Dealing With Property Vandalism in Florida

Vandalism Recovery

Though vandals will often target abandoned properties, sometimes they turn their destructive tendencies towards occupied homes and offices. The effects of vandalism can be wide-reaching—costing the property owner thousands of dollars and creating fear of future incidents. If your property has been affected by vandalism, follow these steps:
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Tropical Storm Nestor Expected to Hit Panhandle

Tropical Storm Nestor Expected to Hit Panhandle

The tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon. Tropical Storm Nestor will continue to strengthen and is expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle, near Panama City, sometime Saturday morning.

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The biggest threat of this storm will be storm surges, with surges of up to 5 feet along the Florida Gulf Coast from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach. There is a Storm Surge Warning in effect for these areas. Winds are forecasted to be strong, with gusts of up to 50mph possible. Tropical storm force winds are likely late Friday night along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Isolated flash flooding in possible through Saturday night. Up to 6 inches of rain is possible in the Florida Panhandle. “Residents should prepare now for the chance of flooding & power disruption,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted Thursday.

 

The Dangers of Soot

It doesn’t seem that dangerous. It’s just the byproduct of a fire… maybe from a chimney, a furnace puff-back, even an over-zealous gas grill. When the fire is out, you should be able to clean up the soot residue easily, right? Not so fast! Soot has some characteristics that everyone should consider before attempting to clean. Those who perform fire damage work understand the dangers of soot. So do emergency personnel like firemen. In fact, outdoor soot is regulated by the EPA, classified as a criteria pollutant. Consider these facts about soot.
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Six Common Water Damage Causes

water damage repair west palm beach, water damage west palm beachThe last thing anyone wants is to have to deal with a water damage catastrophe at their home or business. Here at Regency DRT, we have compiled a list of six different common causes for water damage. Through understanding some common water damage causes, you can know what to watch for at your home or business.

Leaking pipes

Leaking pipes are perhaps one of the most common causes of water damage. Whether it’s a result of your pipes being old and rusted, a broken garbage disposal, tree roots growing through your lines, pressure from being clogged, not being fully attached to the pipe next to them, or some other issue, leaking pipes can release water that slowly damages your home or business, possibly without you even knowing it. If the water pressure coming from your pipes is abnormally low or your water is an unusual color, this may be a sign of a leaking pipe.

Backed up sewer line

Backed up sewer lines are a cause of water damage that carry an additional threat with them that many other causes don’t: they spread harmful bacteria from the sewage. Backed up sewer lines can result from being blocked or from heavy rainfall. One of the ways you can avoid this problem is through only flushing products that are safe to be flushed.

Accidents

Common accidents like leaving the sink, bathtub, or hose running can result in a bit of a water damage catastrophe to your home or business. Although you can try to prevent them by being cautious, sometimes life happens, and you, a family member, or an employee slips up, resulting in damage to your property.

Broken or old household appliances

The pipes and hoses of appliances like your fridge, water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine can cause water damage as they weaken and begin to crack or rust. This could be caused by regular wear and tear, your appliance just being old, or another underlying problem with the appliance. You can help avoid damage from this problem by regularly checking the pipes, drains, and hoses for any damage and fixing them quickly when you discover anything wrong with them.

Malfunctioning air conditioners

Air conditioners are a must-have, especially in West Palm Beach. However, they can also be a culprit for water damage. The damage could be a result of the unit being installed incorrectly, a blocked drain line, the air filter being dirty, the seals being poor, a broken condenser pump, or another problem with the AC unit.

Weather and natural disasters

Water damage as a result of rain or other precipitation and hurricanes is one of the most obvious causes of water damage to your home or company and one of the most common. Unfortunately, weather conditions cannot be controlled, but you can prepare for poor weather to minimize the harm.

Through being informed on the common causes of water damage, you are better equipped to prevent them from happening. If any of these causes or others results in water damage to your property, make sure to contact experienced professionals like Regency DRT located in West Palm Beach to help you restore your home or business back to its original state.

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Spotting and Addressing Water Damage Before Buying a Home

water damage cleanup port st lucie water damage port st lucieBuying a home can be an anxiety-ridden experience for both the seasoned and first time buyer. Owning your own home is very rewarding in many ways, but you should be aware of any previous damage done to the home before you buy. One of the main things you should watch out for when you are purchasing a home is signs of any previous flooding in the house requiring water damage cleanup. Here are some tips on how to spot water damage and deal with it before purchasing.

