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Starting a Career with SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County team posing in front of one of our trucks 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!

Being Prepared for the Next Hurricane

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma and tropical storm at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Being proactive is the best defense against an upcoming major storm.

South Florida really lucked out with Hurricane Dorian and avoided any real damage. Our neighbors to the south, however, were not so fortunate. The Bahamas suffered from massive amounts of damage and destruction. We made it a priority to donate to the area to help them get back to normal life as quickly as possible. While the Bahamas are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian, it is important for all of us to begin thinking about the next storm.

Preparing for the next hurricane is important for all South Florida residents. While disaster planning may seem difficult following a storm that missed us, it is essential that all homeowners still do their best to prepare for the next hurricane now, before it is too late. The following are some valuable tips to being prepared for the next hurricane:

  1. Keep emergency supplies like water, extra batteries, first aid supplies, etc. on hand now. The best time to shop for non-perishable hurricane items is now, before the rush prior to a looming storm.
  2. Plan your evacuation route now. The earlier you make these arrangements the better, as this will alleviate confusion and frantic behavior before the next hurricane.
  3. Take inventory of all important documents and store them in an easily accessible location.
  4. Go through the exterior of your home and take care of issues in areas like the roof, landscaping, doors and windows, and any potentially hazardous item on the outside of the home.
  5. Go over your insurance policies now and make sure you fully understand your coverage.

Instead of running to Publix to scour the empty shelves when the next hurricane is announced, do it now and avoid the stress and anxiety of last minute purchases. Being proactive is the best defense against an upcoming major storm. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in storm damage repairs and restoration. If you think you need an issue addressed, contact us immediately before another hurricane strikes our area.

What Causes Water Damage in Your Home?

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage on carpet in home At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we provide 24-hour emergency service to residential water damage problems both large and small.

South Florida homeowners are all too familiar with the threat of water damage. From heavy rains all year long to air conditioning leaks to washing machine fiascos, it seems like the possibility of in home water damage lurks around every corner. A large number of water damage issues are easy to deal with, but only if they are identified right away. All too often, however, slow leaks or subtle stains are ignored for many months as the water damage builds and builds until it is a major problem.

Recognizing some of the most common causes of water damage in the home is one of the best defenses against costly repairs and frustrating restorations. Not only will spotting water damage early on keep your costs down, but doing so will prevent mold growth from occurring, which is important for your family’s health. The following are some of the most common causes of water damage today:

  1. Leaking pipes
  2. Dripping toilets
  3. HVAC issues
  4. Pressure in washing machine supply lines
  5. Heavy rainfall
  6. Problems with gutters
  7. Crawl space water buildup
  8. Backed up sewer lines
  9. Problems with home appliances like sinks, washing machines, dishwashers, or refrigerators

Fixing residential water damage issues does not have to be a major expense, but homeowners must be vigilant in looking out for signs. As such, it is important to check around the above areas in your home and ensure that there is no visible signs of damage. In addition, it is important to take notice of musty smells in those areas, as that can be a sign of water damage not visible to the eye.

At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide 24-hour emergency service to residential water damage problems both large and small. Our water restoration team is highly trained with the most advanced water removal equipment and drying techniques. Call our office today to learn more!

Understanding the Most Common Causes of Florida Home Fires

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

An orange flame burning the roof of a little paper house Far too many people underestimate the likelihood of a fire starting in their house.

People usually think about states like California when it comes to fires, but Florida homeowners must be aware of the potential dangers linked to fires as well. In fact, Florida is actually ranked in the top 10 for states with the most fatal home fires across the country in 2018. These numbers are based on fatal house fires per capita and highlight the importance of being prepared for anything.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that anywhere from 250,000 to 275,000 home fires occur each year. While fires are unpredictable by nature, the reality is that house fires often start from only a handful of common causes. Being aware of these potential hazards is the first step in preventing them from occurring. The following are the most common causes of Florida home fires:

  • Smoking
  • Cooking
  • Electrical Issues
  • Candles
  • Heating Equipment

In addition to these typical causes, home appliances can also be a concern. Pay close attention when using items like the dryer, oven, and toaster. Taking every precaution when doing the above activities is imperative to keeping your home a safe environment. Far too many people underestimate the likelihood of a fire starting in their house. As a result, they are caught off guard when the unexpected occurs and are ill-prepared to handle the fallout.

