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Flooring and Water Damage

As you all know, Joe Taylor Restoration does water restoration. And because that’s what we do, we see A LOT of wet floors. Flooring of all kinds, flooring and water damage, flooring we make every attempt to save. Although water damage can affect any part of a home or business, the most common rooms we work to restore are bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.

So what types of flooring fare best in these rooms, particularly in water damage situations?

1. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Unequivocally, porcelain tile, part of the ceramic tile family, holds up best when it comes to flooring and water damage. Porcelain tile is certified as such if it has a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less. It cleans up well and bravely resists even standing pools of water, that is, if standing water is addressed immediately.

2. Vinyl: Sheet, Plank, or Tile

Vinyl is affordable, easy to install yourself, comes in a large variety of options (including sheet, plank and tile), and best of all, it’s extremely durable and water-resistant even when it comes to water damage.

3. Natural Stone

Natural stone, such as marble, slate, granite, and limestone, are obvious choices for the moisture-filled environments of bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And they tend to hold up well when there is water damage. However, there can be issues with staining, warping, and the like in some cases.

Having one of the above types does not ensure that flooring will endure a water damage scenario. But the above have a much better chance of survival than other types of flooring, particularly if the water damage is addressed right away.

Other common types of flooring include engineered wood, hard wood, laminate and carpet. The survival of the wood and laminate options depend largely on the precision of the initial installation and how tight the seems are between planks. We have saved many hard wood floors in our time, but laminate and engineered wood are sometimes more difficult to salvage. Carpet is a whole different conversation, dependent largely on the type and severity of the water damage. Carpet can be dried, but often needs to be removed for proper restoration to take place.

Regardless of the type of floors you’re standing on in your home or business, if you’re standing in water, contact Joe Taylor Restoration immediately. We will make every effort to save your floors and anything else we can, as long as it does not compromise the restoration process or allow mold growth. When you’re dealing with flooring and water damage, contact the company with the experience and expertise to get the job done right.

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Extreme Weather in Florida 2017-2018

The New Year has begun with a bang, or rather, a “bomb cyclone” and freezing weather, even in Florida. So we can not help but reflect on all the “weird” and often unfortunate weather events that occurred in 2017. A surprising number of devastating and deadly extreme weather events and natural disasters happened all over the country and even all over the world in 2017, and Florida was no exception.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began on June 1 and ended on November 30, was especially destructive, featuring 17 named storms. The season held both the highest total accumulated cyclone energy and the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005. All ten of the season’s hurricanes occurred in a row, the greatest number of consecutive hurricanes in the satellite era.

Initial predictions for the season anticipated that an El Niño would develop, lowering storm activity. However, the predicted El Niño failed to develop, with cool-neutral conditions developing instead, later progressing to a La Niña – the second one in a row. This led forecasters to upgrade their predicted totals, with some later anticipating that the season could be the most active since 2012. “Active” turned out to be an understatement.

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/extremely-active-2017-atlantic-hurricane-season-finally-ends

Here in South Florida, we got out fair share of the wind, rain and even flames over the course of last year. Tropical storm Emily and Hurricane Irma pummeled us, fires burned a large portion of Southwest Florida, and a number of other unnamed tornados, tropical weather events, and floods affected out state.

Joe Taylor Restoration was involved in a great deal of the cleanup and restoration after these events, helping fellow Floridians, neighbors, and friends recover. We are hoping that 2018 does not compare to 2017, and that extreme weather events do not impact our state at all. But if 2018 is also plagued with extreme weather, we are here, as always, to help. Whether your home or business is affected by extreme weather, or a you have a small kitchen fire, a water loss, a biohazard, or a mold issue, we are ready to respond quickly and restore your property to its original condition.

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Praise from our Partners

At Joe Taylor Restoration, we love to get praise of any kind- from our customers, of course, but also from our very valued partners. Recently, we received one of the highest compliments possible from the CEO at London Underwriters, MGA. He was kind enough to recognize our prompt service and hard work in a video and post it on Facebook. Thank you so much, Danny, for your praise, trust, and partnership. We love working with you!

Please take a moment to view what he had to say about Joe Taylor Restoration below.

