14 Top Causes of House Fires
With so many uncertainties surrounding home fires, the best defense is a good offense.
House fires are often looked at as one of those “it would never happen to me” tragedies. The truth is that home fires happening constantly throughout the country. In fact, research from the National Fire Protection Association points out that a home fire occurs every 86 seconds in the United States. Recognizing that the potential for a fire to start in your home is the first step in taking preventative and proactive measures to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
The nature of a home fire lends itself to unpredictability. With so many uncertainties surrounding home fires, the best defense is a good offense. That means learning and understanding the most common causes of home fires in order to take measures to prevent them from occurring in your own home. The following are the top causes of house fires today:
- Electrical equipment
- Inadequate wiring
- Lighting equipment
- Dryers and washing machines
- Flammable liquids
- Heating equipment
- Christmas decorations
- Curious children
- Arson (intentional fires)
As you can see from the above list, nearly every single cause of home fires is an avoidable action. For instance, being on top of equipment maintenance in your home, keeping dangerous items away from children, and exercising extra caution while cooking can prevent a fire from starting in the first place.
Of course, there are always accidents and unavoidable circumstances that may lead to a house fire. If your home as suffered fire damage, we are here to help. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our fire damage restoration experts are ready to help you any time, any day!
Detecting Water Damage on Your Roof
The best way to handle roof repair is to be proactive and the first step is identifying an issue early.
Roof repairs are something that every homeowner dreads. In South Florida, hurricane and heavy rainstorms make for a lot of wear and tear on the roof. While certain aspects of roof damage can be put on the backburner, Florida seems to highlight the issues quicker than other locations in the country. No matter where you live, however, detecting water damage on your roof as early as possible is critical to keeping costs low and keeping damage to a minimum.
Unfortunately, unaddressed water damage on the roof can lead to damage elsewhere in and out of the home. For instance, a leaky roof may begin to show itself in the form of damp interior ceilings, mold growth, or even issues in the home’s foundation. The best way to handle roof repair is to be proactive and the first step is identifying an issue early.
The following are some of the most common signs that water damage may be present on your roof:
- Flooring in the home has a changed texture
- Mold growth in the shape of rings
- Unpleasant odor is coming from the walls
- The ceiling appears to have discoloration
- Water is building up in a specific area of the home
As a homeowner, it is imperative to look out for the above signs in your home. Be sure to do spot checks regularly, especially in the areas of the home that receive less foot traffic. Places like guest rooms and attics are often ignored for months on end and if water damage has occurred the additional damages will keep piling on.
When any of the above signs of water damage on the roof are recognized it is important to take action immediately. The first step is to address the leaking water, next it is important to confirm that the leak is in fact coming from the roof. Once these two items are addressed you need to contact a roof repair company to assess the issue. Finally, you need to seek the expertise of a water damage restoration specialist to take care of the damage caused by the leak.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over 30 years of experience in water damage repair and restoration. Contact our team today to learn more about your options.
Marketing Tips for Local Business Owners
Are you ready to go out there and support local businesses?
Being a local business owner is tough. Without the backing of a large corporation, South Florida business owners are left with the constant hustle and grind of keeping current customers happy and attracting new business. In light of coronavirus heavily impacting local businesses throughout Palm Beach County, it is more important than ever to support local businesses when you can. From shopping at a small grocery store to frequently a family-owned restaurant, we can all play a role in keeping small, local businesses thriving.
As our lives return to “normal” and quarantining slowly subsides, we encourage everyone to visit a local business of their choosing. In doing so, we will all play a role in keeping our local economy flourishing and, more importantly, we will have an opportunity to connect as a community. If you are a local business owner struggling to keep your doors open, take a moment to read the following marketing tips:
- Network with other local businesses and consider throwing a joint event
- Make sure that your local listings are optimized and accurate
- Be active on social media
- Run a promotion that specifically targets locals in your neighborhood
- Encourage customers to write online reviews
- Make sure your website is up-to-date and consistently monitored
- Launch an email marketing campaign
- Offer incentives for repeat purchases
Are you ready to go out there and support local businesses? SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is proud to serve our community as a local business. We work with local businesses throughout Palm Beach County as much as possible in our effort to keep our local economy prosperous.
Getting Your Home Ready for Rainy Season
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over three decades of experience in storm damage restoration.
Floridians have grown quite accustom to the “Sunshine State’s” rainy season. June 1st marks the official beginning of the 2020 hurricane season, but South Florida residents have already begun to feel that typical summer weather. The last few days in particular have been marked by a ton of rainfall, some lasting the entire day. With what feels like endless downpours of rain and the knowledge that it has really just begin, it makes sense for South Florida homeowners to begin to prepare themselves accordingly.
