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How Do I File a Claim After a Home Flood?

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Boots in flood water If you are faced with flood damage, call on our experts for help. We are available to assist you 24/7.

SERVPRO Technicians Extract Flood Damage from Boynton Beach Homes

Boynton Beach homeowners should stay alert. King tide season runs from August to December, which means flooding is more likely in low-lying areas.

SERVPRO provides homeowners in Boynton Beach with flood damage cleanup 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The goal of SERVPRO’s service is not just to remove the damage affecting your home but also to return your property and the contents therein to a pre-damaged state.

What Tips Should I Bear in Mind When Filing a Flood Damage Claim?

  • Act fast. After a disaster, contact your insurer as soon as possible. An adjuster should be in touch within several days after your initial contact.
  • Evaluate the damage. Take photos, videos, and keep records of damaged items. It may be tempting to clean up, but avoid touching anything until the adjuster has seen it. Keep records of information about damaged items, including the date of purchase and monetary value.
  • File your paperwork quickly. Send in your Proof of Loss form within 60 days of the disaster occurring to receive timely service.

How Does SERVPRO Extract Floodwater from My Property?

Extraction can work in several different ways depending on the extent of water damage, the amount of debris in your home, and the amount of standing water still present. SERVPRO technicians can use the following to prepare your home for structural drying:

  • Gas-powered submersible sump pumps for removing standing water at least two inches deep.
  • Portable, back-mounted extraction systems to remove water from hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in the home.
  • Truck-mounted extraction systems for removing large amounts of water. The storage tank for this type of extractor can be anywhere from 60 gallons to well over 100 gallons in capacity.

SERVPRO of Boynton Beach provides mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (561) 413-9754 to send a team to your home.

How do Professionals in Boynton Beach Help Homeowners With Fire Damage Remediation?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Room with fire damage SERVPRO will get your house back to feeling like home again. Call on our professionals for help after a fire in your home.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Team Helps You Recover After a Fire in Boynton Beach

Homeowners new to the devastation of a fire in their dwelling often do not know where to start after the fire department permits them to return and begin restoration. Cleanup after a fire differs significantly from procedures used for general household maintenance. Best industry practices recommend a particular order to the tasks, and we are familiar with these standards.  

When fire damages your Boynton Beach residence, our team assesses safety at the site and secures the premises with boards and tarps. We inspect all areas of your home to gain information on the problems caused by the fire. Then we rank the challenges you face and with which we assist in conquering.  

Chief among them may be significant water-related issues that take precedence because of the risk of collateral damage if unabated. Firefighters commonly use water and chemicals to extinguish flames. Standing water and moisture removal must be completed before moving on to techniques to repair and restore areas charred and coated with smoke and soot. SERVPRO fire damage teams are certified water damage specialists as well, offering you a streamlined recovery experience.  

Our technicians move from water damage mitigation to cleaning smoke and soot from all accessible surfaces. The residues from smoke and soot are highly corrosive, damaging, etching, and discoloring all types of materials -- plastic, wood, glass, china, laminate, organic and synthetic fibers, paint, and more. SERVPRO crew members match the consistency of the residue with effective cleaning products, tools, and methods. Dry sponging, dusting, vacuuming, wet wiping, scrubbing with abrasives, soaking, laundering, dry cleaning, and ultrasonic techniques work if a trained smoke/soot removal expert assesses the need and uses the proper procedure.  

SERVPRO teams sanitize and employ efficient deodorization approaches as a final cleaning step. We thoroughly educate our team members to ensure the products are used to avoid hazards. Deodorization methods eventually work. We utilize everything from a good scrub to sophisticated thermal fogging and hydroxyl machines that change the chemical composition of odoriferous particles. We find a way to neutralize fire-based stenches permanently.  

Finally, our team starts restoring and repairing the structures and contents of your home damaged by the fire. SERVPRO makes it a priority to work closely with insurers, building a file of evidence that backs your claims. We pledge to help you with this last duty because we understand how stressful and expensive restoration can be, and we want to limit both your worries and your out-of-pocket expenses.  

SERVPRO Shares Fire Damage Content Cleaning Tips in Boynton Beach

Whenever a fire occurs inside your Boynton Beach home, many different types of damage can occur. The flames and heat generated by the blaze often burn and char items, which causes them to be removed and replaced. In other scenarios, smoke coming from the burn spreads across the building and damages items all over the house. 

Smoke many times leaves behind soils and soot residues that damage contents. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Boynton Beach have experience cleaning building materials and contents after smoke affects them. Smoke also causes pungent odors to exist inside the home. 

