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Different Kinds of Water Damage in Dania Beach

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Different Kinds of Water Damage Need Different Kinds of Support

Different kinds of water damage can vary based on the degree of contamination in the water.  In many Davie Florida and Sunrise Florida homes, you may see these different kinds of water depending on the environment near your home (especially near the Coral Springs Farms or just regular animal owners).  Check out what Plantation offers here.

Differentiated by the change and darkness of color, each type of water could cause a different type of property damage.  Each type of damage may also require a different intensity of restoration chemicals or equipment and may be damaging to health if exposed to.

Not many people know about the different kinds of water damage  

Many usually think of flood caused by a natural disaster or from a nearby water source. While it is usually the case that these different types of water damage can be caused by some nature event of some sort, there are many other ways they can occur.  For example:

  • House hold appliances may leak, including your fridge, freezer, washing machine, etc
  • overflowing sewage or toilets/urinals
  • Unattended water sources that overflow like showers, baths or sinks
  • Damaged pipes or drainage ports that cause even further issues around the facility
  • Compromised shelters allowing outside sources of water to come in
  • Natural events that create the destruction of property causing the water damage or water to come in

Different kinds of water can come from different sources, internal or external at times. 

But water is water right?? 

Well not quite.  We tend to consider water all the same, but there are definitely different kinds of water and ways to classify them.  Each classification has to be treated differently as well.

There are THREE different kinds of water:

  • Type 1 – Is the generally safe water.  As many consider “clean water” it is not contaminated
  • Type 2 – This could also be referred to as “grey Water”, meaning it contains some contamination and would not be sanitary enough for human consumption, this can be because of soap, fat, oil, dust, dirt etc.
  • Type 3 – “Black Water”, this is water that is entirely contaminated and usually has disease causing organisms, pathogens, and other dangerous materials.  In many cases, black water may contain fecal matter or worse.

Now that you know the different kinds of water

Now you know more about these different kinds of water, you can know how to interact with them or more specifically how NOT to deal with them.  Call the restoration professionals who have the proper training and certifications to handle these different types of water damage.  We can handle types of dangers so it can be “like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage Vs Water Damage: Plantation

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Damage and Water Damage are different - FEMA 

The difference between a water damage and a flood damage is best distinguished by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood definition.

Simply put, the main difference between a flood claim and a water damage claim is where the water comes from. With flood damage, the water comes from a natural source and two or more properties are involved (if you reside in a generally residential versus rural area).

If you and your neighbors are all having water issues due to heavy rains and/or rising waters, then you are likely dealing with a flood damage. For water damage, you may have the water damage issue inside your home, but your neighbor may not.  Either source is still a problem of course.

Flood Damage

A flood is defined as a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres and two or more properties of normally dry land. Flood damage can only be caused by:

  • Overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflow
  • Collapse of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood as defined above

If the water causing damage in your home is coming from any of these sources, you are probably dealing with flood damage.  Click here to see some tips to prevent water damage in the future.  Thanks for reading!

No matter what it is considered, call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to cleanup!

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Health - Water Damage Effects - Miami

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage & Your Health

If you live in or near Miami or just South Florida in general, you know that many portions near the beach are below water level.  Even worse, these areas flood quite often and many different sources claim within the next 100 years a good portion of the area may be under water. When it comes to health - Water Damage can play a major factor.

But what effect does this have on your health?? Whether you have experienced water damage from flooding rains or from a burst pipe or leaky appliances, your health may be at risk if you do not deal with it immediately and correctly.

It will effect Health - Water Damage

Major water damage can cause foul odors, poor indoor air quality, and most importantly–mildew growth. Mold/mildew resulting from water damage can have significant health impacts, particularly on those with compromised immune systems or asthma.  These aspects are important to pay attention to for your health - Water Damage can play a major factor.

Mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in those who have asthma or other respiratory issues. Flu-like symptoms, fatigue, severe migraines, nosebleeds, dizziness, and more can all be attributed to excess mold exposure, but those who experience these conditions often believe they are merely sick or tired, completely unaware that mold is the cause of their ailments. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is possible that mold is the cause, and extremely likely if these symptoms begin following flooding rains or a pipe burst in your home or business.  Check out our Mold Safety Tips by clicking here!

Thanks for reading!  We'll better the world one step at a time by being faster to any disaster!