Keep Your Eyes Open

During an initial walk-through of a home, you should always keep your eyes open for signs of mold and mildew. You can also, many times, smell mildew before you see it, so utilize your sense of smell as well. Not all mold is detrimental to your health, but letting mold run rampant in your home is not a chance you want to take. Black mold is especially dangerous and you should immediately call your local water damage cleanup crew to assess the damage before you buy.

Check for Soft Spots

Water damage that has been left for a long time can leave some other clues even if there are no outward signs of mold. Black mold can grow on the inside of walls and underneath floors and can be just as risky for your health when the spores are airborne. While you are walking through, make sure you notice if there are any soft spots in the flooring, especially in kitchens, laundry rooms, or bathrooms. You should also feel along the walls for soft spots and dampness. Even if you do not feel any damp spots, you may feel some bubbling where water separated the paint from the drywall.

Location, Location, Location

Location is a huge factor in the home buying process and its variables include more than commute time and quality of schools. If you are seriously considering a home, you should check where it sits on an elevation keyed map. If it is located in a valley, near a river that floods, or near a coastline with frequent storms, then you should make sure that there is a good grade decline away from the perimeter of the home as well as an effective draining system. Call a professional to inspect it if you are unsure.

Call A Water Damage Expert

Having an inspection done before buying a home can be very beneficial, but if you are concerned about water damage at all, you should have a water damage cleanup professional like Regency DRT in Port St. Lucie inspect as well. Many problems can go unnoticed when a home inspector walks through the home because he or she is checking for various issues at the same time. A seasoned water damage professional will know the signs of water damage immediately, and furthermore, the company can give you an estimate that will help you negotiate the price in your favor with the current homeowners. It is important to contact a water damage cleanup specialist before you buy because there are some homes with flooding damage that might make you think twice about purchasing that particular house.

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Professional Soot Removal Is Key!

When a fire happens in any residential or commercial property, smoke and soot become major issues that need to be taken care of quickly. Smoke and soot damage goes way beyond what the human eye can see and seeps deep into all parts of a property’s structure, insulation, furniture, and appliances. There are plenty of places smoke and soot damage that you may not ever consider.

Cleaning smoke and soot damage correctly will require professional help. The IICRC educates, trains, and certifies companies and individuals in high-quality smoke and soot removal and cleanup so that homes and businesses are not permanently damaged by fire residue. Without professional, industry-level removal and cleaning, many properties are not habitable after a fire. Professional fire damage restoration services are a must!

Soot Damage and Soot Removal

When soot and smoke residues are left sitting on a surface for long, the impact can be devastating. Soot and smoke residues are corrosive and will continue to cause destruction until the surfaces are cleaned properly. Not only do soot and smoke leave behind damaging residues, but the odor left after a fire is nearly impossible to clear. Because of how difficult it can be to deodorize, clean and restore smoke and soot damage, it is essential to call in professionals.

Call The Professionals At Regency DRT!!

Located in West Palm Beach, Florida and servicing the surrounding areas, the professionals at Regency DRT are highly trained, educated and experienced to provide the best in smoke and soot removal, cleanup, and restoration. Our team works around the clock so that we are there when an emergency happens! Fire disasters are unpredictable and our team is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that we can be there for you during your time of need.

Don’t rely on soot removal crews that do not provide the quality of service that you will find at Regency DRT – Let us be the educated experts to help you clean and repair your property after a fire!

Hiding in the Shadows

DID YOU KNOW that mold can develop in your home and all it takes are three common things? 

1.    Moisture: Mold needs moisture to grow, which is why you see it all the time in showers and baths… and, unfortunately, in basements. You can clean up the mold in a shower or bath, but when you see it in other parts of the home, it’s best to call a pro.

2.    Food: Mold is alive, and needs to eat. So usually you won’t see mold growing on plastic surfaces in your home. It will grow on wood and other organic surfaces. However, dirt in the carpet or on the floor can be a food source, so keeping your house super clean is smart.

3.    Darkness: Mold likes the shadows of your home, and grows quickly in the dark. That’s why basements are often the first place mold is discovered.

Do-it yourself mold removal?

If you are going to clean up some mold in your house, it’s important to protect yourself. A mold removal specialist knows the dangers of mold, and if you hire a pro, you will see him all suited up and protected against possible contamination.

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