Smoke Damage After a Home Fire
Properly recovering after a home fire requires a fire restoration technician, an odor control technician, & upholstery and fabric cleaning technician.
Thinking about a potential fire in your home is something that no one wants to do. While we are lucky that in Florida we face much better conditions than California, where wildfires are a massive problem, we still need to consider the possibility of a home fire. From issues with electrical equipment to mistakes made during the holiday season, Florida home fires do happen. When it comes to home fires and the damage that they bring to a property, most people focus their attention on the actual flames and the direct damage caused by them.
While the flames of a fire are certainly harmful and damaging, smoke damage is another factor that must be taken into account. From charring to discoloration, smoke damage can leave a home looking really rough after a fire breaks out. Some of the most notable issues include:
- Yellow stained walls
- Yellow stained ceilings
- Warped wood
- Warped plastic
- Toxic air inside of the home
- Soot in household textiles
- Smoke odor in carpets, upholstered furniture, clothing, and drapery
- General smoke odor throughout the home
Dealing with smoke damage goes far beyond restoring the look of the home, smoke damage repair must attacks odors and toxins. In most cases, properly recovering after a home fire will require a fire restoration technician, an odor control technician, and an upholstery and fabric cleaning technician.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in fire damage and smoke damage repair and restoration. We understand that each and every home fire is different and thus requires a unique solution that is customized for the specific conditions at hand. If you or a loved one has suffered from a home fire and smoke damage, we are here to help. Call our team today to learn more about your options!
Preventing Water Damage in Your Garage
Repairing water damage in a garage can be costly, so it is important for homeowners to recognize ways to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Summertime in South Florida means unpredictable rain, seemingly endless heavy rains, tropical storms, and hurricanes. As homeowners, everyone worries about the impact that this excess water may have on their homes. When we think of water damage, we often associate it with bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. All of these areas in the home have a lot of potential for leaks and thus garner most of the attention.
When it comes to water damage, a homeowner would inevitably prefer to deal with garage issues compared to bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room issues. However, garage water damage can still be a costly headache. Experiencing flooding inside of the garage can mean water damage to the floor and walls, as well as any property being stored in the garage. Therefore, taking measures to prevent water damage in your garage is key.
Repairing water damage in a garage can be costly, so it is important for homeowners to recognize ways to prevent it from occurring in the first place. There are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of flooding in your garage. Some of the most critical tips to preventing garage water damage include:
- Check the garage roof for leaks regularly
- Check that the weather stripping is in good condition, as this gets worn down easily and will need to be replaced somewhat frequently
- Clear out any clogs in the roof gutters near the garage
- Get in the habit of keeping the garage door closed, especially during rainy season
- Check the water heater for any potential leaks
- Replace garage door panels in a timely fashion
These simple maintenance measures have proven to make all of the difference when it comes to keeping the garage dry and water-free. Avoiding costly repairs for garage flooding means following these steps and being vigilant. As always, if you have experienced any type of water damage SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Contact us today for immediate assistance!
Hurricane Prep for Your Commercial Property
South Florida businesses must take precautions and safety measures now to safeguard their commercial properties as well as their work staff.
The most recent tropical storm has pointed out the importance of being prepared. The worst scenario for any business owner is having their commercial property damaged due to a heavy storm or hurricane. However, far too many business owners in South Florida fail to have a sound plan for their employees and place of business. While many Floridians use this time of year to get their individual homes ready, it can be easy to neglect the office.
Knowing that a hurricane can strike at any time means having a strategy in place to act fast in the event of an incoming storm. From your top level employees down, it is critical that everyone is on the same page when it comes to hurricane preparedness. The more prepared you and your business are now, the more time your employees will have to prepare their individual homes and families.
The following are some of the most valuable pieces of advice for protecting your commercial property before a hurricane strikes:
- Create a detailed and thorough emergency safety plan that all employees have read and understand
- Keep some backup supplies on hand at all times
- Trim the trees in the areas that surround the commercial property
- Have the business’s roof inspected
- Ensure that backup copies of all important documents are safely stored
- Review your property insurance
- Make a plan for outside accessories and signs
- Inform all employees that the emergency plan will commence as soon as a Hurricane Watch is issued
South Florida businesses must take precautions and safety measures now to safeguard their commercial properties as well as their work staff. Hurricanes are unpredictable, so taking action to control what can be controlled is critical to keeping everyone and everything as secure as possible.
