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Getting Your Home Ready for a South Florida Storm
Because hurricane season can last up to half the year, it is crucial to be prepared year-round.
While hurricane season in South Florida can be scary and unpredictable, there are things you can do as a homeowner to ensure your house is as safe as possible in preparation for a storm. Hurricane season usually lasts from the beginning of June until the end of November, with September usually being the peak month for storms. Because hurricane season can last up to half the year, it is crucial to be prepared year-round. Here are 5 tips to make sure your home is ready for a hurricane season in South Florida.
1. Know Your Insurance Policy
Knowing what protections are already intact for your home is a vital step of the process. Often time, insurance policies cover some hurricane damage, but flood insurance is not included. If you are in a high-risk area for flooding, look into purchasing flood insurance to ensure your home is protected no matter what the damage. Also, it is important to review your home insurance policies at least once a year to make sure you’re up to date.
2. Keep Your Roof Well Maintained
The smallest gap or crack in your roof can make a world of difference when it comes to the high-speed wind and rains of a hurricane. If wind is able to get beneath your roof, there is a high probability your roof will lift up and even detach from the house. While the winds of a category 5 hurricane may lift the roof no matter how well it is maintained, a well taken care of roof will be able to hold up against lower category storms.
Also, if winds aren’t strong enough to remove the roof, any cracks or gaps can lead to severe water damage. If water gets inside the walls of your home, it can lead mold and/or mildew that can cause health effects and ruin your home.
3. Track and Take Care of Your Possessions
It is a smart idea to keep an inventory list of the items in your house. There are many free apps that can be used to track all the important items in your home. If anything is damaged, having an itemized list and pictures are valuable when filing an insurance claim and ensures for fair compensation.
Also, it is vital that any outdoor or patio furniture is stored in a safe place inside. While it is very likely these items get ruined outside, there is also a high probability that these items can go flying, leading to more potential damage. If the item is too heavy to move, make sure it is very securely anchored to the ground.
4. Check All Drains and Gutters
In order to avoid excess flooding or water back up, it is important to clear all storm drains and remove any debris. Additionally, ensure that all of your gutters are securely in placed and clear of any debris to prevent any clogging or further water damage.
5. Home Preparation is Important, But Prioritize You and Your Loved Ones
As scary as it is to think about, material objects can be replaced while lives cannot. Evacuation orders are in place for a reason, and if there is an evacuation in your area it is important to follow all protocol. Have an emergency kit prepared with food, water, and, batteries, and supplies to care of you and your loved ones in any situation.
As always, if your home or commercial property have suffered storm damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Contact our storm damage team today to learn more.
Recognizing Mold Problems in Your House
The ability to identify these mildew issues early is imperative to avoiding costly repairs and potential health risks.
South Florida is a prime spot for mold to thrive. With humid climates and a lot of moisture, mildew loves to find its way into residential and commercial properties throughout the region. As we prepare to go into rainy season, South Florida homeowners must be aware of some of the most common signs of mold growth in their homes. The ability to identify these mildew issues early is imperative to avoiding costly repairs and potential health risks.
Generally speaking, kitchens and bathrooms are the most common culprits for mold growth. These areas of the home are known for dampness, moisture, and even humidity due to hot temperatures when cooking and taking a shower or bath. As such, these areas should be given extra attention when looking out for indications of mold.
The following are some of the most common signs of mold growth in your home:
- Mold growing under the carpet or rug
- Bubbling paint on the walls
- Attic insulation begins to lump
- Washing machine leaks or sink leaks
- Broken exhaust fan in the bathroom
- Funky odor in the home
- Asthma becomes bothersome when inside of the house
- Water damage is not treated right away
- Mold becomes visible on the ceilings or walls
- Eyes water or feel a sting when inside of the home
While the kitchen and bathroom is the most frequently seen area with mold growth, the garage and the laundry room are also common culprits. Being aware of the problems spots as well as the signs linked to mildew growth will go a long way in preventing problems in your home. As always, if you do recognize mold growth in your home we are here for you. Be sure to contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County right way if you see any signs of mold in your home.
What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms
Many people have no idea when they last replaced their smoke alarms or even whether or not they were installed properly.
Home fires are something that every person tries to avoid. While many people think that it is something that would never happen to them, the truth is that home fires occur much more often than people realize. Prevention is of course the most ideal aspect of home fire safety. Smoke alarms are a home’s most loyal ally when it comes to fire safety prevention efforts. According to research, the people inside of a home have less than 2 minutes to evacuate the household safely once the smoke alarm sounds off. This means that a specific fire safety plan is absolutely critical for every single family.
There are a few major points that a homeowner must realize when it comes to fire safety and smoke alarms. Some tips may seem obvious, but it would surprise you to know that many homeowners are completely unaware of some of the most basic smoke alarm safety tips. Keep the following things in mind to ensure your family and home are prepared:
- Replace the smoke alarms throughout the home every 10 years
- Test your smoke alarms once a month
- Replace your smoke alarm batteries once a year (with a 9-volt battery)
- Create a fire safety plan with your family and go over it once a year
- Once the smoke alarm sounds, everyone should know to exit immediately
- Smoke alarms are interconnected, so when one goes off all of them should start to ring
- Hesitation upon hearing the smoke alarm is often the key cause of injury and death in a home fire
Many people have no idea when they last replaced their smoke alarms or even whether or not they were installed properly. From replacing batteries to consistently checking functionality, it is imperative to be proactive when it comes to your home’s smoke alarms. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are fire damage experts. Contact us today to learn more.
Kitchen Water Damage Prevention Tips
Preventing water damage in your kitchen is all about taking proactive measures to alleviate the likelihood of leaks, malfunctions, and poor luck.
Homeowners in South Florida are all too familiar with the threat of water damage. From relentless rainstorms to hurricanes, adverse weather and outside factors are often the culprit of water damage in your home. While it is easy to blame external factors, there is something to be said about potential threats that are currently inside of the home. The kitchen is one of the most susceptible area of the home when it comes to water damage, in addition to the laundry room and bathroom.
Detecting water damage in the kitchen can be a challenge. What often starts as a small leak can quickly become a costly problem if not identified early. From visible damage to funky smells, being alert is critical to recognizing water quickly and taking action to mitigate its damage. Since there is moisture all over the kitchen, spotting a water damage issue can be tough. The most common problems areas for kitchen water damage include:
Since refrigerators are hardly ever moved, spotting water damage is difficult. As such, it is important to occasionally check to see if there is any water behind the fridge. Sinks are especially susceptible to water damage, so be sure to check for pooling water underneath. Dishwashers can malfunction in a number of ways, thus causing water damage. Be sure to check the base of the dishwasher regularly and be on the lookout for an excess water. Finally, countertops, particularly near the sink, are vulnerable to water damage issues. So, make sure that you check the grouting occasionally to confirm that the countertop is intact properly.
Preventing water damage in your kitchen is all about taking proactive measures to alleviate the likelihood of leaks, malfunctions, and poor luck. Kitchen repairs are typically costly and a real headache to deal with, so making sure to prevent the damage from arising in the first place is key. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our kitchen water damage experts have years of experience in handling issues both large and small. Call us today to learn more!
Keeping Your Restaurant Safe for Customers and Staff
From water issues to fire issues, setting clear safety standards and then communicating them to all is absolutely imperative.
Being a restaurant owner is a tough job. From the constant hustle of customers coming in and out to ensuring that the food is fresh and delicious to keeping the restaurant staff motivated and friendly, it can be a daunting, never-ending job. South Florida has a rich tradition of opening forward-thinking culinary masterpieces throughout the region. With a booming tourism sector, it is important that restaurant do their best to compete and stay in business.
When a restaurant owner thinks about their day to day tasks, the list is seemingly endless. Worrying about financials and operations can seem like a thankless job, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Owning a commercial property means thinking about safety at all times, particularly in the restaurant industry. From protecting staff to protecting customers, safety measures must be in place when there are a varying number of risks linked to running a restaurant.
From wet floors to cooking equipment, restauranteurs must take an active role in establishing safety standards that are well communicated. The following are some of the most important safety measures to keep in mind as a restaurant owner:
- Regular inspections on all appliances
- Fire safety training for all staff members
- Food safety procedures clearly identified and communicated to all employees
- First aid kit readily available and fully stocked
- Multiple fire extinguishers throughout the restaurant
- Clearly communicate hygiene and sanitation standards
- Electrical appliances must be kept away from any wet areas
- Standardized action plan for any type of spill to prevent a slip and fall accident
- Staff must be properly dressed in appropriate aprons and gloves
Being a restaurant owner can be an extremely rewarding and exciting job. Unfortunately, without safety measures in place, the possible liability is enormous. From water issues to fire issues, setting clear safety standards and then communicating them to all is absolutely imperative. If your restaurant has sustained any fire damage or water damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here for you. Call us today!
Preparing for Spring Showers Now
Preparing your home or business for spring showers means taking specific steps to protecting both the interior and exterior of the building.
South Floridians have been able to enjoy a few scattered days of cool weather. While it is great fun to dig up sweaters and boots for a few days, the locals know that this type of weather is few and far between. If luck would have it, we can probably count on one or two more stretches of cool weather and then before we know it springtime will be here.
For northern regions, the spring season usually means the cold weather is winding down and beautiful days are ahead. In Florida, however, most people understand that the spring season means rain, and a lot of it. The term “spring showers” came to be because of how frequently it rains in March and April. While there are certainly some benefits to that type of weather, like beautiful blooming flowers, there are also some drawbacks.
Preparing your home or business for spring showers means taking specific steps to protecting both the interior and exterior of the building. As the weather gets damper and damper, there will be more and more challenges that come with being a homeowner. As such, keep these tips in mind as you prepare for spring showers:
- Inspect your roof and be sure to check for things like loose tiles, broken shingles, or any gaps or dents
- Take a look at all of your windows and doors to make sure that they are properly sealed
- Check all of the downspouts and gutters throughout the home’s exterior – make sure that they are fully cleared
- Assess the foliage around your home and make sure there are no hazards
- Take a look at your insurance plan and consider purchasing flood insurance
Water damage is a big headache for a homeowner or a business owner. Luckily, taking precautions beforehand can play a big role in preventing water damage from occurring, and thus, saving a lot of money. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are water damage experts. As you prepare for the spring season, please keep us in mind if you should experience any water damage in your home or business.
Focusing on Customer Service First
Our customers grow to expect a certain level of professionalism, care, and service, and we are committed to exceeding that expectation.
For over 33 years SERPVRO of North Palm Beach County has been a staple in our community. From servicing our community in times of need during water damage, fire damage, or any other type of emergency to volunteering our time to better North Palm Beach County as a whole, we take pride in what we do each and every day. Since we have been doing this for so many years, we have come to learn just what it takes to be successful in business.
While many think that the most successful businesses have the best ideas or products, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County knows that it all comes down to customer service. We treat every single customer as if they were a family member. When our phone rings, the person on the other end of the phone is often in distress. Maybe there as a washing machine leak or a pipe burst or, even worse, a fire. In these times, hearing a compassionate, experienced, and highly trained professional on the other end is critical.
Our technicians and staff all value customer service as our priority. What does that mean to us? It means abiding by a number of principles that set us apart from the competition. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County holds dear the following principles:
- We are patient
- We are great listeners
- We are understanding and kind
- We are attentive to the specific needs of each customer
- We are constantly seeking to learn new information and skills to better our services
- We maintain a deep knowledge of the equipment that we use
- We stay focused on finishing jobs quickly, efficiently, and effectively
- We communicate clearly with each other and our customers
- We value all customer feedback, good and bad
- We work diligently to get the job done right every single time
By focusing on the above principles, we ensure that our team is working as a cohesive unit. Our customers grow to expect a certain level of professionalism, care, and service, and we are committed to exceeding that expectation. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, you can count on us to provide unmatched customer service as the most dedicated damage restoration company in South Florida.
Cooking Safety Tips for the Holidays
This year, keep the following cooking safety tips in mind to avoid fire damage.
The holiday season is a time when everyone is in the kitchen. Gathering around the table to enjoy a special feast that you and your family prepared is truly priceless. Warm plates and warm hearts are truly what the holidays are all about. Even if you are only able to celebrate with a small group of family members this year, taking some time to stop and appreciate all that you have is so important. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we cherish the holiday season and the connection that we have built with our community.
While the holidays and meals go hand-in-hand, thinking through holiday cooking safety tips is something that many people overlook. Unfortunately, cooking accidents happens all too often this time of year. This year, keep the following cooking safety tips in mind to avoid fire damage:
- Never leave the stove on if the kitchen is unattended
- Keep a fire extinguisher somewhere near the kitchen area
- If frying, boiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen
- Make sure that the stovetop is clear of things like oven mitts, towels, food packaging, and wooden utensils
- Hot grease should be disposed of in a garbage can
- Use timers as much as you possibly can
- When simmering, baking, or roasting foods be sure to check on them regularly
- If an oven fire occurs, turn off of the heat and leave the door closed
- If a small fire occurs on the stove top, smother the flames with a lid and turn off the burner
- If you have any doubt about your ability to stop a small fire in your kitchen, immediately exit your home and call 911
From turkeys to ham and from casseroles to delicious desserts, everyone is sure to indulge this holiday season. Keep fire safety tips in mind while you cook with your family this week. And remember, if you have suffered from any fire damage we are here to help!
Avoiding Water Damage Due to Leaky Pipes
Having a basic understanding of how to check for leaks is extremely important for homeowners.
Water damage is something that many South Florida homeowners will have to deal with at one time or another. With heavy rainstorms and hurricane threats, water often finds its way into homes both large and small. While this is expected to some degree, few South Florida homeowners think about the other ways in which water damage may occur. One of the most common issues a homeowner can face is damage from leaking pipes. When undetected, leaky pipes can cause a lot of costly damage to a home.
Having a basic understanding of how to check for leaks is extremely important for homeowners. The most common places where leaks are found in a home are:
- Any types of valves throughout the home
Sometimes it is possible to notice a leaking pipe right away. For instance, if water is pooling in your bathroom around the toilet. However, there are many instances where leak detection is far more difficult, especially is the homeowner is unsure of what to look out for. The following are some of the most important tips to keep in mind while checking for leaks in the pipes in your home:
- Take a look at any older faucet gaskets and washers and inspect carefully for leaks
- Go over your water bill to determine the home’s water usage- for reference, no more than 400-500 gallons of water should be used each day for a family of four
- Get into the habit of regularly checking around the pipes in your home to ensure that there is no visible water
- Test your toilet by dropping some food coloring into the toilet tank and then inspecting after 10 minutes to see if any color is present in the bowl
Conducting regular leak checks can save a homeowner a ton of money and grief. All too often, a leak is discovered after a lot of water damage has occurred. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in water damage repair and restoration. Contact us today and our team will take care of you immediately.
The Importance of Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning is one of the features of keeping an office clean that has gotten more attention recently.
The pandemic has forced business owners to re-evaluate nearly every aspect of business. From how they run their company to how they interact with their clients and prospects, companies both large and small have been driven to make changes internally and externally to stay afloat. While some of the changes may be strategic, like adjusting lead generation tactics, others may be more practical.
Keeping the workplace clean is one of the biggest shifts in businesses across the world. While everyone has always strived to keep a clean workplace, the standards of clean in the COVID era have changed dramatically. Commercial carpet cleaning is one of the features of keeping an office clean that has gotten more attention recently.
Failing to regularly get your commercial carpets cleaned can negatively impact your company’s bottom line in a number of ways. Both staff and customers will look poorly upon dirty carpets, giving off a bad first impression. In addition, dirty carpets hold a wide range of bacteria that can make the workplace unsafe. Maintaining a clean and healthy working environment is critical to keep staff safe and encouraged to work to the best of their ability.
Things like dust, dirt, and even skin flakes quickly accumulate on a carpet, making the appearance suffer as well as creating a dirty working environment. Carpets are by and far the most common type of flooring found in commercial spaces across the country. As such, maintenance and care is critical. Plus, regular commercial carpet cleaning will extend the life of the carpet and thus save the owner money.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are specialists in commercial carpet cleaning. With over 30 years of experience, our commercial carpet cleaners are experts in their field and highly trained to do a premium job. Contact us today to learn more!
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.
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!
Detecting Water Damage on Your Roof
The best way to handle roof repair is to be proactive and the first step is identifying an issue early.
Roof repairs are something that every homeowner dreads. In South Florida, hurricane and heavy rainstorms make for a lot of wear and tear on the roof. While certain aspects of roof damage can be put on the backburner, Florida seems to highlight the issues quicker than other locations in the country. No matter where you live, however, detecting water damage on your roof as early as possible is critical to keeping costs low and keeping damage to a minimum.
Unfortunately, unaddressed water damage on the roof can lead to damage elsewhere in and out of the home. For instance, a leaky roof may begin to show itself in the form of damp interior ceilings, mold growth, or even issues in the home’s foundation. The best way to handle roof repair is to be proactive and the first step is identifying an issue early.
The following are some of the most common signs that water damage may be present on your roof:
- Flooring in the home has a changed texture
- Mold growth in the shape of rings
- Unpleasant odor is coming from the walls
- The ceiling appears to have discoloration
- Water is building up in a specific area of the home
As a homeowner, it is imperative to look out for the above signs in your home. Be sure to do spot checks regularly, especially in the areas of the home that receive less foot traffic. Places like guest rooms and attics are often ignored for months on end and if water damage has occurred the additional damages will keep piling on.
When any of the above signs of water damage on the roof are recognized it is important to take action immediately. The first step is to address the leaking water, next it is important to confirm that the leak is in fact coming from the roof. Once these two items are addressed you need to contact a roof repair company to assess the issue. Finally, you need to seek the expertise of a water damage restoration specialist to take care of the damage caused by the leak.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over 30 years of experience in water damage repair and restoration. Contact our team today to learn more about your options.
Marketing Tips for Local Business Owners
Are you ready to go out there and support local businesses?
Being a local business owner is tough. Without the backing of a large corporation, South Florida business owners are left with the constant hustle and grind of keeping current customers happy and attracting new business. In light of coronavirus heavily impacting local businesses throughout Palm Beach County, it is more important than ever to support local businesses when you can. From shopping at a small grocery store to frequently a family-owned restaurant, we can all play a role in keeping small, local businesses thriving.
