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Flood Damage Vs Water Damage: Plantation

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Damage and Water Damage are different - FEMA 

The difference between a water damage and a flood damage is best distinguished by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood definition.

Simply put, the main difference between a flood claim and a water damage claim is where the water comes from. With flood damage, the water comes from a natural source and two or more properties are involved (if you reside in a generally residential versus rural area).

If you and your neighbors are all having water issues due to heavy rains and/or rising waters, then you are likely dealing with a flood damage. For water damage, you may have the water damage issue inside your home, but your neighbor may not.  Either source is still a problem of course.

Flood Damage

A flood is defined as a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres and two or more properties of normally dry land. Flood damage can only be caused by:

  • Overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflow
  • Collapse of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood as defined above

If the water causing damage in your home is coming from any of these sources, you are probably dealing with flood damage.  Click here to see some tips to prevent water damage in the future.  Thanks for reading!

No matter what it is considered, call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to cleanup!

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Health - Water Damage Effects - Miami

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage & Your Health

If you live in or near Miami or just South Florida in general, you know that many portions near the beach are below water level.  Even worse, these areas flood quite often and many different sources claim within the next 100 years a good portion of the area may be under water. When it comes to health - Water Damage can play a major factor.

But what effect does this have on your health?? Whether you have experienced water damage from flooding rains or from a burst pipe or leaky appliances, your health may be at risk if you do not deal with it immediately and correctly.

It will effect Health - Water Damage

Major water damage can cause foul odors, poor indoor air quality, and most importantly–mildew growth. Mold/mildew resulting from water damage can have significant health impacts, particularly on those with compromised immune systems or asthma.  These aspects are important to pay attention to for your health - Water Damage can play a major factor.

Mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in those who have asthma or other respiratory issues. Flu-like symptoms, fatigue, severe migraines, nosebleeds, dizziness, and more can all be attributed to excess mold exposure, but those who experience these conditions often believe they are merely sick or tired, completely unaware that mold is the cause of their ailments. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is possible that mold is the cause, and extremely likely if these symptoms begin following flooding rains or a pipe burst in your home or business.  Check out our Mold Safety Tips by clicking here!

Thanks for reading!  We'll better the world one step at a time by being faster to any disaster!

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Choose SERVPRO: Restoration Team - Plantation

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO Plantation: We Service Cities in all of South Florida

All the way from up north in Deerfield Beach to South Miami and cities like Davie, Lauderdale Lakes

Choose SERVPRO the right water cleanup and water restoration company. Though cleanup of a building inundated with water requires special equipment, trained staff and a complete understanding of the process. The company must know it's vital to remove damp rugs, paddings, the baseboards and other finishings to allow 

for proper air movement within the structure. This helps the drying process and helps to improve the air quality within the home or business that has been damaged by water.

No matter where in Florida you live or do business, having water in home or water in business can be a serious problem. One that costs thousands of dollars to fix. Check out our Hurricane Tips!

It's essential to get the insurance company involved as quickly as possible.

In addition to recommending water cleanup and water restoration companies, having them involved from the beginning makes it easier to get the needed work approved and the claim paid. You don't have to use the water mitigation company the insurance company recommends, but the company you choose must be experienced, licensed and insured and have the necessary equipment and expertise.

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Handling a Fire Loss in Sunny South Florida: Pembroke Pines and Weston

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency services make it possible for a family to handle a fire loss and get the house back into working order in just a couple days instead of weeks or months depending on the damage.

Handling a fire loss things have to move as quickly as possible, and you need to have someone you can trust to handle the job.  Smoke damage, soot damage and air quality need to be checked and restored to normal, so the best thing that can be done is to have someone come inspect and get a plan going of the next immediate steps.

The preparation for something like this is much more robust with a focus on not leaving lingering problems that could make a family sick or unhealthy in the future. Locations are much easier to care for when a local company is on the scene, so reach out to SERVPRO Plantation as we offer services to handle a fire loss in many cities for example: Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, Deerfield Beach or even Dania Beach!

Handling a Fire Loss - leave it to the Pros!  Call SERVPRO

The work may be complex, and it must be scheduled for several days or weeks to ensure completion, but the specific type of work has complexities here and there that you're going to want the pro's to handle rather than handling it yourself.  The safety or staying in the building and the air quality will begin to improve when the building has been cleaned, and there will be regular tests until we are pleased with the results. To learn about some of our tools and methods, check out our other blog here!

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2018 Halloween Vandalism and Your Business

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Here are a few tips to protect your business from falling victim to pranks, so that you won't have to call SERVPRO of Plantation for Halloween vandalism cleanup on November 1st,.

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 are running.

3) Security

If you have a high-risk business, or have been targeted in the past, consider hiring 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."

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Yacht and Boat Mold Air Effects 2018

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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 possible mold in air:

  • 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 the yacht air quality and mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Plantation a call.

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Boat & Yacht Water Damage 2018: Hurricane Michael

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

It can happen to anyone.

As we've seen in the major damage of Hurricane Michael this October.

Whether you enjoy cruising the ocean blue, relaxing on sunny weekends, or taking a boating trip every summer, your yacht or boat is important to you, so you need to know how to take care of it and what to look out for that indicates yacht or boat water damage in need of professional attention.

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 Plantation. Once you identify and possibly fix the cause of the water intrusion- which can include:

  • salt spray
  • slow leak
  • hurricane
  • etc.

A few signs of potential  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

-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 Plantation for all your yacht cleaning needs. Faster to any yacht water damage disaster SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

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2018 Mold Remediation Process: How it's Done

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

If your are in need of mold remediation services call SERVPRO

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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 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."

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General Air Duct Tips - SERVPRO 2018

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Is air duct cleaning usually expensive?

Cost of the service varies and depends on multiple factors. Where you live, how dirty your system is, how easy it is for the contractor to access the ducts and what your ducts are made of.

How often should I get my air ducts cleaned?

We recommend air duct cleaning every three to five years. But if you have pets that shed a lot, recent water damage, construction going on in your home, residents with respiratory problems or humid environments, you may want to clean it more often.

How long does it usually take to get my air ducts cleaned?

The amount of time it takes to clean a residential HVAC system can vary depending on the complexity of the system. You will usually be given an estimate of how long it will take. 

Why should I have my air ducts cleaned?

Air duct cleaning helps to reduce energy costs in your home, reduce the potential for mold growth, improve indoor air quality, increase air circulation and flow,  and increase your home system performance.

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Campfire Safety: Staying Safe this Season 2018

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Let's Warm Up - But Not Too Warm!

Halloween candy is flooding into the stores, pumpkin spiced everything is approaching, and in South Florida, campfire season is upon us! In the colder months when people have fun around outdoor fires with friends and loved ones, campfire safety is the most important to ensure everyone has a good time and stays out of harm's way.

Simple campfire safety-

Teach both your children and pets that fire is dangerous and not to be played around. Always keep an eye on little ones and four-legged friends to be sure they don't get careless and end up hurt. If you feel you need a little extra protection you can

  • tie up or anchor pets at a safe distance
  • put a mesh lid on the pit
  • set up a baby gate around the fire 

If you plan on having a fire on your own property, consider investing in a good quality fire pit. Most pits come with a stand and a protective mesh top and are made out of non-toxic metal with no dyes or finishes. Having a self-contained pit (like the one pictured) will help assure the safety of everyone around, as well as protecting your property.

What NOT to burn-

As satisfying as it might be to throw your greasy burger plate on the fire and watch it burst and sizzle, resist the urge to put anything in the fire besides firewood. Styrofoam and plastic can create toxic smoke, and paper products cause large amounts of hot ash and smoke to billow around the pit area.

Some plants that grow here, like mango trees and black olive can be toxic if burned. Try staying away from burning plants found on your property, as the smoke of toxic plants not only burn the eyes and throat, but poison any food prepared over the fire. 

More than anything, campfires are meant to be a fun, warm gathering place for friends and family as the nights grow colder. We wish everyone a safe, fun season. 

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Fire Restoration using Ozone Generators

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Disclaimer!

We at SERVPRO Plantation use machines known as ozone generators to produce the gas. Remember to not use any ozone generators on your own and call in only qualified professionals like our team at SERVPRO Plantation to deal with smoke odors.

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How it Works:

The machine uses a high voltage corona mechanism to emulate the same conditions that would allow ozone to form in nature (such as lightning).  Regular oxygen from the air goes in, ozone comes out and can then be directed wherever it is needed.

Ozone is triatomic oxygen or enriched oxygen. Rather than having two atoms like in the oxygen we breathe, ozone has three bonded oxygen atoms. It is a strong oxidizing agent as well as a sterilizing agent most commonly used in fire restoration to eliminate smoke odors. 

Some examples of what can be deodorized with ozone are odors associated with:

  • cooking
  • decay
  • biohazards
  • fire
  • tobacco

However, ozone is less effective on inorganic odors (meaning odors not derived from living matter) such as:

  • chlorides
  • sulfates
  • nitrates
  • ammonia
  • phosphates

The reason for this is because the third oxygen molecule bonds with the organic odor compound and oxidizes it. The ozone then turns into regular oxygen and eliminates the smell by breaking it down at a vastly accelerated rate compared to standard oxygen. Oxygen molecules have trouble bonding with and oxidizing inorganic compounds, making it less effective on them.

There are very little drawbacks to using ozone generators in fire restoration jobs, if used correctly and as mandated by OSHA. Ozone is converted back to oxygen in a matter of minutes, so rooms or buildings only need to be evacuated for a short period of time.

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2018 Dos and Do Nots: Fire Damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage dos:

  1. For water and fire damage restoration, DO call SERVPRO of Plantation!
  2. Limit the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot and other particles which may cause additional damages. If the affected area is too large to avoid, evacuate while repairs are being done.
  3. Placing large clean rags, or old linens on rugs and upholstery in your home can also help prevent the spread of soot.
  4. Coating chrome fixtures like your faucets, or other parts of appliances with petroleum jelly.
  5. If there is water in your home and on your floors, protect your furniture by putting a barrier like foil or wooden blocks where the furniture touches the floor.

Fire damage do nots:

  1. Do not try to clean or shampoo any carpets, rugs, or upholstery. Trying to clean up fire damage yourself is extremely hazardous to your personal health. Always call a professional.
  2. Do not wash any walls or other painted surfaces yourself- improper cleaning can stain the walls.
  3. Do not clean any electrical equipment as this is dangerous, have a professional look at it, or replace it.
  4. Do not send clothes to a dry cleaner as improper cleaning can set smoke odors and stains.

