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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help 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.

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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
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

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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.

Fogging

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!

The only restoration company in Palm Beach County that has the same owner, the same name for the past 33 years!

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Tips for Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus Disease

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Ncov spreading concept, Earth and virus models Together, we can play a big role in stopping the spread of this virus.

There is currently no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus disease 2019. As such the most prudent way to avoid the disease is to avoid exposure to the virus. With the rapid spread of illness, it is becoming increasingly important for everyone to take this virus seriously. In South Florida, more and more cases have been documented and projections point to the continual spread.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus disease? First, it is important to understand that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that the virus is being spread from person-to-person in two potential ways:

  1. Respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs
  2. Close contact between people (within about 6 feet of one another)

If the respiratory droplets of an infected individual land on the noses or in the mouths of others, they can be inhaled into the lungs and further spread the disease. It is extremely important that all South Florida residents understand the risks involved.

Taking proactive measures to protect yourself is essential. The CDC recommends doing the following:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be particularly mindful of washing when you have been in any public places as well as after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • If unable to wash with soap and water, use hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible and immediately wash hands if you have done so
  • Do not come in close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Practice social distancing as much as possible

In addition to protecting yourself, it is important to also think about protecting those around you. Follow these important steps to do so:

  • If sick, please stay home
  • If sneezing or coughing, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth or the inside of your elbow if a tissue is not available
  • Dispose of all used tissues in the trash
  • Immediately (and properly) wash your hands after coughing or sneezing
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick when around other people
  • Disinfect and clear surfaces that are touched frequently
  • Clean any and all dirty surfaces

Together, we can play a big role in stopping the spread of this virus. As always, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you!

Recognizing Water Damage Behind Your Walls

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on wall At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are the South Florida water damage repair experts.

Water damage of any kind is a huge headache for homeowners. From costly repairs to the threat of health issues from mold growth, it is important to identify water damage as soon as possible to address the problem. One common issue is water damage in the bedroom. The real problem lies in not tackling the problem right away. Unfortunately, people who ignore the signs or do not know what signs to look for are setting themselves up for a big mess.

South Florida homeowners know that heavy rains can lead to all kinds of challenges, most notably water damage in various areas of their homes. Things like sewage backups and burst pipes are clear indicators of possible damage. But what about less obvious damage, like behind the walls of your home? These signs are less notable, as they do not stem from a major event. As such, it is important to know what to look for in order to avoid structural damage from neglecting the problem.

The following are some of the most common signs of water damage behind the walls in your home:

  • Mold growth on the walls and baseboards
  • Warping of the walls
  • Strange, musty odor coming from the bedroom
  • Ceiling and/or floor begins to buckle
  • Stained walls
  • Wallpaper or paint begins to bubble or peel

Any of the above issues require fast action to address the root of the water damage. A delay in tackling a water leak of any kind can lead to expensive repairs and possible mold growth. Structural damage is a threat when the water seeps into wood, insulation, or drywall. This can cause the above signs to emerge, and therefore must be taken care of immediately.

At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are the South Florida water damage repair experts. From small residential water damage to large commercial property water damage, our highly trained technicians handle it all. Have you noticed any of the above mentioned water damage signs in a bedroom in your home? If so, contact us as soon as possible and we will be right over to make it “Like it never even happened.”

9 Most Common Kitchen Fire Hazards

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Cooks prepare meals on the stove in the kitchen of the restaurant or hotel. The fire in the kitchen. Knowing the most common risks associated with cooking in the kitchen can help to eliminate some of the risk.

Home fires are scary. What can start out as a simple flames can transform into a full-blown fire in only 30 seconds. Most homeowners fail to think about the potential for a fire in their house. They falsely assume that something like that would never happen to them, especially in South Florida. However, if the California fires have taught us anything, it is that home fires can happen in an instant.

Unsurprisingly, the kitchen is the biggest culprit for fires. From inside of your home to your favorite local restaurant, kitchen fires are extremely common and can result in serious injury. As such, it is important to be aware of the most typical causes of kitchen fires to use extra precaution to avoid them from occurring in the first place.

The following are some of the most common kitchen fire hazards to look out for:

  1. Grease fires from oil spills on the stove top or grill
  2. Microwave firs from microwaving things like metal
  3. Keep flammable items near an open flame
  4. Walking away from the kitchen while frying food on the stove top
  5. Cooking at a temperature that is too high
  6. Keep a kitchen hand towel too close to an oven or stove top
  7. Appliance malfunction
  8. Loose clothes catching fire
  9. Too many people in the kitchen

Knowing the most common risks associated with cooking in the kitchen can help to eliminate some of the risk. However, it is crucial to recognize that safety measures must be taken at all times while using the kitchen. Even the simplest of tasks, such as microwaving, can become hazardous if the right precautions are not taken.

