Fall Rain in South Florida
On behalf of SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we would like to wish all of you a wonderful fall season!
When people think of the fall season and South Florida, they typically think of the picture perfect weather. As the temperatures drops a little bit and the humidity levels off, being outside in the Sunshine State during fall is simply the best. Under normal circumstances, now is the time that northerners flocks to South Florida to enjoy this weather. While the pandemic has certainly shifted many people’s plans, Floridians will still get to enjoy the beauty that is fall in the Sunshine State.
Luckily, rain in South Florida during the fall season is relatively light. Coming off of a summer season that is filled with heavy rainstorms, tropical storms, and even hurricanes, the reprieve that comes with fall is welcomed by every homeowner and business owner. So, what can you do to take advantage of the beautiful South Florida weather in the fall? We’ve come up with a “no storm” celebration list below:
- Have a picnic with family
- Host an outdoor event for your business
- Enjoy a morning walk on the beach
- Close down your business a little early and host a work cookout for your staff
- Drive to a new neighborhood and go for a walk to see a change of scenery
- Move some of your store merchandise outside to encourage new business foot traffic
- Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner outside in your back patio
- Conduct your weekly staff meetings outside
The above ideas are some examples of how you can take advantage of the barely rainy season in South Florida. Whether you use that time to enjoy the outdoors with your family, within your employees, or both, it is important to revel in the fall season. On behalf of SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we would like to wish all of you a wonderful fall season!
Mold Growing in Your Shower
Preventing the growth of mold is the best method, as it saves money and potential health effects.
If you are a homeowner in South Florida, dealing with mold growth in your bathroom is nothing new. With so much moisture in one small room, mold and mildew are nearly inevitable at one point or another. Mold can form virtually anywhere in a bathroom – from down in the tile all the way to the ceiling. Some of the most common areas for mold growth include:
The dark, damp, and humid components of a typical bathroom make it the ideal location for mildew and mold to grow and thrive. In addition, bathrooms without proper ventilation are hubs for mold to flourish, as the moisture lingers and thus creates an ideal location for mildew to sprout. Bathroom rugs and carpets are also hotspots for mold to develop.
Shower mold growth is particularly common. If left untreated, it can develop into a costly issue for both your wallet and your health. Prevention is the key to stopping mold growth in your shower. Keep the following tips in mind for keeping your bathroom in top shape:
- Wash bathroom rugs regularly
- Use a mold-resistant shower curtain
- Use the ventilation fan in the bathroom anytime the bath or shower is in use, as well as 30 minutes after bath/shower is finished
- Try to keep the humidity level below 50 percent
- Address any leaks right away
- Squeegee your shower walls right after you shower
- Store your shower items like shampoo, soap, etc. outside of the shower
- Use all-purpose cleaner weekly
- Wipe all wet areas dry
- Use glass cleaner for the bathroom mirrors and windows
The above tips will make a big difference in helping to keep your bathroom mold-free. Preventing the growth of mold is the best method, as it saves money and potential health effects. If you do notice mold in your bathroom, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you. Our mold remediation damage experts are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more!
5 Unexpected Home Fire Starters
There are a number of surprising causes that people do not think of as fire hazards.
Home fires are an extremely frightening to think about and something that many homeowners assume will never happen to them. While a home fire may seem like a rarity, there are approximately 4,000 deaths each year due to home fires in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association states that a new home fire is reported in the United States every minute and a half. So, while it may seem like an infrequent occurrence, home fires are in fact prevalent and dangerous across the country.
Fire damage is quick to occur and often impacts large areas of a home. As such, working to prevent a home fire from happening in the first place is critical for all homeowners. First and foremost, every family should have a fire emergency plan. From escape routes to checking on family members to grabbing particular must-have possessions, this plan should be thorough, understood, and reviewed regularly by the entire family. Next, it is important to determine some of the most common causes of home fires.
When people think of home fires then often associated them with dryers, candles, and smoking. However, there are a number of surprising causes that people do not think of as fire hazards. The following are some of the most unexpected home fire starters:
- Circuit Breakers: Old or faulty wiring in a circuit breaker can catch fire more easily than many think.
- Dishwashers: The heating and motor components in a dishwasher can cause a fire, even though there is plenty of water present.
- Jars: when the sun reflects off of a glass jar a fire can start, as such is it is critical to avoid keeping flammable liquids in a glass jar.
- Smoke Detectors: what surprises many, smoke detectors themselves can catch on fire due to a malfunction.
- Old Appliances: wiring in outdated appliances has a tendency to become faulty and can thus present a fire hazard.
The above causes of home fires makes it clear that it is up to the homeowner to not only act responsibly in keeping hazardous materials in check, but they also must make sure to regularly check appliances throughout the home for functionality. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are fire damage experts. Contact us today to learn more!
Protecting Your Laundry Room from Water Damage
Staying on top of maintenance of your washing machine will play a huge role in reducing the chances of a laundry room fiasco.
Few appliances in the home carry bigger quantities of water than a washing machine. When people think of water damage in their homes, they often think of the kitchen and the bathroom. However, the laundry room is one of the most vulnerable rooms in the home when it comes to the potential for costly water damage. There are generally two ways in which a washing machine causes water damage: 1) a slow, yet steady drip that takes place over time and 2) a broken water supply line that causes a massive amount of damage all at once.