After a fire takes place, there's a million things on your mind. Hopefully you had a plan in place to protect your loved ones and important property. To help protect your home and belongings from further damage, here are a few tips for what you should and should not do after fire damage takes place.

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Hygienic Houses Sell More Quickly

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

People Notice the Small Things

If you are looking to rent out or sell your house, ensuring its total cleanliness before putting it on the market is pivotal to finding a buyer faster. Old tenants can leave behind stains on walls, ground in dirt on the carpeting, and all other kinds of wear-and-tear in and around your property. Hygienic homes don't only look better, they sell faster, so here are a few steps you can take to get your property in tip-top shape for selling:

1) Air ducts

The first step to making your property smell and feel clean is to get the air ducts cleaned out. Clean ducts (and a fresh filter in the AC unit) can help to eliminate allergens in the air. The buildup of dust and other particles in ducts can also lead to dank or musty odors in your place, so clean before selling, and continue their upkeep regularly, can keep your building safer and more pleasant to be in.

2) Upholstery

If you are looking to rent or sell your house fully-furnished, have all the upholstery cleaned next. Years of use means years of food stains and other messes on your furniture. Make your chairs and sofas like new again with professional cleaning.

3) Floors

Getting your floors cleaned comes with a host of health benefits as well as making your place look good. Clean floors and carpets help people breathe easier, especially if they have known allergies or other conditions such as asthma.

4) General upkeep

Of course, the general upkeep and appearance of your building is to be kept in consideration. If you know you'll be showing someone a house, make sure the common areas like hallways and stairwells have been cleaned recently. First impressions are important!

Remember, for all your commercial cleaning needs give us a call!

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Post-Hurricane Mold: Aftermath of Florence

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

The 2018 hurricane season brought some surprises! 

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.

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 us!

But lets go over some basics.

Loss of power

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.

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.

What now?

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 Ft. Lauderdale North has your back with recovery.

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Using Chemicals on Mold?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

DOES BLEACH KILL MOLD?

Lets get this straight first! 

As soon as you notice a presence of mold, call SERVPRO Plantation at (954) 280-8282 24/7 for immediate assessment. Our qualified technicians have the tools and training to identify the severity of the problem and can best inform you where to go from there. Remember, faster to your disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

Bleach

You clean your bathroom with it, disinfect household items with it, when diluted properly, you can even use it to clean things like toys or dental retainers. So why wouldn't you use it for something as harmful as mold? Well, when mold appears on walls and ceilings in your home it's likely already formed on the inside of those structures from water events, like a pipe leaking, or excessive humidity. Because of the chemical composition of bleach, it won't do an effective job of permeating into where the mold is living. The particles of the bleach are simply too large to penetrate most surfaces. So even if you "clean up" the mold and can no longer see it, it can still be lurking and pose a health threat to you and your family.

It's not uncommon for people to think dumping bleach on areas affected by mold will solve the problem without needing to call in professional help. This could not be farther from the truth. 

Dead mold is still dangerous

Even if bleaching completely kills all the mold in an area of your home, it can still be dangerous. While dead mold can no longer grow, these "non-viable" mold spores can still be hazardous to your health, particularly to people with allergies, asthma, or people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly.

So what can you do?

Be on the lookout for these signs of mold:

  • strong musty odors
  • evidence of moisture
  • excessive humidity
  • visible mold

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Hurricane Florence Floods: Caring for the Carolinas

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Florence - "Faster to Any Disaster"

Last month, the largest storm to make landfall in the Carolinas dumped over 2 feet of water on the Carolinas over the course of 3 days. Hurricane Florence rained more in one hour over the city than the area typically gets during the entire month of September. This record amount of rainfall left homes severely damaged or completely washed away.

After the rain stopped, everyone got to work picking up the pieces of their homes and businesses to get things back to normal. During this time, local SERVPRO teams were so over-encumbered they called in other SERVPRO teams from all over the country to aid in clean-up and restoration. SERVPRO Plantation was one of hundreds of teams who responded to the call.

We loaded up two trucks , an RV, and a few SERVPRO vans and caravaned through to the Carolinas. Over the weeks that followed, we helped many families get their lives back to normal by drying hardwood floors, cleaning carpets, and ripping out soggy drywall.

SERVPRO Plantation is proud to be part of the Storm Response Team Caring for the Carolinas. Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

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Mold Safety Tips: Be Aware of the Basics

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Safety Tips

If you find mold in your home you may ask yourself, "how dangerous is the mold and what precautions should I take?" There are many questions when it comes to mold, so take a moment and learn about mold safety and removal.

What is Mold?

Molds are fungi. There are over 100,000 different types of mold, and they come in a wide variety of colors including black, green, orange, and white.

Molds reproduce by producing spores. These spores are tiny and float through the air, often into your home. If spores land somewhere dark, moist, and warm, they might grow until they form a visible mold colony. Mold will not grow without moisture, so to prevent mold keep your home dry.

Mold Toxicity and Mold Safety

Most molds are not known to cause infection in healthy adults. However, scientists only have good information for a few number of molds, and people’s reactions to mold vary greatly. There are people who are more susceptible to illness from mold than others. Overall, mold’s effect on humans is still little understood, so all molds should be treated as if they are toxic. Mold-induced illness can affect the respiratory system, throat, eyes, and skin. Wearing protective gear (goggles, mask, gloves) is recommended whenever you clean mold.  In which case, many people may not have the appropriate gear or knowledge to handle it.  Therefore, it is recommended to reach out to a professional for handling mold remediation.

Our Recommendation

We strongly recommend hiring a professional mold removal service like SERVPRO for your mold clean-up needs.  A professional will have the right equipment, will be familiar with common types of mold and their dangers, and know how to handle the situation.  It is even better to use a professional's service because at times if you try to handle the mold yourself it can either come back anyway or spread to even more parts of the house.. 

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Tips to Prevent Water Damage - Pay Attention to Tip 3!

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to Prevent Water Damage

 Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.Preventing the water damage in the first place is a lot easier than going through the claims process! Use these tips to get the best outcome.
Source: Farmer's Insurance

Tip 1: Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.  It's not everyday that you'd think about this as one of the tips to prevent water damage!

Tip 2: Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

Tip 3: Keep an eye on your water bill

This is one of the trickiest of tips on this list. With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

Tip 4: Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. This is one of the less expensive tips, as you can get them at your local hardware store for cheap. Use them to cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

Tip 5: Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

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2018 Hurricane Preparation Tips and Tricks

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

With the height of hurricane season looming, 2018 hurricane preparation should be top priority for all Florida residents. SERVPRO Plantation is here to help with these 2018 hurricane preparation tips.

2018 Hurricane preparation tips:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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."

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After the Storm: Important Tips - SERVPRO Plantation

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful to take certain precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can have a dramatic emotional impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to reenter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family after the storm.  

Keep these after the storm tips in mind:

  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid metal fences and other metal objects near downed lines. 
  • DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until all gas lines are checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).   
  • Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or television station, for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area.
  • Remember that, after the storm, you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs. Roads could be blocked, power lines could be down and people may be trapped and in need of assistance.  
  • Use a camera or camcorder to record thoroughly any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.  
  • In certain areas, the flooding rains that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come with the storm". 
  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked after the storm.
  • Avoid sight-seeing or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.  
  • Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
  • Avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding present. Have a professional conduct a thorough inspection first.  
  • Consider having professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians, as well as professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees and check plumbing.
  • Remember that downed or damaged trees can contain power lines that can be a hazard after the storm.  
  • Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area; use a phone only for emergencies.
  • Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination.
  • After the storm you should assume that the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.

These are just a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station issuing emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information.

We often only focus on the before when it comes to storms (you can see our tips for before the storm here) but knowing what to do after is just as important.

Source: Federal Alliance For Safe Homes 

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Types of Hurricane Damage : SERVPRO Plantation

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Types of Hurricane Damage to Expect During and After the Storm

There are a couple types of hurricane damage you can expect whenever you're anticipating one of these powerful storms.  Below we list a few of them.

Winds

The winds of a hurricane range from 74 mph (65 knots) in a minimal storm to greater than 155 mph (136 knots) in a catastrophic one.

Wind is responsible for much of the structural hurricane damage. High winds uproot trees and tear down power lines. The maximum winds from fast moving and powerful storms may remain high, even when the storm is well inland. Often this is actual wind speed combined with the speed of the storm.

Rainfall-Induced Flooding

The heavy rains associated with a tropical weather system are responsible not only for major flooding in areas where the storm initially strikes, but also can affect areas hundreds of miles from where the storm originally made landfall.

During landfall, it is not uncommon for 5-10 inches of rain to fall. If the storm is large and moving slowly, rainfall could be even more excessive. Intense flooding also can occur from tropical depressions and storms that do not reach hurricane strength.

Storm Surge

Storm surge is a rapid rise in the level of water that moves onto land as the eye of the storm makes landfall. Generally speaking, the stronger the hurricane, the greater the storm surge.

As a hurricane approaches the coast, its winds drive water toward the shore. Once the edge of the storm reaches the shallow waters of the continental shelf, water piles up. Winds of hurricane strength force the water onto shore.

At first, the water level climbs slowly, but as the eye of the storm approaches, water rises rapidly. Wave after wave hits the coast as tons of moving water hammer away at any structure on the coastline.

The surge is greater if a hurricane's track is perpendicular to the coastline, allowing the surge to build higher. The storm surge is also greater if the storm affects a bay or if it makes landfall at high tide. The greatest storm surge occurs to the right of where the eye makes landfall.

Tornadoes

Tropical cyclones also can trigger tornadoes. Each storm has a unique pattern of tornadoes whose frequency and occurrence is highly variable from one storm to the next.

Tornadoes spawned from hurricanes are more likely during an intense hurricane or one that is intensifying at or near landfall.

Source: The Weather Channel

For more storm preparation or recovery tips see our various other blog topics here.

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7 Facts About Hurricanes you NEED to know...

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 7 Facts About Hurricanes you NEED to know... Overhead Visual of major flooding within the community due to Hurricanes

7 Facts About Hurricanes you NEED to know...

by SERVPRO Plantation

What about hurricanes causing damage to your home? And what should you do to stay safe?

As Hurricane Lane is creeping towards Hawaii - we realize more and more that these natural disasters are real and can approach even when we least expect it.  Being prepared is the best plan.

