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Historically Fast Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage Restoration

5/21/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen counter with melted appliances and soot covering everything Team SERVPRO technicians are certified to remediate fire damage effectively. They have access to the latest equipment to help restore your home.

SERVPRO Delivers Fort Lauderdale Fire Cleanup

Too often, meaningful memories of the beauty and grit of the past disappear during periods of change. Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue came close to losing a fundamental connection with early 20th-century local leaders' courage and dedication after a devastating hurricane nearly demolished the entire city in 1926. Francis Abreu, the architect of many of the stunning mansions still thrilling Fort Lauderdale visitors a hundred years later, accepted a commission in 1927 to design Fort Lauderdale Fire Department's West Side Fire Station Number 3. Abreu's beautiful Cuban farmhouse-style station celebrated the Mediterranean Revival and emerging Mission trends with elegant style. 

After 75 years passed, decommission of the aging building, now called Station 8, occurred during the construction of a cutting-edge fire and rescue facility for 21st-century Fort Lauderdale. The state-of-the-art Station 2, completed in 2004, supports firefighters, which in turn helps Fort Lauderdale fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO. When fire damage is minimal because of an effective and fast response from a well-equipped fire department, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) streamline the process of returning properties to previous conditions through safe and professional:

  • Rapid removal of firefighting water followed by structural drying
  • Smoke deodorization 
  • Coordination of essential repairs and reconstruction

Fortunately, the replacement of outdated facilities does not require the demolition of a historic building. Active and retired firefighters and civilian volunteers instead envisioned a new life for Station 3. The Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum is the result, refurbished to its former glory, and housing vehicles and equipment that teach young and old about the evolution of firefighting over the last 100 years. Locals and visitors enjoy immersing themselves in the ambiance of Fort Lauderdale's firefighting history, honoring the past through learning while having hands-on fun.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors, works as closely with the fire department as with property owners during fire damage restoration. Call (954) 516-7611 once your home or commercial building is ready for assessment and a recovery plan.

Understanding Expected Costs of Fort Lauderdale Water Restoration

5/2/2023 (Permalink)

water leaking from a pipe Water leaks can come from a multitude of sources. Our IICRC trained team is always on call to begin water damage remediation.

Expenses Related to Water Restoration 

Restoration work is rarely cheap due to how many moving pieces exist to get your life back to normal. After water damage, you can expect that many areas of your home impacted require immediate attention, drying, cleaning, and even repairs. All these play a part in the expenses incurred, even if you rely on your home insurance policy to cover most of the cost.


Water restoration in Fort Lauderdale homes starts with mitigation. We have to address the most pressing concerns immediately, and our 24/7 availability is invaluable to this process. Initial costs of the recovery process include:

  • Water removal
  • Bulk material discarding
  • Securing the structure


After all the initial work in securing your home from water damage, now our professionals begin the work of restoration. Recovery efforts combine methods and approaches to remove the presence of water and moisture while preserving the impacted structure and contents. Processes include:

  • Drying - We have hundreds of drying tools to make the shortest work of wet areas in your home. 
  • Cleaning - We use proprietary cleaning products and mold inhibitors to restore soiled surfaces and prevent microbial threats.
  • Content Management - Our specialists inspect contents individually for on-site or off-site cleaning and drying needs.

General Contracting Requirements

The money you might have to pay to cover your deductible or to afford the total restoration cost will often include any repairs and reconstruction required. We assess the structural integrity of exposed systems and assemblies to determine where build-back services and repairs are necessary. For example, water damage could mean compromised plumbing, replacing drywall, or reinstalling portions of the flooring.

Those intending to keep costs as low as possible for professional restoration and recovery services would not be alone. Understanding what out-of-pocket expenses affords can be vital in knowing what to expect from restorers and choosing the right team to help. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors, at (954) 280-6212.

Why Water Damage Restoration is Not a DIY Project

4/21/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale Equipment Trailer. Always on the scene ready to help our community.

As seen this past week in Broward County, Water damage can happen at any time, and when it does, it's important to act fast to prevent further damage. We witnessed some of the most historic precipitation including over 25 inches of rain in a matter of hours. However, when it comes to the repair process, some homeowners make the mistake of trying to tackle the job themselves. In this post, we'll discuss why fixing it is not a DIY project and the mistakes that homeowners make when attempting it.

FEMA Guidelines and Rules for Insurance Claims in Florida

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is not following the guidelines and rules set by FEMA for insurance claims, most homeowners aren’t even aware of the guidelines let alone have a full understanding of its importance, here’s a link for more info. Insurance companies have specific requirements for documenting and filing claims, and failure to follow these instructions can result in the claim being denied. SERVPRO has established experience working with insurance companies and can help homeowners navigate the claims process.

