Commercial Carpet Cleaning This Spring
Hiring a professional team to handle commercial carpet cleaning is imperative.
As we find ourselves still struggling to come out on the other side of the pandemic, businesses throughout South Florida are still working diligently to keep their properties safe and clean. Efforts to protect both internal staff and customers have been ramped up. In today’s society, being able to advertise that a place of business is clean and sanitized is a bigger selling point than ever before. With this in mind, companies across Florida have been prioritizing commercial carpet cleaning since 2020.
When a heavily trafficked office space fails to get their carpet cleaned a number of unfortunate events will follow. First and foremost, germs and harmful bacteria will flourish, especially in the current COVID era. In addition, a poorly maintained carpet will send an immediate, negative message to your customers. When a customer walks into the place of business they expect to see a clean, sterile environment. If the carpet looks dirty and unkempt, the patron will be turned off and may instinctively fail to make any purchases.
Maintaining a clean working environment is important for more than just keeping customers safe and comfortable to make purchases. Your staff depends on safety at work. This means ensuring that your carpets are free from dirt, dust, and even skin flakes that inevitably make their way into the carpet. Commercial properties like office spaces are known for having a tremendous amount of carpet and it is critical to keep it clean.
Hiring a professional team to handle commercial carpet cleaning is imperative. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have several decades of experience in cleaning commercial properties. From small office spaces to large factories, the commercial cleaning and commercial restoration team has the skills to make sure the carpet is pristine. Highly trained and focused on customer service, our commercial carpet cleaners are ready to do an outstanding job for you and your business today. Call us to learn more!
Spring Showers Will Be Here Before We Know It
Preparing your home or business now means potentially saving a lot of money in water damage and restoration.
January in South Florida is the best reminder for all of us that we live in the greatest place in the world. With cooler weather here and there we are able to put on some of our winter gear, even if it is only for a day or two. Even more exciting, however, is that it barely rains during the winter season. That means staying outside for long hours and enjoying clear skies and sunny days. While we are still in the middle of the winter season, South Floridians can probably look forward to one or two additional cold day stretches before springtime arrives.
Seasoned Floridians know that while the flowers bloom beautifully during springtime, we can also look forward to rain, a lot of rain. When people talk about “spring showers” they refer to the saying that was established due to the particularly rain-filled months of March and April. Unfortunately for homeowners and business owners, spring showers can mean potential water damage to both the interior and exterior of a property. While it may seem early to start preparing now, the spring season is sure to sneak up on us.
As such, South Florida homeowners should keep the following tips in mind to prepare properly for this year’s spring showers:
- Check the sealants of all openings throughout the home – all windows and doors
- Review your insurance plan so that you know your coverage and take a look at whether or not you have flood insurance
- Conduct a roof inspection to make sure that there are no loose shingles, broken tiles, or any dents or gaps
- Take a look at your home’s landscaping and check for any potential safety hazards.
- Do a full inspection of your home’s exterior, paying careful attention to the gutters and downspouts
While no one knows quite how much rain will fall this spring, we can all count on consistent rain throughout the season. Preparing your home or business now means potentially saving a lot of money in water damage and restoration. As always, if you do encounter water damage or storm damage SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you. Contact our office today to speak with a storm damage repair expert.
Why SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County?
We make every effort to insure our customers have prompt, efficient, courteous service and satisfaction is guaranteed. “Like it never even happened.”
When it comes to servicing the local Palm Beach County community, no one does it quite like SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County. Being the only restoration company in Palm Beach County that has the same owner and the same name for the past 34 years, we know what it means to build a company that treats one another like family. We extend that same “treat you like family” mentality to our customers.
When our phone rings, it is often in an emergency situation. This means that we are proving a service in a time of distress. From water damage to fire damage to storm damage, our damage restoration team understands that it is our job to not only provide top-notch repair service, but to do so with the understanding that our customers are going through a tough and stressful time. We make every effort to insure our customers have prompt, efficient, courteous service and satisfaction is guaranteed. “Like it never even happened.”
Some of the most important factors that set SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County apart from our competition include:
- We are patient
- We are great listeners
- We are understanding and kind
- We are attentive to the specific needs of each customer
- We are constantly seeking to learn new information and skills to better our services
- We maintain a deep knowledge of the equipment that we use
- We stay focused on finishing jobs quickly, efficiently, and effectively
- We communicate clearly with each other and our customers
- We value all customer feedback, good and bad
- We work diligently to get the job done right every single time
Maintaining these principles is one of the most critical aspects of ensuring that our customers are treated like family on jobs big or small. When it comes to an emergency situation, our experienced team of damage restoration experts are ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call our office today to learn more!
