Water Damage in Your Laundry Room
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
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
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
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!
Protecting Your Home from Florida’s Heavy Rains
Heavy rains in Florida are inevitable, especially during the summertime. Be a proactive homeowner and save yourself from future water damage headaches
South Florida residents have grown accustom to massive downpours. During the summer months, an afternoon shower or thunderstorm is nearly inevitable. While this makes the grass grow thicker and greener, the reality is that these heavy Florida rains can really do some damage for homeowners across the state. Unlike hurricane or storm damage, water damage from heavy rains can come on slowly and go largely undetected until it is too late.
Some home issues that come from water damage can be minor and easy to fix. Conversely, there are some major issues that can arise from Florida’s heavy rains. Things like cracks in the home’s foundation, wood rot, and mold can bring major structural consequences to a home. As such, protecting your home from Florida’s heavy rains is imperative.
As a South Florida homeowner, keep in mind the following water damage prevention tips:
- Maintain your roof by regularly monitoring issues and fixing any necessary repairs
- Make sure all of your doors and windows are sealed properly
- Keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris
- Inspect your downspouts to confirm they are long enough to funnel the water away from the house
- Check out the ceilings throughout your home to ensure there is no signs of leakages
- Look for discoloration of the walls and ceilings
- Ensure that the foliage and trees surrounding your home are well maintained and trimmed
- Be mindful of your air vents during particularly heavy rains
Heavy rains in Florida are inevitable, especially during the summertime. Be a proactive homeowner and save yourself from future water damage headaches. However, if your home has sustained water damage or storm damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Contact our water damage experts more information.
Restaurant Safety Tips for South Florida Eatery Owners
It is imperative to take safety precautions at all times for both the restaurant customers and staff.
South Florida is swimming with restaurants of all kinds. There seems to be a new restaurant being built all of the time and that is great news for residents throughout our community. As a restaurant owner, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to running the business smoothly and effectively. From financials to branding, the to-do list probably seems endless. While often neglected, commercial property owners must always take into account safety, especially in the restaurant industry.
Maintaining a safe working environment in a restaurant means taking into account things like cooking equipment, wet floors, and fresh food. From your staff to your customers, the following are some important tips to keep in mind for restaurant safety:
- Be sure to train your staff on fire and food safety procedures
- Place sanitation and hygiene at the highest priority
- Implement an action plan for spills to prevent slip and fall accidents
- Have your appliances inspected regularly
- Make sure electrical appliances are kept away from wet areas
- Keep multiple fire extinguishers in the restaurant
- Give your staff proper safety equipment like gloves and aprons
- Keep a fully stocked first aid kit available at all times
Owning a restaurant is one of the most exciting jobs that a person can have. Unfortunately, with this excitement comes a risk of injury and accident. As such, it is imperative to take safety precautions at all times for both the restaurant customers and staff. If you are a restaurant owner and have any type of water damage or fire damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help! Contact our office today to learn more.
Facts About Home Fires
Homeowners often think about the many safety hazards associated with owning and maintaining a home, yet the threat of a fire is seldom mentioned. Contrary to popular belief, home fires are rather common and something that everyone should be aware of. According to the national Fire Protection Associated (NFPA), an average of seven people die each day in the United States due to home fires.
Home fires are extremely prevalent throughout the country. In fact, U.S. fire departments estimate that they respond to a home fire every 88 seconds. That’s a lot of home fires. Being aware of some home fire facts will help to highlight the true nature of their potential danger:
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires as well as home fire injuries
- More than half of all home fires occur because the smoke alarms are faulty or missing altogether
- More males are injured and die due to home fires than females
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires
- Each day, close to 30 home fires reported are caused by candles
Being a smart homeowner means being educated on all of the potential threats that exist. While it is impossible to prepare for everything, being aware of some home fire facts will place you in a better position to act safely on a daily basis and respond correctly in the event of an emergency. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in fire damage restoration. If you or a loved one has been involved in a fire and wish to return your property to pre-fire condition, give us a call today.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our South Florida restoration specialists are truly faster to any size disaster.