Improper Repairs Being Costly

Another mistake that homeowners make is attempting to make repairs themselves without the proper training and equipment, Sorry but utilizing your house fan to dry a flooded room won’t actually get the job done correctly. Improper repairs can result in additional damage to the property and can end up costing homeowners more money in the long run. Part of SERVPRO being a leading restoration company in the nation is having the resources and equipment necessary to properly repair water damage and prevent further damage from occurring.

The Importance of Proper Equipment

Proper equipment is essential for effective water damage removal. Homeowners may not have access to the specialized equipment that professionals use, such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and moisture meters. Without this equipment, it's difficult to ensure that all the moisture has been removed from the affected area, which can lead to mold growth and other issues.

The Potential for Mold Growth

One of the biggest risks of DIY water damage restoration is the potential for mold growth. Mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours after water damage occurs, and it can spread quickly if not properly addressed. We here at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors have built a reputation of getting the job done right the first time to eliminate mold growth, which can be difficult for homeowners to do on their own.


In conclusion, water damage restoration is not a DIY project. Homeowners who attempt to tackle the job themselves can make costly mistakes and even harm themselves in the process. It is important to work with a professional company that has the experience, equipment, and expertise necessary to properly repair water damage and prevent further damage from occurring. If you are unsure the effects of our most recent rain event, let us know and we can schedule a free assessment. By doing so, homeowners can ensure that their property is restored to its original condition and that any potential health hazards, such as mold growth, are eliminated.

A Comprehensive Recovery Solution for Fort Lauderdale Fire Damage

4/5/2023 (Permalink)

smoke alarm servpro poster SERVPRO advises testing your smoke and fire alarms every six months to help prevent fire damage to your Fort Lauderdale property.

The Scope of Restoration After Fire Damage

Because this metropolitan area is so extensive in the state, Fort Lauderdale homes and businesses are plentiful. When disasters like fires impact structures in the city, our SERVPRO team can help with a fast response and focused attention where it is needed the most. Our commitment to fast service prevents more significant harm to the property.

Fort Lauderdale fire damage can be destructive to the structures where it occurs. Even the prompt arrival of first responders to extinguish the blaze can leave behind water damage, soot and smoke residues, and harsh odors to contend with when professionals like ours arrive. Our experienced FSRT-Certified technicians have products and equipment to help recover your house after fire losses.

Improving Post-Fire Conditions with Mitigation

  • Inspection - Our crew chief or production manager can review the entire property, catalog loss, and pinpoint restoration priorities.
  • Removing Hazards - Many post-fire conditions can put house occupants at risk, from faulty structural integrity to water damage. 
  • Air Filtration – Volatile environments are typical after a fire gets extinguished, so it is an early action of restoration technicians to use HEPA filtration tools to reduce contamination and hazards.
  • Relocating Contents – SERVPRO professionals must remove any contents impacted by fire damage and relocate to a clean area of the residence or our facility for focused restoration and storage.
  • Removing Damaged Materials -Eliminating debris and bulk materials from the property is important in firmly assessing all hazards, structural issues, and safety concerns. 

Understanding Variances of Soot Damage

The type of smoke damage plays a part in how cleanup is approached. We have several options for smoke and soot residues like:

  • Wet Smoke - Moist soot deposits have the same corrosivity expected with soot particles but the added challenge of potential smearing and staining. Alkaline cleaners and solvents work to manage these delicate situations to protect underlying host materials.
  • Dry Smoke - Dry deposits are among the easiest to clean but expect more widespread structural damage from the high heat combustion moving quickly in the structure. The light film can often be vacuumed with HEPA filtration products and then addressed with chemical sponges.
  • Protein Residues - Kitchen fires are a common reason for restoring fire damage, and these emergencies create some more challenging scenarios. Grease and protein residues become a thick soil deposit on surfaces, requiring strong solvents to dissolve and emulsifying products to separate soot from materials for wipe cleaning.

How Threatening Are Odors?

The fire damage restoration process is not complete without decisive action against harsh malodors in the workspaces. Combusting various materials can create volatile conditions that make comfortable living impossible. Our professionals utilize several deodorization tools and potent masking, pairing, and neutralizing agents to overcome these strong effects. With focused attention on this issue, smells can often be addressed rapidly at the end of the main restoration phase before reconstruction or repairs get underway.