As our lives return to “normal” and quarantining slowly subsides, we encourage everyone to visit a local business of their choosing. In doing so, we will all play a role in keeping our local economy flourishing and, more importantly, we will have an opportunity to connect as a community. If you are a local business owner struggling to keep your doors open, take a moment to read the following marketing tips:
- Network with other local businesses and consider throwing a joint event
- Make sure that your local listings are optimized and accurate
- Be active on social media
- Run a promotion that specifically targets locals in your neighborhood
- Encourage customers to write online reviews
- Make sure your website is up-to-date and consistently monitored
- Launch an email marketing campaign
- Offer incentives for repeat purchases
Are you ready to go out there and support local businesses? SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is proud to serve our community as a local business. We work with local businesses throughout Palm Beach County as much as possible in our effort to keep our local economy prosperous.
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.
How To Keep Your Store Safe for Customers & Employees
No matter what type of store you own, focusing on safety is essential.
Being a store owner is a tough job. There is a lot on your plate on a daily basis – from ensuring that your employees are happy and working hard to ensuring that your customers are having a great shopping experience and will become repeat customers. Whether you run a restaurant, hotel, large office, or even a mom and pop shop, keeping your commercial property free of hazards and safe for all is imperative to running a successful business.
It is easy to get so caught up in day-to-day tasks that you forget to address one of the most critical aspects of owning a store: keeping it safe. From security precautions to making certain that the premise is free from hazards, safety is a key issue for any business owner. The following are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to store safety:
- Clean up any spill immediately and put up signs to indicate wet floors
- Keep your storefront and interior well lit
- Make sure that employees know how to handle potentially hazardous situations
- If serving food, train staff about food and fire safety procedures
- Keep a first aid kit fully stocked
- Put up signs by any stairs or change in elevation
- Be vigilant about any suspicious activity
- Make sure all employees are trained on proper store closing procedures
No matter what type of store you own, focusing on safety is essential. Far too many store owners neglect to regularly assess the safety of their property until it is too late. Get into the habit of reviewing your safety rules and regulations on a regular basis to ensure that it is up-to-date and relevant. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we specialize in commercial property restoration. If you are a store owner and your store has endured any type of water damage, fire damage, or mold damage, contact us today to learn more about your options.
The Benefits of Working with a Local Business
No matter where you live, it is always nice to support the businesses in your community.
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County may be a franchise of large corporation, but we are truly a local business and staple in our community. We have had the same name and the same owners for the past 30 years. In fact, we are the only restoration company in Palm Beach County who can make that claim. So, what is it about being a local business? Why are people so inclined to spend their money with the locals?
There are a lot of advantages linked to working with local businesses. The last several years terms like “buy local” and “locally sourced” have grown tremendously in popularity. People like to feel connected to one another and that includes businesses. When a community leans on each other and utilizes each other for their day-to-day needs, everyone wins. As such, people are inclined to work with local businesses by nature.
The following are some of the most notable benefits of working with a local business:
- Lower costs: as local companies are typically less expensive than their corporate competitors
- Higher quality: community members care about taking care of one another
- A chance to connect: walking into a local business means familiar faces and new friends ready to connect with
- In-person expertise: there is something special and valuable in speaking with a professional face-to-face as opposed to turning to Google for an answer
- Mutually beneficial: local businesses tend to send each other business, furthering the cycle of buying local
No matter where you live, it is always nice to support the businesses in your community. Seeing a friendly face at a store gives you the comfort of knowing that your money is being spent on something worthwhile. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are incredibly proud to be a part of our community. We shop local whenever possible and we love seeing our neighbors all over the county!
Making the Most of Florida Before Rainy Season
Make the most of this beautiful Florida weather before rainy season spoils your outdoor fun!
Florida’s rainy season is officially from May 15th through October 15th and anyone Florida resident knows that during this time of year rain can strike at any moment. In fact, approximately 70 percent of Florida’s annual rainfall comes within that 5 month range. Florida homeowners recognize that this is the time of year to take measures to protect their homes. Clearing the gutters and keeping the lawn tidy are two important steps to take.
While we know a lot about rainy season, we spend little time discussing the months between. April is the month that Florida historically receives the least amount of rain. So, this is the best month to get outside and enjoy the beautiful temperatures and clear skies. Plus, the ocean temperatures typically rise again during this time of year, making it a great time to visit Florida’s beaches.
Weather experts are predicting that Florida will see a slight variation from the norm this spring season. So, April and May will actually be hotter than normal, with rainfall below normal averages in the South Florida. With this in mind, we thought it would be nice to make a few recommendations as to things to do in this beautiful weather. The following are some great outdoor activity ideas for you and your family:
- Visit local parks
- Go on a hike along a new trail
- Do an impromptu beach day
- Enjoy a family walk
- Wake up early and catch the sunrise from the pier
- Spring for a boat day and some fishing
- Head to the Everglades for some canoeing
- Jump on your bicycles and head to the ice cream shop
Spring season tends to fly by and May 15th will be here before you know it. So, make the most of this beautiful Florida weather before rainy season spoils your outdoor fun. And remember, if your property has sustained any storm damage SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Call us today for a free consultation!
7 Interesting Water Damage Facts and Figures
No matter what the issue may stem from, addressing water damage immediately is critical to reducing potential damage and overall cost.
From storm damage to flooding and from leaking pipes to appliance disasters, water damage is something that every homeowner fears. While the damage done varies greatly on a case by case basis, any type of water damage in a home is cause for concern. Why? For starters, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs. When left untreated, this can lead to serious damage and costly repairs.
In addition to the threat of mold growth, water damage has the capacity to ignite a snowball effect of issues in the home. Being aware of some of the facts surrounding water damage is important so that homeowners can remain savvy and proactive in keeping their property in top condition. The following are some water damage facts and figures that we found interesting:
- A 1/8-inch pipe crack can results in 250 gallons of leaked water
- A homeowner spends an average of $1,100 to $4,500 for water damage repair or water damage restoration
- Carpet takes 1-2 days to dry following water damage
- ¾ of all water heaters fail within the first 12 years
- The most common cause of water loss comes from plumbing supply system problems
- Washing machine supply lines typically stop working within 9 years
- A typical household leak can release over 10,000 gallons of water annually
No matter what the issue may stem from, addressing water damage immediately is critical to reducing potential damage and overall cost. Far too many homeowners delay calling a water damage restoration company when a leak is detected. Unfortunately, even the slightest delay can greatly increase the chance of costly damage and mold growth.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are water damage repair and restoration experts. Our high-trained staff is on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies both big and small. Call us today to learn more!
Avoiding Home Property Damage in the New Year
January is a prime time to focus your efforts on keeping your home and property safe.
Property damage strikes a home for many different reasons and often at unexpected times. With the New Year just beginning, it is common to start making resolutions that will serve to improve yourself and those around you. But what about making resolutions for your home? A person’s home is where they spend the majority of their time and, for that reason, home improvement should be at the top of your list when it comes to bettering yourself this year.
January is a prime time to focus your efforts on keeping your home and property safe. While damage caused by water, fire, and mold is unavoidable at times, taking specific steps to keep things in tiptop shape will help tremendously.
Consider getting the following home improvement action items done this month:
- Go over your home emergency plan and make any necessary updates and adjustments
- Take stock of your home’s safety equipment, ensuring that items like flashlights, first-aid kits, and backup medicine and food are in good condition
- Find the water supply line in your house and be sure that you know how to turn it off in the event of an emergency
- Walk your home to check on all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors batteries
While these tasks may seem menial, they are extremely important to do. In addition to the above items, your January resolutions should focus on one home improvement that you have been meaning to accomplish. Whether that means getting the roof cleaned or redoing a bathroom, concentrating on one specific task will help to get it done.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County we are looking forward to a wonderful 2020 year! The New Year means new opportunities to serve our community and all of its water, fire, and mold damage needs. Contact our office today to speak with our residential and commercial restoration specialists.
What Happens In a Home Fire?
It’s easy to think that a fire would never happen in your home, but it can truly happen to anyone.
In a blink of an eye a small fire can transform into a full blown house fire. In fact, a small flame has the propensity to become a major fire in as little as 30 seconds. We see it fictionally in countless movies and television shows and we watch the real stories about it on the news. But how does it all happen? What takes place when that small flame emerges as a terrifying fire wreaking havoc on your home?
For starters, it is important to discuss the difference between home fires today versus home fires a few decades ago. In older times, experts estimated that you had anywhere from 14 to 17 minutes to escape in the event of a house fire. Today, however, the level of flammability in the household limits escape time down to 2 to 3 minutes. That means that home occupants have the get out extremely fast before the entire house goes up in flames.
Let’s take an example scenario into account. Fires most often begin in the kitchen. A stovetop meal starts to boil over and before anyone knows it, oil is igniting and spreading flames throughout the kitchen. Then, cooking utensils catch fire, which then catch onto the dish towel, and fire and smoke are looming. More and more flammable items begin to burn and the flames spread rapidly to the wooden cabinets to the curtains, and on and on.
While this scenario may be horrifying to think about, the reality is that this happens all of the time throughout the United States. It’s easy to think that something like this would never happen in your home, but it can truly happen to anyone. Being extremely careful in the kitchen and when dealing with any fire, even something as simple as lighting candles, is imperative to keeping you and your loved ones safe. Have you experienced any type of fire damage? Our fire damage restoration team is here to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!
7 Tips for Small Business Owners
With long hours and a lot at stake, small business owners often look for inspiration and guidance as they travel along the entrepreneurial path.
South Florida is home to some of the greatest small businesses in the country. As small business owners ourselves, we take pride in supporting our local North Palm Beach County community. From visiting local vendors for purchasing items of all kinds to participating in local events throughout the area, we love being able to give back. Owning a small business is not an easy task. With long hours and a lot at stake, small business owners often look for inspiration and guidance as they travel along the entrepreneurial path.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have over 30 years of experience in owning a company. During that time, we have learned countless lessons about business, people, and life. With that said, the following are some important tips for small business owners to keep in mind:
- Support other small businesses. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it usually comes back around.
- Set goals, be specific, and hold yourself and your employees accountable.
- Treat each and every employee with respect. Your staff is your lifeline, act accordingly.
- Delegate tasks that can be successfully achieved by others. Your time is valuable, use it wisely.
- Invest in marketing. Small businesses need exposure to get noticed amongst bigger companies.
- Build a network. Use your local community to your advantage and watch as resources come from all over the place.
- Create a company culture and work hard to keep it alive and well.
It is very easy for small business owners to get overwhelmed by endless to do lists and pressures from their day-to-day responsibilities. As such, it is important to take a step back every once in a while to go over your business goals, your company’s personality, and the overall sentiment in the office. We value each and every small business in our North Palm Beach County community and are here to support you in any way that we can!
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!
Signs of a Mold Issue in Your Home
Recognizing the presence of mold is imperative to reducing the damage that it can cause.
Mold growth is one of those pesky house issues that every homeowner hopes to avoid. South Florida homes and excess water often go hand-in-hand. Between the humidity and the frequent rainstorms, houses are exposed to moisture regularly and that can lead to mold growth. If identified quickly, mold can be dealt with little hassle. However, if mold growth is not detected for a long period of time the outcome can be costly and challenging.
Bathrooms and kitchens are most common culprits for mildew presence. The moisture and dampness in those areas create an atmosphere for mold to thrive. In addition, places like the laundry room and the garage are also hotspots for mold to grow. Recognizing the presence of mold is imperative to reducing the damage that it can cause. The following are some of the most common signs of a mold issue in your home:
- The paint on the walls starts to bubble
- Water damage is left untreated
- Leaks in sinks or even washing machines
- Asthma starts flaring up while in the home
- Visible mold that appears as dirt on walls or ceilings
- Mold underneath rugs or carpeting
- Strange odor in your home
- Eyes start to sting or become watery while in the home
- The exhaust fan in the bathroom needs to be replaced
- The insulation in your attic starts to feel lumpy
No matter which of the above signs are recognized in your home, it is critical to act right away. Delaying dealing with mold growth can leads to all kinds of issues for both the house and its occupants. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our team of mold damage specialists are trained and prepared to handle the water and mold damage restoration process quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost care. Contact us today to learn more!
Water Damage in Your Laundry Room
South Florida homeowners must be aware of the threat of a laundry room leak in order to take steps to prevent it from occurring.
Water leaks in the home most commonly occur in the kitchen and the bathroom. However, the laundry room is another hotspot for water damage issues. South Florida homeowners must be aware of the threat of a laundry room leak in order to take steps to prevent it from occurring. Plumbing maintenance is by and far the most effective means of prevention. Since the washing machine is the biggest culprit of water damage, it is important to do regular checkups on the system to ensure that is functioning properly.
Massive volumes of water are pulled in and out of the washing machine with each use. In order to regulate the temperature, the machine is connected to the hot and cold water valves. When the washing machine is not being used, pressure has the capacity to build up in those valves and cause a leak. As such, extra cautious homeowners choose to shut off those valves when they are not using the washing machine.
Recognizing signs of water damage in the laundry room early is the key to preventing further damage. The following are the most common signs of laundry room water damage:
- Leaks at the hose connections for both the hot and cold water lines
- Cracks or kinks in the hose
- Thoroughly check the discharge line
- Warped, bubbled, or damp floor
- Discolored walls
- Mold growth
It is also important to keep a 3-4 inch gap between the laundry room wall and the supply connections in order to prevent damage or kinking in the hoses. If suspect that there may be water damage in your laundry room, it is important to act fast to prevent further and more costly damage. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our water damage experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more!
Protecting Your Lawn from Storm Water
As a general rule of thumb, be sure to direct the runoff water away from the home’s foundation to best protect it.
South Florida residents have seen the typical daily thunderstorms this summer and, as usual, that means massive amounts of water. While some storms last a few minutes and others last a few hours, the water that they bring can have a lasting impact on your home and your lawn. Most hurricane and storm preparation involves safeguarding the inside of your home, and that’s a good thing. But what about the exterior of your home? Have you considered how South Florida rains are effecting your lawn and backyard?
The landscaping in North Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas is remarkable. Homes boast luscious grass and beautiful flowers. Sadly, storm water runoff threatens the integrity of all of those things. While they certainly need water to survive, too much water can cause a major issue. The following are some tips to protect your lawn from storm water during Florida’s stormy season:
- Consider planting a rain garden which will catch runoff and slow it down
- Replace concrete slabs in the backyard and front lawn with things like pavers or bricks to absorb the water better
- Purchase heavy mulch
- Redirect your rain spouts
- Dig up a trench
- Cover up any bare soil
- Install a rain barrel
Utilizing one or more of the above tactics will help significantly in your efforts to minimize runoff water from Florida storms. As a general rule of thumb, be sure to direct the runoff water away from the home’s foundation to best protect it. If you have experienced storm damage this summer, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Our storm damage and water damage restoration experts are trained to handle issues both large and small, commercial or residential. Contact our office today to learn more about your options!
Fire Escape Planning for You and Your Family
These quick and easy steps will help your family to feel prepared in an emergency fire situation.
No one expects a fire to start. It’s one of those “it will never happen to me” emergencies, and so many people neglect thinking about or planning what they would do if the unthinkable occurs. Home fires take place all over the country, for all different reasons. In fact, every 88 seconds U.S. fire departments respond to a home fire. With such a high frequency of fires in homes across the nation, it is imperative that everyone has a plan.
Creating a fire escape plan for you and your family, and going over that plan regularly, can truly be the difference between life and death. First and foremost, call a family meeting to establish a plan that is agreed upon by everyone. Walk through your home to inspect the most logical escape routes. Then, discuss with your children where they should go and with whom they should go with in the event of a fire.
Once a plan is established, go to each exit and ensure that the windows and/or doors open easily. Additionally, make note of where the smoke alarms are located throughout your home. Finally, select a location a safe distance from your house where everyone should meet after escaping the house. These quick and easy steps will help your family to feel prepared in an emergency fire situation.
If you or a loved one has experienced fire damage or smoke damage in your home, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Contact our fire damage experts today to learn more!
South Florida Commercial Real Estate Market
These major sales underscore the fact that the commercial real estate market is alive and well in South Florida.
Business has been booming for the South Florida commercial real estate market over the last year or so. During the 2018 year, there were a number of notable “mega deals” worthy of discussion. These large transactions unearthed a number of trends that set the tone for the 2019 year in commercial real estate. Like in 2017, there were a total of 15 commercial real estate sales that hit the $100 million mark or more in 2018. The consistency in impressive sales highlights the fact that the market is thriving.
Florida has always maintained a strong commercial real estate presence, both globally and nationally throughout history. Things like tax-friendly laws, a thriving tourist destination, a growing population, and pioneering development projects have made the Sunshine State an attractive place for investors around the world. In addition, Florida’s location on the map makes it a hot market. With access for transportation by both air, sea, and land, South Florida receives significant investment from major global players in the real estate game.
Some of the largest South Florida commercial real estate deals from last year include:
- 111 Brickell, sold for $248.5 million
- Telemundo Headquarter in Miami-Dade, sold for $239.1 million
- PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, sold for $217.96 million
- Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, sold for $170.7 million
- Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, sold for $126.52 million
- Alexander Living in West Palm Beach, sold for $102.99 million
These major sales underscore the fact that the commercial real estate market is alive and well in South Florida. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we handle restoration projects for commercial properties of all sizes. For more information, contact our offices today!
Protecting Your Home from Florida’s Heavy Rains
Heavy rains in Florida are inevitable, especially during the summertime. Be a proactive homeowner and save yourself from future water damage headaches
South Florida residents have grown accustom to massive downpours. During the summer months, an afternoon shower or thunderstorm is nearly inevitable. While this makes the grass grow thicker and greener, the reality is that these heavy Florida rains can really do some damage for homeowners across the state. Unlike hurricane or storm damage, water damage from heavy rains can come on slowly and go largely undetected until it is too late.
Some home issues that come from water damage can be minor and easy to fix. Conversely, there are some major issues that can arise from Florida’s heavy rains. Things like cracks in the home’s foundation, wood rot, and mold can bring major structural consequences to a home. As such, protecting your home from Florida’s heavy rains is imperative.
