Halloween Vandalism and Your Business
Halloween doesn't have to be scary! Make sure your business is prepared.
Halloween- a time for dressing up in fun and scary costumes, and eating way too much candy than is good for us. Unfortunately, Halloween is also the time of year for pranks and vandalism. So that you won't have to call SERVPRO of Plantation for Halloween vandalism cleanup on November 1st, here are a few tips to protect your business from falling victim to pranks gone wrong.
1) Lock it down
Make sure all doors, windows, and gates are locked up tightly when you leave for the night. Double check the day of that your alarm system is working, and remember to set it before you leave.
2) Light it up
If your business is open late, keep the parking area well lit so employee and customer cars are less of a target for egging or keying.
After hours, keep the outsides of the building well lit, including parking lots and dumpster areas. Also be sure your outdoor security cameras running.
If you have a high-risk business, or have been targeted in the past, consider highering overnight security, or beefing up existing security.
4) Halloween vandalism cleanup
Don't wait! Clean up vandalism as soon as you find it, and call professionals for help with difficult cleanup. Cleaning up quickly will deter vandals targeting your business in the future- they'll know you're not messing around.
5) Double check
Go over this list night-of to be sure you are protecting your business as much as possible this prank season. Halloween doesn't have to be a nightmare for you or your business. And should vandals strike, SERVPRO of Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."
Your Yacht's Air Quality and What It Means To You
On a yacht, air quality is often overlooked.
Here at SERVPRO of Plantation, we love boats and yachts.
But we don't just love watching them, we also love getting to work on them to make them as beautiful as can be. Many people don't realize that due to the extreme conditions under which boats and yachts operate, the air quality on board can become contaminated with hazardous mold or bacteria. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air pollution, such as that on board a boat or yacht, can reach up to 100 times as contaminated as the air pollution outside!
Symptoms of poor yacht air quality can include:
- irritation of the eyes, skin, and nose while on board
- agitation of pre-existing conditions such as allergies or asthma
- sore throat
- headaches and dizziness,
- or nausea and fatigue associated with the presence of a musty odor
If you or any of your guests experience these symptoms while on board, give SERVPRO of Plantation a call so we can get to work remediating the problem. The long term exposure to poor yacht air quality can result in severe health effects if left untreated.
Fortunately, SERVPRO of Plantation has the qualified professionals to improve your yacht air quality.
If you own or insure a boat or yacht (or have a friend or family member who does) and you suspect that the air quality of the vessel may be in need of an inspection, give theyacht air quality and mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Plantation a call.
Mold in Rented Properties: Who's at Fault?
This blog post is no substitute for actual legal advice. Call a lawyer if you need one.
So you found mold in a rented unit. Whether you're the landlord/landlady, or the tenant, this isn't good news. Thankfully, you know to call SERVPRO of Plantation to handle the remediation process. But who is responsible for paying for the cost of services and damages for mold in rented properties?
Although there is no federal or Florida state law that dictates who is responsible for the cost of remediation of mold in rented properties, there are certain steps that can be taken by the renter, or the property manager (or landlord/landlady) if they believe the other party is at fault.
If the landlord/landlady or property manager negligently created a mold problem, or knowingly allowed one to form, a court may find them at fault and responsible for payment for remediation services and other subsequent damages. If the landlord/landlady or property manager are in direct violation of health and safety codes as a result of their actions or negligence, the tenant should gather as much evidence as they can such as photos of the issue, proof of doctor's visits from mold-associated illness, and so forth.
If the tenant is directly responsible for the growth of mold by creating the conditions, or being aware of an issue and not reporting it in a timely manner, the landlord/landlady may choose to take the cost of remediation out of the tenants security deposit. If the tenant feels they are not at fault, this may require a court case, so compile evidence of mold, and keep records of any communication on the topic.
Hopefully, the issue can be resolved without a court case by just talking it out. However, either party may wish to get in touch with a lawyer to help them through the process. Because there are no set laws one way of the other, a court will take this at a case-by-case basis and may be in favor of one party or the other with no guarantee of settlement in your favor. This blog post should not be used as a substitute for actual legal advice. Please rely on your own attorney for advice and guidance.
Remember, for mold remediation in commercial or residential properties, SERVPRO of Plantation will arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Yacht Water Damage: Can It Happen To You?
Your yacht is important to you- always be on the lookout for water damage.
Whether you enjoy cruising the ocean blue, relaxing on sunny weekends, or taking a boating trip every summer, your yacht is important to you, so you need to know how to take care of it and what to look out for that indicates yacht water damage in need of professional attention.
A few signs of potential yacht water damage include:
- minor blistering or bubbling of surfaces in the structure of the yacht
- excessive mildew odor inside or on deck
- salty buildup on surfaces inside
- Your yacht is important to you- always be on the lookout for water damage.
If you suspect your yacht has been water damaged, don't turn anything on and don't try to fix or clean anything yourself as this can cause more harm than good. Call a professional like those at SERVPRO of Plantation (or for your local SERVPRO team call 1-800-SERVPRO). Once you identify and possibly fix the cause of the water intrusion- which can include:
- salt spray
- slow leak
-a SERVPRO team can get started on cleaning any upholstery, decks, walls, and anything else infiltrated by water.
