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Fire Damage Prevention Tips for Plantation

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke detector with new battery. Changing smoke detector batteries prevents fire damage.

Experiencing residential fire damage or commercial fire damage in Plantation can be scary and overwhelming. Fires cannot be completely prevented. SERVPRO® of Plantation is aware of this as we assist in the cleanup of damage left by the flames and the smoke. The American Red Cross has developed a list of tips that can help assist in minimizing the probability of a fire damage occurring.

Fire safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in the home or office area on every level of the building
  • Test smoke alarms every month and replace the smoke detector batteries if needed
  • Create a fire escape plan with family members or coworkers and practice the drill twice a year
  • In the event that a fire does occur, do not try and fight it – get out of the area and call for help

Safety is always a top priority in any situation, but especially in a fire situation. Being prepared can make a big difference in the outcome of a fire, in your commercial property or business.

If a fire has happened in the Plantation area and needs to be cleaned up, the trained team members of SERVPRO of Plantation are leaders in fire cleanup and restoration. 

Independently owned and operated by SERVPRO of Plantation

Link: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html

Pet Safety and Fire Damage Prevention in Plantation

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Sad dog sitting in front of a fire damaged home. Smoke damage and fire damage can destroy lives, please protect your Plantation home.

Fire damage in Plantation can harm animals just as it can harm people. At SERVPRO® of  Plantation, we love our pets as much as you love yours. We could not stand to see them injured or killed in a house fire.

SERVPRO of Plantation shares these pet safety ideas with you:

  • When you design your fire escape plan, practice with your pets
  • If there are fires outside, bring pets inside. If you have to evacuate, you will be ready to bring the pets with you
  • Know where your pets hide. You may not have time to hunt for them in an emergency
  • Animal-rescue groups and other organizations have pet stickers that you can put on your windows and doors. The stickers tell firefighters how many pets you have, and what kinds
  • Prepare evacuation kits for the pets. These kits can be large plastic bins. Put in copies of their vet records, extra leashes and collars, toys, and food

SERVPRO of Plantation reminds you to call the fire department once you are safely outside the Plantation home. Smoke damage and fire damage can destroy lives. Since this week is Fire Prevention Week, please check out these additional safety tips from our friends at the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

SERVPRO® of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/TakeAction/Household-pets 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Campaigns/TakeAction/TakeActionPetsChecklist.pdf

Plantation Davie Fire Escape Plan 101

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Brochure Showing SERVPRO trucks and a photo collage of fire damages Plantation Davie Fire Escape Plan Brochure

The Importance of a Fire Escape Plan

Whenever a disaster strikes, it’s important to have an escape route and follow up communication to ensure that everyone is safe.  Whether it be for your Plantation family home or your Davie place of employment, a fire can be a terrible thing.  Many people underestimate the rapid growth and intensity of a fire as well as the dangers associated with it.  From the intense heat that can make you disoriented to the thick black smoke that you would have trouble seeing or breathing through, a fire is no joke.  Your family or business should have a fire escape route that everyone knows of and has practiced getting to.

Are you ready?  Many would love to think, yes.  But unfortunately, on average seven people died in U.S home fires per day based on an NFPA report.  A well thought out plan is very important.

What Makes a Good Fire Escape Plan

A good fire escape plan should include a fire escape route that is mapped out and that includes a layout of your home or business.  Next steps should be listed so those who are out of immediate danger do what they can to help those who may still be in danger.

Fire Escape Tools that should be up to date

Smoke alarms are extremely useful to getting everyone out when a fire occurs.  As a preliminary warning, these devices can safe people who would otherwise have waited to late to take action.

Reach out to emergency services

Once you are safe, its highly important to take a head count and to make sure the proper authorities are contacted so that firefighters can arrive on scene.  Ambulances should also be on scene just in case anyone got hurt or isn’t in good condition and need to be checked out.

