Recent Posts

SERVPRO of Plantation: Why I Chose It

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Plantation?

SERVPRO of Plantation was the restoration company I had decided to purchase, but many people aren’t sure why I made this decision. The funny thing is, before I was an owner, I was a customer of SERVPRO! I had had water damage in my apartment and, like most, I wasn’t really sure who to call. In my mind, one restoration service must be as good as another, right?

Well I can tell you I was wrong. I decided to go with SERVPRO because I remembered them as industry leaders in restoration services. Their tagline “Like it never even happened.” had gotten stuck in my head somewhere along the line. I placed a call and within a day they were at my apartment giving me an assessment. Even though I found my self in a decidedly unpleasant situation (my apartment being flooded) I began to feel relief as soon as SERVPRO arrived on the scene. The speed of the response began to set me at ease

The Process

What happened next, I couldn’t believe. The entire experience was, for me, completely top-notch. The professionalism of the technicians, the superiority of their equipment and the overall quality and attention to detail of their work left me in awe. I was beyond satisfied, and after my apartment was restored I was left thinking.

My father worked in hospitality, and instilled in me from a young age the importance of good customer service. This core value of mine I saw reflected in all that SERVPRO had done for me. I was hooked.

From that point, I decided that I wanted to be a part of that outstanding experience for others, even though they may be in a hard situation. I made the move and became owner of SERVPRO of Plantation, and the rest, as they say, is History.  I'm glad to go by #TypoSERVPRO now!

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Contaminated Water: Three Tips for Oakland Park

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water: Three tips

What you do right after a flood can have a major impact to your safety and health; the same goes for what you don't do.  When dealing with flood water damage, it's important to get the water out of the way, but you should be sure to pay attention to these tips when dealing with the flooding in the Oakland Park or Plantation Florida area.

1. Dangers of exposure to contaminated water

Water that has been still after a flood is many times considered black water or stage 3 water. It may contain dangerous pollutants that could harm your health if you come in contact with it. If it comes into contact with your skin or it accidentally gets in your system either by fumes, consuming or it entering a wound, it can have disastrous effects.  Keep your loved ones or your pets away from it.

When the time comes to get rid of the water and to resolve the water damage, be smart and call a professional like SERVPRO of Plantation.  If for some reason you choose to do it yourself despite the dangers or the fact that the issue may come back if not properly handled, make sure you at least use the correct safety equipment.  We highly advise against handling this kind of damage yourself. But if you must make sure you use heavy duty water proof equipment as well as a respirator and eye protection.

2. Be aware of, turn off and stay away from sources of electricity

ANY time there is a large flood or pooled water source, you must be aware that the water may be made even more dangerous by any possible electric wires nearby.  If you are working in a specific area within your home, it is highly advised to shut off all power sources to reduce the risk of getting shocked.  Even more so, doing this can help you reduce the amount of damage to your electric system within your home.

You should always reach out to a professional before putting your life at risk or your family's life at risk. Especially when handling a flood situation or a situation that may include short circuited electric systems or live wires.

3. Handle these problems immediately

Especially in the case of water damage, it is important for you to handle the situation as quickly as possible.  That is why it is highly important to call SERVPRO of Plantation because the more time that has passed, the more likely mold has begun to grow and to spread. Mold can begin to grow in a flooded home in 24 to 72 hours. 

In general it is important to remove yourself from the situation of dealing with contaminated water or water that may be exposed to open live power lines.  These situations may cause harm to your health or even danger to your life.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Oakland Park Water Damage Disaster!

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Ever find yourself walking into a mess like this?

If you've ever walked into a surprise Oakland Park water damage situation like this, you know first hand how stressful it can be. You begin to think about how to handle the mess yourself, and you start to dry everything up.  But, it is not until you're a few minutes in that you realize that you are in over your head.  Even then, beyond what you may be thinking about is the fact that even if you somehow get things in a seemingly dry state, they may not truly be dry - leading to the growth of mold  (maybe even under the surface where you cannot see.)

Sound like you?

Now that you're reading this, you're probably swelling with a bit of stress and anxiety because you realize that something like this recently happened and you may have mold growing somewhere you hadn't though to check.

Who do I call?  What do I do next?  Is it too late, and how far has the damage probably gotten? Listen, stop for a second and take a breath.  Everything will be OK.  Alright?