SERVPRO Plantation provides restoration services that will help to save the day after even the worst of hurricanes.  If you haven't seen our previous posts about Hurricanes, click the links below.

Hurricane Prep Tips – Ft. Lauderdale and Plantation

Hurricane Facts and Figures

  1. Primary Causes of Hurricane Damage

The two main causes of hurricane damage are from high winds and flash flooding from the torrential rains.

These high speed winds can break windows and blow in garage doors. Damage in your neighborhood is inevitable because everything in nature can become a projectile in these powerful gusts.

On the other hand the torrential downpours can often cause flooding from overwhelmed gutters and downspouts, broken windows and damaged roofs, and saturated soil around and near your home.

  1. Categories?

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale was created in the 1970's and rates hurricanes based on their wind speed.

A larger number means a more intense hurricane: a Category 1 hurricane will inflict some damage to houses while a Category 5 will destroy a significant number of houses.

Click this link to see a visual interpretation of each category provided by the weather channel.

  1. Flooding

To best prepare for storms, check to see whether you live in a flood or storm surge zone. The federal government has several websites designed to help you figure out your risk of flood hazards. You can just search your address and the database will tell you whether you’re at low, moderate, or high risk of flooding.

  1. Storm Warnings vs Hurricane Warnings

Hurricane or tropical storm watches mean that weather conditions make it likely that there’s going to be a hazard. These are issued 48 hours before authorities think storm-force winds will reach the area.

warning, on the other hand, means that the tropical storm or hurricane is expected to hit your area, and come 36 hours before the anticipated onset.

Meanwhile, an extreme wind warning means that hurricane-force winds of more than 115 miles per hour are expected within the subsequent hour, so you should take shelter somewhere stable immediately.

  1. Safety is Preparedness

You and your family should have an emergency plan that includes where you will meet if you get separated during an emergency, how you’ll get in touch if your phones don’t work, where you’ll go if you need to evacuate, and how you’ll get there.

  1. What about our fluffy friends?

Can you evacuate with Po? Will he fit with you in the safe room? Furthermore, will you even be able to find Po? Keep pet food in your emergency kit, and don’t forget a can opener if you need one. When the storm hits, even if you’re staying home, put your pet in a carrier in case you have to evacuate last-minute. And microchip your cat or dog so that in the event you get separated, vets and rescue personnel will be able to track you down.

  1. Call SERVPRO Plantation

In the wake of a particularly bad hurricane, you may need to get in touch with emergency personnel, your electric company, your insurance agent, etc. Make sure you have numbers for hospitals, important utilities, your property insurer and your local restoration company.

A storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO Plantation will help you deal with hurricane damage quickly. With 24-hour emergency response and the tools and equipment to deal with the damage to trees, siding and flooding, they’re you’re one-stop-shop for hurricane damage.

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Hurricane Facts and Figures

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Facts and Figures Illustration of how the Coriolis Force acts with the curvature and rotation of the Earth.

Hurricanes are a force of nature to be reckoned with. They are warm, wet cyclones- some with winds strong enough to snap branches off of trees and send debris flying. But there are some interesting facts about hurricanes even seasoned Floridians might not know. How many of these do you know?

Two hurricanes won't crash into each other to become a single storm, but will circle each other.

The Fujiwhara Effect, named after meteorologist Sakuhei Fujiwhara, describes a phenomenon where two cyclones will circle around each other as they continue on their path. If given enough time, the two storms will circle one another, gradually closing the gap, until they swirl into a single storm.

Hurricanes spin counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern.

The rotation of the Earth causes the spinning of ocean waters, winds, and yes, hurricanes. This force is known as the Coriolis Force or Coriolis Effect and has a huge influence over air and sea travel as well as storm formations.

Cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes are different names for the same weather phenomenon.

The globally used meteorological term for the phenomenon is "tropical cyclone." In the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans, we call them hurricanes. In the Western Pacific, they are called typhoons. And in the Indian Ocean and Southern Pacific they are referred to as cyclones.

Hurricanes can’t form on the Equator because they need the Coriolis Effect to spin.

The equator is the dividing line between the northern and southern hemispheres. Because of its location, there's no Coriolis Effect to spin low pressure systems into hurricanes. No Coriolis Effect means no hurricanes.

Nearly double the amount of hurricanes happen in the northern hemisphere than in the southern.

Oceans in the southern hemisphere tend to have stronger winds than their northern counterparts. Because of these winds, it's less likely to create the conditions needed for hurricanes to form. Hurricanes require warm waters, storm conditions (meaning rain clouds), and gentle wind to steer and shape the tropical cyclone. With harsh winds, storms get broken up and are less likely to form south of the equator.

We hope you learned some interesting hurricane facts from this blog! Check back often this hurricane season for more facts, hurricane prep tips, and other readiness info.

Hurricane Prep Tips - Plantation

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Prep Tips - Plantation Image courtesy of Broward County.

Hurricane season is here in South Florida and for many Plantation residents, that means being prepared for mother nature's fury. Last year, most of South Florida including Plantation was affected by Hurricane Irma. Our crew was helping Houston recover from storm damage after Hurricane Harvey when Hurricane Irma rocked South Florida. Because it had been over ten years since the last major hurricane (Hurricane Wilma, 2005), many residents in Plantation were not prepared for the resulting storm damage.

SERVPRO of Plantation is here to help with these quick hurricane prep tips:

Know your area’s evacuation protocol; when to evacuate and where to go.

Plan to stay with family or friends outside of the hurricane evacuation zone, or make plans in a hotel. While hurricane shelters are an option, not all of them are equipped to shelter people with special care requirements, or pets.

Stock up on supplies ahead of time before stores are cleared out.

When a storm is named, stores are flooded with people trying to stock up last minute. Get a few supplies every time you go grocery shopping before a storm is on the way. This not only ensures you get everything you need, but also takes away the financial strain of having to pay for it all at once.

Review your policy coverage and make any changes as soon as possible.

Most insurance companies won't let you make changes to your policy thirty days before or thirty days after a storm hits. Review your coverage at the beginning of storm season and make any changes you may need this year.

Back up important files and documents digitally, and/or in a safe location.

Water damage from hurricanes and other kinds of storm damage, like electrical or fire damage, are a huge threat to your files and other critical documents. Invest in waterproof storage for paper documents, or digitize what you can. Uploading digital files to the cloud makes it so that even if your computer fails, you still have access to those important documents.

Fix any issues that could worsen during a storm, like a leaky roof.

Last hurricane season, most of our calls at SERVPRO of Plantation were for water intrusion. Leaky roofs and windows were a huge contributor to this, and were worsened by the storm. It's also a good idea to give your property a check-up for problems you don't know are there. If you are unaware of water intrusion from a storm, it could lead to a potentially hazardous mold problem after the fact.

We here at SERVPRO of Plantation want you to stay safe this hurricane season, so be prepared. And while we hope you'll never need to call us for an emergency, if you ever need us, we'll be ready.

Antimicrobial Duct Cleaning Treatment

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

The air you breathe-- is it important to you? Of course it is! Which is why SERVPRO of Plantation offer not just your ordinary duct cleaning service, but an Antimicrobial HVAC & Duct Treatment. So what exactly does that mean? Take a look:

Standard Duct Cleaning-

Our team of qualified professionals start the treatment process with a standard duct cleaning. This includes a thorough brushing and vacuuming of your vents to remove dust, cobwebs and other particulates.

In-Place Evaporation Coil Cleaning & Blower Wheel Cleaning-

Once your vents and ducts are cleaned out, SERVPRO of Plantation's team will clean both your property's evaporation coils and blower wheels. This is an important step in your HVAC system's regular maintenance.

Antimicrobial Deodorization-

The final and most important step is the antimicrobial deodorization. This step helps to not only limit microbial growth such as mold in your air vents, but also reduces and helps eliminate odors associated with:

  • smoke and fire damage
  • cigar or cigarette smoke
  • mold and mildew
  • biohazards and decomposition
  • crime scenes/trauma scenes or vandalism

SERVPRO of Plantation's commercial-grade antimicrobial fog is pushed through your vent system to reduce the presence of bacteria and other microbes. This fog is powerful enough to help eliminate any odor, while still being safe enough to be used around pets and people.

Remember for all your commercial or residential fire, water, cleanup, and restoration needs SERVPRO of Plantation are always here to help!

Document Drying with SERVPRO of Plantation

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Document Drying with SERVPRO of Plantation Your personal documents are in good hands with our HIPAA certified document specialists.

Our team here at SERVPRO of Plantation understands the importance of your personal records and other documents. Whether it's personal financial records or medical records from a doctor's office, whenever documents are damaged, you can trust SERVPRO of Plantation to handle your document drying for you.

When we come across water damaged documents at a fire or water loss, our SERVPRO of Plantation team's top priority is getting them shipped to our state-of-the-art HIPAA-certified protected document drying facility. This means your files and papers will be immediately frozen, documented, and express-shipped to a secure location. After it arrives, it goes into a low-pressure vaporization chamber that takes the water straight from a solid ice state to a vapor without a harmful liquid state. While your documents can never be the same after water damage, we will do our best to restore them to a usable state. Take a look at our document drying and restoration process:

Step 1) Document Inventory

We barcode every box using the iCat system, allowing us to know the location of any box in our state-of-the-art facility at any time. All Documents are inventoried at the location of the loss prior to packaging and video monitored 24/7 once they arrive- so you know your records are safe.

Step 2) Document Drying

This process involves drying materials frozen by SERVPRO of Plantation using various vacuums and pressurization to achieve sublimation (meaning the ice turns to vapor without getting your documents wet again).

Step 3) Document Decontamination

Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. We use this process to kill any bacteria or other microbes without further damaging important documents.

In a CAT 3 situation (Sewage or Flood water) documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, we are dealing with CAT 3 water, therefore most of the affected documents will be contaminated; if this is the case than de-contamination is always a must.

Step 4) Document Cleaning

We will go through each box page by page to wipe down and remove dirt, soot, or other contaminants.
We have 3 levels of cleaning based on the type of soiling, and how heavy it is.

Step 5) Document Deodorizing

Many times documents that have been affected will hold residual smells of contaminants, or mildew, and will be deodorized before being returned.

Remember, when it comes to document drying Plantation is the way to go! SERVPRO of Plantation's certified team is available 24/7/365 for your emergency water damage needs.

