Mental and Physical Effects of a Disaster – And How the Right Restoration Company Can Help

Any natural disaster is devastating for those who must endure them. Hurricanes, floods, tornados, fires, and other disasters can wreak havoc on your health, home, and livelihood. Surviving these types of disasters are life changing and stressful enough, but what about after the event? In all the chaos and confusion that happens after a loss, what are the smaller things you need to look out for? What kind of mental and physical risks are there for you and your family? And how can you best get your life back on track?

According to Tulane University, “mental health problems rank among the most widespread long-term effects of natural disasters.” Yet, mental health is easy to overlook in the face of losing your property and working to have it restored. Many people suffer from grief, shock, anxiety, or depression after a disaster. The disruption of a daily routine and the loss of cherished possessions can be hard to deal with on top of the chaos and confusion that accompanies a disaster. Some common feelings associated with experiencing a traumatic event are shock, disbelief, fear, sadness, helplessness, guilt, anger, and shame. These types of feelings are normal, but lasting psychological effects can occur if there isn’t a return to normalcy.

These types of mental trauma can also express themselves in a physical way. Physical responses are completely normal and can include trembling, pounding heart, rapid breathing, lump in throat. So, it’s important to get the restoration help you need right away.

In addition to these mental problems, there are significant risks to physical health after a disaster. Your home can be compromised by unsanitary and potentially hazardous conditions. Ruptured gas lines, mold growth, vermin infestation, and stagnant water containing bacteria are just a few of the safety hazards that can affect your home. Take a look at this list of the side effects of mold exposure.

  • Foggy thoughts and temporary memory loss, loss of focus, headaches
  • Exhaustion and Muscle Weakness
  • Joint pain, constant nerve pain, random muscle pains
  • Tingling and numbness in the body
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Coughing or shortness of breath
  • Slight body tremors
  • Change in appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Dehydration, decreased urination

Even if the damages to your home do not seem significant, it is important to use a qualified restoration company to bring your home back to pre-loss condition. Trying to fix damages to your home on your own is not only generally ineffective, it can also be dangerous. Any cleaning a homeowner does is usually only at the surface level, leaving potentially harmful mold and bacteria beneath your floors or in your walls. This can lead to bigger and more costly damages down the line.

Those who have suffered a loss might not understand the whirling emotions, frustrations, and feelings of hopelessness that are common during the restoration process. The knowledge, equipment, and manpower that comes with a restoration company can restore your property to its pre-loss condition much quicker and more effectively than any homeowner.

Safety is one of the major advantages to hiring a restoration company. Even minor issues can turn into large ones; things that don’t seem important, like a little mold or soot, can become health hazards for you and your family. With their expertise, restoration companies can get your life back to normal. Using a professional company means things can move along quickly and still be done to the highest standard of care.

In addition to this, restoration companies can help you to fully understand your insurance coverage. Insurance policies are often difficult to understand and interpret, especially in the wake of disaster. A professional disaster restoration company works with insurance companies every day, so they are best equipped to help you through the process of dealing with insurance agents and claims adjusters.

Regency DRT is the Company for All Your Restoration Needs

  • We Do It All
    • Regency DRT specializes in full-service disaster restoration, providing a one-stop-shop for our clients.
  • There When You Need Us
    • Disasters don’t rest, and neither do we. Regency offers 24-hour emergency response. No matter the time of day or night, a team is prepared to immediately respond to your property emergency.
  • We Work with All Insurance Companies
    • Regency has extensive experience working with insurance companies and claims adjusters on property insurance claims. We will work directly with your insurance company and coordinate everything from our initial response until your property is restored to pre-loss condition. Our objective is to make this process as smooth as possible for you.
  • We Provide the Highest Quality of Service
    • Regency DRT was founded on the belief that a restoration company should provide superior quality of service to their customers while maintaining the industry’s highest standards. We pride ourselves in our extensive training and knowledge of restoration services. When choosing Regency DRT, you can rest assured knowing you will be receiving the best restoration services available.
  • We Can Handle Losses of All Sizes
    • We can quickly respond to any disaster with the necessary amount of equipment, resources, and staff for the unique needs of your job, whether it’s a single residential loss, large loss, or area-wide disaster
  • We Are Committed to Customer Satisfaction
    • Regency DRT is confident that we can meet and even exceed customer expectations. To guarantee the highest level of service, we constantly monitor our work and immediately correct any area that does not meet our strict set of standards. In addition to this, we encourage customer communication and use your input to continuously improve our level of services provided to you. Our ultimate mission is to leave a smile on your face, happy and satisfied about the work performed in your home. 

