How To Stop Mold Growth in Your Garage
Garages are typically hot, unventilated, and dark, making them a prime option for mold growth.
With consistent rainstorms all year round, Florida residents are used to weathering the elements day in and day out. As a homeowner, it is important to take measures to protect your home’s interior and exterior from water damage. Why? Well, when left unprotected, water damage can quickly turn into mold damage and create an even bigger problem to deal with. Unfortunately, the garage is a hotspot for potential mold growth. The combination of heat, moisture, and darkness creates the perfect environment for mildew to thrive.
Garages in Florida are extremely common. From extra storage to a place to park cars, having a garage is a luxury and should be cared for accordingly. With this in mind, follow these tips to try to prevent mold from growing in your garage:
- Keep the garage ventilated with fresh air when possible
- Avoid storing cardboard boxes in the garage
- Consider keeping a dehumidifier in the garage
- Check the seal on the garage door to confirm that no water is coming through the bottom
- Do not store any wet items in the garage
- Try to open the garage during sunlight each day
- If a heavy storm comes, remove standing water as quickly as possible afterwards
- Maintain shrubbery that is in close proximity to the garage
We also recommend storing your items on shelves instead of on the garage floor to help keep items dry and mold-free. Garages are typically hot, unventilated, and dark, making them a prime option for mold growth. As such, it is important to take the above measures to keep your garage clean and free of any mildew. If you do notice mold damage in your garage, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to speak with one of our mold damage experts.
11 Fun Facts about Thunderstorms
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are dedicated to serving our community during the toughest of storms.
Florida residents have been through a countless number of storms. From summer’s rainy days to hurricanes to unexpected rainstorms in the middle of winter, Floridians know that a storm always has the potential of hitting. While some storms last 10 minutes and others last hours, their impact can be felt no matter what. South Florida homeowners have grown accustom to dealing with storms of all shapes and sizes. As such, they are likely to underestimate even some of the bigger ones.
The more familiar a person becomes with storms, the more unfazed they become when they strike. In some cases, this is a good thing. Being used to dealing with Florida storms means never panicking and keeping a level head. However, this familiarity can also serve to dull the potential damage that major storms bring. As such, we have collected some interesting facts about storms to not only entertain, but to also highlight how important it is to take them seriously.
The following are a few of our favorite facts about thunderstorms:
- Rain actually pulls storms down
- Lightning is seen before thunder because light travels faster than sound
- A fear of thunder and lightning is called Astraphobia
- Lightning has an average temperate of 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- By counting the number of seconds between a flash of lighting and the sound of thunder, you can calculate how many miles away it is (second divided by 5)
- They eye of a storm is extremely calm, even sunny in some cases
- A thunderstorm produces about 6,000 lightning strikes each minute
- There are three types of possible thunderstorms
- Lightning is actually hotter than the sun’s surface
- A cumulus cloud in the sky weighs over 1 million pounds
- Thunder can happen during snowstorms too
Storms vary drastically in size, severity, and prospective damage that they cause. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are dedicated to serving our community during the toughest of storms. Our storm damage team is prepared to handle any type of property damage that your home or commercial location may have suffered. Give us a call today to learn more!
Avoiding Flood Danger in Florida
Our subtropical climate mixes with over a thousand miles of coastline to create a recipe for possible floods.
From coast to coast, flooding is an issue throughout the United States and even across the globe. In fact, research points out that rising sea levels places nearly 4 million homes at risk for flooding over the next 100 years in America. As a peninsula state, Florida is one of the most vulnerable states in the entire country, making it especially concerning for South Florida residents. As such, it is important to be educated about flooding in order to make the safest decisions possible in the event of a disaster.