When restoring problems caused by a blaze, contents and materials get cleaned, and we attempt to deodorize everything inside the building. Sometimes we pack up all of the contents inside your house and move them to an off-site area for cleaning. By packing out your contents, we can better clean the items and mitigate issues with building materials. 

Whenever we remove contents from your home, we keep an inventory record of what we moved out. We then carefully pack your items into boxes and safely move them to a storage facility. When we are ready to clean the belongings, we move them from the storage area to our cleaning room. 

Once the items are inside the cleaning room, we unpack all of the boxes, checking the inventory list to ensure that everything moved out got into the cleaning area. We then use specialized soot removal chemicals to clean each item individually. Every item affected by smoke gets cleaned so that residues do not ruin the possessions or cause foul odors to be present inside the home. 

After each affected item is clean of smoke residues, the contents go through a final deodorization process. Some porous materials hold pungent odors even after cleaning. When foul smells inside items still exist, we use a fogging machine or ozone system to remove the rest of the malodor particles. 

After we clean and deodorize all of your affected items, we create a new, cleaned item inventory list. We then double-check and make sure the belongings on the clean list match the original list of items that we moved out of your house. We then carefully repack all your possessions so that they do not get damaged, moving them back to our clean item storage unit. 

Fire damage restoration is much more manageable when SERVPRO of Boynton Beach is on your team. Make the call to (561) 413-9754 as soon as authorities allow restoration inspections, and let us help you make sense of a difficult situation. 

Is Mold Damage Remediation Effective in Boynton Beach Homes?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your home.

Sustainability Is Why SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation Services in Boynton Beach

The climate in our region is tropical, with high humidity and yearly rainfall totals nearly double that of the US average, making Boynton Beach mold damage remediation services a constant need. Discussing the goals and process of mold remediation with your service contractor is critical. Transform your mindset from an uncomfortable acceptance of chronic nature mold damage to embracing a sustainable management and inhibition plan.

Why Does SERVPRO Stress Remediation Over Mere Mold Removal?

We adhere to the US standard for mold remediation developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Moving through the EPA’s process resolves current mold outbreaks and, perhaps more importantly, stresses proactive strategies to avoid or at least minimize the regrowth of mold spores post-remediation. Mold spores are endemic inside Boynton Beach residences, although spores by themselves cause few problems. When spores absorb water, their growth cycle commences. The EPA recognizes that managing moisture is key when minimizing black mold and other microbial infestations, which is why SERVPRO aligns our practices with its recommendations.

The EPA Protocols Are Public -- Why SERVPRO Rather Than DIY Efforts?

First and foremost, our mastery and implementation of water damage restoration tactics provide the moisture management baseline vital to reducing mold growth risk. Second, successful mold inspections, remediations, and removal require training, experience, and specialized equipment. Our living area, attic, and bathroom remediation crews possess all of those prerequisites, underlying why SERVPRO’s certified technicians can complete the protocol efficiently and without delay. We have an extensive inventory of:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Workplace containment materials and air scrubbers for technician and occupant safety
  • Tools for mechanical mold removal, including controlled blasting machinery and HEPA filter-equipped vacuums
  • EPA-registered cleaners and antimicrobials to clear residues and inhibit rebound mold damage

Our commitment to research-based solutions is why SERVPRO of Boynton Beach follows the successful EPA mold abatement model. Call (561) 559-5742 to schedule an assessment leading to a solution.

Pressing Needs of a Fire-Damaged Boynton Beach Office

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

office phone and computer on a burned desk Call our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team today. We will tackle all of your fire damage.

Our fast mitigative strategies protect Boynton Beach structures from destructive harm. 

We will always strive to provide fast and reliable responses for office buildings and commercial structures following fire damage. Several immediate actions must take place to prevent irreparable harm and get the business back up and running normally as quickly as possible. 

Cleaning Up After Fire Suppression

The fire and smoke cleanup Boynton Beach businesses might require after a disaster begins with protecting the property after extinguishment and suppression measures. Often, this means the damage that a sprinkler system can cause to the structure, contents, documents, furniture, and electronics. We carefully evaluate and implement the best approaches to drying and restoring structural elements. 

Relocating Contents, Electronics, and Furniture

When suppression systems or the fire damage itself has compromised contents and belongings in the office building, this is another cause for our team to spring into action. We have several strategies, such as relocating damaged items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for advanced cleaning with submersion tanks and ozone chambers to help. 