When it comes to residential or commercial restoration and cleaning services, the value of speed cannot be overstated. When disaster strikes, the ability to get the problem fixed immediately is imperative. For residential properties, people depend on fast action to get their home back in order and their family back to their normal routine. For commercial properties, business owners depend on fast action to get their company back up and running and ensure that no customers or employees are subjected to unsafe conditions.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our South Florida restoration specialists are truly faster to any size disaster. Our team of highly trained professionals understands the urgency that comes with fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and mold remediation. As such, they are all proficient at providing 24-hour emergency service with impressive response rates. That is what makes us the trusted leader in the restoration industry.
On top of unmatched speed, we also specialize in handling disasters of all sizes. Whether your property has suffered from something like minor water damage in the garage or something like a major fire in the home, our advanced restoration and cleaning equipment can handle it all. We take pride in our ability to serve the local community and play a role in keeping our residents safe and secure.
If you or a loved one has a property that has been damaged, look no further than SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County. As soon as we get the call, we promise to act right away, sending out our skilled restoration technicians to your property right away. Are you ready to see if we are truly faster to any size disaster? Call us today at 561-881-8784!
Storm Tips for Pet Owners
It is important to include your pets in your storm planning now to avoid overlooking them in the event of a natural disaster.
Preparing for a hurricane as a South Florida homeowner is stressful. There are what seems like a million tasks to complete and that never-ending list typically takes a lot out of everyone in the family. When a storm is projected to hit your area, you probably have a go-to mental list of things that need to be done. From putting up hurricane shutters to buying the necessary food items and everything else in between, your focus is more than likely on all of the humans in your family. But what about your pets?
We all love our furry friends, but in times of crisis and panic they are usually the first ones forgotten about. As such, it is important to include your pets in your storm planning now to avoid overlooking them in the event of a natural disaster. The following are some great storm tips for pet owners in South Florida:
- Choose a safe location to bring your pet – this may be a safe room or some other interior room in the home
- Determine where you will go in the event of an evacuation and call ahead to ensure that the hotels in the area allow pets
- Know where you pet carrier is and pack extra food when packing food for the family
- Make a pet emergency kit including things like bottled water, medications, canned food, vaccination certificates, copies of tags, health records, and their favorite toy
- Make sure that your pet’s tag and microchip are current and accurate in the event of separation
- Be sure that the safe location for your pet is free from any poisonous substances that they may accidentally eat
Planning for a pet is understandably lower on the priority list than your human family members when a storm is on the way. However, thinking through the best method of protecting them now is the key to keeping them safe if and when disaster strikes. Keep the above tips in mind as your prepare for this year’s hurricane season!
Small Business Strategy To Boost Summer Sales
Keeping your commercial property in tiptop shape is another key factor in maintaining positive sales numbers.
Small business often dread the summer months. Shouldering through the slow season makes it difficult for business owners to meet sales quotes and keep the business thriving. Not only is there typically less foot traffic during the summer months, but employees tend to be less motivated and less productive. From vacations to shorter hours, employers are tasked with the responsibility to think outside of the box for new strategies to increase sales throughout the summer.
Focusing on marketing efforts in the months leading up to summer is imperative to keep sales going strong. The following are some great strategy tips to consider implementing into your business’s marketing plans this year:
- Run summer sales and specials, heavily utilizing social media to promote them
- Plan an inter-office summer sales competition to boost productivity
- Participate in and/or sponsor local community events
- Host an event to garner more foot traffic
- Offer exclusive deals to loyal customers to encourage repeat purchases
No matter how you plan to ramp up your summer sales strategy, now is the time to start brainstorming. Far too many business owners feel the impact of slow summer sales when it is too late to make any significant changes. Springtime is the best time for executives in the company to make plans to keep sales strong in the coming months. It is also the best time to encourage your employees to get involved in the process.
Keeping your commercial property in tiptop shape is another key factor in maintaining positive sales numbers. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we understand the stresses that South Florida business owners are under during the summer months. If things like water damage, storm damage, fire damage, or mold damage have impacted your business, we are here to help. Contact our commercial damage restoration team today to learn more!