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Disaster Relief after a Hurricane Hits Boynton Beach

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Atlantic Ocean and beach with two blue cabanas When storms are brewing in the Atlantic, you can count on SERVPRO to be prepared for all your water damage needs.

When storm damage occurs to your property, SERVPRO is Here to Help

While Dorian did not strike the Boynton Beach coastline with the ferocity and destructive force that it was brewing in the days before making landfall, it still bore enough strength and speed to damage many homes and businesses within our region. Our professionals have always had a mindset to stay ready and prepared for severe weather events that could occur. When Dorian was approaching our coasts, we had our team prepared for the worst that Mother Nature could deliver.

Our storm relief crew is one of the most active divisions of our SERVPRO team. Water and hurricane damage in Boynton Beach has nearly our entire roster working around the clock to address structural concerns, flooding, and other water loss effects in individual properties. Resources can get strained during these times where widespread natural disasters damage hundreds of properties, but our team of professionals can help those that choose to trust our experience and expertise. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have been working for decades securing your confidence in our restoration process and our presence in the community during a crisis.

Structural concerns are one of the most pressing concerns for our professionals when storms slam into our shoreline. Many of the houses and businesses that depend on us are directly along the coast, which can put them in the worst position when powerful systems enter from the Atlantic Ocean. We can help our customers to secure construction assistance, at least temporary repairs so that our mitigation efforts can begin. Without correcting breaches in your home’s exterior, our drying and recovery efforts can continually get negated.

Drying out your home is another priority of our SERVPRO team when we first arrive. We have hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers, and when combined with our extensive inventory of extraction machines, we can address the water removal and the drying necessary in multiple homes simultaneously.

Flood loss is one of the hardest obstacles for homeowners to overcome after a hurricane, but our SERVPRO of Boynton Beach team can help you however you need. You can depend on our fast response and the industry-leading equipment and practices that we use. We can make any loss situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (561) 413-9754.

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Our Professionals Will Restore Your Boynton Beach Home After A Flood

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A room damaged by a flood, showing the water line and the sediment left on the furniture We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why You Need Professional Flood Damage Cleanup In Boynton Beach

They say the tradeoff for the beautiful sunshine in Florida is the wild weather, including the threat of flood damage. Intense storms, high winds from hurricanes and tropical stores happen, and according to the organization, States at Risk Florida has approximately 3.5 million people with a risk of coastal flooding.

When SERVPRO handles flood damage cleanup in Boynton Beach homes, the technicians arrive soon after the initial call. The team members scope for paths of water migration using visual observation as well as specialized equipment, so they do not miss any areas in the home that require extraction.

Groundwater Causes More Loss
Water causes damage and floodwater is among the most damaging due to the potential for chemicals, toxins, even sewage that gets picked up along the way before it enters a home. Nearly any item saturated by floodwater is generally a loss. In many types of water damage situations, carpeting has restoration potential. In this type of home disaster, the technicians detach the carpet, and it is cut into strips and disposed of due to the inability to restore it to sanitary standards for in-home use.

Avoid Contact with Flood Water
Until SERVPRO technicians test the water, homeowners should not allow the water to come into contact with skin and may be advised to stay off-property until the completion of mitigation efforts. When only a portion of a residence has water damage, it is a good idea to close off the water loss area from the rest of the home to stop cross-contamination.

Special Attention Needed for All Types of Flooring
After prolonged exposure to water, tile tends to delaminate and requires removal. Technicians scope the subfloor with moisture detection equipment to learn if water migrated into the subfloor. In cases it has, SERVPRO technicians use controlled demolition for clean removal.

When your home requires flood damage cleanup contact SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at (561) 413-9754, whether you have a small space or a property-wide water loss, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage Specialists In Boynton Beach Talk About Cleaning Appliances

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen with soot on appliances and cabinets with ceiling burned away SERVPRO will get you back to better than normal after your fire damage in Boynton Beach.

Let us show you the way to get your items looking brand new after your Boynton Beach Fire.

The most common place for something to burn inside your Boynton Beach house is inside your kitchen. Cooking is the number one activity that causes fire damage to commercial and residential structures. Even small fires can cause excessive smoke, which can create soils and soot residues. When smoke is present in your kitchen, many surfaces can get affected by soot, including your appliances. Cleaning appliances can be tricky, depending on the type of residue present.

