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Preparing your Home to Minimize Storm Damage

Even a small storm can result in damage, but South Florida homes are subject to hurricanes that are much stronger and destructive. To minimize damage, it’s essential that you have a plan in place to prepare your home to minimize the damage, even if you don’t live on the leading front of a storm. Flooding and flying debris can affect homes farther inland and severe weather can spawn tornados.

Windows

Put up shutters if you have them or board up the windows with plywood. Don’t wait until the last minute, as plywood will be in short supply due to others boarding up their own windows. Another option is installing impact glass. It spiders and splinters like glass in windshields, but won’t break and fall from the frame.

Flooding

If there’s a danger of a storm surge, flooding, you live in a low area, or on an inland lake, sandbags placed around a home can aid in minimizing water entry. It’s also a good idea to check your roof for damaged tiles. Keep gutters cleaned to ensure that water flows freely and won’t back up under roof tiles.

Outdoor Items

Place patio furniture, children’s toys, trash cans and similar items in a garage or storage building to prevent them from blowing around and causing damage to other homes. Park vehicles in the garage and make sure outbuildings and garages are locked.

Yard Debris and Plantings

Have leaf piles cleared away that can block drains. Make sure you have any damaged tree branches or limbs trimmed to prevent them from becoming wind-blown projectiles. If you have coconut trees, make sure the fruits are removed. It’s a good idea to remove the produce from any type of fruiting tree.

Go Bag

You may be required to evacuate during a hurricane or shelter in a basement during a tornado. Keep a go bag ready for your family and any pets. The State of Florida and Red Cross websites provide a list of essential preparedness items and quantities to keep on hand.

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 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.

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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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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.

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Storm Damage can Come in Many Forms

Those in South Florida tend to think of storm damage in terms of hurricanes, but the state’s unique position lends itself to a wide variety of storms and resultant damage that many may not have considered. It’s not just during hurricane season that Florida residents have to be vigilant for storms and the damage they cause. The potential for extreme weather events exists year-round and they can take many forms.

Hail

While hail isn’t normally a concern in Florida, there have been documented reports of the frozen ice balls measuring up to three inches in size. It’s a rare occurrence, but when conditions are right for hail formation it can cause substantial damage. Hail can damage roofs, dent vehicles, and break windows in cars, homes and businesses.

Sinkholes

A sinkhole is generally considered a geological hazard, but they can have a weather-related component. South Florida isn’t as prone to sinkholes as other parts of the state, but the potential still exists. They can swallow homes, businesses and vehicles, along with costly infrastructure features.

Sinkholes occur when underlying soil is compromised due to water eroding and dissolving the rock underneath the surface. Much of Florida is comprised of limestone and other porous materials that are affected by large amounts of rainfall and flooding.

Water

Damage from water is always a concern for those in South Florida where rainfalls are higher than in other areas of the nation. Even relatively minor storms can drop significant amounts of rain that can lead to flooding. Storm surges from hurricanes are another threat to homes and businesses that result in millions of dollars in damages.

Wind

The winds from storm fronts, tornadoes and hurricanes can lift and damage shingles and blow down fencing. Even straight line winds can turn ordinary items into projectiles that can land on roofs, penetrate buildings, and tear and dislodge shingles. Elevated winds can also blow down trees and limbs that land on roofs, buildings, fences and vehicles.

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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