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
9 Tips to Prevent a Home Fire
Preventing a home fire means taking proactive measures to ensure that your home and your family are as safe as possible.
Estimates show that about 2,500 deaths occur each year due to home fires throughout the United States. While that may seem like a small number compared to other disasters, the reality is that almost all home fires are preventable. South Florida homeowners know that house fires do not happen every day. When something occurs so infrequently, it can be easy to forget about the possibility of it happening in the first place. This type of thinking is what lays the foundation for a potential fire.
With this in mind, we found that it is particularly important to think about the possibility of a home fire. In doing so, you are preparing your mind and significantly increasing your chances of avoiding one from happening. Keep the following tips in mind to prevent a home fire:
- Test your smoke alarms every month
- Change batteries in your smoke alarm as needed, do not delay
- Keep your oven and stove clean
- Keep an eye on the functioning of kitchen appliances and the dryer
- Make sure that your mattress has flame-retardant chemicals inside
- Check chords around your house and make sure there are no frayed ends
- Be extra cautious with candles, never leave the house with an open flame
- Store all flammable products properly
- Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible and check for functionality
Preventing a home fire means taking proactive measures to ensure that your home and your family are as safe as possible. While everyone fears the worst, the above tips will prove to be instrumental in avoiding a fire from starting in your house. However, if the unthinkable happens we are here for you. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has decades of experience in home fire damage restoration. Call us today to learn more!
Causes of a Sewer Backup in Your Home
Far too many people notice an issue in the sewer lines when it is too late, leading to costly repairs and a smelly problem.
A sewer backup is one of the biggest headaches for a homeowner. Not only can a sewer backup be costly, but it also presents a dangerous health threat to you and your family. Untreated sewage create a situation for viruses, parasites, and bacteria to grow and these illness-causing organisms threaten the health of everyone living in the home.
A sewer backup happens when there is a blockage or some kind of damage that does not allow wastewater to drain properly away from your home. More often than not, this occurs in the main sewer line connecting your home to the municipal sanitary sewers. However, it could also occur in a different manner. Understanding what causes a sewer backup is critical to being able to prevent it from happening in the first place.
The following are the most common causes of a sewer backup in your home:
- A clog in the sewer line
- Broken or cracked pipes
- Leaky pipes combined with heavy rains
- Sewer system is installed poorly
- Never residential communities that have inefficient sewer volume
- Badly designed sewer system
- Putting things down the drain that do not belong there
- The growth of tree roots into sewer piping
- Connecting downspouts or gutters to the sewer
- Neglecting to inspect sewer lines when signs arise of a problem
No matter where you live in South Florida, keeping your sewer lines clear is essential to the function and overall safety of your home. Far too many people notice an issue in the sewer lines when it is too late, leading to costly repairs and a smelly problem. Keep the above causes in mind to avoid a sewer backup in your home. As always, if your home has endured any type of water damage and you are looking for reputable, professional help – call 561-881-8784 for SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County.
Minimizing COVID-19 Risk at Your Office
Is your office prepared to hit the ground running when business opens up again?
As the world works to navigate this new way of living in the age of coronavirus, business owners in South Florida are scrambling to ensure that their business and their employees are healthy and safe. For essential businesses, that means protecting their space and workforce while they are still working. For non-essential businesses, that means preparing now to open doors as soon as Palm Beach County is allowed to do so.
COVID-19 has left all of us in a state of shock. From keeping our families safe to worrying about covering bills and living a normal life again, it can be easy to get down in the dumps about all of this. However, it is important to keep a positive attitude and do everything in your power to prepare for when business starts back up again. Minimizing your risk now is a critical aspect of getting things going once things are back to normal. Business owners must be vigilant during this time.
The following are some important tips to minimizing COVID-19 risk at your office:
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes in the crease of your elbow
- Regularly disinfect any areas that deemed as “high touch” – like light switches, handrails, and doorknobs
- Adjust your air conditioning unit and open windows to increase ventilation
- Stop shaking hands as a greeting
- Disinfect surfaces like desks, telephones, and keywords
- Utilize videoconferencing instead of in-person meetings
- Make sure that employees stay home if they are feeling sick
The CDC has advised upon the use of labeled hospital-grade disinfectant. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we carry multiple products that have the EPA-approved emerging pathogens that fight things similar to the coronavirus. Is your office prepared to hit the ground running when business opens up again? Call us today to get a quote for our specialized cleaning services.
Preparing for Florida’s 2020 Hurricane Season
If you have any questions about storm preparation or have any storm damage that you would like to address, we are here for you.
Thinking about Florida’s 2020 hurricane season may be the last thing on your mind right now, and understandably so. Dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 has been a perpetual battle for all of us. Homeowners in South Florida are stuck inside and many are wondering what to do with all of their newfound free time. Well, this might be the perfect time to start thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming hurricane season.
In Florida, the hurricane season will officially begin on June 1st and will end on November 30th. These seasonal forecasts are important to pay attention to, as the exact dates tend to vary slightly from year to year. Whether or not we have a bad hurricane season this year, it is important to prepare. Plus, the next few months almost guarantee heavy rainfall. The following are some important tips to keep in mind to prepare your home for the rainfall coming in Florida’s 2020 hurricane season:
- Check your home for leaks, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms
- Make sure all gutters are clear
- Ensure that appliances and electrical equipment are stored in a water-free area
- Take note of your home’s drainage efficiency
- Get your roof inspected
- Be on the watch for mold growth
- Check air vents for any leakage
- Make sure all doors and windows are properly sealed
While coronavirus is on the forefront of our minds, it can be easy to lose track of time. However, hurricane season will be here before we know it, so the time to prepare is now. If you have any questions about storm preparation or have any storm damage that you would like to address, we are here for you. With decades of experience in storm damage repair, we are truly the South Florida experts. Please call SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more.
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
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.
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
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
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.
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'.
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Tips for Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus Disease
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:
- Respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs
- 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
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
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:
- Grease fires from oil spills on the stove top or grill
- Microwave firs from microwaving things like metal
- Keep flammable items near an open flame
- Walking away from the kitchen while frying food on the stove top
- Cooking at a temperature that is too high
- Keep a kitchen hand towel too close to an oven or stove top
- Appliance malfunction
- Loose clothes catching fire
- 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.