Preventing Mold Growth in Your Kitchen
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are mold damage restoration specialists ready to help!
South Florida homes are no strangers to rainstorms and, as a result, a lot of potential moisture in the home. Unfortunately, humidity and moisture are key elements to creating an environment where mold will thrive. Homeowners in South Florida are primarily concerned with mold growth in both their kitchen and their bathrooms due to this moisture factor. Today, we focus on kitchen mold in places like windows, walls, and kitchen cupboards. These areas are all likely to come into contact with moisture, making them prime candidates for mold to grow.
Stopping mold from growing in the first place is the best proactive measure to take to protect your home. The following are some tips to prevent mold growth in your kitchen:
- Periodically check for water leaks
- Keep humidity low
- Throw away old food
- Clean your garbage can and garbage disposal regularly
- Wash dishes every day
- Clean the area behind your fridge
- Make sure the stove fan is on while cooking
- Clean appliances after each use
- Regularly clean the entire kitchen
- Clean out the cabinets and pantry
Following these steps will put you in a better position to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen. With over 100,000 varieties of mold in existence, it is important to be proactive to keep your kitchen safe and clean for you and your family. If you do notice signs of mold growth in your kitchen, it is important to reach out to a professional immediately. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are mold damage restoration specialists ready to help! Call us as soon as you see an issue and we will be there right away!
Making a Difference in Palm Beach County
As members of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, we are able to have our hands in all types of local events.
Volunteering our time to better our community has always been one of the highest priorities for SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County. From helping children in the local schools throughout the county to volunteering our time during the holiday season, our staff all participants in community service events all throughout the year. Giving back is our way of not only staying connected to the people in our cities, but also playing a role in the betterment of Palm Beach County.
As members of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, we are able to have our hands in all types of local events and ground-breaking advancements for the community. For instance, we recently participated in a wonderful local event at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Executive Meetings Center Palm Beach Gardens, to commemorate the completion of a $5 million dollar hotel rejuvenation project. This renovation helped to create a sustainable venue all while offering the community give back opportunities.
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County understands that when the community thrives, we all thrive. It is important to remember that when you choose our water damage repair, fire damage repair, or any type of restoration services, you are choosing a company who truly cares. We care about our community, we care about each other, and we care about each and every home or business that we help.
9 Interesting Facts About Storms
Homeowners in the Sunshine State have likely never taken a moment to think about some of the more interesting storm facts.
South Floridians have become so accustom to storms that they seldom stop to think about the details. From what seems like constant hurricane preparation to feeling numb about big storms coming, homeowners in the Sunshine State have likely never taken a moment to think about some of the more interesting storm facts. With that in mind, we have put together a list of unique, exciting pieces of information about hurricanes.
The following are 9 interesting facts about storms:
- In 1943, someone flew into a hurricane during World War II
- In 1994, Tropical Storm John lasted for an entire month
- Every minute, approximately 2,000 thunderstorms touch down on Earth
- For over 300 years, the planet of Jupiter has had an active hurricane
- Jupiter’s hurricane is larger than Earth
- Hurricane Ivan caused a record-breaking 127 twisters
- Slowly moving hurricanes are actually more damaging than fast ones
- During a hurricane, each second that passes releases the amount of energy in 10 atomic bombs
- The most storms in an Atlantic season occurred in 2005
Intense tropical storms, otherwise known as hurricanes, have become one of Florida’s most prominent identifiers. While we often discuss things like tips for hurricane preparation and how to protect your home from storm damage, it is thought-provoking to stop and consider some of the above interesting facts. Did we miss any storm facts that you would like to share? Let us know!
Water Damage in Your Garage
From mold growth to structural damage, water damage in the garage can lead to a number of costly issues.
When compared to water damage in the main areas of your home, water damage in the garage is certainly preferable. However, no homeowner in South Florida wants to deal water damage of any kind. While garage water damage may not inconvenience you too much, it is definitely a headache that most people would like to avoid. Flooding can lead to ruined floors and walls throughout the garage, so attempting to avoid that type of water damage is imperative.
While the causes of garage water damage are few and far between, it is important to take measures to prevent the occurrence all together. Unfortunately, garage water damage is not cheap to repair. As such, keep these easy tips in mind to prevent water damage in your garage:
- Replace any worn down weather stripping
- Keep your garage door closed, especially during inclement weather
- Keep a close eye on your water heater to ensure there are no leaks
- Make sure the garage roof is not leaking
- Keep the garage door panels in good condition and replace when necessary
- Keep roof gutters surrounding the garage free from any clogs
While the above maintenance steps may seem simple, far too many people ignore them until it is too late. From mold growth to structural damage, water damage in the garage can lead to a number of costly issues. If you believe that your garage has suffered from water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for immediate assistance!
Benefits of Impact Windows for Storm Protection
No matter how you plan to protect your home during Florida’s hurricane season, it is important to have a plan in place.
Hurricanes are no stranger to South Florida that means that homeowners throughout the region have grown accustom to taking extra precautionary measures to weather the storm. Typically used on both windows and doors, impact glass has grown tremendously in popularity over the last several years. From the sleek look to the functional use, having hurricane impact windows installed in your home can serve many benefits to you and your family.
While some advantages of impact glass may be more apparent than others, the following are the most notable benefits of impact windows for storm protection:
- Increased storm protection during hurricane season
- Better energy efficiency, thus saving you money
- Beautiful appearance
- Only a one-time installation required
- Reduce outside noise from entering the home
- Increased home security
- UV protection to protect the home’s valuables from the sun
- Discount on homeowners insurance
While installing hurricane impact windows and doors can be quite an expensive investment, research has shown that it pays off in the long run. No one wants to be scrambling outside putting up hurricane panels in the moments before a big storm. As such, impact glass helps to ease the minds of homeowners during hurricane season and beyond.
