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Are Toxic Mold Spores Growing in Your Business?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

toxic mold removal Mold spores can be toxic. SERVPRO Tamarac is qualified to safely remove them.

Mold can be found in residential and commercial locations. Toxic mold can grow even at low temperatures. In the winter, mold usually grows in uninsulated areas that aren’t heated. Heated air rises to cold, therefore under-insulated places like the attic and can cause condensation allowing mold to grow. Cold temperatures can temper mold growth, but won’t kill spores. If you have a mold problem in the cold weather months you best believe it will worsen in the dog days of summer.

Mold, while not a scientific term typically, is best used to describe multiple types of fungi is ugly, furry, and oftentimes smelly. Found both indoors and out, toxic mold is unpleasant and unsightly.

Positively speaking, molds also create penicillin and cheese producing yeasts used to make bread, beer and wine. Mold spores are pretty much everywhere there’s moisture. 

Consequently, moisture creates mold and if you don’t want mold you need to get rid of the moisture that’s creating it. Damp environments are the perfect place for mold and fungi to live. Whether in basements, attics, garages, or under sink cabinets mold can be found along with these:

  • Bacteria
  • Dust mites
  • Bi-products of bacteria 
  • Airborne chemicals/gasses

Ugly mold and musty odors are the bi-product from the breakdown of matter. Anything it grows on can pose potential health problems and structural damage. Mold can cause allergies, infections and at its worst, a sick building that can affect quality of life. When people spend time in an environment, either work or home,  where mold or fungi are present, they can experience respiratory problems. Respiratory issues such as asthma, headaches, infections, and other symptoms are common.

Mold remediation expert, Nate of SERVPRO Tamarac, gives us some perspective, “If you're experiencing respiratory issues with no known cause and, you are concerned about mold, you can have the moist areas tested to determine the mold species by a professional hygienist. Large amounts of mold will require specialized techniques. Personal protective gear is necessary for proper and safe removal. Hiring a professional to remediate the mold based on testing is the best course of action. Remediation is critical to stopping the growth of mold and avoiding its return”.

Furthermore, any mold professional should insist on a test by a mold hygienist. The test will reveal the type of mold you are dealing with and let you know if you need a professional to then remediate the mold going forward. It’s important to hire an expert mold remediation team like Advance Restoration, or one that will:

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A MOLD REMEDIATION PROFESSIONAL

  • Proper safety PPE equipment
  • Containment to Isolate mold work area
  • HEPA air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums
  • Commercial Strength dehumidifiers
  • Discard moldy porous building materials
  • Anti-microbial disinfectants to clean and sanitize
  • Professional sealants to encapsulate treated areas

Commercial mold is just as concerning as residential. Contact us today for a free estimate.

SERVPRO Tamarac 954-960-5322

SERVPRO Helps Put Back the Pieces After a Fire.

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage House Fire and how to Minimize Damage

Cleaning Up After a House Fire

House fires are devastating. Seeing your possessions go up in flames can set you back financially and inflict significant mental distress. However, as with everything in life – you have to garner as much resilience to move on.

Starting over after a house fire does not always mean buying new things. Apart from fire damage repairs, you can salvage some of your belongings that the fire has not utterly destroyed.

Fire Damage Restoration Tips

We can recover many household items with a good clean-up. Use rubber gloves in your after-fire cleaning process to keep your skin from dealing with harsh chemicals for long periods. SERVPRO has natural and safe cleaners and disinfectants for restoration cleanup to choose from.

Removing Smoke from Fabric Items

Smoke fills up the entire house during a fire. The smoke scent lingers on your household items long after the blaze is extinguished. It may not be pleasant to live in a house smelling like burnt wood. How do you clean up smoke damage after a fire?

Trisodium phosphate is often used as a smoke odor remover. You can test it on garments to verify safe concentrations and usability. However, it is a harsh and dangerous chemical. At SERVPRO, we use natural and safe botanical cleaning and disinfectant alternatives. The Benefect Botanical Impact Cleaner may be used for carpets, upholstery and fabrics and we also have all-natural cleaning degreaser for contents.

Removing Soot and Smoke from Walls

Smoke and soot are fire byproducts. Soot contains tiny black particles that rest on walls and other household items. For a quick clean-up after a house fire, use mild soap and detergent or botanical products to rid the walls of soot and smoke or a more dangerous chemical solution, such as Trisodium phosphate.