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Boat & Yacht Water Damage 2018: Hurricane Michael

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

It can happen to anyone.

As we've seen in the major damage of Hurricane Michael this October.

Whether you enjoy cruising the ocean blue, relaxing on sunny weekends, or taking a boating trip every summer, your yacht or boat is important to you, so you need to know how to take care of it and what to look out for that indicates yacht or boat water damage in need of professional attention.

If you suspect your yacht has been water damaged.

Don't turn anything on and don't try to fix or clean anything yourself as this can cause more harm than good. Call a professional like those at SERVPRO Plantation. Once you identify and possibly fix the cause of the water intrusion- which can include:

  • salt spray
  • slow leak
  • hurricane
  • etc.

A few signs of potential  water damage include:

  • minor blistering or bubbling of surfaces in the structure of the yacht
  • excessive mildew odor inside or on deck
  • salty buildup on surfaces inside

-a SERVPRO team can get started on cleaning any upholstery, decks, walls, and anything else infiltrated by water.

Ocean water and even brackish water, like that in the intercoastal, are particularly difficult to remediate due to the salt content and should be left to your SERVPRO team. The sooner you get a team to your yacht, the less salt damage will occur. Salt will corrode important seals, joints, and mechanical components if left unfixed for too long.

Call SERVPRO Plantation for all your yacht cleaning needs. Faster to any yacht water damage disaster SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

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Hurricane Florence Floods: Caring for the Carolinas

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Florence - "Faster to Any Disaster"

Last month, the largest storm to make landfall in the Carolinas dumped over 2 feet of water on the Carolinas over the course of 3 days. Hurricane Florence rained more in one hour over the city than the area typically gets during the entire month of September. This record amount of rainfall left homes severely damaged or completely washed away.

After the rain stopped, everyone got to work picking up the pieces of their homes and businesses to get things back to normal. During this time, local SERVPRO teams were so over-encumbered they called in other SERVPRO teams from all over the country to aid in clean-up and restoration. SERVPRO Plantation was one of hundreds of teams who responded to the call.

We loaded up two trucks , an RV, and a few SERVPRO vans and caravaned through to the Carolinas. Over the weeks that followed, we helped many families get their lives back to normal by drying hardwood floors, cleaning carpets, and ripping out soggy drywall.

SERVPRO Plantation is proud to be part of the Storm Response Team Caring for the Carolinas. Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

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Tips to Prevent Water Damage - Pay Attention to Tip 3!

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to Prevent Water Damage

 Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.Preventing the water damage in the first place is a lot easier than going through the claims process! Use these tips to get the best outcome.
Source: Farmer's Insurance

Tip 1: Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.  It's not everyday that you'd think about this as one of the tips to prevent water damage!

Tip 2: Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

Tip 3: Keep an eye on your water bill

This is one of the trickiest of tips on this list. With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

Tip 4: Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. This is one of the less expensive tips, as you can get them at your local hardware store for cheap. Use them to cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

Tip 5: Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

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Document Drying with SERVPRO of Plantation

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Document Drying with SERVPRO of Plantation Your personal documents are in good hands with our HIPAA certified document specialists.

Our team here at SERVPRO of Plantation understands the importance of your personal records and other documents. Whether it's personal financial records or medical records from a doctor's office, whenever documents are damaged, you can trust SERVPRO of Plantation to handle your document drying for you.

When we come across water damaged documents at a fire or water loss, our SERVPRO of Plantation team's top priority is getting them shipped to our state-of-the-art HIPAA-certified protected document drying facility. This means your files and papers will be immediately frozen, documented, and express-shipped to a secure location. After it arrives, it goes into a low-pressure vaporization chamber that takes the water straight from a solid ice state to a vapor without a harmful liquid state. While your documents can never be the same after water damage, we will do our best to restore them to a usable state. Take a look at our document drying and restoration process:

Step 1) Document Inventory

We barcode every box using the iCat system, allowing us to know the location of any box in our state-of-the-art facility at any time. All Documents are inventoried at the location of the loss prior to packaging and video monitored 24/7 once they arrive- so you know your records are safe.

Step 2) Document Drying

This process involves drying materials frozen by SERVPRO of Plantation using various vacuums and pressurization to achieve sublimation (meaning the ice turns to vapor without getting your documents wet again).

Step 3) Document Decontamination

Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. We use this process to kill any bacteria or other microbes without further damaging important documents.

