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Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

  • Shut off the water source if possible and if it can be done safely.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature. 
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

(These tips are for clean water situations only)

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How much faster is extraction at removing water than dehumidifying?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

One of the first rules of a water loss is that the most effective way of removing water is physical extraction. But how much faster is extraction at removing water than dehumidifying? About 1200 times faster! A typical truckmount sucks up about 25 gallons of water per minute, while the best dehumidifier only removes about 30 gallons a day.

Efficient extraction is vital when it comes to getting jobs done quickly, because every gallon of water left behind requires at least one hour of dehumidification. So every drop of water you remove is critical.

Using the correct tool is essential. For instance, when using only a light wand to extract, up to 1.5 gallons of water may remain in every yard of carpet and pad. In a 1400 sqft house, that could add up to over 230 gallons left behind. A dehumidifier would have to operate for over 180 hours to remove that amount of water. That’s why it's best to use a weighted, heavy-duty tool rather than a standard wand

A poor extraction job will also lead to higher humidity levels for a longer period of time causing secondary damage and mold growth, not to mention that it slows down the whole drying process.

Trust SERVPRO of Sunrise to return you home to normal. We proudly serve the Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill and surrounding areas. 

¿Que hacer en caso de una inundación?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Antes de una inundacion…

Alertas y Advertencias de inundación (Flood Watches/Warnings)  

  • Se emite una alerta de inundación cuando el volumen de lluvia es suficientemente fuerte como para hacer que los ríos de alrededor de una zona se desborden.
  • Las advertencias de inundación describen la severidad de la situación e indican cuándo y dónde comenzará la inundación.
  • Las advertencias de inundaciones súbitas (flash flood watches) son emitidas cuando comienzan o se esperan fuertes lluvias capaces de provocar una inundación. Como su nombre lo indica, son emitidas cuando la inundación es repentina. En caso de ocurrir durante una tormenta, se recomienda que de inmediato busque ubicarse en el terreno más alto posible.

Protéjase usted, su familia y sus propiedades

En caso de evacuación…

  • Tenga un plan de evacuación y establezca una ruta para el mismo.
  • Convenga de antemano un plan de comunicación con los miembros de su familia, en caso de que se vean separados durante una inundación.

Para proteger su propiedad…

  • Si se muda a una casa o apartamento, o se establece en un nuevo lugar de negocios, asegúrese de tener suficiente cobertura de seguro, incluyendo el seguro de inundación. Puede encontrar ayuda de varias fuentes que le indicarán si su propiedad está localizada en una zona propensa a las inundaciones y por tanto corre riesgo de sufrir alguna; pregunte a su banco, financista o prestamista hipotecario o directamente al agente de seguros.
  • El seguro de inundación NO ESTÁ INCLUIDO en las pólizas de seguro de propietarios de vivienda o en los seguros de inquilino (homeowners y renter’s insurance). Sí está incluida en la póliza de seguro de su auto y la puede comprar directamente de una aseguradora comercial cualquiera. Por el contrario, el seguro de inundación para viviendas no lo está; ya que es administrado por el gobierno federal y se puede comprar de un agente de seguros o una empresa bajo contrato con la Administración Federal de Seguro (Federal Insurance Administration). El seguro de inundación sólo está disponible cuando el gobierno local ha adoptado regulaciones adecuadas para el manejo de inundaciones bajo el Programa Nacional de Inundaciones ( National Flood Insurance Program).
  • El seguro de inundación cubre por daños causados directamente por aguas de inundación y por la erosión causada por olas (surge en inglés) o corrientes de agua que acompañan a una tormenta severa o cualquier otra situación similar que resulte en una inundación. El seguro de inundación también puede cubrir daños causados por deslizamientos de tierras y lodo.
  • Las coberturas por inundación para las estructuras de las viviendas y los contenidos de las mismas, se venden separadamente. Los edificios tienen una cobertura de tipo de reemplazo de costos, es decir, reconocen el valor de reponer la estructura sin depreciación; mientras que la cobertura para los contenidos, es decir, lo que se encuentra dentro de un edificio, se indemniza según el valor actual de los mismos, aplicándole la depreciación a cada artículo dañado.
  • Tenga en su plan de protección los artículos esenciales para hacer frente a las emergencias, como por ejemplo: materiales de construcción como láminas de madera, envolturas de plástico, clavos, martillo, pala, sacos de arena, etc. Además prepare un paquete de primeros auxilios, medicinas, comida no perecedera, enlatados y abrelatas y por supuesto agua potable; dinero en efectivo y tarjetas de crédito; radios con pilas, linternas y mecanismos de calentar agua o comida; asegúrese de poseer vestimenta y zapatos adecuados para la lluvia como botas e impermeables.
  • Haga un inventario del contenido de su vivienda y guarde ese archivo en otro lugar, no en la propiedad. Si ésta sufre daños materiales, la lista le hará más fácil presentar un reclamo a la aseguradora.
  • Durante una inundación, desconecte la electricidad, cierre las entradas de agua corriente y tape los desagües de aguas negras así como los inodoros y otras cañerías.

