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Hurricane Michael And Water Damage

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Hurricane Michael And Water Damage

Intro

Hurricane Michael a category 4 hurricane made land fall in the Florida Panhandle. When it arrived, it was record braking hurricane. Many areas in the Panhandle were hit very hard.

Mexico Beach has been destroyed by the damage…

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/11/us/hurricane-michael-tropical-storm-wxc/index.html

Panama City was hit by 150 miles per hour winds and there is damage everywhere:

https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/hurricane-michael-devastates-panama-city-1341670979783?v=raila&

And many of the surrounding beaches, towns and cities where hit. 

Water Damage In Panama City

Water Damage In Panama City

 

Residents Need Help

Many residents were left without water and electricity. The images are of the clean up show that there is significant help that is needed.

Large companies like Apple have announce that they will be donating money for Hurricane Michael relief:

https://www.cnet.com/news/tim-cook-apple-will-donate-to-hurricane-michael-relief/

 

Our Team Is There To Help

We are a Miami based water damage restoration company, and we have deployed a specialized team from South Florida to areas affected.

Their main job is to help with clean up of any residential or commercial property that has been affected.

We are ready to help every community in need, and we feel a responsibility to assist. We will be helping with water damage clean up in Panama City & Tallahassee areas. 

InsInstalling A Roof Tarp

Installing A Roof Tarp

 

Tarp A Roof

Many people will have damage in their roofs. A great way to avoid water damage to your home is to put a tarp. We will be helping residents with tarp installation, so if you have a roof leak please give us a call.

In addition, here are a few articles that may help if you were hit by the storm:

 

Insurance Claims

First of all, insurance claims are the main way that a home or business owner can get back on track from all the devastation. We have helped hundreds of clients with their claims through the years. And we will be ready to help you.

We work with all insurance companies like:

  • Citizens
  • Universal
  • People’s Trust

If you have insurance but you are not sure if the damage you had is covered we can point you in the right direction.

Call us at: (305) 428-2192

 

Water Damage

Water Damage

Many people do not realize that water damage is one of the most devastating effects of a hurricane. Yes the winds destroy many roofs and structures, but water gets everywhere and it is very hard to deal with.

Water damage can be cause by:

  • Flooding
  • Blown Off Roofs
  • Roof Leaks
  • Cracks
  • Busted Pipes

Not only water can cause damage, but you also have to worry about dangerous mold growing. Do not neglect the water because if mold grows it is extremely hard to get rid off.

 

Contact us if you need help in your community!

The Process of a Water Damage Dry Out

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Water Damage Dry Out Picture

Water Damage Dry Out Picture

Water damage can leave you in a position where you’re not sure how to act. Not only is your home or property potentially impacted by the water itself, but there may be a variety of other issues present, not to mention potential health hazards as well. An important step you need to take before you begin the repair and reconstruction process is making sure that the structure is adequately dried out. While a flood or burst pipe can cause damage in seconds, the drying process is a lot more drawn out.

First, it’s important to mention in the overall response to water damage, the dry out is generally in the middle of the process rather than at the beginning. Before you start drying, you need to use items like dehumidifiers to minimize the chance of mold growing, as well as remove any standing water. This standing water could pose a potential health hazard, and it won’t be safe for you or any restoration professionals to work in until it’s gone. Other potential safety issues that are worth looking out for include:

  • Making sure power is turned off to the building or home
  • Checking for any gas odors or leakage
  • Making sure the building is structurally sound

Generally, this only applies to major flooding situations, so you can skip this step for smaller water damage that’s confined to one area or one room. Another good idea to do before you dry is take photos of the home for insurance purposes.

For the actual process of drying, it’s important to be thorough, as there are many things beyond what you may see at first that can potentially retain water. A good case example of this is the attic. Insulation can easily get soaked and lose its effectiveness. Wet boxes or storage can lead to potential cracks in the ceiling below.

As a start, in this or any room, you want to open the windows in your home in order to promote natural air flow, but professionals will bring along added equipment to help in this process. Air movers are essentially massive fans that help circulate airflow throughout the room. In addition, the same dehumidifiers used to keep mold from growing after the initial cleanup will serve a similar purpose during the dry out stage. In addition, keeping the environment dry minimizes the chance of swelled or warped floors and furniture.