For efficacy, clean small wall portions at a time. You can also wash the walls from the floor up to avoid streaking. Prevent mold growth after cleaning by rinsing the wall with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water.

How to Clean Books After a Fire

You can also remove soot and smoke from books after a house fire. Use a hepa vacuum to remove most of the fire debris from the book. You can then store the books in a hydroxy room to reduce burning. SERVPRO has a very successful and safe program for saving your books and important documents. 

Cleaning Furniture after a Fire

Although you can purchase new furniture pieces with insurance after a house fire, some possessions are irreplaceable. They could be family heirlooms or sentimental pieces that you still want to keep.

  • Immediately after the fire is extinguished, start the cleaning process. You have to be swift. The quicker you act, the higher your cleaning success rate.
  • Remove soot, smoke, and burning scents from wood and fabric items using trisodium phosphate solution mixed with bleach and a gallon of warm water. Or use the safe and natural botanical products (that not only reduces danger, but makes the cleanup process much easier).
  • For furniture pieces with curves and corners, vacuum first before using a cleaning solution.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting: Use detergent and bleach or the botanical alternatives to clean furniture upholstery.
  • Sand and polish wood furniture that has been charred by fire for a refined finish.

Dry it out: Ensure the furniture dries properly to prevent mold growth.

How to Clean Fire-Damaged Stainless Steel 

You can reclaim scorched stainless steel items using vinegar and baking soda. Start by spraying equal parts white vinegar and baking soda on the burnt surface. White vinegar is slightly acidic. It breaks through the layer of soot, removing it from the stainless still.

You can also use soap and baking soda or a mixture of water and white vinegar in equal parts to remove the burnt substance from the stainless steel piece.

Contact a Fire Damage Restoration Service

Cleaning up after a house fire is a meticulous endeavor. Every item in your home needs special care in the reclaiming process. You can hire us to do the cleaning and salvaging process for you.
We are experts at SERVPRO N Lauderdale/ W Tamaracat redeeming fire-damaged household items. Call us today at 954-960-5322 for more information on our fire restoration services in Broward. 

Business Flooded. Can the Carpet be saved?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Does Carpet Need to Be Replaced After a Flood?

Disaster strikes! A storm came through and flooded your business and now you need flood water damage restoration. But your business has many different parts. What is restorable and what needs replacement? For example, can you save carpet after a flood?
The answer is usually ‘no’. You should replace the carpet after a flood. If you don’t, you could be watching for signs of mold under the carpet in the coming days.

Your Flood Water Damage Restoration Experts


There could be some rugs and other carpets that don’t use padding. For example, a throw rug for a hardwood floor could be savable depending on the damage. Glue in office carpeting may also be salvageable. The main problem with installed carpet replacement is the padding. Padding degrades in the water much quicker than carpet fiber. 

If your carpet was in the water for less than 24 hours, there is a slight chance of salvage. Even this depends on the water’s categorization:

 

Category 1 Flood Water

Comes from clean water such as broken water lines that move water into your home.

 

Category 2 Flood Water

Is dirty water from your sewer backing up or the toilet overflowing?

 Category 3 flood water

Is the most serious. This occurs when a sewer line breaks and floods your home.

How Long Does It Take to Dry Out Water Damage?

With the correct water damage drying equipment, getting back to normal is a matter of hiring professionals. After inspections and creating a plan of action, experts differentiate the savable from the destroyed.

Flood water damage restoration requires experts that know how to get you and your family back to normal. From carpet flood restoration to home repairs, our experts put your home back the way it was.

How Soon Does Mold Grow After a Flood?

For mold removal restoration, keep in mind mold can begin developing in 24-48 hours. The softer and more porous something is the more prone it is to mold formation. Remember, speed is key. The quicker you start drying out your house the safer it will be for everyone.

 

Call Someone Who Knows About Restoration After a Flood

SERVPRO N Lauderdale / W Tamarac knows how to bring your business to preloss condition.   

Call SERVPRO today 954-960-5322

Storm Damage Comes With Unique Restoration Challenges.

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Restoration for Commercial & Residential Properties in South Florida

Living and working in Florida means that hurricane season is always around the corner. When a hurricane strikes and leaves behind a trail of destruction, your first call should be SERVPRO  Tamarac. Our team is trained to respond to emergency disaster restoration situations 24/7. We are a fully equipped emergency response team for fire damage, flood and water restoration. We will be there quickly to assess the damage to your property and work to mitigate storm damage.

