Archives for Water Damage Restoration

restore flood damaged floors

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.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

Read more
pipe burst

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

Read more
water damage and restoration services boca raton

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.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

Read more

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

Read more
storm dmage restoration near me

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

Read more
restore flood damaged floors

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

Read more

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

Read more
mold and moisture

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

Read more
mold removal boca raton

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

Read more
water damage

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

Read more