While the risk of flooding is growing year after year, history has already highlighted the potential danger involved. Some of the most notable floods over the years include:
- Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928
- Cape Sable Hurricane of 1947
- Hurricane Dora in 1964
- Tropical Storm Fay in 2008
- Tropical Storm Debby in 2012
With this in mind, it is important for all Floridians, especially those who live near the coasts, to be aware of the dangers associated with flooding. Our subtropical climate mixes with over a thousand miles of coastline to create a recipe for possible floods. The following are the areas in Florida most at risk to storm surge flooding today:
- Miami, FL
- Sarasota, FL
- Tampa, FL
- Fort Meyers, FL
When a big storm is coming, it is absolutely critical to pay close attention to NOAA Weather Radio. In doing so, you will be able to monitor the storm’s impact and make the appropriate decisions for you and your family. In addition, now is the time to have your property evaluated to determine how vulnerable your home is to flooding.
As with all emergencies, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is dedicated to serving our community in their time of need. Our water damage experts are here to help no matter how big or small the flood damage may be. Contact our team today to learn more!
Practicing Safety With Holiday Decorations This Year
Far too many people underestimate the level of danger associated with holiday decorations and they leave themselves, and their families, at risk.
Holiday season is right around the corner and that means many families throughout South Florida will be decorating their homes. Whether it’s stockings on a mantle or lights on the roof, being careful during this time of year is crucial. Hanging lights is not only a time-consuming and tedious task, it is also potentially very dangerous. As such, it is important for South Florida homeowners to be extra cautious this year while decorating their houses.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), holiday decorations caused over 15,000 injuries that lead to an emergency room visit. From falls to fires, understanding how to properly put up your Christmas lights is essential to staying safe and having a happy holiday. The following tips are helpful to practicing safety with holiday decorations this year:
- Purchase Christmas lights that have a UL Safety Certification
- Choose clips to hang the lights, as opposed to screws or nails
- Make sure you are using outdoor lights outdoors and indoor lights indoors
- Discard any damaged or old Christmas lights
- Turn off the lights when you go to sleep at night
- Consider changing to LED lights
- Always use a GFCI outlet
- Be extra careful when using a ladder and do so with a partner
- Christmas lights should never be run through doors or windows, use outside outlets only
- Do not plug in more than three light sets into one extension cord
Electrical and fire hazards are abundant during the holiday season. While it may take a few extra steps and purchases to maintain proper safety levels, it is extremely important to take every precaution possible. Far too many people underestimate the level of danger associated with holiday decorations and they leave themselves, and their families, at risk of serious injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you. Contact us today for more information!
Preparing Your Small Business for the Holiday Season
Reducing holiday stress means planning in advance to ensure that your small business is not only prepared for the season, but in position for success.
The holiday season can be overwhelming for small business owners. From busy stores to vacationing staff, making sure that your commercial property is prepared for extra foot traffic can be difficult. Staying ahead of the competition means doing the legwork before the season hits and it is too late to prepare. In South Florida, the holiday season is busier than in most regions. From snowbirds to vacationers, it is critical to get your store ready to take advantage of the busy holiday time.
Taking advantage of the next month means outlining exactly what needs to get done and executing accordingly. Far too many business owners look to prepare for the holiday season in November, but that leaves little to no room for error. We recommend taking the following steps as soon as possible:
- Make your holiday schedule now and give your staff plenty of time to prepare and make arrangements to be at work when you need them to be
- Do an inventory check now and track last year’s holiday sales to ensure that you are ordering the correct amounts
- Get ahead of your paperwork in order to be present and available when your business gets slammed with customers
- Launch your holiday-focused marketing campaigns now
- Write down specific sales goals and objectives and share them with your staff
- Update your website and your online business listings with your holiday hours
- Decorate your store to help it stand out amongst your competition
- Make sure that your store is safe by keeping conditions clean and updated, especially given the additional foot traffic that is to come
Reducing holiday stress means planning in advance to ensure that your small business is not only prepared for the season, but in a position for success. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in commercial restoration and restoration cleaning. Contact us today if you are in need of help to prepare your business for the holiday season!
Starting a Career with SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Take inventory of all important documents and store them in an easily accessible location.
- 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.
- 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?
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:
- Leaking pipes
- Dripping toilets
- HVAC issues
- Pressure in washing machine supply lines
- Heavy rainfall
- Problems with gutters
- Crawl space water buildup
- Backed up sewer lines
- 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
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:
- Electrical Issues
- 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
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!