As always, if your commercial property has sustained any storm damage we are here to help. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has helped countless South Florida businesses and we would be happy to send out commercial damage restoration team to your property right away.
Lessons from Tropical Storm Isaias
There are lessons to be taken from Tropical Storm Isaias, especially given the fact that it will not be the last storm of the season.
South Florida has grown quite accustom to hurricanes. From storm prep to watching the weather stations constantly to keeping things like bottled water and canned foods on hand year round, it seems like nothing can scare us. In some ways this is a good thing. Being able to maintain a calm and logical mindset before, during, and after a big storm is important. However, this can also backfire. Many Florida residents fail to take a hurricane seriously unless it is a Category 4 or Category 5.
So, what’s the common ground here? How should Floridians approach hurricane season and the storms that will undoubtedly keep coming? Tropical Storm Isaias was our first real taste of hurricane season. The path had it coming right towards the coast and, even so, many failed to do any type of preparations. In the end, the storm grazed the east coast of Florida, leaving the Sunshine State well and fine.
At any rate, there are still some lessons to be taken from Tropical Storm Isaias, especially given the fact that it will not be the last storm of the season. Keep in mind the following the next time we are in the path of a tropical storm or hurricane:
- Prepare sooner rather than later, non-perishables are non-perishable for a reason and there is no harm in buying them early
- Plan for power outages – even though there was relatively no damage, there are still anticipated power outages, so be sure to have your flashlights and generators ready
- Have a plan for outdoor furniture – some of us spent the weekend cleaning out the garage to make room for patio furniture, and that’s a good thing. The time to make arrangements is now.
Luckily, Tropical Storm Isaias spared us. However, it is never too early to begin to get ready for the next storm. Make your plans now and avoid the stress and struggle of rushing to get your home and family ready in the future. As always, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you throughout each and every storm. Our water damage and storm damage team is prepped and ready to serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Importance of Getting Your Floors Cleaned Regularly
While regularly cleaning your floors may only be a small change, it can show consumers you care about your building.
As a business owner, it is very likely that clean floors are probably not your top priority. However, the cleanliness and appearance of your physical business space is often the first impression for potential or current customers. While regularly cleaning your floors may only be a small change, it can show consumers you care about your building. If it is obvious you put in effort to maintaining your building, customers and other business partners can assume you will translate this level of care to all aspects of your business.
Here are the top reasons you should clean your floors regularly:
You only have one chance to make a first impression. The floors are one of the first things a new customer notices when they walk into the building. Clean floors will present the business or operation in a professional and kempt manner. While a customer may not initially notice if the floors or clean, they will more often than not notice if the floors are dirty. With dirty floors, customers may assume your business is negligent or sloppy, even if that is not the case. To avoid any misjudgments, it is best to ensure the floors are cleaned regularly.
Unkempt floors can be a major liability for a business. If floors are cleaned regularly, there is less of a chance a customer or employee will slip and fall and potentially have a serious injury. Any buildup of grime, oil, or any other substance can lead to potentially hazardous conditions in the workplace. If there is a potential danger with the floor, and they need to be replaced, it can be an extremely expensive endeavor. With regular floor cleaning, you can be confident that anyone who enters the building will be in a safe environment and extend the lifetime of your flooring.
Oftentimes, employees will improve their workplace performance when in a clean environment. Workers are motivated by a professional workspace and it will enhance their overall work experience. In addition, clean floors will likely persuade employees to strive to maintain this level of cleanliness.
Overall Health and Wellness
A clean floor will promote general health for everyone inside the building. There is often germ and dirt buildup on the floors, leading to potential and unforeseen health consequences. With a reduction of grime, dirt, or any other allergens in the building, it is possible employees will take fewer sick days. To ensure people are healthy and happy, it is best to clean the floors before this becomes a possibility.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take pride in both our commercial and residential cleaning services. In light of COVID-19, we have been busy disinfecting and sanitizing businesses throughout South Florida. Contact us today to learn more!
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