Smoke Alarms and Your Home
With proper care and maintenance, a fully functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life or death when escaping a fire in your home.
When it comes to protecting your family and loved ones in a fire, it is absolutely essential to prepare ahead of time. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarm. Fortunately, the risk of dying is cut in half when a home has a working smoke alarm. These alarms are usually the first line of defense when it comes to alerting your family about the fire with enough time to escape safely.
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to smoke alarms and your home.
How many smoke alarms should I have?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement. In addition to this, smoke alarms should also be installed inside of every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
Other recommended areas for smoke detectors include: all hallways, each living area (kitchen, family room, dining room, den, home office, etc.), stairwells, and storage rooms.
Where should I place the smoke alarms in my house?
Smoke detectors need to be properly installed to be effective. Because smoke rises, the alarms need to be placed high on the wall or close to the ceiling. The basic guidelines for smoke detector placement include:
- Place wall-mounted alarms less than 12 inches from the ceiling.
- Mount basement smoke alarms on the ceiling at the foot of the stairs leading up to the main level.
- Keep your smoke alarm at least 10 feet from your cooking appliances in the kitchen to minimize false alarms from smoke while cooking.
- Avoid placing smoke alarms next to windows, doors, vents, fans or anywhere where a breeze could affect the alarm.
How often do I need to replace my smoke alarms?
The best rule of thumb is to test your smoke alarm once a month. The batteries to your smoke alarm should be replaced every six months. An easy way to remember this is to change the batteries in your smoke detector the same day you switch your clock for daylight savings, once in the spring and once in the fall. Finally, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke alarms should be completely replaced every 10 years.
With proper care and maintenance, a fully functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life or death when escaping a fire in your home.
As always, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you in the event of a fire. Our fire damage restoration team has years of experience in restoring properties to their pre-fire condition. Call our office today to learn more.
Signs of Damage on Your Boat
To keep your boat healthy and running smoothly, boat maintenance is an essential part of being a boat owner.
While there are many joys that come with owning a boat and taking it out on the water, there is also time and energy required to inspect, upkeep, and maintain your boat. Under normal use, and depending on the water and weather conditions, all boats will begin to show wear and tear damage. To keep your boat healthy and running smoothly, boat maintenance is an essential part of being a boat owner.
Although boats are obviously meant to be in the water, but you cannot underestimate the potential damage that water and moisture may have on your boat. With a little bit of knowledge and practice, boat maintenance can become easy. The first step is knowing what telltale signs of water damage to look for on your boat. Here are some of the most identifiable signs of boat damage:
If your boat is not steering like normal, it is likely a larger issue that you need to investigate. Whether you are just experiencing more resistance than normal or you are unable to steer altogether, this can point to many different issues such as a leak in the hydraulic fuel lines,
a mechanical failure, corrosion on the steering cables, or grease entering the support tubes. No matter the culprit, a steering issue is a sign of damage you need to inspect.
Leaks or Large Amounts of Water in the Hull
While it is normal for your boat to hold some water, large amounts of splashing water or leaks, dents, or corrosion can all be a sign of water damage. One of the biggest fears for a boat owner is a crack in the hull, and depending on the severity, it can sink your boat. This damage can likely come from rocks or other debris underwater. At the first sight of a leak or water damage, it is important to address the cause immediately.
Sputtering or a Power Outage
Imagine the disappointment of attempting to accelerate your boat and you are met with your power sputtering. While this may just happen when your boat runs out of gas, if your gas gauge is full and your power sputters or shuts off completely, it is likely a major issue. Whether you need to replace your filters, change your spark plugs, or address an electrical issue, it is time for a boat repair.
Your Boat Won’t Start
The only thing more disappointing than a power sputter is your boat not starting all together. If you have enough fuel, checked the battery, and followed the proper starting sequence, a mechanic will likely need to check your boat for repair.
Watching your boat’s interior for water damage is essential to making sure your boat’s life is extended as long as possible. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we know all about boat water damage. Contact our water damage restoration team today to learn more!
Getting Your Small Business Holiday Season Ready
Small businesses looking to make the most out of the month means taking calculated steps to get the store and the workforce ready.
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, all focus has shifted to the holiday season. Small business owners understand that this time of year is absolutely crucial to their overall success. As such, it is so important that everything from the staff to the store are adequately prepared for the holiday season. Holidays can be complicated for a number of reasons. With the traffic in the store increasing everyday leading up the Christmas, everyone must be organized and equipped to handle the influx while optimizing sales.
