The Dangers of Water Damage in Your Home
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wants to help our community understand the dangers of water damage to your home. Flooding can be caused by a variety of things from natural disasters to dishwasher leaks or washing machine leaks. Regardless of how a water damage situation occurs, handing the situation in a timely manner is the key to prevent serious destruction to your home.
The initial step in preventing this type of harm to your home is in the recognition of water damage in the first place. In some cases, water damage is quite obvious and easy to spot. In other cases, however, water in your home is rather subtle and may begin to cause damage before it is even recognized. As such, look out for the following signs of water damage in your home:
- Look for stains on the walls, ceilings, and window/door frames
- Check drywall for cracks
- Look at the floors for buckling or warping as well as dark spots on wood floors
- Feel around for damp carpeting
- Smell for odors of dampness or mold/musk
- Check areas where paint is peeling
- Look out for mold spores which often appear as discoloration
- Check around the pipes in the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room for leaks or water stains
- Monitor the home’s exterior looking for damaged roofing and standing water outside of the home – the home should be the highest point of your property as the ground should appear downward from the house
If you suspect water has caused damage to your home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 and one of our IICRC Certified Technicians will help you address your concerns and provide a course of action to prevent further damage and mitigate the problem.
Sick Building Syndrome
Healtheir Air Saves You Money
In the 1970's, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in building with poor air quality. Prudent judgment and immediate attention can save you money in the event of any type of litigation.
* Infants and Children
* Pregnant women
* People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
* People with weakened immune systems
Scents of Smell
Create an Impact
You only have one chance to make a first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, we at SERVPRO of East Coral Springs can create a clean, fresh lasting impression.
Ways to Impress Your Customers:
* Clean dirty and stained ceilings
* Scrub lobby, furniture, and drapery
* Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets, and drapery
Clean Sweep for Ducts
Meet Clean Air Regulations
When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is our first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors, contaminates like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.
We use a proven Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine duct work and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime.
Protection from Litigation
While molds are found naturally in the environment, when they begin to grow inside buildings some people can become ill. Some experts disagree about the more controversial fine details of mold, but they all agree that if you have mold, it needs to be removed.
Control Moisture and Reduce Mold Act within the First 24-48 Hours
* Correct any water leaks or standing water
* Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
* properly maintain humidifiers, if used
* Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
Don't forget to call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City with any questions!
Proper Maintenance Saves You Money
Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production.
Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who bring your buildings include property maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could course illness or health concerns. We will always be available when it matters!
With our 1/4/8 Policy, you know you can rely on us! (For calls during business hours)
1) Within one hour from notice of loss, we will have someone from our office contact you to arrange for service.
2) Within four hours of loss notification, we will have one of our managers on site to start mitigation services.
3) Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
The SERVPRO Difference
* Reduce Potential for Mold Growth
* Remove Bacteria, Fungi and Mold
* Restore Peak Energy Efficiency
* Eliminate Offensive Odors
* Free Written Inspections and Estimates
SERVPRO System Services:
* Fire, Smoke & Soot
* Water, Removal & Dehumidification
* Mold Mitigation & Remediation
* Storm Damage
* Electronics & Equipment
* Document Drying
*Air Ducts & HVAC
* Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism
* Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes & Blinds
*Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Hard Surface Floor Maintenance
* Move Outs & Content Relocation
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here for you!
Mold And Your Home
When a home suffers any type of water damage, mold infestations can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home. Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. In Florida, mold is incredibly common because it thrives on moisture and thus quickly grows into colonies where any water exposure exists. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.
As such, being aware of the common places where mold grows is essential to reducing the mold damage and preventing future mold growth. The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:
- Bathrooms and showers
- HVAC system drain pans
- Underneath kitchen sinks
- Areas surrounding refrigerators
- Ceiling tiles
- Surrounding air conditioning units
- Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
- Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances
While the above are some of the most common locations for mold growth, it is certainly not limited to those 10 areas. Nevertheless, consistently inspecting these common regions in your home will help to ensure that moisture is not creating mold growth.
If you suspect your home has mold, contact SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321.
Be Prepared Before A Storm Strikes
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wants our community to be prepared before a storm hits. Here are a few simple tips to follow:
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
Preparing Your Home Before A Storm Strikes
Here area a few tips from SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to prepare your home before a storm:
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
- Consider building a FEMA Safe Room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
Staying Safe After A Flood
Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in North America, but not all floods are alike. Some develop gradually after days of slow, steady rain while others are flash floods resulting from a deluge of rain or dam failure. Homes in South Palm Beach and the surrounding areas are near sea level, making flooding more likely than in other areas.
Storms can cause severe damage to your home—potentially even making them unsafe! SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week you can call us at (954) 741-4321 to get immediate help.
What You Should Do After a Flood
Even if you were properly prepared for the flood and weathered the storm until it passed, your home could still have sustained heavy damage. Now that the sky is blue once more, how do you proceed? Here’s a look at what to do after a flood:
Just because the sun is shining and the flood waters have receded, that doesn’t mean all danger has passed. Exercise caution by doing the following:
- Tune into local alerts and warning systems to stay up-to-date with current information and receive expert, informed advice about the flood. After all, additional flooding could still occur.