As a South Florida homeowner, keep in mind the following water damage prevention tips:
- Maintain your roof by regularly monitoring issues and fixing any necessary repairs
- Make sure all of your doors and windows are sealed properly
- Keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris
- Inspect your downspouts to confirm they are long enough to funnel the water away from the house
- Check out the ceilings throughout your home to ensure there is no signs of leakages
- Look for discoloration of the walls and ceilings
- Ensure that the foliage and trees surrounding your home are well maintained and trimmed
- Be mindful of your air vents during particularly heavy rains
Heavy rains in Florida are inevitable, especially during the summertime. Be a proactive homeowner and save yourself from future water damage headaches. However, if your home has sustained water damage or storm damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help. Contact our water damage experts more information.
Restaurant Safety Tips for South Florida Eatery Owners
It is imperative to take safety precautions at all times for both the restaurant customers and staff.
South Florida is swimming with restaurants of all kinds. There seems to be a new restaurant being built all of the time and that is great news for residents throughout our community. As a restaurant owner, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to running the business smoothly and effectively. From financials to branding, the to-do list probably seems endless. While often neglected, commercial property owners must always take into account safety, especially in the restaurant industry.
Maintaining a safe working environment in a restaurant means taking into account things like cooking equipment, wet floors, and fresh food. From your staff to your customers, the following are some important tips to keep in mind for restaurant safety:
- Be sure to train your staff on fire and food safety procedures
- Place sanitation and hygiene at the highest priority
- Implement an action plan for spills to prevent slip and fall accidents
- Have your appliances inspected regularly
- Make sure electrical appliances are kept away from wet areas
- Keep multiple fire extinguishers in the restaurant
- Give your staff proper safety equipment like gloves and aprons
- Keep a fully stocked first aid kit available at all times
Owning a restaurant is one of the most exciting jobs that a person can have. Unfortunately, with this excitement comes a risk of injury and accident. As such, it is imperative to take safety precautions at all times for both the restaurant customers and staff. If you are a restaurant owner and have any type of water damage or fire damage, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is here to help! Contact our office today to learn more.
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!
Preparing Your Business for Rainy Season
No matter how you plan to prepare your business for rainy season, the key is to start thinking about it now.
South Florida residents have grown accustom to constant rain throughout the year. Rainy season, however, is right around the corner. Typically running from May through October, Floridians must be ready for almost daily thunderstorms. While some days are quick sprinkles, other days seem to feel like never-ending torrential downpour. Homeowners think about rainy season and how it may impact their home all of the time. Business owners, however, tend to give rainy season much less thought, if any at all.
As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your business is as efficiently as possible. South Florida business owners must account for rainy season and how it may affect their company’s bottom line. Keep these tips in mind when preparing your business for rainy season this year:
- Make sure the gutters around your business are unclogged
- Have your roof inspected this month
- Make sure your stock room is secure and waterproofed
- Do a system backup of any important files
- Be sure to train your staff on what to do during heavy rains
- Keep your store equipped with the proper warning signs for slippery floors
- Prepare for a potential dip in sales by having a promotional event before rainy season begins
- Talk to other local business owners to get ideas from their preparation methods
No matter how you plan to prepare your business for rainy season, the key is to start thinking about it now. Giving yourself and your staff a few months to get ready is imperative to a smooth rainy season. If your commercial property has suffered from rain damage, our commercial water damage restoration professionals are ready to help. Contact the team at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County today to learn more!
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Kitchen
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are mold damage restoration specialists ready to help!
South Florida homes are no strangers to rainstorms and, as a result, a lot of potential moisture in the home. Unfortunately, humidity and moisture are key elements to creating an environment where mold will thrive. Homeowners in South Florida are primarily concerned with mold growth in both their kitchen and their bathrooms due to this moisture factor. Today, we focus on kitchen mold in places like windows, walls, and kitchen cupboards. These areas are all likely to come into contact with moisture, making them prime candidates for mold to grow.
Stopping mold from growing in the first place is the best proactive measure to take to protect your home. The following are some tips to prevent mold growth in your kitchen:
- Periodically check for water leaks
- Keep humidity low
- Throw away old food
- Clean your garbage can and garbage disposal regularly
- Wash dishes every day
- Clean the area behind your fridge
- Make sure the stove fan is on while cooking
- Clean appliances after each use
- Regularly clean the entire kitchen
- Clean out the cabinets and pantry
Following these steps will put you in a better position to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen. With over 100,000 varieties of mold in existence, it is important to be proactive to keep your kitchen safe and clean for you and your family. If you do notice signs of mold growth in your kitchen, it is important to reach out to a professional immediately. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we are mold damage restoration specialists ready to help! Call us as soon as you see an issue and we will be there right away!
Making a Difference in Palm Beach County
As members of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, we are able to have our hands in all types of local events.
Volunteering our time to better our community has always been one of the highest priorities for SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County. From helping children in the local schools throughout the county to volunteering our time during the holiday season, our staff all participants in community service events all throughout the year. Giving back is our way of not only staying connected to the people in our cities, but also playing a role in the betterment of Palm Beach County.
As members of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, we are able to have our hands in all types of local events and ground-breaking advancements for the community. For instance, we recently participated in a wonderful local event at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Executive Meetings Center Palm Beach Gardens, to commemorate the completion of a $5 million dollar hotel rejuvenation project. This renovation helped to create a sustainable venue all while offering the community give back opportunities.
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County understands that when the community thrives, we all thrive. It is important to remember that when you choose our water damage repair, fire damage repair, or any type of restoration services, you are choosing a company who truly cares. We care about our community, we care about each other, and we care about each and every home or business that we help.
9 Interesting Facts About Storms
Homeowners in the Sunshine State have likely never taken a moment to think about some of the more interesting storm facts.
South Floridians have become so accustom to storms that they seldom stop to think about the details. From what seems like constant hurricane preparation to feeling numb about big storms coming, homeowners in the Sunshine State have likely never taken a moment to think about some of the more interesting storm facts. With that in mind, we have put together a list of unique, exciting pieces of information about hurricanes.
The following are 9 interesting facts about storms:
- In 1943, someone flew into a hurricane during World War II
- In 1994, Tropical Storm John lasted for an entire month
- Every minute, approximately 2,000 thunderstorms touch down on Earth
- For over 300 years, the planet of Jupiter has had an active hurricane
- Jupiter’s hurricane is larger than Earth
- Hurricane Ivan caused a record-breaking 127 twisters
- Slowly moving hurricanes are actually more damaging than fast ones
- During a hurricane, each second that passes releases the amount of energy in 10 atomic bombs
- The most storms in an Atlantic season occurred in 2005
Intense tropical storms, otherwise known as hurricanes, have become one of Florida’s most prominent identifiers. While we often discuss things like tips for hurricane preparation and how to protect your home from storm damage, it is thought-provoking to stop and consider some of the above interesting facts. Did we miss any storm facts that you would like to share? Let us know!
Water Damage in Your Garage
From mold growth to structural damage, water damage in the garage can lead to a number of costly issues.
When compared to water damage in the main areas of your home, water damage in the garage is certainly preferable. However, no homeowner in South Florida wants to deal water damage of any kind. While garage water damage may not inconvenience you too much, it is definitely a headache that most people would like to avoid. Flooding can lead to ruined floors and walls throughout the garage, so attempting to avoid that type of water damage is imperative.
While the causes of garage water damage are few and far between, it is important to take measures to prevent the occurrence all together. Unfortunately, garage water damage is not cheap to repair. As such, keep these easy tips in mind to prevent water damage in your garage:
- Replace any worn down weather stripping
- Keep your garage door closed, especially during inclement weather
- Keep a close eye on your water heater to ensure there are no leaks
- Make sure the garage roof is not leaking
- Keep the garage door panels in good condition and replace when necessary
- Keep roof gutters surrounding the garage free from any clogs
While the above maintenance steps may seem simple, far too many people ignore them until it is too late. From mold growth to structural damage, water damage in the garage can lead to a number of costly issues. If you believe that your garage has suffered from water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for immediate assistance!
Benefits of Impact Windows for Storm Protection
No matter how you plan to protect your home during Florida’s hurricane season, it is important to have a plan in place.
Hurricanes are no stranger to South Florida that means that homeowners throughout the region have grown accustom to taking extra precautionary measures to weather the storm. Typically used on both windows and doors, impact glass has grown tremendously in popularity over the last several years. From the sleek look to the functional use, having hurricane impact windows installed in your home can serve many benefits to you and your family.
While some advantages of impact glass may be more apparent than others, the following are the most notable benefits of impact windows for storm protection:
- Increased storm protection during hurricane season
- Better energy efficiency, thus saving you money
- Beautiful appearance
- Only a one-time installation required
- Reduce outside noise from entering the home
- Increased home security
- UV protection to protect the home’s valuables from the sun
- Discount on homeowners insurance
While installing hurricane impact windows and doors can be quite an expensive investment, research has shown that it pays off in the long run. No one wants to be scrambling outside putting up hurricane panels in the moments before a big storm. As such, impact glass helps to ease the minds of homeowners during hurricane season and beyond.
No matter how you plan to protect your home during Florida’s hurricane season, it is important to have a plan in place. Even in 2019, far too many people are left running to the home store hours before a storm to purchase protective materials. Take some initiatives during these winter months to ensure that you and your family will be safe the next time a big storm hits South Florida.
Home Electrical Fires Risks and Consequences
Being prepared and cautious is the best way to prevent home fires from starting.
Home fires are all too common in the United States. While home fires can arise from a number of sources, residential building electrical fires are some of the most frequently seen issues throughout the country. As a South Florida homeowner, it is important to understand the risks and consequences associated with electrical fires in order to prevent them from starting in the first place.
The U.S. Fire Administration recently released a report outlining some of the most important statistics gathered from 2014 through 2016. The following facts and figures highlight the characteristics of home electrical fires from that time period:
- About 24,000 residential building electrical fires were reported
- Approximately 850 injuries and 310 deaths occurred as a result of the fires
- Property loss numbers reached about $871 million
- January saw the highest rate of electrical fires compared to any other months
- 15 percent of the residential building electrical fires started in bedrooms
While these numbers only scratch the surface, they serve to point out just how dangerous residential building electrical fires can be. Being prepared and cautious is the best way to prevent home fires from starting. If you or a loved one’s home has suffered from fire damage, contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for immediate, reliable restoration services.
Setting Achievable 2019 Business Goals
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take special pride in serving small business owners throughout South Florida.
Small business owners in South Florida are consistently tasked with the job of moving their companies forward. As we prepare to embark on the New Year, it is important to not only reflect of the previous year, but to plan ahead for the coming year. In 2019, we encourage all of the small business owners in our area to set achievable goals that will inspire their employees, give their company a general direction, and set the tone for a successful year.
We recommend choosing one or two of the following goals and then creating a specific plan for implementing them in your particular business. Each industry varies in terms of strategy, but the overarching objectives are often the same. Take the following goals into account when planning for the 2019 year:
- Lower the company’s business costs
- Institute a new customer service technique
- Focus on improving company productivity
- Better utilize social media to market your business
- Hire new employees
- Increase the traffic to your company’s website
- Dedicate time to networking
- Implement an employee incentive program
No matter which of the above goals you choose to focus on this year, be sure to outline a plan of action that is measurable, attainable, and timed-based. At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we take special pride in serving small business owners throughout South Florida. As such, when things like storm damage, water damage, fire damage, or mold damage occur, we are here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about our commercial restoration services!
LOCAL BUSINESSES JOIN FORCES TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER
This is the 8th year that Santa and his helpers have brought the Christmas spirit to the school.
On December 19, 2018, a group of local businesses will join forces to provide holiday gift bags to almost 400 children that attend Lake Park Elementary School, a Title 1 school where 96% of the students receive free or reduced lunches.
Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, Valley National Bank, and SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County will arrive at the school with Santa and his helpers to give holiday gift bags to all the students enrolled in the school. The holiday gift bags will include a blanket, stuffed animal, toiletries, with art supplies donated by the Lake Park non-profit Kelsey Cares, and fresh fruit donated by Duffy’s.
“It’s about local businesses working together as a team to help those less fortunate in our community during the holidays, “said Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser. “I’m glad we can be part of this team helping hundreds of families to have a happier holiday season.”
This is the 8th year that Santa and his helpers have brought the Christmas spirit to the school. Started as an adopt-a-classroom program by a few employees at Valley National Bank in 2010, the event has evolved into a community-wide effort to bring Christmas cheer to the children at Lake Park Elementary.
Mold Damage Experts in South Florida
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have a team of mold specialists who are trained to quickly & effectively handle mold damage restoration.
South Florida homeowners and property managers often have to deal with moisture. From rainy season to unpredictable storms outside of rainy season, Florida homes are often at risk for water damage. With water damage, especially if left undetected, often comes mold growth. Spotting the presence of mold immediately is essential to mitigating the potential damage it can cause.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we have a team of mold damage specialists who are trained to quickly and effectively handle mold damage restoration. If you see signs of mold in your home, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to call our team at 561-881-8784.
Remember, mold thrives in dark, damp places and these should be the areas of your home checked most regularly. Using advanced mold removal and restoration techniques, our mold damage professionals are prepared to work tirelessly until we make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today!
Bathtub Water Damage Problems
At SERVPRO, our water damage professionals can handle issues both large and small.
Everyone enjoys a nice bubble bath from time to time to be able to kick your feet up and relax. If you have young kids, baths are likely an everyday part of life. But with splashing and carelessness, a bathtub can quickly turn from great luxury to household headache. Preserving the bathroom is important but water damage threatens South Florida homeowners’ ability to do so.
Understanding the signs and signals that your bathtub may have caused water damage in your bathroom is important for everyone. The sooner you are able to catch a minor leak the better. Keep in mind the following common signs of water damage in your bathroom:
- Noticeable mildew or mold growing on the surfaces of the bathroom
- The walls around the bathtub begin to look warped
- A musty smell is present
- The floors near the bathtub look damaged or buckled
- Any types of gaps between the tub and tile or caulk
- The floor begins to soften
If you come across any of the above signs, you likely have some water damage present in your bathroom. At SERVPRO, our water damage professionals can handle issues both large and small. Contact us today if your bathtub is causing you problems!
Unmatched Customer Service in North Palm Beach
When it comes to damage restoration in South Florida, you can always count on SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County!
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, we pride ourselves on our professional training, our state-of-the-art equipment, and, most importantly, our dedication to unmatched customer service. Our 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency water damage, fire damage, storm damage, and mold remediation services depend on our staff doing the best job possible. For some, that means properly restoring the residential or commercial property. To us, however, it means not only properly restoring the residential or commercial property, but also consistently operating with a customer-first mentality.
We understand that when we get a phone call a job needs to be done, and quickly. As such, our highly trained technicians get to the disaster fast and with the customer’s needs as a priority. The unmatched customer service at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is based on the following principles:
- We are great listeners
- We are patient and understanding
- We are attentive to our customers’ specific needs
- We have unmatched knowledge of the equipment we use
- We are damage restoration experts
- We communicate clearly
- We are focused on completing the job quickly and efficiently
- We are constantly seeking to learn new skills
- We appreciate any and all customer feedback
- We get the job done right, each and every time
Utilizing the above principles each day ensures that our team is on the same page and focused on the same mission to exceed our customers’ expectations. When it comes to damage restoration in South Florida, you can always count on SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County!
Getting Your Home Hurricane Ready In Winter Months
Do the work now, save money, and rest easy during 2019’s hurricane season!
Florida homeowners may think it is crazy to start preparing for hurricane season right now. With the winter months approaching, storms and hurricanes are likely the last thing on the minds of South Florida residents. However, the winter months are actually the best time of year to do the major house work required to prepare your home for next year’s hurricane season.
First of all, hurricane preparation tools and equipment can be expensive, but purchasing them now is actually a great way to save. We recommend taking advantage of the winter months to purchase things like:
- Hurricane shutters
- Surge protection
- Extra plywood
In addition, this is a great season to check for cracks in the foundation of your home. Walk around the perimeter and assess the concrete for any type of stress. Finally, we also recommend using this storm downtime to review your current insurance policy. Things like flood insurance are likely not covered under your homeowners insurance plan.
Being proactive in the during the winter months is the best way to ensure that your home is ready for hurricane season next year. In addition, there is no better way to save than taking advantage of this cost-effective storm plan. Scrambling last minute to prepare for hurricane season is a recipe for disaster. Do the work now, save money, and rest easy during 2019’s hurricane season!
Fire Safety When Staying in Peer-to-Peer Lodging
With this substantial growth in peer-to-peer lodging, there are a number of safety concerns that have arisen.
Peer-to-peer lodging companies have seen a massive growth over the last several years. With the lodging trends moving slightly away from hotels and resorts toward privately owned, short-term rentals like apartments and houses, corporations like Airbnb have seen impressive success and are only expanding their reach. In fact, this movement is said to be the fastest-growing substitute to hotels and motels.
With this substantial growth in peer-to-peer lodging, there are a number of safety concerns that have arisen. Today we focus on fire safety and how peer-to-peer lodging options have addressed the issue. While hotels and motels have a number of fire safety regulations, the same may not be able to be said for peer-to-peer lodging options. Code regulations as they relate to important items such as smoke alarms, fire doors, automated extinguishing systems, and posted fire escape routes are the norm in hotels and motels. However, peer-to-peer lodging does not see the same requirements.
Unfortunately, peer-to-peer lodging is mostly unregulated. Since the peer-to-peer lodging sector is so new, most code regulations have yet to reach them. While the private residences for peer-to-peer lodging properties likely fall under their local codes, there are still a lot of issues with a lack of uniformity in regulations. A study was performed by the U.S. Fire Administration and found that one in five Airbnb properties do not have a smoke alarm and about 50 percent do not list a CO alarm.
As such, it is important to keep fire safety in mind whenever staying at peer-to-peer lodging. Hopefully, regulations will soon catch up to that of hotel requirements.
SERVPRO for Mold Removal in North Palm Beach County
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach Country, our mold remediation specialists are consistently trained on mold removal techniques.
Being a homeowner in North Palm Beach County means thinking about a lot of different maintenance-related tasks. From keeping the inside and the outside of the house clean to ensuring that your appliances are in working order, the role of a homeowner is a never-ending job. One of the most common home issues in South Florida relates to mold growth. Due to our humid climate and long rainy season, avoiding mold growth is a serious challenge for most. As such, it is important to know who to turn to for mold removal services.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach Country, our mold remediation specialists are consistently trained on mold removal techniques. Remaining up-to-date on all things mold growth and mold remediation is imperative to offering South Florida’s most trued services. In addition to a highly-skilled, continually trained workforce, the SERVPRO team prides itself on being very quick. The reality is that when mold is spotted, speed is of the utmost importance. Mold spores can spread extremely quickly, especially when a lot of moisture is present. So, being proactive and fast is what makes our mold remediation team so successful.