The thing that tends to drag out the dry out process the most, though, is taking the time to look at every portion of the affected area for moisture. We already mentioned insulation, but molding, backboards, and wallpaper are all going to need to be removed in order to get rid of trapped moisture. Wallpaper may be a bit of a surprise here, but the reason for this is that it creates a “seal” that holds moisture in the wall. Other extreme but necessary methods may include drilling holes into the drywall in order to help them dry out faster.

One other final piece of the dry out process that goes on parallel to this other work is containment. Wet areas in the home will be taped off while drying is going on to ensure that heat and suction is going to the rooms that need it most. The dry out crew will also check the surfaces as well as readings to see how well the drying is progressing. When it is finally done, you can start redesigning the room to make it livable once again.

There are a lot of different working parts to a dry out, and doing so properly is essential to making sure that your home isn’t permanently impacted. The ideal way to do this is to make sure that you have professional help and support, and that means working with Total Care Restoration. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help your property recover after severe damage, whether it’s due to a plumbing failure or weather issues. In addition, we make sure that we’re able to bill your insurance company for our services instead of leaving you on the hook.

Water On Pavement

Water On Pavement

Leaving Town Before Hurricane Season? Do This First

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Leaving Town

Leaving Town

Hurricane season can do a number on your property. We’ve already seen massive storms like Hurricane Harvey and Maria wreak havoc on homes across the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. But as these southern coastal areas heat up for the summer, you might be thinking of leaving town during the height of hurricane season. If you won’t be around for any potential storms, make sure you prepare your home for hurricane season by doing the following:

Clean Out Your Gutters

Water will collect on the roof of your home if there are a bunch of leaves and debris in your gutters. This can overwhelm the structure of your home, leading to leaks and structural damage. Make sure you clear away this debris before you skip town for the season.

You don’t want to come home to see a bunch of water collecting on the roof of your home, or worse, a massive leak in your living room or bedroom. Cleaning out your gutters won’t cost you a cent, just an hour or two of your time.

Move Valuables Away from the Windows

You’ll also want to move your valuables and furniture away from the windows while you’re out of town.

Windows can turn into danger zones during hurricane season. You can even go so far as to buy window guards or covers, but if you don’t have the time or money, make sure nothing of value is in harm’s way. The carpet, drapes or furniture could get wet while you’re gone, leading to the spread of mold and water damage.

 

Guy & Hurricane Shutters

Guy & Hurricane Shutters

Caulk Windows and Doors

Water can seep into your home in all kinds of ways during hurricane season.

Take a few moments to caulk your windows and doors with some caulking gel. These small cracks and openings leave just enough room for water to get inside, flooding your entire home. Seal these openings around your home as much as possible to prevent even a small amount of water from slipping inside.

Trim Trees and Branches

All those large trees and branches around your property can turn into deadly weapons during hurricane season if you’re not careful.

High winds can rip the branches off a tree and send them shooting through one of your doors or windows, causing all kinds of headaches for you when you return home.

Take A Little Time Do The Extra

Tt’s a good idea to get rid of some of the potentially dangerous branches and trees before you leave town. Anything near a window should be taken down.

If you’re not sure how to get your home’s landscaping in shape for hurricane season, call a professional in your neighborhood. They’re probably used to trimming trees and branches for those worried about tropical storms.

Tree On House

Tree On House

Double Check Your Insurance Policies

It’s vital that you check your home’s insurance policies before you leave the area. You never know what kind of a mess you’ll have to deal with when you return home, so now is the time to make sure your policies are in good standing.

In addition to flood insurance, you’ll also want to check for wind insurance and other policies that might help you cover any unexpected damage to your property. Let them know that you’re leaving town and it might take you a while to submit a claim if anything goes wrong.  If damage does occur you may want to consider hiring an adjuster.

 

Every homeowner should do everything they can to protect their property before leaving town for hurricane season. If you’re not sure how to protect your home from potential water damage, contact the professionals at Total Care Restoration to learn more.

Water Damage Stains

How to Get Rid of Water Damage Stains

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Water Damage Stain

Water Damage Stain

Even after you handle the root cause of water damage or a leak, chances are that there’s still going to be plenty of reminders out there of what happened, particularly water damage stains.

Various Areas Can Cause Water Stain Damage

While it may seem odd that something we associate with being clean can leave a stain, water damage can do just that, whether it’s from minerals in the water itself or dirt brought up in the water from a variety of different areas.

The important thing to understand about water damage stains, in Southern Florida or anywhere else, is that the approach to get rid of them varies based on the intensity of the damage and the surface stained.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common areas for water damage staining and what you can do. But what about preventing damage stains before they even happen?  If interested please click here.

