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Wet drywall

How Can You Tell if Drywall is Wet?

The majority of modern home construction utilizes drywall for walls and ceilings. The material adds fire resistance to homes to help contain the spread of fire, allowing people time to evacuate should a blaze occur. However, drywall is a porous material that can become a sponge for moisture resulting from a broken or leaky pipe or appliance, roof leak, or even excess humidity in the air.

Wet Drywall

Signs of Water Damage

Discoloration is one of the signs of wet drywall. There may also be streaking resulting from moisture running down walls or across ceilings. Paint or the outer surface of drywall may begin to bubble, peel, crack and soften. Blotches may also appear with discoloration ranging from dark yellow to brown. When sagging of walls or ceilings occur, the damage is extensive.

Behind the Scenes

You may think that the area you’ve identified is the end of the problem, but nothing could be further from the truth. There’s no way for you to know what’s going on behind the scenes. Damage can be far more severe than you think and even has the potential to affect the structural integrity of your entire home, depending upon how long the problem has existed.

Find the Source

It’s critical that the source of the moisture be identified and eliminated. That’s when the expertise of a professional remediation company is indispensable. The experts will be able to locate where the moisture is originating and repair it.

The Solution

A professional remediation company has the tools, skill and resources to dry out the premises and eliminate mold that will almost certainly be present. Remediation companies work with a network of highly-trained professionals in diverse fields to remove affected materials and restore homes to their previous condition. Remediation experts also have on-site adjusters that will work directly with your insurance company throughout the entire restoration 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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What to do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

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

Burst Pipe

Shut Off the Main

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

Call a Plumber

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

Remove the Water

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

Call a Remediation Company

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

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

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Storm Damage Restoration

Storm Damage Restoration – Don’t Do it Yourself

Storm damage and water damage restoration encompasses much more than fixing busted windows and replacing roofing shingles. In fact, know that storm damage can actually have very long-lasting impacts, like mold, moisture, water, rot, mildew and poor indoor air quality. Long-term exposure to these elements puts people at risk for developing many illnesses and diseases over time. Take action now by hiring a qualified, experienced, professional company to help you assess your immediate needs and recommend comprehensive long-term solutions.

Damage Assessment

The first step in this type of restoration is assessing the damage. This can be done with simple methods, such as taking a water sample and looking for leaks. If you have flood damage, for example, it is important to also obtain a water extraction device to quickly remove and dry out the damp areas. The roof will need to be assessed by a qualified company to assess the extent of the damage and help you develop a comprehensive cleaning strategy.

Debris Removal

Next, debris removal and clean-up is necessary. It’s impossible to assess the damage to your home properly unless you are able to look inside and outside, especially if there are broken windows or signs of water damage. In addition to removing debris, a qualified restoration company will also remove damaged roof shingles and any other visible debris from the roof. In many cases, all damaged roof shingles must be replaced in order to ensure the proper structural integrity of your home.

Repairs

Once the roof repair and restorations are complete, then your next step may just be installing a new roof. Many companies offer this service as part of their comprehensive disaster restoration service. Contact a reputable, trusted professional to discuss your options and estimate an estimate for your roof repair.  Investing in a comprehensive home insurance policy now will mean you’ll be covered in the event of any serious or severe weather damage due to theft, fire or other causes.

Professionals

Storm damage can be a devastating and dangerous event, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the appropriate precautions, you can help prevent future problems and save money on labor costs and repair costs. Don’t attempt to do a storm restoration job yourself, contact a local restoration company. They will be able to guide you through the process and help you avoid problems that could have been avoided.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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In-Home Leak Detection

Approximately 10 percent of all homes in the U.S. have a leak that goes undetected until major damage has occurred. Those small leaks account for nearly 90 gallons of wasted water per day, per household, and increased costs to consumers.

The good news is that there are a number of easy and inexpensive ways that individuals can test for leaks at home. Bear in mind that leaks may not be within the home. They may originate in underground lines and that requires professional services.

Increased Costs

One of the first signs of a leak that individuals notice is an increase in their water bill. When water costs consistently increase and there’s been no rate increase or changes in water habits, suspect a leak.

Water Meter

Shut off all the water in the home and make sure water-using appliances aren’t running. Watch the meter – if the dial continues to move, there’s a faster flowing leak. If the dial isn’t moving, keep the water off and check again in a couple of hours. If the dial has moved, there’s a slow leak.

Usage

Monitor water bills to detect changes in usage. When water usage habits don’t change within the home, but bills indicate increased usage, it’s a good indication that there’s a leak somewhere within the system.

Exterior Leaks

Outdoor faucets, hoses and irrigation systems are also sources of water leaks. If water seeps through connections on hose connections while the water is on, it can usually be fixed by installing a new rubber hose gasket. Call a professional for irrigation system leaks.

Food Coloring

Toilets are often an unknown source of leaks that can account for up to 30 percent of every day water usage. To detect a toilet leak, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the color appears in the toilet bowl after 10 minutes, there’s a leak that needs to be addressed.

Vigilance and Technology

Leaks can happen anytime and often go undetected for long periods before they’re found. Vigilance is required to monitor meters, water usage and changes in bills to identify leaks in their early stages. There are also water leak detectors that work wirelessly to constantly monitor water systems. If a leak is sensed, it immediately shuts off the water.

Individuals also need to be aware that the appearance of mold growth or a musty smell in the home can be an indication of a leak. It should be addressed promptly by professionals that specialize in mold remediation.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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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

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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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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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