After the Fire

Reach out to trained professionals to take next step actions in order to save what can be save within your home.  Even this part can be dangerous and not something for you to try to do on your own. With our experienced team of technicians that have been certified in fire and smoke restoration by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have the expertise to handle all facets of fire damage.  In addition, we will be the caring experts by your side to help guide you through the crisis.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of Plantation families and Davie businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better.

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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Plantation Home Toilet Leak?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO workers preparing equipment while walking around SERVPRO trucks The SERVPRO team prepare to support Plantation Florida. Ready to handle any leaks, even Toilet Leaks!

Home Toilet Leaks are the Worst

Plantation Florida’s weather is basically Florida's weather, right?  We have enough dealing with water damage caused by storms.  What makes things worse is when your home appliances are the cause of water damage, for example a toilet leak.  Anything from a kitchen sink to a bathroom toilet leak can be a pain to get taken care of.  These problems and the costs associated with them can really be prevented if you know what to look for.

Toilet Leak Signs

If your toilet has recurring problems, it may be time to make a change or get it maintained. Every situation is different because of the type of toilet leak and the way the bathroom is oriented. Here are a few tips to know ahead of time if your toilet leak means it needs to be changed or maintained to prevent the problem.

  • If you ever notice water coming from where the toilet is secured to the ground, it is more than likely a leak or a faulty seal around the base of your toilet. This area can get worn out over years of use.  Water from this type of toilet leak is not always safe and may end up raising your water bill pricing too.
  • If your toilet is always sounding like there is flowing water, this may be an internal problem with the system that controls how much water is used during a flush. This may bring up your water bill, but it may also cause an overflow at some point which wouldn’t be nice to come home to.
  • Rust on a toilet isn’t just an unpleasant physical feature. It usually means that the part needs to be changed or restored before it creates a worse situation. You also don’t want to find yourself getting cut on a rusted surface.
  • Other sounds like hissing or screeching are usually a sign that something is wrong internally with your toilet. Water may be making this sound as it passes through an area that has a disturbance or wear and tear.

Take Action

If you have water damage due to a toilet leak in Plantation Florida or any of the local areas, it’s best to reach out to the professionals. SERVPRO of Plantation is here to handle the problem at its source. Often, recurring problems occur when a homeowner tries to fix the toilet leak on their own without the proper equipment or training.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better.

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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2019 Hurricane Prep Tips

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep is Key

Even with Hurricane Dorian just passing by the South Florida area, 2019's hurricane season isn't in the clear yet. Florida residents should have their hurricane prep ready for any disaster.

SERVPRO of Plantation is here to help with these 2019 hurricane ready preparation tips.

2019 Hurricane Prep tips:

  • Make sure to have a plan for evacuation or any other situation that may be likely to happen during a storm.  For example, flooding etc.
  • Cash is king whenever electricity is out, so make sure you keep some money in your possession as some banks can be closed for days until power is restored.
  • Invest in a battery powered or hand crank radio to stay up-to-date on what's going on in your area.
  • 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.
  • Fill your vehicle's gas tank and any gas cans ahead of time.
  • Before a storm hits be 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.
  • Consider boarding up your house and going out of town until officials in your area say it's safe to return.

It's 2019.  Let's Face it, We Need Our Devices..

  • Charge all of your devices and make sure that you have a couple of spare batteries for your mobile devices.  Businesses and home offices have backup batteries for their computers and other large appliances so they can save their work or even contact emergency services if the need be after their electricity goes out.
  • Having an abundance of flash lights or lanterns in the home isn't a bad idea. Obviously, this means to make sure you have them charged or you have a steady stock of batteries so your devices last a long while after the storm.
  • Unplug TVs, computers, and appliances before the storm to avoid damages to electronics.

Hurricane prep is the most important skill for a south Florida family. Your hurricane preparation should be complete well before a storm hits.  The American Red Cross has a complete hurricane preparation checklist available hereSERVPRO of Plantation hopes you have a safe and damage-free storm season, but should disaster strike, SERVPRO of Plantation will arrive "Faster to Any Disaster" and make it "Like it Never Even Happened."