Ceiling Drywall

Chances are that if you’re dealing with water damage from above, this is probably going to be the first place that you see it. The first thing you want to do in these scenarios is to check for any mold that may be left from the initial leak. If that’s clean and the leak is taken care of, you can get started. When the drywall fully dries out, it’s not that hard to get rid of the stain. Use these following steps to help:

  • Combine chlorine bleach and water together
  • Then wash the stained area thoroughly with a sponge. This may not clear the stain itself but will kill any residual mold.
  • After the drywall dries again, add some stain-blocking primer and repaint the affected area.
  • Please note if you haven’t painted the ceiling in a while, the area may look brighter than the rest of the ceiling.
Water Drops

Water Drops

Wood

Whether it’s furniture or decorative pieces, water damage on wood is extremely frustrating, from warping to stains.

The Good News? You have homemade options

There are a few things you can do. If the stain just appeared, you can take advantage of a few homemade options like using an clothes iron, emptying the water, plugging it in, then applying it briefly to a piece of fabric on the table.

A dab of toothpaste or even mayonnaise (as bizarre as it may sound) scrubbed gently on the area makes a good second option.

Upholstery

Chances are that you look at your favorite couch or piece of furniture just about every day, which makes it that much more annoying when there’s a big water damage stain sitting there.

One good homemade solution is to start with a combination of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Be sure to test it first to see if it causes additional spotting before applying it to the area.

When you get the right balance, lightly mist around the stained area and blot as you spray with a white microfiber cloth. Speed up the drying by aiming a fan or hair dryer at the area as you do this.

The Double-dosage of Stress

Stains are small forms of water damage, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating to deal with. On top of having to clean or even possibly replace a piece of furniture, water damage stains are often a smaller indicator of a larger issue. Thes issues can lead to a double-dose of stress.

The best thing you can do in this is case is make sure you call a water damage repair specialist. A specialist can help you deal with situations as they arise. This can apply doubly somewhere like Southern Florida, where the weather can make water damage a common concern.

IICRC-Certified!

Total Care Restoration is here to help when it comes to water damage repair. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help protect your home.

 

Emergency Water Damage Repair

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Help Emergency

Help Emergency

An emergency water damage repair skill set will come handy in Southern Florida’s tropical and hurricane season. You never know when your home might fill up with water due to torrential rainstorms and volatile ocean waves. If you are leaving town before a tropical storm or hurricane follow these

If this happens to your property, you’ll need to call an emergency water damage repair company to help clean up the mess.

To better prepare for this nightmare scenario, learn more about what the water damage repair process looks like and how it can affect your home.  You may be also curious about what to do first before that tropical storm or hurricane damage comes. If so, read on here.  If leaving

1.  Inspect the Damage  

The first step is to survey the extent of the damage to your property. Some mild flooding may only require some light vacuuming.

However, if a massive tropical storm has wreaked havoc on your home or office resulting in several feet of standing water, the damage can be quite extensive. 

Minimize Your Damages 

Flooded Housing

Flooded Housing

 The amount of time the water has been sitting around your property will also affect the extent of the damage. That’s why it’s best to call an emergency water damage repair team as soon as possible once you detect a leak. 

2. Removing The Water 

Once the water damage restoration team understands what they’re working with, they will need to start removing the water. This is usually done using a water pump or vacuum.

Find Mold Remediation Specialists 

 Then the team will need to remove the water as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of mold and other bacteria. This part of the process may take several hours or the better part of a day if the entire room is filled with water.

If water has been absorbed into absorbent surfaces like pieces of fabric, upholstered furniture, or porous building materials, the crew will need to vacuum these surfaces or remove the furniture altogether.

If you want to learn more about removing water stains from furniture check out this: How to Get Rid of Water Damage Stains

3.  Drying Out Water Damage 

Once the standing water has been removed, it’s time to start drying out the space and removing the rest of the moisture. This involves:

  • Opening the windows
  • Using fans
  • And dehumidifying the space

It can take several days for a space to dry once it’s been flooded with water. 

Mold Can Become A Serious Problem 

Mold tends to grow during the aftermath of a flood, so it’s best to remove the water and start the drying process as soon as possible.

The Center for Disease Control lays out some robust guidelines for how you can protect yourself from mold and bacteria after a flood. Mold can be very dangerous for the health of anyone living in the home or business that is affected.