 

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How to Respond to Water Damage Like a Pro

Although water is essential for life, too much of it in the wrong places can be devastating. We at Regency DRT know how water damage can be both financially and emotionally draining, especially when not taken care of properly. Since most homeowners don’t deal with water damage on a regular basis, they don’t have a good grasp on how to respond. Follow the guide below to learn how to begin water damage restoration in your Panama City home.

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    1. Act quickly. If the stress of water damage doesn’t motivate you to act quickly, the possibility of mold might. Mold can begin to develop within 24-48 hours of exposure to moisture. Say hello to airborne spores and harmful particles! Since mold has been linked to serious illness, be sure to act quickly whenever water damage is suspected. 
    2. Stop the flow of water. Assuming it’s safe to proceed, shut off the water supply leading to the damaged area. If you can’t tell where the water is coming from, get in touch with an expert immediately. 
    3. Turn off the power. For small cases of water damage, this step can be skipped. However, when water has saturated walls and floors, it’s better to be cautious. Don’t unplug or switch off electrical appliances when in contact with water. Some homeowners have fallen into the “It won’t happen to me” trap and gotten injured. Stay safe and smart. 
    4. Assess the damage. Before you or a professional water damage restoration company begins remediation, take stock of the damage. Write down exactly what looks damaged and the source of the damage. Use your phone to snap pictures of visible signs of the damage. This photographic evidence can help you in filing an insurance claim and can offer your restoration company more guidance on the source of the problem. 
    5. Salvage your most valuable possessions. Again, this step should only be done if the area is safe to enter. If you can, locate and remove your most important items from the damaged area. If your items are severely damaged, many restoration companies offer content restoration services. Content restoration is a process of individualized restoration to specific items and is ideal for homeowners with a wide variety of possessions that have been damaged. Contact our team for more information on this service.
    6. Prepare the area. To prepare the affected area for full restoration, dry up visible water. Place old towels on the ground and sop up as much water as possible. Standing water is devastating to a home’s structural integrity and can compound water damage into more costly restoration projects. 
    7. Contact a professional. Unfortunately, many do-it-yourself restoration projects fall flat. With limited knowledge and equipment on the process of water damage restoration, homeowners usually only scratch the surface of remediation. Warped flooring returns and moldy smells become more apparent. Panama Beach is no stranger to water damage. Whether you’ve experienced major flooding or just a subtle leak, contact Regency DRT for your restoration needs. 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Hurricane Outlook

As of May 23, the NOAA is predicting a “near-normal” Atlantic hurricane season this year, with a total of 9-15 named storms and 2-4 major hurricanes. A storm is named once it reaches sustained speeds of 39 -73 mph. Their outlook forecasts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season, and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. The official findings below are provided by the NOAA with a 70% confidence.

 

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This prediction is developed as a reflection of competing climate factors, such as the ongoing El Niño: which is expected to persist and suppress the intensity of any storms this hurricane season. Climate patterns that are expected to counter the effects of El Niño are the expected warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic and an enhanced African Monsoon. Both climate patterns favor increased hurricane activity.

In a report issued by CSU on June 4, researchers stated a slight increase in their forecast from early April. They estimate that “2019 will have about 6 hurricanes (average is 6.4), 14 named storms (average is 12.1), 55 named storm days (average is 59.4), 20 hurricane days (average is 24.2), 2 major (Category 3,4, or 5) hurricanes (average is 2.7) and 5 major hurricane days (average is 6.2). These numbers also include Subtropical Strom Andrea, which formed in May.

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Keep in mind that it is impossible to predict hurricane activity with 100% accuracy. No matter what is predicted, you should always properly prepare for hurricane season. Having a plan that everyone in your family knows is the best way to prepare and stay safe during hurricane season. Ready.gov has an easy-to-follow guide to help you set up an emergency plan, as well as a list of supplies you should have in an emergency kit. FEMA recommends having these supplies in your kit:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable, battery-operated weather radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water
  • Nonelectric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sturdy shoes

If you have any pets, make sure you have an emergency plan for them as well. You should include current vaccination records, a week’s worth of food, water, leash, and photos in your emergency kit in case the pet is lost during the storm. Make sure they have a current identification tag on their color with your phone number and, if possible, an out-of-state contact’s phone number.

