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Another Above Average Hurricane Season Predicted for 2022

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City technicians are ready to help with storm damage SERVPRO of East Davie and Cooper City technicians are ready to help the community with storm damages

What is the hurricane prediction for 2022? Another above-average hurricane season is in the forecast for 2022. A prediction issued Thursday by scientists at Colorado State University says there will be at least 19 named storms and nine hurricanes — four of which will be Category 3 or higher.

These are the names for the 2022 Hurricane Season. Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, and Walter.

Long-time Florida residents have the tendency to grow numb to the severity of hurricane season. The reality is that South Florida residents must take every storm seriously. History reminds us that things can change in an instant. We encourage homeowners to be vigilant and proactive in preparing for the 2022 Hurricane Storm season. 

What's the best way to protect your property? Making a plan and thinking ahead about the "what if and what do I do" scenarios is critical. This is key to minimizing loss from storms. Now is the time to grab your cell phone and add our phone numbers as a new contact. 954-741-4321 and 954-725-6400.     

Why You Should Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City Instead Of That Other Company

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

Strong SERVPRO Hero ready to help East Davie and Cooper City residents Davie and Cooper City residents feel safe and protected in the strong arms of our SERVPRO team

Why you should only call our SERVPRO?

Our franchise was established in 2005 as an independently owned and operated business focused solely on serving our community with pride and honor. In fact, our family motto is all about customer satisfaction and appreciation. This mindset lays the foundation for everything that we do.

Over the last 17 years, we have gone above and beyond for our customers. From tiny leaks in a home kitchen to enormous flooding in a commercial building, we have seen it all and we have solved it all.  We take pride in being a family-owned business because we know what that means for our customers.

Who runs the show at SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City's owners is a father-son duo, Alan and Adam Greenstein. They have a hands-on style and understand the importance of making great first impressions and lasting relationships.

Working with Alan and Adam our Crew Chief Yoandi mobilizes the crew towards jobs, and our Office Manager Evie answers customers' calls. They treat every customer and community member like family.

How does SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City operate?

When our phones ring, the person on the other end is in need of help and it is our goal is provide unmatched services to them to save time and money, no matter how large or small the issue may be.

Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our community. With a staff highly trained in property damage restoration, we handle the cleanup for residential and commercial buildings. We take pride in being a family-owned business because we know what that means for our customers.

What do we do?

From tiny leaks in a home kitchen to enormous flooding in a commercial building, we have seen it all and we have solved it all. Are you ready to see the difference between a family-owned business?

We are ready to help any time, any day. Give our office a call today to learn more about our services!

954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400

Don't Forget to Protect Your Garage Door During Storm Season

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial and residential garage doors need protection from storms All garage doors, both residential and commercial, are vulnerable to storms if not protected correctly.

We are just two months away from the peak of storm season when tropical storms and hurricanes are popping up regularly. 

Living in South Florida, with high temperatures and humidity, storms can be extremely dangerous.  When planning to protect your home one of the most vulnerable areas is your garage.  Your garage is susceptible to high winds and flooding.  Here are a few tips to storm-proof your garage:

  • When purchasing a garage door look for one with a high wind-resistance rating.  If a storm with very strong winds or a tornado comes through and your garage door is breached the winds can batter your home.  This can lead to water coming in and causing costly damage.  For areas prone to tornadoes it is recommended that you invest in a garage door that can withstand 130 mph or higher winds.
  • When installing your garage door consider installing a bracing system.  This will reinforce the integrity of the door by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge.
  • Make sure to do proper maintenance to your garage door.  Repair any breaches or holes that would allow wind to get through the garage door.  Make sure to check the weather stripping and mechanisms for proper functionality.
  • Do you have windows in your garage?  Make sure they are secure and their weather-stripping is in proper condition.  Having wrought-iron window protection also greatly helps in protecting the glass from flying debris.
  • Install flood vents and proper drainage.  You can have a trench drain installed to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain water getting through before levels rise and cause damage.

At SERVPRO of East Dave/Cooper City, we believe in being prepared for any emergency.  We suggest that you prepare by saving our phone numbers in the contact of your cell phone. This way, in case of an emergency, when you're dealing with a crisis and feeling overwhelmed, help is only a phone call away.

954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400

Who Do I Call First When I Have a Water Loss During a Holiday?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck loading Passover Matzah and Easter Candy. As homeowners of East Davie/Cooper City are preparing for Passover and Easter, they should also be prepared with SERVPRO's phone number.

First, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wishes all of our "peeps" a happy Passover and Easter. 

Remember Murphy's Law? "If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will go wrong, is the one that will cause the most damage". During holiday times, especially when you're entertaining guests, homeowners are confused about who to call first when they are experiencing a water leak.

I've written blogs in the past, but it never hurts to have a reminder! We want to remind you that we're the number to call when your home or business is affected by flooding from storm damage. 

Go ahead and add us to your contact list as SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400. Now... what do you do when your home has been affected?

First, you'll call your insurance agent. 

Second, be careful entering your home. Water damage can damage the structure of your home (sometimes beyond what the eyes can see) and we want to make sure that you are safe. 

Third, document everything. Take photos on your cell phone of everything that is going on.

Fourth, don't use any appliances in the affected areas. It helps to keep the power turned off to those areas of your home until an inspection can be done to ensure it is safe first. 

Last but not least, give us a call and we'll be there to help!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make a disaster "Like it never even happened." 954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400

Extensive Fire Damage to Home In Coral Springs

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Raging fire damages home in Coral Springs Fire damaged a home in Coral Springs and thankfully the family escaped

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wants our community to be aware and prepared in case of a fire.

Did you know only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan? 

Here is a list to help prepare:

1) Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.

2) Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

3) Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.

4) 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.

5) 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.

6) 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.

7) Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch on fire. Practice this with your children.

8) Once you get out of your home, stay out under all circumstances, until a fire official gives you permission to go back inside.

9) Never open doors that are warm to the touch.

10) 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 by 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.

Top 10 Dirtiest Place in the Office and How to Keep it Clean

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Think of how many people touch these buttons everyday? Think about it, how many people touch and use the elevator in your building every day?

Certain areas of any workplace are dirtier than others. SERVPRO of East Davie/ Cooper City wants you to know the top 10.  

1. Elevator Buttons

How many people use the elevator in your building every day? Every one of them touches several buttons in the process, calling the elevator, choosing a floor, and opening or closing the door. Research shows the average elevator button has 40 times as many bacteria as a public toilet seat.  

Wiping the buttons after every ride is impractical, but they should be cleaned and disinfected at the end of every day. 

2. Desktops

The average desktop has 400 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat.  Every square inch can contain more than 20,000 viruses, bacteria, and fungi. 

Keeping your desktop sanitary starts with washing your hands throughout the day, especially after touching shared surfaces. Before you leave for the night, wipe down your desktop, including your keyboard and computer mouse, to kill any germs and start the next day with a clean slate.

3. Electronics

Both shared and personal electronics can harbor germs that spread illness. You touch your phone and computer keyboard more than any other surface in your office. Your phone is the second most germ-filled spot on your desk, after your coffee cup, simply because you touch it so many times a day and it collects saliva while you talk. And your keyboard? That contains about  700 germs per square inch.  

Shared equipment like photocopiers, fax machines, and printers also collect germs from multiple users throughout the day. Just think about how many times the “copy” button is pressed during a typical day. 

Wiping down your computer with electronics-friendly disinfecting wipes can reduce the germs in your workspace.

4. Kitchen/Break Room

All surfaces in the shared kitchen should be disinfected daily.  

Sponges should also be replaced often, ideally weekly. The moist environment allows harmful bacteria like E.coli and salmonella to grow, and when dirty sponges are used to clean other surfaces, that bacteria can spread. 

5. The Coffee Maker

The coffee maker is one item in the kitchen that deserves special attention since it’s likely to be the most touched surface in the entire office. The pot handle is most likely to collect germs, but the pot and maker should also be cleaned to eliminate bacteria.

Although many models are self-cleaning, a weekly cleaning with vinegar gets the coffee maker squeaky-clean and germ-free. 

6. Bathrooms

Just like at home, bathrooms at the office are germ hotspots. Multiple people touch toilet and sink faucet handles, the door, and other surfaces, and not everyone washes their hands properly after using the toilet. Daily cleaning and disinfecting are a must for restrooms.

So many people using the same bathrooms also increases the risk for clogs and backups. Remember a sewage backup causes serious contamination that should only be cleaned up by SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City professionals who has the correct equipment to clean. 

7. Door Handles

Like elevator buttons, door handles are touched by multiple people throughout the day. Encourage people to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after touching door handles, and wipe them down with disinfecting wipes at least once a day.  

8. Water Cooler

The handle and spigot can harbor germs that are more harmful than any company gossip. Employees often fill their personal glasses or water bottles at the cooler without washing them in between uses, which spreads germs and touches the handle several times a day. 

Providing disposable cups for water can reduce some of the germs. Water coolers should be cleaned and disinfected with wipes daily to reduce spread. 

9. Vents and Ducts

HVAC vents and ducts collect all manner of dust, allergens, and debris as air flows through.

SERVPRO can professionally clean your HVAC systems. 

10. Curtains & Blinds

Window coverings like curtains and blinds can gather dust, as well as harbor bacteria and viruses that spread through the air. 

Having blinds and curtains professionally cleaned regularly can help keep this from happening.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to help you maintain a clean and sanitary office. Call us at 954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400.



Why Calling SERVPRO Is The Best Call

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck loaded with all types of equipment  Getting equipment loaded into one of our trucks for a large water job in Davie, Fl.

Why Is Calling SERVPRO The Best Decision You Could Make?