Small businesses looking to make the most out of the month means taking calculated steps to get the store and the workforce ready. The following steps will prove to be essential to keeping business thriving over the next month:
- Consistently check inventory to ensure there are no shortages
- Review last year’s holiday numbers to anticipate what to have in the store versus what to order less of
- Make sure that your website and all local online listings are updated with proper holiday store hours and contact information
- Go over the holiday schedule with your staff so that there are no surprises
- Give your social media a boost with a holiday-specific marketing plan that aims to get people excited about your products/services
- Incentivize staff with a sales competition
- Decorate the store, including the break room, to keep patrons and employees in the holiday spirit
- As an owner, be sure to get ahead of paperwork now so that you can be present during the busiest hours
- Communicate sales goals with your staff
- Plan to have extra cleaning crews to make sure that the store is not only in a safe condition, but to entice patrons to keep coming back
Holiday season in South Florida can be a very stressful time for small business owners. With proper preparation, however, businesses will be able to take advantage of the increase in foot traffic all while keeping their employees happy and motivated. On behalf of SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, Happy Holidays!
Insurance Policies and Florida Storms
To ensure that your home is covered in the event of a hurricane, it is crucial to have both flood insurance and windstorm insurance.
Florida has been hit with some of the most intense and destructive storms in memory. These hurricanes wreak havoc on the community, leaving a trail of homes, stores, offices, and schools destroyed in their wake. When hurricane season rolls around every year, there is a new opportunity for this destruction. When living in Florida’s climate, it is essential that you protect your home and business against potential hurricane damage.
What is Hurricane Insurance?
Technically, there is no policy known as “hurricane insurance.” In order to protect your home in a Florida storm, it is important to be insured against the elements with the potential to cause the highest damage: water and wind. To ensure that your home is covered in the event of a hurricane, it is crucial to have both flood insurance and windstorm insurance.
How much does Hurricane Insurance cost?
There are many different factors that go into the calculation of insurance that will protect your home against a hurricane. This is because hurricane coverage equates to more than one policy which vary in pricing, prices vary based on insurance company, and the value and location of the home are both variable factors.
According to Bankrate, the average cost for homeowners insurance in Florida is $1,951 per year, in addition to the average cost of flood insurance which is $723, which is a total of approximately $2,674 a year to protect a Florida home from hurricane damage. While most homeowner insurance policies in Florida cover wind already, it may be an extra cost for windstorm protection if not already included.
If you are renting your home, the National Flood Insurance Programs offers flood insurance starting at only $99 per year. However, rates will always depend on your location.
What is the Hurricane Deductible?
In addition to the average cost of hurricane insurance outlined above, homeowners in Florida are also entitled to a special hurricane deductible. Florida laws are very specific when it comes to the activation of this hurricane deductible, and can be found in their entirety here.
In order for the hurricane deductible to come into play, the hurricane needs to be a named storm and declared as a “hurricane” by the National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. There is also a specific time frame in play. The Hurricane Deductible would apply from the time a hurricane watch or warning is issued for any part of Florida by the National Hurricane Center until 72 hours following the termination of the last hurricane watch.
In Florida, insurance companies are required to offer hurricane deductible options of $500, 2%, 5% and 10%. Additionally, Florida has a “single season hurricane deductible,” which means you are responsible for only one hurricane deductible during a given hurricane season no matter the amount of total storms.
Signs of Mold Growth in Your Home
Due to their spores, mold can easily spread through the air, which also makes it very easy to multiply.
What is mold?
Mold is a fungus that serves to decompose dead organisms and substances. In nature, mold can breakdown plant and animal matter, such as soil, plants, food, and other materials found in nature.
Due to their spores, mold can easily spread through the air, which also makes it very easy to multiply. Spores from outside can enter the home through openings such as doors and windows, but also heating and air conditioning vents, clothing, shoes, and pets.
How does mold grow and how to stop it?
Once inside the house, mold needs a dark and humid environment to thrive. Additionally, some of the most common materials and surfaces that attract spores include fabrics, carpet, paper, and wood, if there is little light and moisture available. Therefore, mold is commonly found in places like the bathroom and the basement in spots like sinks, bathtubs, showers, leaky pipes, and windows.
The key to preventing mold growth is just controlling the amount of moisture in your home. This includes cleaning up spills as soon as possible, drying out any wet materials, and keep the humidity level below 60%.
What are the signs of mold growth in your home?
Because mold likes to hide in these dark places, it is possible that you may not notice it right away. What starts as just a little spot can expand very quickly and can usually been seen or smelled.
Some of the most common signs of mold growth include:
- Visible spots of growth that can be a wide range of colors from black to white to green or even spotted. The mold growth may appear to have a cotton, velvet, rough, or leathery texture.
