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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Everything You Need To Know About Your Roof And Water Damage

water damage west palm beach, water damage cleanup west palm beachDamaged or leaky roofs are one of the most frustrating things a homeowner can deal with. Your roof’s purpose is to be keeping you safe from the elements so when it fails to do that job it can be quite disconcerting, obnoxious, and even dangerous. Water damage is often thought of as water that floods your home from the bottom-up, but that is not the case when it comes to your roof. Thus, flooding may occur in very undesirable and ill-prepared places. To help prevent this from happening to you, below are a few of the most important things you need to know about water damage prevention and how it relates to your roof. Also if you have further questions or help with water damage from a damaged roof, our certified restoration technicians at Regency DRT in the West Palm Beach Area are here to help!

What Are The Risks?

Water Could Damage Any Wiring In Your Roof

Depending upon where the wiring is in your home, a leaky roof could prove to be a very serious, very dangerous problem. Any shorted or damaged wires could be further damaged by the water, eventually causing to spark which could set your entire home ablaze. It is highly recommended that you turn your electricity off if you find a leak in your roof and know that wires run through your ceilings as well.

It Could Cost You More Energy And Higher Utility Bills

High utility bills are another side effect of a leaking roof, as water intrusion is detrimental to the insulation in the attic area. Your cellulose or fiberglass insulation becomes saturated and it takes a long time for it to dry out. If a roof leak repair is put off for a long time, chronic water intrusion will deplete the insulation significantly and your home will lose hot and cool air, resulting in higher utility bills.

Compromised Structural Integrity

If water damage is occurring as a result of your damaged roof for a prolonged period of time, it could lead to serious structural damage. While this is rarer, it is important that you take measures to prevent it from happening.

How Can I Prevent It?

Know How Much Weight Your Roof Can Take

One of the most common issues roofs deal with is taking on more weight than they are able to bear. This is most likely to happen during seasons of heavy snowfall where snow accumulates on your roof without melting off. The same can also occur during heavy, prolonged rainstorms.

Fix Problems In Your Roof Immediately

There are many problems that can come up with your roof. One of these common issues is missing or broken shingles. When this happens, there is no need to panic or worry if you simply get them replaced or fixed right away. Another important problem to look out for is ponding surfaces on your roof. Ponding surfaces are parts of your roof that are pooling with water. This leaves your roof vulnerable to rot and decay. If you see this going on, you should contact a roofing company immediately to have them assess the problem.

For any further question about water damage or any water damage restoration needs you may have, don’t hesitate to contact the pros at Regency DRT in the West Palm Beach area!

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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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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!

Closet Cleaning & Organizing

Although traditionally a spring cleaning chore, cleaning and organizing a closet can be done any time of year. And no, keeping the door shut isn’t the best solution to a messy, disorganized closet, although it may give you moments of sanity that quickly disappear when you venture inside for that favorite pair of pants you haven’t seen in months. Here are a few quick tips on cleaning and organizing your closet.
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3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage

What is a water damage? It’s anything that happens in your home that causes problems for you and your family.home-page2 It can be a simple over-flowing of a sink onto the kitchen floor. Or perhaps a toilet didn’t flush properly and it sloshed out a bit onto the bathroom floor. Then again it can be a little more serious such as from a broken pipe that spewed water everywhere in the basement when it was time for spring watering of the flowers. No matter what, a water damage in your home is bad news. Even the tiniest bit of water can cause all kinds of problems, from the worse (mold damage) to the least (pesky odors). There are three things you can do to help prevent water damage in your home:
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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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Clogged Drain Dramas

It sits in the center of every sink, at the end of every bathtub, and could be anywhere at the bottom of a shower stall… that’s right. You see them all the time. Drains that faithfully work to take away soapy water, food waste and more.

So when they slow down or even quit working entirely, it is very frustrating and annoying.

Your first inclination is to grab a plunger, which might work but more than often… it doesn’t work at all. But you have to try! Sometimes, a connecting drain to the plugged one allows air to escape and the plunging action is worthless. You can plug the second drain with a towel or cloth, and that might help with the plunging action.

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Fire Damage Restoration Tips

Fire damage is devastating to a home and its occupants. Once the flames are out, there will be a lot of things you’ll need to do as the homeowner to minimize the damage to your personal belongings and start the restoration process.  Here are a few tips to help you get started getting your home back in order.

You should not enter the property until the fire department confirms that the fire is out and it is safe to go inside.  Embers can smolder for days and rekindle if not properly extinguished. When it is safe to return, grab any important documents such as birth certificates, insurance papers and mortgage information.   Be sure to take any medications you will need and any valuables you can carry. Anything in a fireproof safe will probably be fine.

The next step is to call a certified fire restoration company, such as our company, for clean up and restorative services. There will be lingering smoke and soot on everything and you may want to stay in a hotel for the duration of the cleanup.  You will most likely not be allowed inside during the restoration process due to the environmental safety risks associated with smoke inhalation and chemical exposure. The cleanup crew will be wearing protective clothing and masks to protect them while they are working.

Important Tips:

  • Do not use any electrical appliances
  • Do not turn on any lights, use a flashlight [electrical wiring could be damaged]
  • Do not attempt to clean anything
  • Do not turn on your furnace or heat source
  • Open windows for ventilation to get smoke out of the house
  • Remove animals from the house [they are affected by smoke inhalation also]
  • Limit the number of people going in and out of the home to avoid tracking soot
  • Call a plumber or HVAC Technician to turn off the gas and drain the water heater.

Contact Regency Disaster Response Team immediately if you have been the victim of fire damage.  Our staff is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. We know that time is very important and will there within minutes of your call securing everything for your safety and to contain the mess.