Mold spreads very quickly and it is very difficult to get rid off.  If you find mold, call us immediately as it can spread everywhere.  In addition, you may want tips on how to prevent mold.

4.  Cleaning Affected Surfaces and Personal Items 

Once the space is dry, it’s time to start sanitizing and cleaning all affected surfaces using antimicrobial cleaning agents and products to prevent the spread of mold and mildew. You’ll also need to start going through your personal items that were affected by the flood.

The EPA has laid out a set of water damage guidelines to make this part of the process easier. They have instructions for what to do with damaged items depending on what they’re made of and how long they’ve been exposed to water.

Smaller items that are not that valuable like books and larger porous items, including some building materials like fiberglass and ceiling tiles, might need to be thrown away. You can use these guidelines to determine what stays and what needs to go in the trash. 

Damaged House

Damaged House

5.  Restoring the Space 

To fully restore the space and make it livable again, you may need to replace some items that were affected, including structural elements like tiles and flooring, support beams, fiberglass insulation, drywall, and other essentials. This process may take several days or longer if you need to extensively rebuild the space.

Dealing with water damage can be stressful. That’s why it helps to have a trusted water damage repair specialist handy in case of an emergency. If you live in Southern Florida, contact the pros at Total Care Restoration for all your water damage repair needs.  A claim might be needed for your damage repairs.  Learn more here about hiring an adjuster.

We’re IICRC-certified, which means we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help protect you and your loved ones from mold and the spread of disease.

Contact us today to learn more! 

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Do You Have Hurricane Damage To Your Property?

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Weather patterns have shown a dramatic uptick in the occurrence of catastrophic storms in the last few decades. For many coastal regions, a sad fact is that it is only a matter of time before disaster strikes.

If you have been in the path of a hurricane, and have sustained damage to your property it can be a shocking experience. In addition, it can be hard to think logically and swing into action when such a devastating event happens.

Here are some basic guidelines that you can use to deal with the situation effectively. 

Assess the damage

The process of assessing hurricane damage can be quite dangerous because there are many factors to be aware of on the surrounding property. Working around downed power lines and live wires can pose serious harm to you and your neighbors. When cleaning up around the property, you must also beware of damaged trees or dangling tree limbs that could be hiding these live wires from view.

If it looks like the property has sustained structural damage, do not enter the building. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a building has sustained that kind of damage, so it’s wise to use caution when entering any building after a storm.

Once it is safe to enter the property, work on getting an accurate assessment of the damage so that you can notify your insurance company. Be sure to consider sources of hidden damage as well, such as water damage, which could cause mold growth if not dealt with in a timely manner.

Most likely the power will be out at the very beginning, so it’s good to have a flashlight available. Use extreme caution when using an open flame in a place that has sustained hurricane damage. You never know if there is a gas leak. To be even more safe, you should have a fire extinguisher handy at all times. 

Mitigate further damage

Once the storm has passed, and it’s safe to enter the property, you can begin to do some things to help mitigate the damage. In addition, a good water damage restoration company can help you prevent more damage. We work with most insurance companies, so we can help mitigate damages and the insurance company will cover the cost.

If trees, branches or debris have fallen around the property you can begin to clear it away. If the roof of the property has been compromised, cover it with a tarp to prevent more water from getting inside.

Remove wet rugs or carpets from the property to prevent water damage to the subfloor. It’s a good idea to open windows and doors to get air flowing into the property if possible to help dry the area. Always wait until you contact the insurance company before hiring any contractors unless it’s an emergency situation that requires immediate repair. 

Consider Hiring An Adjuster

We always recommend hiring an adjuster. An adjuster will work on your behalf to make sure the claim goes smoothly. In addition, they will know how to properly do the claim so you get the most amount of coverage.

If you decide not to use an adjuster then: 

Call the insurance company

The sooner you call the insurance company, the better. If you are serious about getting reimbursed for damages, you definitely shouldn’t wait until the roof is caving in. Or even worse, if mold growth has taken over your home or business. Not to mention the fact that many insurance companies limit the time you can file a claim after a catastrophic event has occurred.

In preparation for contacting your insurance company there are a few things you need to have ready so that the process can be as efficient as possible. 

Home or Business Inventory List

Hopefully you are one of those people who is very meticulous about keeping track of your valuables. This is one instance where it will really come in handy. If you are able to present a list of your damaged home or business inventory, you will be able to file claims much more easily than if you are still scratching your head trying to figure out what to include in the insurance claim when the insurance adjuster arrives.