Después de una inundacion…

Cuide su seguridad y la de su familia antes que nada

  • No entre en su casa si las aguas han cubierto la planta baja.
  • Las aguas pueden traer todo tipo de animales a su casa, incluyendo serpientes venenosas. Al caminar por su casa, asegúrese de que lleva zapatos de suela gruesa que lo proteja de cualquier animal u objeto punzante y camine alerta de sus alrededores.
  • No consuma ningún alimento que pudiera haber estado en contacto con las aguas de la inundación ya que pudieran estar contaminadas.
  • Esté alerta a peligros de fuego como conductos o tuberías de gas expuestos o rotos, circuitos eléctricos que estén mojados y por tanto hacen contacto, o materiales peligrosos que hayan sido arrastrados por las aguas (por ejemplo, gasolina o productos inflamables).

Cuide su propiedad y pertenencias

  • Inspeccione su casa. Si el sótano se ha inundado, no se deber sacar toda el agua de un golpe; se debe quitar un tercio del agua cada día, ya que la tierra mojada que rodea el sótano puede causar que se caigan las paredes o que se rompa el suelo.
  • El agua puede haber debilitado las paredes y cielos rasos, revise la condición en que se encuentran. Haga los arreglos temporales mínimos necesarios para preservar la propiedad, y guarde todos los recibos de materiales o reparaciones que haya pagado para presentarlos a su compañía de seguros junto con el reclamo.
  • Notifique a su agente o representante de seguros tan pronto le sea posible. Si ha abandonado la propiedad, déjele saber al agente o a la compañía cómo pueden contactarte. Tenga paciencia si su agente no se pone en contacto inmediatamente con usted, es posible que él también en lo personal haya sufrido daños por la inundación.
  • Tome fotos y notas de los daños que ha sufrido su propiedad. Las fotos y las listas de inventario que usted hizo antes de la inundación ayudarán a su agente, a usted y al ajustador de reclamaciones para que pueda hacer un reclamo más justo y preciso de sus pérdidas.
  • No se apure en firmar contratos de reparaciones. No inicie reparaciones permanentes hasta que un ajustador de la compañía de seguros tenga la oportunidad de evaluar los daños.
  • Negocie las reparaciones con contratistas de buena reputación. Si no está seguro de la calidad del contratista, contacte al ajustador de reclamaciones, llame al Better Business Bureau o a la Cámara de Comercio local (Chamber of Comerce) y pida referencias. La oficina de permisos del condado también puede darle información de los contratistas registrados y licenciados en el área.
  • Asegúrese de que el contratista tiene experiencia en realizar los trabajos de reparación y que usted entiende y está de acuerdo con los términos de pago de los presupuestos que acepte. Si le queda alguna duda, también es una buena idea contactar a su agente de seguro o ajustador antes de firmar cualquier contrato.

by: Insurance Information Institute

En caso de inundacion o daños causado por agua se puede comunicar al (954) 748-7887 las 24 horas del dia 7 dias a la semana. 

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in Sunrise:

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your house, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Sunrise.

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

It is also important to start cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Sunrise:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  • Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

Links:

http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

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Flood Questions Answered

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

What should I do before a flood?

  • Take photos or videos of your important possessions.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone, and teach children to dial 911.
  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
  • Establish an out-of-state "family contact person" and ensure that everyone in your family knows that person's name, address, and telephone number.
  • For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.

What should I do during a flood?

