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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Repairing a Water Damaged Floor

Water damage to floors can occur in South Florida as a result of hurricanes or heavy rains, but those aren’t the only culprits. Sometimes the damage is due to indoor water leaks or appliance problems. Repair or replacement will depend on the type of water that caused the damage.

When the damage is mild and it hasn’t been standing for very long, it’s possible that the flooring can simply be replaced. That’s also assuming that it was white water that caused the damage. White water originates from showers, sinks, appliance malfunctions, and broken water pipes.

Hardwood flooring is one of the most susceptible to water damage, but any flooring can experience damage. Subflooring will need to be examined to determine the full extent of the problem. Signs that are an indication that the floor may need to be replaced rather than repaired include signs of buckling, crowning or cupping, along with discoloration, warping or odors.

Minor damage can often be addressed by a restoration company that will be able to dry the floor and remediate any mold growth. With the modern equipment available to restoration companies, there are no longer any hard and fast rules about water damaged floors. What once would be considered an automatic replacement can now be treated and repaired.

Restoration professionals will be able to make that determination while ensuring that structural integrity is being maintained. They’ll be able to ascertain if the damage is cosmetic or the flooring has become unsafe. Restoration experts will also work directly with insurance companies.

Faced with water damage and the potential for high insurance deductibles, many individuals opt to perform the work themselves. When water damage occurs, it’s always best to call in the professionals that have the experience and modern methods to deal with the emergency and ensure a home or business isn’t plagued with mold that can cause ill health down the road.

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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Unknown Dangers of a Roof Leak

Developing a leaky roof is something that everyone dreads. Repairs can be expensive and may not be covered by insurance policies, depending on the cause of the leak. What people don’t understand is that by the time a leak is detected, it’s typically been occurring for a significant amount of time and there are a variety of unknown dangers associated with a roof leak.

Mold and Mildew

It requires very little time for mold and mildew to begin to multiply. All it needs is moisture and warm conditions which are plentiful in South Florida. There are about a dozen naturally occurring molds that ordinarily affect structures and some can begin growing in as little as 24 hours. Mold and mildew can affect the health of people, pets, and is especially dangerous for those with asthma, allergies, and respiratory conditions.

Structural Damage

Moisture entering through a leaky roof soaks into the wood of roof supports and causes rotting that impairs structural integrity. The moisture also runs down roof supports to collect at the ceiling level. Over time, moisture will seep into spaces behind walls to damage wallboard. Water collecting at the ceiling or floor level can result in collapsed flooring.

Fire Hazard

Water seeping through the roof and behind walls will eventually come into contact with electrical wiring. It can result in shorts that can ignite a fire.

Increased Utility Bills

Water doesn’t stay in just one place. It will run and drip to saturate insulation, thereby reducing it’s insulative properties. The effectiveness of insulation can actually be depleted with a long-term leak and result in higher heating and cooling expenses.

Prevention

The best way to prevent leaks is to have the roof inspected once a year. It can be particularly advantageous after a damaging storm has rolled through. Roofing naturally deteriorates over time and wind can loosen roofing materials. It’s always a good idea to schedule an inspection if large branches have fallen on the roof. The inspection will identify areas that could potentially cause a problem in the future.

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 Water Damaged Floors be Salvaged?

Floors can sustain water damage from a variety of sources and Florida residents have the added potential for damage from flooding and hurricanes. One of the first casualties of water damage are the floors in any structure. Depending upon the material, in some instances, the flooring can be saved. Others will need to be completely replaced.

Laminate flooring is a popular choice due to its cost-effectiveness, ease of cleaning, and high-end appearance. It’s not waterproof, but if the affected area is small and limited in scope, a restoration and recovery company may be able to save it. Laminate affected by widespread leaks, flooding, or extinguishing a fire will have to be replaced.