Immediate service, day or night!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City gives each customer the SERVPRO treatment. 

S-Serve each customer like your family

E-Educated, skilled, and experienced techs

R-Remediate & restore with the best equipment

V-Value your business

PRO- and we do our job like a Pro.                                                            

Residential or Commercial Services

Whether your Florida home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration 
  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Hurricane/Storm Restoration
  • Move-Outs
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Deodorization
  • Vandalism, Biohazard Cleanup  

Unfortunately, a disaster like water damage can happen with no warning. It catches people off, guard. Protect your investment by adding our phone numbers into the contacts of your cell phone. This way in the event of a crisis, you'll have our phone numbers at your fingertips.SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321 or  954-725-6400 

Preparing Your Commercial Property For So. Florida Storms

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Beautiful light show in the sky from lightening If your Commercial Business in Cooper City or East Davie isn't prepared, this awesome light show won't be as beautiful to you.

Owning and operating a commercial property can be stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business. 

Protecting Your Commercial Property

Protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

Make A Plan

SERVPRO of East Davie/ Cooper City knows that failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers, and a damaging reputation. Thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City offers businesses free ERP's or Emergency Rapid Profiles.                TIPS FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL BUSINESS 

1. Who is responsible for what tasks?

2. What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day?

3. Which staff members are on call for last-minute preparations?

4. Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere?

5. Who has access to this information?

6. Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered?

7. Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed?

8. Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective?

If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

DON'T PANIC, CALL SERVPRO

The team at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists is here to help! 

 954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400.

March is The Start of Rain Storms and Severe Weather

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Severe rain falling on grass leads to flooding Severe rain storms start occurring in the month of March leading to possible flooding.

March marks the start of the spring severe weather and storm season.  SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City believes that these three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared.  Data published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reveals that severe weather events are becoming more frequent and more devastating. 

ARE YOU PREPARED?   NOAA reported that last year alone (2021) delivered 20 “billion-dollar” weather or climate disaster events. It’s not unusual to see severe weather in the spring. Whenever you have warm, moist air colliding with cool, dry air, you have the conditions for creating a thunderstorm, along with the possibility of lightning strikes, floods, hail, high winds, rip currents, and even wildfires and tornadoes. The problem is, you can’t prevent these severe weather events and you can’t predict very far in advance when and where they will hit.

 STEPS TO PREPARE    The only sensible approach is to take steps in advance to protect your family and property, especially as these disasters become more common.  SERVPRO of East Davie /Cooper City urges area home and business owners to check out state and federal resources online for tips on planning and preparing for a severe weather emergency now, as the spring severe weather season arrives. One resource is the National Center for Environmental Health of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which offers suggestions for creating an emergency kit and preparing family members for severe weather emergencies at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/springweather/index.html.  

SERVPRO CAN HELP WITH STORM DAMAGE  Each year, SERVPRO professionals across the country respond to scenes of weather-related mayhem, helping families and business owners recover from flooding, fire, wind damage and more. While we are standing by to help whenever we are needed, we hope that our neighbors in the area will heed this warning from the CDC and prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes. 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in disaster cleaning, restoration, and construction services.  We help to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400.

Even A Fire Station Needed SERVPRO to Cleanup After A Toilet Overflowed

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Station opened it's doors to have SERVPRO cleanup their overflowed toilets Margate Fire Station called SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to clean up after a toilet overflowed

911, What's your emergency? When a Margate Fire Station's toilet overflowed, they called SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to remediate. Since the water came from the toilet, it's considered black water meaning you need to call in experienced remediation specialists who understand the best practices for restoration to handle the cleanup. This is because black water poses a serious threat.

What Is Black Water?

Water from an overflowed toilet is contaminated with feces and urine.  

Why Is It Dangerous?

Contaminated water carries dangerous bacteria that can cause humans and animals to become sick. This can occur from contact with small wounds or scratches. You should not attempt to clean up this water yourself. Our technicians are trained to do this safely. 

Diseases that can be caused by black water include the following:

• Hepatitis

• Gastroenteritis

• Giardia

• Campylobacteriosis

• Typhoid

• Cholera

What Should You Do About It?

DO contact SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to have us professionally remediate and handle it for you. Our trained techs will begin the process of extracting the remaining water, disinfecting your home, and drying it out with industrial equipment. It’s critical this process happens quickly to avoid irreversible damage and mold growth.

What Should You Not Do About It? 

Do Not ever attempt to clean up yourself after an overflowed toilet.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321. 

BATHROOM WATER LEAK IN COOPER CITY

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Finding the cause of the bathroom flood before doing water extraction Bathroom leak flooded many rooms in their Cooper City home.

After a long day at work, a Cooper City resident came home to a horrible, watery mess. Their bathroom floor was flooded and apparently, water traveled throughout their house. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City was called to mitigate and remove the water. 


FINDING THE CAUSE OF THE LEAK

Once SERVPRO finds out what was the cause of the water leak, we then confirm where the water went. Boy does water travel. Our techs used moisture detection equipment to confirm the areas of water migration. This eliminates the guesswork for where the water seeped into the subfloor.  We then see if and where the tile needs to be removed in the bathroom to dry the subfloor.

WATER REMOVAL OR EXTRACTION 


SERVPRO technicians have different types of water removal equipment to ensure they can handle each water loss situation right. In the case of a household, portable pumps are convenient to take into small spaces such as under the bathroom sink after removing the toe kick on the cabinet. The extractor wands fit underneath for speedy removal of the moisture.

MONITORING THE DRYING PROCESS

Before beginning the drying process, our SERVPRO techs take air measurements in other areas of the home to set drying goals. This ensures the water loss areas return to the same interior humidity levels as the rest of the house. During drying, they take readings regularly to make sure the process is happening as planned and drying goals get attained.

QUICK ACTION

By calling SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City immediately, we were able to save the customer money by restoring their property rather than replacing it. Simply add our phone numbers to your cell phone so you too will know who to call in a water emergency. 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321.

Why Your Business Should Get A Free ERP From SERVPRO

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded street shows the need of having an ERP in place for your business. Flooded street shows the importance of getting an Emergency Ready Profile in place for your business.

SERVPRO always has your back in an emergency!! Being a business owner can have many responsibilities, A disaster is the last thing you are thinking about, but you should have a plan. So why does SERVPRO know it's a good idea to have an ERP? Because it's good to prepare for not just the next day's shift, but for the things that happen unexpectedly.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City offers a free community service called the "Emergency Ready Plan", or an ERP.

BASIC INFORMATION

ERP's are handy little guides that we make at SERVPRO that contain basic information regarding your property, who owns the property, and where your emergency shut-off locations are.

SHUT-OFF VALVES

We document and photograph, where your electrical, water, and gas shut-offs are, as well as your sprinkler system and security system. We get have the contacts for those utility companies in the event that you must make contact.

KEY CONTACTS

Key contacts are also listed in the ERP, such as the owner, the insurance agent for the property, the SERVPRO representative, and the managers of the building.

SERVPRO obtains the emergency contacts and services page has the fire department and police department's emergency and non-emergency numbers as well, that way, if contact is needed, you know where to find all those phone numbers and contact points.

BENEFITS AND CONVENIENCE 

It's beneficial to have an ERP because although the business owner might know where everything is and who to contact, your employees might not know. Having a guide like this can help so much if the business owner is not present.

ERP's are very convenient as well, we are able to provide a paper copy, and we can provide a digital version on the Ready Plan app! Which makes ERP's very easy to access in times of need.

SERVPRO of East Davie/ Cooper City is only a phone call away. Call 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321 to schedule your FREE ERP today. 

4 STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A WATER DAMAGE

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's tech carefully examining Davie, Fl. homeowners water loss in laundry room. SERVPRO of East Dave/Cooper City tech assessing water damages in Davie home.

Water intrusion in your home is unexpected and can leave East Davie/Cooper City residents feeling bewildered and overwhelmed. Knowing these 4 steps can help to protect your belongings is key to recovery. 

 1. Dry Wet Areas
Before you get to cleaning, dry the area as much as possible. If water lingers too long, you could have a serious mold problem. Standing water can pose a danger to electronics and damage building materials.Contact SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City and we'll come out to access your damages, giving you a price for you to see if you're going to use insurance or self-pay. If you are doing cleanup yourself, once you're certain the area is safe, outward-facing fans can help with ventilation without blowing any debris around inside. 2. Use the Right Supplies
Cleaning water damage can involve a lot of materials. You'll potentially be working around mold and cleaning chemicals as well as anything unsanitary brought inside with the water. Disinfectant is crucial; just make sure you're not mixing cleaning supplies.  3. Get Your Trash Can
Some materials that have been damaged by water intrusion can be saved so long as you wash, disinfect and dry them as soon as possible. For other items, it's best to toss them once you've documented the damage for your insurance agent. 4. Ask for SERVPRO'S Help
Flood damage can be immense, and you may not see the extent of the damage until you begin cleaning. This process often requires many specialized materials, and going about it incorrectly could mean you have hidden damage or mold to deal with later on. Depending on your experience and confidence level, you may be better off consulting SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City water damage restoration service because we have experience with damage from water leaks.

 Please store our phone numbers in the contacts of your cell phones for those emergency situations when minutes count.954-741-4321 or 954-725-6400

DID YOU KNOW THAT SERVPRO CAN CLEANUP FIRE DAMAGE ON YACHTS TOO?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Owner of vessel relaxing on his 116' yacht after smoke and fire damage was mitigated by SERVPRO. All hands were on deck to mitigate and restore this 116' multi-million-dollar yacht after a galley fire.