Deodorization Solutions for the Office

Harsh odors can be overwhelming in an office space. Depending on the materials combusted, these post-fire environments could even have toxic traits and noxious smells that make the normal operation of the building impossible. We have several tools and approaches to reduce the severity of smoke malodors and overcome them. Some of these include: 

  • Thermal foggers
  • ULV foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA 500 air scrubbers

By overcoming the most pressing concerns for an office building after a fire, we shorten the time businesses wait to reopen their doors after the disaster. We strive to provide thorough and intricate cleaning and restoration, allowing for a swift path to getting businesses back up and running normally. Give our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team a call today at (561) 413-9754.

Removing Floodwater from a Boynton Beach Guest House

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

A woman holding a bucket catching water Our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team is here to help when weather strikes.

Fast action protects a Boynton Beach property from floodwater and other damaging effects.

It is not uncommon for flooding to impact coastal communities like Boynton Beach. From surges from the coast to the threats of hurricane conditions, severe weather can leave homes and structures of the property vulnerable and susceptible to water penetration and flooding. SERVPRO helps homeowners protect their investments in areas like guest houses with a fast and reliable cleanup response. 

Protecting Structure Contents

Storm flooding mitigation for Boynton Beach homes and businesses relies on our team working fast to determine a property's pressing concerns and mitigate losses as much as possible. Flooding is destructive and overwhelming, so protecting contents is a logical first step to prevent costlier restoration conditions. There are several ways we can protect and restore damaged contents, including:

  • Relocation
  • Surface cleaning
  • Drying
  • Inventory for claims service
  • Deodorization

Eliminating Surface Water 

Flooding can overwhelm a guest house or additional structure on the property, especially without being raised above the natural grade of the land. Infiltrating flood water can penetrate doorways and structural openings to cover the flooring of the building completely. Extracting standing water is vital and can be done with a combination of vacuums and pumps. 

Cleaning Up After Natural Flooding

Natural flooding introduces potential contaminants to the structure as well as solids and debris. We have muck-out cleaning steps following the extraction and powerful disinfectant cleaners for surfaces and contents to overcome this. 

Repairs and Reconstruction Needs 

Storm damage does not always come with a need for reconstruction, but natural flooding and its likelihood of introducing contaminants might require some replacement and repairs. Our general contractor license provides experienced personnel to help. 

No matter what structure on your property falls victim to storm damage and flooding, our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team is ready and able to help. We are available 24/7 at (561) 413-9754.

How Can Water Get Removed from Wood Flooring in Boynton Beach Houses?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture removal happens in multiple ways with saturated flooring in Boynton Beach homes. 

Many building materials and construction elements can be adversely affected by burst pipes, flooding, and other water damage incidents. As leading restoration professionals, our SERVPRO team can help manage these loss scenarios efficiently.

Extraction and Drying of Surface Water 

The initial aspects of water damage cleanup for Boynton Beach homes focus on the removal of surface water. To protect wood flooring, fast extraction and surface drying should begin as soon as possible. Some of the tools for this include:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Squeegee wands
  • Towels
  • Mops
  • Submersible pumps

Addressing Trapped Water Before Structural Damage

Our team must focus on trapped water inside of the wood planks as fast as possible. There is a finite timeline before water absorbed by wood planks bonds chemically with cellulose and alters the flooring composition entirely. Once this warping or distortion occurs, the planks must be discarded.

Are Repairs Needed After Water Damage? 

We have a general contractor license to evaluate the need for reconstruction and repairs after damage to flooring. Controlled demolition is possible when the same materials can be acquired to repair portions of the floors. Severe damage might require all of a room’s flooring to be removed and replaced.

Tracking Drying Progress for Efficient Results 

Monitoring the progress of drying efforts through affected wood flooring can also be a critical process. Not only does the monitoring of drying help to determine where more focused steps might be necessary, but it also helps prevent the unwanted scenario of over-drying the wood planks. This can also be a destructive condition for the floors. Some of the tools for this process include:

When water becomes trapped in wood flooring, it can be detrimental to the house and its structural integrity. As restoration professionals trusted throughout the region, we respond quickly with effective mitigation and cleanup solutions to protect installed flooring when possible. Give our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team a call today at (561) 413-9754.

How Do I Know My Flooring Needs Replacement After a Water Damage?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water covering the floor Evaluating floor conditions after a water damage event needs to be done right away if there is an option to restore. We are standing by 24/7 for you.