Post-Fire Repairs and Reconstruction

Simply cleaning up after fire and smoke damage is rarely all a home or business needs to return to preloss condition. Structure fires are notorious for being destructive to installed building materials, and our experienced professionals must perform several actions throughout the recovery process to remedy these losses. From early controlled demolition and emergency repairs to full-scale reconstruction needed in areas of your home, our general contractor license benefits customers.

Fort Lauderdale fire damage can be highly destructive in many cases, making it a costly and lengthy restoration. We work with your insurance company for approval to provide a fast service with positive results. Give our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors team a call today at (954) 516-7611.

Effective Recovery of Fort Lauderdale Water Damage

4/5/2023 (Permalink)

water extraction wand and handle servpro poster Water damage in Fort Lauderdale home have you down? Call SERVPRO--We have the equipment and expertise to make it "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning and Mitigating Water Damage Threats

The fast movement of water in a home after a leak in the plumbing or malfunctioning appliance can allow a property to become overwhelmed by migrating loss effects. Water Restoration Technicians accredited through the IICRC are ready to help with structural drying, water removal services, mold prevention, and content cleaning.

Fort Lauderdale water damage impacts homes and businesses. With a population of more than 180,000 in the municipality, restoration teams like SERVPRO must be prepared for flooding, leaks, and other water emergencies that could threaten structures. As leading restoration professionals for Broward County, we can provide a full-service solution from mitigation to repairs.

Emergency Services After a Disaster

There is no convenient time for disasters to occur, so when they do, you need assurance that competent restoration professionals are on their way to help. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7, and with stocked production vehicles, we can begin emergency services for water-damaged homes as soon as possible. Early actions our technicians and contractors can take to help include:

  • Water Extraction
  • Utility Repairs
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Content Relocation

Early Water Removal Approaches

When water pools on the flooring surfaces of your residence, the resulting water damage can be substantial. Many of these materials are porous or semi-porous, allowing absorption and saturation to become factors preventing efficient drying and recovery. Part of the objectives for efficient mitigation is removing standing water using a combination of wet vacuums, submersible pumps, and other special extraction units in our inventory.

What Tools Are Necessary for Drying?

Because water cleanup is one of the most essential actions SERVPRO professionals can take after water damage, our professionals have hundreds of tools and equipment to help. The inventory is especially adequate with the Large Loss portion of our restoration services. However, having multiple air movers, dehumidifiers, portable heaters, and extraction units can also benefit residential restoration.

The Science of Effective Drying

Psychometry is one of the primary studies for our restoration professionals working in water damage restoration and recovery. Understanding the behavior of water and moisture with materials and open spaces can improve cleaning and drying times. Effectively drying your property through evaporation and other chemical processes occurs as a balance between three principles:

  • Airflow – The movement of air is the foundation of efficient drying. Using axial and centrifugal air movers placed at 45-degree angles against wet surfaces, we can continually evaporate surface moisture of salvageable building materials.
  • Temperature – The warmer surfaces are, the faster chemical processes can occur. Introducing heat to the drying process and affected materials allows molecules to move quicker, improving the drying speed and the effectiveness of surface cleaning solutions.
  • Humidity – Moisture in the air can slow the progress of drying considerably. When the maximum relative humidity of the space is reached, drying stalls entirely, and we must regulate moisture removal through desiccant and low-grain refrigerant dehumidification.

Full-Service Contractors

Many types of repairs and reconstruction approaches are necessary after water disasters like burst pipes or flooding. Our general contractor license allows us to complete a range of needed build-back services beginning in the earliest stages of mitigation with controlled demolition and emergency repairs. We assess and evaluate total construction needs as recovery efforts are ongoing.

Fort Lauderdale water damage can be one of the most hazardous and destructive conditions for area homes. Knowing how to mitigate loss and dry the structure thoroughly after these emergencies is why so many trusts the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors team. We are available 24/7 at (954) 516-7611.

The Importance of Prompt Fort Lauderdale Mold Damage Cleanup

4/5/2023 (Permalink)

mold colonies SERVPRO poster Mold colonies in your Fort Lauderdale home? Call the remediators at SERVPRO to restore your property and contents "Like it never even happened."

How SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage

Mold is always a threat to area homes, as many property owners might not notice the effects of active colonization until the organisms reach the living space. With the destructive capacity of these microbial growths, SERVPRO can respond fast with certified remediation professionals.

Is Mold Expected in Fort Lauderdale?

Many do not understand how likely Fort Lauderdale mold damage is despite how common this callout is for restoration professionals. Intense storms common along this massive coastal city can directly impact homes, condos, businesses, and shops. When lingering moisture is a concern for any structures in Broward County, mold and microbial growth are often not far behind.