No matter how you plan to protect your home during Florida’s hurricane season, it is important to have a plan in place. Even in 2019, far too many people are left running to the home store hours before a storm to purchase protective materials. Take some initiatives during these winter months to ensure that you and your family will be safe the next time a big storm hits South Florida.
Home Electrical Fires Risks and Consequences
Being prepared and cautious is the best way to prevent home fires from starting.
Home fires are all too common in the United States. While home fires can arise from a number of sources, residential building electrical fires are some of the most frequently seen issues throughout the country. As a South Florida homeowner, it is important to understand the risks and consequences associated with electrical fires in order to prevent them from starting in the first place.
The U.S. Fire Administration recently released a report outlining some of the most important statistics gathered from 2014 through 2016. The following facts and figures highlight the characteristics of home electrical fires from that time period:
- About 24,000 residential building electrical fires were reported
- Approximately 850 injuries and 310 deaths occurred as a result of the fires
- Property loss numbers reached about $871 million
- January saw the highest rate of electrical fires compared to any other months
- 15 percent of the residential building electrical fires started in bedrooms
While these numbers only scratch the surface, they serve to point out just how dangerous residential building electrical fires can be. Being prepared and cautious is the best way to prevent home fires from starting. If you or a loved one’s home has suffered from fire damage, contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for immediate, reliable restoration services.
Setting Achievable 2019 Business Goals
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take special pride in serving small business owners throughout South Florida.
Small business owners in South Florida are consistently tasked with the job of moving their companies forward. As we prepare to embark on the New Year, it is important to not only reflect of the previous year, but to plan ahead for the coming year. In 2019, we encourage all of the small business owners in our area to set achievable goals that will inspire their employees, give their company a general direction, and set the tone for a successful year.
We recommend choosing one or two of the following goals and then creating a specific plan for implementing them in your particular business. Each industry varies in terms of strategy, but the overarching objectives are often the same. Take the following goals into account when planning for the 2019 year:
- Lower the company’s business costs
- Institute a new customer service technique
- Focus on improving company productivity
- Better utilize social media to market your business
- Hire new employees
- Increase the traffic to your company’s website
- Dedicate time to networking
- Implement an employee incentive program
No matter which of the above goals you choose to focus on this year, be sure to outline a plan of action that is measurable, attainable, and timed-based. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take special pride in serving small business owners throughout South Florida. As such, when things like storm damage, water damage, fire damage, or mold damage occur, we are here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about our commercial restoration services!
LOCAL BUSINESSES JOIN FORCES TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER
This is the 8th year that Santa and his helpers have brought the Christmas spirit to the school.
On December 19, 2018, a group of local businesses will join forces to provide holiday gift bags to almost 400 children that attend Lake Park Elementary School, a Title 1 school where 96% of the students receive free or reduced lunches.
Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, Valley National Bank, and SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County will arrive at the school with Santa and his helpers to give holiday gift bags to all the students enrolled in the school. The holiday gift bags will include a blanket, stuffed animal, toiletries, with art supplies donated by the Lake Park non-profit Kelsey Cares, and fresh fruit donated by Duffy’s.
“It’s about local businesses working together as a team to help those less fortunate in our community during the holidays, “said Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser. “I’m glad we can be part of this team helping hundreds of families to have a happier holiday season.”
This is the 8th year that Santa and his helpers have brought the Christmas spirit to the school. Started as an adopt-a-classroom program by a few employees at Valley National Bank in 2010, the event has evolved into a community-wide effort to bring Christmas cheer to the children at Lake Park Elementary.
Mold Damage Experts in South Florida
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have a team of mold specialists who are trained to quickly & effectively handle mold damage restoration.
South Florida homeowners and property managers often have to deal with moisture. From rainy season to unpredictable storms outside of rainy season, Florida homes are often at risk for water damage. With water damage, especially if left undetected, often comes mold growth. Spotting the presence of mold immediately is essential to mitigating the potential damage it can cause.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have a team of mold damage specialists who are trained to quickly and effectively handle mold damage restoration. If you see signs of mold in your home, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to call our team at 561-881-8784.
Remember, mold thrives in dark, damp places and these should be the areas of your home checked most regularly. Using advanced mold removal and restoration techniques, our mold damage professionals are prepared to work tirelessly until we make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today!
Bathtub Water Damage Problems
At SERVPRO, our water damage professionals can handle issues both large and small.
Everyone enjoys a nice bubble bath from time to time to be able to kick your feet up and relax. If you have young kids, baths are likely an everyday part of life. But with splashing and carelessness, a bathtub can quickly turn from great luxury to household headache. Preserving the bathroom is important but water damage threatens South Florida homeowners’ ability to do so.
Understanding the signs and signals that your bathtub may have caused water damage in your bathroom is important for everyone. The sooner you are able to catch a minor leak the better. Keep in mind the following common signs of water damage in your bathroom:
- Noticeable mildew or mold growing on the surfaces of the bathroom
- The walls around the bathtub begin to look warped
- A musty smell is present
- The floors near the bathtub look damaged or buckled
- Any types of gaps between the tub and tile or caulk
- The floor begins to soften
If you come across any of the above signs, you likely have some water damage present in your bathroom. At SERVPRO, our water damage professionals can handle issues both large and small. Contact us today if your bathtub is causing you problems!