Due to the fact that water damage in the laundry room can be extremely expensive and happen unexpectedly, prevention is typically the best course of action for a homeowner. In many cases, when water damage is identified in the laundry room it is too late, the damage has been done and it is time to call in professionals to clean up and restore the area. With this in mind, taking steps to prevent laundry room water damage is essential.
The following are some quick tips for protecting your laundry room from water damage:
- Regularly clean your washing machine filter
- Get in the routine of checking your washing machine lines monthly
- Install a water tray underneath your washing machine if it did not come with one
- Do not leave a load in the washing machine unattended
- Consider turning off the water when the machine is not in use
- Purchase an automatic water shutoff valve
No one wants to be in the midst of a laundry room water disaster. Staying on top of maintenance of your washing machine will play a huge role in reducing the chances of a laundry room fiasco. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are water damage repair and restoration experts. With more than 3 decades of experience, our water damage team has seen it all. If your home has suffered from water damage, we are here to help. Call us today to learn more.
Business Tips for Engaging with Locals
While many businesses are struggling to bring in sizable sales numbers right now, the ones who are surviving are those who are able to innovate during
South Florida has a wonderful and thriving local business sector. It is the small businesses in our community that create the wonderful relationships and camaraderie that we have come to depend on. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are so proud to be amongst small businesses in our little South Florida family. We always aim to give back to them as much as we can and reinforce the fact that even though times may be tough, we are all in this together.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made things really tough for a lot of business throughout South Florida. During this time it has been essential that business owners get creative to keep current customers engaged and prospective customers interested. Engaging with locals is all about finding common ground, offering great incentives, and following up.
The following are some helpful tips for businesses looking to engage with their local community:
- Offer a deal for repeat purchases – customers love to be rewarded and offering incentives for frequenting your store is a great tactic
- Create a referral program to encourage current customers to bring in new prospects
- Team up with another local business and host an event
- Get active on social media and try to reply to comments (from praise to complaints)
- Sponsor a charity that you are passionate about
- Throw a customer appreciation party
While many businesses are struggling to bring in sizable sales numbers right now, the ones who are surviving are those who are able to innovate during these unprecedented times. From local events to social media activity, even the smallest bit of effort can go a long way in engaging your local community and, in turn, driving sales. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are honored to work amongst the South Florida local businesses who play such an important role in keeping our community together.
10 Biggest Storms in History
When water temperatures and air pressure changes collide in a particular way there is no telling how extreme a storm may become.
Florida residents have become so accustomed to preparing for and surviving large storms that we often neglect to realize how dangerous they really can be. From hurricanes to cyclones to typhoons, history has proven that massive storms have the potential to be quite deadly. People are typically very fascinated by large, extreme storms. Countless movies have been made, both fictional and non-fictional, recounting dangerous storms that wreaked havoc on areas throughout the world.
We are more familiar with dangerous hurricanes that strikes places like Florida and Louisiana, but across the globe places like the Philippines, Japan, Bangladesh, and India have experienced some of history’s most dangerous and deadly storms. When a storm forms over the eastern Pacific or Atlantic Ocean is it called a hurricane. Whereas the rest of those storms are referred to as typhoons.
When water temperatures and air pressure changes collide in a particular way there is no telling how extreme a storm may become. As such, it is imperative that any and all storm warnings are taken seriously. In no particular order, the following are some of the biggest storms in history:
- Hugli River Cyclone in India
- Super Typhoon Nina in Hualien, China
- The Great Hurricane in Barbados
- Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
- The Great Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh
- Haiphong Typhoon in the Gulf of Tonkin
- Hong Kong Rainstorm Disasters in Hong Kong
- Hurricane Liza in Mexico
- Kavali Cyclone in Thailand
- Vargas Tragedy in Venezuela
The above storms took tens of thousands of lives. While no one can truly predict the severity of any storm, being prepared is absolutely critical. Too many people underestimate an incoming storm and then are forced to scramble at the last second. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our team of storm damage specialists has seen it all and restored it all. If you have experienced water damage due to a large storm, we are here for you. Call us today to learn more!
The Fight Against COVID-19 Continues
Using proactive viral pathogen cleaning, SERVPRO is able to ensure that homes and places of business are extremely clean.
The 2020 year has gone by extremely slowly for most of us. A pandemic has a unique ability to slow time and thus make days feel like months and months feel like years. As a result, many people are experiencing pandemic fatigue. The dangers of pandemic fatigue are that South Florida residents can fall into the trap of thinking things are back to “normal”.
The reality, on the other hand, is that precautions must still be taken at each step of the way. The coronavirus has shifted the way the general population thinks about everything and has shifted the manner in which everyone will continue to go about their everyday life. SERVPRO understands how important sanitation and cleanliness is now, more than ever.
Whether you are protecting your home and your loved ones or your place of business and your employees, it is imperative to take proper steps to keep things sanitary and clean. Simply washing hands often and wearing masks is not enough, you must ensure that surfaces and floors are extremely clean and free from bacteria.
In that spirit, SERVPRO launched a professional COVID cleaning service called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This special service is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, we have launched a higher standard of clean. Using proactive viral pathogen cleaning, SERVPRO is able to ensure that homes and places of business are extremely clean.
We take pride in playing a role in keeping the South Florida community clean and safe for all of our members. Whether you own a business or just want to protect your home, the SERVPRO professionals are here for you. Call us today to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program.
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.