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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.

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.

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
  • The Pentagon