That is why SERVPRO exists.  So we can take on these stresses so that you don't have to. We see this all the time, and we have the tools, skills, knowledge and experience to get things done right.

If we come to save the day, you can find recreational things to do while you wait here.

SERVPRO of Plantation Is Here to Help!

We will work with you so that you can have peace of mind while we get things done the right way!   Your worst day is usually our daily work and you can give us a call if you have a disaster in the immediate moment, or you may schedule inspections on a routine basis or even just randomly so we can see if you have a worse problem on your hands or if there are minor improvements

Knowing that this is your personal space, we treat your Pompano Beach home, work place, your family and your employees with the utmost respect and consideration. It is important that we make things "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 at any stage of the process, 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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Black Mold in your Sea Ranch Lakes or Davie home?

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Black Mold in your Sea Ranch Lakes or Davie home? Black Mold Example

Black mold can be a tricky problem to handle - Learn the basics.

Your normal may not be so normal - is black mold affecting health?

Many mold types can cause allergic reactions and irritate your loved ones, especially Black Mold.  It's important that you reach out to a specialized black mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Plantation whenever you see any kind of mold.  Different types of mold can affect your home, even at the same time.  If you believe that you have a mold issue give a professional team like SERVPRO right away.  Black Mold grows and spreads very quickly, so every minute counts!

What We Need To Understand About Black Mold?

If you have any sort of water damage, mold can usually start to grow within the first 48 to 72 hours depending on the size of the leak.  Keep in mind these following facts about Black Mold:

  • Spores from mold are so tiny that you cannot see them.  Which makes their spread even more easy as they may travel through the home without you even knowing.  Travelling through moving air, they can pass through many openings in your home and even stick to surfaces like walls, clothing, pets etc.
  • Mold feeds off of moisture, so anywhere excess moisture is created or left or even trapped serves as a breeding ground for black mold.  Even worse is the fact that moisture isn't always immediately seen or felt.
  • Areas that may be affected by black mold have to be prepped properly so the spread doesn't continue or so that the problem doesn't come back or persist after treatment.  This is especially why it is important to reach out to a professional like SERVPRO who has the proper training and equipment to handle these areas and those situations.
  • Black mold can possibly produce strong odors and spores that may affect the health of those in contact with it.  On the contrary there are types of mold that don't have an immediately noticeable smell or health effect.  A specialist should be contacted so that they can truly test whatever microbial growth is in the area to see if it is mold and how to handle it.

Nobody will "know" what it is until it is tested.

If you are in the Dania Beach area, check out this website for events and attractions.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Different Kinds of Water Damage in Dania Beach

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Different Kinds of Water Damage Need Different Kinds of Support

Different kinds of water damage can vary based on the degree of contamination in the water.  In many Davie Florida and Sunrise Florida homes, you may see these different kinds of water depending on the environment near your home (especially near the Coral Springs Farms or just regular animal owners).  Check out what Plantation offers here.

Differentiated by the change and darkness of color, each type of water could cause a different type of property damage.  Each type of damage may also require a different intensity of restoration chemicals or equipment and may be damaging to health if exposed to.

Not many people know about the different kinds of water damage  

Many usually think of flood caused by a natural disaster or from a nearby water source. While it is usually the case that these different types of water damage can be caused by some nature event of some sort, there are many other ways they can occur.  For example:

  • House hold appliances may leak, including your fridge, freezer, washing machine, etc
  • overflowing sewage or toilets/urinals
  • Unattended water sources that overflow like showers, baths or sinks
  • Damaged pipes or drainage ports that cause even further issues around the facility
  • Compromised shelters allowing outside sources of water to come in
  • Natural events that create the destruction of property causing the water damage or water to come in

Different kinds of water can come from different sources, internal or external at times. 

But water is water right?? 

Well not quite.  We tend to consider water all the same, but there are definitely different kinds of water and ways to classify them.  Each classification has to be treated differently as well.

There are THREE different kinds of water:

  • Type 1 – Is the generally safe water.  As many consider “clean water” it is not contaminated
  • Type 2 – This could also be referred to as “grey Water”, meaning it contains some contamination and would not be sanitary enough for human consumption, this can be because of soap, fat, oil, dust, dirt etc.
  • Type 3 – “Black Water”, this is water that is entirely contaminated and usually has disease causing organisms, pathogens, and other dangerous materials.  In many cases, black water may contain fecal matter or worse.