Getting your home ready for the rainy season is a lot easier than many think. However, far too many people avoid starting preparations until it is a mad rush to get things done before a major storm. From heavy rainfall to huge gusts of wind, getting your home in tiptop shape is crucial in Florida. The following are some important tips for South Florida homeowners:
- Trim all trees and shrubbery
- Clear out gutters
- Check that all shutters are functioning properly
- Keep supplies handy – things like canned foods, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit should be readily available
- Verify your insurance coverage
- Review the home for leaks – focus on windows, doors, and walls
- Keep unused electronics unplugged
- Check the roof for leaks
- Fix any damaged or broken roof tiles or shingles
- Make a plan for moving outdoor furniture indoors
- Talk to your family about your evacuation plan
The last couple of days have proven that summer, and this year’s hurricane season, are right around the corner. We recommend spending some time this weekend getting your home prepared and ready to withstand heavy rains and big wind gusts. As always, if your home has sustained storm damage we are here to help. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over three decades of experience in storm damage restoration.
No job is too big for our storm damage experts. For more information, please call 561-881-8784 to speak with storm professional. Remember, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to Florida’s stormy season. Stay dry out there!
Getting Your Workplace Ready to Open Safely
While returning to work is extremely exciting, especially for those who have been unable to work from home, doing so in a safe manner is essential.
Business owners throughout South Florida are eagerly awaiting the greenlight to open for business. As we are in the midst of reopening the Sunshine State for business in a variety of industries, a lot of issues have come to light in terms of protecting the safety of both patrons and staff members. While returning to work is extremely exciting, especially for those who have been unable to work from home, doing so in a safe manner is essential.
Keep these tips in mind to get your business ready to open:
- Building Prep: ensure that your workplace is sanitized and disinfected properly before anyone enters the building
- Social Distancing Procedures: make a plan to manage office traffic and limit the number of people in common areas like the conference room and kitchen
- Staff Prep: communicate with your employees so that everyone is aware of new policies and feels comfortable returning to work
- Increase Cleaning: make a plan to regularly sanitize common areas, doors, desks, and all touch points
Is your business ready to welcome back your employees and customers to hit the ground running? Is your home a safe and clean environment for you and your family? If not, it's time to disinfect and sanitize now!
Don't let an unsanitary environment stop you or your business from getting back to work!
As an essential business, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has been busy professionally cleaning the offices of companies across Palm Beach County - making sure they can safely open their doors when the times comes.
We recommend taking action as soon as possible, as wait times are likely once South Florida business is given the green light to resume. Be proactive, not reactive, and give us a call today to schedule a professional cleaning: (561) 881-8784
9 Tips to Prevent a Home Fire
Preventing a home fire means taking proactive measures to ensure that your home and your family are as safe as possible.
Estimates show that about 2,500 deaths occur each year due to home fires throughout the United States. While that may seem like a small number compared to other disasters, the reality is that almost all home fires are preventable. South Florida homeowners know that house fires do not happen every day. When something occurs so infrequently, it can be easy to forget about the possibility of it happening in the first place. This type of thinking is what lays the foundation for a potential fire.
With this in mind, we found that it is particularly important to think about the possibility of a home fire. In doing so, you are preparing your mind and significantly increasing your chances of avoiding one from happening. Keep the following tips in mind to prevent a home fire:
- Test your smoke alarms every month
- Change batteries in your smoke alarm as needed, do not delay
- Keep your oven and stove clean
- Keep an eye on the functioning of kitchen appliances and the dryer
- Make sure that your mattress has flame-retardant chemicals inside
- Check chords around your house and make sure there are no frayed ends
- Be extra cautious with candles, never leave the house with an open flame
- Store all flammable products properly
- Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible and check for functionality
Preventing a home fire means taking proactive measures to ensure that your home and your family are as safe as possible. While everyone fears the worst, the above tips will prove to be instrumental in avoiding a fire from starting in your house. However, if the unthinkable happens we are here for you. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has decades of experience in home fire damage restoration. Call us today to learn more!
Causes of a Sewer Backup in Your Home
Far too many people notice an issue in the sewer lines when it is too late, leading to costly repairs and a smelly problem.
A sewer backup is one of the biggest headaches for a homeowner. Not only can a sewer backup be costly, but it also presents a dangerous health threat to you and your family. Untreated sewage create a situation for viruses, parasites, and bacteria to grow and these illness-causing organisms threaten the health of everyone living in the home.
