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Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 954-960-5322

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe caused water damage in home Broken and leaking pipes are just one way that your home or business can incur water damage.

Water damage from a storm, burst pipe, or even after a fire loss can cause a lot more issues than just standing water.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, insulation, 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.

SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/W Tamarac knows what to do. 

SERVPRO of N Lauderdale / W Tamarac pecializes 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.

Call us today 954-960-5392

IICRC Certified Firm

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

iicrc certified firm badge We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/ Tamarac is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the golden standards for the restoration industry and provides extensive training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the principle driving force in establishing the chief industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/Tamarac

SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/Tamarac 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 and we are proudly an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

What to do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home or Business

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe caused water damage in home Burst pipes can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Here is what you can do to prevent pipe bursts and after in limiting water damage.

Take Precautions with Broken Pipes

A burst pipe is one of the most common flood issues face with water damage in Tamarac.  Regardless of the age or type of pipes – metal or plastic, they can still expand or burst and cause the need for water damage restoration in your home.  A burst pipe also requires a significant amount of costly repairs. This is why it’s important to take all the safety measures to prevent pipes from bursting.

Below are some frequently asked questions and helpful steps to take to safely solve any problems you may be experiencing with your pipes at home.  

Why Do Pipes Burst?

Typically, age and temperature inconsistencies, along with pressure changes can cause pipe breakage.  Weaknesses occur in some parts and can cause the pipe to break or burst. The pipe’s inability to withhold the water pressures inside it causes the damage such as expansion and breakage. 

Causes for burst pipes are, as mentioned  Corrosion and clogs are other common causes for pipe damage. 

Can pipes burst without water?

Even if you have shut off the main water supply, a pipe can be at risk for damage but the risk is reduced. 

What to Do When a Pipe Bursts:

If you experience a bursting water pipe in your home, you can do a  temporary emergency repair of the pipe to minimize and prevent further damage before a professional arrives.  These are quick and simple steps to take when repairing a pipe.

  • Turn off the main water supply
  • Contact SERVPRO Tamarac!
  • Quickly remove and clean excess water to avoid further water damage.
  • Take pressure off pipes by draining the faucets
  • Circulate warm air in your home to slowly thaw pipes
  • Use a repair sleeve to temporarily cover the damaged area of the pipe

How long does it take to repair a broken pipe?

Depending upon the size and amount of damage to the pipes, repair can take several hours.  For a short fix, it could take approximately anywhere  from 2-4 hours.  

Do pipes make noise when they burst?

Pipes can make noise when they burst water.  Some reports are similar to that of a popping sound or (if you have metal pipes) possibly a loud clang of metal.  However, when the moment happens it may not be heard at all. If you start to notice any noises or visible damage contact a water restoration company for further inspection.   

How to Clean a Water Pipe Line:

Essentially, the purpose of cleaning out your water line is to simply break down corrosion and sediments inside the pipes. This can include rust, lime or calcium.  There are a few inexpensive ways to clean the pipes such as using a flushing kit, or vinegar with baking soda and hot water.  You can also try to stay away from using heavy detergents when washing dishes and clothes, as these can leave chemical deposits in your water lines that can build up over time.  

How to Get Air Out of Cold Water Pipes:

If you’ve ever experienced water spitting out of your faucets, it is simply air trapped inside the water line. Typically, routine maintenance work on the water system is the cause.  Briefly running water through your faucets can help. 

Air in pipes can also cause noises inside the wall when fixtures are used. Luckily there is no serious problem and the solution is easy enough for a homeowner to fix.  In just minutes, you can get rid of any air in your pipes:

  • Turn off water supply
  • Turn on faucets
    • start at the fixture closest to the main water supply 
    • open each hot and cold faucet about halfway to let the air out
  • Turn your water supply back on
  • turn off fixtures, faucets and appliances once water flows 
    • close them in the same order they were opened

The process can be repeated for toilets, showers, tubs, washing machine and dishwasher as well as water spigots outside the house.

What to Do When a Water Heater Bursts

It can be frustrating to experience a flood from a water heater. When properly functioning, the water heater should stop the flow of water when the tank gets full.  Yet, when the pipe bursts, the tank leaks water out of the tank and onto your floors, causing potential water damage throught the home or business.  

For your safety, it’s important to shut off the water supply and power supply.  Call a professional water restoration company to extract the floodwaters and assess any damage to the property. You can take photos of any damage you may have (for possible insurance company claims)   

Who can I call when a water pipe bursts?

