Why you need professional water removal services.

If your South Florida home has ever been exposed to a flood, then you know that it’s a scary, and stress inducing situation. The well-being of property, pets, and loved ones will be at the forefront of your mind. It’s important to know what to do if your home and your family is ever exposed to this awful situation.  Getting Professional Water Removal Services can be a critical step to ensuring your safety.

Like many places around the Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Miami areas, living near the water heightens your chances of experiencing a flood. But, rising water is not the only way your home can become flooded. It’s possible that something in your home can be the source of the flooding. Things as simple as a clogged sink or a burst pipe can inundate large areas of your home.

Dont DIY Water Removal Services, Call A Professional

After experiencing a flood, the best route of action is to call a professional. This rule of thumb can be applied to any disaster your home encounters. Whether its water removal services, water damage restoration , mold removal services, or even a fire damage repair, you should call a professional like Flood Squad 911. While it’s important to call a professional, it’s also important to know whether that person or company is really a professional. There’s many fly-by-night companies that will try to pull wool over the eyes of unsuspecting home owners. You must make sure that any company you allow into your home is licensed, insured, and capable of handling the job you assign them. . To learn more about what goes into a good water damage restoration company, check out our water removal services page.

Water Removal Services

Any Water Removal Service’s main goal should be to assist the homeowner in their time of need. Another goal for the company is to help the homeowner pay as little as possible. Finding an honest, reputable restoration company can be a challenge. But, through doing research, you can find a licensed company that will take good care of you and your home.

Flood Squad 911 in Fort Lauderdale Fl. is a fully certified disaster restoration company.  Most of the services we perform can be paid for by standard home owner’s insurance. Contact us today! 

 

 

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What to do if my house floods – 8 Helpful Tips for water damage restoration

What to do if my house floods – 8 Helpful Tips for Water Damage Restoration

Water damage repair is a highly technical process, so it’s normal to have questions about how to handle water cleanup, fix water damage and how your home or office water damage restoration process works. The following are commonly asked questions by our flood customers:

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MY HOUSE IS FLOODED! SHOULD I CALL MY INSURANCE COMPANY FIRST?

No. As a matter of fact, your insurance company would prefer you call a water damage repair company (like Flood Squad 911) to begin water cleanup and fix water damage as soon as possible. The faster you act, the more destruction we can prevent, which decreases restoration costs and protects your home from further house flood damage. You still want to call your insurance company to make a claim, but you should not wait for an adjuster to arrive before calling a Flood Squad 911 for emergency water damage repair.

HOW DOES THE WATER DAMAGE REPAIR PROCESS WORK?

Water damage repair or water cleanup is a multi-phase process. The first step is to remove all standing water from flooring, wet carpet and other affected materials. Once the water is removed, dehumidifiers and other specialized equipment are used to dry the areas. This can take multiple days, depending on the amount of water and spaces involved. After the process is complete, we use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras (when applicable) to make sure your home is thoroughly dry. Fixing water damage may also involve drywall removal, carpet cleaning, wood floor repair, odor control, air duct cleaning and mold removal.

HOW LONG SHOULD WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION TAKE?

Full water damage restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of demolition, cleaning and drying out the structure and belongings. This phase usually takes no more than 3 – 4 days. The second phase, repairs, can range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the degree of damage and lead time of materials such as carpeting, cabinets, or other flooring materials. Your Flood Squad 911 Restoration project manager will work closely with you and your insurance company to develop a full timeline for your mitigation and repairs so that your property is back to normal as quickly as possible.

HOW MUCH DOES WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION COST?

The cost of water damage cleanup depends on the size of the flooded area and amount of time needed to handle the water damage repair. If your insurance policy covers water damage restoration, you are typically only responsible for the deductible. Because water can move so quickly and be extremely destructive, if not promptly removed with the right equipment, there can be even bigger problems like mold growth and even structural damage. When done properly, fixing water damage can take several days and many man-hours to complete, which have varying costs.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF WATER?

