Is Your Property Protected with an Emergency Ready Plan?
When disaster strikes, businesses with an ERP are best equipped to resume business right away.
SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City is thrilled to announce our new program aimed to save businesses both time and money. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is a powerful way to reduce the amount of time your business is inactive by establishing an immediate plan of action.
Timely mitigation is imperative business owners in South Florida. With a SERVPRO ERP, you will be armed with the knowledge of who to call, what to do, and what to expect. The following are some of the most critical ways that an ERP can benefit your bottom line:
- FREE to Enroll
- Priority Response Following a Hurricane
- Priority Pre-Authorizations
- Certifies SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City as your mitigation & restoration provider
- Detailed billing and job documentation
If you are looking to protect your business, the time to sign up is NOW! We are currently making appointments for ERPs, so call our office today to reserve a day.
Here at SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City, we understand just how important it is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. As disaster recovery experts, we are close by and ready to respond immediately, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, when you need us most!
When disaster strikes, businesses with an ERP are best equipped to resume business right away. Some of the ERP services include:
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Water Extraction & Drying
- Reconstruction & Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Odor Removal & Deodorization
- Upholstery Cleaning
- Document Restoration
- Carpet & Tile Cleaning
Our team is ready to respond as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. Together, we can make it "Like it never even happened." It's time to schedule your business's Emergency Ready Plan. Call us today! (954) 741-4321
Mold Growth in Your Garage
Mold growth in the garage can go from a minor problem to a major issue quickly.
South Florida homeowners know all about September humidity and rainy days. From tropical storms and hurricanes to heavy rainstorms and afternoon showers, Florida garages take a beating when it comes to moisture. Unfortunately, the summer season in Florida creates the perfect combination of elements for mold growth. From the humidity and moisture to the dark environment, a garage is often a hotspot for mold growth in Sunshine State homes.
While the interior of a home is protected from the outside elements, the garage is vulnerable to the exterior elements. Even the tightest sealed garages will have some exposure between the floor and the edge of the garage door. Plus, when pulling into the garage in a rainstorm water will inevitably get inside. Heavy rainstorms can even cause water to pool in the garage, further exacerbating the problem. As such, the garage is a danger zone for mold growth.
Prevention is key to keeping mold growth out of the garage. All South Florida homeowners should be sure to follow these tips to prevent this from happening:
- Regularly inspect your garage, checking for leaks and areas where excessive moisture may be present
- Inspect the roof of the garage to make sure that there are no damaged gutters or broken pipes
- Consider ventilation methods to try to control the humidity in the garage
- Try to keep the garage as well-lit as possible
- Make sure that the garage door is well sealed and be sure to replace seals when they are beginning to wear
- Pay attention to storage and keep your garage organized
- Make sure that anything that is stored in the garage has no water on it
- Avoid using wood or paper products in the garage
- Keep plant growth around the garage to a minimum
- Contact a professional at the first sign of any mold growth
Mold growth in the garage can go from a minor problem to a major issue quickly. It is extremely important for you to apply the above tips in your home. If any mold growth is identified, it is critical to contact a mold removal specialist as soon as possible.
Important Pet Fire Safety Tips
We strongly advise for families to practice their fire escape plan and that should include pets as well.
When discussing home fire safety plans most families talk about what to do and where to go as it relates to the humans in their family. This is extremely important, as the priority in the event of a fire is to get every family member out of the house as safely and quickly as possible. Establishing a family plan, and reviewing it at least twice a year, is critical to protecting your loved ones in a home fire. But what about your furry family members? Including your pets in your fire safety family plan is highly recommended.
We strongly advise for families to practice their fire escape plan and that should include pets as well. Before going over details, it is important to note that while protecting your pet is something that should be attempted, you should never delay escaping or put yourself or family members in danger in order to rescue a pet.
The American Red Cross has offered some valuable tips for pet fire safety in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1,000 home fires are started accidentally by pets each year. Keep these tips in mind to prevent your pets from accidentally starting a home fire:
- Pay attention to stove knobs. We recommend covering them if leaving the house or removing them completely.
- When leaving the home, make sure that your younger pets are not near any hazards that could potentially start a fire.
- Never leave a pet unattended near an open flame.
- Be extra careful about candles. We recommend getting flameless candles for your home.
A home fire is one of the scariest things that a family can experience. While a fire is something that most people think will never happen in their home, being prepared is critical to keeping you and your loved ones safe. At SERVPRO, we have many years of experience in fire damage repair and restoration. Contact our office today for any and all fire damage restoration needs.