Most appliances have hard surfaces, so our SERVPRO technicians clean them similar to how they clean furniture. During fire damage restoration in Boynton Beach, we can wet clean and polish many of your affected surfaces. When any surface gets affected the best cleaning method varies. Most appliances have surfaces made of metal, paint, glass, plastic, composite materials, and Formica. All of these substances are hard and non-porous so that water-based cleaning detergents can be used. When cleaning light smoke residue from the surface of most appliances, we can use a wall and all-surface cleaner or a glass cleaning detergent.

If the soot residues are thick and difficult to remove, our SERVPRO team can use other stronger detergents for cleaning. One way we can clean strong, greasy residues is to increase the alkalinity of the detergent. To do this, we can add an industrial cleaner or Fire Star to the all-surface cleaning solution. The high-alkaline chemicals help the base detergent better cut through heavy soils.

Many of the appliances in your home have polished surfaces. Due to the high alkalinity of industrial cleaners, they can ruin the shiny surfaces if too much of the detergent is left on the metal. After we clean surfaces with any heavy-duty cleaners, we always rinse the cleaned surface thoroughly.

Another option we can use for aggressive cleaning is Wood Creme Paste. This paste also can help remove the yellowish discoloration your appliances can receive when heated. When using the paste, we apply it to the affected area and then let it sit on your appliance for two to three minutes. Then, we take a steel wool scrubber to agitate the affected area making sure to keep the surface well lubricated to prevent any scratching. After all of the soiled areas have been scrubbed with the paste we then polish them clean with a paper towel.

If you ever have an inferno start inside your Florida home, call SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at  (561) 413-9754 because we can restore your home to the way it was before "Like it never even happened."

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How To Avoid Water Damage In Your Boynton Beach Rental Home

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Watch Out For These Water Damages To Boynton Beach Rental Homes

Overlooking water damages to your rental property can decrease your reputation in the eyes of potential clients and, in the long term, potentially lower the rates you can charge reliably. Having a safe and clean environment to live and stay in is paramount for most renters, and without careful attention to water damages on your property, they may feel that these basic needs are unaddressed. Stay on the lookout for these slower and less-obvious water damages that may happen to your rental property.

Leaks
Leaking faucets, pipes, and appliances can all cause substantial water damage to Boynton Beach rental homes. Any water source introduced in a place where it does not belong is liable to cause extensive damages, and most leaks happen where you're least likely to check for them. Moisture behind an appliance or a damp spot on the wood beneath your sink may be the only signs you have that anything is wrong when going through and inspecting the property. Identifying any unusual areas of moisture in the building is a good way to identify and patch up leaks before they develop into substantially larger problems.

Storm Damage
You never know when a renter may leave open a window and allow rain to pour in during a storm. Or, the window might be left open just a crack, allowing more and more rain to flow in as the days and weeks go by. These situations, while unfortunate and frustrating to deal with, are often not terribly difficult problems for a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so call us in as soon as possible after the incident, and we should be able to dry out the area and prevent most of the expensive damages from happening.

Mold Growth
The growth of mold colonies in your property is a great way to not only see a rapid drop in interest and favorability from clients but also to potentially incur some hefty fines for health code violations. A professional company like SERVPRO should always handle mold in the home, or else you could end up making the issue worse by spreading spores around the entire property. Look out for any fuzzy patches of discoloration or unusual white spots on your walls - these may be critical signs of a potential mold problem and should be dealt with before things get any worse.

SERVPRO of Boynton Beach stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local disasters and emergencies. Call us at (561) 413-9754 for our services or a quote.

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Boynton Beach Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Damage Restoration Services

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

A Flood cut in Boynton Beach to Mitigate Damage and Repairs--Done Right by SERVPRO

What Can be Saved after Flood Damage in your Boynton Beach Home?

Finding your entire home, or several rooms covered in floodwaters creates a sense of loss immediately. Flooding causes a wide range of damages due to moisture action, microbial growth and contamination, especially when involving groundwater. Several items and building materials have to be thrown away after the incident, but it is also possible to save some. A professional flood damage restorer can help identify salvageable items immediately and take the necessary steps to restore them.

Saving Furniture
The loss of furniture items can add up the costs involved significantly. Salvaging upholstered items after flood damage in your Boynton Beach home is not always possible because of the clothing and other porous materials, which can retain contamination even after a thorough cleaning. Solid wood items, on the other hand, are salvageable. They only require sanitization and refinishing where necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians also ensure they dry in a controlled environment to prevent warping, cracking, and other physical damages.