- Odors that are earthy and musty
- A nearby source of moisture or signs of water damage (leaks, standing water, water stains, condensation, etc.)
- Wallpaper or another surface is that are warped, cracked, or peeling
How do you get rid of mold in your home?
In some less severe cases, you can remove the mold in your home yourself with either commercial products, soap and water, or a solution of bleach and water. If you are going to remove the mold by yourself, you should open windows for ventilation, wear protective gear over your eyes, hands, and face and avoid mixing any other cleaners with bleach. After getting prepared, you can just use a brush to scrub mold off of the surface is until it is gone.
However, there are some cases where it is much safer to let a professional handle the mold removal. If there is a large amount of mold, you are unable to reach it, you have had severe water damage, or you are at a high risk from the symptoms of mold, it is best to seek a professional contractor.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County we have over 30 years of experience in mold removal and mold remediation. Contact our mold damage experts today to learn more.
Fire Safety in an Apartment Building
Like home fires, most of these causes are just everyday activities that can lead to fatal mishaps.
While the thought of a fire is scary no matter where you live, in a shared living space, such as an apartment or dorm, the fear may be even stronger. With many residents living in close quarters, with long hallways and corridors, and many different escape routes, fire safety in an apartment building is unique from other situations but needs to be prioritized.
What are the biggest causes of apartment fires?
Unsurprisingly, the most common origin of apartment fires is the same as fires in the home. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than half of apartment fires are started from cooking related incidents. Other causes cited included heating mishaps, electrical equipment malfunctions, candles, and smoking inside. Like home fires, most of these causes are just everyday activities that can lead to fatal mishaps.
What are the best ways to practice fire safety in an apartment?
While it may seem like common knowledge, you should always be extra careful with any cooking or heating in your apartment. You should never leave an open flame unattended, whether that be a candle or a stove top. Make sure these flames are not close to any combustible items, such as curtains, towels, or any other fabrics. Also, it is safest to avoid smoking in your apartment altogether.
Check for reliable fire protection
One of the easiest things that apartment residents can do to practice fire safety is to ensure that they have a working smoke detector. Every room in your apartment should have one. To test your smoke detector, push the test button at least once a month. If there is any problem with your smoke detector, you should inform your landlord and have it fixed immediately.
Not every apartment building comes with a fire extinguisher, but you can always keep one on hand to stay prepared. A small investment like this one could very well save yourself in a fire.
Know your escape plan
In case of an emergency, you should know all the possible exits to safety get from your unit to outside. A good exercise for apartment dwellers is to count the number of doors between your apartment and the closest fire exit. If you are on a higher floor, it is a good idea to invest in an escape ladder just in case the lower floors are unsafe.
Additionally, in a fire, you should not prop open any exits or doors. These often are in place to prevent the spread of any flames. Be on the lookout for any fire risks in hallways and common areas and notify your building management if anything feels unsafe.
Just like in a home fire, after you escape, you should never re-enter the building under any circumstances.
Leaking Pipes and Water Damage
Water damage due to leaking pipes can cause major issues if not detected early on.
Homeowners have a lot on their plate when it comes to home maintenance and improvements. While some issues are more of a concern than others, it is important to have a good understanding of the safety and function of any home. From home renovations to addressing regular wear and tear, house maintenance means staying on top of what needs to be done and acting quickly when a potentially damaging situation presents itself. Water damage is one of the most common and costly types of damage that can occur in a home.
While water damage sources vary drastically, leaking pipes are one of the most common issues that a homeowner has to deal with. If recognized early, leaking pipes will likely be a simple and inexpensive fix. If a leaking pipe goes unnoticed for a period of time, however, the water damage is likely to be challenging and costly to repair. Leaking pipes are most often found near toilets, faucets, or any other type of valve that exists in the home. So, it is important to pay close attention to these areas in order to catch a leak as early on as possible.
While some leaks are extremely obvious (water pooling on the floor of the bathroom), some are really hard to detect. Being aware of what to keep an eye on is critical to detecting a leaking pipe early and taking appropriate action to repair the water damage. The following are some important tips to keep in mind when it comes to leaking pipes and water damage:
- Test your toilet by dropping food coloring into the tank and then inspecting the bowl about 10 minutes later to see if any color came through
- Inspect old faucets for leaks, look closely at gaskets and washers
- Try to check the pipes throughout the home for water leaks every few months
- Pay careful attention to the water bill each month and investigate causes for any increases
Water damage due to leaking pipes can cause major issues if not detected early on. As always, you can count on SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County to handle any water damage repair and restoration. Call our office today to learn more.