At SERPVRO of North Palm Beach County, we pride ourselves on our ability to act quickly. When the unthinkable happens, you can trust that our fire damage repair team will work diligently to cleanup and then restore your home to pre-fire condition. Contact us today to learn more about our fire damage restoration services!

Preparing Your Commercial Property for a Hurricane

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting your commercial property from a hurricane Being a business owner is stressful year round, but a looming storm greatly increases this stress. As such, it is imperative to create an action plan.

If the last few days showed us anything it reinforced the fact that hurricane season is here. While South Florida was lucky enough to miss a direct hit, homeowners and business owners throughout the area were given a free lesson in the value of preparedness. During this time of year we are often focused on preparing our houses when a storm is heading our way. From putting up shutters to buying water and nonperishables, Floridians have grown accustom to a certain pre-hurricane routine. Taking each and every storm seriously is critical to keeping you and your loved ones safe.

While preparing your home is certainly the priority, business owners must also consider how they can protect their commercial property. The following are some important tips to keep in mind while preparing your commercial property for a hurricane:

  • Take a look at your roof and ensure that it is in good condition
  • Remove any outdoor signs or accessories that could become projectiles in high winds
  • Consider tree pruning in the areas surrounding the property
  • Go over your property insurance
  • Create a specific emergency plan and ensure that all employees are aware of it
  • Enact an emergency plan as soon as a Hurricane Watch is issued
  • Build up your supplies now in the event of a storm
  • Make backup copies of any important documents

Being a business owner is stressful year round, but a looming storm increases this stress tremendously. As such, it is imperative to create an action plan before a storm hits. Hurricanes present a threat to everyone, from coastal businesses to businesses further west. If your business has sustained any water damage from a recent storm, our commercial property restoration team is ready to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!

Signs of a Mold Issue in Your Home

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls Recognizing the presence of mold is imperative to reducing the damage that it can cause.

Mold growth is one of those pesky house issues that every homeowner hopes to avoid. South Florida homes and excess water often go hand-in-hand. Between the humidity and the frequent rainstorms, houses are exposed to moisture regularly and that can lead to mold growth. If identified quickly, mold can be dealt with little hassle. However, if mold growth is not detected for a long period of time the outcome can be costly and challenging.

Bathrooms and kitchens are most common culprits for mildew presence. The moisture and dampness in those areas create an atmosphere for mold to thrive. In addition, places like the laundry room and the garage are also hotspots for mold to grow. Recognizing the presence of mold is imperative to reducing the damage that it can cause. The following are some of the most common signs of a mold issue in your home:

  • The paint on the walls starts to bubble
  • Water damage is left untreated
  • Leaks in sinks or even washing machines
  • Asthma starts flaring up while in the home
  • Visible mold that appears as dirt on walls or ceilings
  • Mold underneath rugs or carpeting
  • Strange odor in your home
  • Eyes start to sting or become watery while in the home
  • The exhaust fan in the bathroom needs to be replaced
  • The insulation in your attic starts to feel lumpy

No matter which of the above signs are recognized in your home, it is critical to act right away. Delaying dealing with mold growth can leads to all kinds of issues for both the house and its occupants. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our team of mold damage specialists are trained and prepared to handle the water and mold damage restoration process quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost care. Contact us today to learn more!

Water Damage in Your Laundry Room

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

washing machine with suds overflowing South Florida homeowners must be aware of the threat of a laundry room leak in order to take steps to prevent it from occurring.

Water leaks in the home most commonly occur in the kitchen and the bathroom. However, the laundry room is another hotspot for water damage issues. South Florida homeowners must be aware of the threat of a laundry room leak in order to take steps to prevent it from occurring. Plumbing maintenance is by and far the most effective means of prevention. Since the washing machine is the biggest culprit of water damage, it is important to do regular checkups on the system to ensure that is functioning properly.

Massive volumes of water are pulled in and out of the washing machine with each use. In order to regulate the temperature, the machine is connected to the hot and cold water valves. When the washing machine is not being used, pressure has the capacity to build up in those valves and cause a leak. As such, extra cautious homeowners choose to shut off those valves when they are not using the washing machine.