If possible, having a good insurance plan is the easiest way protect you home and belongings in the event of a catastrophe. In the case of flood insurance, there is generally a 30-day waiting period, so check into it early. Ready.gov recommends these tips for making your home hurricane ready:

  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep them from damaging your house
  • Secure loose gutters and clear any debris/clogged areas to prevent any water damage
  • Retrofit the property to secure and reinforce the roof, windows, doors, and garage doors
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages and make sure to keep it at least 20 feet away from the house and protected from moisture

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About Regency DRT/DKI

Regency DRT/DKI is a nation-wide leader in emergency services and property restoration services with 7 offices in Florida and Michigan, including West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sunrise, Port St Lucie, Panama City, Fort Walton/Pensacola and Detroit. Regency DRT/DKI was founded on the belief that a restoration company should provide exceptional quality of services to their customers while maintaining the industry’s highest standards.

Regency DRT/DKI offers 24 Hour Emergency Response and has extensive experience in working with insurance companies and claims adjusters on property insurance claims, coordinating everything from initial response until the property is restored to pre-loss conditions. With our extensive training and knowledge of restoration services, we are able to quickly respond with the necessary amount of equipment, resources and staff for the unique needs of the job, whether it’s a single residential loss, large loss or area-wide disaster.

Regency DRT/DKI is also a proud Member of Disaster KleenUp International (DKI), North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization. Being a DKI member also provides us with nationwide affiliates and partners to provide nationwide coverage to our clients. Call us at 1 (888) 354-2447 or visit our website at Regencydrt.com.

The Science of Hurricanes

Hurricane season in the Atlantic brings with it a plethora of dangerous and devastating weather. But how does all of this get started?

All hurricanes are essentially fueled by two simple things: heat and water. Hurricanes generally begin above the equator, where the waters are significantly warmer. The air just above the ocean’s surface takes in heat and moisture and, as the hot air rises, it leaves the air below it with a lower pressure. This cyclical process repeats and produces swirls in the air, according to NASA. This creates a thunderstorm that has the potential to turn into a hurricane.

Warm water in the Atlantic is really the first key element hurricanes need to get started. Another important key factor is wind shear. Wind shear, according to Federal Aviation Administration, is a change in wind speed and/or direction over a short distance. Wind shears can be either horizontal or vertical and are most commonly caused by strong differences in temperature. These contribute to the cyclone of warm and cool air that starts a hurricane.

These two ingredients for hurricanes don’t just happen on their own, though. Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, says that “there are two dominant climate patterns that really control the wind and pressure across the Atlantic.

The El Niño/La Niña cycle is the first of these climate patterns. El Niño is a large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that causes periodic warming in the ocean surface temperatures. These effects are seen in the winter season, with wetter-than-average conditions expected. La Niña is essentially the opposite of El Niño, in which it represents below-average ocean surface temperatures, but slightly warmer temperatures in the Southeast region.

The second climate pattern that impacts hurricanes is the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). This is a climate trend that has a time span of 25 to 40 years and is generally associated with warmer waters in the Atlantic. When the AMO is in a warm phase, there tends to be stronger hurricane patterns. Currently, we have been in a warm phase AMO, conducive to hurricanes, since 1995.

Hurricanes start out as tropical cyclones. Once a tropical cyclone’s winds have a sustained speed of 39 to 73 mph, it is then considered a tropical storm and it gets a name from the list put out by the World Meteorological Organization. If the sustained winds reach speeds of 74 to 95 mph, the storm becomes a Category 1 hurricane.

CategorySustained Wind SpeedPotential Damage
174-94 mphMinimal – some roof leakage, gutter damage, snapped tree branches
296-110 mphModerate – major roof and siding damage, uprooted trees causing road blockage, power loss for days to weeks
3111-129 mphExtensive – gable and decking damage, many uprooted trees, extended power outages
4130-156 mphExtreme – roof and exterior walls destroyed, snapped trees, power outages for weeks to months
5157 mph or higherCatastrophic – high fraction of framed houses destroyed, power outages for weeks to months, large areas uninhabitable for weeks to months

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About Regency DRT/DKI

Regency DRT/DKI is a nation-wide leader in emergency services and property restoration services with 7 offices in Florida and Michigan, including West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sunrise, Port St Lucie, Panama City, Fort Walton/Pensacola and Detroit. Regency DRT/DKI was founded on the belief that a restoration company should provide exceptional quality of services to their customers while maintaining the industry’s highest standards.