Early Actions Help Reduce Damage Effects

Mitigation focuses on any damage your home or business might experience, including mold and microbial effects. Prioritizing efforts to protect your home and its contents from hosting colonies can make remediation faster and more productive. Some of the early mitigation objectives include:

  • Moisture Management – Because moist and damp conditions are the root cause of mold and microbial growth; it is naturally a mitigation priority to eliminate this water damage concern and resolve areas allowing moisture penetration.
  • Content Relocation – Relocating the contents of your residence is also a priority. We can move personal belongings to a safe area in the house or our SERVPRO facility for cleaning, deodorization, and climate-controlled storage.
  • Repairs or Demolition – SERVPRO professionals identify structural damage and work to remove any materials that could pose a safety hazard from collapse, breaking, or weakening.

How Does Remediation Work in Your Home?

Choosing the right remediation method for mold damage in the house can be less straightforward than it might appear. Careful consideration goes into this decision, as failing to successfully remove mold colonies from sensitive materials might result in their removal or further deterioration. We use information gathered during mold inspections to direct the remediation actions to follow, including:

  • Surface Treatment – This process involves using powerful cleaning agents and sporicidal products to remove surface mold damage and prevent further colonization.
  • Abrasive Cleaning – A more aggressive method using pressurized air or water with an abrasive media like dry ice to eliminate more embedded mold infestations.
  • Controlled Demolition – A final measure of mold removal where the only remaining option is to remove affected hosting materials entirely.

Overcoming Musty Smells from Mold Colonies

One of the telling signs of active colonization is a musty odor. This byproduct of mold development results from the presence of volatile organic compounds in the environment created by the organisms. With how widespread and intense these odors can be in the house, it is essential for restoration and remediation professionals of our team to work to reduce the severity and ultimately neutralize the scents entirely.

Keeping Mold from Coming Back

One of the priorities of our responding technicians is taking all necessary actions to ensure that the mold damage stays gone. We have many methods of protecting your property, including applying mold inhibitors. One of the most efficient paths to preventing recurring microbial threats is resolving the cause of the moisture damage that facilitated the colony growth. With a general contractor license, we can quickly manage repairs and build-back needs for the property to seal structural vulnerabilities.

When dealing with Fort Lauderdale mold damage, many homeowners might not know how to proceed and what is best for their property. With how severe these situations can become, it is vital to move quickly with professional remediation. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors team can help homes through each step of this process. Call now at (954) 516-7611.

Clearing Fire Damage in Fort Lauderdale Homes

4/4/2023 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Occurs in Several Ways 

Fires are among the more common cleanup and restoration calls that our team receives. Because these situations can rapidly get out of control, we must know how fire damage spreads and how best to address the effects to get life back to normal. 

The Impact of Smoke 

Cleaning up fire damage in Fort Lauderdale homes means addressing the impact of smoke damage on the property. Smoke solids and soils can substantially threaten a structure after a fire gets extinguished. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with cleanup in several ways:

  • Soot 

Partial combustion creates carbon particles that affix to surfaces and contents. Soot is one of the most formidable hurdles of fire damage restoration, requiring multiple approaches to safely remove without destroying the hosting material. From solvents and detergents to abrasive media blasting, we have several approaches for eliminating soot.

  • Airborne Contaminants 

Contamination is a concern for the environment. Airborne particulates and smoke solids create a volatile atmosphere for responding professionals. We can manage many carcinogenic threats using HEPA filtration products and UV cleaning. Cleaning up spaces like the HVAC ductwork can also directly impact the volume and concentration of airborne contaminants.

  • Odors

Clearing harsh smells is another obstacle created by the generation of smoke during a fire. Strong and offensive odors penetrate porous materials and overwhelm smaller spaces in the house. We utilize several deodorization tools and products to neutralize malodors even after the restoration completes. 

Fire damage can be traumatic and stressful for your household. Many obstacles exist with removing smoke and soot damage from the house, and SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors is here to help you get your life back to normal. Call us at (954) 280-6212 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Performs Water Damage Repairs in Fort Lauderdale Businesses

3/2/2023 (Permalink)

servpro fire and water cleanup on side of van SERVPRO is stocked and ready to repair your water damaged commercial enterprise in Fort Lauderdale

Protect Your Commercial Property from Water Damage

Business and safety plans are building blocks for all successful business owners in Fort Lauderdale and worldwide. You should include a reputable restoration company in your safety resources to protect your office space, warehouse, or retail storefront. Only a certified team of experts can help you when there is flooding, thanks to a storm or a plumbing issue. Finding a company that is quick to act and readily available is crucial.

Water damage repairs in Fort Lauderdale commercial real estate should be manageable.

