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!
Fire Safety Plan for Children
The more you practice as a family, the smoother your escape plan will be in the event of an actual emergency
Do you have an emergency escape plan in place in the event of a home fire? Are you children aware of the plan and their role in getting out safely? Far too many parents neglect to make a fire escape plan altogether, no less making a plan and then communicating said plan with their children. The possibility of a fire seems so rare that most adults never even consider it as a possibility. While smoke alarms are useful, you are asking for trouble if they are the only active part of your fire escape plan.
Your children have likely engaged in countless fire drills in school. They are used to practicing in the event of an emergency and the home should be no different. A family fire drill should be discussed amongst adults and then practiced amongst the entire family. The following is a great basis to build your specific plan upon:
- Make an escape plan based on your home’s particular layout, be sure to identify two ways out of each room in the house
- Have each family member practice escaping the rooms by crawling on the perimeter of the room towards an exit
- Practice this routine multiple times a year, switching which of the two exits that they children leave from
- Ensure that each parent knows which children they are to oversee in the event of a fire
Children 5 years and older need to be made aware of this plan. The more you practice as a family, the smoother your escape plan will be in the event of an actual emergency. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our fire damage restoration specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact our team today to learn more!
Water Damage on Your Roof
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our highly trained water damage professionals are ready to handle any size restoration project.
Roof repairs and replacements are some of the most dreaded home repairs for a homeowner. In South Florida, heavy rains and adverse weather tend to highlight the need for roof solutions faster than in some other areas of the country. There are a number of potential signs that you may be experiencing water damage on your roof:
- Mold growing in rings
- Discoloration on the ceiling
- Water accumulating
- Changes in the texture of flooring
- Odors from the walls
While the issue stems from the roof, you may spot these roof water damage signs on the floors, walls, ceilings, attics, the home’s foundation or exterior, and even around your appliances. The key to handling a roof suffering from water damage is to address the issue immediately. Putting off dealing with roof damage can lead to massive problems in the future, including the most drastic problem of the roof caving in.
First and foremost, it is important to ensure that safety measures are taken immediately following the recognition of roof water damage. This means putting buckets down to catch dripping water. Next, you must determine if the leak is actually coming from the roof. Then, you need to consult with a roofer to determine the best course of action. Finally, contact a water damage restoration specialist to handle the issues that were caused by the leak.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our highly trained water damage professionals are ready to handle any size restoration project. Contact us today to learn more about your options in getting your home back to normal condition!
Over 30 Years of Commitment to Excellence
Our success over the last 30 years is built on being locally owned and operated and committed to excellence.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have proudly served our community for more than 30 years! In fact, we are the only restoration company in Palm Beach County that has the same owner and same name for such a long time. So, what does that mean about us? For starters, it means that we have not only served our community with integrity, but also that we have been able to cultivate a truly unique family business.
For us, a commitment to excellence comes in two forms: 1) the work that we perform and 2) the way we treat our customer base. Throughout the years we have learned that offering superior water damage, fire damage, and storm damage restoration services requires a dedication to learning new techniques utilizing new equipment, a promise to treat each job like it is our own home or business, and a commitment to continually training to improve our skills.
From a customer service standpoint, our commitment to excellence comes in the form of being there for our customers 7 days a week for emergency services, restoration, and cleaning needs. We are on call 24 hours a day for our customers and that means being there for them in times of need at any hour. In doing so, our customers throughout Palm Beach County have benefited from leaning on us in emergency situations of all kinds.
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County prides ourselves on being faster to any size disaster. From immediate emergency service to highly trained technicians, our success over the last 30 years is built on being locally owned and operated and committed to excellence. If you are experiencing damage of any kind, look to the trusted leader in the restoration industry, look to SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County!
It’s Never Too Soon for Hurricane Preparations
Preparing for hurricane season early has major benefits.
