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Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Dog and cat on blue background Bring your pets with you when you have to evacuate your home.

Plantation is no stranger to hurricanes or other severe storms. If harsh weather forces an evacuation, SERVPRO® of Plantation agrees that leaving the pets behind is not an option. To make such evacuations easier, we're sharing some information from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).

Be Ready before Evacuation is Necessary:

  • Keep all information on tags current
  • Make sure the tags are securely attached to the collar
  • Microchips are good backups, and are important for animals that can't/won't wear collars
  • Keep photos of yourself with each pet
  • Learn which places welcome pets
  • Lists of all medications and conditions
  • Comfortable and secure carrier for each pet
  • Secure leash or harness for each animal (when practical)
  • Copies of all prescriptions

Pets Need Emergency Kits Too:

  • Proof of vaccinations, veterinary records
  • At least a 3-day supply of food and water for each pet
  • First-aid kit
  • Favorite toys and treats
  • Bedding, especially if you can bring the favorites
  • Anything that will ease your pet's anxiety (thunder-shirts, something that smells you)
  • Enough medication for 3 or more days

SERVPRO of Plantation recommends the Red Cross website if you want to learn more.

In case of storm damage or water damage, call SERVPRO of Plantation. We're available 24/7 and are Here to Help. ®

SERVPRO of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Unclog Gutters to Prevent Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

roof line and rain gutters against a blue sky Keeping Your Gutters Clean in Plantation

No one in Plantation has to worry about whether it will rain. SERVPRO® of Plantation has no way of changing that, but we can help residents and business owners prevent water damage by sharing this information about gutters.

Keep the Gutters Clear in Plantation:

  • Gutters channel water from the roof to downspouts, so it flows safely away from the building
  • Because debris ends up in the gutters, you should clean them twice a year
  • Debris such as twigs, leaves, and litter can clog the gutters
  • When gutters are clogged, rain may cause water damage to the roof, the foundation, or the basement
  • When you clean the gutters, check seams, bends, and downspouts for debris
  • Replace broken or missing struts and screens
  • Be sure to check the seams, downspouts, and bends
  • A pressure washer or a plumber's snake may be useful for clearing obstructions that are hard to reach
  • Find out if any downspouts lead to underground pipes and check those for clogs or debris

Clear gutters aren't the only means to prevent water damage, and storm damage can strike even buildings with the clearest gutters. If you need help, call SERVPRO of Plantation. We will make your place look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Links: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/diy-repair/how-to-unclog-gutter/

https://www.fema.gov/

Preventing Mold Growth in Sunrise

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Text image of the word mold zooming out of a chaos of mixed up letters. Just say "no" to mold in Sunrise, by taking these simple steps.

Who should you call when you have a mold problem? We hope you never have to deal with a mold problem in your office building, but if it turns out that you are facing some damage, SERVPRO® of Plantation can help.

Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

To prevent mold from getting a start in your commercial property, SERVPRO of Plantation suggests:

  • Elevate equipment above basement floor
  • Repair leaky pipes
  • Remove any damp areas near sinks and tubs
  • Maintain humidity below 40%
  • Use water-resistant materials when you build or rebuild. Materials include:
    • galvanized or stainless-steel hardware
    • waterproof wallboard
    • tile
    • sealed stone
    • sealed concrete
    • water-resistant glues
    • synthetic fibers
  • Use gutters to divert rain water
  • Landscape, so water moves away from the house
  • Cover dirt in crawl spaces. Moisture can seep up through dirt
  • Ventilate as much as possible

Important:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” of mold as 10 square feet or more. The EPA rules that only licensed professionals can remediate large areas and SERVPRO of Plantation is licensed in mold remediation.

We cannot prevent storms, floods, or leaks, but when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Plantation can help you clean up the damage.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Preparing for Storms and Water Damage in Plantation

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Stormy skies in Plantation with a road sign that says “Storms Brewing” When storms cause water damage, SERVPRO of Plantation will be there to help remediate the destruction to your home or office.

When storms are headed our way, we may not think the worse outcome could happen. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Plantation turn your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  • Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  • Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  • Secure loose items
  • Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  • Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has passed in Plantation, please continue to be careful walking in your home as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plantation to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/05/07/fema-severe-weather-approaches-prepare-stay-informed-and-make-plan

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Lauderhill

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Soaked furniture in a water damaged room in Lauderhill, Florida. When water damage gets you down, SERVPRO of Plantation is “Here to Help!”

If your home or business in Lauderhill suffers any type of water damage, there are some things you can do before help arrives. First, make sure the building or home is safe to be in, then call SERVPRO of Plantation. We will be there to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Plantation Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on dry area before you turn on the electric power

SERVPRO of Plantation suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

While we know we cannot avoid water damages altogether, we can certainly work together to bring your Lauderhill home or business back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Links:

www.fema.gov

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Sunrise

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Person holding a skillet on the stove with a small fire starting Please keep Sunrise safe from fire damage and practice safety in the kitchen.

SERVPRO of Plantation knows that many home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires are small enough that you may be able to put them out with a fire extinguisher. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Sunrise home.

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately in your Sunrise home, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Plantation offers these tips for handling a small cooking fire:

  • If the fire is on the stove top or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner
  • If a cloth on the stove top is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off any burners 
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.

IMPORTANT:

Never leave firefighting to chance. SERVPRO of Plantation knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

SERVPRO of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

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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