Recognizing signs of water damage in the laundry room early is the key to preventing further damage. The following are the most common signs of laundry room water damage:

  • Leaks at the hose connections for both the hot and cold water lines
  • Cracks or kinks in the hose
  • Thoroughly check the discharge line
  • Warped, bubbled, or damp floor
  • Discolored walls
  • Mold growth

It is also important to keep a 3-4 inch gap between the laundry room wall and the supply connections in order to prevent damage or kinking in the hoses. If suspect that there may be water damage in your laundry room, it is important to act fast to prevent further and more costly damage. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our water damage experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more!

Protecting Your Lawn from Storm Water

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

As a general rule of thumb, be sure to direct the runoff water away from the home’s foundation to best protect it.

South Florida residents have seen the typical daily thunderstorms this summer and, as usual, that means massive amounts of water. While some storms last a few minutes and others last a few hours, the water that they bring can have a lasting impact on your home and your lawn. Most hurricane and storm preparation involves safeguarding the inside of your home, and that’s a good thing. But what about the exterior of your home? Have you considered how South Florida rains are effecting your lawn and backyard?

The landscaping in North Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas is remarkable. Homes boast luscious grass and beautiful flowers. Sadly, storm water runoff threatens the integrity of all of those things. While they certainly need water to survive, too much water can cause a major issue. The following are some tips to protect your lawn from storm water during Florida’s stormy season:

  • Consider planting a rain garden which will catch runoff and slow it down
  • Replace concrete slabs in the backyard and front lawn with things like pavers or bricks to absorb the water better
  • Purchase heavy mulch
  • Redirect your rain spouts
  • Dig up a trench
  • Cover up any bare soil
  • Install a rain barrel

Utilizing one or more of the above tactics will help significantly in your efforts to minimize runoff water from Florida storms. As a general rule of thumb, be sure to direct the runoff water away from the home’s foundation to best protect it. If you have experienced storm damage this summer, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Our storm damage and water damage restoration experts are trained to handle issues both large and small, commercial or residential. Contact our office today to learn more about your options!

Fire Escape Planning for You and Your Family

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

These quick and easy steps will help your family to feel prepared in an emergency fire situation.

No one expects a fire to start. It’s one of those “it will never happen to me” emergencies, and so many people neglect thinking about or planning what they would do if the unthinkable occurs. Home fires take place all over the country, for all different reasons. In fact, every 88 seconds U.S. fire departments respond to a home fire. With such a high frequency of fires in homes across the nation, it is imperative that everyone has a plan.

Creating a fire escape plan for you and your family, and going over that plan regularly, can truly be the difference between life and death. First and foremost, call a family meeting to establish a plan that is agreed upon by everyone. Walk through your home to inspect the most logical escape routes. Then, discuss with your children where they should go and with whom they should go with in the event of a fire.

Once a plan is established, go to each exit and ensure that the windows and/or doors open easily. Additionally, make note of where the smoke alarms are located throughout your home. Finally, select a location a safe distance from your house where everyone should meet after escaping the house. These quick and easy steps will help your family to feel prepared in an emergency fire situation.

If you or a loved one has experienced fire damage or smoke damage in your home, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Contact our fire damage experts today to learn more!

South Florida Commercial Real Estate Market

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

These major sales underscore the fact that the commercial real estate market is alive and well in South Florida.

Business has been booming for the South Florida commercial real estate market over the last year or so. During the 2018 year, there were a number of notable “mega deals” worthy of discussion. These large transactions unearthed a number of trends that set the tone for the 2019 year in commercial real estate. Like in 2017, there were a total of 15 commercial real estate sales that hit the $100 million mark or more in 2018. The consistency in impressive sales highlights the fact that the market is thriving.

Florida has always maintained a strong commercial real estate presence, both globally and nationally throughout history. Things like tax-friendly laws, a thriving tourist destination, a growing population, and pioneering development projects have made the Sunshine State an attractive place for investors around the world. In addition, Florida’s location on the map makes it a hot market. With access for transportation by both air, sea, and land, South Florida receives significant investment from major global players in the real estate game.

Some of the largest South Florida commercial real estate deals from last year include:

  • 111 Brickell, sold for $248.5 million
  • Telemundo Headquarter in Miami-Dade, sold for $239.1 million
  • PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, sold for $217.96 million
  • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, sold for $170.7 million
  • Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, sold for $126.52 million
  • Alexander Living in West Palm Beach, sold for $102.99 million

These major sales underscore the fact that the commercial real estate market is alive and well in South Florida. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we handle restoration projects for commercial properties of all sizes. For more information, contact our offices today!