When a fire broke out in the galley of this 116" multimillion-dollar yacht, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City got the SOS. The owners of the yacht normally enjoy all types of water sports, eating and drinking while cruising on the high seas. But that wasn’t the story this day when a fire erupted in the galley or kitchen of this beautiful yacht.  The galley is considered the hub of the vessel, restoring the yacht back into ship-shape form was the plan of action.

FIRE BLANKET

The fire broke out as the Chef was preparing lunch for the owners and their guests.  It was a grease fire from cooking oil.  The Chef quickly used a fire blanket to smother the fire. If you didn’t know, a fire blanket smothers small fires.  Unlike using a fire extinguisher, it doesn’t make a mess.  A fire extinguisher puts white powder everywhere and makes it difficult to clean up. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City was called in to remove the harsh, smell or smoke that lingered throughout the yacht. 

REMOVING ODORS

We used high-tech equipment to remove smoke and soot residue to destroy those foul odors that the fire may have left behind. SERVPRO’s goal was to make sure that fire damage was dealt with properly and effectively as some odors are incredibly difficult to remove. An Ozone Machine was used for 8 hours to remove residual smoke odors. 

PLAN AHEAD

Every fire is different so each reaction is situational.  Thinking ahead can go a long way in dealing with a disaster.

While we hope this is never the case, in the event of fire damage to your home, business, or yacht, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here for you. Give us a call at 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321

MAKE SURE IT'S ONLY LOVE IN THE AIR, NOT SMOKE FROM CANDLES

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

romantic bathtub with battery candles used instead of real candles will prevent fires Using battery candles instead of real candles will prevent fires.

The National Fire Protection Association said "Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths," the organization stated.  On average, candle fires have caused 81 deaths, 677 injuries, and $278 million in direct property damage annually. 

A delicious dinner, a good bottle of wine, and candlelight.  What could go wrong?  Plenty, according to SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. Here are some tips to avoid ruining a romantic evening. 

* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that is flammable. 

* Use battery candles 

* Use sturdy candle holders, place them on sturdy, uncluttered surfaces 

* Avoid placing candles in the bedroom. 

* Blow candles out before you leave the room or go to sleep. 

* Beware of lighting up your hair or any loose clothing when lighting the candles. 

* Avoid burning the candle all the way down- put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.  

SMOKE DETECTORS  

It’s important that you regularly check your smoke detectors and replace them or the batteries. Don’t wait to check on these things until it’s too late.  

DEDICATION

SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City is the fire damage specialist. Our dedication to excellent service is reflected in our company name.

When a fire takes control of your life, we help you take it back. Call us at 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATER?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Child painting making a huge mess Some types of water damage can be as difficult to clean up as a child.
Unexpected water damage in your East Davie or Cooper City homes shouldn’t be something overlooked. Whether the water damage appears to be a minimal or a major problem, understanding the type of water and damage is important to ensure proper cleanup and restoration from SERVPRO. 

Types of Water

Any kind of water needs to be immediately addressed to ensure further damage doesn’t occur. Before grabbing the mop and bucket or wet vacuum, it is vital to understand the type of water that is being dealt with. They are three categories of water:

Clean Water: As its name suggests, this type poses no threat. This damage occurs when a water supply line leaks, a sink or bathtub without contaminants overflows, melting snow or rainwater infiltrates the home.
Gray Water: Once water mixes with chemicals or minimal biological contaminants, it moves to this category. Sources may include a leaking dishwasher, urine-only toilet overflow, or water condensation.
Black Water: This is unsanitary water full of bacteria and microorganisms harmful to humans and animals. If there was a recent flood, it could mean those rising water included sewage and other debris.

Types of Damage
When assessing water damage to determine repairs, understanding the types is important.

Class 1: The least harmful kind, typically means that a minimal amount was absorbed in the affected areas. It is usually easy to clean.
Class 2: Known for quick evaporation rates, it can quickly absorb carpeting and other porous materials. This damage typically requires more extensive repairs.
Class 3: If a sprinkler or pipe bursts, it can rapidly drench floors, walls, furniture, and other belongings. The rapid rate of evaporation requires quick action and water remediation measures to ensure the damage doesn’t spread or promote mold growth.
Class 4: Excessive flooding means massive saturation of integral home components. Consulting water damage and remediation expert is the best bet containing the situation and ensuring further damage doesn’t happen.

QUICK RESPONSE

While there are many levels of water damage, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City's quick action is key to getting your home back to normal. 

CALL US 24/7 FOR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE                  954-725-6400  or  954-741-4321

ROOFS AND STORM DAMAGE

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling falling down from storm damage ama Home in upstate Florida had partial ceiling collapse from Hurricane Michael's storm.

Living in South Florida, it's inevitable that you'll experience some type of storm damage.  High winds, terrible rainstorms, and hurricanes are pretty common occurrences. All these add to the wear and tear of your roof, creating havoc on your home or business.  Broken or loose roof tiles or shingles create more storm damage.

The roof is a key element of any structure and when it gets compromised, moisture can penetrate the structure causing wood and other building materials to be affected. Rotting, swelling, and warping start occurring. If these things happen, the ceiling will become compromised and then a whole list of problems can follow. Don't wait to mitigate, call us now.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is on the Large Loss Emergency Hurricane Response Team. Because we are specially trained to handle any size storm issue, no job is too large or small for us. 

ADD OUR PHONE NUMBER TO THE CONTACTS OF YOUR CELL PHONE

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City always answers your call. Working 24/7/365, we help mitigate your emergency.  Call us at 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321 so we can get you back to where you were before the storm, "Like it never even happened."

Billions of Dollars in Storm Damages

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana and leaves home severely damaged. As part of the Hurricane Disaster Travel Team, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City helps restore homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida.

A recent report estimates that Hurricane Ida that hit Louisiana caused eighty-seven billion dollars of damages.  

SERVPRO of East Davie/ Cooper City Is On The Hurricane Response Team  

Sending our trained crew members to Louisiana for a month, we helped residents and businesses get their properties restored. It was a good feeling helping locals get back into their homes, and businesses back to doing business as usual.  We understand that any day a homeowner is inconvenienced or a business is closed, is one day too many. SERVPRO’S goal is to minimize the disturbance to your property. 

In a warming world, it’s expected that more tropical systems will feed off warmer water to undergo rapid intensification of strong winds. This means that East Davie and Cooper City Florida will feel the effects of severe storms and hurricanes in the future.  

We Have The Experience 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City technicians are on call 24 hours a day. We have the training and experience to respond to any size emergency you may have. When we arrive, we will assess the damage and begin the restoration process. If debris removal is required, we do that as well.

Call Us!!

We can help minimize the interruption to your life after a disaster. We answer 24/7/365.  SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City (954)-725-6400. or 954-741-4321.  

"Just a Little Fire" Still Needs to Be Properly Mitigated

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Thousands of dollars in inventory can be sold due to the quick mitigation from SERVRO Quick response from SERVPRO helps mitigate a fire in Doral Commercial business.

"It's just a little fire," they said when this Doral commercial business called SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City out to clean up smoke and soot damage. WE UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY  A fire can occur in a commercial business at any time and doesn't always happen during normal operating hours. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City understands the urgency and financial ramifications of an unexpected closure of a commercial business.  Once the fire is out and the scene is cleared by the fire department, we respond within two hours to start the cleanup. We operate 27/7/365 so we can get your commercial property back to doing business in a timely manner. PROPER TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT SERVPRO techs are properly trained to respond to fire damage. Once on scene, we access the fire damage, use the proper procedures, chemicals and equipment to clean the smoke and soot. Fogging and deodorizing are performed. The Ozone machine is used if protocol. ADD OUR PHONE NUMBER TO THE CONTACTS  OF YOUR CELL PHONE Together we can make it "Like it never even happened." Remember that help is only a phone call away. Simply add our phone number into the contacts of your cell phone for those emergency situations. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can be reached at 954-725-6400 or  954-741-4321.    

Coral Springs Hotel Chose SERVPRO to Mitigate Commercial Water Damage

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel guests have water inside their rooms Commercial Water Loss in Coral Springs Has Guests Standing In Ankle Deep Water

Tourists come to South Florida to bathe in the sun and to enjoy our beautiful waterways. However, this wasn't the case when water overflowed at a Coral Springs Hotel leaving their guests standing in water, inside their hotel rooms. Water damage events for commercial properties are often complex and require knowledgeable, trained professionals to mitigate.  EMERGENCY RESPONSE It's never good to lose revenue at your Commercial Business due to the inability to rent rooms. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City knows the importance of getting your property restored quickly. Working 24/7 we can respond in one hour to the water loss. Once on-site, our professionally trained techs start the mitigation process. We find that the key to reducing Commercial Damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.   IDENTIFYING THE SOURCE OF LOSS  Once SERVPRO responds to a Commercial water loss, we identify the source of loss. Necessary steps are taken to stop further water intrusion. Detection devices like Moisture Sensors, Moisture Meters, and Thermohygrometers are used to verify that the area is wet. Extraction and Inspections of the damaged area are done to determine the extent of damage and how to proceed with the restoration.  PROPER EQUIPMENT Using the proper equipment, SERVPRO removes moisture from affected areas. Extractors are used to remove water from floors and carpets. To expedite the evaporation of water, air movers are used to quickly dry the area.  Dehumidifiers are utilized to pull in the water vapor from the air. Relative humidity levels are monitored. Carpet and carpet padding are inspected and if necessary, removal of damaged material is disposed of.  Once extraction is done, treatments of deodorizers or EPA-recommended disinfectants could be applied.   CALL US Whether your commercial property has a tub that has over-flowed or a water main pipe burst, SERPVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is only a phone call away. Don't wait to mitigate, call 954-725-6400 or 954-741-4321 for rapid response to your loss. 