In a CAT 3 situation (Sewage or Flood water) documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, we are dealing with CAT 3 water, therefore most of the affected documents will be contaminated; if this is the case than de-contamination is always a must.

Step 4) Document Cleaning

We will go through each box page by page to wipe down and remove dirt, soot, or other contaminants.
We have 3 levels of cleaning based on the type of soiling, and how heavy it is.

Step 5) Document Deodorizing

Many times documents that have been affected will hold residual smells of contaminants, or mildew, and will be deodorized before being returned.

Remember, when it comes to document drying Plantation is the way to go! SERVPRO of Plantation's certified team is available 24/7/365 for your emergency water damage needs.

Water Class: What Does It Mean?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Class: What Does It Mean? Call SERVPRO 24/7 for emergency service 365 days of the year.

When it comes to water damage restoration, part of SERVPRO of Plantation's assessment process includes categorizing the water loss into four standardized classes. Knowing the water class makes it easier to treat and mitigate a water loss.

Water Class 1

The IICRC defines class 1 water as:

"The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete."

What this means is that the water loss is minimal and has not been sitting for long enough to seep into dense or high permeance materials.

Water Class 2

Class 2 water is a little more difficult. IICRC defines it as the following:

"With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials."

This means that the water damage had affected an entire area of a building such as a hallway.

Water Class 3

One of the more difficult water loss situations to mitigate is a class 3.

"This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead."

This means an entire room has been affected by water damage.

Water Class 4

Class four water is the hardest to treat due to it usually being trapped water.

"This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone."

For more info on water damage, visit the IICRC here. And for faster service to any size disaster, call SERVPRO of Plantation for 24/7 emergency service and make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage? Here's What You Need To Do

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage? Here's What You Need To Do Water damage? Better call SERVPRO!

So you found some water damage in your home or business and don't know what to do next. SERVPRO of Plantation is here to help!

Step one: Identify and fix the source of the water

Has it been raining a lot lately and flooded your kitchen? Did the storefront next door have a pipe burst? Identify the cause of the water loss, and do your best to remedy the issue. If water is still coming in to the area, there's little our teams can do until the problem is fixed- even if it just means shutting off the water main.

Step two: Call SERVPRO of course!

Don't forget to call your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO! We have an emergency response team available 24/7, any day of the year. If you suffer from water damage, don't wait to call us. Letting water sit can breed hazardous mold and other harmful germs. In fact, mold can form in as little as three days! If you are unsure how long the water has been sitting, you may want to have a third-party mold test done. The point of this test is to see whether or not mold is present so our professional technicians can treat the issue accordingly.

Step three: You can help

If you don't want to wait for our team to arrive, you can start the cleanup by mopping up water and setting out fans in the area affected by the water loss to start the drying process. We'll take over with our professional equipment when we get there.

No one likes being in a water loss situation, but it doesn't need to be a nightmare. SERVPRO of Plantation has the best crew of experienced and certified professional technicians available to make your water loss situation "Like it never even happened."

Yacht Water Damage: Can It Happen To You?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Yacht Water Damage: Can It Happen To You? Your yacht is important to you- always be on the lookout for water damage.

Whether you enjoy cruising the ocean blue, relaxing on sunny weekends, or taking a boating trip every summer, your yacht is important to you, so you need to know how to take care of it and what to look out for that indicates yacht water damage in need of professional attention.

A few signs of potential yacht water damage include:

  • minor blistering or bubbling of surfaces in the structure of the yacht
  • excessive mildew odor inside or on deck
  • salty buildup on surfaces inside
Your yacht is important to you- always be on the lookout for water damage.

If you suspect your yacht has been water damaged, don't turn anything on and don't try to fix or clean anything yourself as this can cause more harm than good. Call a professional like those at SERVPRO of Plantation (or for your local SERVPRO team call 1-800-SERVPRO). Once you identify and possibly fix the cause of the water intrusion- which can include:

  • salt spray
  • slow leak
  • hurricane
  • etc.

-a SERVPRO team can get started on cleaning any upholstery, decks, walls, and anything else infiltrated by water.

Ocean water and even brackish water, like that in the intercoastal, are particularly difficult to remediate due to the salt content and should be left to your SERVPRO team. The sooner you get a team to your yacht, the less salt damage will occur. Salt will corrode important seals, joints, and mechanical components if left unfixed for too long.

