Wet Environments can Still Suffer Fire Damage in West Palm Beach
Fire damage causes significant damage to your home, but our team has the expertise and equipment to restore your house "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Can Restore Your West Palm Beach Home From Fire & Water Damage
In post-hurricane season, many people think only about the damage caused by the storms. However, places like West Palm Beach can suffer other disasters. Haphazard set-ups of cooking areas, waterlogged cords and appliances, and other problems can cause even more disasters.
West Palm Beach homes are more likely to suffer fire damage after significant storm events than other homes who never suffer such catastrophes. SERVPRO helps homeowners and many others recover from complicated situations involving fire and other damaging situations. This combination of services helps reduce restoration time and overall costs, one of our goals in helping families recover from disasters of any kind.
Another part of our goal in making it “Like it never even happened” is restoring your property through repair work and cleaning. Both must occur to combat the effects of fire damage. A fire itself causes many chemical changes to occur, including melting of plastics and rubber items. Smoke creates a problem because it infiltrates everything, adhering thickly and creating a messy situation.
Cleaning the interior from soot deposits where it remains undamaged by fire, as well as removing melted materials, takes time. However, we work as quickly as possible in teams. Removing and disposing of unrecognizable materials and items also happens. Our training prepares us for this, and we always use the best tools for each aspect of cleaning and restoring.
We know many homeowners want to view all items before their disposal and we always work with you on the best way to do this. You may or may not want your children present, depending on their ages. Other items may be from a neighbor who would like to see their belonging before we add it to the rest.
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Everyone at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach knows how lousy weather can continue to impose harsh conditions in our area. Fire damage as a result of weather-related situations happens quite often. We are ready and highly skilled to take care of any disasters your home or property might face. Contacting us to start the work your home needs is as easy as calling our local number, (561) 795-5410, any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year.
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Odor Removal After Mold Damage in West Palm Beach Homes
Finding mold in a part of your home can feel overwhelming. Contact the trained technicians at SERVPRO who deal with mold daily for remediation.
Our Certified Technicians Mitigate ALL Aspects of a Mold Infestation in Your Home Including Leftover Odors
If you live in West Palm Beach, you are probably familiar with the musty smell sometimes found in crawlspaces, attics, basements, and other areas where mold growth occurs. It is an unpleasant odor that can be difficult to clean up. A musty smell is most likely the result of possible moisture problems, high humidity, poor air circulation, and inadequate cleaning.
If you detect the presence of mold in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. We have a team of highly skilled mold damage control experts in West Palm Beach who are qualified to provide 24/7 emergency services. Our products are up to scratch with IICRC guidelines to ensure a thorough restoration process.
Mold odor is caused by molds and fungi growing where water is leaking. As they multiply in numbers, molds release a sulfur-containing gas that is easily noticeable. Over time, the fungi spread to other areas of your home, so it is important to treat any water damage as soon as it is discovered.
Wet wood is particularly prone to mold damage. SERVPRO has unique odor removal products that are very effective on wood. If the wood remains damp for some time, it starts to rot and produce a nasty smell. If you notice dark stains on wooden items, they are probably getting wet from a leak somewhere, ultimately promoting mold growth. This can happen to the baseboard that might have a pipe leakage behind it, or it can happen to an item in the storage shed.
Leaking roofs allow rainwater to penetrate inside, often leading up to a beam or other supporting house structure. Wet wood continues to rot and support mold growth until you stop the source of the moisture. If your walls start to look overly rundown, SERVPRO technicians can come in and check for any damage behind them. Mold and mildew grow on the paper backing and can darken in color, blister, start to flake, or peel off. Fungi that covers more than a small part of the wall usually indicate a significant problem and that particular area of the wall may have to be removed and replaced professionally.
Mold growth can leave a sour smell in your home, making it unpleasant to stay in the house. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of West Palm Beach can control any mold damage present. Call us today at (561) 795-5410.
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What To Do Before Water Removal in a Palm Beach Library
Your library does not have to be a total loss after a water damage incident. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to assess and offer options.
Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Property After Water Damage
A public library is a beautiful thing – and it is not just the public library that stores books in Palm Beach. Many businesses such as law firms or educational establishments have a library that is a vital part of their company. Naturally, you do not want your business’ or institutions’ books to get wet, and in the event of water damage, it is natural to panic.
However, professional water removal in Palm Beach can help preserve and save books. Even books that are entirely soaked might be salvageable using a robust process known as freeze drying. First, documents are freeze dried to preserve their current state. Then, we place them in a specialist freeze-drying chamber, and all air is suctioned out. A combination of pressure and temperature are used to evaporate water and collect it outside the chamber.
SERVPRO understands that the sight of wet books and papers is upsetting and it is natural to want to take action as soon as possible. However, we recommend caution and offer the following guidelines.
Stop water flow if it is safe to do so, to prevent further harm to delicate books.
We suggest taking unaffected papers to another, drier, location if you can, to prevent them from being affected.
It is essential that the affected area is kept dry and cold. We recommend using a dehumidifier if possible to reduce humidity. You can use a fan for moving the air and aiding the drying process. Do not panic if you do not have access to the correct equipment - our IICRC-certified technicians arrive equipped with dehumidifiers and fans ready to do the job.
Be very careful with water-logged books. Do not open the volumes, remove their bindings, or fan the pages. Handle each item as little as possible until our staff arrives.
If water is still dripping from a leak or broken pipe or roof, spread plastic sheeting over collections to protect them from drips.
Swift action is vitally important. The sooner books are frozen, the higher the chance of salvaging them successfully. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to remove water from the floor, reduce humidity, encourage evaporation and, most importantly, carefully take your books for freeze-drying.
For help with wet books in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Clark Shores, Loxahatchee Groves and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 today.
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Consider A Pre-Move Back Inspection Before Returning to Your Hurricane Irma Damaged Seasonal Home in West Palm Beach
Rely on SERVPRO for Hurricane Damage Restoration in West Palm Beach
Call on SERVPRO for Hurricane Help for Storm Damage Cleanup
While you were enjoying the final weeks of summer with family and friends north of your dream home in Southwest Florida, your beloved ocean view condo or lakeside estate was right in the path of Hurricane Irma. The high winds, rain, and storm surge may have taken a significant toll on your winter getaway. Without knowing if or how badly your vacation home was affected by Irma it is impossible for you and your family to look forward to another season in the sun.
The extreme weather pattern that defines a hurricane threatens West Palm Beach area houses, townhomes, and condos purchased by residents of cold weather states as winter retreats. You and your family richly anticipate the time you spend in the warmth and the sun now that you added a Florida retreat to your lifestyle. That joy is now tarnished by your fear that your hard-earned vacation home has been harmed by the force that was Hurricane Irma.
Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour can devastate roofs, exteriors, doors, and windows. SERVPRO tip: even less noticeable damage can allow rainwater and storm surge to invade your retirement refuge. Perhaps you have been in contact with neighbors or building managers and have been assured everything looks good on your property. You still need to take the possibility that rainwater may have made it into your Florida winter home seriously.
Relatively small quantities of water can cause significant damage, especially as you were not at your SW Florida home when the storm hit to ensure the water was removed and the structure dried. Your lifestyle allows you the freedom to enjoy more than one area of the country over the course of the year, but you do have to plan for some surprises when you move from one home to the other. If Irma’s winds and rains forced their way into your home primary and secondary water damage may challenge a happy homecoming.
Before you pack up for the seasonal move to Florida, SERVPRO advises you to consider making a quick pre-trip to preview how well your dwelling kept the winds and waters at bay. Another idea may be to reserve a room at a local hotel, so you have a fall-back position if you discover when you arrive that Irma and her rain-laden winds caused some damage to your house.
If Hurricane Irma caused water damage to your Florida winter property, contact SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for help. The quicker our company begins its recovery efforts, the sooner you return to your home enjoying the warmth and beautiful weather winter in Florida brings. (561) 795-5410
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Five Things to Know About Mold Damage in West Palm Beach
Mold growth can lurk in the background for a long time before it spreads though your home. Contact SERVPRO should you find or suspect mold.