Regency DRT/DKI offers 24 Hour Emergency Response and has extensive experience in working with insurance companies and claims adjusters on property insurance claims, coordinating everything from initial response until the property is restored to pre-loss conditions. With our extensive training and knowledge of restoration services, we are able to quickly respond with the necessary amount of equipment, resources and staff for the unique needs of the job, whether it’s a single residential loss, large loss or area-wide disaster.

Regency DRT/DKI is also a proud Member of Disaster KleenUp International (DKI), North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization. Being a DKI member also provides us with nationwide affiliates and partners to provide nationwide coverage to our clients. Call us at 1 (888) 354-2447 or visit our website at RegencyDKI.com.

After the Disaster

Insurance companies play an important role in pro- tecting individuals from a total loss when catastrophe strikes. However, in the chaos following a fire or water disaster, insurance policies can be confusing and easily misinterpreted. Despite all the turmoil and confusion, it is critical to make wise and educated decisions becuase you will be living with the results long after the confu- sion has passed and the disaster has been resolved. Your insurance policy entitles you to certain rights and certain obligations. As professional restoration contrac- tors, we believe that it is in your best interest to under- stand tha rights and options available to you. The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has com- pleted a list of 12 questions frequently asked by policy- holders.

What action does my insurance policy require after a loss?
In addition to notifying your insurance carrier, most policies require that you take reasonable ac- tion to protect your property from further damage. If you fail to do so, your insurance may not cover any additional loss caused by your failure to pro- vide such protection.

Am I required to use the restoration company with the lowest price?
You are not required to accept the lowest bidder. Repair rates should correspond to prevailing stan- dards in your area for work of professional quality, amd you may not be forced to use the “cheapest” or “lowest price” bid.

If I have obtained adequate coverage, what should my insurance pay for? After a covered loss you are entitled to be paid the fair cost of restoring your home to its pre-dam- aged condition, minus your deductible. However, you should not expect to be paid for the repair of unrelated problems such as deterioration, pre-ex- isting damage, or code deficiencies.
Can my insurance company hire a repair firm to work on my house? Only the owner of the property can authorize a company to perform work on that property. The repair contract is between the owner and the contractor. Your insurer does not have the right to directly contract for your repairs or insist that you employ a particular restoration firm.

Must I hire a restoration company recom- mended by my insurance company?
Your insurance policy does not state that you must retain a restoration company that is referred or ap- proved by the insurance company. You are entitled to employ the services of a reputable, full licensed, and insured repair firm.

What quality of materials and workmanship am I entitled to receive?
Your insurance policy should pay for materials and workmanship that are equal to the kind and quality of your existing ones. After repairs, the proper-
ty should suffer no loss in value as a result of the damage. However, the insurance company is not obligated to improve your existing installation.

NOTE: This information is distributed for educational purposes only and is not intended to and should not be construed as providing legal advice.

How do disclosure rules affect my repairs?
Under current laws you may have to disclose past damage to any future buyers, making it essential that all evidence of damage be completely elimi- nated. Damage that has been covered up may be discovered later and raise serious problems for the prior owner.

How can I evaluate a restoration contractor?
First, ask for references to three jobs the contractor is currently working on or has recently completed. Call them. Second, check with your local Better Business Bureau for any unresolved complaints. Third, ask the contractor for credentials and associ- ation memberships that idicate professional train- ing and status in insurance repair and restoration, since this differs from ordinary home improvement or maintenance.

What should my contract include?
You are entitled to receive a detailed listing of repairs, as well as the quantities and types of materials to be used before work begins. The specifications should be a part of your contract. Don’t accept thumbnail or “repair as necessary” specifications. The possibility of hidden damage or additional charges should be fully described at the outset.

What if the insurance company and I cannot agree on the amount of the loss?
If disagreement arises between you and the insur- ance company over the amount of the loss, you are entitled to request arbitration (“appraisal”) as de- scribed in your policy. The standard homeowner’s policy spells out the procedures for appraisal with- out resorting to a lawsuit. The insurance company may also request appraisal.