Is Vent Cleaning Necessary for YOUR Dryer?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Vent Cleaning Necessary for YOUR Dryer? Commercial dryer vents should be cleaned at least once every three months.

It's a new year, and time to get your dryer vents cleaned out! SERVPRO of Plantation are ready to serve your New Year's cleaning needs, including commercial dryer vent cleaning. Dryer vent cleaning is a vital chore that is often overlooked by building and home owners, and property managers. Everyone knows to get carpets and HVAC systems cleaned regularly, but is vent cleaning necessary for your dryer?

Is vent cleaning necessary? Of course it is! Here's why:

  1. If left unchecked, dryer vents can pose a huge fire hazard in your home or building! Dryer fires are one of the top ten causes of house fires in the US resulting in 2,900 yearly reported fires on average. Failure to clean the dryer regularly is the leading cause of these fires.
  2. Lint trapped in dryers can also hinder the dryer's ability to do its job. Trapped lint blocks the airflow, and if left unchecked for too long, can cause the machine to not work at all anymore! Regular cleanings can save you money on repair bills.
  3. If your dryer vents are not properly maintained, it can cause a musty odor to form in your laundry room.

So how often SHOULD dryer vents be cleaned?

We recommend yearly dryer vent cleaning for residential dryers (such as those in homes). For commercial dryers (like those in salons or spas, or apartments and condo buildings) vent cleaning should be done at least four to six times a year. Start the new year off right! Contact SERVPRO of Plantation today to schedule your professional vent cleaning.

New Year's Safety 2018

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Countdown to the new year! And with that, drinking, partying, and celebrating. We all enjoy bonfires, sparklers, and fireworks to start off the new year with a bang! Fire and fireworks can be fun, but they can also be dangerous if used carelessly. in fact, fireworks alone were responsible for some 11,000 injuries in 2016 alone. So, let one of your resolutions this year be New Year's safety with these firework safety tips.

New Year's Safety: before lighting fireworks:

  • Make sure there are no overhead obstructions such as trees.
  • Stay away from dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Know the law in your area for fireworks.
  • Never allow fire from a match, cigar/cigarette, or other fireworks to get anywhere near where you are storing the rest of the fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose withing reach.

New Year's Safety: while lighting fireworks:

  • Wear safety glasses, and make sure young children have ear protection when lighting larger fireworks.
  • Only give age-appropriate fireworks to children (such as sparklers) and only under direct supervision.
  • Keep pets safely indoors. Fireworks tend to spook animals and they can get hurt!
  • Never try to light damaged fireworks- wet them down and throw them out.
  • Never let someone under the influence light fireworks! 

New Year's Safety: after lighting fireworks:

  • After the fireworks burn out, wet them down as you go. Wet them down again before throwing out.
  • Any "duds" should be thoroughly wet when they don't go off.
  • Pick up debris from any sparklers, bottle rockets, etc.
  • Store any unused fireworks in a cool, dry place away from all potential fire starters or fire hazards.

For more information on firework safety, click here. And for all of your fire and water damage needs, call SERVPRO of Plantation for 24/7 emergency service every day of the year.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile For faster 24/7 emergency service, sign up today!

Is your business ready for disaster? We here at SERVPRO of Plantation have always emphasized how important it is to have disaster plans in place for your home or business, but did you know that we have an app that can make disaster mitigation easier for you and your business? Meet the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile! With your ERP in place, you have the disaster advantage of:

  • A free assessment of your facility.
  • A Profile Document with information that would be critical to quick response in an emergency.
  • A guide to prepare you and help you get back in your building faster after a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Plantation as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command at your building/business to begin restoration work ASAP.
  • Provides facility details, identifies priority areas, and priority contacts for our team to use.

How to get a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • STEP 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.
  • STEP 2: Choose SERVPRO of Plantation as your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold or other type of damage.
  • STEP 3: Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.
  • STEP 4: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.
  • STEP 5: Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

After that, go through and add information, play around a little and get to know the app before you really need it.

With your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile in place, our teams can arrive faster to your disaster. SERVPRO of Plantation can make it "Like it never even happened."

5 Mold Myths Debunked with Mold Fact

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Mold Myths Debunked with Mold Fact With mold, what you can't see can be very dangerous.

There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about mold in Plantation. Today, SERVPRO of Plantation are going to debunk the old mold myth with some mold fact!

Mold Myth:

I can just get rid of mold with bleach.

Mold Fact:

Not true! Although some types of mold can be killed with bleach alone, not all of them can. And what's worse? When a structure has visible mold, there is often more mold where you can't see- and where you can't get to it with household cleaners.

Mold Myth:

Painting over visible mold will take care of the issue.

Mold Fact:

Wrong! Even if you use an antimicrobial paint, mold can still grow and cause the new paint to peel. Get rid of the mold before painting.

Mold Myth:

The only safe level of mold is no mold at all.

Mold Fact:

Nope, wrong again. While high levels of mold in the air can be hazardous to one's health, it's impossible for a space to be completely free of mold. Very low levels of mold are okay.

Mold Myth:

If I kill the mold with fungicides, it's completely safe.

Mold Fact:

Not quite. Killing mold is a good start to prevent it from spreading, but even dead mold can be potentially harmful. The only way to be sure mold isn't a threat to you is to call in a professional to have it properly removed.

Mold Myth:

I'm not immune-compromised, so I can live with mold.

Mold Fact:

No way! Even though people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly are more vulnerable to the hazards of mold, it can effect anyone. If there's mold in your home, contact SERVPRO Plantation right away.

When it comes to mold, it's important to know the facts. SERVPRO of Plantation is here to help and are always ready to make any mold problem "Like it never even happened."

Killing VS Removing Mold: Proper Mold Remediation

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Killing VS Removing Mold: Proper Mold Remediation Mold spores are microscopic. Visible mold is actually a colony of hundreds of tiny spores.

So you may be thinking "I have mold, why don't I just spray it with chemicals like bleach or fungicides? That'll take care of it, right?" The answer: "No way!" There's a big difference in killing VS removing mold- and it could impact your health!

Working in South Florida, SERVPRO of Plantation has seen a lot of mold. In most places, and especially in the sunshine state, no building will ever have zero traces of mold in the air. But when mold occurs in high amounts, that's when it poses a hazard to you and your family or employees' health.

Killing VS Removing Mold- Why can't I kill it?

First of all, if you have visible mold in your home or business, it's likely already inside the walls of the structure and other hard to get to places. If you can manage to get something to where the mold is to kill it, that only stops it from growing. The health risks from airborne particles are still present and cannot be removed without our professional equipment.

So how do I get rid of it?

Call  your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO, of course!

When you call SERVPRO of Plantation for a mold problem, our trained professionals will not just kill the mold, remove the mold to the IICRC standards.

Once all the visible mold is removed, everything is wiped down with a powerful, but pet and child safe antimicrobial to stop the spread of mold we can't see. On top of all that, we also set up containment and air scrubbers to clean the air and stop the spread of mold to other areas of the structure.

When we're all done we even have a third party mold testing specialist come in to check and make sure the mold levels are safe and up to code.

SERVPRO of Plantation is looking out for you. Faster to any size disaster, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Class: What Does It Mean?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Class: What Does It Mean? Call SERVPRO 24/7 for emergency service 365 days of the year.

When it comes to water damage restoration, part of SERVPRO of Plantation's assessment process includes categorizing the water loss into four standardized classes. Knowing the water class makes it easier to treat and mitigate a water loss.

Water Class 1

The IICRC defines class 1 water as:

"The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete."

What this means is that the water loss is minimal and has not been sitting for long enough to seep into dense or high permeance materials.

Water Class 2

Class 2 water is a little more difficult. IICRC defines it as the following:

"With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials."

This means that the water damage had affected an entire area of a building such as a hallway.

Water Class 3

One of the more difficult water loss situations to mitigate is a class 3.

"This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead."

This means an entire room has been affected by water damage.

Water Class 4

Class four water is the hardest to treat due to it usually being trapped water.

"This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone."

For more info on water damage, visit the IICRC here. And for faster service to any size disaster, call SERVPRO of Plantation for 24/7 emergency service and make it "Like it never even happened."

Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2017

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2017 Make sure your decorations are flame-retardant this holiday season.

During this time of year, we cannot stress enough how important fire safety is. Almost every wintertime holiday celebration involves candles, bonfires, or other potential fire hazards. In 2016 alone, 3,390 civilians died in fire-related incidents- the majority of which occur around the holidays. Stay safe this holiday season by following these holiday fire safety tips:

  • Keep decorations away from space-heaters, stoves, and other heat sources in your home.
  • If you have a tree, make sure it has enough water every day to reduce the risk of it catching.
  • Check all string light decorations before you put them up, and then check again every day to be sure no pets or pests have chewed through the wires.
  • Don't overload an outlet by trying to have too many things plugged in and running at once.
  • Never use a turkey fryer, meat smoker, or grill (gas or charcoal) in or near a structure such as your garage, shed, or workshop.

Of course, every home should have working smoke alarms in every room, as well as a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or garage. All adults in the home should learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and what types of fires they can be used on. For more information on holiday fire safety, visit our friends at the American Red Cross here.

We here at SERVPRO of Plantation hope you won't be in need of our emergency services over the holidays, but if you do, we are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help with your emergency water and fire cleanup needs.

SERVPRO of Plantation is NADCA Certified!

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Plantation is NADCA Certified! Call SERVPRO of Plantation for all your commercial HVAC cleaning needs!

Your friends at SERVPRO of Plantation are proud to announce our official HVAC cleaning certification with the National Air Duct Cleaners Association!

What does it mean to have a NADCA certification?

That means that members of our team have gone through the regulated training process and passed their exams to earn the national certifications for HVAC system and duct cleaning.

So what does our NADCA certification mean for YOU?

This means you can rest assured that your HVAC systems are cleaned up to ACR and NADCA standards to meet their cleanliness requirements as well as being aligned to their code of ethics. For more info on the benefits of choosing a NADCA certified HVAC and duct cleaner, visit NADCA's website. And for all of your NADCA certified HVAC cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Plantation.

Water Damage? Here's What You Need To Do

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage? Here's What You Need To Do Water damage? Better call SERVPRO!

So you found some water damage in your home or business and don't know what to do next. SERVPRO of Plantation is here to help!

Step one: Identify and fix the source of the water

Has it been raining a lot lately and flooded your kitchen? Did the storefront next door have a pipe burst? Identify the cause of the water loss, and do your best to remedy the issue. If water is still coming in to the area, there's little our teams can do until the problem is fixed- even if it just means shutting off the water main.