SERVPRO Technicians Look for Causes and Contributors to Mold Damage in Your Home
West Palm Beach is balmy and beautiful in warm weather. It is also humid and wet at times. Unfortunately, the tropical feeling conditions that visitors and residents alike love also give rise to humidity and where there is humidity there is the risk of fungal growth. Homeowners in West Palm Beach are aware of the problem of mold damage, and the difficulties of keeping mold away.
SERVPRO has much experience with mold damage in West Palm Beach. Our customers ask us many questions about mold, what it is, how it grows, and how best to prevent it from coming back. Here are five facts about mold damage that we would like to share with you.
1. Mold can grow almost anywhere if it has enough moisture and food. Moisture is key to fungal growth, so anywhere that is humid is a prime location for the spores to settle and grow. Mold also needs a food source – most organic materials work.
2. Mold is around us all the time. It is not a very pleasant thought, but in fact, invisible mold spores are present in almost all of nature. The spores settle anywhere that has good growing conditions and set to work growing a new colony.
3. There is no such thing as mold eradication. Customers often ask us if it is possible to eradicate mold. The answer is no; it is not feasible to remove fungus altogether because it is omnipresent. However, it is possible to discourage regrowth by removing water sources.
4. The visible part of the mold that you see with your naked eye is called the mycelium and is made up of many tiny thread-like cells called hyphae. The hyphae release spores which travel to other locations within your home and set up new colonies.
5. You can do a lot to discourage mold growth by keeping your home dry and well ventilated and fixing any leaks or damp patches as soon as you find them.
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand for mold remediation in your home. We use a combination of scrubbing, wiping, and HEPA vacuuming to remove visible fungus. We also have negative air machines and dehumidifiers on hand to remove contaminated air and lower humidity.
For mold remediation in Runyon, South Bay, Watson and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 for assistance.
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What to Do In Your West Palm Beach Home After Flood Damage From a Hurricane
Florida Hurricane Victims Rely on SERVPRO for Clean Up and Water Removal in West Palm Beach
Be Prepared and Proactive--Then Call SERVPRO After the Tropical Storm Passes
In the aftermath of a hurricane, transportation infrastructure can be unusable, or restoration companies like SERVPRO may be otherwise incapacitated by the storm. Although we work quickly to get our services back online to help those in need, you should still be prepared to deal with the initial effects of flood damage to your West Palm Beach home on your own for the time being. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help mitigate damage and make our work more effective overall.
Air Out the Home
If the storm has passed and further rain seems unlikely, you may be able to help reduce flood damage in your West Palm Beach home by opening windows and doors. So long as no additional moisture can get in, opening your home to the outdoors allows for increased aeration, higher temperatures, and balanced humidity to start drying your home faster. If more rain approaches, however, you should close these portals back up to prevent excess moisture from reaching the interior.
Inventory Your Belongings
Take a few hours to catalog your belongings to find out what is missing, what has been destroyed, and what has been damaged. While SERVPRO offers a professional inventory service, understanding the scope of your loss in the immediate aftermath of disaster carries practical benefits both for your insurance provider and us. Hopefully, you photographed on your smartphone your structure and property, both inside and out.
Place Barriers Underneath Furniture
If there is no standing water in the home, you can help your furniture by placing each piece atop a set of blocks or other barriers between it and the floor. Your floor is probably soaked, and this water can work its way up into vulnerable furniture pieces. Elevate your furniture to increase aeration around it and prevent more water from soaking in.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is ready after every major hurricane to provide help to local homeowners in need. If your home flooded in the storm, call us at (561) 795-5410.
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Removing Water and Damages in West Palm Beach After Hurricane Irma
If your home was affected by Hurricane Irma, call SERVPRO for thorough water removal services.
Professional Services Available to Restore Your Home
Hurricane Irma is on track to be one of the costliest hurricanes in United States history, rivaling Hurricane Katrina in potential economic damage. Millions of Floridians have been affected, with some having lost everything in the storm. In the aftermath of such disasters, SERVPRO is always ready at West Palm Beach to provide water removal services to a sizable and desperate population in need. While our systems would normally strain under such a heavy workload, our national resources allow us to acquire extra equipment and even personnel in the aftermath of such disasters. Here are a few ways we can help after Hurricane Irma.