Is a special license required for insurance re- pairs?
States have differing licensing requirements for home repairs. There are also local regulations and home improvement laws to be considered. Federal regulations also may apply to home repairs, such as recission notices and special requirements for asbestos, lead, and bloodborne pathogens. You are entitled to reject any contractor not in compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements for residential construction.

How long must I wait for my insurance pay- ment?
You are entitled to receive payment from the insurance company within the time specified by the policy and your state insurance regulations. Usually this is 30 to 60 days after submittal of the signed proof of loss. However, the policy also has time requirements for the policyholder. Check your policy or ask your adjuster or agent about them so that you will know what to expect.

Checklist of things to do immediately following a fire or flood:

  • Get your family some place safe and secure.
  • Contact the American Red Cross – www.redcross.org or your local chapter – they can supply temporary housing, clothing, food, medications, etc.
  • Do not re-enter the building until declared safe by an emergency management official.
  • When able to enter the premises, remove valuables such as jewelry, medication (for replacement purposes only), clothing, and important papers. Do not remove food or cosmetics.
  • Secure the building to prevent further damage from weather or vandalism – e.g., screw plywood over windows, place tarps over open roof areas.
  • Contact your insurance company.
  • Select a service provider. Be sure to check references.
  • Get a notebook to record dates and times of conversations and individuals you speak with concerning your claim.
  • Save all receipts for meals, hotels, toiletries, replacement clothing, etc.

Five Common Causes Of Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common problems for homeowners throughout America. The causes of water damage within homes are diverse. However, there are a few causes of water damage that make up the majority of incidents. Being aware of these common causes and how to prevent them will put you well on your way to keeping your home water damage free. Here are five of the most common sources of water damage according to our professional restoration technicians at Regency Disaster Response Team in West Palm Beach.

Burst Or Leaking Pipes

Burst and leaking pipes are most common during the winter months due to the contraction and expansion that occur when the pipes freeze and unfreeze. However, there are still many different ways that your pipes can burst or leak in warm temperatures. These include undue pressure in your pipes when they become clogged and that old and rusty pipes are also more prone to leaking or bursting.

Malfunctioning Appliances

As household appliances get older, their pipes begin to rust and crack and their hoses can weaken. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration. Thus, you should pay extra attention to older appliances to make sure everything is in good working order. Washing machines and water tanks are the home appliances most likely to cause water damage so they should be given the most scrutiny.

HVAC Issues

HVAC units are another common source of water damage. Air conditioners, in particular, have the most potential to cause water damage. When air conditioners are not maintained properly it causes moisture buildup inside them. Over time, this moisture can develop into mold. Mold in HVAC units is especially concerning because they can spread mold spores throughout the entire home.

Weather Related Issues

You may have no control over storms and natural disasters, but you do have control over how you prepare for them. Flash floods, sudden storms, and hurricanes are the most common types of natural disasters that lead to water damage. To know when to be prepared for a flood you should pay attention to local storm warnings. If you do receive a warning for your area, take the time to be as prepared as possible. It is better to be overprepared for a flood than underprepared.

Roof Leaks

Make sure you’re checking your roof regularly. If it has puddles of water on it, then your drainage probably isn’t working properly. Even a small amount of water can lead to a flood. In fact, every inch of water weighs in at around five pounds. Over time, this can cause incredible strain and lead to leaks.

All in all, there are simply too many possible sources of water damage to go over in a single post. The five causes mentioned here, however, are the most common. Being fortified against these causes of water damage will protect you from the vast majority of potential water that may occur. Nonetheless, if you do suffer from any water damage in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Regency DRT.

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Seven Ways To Prevent Water Damage In Bathrooms

Water damage in bathrooms is a common problem for many homeowners. The main reason for this is that there are so many different sources of water in the bathroom. Water damage threats come from all around whether it be the toilet, sink, or shower. Below are seven tips for preventing water damage in your bathroom as recommended by our water damage experts at Regency DKI in the Martin County area.