As we already mentioned, you could also opt to hire a public adjuster, which is a person who can come and help you accurately assess the value of your property and the repair costs. 

Questions for the Insurance Company

If you are not fully aware of what your policy allows for, then having a list of questions for the insurance company can be a great idea. Many times, insurance policies allow for things such as an additional living expense allowance while your home is being repaired.

If you don’t already know, it’s also smart to find out what the hurricane/windstorm deductible is on your policy. That way you will be prepared for the cost when the bill comes in. 

Contact Us For Water Damage Restoration

Our home is Miami, and it’s been years since we had any hurricane damage in Miami. However, we understand that every hurricane season is different, and we can get hit at any time.

Good luck, and contact us if you have had any hurricane damage to your home or business.

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration Tips

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Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage can be caused by everything from severe weather to faulty plumbing, but whatever the reason, it will always require prompt attention. This is because every hour that passes without mitigation has the potential to cost much more in repairs down the line.

It’s the property manager’s responsibility to take emergency action in dealing with the situation because the insurance company is more likely to cover restoration costs if the damage was dealt with in a timely manner. Depending on the amount of damage done, there are some things you can do to help mitigate the situation while you are waiting for a restoration company to arrive and give a broad assessment on repairs and track the source of the damage. 

This is how a commercial water damage cleanup looks like!

Here are the steps to take after any water damage to your business or property. Remember, it’s always better to call professionals to help you restore your business.

 1. Shut Off Water

If the source of the damage is faulty plumbing, then it will be necessary to turn off the main water line to prevent further damage to the area.

2. Turn Off the Power

The area that is damaged by water could be dangerous if there are exposed outlets or appliances in the pathway of standing water. If it’s safe to do so, shut off power at the electrical panel to minimize the risk of electric shock.

3. Stay Clear of Black and Grey Water

If you encounter discolored water pooling in the area, stay clear of it. It could be very toxic and would need to be dealt with by professionals. If you do decide to go ahead and remove it, ensure that you wear protective gear so as to minimize and prevent exposure. Wear goggles, gloves and protective coverings on your face and exposed skin.

4. Remove Furniture

From the Area If it’s safe to do so, and you have followed the above recommendations, then consider removing anything that could be damaged by standing water such as furniture and rugs and curtains. Put them in a place where they can dry out if possible.

5. Mop or Vacuum Excess Water

If you can, try and remove as much moisture from the area as possible. You can use a mop and a bucket or a wet/dry vacuum to suck up some of the moisture while you are waiting for the restoration company to arrive.

6. Pull Up Carpets

If there are obviously wet carpets with moisture pooling underneath, then you will need to pull up the carpets to prevent further damage to the subflooring. This is a crucial first step because if you have wood flooring underneath the carpets, it can be very difficult to repair once the water damage has accumulated over time.

Thankfully, many times all you will have to replace is just the carpet padding. Once the carpets dry out, you can oftentimes reinstall them after they are cleaned.

7. Use a Fan and Dehumidifier

If possible, get some ventilation into the area by opening windows. You can also use a fan and dehumidifier to dry out the area as much as you can. This will help stop the propagation of mold growth. In reality, you will probably need multiple industrial grade dehumidifiers to properly dry any area.

8. Watch Out For Toxic Mold

You will want to wear protective gear while working on the water damage area. You should wear:

  • Googles
  • Gloves
  • Face Mask

This is because you could potentially expose yourself to toxic mold spores which can begin growing in as little as 24 hours.

Black toxic mold, one of the most toxic molds to humans, takes about a week to start growing. If you suspect the water damage has been happening for a while, then take special care not to expose yourself to this sometimes deadly form of mold. If you find mold contact us to help you with a commercial mold remediation.

9. Call A Restoration Company

Restoration companies can help mitigate serious commercial water damage, but it’s imperative to call them as soon as you realize there is water damage because the faster they respond, the less it will cost you down the line. Water restoration technicians have special procedures and state of the art tools to remedy the situation. They utilize modern drying machines and dehumidifiers that can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

They can also lookout for signs of water damage that is occurring outside of view behind walls and underneath flooring.

Here are tell tale signs of water damage:

  • Peeling Paint
  • Peeling Wallpaper
  • Visibile Moisture
  • Mold Spores
  • Dampness
  • Musty Odors

It’s always best to get a professional opinion to help with restoration so no damage goes unnoticed, causing further issues in the future.

We can help you with a full commercial water damage restoration in Miami, Broward and all of South Florida.

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