When the SERVPRO mold removal crew gets on a job, they first determine the contamination area as they get prepared with protective gear. Using a variety of mold removal techniques, our mold remediation technicians work tirelessly to ensure that the entire area is cleared before assuming that the job is completed. After that, the mold professional will evaluate the areas in which the moisture is thriving in order to prevent future mold issues.
With a strategic mix of training, speed, and dedication to every job, the team at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is South Florida’s trusted mold removal specialists. If you believe that your home is suffering from mold growth, contact our team today and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Disaster Planning for Senior Citizens
From hurricanes to fires and from rainstorms to power outages, there is no such thing as being too prepared.
Storms in South Florida are almost always unexpected and they often pose a serious threat, especially for the senior citizen community. From preparing your home and belongings to determining a plan if an evacuation is ordered, seniors must develop a plan of action when an emergency strikes. First and foremost, it is important to lean on family, friends, and neighbors when possible. In addition, relief workers and local officials may also be available to help you deal with a disaster. However, there are certainly times when these groups of people will not be able to reach you right away and that is when your storm preparedness planning comes in.
The first step in disaster planning is to develop and organize the three main steps to preparedness:
- Get a disaster kit: purchase a supplies kit with food, water, medications, and emergency supplies that could last up to three days. Be sure this kit is light enough for you to carry, or better yet, stored in a bag on wheels. Keep a folder with all of your vital documents so that you can easily grab it if you need to leave quickly. Also, be sure to consistently update your disaster kit every six months to ensure that you have all that you need as your needs may change.
- Develop a plan: set up a meeting with your family and friends to determine exactly what would happen if a storm hits. Be sure to carry your family’s contact information in your wallet so that you have it at all times. In addition, discuss escape routes and proper meeting places so that you have a specific routine narrowed down.
- Stay informed: listen for updates from your community as well as from local authorities when a disaster situation is on the horizon. Listen to the television or radio weather station or local news to stay informed on potential evacuation orders or other important information.
Being caught in a disaster unprepared is truly a nightmare. When a sudden emergency strikes, it is critical to be ready for anything. From hurricanes to fires and from rainstorms to power outages, there is no such thing as being too prepared. As we round out the final weeks of storm season, double-check your preparedness routine and ensure that you are prepared.
Keeping Your Business Safe During the Holiday Season
When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful.
It’s finally fall and that means that the holiday season is right around the corner. For many businesses throughout South Florida, this is the time of year to prepare the commercial properties for increases in customers, and hopefully, increases in sales. From office holiday parties to family gatherings, the holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, however, it is also the time of year when business owners must account for potential criminal attacks. As such, it is important to create a security plan for the holiday season.
Small business owners are at risk of robberies since they often have extra cash in-store during this time of year. Be sure to keep in mind the following safety tips in the upcoming holiday season:
- Go over all of the security employees with the staff and ensure they have a thorough understanding of protocols
- Check that all alarm systems, surveillance cameras, locks, and cyber security software are in working order
- Ensure all doors and windows are locked upon closing each night
- Update your system to account for the extended holiday hours
- Try to make bank deposits at different times, avoid having a set routine
- Consider bringing on a nighttime security guard
- Avoid checking your business email account when you are on a public Wi-Fi network
- Install an outside lighting system
- If hiring seasonal employees, be sure to do thorough background checks
The holiday season is a profitable time for many businesses, but an unexpected break-in could send your business into a tailspin. When it comes to small business security, you truly cannot be too careful. Keep these tips in mind this year and have a wonderful holiday season!
9 Most Common Causes of Water Damage
If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help.
Water damage in the home, especially damage that is not identified, can cause serious issues to the home’s structure and even to you and your family’s health. Unfortunately, far too many homeowners are unaware of some of the most common causes of water damage and are therefore not prepared to prevent it in the first place. While some water damage is unavoidable, being educated on typical sources for water issues will make you more prepared to identify a problem and handle it before it becomes both costly and destructive to your home.
Residential water damage is extremely common, especially in homes throughout the South Florida region. Understanding potential sources of water issues is the first step to prevention. The following are some of the most common causes of water damage:
- Washing machine supply lines pressure
- Dripping toilet
- Busted or leaking pipes
- Sewer lines backup
- Water buildup in crawl spaces
- HVAC problems
- Malfunctioning appliance like dishwasher, sink, refrigerator, etc.
- Heavy rains or major storms
While the above causes are the most commonly seen challenges for homeowners, there are a variety of additional causes of water damage. Being proactive is the best way to save money and maintain your home’s interior and exterior in optimal condition. If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help. Call us today to learn more!
Fire Safety Tips While Cooking
As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family.
Cooking is a special activity that many families like to do together. Unfortunately, cooking fires are the leading cause house fires and home fire injuries today. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 percent of all home fires begin in the kitchen and U.S. fire departments record that they respond to an average of approximately 166,100 cooking-related fires annually. There are about 455 daily fires in the United States and with cooking fires being the top source, it is important to be aware of how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
Cooking equipment can be very dangerous if not used properly and carefully. Thanksgiving is actually the leading day for home fires involving some type of cooking equipment. That number is 4 times the average number of home fires! Since the average American household cooks at least one hot meal each day, it is absolutely essential to be doing so safely. These are some of the most critical fire safety tips to follow while cooking:
- Never leave the kitchen while boiling, frying, broiling, or grilling food
- Turn off the stove every single time the kitchen is left unattended
- Do not use the stove or stovetop if you have consumed alcohol or are feeling sleepy
- Keep items like wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels, and food packaging away from the stovetop
- Regularly check on food items that are roasting, baking, or simmering
- Always use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking food
- Be aware of your clothing like large-fitting shirts or loose sleeves
- Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
- Never throw away hot grease in the garbage can
- If a small fire starts on the stovetop, smother the flames with a lid to cover the pan and then turn off the burner
- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and do not open the door
- If you have any doubts about stopping the small fire, get out of the home immediately and call 9-1-1
As the fall holiday season begins, many families will be enjoying their time together in the kitchen. As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family. If your kitchen does suffer from fire damage, contact SERVPRO right away to handle the cleanup and restoration. Contact us today for more information!
Some of the Worst Hurricanes of All-Time
Hurricane season has been good to South Florida residents in 2018, but it is important to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather.
Florida residents are all too familiar with hurricane season and the massive destruction that it can cause. Unfortunately, the 2017 hurricane season broke all kinds of records in regard to damage and disaster. With the most notable storms of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, people across the globe have suffered tremendously at the hands of one of nature’s scariest, most unpredictable weather threat. In many cases, the damages incurred following a particularly bad hurricane create lengthy, sometimes permanent, effects on the physical locations, the community members, and the economy.
While troubling to recall some of the most destruction storms, it is important to remember that hurricanes are something to be taken very seriously. In Florida, Hurricane Andrew was a big wake-up call for many. As such, remembering some of the biggest storms of the past can serve to enhance preparation in the future. In no particular order, the following are some of the worst hurricanes of all-time:
- Katrina, 2005
- Galveston, 1900
- Harvey, 2017
- Andrew, 1992
- Camille, 1969
- Sandy, 2012
- Irma, 2017
- Ike, 2008
- Maria, 2017
- Gilbert, 1988
- Florida Keys, 1935
- Mitch, 1998
Hurricane season has been good to South Florida residents in 2018, but it is important to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather. Preparedness is extraordinarily important to protect your loved ones, yourself, and your property. Coastal residents must be even more prepared and aware of the current and future weather. Be sure to check back on our blog for updated tips on preparing your home for hurricane season!
Expectations for Professional Mold Removal
Unlike some of our competitors, our highly trained mold remediation specialists are here to quickly restore your property.
Spreading throughout a residential or commercial property in as little as 48 hours, mold infestations are something that must be taken seriously. It is important to understand that since mold spores live everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, any company claiming the ability to remove all mold from a building is being dishonest. The reality is that microscopic mold spores occur naturally and only become an issue in high quantity. The problem in the mold remediation industry is that far too many companies make false claims and are actually lacking the skills, experience, and equipment to so that job the right way.
Mold removal is a specialized skill that requires licensing to do the job effectively, safely, and with the proper restoration techniques. The following are important qualities to look for when you are hiring a professional mold removal and restoration company:
- An Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist should be on the job
- An inspection and assessment should be done to determine mold damage
- Actions should be taken to contain the mold and prevent spreading (the best method is using negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area)
- Air filtration should be used
- Protective safety gear should be worn at all times when dealing with mold projects – look out for things like face masks, gloves, or even a full suit if the mold issue is very large
- Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be utilized
- All contents in the contaminated areas should be cleaned properly to not only disinfect but to also remove odors
- Restoration should take place last to restore affected areas and repair damage
SERVPRO is proud to offer our mold damage repair and restoration services at a reasonable cost. Unlike some of our competitors, our highly trained mold remediation specialists are here to quickly restore your property. Call us today to learn more!
Preparing Your Home for a Big Storm
If heavy rains or storms have damaged any part of your home or property, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our storm restoration team!
The middle of summertime means almost daily rainstorms. In South Florida, the rain seems to come as quickly as it leaves and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, however, we all know how much impact even short-lived heavy rains can have on the roads, on the neighborhoods, and on individual homes across the county. While some storms are so massive they cause unpreventable damage, the majority of South Florida storms will cause minimal to no damage if the homeowner is readily prepared for them to occur. There are a number of home maintenance tips that can help to mitigate potential storm damage, especially for those who live in flood-prone areas and neighborhoods.
Preventative measures can save thousands of dollars in storm damage repairs. As such, keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for a big storm:
- Make sure the fence surrounding your home is secured
- Clear your gutters of all debris and ensure they are faced to drain away from your home
- Remove any dead tree limbs and trim trees near on the property
- Place any valuables in waterproof containers
- Gather documents like insurance policies, birth certificates, health/medications paperwork, and important phone numbers
- Check your roof’s condition
- Secure all loose items around the property
- Protect important areas like your windows and doors
Being prepared for a big storm means being proactive in safeguarding your property, both inside and outside of the home. Those living near the coastline must pay extra attention to the news to determine if they need to evacuate their neighborhood. If heavy rains or storms have damaged any part of your home or property, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our team of storm restoration professionals!
Recognizing Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors.
Homeowners in South Florida are well aware of high stressful and costly water damage can be. Water damage is caused by a wide variety of things, ranging from things like heavy rainstorms all the way to washing machine leaks. While many people think of water damage in terms of a busted pipe or a massive flood, some of the most intense damage comes from seemingly minor issues. That is why it is so important to recognize signs of water damage as early as possible, before the damage grows significantly. Fixing a water damage problem in the earliest stages is the key to reducing the amount of restoration required.
Identifying the source of the water is the very first step in detecting water damage. As water accumulates in one location, the damage begins to spread quickly, so being vigilant is imperative. The following are some of the most common signs of water damage to keep an eye on:
- Foul smells caused from bacterial growth
- Peeling paint
- Water bill increases
- Stained or discolored ceilings and/or walls
- Warping, sagging, or buckling of floors, ceilings, or walls
- Puddles of water
- Mold growth
- Hearing running water when the home is quiet
- Damage to the exterior of the home, particularly cracked roof tiles
Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors. If you believe that you home may have some water damage, it is important to act right away. Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!
Preventing Mold Growth in the Shower
The ability to prevent mold growth in your bathroom is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate the problem.
Bathroom mold is something that most homeowners have to deal with at one time or another. From the ceiling all the way down to the tiles, mold growth in the shower, bathtub, sinks, toilets, and other areas of the bathroom are all too common. Mold thrives in dark, damp, humid regions, particularly in isolated spaces. As such, the bathroom creates the perfect scenario for mold to flourish after bathing or showering. When a bathroom lacks adequate ventilation, moisture begins to linger and then mold begins to develop. Some of the other typical causes of bathroom mold are things like damp flooring, rugs, wallpaper, or grouting as well as any type of leaks in the plumbing pipes like the sinks and toilets.
The key to preventing mold growth in the shower is stopping the issue before it starts. The following are some of the most effective ways to prevent mold growth in the shower:
- Purchase a mildew-resistant shower curtain
- Use a dehumidifier or an air conditioner in the bathroom
- Keep the humidity levels under 50 percent throughout the household
- Always use the bathroom ventilation fan during the bath or shower, as well as leaving it on for an additional 30 minutes following
- Regularly wash the bathroom rugs
- Keep your shower items like shampoos, loofahs, and shower toys outside of the shower
- Dust your bathroom with a microfiber cloth at least once a week
- Utilize all-purpose cleaner at least once a week and be sure to spray all of the bathroom surfaces
- Squeegee the shower walls immediately following your washing
- Utilize glass cleaner to clean the bathroom windows and mirrors
- Fix any bathroom leaks immediately
- Wipe all areas of the bathroom dry
- Keep the bathroom as well-lit as possible
The ability to prevent mold growth in your bathroom is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate the problem. Mold treatment can be quite the headache, so the ability to prevent it from developing in the first place is the ultimate cure. If you believe you have a mold growth issue in your home, contact SERVPRO and our team of mold remediation professionals will address the problem promptly and effectively. Call today!
Top Tips for Workplace Safety
It is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices.
Whether you are an employee or an employer, having a basic understanding of workplace safety is extremely important. For many organizations, the simple practice of creating safety guidelines and procedures seemingly is sufficient enough as their workplace safety protocol. Even worse, many companies do not even inform their working staff about safety regulations and best practices. Unfortunately, these mistakes are what lead to far too many on-the-job accidents and injuries. Safety standards should lay the foundation for all things done in your organization and communicating these standards is imperative.
With that said, it is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices that are specific to their organization. The following are some of the top tips for workplace safety to share with your company:
- Safety equipment should be worn correctly and consistently
- Each and every machine and/or tool must only be used by a trained employee
- Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings
- Every employee must take regular breaks throughout the day
- Emergency exits cannot be blocked
- Inform management or direct supervisors of any unsafe working condition immediately
- Be cognitive of proper posture while sitting down
- Avoid taking safety procedure shortcut at all costs
- Inform employees and entire staff of any new or updated safety procedures
Employers have the responsibility to ensure that their entire workforce understands possible workplace hazards and the proper rules and procedures to avoid them. Risks are inherent in virtually every type of job, but avoiding accidents and injuries hinges on a company’s ability to enforce their workplace safety best practices.
Flood Control Facts for You
Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding.
South Florida home owners are all too familiar with major storms and the flooding the follows them. From heavy winds and heavy rains to inefficient drainage systems, experts have made some frightening predictions for the future of South Florida homes. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UOCS) recently released a report pointing to the potential of chronic flooding effecting one million Florida homes by the year 2100. These warnings are certainly scary and they make most South Florida residents think about how to handle flooding today and tomorrow. One of the most important things to consider is the concept of flood control and how you can use it to your home’s advantage.
Understanding some of the basics of quality flood control is important to minimizing potential dangers that stem from major storms. As we find ourselves in the thick of hurricane season, Florida residents should learn the following flood control facts:
- Drainage systems are always in operation in order to keep water elevation desired level
- The drainage district is in control and cannot open its discharge control to the community
- Opening the discharge control to the community is only authorized in emergency situations
- Older communities typically suffer from severe flooding due to their older storm water systems
- Homeowners can play a role in preventing flooding by avoiding putting trash bags in road swale and avoiding throwing debris in canals or lakes
Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding. Working together as a community to keep canals and lakes free from debris and not placing trash bags in road swales are just a few ways to play a part in controlling flooding. Florida is surrounded by water and with hurricane seasons getting increasingly more potent, it is important to stay educated on flood control.
5 Reasons to Get a Commercial Carpet Cleaning
From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to
Running a business is stressful. With an endless to-do list and employees to oversee, keeping your commercial property clean and tidy likely not business priority. However, far too many business owners find out the hard way that commercial carpets can get very, very messy. From big businesses to small businesses, carpet is the number one type of flooring found in commercial properties across the country. Since carpet covers much of the commercial space it is considered an investment and keeping it tidy is critical to protecting that investment. The majority of cleaning crews use a vacuum and hope that is enough. Unfortunately, a simple nightly vacuum just won’t cut it.
Are you thinking that the carpet in your business is actually clean and free of stains? Well, it is important to keep in mind that not all dirty carpets reveal themselves in stained areas. In fact, there are a variety of issues that could be lurking on your carpet that are not visible to the eye. Below are 5 reasons that you probably need to get your commercial carpet professionally cleaned:
- Bugs like dust mites and fleas are likely loitering throughout your office space carpet
- Food and beverage spills happen all of the time in your office, leaving them untreated could result in odors and bacteria growth
- Skin flakes are gross to think about, but are probably occupying a large portion of the carpet in your business
- Mold is likely growing on your carpet when moisture and spills are not properly cleaned
- Dirt and dust accumulation is not covered by a vacuum and must be cleaned professionally to fully handle it
From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to time. At SERVPRO, our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals is ready to upgrade your office space today!
Getting Smart about Smoke Alarms
If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy.
Fire safety is often associated with tips to prevent fires from starting and steps to take in the event that a home fire occurs. Research shows that when a smoke alarm sounds off in a household, the inhabitants have less than 2 minutes to get out of the house for safety. This means that families must have a very specific plan of action when it comes to fire safety. We have discussed this in previous articles, but we have never spent the time to talk about something extremely important: smoke alarms.
Did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years? Did you know that smoke alarm batteries (9-volt battery) need to be replaced at least once per year? Did you know that smoke alarms should be tested every month? These types of facts are things that are rarely discussed yet are extremely essential for each and every homeowner. Having a smoke alarm properly installed in your home can literally be the difference between life and death. Reports from the U.S. Fire Administration point out that three out of five home fire death result from fire in properties without working smoke alarms. This speaks to the massive dangers linked to malfunctioning smoke alarms and just how critical is it to be on top of your alarms at home.
There are a few additional tips beyond replacing smoke alarms every 10 years and batteries every year that each person should know. First, when discussing your evacuation with your family it is imperative to enforce that as soon as an alarm sounds off everyone should exit. Hesitation in exiting the home when a fire starts is a common issue. Also, smoke alarms in your home should be interconnected, meaning that when one alarm sounds off, they will all sound off. In doing so, everyone in the house will be made aware of the fire no matter their location.