For structures with hardwood flooring, it can be difficult to determine if the floor is salvageable without a professional assessment. In many situations, only the affected section will require replacing. If resurfacing is performed, it must be done by a professional to avoid warping or cupping. Much will depend on how much moisture has been absorbed and how long the damage was taking place before it was discovered.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles typically fare best when it comes to water damage. Moisture won’t penetrate the tiles and into the subflooring if the tiles were properly installed. It will also depend on the type of tile. This is another situation in which the assistance of a professional is essential. In some cases, the tiles can be reinstalled with an adhesive if they haven’t been loosened and the grout hasn’t been damaged.

Any time that water damage has occurred to floors, it’s essential to obtain the services of restoration and recovery professionals. They can evaluate the damage and they also have the advanced tools and specialized technology needed to save the flooring if it’s at all possible for it to be salvaged.

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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Different Types of Water Damage

Water damage typically happens without warning. What most people don’t know is that all water damage isn’t created equal. There are different types of water that can damage residential, business, and commercial structures. Each type of requires specific techniques, precautions, and solutions to address the problem that can only be performed by restoration professionals.

Clean Water

This type of water can cause considerable damage, be frustrating for individuals, but it’s the easiest to remediate. It’s categorized as clean, since it usually originates from a burst pipe, broken appliance, rainwater, or defective sprinklers and doesn’t contain microbial contamination. If it’s not dealt with within 24 hours, mold begins to grow.

Grey Water

There are many reasons why water can be classified as grey, all of which indicate a level of contamination. The water has become unsanitary and has the potential to result in rashes or illness through contamination by chemical or biological elements such as blood, urine, or even laundry products. Grey water also encompasses water in toilets, tubs, spas, and washing machines that has been allowed to set undisturbed for long periods of time.

Black Water

Black water is categorized as water that is contaminated and can result in serious illness or death to people and pets. The most common type of black water is from sewer back-ups and toilet overflows. Black water can be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, mold, bacteria, and viruses through flooding from storms, the overflow of any natural inland waterway, and ocean water.

There are three levels of black water contamination and the water isn’t necessarily black in color. Level I black water typically originates within a structure and is limited in scope. Level II sources are also from within a building, but the damage and affected area is far greater. Affected materials must be removed and disposed of properly. A Level III contamination results from flooding and/or a storm surge. The danger is greater and lasts longer.

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 let Storm Damage Overwhelm You

Storm damage can be just as overwhelming and traumatic as a fire and you may initially find yourself at a loss as to how to proceed with recovery and restoration. That’s when hiring a professional restoration company can help, providing an invaluable resource. The company will take care of all the pertinent details and do so in the correct order to put clients’ minds at ease.

Storm damage can take many forms and can require the removal of tree limbs, repair of numerous areas of the home, removal of furnishings, and the treatment of salvageable possessions. A recovery and restoration company will be able to perform all those tasks and works directly with insurance companies to save individuals and insurers time and money.

There are multiple types of storms to which you can be subjected in South Florida ranging from summer squalls to hurricanes. When a structure is involved, there will be water damage and the addition of high winds can amplify the devastation. Mold will quickly begin to grow in the damp conditions creating unhealthy conditions.

Storms can arise quickly, giving you little time to secure items in the yard that can cause damage and become flying projectiles. Damage can occur from a variety of sources that includes tidal surges, wildfires, hail and tornadoes. While cold weather and freezing temperatures aren’t usually a problem, there have been historic freezes that resulted in substantial damage.

A recovery and restoration company has the resources and training to help in all phases of cleanup, repair structural damage, and treat the premises for mold that can begin to flourish in as little as 24 hours. The company will remove any of your salvageable possessions and furnishings to treat them with high-tech techniques to remove water, stains, odors, and mold.

With the services available through the highly trained professionals of a restoration and recovery company, storm damage will be alleviated quickly and efficiently. When homes and businesses sustain storm damage, a restoration team will provide multiple services and peace of mind to ease your trauma.

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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