SERVPRO meets the requirements of expertise, speed, and availability to help with the cleanup of water disasters and is available 24/7. Relying on your daily cleaning crew may seem reasonable when problems happen, but you may need to catch up in your efforts. Comprehensive water restoration involves more than drying the space and spraying air fresheners. Instead, it requires industrial-strength equipment and advanced technology to detect damage and areas of risk. Among the tasks we undertake, you should expect to see the following-

  • Humidity control with the help of desiccants, wet/dry vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Use EPA-approved products to clean individual surfaces and purify the air. Cleaning solutions typically include antimicrobials to control mold growth and spread.
  • Compliance with environmental and industry regulations applicable to your business and detailed work documentation. Our team can also help with the insurance claim process and its supporting evidence when appropriate.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central/Wilton Manors is ready to handle water emergencies of all sizes in commercial settings. Call us at (954) 516-7611, and let us show you what a successful water restoration team can do.

SERVPRO Provides Effective Mold Removal and Prevention in Fort Lauderdale

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

IICRC logo Our trained AMRT crew remediates mold damage in Fort Lauderdale properties.

How Can Homeowners Prevent Mold Contamination in Fort Lauderdale?

Once mold has formed a colony in your home or business in Fort Lauderdale, most clients want to arrange mold removal as quickly as possible. The best approach is to call in the experts to identify the location of the mold and the source of the moisture contributing to the formation of the mold. Mold colonies can form almost anywhere with the right conditions:

  • High humidity
  • Source of moisture from leaks or AC units
  • Organic food sources, which are abundant in our homes and buildings
  • Warm conditions

SERVPRO mold remediation technicians in Fort Lauderdale can remove most of the mold from your home or business and identify the ongoing moisture source contributing to mold growth. Our team identifies the source of moisture and can assist in rectifying the situation. Otherwise, there is a high probability that mold infestations will occur again. Count on our IICRC-certified AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians to make your house appear "Like it never even happened."

Mold removal processes depend on the extent of the infestation, the area it is located in, and how invasive it is. Mold inside walls, on porous materials, and on non-porous materials require different approaches. Extensive mold infestations may require specific inspections and documentation protocols to be followed by local and state laws.

SERVPRO mold removal services are extensive, with the safety of residents and employees being our top priority:

  • We follow all local and state protocols regarding mold reporting and removal
  • We identify the source of moisture and humidity and propose solutions to avoid additional infestations
  • We provide controlled demolition of damaged contents and structure
  • We spray biocides for extermination
  • We create negative pressure spaces to prevent the further spread of mold spores
  • We bag all contaminated materials in place to avoid further distribution
  • We follow all industrial processes.
  • Our building services team can help with restoration, repair, and reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors, for mold removal services. We provide service to Fort Lauderdale and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (954) 516-7611.

Water Damage Repair - Calm After the Storm in Lauderdale Lakes

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

flooded residential street; palm tree in background Residents in our area know a thing or two about extreme weather. But rest assured, SERVPRO is always standing by when storms happen.

Water Damage Repair Cleans & Protects Your House

Extreme weather can wreak destruction to homes and other properties in Lauderdale Lakes. SERVPRO knows how to make everything "Like it never even happened." We carry out water damage repairs and other services, erasing the effects of storms.

One of the skills we use with families in Lauderdale Lakes who need water damage repair services is de-escalating the stress caused by the situation. Instead of rushing to take care of everything that needs cleaning, repairing, or replacing yourself, our professional restoration experts are ready to take care of these tasks for you.

Here is a short list of the things SERVPRO's crew can handle for you after a storm leaves your home needing water damage repair:

  • Drying and dehumidification,
  • Cleaning surfaces and removing debris, and
  • Ensuring entryways and windows show no damage.

We can make your sunroom dry and tidy again if it feels damp. Did the wind push more than some light rain spraying through an open window? We can give the area the attention it deserves and ensure it dries out with little to no additional damage. Although we adhere to IICRC standards, we also use our experience when we need to modify something to obtain better results for our customers.

When the wind pushes the rain around, it carries silt and larger debris wherever it goes. We can clean exterior areas or interior places that show flooding. Sometimes all it takes is a quick wash-down with a high-pressure hose to make something look immaculate again. Such minor treatment is perfect for debris-filled driveways, decks, and other outside places. We always scale our services to your exact needs.

Your security matters to us. We know that doors and windows are much more than decorations on the exterior of your property. We can check for proper latching and ease of opening and closing and repair anything your family might have a problem using.

At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Central, Wilton Manors, we want to help you and your family. We do this by restoring and protecting your property. Call us at (954) 280-6212 for repairs and other restoration services.