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City? ?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Cute little girl and dog touching noses, showing the importance to form caring, trusting bonds. aking caring friends. Relationships are formed by caring for each other.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City cares about you and your emergency situation. Understanding the frustration, urgency, and helplessness you might feel when you come home finding yourself standing in ankle-deep water, or when you have damage from a storm, we want you to know that SERVPRO  is there for you.  We are dedicated to restoring your property to "Like it never even happened." So WHY Choose Us?WE HAVE THE EDUCATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE   Our professionally trained staff has the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC. Our techs attend Continuing Education Classes to improve their knowledge of emergency mitigation for fire, water and mold.  Not only do we use the proper equipment we have the skills and experience necessary to operate them.  Using the proper equipment saves our customers money and gets your property back to normal in a timely manner.  BECAUSE WE CARE Nobody expects a disaster to occur, yet homeowners and businesses in the East Davie/Cooper City areas have experienced some type of damage due to the tropical climate we live in. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City cares about each of our customers as if they are the only customer. With the knowledge of the latest industry standards, we follow restoration methods and processes, answer your questions, and document the loss for your Insurance carrier.   Let us help you in your time of need.  Save our phone numbers into the contacts of your cell phone just in case you encounter an emergency situation.  Remember, help is only a phone call away.  SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can be reached 24/7/365. 954-725-6400  or  954-741-4321. 

Water Damage Cleanup Tips

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

water on home floor Professional water restoration companies have the best chance of reinstating your home to its previous condition.

Over the past few years, floods have killed more individuals than tornadoes and lightning combined. Flooding can cause life-threating damage to you, your home, and your business. When dealing with the aftermath of water damage, first and foremost you need to think about safety. Wait until it is safe to return to the property before assessing the damages. While light damage can usually be taken care of by the homeowner, a major flood will present extremely hazardous conditions and should be cleaned and restored by a professional.

Getting Ready to Clean Up

When it is safe to investigate, here are some tips before you begin cleaning up from water damage:

  • Beware of any living critters (snakes, rodents, insects, etc.) that may have been carried in by the water.
  • Assess the situation by looking for exterior damage, foundation cracks, broken pilings, or slanted floors and walls.
  • Avoid turning on any lights, ceiling fans, appliances, or anything else that requires electricity and turn off the power.

However, you should not enter the building if there seems to be any signs of structural damage.

The Cleanup Process

First, you need to make sure you are protecting yourself when cleaning. You should wear protective clothing, boots, and gloves and sanitize your hands often. When you are ready to begin, here are some things to prioritize when cleaning up from water damage:

  • Check to see if your water supply is safe to use for cleaning and try to contain water within the affected area.
  • Take photos and make a list of all of the damages.
  • Open all of the doors and windows to allow for ventilation in the space.
  • Remove all trash and debris from the area.
  • Start absorbing all of the moisture in the home using wet vac, shop vac, fans, or dehumidifiers to prevent any mold growth (and check to see if it hasn’t started to grow already.)
  • Place aluminum foil between wet flooring materials and furniture legs.
  • Remove any porous materials, such as insulation or carpet, if they are wet to avoid mildew.
  • Disinfect hard surfaces with hot water and cleaning supplies.

For major flooding and or natural disasters, it is not the time to attempt a DIY cleaning project.

In situations with serious water damage, the best thing you can do is call a professional. Professional water restoration companies have the best chance of reinstating your home to its previous condition.

As always, we are here for you to restore any property plagued with water damage. Contact our water removal and water damage remediation team immediately for further assistance.

Join Us in Giving Back During No Hunger November

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

hands together We hope that you will join us in our effort to make a difference in our wonderful community!

Did you know that 1 in 9 individuals do not know where they will get their next meal? That is why we have joined Feeding South Florida in the Thanksgiving Food Frenzy, which takes place from October 25, 2021 through November 12, 2021. Feeding South Florida provides food in a number of ways:

  1. They give food to over 300 nonprofits
  2. They look out for seniors with home deliveries to make sure that qualifying older adults are fed as well
  3. Offering Mobile FARMacy options that provide a one-aisle grocery store with healthy food items

Even as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1 million people across Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. That’s 1 in 9 adults and 1 in 6 children.

As your local food bank and member of the Feeding America network, Feeding South Florida shares the belief that everyone should have reliable access to nutritious food, and we are working hard to ensure that none of our neighbors are hungry.

We are asking our community to help be part of the solution and support families this Thanksgiving.

SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City is asking for your help in two ways:

  1. Donate non-perishable food items. We will be collecting food from now until November 11, 2021. Simply call us at 954-725-6400 and we will pick up the donated items from your office!
  2. Volunteer to help sort food with the SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City team at the Feeding South Florida Food Bank on November 12, 2021.

We hope that you will join us in our effort to make a difference in our wonderful community! Please feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City with any questions. Thank you!

Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Evacuation plan, smoke detector and manual call point on white background Here is how you can create a fire escape plan to ensure that your family is prepared in case of an emergency.

Having a fire escape plan for your family in place could quite literally save lives. While you may never be able to predict a fire, you can do everything in your power to be prepared in case of an emergency. Each person should have a fire escape plan that is known and practiced by everyone in the family, especially if you have young children.

While most people know that they probably should have a fire escape plan in place, sadly that is not the reality for most Americans. In fact, according to the American Red Cross:

  • Only 26% of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan
  • 80% of Americans are not aware that home fires are the single most common disaster in the nation
  • In a typical year, 20,000 people are injured in home fires

It is crucial that your family have a fire escape plan to keep everyone safe.

Here is how you can create a fire escape plan to ensure that your family is prepared in case of an emergency:

Creating a Fire Escape Plan

Know the Proper Response

The first step in your fire escape plan is knowing the proper way to react to a fire. In an emergency like this, it is important to act quickly. The only way to act quickly under stress is to know exactly what to do.

When trying to exit the house or building, it is crucial to stay low to the ground to avoid the smoke that is rising into the air. While crawling to the exit, it is important to try and keep your face covered with clothing or any other type of fabric. Once you are out of the house, you should not re-enter under any circumstances.

Map Out the Escape Route

Before any signs of a disaster, you and all of the members of your family should know two ways to get out of each room in the house. To map out your escape route, it can be very helpful to print out the layout of your home, while noting where everyone sleeps, including all of the potential exits on the printed layout. You should draw out primary and secondary exits to your home and make sure that everyone is aware.

Set a Meet Up Point

It is crucial to set up a meeting point for everyone when outside. It is very important to have one designated spot to prevent anyone from running back into the building if they are not sure everyone has exited. Your meeting point should be an adequate distance away from your house, such as at the end of your driveway or across the street.

Practice, Practice, Practice

A fire escape plan has no use if all of your family members do not know how to properly execute it. To be best prepared, your family should rehearse the fire escape plan at least twice a year. As soon as the smoke detector goes off, everyone should know what to do.

Ways for Small Businesses to Engage With the Local Community

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Happy volunteer looking at donation box No matter how you choose to do so, engaging with and supporting your local community is paramount for local business owners.

Small businesses are crucial to the culture and the economy of a local community. Since founders are usually native to the area, small businesses have a unique opportunity to truly understand their consumer and help improve the quality of their lives. This can serve a mutually beneficial relationship: small businesses can engage with their local communities and, in return, the communities can choose to support the small business.

Here are some of the best ways for small businesses to connect with their community members:

Participate in Local Events

Most local community is have some type of parades or festivals to bring everyone together. It is a great idea to attend these festivals and get to know some of your fellow community members. If it's an option, setting up a tent or booth at a preexisting community festival is a great way to gain brand recognition. If not, it is still very beneficial to even just walk around and meet new people.

Give Back Through Volunteering

Volunteering at a local charity or organization is always a good way to give back to the local community. While free time might be scarce, by volunteering you can benefit a good cause and meet more members of the community. It's a great idea to bring your team members together to volunteer, and you can even promote your brand while helping out in the world.

Sponsor Sports Teams or School Activities

There are usually many opportunities to sponsor local sports teams or other school extracurricular activities. Most local sponsorships will not break the bank, and you can make a difference in the lives of students by financing the activities they enjoy most.

Join the Community Board

Although you may not be aware of it at all times, there is a very high probability that your community has some sort of local community board in which you can become a member. Joining one of these community boards can be a great way to really understand the problems that are facing your community, network with other business owners in the area, and make a difference by supporting your community.

Hold Public Events

Another great way to network in the community is too have public events in the area. Depending on your space and the goals of your business, you can host your own event for brand exposure and community involvement. Some examples of events include auctions, fundraisers, or even just networking events.

Reward Loyal Fans

More often than not, your most loyal fans are the ones that are located right in your community. To show your appreciation for these customers, you could hold exclusive giveaways or sales for your local fans.

No matter how you choose to do so, engaging with and supporting your local community is paramount for local business owners. At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to leading and serving our community in a variety of ways. It is an honor and a privilege to be so involved in our South Florida community.

Helping in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane ida cleanup The Disaster Recovery Team of highly trained water restoration technicians worked diligently to get these homes back to their previous condition.

The state of Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular, is no stranger to destructive, intense hurricanes. Hurricane Ida hit the state as a Category 4 storm, destroying homes, infrastructure, and nature along the way. While the city bounces back fairly quickly, rural areas are still left with massive amounts of destruction and, in many cases, no power. Hurricane Ida came on strong with 150-mph winds and was responsible for more than 24 deaths throughout the state. When disaster strikes in cases like this, it is critical to have a team of support in a variety of capacities.

SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City acted quickly in our pursuit of lending a helping hand. When we arrived in New Orleans, we saw that there was a desperate need for water damage restoration and storm damage repairs. As usual, our team of damage restoration experts got to work immediately. The on-site team had to take down damage ceilings, remove most of the flooring, and cut through walls in order to dry the exterior.

In most cases, water damage had come in through the roof or window and was thus spreading rapidly – attacking the ceilings, walls, and floors. The Disaster Recovery Team of highly trained water restoration technicians worked diligently to get these homes back to their previous condition. As large-loss specialists, we were able to get to New Orleans in record time, assess the damage, and begin our restoration efforts.

When a catastrophic storm hits, devastation is inevitable. However, with our team on your side we are able to mitigate damage, repair quickly, and restore your home properly. While storms are unpredictable, you can always count on us to arrive with helping hands!

Is Your Property Protected with an Emergency Ready Plan?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet 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

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

mold in 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:

  1. Regularly inspect your garage, checking for leaks and areas where excessive moisture may be present
  2. Inspect the roof of the garage to make sure that there are no damaged gutters or broken pipes
  3. Consider ventilation methods to try to control the humidity in the garage
  4. Try to keep the garage as well-lit as possible
  5. Make sure that the garage door is well sealed and be sure to replace seals when they are beginning to wear
  6. Pay attention to storage and keep your garage organized
  7. Make sure that anything that is stored in the garage has no water on it
  8. Avoid using wood or paper products in the garage
  9. Keep plant growth around the garage to a minimum
  10. 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

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

woman hugging pet dog 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:

  1. Pay attention to stove knobs. We recommend covering them if leaving the house or removing them completely.
  2. When leaving the home, make sure that your younger pets are not near any hazards that could potentially start a fire.
  3. Never leave a pet unattended near an open flame.
  4. 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

8/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

major storm 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

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

flooded living room 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

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van 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

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

family in front of home fire 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

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Small business owner standing at cafe entrance 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?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

A survival kit 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:

Essential Items:

  • 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.

Garage Water Damage Issues

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold and moisture after water damage If left unattended, garage water damage can result in some really costly repairs.

South Florida homeowners who are lucky enough to have a garage can relate to the importance of having one. When summer storms start rolling in, the ability to park inside of a garage is an important luxury. As such, keeping your garage is tiptop shape is critical for many who take pride in a clutter-free garage that has enough room for a car or two. When people think of home water damage, they rarely think about their garage. However, garage water damage is something that should not be ignored.

Residential water damage can be costly and inconvenient, so when it takes place in the garage that is certainly a preference. Nevertheless, flooding in the garage can potentially cause ruined walls and flooring. As such, making an effort to avoid garage water damage is important. In fact, garage water damage restoration is often more expensive than many would imagine. So, keep these tips in mind to prevent garage water damage in your home:

  • Check your garage roof for leaks
  • If weather stripping is worn down it must be replaced
  • Check the roof gutters near the garage to remove any clogs
  • Do not leave the garage door open during bad weather
  • Regularly check the water heater for leaks
  • Replace garage door panels when necessary

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but the garage is often one of the most ignored areas of the home. If left unattended, garage water damage can result in some really costly repairs. In some situations, structural damage and mold growth can occur as well. For this reason, we urge you to be diligent and proactive in preventing water damage in your garage.

Getting Ready for Florida's 2021 Hurricane Season

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

flooded las olas blvd Here are some tips in order to be best prepared for Florida’s 2021 Hurricane Season.

The 2021 Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st 2021 and lasts all the way through November 30th.  According to The Climate Adaptation Center (CAC),  they are “predicting a very active season with 20 named storms—less than last year—10 of which may be hurricanes.” Of these storms, 5 of them are predicted to be major hurricanes that could be Category 3-5 strength. A normal hurricane season is usually defined as 3 major hurricanes.

Unfortunately, it does not look like Florida is going to be able to escape hurricane season this year. There is an increased risk of hurricanes this year due to the weakening of the Bermuda high. This Bermuda high is a high pressure zone located in the Atlantic Ocean that was responsible for steering many hurricanes in 2020 away from a direct hit of the mainland in Florida.

According to AccuWeather lead hurricane forecaster Dan Kottlowski, “The pattern that’s setting up is that we could see more of these early-curving storms. That could threaten the east coast a little more this year than previous years.” In order to prepare for this years hurricane season in Florida, it is important to get started early.

Here are some tips in order to be best prepared for Florida’s 2021 Hurricane Season:

Creating a Hurricane Kit

It is very important to have a hurricane kit on hand in case you need to evacuate quickly or need to shelter in place. When people realize a hurricane is coming, many people are filled with a state of panic and run to the grocery store to get supplies to prepare. In this situation, grocery stores are in chaos and can run out of items very quickly. To avoid this situation, prepare a hurricane kit ahead of time with necessary supplies. Some of the most common and recommended items include:

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items (recommended to have enough for at least 3 days)
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Water-proof container for valuables, cash, and important documents
  • Lighter or matches
  • Cooler and ice packs
  • Pet and/or baby supplies if applicable

Securing Your Home

In the event of an hurricane, you will want to know the best ways to prepare you home against high pressure winds, heavy rain, and flooding.

  • Use hurricane shutters or wood to cover windows
  • Make sure roof is well maintained and, if possible, secure straps or clips to securely fasten it.
  • Bring any outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage bins, etc. inside.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

Preparing for a Power Outage

During a storm it is very likely to lose power. In case this happens, there are other things you should do to remain prepared.

  • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas instead of waiting until the last minute and having to deal with long lines and gas stations running out.
  • Have extra cash on hand in ATMs shut down.
  • Charge your cell phone and limit use or use airplane mode.
  • Fill the bathtub with water for the purpose of washing and flushing.

Fire Hazards to Consider While Cooking

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen on fire with a lot of smoke The most common place for a fire to start in the home is on a stove top in the kitchen, not in the oven.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are actually the number one cause of home fires and injuries. Between 2014-2018, 49% of home fires are a cause of cooking equipment, which resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries. Tragically, holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Easter, and Christmas Eve are some of the peak days for home fires, when more cooking than usual takes place in the home.

Fire Hazards in the Kitchen

  • The most common place for a fire to start in the home is on a stove top in the kitchen, not in the oven. When cooking on the stove top, always be sure to stay alert and do not leave any food unattended.
  • Make sure there are no curtains, towel racks, or even paper towel dispensers too close to any burners that could be potential fire hazards and spread any flames.
  • If the microwave in your home is not built in, make sure there is no clutter nearby and the vents are not obstructed.

How to Avoid Home Cooking Fires

  • Buy a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen within easy reach if a fire starts while cooking.
  • You should never walk away from a stove top for more than a few minutes at a time. A good rule of thumb is to set a timer for every five minutes to remind you to check your stove top and to make sure your food is not burnt.
  • You should not operate any appliances or potential fire hazards if you are not alert. Being too tired or under the influence while cooking can lead to dangerous situations.
  • Keep anything that could catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains, a safe distance away from the stove.
  • Maintain your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly and in good condition.
  • Properly clean and take care of all of the vent, stovetops, counter tops and oven interiors to prevent any house fires.

What to Do If a Kitchen Fire Occurs

  • You should NOT toss water on a grease fire. If you do not have an extinguisher and a fire starts in a pan, put a lid on top of the pan to extinguish the flames.
  • In an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
  • Get out as soon as possible! Close any doors behind you to contain the fire.
  • Call 911 as soon as you can get out safely.

Keeping Your Employees and Customers Safe

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

employees walking down stairs The safety of employees and customers is extremely important, during COVID-19 and beyond.

As a small business owner, it is very important to keep the safety of your employees and customers a top priority. Some of the most common workplace incidents include slip-and-fall accidents, premise liabilities, equipment accidents, or an employee or visitor injuring another person. While is it always possible that accidents can happen, mitigating potential risks beforehand can greatly reduce the chances of an incident occurring.

Here are some tips to make sure everyone on your property is safe and sound.

Constantly inspect your premises and be on the lookout for hazards

The best way to prevent any injuries or accidents from occurring is minimizing any hazards in the workspace. To do this, inspections should be conducted regularly, on either a weekly or monthly basis. It is also a good idea to preform random inspections to see how the workplace runs on the day to day.

Maintain all tools and equipment

Any faulty or poorly maintained equipment can be a potential risk in the workplace. If a piece of equipment breaks down, it can put many people in harm’s way. All tools and equipment should be cleaned and tested regularly to ensure they are functioning property and can be replaced if need be.

Keep record of inspections and repairs

It is very important to document all inspections, repairs, and incident investigations. If there is a repeated incident, you will be able to dig to the root of the problem and correct it. Also, if an accident does occur, it is important to have all of your records in order.

Post warning signs

If there happens to be any unsafe conditions in the workplace, there should be signage to indicate this to employees and customers. A simple example of this is placing a “wet floor sign” to an area that was recently mopped to prevent anyone tripping.

Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the way business function. Here are some of the most common ways to keep your employees and customers safe:

  • Keep a clean environment and perform routine sanitization. All frequently touches surfaces such as workstations, countertops, handrails, and doorknobs should be frequently cleaned and disinfected. If possible, reduce the need for shared equipment.
  • Promote practices sanitary practices like frequent handwashing and provide either soap and water or hand sanitizer for all employees and customers.
  • Require everyone to wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose.
  • Encourage workers to stay at home if they are sick and ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidelines.
  • Create a plan to minimize face-to-face contact between both employees and customers. Actively encourage flexible work arrangements such as teleworking or staggered shifts.
  • Develop policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

The safety of employees and customers is extremely important, during COVID-19 and beyond.