  1. water damage martinReplace Broken, Cracked, Or Missing Tiles. When your bathroom floor has broken, cracked, or missing tiles it is unable to adequately protect your walls and floors from water damage. If you notice these problems, you should have them replaced right away since large amounts of moisture accumulate on your bathroom floor very quickly.  
  2. Upgrade Your Fixtures. This may come as a surprise, but toilets account for 40% of annual water consumption by household. Upgrading your toilet to a newer, more effective model will decrease the amount of water you use on your toilet each year. Also, older showerhead models often use far more water than new models. If your shower heads are old, consider upgrading them to save water and avoid water damage that may come from an old, faulty shower head.
  3. Take Note If your Sink Is Slow To Drain. If your sink suddenly begins draining more slowly, it isn’t doing that on its own. There is a reason, and that reason is that it is probably clogged. A home remedy to break up clogs is pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain. If this doesn’t work, however, you may need to hire a plumber to take care of it. This is important for preventing water damage because sink clogs can cause your sink to overflow and damage your pipes.
  4. Only Flush Toilet Paper Down The Toilet. Toilets aren’t built for flushing any products other than toilet paper. Flushing items like diapers, sanitary clothing, and wet wipes may clog the plumbing and cause your toilet to overflow.
  5. Use Bath Mats. Bath Mats are an easy to way to keep excess moisture off of your bathroom floor. This will make your bathroom flooring look better and last longer.
  6. Turn On The Exhaust Fan. Every time you use the shower or tub, you should turn on your exhaust fan. The fan helps pull excess moisture out of the air, preventing it from entering your walls, which may cause bubbly drywall and mold growth. You can also use a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity levels in the bathroom.
  7. Be On The Lookout For Signs Of Leaks. Sometimes you need to play detective when it comes to water damage prevention. Be on the lookout for anything unusual in your bathroom that may indicate flooding. A few subtle signs of flooding to look out for are discoloration, lower water pressure, and a musty odor.  

We hope you find these tips helpful for preventing water damage in your bathroom. However, if your bathroom or any part of your home floods don’t hesitate to give us a call at Regency DRT in Martin County for help.

Know Your Water

We all have those unwanted surprises in our lives. Water damage is one of them. When experiencing the unexpected trauma of having your Indian River property flooded and your valuables damaged, it might be smart to familiarize yourself with the different water types that you could be swimming in. Some water types can pose a serious threat to your health and safety. We at Regency DRT are experts in properly handling water damage and want to ensure your family and pets are safe from harm.

Category 1: Clean Water

“Hey! I can’t turn off the sink!”

This type of water comes from sanitary sources like overflowing sinks, rain, snow, and water supply line problems. It poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure; however, it must be treated quickly. If left untreated within 72 hours, it will move to a Category 2 water loss.

Category 2: Gray Water

“Hey! the washing machine is spitting out water!”

This category of water is considered to be moderate and may cause illness and discomfort. Just like a Category 1 water source, this problem needs to be dealt with immediately. If it’s not treated within 48 hours, it becomes a Category 3 Loss, which is a lot more expensive to deal with. The most common sources for gray water are toilet bowls, sump pumps, dishwashers and washing machines. Most important rule to remember? Don’t drink this water! It contains chemicals not fit for consumption and you might find yourself feeling a little under the weather.  

Category 3: Black Water

“Hey! The toilet is overflowing and the water doesn’t look too pretty!”

This is where a water dilemma gets serious and will require you to take immediate action. The danger levels for black water are extremely high and can cause serious illnesses like infections, long-term respiratory problems, etc. Black water should be left strictly to the professionals. The use of specialized equipment is required to clear black water without threatening the health of both humans and animals in the area. The most common sources are any sewage or toilet backflows as well as ground surface water carrying silt and organic matter. This problem requires the help of professionals who are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Act Fast!

When your house has been water damaged, there is no time to lounge around and wait for a good time to start the cleanup process. We at Regency DRT have more than twenty years of experience to handle every type of water damage dilemma you might face. Some of the services we provide include water extraction and pump-outs, complete structural drying, dehumidification, mold and sewage remediation, water damage cleanup due to frozen pipes and broken pipes, and off-site personal property cleaning.

Please contact us for more information on how we can help you. Even if you aren’t interested in our services at this time, we are happy to offer any advice and information on how to recover from water damage.

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Refrigerator Water Damage

water damage restoration west palm beach, water damage cleanup west palm beach, water damage west palm beachOne of the toughest things about water damage is that it can come from a large variety of sources. Whether it be rain gutters, toilets, sinks, pipes, washing machine, and so on you should always work on water damage prevention to your property. However, there is another significant source of water damage that comes from refrigerators that people often overlook. While it may not be the most common type of water damage, water damage from refrigerators is more common than most people think. Fridge’s are prone to water leaks and cause a significant amount of damage if not cleaned up in time. To help you avoid this danger, here are a few tips that we at Regency DRT in West Palm Beach recommend you take.