At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have decades of experience in fire damage restoration. If you or a loved one has suffered fire damage to your home or commercial property, call our fire damage experts today for immediate help.

How To Keep Your Store Safe for Customers & Employees

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Open sign broad hanging on wood door front of cafe No matter what type of store you own, focusing on safety is essential.

Being a store owner is a tough job. There is a lot on your plate on a daily basis – from ensuring that your employees are happy and working hard to ensuring that your customers are having a great shopping experience and will become repeat customers. Whether you run a restaurant, hotel, large office, or even a mom and pop shop, keeping your commercial property free of hazards and safe for all is imperative to running a successful business.

It is easy to get so caught up in day-to-day tasks that you forget to address one of the most critical aspects of owning a store: keeping it safe. From security precautions to making certain that the premise is free from hazards, safety is a key issue for any business owner. The following are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to store safety:

  1. Clean up any spill immediately and put up signs to indicate wet floors
  2. Keep your storefront and interior well lit
  3. Make sure that employees know how to handle potentially hazardous situations
  4. If serving food, train staff about food and fire safety procedures
  5. Keep a first aid kit fully stocked
  6. Put up signs by any stairs or change in elevation
  7. Be vigilant about any suspicious activity
  8. Make sure all employees are trained on proper store closing procedures

No matter what type of store you own, focusing on safety is essential. Far too many store owners neglect to regularly assess the safety of their property until it is too late. Get into the habit of reviewing your safety rules and regulations on a regular basis to ensure that it is up-to-date and relevant. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in commercial property restoration. If you are a store owner and your store has endured any type of water damage, fire damage, or mold damage, contact us today to learn more about your options.

The Benefits of Working with a Local Business

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Local map tag No matter where you live, it is always nice to support the businesses in your community.

SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County may be a franchise of large corporation, but we are truly a local business and staple in our community. We have had the same name and the same owners for the past 30 years. In fact, we are the only restoration company in Palm Beach County who can make that claim. So, what is it about being a local business? Why are people so inclined to spend their money with the locals?

There are a lot of advantages linked to working with local businesses. The last several years terms like “buy local” and “locally sourced” have grown tremendously in popularity. People like to feel connected to one another and that includes businesses. When a community leans on each other and utilizes each other for their day-to-day needs, everyone wins. As such, people are inclined to work with local businesses by nature.

The following are some of the most notable benefits of working with a local business:

  1. Lower costs: as local companies are typically less expensive than their corporate competitors
  2. Higher quality: community members care about taking care of one another
  3. A chance to connect: walking into a local business means familiar faces and new friends ready to connect with
  4. In-person expertise: there is something special and valuable in speaking with a professional face-to-face as opposed to turning to Google for an answer
  5. Mutually beneficial: local businesses tend to send each other business, furthering the cycle of buying local

No matter where you live, it is always nice to support the businesses in your community. Seeing a friendly face at a store gives you the comfort of knowing that your money is being spent on something worthwhile. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are incredibly proud to be a part of our community. We shop local whenever possible and we love seeing our neighbors all over the county!

Making the Most of Florida Before Rainy Season

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Aerial view of South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida. USA Make the most of this beautiful Florida weather before rainy season spoils your outdoor fun!

Florida’s rainy season is officially from May 15th through October 15th and anyone Florida resident knows that during this time of year rain can strike at any moment. In fact, approximately 70 percent of Florida’s annual rainfall comes within that 5 month range. Florida homeowners recognize that this is the time of year to take measures to protect their homes. Clearing the gutters and keeping the lawn tidy are two important steps to take.

While we know a lot about rainy season, we spend little time discussing the months between. April is the month that Florida historically receives the least amount of rain. So, this is the best month to get outside and enjoy the beautiful temperatures and clear skies. Plus, the ocean temperatures typically rise again during this time of year, making it a great time to visit Florida’s beaches.

Weather experts are predicting that Florida will see a slight variation from the norm this spring season. So, April and May will actually be hotter than normal, with rainfall below normal averages in the South Florida. With this in mind, we thought it would be nice to make a few recommendations as to things to do in this beautiful weather. The following are some great outdoor activity ideas for you and your family:

  1. Visit local parks
  2. Go on a hike along a new trail
  3. Do an impromptu beach day
  4. Enjoy a family walk
  5. Wake up early and catch the sunrise from the pier
  6. Spring for a boat day and some fishing
  7. Head to the Everglades for some canoeing
  8. Jump on your bicycles and head to the ice cream shop

Spring season tends to fly by and May 15th will be here before you know it. So, make the most of this beautiful Florida weather before rainy season spoils your outdoor fun. And remember, if your property has sustained any storm damage SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Call us today for a free consultation!

