7 Interesting Water Damage Facts and Figures
No matter what the issue may stem from, addressing water damage immediately is critical to reducing potential damage and overall cost.
From storm damage to flooding and from leaking pipes to appliance disasters, water damage is something that every homeowner fears. While the damage done varies greatly on a case by case basis, any type of water damage in a home is cause for concern. Why? For starters, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs. When left untreated, this can lead to serious damage and costly repairs.
In addition to the threat of mold growth, water damage has the capacity to ignite a snowball effect of issues in the home. Being aware of some of the facts surrounding water damage is important so that homeowners can remain savvy and proactive in keeping their property in top condition. The following are some water damage facts and figures that we found interesting:
- A 1/8-inch pipe crack can results in 250 gallons of leaked water
- A homeowner spends an average of $1,100 to $4,500 for water damage repair or water damage restoration
- Carpet takes 1-2 days to dry following water damage
- ¾ of all water heaters fail within the first 12 years
- The most common cause of water loss comes from plumbing supply system problems
- Washing machine supply lines typically stop working within 9 years
- A typical household leak can release over 10,000 gallons of water annually
No matter what the issue may stem from, addressing water damage immediately is critical to reducing potential damage and overall cost. Far too many homeowners delay calling a water damage restoration company when a leak is detected. Unfortunately, even the slightest delay can greatly increase the chance of costly damage and mold growth.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are water damage repair and restoration experts. Our high-trained staff is on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies both big and small. Call us today to learn more!
Avoiding Home Property Damage in the New Year
January is a prime time to focus your efforts on keeping your home and property safe.
Property damage strikes a home for many different reasons and often at unexpected times. With the New Year just beginning, it is common to start making resolutions that will serve to improve yourself and those around you. But what about making resolutions for your home? A person’s home is where they spend the majority of their time and, for that reason, home improvement should be at the top of your list when it comes to bettering yourself this year.
January is a prime time to focus your efforts on keeping your home and property safe. While damage caused by water, fire, and mold is unavoidable at times, taking specific steps to keep things in tiptop shape will help tremendously.
Consider getting the following home improvement action items done this month:
- Go over your home emergency plan and make any necessary updates and adjustments
- Take stock of your home’s safety equipment, ensuring that items like flashlights, first-aid kits, and backup medicine and food are in good condition
- Find the water supply line in your house and be sure that you know how to turn it off in the event of an emergency
- Walk your home to check on all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors batteries
While these tasks may seem menial, they are extremely important to do. In addition to the above items, your January resolutions should focus on one home improvement that you have been meaning to accomplish. Whether that means getting the roof cleaned or redoing a bathroom, concentrating on one specific task will help to get it done.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County we are looking forward to a wonderful 2020 year! The New Year means new opportunities to serve our community and all of its water, fire, and mold damage needs. Contact our office today to speak with our residential and commercial restoration specialists.
What Happens In a Home Fire?
It’s easy to think that a fire would never happen in your home, but it can truly happen to anyone.
In a blink of an eye a small fire can transform into a full blown house fire. In fact, a small flame has the propensity to become a major fire in as little as 30 seconds. We see it fictionally in countless movies and television shows and we watch the real stories about it on the news. But how does it all happen? What takes place when that small flame emerges as a terrifying fire wreaking havoc on your home?
For starters, it is important to discuss the difference between home fires today versus home fires a few decades ago. In older times, experts estimated that you had anywhere from 14 to 17 minutes to escape in the event of a house fire. Today, however, the level of flammability in the household limits escape time down to 2 to 3 minutes. That means that home occupants have the get out extremely fast before the entire house goes up in flames.
Let’s take an example scenario into account. Fires most often begin in the kitchen. A stovetop meal starts to boil over and before anyone knows it, oil is igniting and spreading flames throughout the kitchen. Then, cooking utensils catch fire, which then catch onto the dish towel, and fire and smoke are looming. More and more flammable items begin to burn and the flames spread rapidly to the wooden cabinets to the curtains, and on and on.
While this scenario may be horrifying to think about, the reality is that this happens all of the time throughout the United States. It’s easy to think that something like this would never happen in your home, but it can truly happen to anyone. Being extremely careful in the kitchen and when dealing with any fire, even something as simple as lighting candles, is imperative to keeping you and your loved ones safe. Have you experienced any type of fire damage? Our fire damage restoration team is here to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!
7 Tips for Small Business Owners
With long hours and a lot at stake, small business owners often look for inspiration and guidance as they travel along the entrepreneurial path.
South Florida is home to some of the greatest small businesses in the country. As small business owners ourselves, we take pride in supporting our local North Palm Beach County community. From visiting local vendors for purchasing items of all kinds to participating in local events throughout the area, we love being able to give back. Owning a small business is not an easy task. With long hours and a lot at stake, small business owners often look for inspiration and guidance as they travel along the entrepreneurial path.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over 30 years of experience in owning a company. During that time, we have learned countless lessons about business, people, and life. With that said, the following are some important tips for small business owners to keep in mind:
- Support other small businesses. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it usually comes back around.