  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio to keep you informed.
  • If instructed, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and main gas valve.
  • If told to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
  • If waters start to rise inside your home, retreat to the highest floor, attic, or if necessary, the roof.
  • If you have come in contact with floodwaters, wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid walking through floodwater, as little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded road, take another route. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines or electrical wires.
  • Look out for animals. 

What should I do after a flood?

If your home has suffered damage, call a restoration company, like SERVPRO of Sunrise and your insurance agent. 

  • Take photos of any water in the house, and save damaged personal property for insurance purposes.
  • Check for structural damage before reentering your home, and do not enter if a portion of the building has collapsed.
  • Upon reentering your property, do not use matches or cigarette lighters since gas may be trapped inside. If you smell gas or hear hissing, open a window quickly and call the gas company.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Check for sewage and waterline damage. If you suspect damage, avoid using the tap, and call a plumber.
  • Throw away any food, including canned goods that has come in contact with floodwater.
  • Until local authorities declare your water supply to be safe, boil water for drinking and preparation. 

If you have suffered any water damage give us a call at 954-748-7887. We proudly serve the Sunrise, Sawgrass Mills, Tamarac and surrounding areas. 

Where is the Main Water Shut-Off Valve?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home? If you can’t answer that within five seconds, then you need to locate it and remember where in case there’s ever a serious leak. Otherwise, you could end up with a plumbing nightmare on your hands…

Where to Find the Main Water Shut-Off Valve

  • The shut-off valve is almost always located near the perimeter of your home. There’s no need to check the central portions of the house.
  • Forget the upstairs too, as shut-off valves are going to be located on the ground floor. For those with basements, it will usually be located here.
  • Water lines usually run from the water main to the shut-off valve with no extra piping or detours. Therefore, if you know where you water main is, see where the shortest path to your home would be. The valve is more than likely located here.
  • During the purchase of a house, an inspection report is supplied. The location of your main water shut-off valve is labeled in this report (hopefully you’re organized so you have easy access to this report).
  • Do you know where the big panel is in your home (not the electrical panel)? This panel houses the shut-off valve since it’s illegal to cover it behind the wall.

Plumbing Fixture Shut-Off Valves

When a leak springs, it’s not always a slow drip. Sometimes the water will begin to rush out and start pooling on the floor of your home. Before you run to the main water shut-off valve, see if this fixture has its own personal shut-off valve.

  • Toilet – On the wall your toilet sits against, there will be a small valve. It is usually located below the bowl and should be turned gently (clockwise) to stop the flow of water.
  • Sink – Underneath the sink in the cabinet, there will be a small shut-off valve (similar to the toilet). During a pipe or faucet leak, turn the handle clockwise to suspend any water from leaking.
  • Washing Machine – Behind every washing machine should be two valves (and sometimes a lever). Both of these valves should be turned clockwise (or the lever should be switched the other way) in order to cease water from flowing. If you don’t see these valves (or lever), you may have to pull out the washer from the wall a bit.

Knowing how to stop the flow of water coming into your home can help prevent extensive water damage if there’s ever a serious leak.

Source

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Hurricane Season

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hurricane Season Hurricane

Hurricane Season:

At least 40% of the hurricanes that occur in America hit Florida.

Slow moving hurricanes produce more rain and flooding than fast moving hurricanes.

Hurricanes mostly occur from June to November when seas are warmest. The peak of the season is August to October.

A hurricane watch means you should expect hurricane conditions within 48 hours, while a hurricane warning means you should expect hurricane conditions within 36 hours.

The National Hurricane Center, a department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)has the most up-to-date forecasts when a storm is approaching. 

General brochure to public - from office of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

We are here to HELP 24/7 before, during and after a storm. Just give us a call at (954) 748-7887. 

Emergency Water Damage

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

here are some helpful  tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO of Sunrise:

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Water Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialist: On - Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders.

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO to assist you. Our goal is to help you through the cleanup and help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO OF SUNRISE 

954-748-7887

Floods and Flood Insurance: Don't Be Up The Creek Without a Paddle.

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

4/27/2018

As we, our neighbors, families, and friends, here and in Puerto Rico, are picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, the prospect of making claims on our homeowners insurance policies can seen overwhelming in the face of the destruction caused by these storms. Much of the damage in our neighborhoods are caused by strong winds, including roof and fence damage. Wind related damages are generally covered by your windstorm insurance policy. The flooding from rainwater and storm surge is excluded from both your general liability and windstorm policies likely because flooding is the most common and costly natural catastrophe.

