A suddenly burst pipe calls for immediate action to minimize damage.

Burst Pipe

Shut Off the Main

Immediately turn off the water supply at its source – the water main. It prevents more water from being dispersed through your home and causing even more damage.

Call a Plumber

Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself – immediately call a professional. Plumbers are in high demand and you may have to wait for him/her to arrive. In the meantime, drain the faucets. Your plumber will be able to diagnose and identify the source of the deluge and repair it according to the highest standards.

Remove the Water

You can use a mop or a wet-dry vac if you have one. The objective is to remove as much water as possible to minimize its spread under flooring and inside walls. Quickly drying up the water also minimizes the potential for mold growth.

Call a Remediation Company

A professional remediation company has the tools and experience to remove the remaining water and thoroughly dry the premises. The company also has on-site adjusters that work directly with your insurance company and within the parameters of your insurance policy to rectify the damage.

Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours in damp and dark conditions. The fungi have the ability to spread its roots into any porous material such as wallboard. A remediation company has the knowledge and protective measures required to eradicate mold and prevent it from spreading to other areas of your home. The company also works with a network of other professionals to remove damaged materials and restore your home to its original condition.

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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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.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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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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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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