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SERVPRO of Plantation: Why I Chose It

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Plantation?

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

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

The Process

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

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

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

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

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Contaminated Water: Three Tips for Oakland Park

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water: Three tips

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

1. Dangers of exposure to contaminated water

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

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

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

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

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

3. Handle these problems immediately

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

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

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

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Black Mold in your Sea Ranch Lakes or Davie home?

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What We Need To Understand About Black Mold?

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

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

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

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Fire Evacuation Plan: Florida How to by SERVPRO

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Prevention is key for a Fire Evacuation Plan

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

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

Tips if a fire occurs:

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

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

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

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

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Odors in your Dania Beach Home? Call SERVPRO

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

Odors in Certain Parts of your Home?

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

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

We have the odor removing knowledge & experience.

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

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

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

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

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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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SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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."