How Small Businesses Should Engage with their Community
At SERVPRO, we understand the role that we play in our community and take a deep pride in serving our South Florida family.
Owning and operating a small business in South Florida is a very special privilege. As a tightknit community, the ability to engage with local people allows for everyone to thrive. Small businesses are the lifeline of Broward County, contributing to the economy and the overall sense of togetherness. The pandemic has highlighted just how important it is for communities to unite during challenging times. At SERVPRO, we understand the role that we play in our community and take a deep pride in serving our South Florida family.
Business owners have undoubtedly struggled over the last couple of years. COVID-19 has presented unique obstacles that seemed almost insurmountable. These moments have reminded everyone that community is critical during good times and bad. As such, it is important that business owners constantly look for ways to engage with their community. In doing so, they are able to withstand difficult times by interacting with past customers and attracting new ones.
The following are some important tips for small business owners to keep in mind when it comes to engaging with their local community:
- Establish a referral program that encourages current customers to reach out to their networks to bring in new prospects
- Promote a loyalty system where customers are offered incentives for repeat purchases
- Consider throwing an in-store celebration for your most loyal customers
- Partner with a likeminded business in the local community and host an event that cross-promotes both companies
- Choose a charity that represents your company’s values and sponsor an event
- Be proactive on social media – respond to praise with appreciation and make sure to address any complains head-on
Many small businesses in South Florida are struggling right now. While the pandemic continues to linger on it is essential that companies get creative in their efforts to stay afloat. When a community leans on each other everyone wins. Whether you decide to sponsor a local charity, establish a referral program, or any of the other recommendations, be sure to take active measures now to put your company in a position to win. As always, we are honored to serve our local community and look forward to the opportunity to build even more relationships in the future.
History’s Top 10 Largest Storms
Throughout history we have seen some unbelievably massive storms.
Long-time Florida residents have a tendency to grow numb to the severity of hurricane season in Florida. Having survived countless hurricanes and major storms, most Floridians look at Category 1 and Category 2 hurricanes as commonplace and nothing to worry too much about. The reality, however, is that South Florida residents must take every storm seriously. History reminds us that things can change in an instant and encourages homeowners to be vigilant and proactive in preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
Throughout history we have seen some unbelievably massive storms. From cyclones and typhoons and from hurricanes to tropical storms, the destruction of past storms is not easily ignored. While movies showcase the threat of storms in a dramatic fashion, the truth is that some of history’s largest storms have truly had people running for their lives.
In the spirit of keeping everyone grounded and aware of the fact that major storms do exist, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest storms to ever hit earth. Our focus is usually on locations like Louisiana and Florida, but the entire globe has suffered at one point or another. The term we use most often, “hurricanes”, is actually only utilized in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Whenever a storm hits in any other ocean it is referred to as a “typhoon”.
The following are some of the largest storms in the history of our planet:
- The Great Bhola Cyclone - Bangladesh
- Hurricane Liza - Mexico
- Hurricane Katrina - New Orleans
- Haiphong Typhoon - Gulf of Tonkin
- Vargas Tragedy – Venezuela
- Super Typhoon Nina - Hualien, China
- The Great Hurricane - Barbados
- Kavali Cyclone - Thailand
- Hugli River Cyclone - India
- Hong Kong Rainstorm Disasters - Hong Kong
The perfect combination of air pressure changes and water temperature can create extremely large and dangerous storms. The storms mentioned above accounted for tens of thousands of deaths. As we find ourselves approaching the peak of hurricane season soon, it is important to heed all warnings from the National Hurricane Center. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to hurricane preparation.
The Dangers of Florida Flooding
No one wants to deal with flood damage to your home or business, but major storms make it unavoidable at times.
Summer in Florida means constant rains, unpredictable thunderstorms, and the inevitable hurricanes. While every rainy season is a little bit different, one thing is for certain: Florida summers are very wet. The propensity for flooding varies depending upon your exact location South Florida. Since Florida is a peninsula state, surrounding waters make it particularly vulnerable to flooding. However, flooding is a concern for people across the country and even all around the globe.
Recent research points to the fact that rising seas levels over the next 100 years will put close to 4 million homes in the United States at risk of flooding. This means that it is now more important than ever to take the risk of flooding seriously, especially for those residents living in South Florida. With more than a thousand miles of coastline and a subtropical climate, this region is extra susceptible to floods.