Step two: Call SERVPRO of course!

Don't forget to call your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO! We have an emergency response team available 24/7, any day of the year. If you suffer from water damage, don't wait to call us. Letting water sit can breed hazardous mold and other harmful germs. In fact, mold can form in as little as three days! If you are unsure how long the water has been sitting, you may want to have a third-party mold test done. The point of this test is to see whether or not mold is present so our professional technicians can treat the issue accordingly.

Step three: You can help

If you don't want to wait for our team to arrive, you can start the cleanup by mopping up water and setting out fans in the area affected by the water loss to start the drying process. We'll take over with our professional equipment when we get there.

No one likes being in a water loss situation, but it doesn't need to be a nightmare. SERVPRO of Plantation has the best crew of experienced and certified professional technicians available to make your water loss situation "Like it never even happened."

Your Fire Safety Plan and You

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Fire Safety Plan and You Know your building's fire escape routes!

Home fires have been in a steady decline for the last 30 years, but they still account for over 2,000 deaths and 10,000 injuries every year. Unfortunately, some disasters you can't predict, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety in the event of a fire in your home. The most important step you can take is having a fire safety plan. Here are some key tips to keep in mind.

Before a fire:

  • Ensure your home has a smoke alarm in every room, and test them every month to make sure they are working. If they don't work, change the batteries, or upgrade.
  • Draw out a floor plan and map out at least two possible escape routes from each room. Take into consideration the needs of small children, pets, or people in your home with mobility issues while making an escape plan. Go through your plan with everyone in your home twice a year to make sure it'll work (windows open, etc.).
  • If you live in a condo or apartment, ask your landlord what the best course of action is in the event of a fire.

During a fire:

  • Touch the body of a door (do not touch the doorknob!) before opening to check for heat. If the door is hot to the touch, do not open it and find another way out.
  • As you move through doors, close them behind you to hinder the spread of the fire.
  • In the presence of smoke, stay low to the ground because smoke rises.
  • A wet towel or blanket put over your head and face can help prevent injury from flames or smoke inhalation.

After a fire:

  • Once you have made it safely away from the fire, call for emergency help.
  • Do a headcount of everyone that made it out. If someone is missing do not go back for them, tell the fire department so they can rescue them. They are prepared to battle a blaze- you aren't.
  • After a fire, if the structure of the building is still in tact, call SERVPRO of Plantation 24/7 for emergency service 365 days a year.

For more information on building a fire safety plan, visit the National Fire Protection Association. We here at SERVPRO of Plantation hope you'll never be in a fire situation, but if you are, you won't regret having a solid plan in place. Our teams are always ready to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

2017 Hurricane Season

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 2017 Hurricane Season The 2017 Hurricane Season was one of the busiest on record!

Hurricane Season, the time of year most likely to produce devastating storms, is finally over for this year. The 2017 Hurricane Season ran from June 1 until November 30 and yielded a whopping 18 total storms, the most powerful of which impacted the South Florida and Caribbean areas. Lets take a took at the stats for this seasons most powerful storms.

Jose-

Duration of storm: September 5 - September 26

Strength at landfall: N/A

Total deaths: 1

Cost of damage: Minimal

Ophelia-

Duration of storm: October 9 - October 16

Strength at landfall: Category 3

Total deaths: 54

Cost of damage: $71 million

Irma-

Duration of storm: August 30 - September 12

Strength at landfall: Category 5

Total deaths: 134

Cost of Damage: $66.77 billion

Harvey-

Duration of storm: August 17 - September 1

Strength at landfall: Category 4

Total deaths: 91

Cost of damage: $198.63 billion (costliest on record)

Maria-

Duration of storm: September 16 - September 30

Strength at landfall: Category 5

Total deaths: 103

Cost of damage: $103.45 billion

This year has been one of the most intense storm seasons in recorded history, but as always, we pulled together and weathered the storm. While there are still some places here in the US and the Caribbean islands trying to recover and rebuild, SERVPRO of Plantation has your back.

Halloween Vandalism and Your Business

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

3) Security

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

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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?

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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
  • hurricane
  • etc.

-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

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

What now?

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?

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Health-

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.

Business-

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

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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:

  • rains/storms
  • 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

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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.

Clean air-

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.

Clean home-

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."

Lightning Safety and Education

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lightning Safety and Education Lightning is supersonic!

Lightning strikes the Earth approximately 100 times every second. At up to one billion volts, it is one of the most powerful forces of nature. Due to the high amount of thunder storms, Florida is sometimes called the lightning capital of the world. It's important for everyone living here in South Florida, or even just visiting, to know some basic lightning safety.

What is lightning?

Let's start by looking at what causes lightning. Lightning is caused when negatively charged air particles in the clouds shoot out to meet positively charged trees, lightning rods, ground, etc. The positively charged ground reaches back up to meet up with the negative air particles. When the positive and negative charges meet, the electricity in the air causes it to heat up to 30,000 kelvins (over 53,000 degrees Fahrenheit!). The surface of the sun, in comparison, is only 6,000 kelvins (a little over 10,000 Fahrenheit). The air heats up faster than the speed of sound, creating the crackling SNAP! of thunder. That's the sound of air breaking the sound barrier!

Lightning Safety Tips:

  • When lightning is in the area, seek shelter right away- indoors is the safest place for you
  • Consider installing a lightning protection system for your home- they are relatively inexpensive and can protect your electronics from lightning strikes
  • If there is no lightning protection system, stay away from corded electronics as they can carry the dangerous current for miles
  • Only fully-covered metal-framed cars are safe in a thunderstorm- convertibles, motorcycles, and fiberglass-based cars are not safe!
  • Stay out from under trees since lighting can still hurt you even if it's not a direct hit

Lightning Fun Facts:

  • Lightning strikes have a 10-30% mortality rate
  • There's a 1 in 3000 chance you will be struck by lightning in your lifetime
  • Lightning often strikes the same place twice- in fact, someone that has been struck once already is more likely to be struck again!
  • Lightning can strike 10-15 miles away from the thunderstorm under clear skies- these are called "bolts from the blue"
  • Wearing metal has no bearing on whether or not lightning strikes you
  • Lightning strikes 30 million different places on the ground in the US every year

Bleach and Mold- What Your Should Know

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bleach and Mold- What Your Should Know Don't try to clean up mold yourself- call SERVPRO Plantation today!

It's not uncommon for people to think dumping bleach on areas affected by mold will solve the problem without needing to call in professional help. This could not be farther from the truth. Let's take a look at why you shouldn't try to clean up mold yourself with household bleach.

Bleach

You clean your bathroom with it, disinfect household items with it, when diluted properly, you can even use it to clean things like toys or dental retainers. So why wouldn't you use it for something as harmful as mold? Well, when mold appears on walls and ceilings in your home it's likely already formed on the inside of those structures from water events, like a pipe leaking, or excessive humidity. Because of the chemical composition of bleach, it won't do an effective job of permeating into where the mold is living. The particles of the bleach are simply too large to penetrate most surfaces. So even if you "clean up" the mold and can no longer see it, it can still be lurking and pose a health threat to you and your family.

Dead mold is still dangerous

Even if bleaching completely kills all the mold in an area of your home, it can still be dangerous. While dead mold can no longer grow, these "non-viable" mold spores can still be hazardous to your health, particularly to people with allergies, asthma, or people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly.

So what can you do?

Be on the lookout for these signs of mold:

  • strong musty odors
  • evidence of moisture
  • excessive humidity
  • visible mold

As soon as you notice a presence of mold, call SERVPRO Plantation at 954-733-1006 24/7 (or for your local SERVPRO call 1-800-SERVPRO) for immediate assessment. Our qualified technicians have the tools and training to identify the severity of the problem and can best inform you where to go from there. Remember, faster to your disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helping Houston

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Helping Houston SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North and SERVPRO Plantation helping Houston!

Last month, the largest storm to make landfall in Texas in over 50 years dumped over 2 feet of water on Houston over the course of 3 days. Hurricane Harvey, a category four on the Saffir-Simpson scale, rained more in one hour over the city than the area typically gets during the entire month of August. This record amount of rainfall left homes severely damaged or completely washed away.

After the rain stopped, Texans got to work picking up the pieces of their homes and businesses to get things back to normal. During this time, local SERVPRO teams were so over-encumbered they called in other SERVPRO teams from all over the country to aid in clean-up and restoration. SERVPRO Plantation was one of hundreds of teams who responded to the call.

We loaded up two UHaul trucks (that UHaul rented to us at a great discount!), an RV, and a few SERVPRO vans and caravaned through three states from Fort Lauderdale to Houston. Over the weeks that followed, we helped many families get their lives back to normal by drying hardwood floors, cleaning carpets, and ripping out soggy drywall.

SERVPRO Plantation is proud to be part of the Storm Response Team helping Houston recover from the storm. Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Loss Restoration Equipment

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Loss Restoration Equipment This infrared camera shows us the water in the wall (indicated by blue).

When water damage threatens your property, it's important to call in a restoration company like SERVPRO Plantation to mitigate the water right away, so no secondary damages occur. Since some water can be contaminated (such as flood waters or sewage leaks), do not try to clean it yourself. The professionals at SERVPRO Plantation are highly qualified, and armed with the water loss restoration equipment and the know-how to deal with any size water loss situation.

Water detection devices

  • moisture sensors and moisture meters- detect the presence of water, and measure the moisture content (how much water is in it), respectively.
  • thermo-hygrometers- measures both temperature and humidity. This knowledge helps them set up the right kind of equipment to extract the moisture from furniture, flooring, etc.
  • infrared cameras- allow technicians to identify water in the walls that might otherwise be undetectable.

Cleaning and restoration equipment

  • extractors- either truck-mounted or portable, this equipment is for cleaning carpet and upholstery, as well as for removing moisture from floors after water loss.
  • dehumidifiers- suck moisture in from the air and condense it (it'll be drained into a bucket or directly into a sink or bath tub) the machine pumps back out dry, warm air, allowing the area to dry faster.
  • foggers- atomizes deodorizing agents into a mist or fog that can penetrate and help clean hard-to-reach places like the inside of walls.

Click here for more information on our water restoration services, or click here to view water loss before and after pictures. And remember, faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO Plantation will make it "Like it never even happened."

Bonfire Safety: Keeping Your Family Safe This Season

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bonfire Safety: Keeping Your Family Safe This Season Set up seating at a safe distance from your pit.