Now that you know the different kinds of water

Now you know more about these different kinds of water, you can know how to interact with them or more specifically how NOT to deal with them.  Call the restoration professionals who have the proper training and certifications to handle these different types of water damage.  We can handle types of dangers so it can be “like it never even happened.”

If you are in the Dania Beach area, check out this website for events and attractions.

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 Plantation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Commercial Disaster: Fire in Weston and Sawgrass

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Restoration is Serious Business

Bringing things back to normal after any commercial disaster is always a difficult task, especially a fire.  Even smaller fires cause large damage that can leave any home or business filled with lung clogging soot.  The smell itself will leave a permanent reminder of the disaster if not treated properly.  Thus, the importance of reaching out to a professional restoration team like SERVPRO of Plantation for your commercial disaster. 

Treat You with Care

We have the most experience and specialized training and equipment to handle your commercial disaster the right way.  Not only are we trained for the situation, but we truly take pride in supporting those in need in disasters just like yours. 

Your home or business as well as your family or team will be treated with the utmost respect and care as our goal is not only to help restore your place to the way it was before, but to also support in an effort to make it feel like the commercial disaster never happened in the first place.

SERVPRO Has Your Back

Being a specially certified SERVPRO Franchise, we have the backing and support to provide for you with the most advanced tools, technology and methods.  The most reliable commercial disaster relief and restoration team doesn’t just bring on anyone!  And you shouldn't just bring on anyone either.  Make the right choice and call the experts.

Hopefully you won’t ever need our services, but if the need does arise we're here for you!

If you are in the Dania Beach area, check out this website for events and attractions.

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 Plantation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Fire Evacuation Plan: Florida How to by SERVPRO

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Evacuation is important for residents all the way south of Pembroke Pines to  north of Las Olas and beyond

A Fire Evacuation is last thing most of us expect in our own home. An extreme event like a house fire seems unlikely, but the truth can be terrifying. We see disasters like this on TV, or hear of them but don't ever really think they can happen to us. In fact, things like this happen more often than not. There were 365,500 house fires in 2015 alone!

Prevention is key for a Fire Evacuation Plan

Keep up to date fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. Recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, you should have one in each room people sleep as well as outside on and in every level of the house.

If a fire happens, these few moments can change the outcome of the entire situation.  The important part is that your family escapes safely.

Tips if a fire occurs:

  • Plan for everyone and involve them in the process. Plan with elderly and even children in consideration so they can keep up with and follow the guidelines. Children remember to react more often when they were involved in the process in the first place.
  • Find multiple ways out. Go to each room of your house and find any exits, including windows and doors. Make sure they all open easily.  You could even install emergency opening devices on any openings to help get through more easily.
  • Choose a meeting spot. Organize a place to meet once out of danger for example a neighbor’s home, or in outside and away from danger near a mailbox or sign. You would need to figure out a public meeting spot where emergency responders can notice you when you arrive at the scene. Everyone involved has to agree and understand that they cannot go back inside to grab any personal items.  Your life is worth more than what can be restored.
  • Set a backup plan. If you are stuck and cannot get out, the best plan of action is to close all doors between you and the immediate fire. You can prevent the fire for getting in the room you are in temporarily by putting a towel in between the bottom crack of the door. Now call the fire department to let them know about the danger.
  • Practice regularly. Practice and review the plan often.

With a smart and well organized plan in place, you can be one step ahead of the disaster and save yourself and those you love.

Safety should be your main priority when considering a Fire Evacuation Plan

After the fire passes, authorities come and the scene is cleared, call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to support you in your time of need.

If you are in the Dania Beach area, check out this website for events and attractions.

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 Plantation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Odors in your Dania Beach Home? Call SERVPRO

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Odors in your Dania Beach Home? Call SERVPRO Odors caused by mold and damp staining painted wall surface around an internal home window.

Odors in Certain Parts of your Home?

While cleaning the house have you ever experienced certain smells or odors coming from inside the house, carpets, flooring, or closet? Ever consider that your health may be affected by that smell?  You may not even know who to call!

Don't stress, call SERVPRO! We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our company and team provides 24/7 days of week of emergencies, if you are very concerned about the odor or smell we will be out there as soon as possible.

We have the odor removing knowledge & experience.

