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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.

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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Water Damage Restoration Step-by-Step

Water damage to homes and businesses occur from a variety of sources. It can be the result of hurricane flooding and storm surges, leaky or broken pipes, and fire prevention sprinkler systems. Damage can also occur due to water used to extinguish a home fire and appliance overflows. No matter what the cause, a water restoration company has solutions for every contingency.

When water damage occurs, it’s not just the liquid that must be extracted. Mold is also a problem. The fungi can begin multiplying in as little as 12 hours under the right conditions. Remediation is a multi-step process that should begin as quickly as possible.

Water damage restoration is a very exacting and detail-oriented process. The experts have a myriad of techniques and technology they can draw upon to achieve the best possible results. They work directly with insurance companies and provide an onsite insurance claim specialist. Services are available 24/7. The process begins by responding to water, flooding and sewage emergencies within 30 minutes.

When flooding or leaks occurs, but the exact location isn’t known, thermal infrared imaging is used to identify the source of moisture issues. It’s an indispensable tool that eliminates unnecessary damage from trial-and-error exploration of the past.

The restoration specialists have methods at their disposal to address multiple issues with furnishings and even expensive electronics. An inventory of items will be created and possessions that can be saved will be packed and transported for restoration. Moisture will be extracted, any mold growth will be eliminated, and possessions will be deodorized.

Water damage typically extends over a much larger area than individuals anticipate. In many instances, flooring, walls and other materials will need to be removed and replaced. A full-service restoration company will oversee the process and provide storage for items that have been salvaged and treated until they can be moved back into the home.

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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What to do After Storm Damage

Damage resulting from a storm can affect individuals in multiple ways, depending on the severity of the storm and the surrounding environment. Severe storms can arise with little warning in South Florida, resulting in flooding, wind damage and tidal surges not associated with hurricanes. Cleanup can seem like an overwhelming task and that’s when the services of a restoration and recovery company is invaluable.

When storm damage occurs, the first thing people typically do is call their insurance company. However, the insurance agency won’t be able to address the immediate needs that individuals have. A professional remediation service will immediately arrive on-site and implement temporary measures to secure windows, doors, the roof and other access points to prevent unauthorized entry.

Stop Mold Growth

It’s imperative that any water damage be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Mold can begin to grow in damp humid conditions within a few hours. A storm damage remediation team uses multiple methods to remove water and dry the premises.

One of the advantages of working with a restoration company is that they have advanced technological treatments and techniques that enable them to salvage many types of possessions ranging from furnishings to expensive electronics. They’ll inventory, pack up, and remove any items to be treated.

Professional cleaning

Possessions are cleaned, sanitized, deodorized, and treated to remove water and any mold growth that occurred. The specialists even provide storage for treated items until they can be safely returned to a home or business. The task of cleaning up after storm damage isn’t a problem with remediation professionals. They’ll ensure that damage to structures is repaired and provide waste and debris removal.

The services of a storm damage remediation team provide a one-stop resource for cleanup and restoration when storm damage occurs. They work directly with insurance agencies to the specifications of policies until the damage is repaired. Remediation teams alleviate stress and provide clients with peace of mind.

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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Don’t Delay Water Damage Removal

Water leaks aren’t always immediately visible or explosive events such as a burst pipe. They can begin as a small drip or leak that goes undetected for months before damage becomes obvious. Water damage can also be the result of storms, flooding, septic problems, or water from extinguishing a blaze. When water damage is present it’s vital that a professional restoration and recovery team be engaged immediately.

Leaks

When the problem is the result of a leak, by the time water damage becomes apparent it can already have spread within attics, behind walls and under floors. One small leak can result in thousands of dollars in damages that an insurance company may or may not cover, depending on the policy. No matter what the origin of water damage, addressing it should never be delayed.

Mold Growth

Water damage begins to occur immediately. Mold flourishes in the warm, moist conditions that are predominant in Florida, along with various types of bacteria. Within the first 24 hours, drywall begins to break down and colors in fabrics will start to bleed. Paper items will be destroyed and a musty odor will be apparent.

By the second day, wood will warp, wallpaper will peel, and the entire environment will become a biohazard due to mold and bacteria growth. Even if the origin of the problem has been repaired or otherwise eliminated, there’s going to be a significant amount of clean-up and restorative work to complete. A restoration and recovery company can handle all phases of the process.

Since restoration companies often work closely with insurance companies, they can also provide savings. An additional benefit is that when a restoration company is called quickly, they have the technology, techniques and experience to salvage items ranging from furnishings to electronics. Salvageable items will be cleaned, mold and bacteria eliminated, and odors neutralized. Never delay water damage removal. Doing so creates a biohazard for people, pets and structures.

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 You Dry Out Your Home After Water Damage?

Can water damage be fixed? There are different ways by which you can do so. A restoration company may come to your rescue and help you dry out your house in the best manner possible. The process of drying involves the use of specialized tools and equipment, removing any water that is within the home. Once the areas are dry, restoration can begin and walls and flooring can be repaired or replaced.

 

Can you dry your house by yourself? The answer is “no”. First of all, you should know that a professional restoration service has all of the proper equipment for doing such tasks. Second of all, when you dry out a house by yourself, you run the risk of causing further problems if you do not have the proper equipment. Professional water damage can be fixed in a lot less time than it would take you to dry out your house on your own. Furthermore, when you hire a professional restoration company, they will be able to test your home for water damage so that they can determine the best way to fix your home.