Halloween candy is flooding into the stores, pumping spiced everything is approaching, and in South Florida, bonfire season is upon us! In the colder months when people have fun around outdoor fires with friends and loved ones, bonfire safety is the most important to ensure everyone has a good time and stays out of harm's way.

Basic bonfire safety-

Teach both your children and pets that fire is dangerous and not to be played around. Always keep an eye on little ones and four-legged friends to be sure they don't get careless and end up hurt. If you feel you need a little extra protection you can

  • put a mesh lid on the pit
  • set up a baby gate around the fire
  • tie up or anchor pets at a safe distance

If you plan on having a fire on your own property, consider investing in a good quality fire pit. Most pits come with a stand and a protective mesh top and are made out of non-toxic metal with no dyes or finishes. Having a self-contained pit (like the one pictured) will help assure the safety of everyone around, as well as protecting your property.

What to burn-

As satisfying as it might be to throw your greasy burger plate on the fire and watch it burst and sizzle, resist the urge to put anything in the fire besides firewood. Styrofoam and plastic can create toxic smoke, and paper products cause large amounts of hot ash and smoke to billow around the pit area.

Some plants that grow here, like mango trees and black olive can be toxic if burned. Try staying away from burning plants found on your property, as the smoke of toxic plants not only burn the eyes and throat, but poison any food prepared over the fire. 

More than anything, bonfires are meant to be a fun, warm gathering place for friends and family as the nights grow colder. SERVPRO Plantation wishes everyone a safe, fun season. 

Ozone Generators and Fire Restoration

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ozone Generators and Fire Restoration Here is a simplified graphic of how ozone generators work.

Ozone is triatomic oxygen or enriched oxygen. Rather than having two atoms like in the oxygen we breathe, ozone has three bonded oxygen atoms. It is a strong oxidizing agent as well as a sterilizing agent most commonly used in fire restoration to eliminate smoke odors. We at SERVPRO Plantation use machines known as ozone generators to produce the gas.

The machine uses a high voltage corona mechanism to emulate the same conditions that would allow ozone to form in nature (such as lightning).  Regular oxygen from the air goes in, ozone comes out and can then be directed wherever it is needed.

Some examples of what can be deodorized with ozone are odors associated with:

  • fire
  • tobacco
  • cooking
  • decay
  • biohazards

However, ozone is less effective on inorganic odors (meaning odors not derived from living matter) such as:

  • ammonia
  • phosphates
  • chlorides
  • sulfates
  • nitrates

The reason for this is because the third oxygen molecule bonds with the organic odor compound and oxidizes it. The ozone then turns into regular oxygen and eliminates the smell by breaking it down at a vastly accelerated rate compared to standard oxygen. Oxygen molecules have trouble bonding with and oxidizing inorganic compounds, making it less effective on them.

There are very little drawbacks to using ozone generators in fire restoration jobs, if used correctly and as mandated by OSHA. Ozone is converted back to oxygen in a matter of minutes, so rooms or buildings only need to be evacuated for a short period of time.

Remember to not use any ozone generators on your own and call in only qualified professionals like our team at SERVPRO Plantation to deal with smoke odors.

Fire Damage: Dos and Do Nots

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: Dos and Do Nots For water and fire damage cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO!

After a fire takes place, there's a million things on your mind. Hopefully you had a plan in place to protect your loved ones and important property. To help protect your home and belongings from further damage, here are a few tips for what you should and should not do after fire damage takes place.

Fire damage dos:

  1. Limit the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot and other particles which may cause additional damages. If the affected area is too large to avoid, evacuate while repairs are being done.
  2. Placing large clean rags, or old linens on rugs and upholstery in your home can also help prevent the spread of soot.
  3. Coating chrome fixtures like your faucets, or other parts of appliances with petroleum jelly.
  4.  If there is water in your home and on your floors, protect your furniture by putting a barrier like foil or wooden blocks where the furniture touches the floor.

Fire damage do nots:

  1. Do not wash any walls or other painted surfaces yourself- improper cleaning can stain the walls.
  2. Do not try to clean or shampoo any carpets, rugs, or upholstery. Trying to clean up fire damage yourself is extremely hazardous to your personal health. Always call a professional.
  3. Do not clean any electrical equipment as this is dangerous, have a professional look at it, or replace it.
  4. Do not send clothes to a dry cleaner as improper cleaning can set smoke odors and stains.

For more information on our fire damage restoration services, visit our page or give us a call. With 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO Plantation will arrive faster to your disaster, and make it "like it never even happened."

Clean Condos Sell Faster

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Clean Condos Sell Faster From townhouses to high-rises, get your property in tip-top shape!

If you are looking to rent out or sell your condo, ensuring its total cleanliness before putting it on the market is pivotal to finding a buyer faster. Old tenants can leave behind stains on walls, ground in dirt on the carpeting, and all other kinds of wear-and-tear in and around your property. Clean condos don't only look better, they sell faster, so here are a few steps you can take to get your property in tip-top shape for selling:

1) Air ducts

The first step to making your property smell and feel clean is to get the air ducts cleaned out. Clean ducts (and a fresh filter in the AC unit) can help to eliminate allergens in the air. The buildup of dust and other particles in ducts can also lead to dank or musty odors in your condo, so clean before selling, and continue their upkeep regularly, can keep your building safer and more pleasant to be in.

2) Upholstery

If you are looking to rent or sell your condo fully-furnished, have all the upholstery cleaned next. Years of use means years of food stains and other messes on your furniture. Make your chairs and sofas like new again with professional cleaning.

3) Floors

Getting your floors cleaned comes with a host of health benefits as well as making your condo look good. Clean floors and carpets help people breathe easier, especially if they have known allergies or other conditions such as asthma.

4) Clean condos- general upkeep

Of course, the general upkeep and appearance of your building is to be kept in consideration. If you know you'll be showing someone a condo, make sure the common areas like hallways and stairwells have been cleaned recently. First impressions are important!

Remember, for all your commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO Plantation today!

Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean?

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean? Don't get swamped in a water loss, call SERVPRO of Plantation!

IICRC Water Loss Categories


At SERVPRO of Plantation, we understand that you hope you never have to call us for a water loss. But unfortunately, sometimes fate has other plans. When a water loss strikes, arming yourself with knowledge is the first step to avoiding severe water damage. In the water restoration business, we have refer to three categories of water, as laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. We refer to these as categories 1, 2, and 3.





Don't get swamped in a water loss, call SERVPRO of Plantation!



Category 1 Water


Category 1 water is the least contaminated, and therefore the least hazardous to your well being. Category 1 water is any water that comes from a potable water source. However, just because a water loss is has category 1 water doesn't mean that the issue should be ignored. Category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 water is left standing.


Category 2 Water


Category 2 water is defined by the IICRC as "having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested." This can include water from sources such as backed up drains, dishwashers, and toilet overflows that contain urine, but not feces. If you believe you have a category 2 water in your water loss, it is even more important to seek professional help, such as SERVPRO of Plantation, immediately. The microbial growth that can occur in category two water can be hazardous to your health, and should be removed as soon as possible.


 


Category 3 Water


The final category of water that can occur in a water loss is category 3 water. This water is defined by the IICRC as "the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth."


Scary stuff...


Category 3 water requires special remediation techniques due to the highly hazardous nature of the water, and should only be cleaned up by an IICRC certified restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Plantation. Attempting to clean a large category 3 loss without professional knowledge or equipment can lead not only to loss of property, but also damage to your health.


No matter what category of water you find in your water loss, SERVPRO of Plantation has the equipment and know-how to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."


To learn more about SERVPRO of Plantation's water restoration services, click here.

Is Your Family at Risk From Lead Paint?

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Is Your Family at Risk From Lead Paint? Is your family at risk of lead paint exposure?

What You Need To Know

Lead paint was commonly used in the US prior to 1978, when it was banned, but not before being used in over 38 million homes. Exposure to lead can affect development of the brain and nervous system, particularly in children. This can cause reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Older homes, child care facility, schools and other buildings are more likely to contain lead paint, the percentages are as follows:

  • Built between 1960-1978= 24%
  • Built between 1940-1960= 69%
  • Built before 1940= 87%

What Do I Do About Lead Paint?

Usually, lead paint that is in good repair and maintained properly is not hazardous. The danger comes whenever paint dust is present, or the paint is disturbed, either by peeling or by a construction or restoration project. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects on buildings with lead paint to be certified by the EPA in the use of lead-safe practices. An EPA certified firm shall follow the following lead-safe procedures.

  • Contain the work area
  • Minimize dust
  • Clean up thoroughly

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North is certified by the EPA to handle restoration jobs involving lead paint safely, using approved procedures to avoid potential harm to your family.

How Can I Protect My Family From Lead Exposure?

  • If you are renting your property, notify your landlord if you notice peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up any paint chips immediately.
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills and other painted surfaces. Use a mop, sponge or paper towel with warm water and an all purpose cleaner, or a cleaner designed specifically for lead.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dusty areas.
  • Wash children’s toys, bottles and pacifiers often.
  • Keep children from licking or chewing on window sills or other painted surfaces.
  • Make sure children maintain a healthy diet, as recommended by the USDA. A healthy diet lowers the risk of harm from lead.
  • Clean and remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.

When it comes to the safety of your family, you don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. If you’re in need of a restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Plantation, the team you know will work safely in a lead paint environment.

Where to Turn for Automotive Biohazard Cleanup

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Where to Turn for Automotive Biohazard Cleanup SERVPRO of Plantation Can Restore an Automotive Biohazard.

An automotive biohazard occurs when an organic fluid, most commonly blood is introduced into a vehicle, usually the cabin area. This can lead not only to a difficult stain to clean, but a potential hazard for the vehicle owner.

There are many causes for an automotive biohazard. The first and most obvious cause of an automotive biohazard is one everyone prays will not happen to them, an automotive accident. Most people don’t have a real plan for how to recover from a car crash, despite the fact that 27,000 accidents occur every single day. Most of these result in minor damage, and only 0.3% result in a fatality.

Everyone knows the immediate plan, call the police, file an insurance claim and wait for the damage to be repaired. But what if the damage is not something that a mechanic is trained to handle, like blood or other organic material? Even a minor injury from an accident can cause blood stains inside a vehicle.