So many scenarios can play out when it comes to a damage to your pipes.  It may be a simple fix or it may require professional assistance.  Most importantly, if your home or business gets any considerable amount of water damage,  it’s better to call a professional water restorer to ensure all water is extracted and the property is dried thoroughly and safely to avoid future mold problems later.

Call SERVPRO Tamarac 954-960-5322 today for all of your water damage restoration needs!

Hurricane Season is right around the corner. SERVPRO of North Lauderdale/Tamarac is there for you.

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane damage repair in Tamarac N Lauderdale Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Tamarac and N Lauderdale.

At SERVPRO of North Lauderdale/Tamarac, we specialize in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Tamarac, North Lauderdale, and surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. As South Florida is always on edge every time there is a hurricane out there, you can rest assured that we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,900 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 954-960-5322

Water Damage Restoration Tamarac FL

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tamarac Water Damage Restoration Tamarac

Water Damage Restoration Tamarac FL.

SERVPRO Tamarac.


When you have encountered water flooding, leaking due to a storm, plumbing issues or another unfortunate reason, water damage restoration is necessary.

SERVPRO Tamarac is a locally owned company, Located in Tamarac FL. We provides professional water damage restoration service and much more. Tamarac and the surrounding areas and are available for emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit our website to request help online or call us today for professional solutions to all your restoration needs.

It is important to address the issue quickly in order to reduce the risk of large losses. Water intrusion can enable mold growth, bacteria growth, rusting of steel, swelling of composite woods, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, etc. This can cause serious property damage and potential health issues that can end up being very costly.

The water damage restoration process consists of inspection and assessment of the damage, water removal/water extraction, drying and dehumidification, cleaning and sanitizing and restoration.

SERVPRO Tamarac has a team of highly skilled, licensed and insured experts that will respond to your call promptly. Our goal is to help you to clean up, to preserve and to protect your property and its contents so that further damage will not occur.

We have years of experience in the industry and will help you through the entire process. Most insurance policies should cover sudden and unexpected damages incurred due to plumbing malfunctions, broken pipes and storm damage. Our team will work with the insurance company for you to make sure that your claims process is stress free. SERVPRO can help you to manage the insurance paperwork and process. We'll provide you with a detailed scope of work involved and a free estimate that is competitively priced. Our main goal is customer satisfaction and we will work hard to make sure that the job is done right.

Water Damage Restoration | Tamarac FL | SERVPRO Tamarac

Flushable Wipes and Water Damage Restoration

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water restorer cleaning water damage Flushing wipes down the toilet can cause expensive damage.

Some municipalities say they are facing a growing problem: More “flushable” wipes being disposed of down toilets are clogging pipes, jamming pumps and sending raw sewage into homes causing water restoration demand to soar and endangering waterways.

Utilities have urged customers for years to ignore “flushable” labels on popular wipes used by nursing home staffs, potty-training toddlers and people who prefer something more durable than toilet paper. This has been a growing problem in recent years. However, some utilities say their wipe troubles significantly worsened a year ago during a pandemic-induced toilet paper shortage, and have are still causing havoc with no end in sight.

They say some customers who resorted to baby wipes and personal hygiene wipes have stuck with them long after the toilet paper shortage ended. Another theory: People who wouldn’t take wipes to the office are using more while working from home.

Another faux-pas that is compounding the woes: More disinfectant wipes are getting improperly flushed, utilities say, as people sanitize counters, light switches and doorknobs. Paper masks and latex gloves being thrown into toilets and washed into storm drains also are jamming sewer equipment and causing water damage in homes. Needing water restoration after a backflow of raw sewage into your home can lead to other issues that may require expensive mold remediation.

At a Maryland wastewater pumping station, about 700 tons of wipes were removed last year. This was a a 100-ton leap over 2019. Utilities say the wipes twist into grotty chunks, either in a home’s sewer pipe or miles down the line. They then gel with grease and other cooking fats improperly sent down drains to form sometimes massive oily globs of clothlike material and fat that block pumps and pipes, sending sewage backing up into homes and waterways.

In Charleston, S.C., the utility company paid an additional $110, to prevent and clear wipe-related blockages and expects to do so again this year. Wipe-catching screens that used to need maintenance once a week are requiring it three times a week, officials said.

There are now multiple lawsuit lawsuits against wipes manufacturers with labels claiming that the wipes are flushable. One stemmed from a 2018 blockage in which divers had to swim down 90 feet through raw sewage into a dark wet well to remove a 12-foot-long mass of wipes from three pumps.

 

In the Detroit area, one pumping station averaged about 4,000 pounds of wipes collected weekly after the pandemic began — four times as much as before, officials said.