You've got the support, always here to help. Don't let it get worse before it gets better. 

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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Rising Water Tips for "Sunny" South Florida

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Rising Water Cause for Concern

Florida’s hurricane season is one of the largest causes of flooding in South Florida, but if you are a Florida resident, you surely know that it doesn’t have to be hurricane season for water to be rising in your streets.

As a peninsula, average thunderstorms can bring lots of rain and downpour leading to rising waters in local communities like Davie, Cooper City and Ft. Lauderdale.  Some other areas like Coral Springs and Boca Raton have better suited streets that handle the rising waters well.  But no matter where you live in “Sunny” South Florida, you’ve had your fair share of driving through and having your home surrounded by rising waters.

Here are some general tips about the do’s and don’ts when dealing with rising water situations wherever you are.

After the Flood:

  • Try to get out excess water in the area, whether it be on your floors or on your upholstery, try drying the area with a mop or with a towel to blot the wet spots or areas.
  • Turn on fans and the air conditioner (if they are unaffected by the water or moisture) to get the air flowing.
  • Gather your items, whether it be in your car or your home, get your items off the floor and to higher areas within home or vehicle.  If that isn’t possible, get them out to somewhere safe and dry.
  • If it is within your home, place something that is water resistant between the item and the floor.  Aluminum or wood works well in this situation, especially for furniture.

Do not do:

  • Don’t leave your belongings to soak in the rising water. Rising water can be contaminated or dangerous. Materials like leather or paper will definitely become damaged beyond repair if left alone in the moisture.
  • Books, papers, documents and anything cardboard will definitely rot if left soaking in water.
  • Do not use standard home appliances if wet and don’t try to use a regular vacuum cleaner to pick up anything. Leave this to the professionals.
  • Don’t turn on anything that could shake your environment. When flooding occurs, many aspects of your home may be structurally unsafe, so leave pieces of your home like your ceiling fan, OFF!
  • If you feel your home or vehicle is unsafe because of the rising water damage, do not stay there.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better. 

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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Don't Be Afraid of Dorian - Be READY for it.

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

When the Storm Rains Down, we’ve got you covered.

Dorian is the first named storm of the season that looks like it will impact Florida.  Although we don’t know what route it will take, it is always a great idea to be prepared for not only the before, but also for the after.

We’ve put some tips together to help you prepare for this year’s hurricane season.  They come in the form of videos and articles that really dive into what to do before, during and after the storm.  We’re also here as a resource for both knowledge and for services to help you recover after the disaster.  We hope Dorian doesn’t bring the harsh weather to us, but we’d rather you be a warrior in times of peace than a gardener in the times of war.

From Water Damage due to flooding after Dorian arrives, to the mold damage that may occur due to potential moisture soaking into your home, we will arrive faster to any disaster.  Fire damage is also an important consideration during these types of events because many things can cause fires.  Lighting strikes to down power lines, there is always potential for danger.  If your home is affected by a fire, we’ll be at your service to bring things back to normal the best that we can.  Dorian doesn’t scare us, and we want you to be prepared and ready, so it doesn’t scare you either!

The link below will take you to our website where you can watch several video’s that address key aspects of getting prepared including insurance review, how to put a hurricane kit together, an evacuation zones. We also provide articles that give you power in the form of knowledge to face this foe of a storm now formally known as Dorian.

Catch our latest storm preparedness videos here.

View our articles about storm preparedness and other mold, fire or water damage topics here.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better.

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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When Disaster Strikes - We've Got Your Back

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Anywhere Disaster Strikes

“The SERVPRO team of Plantation was an absolute lifesaver for us! My office had a leaking pipe that we fortunately found out about early on Saturday. One call to them was all it took and they responded right away. The team was super friendly and explained everything they were doing and what we could expect cost wise. Fantastic service! I definitely would recommend them to EVERYONE!” _ Obi of Plantation FL

Did you know that SERVPRO is nationwide with over 1,700 franchises to date?  Although we come in separate franchises, when disaster strikes, we have the backing of one largest teams in the USA.  The size comes with value.  Bigger projects mean more resources are needed and that is exactly what we have. 