The most costly damages associated with hurricanes and severe storms for property owners are due to flooding and strong winds. Hurricane aftermath often leads to damaged rooves, windows, exterior and interior damages and more. However, some of the most intense and costly destruction will be due to flooding or fire damage.

SERVPRO N Lauderdale/ W Tamarac is an experienced storm damage restoration company and knowledgeable in all types of damages caused by hurricanes and South Florida tropical storms. The sooner you contact us to begin the restoration process, the better. Exposure to the elements, along with standing water, can lead to more damage, as well as mold.

 Hurricane Damage Inspection

As soon as our technicians arrive on-site, we will begin to assess the situation and immediately start preparing a plan to quickly stop all leaks and flooding and all other immediate threats to prevent further damage to your home or business.

SERVPRO N Lauderdale/ W Tamarac realizes the potential disaster of the strong wind hurricanes and storms that frequent South Florida and we come prepared.  

Removal and Disposal of Damaged Property

Our storm and hurricane restoration team will do what we can to preserve your property and personal belongings after the storm. Unfortunately, there will most likely be items and some structure that will not make it. For example, after flooding, affected materials such as carpet, furniture and damaged drywall may have to be removed. We will take care of the removal and disposal or preservation.

Call us today 954-960-5322

10 Reasons Your Smoke Detector Goes Off

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

smoke alarm going off all the time Don't just ignore this valuable warning item in your home.

Smoke alarms are extremely important in keeping you and your family safe in case of a household fire. They are there to get your attention. But they don’t always sound when an actual fire threatens to break out in your home. Though fake alarms occur often, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the sound if you don’t see or smell smoke. Smoke detectors can sense hidden fires, such as electrical ones, before you can. If an alarm sounds, assume there is a fire and follow proper safety precautions. To help you better understand how smoke alarms work, here are the top causes of smoke detector false alarms.

Top 10 Reasons Your Smoke Alarm Goes Off Randomly

1. Burnt Food on Stovetop

If you don’t supervise the stove when cooking, your dinner may produce smoke, which activates the smoke alarm. In some cases, smoke isn’t even necessary — a hint of burnt food can be enough to set off the detector. Also, make sure your smoke alarm is optimally placed, such as in the hallway leading to the kitchen, not in the kitchen itself.

2. Burnt Toast or Popcorn

Leaving bread in the toaster or popcorn in the microwave for a little too long can happen to the best of us. That sends heavy particles into the air, which your smoke alarm picks up. To avoid this situation in the future, keep your smoke detector at a safe distance from these devices.

3. Fireplaces

Fireplaces can also cause smoke detector false alarms. Your fireplace can sometimes send smoke into your house, which sets off the alarm. This isn’t the alarm’s fault, though. Your chimney may not be clean, and the dampers may not be properly set. Hire a chimney sweep if your fireplace sends smoke into your home.

4. High Humidity

Smoke alarms don’t always distinguish between smoke particles and moisture content. Thus, the density of the moisture particles can trigger your alarm, even if they’re water particles. If you have high humidity in your home, use fans or windows to dissipate the humidity.

5. Steam

Dense water vapor is like humidity when it comes to triggering false alarms. When you take a shower or boil water on the stove, smoke detectors can sense the steam and sound the alarm. Make sure you ventilate your bathroom and kitchen properly to prevent this.

6. Insects

Small bugs love dark crevices in your home, so they may crawl into your smoke detectors, triggering a false alarm. If you don’t know what caused an alarm, open the device and check for small insects. Use pest control sprays around your smoke alarms if insects were the culprit.

7. Chemical Smells

Painting or using harsh chemicals can also cause sensitive smoke detector false alarms. Smoke detectors pick up on those chemical odors fast. Ventilate areas where you paint or use chemicals to avoid the startling noise of your smoke alarm.

8. Dust and Dirt

Dust that comes from activities like remodeling may set off your smoke alarms. To clean your smoke alarm, open it up carefully, and look inside for dust or dirt. Use a vacuum attachment or electronic aerosol cleaner to remove dust particles.