Clean water – poses no harm to people. This includes water damage caused by a sink or bathtub overflow or an appliance malfunction, such as a water heater or washing machine.
Gray water – can cause harm and illness to people. This category includes water that has a significant amount of contamination, which can be chemical, physical and/or biological.
Black water – can cause severe illness to people. Black water is very unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents coming from other contaminated water sources. Black water can come from seawater, ground surface water and sewage backups.

CAN FLOOD DAMAGE OR WATER CAUSE MOLD?

Water flood damage certainly has the potential to cause mold growth. Because mold thrives in moist environments, any place that is wet (and especially humid) is a perfect place for mold to grow. If you ignore the moisture, mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. It’s very important to take immediate action when you experience house flood damage of any type!

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CAUSES OF FLOOD DAMAGE AND WATER DAMAGE?

House flood water damage can be caused by a variety of factors, requiring you to find a reliable company to fix water damage. Some of these include heavy rain storms, burst or leaky pipes and malfunctioning appliances. House floods can also occur as a result of roof leaks and from defective gutters and downspouts which can cause water damage in your basement or crawlspace.

CAN WATER DAMAGE BE HIDDEN? IF SO, WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

Some signs of hidden house flood water damage include peeling paint and wallpaper, visible mold, moisture and condensation, musty odors, and moisture or dampness in your carpet or other flooring.

Contact Us today for a free estimate BROWARD (954)-899-8645 MIAMI (305)-255-4002 PALM BEACH (561)-214-4788

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The Impact Of Family Values On Society

How an individual is shaped, who he or she becomes is largely dependent on the family values that have been ingrained, especially in the early stages of growth and development. According to Parent IQ, a family is defined as a, “social unit consisting of parents and children.” Love To Know describes values as, “ideals in life that mean something to a certain group or family.”

It’s safe to say that the fabric of a person is woven by the ideals that have been taught and cultivated. Values are first taught to kids at home and our company (Flood Squad 911) is a huge supporter of discipline being first introduced at home. Parents must remember and remind children that they (the parents) lead the family. Everyone can’t lead the family and parents must fill that role.

Discipline is simply a habit done repeatedly until mastered. Some examples of simple yet profound habits of discipline are; waking up early…and with intent, having a routine, introducing a “To Do List” in childhood years, setting goals, understanding the process of working through failure and how it impacts successes. These habits of discipline can propel any child’s life towards a brilliant future.

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Respect is an important facet of raising well-meaning contributors to society and family units. The first aspect of respect must be given to one’s self. If you don’t have it, then you can’t give it! Respect is seen in the way we honor ourselves, our families and friends, our teachers, leaders and definitely our country!

“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”- Billy Graham

We are in the age of being instantly gratified and totally entitled. It’s so vital that we shift the way society and the media has enabled wanting everything now, no matter the cost! Quick question: do you find yourself fulfilling the requests of children, family and friends without consideration of consequences? (Please answer in the comment section) Are you guilt-ed into desperately wanting to make everyone happy?

If we don’t teach the value of earning, then our youths especially will grow up shocked to learn that they will not receive all that they want, whenever they fancy it. Entitlement is such plague to society…our youths and adults alike often feel that they’re owed something. Teach independence and the value of earning early. Don’t wait for tomorrow or the next day or for life to get settled to implement these values; do it today, do it now!

“I’m here today to warn you: I want you to watch out for the adversary. Guard yourself from any spirit of entitlement. Restrain any and all subtle temptation to gain attention or to find ways to promote yourself.” – Charles R. Swindoll

The value of communication is pivotal to success at home, in business and in one’s career.

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

What’s behind the words? What is attempting to be conveyed when it is spoken? Do you haphazardly answer, only to move on to the next thing and are you present? When you’re present and intent on listening, it’s apparent you care.

Communication begins at home, not through the act of teaching alone, by way of showing. Your children’s values will be the sum total (for the most part) of what they observe at home. If you’re always gossiping and fighting with others, then guess what they will be doing? Communication leads to wisdom…our words convey feelings, our feelings are an indication of thoughts and essentially what we want, what we want is directly related to our life’s work or purpose and that in and of itself breathes wisdom.