Absorption and Saturation of Flooring Materials Can Weaken and Destroy Underlying Support Materials if Not Addressed Quickly in your Boynton Beach Home.

Standing water or surface moisture can be a considerable threat to your Boynton Beach home or condo. The longer that sensitive materials like carpeting or wood flooring remain exposed to water damage effects, the more potential damage and deterioration can result.

As a restoration team, we work to limit the amount of water damage repair in Boynton Beach properties as much as possible. Identifying the need for controlled demolition and reinstallation of flooring materials involves an intricate process to note the stage of water damage present. This is especially the case with wood plank flooring and other hardwoods, as the cellulose in these materials can quickly absorb standing water and leave moisture in one of three sequential phases: 

  • Surface Water – If only in this stage, efforts like extraction and drying along the surface can prevent the need for tearing out and replacing the flooring.
  • Trapped Water – Once the water has penetrated the surface into the wood planks, it is considered trapped water. In this stage, efforts like floor mat drying systems can still remove this moisture.
  • Bound Water – The final stage of water damage to wood flooring is when these molecules bond with the material and cause physical harm. At this point, traditional water restoration is impossible.

What Happens When Physical Damage Exists? 

If bound water exists, you will begin to notice these signs along the wood planks' seams. Warping and distortion can indicate irreparable damages have occurred, and the only solution is removing damaged portions of the floor. Our in-house IICRC-certified contractors can help with replacing this flooring when adequate drying approaches have completed.

Damaged flooring can be a challenge to address, but with a union of restoration technicians and general contractors on our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team, we can help. Give us a call today at (561) 413-9754.

Can Flooding Damage Exterior Wall Systems in Boynton Beach?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

a storm damaged neighborhood with houses torn down When storms and flooding subside, it is time to get the professionals at SERVPRO involved. We are standing by 24/7 - 365 days a year for you.

Flooding Against the Siding of Your Boynton Beach Home Can Damage Wall System Components and Force Water to the Property's Interior.

Flooding often occurs from violent weather events that introduce torrential rainfall or even hurricane-strength storms to the shores of Boynton Beach. With hard enough rains, catch basins and storm sewer systems can become overwhelmed by the influx of moving water, leaving homes nearby susceptible to forceful penetration of rising waters outside of a house.

To avoid a need for flood damage repair for Boynton Beach properties, many new construction projects gravitate toward the use of flood and water-resistant materials, especially for exterior wall systems. With conditions such as hydrostatic pressure and rapidly changing circumstances like water levels quickly rising, elements like siding can pull apart at the seams and corner channels, allowing direct access for flooding to reach otherwise sensitive wall materials.

What Components Might Require Replacement?

Once water exposure occurs, there is often little that can be done to dry and restore these affected materials as they are installed. The only suitable solution to reduce the spread of contaminants and keep the migration of floodwater to a minimum is to remove exposed structural elements, such as:

  • Siding – As mentioned, direct contact with the force of flooding can remove and separate entire panels and channels of vinyl siding standard in constructing homes in the area.
  • Insulation – Sheets of insulation have high porosity, allowing them to become saturated quickly and unusable. Our contractors can remove insulation and replace it after other reconstruction occurs. 
  • Plywood – Plywood and a thin sheet barrier are the next to become damaged by migrating flood damages. High permeance materials like wood can quickly absorb natural floodwater, and this potential contamination requires removal and replacement.

Because natural flooding can be so destructive to your residence's structural elements, it is vital to reach out to our restoration and reconstruction professionals on our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team as soon as possible. Give us a call today at (561) 413-9754.

Can Mold Damage Be Prevented in Boynton Beach Commercial Properties?

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls of a room Mold on your commercial property cannot be taken lightly. Call SERVPRO to assess the entire situation and formulate a remediation plan.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Training and Certification for Handling Mold Damage Remediation in Boynton Beach

The need for mold remediation in Boynton Beach properties may be 100% preventable; however, business owners can take actions to limit the occurrence. Preventative measures can help keep the potential for an infestation to a minimum.

Some of the actions Boynton Beach business owners can take against mold damage in their buildings include:

  • Ensuring interior humidity levels are under 50%
  • Inspecting for structural and plumbing leaks
  • Repairing issues before they become larger problems
  • Look for stains or warping within walls and ceilings

Ways to keep the humidity levels low include the use of an HVAC system with a dehumidification unit. Mold requires moisture to flourish, and keeping the air moisture content down yet comfortable can stop the building from creating a hospitable environment for mold infections.