Looking back in history can help to offer some perspective on flooding and its inherent risk. Some of the most well-known over the last 100 years include:
- 2012: Tropical Storm Debby
- 2008: Tropical Storm Fay
- 1964: Hurricane Dora
- 1947: Cape Sable Hurricane
- 1928: Okeechobee Hurricane
Remembering how real the threat of flooding can be is helpful to take the aftermath of rainstorms and hurricanes seriously. All Floridians, but particularly those who live near the coastline, need to understand dangers of flooding. Listening to NOAA Weather Radio is a great first step. Pay careful attention to their recommendations both before and after any storm. People who live in Tampa, Miami, Fort Meyers, and Sarasota should take extra precaution following adverse weather.
No one wants to deal with flood damage to your home or business, but major storms make it unavoidable at times. At SERVPRO, we have decades of experience in dealing with flood damage, water damage, and storm damage. Our flood damage team goes the extra mile to ensure that our customers are safe and happy with our work. Together, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
A Family Business Dedicated to Customer Service
Whether it is a small residential leak or a huge commercial disaster, we follow the family motto of customer satisfaction and appreciation.
When it comes to water damage repair and restoration, our team has experience that runs the gamut. Whether it is a small residential leak or a huge commercial disaster, SERVPRO of East Dave / Cooper City follows the family motto of customer satisfaction and appreciation. Owned by the father son duo of Alan and Adam Greenstein, our business is all heart. We pour ourselves into each and every job, making sure that our team treats our customers like family too.
Having serviced all areas of Broward, Palm Beach, and Dade counties, we understand what it takes to handle large loss. In fact, our storm team has traveled all the way up to Pensacola to serve in the aftermath of a major hurricane. We pride ourselves on doing whatever it takes to be there for those in need. Water and storm damage has the potential to completely uproot a person’s life. This means that it is absolutely critical to be there when it matters most.
From commercial jobs to residential projects, we approach damage repair and restoration with one goal in mind: to make it “Like it never even happened.” This approach incorporates the importance of rejuvenating a home or business to exactly how it was prior to the damage. Our specialties include:
- Water damage
- Fire damage
- Storm damage
- Mold remediation
- Commercial restoration
We offer 24-hour emergency service and use the most state-of-the-art equipment when we respond to cleaning or restoration needs. Plus, our team is built with highly trained technicians who are constantly striving to improve upon their craft through practice, training sessions, and special certifications. In doing so, our SERVPRO team ensures that when we respond to a disaster our customer is getting the best service possible.
While our residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services are prominent in South Florida, what we are most proud of is our involvement in the local community. We understand how essential community is in building one another up and keeping our country strong. Together, we can grow as a community and with this in mind we jump at the opportunity to volunteer to help those less fortunate. Our family-owned and operated business is thrilled to stand for togetherness, community, and family.
Teaching Your Children Fire Safety Tips
A crucial part of fire safety for kids is preventing them from starting a fire in the first place.
Tragically, children are most at risk during a household fire. Many of these fires are started by children playing with flammable items found in the home, such as lighters and matches. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire. Teaching your children basic fire safety tips can ultimately save their lives.
Preventing Your Child from Starting a Fire
A crucial part of fire safety for kids is preventing them from starting a fire in the first place. The easiest way to do this is to keep lighters, matches, candles, and any other flammable objects out of the potential reach of your children. When it comes to candles in the home, it's a good idea to invest in flameless candles to diminish the probability that your child knocks over an ignited flame.
Fire Safety Tips for Kids
Teach Kids About Smoke Detectors
Children should know what a smoke detector sector is, what they look like, how they sound, and what to do if they ever hear one in your home. It is essential for children to associate the sound of a smoke detector with a fire. You should ensure that smoke detectors are installed on every level of your home. Also, you should replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year.
Plan Escape Routes
When planning how to escape in event of a fire, you and your children should be aware of at least two possible exits from each room, usually a door and a window. You should also have a designated meeting space outside of your home, and far away from any flames, that all family members are aware of.
Practice Exiting Your Home
You should practice opening windows and using escape ladders with your children so they are prepared in case of an emergency. Teach your kids how to touch the doorknob to check for heat and, if needed, find another way out. When exiting a burning home, it is important to use your hands and not your eyes. You can practice this with your children by turning it into a game and having them try to exit the house blindfolded.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
Kids should know that if any of their clothing catches on fire they need to stop, drop, and roll. It is also a good idea to act this out and practice with them. If children understand that they need to stop drop and roll to reduce flames, many fire related injuries can usually be avoided.