In Florida's four southernmost counties - Monroe, Miami - Dade, Broward and Collier - more than 1.3 million homes lie in high-risk flood areas, according to data from National Flood Insurance Program. Of these 1.3 million homes, more than 861,000 of them do not have flood insurance. As for those homes that are not in designated flood zones, the number of homes having flood insurance are much worse. This is cause for concern because, depending on the source,as little as 20-25% up to more than 50%of flood events occur outside of designated flood zones. Though your home and community may be in a low-risk flood zone, there is never a no-risk flood zone. Remember even if you live inland, Florida is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water and is at sea level. Flooding is always a risk.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the governmental organization which designates flood zones and creates flood maps for most parts of the United States. Whether or not an area is a designates flood zone depends on numerous factors, including elevation, average rainfall,and proximity to water bodies. Flood zones are organized into three categories: high-risk, moderate-low risk, and undetermined. Although some homeowners within certain flood zones are required to obtain flood insurance in order to obtain a federally insured mortgage, most are not.   

Because the purchase of flood insurance policies is often not required by the declarations of covenants of many community associations, many homeowners and community associations alike opt not to purchase flood insurance to lower the cost of assessments. In low - risk and moderate-risk flood zone areas, premiums can be several hundred dollars per year for homes, depending on the value of the home and the contents covered under the policy. In high-risk flood zone areas, annual premiums can reach into the thousands.

while it is reported that most Floridians do not have flood insurance coverage, Floridians actually account for a third of all of the flood insurance policies nationwide. Without flood insurance coverage, flood victims must rely on savings and other assets to finance their recovery.

FEMA also administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) wich was created by the Federal government in 1968 to help control the growing cost of federal disaster relief. The NFIP offers federally secured flood insurance to community associations that adopt and enforce effective floodplain management policies to help reduce future flood losses. You can see if your comunitypasticipates in the NFIP by visiting NFIP'S Community Status Book online through FEMA's website. Is your community adequately covered inthe event of a flood event? Check with your associations insurance agent regarding flood insurance to find out more and remember this:

If you do not buy flood insurance for your home and your community association does not have flood insurance for its clubhouse and the like, then one day when you least expect it, you too, could be all wet and up the creek without so much as a paddle.

Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq: Kaye Bender Rembaum

Community Living, Autumn 2017

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5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! If your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

For more information visit:

https://www.farmers.com/inner-circle/home-tool-kit/5-ways-to-prevent-water-damage/ 

24 hours 7 days a week SERVPRO of Sunrise is there when you call. Should you find signs of water damage in your home contact us - (954)748-7887

Things You Need to Know About Water Damage

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Has water damage happened to you? Here's what to do next to keep it from getting worse.

When a pipe bursts, a drain backs up, or a flood occurs in your home, it can be hard to see past the mess. A million questions will run through your mind.

What do I do now?

What’s going to happen?

Is my stuff ruined?

And the most important question of all: Will my homeowner’s insurance cover the damage?

There’s no doubt about it. Water damage is extremely stressful, and the more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to decide how to address it. Here are five things that every homeowner needs to know about water damage.

1. There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage.

You might think that water is water, whether it’s from flooding or a burst pipe, but flood damage is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. If you live in an area likely to experience flooding, you will probably already have a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP). When you report the claim to the insurance company, make sure to specify whether the claim is for water damage or for flood damage, so they can begin adjusting your claim correctly.

2. Not all water damage is covered by your insurance.

It is a good idea to look over your insurance policy and familiarize yourself with any exclusion to your water damage coverage. For instance, most policies cover sudden damage, like water damage from a really bad storm or from an overflowing washing machine. On the other hand, any water damage that happens because you didn’t maintain the property may be excluded, as well as gradual leaks that caused water damage over time.

3. Once water damage has happened, the clock is ticking before it gets worse.

When your property has been water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment.

Mold spores are everywhere, but they need moisture and a nutrient source to grow. And that is exactly what your wet carpet or drywall offers.

There is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something gets wet until mold can begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you may need the services of a professional mold remediation service to safely treat and remove the mold.