Finally, smoke alarm placement is key. Be sure to have a smoke alarm inside and outside of any and all sleeping areas and bedrooms as well as installing alarms on every level of a home. If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy. Contact our team of fire damage cleanup professionals to learn more about your restoration options today!
Post-Construction Cleaning Tips
From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, properly clean a commercial property is vital.
After a renovation or any type of construction on a commercial property is completed, quite of bit of dust, debris, and general mess typically follows. In order to get back to business as quickly as possible, it is imperative to conduct a number of cleaning practices to ensure the property is ready for customers to walk through the door. Things like remodeling a retail space, upgrading the lobby of a hotel, or renovating a restaurant kitchen all require a multitude of materials and equipment. This material and equipment creates a serious mess that will require a deep, maybe even professional, cleaning.
When the contractors and construction workers leave the site, they often neglect to clean up after themselves. Therefore, it is smart to have a basic understanding of what to look for when cleaning a commercial property after construction work is completed. After the job is finished and the dust settles, keep the following cleaning tips in mind:
- Be sure to clean all of the lighting fixtures
- Spot treat carpet
- Vacuum all flooring
- Dust air diffusers
- Damp mop and buff wood flooring – waxing may be required as well
- Retouch baseboards
- Thoroughly wipe down the windows, mirrors, and any interior glass throughout the property
- Clean all restroom fixtures
- When necessary, do a deep carpet cleaning
- Check in areas like closets and cabinets to remove any dust
- Sweep exterior walkways
- Polish light switches, door knobs, and window frames
From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, the ability to properly clean a commercial property after construction is imperative. At SERVPRO our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals have years of experience in post-construction clean up. Contact us today to learn more!
Bathroom Water Damage Signs
Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Homeowners dealing with water damage will agree that it can be quite the headache. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two most common areas of the home that suffer from various kinds of water damage. Bathrooms often have at least three sources of water between the sink, the shower and/or bathtub, and the toilet. As such, there are multiple places where leakage can occur. On top of dealing with leakage, bathrooms also create a lot of humidity from steamy showers or baths. When moisture levels rise in a small space like a bathroom, a number of potential issues can result.
Living in South Florida means hot days and nights, which in turn means the need for a well-functioning bathroom to clean up. Therefore, it is essential for homeowners to be aware of the most common signals that water damage may be present. The following are some of the most typical bathroom water damage signs:
- Damp, musty smells
- Floor damage like buckled, cracked, or stained tiles/wood
- Noticeable issues with discolored walls, warped walls, or wet walls
- Mold presence on the walls, ceiling, or corners
- Gaps between the grouting/calking
The ability to pinpoint possible water damage signs in your bathroom is critical to minimizing the overall damage and cost to repair. While something like an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet is an obvious cause of bathroom water damage, other issues may present themselves much slower and inconspicuously. If and when you do notice that your bathroom has some water issues, you must be proactive in seeking help. Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today to learn more!
Quick Statistics about Mold Growth
For more information, contact our team of SERVPRO mold remediation technicians today!
Water damage in a residential or commercial property can often lead to a mold infestation. If left untreated, this mold growth can escalate and make its way throughout the property within 2-3 days. Unfortunately, mold is not only an issue that annoys homeowners and business owners alike, it can actually be incredibly dangerous for a person’s health. Decades and decades of research all point to the same issue regarding mold’s relation to serious health problems. Worldwide, millions of children and adults are living in regions where indoor and outdoor air pollution is threatening their well-being.
Mold is unavoidable, as it exists both in the air and on a variety of surfaces. Since it is attracted to moisture, mold grows in all kinds of places and is nearly unescapable. Health concerns like allergies and infections are related to mold presence. As such, it is important to be educated about mold in order to avoid it where possible. The following are some of the most notable statistics about mold growth:
- About 4.6 million cases of asthma in the United States are attributed to mold exposure and dampness within the home
- People are exposed to mold 24 hours a day, as it is virtually everywhere
- Elderly individuals, babies, children, and people with chronic respiratory conditions are often more severely affected by mold
- Recommendations state that humidity levels should be kept below 50% to prevent or limit mold growth
- Professional help should be sought if a mold problem exists in an area that covers 10 square feet or more
- Mold thrives on paper products, cardboard, and wood products
- Ventilation is critical in curbing the level of mold growth in a home
Organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Florida Department of Health work to provide statistics and information to limit the amount of mold exposure for the general population. Most notably, these organizations encourage homeowners and business owners to reach out for professional help if and when mold presence is identified. For more information, contact our team of SERVPRO mold remediation technicians today!
Fire Safety Tips for Your Pets
All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind.
When it comes to evacuation and safety plans in the event of a fire, most homeowners plans for protecting their family and their most meaningful possessions like important documents and family photos. Home fires are far more common than many people think and having a specific plan in place is essential. For those family with pets, an additional level of fire safety must be accounted for in order to keep your furry family members safe and sound. Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to research from the United States Fire Administration. Therefore, all pet owners are strongly encouraged to think about fire safety preparation for pets.
A family pet is truly like a real member of the family. As such, ensuring that your fire safety plan includes your pet is critical. Keep the following fire safety tips for your pets in mind:
- Never leave any open flames, like candles, unattended – especially if they are within the reach of your pet
- Watch out for things like space heaters getting knocked over by your animal
- Hide all electrical cords out of reach of your pets
- Do smoke detector checks twice a year
- Keep a collar on your pet
- Put a sticker on your windows and door to let firefighters know that a pet is inside the household
- Have a microchip implanted in your pet
- Account for your pet’s food when making emergency supply lists
- Keep your pet’s leash, food, and carrier by the home’s exit in case of a fire
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 700 home fires annually are started every year as a result of a pet or wild animal. All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind. If you have suffered any fire damage as a result of a home fire, contact the fire damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!
Water Damage on Your Boat
Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall.
For boat owners in South Florida, mold and mildew are true enemies. It may seem counterintuitive to think of water damage being present in a vessel meant for water. However, water damage in boats is a real issue that requires quick action to repair and restore the boat for safe use. When long days are spent out on the ocean, things like dirt, fish slime, salt, and water presence begin to wreak havoc on your boat’s interior. As such, it is important to understand the signs of water damage in your boat in order to proactively address the variety of issues that will stem from that type of damage.
With summertime right around the corner, the majority of South Florida boat owners are getting ready for back-to-back-to-back weekends on the water. Gathering your friends and family for a boat day is one of the best parts about living in Florida. So, keep these water damage signs in mind while preparing your marine vessel:
- Electrical system is corroding
- Blistering on the fiberglass
- Boat seats are cracking or damaged
- Carpet smells of mold and appears dirty and damaged
- Metal is rusting
- Warping of flooring
Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall. Marine vessel restoration is something that you should consider if any of the above signs are present on your boat. For more information about boat water damage, contact SERVPRO today!
SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year
Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500 rankings
SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year. Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list.
The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls “The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©”: Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.
“SERVPRO’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company’s success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees,” said Steen. “The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”
Steen says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:
- SERVPRO’s strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.
- SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
- SERVPRO’s focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.
“SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand,” said Steen. “Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure.”
Fifth Annual Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced
One of the more notable winners was SERVPRO of North Palm Beach / Lake Worth, winning the “Disaster, Recovery, and Restoration – 2018” category.
Florida Community Association Journal magazine announced its fifth annual Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2018 issue of the magazine with an expanded section profiling notable winners for the year.
One of the more notable winners was SERVPRO of North Palm Beach / Lake Worth, winning the “Disaster, Recovery, and Restoration – 2018” category.
The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique recognition program that shines a spotlight on the positive and productive contributions by community association service providers across Florida. They are presented to service providers that demonstrate through their commitment to the community associations they serve an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity.
Since being founded in 2013, the Awards have grown every year, with more than 390 service providers nominated for this year’s awards and more than 7,500 votes cast.
There is no fee to enter the Awards and the entire submission process is done online. Winners are chosen based solely on the total number of votes.
For more information, please visit fcapgroup.com.
Staying Safe in a House Fire
SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
A house fire is one of the most frightening things that a family can experience. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that there are more than 300,000 home structure fires each year in the United States, with an astonishing average of seven deaths per day linked to house fires. While the kitchen is the most common place that a fire starts inside of a home, areas like the living room, bedrooms, and family room are also sources of a sizable number of fires. As a homeowner in South Florida, it is absolutely essential for you and your family to be well-versed on an emergency plan in the event of a fire in your home.
A common misconception about house fires is that homeowners think “it will never happen to me”. Unfortunately, this mindset often leads to a lack of preparation that can make all of the difference in the event of an emergency. As such, keep these safety tips in mind for staying safe in a house fire:
- Do not rely on a fire alarm to inform all of the members of your family that a fire is present in the home, start yelling out loud
- Grab the fire extinguisher is the fire tame enough, but be sure to abort that plan and leave immediately if the fire extinguisher proves to be a futile effort
- Call 9-1-1 or the fire department
- Exit immediately and crawl low to avoid smoke inhalation
- Feel the doorknob before opening any door to ensure that it is not hot
- Leave your valuables in the home, get yourself and your family out as quickly as possible
- Use a damp towel or shirt to cover your nostrils so that smoke does not enter your lungs
- Never run into a room with flames present
- As you exit a room, close the door behind you to avoid the spreading of the fire
- Once you have evacuated the home, stay outside in a safe place and wait for first responders to arrive
House fires bring out a variety of instincts in people, and they are often dangerous responses to the emergency situation. Therefore, it is vital that you go over these safety tips with your family so that everyone is prepared in the event of a fire. After the fire trucks are gone, your and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Call us today to learn more!
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home or Business
If you think your home or business could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.
With the spring season right around the corner, it is typically the time of year where homeowners and business owners take a few weekends to spruce up the interior and exterior of their home or business. Keeping your home or business tidy and clean is important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, a clean home or business is less likely to face issues like mold damage and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. In addition, maintaining the cleanliness of a home will help tremendously in the resale value of the home should the homeowner consider selling one day down the road. From the kitchen to the garage and from the backyard area to the bedrooms, spring cleaning is extremely important for South Florida homes.
If you are looking to spruce up your home this spring season, keep in mind the following cleaning tips:
- Clean out your refrigerator – dispose of expired items and wash each tray
- Give all of your doormats a good wash
- Clean your upholstery and carpet – get professional help from SERVPRO to make sure the job is done right
- Pay special attention to washing your baseboards
- Dust all ceiling fans
- Scrub down your stove and oven
- Sanitize all sinks
- Disinfect your kitchen sink’s disposal
- Thoroughly clean all bathrooms – including shower doors, shower walls, and drain areas
- Disinfect and clean all toilets
- Reorganize your bedroom closets and drawers
- Pressure wash your driveway and roof
- Wash all windows
- Degrease and clean all kitchen cabinets
While there are certainly additional tasks to accomplish while doing your spring cleaning, the above list should serve as a great starting point for you and your family or you and your employees. While spring cleaning is important, keeping your home or business clean throughout the year is the key to ensuring major dirt buildup is avoided. Mold damage is one of the most common side effects of untreated water leaks and other home or business issues. If you think your home or business could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.
Battling Mold and Mildew in Your Kitchen
Understanding the most common causes of mold and mildew in your kitchen is the first and most efficient step in preventing fungal growth in your home.
The development of mold or mildew growth in your kitchen is highly likely to occur in your home if preventative measures are not taken. A hub for moisture and water, the kitchen is extremely susceptible to fungus growth of a wide variety. In South Florida, homeowners must be educated on the common causes of mold and mildew growth in their kitchens in order to avoid the damage from forming in the first place. From foul odors to health concerns and from costly damages to added homeowner stress, the ability to battle mold and mildew in your kitchen is extremely important.
Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is as much about education as it is about action. In fact, so much of mold growth prevention lies in awareness and proactive measures to keep the kitchen safe for all of your friends and family. Keep in mind the following common causes of kitchen mold:
- Leaks in your kitchen sink
- Dirty or broken garbage disposal
- Rotten fruits and vegetables
- Water leaks from kitchen appliances
- Higher levels of humidity
- Fridge mold
- Old cutting board mold
Understanding the most common causes of mold and mildew in your kitchen is the first and most efficient step in preventing fungal growth in your home. The kitchen is often the most central location of a home, a place where family members and friends gather. As such, protecting your kitchen from mold is imperative. To learn more about mold prevention or mold remediation in your home, contact our team of SERVPRO mold professionals at your earliest convenience.
Fast Facts on Florida Storms
We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.
With Hurricane Irma in our rearview mirror, it’s easy for many Florida residents to forget about how scary and dangerous hurricane season can be. February is a great time to remind yourself and your family members of how important storm preparation is for safeguarding your home and keeping your loved ones protected. While summer is often the season most associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, and all types of storms, it is important to keep in mind that the spring season also brings with it the threat of storms. The reality is that Florida sustains more hits from hurricanes than any other state in the country. Living in the Sunshine State has many, many perks, but sustaining regular hurricanes is certainly one of the negatives to residing here.
Understanding some basic facts about Florida storms is essential in being prepared both physically and mentally for an unexpected hurricane or tornado. Consider the following fast facts on Florida storms:
- Hurricane Irma made landfall at 115 knots in Cudjoe Key
- Anything above a Category 3 is considered to be a major hurricane
- When tornadoes take place in the spring season they are more likely to strike at night
- It is possible for a tornado to form inside of a hurricane
- In any given moment there are around 1,800 thunderstorms happening around the globe
- Thunderstorm clouds can reach more than 20,000 feet high
- Moisture, unstable air, and lift create the basic thunderstorm
- Cumulonimbus clouds produce thunderstorms
- Lightning due to thunderstorms kills more people each year than tornadoes do
- A “derecho” refers to a severe storm that encompasses a large area, has high winds, and lasts a very long time
Being prepared in the event of an unexpected storm is imperative. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Palm Beach Gardens home or business back to pre-storm condition.
Areas in Florida Most at Risk of Flooding
Our team of highly trained water damage specialists are ready to respond to your flood damage or water damage emergency.
According to reports from the journal of Environmental Research Letters, approximately 3.9 million homes in America will be at risk of flooding over the next 100 years if the current sea levels rise just one foot. Florida ranks amongst the most susceptible to flooding in the entire country due to its southern location and being surrounded by water. U.S. News reported that the states most at risk of flooding include Florida, Louisiana, California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Predictions point to the fact that homeowners in South Florida may need to start migrating to higher ground over the next few decades.
Over 1.6 million people live off of Florida’s coast and are at risk of flooding whenever a major storm hits the region. The subtropical climate paired with more than 1,100 miles of coastline makes living in Florida both a treat and a threat. First and foremost, you should be aware of whether or not your home is located in a flood zone. You can use this FEMA Flood Map Tool to determine that information. The following are the most vulnerable Florida cities when it comes to storm surge flooding:
- Tampa, FL
- Miami, FL
- Fort Meyers, FL
- Sarasota, FL
In fact, the above Florida cities all ranked in the top eight most susceptible cities in regard to storm surge flooding, according to a study from Karen Clark & Company (KCC) in 2015. No matter where you live in Florida, it is important to be aware of the flooding and the potential dangers that it may cause your home. Water damage from flooding can cause a wide range of problems in your home’s interior and exterior. When a major storm hits, SERVPRO is here to help in the aftermath. Our team of highly trained water damage specialists are ready to respond to your flood damage or water damage emergency. Contact us today to learn more!
6 Surprising Causes of Home Fires
At SERVPRO, we always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.
Home fires are incredibly scary to think about. In the most unsuspecting of times, homeowners must act quickly to protect their loved ones, their pets, and their most cherished home items. Unfortunately, in the United States nearly 4,000 people are killed each year from fires, that number is more than all natural disasters combined. In fact, approximately every minute and a half a new home fire is reported throughout the country, as reported National Fire Protection Association. While most people think of home fires as something that would never happen to them, the reality is that these occurrences strike far too many families across the nation. Fire damage is a serious problem, even for the smallest of home fires. As such, the ability to prevent a home fire from happening in the first place is absolutely critical.
Most people think that common fire starters like candles and cooking make up the majority of home fires. Nevertheless, it is important to be educated on all kinds of causes in order to prevent fires from starting in the first place. Some of the more surprising causes of home fires are as follows:
- Dishwashers: many people believe that since dishwashers have water in them they are incapable of causing a fire. However, the motor and heating elements in a dishwasher make it a potentially dangerous appliance.
- Jars: ant kind of glass object has the potential to catch fire from the reflection of the sun, so flammable liquids should not be stored in glass jars or glass containers of any kind.
- Outdated Appliances: old appliances have a tendency of having faulty wires and thus cause unexpected fires.
- Circuit Breakers: if the wiring in a circuit breaker is old or faulty it make catch fire.
- Smoke Detectors: even though smoke detectors are there to help in the event of a fire, they can actually catch fire on their own if they are malfunctioning. Make sure that your smoke detectors is not missing any batteries or malfunctioning in any way.
- Children Playing: when kids begin to experiment with things like lighters and matches, accidents tend to occur. Children should be kept far away from matches, lighters, and candles.
Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. At SERVPRO, we always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.
Preparing Your Business for the New Year
On behalf of SERVPRO, we wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond!
As a business owner, thinking forward to the coming year is critical to maintaining current goals and setting new objectives. People often look at New Year’s resolutions as personal goals like losing weight, being more attentive to loved ones, or giving back to the community. While all of those resolutions are important, people fail to look at New Year’s resolutions as it relates to their own business. From treating your employees well to creating a solid company culture, being introspective this time of year should extend personal life and move into your business world. The most savvy business owners take time each year around the holidays to reflect on successes, analyze failures, and set new goals for the year to come.
December is often chaotic for businesses of all kinds. As such, it is imperative to be diligent in your efforts to shift focus to the year ahead. We suggest spending some time as many of your employees as possible in order to get feedback. In doing so, you will have a well-rounded idea of where to start your business resolutions brainstorming session. Consider the following as your write down your company’s New Year’s resolutions:
- What is the industry as a whole doing differently that your company? Where do you see major trends going?
- How is your competition identifying opportunities in the marketplace? What can you adopt from competitors who are doing well?
- Who is an outstanding employee? How can you give them more responsibility moving forward?
- What are the overhead costs in your organization? Are there any ways to cut that number down?
- Does your office have a happy, positive mindset? Company culture is critical to productivity, is yours a constructive one?