9. Low Batteries

When smoke alarm batteries are running low or aren’t properly connected, they typically make small chirping noises. While that’s not the sound of smoke detection, it’s a warning sign that you should check on your device. Replace batteries twice a year — when daylight saving time starts and ends.

10. Old Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms generally have a lifespan of about 10 years. When they reach the end of their lifespan, smoke alarms may give off false alarms. If your detector is older than 10 years, replace it with a new one right away.

For fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO N Lauderdale W Tamarac

Remember, smoke alarms are meant to be sensitive. If a detector sounds like a false alarm, it doesn’t mean it’s broken. Their purpose is to help you catch a fire before it becomes life-threatening. Install your smoke alarms not too close, but not too far away either, from potential fire hazards.

In the unfortunate case where the smoke detector did not give off an alarm, the smoke likely caused heavy soot damage to the property. That fire and smoke damage will need to be handled by professional disaster restoration technicians. This is where PuroClean comes in. Learn more about our fire damage cleanup services. For fire damage restoration or smoke cleanup, contact us  today at 954-960-5322

Best Ozone/Thermal Fogging Treatment Services in Tamarac and North Laudedale Broward County

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

ozone fog clean air musty air Ozone/thermal fogging treatment are two of the BEST proven techniques in the restoration industry that eliminate odors arising from water, fire, and m

Ozone/thermal fogging treatment are two of the BEST proven techniques in the restoration industry that eliminate odors arising from water, fire, and mold and mildew damage right now!

Is your home or business suffering from harsh odors and smells after fire, water, or mold damage? Contact SERVPRO Tamarac / North Lauderdale today for the best of the best ozone treatment and thermal fogging to remove those odors fast.

WHAT IS OZONE?

In the outdoors, nature eliminates odors and microorganisms using both UV light and O3. Nature creates O3 as a natural cleaner during thunderstorms and also from sunlight striking the earth’s atmosphere.

As an example, we’ve all taken a walk after a thunderstorm and experienced the clean, fresh smell in the air. That’s O3, or ozone, at work. Normal oxygen (O2) is converted to O3, which is commonly called ozone. It reverts back to O2 in about an hour if the O3 is unused. For instance, this leaves the air fresh and clean because the source of the odor has been permanently removed.

OZONE TREATMENT IN YOUR BROWARD COUNTY HOME

However, indoors, most places that generate odors receive very little UV light or O3 leaving Mother Nature out in the cold. Our odor-free purifier creates O3, or ozone, in a special process that utilizes an electrical current. Ozone sanitizes by breaking down odors, microorganisms, and other pollutants at their source.

Every space with odors tends to be somewhat unique. As an example, the source of the odor, as well as how deeply embedded it has become, is just as important as the actual size of the space. Some areas can be treated in a short period of time, whereas other areas of the same size will take longer.

WHAT IS THERMAL FOGGING?

In a case like fire damage, heated air expands and drives odor-causing smoke particles into cracks, crevices, and ductwork and other hidden areas. Thermal fogging mimics this process by expanding a water-based thermal fogging agent into those same areas. Molecules of water-based thermal fogging agents attach themselves to the odor-causing smoke particles and inhibit their ability to release odorous gases. Odors are permanently eliminated, virtually on contact.

Do you have questions for our professional restoration company?  To get more info on ozone/thermal fogging treatment services right now in Tamarac, North Lauderdale and Broward County, call 954-960-5322 today.

OUR OZONE/THERMAL FOGGING TREATMENT SERVICES

SERVPRO Tamarac/ North Lauderdale offers a wide variety of services necessary to prevent loss of personal and business property due to:

These services include special techniques such as water extraction and pump outs, use of dehumidification and air movement, mold mitigation, sewage mitigation, hydroxyl generators, thermal fogging, and ozone treatment. SERVPRO Tamarac offers plenty of indoor controlled environment storage for our customers’ contents. Our large facility also allows us the room to clean and restore contents before storing them away safely.

During our cleaning process, we use a Hydroxyl Generator system in our cleaning room to assure all odors and the particles/compounds that make these odors are neutralized. Once the cleaning process is complete, contents and or structures can sometimes require further treatment for odors where the use of the hydroxyl generator or an ozone treatment may be necessary for additional deodorization.