To prevent mold growth, you will need to get your property completely dry again within that 48-hour window. To do this, you’ll need to contact a company that specializes in water damage restoration and emergency water extraction. They will have the professional water removal equipment and drying equipment to get the job done as quickly as possible. Many have 24-hour a day emergency hotlines, so you can start recovering your property almost immediately.

4. Your insurance company needs to know right away.

It’s a good idea to call your insurance company right away when you discover water damage. Your insurance agent can start the claims process immediately, as well as guide you through the first steps you will need to take to protect your property from more damage, like stopping the source of the water at the main water turnoff.

Your insurance company may also direct you to a water damage restoration company that they have worked with in the past. Keep in mind that you do not have to call the company that they recommend. You may choose any reputable restoration specialist to restore your property for the insurance claim.

Water damage can be dangerous and expensive, so preventing water damage is an important part of home maintenance. But if you know the basics of what to do once it happens, you can prevent it from doing its worst.

By Lisa Appel

Porch.com

SERVPRO of Sunrise proudly serves the Sawgrass Mills, Plantation, Inverrary and surrounding communities.

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6 Steps to Prevent Carpet Mold After Water Damage

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding, plumbing leaks can lead to harmful mold growth on and underneath your home's flooring.

Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold.

It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm.

"All it needs is a little moisture and a little dark space, and it can grow so quickly," contractor Danny Lipford tells KTRK.

Homeowners who experience a double whammy of flooding and power outages from spring or summer storms are especially susceptible to mold growth.

These situations can create warm, dark and humid environments — conditions in which mold and mildew thrive.

"It can be there and you won't know it at all,” says Lipford, who owns Lipford Construction in Mobile, Alabama. “Especially very porous materials — carpet, carpet pad, and insulation that's in walls."

Prevent mold growth by drying water damage quickly

The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet.

The tools are simple: fans, bleach and cleaners.

Red Cross officials say many homeowners can get rid of the mold just fine after a flood, but it will require a bit of elbow grease.

“It's mainly a matter of scrubbing,” says Ken Garcia with the Red Cross Tulsa chapter. “It's kind of getting down on your hands and knees and really scrubbing.”

Floor dryers can help speed up the process of drying out your home after a flood. (Photo courtesy of FEMA)

The best way to keep mold from spreading is to act fast when you know water is present. If you follow these six steps from Ayoub Carpet Service in Chantilly, Virginia, you should stay mold free.

1. Remove water as quickly as possible

Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as possible. These machines are the most effective tools for removing water and can be rented or provided by water and smoke damage remediation companies that specialize in repairing residential flood damage.

2. Use fans to speed up carpet drying process

It can take several days for fans to completely dry a water-damaged area. The good news is that they also help circulate fresh air.

"When you think it's all nice and dry inside, it's not," Lipford adds. "Keep the fans going 24 hours a day for at least another week or so."

Homeowners can rent high-power drying fans from local home improvement stores with tool rental service.

3. Use a dehumidfier to dry out the room

These machines remove excessive moisture, which makes the air feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth. Any equipment that helps dry out the air and the ground will speed up the drying time for your damaged floors and coverings.

4. Steam clean carpet and flooring

Steam clean all carpets to properly sanitize and deodorize. Typically, water-damaged carpet padding must be replaced.

Replacing just the padding is much less expensive than having to re-carpet your entire home.

5. Sanitize walls and baseboards

Anything touched by storm water should be sanitized. Clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water.

Sanitize them with a solution of 1.5 cups of chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. Remember to wear rubber gloves during cleanup.

6. Check furniture

Look for water damage and remove furniture from wet flooring.

Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage.

Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood, contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can compound the problem. The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification recommends that in such cases, a certified mold restoration service provider should evaluate water damage and remove mold.

By Jason Hargraves

SERVPRO of Sunrise proudly serves the Sawgrass Mills, Plantation, Inverrary and surrounding communities.

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Water Damage Restoration Tips After a Hurricane

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many homeowners are struggling to get up to speed on water damage restoration—the process it takes to repair a home that's endured a flood or other water-related problems.

Even at the minor level of a leaky roof or burst pipe, water damage can easily hit homeowners with bills amounting to several thousand dollars—and with a hurricane, that number can skyrocket. All told, estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from Irma at more than $100 billion, and Harvey at $190 billion, which makes summer 2017 the costliest weather disaster season in U.S. history.