Protecting Your Home After a Flood

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

flooded house floor By knowing the best steps to protect your home after a flood, you and your loved ones can stay safe as you return to normal living conditions.

Even though cleaning up after a flood may seem like a formidable task, it is important to have a plan in place to tackle this undertaking. By knowing the best steps to protect your home after a flood, you and your loved ones can stay safe as you return to normal living conditions.

Prioritize Your Safety

Before you can start cleaning, it is important to first mitigate any safety hazards. There is a high chance that the water is contaminated, and the structure is unstable. To help prioritize your safety:

  • Shut off gas and electricity before to the flooded area before entering the house.
  • Examine the building’s structure by checking the foundation for any cracking and/or undermining in addition to the walls, floors, and windows.
  • Have an electrician look over the electrical system.
  • Wear appropriate clothing protection including rubber boots, waterproof gloves, and a safety mask, or googles.
  • Have on hand a first aid kit for any minor injuries that occur.

Dealing with Insurance Claims

Before the cleaning process begins, there are steps you should take to make sure the insurance process can go as smooth as possible.

  • Take pictures or videos of everything before you start cleaning! This is crucial for insurance claims and tax deductions.
  • Record all of your expenses.
  • Check in with your insurance company to see what their requirements are for a claim.
  • Freeze any flooded books and papers before you have time to work with them. For the best chance of preservation, place waxed paper between the layers and place them inside plastic bags before going into a freezer.

The Cleanup Process

During the cleanup process, it is important to both cleaning and disinfect household items.

Step by Step Clean Up:

  1. Remove any standing water. While obvious, no cleaning can get done with standing water in the way. You can use pails or pumps to remove, and then use a wet/dry shop vacuum cleaner.
  2. Remove soaking wet and/or contaminated materials. Try to place things in large garbage bags and bring them outside the home. Depending on local regulations, something may need to be thrown out if it is contaminated with sewer water. Some larger furniture items may also be damaged beyond repair and need to be thrown out.
  3. Shovel out mud before it dries. While it may be treacherous, it is important to remove all of the mud and silt inside the house. A house may be used for this removal process.
  4. Clean and dry the walls. It is important to be fast, thorough, and safe in this process. Walls dry from the inside out and the interior parts of the walls must be thoroughly dried.
  • Remove interior wall finishes to release water and mud from the cavities. Wall finishes that reach up to the high-water line should be thrown away.
  • Remove all wall insulation that has been wet as it is contaminated.
  • To remove mud, hose down the walls before they fully dry and disinfect them using some method of chlorine bleach.
  • A moisture meter can be used to check the condition of the walls and when they are ready to re-insulate.
  1. Clean the floors and woodwork. Floors and other woodwork should be cleaned within 48 hours of the flood. It is very important to avoid any products that contain ammonia.
  • For the cleaning process: Use plenty of hot water and scrub the floors with alkali solution (like washing soda). To disinfect, use a bleach solution such as a solution of 1/2 cup chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water.
  1. Dry all of the surfaces. Heat and air should be used to surface dry materials within 24 to 48 hours. The continuous circulation of heat should reduce trying time and prevent the growth of any bacteria.

Experts recommend waiting about 6 months before the re-modeling process can begin. If your home has suffered flood damage, we are here to help. Contact our flood damage repair team today!

Top Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Woman looking at damage after a water pipe leak With an understanding of what commonly causes water damage in the home, a homeowner is best equipped to be on the lookout.

No one wants to have to deal with water damage in South Florida homes. Unfortunately, Floridians know that water damage comes with the territory of humid climate and heavy rains. As a homeowner, it is understood that there are certain inevitable unforeseen costs. Things break and need repairs, time wears on various parts of the home, and so on and so forth. Water damage, however, is one of those typical house issues that no one wants to deal with. From costly repairs to the headache of restoration, avoiding water damage is of course preferable.

While some water damage is unavoidable, a lot of typical issues actually stem from situations that could have been avoided. Knowing the most common causes of water damage in a home is the best first step in prevention. If you are aware of what to look out for, you may be able to spot a potential issue before it becomes a big problem. The following are some of the most common causes of water damage in a home:

  1. Sewer lines are backed up
  2. Pipes are leaking
  3. Heavy rains
  4. Toilet leaks
  5. Issues with gutters
  6. Faulty or malfunctioning appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, sinks, and washing machines
  7. Problems with HVAC
  8. Built up pressure in supply lines of washing machines
  9. Water buildup in crawl space
  10. Roof leaks

With an understanding of what commonly causes water damage in the home, a homeowner is best equipped to be on the lookout. Plus, noticing water damage early does a lot more than simply save in repair costs, it is actually good for you and your family’s health. When left untreated, water damage can quickly lay the foundation of mold growth. Not only will this add to the repair and restoration needs, but it can be damaging to the health of those who live in the home.

With this in mind, it is important to regularly check the above water damage hotspots. Knowing what to look for means being proactive in prevention and maintaining your home. As always, if you do spot water damage in your home we are here for you. Call our water damage repair and restoration team today to learn more!

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

mold in bath, a duck toy, bathroom Preventing mold growth in your bathroom means taking proactive measures to keep your home in the best shape possible.

There are certain areas of every home that are prone to mold growth. Elements like moisture and darkness create the perfect breeding area for mildew and mold to thrive. While many people think of mold in their kitchen, the bathroom is actually one of the biggest culprits for mold growth in your home. The combination of heat, darkness, moisture, and typically a lack of ventilation means that bathrooms are especially vulnerable to mildew.

Sometimes mold is easy to spot. It can discolor walls or grow on tiles, but in other scenarios it can be much more difficult to spot. A lingering odor or a slightly discolored ceiling can reveal a major mold problem. Since mold remediation can be quite a headache, the best practice is to avoid mold growth altogether. Preventing mold growth in your bathroom means taking proactive measures to keep your home in the best shape possible.

The following are some great tips for preventing mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Use the fan at all times when showering and let it run for at least 30 minutes following a shower. This will keep the bathroom properly ventilated.
  • Regularly wash the rugs and curtains in the bathroom.
  • Consider purchasing a dehumidifier for the bathroom.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to regularly clean your bathroom.
  • Consistently check the toilet and sink for any leaks.
  • Try to keep shower walls dry.
  • Keep bathing products outside of the bathroom.
  • Let as much light into the bathroom as possible.
  • If the bathroom floors gets wet, mop it up as soon as possible.
  • Seal all grout lines.

While some of these tips seem obvious, it can be easy to neglect to maintain these important measures. If you do notice any mold growth in your bathroom, it is important to call a professional right away. Our mold remediation team has years of experience in repairing mold damage large and small. Call us today to learn more.

Typical Smoke Damage Issues Following a Home Fire

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged living room Addressing the aftermath of a home fire means thinking through all of the possible smoke damage that may have occurred.

When someone thinks about the potential of a home fire, their first thoughts are likely about the fire itself. From detecting the fire to calling on emergency response to evacuating loved ones and pets as quickly as possible, there is a lot to think about. The last year has proven that fires are a real threat. California has been inundated with fires throughout the state, causing irreparable damage and devastating thousands of individuals.

In Florida, wildfires are much less of a threat. However, house fires still occur much more frequently than many may imagine. From holiday celebrations to electrical issues, a fire can start at any time. While it is critical to think through a fire safety plan, many people fail to consider what to do once the fire has been contained. Smoke damage is another factor that must be taken into account when thinking about fire damage.

Smoke damage can leave a major mark after a fire is contained. The following are some of the most common issues related to smoke damage after a fire:

  • Warped wood or plastic
  • Discoloration
  • Walls stained a shade of yellow
  • Charring
  • Household textiles filled with soot
  • Ceiling stained a shade of yellow
  • Carpets, clothing, drapery, and upholstered furniture filled with smoke odor
  • Toxic air throughout the home
  • Markings of smoke odor throughout the home

Addressing the aftermath of a home fire means thinking through all of the possible smoke damage that may have occurred. While the look of the home may be top of mind, there are a number of toxins and odors that are much more important to tackle first. As such, it is critical to hire a fire restoration technician team to come take a look following a home fire.

With many years of experience in fire damage repair and smoke damage restoration, we are happy to help if you or a loved one have experienced an issue with a home fire. Call us today to learn more!

Workplace Safety Tips for Your Business

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Work Safety and Safety Procedures. Two binders on desk in the office. Business background. Employers have a great responsibility when it comes to keeping their workplace safe.

Owning a company is a huge responsibility. From serving your community to keeping your staff happy and productive, there is a lot of weight on the business owner’s shoulders. As an employee or an employer, workplace safety is something that should always be top of mind. Unfortunately, the daily stresses and pressures to achieve tasks often puts safety measures on the backburner. No matter what industry your company is in, there are a number of critical measures that must be taken to ensure a safe working environment for both patrons and staff.

On-the-job accidents and injuries occur far more often than many would think. What is worse is that many of them are entirely preventable, given the correct workplace safety protocols. Setting specific, tested safety standards and regulations is critical to keeping employees and customers happy and safe. But it is not only important that these measures be in place, they must be adequately communicated to everyone who works in the organization.

Identifying and understanding the most common safety hazards as well as unsafe practices is the first step to reducing risk. When employees understand the potential of what could happen, they are more likely to conduct themselves in a safe way to avoid risk. The following are some of the most common workplace safety tips to share throughout your company:

  • Everyone must be aware of their surroundings at all times
  • When necessary, safety equipment must be worn regularly and correctly
  • No shortcuts can be taken when it comes to safety procedures
  • Machines and tools must be operated only by trained employees
  • Breaks must be taken throughout the day by every employee
  • If there is an unsafe working condition, someone in management must be informed immediately
  • All emergency exits must be clear
  • The entire staff must be versed whenever there are updates to safety procedures

Employers have a great responsibility when it comes to keeping their workplace safe. Regular communication, proper safety protocols, and a shared understanding is essential to keeping everyone safe and comfortable in their working environment. Workplace hazards are inevitable, but working as a team to identify and avoid them safeguards the company, its people, and its reputation.

