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Hotspots for Mold Growth in Your Home
Mold requires a dark, humid, and moist environment to grow, which can be found in many places around the house.
According to the documentary “Moldy”, the first ever documentary about toxic mold, 50% of all homes in the Unites States have mold related issues. Additionally, 28% of the population in the United States are genetically predisposed to mold-related health effects. Moldy demonstrated how mold is commonly found lurking in leaking roofs, incorrectly installed showers, and many other places within the home.
Mold requires a dark, humid, and moist environment to grow, which can be found in many places around the house. The best way to prevent mold grow is to be aware of the hotspots in your home and know how to prevent and treat the substance.
Here are the most common hotspots for mold growth in the home.
Bathrooms are definitely present some of the biggest risk for mold growth in your house. Due to excess amounts of moisture, levels of humidity, and insufficient ventilation, the conditions become very susceptible for mold to grow. The most common places in the bathroom include shower stalls, around bathtubs, and underneath and behind toilet tanks but can also be found on tiles, shampoo bottles, loofahs, shower curtains, or any place where water can pool.
Because most bathroom fans do not ventilate the room properly, you should try to leave the fan on for 20 minutes after a shower to prevent mold growth.
Similar to the bathroom, there are many places within the kitchen that has optimal conditions for mold growth, such as underneath kitchen sinks or refrigerators. Especially under the kitchen sink, residue from food and sponges can act for a catalyst for mold growth, in addition for plenty of moisture. Additionally, the fridge provides a place with food, water, and darkness where mold can easily grow. This mold can often be removed with some cleaner, but if the issue is not going away it may be a part of a bigger problem.
Carpeting in your home can easily capture and retain dirt, and with the combination of potential flooding or leaks, this can easily become a hotspot for mold in your home.
To avoid mold growth under carpeting, try to make sure your carpet is free of any excess moisture, has access to proper airflow, and that any potential leaks or spills are taken care of immediately. Unfortunately, if your carpet becomes invested with mold, it will likely need to be removed and replaces.
Air Conditioning Units
Mold growth is especially problematic in air conditioning and other ventilation systems because the air movement can easily spread the mold to other parts of your home. As the air conditioning works, moisture and dust are pulled into the machine, and with no access to light, it becomes a perfect place for mold to grow. If there is mold in your air conditioning unit, every time the unit is on it can blow tiny and invisible mold spores into the room, spreading it to other areas. This can be avoided by frequently cleaning and replacing the air filter in your unit.
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Shower
To keep every room in your house safe, clean, and healthy and prevent structural damage, it is absolutely crucial to take action steps to prevent mold
No matter what, every bathroom will accumulate moisture, which can eventually lead to mold. By reducing this moisture, you can reduce the chance of mold growth in your bathroom and especially shower. To keep every room in your house safe, clean, and healthy and prevent structural damage, it is absolutely crucial to take action steps to prevent mold growth.
Here some very easy steps to prevent mold growth in your shower:
Get an Effective Fan and Makes Sure it Works Properly
A working fan is the first step in preventing mold growth in your bathroom and shower. These fans work by sucking in moisture from the bathroom and sending it outside. Make sure your fan is large enough to sufficiently cover the space of your bathroom. A good rule of thumb in deciding this is to multiply the square footage of the room by 1.1 if your ceiling is 8ft or 1.5 for 9ft. Additionally, you should run the fan during your shower and for a half an hour after to prevent any leftover moisture from growing mold.
Get Rid of Any Excess Water
To prevent the spread of mold or mildew before it starts, you should mop up any extra water as soon as possible. A great way to do this is with a squeegee, a tool with a flat, smooth rubber blade that is used to remove liquid on a flat surface. By just taking one minute to use a squeegee after a bath or shower, you can reduce the amount of moisture in your bathroom by 75%. This is a great way to reduce moisture and thereby prevent mold growth.
Fix all Leaks
Different from large pools of water, small leaks can build up over time that leads to ton of extra moisture. As soon as you notice a leak in your bathroom or shower, you should try to remedy the problem as soon as possible. Putting off these repairs can let this moisture build over time. Waiting to fix a leak will only lead to more problems in the long run.
Keep It Clean
As intuitive as it sounds, keeping your bathroom and shower clean is another way to prevent mold growth. You should regularly clean your bathroom to keep the room sanitary and mold-free. This also including cleaning the items within your shower. Places like the bottom of shampoo bottles can be a sneaky place for mold to grow.
At the end of the day, the best way to deal with mold in your shower is trying to prevent it from growing in the first place. This is done by reducing the potential of moisture to diminish any potential of mold growth.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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!
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!
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!
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.