- Stay away from rushing water. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
- Avoid walking through large areas of standing water, which may be electrically charged by downed power lines. The water could also be hiding broken glass or dangerous animals.
- Unless you are specifically asked for help by the police, fire department, or relief workers, keep out of damaged areas.
- Help emergency workers by staying off the roads in and out of the damaged neighborhood or region.
- If you’re caught in a stalled car during a flash flood, abandon the car and get to higher ground immediately.
- Heed barricades and find an alternate route if you encounter one blocking your way. Crossing bridges even after the water has receded could be dangerous if the structural integrity has been jeopardized.
- Return home only when the authorities permit it. Even then, stay out of the building if it’s surrounded by flood waters and exercise extreme caution when you do enter.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Take care of you and your family as cleanup efforts begin. To stay safe and healthy, remember the following:
- Turn off the home’s electricity at the main breaker box, even if the power is out. Only turn the power on when your home is dry.
- Avoid floodwater, which may be contaminated with sewage, gasoline, or oil.
- Fix damaged sewer systems as soon as possible.
- Don’t drink water from the tap. Listen to news reports to learn when the community’s water is safe to drink again.
Clean and Repair Your Home
- Use the information in the Repairing Your Flooded Home PDF from the Red Cross to learn how to enter your home safely, protect your belongings from future damage, record damage for insurance claims, check for gas leaks, and begin the cleanup process.
- Contact your insurance agent to discuss your claim.
- Hire a professional water damage mitigation company as soon as possible. It’s important that the company is qualified for the services you need. SERPVRO is available 24/7 to help when you need it most. Not only are we a local command center, but we also have the resources of 1,600 franchises nationwide—meaning no disaster is too big.
Protecting Your Business From A/C Leaks
When you are running a business, proper maintenance of your HVAC system is important to keep your business running smoothly. Leaks in your air conditioning system can be frustrating. They are not only messy but can cause significant damage to your business and your inventory. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can help if you have such a disaster, and we work fast to help prevent more damage.
There are different issues which can cause your central AC system to leak and the need for water removal to your business . A clogged condensate drain pipe causes the drain pan to overflow. Water leakage from an HVAC system can cause drain lines to be clogged with rust, algae, dirt, and other debris.
Drain pipe fittings could be insecure if your AC system was not installed properly. They can loosen over time, causing the drain pipe to disconnect and let the condensate drain onto the floor or through the ceiling.
Another problem is a dirty or malfunctioning condensation pump. Leakage from your system can flood your business, and with the continual presence of water, mildew and mold can grow inside the AC unit, causing it clog.
Our SERVPRO technicians can help you remove the standing water in a case like this, dry the affected area out thoroughly with the use of commercial dehumidifiers and fans, and check for any hidden mold damage. We ensure the area is dry and clean again before we are finished.
Other potential causes for water leakage from your AC unit include low refrigerant, a clogged air filter, no p-trap and air vent in the drain like to stop a water backup, a condensate drain pan which is cracked, and condensate buildup in duct work, which is not insulated. Regular maintenance can help prevent these problems.
Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City for a free duct cleaning estimate at 954-741-4321.
Fire Escape Planning
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wants our community to be aware and prepare in case of a fire. Did you know only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan? Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation. Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire. In a typical year, 20,000 people are injured in home fires. Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half. Children and older adults are twice as likely to die in a home fire as the American population at large.
Here is a list to help prepare:
Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.
Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year. Designate a meeting spot outside and a safe distance from your home. Make sure all family members know the meeting spot.
Have your family practice escaping from your home, practicing low crawling and at different times of the day. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Make sure everyone in your home learns how to use them ahead of time by reading the manufacturer’s instructions and understanding the steps to use them. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch on fire. Practice this with your children.
Once you get out of your home, stay out under all circumstances, until a fire official gives you permission to go back inside.
Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. If possible, place a towel under the door and call the fire department to alert them to your location in the home. Go to the window and signal for help waving a bright-colored cloth or a flashlight. Do not break the window, but open it from the top and bottom.
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is "Faster to any Disaster". Call 954-741-4321.
Protect Your Home in Heavy Rain Storms
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wants to help you protect your home from heavy rain and floods.
One of the first things you should do to ensure that your home is prepared to cope with heavy rainfall is to clear your gutters of leaves and twigs that may have accumulated throughout the year, as a build-up of debris stops the flow of water to the drains and leads to overflowing.
If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy downpours, you need to make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding your doors and windows are filled in. This will stop rain seeping in, and regular repairs will greatly reduce the impact of sealant erosion.
During heavy rain and the risk of possible floods, make sure that all electrical appliances are stored where water is unlikely to reach them. As we all know, water and electricity is never a good combination, so if your home has started to flood, don’t go near the fuse box and ensure that all sockets are covered and turned off.
Air vents are one of the most common ways that water finds its way into a house. If you know you’re in for some heavy rain, or are at risk of flooding, make sure that you cover these from both the outside and the inside with thick plastic sheeting.
Even with the utmost care of your property, disasters happen. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here to assist you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 954-741-4321