SERVPRO has certified technicians who are knowledgeable and experienced on the proper removal for odors straight from the odor's source. There are different types of odors that can come from numerous of places inside or outside your home. SERVPRO provides industrial grade equipment to locate and remove said odors.

After identifying the source of a odor and looking at the conditions required for its removal,  the odor will be eliminate over the course of a strategically planned visit schedule.  In many cases, we try our very best to get things done as soon as possible.

Don't try to remove the odor yourself.  You may make it worse!

It's important that you do not try to get rid of odors in your home by yourself as many times it makes the problem worse or its cause (which could be harmful to your health) spread to other spots in your home..

If you are in the Dania Beach area, check out this website for events and attractions.

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 Plantation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

Commercial Buildings & Mold: How to prevent the spread

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Buildings & Mold are not what you want in the same sentence.

Commercial buildings being forced to shutdown due to toxic mold growing isn't something you want your name associated with.  Many times it causes workers to suffer from respiratory problems. As a result, business comes to a halt and the company executives face serious legal action.

It’s important to implement a process that will prevent mold growth in commercial buildings.

Mold counts are higher in humid conditions than dry conditions and some mold is always present, even indoors. Especially not following procedures when using equipment you THINK will help the situation.  Many times these tools can serve as both a laboratory for growing mold and a highway system for transporting mold spores throughout a building.  The good news is that interior mold can be controlled through regular commercial building maintenance and inspections combined with the proper design, installation, and maintenance of commercial HVAC systems.

What commercial building managers are concerned about is interior black mold, which can become an ugly nuisance, and cause serious illness in humans and structural damage to buildings.

Some workers are sensitive to mold in the workplace and have allergic reactions when exposed to mold spores. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions such as coughing, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, and skin rash. Workers who are extremely sensitive to mold or have asthma, are more prone to the building related illnesses mold can cause.

Controlling Indoor MoldMold is typically considered a problem when it is visible, but at that point a commercial building’s air quality has already been compromised. By understanding the conditions that cause mold to thrive and spread, you can prevent mold growth in commercial facilities.

The best way to prevent mold growth is to reduce moisture with a regular building maintenance and inspection process. Here are some strategies for controlling interior mold:

Inspect all areas of the building for moisture, mold, and water damage routinely. Mold is sneaky.Repair any leaks or water damage you discover as soon as possible.Clean HVAC system coils and drip pans regularly. Pans that are plugged and not draining properly cause moisture to accumulate, quickly becoming a breeding ground for mold.Make sure that all HVAC ducts and system components such as air handlers, blowers, and any enclosed chambers are free of any moisture.Perform proper housekeeping in all areas of the building keeping walls and floors dry.Check the location of HVAC air intakes. Air being pulled in from areas near standing water or dumpsters can cause an increase in fungal spores inside the building.If you have a mold problem already, cleaning up the surface will not solve the problem. You need to have someone specifically trained in the principals of commercial mold removal to get it all. Give the pros at SERVPRO a call!

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

Follow us on Social media: SERVPRO of Plantation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/

 

Preventing Fireworks Fires for the New Year 

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Fireworks Fires for the New Year 

Here are some general tips to prevent injury or fire damage during the New Year fireworks fun.

  • Fireworks most likely to cause fires are not large displays that go high in the air but the smaller items that go up less than ten feet.  Larger cake style displays go high enough in the air for any sparks to extinguish long before they could hit the ground but smaller items geared towards kids that spin and shoot sparks close to the ground need to be handled with caution.
  • The best place to stage your show is away from tall, dry grasses or trees on a level, cement surface.  If you have to light your display on grass or gravel we recommend using a piece of plywood to create a level surface.
  • Wet the ground in and around the area where you will be setting off your display and always have a fire extinguisher or hose and adequate water supply on hand.
  • NEVER take fireworks to national forests or park areas!  Even in wet years, fireworks are never legal or appropriate in these areas.
  • NEVER put spent fireworks or "duds" in a fire.  Soak spent fireworks with water and dispose of them only when completely cooled.
  • Don't attempt to pick up or relight "duds".  Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak in a bucket of water before disposal. Buying from a reputable distributor will minimize your chance of purchasing "duds".
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Have a designated sober shooter.  There is no substitute for good judgment.

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

Follow us on Social media: SERVPRO of Plantation

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROPlantation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_plantation/