Call SERVPRO of Plantation for all your yacht cleaning needs. Faster to any yacht water damage disaster SERVPRO of Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Preparation and What it Means for You

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Preparation and What it Means for You According to NOAA, flooding is a daily threat from coast to coast in the US.

Flooding and flash floods can happen anywhere and to anyone. You may not think you're at risk for flood damage, but even the highest and driest of places can be at risk, so it's important to have a flood preparation plan. But first, let's take a closer look at flooding and why it happens:

Causes of flooding-

Sometimes flooding can move in with very little warning and very quickly, we call this manner of flooding "flash flooding." Both kinds of floods can be caused by:

  • rains/storms
  • spring thaw/snow melting
  • seasonal flooding
  • dams or levy's breaking
  • tide/storm surge
  • river's over-flowing

NOAA has more information on floods and flood safety on their website.

How to build a flood preparation plan-

Know your area. Someone in the middle of the country won't have to worry about storm surge, but may be more at risk for their rivers overflowing with the spring thaw. If you are given the opportunity (in the case of severe storms or hurricanes, and other predictable phenomenon), evacuate your property. Make sure any important documents are secured in a flood proof safe. Be informed about your insurance plan- most don't cover flooding. If you feel you may need flood coverage, alter your plan before disaster strikes.

Flood preparation includes having a plan for after the fact. Know who to call for insurance purposes. Do you own the property, or do you rent? Do you have renter's insurance for your belongings? These are all questions you should keep into consideration while making your plan.

Flood waters are often category 3, also known as "black" water. This water can look safe and clean, but harbors dangerous pathogens and should be avoided, if possible. Never try to clean up water damaged property by yourself. Call in professionals like those at SERVPRO Plantation to handle the cleanup for you. 

Water Loss Restoration Equipment

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Loss Restoration Equipment This infrared camera shows us the water in the wall (indicated by blue).

When water damage threatens your property, it's important to call in a restoration company like SERVPRO Plantation to mitigate the water right away, so no secondary damages occur. Since some water can be contaminated (such as flood waters or sewage leaks), do not try to clean it yourself. The professionals at SERVPRO Plantation are highly qualified, and armed with the water loss restoration equipment and the know-how to deal with any size water loss situation.

Water detection devices

  • moisture sensors and moisture meters- detect the presence of water, and measure the moisture content (how much water is in it), respectively.
  • thermo-hygrometers- measures both temperature and humidity. This knowledge helps them set up the right kind of equipment to extract the moisture from furniture, flooring, etc.
  • infrared cameras- allow technicians to identify water in the walls that might otherwise be undetectable.

Cleaning and restoration equipment

  • extractors- either truck-mounted or portable, this equipment is for cleaning carpet and upholstery, as well as for removing moisture from floors after water loss.
  • dehumidifiers- suck moisture in from the air and condense it (it'll be drained into a bucket or directly into a sink or bath tub) the machine pumps back out dry, warm air, allowing the area to dry faster.
  • foggers- atomizes deodorizing agents into a mist or fog that can penetrate and help clean hard-to-reach places like the inside of walls.

Click here for more information on our water restoration services, or click here to view water loss before and after pictures. And remember, faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean?

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean? Don't get swamped in a water loss, call SERVPRO of Plantation!

IICRC Water Loss Categories


At SERVPRO of Plantation, we understand that you hope you never have to call us for a water loss. But unfortunately, sometimes fate has other plans. When a water loss strikes, arming yourself with knowledge is the first step to avoiding severe water damage. In the water restoration business, we have refer to three categories of water, as laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. We refer to these as categories 1, 2, and 3.





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Category 1 Water


Category 1 water is the least contaminated, and therefore the least hazardous to your well being. Category 1 water is any water that comes from a potable water source. However, just because a water loss is has category 1 water doesn't mean that the issue should be ignored. Category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 water is left standing.


Category 2 Water


Category 2 water is defined by the IICRC as "having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested." This can include water from sources such as backed up drains, dishwashers, and toilet overflows that contain urine, but not feces. If you believe you have a category 2 water in your water loss, it is even more important to seek professional help, such as SERVPRO of Plantation, immediately. The microbial growth that can occur in category two water can be hazardous to your health, and should be removed as soon as possible.


 


Category 3 Water


The final category of water that can occur in a water loss is category 3 water. This water is defined by the IICRC as "the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth."