These questions will lay the foundation for your company to succeed. Start by writing down overarching goals and then create specific bulleted lists as to how your organization will achieve them. On behalf of SERVPRO, we wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond!
Battling Mold in Your Garage
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County can inspect, assess and remediate your property.
Florida homeowners are used to dealing with weather elements like heavy rainstorms, extremely hot days, and hurricane disasters at any point in time during the year. The combination of hot, humid days paired with incredible hot months creates the perfect home for mold inside of your garage. And if you are like most Florida residents, you likely have a garage in your home and depend on that space for storage, a place for your vehicle(s), and even an outside refrigerator in some cases. Unfortunately for our garages, mold thrives in dark, moist, unventilated places. So, while it may not be top of mind for most people, it is extraordinarily important to be aware of potential mold growth in your garage.
Building a garage with materials that would prevent mold is ideal, however, most people do not have that option. So, keep the following tips in mind for preventing and battling mold in your garage:
- Minimize moisture with a dehumidifier
- Ventilate as much as possible with fresh air
- Open the garage for a portion of time each day to let sunlight inside
- Make sure the garage door is properly sealed to prevent water from seeping in
- Keep your stored items organized and on shelves
- Keep any shrubs or plants near the garage trimmed at all times
- Avoid storing anything wet inside of the garage
- After a heavy rainstorm, remove any standing water and dry the area as soon as possible
- Do not keep cardboard boxes in the garage
Preventing mold in your garage is important for any homeowner. We recommend doing regular inspections of your garage to ensure that no mold spores have grown, especially in moist, dark areas. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County can inspect, assess and remediate your property.
Staying Safe This Holiday Season
Make sure that you are spreading these safety tips amongst your friends and family. On behalf of SERVPRO, happy holidays to all!
When the holiday season rolls around every year, people are often distracted with decorating, party planning, and gift giving. While November and December are certainly the months for giving holiday cheer more attention, keeping safety in the forefront of your mind is absolutely necessary. From distracted drivers to holiday decorations accidents, far too many injuries occur during this time of the year. In fact, thousands of emergency room visits occur every year during the holiday months, accounting for things like back strains, falls, and lacerations. While rare, around 200 tree-related fires occur each year, causing property damage and fatalities across the country.
Keeping your home a safe and happy place during the 2017 holiday season is imperative. Decorations like candles, trees, ornaments, and lights are all potential hazards to your home’s safety. Keep these tips in mind while making decorating your home this year:
- Multiple extension cords should never be strung together
- Check your smoke alarms for proper functioning
- If you have a live Christmas tree, be sure to water it each day
- Never run your extension cords under carpeting, furniture, or rugs
- Candles should be placed at a safe distance from anything flammable, we recommend at least 3 feet
- Check the labels on all outdoor decorations to ensure they were designed for outside use
- Make sure that no decorations are in heavily trafficked areas in your home to avoid any slip and fall accidents
- Throw away any light strings that have pinched or frayed cords
- Use ladders carefully and properly, ideally with a person there to spot
- Be extra careful while cooking, as kitchen fires are much more likely during the holiday season
Holiday cheer is contagious, so make sure that you are spreading these safety tips amongst your friends and family. In doing so, you will ensure that your loved ones are able to safely enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer. On behalf of SERVPRO, happy holidays to all!
Protecting Your Home from Damage in Heavy Rain
Proactively protecting your home from water damage or storm damage in heavy rains is extremely important.
Hurricane season technically ends on November 20th, but experienced Florida residents know that heavy rains can (and do) come during any season. When a serious storm comes your way, heavy rains can wreak havoc on your property, both inside and outside of your home. If it seems like it’s been even wetter than usual in South Florida lately, that’s because it has been! Based on new reports from the South Florida Water Management District, South Florida hasn’t seen this much rain in 86 years. Storm surges of heavy rains often mean flooding in your neighborhood and it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with this extra rainfall and water.
Rain damage can be very costly if not handled both immediately and correctly. Far too many homeowners become lazy about storm damage and then are left to deal with additional issues like mold growth. As such, keep the following tips in mind for protecting your home from damage in heavy rain:
- Clean your gutters regularly
- Pay attention to your home’s drainage efficiency
- Check your windows and doors for proper sealant
- Have your roof inspected
- Fix any leaks throughout your home, especially in the bathrooms and kitchen
- Watch out for water leakage through your air vents
- Look out for mold growth, which often indicates water damage
- Be aware of potential health hazards associated with rain damage
- Make sure that all electrical equipment and appliances are in a water-free location
Proactively protecting your home from water damage or storm damage in heavy rains is extremely important. From both a safety and cost-savings perspective, ensuring that your home is safeguarded during Florida’s rains is beneficial in a variety of ways. If your home has suffered storm damage in any recent heavy rains, contact our team of water damage professionals today!
Most Common Signs of Water Damage
From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another.
Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, loose water inside of a house can flow virtually anywhere it wants to and thus presents a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.
Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:
- Moisture in carpet or other flooring
- Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
- Dark grouting around floor tiles
- Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
- Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
- Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
- A musty odor in particular spots in the home
- Higher water bills
- Buckling of wood floors
- Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system
From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners to save money and the integrity of the home’s structure. If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services!
Basic Home Fire Escape Plan
When it comes to fire safety, there is no better way to prepare than having a solid fire escape plan.
No one plans for a fire to break out inside of or near their home. Home electrical fires account for close to 500 deaths and over 1,400 injuries each year. In addition, home electrical fires cost billions of dollars in property damage annually. As such, preparing and planning an emergency escape strategy is critical to protecting you and your loved ones in the event of an unexpected home fire. First and foremost, your home should be inspected for working smoke alarms in every room. In addition, you must create a specific evacuation plan, practice fire drills, and make sure that your entire family is well-versed in what to do in the event of an emergency.
Keep in mind the following pieces of advice when developing and deploying your personal home fire escape plan:
- Keep all exits unblocked (both doors and windows throughout the house)
- Make an escape route for each individual room in the home
- Smoke alarms should be placed in every room, on every level of the home, and outside of any sleeping area
- Walk through your escape plan with entire family
- Choose a location a safe distance away from your home as your family’s meeting place
- Memorize the fire department’s emergency phone number, make sure your family does as well
- Assign a capable adult to be in charge of any infants, elderly people, or anyone that lacks mobility and would require assistance in an emergency
- Take every smoke alarm signal seriously and evacuate immediately
- Inform guests or visitors in your home of the fire escape plan
- Never go back into a burning building before being cleared from the firefighters on the scene
Creating a home fire escape plan is absolutely essential for everyone. Whether you live in a single-family home or a high-rise apartment building, be sure to prepare yourself for the steps that would be taken in the event of a fire. When it comes to fire safety, there is no better way to prepare than having a solid fire escape plan.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS KICKS-OFF SEASON WITH ANNUAL TEA GUEST SPEAKER LESLIE GRAY STREETER FROM PALM BEACH POST
This annual event is a fundraiser for the Women in Business Council whose mission is to promote networking and education for professional women.
The Women in Business Steering Council announced their annual tea will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 3p.m.-5p.m. at the Abacoa Golf Club. This year’s guest speaker will feature local Palm Beach Post award-winning journalist and columnist, Leslie Gray Streeter.
Leslie Gray Streeter is an award-winning columnist and pop culture writer for the Palm Beach Post, where she has worked since October 2002. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is a proud product of that city's public-school system, and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1989.
In 1993, she graduated from the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, after which she began her professional journalism career. That has included stints at the Miami Times, a community weekly in Miami, Florida, the York Dispatch/Sunday News in York, Pa., and finally the Post.
Guests are invited to flaunt your best tea dress and hat. Prizes will be awarded for beauty and creativity. Ladies will come and enjoy an afternoon tea, light bites, and desserts.
"The Women in Business Annual Tea is one of my favorite Palm Beach North Chamber events. There is a feel of camaraderie as we enjoy our tea sporting elegant to wildly creative hats. Our speaker, Leslie Streeter, will certainly add to the fun with light hearted laughter! By the way, men are certainly welcome to join us! (Hats are optional)" said Donna Goldfarb, Chair of the Women in Business Council.
The event is made possible through the generous support of sponsors including Series sponsor: Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Tea Sponsor: Baron Sign, Orchid Sponsors: Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney (2GHO), Cathy Peduto Allstate Insurance, Illustrated Properties, Financial Investment Network Inc., Leo A Daily, Palm Beach Kennel Club, PGA Commons, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, and Glidden Spina.
This annual event is a fundraiser for the Women in Business Council whose mission is to promote networking and education for professional women and women entrepreuners while highlighting the women leaders in the community. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and non-members and walk-ins will be welcome the day of.
“The Women in Business Council is an incredible resource for business women in the Palm Beach North community seeking a forum rich with experience, knowledge and great networking opportunities” said Beth Kigel, President and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.
Staying Safe and Smart in Hurricane Irma
Good luck to all and remember that SERVPRO is here for all of you during and after the storm!
Florida residents are no strangers to hurricanes and the massive damage that they can cause. With Hurricane Irma looming, it’s difficult avoid the memories of past hurricanes that left homes in shambles. Devastation is something that sticks with a family. Nevertheless, if the rebuilding efforts after monster storms like Hurricane Andrew taught us anything, it taught us to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more. While its exact path is still unknown, there is no way around the fact that Hurricane Irma is going to be a seriously catastrophic storm. At this point, emergency plans should already be in place as you prepare your home and your family for the massive hurricane heading our way.
Weather experts have warned that wind, not flooding, is going to be the main concern this weekend. As such, the following steps should be taken today and tomorrow to ensure that you and your family stay safe and smart in Hurricane Irma:
- If you have an evacuation plan, now is the time to set it in motion. Map out your route and hit the road as soon as possible.
- Make sure your gas tank is full.
- Get water (1 gallon per day per person), non-perishable food items (enough for 3-7 days), and flashlights.
- Keep all important documents (insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, emergency contact phone numbers, health insurance cards, and any other important identification, financial, or property paperwork) in a waterproof safe box or some type of protective case.
- Photograph every room and valuable item inside of your household, as well as the entirety of the outside home. Photographs will be critical when filing insurance claims after the storm.
- Put up your shutters now, before the rain starts to come down.
- Run a load of laundry and dishes today before the power goes out.
- All patio furniture must be brought inside.
- Secure your garage door.
- Trim any branches or damaged trees that look like they may fall once the winds pick up.
Do not forget to prepare your pets for the storm. In addition, make sure that your first-aid kit is handy in addition to toilet paper, medications, cash, and fully charged electronics. Hurricane Irma is likely going to cause major destruction to South Florida homes. The focus right now must be safety for you and your family. If you have any questions, please reference local news stations or the NOAA Weather Radio for updates. Good luck to all and remember that SERVPRO is here for all of you during and after the storm!
The Fascinating Truth about Mold
While mold will always be present in your day-to-day life, there are a number of ways to avoid excessive exposure.
Most people do not realize that mold is everywhere. Mold lives inside, mold lives outside, and, in fact, mold is likely growing somewhere in close proximity to you as you read this article. Mold spores are microscopic and are therefore difficult to spot with the eyes. Thriving on moisture, mold spores often grow in places that are wet and colonies often grow quickly when exposed to water. Understanding some basic mold facts and figures can help you to be more aware of the potential dangers of mold growth and the risk of letting it thrive without professional removal or remediation.
We have spent some time collecting some of the most interesting facts and fascinating truths about mold. Take a moment to read through these figures and make mental notes of how important it is to be aware of any signs of mold:
- Approximately 93 percent of Chronic Sinus Infections are linked to mold
- Nearly 30 percent of new homes built have mold in them already
- Mold exposure has been linked to asthma, allergic reactions, and other respiratory health issues
- Fixing water leaks or problems is the best way to avoid mold growth
- Mold can grow on virtually any type of substance or surface as long as moisture is present
- Storm-driven rain is one of the most common sources of mold
- There have been over 1,000 mold-related insurance claims over the last decade
- Every single type of mold has a potential to cause some type of health issue
- Roof damage often leads to mold growth as a result of roof leaks
- Doors, windows, and exterior walls are all vulnerable to mold growth when moisture exists
- Poor ventilation inside of a home causes mold to grow
- Humidity must be controlled to prevent excessive mold growth
While mold will always be present in your day-to-day life, there are a number of ways to avoid excessive exposure. Keep the above facts and figures in mind in order to protect you and your family from mold-related health issues. If you believe that you may have a mold issue in your home or business, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our mold remediation experts!
Interesting Facts about Hurricanes in Florida
Take a look at some unique and interesting facts about hurricanes in Florida.
Floridians have grown so accustom to experiencing hurricane season that they rarely stop to think about hurricanes themselves. While any natural disaster can be scary and destructive, they also have the potential to be beautiful acts of nature. From flash floods to power outages, it’s easy to get lost in the negative elements of Florida hurricanes and the damage that they cause to our homes, businesses, and community as a whole. Have you ever taken a moment to reflect upon your hurricane knowledge? When is the last time you stopped to catch up on interesting hurricane facts?
If the answers to these questions leave you wanting more, keep reading. As storm damage experts, our team at SERVPRO has taken the time to get to know hurricane extremely well. Take a look at some unique and interesting facts about hurricanes in Florida:
- Warm water is used as a source of energy to create hurricanes
- The eye of a hurricane can range anywhere from 2 miles in diameter to more than 200 miles in diameter
- Other names for hurricanes include tropical storms, cyclones, and typhoons
- Around 33 percent of cat and dog owners do not have a hurricane disaster plan in place for their pets
- When the waves of the hurricane are extremely heavy they are referred to storm surges
- In 1953, the National Hurricane Center began naming storms officially
- Approximately 40 percent of hurricanes in the United States strike Florida
- The eye of a hurricane is typically calm
- More often than not, the right side of a hurricane is most dangerous
- Tornadoes have been caused by hurricanes
- When the wind speeds of a storm hit 74 mph, the storm is considered to be a hurricane
- Category 5 hurricanes, the most dangerous of all, are marked by winds that exceed 156 mph
- Hurricane Andrew, Florida’s most catastrophic hurricane, was a Category 5
- Naming hurricanes helps with communication amongst the general public as well as weather forecasters
Being educated on hurricanes is important for any Florida resident. Understanding the history of these storms can help to calm nerves, manage expectations, and lead to better decision-making in the event of a bad storm. Be sure to continue your hurricane education to keep you and your family safe this summer.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Kitchen
From the sink to the dishwasher and from the refrigerator to the freezer, there are many potential water leaking hazards inside of the kitchen.
Water damage in the kitchen is something that homeowners often forget to consider as they tend to associate water damage with bathrooms and laundry rooms. Unfortunately, water damage in your kitchen is typically hard to recognize due to the various smells already in that area. From the kitchen sink to the dishwasher and from the refrigerator to the freezer, there are many potential water leaking hazards inside of the kitchen. Since detecting moisture in the kitchen is difficult, but it is important to understand the most effective ways to prevent water damage in the kitchen.
Water damage can arise at any moment in your home. In the kitchen, water damage is most often found due to the following:
- Countertops and Sinks
Dishwashers will sometimes malfunction, causing blockage of the main filter and thus causing a leak and eventual water damage. To prevent this, make sure that you are regularly checking the base of the dishwasher and looking for any collection of excess water. Also, look out for any leaks in the dishwasher which might be caused by an improperly sealed hose. Refrigerators often cause water damage because they are rarely moved. To prevent a potential water problem, be sure to occasionally check behind your refrigerator for any water. Finally, countertops and sinks are obviously exposed to water each and every day. To prevent water damage in these areas, check under your sink for any pooling water and make sure that the grout on your countertops is intact, as this is a sign of water damage.
Kitchen repairs for water damage can be costly and annoying. Not only will you have to pay to fix the problem, but it will disrupt your day-to-day routine since the kitchen is the focal point of most homes. In addition, mold growth is a threat when kitchen water damage goes undetected. As such, be sure to keep the above tips in mind to prevent water damage in your kitchen.
Dryer Fire Prevention Tips
If you have experienced dryer fire in your home, SERVPRO is here to deal with the fire damage.
Each year in the United States homeowners suffer from the aftermath of clothes dryer fires. In fact, nearly 15,000 home clothes dryers catch fire each year which in turn cause about 100 injuries. While it may surprise some, neglecting to clean your dryer is the most common cause of a fire. As such, preventing dryer fires is actually easy if the homeowner is aware of the potential of fire damage and takes steps to avoid an accident from occurring in their home.
Keep in mind the following tips for dryer fire prevention:
- Hire a professional to install your dryer, do not attempt to do this yourself
- Make sure that your laundry room has no flammable items inside or near the dryer
- Clean your linen filter both before and after every single load of laundry
- Get your dryer serviced regularly
- Be sure that your dryer’s vent pipe is free, blockage is one the top causes of dryer fires
- Hire a professional to look at your gas lines
- Never run your dryer when you are asleep or not home
- Avoid overloading your dryer
- Clean your dryer in any place where lint can build up
- Use metal dryer ducts
- Check the electrical outlet and plug to ensure it is connected correctly
- Do not dry any items containing rubber, foam, or plastic
- Do not dry clothes that have anything flammable on them such as gas, alcohol, or cooking oils
- Leave ample room between your dryer and the wall behind it
- Read your manufacturers’ instructions to go over particular safety tips for your dryer
From lack of maintenance to dirty dryers, almost every single dryer fire each year is caused by something that could have been avoided. If you have experienced dryer fire in your home, SERVPRO is here to deal with the fire damage. Call us today to learn more!
Protect Your Commercial Property from Water Damage
Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance.
Owning and operating a commercial property is stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business as usual. The middle of hurricane season is upon us and this often leads to heavy rains and unforeseen hiccups in typical day-to-day activities. As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.
There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.
First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.
Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance. The team at SERVPRO specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!
How To Stop Mold Growth in Your Shower
At SERVPRO, our highly-trained mold remediation specialists are here restore your bathroom quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost professionalism.
Most homeowners can attest to the fact that mold and showers seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Despite your best efforts, that pesky mold starts to grow in the shower and it seems like there is nothing you can do to stop it. Mold thrives in moisture and confined areas and is therefore likely to flourish inside of a shower. While many do not realize it, mold is actually present everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, all of the time. When a mold spore is exposed to water, a colony can quickly grow and create a problem. In addition, mold often produces irritants and allergens and that can create health issues for you and your family.