 

A restoration company will also work directly with your insurance company so that you have proper documentation of the damage and restoration. Proper drying in a flood or other water damage situation is essential to prevent further damage due to mold growth. Experience and expertise are key in water damage situations. If your home is damaged from water leakage or a flood contact a restoration company and leave the entire process to the experts.

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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A Timely Removal of Water Damage can Save you Thousands

Water can be an insidious force and the damage it causes can extend farther than you think. Even a small leak can seep down from roofs, spread behind walls, and expand under floors. It’s not just damage to walls, floors and the structure with which you need to be concerned – it’s the resultant mold and bacteria that can contaminate everything from your possessions to the air you’re breathing.

Mold and bacteria experience accelerated growth in damp, humid conditions. Both can begin to flourish in as little as 24-48 hours, making it imperative to stop the source of the water, remove any residual liquid as quickly as possible, and remove damaged materials and possessions. A great many items can be salvaged and restored to their pre-water damaged condition with the services of a restoration and remediation company.

A major part of the process includes identifying the type of biologics through lab analysis, isolating affected areas to prevent further contamination, and treating affected areas to eliminate it. Hiring a remediation company will ensure water is quickly removed and it’s a move that can save you thousands of dollars.

The entrance of water within any building can result in damage to flooring, insulation, wall coverings, and create structural damage. Water can enter from leaks in the roof, from pipes and water heaters, and from faulty hoses and connections on appliances ranging from washing machines and refrigerators to dishwashers.

The remediation and restoration process requires a quick response to minimize existing damage and prevent further growth of unhealthy biologicals. An experienced team of restoration specialists will be able to remove the water, identify damage, and eliminate bacteria or mold from the premises. The experts remove and sanitize the premises and work with a variety of specialists to save salvageable possessions and restore any damage to the structure.

Working with a full-service restoration and remediation service can often be far less expensive than initiating a claim with your insurance company, depending on the extent of the damage and your deductible. When a claim with your insurance company is appropriate, a remediation company will be able to work directly with your insurer for optimal results at every stage of the process.

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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Home Areas to Inspect to Prevent Water Damage

Every home has an abundance of potential areas where damaging leaks can originate ranging from the roof to the basement. It’s not just water pipes that can cause problems for homeowners. Checking for leaks can be a time-consuming task, but the alternative is often water damage that goes undetected for months.

Under Cabinets

Pipe joints can loosen over time and plumbing can become eroded. Check under sinks in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms to see if the space is dry.

Puddling

For many homeowners, the first sign of trouble is a small puddle of water that has no discernable source. The most common areas are around the base of tubs, showers, and toilets. Other areas in which puddling occurs is under clothes washers, water heaters, and dishwashers.

Attics

Damage to a roof can occur and lead to leaks that can continue for months before they’re detected. Checking the attic after a rain is the best way to determine if there’s a leak. If the leak has been occurring for some time, there will be residual areas of discolored wood in support beams even if it hasn’t rained recently.

Ceilings, Walls, Baseboards

If homeowners observe warping, peeling, sagging, or discoloration along baseboards, on ceilings, or on walls – there’s an above-average chance that there’s a leak. It could be originating from the roof or water pipes.

Water Meter

Rising water bills and increased usage are a good indicator that there’s a leak – assuming that the utility hasn’t recently increased rates. A leak could be originating from inside the house, but irrigation systems, outdoor faucets and underground pipes can also develop leaks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household of four shouldn’t use more than 12,000 gallons of water per month.

Vigilance

A new home is less likely to encounter problems than one that’s older. Homes with plumbing and water systems that are 20 years of age or older are on the back side of their life expectancy and more likely to develop leaks. However, individuals should remain vigilant from the moment they take possession of their home and seek the services of a professional if they suspect a problem.

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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5 Ways to Identify Water Damage

Water damage is seldom an immediately noticeable occurrence. It typically happens over an extended amount of time. It’s only when the damage has become extensive and widespread that individuals realize they have a problem. However, there are early signs that can be detected by observant individuals. The following are five ways to identify water damage.

Stains

If left long enough, water from roof leaks will drip down and begin to discolor ceiling materials and even walls. Individuals should use caution if their ceilings or walls are becoming discolored, as it may be mold that’s causing the staining – as a result of a water leak. All mold needs to thrive and expand is warmth, darkness, and moisture.

Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings

A change in the appearance of walls, floors or ceilings is never good news. Water damage can manifest in several ways. Paint may begin to sag or peel and floors and ceilings can begin to bow or warp. The trim around doors and windows may exhibit bowing and there can be visible breaks and cracks in caulk lines.

Unusual or Musty Odors

Molds and bacteria have a gassing off effect as they grow that’s responsible for what’s described as a musty smell. It’s a definite giveaway that mold is growing somewhere in the structure. Mold isn’t the only substance that may cause unpleasant odors. There are a great many modern building materials that emit an undesirable or unusual odor when they get wet.

Increased Utility Bills

Leaks and water damage can affect utility bills in various ways. When the leak is the result of a faulty appliance or pipe, water bills can increase. Roof leaks can saturate insulation, rendering it ineffective and electric bills will increase as cooling units become less efficient.

Water Sounds

Listen for the sounds of dripping, running water, or a hissing sound. The sounds will be most obvious when a home or business is quiet and no water is being used. Structures make a wide variety of creaks, groans and moans as they settle at night due to temperature fluctuations – but the sound of water isn’t one of them.

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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