The good news: Water damage restoration is typically covered by insurance—be it flood insurance or a basic homeowners policy. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S.

And if you're a hurricane victim, reimbursements can be sizable. The National Flood Insurance Program, which provides flood insurance to homeowners, paid an average of $64,331 to each homeowner hit by Superstorm Sandy; victims of Hurricane Katrina received an average of $97,141 apiece.

But before you dive into fixing your waterlogged home and calling your insurer, you should make sure you know the process of water damage restoration. Here are the steps to take that many homeowners might miss in their rush to patch things up.

Before you clean up, take pics

As hard as this might seem, don't start cleaning things up before you whip out your camera and take photos of the damage. This serves as critical proof of the repairs you need to make, says Bill Begal, a restoration specialist in Baltimore. Without pics, you might end up reducing the amount of financial help you get.

If your flood was caused by a malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher rather than a storm, you'll also want to save the appliance as evidence—it might be something an insurance adjuster will take into consideration when reviewing your case. Keeping the evidence can also help if you decide to contact the appliance's manufacturer, who will at the very least owe you a replacement product.

Remove whatever water you can

Once the documentation stage is done, it's time to rid your home of as much of the water as you possibly can. Definitely don't wait for a professional to swing by; it's up to you to get the process rolling, because the longer water sits in your home, the deeper it can seep into your drywall, floors, and other areas, making it that much harder to remove. Mold and mildew will also typically begin growing within 24 to 48 hours, Begal says, depending on the temperature and relative humidity.

Furthermore, many home insurance companies require insured parties to take "necessary measures" to prevent further damage from occurring. In other words, if you don't try to suck up the water that's all over your bathroom floor, an insurance company may deny a claim for damage to that floor because you didn't act to mitigate the damage.

Shop vacuums can help suck up standing water, and turning on fans will help the moisture dissipate. If you have a basement, and there's water backed up down there, Begal says check your basement's drains (if it has them) to ensure they aren't clogged. That will help water flow out more quickly.

Get help from a water damage restoration specialist

Generally, extensive water damage is not the kind of thing you should fix on your own. Instead, you should call a water damage restoration specialist (or a contractor with experience in this area). This pro will come in armed with industrial-grade dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and other equipment that will help dry out your place much more thoroughly than anything you have on hand. A specialist can also evaluate the extent of the damage and mitigate health issues that might come with mold and bacteria growth, and make sure the home is safe to inhabit.

Apply for government aid if you can

If your water damage was caused by a hurricane, you might qualify for home repair assistance grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Just know that the government will not step in if you have insurance to cover the problem, and you qualify only if your home is located in areas where there's been a federal disaster declaration. Check FEMA's Disaster Assistance website, or call 800-621-3362.

Some homeowners who've been through a hurricane or other similar natural disaster might also qualify for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Association. And no, you don't need to be a business owner to qualify; residential homes do, too. Check if you're eligible at SBA.gov.

By Jeanne Sager

Realtor.com 

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Water Damage Tips

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
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Our goal is to help you through the cleanup process and make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Cleanup and Restoration!

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Cleanup and Restoration! Always ready 24/7 and Faster to Any Size Disaster!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall.  There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 954-748-7887

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. 

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Sunrise.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use S500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 954-748-7887

Safety tips for floods !

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Spring Flooding Safety Tips

When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or thawing snow after a long winter from mountains can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Here are some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.

  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
  • Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state
  • Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.

You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at Ready.gov/floods and Floodsmart.gov. We also have prepared a Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit so you can share tips with your friends and family prepare at www.ready.gov/flood-toolkit.

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Weston, Florida - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Weston, Florida - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Sunrise provides 24 hour water damage restoration service in Weston Fl.

SERVPRO of Sunrise is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone - Ready to Help Everyday of the year.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sunrise has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO of Sunrise Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sunrise

SERVPRO of Sunrise  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.Water Damage big or small SERVPRO of Sunrise is dedicated to making sure your home looks "Like it never happened."

Call us at 954-748-7887 

How hot is the water in your home ?

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How hot is the water in your home ? SERVPRO of Sunrise recommend those tips to follow with Hot water and Children. (954)748-7887

Each year, several thousand children and adults are burned by tap water because the water is too hot. These burns can be prevented.

