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Restoration After Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Events

9/17/2022 (Permalink)

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The Priorities of Water Damage Cleanup

As part of the second largest county in the state, Fort Lauderdale is home to a growing population nearing 200,000. With the frequency of callouts like water disasters and emergencies, the more than a million residents of Broward County rely on SERVPRO to help with critical areas of damage recovery and cleanup like:

  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Surface cleaning
  • Mold prevention
  • Deodorization

Fort Lauderdale water damage events require immediate action from experienced professionals on our restoration team. With accreditations from the IICRC in areas like structural drying, water restoration, and microbial remediation, our talented team is ready to help when disasters strike.

Priorities of Water Restoration

Every restoration situation is unique, offering site-specific challenges to return a property to preloss condition as efficiently as possible. Some of the core components of successful mitigation and damage recovery include:

-   Extraction

When mitigation gets started for water damage in area homes, one of the key efforts of this process is removing standing water from the flooring. Pooling can spread throughout the house, impacting several flooring materials, wood trim, wall systems, and other sensitive building materials. It should be prioritized to remove any lingering water like this with tools from our stock like:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Carpet Wands
  • Submersible Pumps

-   Thorough Drying

Wet materials require thorough drying to prevent controlled demolition and reconstruction. This effort involves many tools to help regulate moisture and protect sensitive building materials and contents:

  • Air Movers - Airflow is one of the primary drying principles, and with axial and centrifugal units in our inventory, we can quickly manage surface water concerns.
  • Portable Heaters - Cooler temperatures in the drying areas can slow down productive evaporation, especially by forming invisible barriers several inches above the surface of wet materials. Heaters help to increase the temperature of drying zones to combat this effect.
  • Dehumidification Equipment - Regulating moisture content in the environment is also an important step in drying. High humidity slows drying so that dehumidification equipment can collect these moisture grains for removal.
  • Special Purpose Drying Tools - However, water damage is not always on the surface for collection and removal. In some situations, special tools like drying mats or weighted extractors must aid in relieving materials of trapped water and moisture.

-   Cleaning Impacted Surfaces

Water can leave films and soils on exposed materials, making cleanup a critical step in restoring homes “Like it never even happened.” Most surface cleaning solutions we undertake involve wiping with chemical agents. However, more advanced restoration is often needed for areas like carpeting with our hot water extraction solutions and bonnet cleaning.

-   Preventing Mold Damage

It is not a far path from water damage to mold damage, as these microbial colonies need moist environments to develop and thrive. It is a priority for our SERVPRO IICRC-certified team to regulate conditions that could result in microbial threats, often through these three potential actions:

  • Potent Products – The first direct line of defense against mold growth are the powerful sporicidal products and antimicrobial solutions that act as inhibitors on treated surfaces.
  • Regulating Moisture Concerns – Mold colonies require moist environments to develop and spread. A large part of combatting these harmful scenarios relies on managing this moisture and preventing it from becoming a lingering condition in your household.
  • Comprehensive Inspections – We utilize our expertise in microbial remediation to identify developing mold colonies and begin needed removal solutions. 

Fort Lauderdale water damage can rapidly impact homes and businesses, creating a harmful situation for property owners. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North team is an experienced unit for water mitigation and restoration solutions. Give us a call to help today at (954) 734-1006.

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