When a major disaster strikes, our teams unite.  “Faster to Any Size Disaster” working hard to make it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Disaster happens. Don't let it get worse before it gets better. 

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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2019 Hurricane Prep Tips for Your Coral Ridge Home

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is stirring up a storm.  As we are already getting hit with rains all the way from Wilton Manors to even the Ft. Lauderdale area, 2019 hurricane preparation should be top priority for all Florida residents. If the weather leaves your home going "Ft. Lauderdale south" for a lack of a better pun, you shouldn't waste time in reaching out to SERVPRO of Plantation. We're always ready to rescue you during your hurricane troubles. 

Every year people's lives are affected by these major storms.  (Look back at 2018)

Even more so, here are some 2019 hurricane preparation tips.

2019 Hurricane preparation tips:

  • Fill your car's gas tank and any extra gas cans ahead of time.  If you live near water dense areas like Ft. Lauderdale Beach, things may go South very quickly and you may find yourself needing to quickly evacuate.  In which case,  you'd definitely need a full tank of gas.
  • Having a few camping lanterns will come in handy in the event of any power failures.  Not everywhere has underground power lines like the Weston area.
  • 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.
  • Before a storm hits be sure you've stocked up on clean drinking water or bottled water- one gallon per person per day for no less than three days.
  • Invest in a battery powered or hand crank radio to stay up-to-date on what's going on in your area.
  • Be sure to withdraw cash from your bank account before the storm as some banks can be closed for days until power is restored.
  • Unplug TVs, computers, and appliances before the storm to avoid damages to electronics.
  • 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.  Check your city's main website for details on shelter locations.  For example: Ft. Lauderdale
  • Consider boarding up your house and going out of town until officials in your area say it's safe to return.

Your hurricane preparation should be complete well before a storm hits. Hurricane preparation is the most important skill for a south Florida family.

The American Red Cross has a complete hurricane preparation checklist available hereSERVPRO of Plantation hopes you have a safe and damage-free storm season, but should disaster strike, SERVPRO of Plantation will arrive "faster to any disaster" and make it "like it never happened."

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better. 

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

Follow us on Social media for exclusive tips and tricks to keep your home safe to the dangers of mold, fires, water damage and more: SERVPRO of Plantation

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Office Water Damage in Plantation

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Office Water Damage Tips

Whether it be in Plantation or Sunrise or even Miramar, office water damage affects many lives as well as many pockets.  South Florida has many businesses that can be affected by office water damage.  Mold is  also a potential follow up to the moisture caused by any water office water damage situation.  Retail stores, banks, schools, movie theaters can be be damaged in ways that can also affect the health of visitors.

Standard preventative measures to get things back to normal

You have to reduce the instances of damage as well as the amount of time it takes to remediate the damage when it does occur.

Education is the most important aspect because nothing gets done if nobody knows what to do.  You may find the situation getting worse if it is attended to in the wrong manner.  The basics of turning off the water supply within the building is important for everyone to know since the damage can continue if the source is still active.

If someone doesn't have the means to access or stop it, they should definitely know who to call. Having the right tools can be very important when these emergencies occur. In the case someone gets hurt, emergency contacts should be easily accessed or already distributed among the leaders.

Aftermath

Swift reactions are needed in a office water damage situation.  There is always a potential of damaging expensive items or equipment, or the potential of damaging critical aspects of the business that could lead to money loss later.

First someone specializing in fixing water lines or structural damage that  caused the spill of water in the first place should be contacted.

Immediately after, call SERVPRO of Plantation to support in assessing and remedying the office water damage.  We specialize in handling insurance as well, so you may find us useful when working with your insurance company.

At SERVPRO of Plantation we are the leaders of office water damage restoration.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better. 

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

Follow us on Social media for exclusive tips and tricks to keep your home safe to the dangers of mold, fires, water damage and more: SERVPRO of Plantation

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