Cant say enough good things about this company- absolutely amazed by their incredible and excellent service!! 🙏👌🙌

Posted by Daniel Feigenbaum on Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Dishwasher Leak Water Damage

dishwasher leak water damageIf you have ever lived in a home without a dishwasher, you know how much of a hassle it can be to have to wash all of your dishes, even your silverware, by hand. But what can be even more of a hassle is having a dishwasher that leaks. With a leaky dishwasher, convenience and ease dissolve and are replaced with a messy problem that can quickly lead to dishwasher leak water damage, especially if the leak is left undetected or unchecked.

The following are seven common causes of dishwasher leaks that lead to dishwasher leak water damage:

7 Reasons Your Dishwasher May Be Leaking

1. Corroded Tub

Over time, mineral compounds in water and detergents can cause the tub to corrode, resulting in holes and leaks. Ask a dishwasher repair specialist to inspect it. If the damage isn’t too extensive, they may be able to repair it. Otherwise, you may want to invest in a new machine.

2. Worn Door Gasket

The gasket is a rubber seal around the door that prevents water from leaking out of the dishwasher. Sometimes, these wear out or rip, causing water to seep through. You or a dishwasher repair technician can easily install a new gasket to eliminate the leaking.

3. Loose Hose

A loose drain hose is another common cause of leaks. Drain tubes ensure excess water is drained out of the tub when the washer has finished its cycle. If it is not fitted correctly, water could leak through.

4. Faulty Inlet Valve

The inlet valve is responsible for regulating the water level in the dishwasher. Once it’s filled with the right amount of water, the valve should shut off the supply. Check to see if there is water in the bottom of the washer when it has been turned off. If so, a faulty inlet valve is most likely your problem.

5. Broken Wash Arms

A cracked wash arm or support can force water under the door causing a leak. A new wash arm or wash arm assembly can be installed to solve the problem.

6. Cracked Motor Shaft Seal

If the leak is coming from the dishwasher base, the motor shaft seal may have cracked. You can often replace just the shaft seal itself, but you or a professional may have to replace the entire pump and motor assembly.

7. Damaged Sump Seal/Pump Gasket

Most dishwashers use a sump to collect the water that enters the pump. A damaged sump seal or pump gasket can also result in a water leak and will require the defective component to be replaced.

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If you find that one of the above has caused your dishwasher to leak, first repair the issue, then contact Joe Taylor Restoration for any dishwasher leak water damage. If the leak is extreme, or has been occurring for some time, you may also encounter mold damage. We can address that too. But don’t wait. Contact us right away and we will see to it that your kitchen is restored to its original state- mold and water damage free.

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Commercial Building Water Damage

commercial building waterRecently, Joe Taylor Restoration (JTR) received a call concerning a flooded daycare in Deerfield Beach, Florida. We, at JTR, are very familiar with all kinds of commercial building water damage. And when the commercial building is a daycare, experienced and knowledge restoration technicians and staff are of the utmost importance.

Parents rely on a daycare for just that, care for their children during the day while they are at work. That means, a daycare must be back up and running as soon as possible so that parents are not missing days on the job. In addition, a daycare must be clean and safe for the health and well-being of the children. This is something JTR takes very seriously, as commercial building water damage, as well as mold damage, has a greater effect on children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

In the case of flooding, water damage dangers in a daycare may involve contaminated water, as well as contamination of children’s toys, baby items, and various containers- most of which will need to be discarded. And if commercial building water damage is not addressed properly and mold begins to grow, dangers for children are on the spectrum of hay-fever-like reactions (such as stuffy nose, red, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing) to asthma attacks. Children (and adults), who are allergic to mold may have more serious reactions that could lead to hospitalization.

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Thankfully, the daycare owner in Deerfield Beach was well aware of the dangers of commercial building water damage. She was also aware that it is important to dry water-damaged areas and items that can be salvaged within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. She called JTR immediately, and we responded to her commercial building water damage emergency in under two hours. Today, the daycare is fully functional, with the teachers and children back in a safe, healthy, properly restored environment.

If your business has experienced commercial building water damage, please don’t wait. Call JTR right away. We will restore your property to its original state, and prevent unwelcome mold growth, whether your business is a daycare, a hospital, a restaurant or anything in between.

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Holiday Fire Prevention

fire preventionAnd just like that, the holidays are upon us. Every year, they arrive more and more quickly- Halloween is gone, here comes Thanksgiving, and before we know it, it will be Christmas day. And in among the hustle and bustle, the family and friends, and the cooking and eating, believe it or not, the possibility exists for a property fire. I know what you’re thinking- “Fire? I definitely don’t have time for a fire, and I can’t imagine that it would ever happen anyway.” Well, let’s do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t.