OZONE TREATMENTS EFFECTIVE ON SERIOUS ODORS

Ozone deodorization is extremely effective for more serious odors. For this reason, it is the primary method for clothing, upholstered items, papers, books, or any other porous material affected by odor. The machine takes oxygen out of the air (O2), charges it electrically and turns it into ozone (O3). Ozone is highly reactive and combines with malodor molecules to chemically alter their structure and rid the property of odor.

Because ozone has the ability to penetrate into fabrics and surfaces to the same extent that the odor did, it is the most effective means of long-range deodorization and it is permanent. There is no residual odor from the process itself and no damage to the property. Ozone also kills bacteria and fungi and works as a sanitizing agent. It is a permanent method — once the item is deodorized, the odor cannot and will not return.

CHOOSE SERVPRO TAMARAC FOR ODOR ELIMINATION IN TAMARAC AND NORTH LAUDERDALE, BROWARD COUNTY

Ozone/thermal fogging treatment is an advanced odor removal technique that will leave your home or business smelling great again.

If you need restoration services after a disaster, contact SERVPRO Tamarac/North Lauderdale 954-960-5322

 

Can You Prevent a Fire? YES You Can!

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Prevent fire Follow these simple steps to protect your home and business from fires

Fires can occur in your home or place of business no matter how ce. However, by following a few simple safety tips, you may greatly reduce the risk.

SERVPRO of North Lauderdale West Tamarac is committed to helping you and your home or business prevent fire damage. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Regularly check your smoke alarms to ensure the batteries are operational.
  • Have yearly inspections of your HVAC systems by a professional. 
  • Avoid using outlet extenders when at all possible. They increase the chance of overloading an electrical circuit. 
  • Clean the dryer lint basket after one to two loads of laundry. A clogged filter can force lint into the heated coils of the dyer. 
  • Make sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. For example, watch that candles are completely out before you walk away. 
  • Safely store flammable items away from all sources of heat.
  • Lastly, always have a fire extinguisher in your home.

While we hope this is something no one should deal with, in the event of fire damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Lauderdale West Tamarac is here for you. Give us a call at 954-960-5322

Why SERVPRO? We are different

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

water damage restoration We don't just care for the job. We care for our clients!

That emergency you never thought would happen has now affected your home or business and now you are wondering who to call. Here is why you should call SERVPRO. 

Here at SERVPRO we go the extra mile to ensure that you are fully satisfied with the final product. Staffed with a hard working team we are prepared to help you feel like you have someone in your corner. One of the ways we do this is by prioritizing your comfort and safety, we understand that time is of the essence and we are not just there to get the job done. We actually follow up afterward to ensure your needs were met. We want to do everything we can to not only restore the damage, but to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

We work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us today 

SERVPRO N Lauderdale W Tamarac 

954-960-5322 

Commercial Building Fire Cleanup

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

commercial fire damage business What do you do after the fire gets put out?

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore, immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own. When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed. Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO of North Lauderdale W Tamarac understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So, before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced company like SERVPRO.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment, and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building.  They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business to be back and up and running in no time!

Call now 954-960-5322

Mold Can Be A Serious Issue for Your Home or Business.

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold removal remediation tamarac How Do I Know If I Have A Mold Problem?

Looking For Mold Remediation In Tamarac? 

Like all cities in the state of Florida, Tamarac's subtropical climate produces a lot of rain and humidity. Sometimes this moisture seeps into your home and mold begins to form. Are you asking yourself "what is that musty odor is in my home?"

Well, it's probably mold. Not sure how to find it? Or do you already know where the mold is growing? 

Well then you have come to the right place! 

Why SERVPRO Of Tamarac and N Lauderdale?

We are the one-stop shop for mold remediation. We can help locate, assess, and then clean any mold growth inside your Tamarac home. Our first class professionals can handle mold jobs of any size, and return your home to its original mold-free condition. 

If any of the above questions make you think about your home, it's time to give SERVPRO of Tamarac/ N Lauderdale a call.

The bad news: If you have ever asked or thought any of the above questions, you may be dealing with a mold issue in your home.

The good news: We are experienced professionals in mold remediation! Our crew would be happy to come out and inspect your home and the area of concern to see what you may be dealing with - at no cost to you, of course. 

Mold in your home can be scary...In some cases, it may even mean health concerns for your family. But don't worry, SERVPRO of Tamarac/ North Lauderdale is here to serve you and help get your life back to normal and your home mold-free! 

Give us a call today: 954-960-5322