7 Interesting Water Damage Facts and Figures

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

water leak through the heating radiator tube nut No matter what the issue may stem from, addressing water damage immediately is critical to reducing potential damage and overall cost.

From storm damage to flooding and from leaking pipes to appliance disasters, water damage is something that every homeowner fears. While the damage done varies greatly on a case by case basis, any type of water damage in a home is cause for concern. Why? For starters, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs. When left untreated, this can lead to serious damage and costly repairs.

In addition to the threat of mold growth, water damage has the capacity to ignite a snowball effect of issues in the home. Being aware of some of the facts surrounding water damage is important so that homeowners can remain savvy and proactive in keeping their property in top condition. The following are some water damage facts and figures that we found interesting:

  1. A 1/8-inch pipe crack can results in 250 gallons of leaked water
  2. A homeowner spends an average of $1,100 to $4,500 for water damage repair or water damage restoration
  3. Carpet takes 1-2 days to dry following water damage
  4. ¾ of all water heaters fail within the first 12 years
  5. The most common cause of water loss comes from plumbing supply system problems
  6. Washing machine supply lines typically stop working within 9 years
  7. A typical household leak can release over 10,000 gallons of water annually

No matter what the issue may stem from, addressing water damage immediately is critical to reducing potential damage and overall cost. Far too many homeowners delay calling a water damage restoration company when a leak is detected. Unfortunately, even the slightest delay can greatly increase the chance of costly damage and mold growth.

At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are water damage repair and restoration experts. Our high-trained staff is on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies both big and small. Call us today to learn more!

Avoiding Home Property Damage in the New Year

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

2020 new year notebook with list of resolutions and objects on pink background January is a prime time to focus your efforts on keeping your home and property safe.

Property damage strikes a home for many different reasons and often at unexpected times. With the New Year just beginning, it is common to start making resolutions that will serve to improve yourself and those around you. But what about making resolutions for your home? A person’s home is where they spend the majority of their time and, for that reason, home improvement should be at the top of your list when it comes to bettering yourself this year.

January is a prime time to focus your efforts on keeping your home and property safe. While damage caused by water, fire, and mold is unavoidable at times, taking specific steps to keep things in tiptop shape will help tremendously.

Consider getting the following home improvement action items done this month:

  • Go over your home emergency plan and make any necessary updates and adjustments
  • Take stock of your home’s safety equipment, ensuring that items like flashlights, first-aid kits, and backup medicine and food are in good condition
  • Find the water supply line in your house and be sure that you know how to turn it off in the event of an emergency
  • Walk your home to check on all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors batteries

While these tasks may seem menial, they are extremely important to do. In addition to the above items, your January resolutions should focus on one home improvement that you have been meaning to accomplish. Whether that means getting the roof cleaned or redoing a bathroom, concentrating on one specific task will help to get it done.

At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County we are looking forward to a wonderful 2020 year! The New Year means new opportunities to serve our community and all of its water, fire, and mold damage needs. Contact our office today to speak with our residential and commercial restoration specialists.

What Happens In a Home Fire?

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

house on fire It’s easy to think that a fire would never happen in your home, but it can truly happen to anyone.

In a blink of an eye a small fire can transform into a full blown house fire. In fact, a small flame has the propensity to become a major fire in as little as 30 seconds. We see it fictionally in countless movies and television shows and we watch the real stories about it on the news. But how does it all happen? What takes place when that small flame emerges as a terrifying fire wreaking havoc on your home?

For starters, it is important to discuss the difference between home fires today versus home fires a few decades ago. In older times, experts estimated that you had anywhere from 14 to 17 minutes to escape in the event of a house fire. Today, however, the level of flammability in the household limits escape time down to 2 to 3 minutes. That means that home occupants have the get out extremely fast before the entire house goes up in flames.

Let’s take an example scenario into account. Fires most often begin in the kitchen. A stovetop meal starts to boil over and before anyone knows it, oil is igniting and spreading flames throughout the kitchen. Then, cooking utensils catch fire, which then catch onto the dish towel, and fire and smoke are looming. More and more flammable items begin to burn and the flames spread rapidly to the wooden cabinets to the curtains, and on and on.

While this scenario may be horrifying to think about, the reality is that this happens all of the time throughout the United States. It’s easy to think that something like this would never happen in your home, but it can truly happen to anyone. Being extremely careful in the kitchen and when dealing with any fire, even something as simple as lighting candles, is imperative to keeping you and your loved ones safe. Have you experienced any type of fire damage? Our fire damage restoration team is here to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!