The spring season has just begun and for many that means flowers blooming and afternoon rain showers. South Floridians have grown accustom to the seamless shift from the “winter” months to the spring months. From days spent outside to nights enjoy the comfortable air, hurricane season is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it’s important to think about hurricane preparedness now as opposed to the month right before the storm season begins.
Many Floridians have become numb to the dangers associated with major storms. With years and years of experience in last minute shifts of the eye and warnings that fade to nothing, it’s easy to get jaded and ignore the need to prepare. Unfortunately, those who neglect to get ready their homes for hurricane now may end up regretting it in the long run. The truth is that preparing for hurricane season early has major benefits.
First and foremost, early hurricane preparation will put you and your family in the safe position of being prepared for anything. There is no telling when a major storm will hit and having the comfort of knowing that your preparations are complete will give you valuable peace of mind. In addition, stocking up on supplies now will save you money. Get together a list of essentials like flashlights, batteries, and nonperishable foods and plan to purchase them as they go on sale. Finally, generator prices tend to skyrocket around hurricane season and their stock may be low at time too. Be sure to look into buying a generator now to allow for plenty of time for research beforehand.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our storm damage specialists have years of experience in cleaning and restoration following a major storm. Keep us in mind this upcoming hurricane season and feel free to call 561-881-8784 with any storm damage questions!
Checking for Leaks in Your Pipes
Even the smallest of leaks can cause your water bill to spike as well as a wide range of potential water damage issues throughout the home.
Being a homeowner means wearing a lot of different hats. From inside to outside of the home, South Florida residents are tasked with the great responsibility of maintaining their homes to be in the best shape possible. One of the most common issues plaguing homeowners in our area comes in the form of leaking pipes. Unfortunately, leaky pipes can cause all kinds of water damage headaches if left undetected. Knowing how to check for leaks is essential for homeowners looking to maintain their home to the best of their ability.
Leaks in the home are often found in:
- Any other types of valves
From water damage to costly water bills, checking for leaks is extremely important for anyone who owns a home in South Florida. Understanding the easiest ways to regularly conduct leak checks will save you both time and money in the long run. The following are some simple tips for checking for leaks in your pipes:
- Take a look at your home’s water usage, as a general rule a family of four should not use more than 400-500 gallons of water daily
- Drop a bit of food coloring in your toilet tank and check to see if the color appears in the bowl after 10 minutes
- Inspect your older faucet washers and gaskets to look for leaks
- Check around the pipes for any visible water
Even the smallest of leaks can cause your water bill to spike as well as a wide range of potential water damage issues throughout the home. If you believe that your home may have leaky pipes, it is important to check it out right away. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help with any and all of your water damage problems. Contact us today to learn more!
Dangers of Smoke Inhalation
If your home has suffered from fire damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County can help. Our fire and smoke damage restoration team is here for you!
Home fires are one of the most frightening things that a family can experience. As a homeowner in South Florida, it is important to think about the potential for a home fire and what you and your family would do in that emergency situation. Does your family have an evacuation plan? If not, it’s time to start thinking about a fire escape plan. Far too many people underestimate the dangers associated with home fires, especially small home fires.
If a small fire occurs in your home, you may be tempted to run back inside to grab important personal items. While this may seem harmless, the reality is that smoke inhalation is extremely dangerous. So, even if the fire is small and contained, running back into the area where smoke is present can be a major risk to your health. A gas and fine particle mixture is what makes up smoke, and these elements can be a big health threat.
Some people are more susceptible to health issues related to smoke inhalation and should be extra careful to avoid exposure. For instance, older adults, children, pregnant women, and anyone with preexisting heart or respiratory conditions are more likely to get sick. Some of the immediate effects of smoke inhalation include:
- Runny nose
- Issues breathing normally
- Rapid heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Stinging eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Sinus issues
- Asthma attack
If your home has suffered from fire damage of any size, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County can help. Our fire and smoke damage restoration team will get to work quickly in restoring your home to its previous condition. From smoke to soot to fire, this type of damage should be addressed immediately to reduce property damage. Contact us today to learn more!