There are other reasons a car may be contaminated with a biohazard as well. A minor injury can cause quite a lot of bleeding, and emergencies that don’t require an ambulance often cause some staining of blood in the car used to reach the ER. A woman entering labor, also, would need transportation to a hospital and cay cause an automotive biohazard.

What to Do if Your Vehicle is Contaminated

A biohazard contaminated vehicle needs more than just a simple cleaning, it needs a dull decontamination of the organic material. Organic material can be difficult to clean, and also needs to be properly sanitized to ensure safety for the vehicle owner. Enter SERVPRO. Our highly trained Automotive Biohazard Remediation Specialists will not only clean the staining, but also make sure there is no risk of bacterial infection or other dangers left inside your vehicle. Click Here to learn more about SERVPRO’s biohazard cleanup system.

9 Holiday Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 9 Holiday Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross Using candles safely is one of the Red Cross' holiday fire safety tips.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

The holidays are a time for decoration, celebration and family. But with our secor and festivities comes a creater risk of fire. Candles, festive lights, decor and large scale cooking all come with the season, but can lead to some dangerous scenarios. In fact, The American Red reports that nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage! Listed below are some holiday fire safety tips to make your holiday season safe and wonderful.

 

Preparedness Tips

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. 9 Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
  •  Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Source: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340080_FireHolidayFactSheet.pdf

Selling Your Home? A Clean Home Sells Faster!

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

There’s a lot on the mind of a homeowner looking to sell and it’s easy to become buried in advice. However, one thing a seller should keep in mind is giving their property a thorough deep cleaning. Along with tons of other advice, seasoned realtors will encourage their clients to keep their home in top condition to increase market value, reduce list to sale conversion times on homes and to enhance their own reputation for quality listings and quick sales.

A common response is, “But I’m very tidy, clean my home all the time.” While it’s true that regular cleaning goes a long way in making your home look desirable to a buyer, a professional deep cleaning can go way further than most people would imagine. For example, imagine a prospective buyer loves the look of a home, but suffers from allergies. Even if a homeowner has tirelessly cleaned the home from top to bottom, there will likely be pet dander and other allergens in the air ducts and HVAC system that may affect the prospective. An owner why smokes can leave undesirable odors in a home, and they can even be transferred from clothing if the homeowner didn’t smoke inside. These odors can make a property less desirable to a potential buyer.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Plantation offers comprehensive cleaning solutions to make your sale quick and clean.

After the blaze: How to Protect Your Property From Damage AFTER a Fire

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After the blaze: How to Protect Your Property From Damage AFTER a Fire The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to avoiding additional damage.

A fire is a truly destructive force of nature. With all the devastation a fire can cause while burning, it's easy to forget that your home or business may still be in danger after the fire is extinguished.

The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your property from any residual dangers, and can often make the difference between restoration or full on replacement of your valuables. The first step is to contact a professional restoration service, like SERVPRO of Plantation. However, there are other steps you can take to protect your home or business, such as:

  • Limiting the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot particles which may cause additional damage
  • Placing clean towels or used linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coating chrome fixtures, such as faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Placing aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Not washing any walls or painted surfaces
  • Not shampooing any carpet or upholstery
  • Not cleaning any electrical equipment
  • Not sending clothing to a dry cleaner (improper cleaning can set smoke odor)


At SERVPRO of Plantation, we understand the need to get your life back to normal after a disaster, but before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage restoration and cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Plantation to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is Biohazard Remediation?

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard remediation is not a very common call that we receive and is something that rarely occurs, but if it does occur, it is something that SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North can hanlde. We come in to make sure that the biological matter and dangerous odors are eliminated all together so that those contaminates do not spread. Biohazard damages can include offensive odors, trauma scenes, human decomposition, hoarding removal, and gross/filth removal. None of these are pleasant things that you want in your home. These issues are also something that you should not plan on cleaning up yourself. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is professionally qualified to come in and get rid of the issues that biohazard damage can cause. Call us @ 954-733-1006. 

We Deodorize

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Interesting fact about SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North, we can deodorize the toxins that come from substances such as nicotine. Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries. Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors. 

Pelican Grand Beach Resort

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

When Pelican Grand Beach Resort received noticed that one of their VIP clients was staying in the hotel for a few days, their first thought was to call SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North to come in make their carpets look VIP ready. Our crew had a very busy schedule this morning, but that didn’t bother them. They were on site within minutes setting up equipment to get the job done. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North responds quickly to any job small or big such as cleaning carpets to a large loss disaster. We are reliable, we are efficient, and we are professional. Call us for all your cleaning and disaster needs!

Anything Can Happen, Let Us Help

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Living in South Florida we experience a lot of heavy rains and, unfortunately, hurricanes. Hurricanes mean a lot of water. A lot of water can lead to water damage. If water damage sticks around for too long it can cause major issues within the home. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North professionals are here to help immediately after a storm passes through, making sure the storm doesn’t ruin your home any further. Hurricane season lasts until November 31st so make sure to be prepared and have SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North on speed dial (954-733-1006) if anything should go wrong.

Category 3: Not a Hurricane

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North and Plantation recently performed a water restoration and clean up at an apartment that experienced category 3 water damage. Category 3 water damage is when Feces, urine, and toxic chemicals are found in the water contaminating the home. In this particular water damage job, the contaminated water from the bathroom seeped through the carpet and reached heights as high as the bed. Category 3 water damage is considered to be a bio-hazard due to all the toxicity found in this type of water. This is something that we at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North and Plantation can take care of and make it look “Like it never even happened”.

What Is an ERP?

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Benjamin Franklin

 

If a disaster strikes, are you ready with a solid plan for your place of business? Are you equipped with information to handle a disaster remotely? Do you have vital business data and emergency contacts right at the palm of your hands?

If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to be proactive and get prepared. Luckily SERVPRO® of Fort Lauderdale North and Plantation has you covered. With our Emergency READY Profile or ERP you will be able to handle any disaster remotely right at the palm of your hands. Our ERP comes in form of an app that can be downloaded right to your smart phone. The app can hold all of your emergency contacts, specific instructions, and can be shared with all important members of your team.

We offer this very handy service for FREE.

Why free you might ask? Well, SERVPRO® is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross' Ready Rating program, and as a part of our community service, we are helping local business prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is a way to help you get started and in the event of a disaster we at SERVPRO® of Fort Lauderdale North and Plantation would hope you consider us for service, but it’s not a requirement.

By working with SERVPRO® of Fort Lauderdale North and Plantation to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order and minimizing the amount of time your business is inactive hence saving you money.

 

Give us a call today to set up an appointment. It’s quick, easy, and no cost to you.

Wine Jazz and Taste

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Plantation recently had the pleasure of not only attending the 18th annual Wine Jazz and Taste of Plantation, but also participating as a sponsor of this fantastic event. The Plantation Chamber of Commerce did a wonderful job gathering local restaurants and businesses from the community. The delicious array of food paired with tasteful varieties of wine made for an enjoyable night of connecting and networking with the community.

Surprise! Mold is Everywhere!

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Think your home is pristine? There is no way mold can be infesting your sanctuary, right? Think again. Mold may be hiding within your residence. Mold problems can occur anywhere if conditions are ideal for growth, and some portions of your home may be home to mold, as well. You may try to maintain a clean environment, constantly dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, organizing, and doing a thorough cleaning of your property, but you may have missed a spot…or a few. For example, your washing machine may be a hot spot for mold. Check the door of the washing machine, inside the gasket. Dark, warm, moist areas are ideal for mold growth. Make sure to wipe under the door gasket after each wash to prevent mold growth. Also leave the door open to air-out the washing machine.

Costa Del Sol Hotel

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is a very diverse restoration company. Along with taking care of water loss and mold remediation; we clean carpets and upholstery. Recently we cleaned a couple of rooms for a hotel called Costa Del Sol in Ft. Lauderdale. We deep cleaned the carpet, upholstery, and the tile floor, leaving the rooms looking spotless. Call us at 954-733-1006 to let us help you keep your home or business clean!!

9/11 Cleaning

7/26/2016 (Permalink)


When we mention that we can take care of places other than homes and small businesses, we dont mention how we participated in the clean up of 9/11 clean up in D.C. SERVPRO professionals dried 300,000 square feet of the Pentagon, as well as provided fire, soot, and smoke clean up. The job  was finished in 90 days proving that SERVPRO is motivated to get the job done on a local and national level. Call your local SERVPRO and rely on us to get the job done. 

No Job Is Too Large

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
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Can You See What We See?

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

This is an example of the pitfalls of "Do It Yourself" work when a water intrusion takes place. Untrained property owners sometimes don't know what they do not know.

Case in point: In the attached photo, a customer insisted "everything was fine" here.  At first glance she appeared to be correct. The wall was intact . . . the paint wasn't bubbling . . . everything SEEMED to be normal.

Our advanced detection equipment proved otherwise. Take a look at the blue streaks in this infrared camera image. The streaks show where water had impacted the wall from a flood up above.

We disobeyed our customer, and checked out this area despite her assessment that "all is dry." She's probably glad we did, because we're certain her tenants would want to know the water damage is properly mitigated to prevent microbial growth

Yeah, We Do This!

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Sewer backups are more than downright gross -- they are potentially dangerous. Sewage and other forms of "Black Water" are "grossly contaminated" and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. We strongly encourage customers to refrain from tackling these jobs themselves. Sometimes hiring a trained, certified professional is well worth the investment -- most importantly for your health!

Post Flame Recovery

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fires cause unnecessary havoc in people’s lives. Half the battle is getting rid of the flames. After the flames are gone, there is a lot more to be done and that’s where we come in. Your home definitely suffered smoke and fire damage as well as possible water damage and the professionals at SERVPRO have the skills and equipment necessary to restore your house to the way it was before the fire. We follow these steps to make sure your home is back to the way it was before the fire.  For an easy and hassle-free experience, trust SERVPRO to help manage everything for you, including the insurance claims process.

American Red Cross Events

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is proud to announce its participation of sponsoring the American Red Cross in local events. It’s important for Red Cross sponsors to be active in the events the Red Cross hosts so we do our best to show our face. The most recent event that we attended was the Sips for Tips event, held at the Mod Wine Lounge. The event was hosted so that 20% of bottle sales benefited the American Red Cross, allowing the organization to maximize what they receive to help others.

Another upcoming event that we will be attending hosted by the American Red Cross will be the Dine and Dock event. This event will be a VIP Celebrity auction event with the presentation of the 2016 Humanitarian awards. All proceeds raised from this event benefit the American Red Cross aiding in their response to local disasters, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands. To attend or sponsor, visit  http://www.redcross.org/local/florida/south-florida/humanitarian-dinner. Hope you can make it!