What You Can Save on the Floor
The impact of flooding on floor materials is also substantial, considering they are submerged partially or fully during the incident. The heavily porous items such as carpets are unsalvageable because of the risk of contamination. Laminate floors are also unsalvageable because they swell quickly after absorbing water. It is possible to salvage hardwood flooring through quick action and the use of specialized techniques. Our SERVPRO technicians use high-efficiency equipment to extract standing water over the floor then use drying chambers for controlled drying. Among the equipment that helps us achieve this, includes:
Truck-mounted water extractors
Pressure washers
Drying mats
Injecti-dry system

What You Can Save on the Walls
Flooding also causes considerable damage to the walls. The damage affects submerged areas as well as elevated areas due to wicking water. Salvaging materials such as drywall and plaster is not possible once soaked. Our SERVPRO technicians make a flood cut a couple of inches above the water line to remove only the wet sections, saving the rest. It is also possible to save the frames and other structural supports through thorough cleaning and drying.  

Sanitizing, Deodorizing, and Disinfecting
The microorganisms that are always present in groundwater can be innocuous or can be harmful. Precautions during water removal, drying, and restoring the flood-damaged areas to preloss condition, when possible, often require patient, professionalism, and the right equipment. We strive to restore rather than replace structural materials, contents, and personal items.

Working with a professional flood mitigation team helps in many ways. Call SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at (561) 413-9754 to assist you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Boynton Beach Home!

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Boynton Beach Can Rely On SERVPRO For Exceptional Home Restoration Services

Our restoration services have curated a selection of equipment and cross-trained technicians from the local area to serve commercial clients and residents throughout the state of Florida. Coastal communities like ours are especially at risk of weather-related property damages from high winds, to heavy rainfall to hurricanes. Experience and communication are the critical facets of our job with both providing us to return properties to their pre-existing condition. Our skill set covers mold, water, fire, and storm-related disasters that affect your Boynton Beach home. We know that these problems can happen at the most inconvenient times, which is why we operate a twenty-four-hour emergency line so you can always reach us in an emergency.

Storm
Florida, as a coastal community, is especially at risk of extreme weather events from tropical storms to hurricanes. So much so, that state-wide evacuation plans are in place for all residents of this community. The immediate priority during a storm situation is, of course, your safety. However, after the storm has subsided, you may return to a property where certain areas, or even the entire structure, is deemed uninhabitable. SERVPRO offers emergency restoration services for storm damage in Boynton Beach and the broader state of Florida.

Our customers value fast response times because they can significantly impact the overall timeframe of home restoration. Contractors cannot enter an unsound structure to reconstruct it, so it is the job of the restorer to check for hazards, contaminated water issues or weakening of the structure- which may present itself as waterlogged floors or ceilings. In the restoration service, we refer to this safety inspection as scoping.

Scoping can help a SERVPRO restorer to make vital adjustments to the situation of your property, which, if completed promptly, could prevent permanent damages. Chief among these adjustments is the removal of excess water, contaminants like raw sewage or animal carcasses as well as thorough drying of the structure. These tasks are preventative measures that could significantly reduce your claim rates by mitigating losses and avoiding expensive replacements.

Fire
First responders to a house fire, like firefighters, perform the first step in mitigating losses, dousing flames and securing the immediate structure. For residents with fire damage in Boynton Beach, the next steps are to bring in a trusted restoration service to further mitigate losses, remove debris or charred materials, and tackle odors. It is vital to arrange for a professional restorer immediately after the flames are put out like water, used in firefighting procedure, can set soots into surfaces or fabrics, resulting in permanent loss of contents.

SERVPRO restorers can enter the affected area of your Boynton Beach home wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to conduct pre-tests on smoke residues and materials. There are several factors to consider in putting together a restoration service plan including the temperature of the fire, pressure, the type of materials that burned and the effect the fire has had on structural components like your Heating Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC) unit. Removing all residues of smoke, soot, and charring is the priority for SERVPRO restorers.

Smoke residues can be tricky to remove because they adhere to surfaces under high pressure and high temperatures. Sometimes they can be embedded below the surface layer- a common issue in fabrics and upholstery. Using foam cleaning techniques to remove soiling from furnishing is essential when fabrics may shrink or bleed. Oil and water-based solvents can be applied to walls or hard surfaces to remove soiling while charred materials are removed from the property and disposed of safely. Once odor-causing items are cleansed from a property we can bring in fogging equipment, and neutralize any lasting odors to bring your property back to its pre-fire condition.

Water
From time to time water leaks may pose a threat to your home environment. Removing water in a short space of time and thoroughly drying the affected structure is essential to restoration water damage in Boynton Beach homes. The quicker the job can be finished, the less likelihood there is of permanent damages being sustained, which is why SERVPRO use local technicians to reduce call-out times.

