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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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Quick Clean Up After a Sewage Back Up

Most people think of a sewage back up as a nasty inconvenience. In actual fact, backed up sewer pipes can result in situations in which it becomes a biohazard that can endanger lives. Sewage contains multiple types of bacteria and viral pathogens that can cause serious illness.

While sewage smells horrible, the real danger comes from the air-borne vapors that are released. Sewer gas contains ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane – all of which are toxic to people and pets. All those compounds have the potential to cause organ damage during prolonged exposure.

The rotten egg smell associated with sewage comes from hydrogen sulfide. What many people don’t know is that the ammonia, combined with the high levels of the other toxic gases, also present a fire hazard.

When fumes are inhaled, they can result in a variety of symptoms encompassing headache and dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, along with memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Depending upon the level and length of exposure, people can experience a loss of smell and irritation of the eyes, mouth, throat and lungs.

The gases can also lead to severe types of gastroenteritis. It’s critical that a sewer back up be addressed promptly. If left for any significant length of time, inhaling those fumes has the potential to be deadly.

Even if the back up is “minor” in scope, the danger still exists. When sewage backs up in the home, ordinary cleaning is insufficient to kill contaminants. Sewage can seep under flooring and soak into walls where the dangerous elements will continue to grow. That residual dampness can also lead to a mold infestation.

A professional restoration company has the experience, specialized equipment, and chemical formulas to clean, sanitize and neutralize the danger when a sewer back up occurs. They’ll work with insurance companies to remove the contamination, and repair and replace affected areas, to eliminate the danger. The professionals understand the seriousness of the situation and will respond to the emergency 24/7.

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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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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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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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.

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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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Damage can Happen When you Least Expect It

Household emergencies can’t be predicted and the damage is typically far worse than anticipated. They can occur due to water, smoke, fire, and power outages. The problem arises from the unexpected nature of the situation and the fact that damage can be occurring for days or weeks without your knowledge.

When an emergency happens, it’s time to call in the professionals as quickly as possible. They can remove water, dry the premises, repair the problem, and restore a wide range of belongings to pre-damage condition. Professionals will provide pack out and content services for your possessions, sanitize the premises, and leave the entire area sparkling clean and healthy.

The following are just some of the common types of household emergencies that can be rectified through rapid restoration and mitigation services.

Appliances

Refrigerators and freezers are appliances that can leak and cause water damage. Sometimes they may just be at the end of their life expectancy. In other situations, a power outage will cause freezers and refrigerators to thaw and leak.

Bacterial/Viral Sanitation

Outbreaks of bacteria and viruses are extremely difficult to control by ordinary means. The methods available to a professional service are appropriate for homes, businesses, commercial properties, and medical/lab facilities.

Biohazard Cleanup

Crime scenes produce a variety of contaminants, including blood and other bodily fluids. Rapid cleanup and restoration of premises is essential and aids in addressing trauma. Another situation that constitutes a biohazard is a backed up toilet that can spread infectious diseases.

Blocked Drains

Blocked drains are inconvenient, cause significant damage, and can spread infectious and communicable diseases. It also affects air quality.

Burst Pipes, Leaky Water Heaters

A pipe that bursts violently will spray water for quite a distance. A slow leak from a broken pipe or water heater is insidious and can take months to notice. By the time it’s discovered, a significant amount of damage has been done to floors and walls. In condos and apartments, water damage can occur when water leaks down from above.

Damaged Roof, Gutters

Even a small leak from a damaged roof can compromise the structural integrity of a building. Damaged gutters result in rainwater backup that will seep under roof edgings. Both situations result in damage to the wood and insulation and promote mold growth.

Fire

A fire and resultant water from sprinkler systems or fire departments soak every inch of a structure and the acrid smell of smoke can be overpowering. Professionals can repair any damage, remove smoke and water, and sanitize the premises to eliminate any trace of mold or odor.

Mold

A side effect of leaky appliances, storm damage, and humid climates is mold. It can grow behind walls, in ceilings, and in air conditioning ductwork. It adversely affects air quality and can even be dangerous if you have allergies or chronic respiratory conditions.

Storm Damage

Hurricanes and even ordinary storms can result in flooding and storm surges. The damage is extensive and it’s imperative that the water and possessions be removed quickly to enable crews to dry the premises, repair any damage, remediate mold, and minimize damage.

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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