Survive The Storm

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

As you may know, hurricane season has already started and it will be sticking around until the end of November. This unpredictable season can affect your travel plans or just a quiet and simple summer at home. If you plan on traveling during hurricane season and are concerned about the weather believe it or not....there’s an app for that. The American Red Cross Association, who we are a proud sponsor of, created an app called Hurricane by American Red Cross to monitor hurricane conditions in your local area, throughout the storm track, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. The app also allows you to monitor the weather of the destination desired. This is a great app. We recommend to download it and use it throughout the year. 

Also, if you haven't done so already, building a hurricane survival kit is essential during this time of year. Especially if you decide to stay home and weather out the storm. Here are some essential items to start a Hurricane Survival Kit: 

·         Water (one gallon per person, per day)

·    None  perishable food 

·         Flashlights and batteries 

·         First Aid Kit

·         Battery powered radio 

·         Insect repellant

·         Moist towelettes 

·        Manuel can opener 

·         Change of clothes

·         Toiletries

The list can go on, but these are some essentials that would make surviving a disastrous hurricane a lot easier. 

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Have a safe and happy rest of the summer! 

South Florida PGA Golf Pass

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

If you love golfing and you live in South Florida, you should look into purchasing The South Florida PGA GolfPass. The pass is valid through May 1st -October 31st. What the GolfPass does is provide golfers of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to play at multiple golf courses at discounted rates. The SFPGA GolfPass offers the ultimate golf experience: discounted play, exclusive outings, special merchandise offers, complimentary tickets to PGA TOUR events and more – all benefits of becoming a SFPGA GolfPass member!

  • Enjoy discounted play at over 210 courses (including resort, private, semi-private, public and executive courses, along with driving ranges, golf schools, etc.)
  • Enjoy exclusive offers, renewal specials for returning members and discounts for groups of 4 or more, 8 or more and a discount corporate rate is also available!
  • Extended play options beyond the regular SFPGA GolfPass season at over 50 facilities.
  • Additional specials including discounted merchandise, food and lessons from PGA Professionals at select facilities.

SERVPRO is a proud sponsor of the Professional Golf Association and encourage you to take on the heat, go outside, and get active. If you’re interested in buying a pass visithttp://sfpgagolf.com/golfpass/

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Fires Dont Have To Burn

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fires can happen in the workplace and in the home. The most common ways that fires occur in homes are from cooking, candles, careless smoking, and something minor such as having too many electronics plugged into an outlet at once. When it comes to fires in the workplace, the issue seems to be general negligence. General negligence refers to leaving food in the microwave to long or leaving a coffee where it can be spilled on electrical wires. Most of these fire issues are able to be avoided simply by having fire extinguishers nearby, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and in building fire sprinklers installed. It is also a good idea to inform friends and family of fire hazards and safety. 

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Is the Association Responsible for My Condo Damage?

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

 We enter situations frequently where condo unit owners ask, "Isn't the condo association responsible for paying for / drying out the flood in my unit?"

   We always reiterate that we are not attorneys, and that the unit owner should consult one if they desire a better answer than we could provide. I just read a blog by Herb M. Milgrim, Esq., a local attorney that represents incdividual condo owners. (http://www.floridacondoattorneys.com/condo-mold-and-water-damage/) seemed to sum up concisely what we've experienced in these situations. He writes:

   "I get hundreds of calls from condo owners that have suffered some type of damage due to toxic mold and water intrusion from the condominium common elements like the roof and plumbing as well as damage from other units.  Most people think that the Condominium Association Insurance will cover all of their damage.  While it is true that Florida Condominium Associations are responsible for maintaining the common elements and are required to provide insurance for the building, most Condominium Insurance Policies have mold exclusions or have very limited coverage for damage due to mold.  In addition, most people don’t know that Florida Condominium Owners are required to have insurance on their own units. Section 718.111 of the Florida Condominium Act  sets forth the insurance requirements for Condominium Association and for the Individual Condo Owners.  Typically the Association is responsible from the drywall out and the individual unit owner is responsible from the paint inward. That means, if a common pipe bursts without any warning and all of your furniture and personal property gets damaged,  you won’t be able to recover unless you have insurance on your condominium unit or unless you can prove negligence on the part of the condominium association or some other party. The standard insurance policy that individuals usually obtain for their condominium unit is what is called an “HO6″ Policy.  This policy provides coverage for the Dwelling and for the Personal Property or contents of the unit."

Courtesy: http://www.floridacondoattorneys.com/

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Saving Money for the Insurance Company, and Headaches for the Customer

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

We could have ripped out the tiles (they were popping up) and torn out the cabinets (they were wet) and probably have gotten away with it. It would have meant for a much larger job, and more money for us as the restoration provider.

But it also would have meant more costs for the insurance company and a lot more headaches for the elderly resident whose condo suffered full-bore water damage from a broken water heater.

Properly dried and appropriately managed, the cabinets needed relatively small repairs - in place of an all-too-frequent total replacement recommendation, which can cause substantial delays for the customer whose main concern was to get back into her home healthy, clean and dry. And the tiles, which had begun to lift and unsettle due to the water intrusion, could be repaired and solidified using an injection stabilization procedure. More often than not, restoration providers would recommend total tearout of the continuous matching tiles throughout the unit, complete with a packout and a turnaround time exceeding into multiple weeks.

By repairing these items instead of replacing them, we were able to save the insurance provider tens of thousands of dollars and get the homeowner back into her residence much earlier.

Repairing isn't always an option versus replacing. But in this instance we were glad to have the opportunity to do things the right way for our two customers -- the insurance company and the senior citizen homeowner. We are proud, and appreciate the opportunity to toot our horn.

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Protecting Your Home

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

  Anyone can rip out contaminated drywall. Doing it in a safe manner that is compliant with standards, rules and regulations - now that is a different story.

   Make sure your remediation contractor is certified and knowledgeable about the safe remediation of your home. Otherwise, the contractor could do more harm than good. Airborne contaminants multiply many times over, when contaminated building materials are removed. This could cause damage to unaffected areas, and unnecessary exposure to building occupants. Your contractor should make use of negative air to manage airflow from clean areas to dirty work-zone areas, and the work-zone areas should be contained / separated from unaffected areas.

   It may cost a little more to hire a qualified contractor, but and ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of cure.

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

RealGreen, Real $ Savings

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Would your commercial property like to save money-- potentially thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per year-- on electricity bills every year. . . with little or no up-front cost?

 At SERVPRO of Plantation we are part of the BETA test group to roll out this incredible program nationwide. It's hard to believe how simple some of the initiatives can be, with little or no negative impact on the work space . . . and in some cases improvements to existing facility quality.

     The energy analysis / recommendations are free to our commercial property manager clients, and just another way we're able to help clients do their jobs!

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Ozone Generators: Good for Deodorization?

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Should ozone generators be used to reduce odors in homes/businesses?

Ozone generators, properly used, can effectively combat odors. But used inappropriately, they can cause health damages. Ozone can cause immediate and possibly permanent damage to your respiratory system. It is dangerous to breathe.

I mention this because we were called to a condo recently where a fire had taken place. The association's restoration contractor, a competitor of ours, placed an ozone generator IN THE COMMON AREA HALLWAY, spewing out poisonous ozone gas for all to breathe. Obviously, they had placed the machine 1.) to reduce odor; and 2.) they could bill for it.  In practical matters, however, this means anyone who was in the hallway was breathing this poison, exposing themselves to serious and potentially permanent health risks. Additionally it was likely seeping under doorways, into AC returns, and so on, affecting the individual unit owners attached to the hallway.

Of course, we turned off the machine when we went in to inspect our customer's unit, and politely notified the property manager. The next day we went back to start the job in the unit we had inspected, and -- voila -- the ozone generator was turned back on, in the common area hallway. We were less polite upon the next notification to the property manager, as we had workers in the condo unit and have to protect their respiratory health. We continued to return, discovering the same machine pumping ozone into the breathing space.

Bottom line: Hire a restoration contractor who knows what its doing and doesn't maim its customers with poisonous gases

 

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Mold Issues?

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Mold may be good for blue cheese, but not for your home! We utilize state of the art equipment such as thermal imaging cameras and laser particle counters, as well as non-intrusive moisture meters to determine where water and mold damage are occurring. This inspection can determine if the issue is simple to correct or if additional testing is required by an Independent Mold Assessor.  Living in South Florida hurricane season rain can cause water intrusion in your home, leading to the growth of mold. When mold and humidity combine with organic material (such as dry wall or wood) mold can become a major health risk.  As a homeowner or business owner, you can help avoid suffering these health risks by taking advantage of SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale Norths complementary inspection.

If you keep asking yourself "Why do I breathe better when I leave my home or place of business?" Let SERVPRO of Plantation answer that question. 

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Free on-site inspection, deductible assistance

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Many property owners simply aren't sure if they have a water or mold problem. Say, for example, a neighbor in a condo upstairs had a leak inside their unit. Did the water fall onto your ceiling?  In between the wall cavities of your unit? Don't leave it to chance for heaven's sake!  Call us and we will be delighted to come check it out for you. Either we can put your mind at ease if there's no problem, or we can diagnose solutions immediately! We can do this at no charge. So there's no reason not to call!

Deductibles are also proving to be a problem for many property owners. We've been able to help many property owners understand how they can lighten this sometimes heavy burden, and sometimes even eliminate the need for out-of-pocket expense entirely. 

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

Breathing Concerns After a Fire

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Soot is potentially very dangerous and can cause severe respiratory issues. Never enter a home without facemasks or other forms of respiratory filters, since breathing in soot can be very hazardous. If it has been some time since the fire, you may also be at risk of breathing mold spores or other biological matter. If it is not within 24 hours after the fire, mold, spores, and other potentially deadly contagions may be present, so you should hire a professional to help you clean up the areas with house fire damage. Even though smoke may not be visible, it may still be present in your home and cause subtle respiratory issues. Respirators or facemasks are always mandatory after a house fire. Let your professional restoration company’s contractors decide whether or not they are necessary.

Whether its water damage, fire damage, mold damage or even biohazard remediation, small scale or a large loss, you can rely on SERVPRO of Plantation's qualified Mold,  Fire and water damage specialists to give you peace of mind knowing we'll arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened". Call us anytime at 954-733-1006

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