Ocean water and even brackish water, like that in the intercoastal, are particularly difficult to remediate due to the salt content and should be left to your SERVPRO team. The sooner you get a team to your yacht, the less salt damage will occur. Salt will corrode important seals, joints, and mechanical components if left unfixed for too long.
Call SERVPRO of Plantation for all your yacht cleaning needs. Faster to any yacht water damage disaster SERVPRO of Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."
Mold Remediation Process: How We Do It
Our tools allow us to find mold you didn't even know was there!
If your are in need of mold remediation services from SERVPRO of Plantation, you may be wondering how we do it. How do we know where there's mold? How do we get rid of it? Who else do I need to hire? Well, we're going to share with you today the complete step-by-step mold remediation process.
Step 1: Determining Mold
A third party mold inspector will need to come in and determine that there is, in fact, a mold problem, and the extent of the mold problem. You can either find one yourself, or call us for someone we recommend. The reason we cannot do the mold inspection ourselves is because of a Florida state law that protects the homeowner from being swindled by seedier remediation companies. If another company tells you they can do it themselves, in the state of Florida, it is a crime.
Step 2: Containment
Once a mold inspection has been done, we start mold containment procedures to help prevent the spread of harmful mold and mold spores while cleanup is taking place. We set up what is known as "air scrubbers" to clean the air of possible contaminates in the quarantined area while the job is being done.
Step 3: Mold Cleanup and Total Mold Remediation Process
After containment is set up, the cleaning can begin. Depending on the amount of mold present, our team may need to do little more than antifungal/antimicrobial treatments; or, in some cases, gut out drywall and flooring in order to eliminate mold colonies altogether.
Although you will need to hire a general contractor to replace any of the structure that needed to be removed, "restorable" items, such as curtains and furniture, can be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorize by our specialists.
We'll work closely with property managers and/or insurance companies to ensure the mold situation is handled as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible. While we here at SERVPRO of Plantation hope you won't be in need of our services, should the need arise, we'll be there to make it "Like it never even happened."
Post-Hurricane Mold: Aftermath of Harvey and Irma
Post-hurricane mold is one of the biggest concerns AFTER a storm.
The 2017 hurricane season was one of the worst in years. Not only were there more than 5 storms, but over half of them were classified as a "major hurricane" ranking as a category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. This hurricane season is already being called one of the costliest in history as far as damages.
After a storm, your top concern, after you and your family's safety and well being, is damage done to your property. Flooding, leaky roofs, and busted pipes all account for water damage that can turn into a mold problem quickly. Mold issues after a big storm are not uncommon, even if you weren't aware of any moisture in your home.
Loss of power
Refrigerators and freezers:
If you lost power during the storm, there are a few things to look out for that indicate a moisture issue. Refrigerators and freezers often fail during hurricanes. Although keeping the doors closed sometimes helps keep the contents cool, when the power is out for several days, the food will start to get warm and condensate, causing moisture to form (like water on a cold glass). This moisture will leak and puddle, and can even seep into nearby walls.
Air conditioning units:
Air conditioning keeps our homes cool and less humid than the outside, but when the power fails, so does your AC's ability to remove moisture from the air. The busiest part of hurricane season is also the hottest and most humid. In a matter of hours your entire home can become even hotter than outside temperatures. This warm, muggy climate is the perfect breeding ground for microbes like mold.
If you were unable to catch the water before the formation of post-hurricane mold, or are worried post-hurricane mold may have formed anyway, call SERVPRO Plantation (or for your local SERVPRO call 1-800-SERVPRO). We will be with you every step of the way to have a third party check for mold while we work with insurance, and get the mold remediated. Even well after the storm, SERVPRO Plantation has your back with recovery.
Carpet Cleaning: Why Should I Have It Done?
Regular steam cleaners just don’t cut it- call SERVPRO Plantation today!
Everyone knows to vacuum their carpets every day- whether it be at work or at home- but not everyone knows they should also be doing deep cleanings regularly with trained professionals like those at SERVPRO Plantation. So today you’re going to be learning about the benefits of regular carpet cleaning.
Thorough carpet cleaning eliminates harmful particles that may be lurking in the debris caked into your carpet. These particles can include:
- mold spores
- allergens such as pet dander and pollen
- dirt tracked in from outside that may contain fecal matter and lead
- dust and dust mites
- pesticides and paint particles
Regular carpet cleaning can not only reduce the risk of these particles negatively affecting small children and pets, but can also help protect the elderly, the immune compromised, and people who suffer from allergies or asthma.
Along with the above-mentioned health benefits, carpet cleaning is also important to businesses. The aesthetic of clean floors allows customers to be less distracted, and focus more on what you have to sell to them. Carpet cleaning is also good for the longevity of your carpet. As larger items like staples become trapped in the carpet, it can rip up and destroy the fibers little by little. Regular cleanings can assure your carpets last.