When getting the building interior painted, the use of commercial paint treated with mold inhibitors can leave the walls resistant to fungi and moisture, so when humidity levels go up, the threat of mold growth stays down.

Poor ventilation is another factor that benefits mold colonies. Make sure all areas of the building have good cross-ventilation either from vents or windows.

Ask your regular janitorial staff to report if they notice any visible signs of potential mold growth. If signs of a mold infestation are found, it is good to bring in SERVPRO to remedy the problem.  The technicians have the training and equipment such as probes and infrared cameras to peer behind walls and under flooring to determine the scale of the spread of the mold colonies. This ensures that complete mitigation occurs.

SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at (561) 413-9754 supports the local Boynton Beach community for all sizes and types of commercial mold damage remediation. The trained and certified technicians are available 24/7.

Why Does My Boynton Beach House Still Smell Like a Fire After I Cleaned It?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

cabinets with fire damage You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Professional Equipment to Handle Fire Damage and Eliminate Odor Problems from your Boynton Beach Property

Even a small fire can leave behind strong odors in your Boynton Beach home. The reason is that odorous soot particles can become airborne and wind up in other areas of your home, including the ductwork. Since they range in size from tiny to microscopic, it is impossible to clean them away through sight alone. That is why it is vital to bring in a professional mitigation company to perform professional cleaning of the residues and address the odors.

Fire Damage in Different Rooms Bring Cleanup Challenges

The location of fire damage within a Boynton Beach home plays a role in the nature of the cleanup. Certain things that are the same across most fire damage restoration services are:

  •   Containment to stop the spread of soot 
  •   The need for odor control 
  •   Removal of smoke damage

Garage- This area of the home frequently has severe damage due to the fact the fire spreads for a time before it gets caught and extinguished. Overloaded electrical outlets and improperly stored flammable items are typical reasons for fires in this area of the home. Commonly seen outcomes involve a good deal of charred building materials and contents damage that require removal.

Bathroom- One of the most typical reasons for a fire in a bathroom is an overloaded outlet causing an electrical fire. Controlled demolition actions may include removal of the vanity and fixtures, delaminated tile from the fire extinguishing efforts, and removal of smoke residues off surfaces. Soot has the potential to degrade chrome fixtures, so SERVPRO techs clean and wrap them for protection during the rest of the mitigation.

Kitchen- The number one area in a home where fires occur most often is in the kitchen. When a pan with grease catches on fire, making the mistake of throwing water on it causes the water to turn instantly into a vapor and, with it, spread the fire. When SERVPRO techs handle this type of cleanup, they often need to perform controlled demolition, particularly around the stove area where the fire started. The residues left behind can also be slightly different than in other rooms in the home. Protein fires leave a nearly invisible, fine mist that covers surfaces. While it is difficult to see, it has a strong, pungent odor that remains until it gets neutralized through cleaning methods.

Bedroom- Three of the most common reasons for fires in the bedroom are:

  •   Smoking in bed
  •   Improper use of strip plugs or extension cords
  •   Leaving candles unattended

When SERVPRO techs handle the cleanup of fire damage in a bedroom, porous items with soot absorption are generally completely damaged. This often includes the mattress. Fortunately, if the bedding has no signs of charring but only smoke odors, it and washable clothing can get cleaned through the use of the Esporta Washing System. This can help save the homeowner from the cost of replacement for some items.

Attic- Electrical fires are among the most common reasons fires occur in attics. Once they start, the dust that tends to accumulate in this part of a home can fuel the flames and allow it to spread rapidly. When a fire incident occurs here, the result can be holes in the roof that require temporary measures to stop exposure to the elements as well as interior issues from the water used to extinguish the fire, such as sagging ceilings in the rooms below the attic.

No matter where the fire damage happened in the home, it is crucial to remove the smoke odors before any repairs happen. The techs have access to a broad selection of odor control methods and equipment. For light applications, the simple use of time-release gel pellets works. When more potent post-fire odors require more robust treatment methods, the techs often apply a multi-layered approach, such as the use of hydroxyl generators to neutralize airborne particulates. Then the use of thermal fogging equipment works precisely like the hot air generated during a fire behaves; it forces its way into porous objects. It overtakes any odorous soot particles neutralizing them. In the case of walls that continue to have an odor after cleaning, the application of a sealant leaves a clean slate ready for priming and painting.

SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at (561) 413-9754 is ready to help local property owners with any size fire damage problem. The techs bring the latest equipment and advanced restoration methods to return the home to its pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”