Holiday Fire Prevention:

There are six main causes of property fires, and thus, six main areas of fire prevention. The following are tips in each of the six areas that will, hopefully, keep fire from getting out of control in your home or business this holiday season.

Cooking
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Smoking
  • Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.
  • Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
  • Be alert – don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out before getting into bed.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
Portable Space Heaters
  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.
Fireplaces and Woodstoves
  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
Children
  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

We hope that the above fire prevention tips help to keep fire burning only where it should this holiday season, like the warm and inviting fireplace in your home. But if disaster strikes and a fire is burning out of control, please first contact your local fire department. Then, once the fire is out, contact the professionals at Joe Taylor Restoration. We are ready to respond to your fire emergency within 2 hours of your call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We understand the need for quick response when it comes to fire, smoke, soot, and even water damage related to a fire and putting it out. Our technicians will utilize the latest technology to assess the damage, appropriate to the kind of fire that occurred, and get to work immediately on the fire damage restoration process. We will see to it that your property is restored, returning your holiday season to one that is fire damage and trouble free.

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Five Common Causes of Bathtub Leaks

bathtub leaksWater leaks are a constant in our line of work. We see every kind of leak imaginable: window leaks, toilet leaks, roof leaks, washing machine leaks, and of course, bathtub leaks. We recently responded to a home in Oakland Park, Florida that had been partially flooded as a result of a simple bathtub leak. The master bathroom, bedroom, guest room, and play room were all affected, even to the point of some mold growth in one of the rooms. Luckily for the homeowner, Joe Taylor Restoration knows exactly what to do about water and mold damage.

But what can you, the property owner, do if you suspect your bathtub leaks? The first thing you want to do is try to locate the source of the possible leak. There are five places a bathtub leak is generally located:

  1. The Grout – Many times when a leak occurs the property owner thinks it is coming from the pipes. Most often that is not the case, and the leak is actually the result of shrinking grout around the tiles that are hit by shower spray and splashes. This causes water to run down behind the tiles and then onto the floor. The difficulty with this type of leak is in locating it. The water often flows to places that are distant from the origin of the leak. If you can correctly locate the leak source, this is a repair most homeowners can do on their own by re-grouting the tile.
  2. The Bathtub Faucet –The faucet is the most common area for a bathtub leak. Most of the time simply replacing the washer and using plumbers tape to seal the valve threads fixes this type of leak. Remember to shut off the water prior to unscrewing the faucet.
  3. Leaking from Bathtub Body – If you discover that the bathtub leak is not coming from the faucet it could be coming from the actual body of the bathtub. To find the hole, fill up the bathtub with water and then turn off the water. If the leak is in the bathtub body you should be able to find it fairly easily. Bathtub leaks from the actual tub body are not very common. If the enamel is cracked, you will begin to see rust forming along the crack.
  4. Overflow Pipe – Between the back of the bathtub and the overflow pipe is a beveled rubber washer. Fixing a leak from the overflow pipe and replacing this washer should most often be done by a plumber.
  5. The Bathtub Drain – It is also possible that the outlet pipe is clogged and causing the leak. A mixture of a half-cup of baking soda followed by a half-cup of vinegar down the clogged drain can be used to try and clear it. The drain may take as long as 3 hours to clear. If that does not work you will need to call your local plumber.

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As stated above, once the leak source is located, it can either be fixed by the property owner, or it may require the expertise of a plumber. If you have discovered a bathtub leak at your property, do not delay. A leak left unattended can cause damage to other parts of your bathroom, leading to more expensive repairs. It can also lead to mold damage, as it did for the homeowner in Oakland Park. Get the bathtub leak fixed as quickly as possible, and then, if the leak has left water and/or mold damage, call Joe Taylor Restoration to take care of the rest.
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Window Leak Water Damage

window leakPerhaps it is not surprising that, after Hurricane Irma, we had an influx of calls concerning water that came into various homes and other buildings because of window leaks. With wind and rain constantly thrashing a building for an extended period of time, as with a hurricane, it is possible for strong windows to begin to leak. Even more so, if a window or windows were compromised in some way before the storm. And where there is a window leak, inevitably there is water damage, and then mold, if the leak is not fixed and the wet areas are not properly dried.

Since Irma, Joe Taylor Restoration has been about the business of addressing both window leak water damage, and mold damage in the cases where the problem was not addressed immediately. But window leak water damage is an issue we see all the time, because as most of us know, it does not take a hurricane to cause a window leak.