Drying a structure presents many challenges to a restoration technician. Restricted access plays a huge role in the type of equipment that we can use to dry the property efficiently. A crawlspace, for example, may have restricted access and require portable extraction units alongside air movers fitted with a flex hose to create air circulation and encourage evaporation in a small space. Attic spaces also require removal of affected insulation as well as dehumidification.

Getting your Boynton Beach property to its reasonable, pre-water damage condition is about guaranteeing the structure, contents and cavities are dry. Moisture pockets can lead to serious mold problems further down the line, so SERVPRO takes regular readings of your property's psychrometrics- the balancing act of humidity, heat, and moisture- throughout the restoration period. Usually, once a property has dried odor, or staining issues are no longer apparent. When that is not the case, we can disperse odor-controlling solvents throughout using direct spraying methods.

Mold
Discovering mold in your property can be worrying. Mold colonies proliferate rapidly spreading through porous materials and possibly causing extensive mold damages to your Boynton Beach home's interior. Unchecked mold growth can be a health risk, so seeking professional restoration services to remediate your Boynton Beach property should be done as soon as possible.

When a mold remediation technician arrives on-site, they may need to move furniture around, block off parts of the home, or check beneath drywall and flooring. It is complicated to know the extent of mold infestation without tracing it physically through the home. Cleaning away the visible colonies is meaningless without remediating the source of mold- microbial infestations grow back without proper decontamination.

Stopping fungi at the source requires some understanding of what mold- and other microbes- need to grow. Like most organisms, microbes need water, food, and temperature to thrive. SERVPRO can dry the source of mold using structural cavity drying equipment. We can remove infested materials like drywall or insulation to remove microbial food supply. Using thermal hygrometers, our technicians can measure humidity and control it using dehumidification equipment. By removing the conditions for growth, our restoration services can remediate your Boynton Beach home from microbial growth issues.

SERVPRO of Boynton Beach is a well-established restoration service with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians on hand for water, mold, storm or fire issues in your property. Contact us today, at (561) 413-9754.

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We Get You Back To Business In Boynton Beach After A Water Damage Disaster

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can dry the concrete pad and prevent secondary water damage from circulating moisture by using temporary ducts (flat lay plastic).

Professional Commercial Water Removal In Boynton Beach

While storm season is here, experienced Boynton Beach business owners know that their facilities are also at risk from other sources. For many companies, agencies, and other businesses, there can be as much threat from faulty sprinklers, broken pipes, and other plumbing issues as from the next hurricane.

Boynton Beach commercial water removal requires trained technicians. SERVPRO makes certain every employee qualifies as a Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) before going out on a service call. The training is important, so the restoration team can quickly clear out the water and help the owner reopen his business.

In a warehouse operation, hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water can spread across the floor. In a large enough operation, this makes the water level too low for the pumps a CDS usually starts with for water removal. With this type of situation, team members utilize a series of extraction devices.

For corners, offices, and under tables or machinery, they use wands. These hand-portable extractors are more powerful versions of a water-vac and can quickly remove five or ten gallons depending on the size of the holding tank in less than an hour. Larger versions of this device remove water damage slightly faster and pump it out of the building.

CDSs also have access to larger extractors that connect to the facility’s power or a generator from our equipment inventory. SERVPRO technicians can walk behind or ride on these machines designed to work on concrete or wood floors, and even industrial carpeting. Depending on the number of square feet to clear, team members can use several of them to complete the task in a day or two.

After finishing that final task, they measure the humidity level with a moisture meter. If the level is too high, CDSs set up fans at the doors and windows to draw the damp air out of the building. Once the meter shows a normal humidity level, the team packs up their gear and returns a clean, dry facility to the owner.

At SERVPRO of Boynton Beach, we proudly serve our community businesses and local neighbors like Ocean Ridge and South Palm Beach. If your company is dealing with a water intrusion issue, call our office at (561) 413-9754 today to begin the removal process. We are here for you.

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Mitigating Fire and Odor Damage in Boynton Beach Houses

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can get you and your home back to normal the correct way.

Fire damage can get tricky, let us save you the trouble

Addressing all of the effects from a fire loss incident in your Boynton Beach house can feel overwhelming and insurmountable, especially when you are not sure of how to get damage assessment steps started safely. While you might be apprehensive about returning to the property after a large structure fire gets extinguished, our professionals have the expertise to begin an inspection and thorough assessment of the property safely. This information can help to fortunate a recovery plan to guide your home through all phases of restoration and remediation necessary after damaging fire losses. 

