Fire Damage? Why You Need to Act Fast!

Experiencing fire damage is a distressing ordeal for any property owner. Beyond the visible destruction, the aftermath of a fire can pose significant risks to your property and health if not addressed promptly. Call fire damage experts immediately to minimize further damage and eliminate smoke odor. Here’s why acting fast is crucial in mitigating fire damage:

Within 24 Hours:

  • Discoloration may become apparent: Walls, ceilings, furniture, and surfaces may start showing signs of discoloration.
  • Lingering smoke odor permeates: The distinctive smell of smoke can saturate affected areas, lingering long after the fire is extinguished.

Within 1-3 Days if left untreated:

  • Smoke and soot residues settle deeper: They can penetrate porous materials, making cleanup more challenging.
  • Discoloration or staining may worsen: Initial signs of damage become more pronounced.
  • Odors intensify: Especially in poorly ventilated areas.
  • Metal surfaces corrode: Acidic soot residue can lead to corrosion.

Within 4-7 Days if left untreated:

  • Residues become stubborn: They bond with surfaces, making removal more difficult.
  • Stains and discoloration persist: Despite initial cleaning efforts.
  • Odors spread: Even to previously unaffected areas.
  • Specialized cleaning required: Porous materials may need replacement or extensive cleaning.

Beyond 1 Week if left untreated:

  • Residues become embedded: Making them harder to remove.
  • Lingering odors persist: Without proper treatment, odors may never fully dissipate.
  • Corrosion worsens: Metal surfaces may deteriorate further.
  • Risk of mold and mildew: Damp areas affected by firefighting efforts can promote microbial growth.

Prompt action after a fire is essential to minimize damage and restore your property to its pre-fire condition. Contact our emergency hotline today to start the cleanup and restoration process. Don’t let fire damage dictate the future of your property—act swiftly to reclaim your space and peace of mind.

Experiencing Water Damage? Why You Need to Act Fast!

Water damage can wreak havoc on your property faster than you might imagine. Whether it’s from a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or a natural disaster, water damage demands immediate attention. Save time, money, and minimize potential health risks by calling water damage experts immediately. Here’s why you need to act quickly:

Within 24 Hours:

  • Moving water increases how much of the area is affected: The longer water sits, the more extensive the damage becomes resulting in higher costs to repair.
  • Furniture can become discolored: Water can tarnish and ruin furniture.
  • Furniture delaminates and pressed wood disintegrates: Water weakens the structural integrity of furniture and building materials.
  • Uncoated metal tarnishes: Metal surfaces exposed to water can rust and deteriorate.
  • Bacterial odor occurs: Moisture creates a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to unpleasant odors.

Within 2-5 Days if left untreated:

  • Bacterial odor increases and microbial growth begins: Mold and mildew thrive in damp environments, posing health risks.
  • Drywall swells and begins to disintegrate: Water weakens the structural integrity of building materials.
  • Distortion to door and window casing due to swelling: Water can warp and distort woodwork.

Within 1 Week if left untreated:

  • Higher repair costs and potential insurance claim denial: Delayed action can lead to increased property damage and insurance complications.
  • Possible health problems for occupants: Mold and mildew can cause respiratory issues and other health problems.

Don’t underestimate the speed and severity of water damage. Act quickly to mitigate the damage and protect your property and health. Contact water damage restoration professionals as soon as possible to minimize the impact and restore your property to its pre-damage condition. Your prompt action today can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Regency DRT Gears Up for 2024 Hurricane Season

Weather experts are already sounding alarms for the 2024 Hurricane Season. The return of La Niña, coupled with historically warm waters across the Atlantic Ocean, raises concerns for potentially severe storms ahead. At Regency DRT, we understand the importance of being prepared, not just for our daily clients but also for the communities we serve in times of crisis.