The following are some Common Causes of Window Leaks:

  • Bad Glass Seal – if you are seeing water inside your window between the panes of glass, you have a bad glass seal. This does not always mean that water is leaking into your home, but it does mean that your windows have lost their insulating gas—making them significantly less energy-efficient than they were when they were new.
  • Bad Window Sealant – If the window sealant—or caulk—around your window has cracks or gaps, re-caulk around the window and monitor what happens following the next rain storm.
  • Wall Leaks – it is possible that your window leaks are not window leaks at all. If you notice stains on the top part of the window frame, chances are the leak is due to a leak in your walls. Inspect your walls for sealing gaps or cracks and re-seal them to fix this problem.
  • Window Leaks When it is not Raining – many people notice water on their windows even when it is not raining and assume there is a leak somewhere. Chances are it is simply window condensation. Condensation may or may not be a problem. If it becomes a problem, you may need to take steps to mitigate the moisture in your home.

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If you are experiencing window leak water damage from any of the above sources, or if you are still in need of restoration services following Hurricane Irma, please do not hesitate to contact us. One call will result in the expertise and considerable resources necessary to remedy the situation and restore your property to its original condition.

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Continuing Education for Insurance Professionals

insurance professionalsAs previously mentioned on our Facebook page, the Independent Insurance Agents of Palm Beach County (IIAPBC) and Joe Taylor Restoration (JTR) are offering a one hour continuing education (CE) course on October 19, 2017 for insurance professionals. We aim to help our partners achieve their CE credits before the recently extended deadlines.

According to the Insurance Journal, in order to help accelerate Hurricane Irma recovery efforts across the state, Florida’s CFO, Jimmy Patronis, recently announced an extension of CE deadlines for licensed insurance professionals in Florida.

CE deadlines are set by the licensee’s birthday month, and any licensee with a deadline in September, October, or November will now have an extended deadline of December 31, 2017, to complete their CE requirements.

As of Sept. 25, more than 500,000 insurance claims had been filed following Hurricane Irma, totaling estimated losses of more than $3 billion. Of those claims, 470,000 remain open, which the Department of Financial Services said further proves the “necessity of allowing insurance agents, adjusters and customer representatives to focus on their post-storm work.”

The extension applies to all insurance professional licensees that require continuing education, including insurance adjusters, agents and customer representatives. No form or application process is required to be approved for this extension. The Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Agent & Agency Services is updating its online database to automatically reflect the updated deadline.

We, at JTR, know how hard all insurance professionals have been working post-Irma, and we are glad that the state of Florida has allowed an extension for continuing education. If you are in need of CE credits, or you just need a break from Hurricane Irma fallout, come join the IIAPBC and JTR on October 19th for some food and a lot of valuable information- you can even enter to win the raffle! Just follow the directions on the form below if you would like to attend. However, if you have to miss this one, we would love to host you at another one of our CE courses. Please contact us if you have any questions about this or future CE opportunities. We would love to see you all at a CE!

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Hurricane Irma Damage and Restoration

It has now been two weeks since Hurricane Irmahurricane irma damage,
the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, tore through several Caribbean islands, went up the west coast of Florida, affecting the entire state, and then battered South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and a few other states before finally dying out. Hurricane Irma damage is severe in many places hit by the storm, including some of the areas that Joe Taylor Restoration services for water and mold damage restoration.

hurricane irma damageAs soon as it was safe to go outside on the east and west coasts of Florida, our technicians got to work. We had calls flood in from property owners requesting help with water damaged homes and businesses. As FPL began restoring power to thousands who lost power during the storm, we started deploying equipment and doing our part to provide restoration for the residents of South Florida affected by Hurricane Irma damage.

hurricane irma damageBecause of hard work and expert planning, we have had all the personnel, equipment, and supplies we have needed to help our customers with Hurricane Irma damage. We have received to our warehouse multiple shipments of additional fans, dehumidifiers, and other necessary tools in order to continue to serve South Florida. We are so proud of every member of our team, who has worked tirelessly to make this effort happen so successfully.

Because of the nature of water and flood damage, most buildings that were affected by Hurricane Irma that were not addressed immediately are now experiencing mold damage. We are here to help with that too! If you have now found mold where there was a leak in your roof or around a window, or if you have discovered water or mold damage unrelated to Hurricane Irma, contact us right away. We are ready, willing, and able to respond to your restoration needs.

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