Showers are damp and dark, facilitating mold growth and causing major headaches for homeowners. From the shower ceiling to the shower floor, a quick look around your bathroom area is likely to reveal some mildew issues. Things like pipe leaks and poor ventilation can cause bathroom mold to grow. Preventing mold from growing in the first place is of course the most efficient method. Therefore, try to keep your bathroom fan on when you shower for better ventilation, replace your shower curtain frequently, possibly use a dehumidifier in the bathroom, and wash your rugs in the bathroom often.
While preventing mold growth in your shower is ideal, it is not always possible. For that reason, getting rid of mold in the bathroom is a concern of many homeowners. As long as the bathroom has not suffered from a serious mold growth infestations, getting rid of it is entirely possible. First, remove any sealant that has visible mold. Then, start by cleaning your shower top to bottom with any type of mold-killing cleaning product such as hydrogen peroxide or bleach, but be careful not to mix these toxic cleaning products. Finally, keep any and all doors and windows open in the bathroom to get air circulating and drying the area as much as possible.
Unfortunately, there are many scenarios when the homeowner waits too long to address mold growth in the shower or bathroom. If the mold problem in your bathroom seems outside of the scope of the above suggestions, you will likely need professional help. At SERVPRO, our highly-trained mold remediation specialists are here restore your bathroom quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost professionalism. Don’t let mold ruin your beautiful bathroom, contact us today to learn more!
After a Florida Storm Safety Tips
SERVPRO is here to get your home back to pre-storm condition as quickly and efficiently as possible!
From serious thunderstorms to hurricanes and everything in between, South Florida homeowners must be prepared for the worst during the summer months. When it comes to rainy season and hurricane season in Florida, most people focus on preparations before a storm strikes. While this is critically important for home protection, attention must also be paid to what to do after a Florida storm. It goes without saying that keeping you and your family safe is the number one priority before, during, and after a storm. After a serious storm hits and you’ve make sure that your family is safe, thinking about what steps to take from there on out is important.
Assessing the damage to your home must be done extremely carefully, as things may have shifted during the storm and are potential hazards. Keep the following tips in mind for what to do after a Florida storm:
- Listen to your local news via radio or television as well as the NOAA Weather Radio for important instructions and/or announcements
- If you had evacuated, do not re-enter your home until your area has been declared safe
- Do not drive into any flooded areas
- Do not drive through barricaded or closed roads
- Only stand on firm ground, avoid any areas with moving water
- Carefully check your appliances, water, gas, and electrical lines for any damages
- Do not consume any food or beverage unless you are sure that it is not contaminated
- Use flashlights for light while inspecting your damage, never use open flames of any kind
- Avoid using the telephone unless you are reporting a life-threatening emergency, keeping the phone lines open is important
- Do not use your generators indoors
- Make sure any electrical items are completely dry before turning them on
- Keep your pets under close watch
- Report any downed power lines
- Help people in your community who need is (especially the elderly or those with special needs)
Once you and your family feel safe and secure, it is a good idea to take photographs or videos of your home and the surrounding areas. Documenting the damage and recording losses is a good idea for both inside and outside of your home. In addition, be hyper-aware of waterborne bacterial contaminations, these are common after major storms and can be a major health threat. The final step in what to do after a storm is to contact your local storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals. SERVPRO is here to get your home back to pre-storm condition as quickly and efficiently as possible!
What To Do After a Flood in Your Home
Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal.
Water damage is not fun for any homeowner and unfortunately, South Florida is prone to flooding. As such, knowing what to do in the event of a flooded home is critical to mitigating the damages and getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible. From rainstorms to overflowing toilets and from leaky faucets to poorly insulated showers, water damage can occur in a myriad of different scenarios. In South Florida, the summer season brings a ton of rain and thus increases the likelihood of flooding in your home. Water damage is actually an issue nationwide, accounting for nearly 1,400 home or work indoor flooding each and every day.
The first 24 hours following any type of flooding or water damage in your home is often the most important. No matter how bad the damage may be, quick response times almost always play a vital role in reducing the amount of destruction that is suffered by the property. Keep in mind the following tips on what to do after a flood in your home:
- Use mops to remove any excess water
- Remove tabletop items and then wipe off excess water on wood furniture
- Take all cushions and upholstery and prop them up to remove water
- Pick up furniture legs where possible and place aluminum foil down between the legs and the wet carpet
- Turn on the A/C to max in order to speed up the drying process
- Take colored rugs off of wet carpet immediately
- Transfer any art objects to a dry area in the home
- Collect all loose items from the floor
- Use dehumidifiers for small spaces
- Remove any books, photographs, or important papers from wet areas
- Shut off electrical systems
- Turn on all fans in the home to circulate airflow
- Disinfect any contaminated areas with non-toxic, strong disinfectants
- Throw away any damages items
- Call water damage professionals as soon as possible to assess and repair the damage
If a pipe bursts or a heavy rainstorm strikes unexpectedly in your home, it’s difficult to avoid panicking. Homeowners must take a deep breath and contact SERVPRO as soon as they can to get professionals on the job immediately. Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal. With our highly trained technicians, our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today!
Most Common Causes of House Fires
If you or a loved one has suffered from a house fire, contact our fire damage specialists immediately for 24/7 disaster help!
Fires are one of the most terrifying and devastating accidents that can occur in a home. Most victims of house fires will agree that they never saw it coming and never thought a tragedy like that would happen to them. Unfortunately, fires are unpredictable and alarming no matter how they happen and preparing is something that homeowners seldom think about. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1.3 million fires required U.S. fire departments responses in 2015. On average in our nation, a home fire occurs every 86 seconds. This means that there is no such thing as being too prepared for a house fire.
More than three-quarters of civilian fire deaths are caused by home structure fires. As such, homeowners must be aware of the threat of a fire in order to hopefully prevent one from occurring. In fact, research shows that the majority of home fires are completely avoidable. Having a complete understanding of typical house fires causes can play a critical role in prevention. The most common causes of house fires are:
- Cooking/cooking equipment
- Careless smoking
- Heating equipment
- Electrical equipment
- Lighting equipment
- Intentional fires (arson)
- Curious kids
- Poor wiring
- Flammable liquids
- Christmas decorations and trees
- Dryers and washing machines
Smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are critical for any homeowner. Most homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms, however, about 60 percent of fire deaths come from homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. From more obvious dangers like cooking and smoking to less obvious dangers like flammable liquids and poor wiring, being aware of the most common causes of house fires is essential to preventing them from occurring. If you or a loved one has suffered from a house fire, contact our fire damage specialists immediately for 24/7 disaster help!
A Clean Workspace Checklist
Be sure to keep this checklist in mind while you perform regular cleanings throughout your workspace.
Business owners know how overwhelming running an office can be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When it is your responsibility to oversee the day-to-day operations within a company, cleaning is understandably the last thing on your mind. From dusty cabinets to stained carpet floors to smelly kitchens and everything in between, keeping your workspace clean and neat is a constant challenge. However, keeping a workspace tidy is actually more important than many business owners imagine. Studies have shown that work productivity and employee morale is much higher when an office space is kept well-ordered and organized. As such, hiring commercial cleaning services to regularly visit your office and clean is vital to your business’s bottom line.
In addition to encouraging and motivating your employees, a clean office is also critical for clients and guests who visit your workspace. How can a potential client trust that your company will provide great services if your office is a mess? Spend some time today walking around your office and give yourself a grade against this clean workspace checklist:
- Clean floors: check for carpet stains and dirt on hard floors
- Trash cans: empty your trash cans each night and wash as needed
- Dusting: spot check all surfaces and furniture for unwanted dust
- Fingerprints: remove any marks from glass doors, windows, surfaces, and walls as well as any door frames and light switches
- Disinfect: make sure all floors are mopped and door handles are cleaned
- Cabinets: spot clean and polish all office furniture to remove any unwanted stains
- Break Room: keep kitchen and fridge/freezer clean and tidy, throw away expired or old food/beverages
- Vents: vacuum vents once a month
- Organize: make sure all files, folders, and papers are neatly stored
- Restrooms: refill soap dispenser, disinfect surfaces, clean toilets, and make sure that all bathroom appliances are operating correctly
No matter what type of office you run, cleanliness is essential to the well-being of your business and its employees. Be sure to keep this checklist in mind while you perform regular cleanings throughout your workspace.
The Dangers of Mold in Your Home
Unwanted mold growth can lead to adverse health effects and can make living in your own home uncomfortable.
South Florida homes are particularly susceptible to mold growth in their homes because mold and moisture thrive together. A type of fungus, mold is also called mildew and can grow both indoors and outdoors, flourishing in humid, damp, and warm conditions. Unfortunately for Florida homeowners, the weather in the Sunshine State typically creates a humid, damp, and warm environment. As such, mold threatens homes all across South Florida, especially during very hot and humid days. Places like shower stalls, wet carpets, and other areas that suffer from water exposure are most vulnerable to mold growth. This occurs because active mold growth needs moisture. Understanding the dangers of mold in your home is important to preventing serious health risks for you and your family.
Some people are more sensitive to mold than others and will immediately feel an allergic reaction when they are exposed to it. Things like sneezing, coughing, skin rashes, red and itchy eyes, and runny noses are all common allergic reactions to mold presence. Those who have a serious allergy to mold may even experience shortness of breath, even causing asthma attacks for people with asthma. The groups of people who are most often connected to sensitivity to mold exposure are:
- Elderly people
- People with compromised immune systems
- Sufferers of chronic lung disease
Mold can enter a home through vents, windows, doorways, and even air conditioning systems. In addition, outside mold can even attach itself to pets, clothing, and shoes and be tracked inside of a home. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there have been more than different 1,000 types of mildew and mold identified inside of houses throughout the country. Therefore, contacting a qualified, professional mold remediation expert is imperative to keeping you and your family protected. Unwanted mold growth can lead to adverse health effects and can make living in your own home uncomfortable. If you see any signs of mold it is critical that you contact SERVPRO immediately and speak with one of our mold specialists.
Storm Safety Tips for Florida Residents
It is important to take every precaution necessary to ensure the utmost safety during a tropical storm, hurricane, or even heavy downfall.
Summer months in the “Sunshine State” are filled with on and off rain almost every single day. Those who have lived here for years can relate to the unpredictable, wet, and frustrating weather that strikes Florida. From tracking hurricanes to simply preparing your home for a bad rainstorm, being proactive and diligent is the key to protecting you, your loved ones, and your residential property. Planning ahead is often the difference between total destruction and minor damage, so be sure to prepare yourself during this stormy summer season!
June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season in Florida, so it’s time to educate yourself on the best safety practices before it’s too late. Things like torrential rain downpours, high winds, and storm surges can wreak havoc on your homes. Keep the following storm safety tips in mind this summer:
- Trim your trees properly and be aware of any power lines near your home
- Unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment
- Create a contact list of important numbers such as emergency services, county law enforcement, local hospitals and utilities, and the local American Red Cross
- Be aware of the location of the closet storm shelter
- Make an emergency kit with enough food for 3-7 days, plenty of water, clothing, batteries, first aid kit, flashlights, emergency radio, cash, and a cell phone
- Keep your gas tank filled during the summer
- Right before a storm, turn the refrigerator and freezer temperature to as cold as possible
- Put up your hurricane shutters and remove any loose items from around the house
- Think about purchasing a generator
- Discuss an evacuation plan with your family
The above storm safety tips for Florida residents really only scratches the surface of what needs to be done to adequately prepare for a storm. It is important to take every precaution necessary to ensure the utmost safety during a tropical storm, hurricane, or even heavy downfall. Be sure to check back on our blog to learn more safety tips as we move along into the summer months. Be safe out there!
Hurricanes and Your Commercial Property
As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, South Florida business owners must be mindful of the potential threat of a major storm.
Hurricane preparation is essential for every Florida resident. Storms and inclement weather can strike at any time, sometimes unexpectedly, and therefore having a plan is critical. Storm damage to your business is even more of a threat as commercial properties are unprepared far too often. When a hurricane warning is issued, most people focus their efforts on protecting their loved ones and their home, which is understandable. However, it is important to avoid neglecting your place of business. Water damage and flooding emergencies require quick response, thorough services, and a dedicated, trained commercial restoration team. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of responding to commercial storm damage emergencies with efficiency and expertise.
Restoring and cleaning commercial properties can be tricky if done improperly. We are dedicated to not only doing an outstanding job, but to minimizing the disruption of your business as much as possible. This keeps your clients happy and allows for your business to run as usual during the process. Some of the commercial properties that are provide services to include:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, South Florida business owners must be mindful of the potential threat of a major storm. If a storm strikes and causes damage to your building, you want a company that you can trust and a company who understands the importance of getting back to business as soon as possible. To learn more about our commercial services, contact our restoration experts today!
A Future Look on Residential and Commercial Restoration
SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with technology in order to provide our customers with the best resources, products, services, and tools available.
The restoration industry has grown tremendously over the last several years and projections point to a continued rapid growth into the future. In general, the restoration market is expanding due to an increase in demand. This particular need looks rather different depending upon the end-user, however, things like natural disasters and aging properties contribute greatly to the rising demand for restoration. As the global world becomes more and more connected, the standards for which restoration companies must adhere to becomes significantly higher. Clients are now able to insist upon excellent customer service and can easily spread the world if they suffer from a poor experience.
Technology plays a major role in the future of restoration, and in a variety of capacities. First of all, new products and services that have become available make both residential and commercial restoration more efficient and productive. As a result, projects are completed in a very timely manner and allow for restoration companies’ staff to move on to new projects quicker. In addition, new technologies allow for lower costs on commercial and residential restoration services. These decreases in cost and increases in volume make organizations like SERVPRO truly thrive.
While technology continues to infiltrate the restoration industry today and in the future, resources and tools will only further develop their capabilities. Nevertheless, the downside of technology and connectivity is the lightning fast response to poor service. Smart phones and mobile devices make customer service more important than ever before. Residential and commercial restoration companies must strive to provide unmatched customer service or they run the risk of being hammered on review sites, social media, and the like. The restoration market must take this into account as they move into the future.
With all of these state-of-the-art tools at their fingertips, commercial and residential restoration companies are tasked with the great responsibility to evolve. Looking inward, SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with this technology in order to provide our customers with the best resources, products, services, and tools available. As we work diligently to maintain high-quality commercial and residential restoration services we are constantly monitoring the state of the industry and how our company can stay ahead of the competition.
Top 10 Reasons for Professional Carpet Cleaning Every Year
From soil buildup from children and pets to keeping a room looking beautiful and fresh, SERVPRO is the solution for all of your professional carpet an
Regular carpet cleaning is important for homeowners, property managers, and commercial property managers alike. People tend to neglect their carpets for long periods of time and before they know it, years have gone by without any deep professional cleaning. Beyond the fact that professional carpet cleaning greatly improves a home or business’s aesthetic, it also plays a critical role in keeping your home safe and clean. From children to pets to daily wear and tear, a carpet can quickly get worn out if it is not properly cared for. As such, carpeting cleaning should be included in your list of regular home and property maintenance.
When it comes to professional cleaning, preventative maintenance is the key to extending the life of your carpet. The carpet acts as a filter, trapping dirt, gases, dust, animal hairs, and other soils. Things like spot removal, regular vacuuming, and walk-off mats will help to keep your carpet looking great. Nevertheless, professional cleaning is recommended once per year. The following are some of the top reasons for professional carpet cleaning:
- Extend the life of the carpet
- Prevent bacteria and allergen buildup
- Improve the appearance of any room
- Safeguard a home or property’s air quality
- Remove any visible stains and spots
- Make carpet maintenance in between deep cleanings much easier
- Maintain a carpet’s warranty
- Avoid bugs and other dust mites from living in the carpet
- Remove pet hairs and odors
- Make a room presentable for an event
These reasons just scratch the surface in highlighting how necessary it is for homeowners and property managers to invest in professional carpet cleaning. From soil buildup from children and pets to keeping a room looking beautiful and fresh, SERVPRO is the solution for all of your professional carpet and upholstery cleaning needs!
Odor Removal after Fire Damage
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our team of fire damage experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your home.
House fires are incredibly scary for homeowners and even neighbors. Getting out of the house safely and quickly is of course the main priority if a fire ignites in any area of the house. While making sure that you and your loved ones are safe is the first step, dealing with the aftermath of the fire comes next. After a fire, it is important to do the following:
- Limit all movement in the house in order to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the carpets and upholstery
- Change the HVAC filter
- Make sure hands are kept clean to not further soil the woodwork, walls, or upholstery
- Wash all houseplants on both sides of the leaves
- Take old linens or clean towels and place them on upholstery, carpet, and rugs in traffic areas
- Use a light coating of oil or petroleum jelly to protect any chrome in the house
Following the above steps, it is important to reach out to professional fire damage removal experts in order to assess the damage within the home and make recommendations for the most efficient and effective way to clean up. Odor removal and deodorization is critical in the days following a house fire. It is important to note that attempting to deodorize your home on your own can cause major issues in the long-run. As such, hiring a team of professionals will ensure a stress-free, thorough, and complete job.
At SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, our team of fire damage experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your home. With IICRC technical class under their belts, the fire damage team is able to properly removal all odors to ensure they stay gone forever. Too many people attempt to do this themselves and end up just masking the smell, not eliminating it. Using special equipment, the SERVPRO fire damage squad removes the odor without a trace, even odors that have penetrated surfaces.
Have you recently suffered from fire damage in your home? Is the odor just not going away? Contact our fire damage odor removal team today and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Top 10 Water Damage Tips After Flooding
With expertise and equipment second to none, SERVPRO is your solution to water damage repair and restoration following any type of flooding.
Water damage is a concern for anyone living in South Florida and any coastal area in the United States. Whether your home was damaged due to a bad storm that caused flooding, a bursting pipe or leak, or even heavy rains that get trapped in your house, knowing what to do immediately after is critical. In fact, many potential water damage problems can be completely avoided or solved in handled correctly and in a timely fashion. Safety should be the priority first and foremost. However, after all of the people in your home are safe and secure, it’s time to get to work on minimizing the water damage in your home.