Get Out, Stay Out
It is vital for children to understand that once they exit a burning building, they should never return under any circumstances. If a family member or pet is stuck inside the home, let a firefighter know instead of running back into the building yourself. Once at the designated meeting area, you and your children should remain there.
Ideally, you should practice this escape plan with your children at least twice a year to make sure that they feel calm didn't in what to do in case of a fire.
Keeping Sales Up in South Florida During Summer Months
While the summer in Florida may be the slow season for businesses, there are many ways to keep your customers involved and prepare for their return in
Although snowbird season in Florida may come with its drawbacks for local residents, there is no doubt that business is booming during the South Florida winter months. For many small business’ owners, they generate 80% of their revenue during the months of November, December, January, February, when many northerners seek to escape the winter and settle into the Florida sun.
While this major increase in revenue doing the winter months is great, it is usually not enough to sustain a business year-round. It is crucial for small business owners in South Florida to have a game plain to deal with how to keep up sales in the summer months and use this time to their advantage.
Here are some tips to keep your business busy in the off season:
Improve Your Business Models
Is there any task that you’ve been putting off? Maybe a new website or HR organization? The off season can be a great time to accomplish any duties that have been sitting on your to do list. The slower months during the summer is the perfect time to make any changes without disrupting your busy workflow.
Additionally, you can take advantage of the time off to analyze the strength and weakness of your business in order to evaluate what you could be doing better. You can critically look at your performance during the busier months to see if there is any friction or roadblocks that could improve company performance. Use your slow summers to try and implement any new strategies.
Try Different Marketing Tactics
A potential off-season strategy can be to try and focus on how to target and new customers. During this time, you have nothing to lose by experimenting with a new marketing strategy! The summer is a great opportunity to focus on low cost marketing methods, such as developing a new email campaign or building up a new social media channel. This help you stay on your customers radar during the summer months.
Develop a loyalty program
To reward repeat customers, a loyalty program can be a great tactic to keep people coming back. Your loyal customers should receive special treatment, helping them to stay loyal. Even better, these customers can serve as free word of mouth marketing if they share their products with friends and family. Statistics have constantly proven that it is easier to sell to a returning customer than acquire a new one. Develop a program that provides your customer real value while also showing how much you value them.
Create and Promote a Blog
Blogs can be enjoyed from anywhere, regardless of the on or off season. With a blog, you should provide your consumers useful information that is relevant to your product or industry. This can be a very beneficial way to educate your consumers and keep them engaged during the summer months.
While the summer in Florida may be the slow season for businesses, there are many ways to keep your customers involved and prepare for their return in the winter!
What Items Should I Keep in My House for Hurricane Season?
The earlier you can secure these hurricane items the better off you will be and can avoid a chaotic situation.
With hurricane season approaching in Florida, it is crucial to be prepared for any potential storms. Due to the high levels of panic that often ensue with the announcement of a hurricane brewing, many people rush out and buy as many supplies as possible, leaving the grocery store shelves wiped clean. Because of this, the earlier you can secure these items the better off you will be and can avoid a chaotic situation.
Additionally, a hurricane kit is important if you need to evacuate and need to grab essential items fast or if you’re unable to leave your house in the middle of the storm and lose power.
According to the National Hurricane Center, here are some of the most common items to keep in your house for hurricane season:
- Bottled Water (as a general rule of thumb, you should have one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for both drinking and sanitation)
- Non-perishable food items (enough for at least three days)
- Cell phone with charges and extra battery
- First-aid kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- Moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation
- Water-proof container for valuables, cash, and important documents
- Lighter or matches
- Cooler and ice packs
- Can opener for non-perishable food items
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet food and extra water (if applicable)
- Infant formula and extra diapers (if applicable)
Additional Recommended Items:
After all of the essentials are covered, it is recommended by experts at FEMA to also have these additional items on hand.
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Wrench or plies to turn off utilities
- Extra cash or checks
- Fire extinguisher
- Sleeping bags and/or a warm blanket for each person
- A complete change of clothes for each person
- Paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
- Games, books, puzzles, or other activities for children and entertainment
Maintaining and Storing Your Hurricane Kit
Once you have your hurricane preparedness kit in order, it is important to maintain it and update it each year as hurricane season approaches so it is ready as soon as you need it. To do this you should:
- Store any boxed food in tightly sealed metal or plastic containers
- Keep any canned food in a dry place
- Replace any expired items when necessary
- Keep your kit up to date and replace or update items as your family’s needs change
- Assign a designated place in your home for the kit and make sure all family members are aware of this spot and can easily grab it in case of an emergency.