To ensure we’re equipped to handle the challenges the hurricane season may bring, we’ve taken proactive steps to bolster our resources and strengthen our capabilities:

Expanding Equipment Inventory: Regency DRT has expanded its water drying equipment inventory, adding to our already substantial stock. With an extensive inventory of air movers, dehumidifiers, large desiccants for drying commercial buildings, and generators, we are equipped to respond swiftly without delays associated with waiting for rental equipment. This ensures our ability to effectively address storm-related water mitigation needs across the state.
Preparedness Materials: In addition to water drying equipment, we’ve stocked up on essential supplies such as tarps and sandbags. These materials are crucial for minimizing damage and protecting properties in the event of severe weather.
Securing Partnerships: Recognizing the importance of collaboration, we’ve strengthened partnerships outside of Florida to ensure access to additional labor and equipment if needed. These partnerships enable us to mobilize resources efficiently, providing timely assistance to affected communities.
Strategic Mobilization: Our team meticulously plans and strategizes for hurricane season, mobilizing crews and semi-trucks loaded with equipment to heavily impacted areas. Despite focusing on storm response, we remain committed to maintaining operations in our local offices. This ensures that we can continue to assist customers in our service areas even when not directly impacted by storms.

At Regency DRT, our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients and communities. By proactively preparing for the challenges of the 2024 hurricane season, we strive to provide reliable and effective assistance when it’s needed most. As we continue to monitor developments and weather patterns, rest assured that Regency DRT stands ready to serve and support our clients throughout the storm season and beyond.

Regency DRT Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration

July 2019

Regency DRT, a nationally recognized leader in property restoration, was recently awarded the prestigious Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration by the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). The award was created by the RIA In order to recognize conspicuously high achievement in the area of disaster restoration.

“It is an incredible honor to be awarded this significant award in our industry,” said Scott Stamper, President, and CEO of Regency DRT. “Although it is not because of awards that we do what we do, we are humbled that our efforts to be an exceptional restoration company are recognized. Our highly experienced, educated, and professional team members are able to provide our customers with innovative solutions to restore their properties to pre-loss condition. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment, continuing education, and teamwork, Regency DRT is proud to manage and restore projects such as the one for which we received the Phoenix Award. Congratulations to our entire team for receiving this award.”

Regency DRT received the honor for their work on the First Baptist Church of Panama City after the church suffered incomprehensible damage following Category 5 Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018. During the storm, Regency DRT offices and many of their employees’ homes took a direct hit from the storm. With no communication of any kind possible, Stamper and his management team had no way of knowing what damages their Panama City team faced. It was not until two full days later, they learned everyone was okay. Prior to the storm, having experience with situations similar to this in the past, the company set a predetermined time and location to meet and begin their response. Every single one of their employees, even the individuals that suffered massive home damage and many who were nearly killed, were at the meeting place ready to help.

The Regency team arrived on site of First Baptist Church of Panama City on the afternoon of the 12th, a mere 48 hours after the storm. The mega church, with a total of 16 buildings, had 90% of their roofs either damaged or torn off by the wind and the resulting water damage was everywhere. As the Regency DRT management team walked the 300,000+ square foot complex with the church staff, it became crystal clear how important this place of worship was to the community, a community that had suffered a horrendous loss and needed a place to worship and restore hope. After that inspection, the Regency team committed to First Baptist Church that the 3,000-seat sanctuary would be ready for service in just 4 weeks.

Regency was able to immediately begin mitigation services, despite all the challenges, in large part, due to their catastrophe pre-planning. “We mobilized our equipment, including a large command center, and placed supplemental generators and desiccants on reserve prior to landfall,” said Dale Weiss, General Manager of Regency DRT and project estimator for the restoration of the church. “The dry-in roofing crews were on standby and arrived on day one to begin service. Our planning was a huge factor in the ability to immediately start the drying process, thus limiting the development of mold on the building materials. It allowed us to dry in place the 129,000 square foot sanctuary, with minimal demolition.”

Another key to success on this project was Regency’s ability to work with the church’s insurance company. With the adjuster, consultants, and Church leadership working together, coverage questions and other issues were quickly answered. This seamless communication saved an incomprehensible amount of time on this huge project. Stamper proudly recalled team members’ ability to use innovative solutions to complete the job at hand. “Despite the numerous challenges including, no power, no water, no cell phone service, no available accommodations, employees working long hours with no roof to sleep under, scarce resources, and working in a Federally named Disaster Area, Regency succeeded. In just 3 short weeks, one week earlier than promised, the community was able to gather, worship, and begin to heal at the First Baptist Church of Panama City.”

Chris Mundschenk, Executive Director of the Restoration Industry Association congratulated Regency DRT on receiving the award. “Your project was extremely challenging and is an excellent illustration of the work RIA members do every day. Our judges felt your project was an excellent example of creativity and cost-savings.” Regency DRT was presented the award at the RIA’s International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo in Phoenix, Arizona on May 1.

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