A sewer backup happens when there is a blockage or some kind of damage that does not allow wastewater to drain properly away from your home. More often than not, this occurs in the main sewer line connecting your home to the municipal sanitary sewers. However, it could also occur in a different manner. Understanding what causes a sewer backup is critical to being able to prevent it from happening in the first place.
The following are the most common causes of a sewer backup in your home:
- A clog in the sewer line
- Broken or cracked pipes
- Leaky pipes combined with heavy rains
- Sewer system is installed poorly
- Never residential communities that have inefficient sewer volume
- Badly designed sewer system
- Putting things down the drain that do not belong there
- The growth of tree roots into sewer piping
- Connecting downspouts or gutters to the sewer
- Neglecting to inspect sewer lines when signs arise of a problem
No matter where you live in South Florida, keeping your sewer lines clear is essential to the function and overall safety of your home. Far too many people notice an issue in the sewer lines when it is too late, leading to costly repairs and a smelly problem. Keep the above causes in mind to avoid a sewer backup in your home. As always, if your home has endured any type of water damage and you are looking for reputable, professional help – call 561-881-8784 for SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County.
Minimizing COVID-19 Risk at Your Office
Is your office prepared to hit the ground running when business opens up again?
As the world works to navigate this new way of living in the age of coronavirus, business owners in South Florida are scrambling to ensure that their business and their employees are healthy and safe. For essential businesses, that means protecting their space and workforce while they are still working. For non-essential businesses, that means preparing now to open doors as soon as Palm Beach County is allowed to do so.
COVID-19 has left all of us in a state of shock. From keeping our families safe to worrying about covering bills and living a normal life again, it can be easy to get down in the dumps about all of this. However, it is important to keep a positive attitude and do everything in your power to prepare for when business starts back up again. Minimizing your risk now is a critical aspect of getting things going once things are back to normal. Business owners must be vigilant during this time.
The following are some important tips to minimizing COVID-19 risk at your office:
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes in the crease of your elbow
- Regularly disinfect any areas that deemed as “high touch” – like light switches, handrails, and doorknobs
- Adjust your air conditioning unit and open windows to increase ventilation
- Stop shaking hands as a greeting
- Disinfect surfaces like desks, telephones, and keywords
- Utilize videoconferencing instead of in-person meetings
- Make sure that employees stay home if they are feeling sick
The CDC has advised upon the use of labeled hospital-grade disinfectant. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we carry multiple products that have the EPA-approved emerging pathogens that fight things similar to the coronavirus. Is your office prepared to hit the ground running when business opens up again? Call us today to get a quote for our specialized cleaning services.
Preparing for Florida’s 2020 Hurricane Season
If you have any questions about storm preparation or have any storm damage that you would like to address, we are here for you.
Thinking about Florida’s 2020 hurricane season may be the last thing on your mind right now, and understandably so. Dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 has been a perpetual battle for all of us. Homeowners in South Florida are stuck inside and many are wondering what to do with all of their newfound free time. Well, this might be the perfect time to start thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming hurricane season.
In Florida, the hurricane season will officially begin on June 1st and will end on November 30th. These seasonal forecasts are important to pay attention to, as the exact dates tend to vary slightly from year to year. Whether or not we have a bad hurricane season this year, it is important to prepare. Plus, the next few months almost guarantee heavy rainfall. The following are some important tips to keep in mind to prepare your home for the rainfall coming in Florida’s 2020 hurricane season:
- Check your home for leaks, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms
- Make sure all gutters are clear
- Ensure that appliances and electrical equipment are stored in a water-free area
- Take note of your home’s drainage efficiency
- Get your roof inspected
- Be on the watch for mold growth
- Check air vents for any leakage
- Make sure all doors and windows are properly sealed
While coronavirus is on the forefront of our minds, it can be easy to lose track of time. However, hurricane season will be here before we know it, so the time to prepare is now. If you have any questions about storm preparation or have any storm damage that you would like to address, we are here for you. With decades of experience in storm damage repair, we are truly the South Florida experts. Please call SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more.
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
If your home or business needs fogging or deep cleaning services, call SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today!
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
SERVPRO Fog is a cost-effective way to be preventative in fighting the virus. With fogging, we are able to cover a more exact area as well as disinfect the air. If all electronics are turned off and unplugged, the fog will reach and touch any areas missed in wiping. The dwell time is 10 minutes and dries without any residue or film that needs to be wiped.
It is recommended that surfaces be cleaned first to be considered 'disinfected'. If not cleaned first, it is considered 'sanitizing'.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs fogging or deep cleaning services, call SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today!
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