Cleanup of Smoke and Soot
Smoke and Soot
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sunrise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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Commercial Water Damage
WATER DAMAGE EVENTS
Flooding and water damage events at Sunrise and Lauderhill commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Sunrise
SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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Wildfire Damage Event
DID YOU KNOW?
The active wildfires in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Sunrise monitors wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Sunrise can Help®.
About SERVPRO of Sunrise
SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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8 Things to Consider When Filing Your Commercial Fire Damage Insurance Claim
If you’ve just had fire damage to your commercial property, there are some important points to consider.
There’s a lot in the handling of these situations that some insurance companies won’t necessarily bring to your attention on their own. Having a solid understanding of the process, will help ensure you protect your own interests in the fire damage claim.
Below are 8 some important points to consider:
- Normally--for water damage--you send the insurance company documentation of the damages. But how do you do this for items or property that has been destroyed by fire damage? Are there good “before” pictures of the same space, on your phone or website, that you can compare with the “after” photos of the damage? Does your bank have record of the blueprint from when they helped you finance the property? Does your business account have record of furniture, equipment, etc that you purchased for the space? These would be good places to start-- but you’ll want to ask your adjuster/agent for more specific protocol and requirements.
- Is it a good idea to make repairs and restorations yourself? (Your insurance company will pay less, but your premium may not increase as much. Weigh the costs and benefits of each option)
- How did smoke--or water from fighting the fire--affect your electronics, equipment, and structural integrity; and how do you claim those damages to trigger better coverage?
- When making repairs--make sure your insurance company does not cut corners by using companies or contractors that repair/restore with materials containing lead and asbestos. That could lead to greater costs--and health risks--down the line.
- Find out how your policy addresses code coverage, and Green building upgrades.
- If your coverage is limited, what can you do about it? How can your agent or a public adjuster help?
- During the claims process, your insurance provider may engage a forensic accountant. Find out their role, which financial statements you are required to produce (and why). You should also ask if you can--and should--recast your financial statements. Don’t hesitate to get input from an accounting professional you trust, as well as your agent.
- Find out what can be included as extra--and expediting--expenses, and what the difference is.
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FACTS of Hurricane Season
HURRICANE SEASON FACTS
- While hurricanes pose the greatest risks, tropical storms and depressions also pose serious threats due to flooding, rain, winds, waves, and tornadoes
- Slow moving storms produce more rain and flooding than swift moving storms
- Hurricanes mostly occur from June to November when seas are warmest. Peak season is August to October
- In the lead up to a storm, ask friends and relatives outside the storm's path if you can stay with them to avoid staying in large shelters
- Know your home. If your South Florida home was built after 2002, it's designed to withstand some hurricane force winds. In the event of a tropical storm or non major hurricane, sheltering in place may be your safest option
- Due to COVID-19, even under storm conditions, masks are not enough, continue social distancing if sheltering outside home and wash your hands often.
Storm or Flood Damage?
When Storms or Floods hit Sunrise, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Our teams are prepared with equipment strategically located in case of flood or storm emergency in our area including Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac, Plantation and Fort Lauderdale. Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Faster to your Storm Damage in Sunrise
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Sunrise provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Sunrise arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Our teams are prepared with equipment strategically located in case of flood or storm emergency in our area including Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac, Plantation and Fort Lauderdale
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We are in Hurricane Season
Hurrican Season Arrived in SE Florida, get Ready!
It's hurricane season. Why wait until you're in the cone of uncertainty to prepare?
Determine your risk
Find out what rain, wind and water hazards could happen where you live.
Hurricanes bring many hazards to the Florida coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rain, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.
Develop an evacuation plan
If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, here are some tips to help plan:
- Identify trusted sources for evacuation orders
- Have multiple options of where to go and how to get there
- Have a "go bag" of supplies
- Plan for your pets and kids
- Be prepared to leave immediately
Assemble hurricane emergency kit
It's important to have enough supplies before disaster strikes, but also enough supplies for the aftermath. Electricity and water could be out for at least three days, so prepare accordingly.
- Food and water
- A full tank of gas
- Medicine and prescriptions
- Batteries, phone chargers, radio
Don't forget to plan for pets and kids as well.
With COVID-19 and other risks, it's also recommended to have a few extra masks, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectant wipes as well.