Have A Timeframe

Having a timeframe means knowing how long you can expect your refrigerator to be in working order and not do anything that would cause water damage. You can get this information when you buy the refrigerator. However, you should not blindly follow it. Just because your refrigerator is supposed to be in working order for so long doesn’t necessarily mean that it will.

Refrigerator water damage doesn’t always happen suddenly. Oftentimes what ends up happening is the plastic water line behind the refrigerator will crack or weaken, causing a slow leak. Over the years, this leak drips water down to the floor and wall beneath the fridge, causing slow but progressive water damage.

A few other common causes of water damage from refrigerators are leaks in the make and excessive condensation. Even just a small amount of extra moisture due to the buildup of condensation can lead to serious water damage to your walls and floors over time. Unfortunately, this can go on for a long time without anyone ever noticing. That is the problem with the causes of water damage. They are typically very subtle and can go on without your knowledge.

Perform Regular Checks And Maintenance

This is the best and most surefire way to prevent water damage from your refrigerator. Since water damage from refrigerators typically occurs so subtly and silently, the only way you will catch it is by regularly checking it and performing maintenance. Thus, it is important that you do this often. Otherwise, water damage could go unnoticed for a long time.

Use A Water Damage Detection Device

Although regular checks and maintenance are the best way to prevent water damage from your refrigerator, using a water detection device is also another effective method. A water detection device operates similarly to a smoke detector. You can plug it in next to your refrigerator and if the moisture levels around it rise above a certain level it will sound an alarm and notify you that there is a potential water damage issue. More advanced models will actually send a notification to your phone alerting you of the potential issue so you can be assured that your refrigerator won’t cause any problems even when you are away on vacation. They are fairly cheap and very easy to operate. Thus, we at Regency DRT in West Palm Beach recommend using these as they will go a long ways toward improving your peace of mind and preventing any water damage from your refrigerator.

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The Risk Of DIY Water Damage Cleanup

water damage cleanup port st lucie, water damage repair port st lucieIf you have water damage within your home, your first instinct may be to go on to Google and find the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to clean it up yourself. With the internet at our fingertips, it seems that we can find “answers” to our problems within seconds. Although we may find these “answers,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they are correct, that they even work, or are the best option for you.

Why Do I Need Professional Help?

Even when there is seemingly minimal water damage, there could be places and areas in the room that have been affected by the water that are unnoticeable to the untrained eye. There could also be contaminated water that is unsafe for you to be in contact with or other issues that should be dealt with by professionals.

Proper water damage cleanup is not just soaking up the water with towels and using fans to try and dry out the area. There are specific ways to detect water, clean up the water and dry out the area that professionals are trained and licensed to do. A big risk of DIY water damage cleanup is not knowing the seriousness of the situation. This can apply to many circumstances and situations.

Even small leaks can bring big problems. Problems caused by water damage are not always instant. If water damage is not cleaned up immediately, it can grow into bigger problems beneath the surface like mold growth and build-up of bacteria. These contaminants can grow inside walls, around windows and in tiny cracks and openings. 

Speaking of bacteria, there can be instances where sewage water and materials are involved, which is very unsafe to deal with. If you think it’s not so serious, you can be exposed to many germs that can result in illness.

There can also be the risk of electricity and water. Water can cause a lot of problems with outlets, wiring throughout the house and electrical appliances. If you suspect there are these kinds of problems, do not deal with them yourself.

The structure of your home can be damaged by DIY water damage repair. Without fully understanding the seriousness of the damage, the water can’t be cleaned and dried out properly, leading to lasting issues with your home. By not getting the correct treatment to your home, the water can warp and distort floorboards, cause roof decay, rust pipes and many other things throughout your home.

Water can cause more damage to your home than you might think. Trying to find ways to clean it up on your own is not the answer. Call professionals to ensure your home gets the proper care it needs. At Regency DRT in Port St. Lucie, we are an emergency service and are trained professionals to clean up water damage in your home. We hope this was helpful to you and gives you a better idea of what to do when there is water damage in your home.