There’s a story that resonates with the Flood Squad team and it’s centered around a father busy at work, not having much time for anything but work. His son, who yearns deeply for his affection and attention came into his office, interrupting him often. The father just wanting to get rid of the child to continue to focus on work, gives him a map of the world he tore to pieces. The child returns to his father, rather quickly and the father jolted by the promptness of his child asks, “How did you put the map of the world together so fast?” Without skipping a beat the child replies, “There was a picture of a man behind the map. When the man came together, so did the world.”

That story truly sums up the value of family values in the world today; it impacts the progression, longevity and heart of the world. Use today to catapult your life, your children, families and eventually the world will experience the difference of strong values.

C.T.A (Call To Action) : share one value you’ve passed on to kids, family, friends or acquaintances and tell us how it has made a difference. We’d really appreciate it if you liked, shared and follow us on social media.

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The Impact Of Small Business: Attaining The American Dream

“If you can dream it, begin it. For our dreams have magic and power in them.” – Johann Wofgang Von Goethe

Johann Wofgang Von Goethe sums up the power of a dream; the ultimate power of the American dream! The founders of Flood Squad 911, a division of Two Brothers Affordable, Inc. leaders in the local South Florida area for water restoration and flood damage services embody the struggle and attainment of the American dream and the Free Enterprise System.

Jeffrey and Glennis Rodriguez, founders of the company, are both immigrants. Jeffrey hails from the beautiful Dominican Republic and Glennis, a native of the stunning Puerto Rico.

Jeffrey’s mom along with five kids in tow, came to the Bronx, New York after their father had worked and established himself in the States prior to their arrival. Jeffrey was only five years.

Glennis is an only child who was raised by her single mom; a great example of perseverance and hard work. Glennis would later inculcate similar work ethics into her business and life.

When Jeffrey was nineteen he joined the Marine Corps to serve this great nation. He was deployed all over the world to places like Japan, Korea and the Philippines. He served  for four years and returned to live with his family (in Florida), having gained enough life experiences in the Marine Corps.

In the mean while, Glennis graduated with her Associates Degree from Keiser University and later went to hold a managerial position at the Publix Supermarkets.

Jeffrey candidly states that moving to Florida was one of the greatest decisions he could have made, since it was here that he met the love of his life, Glennis.

Seneca says, “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that things are difficult.” With that belief in their hearts, they ventured and started their business in 2005. Glennis took at leap of faith and decided to join Jeffrey in the business.

Jeffrey reveals that he has always felt deeply about being a business owner; about the impact of tenacity and hard work. Yoda, from the Jedi Master ingeniously states, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” This is the attitude of the Rodriguezs’ towards their dreams and towards helping the communities of South Florida.

Their business was initially a franchise heavily focused on carpet, tile as well as upholstery cleaning and maintenance. Initially, clients were acquired via the franchise and later they applied that good old whatever it takes attitude towards customers acquisition and gaining client loyalty. They forged marketing campaigns and even went door to door.

However, when the tough times hit, they decided it was the right time to spread their wings and go on their own.
Every business requires strong expertise and continuing education. Flood Squad 911 is no different. Their team became proficient at emergency water removal and added it as a service.

Jeffrey, Glennis and their team have formed long lasting relationships with their customers; having known many for over a decade and being consistently referred to their respective family and friends.

It’s safe to say that they’re in business for the long haul; having been in business for twelve years and having served thousands of clients as well as saved hundreds of homes.

Owning a home is the ultimate American dream and the Flood Squad 911 team has truly contributed to saving homes in Broward, Miami/Dade as well as Palm Beach.

Flood Squads emergency response team is immediate, effective and meticulous. Their goal is to save affected materials as opposed to the homeowner having to incur huge expenses and insurance costs.

They prides themselves on being available whenever a prospective client has suffered the occurrence of water damage and to use high quality equipment to return their homes to normal as quickly
as possible.

Flood Squad 911’s mission is to be the, “Emergency company to call when water loss occurs in South Florida.”  They are also diligent in their collaborations with other companies to provide homeowners with exemplary water restoration, carpet, tile and upholstery services.

This quote adequately sums up the Rodriguez family and Flood Squad 911’s vision, ” “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know
or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”

– Mark Cuban, Chairman of AXS TV, Owner of Landmark Theaters.