Get an insurance checkup
Before disaster strikes, check in with your insurance agent to make sure your policies are up to date.
- Make sure you have enough homeowners insurance for repairs or replacement if needed
- Check coverage for your car and boat, too
- Keep documents with you
Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. It's a separate policy
Strengthen your home
If you're riding out the storm in your house, here's how you can make sure it's in good shape if a storm passes through:
- Cover windows: Have proper plywood or metal panels to board up the windows
- Trim trees
- Secure all doors
- Secure loose outdoor items, patio furniture
- Move your car to a safe location
Help your neighbor
Before and after hurricanes and during evacuations, check in with your neighbors, especially senior citizens and Call us at 954-748-7887
Complete a written plan
Write down your hurricane preparedness plan now, before it's too late:
- Have a contact list (family, friends, doctors, utilities, vet, etc.)
- Have at least one contact outside the storm impact area
- Keep your important documents together
- Know your evacuation zone
- Determine where you'll go if evacuated
- Have your supplies ready
Fire Safety Tips You Need
Hot and warmer months are ahead! We picture lightning bugs, fireworks, barbecues and some fun nights with family and friends.
Warmer months bring about cookouts, bonfires, roasting marshmallows and so much more. But when you’re having fun, safety tends to take a back seat. So what can you do to help prevent fires?
While spring and summer bring lots of fun, they also bring an increased risk of fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year?
With safety being brought to the forefront, here are some top fire risks:
Barbecuing, cookouts…all fun, but also can be quite risky! With a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, grilling out can lead to danger easily. Before grilling, do a quick little inspection to make sure the grill is in good working order with no leaks. It should also be placed at least three feet away from anything flammable and cleaned in between uses. While cleaning in between uses seems to come naturally, almost 20% of grill fires are caused by improper cleaning.
Fire Pits or Fireworks
Fire can be so relaxing, as long as it’s contained in a fire pit! And fireworks to help celebrate events are also super exciting, but while these things are fun, it’s easy to let safety slip your mind. Never leave kids unattended around a fire pit or fireworks. Keep a bucket of water close to the pit. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and when you’re ready to put it out, do it slowly to keep from scattering embers. Fireworks are the same, so keep a fire hose close and water them down before throwing them in the trash.
Chimneys and Dryer Vents
With our hot temps, you probably don’t even have a fireplace. But if you do, now is the time to give it attention. Have the chimney inspected and cleaned every year. A buildup of ashes can cause serious damage. Your dryer vents can also become clogged, so take the time to clean the pipes.
SERVPRO of Sunrise technicians are on hand 24⁄7 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your Sunrise, FL or surroundings home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call 954-748-7887 and experience the SERVPRO difference.
How to Prevent Basement Water Damage
How to Prevent Basement Water Damage
There is a lot to be said for having a house with a basement. Not only is it great for extra storage and a place to hide out from any severe weather threats, but it also opens up the potential to expand your home’s square footage if it is a finished area.
Overall, there are many pros to having a basement, but it is important to also acknowledge the cons that they can present.
Having a house with a basement can be a drawback when it comes to water damage. While not every basement will have water damage in its lifetime, it is something that many are notorious for due to their unique construction.
Fortunately, by being aware of the signs of water damage in the basement, homeowners can catch things before they grow out of hand. If you suspect water damage, it is important to be sure to address it as quickly as possible so you do not have a much larger issue on your plate.
Preventing Basement Water Damage By Knowing the Signs
Unpleasant, musky odors. The water that leaks into a basement is often clean water, but that does not mean that musky odors can’t still develop. Water leads to mold and mildew growth, and as the water evaporates and leaves the bacteria behind, a musty odor can develop. Oftentimes, this odor is the very first thing that homeowners notice when they have water damage on their hands.
Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Water damage can sometimes be temporarily masked with paint, which is the route that many well-intentioned homeowners take initially. While this may temporarily “solve” the problem, it is not a long-term solution by any stretch of the imagination. Water will always find its way in if there is an underlying problem, which can lead to issues with paint over time such as cracks, flakes and chips.
Foundational cracks. As temperatures fluctuate and the ground shifts and settles, it is normal for hairline cracks to develop throughout the home’s foundation. However, any cracks larger than a hairline should be immediately examined. Cracks that occur on the ceiling, walls or floor are often signs that water damage is occurring somewhere within the home and leading to damages.
If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.