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.
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!