Carpet Cleaning and Stress-
Everyone knows that your everyday surroundings shape how you look at life. At home and the workplace, cleaner floors means feeling better and happier, as well as easing stress-related anxiety and depression. A clean work environment also drastically increases productivity which can lead to higher profits.
Happy carpets means happy people. SERVPRO Plantation can help with all your carpet cleaning needs. “Faster to your (carpet) disaster.”
Hurricane Preparation 2017 Tips and Tricks
NOAA's website has the latest information on developing storms.
With the height of hurricane season looming, hurricane preparation should be top priority for all Florida residents. SERVPRO Plantation is here to help with these hurricane preparation tips.
Hurricane preparation tips:
- Before a storm hits make sure you've stocked up on clean drinking water or bottled water- one gallon per person per day for no less than three days.
- Fill large freezer bags with water and freeze them with your freezer turned to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, you'll have blocks of ice to preserve things in the fridge and coolers.
- Invest in a battery powered or hand crank radio to stay up-to-date on what's going on in your area.
- Fill your vehicle's gas tank and any gas cans ahead of time.
- Having a few camping lanterns will come in handy in the event of any power failures.
- Unplug TVs, computers, and appliances before the storm to avoid damages to electronics.
- Consider boarding up your house and going out of town until officials in your area say it's safe to return.
- If you can't stay with friends or family outside of evacuation zones, be aware of your nearest hurricane shelter, and overnight kennels for your furry friends.
- Be sure to withdraw cash from your bank account before the storm as some banks can be closed for days until power is restored.
Hurricane preparation is the most important skill for a south Florida family. The American Red Cross has a complete hurricane preparation checklist available here. Your hurricane preparation should be complete well before a storm hits. SERVPRO Plantation hopes you have a safe and damage-free storm season, but should disaster strike, SERVPRO Plantation will arrive "faster to your disaster" and make it "like it never happened."
Flood Preparation and What it Means for You
According to NOAA, flooding is a daily threat from coast to coast in the US.
Flooding and flash floods can happen anywhere and to anyone. You may not think you're at risk for flood damage, but even the highest and driest of places can be at risk, so it's important to have a flood preparation plan. But first, let's take a closer look at flooding and why it happens:
Causes of flooding-
Sometimes flooding can move in with very little warning and very quickly, we call this manner of flooding "flash flooding." Both kinds of floods can be caused by:
- spring thaw/snow melting
- seasonal flooding
- dams or levy's breaking
- tide/storm surge
- river's over-flowing
NOAA has more information on floods and flood safety on their website.
How to build a flood preparation plan-
Know your area. Someone in the middle of the country won't have to worry about storm surge, but may be more at risk for their rivers overflowing with the spring thaw. If you are given the opportunity (in the case of severe storms or hurricanes, and other predictable phenomenon), evacuate your property. Make sure any important documents are secured in a flood proof safe. Be informed about your insurance plan- most don't cover flooding. If you feel you may need flood coverage, alter your plan before disaster strikes.
Flood preparation includes having a plan for after the fact. Know who to call for insurance purposes. Do you own the property, or do you rent? Do you have renter's insurance for your belongings? These are all questions you should keep into consideration while making your plan.
Flood waters are often category 3, also known as "black" water. This water can look safe and clean, but harbors dangerous pathogens and should be avoided, if possible. Never try to clean up water damaged property by yourself. Call in professionals like those at SERVPRO Plantation to handle the cleanup for you.
Mold Prevention: What You Can Do
Mold often forms on perishable foods, so check and toss old food regularly.
Mold is everywhere- in the air, the water, the dirt, and even in the foods we eat. Molds and fungi can be beneficial to humans in a number of ways, but some molds that can form in buildings can be a huge health hazard. In south Florida, it's impossible to be completely mold-free, but this mold prevention guide will show you what you can do to ensure mold never becomes a threat to you or your family.
Indoors, be sure your air conditioning it set to a low enough temperature to always be ventilating all the rooms in your house, and constantly filtering any mold spores and other particles out of the air. Investing in a good quality air filter, and changing it regularly can help prevent the growth of mold.
Another key to mold prevention is to keep a clean house- inside and out. Clean thoroughly and regularly to prevent mold from forming in the first place or sticking around.
When choosing cleaning supplies, aim to pick a cleaner that is pet and child safe, but also makes the claim of eliminating mold and mold spores. Any messes involving water or other liquids should be cleaned thoroughly with these agents as soon as you notice them.
If a water leak is a recurring problem (like a leaky fridge or AC unit), seek out professional help in repairing the problem, and then call SERVPRO Plantation (or to find your local SERVPRO call 1-800-SERVPRO) to check the inside of your walls and floors for mold. There can be dangerous mold hiding out in your walls without you even knowing!
Be on the lookout for these signs of a mold presence in your household:
- small black dots on surfaces
- strong musty odors
- any evidence of past moisture problems (discoloration, warped floors or walls, etc)
- excessive humidity
Mold prevention in South Florida is necessary to keep your family healthy, so make sure you do all you can to prevent mold before it becomes a problem. And should you ever need mold remediation services SERVPRO Plantation will make it "like it never even happened."