- Set goals, be specific, and hold yourself and your employees accountable.
- Treat each and every employee with respect. Your staff is your lifeline, act accordingly.
- Delegate tasks that can be successfully achieved by others. Your time is valuable, use it wisely.
- Invest in marketing. Small businesses need exposure to get noticed amongst bigger companies.
- Build a network. Use your local community to your advantage and watch as resources come from all over the place.
- Create a company culture and work hard to keep it alive and well.
It is very easy for small business owners to get overwhelmed by endless to do lists and pressures from their day-to-day responsibilities. As such, it is important to take a step back every once in a while to go over your business goals, your company’s personality, and the overall sentiment in the office. We value each and every small business in our North Palm Beach County community and are here to support you in any way that we can!
How To Stop Mold Growth in Your Garage
Garages are typically hot, unventilated, and dark, making them a prime option for mold growth.
With consistent rainstorms all year round, Florida residents are used to weathering the elements day in and day out. As a homeowner, it is important to take measures to protect your home’s interior and exterior from water damage. Why? Well, when left unprotected, water damage can quickly turn into mold damage and create an even bigger problem to deal with. Unfortunately, the garage is a hotspot for potential mold growth. The combination of heat, moisture, and darkness creates the perfect environment for mildew to thrive.
Garages in Florida are extremely common. From extra storage to a place to park cars, having a garage is a luxury and should be cared for accordingly. With this in mind, follow these tips to try to prevent mold from growing in your garage:
- Keep the garage ventilated with fresh air when possible
- Avoid storing cardboard boxes in the garage
- Consider keeping a dehumidifier in the garage
- Check the seal on the garage door to confirm that no water is coming through the bottom
- Do not store any wet items in the garage
- Try to open the garage during sunlight each day
- If a heavy storm comes, remove standing water as quickly as possible afterwards
- Maintain shrubbery that is in close proximity to the garage
We also recommend storing your items on shelves instead of on the garage floor to help keep items dry and mold-free. Garages are typically hot, unventilated, and dark, making them a prime option for mold growth. As such, it is important to take the above measures to keep your garage clean and free of any mildew. If you do notice mold damage in your garage, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to speak with one of our mold damage experts.
11 Fun Facts about Thunderstorms
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are dedicated to serving our community during the toughest of storms.
Florida residents have been through a countless number of storms. From summer’s rainy days to hurricanes to unexpected rainstorms in the middle of winter, Floridians know that a storm always has the potential of hitting. While some storms last 10 minutes and others last hours, their impact can be felt no matter what. South Florida homeowners have grown accustom to dealing with storms of all shapes and sizes. As such, they are likely to underestimate even some of the bigger ones.
The more familiar a person becomes with storms, the more unfazed they become when they strike. In some cases, this is a good thing. Being used to dealing with Florida storms means never panicking and keeping a level head. However, this familiarity can also serve to dull the potential damage that major storms bring. As such, we have collected some interesting facts about storms to not only entertain, but to also highlight how important it is to take them seriously.
The following are a few of our favorite facts about thunderstorms:
- Rain actually pulls storms down
- Lightning is seen before thunder because light travels faster than sound
- A fear of thunder and lightning is called Astraphobia
- Lightning has an average temperate of 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- By counting the number of seconds between a flash of lighting and the sound of thunder, you can calculate how many miles away it is (second divided by 5)
- They eye of a storm is extremely calm, even sunny in some cases
- A thunderstorm produces about 6,000 lightning strikes each minute
- There are three types of possible thunderstorms
- Lightning is actually hotter than the sun’s surface
- A cumulus cloud in the sky weighs over 1 million pounds
- Thunder can happen during snowstorms too
Storms vary drastically in size, severity, and prospective damage that they cause. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are dedicated to serving our community during the toughest of storms. Our storm damage team is prepared to handle any type of property damage that your home or commercial location may have suffered. Give us a call today to learn more!
Avoiding Flood Danger in Florida
Our subtropical climate mixes with over a thousand miles of coastline to create a recipe for possible floods.
From coast to coast, flooding is an issue throughout the United States and even across the globe. In fact, research points out that rising sea levels places nearly 4 million homes at risk for flooding over the next 100 years in America. As a peninsula state, Florida is one of the most vulnerable states in the entire country, making it especially concerning for South Florida residents. As such, it is important to be educated about flooding in order to make the safest decisions possible in the event of a disaster.