Scary stuff...


Category 3 water requires special remediation techniques due to the highly hazardous nature of the water, and should only be cleaned up by an IICRC certified restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Plantation. Attempting to clean a large category 3 loss without professional knowledge or equipment can lead not only to loss of property, but also damage to your health.


No matter what category of water you find in your water loss, SERVPRO of Plantation has the equipment and know-how to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."


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Can You See What We See?

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

This is an example of the pitfalls of "Do It Yourself" work when a water intrusion takes place. Untrained property owners sometimes don't know what they do not know.

Case in point: In the attached photo, a customer insisted "everything was fine" here.  At first glance she appeared to be correct. The wall was intact . . . the paint wasn't bubbling . . . everything SEEMED to be normal.

Our advanced detection equipment proved otherwise. Take a look at the blue streaks in this infrared camera image. The streaks show where water had impacted the wall from a flood up above.

We disobeyed our customer, and checked out this area despite her assessment that "all is dry." She's probably glad we did, because we're certain her tenants would want to know the water damage is properly mitigated to prevent microbial growth

Yeah, We Do This!

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Sewer backups are more than downright gross -- they are potentially dangerous. Sewage and other forms of "Black Water" are "grossly contaminated" and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. We strongly encourage customers to refrain from tackling these jobs themselves. Sometimes hiring a trained, certified professional is well worth the investment -- most importantly for your health!

Is the Association Responsible for My Condo Damage?

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

 We enter situations frequently where condo unit owners ask, "Isn't the condo association responsible for paying for / drying out the flood in my unit?"

   We always reiterate that we are not attorneys, and that the unit owner should consult one if they desire a better answer than we could provide. I just read a blog by Herb M. Milgrim, Esq., a local attorney that represents incdividual condo owners. (http://www.floridacondoattorneys.com/condo-mold-and-water-damage/) seemed to sum up concisely what we've experienced in these situations. He writes:

   "I get hundreds of calls from condo owners that have suffered some type of damage due to toxic mold and water intrusion from the condominium common elements like the roof and plumbing as well as damage from other units.  Most people think that the Condominium Association Insurance will cover all of their damage.  While it is true that Florida Condominium Associations are responsible for maintaining the common elements and are required to provide insurance for the building, most Condominium Insurance Policies have mold exclusions or have very limited coverage for damage due to mold.  In addition, most people don’t know that Florida Condominium Owners are required to have insurance on their own units. Section 718.111 of the Florida Condominium Act  sets forth the insurance requirements for Condominium Association and for the Individual Condo Owners.  Typically the Association is responsible from the drywall out and the individual unit owner is responsible from the paint inward. That means, if a common pipe bursts without any warning and all of your furniture and personal property gets damaged,  you won’t be able to recover unless you have insurance on your condominium unit or unless you can prove negligence on the part of the condominium association or some other party. The standard insurance policy that individuals usually obtain for their condominium unit is what is called an “HO6″ Policy.  This policy provides coverage for the Dwelling and for the Personal Property or contents of the unit."

Courtesy: http://www.floridacondoattorneys.com/

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Saving Money for the Insurance Company, and Headaches for the Customer

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

We could have ripped out the tiles (they were popping up) and torn out the cabinets (they were wet) and probably have gotten away with it. It would have meant for a much larger job, and more money for us as the restoration provider.

But it also would have meant more costs for the insurance company and a lot more headaches for the elderly resident whose condo suffered full-bore water damage from a broken water heater.

Properly dried and appropriately managed, the cabinets needed relatively small repairs - in place of an all-too-frequent total replacement recommendation, which can cause substantial delays for the customer whose main concern was to get back into her home healthy, clean and dry. And the tiles, which had begun to lift and unsettle due to the water intrusion, could be repaired and solidified using an injection stabilization procedure. More often than not, restoration providers would recommend total tearout of the continuous matching tiles throughout the unit, complete with a packout and a turnaround time exceeding into multiple weeks.

By repairing these items instead of replacing them, we were able to save the insurance provider tens of thousands of dollars and get the homeowner back into her residence much earlier.

Repairing isn't always an option versus replacing. But in this instance we were glad to have the opportunity to do things the right way for our two customers -- the insurance company and the senior citizen homeowner. We are proud, and appreciate the opportunity to toot our horn.

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006