 

Washington D.C. has not faired any better than the rest of the country. Their Pumps at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southwest Washington are part of the largest advanced wastewater treatment plant in the world. and less vulnerable to debris, officials said, but the utility continues to see wipes blocking pipes.

So what is the culprit? Who is to blame? Wipes? Officials in the nonwoven fabrics industry say their wipes have gotten a bad reputation from people flushing baby wipes, sanitizing wipes and others that aren’t meant for toilets.

The recently established Responsible Flushing Alliance, funded by 14 wipes manufacturers and suppliers, supports state legislation that would require “do not flush” labels on the 93 percent of wipes sold that aren’t designed for flushing.

Last year, Washington state became the first to require the labels. Five more states — California, Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota and Massachusetts — are considering similar legislation, according to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Their goal is to help people understand the vast majority of these products that keep our homes safe are not intended to be flushed. The flood damage can be extensive and the water damage repair reach into the thousands of dollars per property.

However, 7 percent of wipes sold as “flushable” have plant-based fibers that, like toilet paper, break down when flushed and become grotesque clothy fat globs. Studies have found that 1 to 2 percent of the wipes were designed as flushable, were probably getting tangled quickly before they could disintegrate.

The  current roadblock in finding a solution is that the wipes industry and city utilities continue to disagree on testing standards for how quickly, and how much of the actual product, should have to break apart to be considered “flushable.”

Utility officials say they fear the conundrum will outlast the pandemic as some consumers form new habits. The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry said sales of disinfecting and flushable wipes have soared about 30 percent and are expected to remain strong.

As of early April, sales of bathroom cleaning wipes were up 84 percent, and “bath and shower” wipes were up 54 percent compared to the 12-month period ending in April 2020, according to Chicago-based NielsenIQ, which tracks consumer behavior. Sales of premoistened wipes for toilet use had jumped by 15 percent as of April 2020 but have dropped slightly since.

In the meantime, some flushable wipes manufacturers are under fire with class action lawsuits across the country for wreaking havoc on city municipal systems. Other manufacturers are seeing lawsuits not just for the fact that they don’t simply degrade quickly in the sewer systems, but that some of their products might contain a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as Pluralibacter gergoviae which was detected during product testing. This strain of bacteria is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause health effects in humans. Individuals who have a weakened immune system, suffer from pre-existing conditions, have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at particular risk of harm. Customers have complained of a range of injuries resulting from the wipes including rash, skin irritation, urinary tract infections, and skin infections.

All in all, the verdict is out on the future for disposable wipes across the board. Changes must be made and each municipality has its own idea of exactly what those changes should be.

Closer to home, the wastewater division of Greater Ft. Lauderdale asks that everyone be careful what they flush. Items that should not be flushed include paper towels, disposable cleaning rags, dust rags and diapers. “Flushable wipes” really aren’t. All these products get tangled in impellers at the pump stations, slowing their capacity and, in some cases, disabling them completely until repairs are made.

Across the country, utilities are asking customers to stick with the “three P’s” — pee, poop and (toilet) paper — when they flush.

 

City municipalities ask that people use the wipes as needed. But never flush them down the toilet. Just put them in the garbage instead. Those with septic systems may already know the havoc wipes can wreak on delicate septic systems and plumbing. The rest of us must take heed.

 Even though we, at SERVPRO of North Lauderdale and West Tamarac are always happy to clean up after an overflow in your home or business from flushing one too many wipes down the toilet. We must also encourage everyone to do their part in keeping our sewage systems safe and clean from debris-especially wipes.

Does your home have a mold problem?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Is it mold? Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Our mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. Know the facts on mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a suspected mold problem, our specialized training, equipment, and expertise can remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 954-960-5322

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As we near the last mile of the Covid saga, our communities open up. We’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have changed, and staying safe is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we are now offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – your business will be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire, water, and mold SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, and we will research to understand your business needs and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific safety requirements. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of North Lauderdale West Tamarac today at  954-960-5322 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

North Lauderdale and Tamarac’s Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Did you know each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different? Each one requires a unique plan tailored for the specific conditions.  SERVPRO has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We know this is a stressful time and we will treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home and this can cause hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage. We will develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke: wet and dry. Each produces its own type of soot residue. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Lauderdale and West Tamarac will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

No matter the cause, we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 954-960-5322

North Lauderdale and West Tamarac’s 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/W Tamarac is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large and small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly raise the severity of the water damage and cause secondary damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/W Tamarac 

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 SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/W Tamarac has the expertise in water damage training 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 about your unique 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 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 Us:

SERVPRO of N Lauderdale/W Tamarac  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.