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Botched Mold Removal Causes Debilitating Illness, Lawsuit Says

December 21st, 2018 Posted by Mold Remediation, Mold Removal, News, Professional Mold Removal, Water Damage 0 thoughts on “Botched Mold Removal Causes Debilitating Illness, Lawsuit Says”

Contractors did not remove dangerous toxins from behind walls…

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Living with South Florida Tropical Storms

August 1st, 2017 Posted by Mold Removal, News, Water Damage 0 thoughts on “Living with South Florida Tropical Storms”

 Living in South Florida, we experience tropical storms that roll in quickly, some which sit over us for a few days, and others that pack a strong wind gust along with constant rain. Sometimes, our homes are not equipped or prepared to handle the unforgiving rain that finds a way to penetrate thru a roof, a stucco crack, or any path of least resistance to get inside your property where it does not belong.

Our company, South Florida Water and Mold Restoration has a motto, “One Call Does It All” and what that means to you as a customer, is we can assist you with our resources to minimize the damage on any storm related problems or water intrusion. We can quickly tarp your roof to protect the property from further damage, we perform emergency water extractions 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can dry out wet building materials with our state of the art and updated commercial drying equipment and techniques and bill your insurance company. Our staff is trained on the use of thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters, and certified by the IICRC.

Further, since we are a full service company and a licensed General Contractor, we can restore your property quickly and assist you with your insurance claim and meet your adjuster to ensure you are paid sufficiently to pay for your damages. In addition, sometimes with little or no out of pocket expense to you.

If you have any questions about water damage, mold remediation or restoring your property, please give us a call at 954-923-3340.

Water Heater Leaks in Condominium

September 15th, 2015 Posted by News, Water Damage 0 thoughts on “Water Heater Leaks in Condominium”

We have received many emergency water damage phones calls with regard to water heater leaks that occur from the upper floors of a condominium building. In many cases, if not detected immediately, this type of leak will affect the units below where the leak originated.

Even a small size water heater can hold 30 gallons of water and that much water can cause some serious damage. If the tank develops a leak, it could be a non-stop drip or stream of water being released until the tank is empty. However, if the leak goes undetected and the water shut-off valve is not closed immediately, the water in the tank will continue to replenish, making a huge mess especially if you not living there full-time to notice it.

Beside the water damage mess this can cause to your unit, you may also be liable for the water damage caused to all the units affected that are below you. As you know, water will continue to travel until it has found its resting place and we have seen as many as 10 units affected from one water heater leak. A leak of this type does not shrink or go away on its own, in time, it will get significantly work so it’s important to respond quickly to fix the problem.

Some of the signs of a leak from your hot water heater may include:

  1. Water on the floor around the hot water heater;
  2. Discoloration of the floor and/or wall around the hot water heater;
  3. Mold on the floor and/or wall around the hot water heater;
  4. A musty odor in the area where your hot water heater is located. A musty odor is a sign of mold, and if you smell that odor, it means you likely have mold somewhere in your home, even if you don’t see it. Since mold often grows in hard-to-spot areas, like inside walls, under carpet and linoleum, and inside heating and ventilation ducts, it’s not unusual to smell mold but not see it.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if your hot water heater is leaking or if something else is going on. Condensation around the hot water heater can sometimes make the floor wet and cause mold to begin to grow.

Once you have confirmed it is the water heater that is leaking, pay attention to the location of the leak, is it coming from the top or bottom of the heater?

Some things you should do immediately to prevent further damage:

  1. Turn the power off to the water heater at the circuit breaker – water and electricity are a dangerous combination;
  2. Turn off the water supply to the heater at the cold water shut off valve – most water heaters will have a valve located above the water heater (by code they are required to be here) that will shut off the water supply. This valve will either have a handle that you have to pull down, or a gate valve (essentially a dial) that you will have to turn clockwise to close. If you have a large, serious leak and cannot reach the water shut-off valve safely then you should find the main shut-off valve for the property and close it to stop the water supply to your water heater. Shutting the water off should slow and may even stop the leak depending on where it is coming from.

It is highly recommended that you call a professional plumber to repair the water heater.

If mold has not formed, but you have wet building materials such as drywall, baseboard, or a laminate floor, for example, it is a good idea to have a water damage mitigation specialist place air movers and dehumidifiers in the area of the leak to dry out the wet building materials before mold begins to grow.

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South Florida Water Damage and Direct Insurance Billing

July 7th, 2015 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “South Florida Water Damage and Direct Insurance Billing”

If you experience water damage in your South Florida home, you may decide to file a claim with your insurance company to pay for the costs to restore your property especially if there is permanent damage. Typically, there is a deductible that the homeowner would have to absorb before the insurance company would issue a check. Many times, the homeowner does not have the extra money sitting around to pay for the costs to hire a professional water damage restoration company. Understanding this limitation, we will bill your insurance company directly, while keeping both you and the insurance company informed throughout the drying process. We eliminate the headaches of water damage and insurance claims and get you back to normal in a dry and safe environment as fast as possible.

It’s not surprising that Water damage in South Florida accounts for more than 75% of property claims and filing a claim can be intimidating. For this reason, it is important that you go over your policy in detail before you have a claim, because water damage coverage depends on the specific cause of the water damage and the policy language of your specific policy.