Many homes remain flooded in West Palm Beach and require water removal. Even if standing water has gone away, water remains soaked into materials and foundations across most of the community, creating grave and immediate structural and mold problems for those left without care. Our wide array of water extraction and removal devices allow us to handle a broad spectrum of moisture problems and fully clear your home of water in a timely fashion.
Even if your home has fully dried out, it likely still bears the marks of flood damage. Stains, debris, and warped materials now plague many local homes, presenting simple but significant obstacles for homeowners looking to return to normalcy. SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, and we can help to eliminate any lasting damage, no matter how severe it may seem.
Mold Checks and Remediation
Hurricanes invariably lead to the explosive growth of one particularly troublesome household organism: mold. Mold can begin to grow with any amount of water added to the home but is especially likely after flooding. Our technicians and inspectors are always careful to monitor for and deal with mold colonies should they begin to grow.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is here to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Call us 24/7 at (561) 795-5410 for emergency services or questions about our work.
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Distraction Is a Significant Cause of Fire Damage In West Palm Beach
SERVPRO Restores FIre & Smoke Damaged Homes in West Palm Beach--Stay Safe.
Smoke Odors and Fire Cleanup Performed by SERVPRO Professionally
Household fires frequently elicit an “if only” remark from the homeowner after the flames die down. “If only” I had turned off the stove before watering the flowers. “If only” I checked to make sure curtains were tied back when I turned on the space heater. “If only” I blew out the candles on the dining room table when my guests and I retired to the living room after dinner.
We hear these stories regularly when assessing homes for needed fire damage restoration in West Palm Beach. Letting a pot boil dry because you get caught up chatting with a neighbor is a not uncommon tale, but yours ignited a blaze. Smoke and soot quickly covered every inch of your kitchen and the space on your laminate countertop where you placed the red-hot pan suffered a deep and unsightly burn. Our fire damage restoration and repair team assesses the situation and lists the tasks needed to transform a sooty, smelly mess to preloss “Like it never even happened” condition.
You put out the fire in the pot with a chemical extinguisher and were glad that kitchen structure did not sustain damage from open flames. Even though charring, other than the melted counter, is minimal, you are astonished at how far the soot drifted through your home. The smell of burning plastic is pervasive as well. The SERVPRO project manager we send to evaluate takes note of the widespread nature of soot and smoke damage and devises a plan to clean up the various residues and eliminate that horrible odor.
Technicians on our SERVPRO team hold certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning, and Carpet Cleaning received from completing IICRC courses. All of these specialties are crucial as we move from room to room in your Florida home cleaning up the ash and soot from all surfaces. Making professional decisions on the tools to use and the products that enhance the equipment's cleaning action is essential to a successful outcome. Fire damage cleaning is not a “one size fits all” process. Light dustings of soot vacuum or dry-sponge up well, while sticky airborne residues from the melted countertop may need a solvent and abrasive scrubbers to eliminate.
Repair of the counter top and the deodorization procedure are likely to be our last jobs. Depending on the depth of the melted area, the burn mark may buff out or the damaged piece might have to be removed and a new portion installed. SERVPRO approaches deodorization step by step, beginning with the removal of the offending substance and then moving to high-tech solutions like thermal fogging, ozone machines or hydroxyl generators. You can rely on our expertise on all counts.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is more than ready to rescue you and your family from a momentary lapse that resulted in fire damage to your home. Call for a consultation at (561) 795-5410.
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Commercial Water Damage in Your West Palm Beach Pet Supply Store
Don't Let a Dog Wash Flood Your West Palm Beach Pet Shop
Mitigating Damages and Losses in a West Palm Beach Establishment is a Top Priority of SERVPRO
Water damage such as plumbing leaks, floods, sewage backup, storms, and appliance malfunctions all cause sudden loss to your pet supplies store. Getting it cleaned up and back to its normal state is your priority, as should be the same for any water damage remediation company you hire. At SERVPRO, we lower interruptions to your business operations and do all that is possible so you can stay open during the process of restoration so you can keep providing for your family and employees, and of course our furry friends.