The following are some of the top tips for handling water in damage in your home after flooding:
- Remove excess water from wood furniture, tabletop items, and also mop areas of the floor with pooling water
- Turn up the air conditioner during the summer months to increase drying rate
- Avoid any electrical hazards until a professional has arrived
- Prop up and/or remove wet cushions and upholstery
- Hang any fabrics that have gotten wet
- Remove colored items, books, or magazines from the floors or wet carpets
- Get rid of colored rugs that are near wet carpeting
- Take away any art objects to a place that is dry and safe from water hazards
- Stay out of rooms with wet, sagging ceilings
- Never use your household vacuum to attempt to remove water
The water removal and water cleanup process can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially following a big storm or major appliance leak. It is important to contact highly-trained technicians to handle the water damage in the most effective and safe manner possible. With expertise and equipment second to none, SERVPRO is your solution to water damage repair and restoration following any type of flooding.
The Dangers of Black Mold
If you have any concerns about mold growth in your house or in your office building, contact our mold remediation specialists right away!
Throughout the last years many myths have developed regarding black mold and the dangers associated with it. It is important to note, however, that not all black bold is toxic. Additionally, all toxic molds are not necessarily black mold. The two toxic black molds are Aspergillus and Stachybotrys chartarum, typically found in damaged buildings where moisture is present. Determining whether or not mold is dangerous is incredibly difficult. Therefore, whenever any mold is detected in your home or office building, it is essential that you contact a professional as soon as possible. Mold remediation must be done immediately to remove the mold and the toxins associated with its presence.
Black mold is very slow to develop and typically feeds off of earlier mold growth to flourish. More often than not, black mold is rather heavy and unlikely to become airborne. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), a person who is living or working around mold is at greater risk of developing a respiratory disease. Mold almost always gets into a building or house due to excessive moisture, most often from:
- Sewer backups
- Water damage following a rain storm
- Leaky pipes
- Blocked gutters
- Poor drainage systems
- Rook leaks
Preventing black mold from forming is relatively easy to do. Make sure that the ventilation system in your home or office is functioning properly. Minimize moisture by keeping the area temperatures warm, as cold air holds moisture much more efficiently. Finally, try to limit humidity in situations such as cooking with a window open. If you have any concerns about mold growth in your house or in your office building, contact our mold remediation specialists right away to limit the dangers and damage associated with mold growth.
The Importance of Residential Cleaning
Using state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO’s carpet cleaning service ensures that the job is done right.
Most homeowners have a basic house cleaning service a few times a month to keep their home clean and tidy. While this is important for appearances, deeper cleanings are necessary to maintain a safe and comfortable living environment. As a home ages, things like air ducts, upholstery, sewage, and flooring grows more and more susceptible to issues such as poor indoor air quality and sewage backups. These problems have the potential to not only cause harmful and unsafe conditions for the home, but also impede the home’s efficiency.
Air duct and HVAC cleaning is essential to preventing pollen, dust, odors, debris, dirt, and other contaminants from being circulated in the indoor air of a home. Health concerns become a factor when air ducts have not been cleaned for a long time. Unfortunately, many people do not realize these issues until allergies act up or offensive odors become evident. Servicing an HVAC unit can not only improve the health of your home, but it can also restore peak energy efficiency. As such, paying attention to the ventilation system in a home creates a safer environment while saving money for the homeowner.
Carpet is another culprit of storing harmful soils that can hinder the health of a home. According to IICRC, 79 percent of soil in carpet is dry soil. Therefore, preventative maintenance like vacuuming and spot removal is critical. In the event that a carpet has been ignored for far too long, professional cleaning services may be necessary. Some of the most common carpet cleaning methods include:
- Bonnet Cleaning
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse
- Dry Cleaning
- Hot Water Extraction
- Showcase Premier Cleaning
These options offer a range of specialized cleaning that is thorough and deep to ensure that the carpet is properly cleaned. Generally, a homeowner should have their carpets professionally cleaned once every year. In doing so, the carpet is best able to maintain the look and feel that they had when they were first purchased. Using state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO’s carpet cleaning service ensures that the job is done right.
For any and all of your residential cleaning services, contact us today to make your home a clean, safe, and comfortable place for you and your family.
Steps to Prevent a House Fire
Taking the above steps to prevent home fires is incredibly important to making sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your house.
Home fires are a true danger in the United States, marking approximately 12,600 injuries and 2,500 deaths each year throughout the nation. In many cases, the smoke and heat actually poses a greater threat than the flames themselves. As such, being educated and prepared in the event of a home fire is critical. Even more important, however, is understanding how to prevent home fires from starting in the first place.
Fire spreads incredibly fast. In less than 30 seconds, a tiny flame can spread and get out of control, causing a serious fire. The most deadly fires in homes happen when the people are asleep. If a person wakes up to a fire, it is imperative that they get out of the house immediately, as there is no time to grab valuables.
From discarded cigarettes to cooking appliances, the majority of home fires are started from carelessness. Some of the most important steps to prevent house fires include:
- Never leave the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or any other heating appliance being used.
- Barbeque grills should be placed at least 10 feet away from overhangs, branches, etc.
- Do not wear long sleeves while cooking.
- Never cook while drowsy or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Always smoke cigarettes outside of the home.
- Ensure that cigarette butts, ashes, etc. are completely out before walking away.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Make sure all electrical and appliance wires are replaced once worn out.
- Teach children about the dangers of fire at a very young age.
- Make sure that all lighters and matches are locked in a cabinet, out of the reach of any children.
Unfortunately, far too many people underestimate the true dangers of home fires. Taking the above steps to prevent home fires is incredibly important to making sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your house. Most people who suffer in a home fire say that they never thought it would happen to them. Be sure to make a plan and take every measure to prevent a house fire.
Unmatched Cleaning Services in North Palm Beach County
No matter how dirty your home may be, SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services will take any mess and make it look “like it never even happened”.
Between wear and tear, messy children, pets, and more, keeping a home clean can seem like an impossible task. Many homeowners seek a house cleaning service before the holiday season begins. However, it is important to note the difference between a stand house cleaning service and a deeper clean like that from SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County. Our residential cleaning services ensure that your living environment is clean, comfortable, and safe for you and your family.
While SERVPRO is often recognized for its high-quality fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation services, our professional residential cleaning services are unrivaled in South Florida. Carpet and upholstery cleaning can truly change the entire look of a home. Once the dirt is removed, your home has a new glow that will be recognized and appreciated by all of your holiday guests.
SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services include:
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
- Odor Removal
- Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up
Cleaning the dirt off of your home’s furniture and carpet will freshen up its look, but SERVPRO takes it a step further and ensures that unwanted dust is removed as well. In addition, our air duct cleaning services not only improve the quality of your home, but also increase the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems. These extra steps keep the home bright and safe for you and your family. No matter how dirty your home may be, SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services will take any mess and make it look “like it never even happened”.
Sewer System Backups in Your Home
Sewer system backups cause potentially life-threatening that must be taken seriously.
The aftermath of sewer system backups in your home can be very dangerous. The water from sewage backups not only present an awful odor, but it may also cause unhealthy living conditions and even property damage. Things like viruses, parasites, and bacteria may all arise from untreated sewage and these illness-causing organisms threaten the safety of anyone living in the home. As such, a sewer system backup must be cleaned and disinfected by experienced professionals in order to minimize the possibility of disease.
The following may be causes of a sanitary sewer system backup:
- Broken or blocked pipes
- Increases in rain near leaky pipes
- Insufficient system volume for newer residential communities
- Poorly designed sewer systems
- Poorly installed sewer systems
Regardless of the specific cause, sewer system backups lead to contaminated water and therefore require professional assistance to eradicate. There are three different types of contaminated water:
- Category 1 “Clean Water”: water from a clean source like a broken clean water supply line. This category 1 water can quickly become category 2 or 3 if left untreated.
- Category 2 “Gray Water”: water that has a significant level of contamination and may cause illness or discomfort if consumed. Gray water often comes from things like toilet overflows (with some urine but no feces) or dishwasher/washing machine overflow. This category 2 water can quickly become category 3 if left untreated.
- Category 3 “Black Water”: water that is grossly unsanitary and may cause severe disease or death if consumed. All contact with black water should be avoided, as it may contain harsh chemicals, microbes, and untreated sewage. This is often found from flooding rivers or sewer backup.
A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County should be hired to disinfect and clean the interior and exterior of the home. Sewer system backups cause potentially life-threatening that must be taken seriously. Contact us today to learn more!
Hurricane Matthew Recovery Plan
Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for 24-hour emergency service for storm damage cleanup and restoration.
Florida felt the wrath of Hurricane Matthew last week and many Florida residents are now left to handle the aftermath of this deadly storm. The Atlantic coast had to deal with strong winds, persistent heavy rains that brought ocean waves across beaches, and rising water throughout the coastal communities. Flash-floods have been of major concern, leaving homeowners desperate to protect their families and their homes from damage.
Estimates point to over 1 million people left without power due to Hurricane Matthew and while the storm did not directly hit the Sunshine State, the winds, rain, and storm surges left countless homes damaged. As homeowners and property managers attempt to get back to “normal”, having a recovery plan is crucial.
If your home or commercial property has experienced flood damage, it is important to do the following:
- Remove lamps and other electrical items
- Use a mop to remove any excess water
- Take any wet cushions or upholstery and remove them
- Wipe down wood furniture carefully
- Place wood blocks or aluminum foil under the legs of furniture sitting on wet carpeting
- Turn the air conditioner on maximum to increase air circulation as much as possible
- Move colored rugs away from wet carpeting
- Remove any artwork or nice objects to a dry area
- Contact SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for 24-hour emergency service
Our professionals are the best people to assess the damage and then restore your property. With South Florida’s most trustworthy, professional storm damage specialists, we are prepared to get your home or commercial property back to its pre-storm condition. Contact us today to learn more about our unmatched storm and flood restoration service.
Recognizing Water Damage in Your Home
Contact our professional water restoration team at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County in order to assess the damage and restore your home.
In the heart of Florida’s rainy season, it is important to understand the dangers of water damage to your home. Flooding can be caused by a variety of things from natural disasters to dishwasher leaks or washing machine leaks. Regardless of how a water damage situation occurs, handing the situation in a timely manner is the key to prevent serious destruction to your home.
The initial step in preventing this type of harm to your home is in the recognition of water damage in the first place. In some cases, water damage is quite obvious and easy to spot. In other cases, however, water in your home is rather subtle and may begin to cause damage before it is even recognized. As such, look out for the following signs of water damage in your home:
- Look for stains on the walls, ceilings, and window/door frames
- Check drywall for cracks
- Look at the floors for buckling or warping as well as dark spots on wood floors
- Feel around for damp carpeting
- Smell for odors of dampness or mold/musk
- Check areas where paint is peeling
- Look out for mold spores which often appear as discoloration
- Check around the pipes in the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room for leaks or water stains
- Monitor the home’s exterior looking for damaged roofing and standing water outside of the home – the home should be the highest point of your property as the ground should appear downward from the house
The primary focus following the recognition of water damage in your home must be safety. Wet materials from water damage can be dangerous to touch, move, or clean yourself. Therefore, it is very important to contact our professional water restoration team at SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County in order to assess the damage and restore your home.
Most Common Places for Home Mold Growth
The sooner you identify a problem and call SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, the sooner our highly trained mold remediation specialists can restore
When a home suffers any type of water damage, mold infestations can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home. Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. In Florida, mold is incredibly common because it thrives on moisture and thus quickly grows into colonies where any water exposure exists. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.
Mold remediation is most effective when mold is discovered and addressed quickly. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County prides itself on getting to your mold disaster as fast as possible, which is critical in making sure that the damage is limited and the cost of remediation is manageable.
As such, being aware of the common places where mold grows is essential to reducing the mold damage and preventing future mold growth. The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:
- Bathrooms and showers
- HVAC system drain pans
- Underneath kitchen sinks
- Areas surrounding refrigerators
- Ceiling tiles
- Surrounding air conditioning units
- Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
- Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances
While the above are some of the most common locations for mold growth, it is certainly not limited to those 10 areas. Nevertheless, consistently inspecting these common regions in your home will help to ensure that moisture is not creating mold growth. The sooner you identify a problem and call SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, the sooner our highly trained mold remediation specialists can restore your home.
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.
The 2016 hurricane season officially began on June 1st and while Floridians are celebrating a record low decade of category 3 or higher hurricane landfalls, being prepared is imperative to keeping you, your family, and your home safe. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30th, meaning there are still three months of potential hurricanes looming around Florida. Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.
South Florida residents are encouraged to remain alert and in tune with the weather during these months. While a hurricane may not strike, tropical depressions and tropical storms may still pose a threat to your home.
Making Sure Your Home is Ready
Hurricanes mean high winds, a lot of rain, and potential property damage. Making sure that your home is ready for these conditions can prevent some dangerous and costly damage. Be sure to do the following:
- Ensure that your rain gutters are clear, as clogging may cause water damage.
- Trim and/or remove any tress or limbs that are damaged surrounding your home.
- Consider buying a generator for an alternative power source in the event that the power goes out.
- Retrofit windows, doors, and roof to reduce the likelihood of property damage.
In addition to the above suggestions, it is important to prepare a disaster supply kit to with things like batteries, flashlights, copies of important personal information, first aid supplies, and cash. You and your family should discuss a family emergency plan is the event of a bad storm, a local evacuation, and any potential weather threat.
Storm Recovery in Florida
Being prepared is crucial to you and your family no matter how large or small a storm may be. Even a category 1 or category 2 hurricane can cause damage to your property. Recovering from a disaster is a slow, gradual process and knowing who to call for repairs and restoration is the first step. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has dealt with countless water damage jobs following disastrous hurricane seasons. Our water damage repair team is professional, kind, and efficient. Be sure to call 561-881-8784 immediately after water damage or storm damage is discovered in your home or commercial property.
What to do After a Fire in your Home or Commercial Building
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and
The days following a fire are extremely scary for a homeowner or a property manager of a commercial building. From structural damage to cleaning up and removing smoke odor, tackling a “to do” list following a fire can be daunting and overwhelming. It is important to remember that one should not enter their home or commercial property after a fire until the fire department has confirmed that it is safe to do so. According to the American Red Cross, the following actions should be taken:
- Check for structural damage
- Check utilities like telephones, electrical systems, and climate control systems
- Look around for household items that may contain toxic fumes and any other hazards (things like cleaning products may present a hazard when mixed with fumes)
- Contact a local service like SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County to clean up and remove the smoke odor
Consulting a professional is imperative to keeping the property safe and secure. When in doubt, call SERVPRO to make sure that they can clean the damage and remove the odor throughout the property.
Fire Repair and Restoration
Recovering your home and commercial building after a fire means taking the necessary steps to revive the structure. After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Remember, these steps should be carried out by trained professionals. Attempting to do these things on your own can result in unsafe conditions for you, your family, and your employees.
For Immediate Service in North Palm Beach County, Call SERVPRO
North Palm Beach County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in North Palm Beach County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
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Whether your North Palm Beach County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your North Palm Beach County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
When Storms or Floods hit North Palm Beach County, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in North Palm Beach County.
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit North Palm Beach County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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Does Your North Palm Beach County Home Have A Mold Problem?
In North Palm Beach County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
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Faster to your North Palm Beach County Water Damage Event
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in North Palm Beach County.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Restoring Your North Palm Beach County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at North Palm Beach County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
North Palm Beach County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your North Palm Beach County Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your North Palm Beach County Home
We are an IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is an IICRC certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
North Palm Beach County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Palm Beach County.
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County
SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
6 Ways to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Closet
South Florida homes are prone to mold and mildew due to all of the moisture and humidity in the region.
Mold growth is present everywhere, from outdoors to indoors and in every region in the world. This natural part of the environment is typically not an issue until it moves from outdoors to indoors, causing mold spores to grow on a damp or wet spot. Health risks may then develop, as mold produces irritants and allergens that may cause allergic reactions, upper respiratory tract symptoms, and more. Controlling mold in your home is imperative, especially in South Florida where mold and mildew are common.
South Florida homes are prone to mold and mildew due to all of the moisture and humidity in the region. The closet, however, is especially disposed to these issues because it offers an atmosphere perfect for mold to thrive. Cleaning up and removing the mold is typically a job for professionals. As such, preventing mold from growing in your closet to begin with is most favorable. Here are some tips to do so:
- Avoid packing clothing tightly together, as air circulation in between clothes is important.
- Make sure clothes are either hanging or in boxes, do not store clothing on the closet floor as moisture can appear underneath.
- Before putting your clothes away in the closet, make sure that they are completely dry.
- If possible, always keep the closet door open to maintain air circulation throughout the tiny space.
- Every once in a while it is important to completely clear out the closet and wash its contents.
- Always choose wire shelves as opposed to solid shelves to improve air circulation.
Taking these steps will go a long way in preventing mold from becoming an issue in your home’s closet. However, mold can still form and spread quickly, requiring immediate response. Contact SERVPRO as soon as you recognize an issue and we will provide fast, efficient, and professional service for all of your mold remediation and removal needs!
SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program
SERVPRO is the proud National Sponsor of The American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program
Preparation is the key to minimizing the damage during an emergency. When disaster strikes, it is often difficult to make a logical, smart decision with a limited amount of time and a lot of stress and pressure. However, with a careful preparation plan in place, emergency situations can be managed and resolved quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO has become a master of dealing with and fixing disasters. Leading the nation in both residential and commercial restoration, SERVPRO is able to cleanup structural damage caused by water, fire, mold, soot, and more. When an emergency occurs, SERVPRO is always there to clean up the mess to limit the devastation that a disaster can have on people and their community.
With a comprehensive understanding of disaster relief, SERPVRO has officially teamed up with The American Red Cross as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating program. In doing so, SERPVRO will play a major role in making sure that homeowners and business owners are prepared and ready to handle disaster. Using the 1-2-3 Assessment, the Ready Rating Program helps organizations to better understand their current level of preparedness through a measurement and scoring system. Once a Ready Rating Score is given, the organization is now able to utilize the program’s tips and best practices to help improve their score over time.
Dominick Tolli, the Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross stated, “We are excited to have SERVPRO as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO understands the importance of being prepared for emergencies before they happen. As a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, SERVPRO is helping businesses, schools and organizations become more resilient to disasters and other emergencies.”
Preparing for a disaster before it happens is absolutely critical to minimizing damage and cost associated with the emergency. SERVPRO has spent decades helping to speed up the recovery process following a disaster or emergency for homes and businesses across the country. We are dedicated to providing fast, effective, and reliable fire and water cleanup and restoration, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more.