Hurricane Proof Your House During Off Season

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Beautiful Home with Palms Do yourself and your family a favor and get on top of hurricane proofing your home sooner rather than later.

The winter months are some of the most incredible times to be a South Floridian. As temperatures drop and it seems like every day is a picture perfect day, it can be easy to forget about the rainy seasons. While most homeowners in South Florida spend the winter and spring months enjoying the weather outdoors as much as possible, the savviest of them will make a preparation game plan for the summer.

Hurricane season is very far away, but it is never too early to start planning and getting your home ready. In fact, many find that now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting the home in hurricane shape. From lower prices on items to the calm nature of preparing now, this is an ideal time to start thinking about how you want your home to look come hurricane season.

The following are some simple hurricane proofing tips that you can follow in the coming months:

  • If you do not already have them, now is the time to get impact-resistant glass or shutters installed – pricing is usually lowest this time of year
  • Take inventory of your landscaping and assess what needs to be fixed to minimize debris
  • Check your garage door to ensure that it is installed properly and securely
  • Go through your safety supplies – from bottled water to canned goods, now is the time to stock up
  • Inspect your roof and check for any loose tiles
  • Consider investing in a generator
  • Check the surge protectors throughout your home and think about purchasing more

Taking the time to consider the above hurricane proofing tips now can save you time, money, and stress in the future. The calm of the winter and spring season means that prices for hurricane-related items are down. Do yourself and your family a favor and get on top of hurricane proofing your home sooner rather than later.

What Happens When You Call in a Water Loss?

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room After our water damage expert is able to collect all of the information, we will send out our team immediately.

No one expects to have an emergency water damage situation in their home. In South Florida, when we think of water damage we often think of heavy rainstorms, flooding, or hurricanes. However, there are a number of day-to-day issues that can bring about a water emergency. From a pipe bursting to an appliance breaking, the unpredictability of homeownership can be scary, and expensive. While no one can forecast what may happen in their home, being aware of what to expect when the unexpected happens is key.

Emergency water damage often creates a hectic situation. The caller is flustered and eager to get someone to their home immediately. That is where SERVPRO really shines. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for immediate response to disasters of all sizes. When you call us about your water damage emergency situation, we will likely ask the following questions:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your insurance information (if applicable)
  3. The address of the business or home where the water damage has occurred
  4. When did the water damage or flooding occur?
  5. What caused the water damage (if the cause is known)?
  6. Is there on-site electricity available?

After our water damage expert is able to collect all of this information, we will send out our team immediately. These questions are important to ensure that the SERVPRO team arrives to the scene quickly, with all of the correct equipment, and with the right number of technicians to handle the job effectively and efficiently. We take pride in being “faster to any size disaster!” Call us today to learn more!

Working Hard to Keep Fighting COVID-19

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Male worker with protective mask and suit disinfecting industrial factory with spray gun Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is a higher standard of clean.

While South Florida is eager to get back to “normal”, the numbers of COVID-19 cases do not seem to be going down. From homeowners to business owners, keeping things clean and sanitized is imperative. It is easy to fall into the trap of complacency when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. People are tired of dealing with masks and sanitizers, making it easy for some to simply go back to the way they used to do things. It is important, however, to remember that with rising numbers precautions must still be taken.

The world has had to completely re-evaluate the way in which it operates. At home, families are sanitizing and washing hands with great frequency. In businesses, the staff is working diligently to keep the public spaces sanitized, regularly cleaned, and enforce mask policies. These changes are difficult to get used to, but they are extremely important for the greater good.

At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of sanitation. In fact, we have worked tirelessly for years in our cleaning services department. As such, when COVID-19 hit, we knew we had a responsibility to our community. We launched Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned recently to continue our mission of keeping our communities safe and clean. In doing so, we are able to help local families and businesses to protect themselves and others.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program? Call us today to learn more!

Top Causes of Home Fires Today

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

home after fire Be proactive and keep your home and your loved ones safe from a home fire.

Home fires are one of the scariest things that a family can experience. Being inherently something that people believe will never happen to them, home fires almost always catch the homeowner off-guard. Plus, families seldom have an emergency plan in place to deal with a home fire since they believe it is extremely rare. However, the National Fire Protection Association estimates that there is reportedly a new home fire every minute and a half in the United States.

While most people assume that home fires are something that rarely occurs, the statistics paint a different picture. As such, it is important to have a prevention plan to avoid putting yourself and your family in a risky situation. One of the most effective ways to prevent a home fire is to recognize the common causes. In doing so, you are able to be on the lookout and thus avoid unnecessary dangers. The following are some of the most common causes of home fires today:

  1. Electrical equipment, such as a toaster oven, can catch fire from overuse, frayed cords, or age
  2. Smoking
  3. Candles
  4. Cooking equipment can often lead to overheating and thus a fire if the cook is not paying attention or leaves the room
  5. Faulty wiring is an electrical hazard that can cause a fire
  6. Flammable liquids
  7. Dirty barbeques
  8. Lightning
  9. Curious children
  10. Circuit breakers

Making sure that the above hazards are mitigated is imperative to keeping your home safe and free from fire. In addition, it is important that you regularly check your smoke detectors and replace them when necessary. Homeowners in South Florida often neglect to check on these things until it is too late. Be proactive and keep your home and your loved ones safe from a home fire. If you have experienced fire damage, we are here to help. Contact our fire damage repair team today to learn more!

Building a Community Around Your Local Business

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Happiness group of people huddle and smiling together The ability to build a loyal community around your brand will prove instrumental this year and in the years to come.

Being a local, small business owner is hard. If the last several months have taught us anything, it is that building a strong, local community to support your brand is absolutely essential to maintaining a thriving business. No one could have predicted the ramifications that have come and will continue to come in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, business owners throughout South Florida have been tasked with reevaluating their companies in a number of ways.

First and foremost, local business owners have been forced to take a hard look at their business model. What is working right? What can be adapted to sustain these difficult times? How can the company operate in a leaner manner to keep costs as low as possible? These questions are incredibly important to answer. In addition, however, business owners have been forced to think deeply about their customer base, their lifeline. What are you doing to build a true community around your brand?

Today, we highlight some important tips that business owners can utilize in building a local community of their own:

  • Make sure that your storefront is inviting for customers, consider adding an inspirational quote or even a daily joke as these things will engage foot traffic prospects and loyal customers
  • Launch a loyalty program that rewards repeat customers and incentivizes new customers to make purchases
  • Team up with a local charity by sponsoring an event
  • Create an online community by utilizing your social media platforms to communicate with your local prospects and customers
  • Consider partnering up with another business that is complementary to your own
  • Make sure that everyone on your internal team understands your brand persona and exemplifies that in each and every engagement
  • Offer value to customers and prospects by educating them in your respective field

South Florida business owners have all been struggling this year. The ability to build a loyal community around your brand will prove instrumental this year and in the years to come. No matter what industry your business may fall into, connecting with customers and prospects on a human level is critical to overall business success.

9 Facts About Thunderstorms

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

lightning striking in the sky While no one can truly predict that severity of a storm, being knowledgeable about the potential damage that they can cause is imperative.

Florida weather is unlike the weather anywhere else in the world. One minute it could be beautiful and sunny and the next minute gray clouds could roll in and thunderstorms start booming. Thunderstorms in Florida can pass in 10 minutes or wreak havoc on an area for hours. The unpredictability that comes with South Florida storms makes it difficult to prepare and respond. The impact of thunderstorms ranges significantly, so Florida homeowners must take as many precautions as possible.

The fact that Floridians have grown so accustom to major thunderstorms is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, being used to big storms reduces panic and makes the aftermath easier to deal with. On the other hand, the familiarity of thunderstorms can cause some Floridians to fail to act quickly and appropriately before a storm hits. In any case, being armed with facts is important for everyone. An educated person is in a much better position to weather a storm in Florida.

We have collected some of the most interested facts about thunderstorms below:

  1. Since light travels faster than sound, lighting is seen before thunder
  2. Snowstorms can cause thunder too
  3. The eye of a storm is very calm and can even be sunny
  4. A storm is pulled down by rain
  5. Approximately 6,000 lightning strikes occur each minute in a thunderstorm
  6. Astraphobia is the name for a fear of thunder and lightning
  7. A cumulus cloud weighs more than 1 million pounds
  8. On average, the temperature of lightning is 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. The way to calculate the distance that a storm is from you is to count the number of seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder (calculated as second divided by 5)

While no one can truly predict that severity of a storm, being knowledgeable about the potential damage that they can cause is imperative. At SERVPRO, our storm damage team has years of experience in repairing and restoring homes after a storm strikes. Contact us today to learn more!

SERVPRO Answers Pensacola’s Call for Storm Help

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERPVRO Team Helping Out When Pensacola called asking for help, we immediately sent out our highly trained storm damage repair and restoration team.

While Florida residents can prepare for storms by protecting their homes and loved ones to the best of their ability, there are certain aspects that are out of anyone’s hands. For instance, when a large tropical storm or hurricane hits an area hard there will inevitably be some structural water damage that must be addressed immediately.

When a big storm hits, there is rarely enough emergency response teams available in the immediate area of the storm to properly repair and restore all of the damage. This was the case when Hurricane Sally came sweeping through the Florida Panhandle. Although it had weakened to a tropical storm, Sally still brought with it damaging flooding. So, when Pensacola called for help, SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City came to the rescue.