Water mitigation is the process of preventing or reducing the amount of commercial water damage which happens after any water disaster in your West Palm Beach business. By acting quickly and calling us right away, you can prevent even more damage and costs.
Document and Content Recovery
SERVPRO staff offers full services, and we understand how vital it is to recover the contents of your pet store. Anything that is salvageable is taken off site, in the case of catastrophic flooding and restored in a secure facility. Inventory and stock are professional packed and stored with barcodes before returning it to your fully restored building. Once completed, our dedicated staff ensures that everything is put back into your store as it should be. Every care is taken to make sure any hard disks, electronic media, optical disks, and drives are recovered as fully as possible, helping you to keep things running, and thanks to modern technology, it is very possible.
Getting Done in a Timely Fashion
The emergency phase is not when you should be moving slowly. Insurance companies are likely to pay sooner if the job is done promptly. If you look at your policy, you will see that it is the responsibility of the property owner to act during an emergency. If your pet shop is in a strip center, as many are, make sure to contact the property manager immediately after the incident.
Fast response is crucial to lowering the loss in water damage jobs. Water begins evaporating if the process of cleanup is not started right away. The air soaks up the evaporated water and then redistributes this moisture to other areas like drywall and ceiling tiles, result in secondary damage which can dramatically increase your claims cost. Some of this damage includes hardwood floors buckling, mold spores starting to colonize, sheetrock and plaster sagging and cracking, and vinyl loosening from the floor. No mention of the safety and security of any pets within the premises has been made by SERVPRO. Our responsibilities are restricted to the structure and contents only.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach understands that the job needs to be done fast when it comes to water damage, and during the case of business, it is even more important, so you incur less loss. That is why we encourage you to call us right away if you have a water emergency at (561) 795-5410 so we can take care of your building and restore it "Like it never even happened."
Surviving Storm Damage In West Palm Beach
We leverage teams of technicians and fleets of equipment from other SERVPROs to meet your and your community’s needs.
How to Survive West Palm Beach Storm Damage
When heavy weather rolls through the Atlantic shores of south central Florida, homeowners scramble to find the best storm damage restoration options “near me.” Severe seasonal storms overwhelm with water and wind damage that seems irreparable. Before you give in to despair, contact SERVPRO and find a partner to bring your home back to preloss condition.
The high-velocity winds tear apart housing structures, permitting damaging water to pour inside when storm damage devastates West Palm Beach homes. Extensive damage is a problem affecting whole neighborhoods in the path of the storm, adding to your post-storm anxiety. Will your home’s issues be resolved quickly? How long will it take to have your damage assessed? The commitment we have to our local customers is possible only because we are part of a larger, nationwide network of experienced and well-equipped restoration specialists.
Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams handle any size devastation, including the storm damage to your seaside home. We prepare for the unexpected, knowing that our area often faces catastrophic natural forces. Within hours after you contact our local dispatchers, a project manager arrives to assess your particular damage issues. We move swiftly to secure your home from further damage from the elements.
Water damage has the potential to destroy the integrity of your home, so we move fast to plan for water removal and repair. Saturated walls, ceilings, floors, and contents move quickly from a water removal problem to a more severe contamination crisis if we delay the response. Expect help to arrive within the crucial first 48 hours as we react to avoid secondary damage such as mold growth. We leverage teams of technicians and fleets of equipment from other SERVPROs to meet your and your community’s needs in the hours and days after the storm.
The initial priority is to remove the water, pumping and vacuuming first, followed by positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the drying. Ridding the structure of water happens before structural repairs as the water has the potential to be so damaging. Restoration is the goal, with as few items removed and replaced as is safe and to applicable codes. Throughout the process, we work with your insurance company to minimize your out of pocket costs. You are in the communication loop at all times.
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Count on SERVPRO of West Palm Beach to exceed your expectations after a tropical storm. Compassionate dispatch staff awaits your call at (561) 795-5410.