While the risk of flooding is growing year after year, history has already highlighted the potential danger involved. Some of the most notable floods over the years include:
- Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928
- Cape Sable Hurricane of 1947
- Hurricane Dora in 1964
- Tropical Storm Fay in 2008
- Tropical Storm Debby in 2012
With this in mind, it is important for all Floridians, especially those who live near the coasts, to be aware of the dangers associated with flooding. Our subtropical climate mixes with over a thousand miles of coastline to create a recipe for possible floods. The following are the areas in Florida most at risk to storm surge flooding today:
- Miami, FL
- Sarasota, FL
- Tampa, FL
- Fort Meyers, FL
When a big storm is coming, it is absolutely critical to pay close attention to NOAA Weather Radio. In doing so, you will be able to monitor the storm’s impact and make the appropriate decisions for you and your family. In addition, now is the time to have your property evaluated to determine how vulnerable your home is to flooding.
As with all emergencies, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is dedicated to serving our community in their time of need. Our water damage experts are here to help no matter how big or small the flood damage may be. Contact our team today to learn more!
Practicing Safety With Holiday Decorations This Year
Far too many people underestimate the level of danger associated with holiday decorations and they leave themselves, and their families, at risk.
Holiday season is right around the corner and that means many families throughout South Florida will be decorating their homes. Whether it’s stockings on a mantle or lights on the roof, being careful during this time of year is crucial. Hanging lights is not only a time-consuming and tedious task, it is also potentially very dangerous. As such, it is important for South Florida homeowners to be extra cautious this year while decorating their houses.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), holiday decorations caused over 15,000 injuries that lead to an emergency room visit. From falls to fires, understanding how to properly put up your Christmas lights is essential to staying safe and having a happy holiday. The following tips are helpful to practicing safety with holiday decorations this year:
- Purchase Christmas lights that have a UL Safety Certification
- Choose clips to hang the lights, as opposed to screws or nails
- Make sure you are using outdoor lights outdoors and indoor lights indoors
- Discard any damaged or old Christmas lights
- Turn off the lights when you go to sleep at night
- Consider changing to LED lights
- Always use a GFCI outlet
- Be extra careful when using a ladder and do so with a partner
- Christmas lights should never be run through doors or windows, use outside outlets only
- Do not plug in more than three light sets into one extension cord
Electrical and fire hazards are abundant during the holiday season. While it may take a few extra steps and purchases to maintain proper safety levels, it is extremely important to take every precaution possible. Far too many people underestimate the level of danger associated with holiday decorations and they leave themselves, and their families, at risk of serious injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you. Contact us today for more information!
Preparing Your Small Business for the Holiday Season
Reducing holiday stress means planning in advance to ensure that your small business is not only prepared for the season, but in position for success.
The holiday season can be overwhelming for small business owners. From busy stores to vacationing staff, making sure that your commercial property is prepared for extra foot traffic can be difficult. Staying ahead of the competition means doing the legwork before the season hits and it is too late to prepare. In South Florida, the holiday season is busier than in most regions. From snowbirds to vacationers, it is critical to get your store ready to take advantage of the busy holiday time.
Taking advantage of the next month means outlining exactly what needs to get done and executing accordingly. Far too many business owners look to prepare for the holiday season in November, but that leaves little to no room for error. We recommend taking the following steps as soon as possible:
- Make your holiday schedule now and give your staff plenty of time to prepare and make arrangements to be at work when you need them to be
- Do an inventory check now and track last year’s holiday sales to ensure that you are ordering the correct amounts
- Get ahead of your paperwork in order to be present and available when your business gets slammed with customers
- Launch your holiday-focused marketing campaigns now
- Write down specific sales goals and objectives and share them with your staff
- Update your website and your online business listings with your holiday hours
- Decorate your store to help it stand out amongst your competition
- Make sure that your store is safe by keeping conditions clean and updated, especially given the additional foot traffic that is to come
Reducing holiday stress means planning in advance to ensure that your small business is not only prepared for the season, but in a position for success. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in commercial restoration and restoration cleaning. Contact us today if you are in need of help to prepare your business for the holiday season!
Starting a Career with SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
Working for SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County means joining a family, a group of people who care for each other and care about the work that we do.
Being in business for over 30 years means that we have learned a lot about running a company the right way. We take a lot of pride in the fact that we are the only restoration company in Palm Beach County that has had the same owner and the same name for the last three decades. During that time, we have made it our priority to build a strong reputation throughout South Florida and it all starts with our employees.
Working for SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County means joining a family, a group of people who truly care for each other and care about the work that we do for our community. Whether it is our office staff working diligently answering phones and scheduling jobs or our restoration team going from job to job offering unmatched quality and expertise, we strive to be the industry’s most trusted restoration company.
When you join our team of technicians, we focus on training to ensure that our employees become experts in fire damage, water damage, mold damage, and storm damage restoration. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County understands that proper training means education, hands-on practice, and continual supervision until each member is comfortable and certified.
Are you looking to join our team of hardworking, friendly residential and commercial restoration experts? Contact our office today to learn more about our current job opportunities!