When to call a Professional Florida Water Damage Restoration Service

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Flooding is the most common reason for South Florida insurance claims. Indoor flooding is not just caused by storms. Backed up sewer lines, faulty appliances and bursting pipes can also leave homeowners with inches of water inside their homes. When you are dealing with a significant amount of water in your home, you should not try to do the clean up yourself. Professional water removal services have the right equipment to do the job right and protect your home.

When you discover water in your home, it is important to call us right away. We are available day and night and typically show up within an hour and a half of your call and often sooner. Do not wait until morning. The longer an area is flooded, the more severe the complications.

If it is safe to do so, you should remove furniture and electronics from the area that is flooded. This can make it more likely that your things will get through without damage. Some items, depending on what they are made of and the nature of your flood, may not be salvageable. Particle board furniture often swells when exposed to water. Soft materials that are exposed to gray or black water may need to be discarded.

When we arrive, we will assess your water damage and let you know what needs to be done. This assessment comes at no cost and no obligation. We do not want people to avoid calling because they are afraid of what they might hear.

Once you’ve given us the go, we will begin water extraction and drying. We have specialized vacuum and drying equipment that can do a far more thorough job than an individual can do on their own. When necessary, we will use high powered equipment to dry all water that has gotten up under your cabinets or walls or that has seeped beneath the floors.

Without thorough drying, it is possible for water to stay hidden where you can’t see it or get to it. This excess moisture can cause serious problems over time. Mold spores are everywhere, and they are just waiting for conditions to grow. Moisture can also damage your drywall, which can result in expensive removal and replacement. By using professional drying services, you can assure that your home comes through good as new.

After drying, we will test to ensure that all water has been removed. This helps assure that they job is done right the first time and that you can rest assured that you will not suffer long term damage. We work with your insurance to make sure that all costs are covered.

When calling water removal services, you want the one that has a proven track record in your area. We’ve served the Seattle area for many years and have many happy clients. If you have a flood in your home, there is no time to wait. Call now so we can remove the water and get your home back in shape.

How to Prevent Water Damage When You Are Away from Home

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The winter season often means holiday visits to friends and family. But, while you are gone, it is all to easy for things to go awry. Our tips will help prevent water damage in your home while you are enjoying some time away.

Check Water Supply Lines

The plastic or rubber hoses that go to your dishwasher, your washing machine, the icemaker in your refrigerator and other appliances should be in good shape, especially if you are getting ready to leave. Replace any that are cracked, bulging or that show any signs of corrosion. By ensuring that the lines are sound, you cut the chances of them breaking while you are away.

Consider Shutting Off Your Water at the Main Valve

Your main should be somewhere in your yard, your basement or near the road. Turning off the water here can prevent leaks while you are away by keeping water out of the pipes.

If you have never turned off the main water valve at your home before, test it before you go. After shutting off the valve, turn on a faucet in the house. The water should stop once the pipe is empty.

If you have someone coming over to water plants or to feed pets, you can also shut off the supply just at specific valves. The ones that feed appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine, as well as the one for your toilet, are good ones to stop to cut your chance of leaks.

Test Your Sump Pump

If you have a basement, ensure that the sump pump is working before you go. Pour a bucket of water down into the pump to raise the water level. Your pump should turn on to eject the excess water immediately. If it does not work, double check to see that it is plugged in. You should also check that the outlet pipe is free of clogs and is not frozen over. If the pump still is not working, consider having someone out to service it before you go.

Clean Your Gutters

When the gutters are clogged with fall leaves, they cannot do their job and move water away from your roof and house. When water pools in the gutters, it increases your chances of water getting into the home to cause damage.

Have a friend periodically check in.

Even if you don’t have pets or house plants, having someone take a look at your house every few days is beneficial. Someone who comes in to take in the mail and look around can catch a problem before it becomes a big one.

If, in spite of your preparations, you suffer water damage while you are gone, it is important to get it handled quickly. The longer water sits, the more damage it can cause. If you have flooding in your home, call us to get the water damage cleaning service Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Miami trusts. We are available year round to ensure your home stays safe and dry.