  • Always know where your children are and what they are doing. Continuous and adequate supervision of young children is critically important.
  • Put a small slide-bolt latch on the upper half of the outside of the bathroom door. This will prevent young children from entering the bathroom without supervision, and will also help control other risks , such as drowning in the tub, chemical burns, etc 

In the bath

  • Generally the water in a child's bath should not be hotter than 100%F.
  • Run cold water into the tub first, then add hot water to reach a safe temperature. This will prevent a scald burn if the child should fall into the tub while it is being filled.
  • Before placing a child into the bathtub, check the temperature of the water by moving your hand through he water for a few seconds. If the water feels hot, it is too hot for the child.

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How hot is the water in your home - 2?

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How hot is the water in your home - 2? SERVPRO of SUNRISE Fire & Water- Cleanup & restoration Mold Remediation

Each year several thousand children and adults are burned by tap water because the water is too hot. These burns can be prevented.

In the bath

  • Toys in the bathtub may establish the tub and bathroom as play area.Give the child a washcloth instead of a toy.
  • Face the child away from the faucets and keep them closer to the other end of the tub (away from the faucets).

Make the Environment Safer 

Lower the thermostat setting of the water heater to 120-125 F.A temperature of 125 F should provide plenty of hot water for normal household activities.The maximum temperature should not be higher than 125 F.

Note: At 130 F, a serious burn can occur in 30 seconds. at 140 F ,only 5 seconds are required. The time may be  reduced by 50 percent or more for children under age 5 and some adults over 65. 

For Sunrise Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Sunrise  basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (954) 748-7887

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Sunrise and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (954)748-7887

Faster to your West Broward Water Damage Event.

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Faster to your West Broward Water Damage Event. SERVPRO of Sunrise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Weston and arounded areas.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Sunrise provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Sunrise arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Sunrise

SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Commercial and Residential toilet overflow

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Commercial and Residential toilet overflow West Broward residents, call SERVPRO of Sunrise if you have any questions or any issue. 954-748-7887. WWW.SERVPROofSunrise.com

TRAINED AND EQUIPPED TO QUICKLY DRY AND PROTECT YOUR CUSTOMER'S HOME AND BELONGINGS.

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO of Sunrise is trained to safely clean and restore your customer's home, utilizing the following procedures.

* Identify the source/type of water.

* Measure Temperature and humidity for Drying Analysis.

* Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the premises.

* Perform Emergency Water extraction.

* Move And Block Furniture. 

* Provide Floor Service.

* Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service.

* Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization).

* Utilize Drying Equipment and Monitor Drying.

* Dispose of Refuse.

Working to make water damages like they never even happened.

Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO of Sunrise is on-site within four hours to begin drying and decontaminating your customer's home and restorable contents. Each SERVPRO of Sunrise is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, a structure is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

               SAFETY  FIRST 

Abiding by OSHA guidelines and all applicable health regulations, SERVPRO of Sunrise remove moisture, sewage,, and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean your customer's home and restorable belongings.

Any water damage in your customer's home is bad. Especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of their family and the values of their home. Toilet over-flows, sewage backups and other dark water intrusions are more than nasty,  smelly messes; these bio-hazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a home,  as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth. 

Your SERVPRO of Sunrise understands how disruptive black water damages can be for your customers's entire family. For this reason  SERVPRO of Sunrise offer 24-hour emergency response, and, under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on-site of a water damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full lines of water cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO of Sunrise can help your customers regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting their home and belongings.

So, before they risk their health by attempting to clean up the mess themselves, advise them to call their local water damage cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Sunrise or dial 954-7487887.

Beware and Prepare!

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beware and Prepare! Storms can cause serious damage to your home or business

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate your business or your home in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Sunrise offers 24-hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.

  •  24 Hour Emergency Service
  •  Faster to Any Size Disaster
  •  A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry
  •  Highly Trained Storm and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

What to do after the storm:

Ensure you do the following after a severe storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, power lines and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us 954-748-7887 

When storms hit your city we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel instantly.

The SERVPRO of Sunrise Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. We have a team on standby ready to attend a disaster strike near you. 

Don't forget:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

For Storm and Flooding Emergencies reach SERVPRO of Sunrise at 954-748-7887