Not only do homeowners have to contend with fire and odor damage in Boynton Beach residences after a loss incident, but they must also find a way to complete all of these phases safely. As tempting as it might be to address these concerns on your own, most homeowners lack the specialized equipment and expertise to overcome certain effects in the property.

While homeowners do not have the advanced products, equipment, and experience that our roster of certified SERVPRO professionals do, attempting recovery and even damage assessment on your own can lead to overlooking specific effects that can create more severe problems in the immediate future. Mitigation of the current effects and damage requires a team with advanced safety training and a full array of personal protective equipment. 

Even odor effects can be challenging to remove without advanced tools and products that our SERVPRO team use, including our thermal and UV foggers. These portable machines offer a dense fog that neutralizes odor molecules on contact and can remove odors embedded in construction materials, soft items like clothing and drapes, and even open areas of the property. 

There are many reasons why choosing SERVPRO of Boynton Beach can help you to overcome fire loss emergencies more efficiently than you could on your own. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (561) 413-9754.

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After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Boynton Beach Home, You Need The Professionals At SERVPRO!

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (561) 413-9754 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Difference Between Professional And DIY Water Removal In Boynton Beach Properties

When water damage happens in your home, fast cleanup is vital. There are a lot of actions property owners can take to remove the water they can see; however, the real damage occurs from the water that migrates to areas that are difficult to reach. The longer this excessive moisture remains, the more the potential for weakened building materials and mold growth.

When SERVPRO handles water removal in Boynton Beach homes, it is not uncommon to find the homeowner has already cleaned up some water using towels for blotting or mopping. Some homeowners have wet/dry vacuums they used on water loss areas. These are beneficial actions before our technicians arrive on site.

When our technicians spring into action, we utilize several professional tools for the fast removal of water, including:
    •    portable pumps for mobility
    •    weighted extractors to push the water out of saturated carpet
    •    wands for extracting water from hard-to-reach areas
    •    moisture detection equipment including probes and thermal imaging to locate any pocket of excessive moisture

Household fans dry a room eventually, but only on surfaces, and it does nothing about embedded moisture which has the potential to lead to both mold and foul odors if not extracted. SERVPRO technicians set up air movers in configurations unique to the job site and use the science of psychrometrics or the study of air and water vapor to dry rooms and hit drying goals quickly. They utilize the force of the airflow to pull moisture to the surface. Once there, our dehumidifiers capture the water vapor and port it away. This cycle continues and rapidly brings the humidity down in the room, which inhibits mold growth.

After drying, thorough hand cleaning of all water-affected surfaces eliminates water odors and leaves surfaces disinfected. Our professional formulas also help prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

SERVPRO of Boynton Beach stands ready to come to assist homeowners with water removal to limit loss to both property and possessions. Call us at (561) 413-9754 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why Struggle With Flood Damage Remediation in Boynton Beach Alone?

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flood damage take over your entire home. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Handles All Types of Flood Water Removal in Boynton Beach Homes

While flood damage may conjure up images of furniture floating in rooms or deep standing water in a home, the truth of what it looks like is often different. This area of Florida is no stranger to intense storms, and unless the water intrusion is related to a hurricane, it usually recedes quickly.

When SERVPRO arrives on-site to a Boynton Beach home that requires flood removal, often there is little to no standing water but left behind are excess moisture, sometimes even debris and frequently, odors.  Flood water carries a classification as category three or black water, the handling of it during mitigation requires protective equipment.

The more prolonged exposure to moisture happens, the more damage that occurs. Our technicians scope the room with moisture detection equipment to determine where water migrated to and begin extraction of the remaining water. The faster we remove as much excess moisture, the sooner we can dry the property.

Another standard procedure SERVPRO does for homeowners during flood mitigation is the pack-out of restorable items. As we place items from the property in boxes, technicians photograph them and create a detailed inventory for both the homeowner and insurance adjuster. This action allows for complete drying and disinfection in our facility. We offer secure storage in cases where damage to the home requires reconstruction and requires no restoration for the items.

Because of the high humidity and temperatures in this part of the state, the growth of mold is often a problem after a flood because spores can set up home as quickly as 48-hours. Preventing the growth of mold colonies is the reason why quick extraction of excessive moisture and bringing the indoor humidity down with our drying equipment is crucial.

For safety reasons when dealing with black water, we utilize EPA-registered disinfectants and antifungal solutions before, during and after water extraction and drying to heighten safety and keep bacteria and mold at a minimum risk during the exposure to water.

Contact SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at (561) 413-9754 when you need assistance with flood removal in your home. Our local certified technicians are available 24/7 to handle any level of water loss in your home and mitigate loss and arrive soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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