Below is a list of some common water damage claims:

  • Your washing machine malfunctions, overflows (something we have seen many many times), and floods your home or an ice maker line is broken; Most of the time water damage caused by a malfunctioning appliance is covered by property insurance;
  • Water from a broken pipe in your home or business causes damage to your structureThis can be a little tricky. In general damage from a burst pipe is covered, but some policies exclude damage caused by a pipe that has been leaking over time. So in general, if a pipe breaks and water goes all over the place, it will be covered. But if a pin hole leak causes damage that you don’t notice for some time, it may not be. That’s why it is so important to know your policy.
  • Water leaks through your roof during a heavy rain storm damaging your home or business; The water damage to your property would be covered in the typical policy. Also water entering through a window broken in the storm would also be covered.
  • Water from the soaked ground seeps into your property soaking floors and walls. Usually damage from seepage is not covered because it is considered a maintenance issue. However, if the water is the result of area wide flooding, you would be covered if you had a Flood Insurance policy. Property insurance does not cover damage from floods. You must purchase Flood Insurance for that type of protection.

Prompt attention to a water intrusion is always the best approach to prevent further damage, and the formation of mold growth. If you experience a water damage or flood in South Florida, please call South Florida Water and Mold Restoration immediately to discuss the best approach to your problem. We have trained staff available 24 hours a day to serve you.

The best way to reach us is by calling 954-923-3340 and be sure to have your insurance policy information ready. If you don’t have insurance, we can still assist you with our negotiated self- pay program which will also allow you to minimize the damage being caused by a water intrusion.

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South Florida Water Damage

June 15th, 2015 Posted by Water Damage 0 thoughts on “South Florida Water Damage”

South Florida Water Heater Leaks and Mold Growth

Experiencing a water heater leak can be very frustrating as the water can leak inside the wall detected and travel around the perimeter until it becomes visible either by evidence of standing water, or by visible mold growth on the walls, baseboard and/or carpet. This is especially concerning for people who own or live in apartments or condominiums as the leak will almost always penetrate through to the floors below. If gone undetected, it can cause a tremendous amount of water damage and mold growth. For all those property owners that live in South Florida only part-time, this story is an eye opener: the wall undetected and travel around the perimeter of the room until it becomes visible either by evidence of standing water, or by visible mold growth on the walls, baseboard and/or carpet. This is especially concerning for people who own or live in apartments or condominiums as the leak will almost always penetrate through to the floors below. If gone undetected, it can cause a tremendous amount of water damage and mold growth. For all those property owners that live in South Florida only part-time, this story is an eye opener:

Case Study:
A few years ago, we received an emergency call from the owner of a local condominium who lived in another state most of the time. The owner had received a bill from FPL and the amount of the bill was unusually high considering they only live here for a few months out of the year. The owner sent someone in the unit to adjust the thermostat as FPL suggested. When the unit door was opened, water came pouring out, and at least 2-3 inches of standing water was seen throughout the unit.

The cause of the problem: the water heater was leaking, and the heating element inside the water heater was working overtime to heat the new water entering the tank, thus a large electric bill. The water had been leaking for quite some time as the walls from floor to ceiling were covered with visible mold growth. In addition, the ceilings were also moldy from the condensation which developed from the air space becoming fully saturated with humidity as a result of the standing water.  All of the contents inside the unit such as photographs, books, furniture, linens were all water and mold damaged and could not be salvaged at all.

After shutting off the main valve to the water heater, the first course of action was to remove all the standing water with powerful truck mounted water extraction equipment. Then, we placed large commercial grade dehumidifiers throughout the unit to remove the moisture in the air and bring the humidity inside the unit down to below 60%. Humidity levels above 60% inside a property have a greater risk of developing or growing mold, recommended humidity levels should be 40-60%.

Due to the significant mold detected, we did not use air movers (fans) to dry out the unit as we normally would. The reason being that air movers would only serve to blow the mold spores around the air and make it a more difficult environment for the workers to complete the water damage restoration and subsequent mold remediation.

Once the humidity levels were within normal range, the entire unit was demolished, all contaminated walls, bathrooms, kitchen, and baseboards were safely removed and discarded. Once all mold contaminated building materials were removed, we utilized commercial grade air scrubbers to recycle the air, and we proceeded to micro clean and hepa vacuum the entire unit, all horizontal and vertical surfaces, and applied antimicrobial solution to all areas.

Luckily, the owner had homeowners insurance to cover the cost of the water damage restoration, mold remediation and reconstruction; however, they were slightly under-insured, and did not get the full value of all their contents that were destroyed. We worked closely with the insurance adjuster to agree on the scope of work necessary to restore the property, and the owner agreed to sign a Direct Insurance Billing authorization. As a result, the owner received a fully reconstructed unit without any out of pocket expense to them for our services.

Some lessons learned from this case study are:

1. schedule someone to check the inside of your property regularly if you are absent from the property for any length of time;

2. consider shutting the main water valve off while you are away;

3. review your homeowners insurance policy, make sure you have:

(a) mold coverage – minimum coverage of $10,000

(b) confirm your coverage limit is sufficient should you experience a total loss including drywall, baseboard, bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, and personal contents, this can add up quickly!

Most importantly, if you have a flood, water damage, or in need of a mold remediation, call South Florida Water and Mold Restoration, Inc. as soon as possible in order to minimize the potential for South Florida water damage.

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