Out of 1,700 SERVPRO franchises, only 42 of them are on the emergency storm team and we are proudly one of them. This means that we travel to areas in need of storm damage and water damage repair and restoration. Our team is currently in Pensacola providing much needed help. Some of the most notable things that we are doing include:

  • Water damage repair and restoration
  • Storm damage repair and restoration
  • Removing dry wall in damaged areas
  • Interior roof repairs
  • Removing carpet and laminate in flooring that suffered flood damage
  • Removing ceilings to deal with roof damage
  • Repairing flooring with flood damage where everything from the ground up (2-4 feet) must be removed

After the storm hit, we were contacted when an influx of calls came in for water damage repair and restoration. When Pensacola called asking for help, we immediately sent out our highly trained storm damage repair and restoration team. It is our honor to play a role in helping our neighbors to the north recover in their time of need.

Call us today to learn more about our storm damage and water damage services!

The Value of a Family-Owned Business

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

family business Are you ready to see the difference of a family-owned business? We are ready to help any time, any day.

The power of family is immense and we have never been so sure of that since the pandemic hit. Leaning on family and loved ones in challenging times and celebrating with family and loved ones in happy times is what life is all about. While SERVPRO may be a big corporation, all of the franchises are individually owned. This means different things for different people, but for us, this means a family-owned business.

Our franchise was established in 2005 as an independently owned and operated business focused solely on serving our community with pride and honor. In fact, our family motto is all about customer satisfaction and appreciation. This mindset lays the foundation for everything that we do. Over the last 15 years, we have gone above and beyond for our customers. From tiny leaks in a home kitchen to enormous flooding in a commercial building, we have seen it all and we have solved it all.

How do we do it? By following the leads of our father-son owner duo. Alan and Adam Greenstein run the show here and that means we treat every employee, customer, and community member like family. When our phones ring, the person on the other end is in need of help and it is our goal is provide unmatched services to them save time and money, no matter how large or small the issue may be.

As we find ourselves in the beginning of the heart of hurricane season, it is important to remember that we are storm damage and water damage experts. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our community. With a staff highly trained in property damage restoration, we handle the cleanup for residential and commercial buildings. We take pride in being a family-owned business because we know what that means for our customers.

Are you ready to see the difference of a family-owned business? We are ready to help any time, any day. Give our office a call today to learn more about our services!

Top Risks of Starting an Accidental Home Fire

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

cooking on the stove House fires can be started in one of two ways: either the fire is started by the heating up of combustible materials or from a chemical reaction.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 350,000 home fires occur each year in the U.S., causing around 2,000 deaths. Within seconds, an accidental house fire can rapidly spread, putting everyone and everything in the home in serious risk of immediate danger. Generally, house fires can be started in one of two ways: either the fire is started by the heating up of combustible materials or from a chemical reaction.

No matter how the fire is started, these house fires can be scary and unpredictable, so it is vital to be aware of the most common causes of a house fire and have a proper restoration plan in place.

Here are the most common risks of starting an accidental house fire:

Cooking/In the Kitchen

Without a doubt, cooking presents the highest risk of starting an accidental home fire, starting about half of all home fires. With many risks in the kitchen, fires can start from a variety of places and it important to be aware of the most common causes. For example, grease is a highly flammable material and can easily become overheated on a stove or oven.

Many kitchen fires start when someone is cooking a food that produces grease, like bacon, and leaves the food unattended, and discovers the fire when it is too late. Also, toasters, crockpots, grills, and other cooking appliances can easily catch fire if left unattended or they have a buildup of crumbs inside the appliances.

Heating Appliances

After cooking fires, heating appliances, such as space heaters are the second leading cause of residential fires. Both heaters that require fuel, which can combust if not properly maintained and electrical heaters, where electrical wires can spark a problem, are at risk of starting a fire. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), heating appliances are responsible for around 25,000 home fires and more than 300 deaths in the U.S. each year. It is critical for the safety of your home to never leave the house with a heater running.

Smoking

When smoking cigarettes or other flammable substances, it is important to be aware of the potential for a hazardous fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires started from cigarettes cause approximately 1,000 deaths a year in the United States. Even worse, many smoking fires occur when individuals are asleep, such as a cigarette butt catching carpeting, furniture, or other flammable materials on fire.

Electrical Fires

According to the EFSi (Electrical Safety Foundation international), faulty electrical wiring is responsible for 51,000 fires and around $1.3 billion in property damage each year.  These fires are typically a result of short circuits which then spark that ignites building materials, or either from circuits that are overloaded with current, causing wires to overheat. These fires can be deadly because they often start small and in hidden locations, and build up before residents are cognizant of them.

At SERVPRO, we are the fire damage repair experts. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we are here to help. Call us today to learn more!

How To Prepare Your Business for Hurricane Season

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

emergency plan list with pencil The top 4 vital steps to ensure the safety of your business during a tropical storm or hurricane.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “almost 40-60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.” Knowing the necessary steps to prepare your business for a natural disaster and staying up to date with the most recent safety measures is essential for any successful company.

Unlike other natural disasters, there is usually time to prepare before a hurricane or tropical storm reaches land. Having a plan set for when disaster strikes can ensure your business will remain prosperous.

1. Create an comprehensive emergency plan before the storm

The most crucial time to prepare for a natural disaster is before it is an imminent threat. By thinking through hard decisions that need to be made in case of a storm before it actually happens, you will be able to use clear thinking and judgment to decide.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires business to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and this plan should cover any precautions related to hurricanes and tropical storms. This hurricane survival plan should be updated annually to ensure its accuracy. As recommended by the OSHA, this plan should include:

  • Under what weather conditions will the plan be activated, like certain time intervals (when the storm is 96 hours from impact, 72 hours, 48 hours, 36 hours, 24 hours, etc) that will require certain actions.
  • The chain of command
  • Detailed evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures for accounting for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for on-site personnel
  • Emergency functions and the employees that will perform them (like who is allowed to check on the worksite after the storm)

2. Determine individual crisis management roles and prepare employees.

Knowing which employees are designed to each task will avoid any confusion of responsibilities and ensure things run smoothly. It is important to identify which employees are essential for the function of the business and which ones will be requires to be on site. Every employee should be well aware of the plan and understand their expectations, so no one is taken by surprise.

3. Coordinate with local partners

Being aware of the plans of other local businesses, as well as the local police department, fire department, hospitals, and utilities providers can be very beneficial. While some business partners may also be preparing for the storm as well, some suppliers and shippers may be unaware of the threat and should be updated on how it will indirectly affect them.

4. Review the plan every year

Certain changes to your business or community may affect your hurricane response and it is important that these be taken into account. Your business should not neglect your emergency action plan until emergency strikes - it is vital to be constantly updating and reviewing the response.

While it may be impossible to avoid a hurricane, following these steps can mitigate any damage and ensure a successful future.

Storm Damage Tips for Florida Residents

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Tossed Tree Impales a House Roof Even the most prepared homeowners can be shocked at the aftermath when a storm strikes.

Living in Florida means growing accustom to heavy rains and unpredictable hurricanes. As we make our way into the heart of the summer season, it is more important than ever for Florida homeowners to be aware of the threat of storms and storm damage that can result. Hurricane season is tricky in the Sunshine State, since longtime residents tend to take them less seriously than they should. Being prepared, however, is by and far the best defense against a major storm or hurricane.

Safety is the most critical thing to be mindful of when a big storm is coming. Ensuring that your home and your family are well protected and prepared with things like non-perishable food items, bottled water, first aid kit, batteries, and flashlight is paramount. After you have made sure that your family is safe, however, it is also important to protect your home. The following are some important storm damage tips for Florida residents:

  • Check your entire home for structural damage and be as thorough as possible.
  • Take photos of any damage to your home, including your roof, both interior and exterior.
  • Contact your insurance provider, those with a homeowner’s policy or a flood insurance policy may be covered for storm damage repairs.
  • Be present during the inspection of your home with the adjuster.
  • Do not do all of the storm damage repairs right away, as you should wait for a walk through with your insurance company. Only address essential repairs beforehand.
  • Know the difference between a public adjuster, an insurance adjuster, and an insurance adjuster from your insurance company.
  • Consider the Federal Disaster Loan Program.
  • Contact storm damage repair and restoration professionals.

Even the most prepared homeowners can be shocked at the aftermath when a storm strikes. As such, it is important to be able to trust professionals following a major storm. At SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City, we are storm damage specialists dedicated to providing unmatched service to the members of our community. Call us today to learn more!

Protecting Your Home from Heavy Rains

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

close up on storm rain on the roof From heavy winds to heavy rains, your home needs proper protection to survive big storms this summer.

South Florida homeowners are no strangers to heavy rains. As we move deeper and deeper into the summer season, it is imperative to take specific precautions to keep your home safe and sound in even the heaviest of rainstorms. While hurricane season has already started, we have yet to see our first major storm. The last few years have been known for hurricanes striking later into the season, so now is the perfect time to prepare.

The key to protecting your home from heavy rains is to do so proactively. Far too many South Florida homeowners fail to think about protecting their homes when the weather is nice. Then, when a major storm is coming they must rush around preparing the interior and exterior of their home. Something is inevitably missed or forgotten in those scenarios and that could lead to costly damage.

The following are some of the most important ways to protect your home from heavy rains this summer:

  1. Clear out your gutters
  2. Check the roof for any leaks
  3. Fix any damaged or broken shingles/tiles
  4. Trim any shrubbery or trees that are close to the home
  5. Inspect the doors, windows, and walls for any leaks
  6. Check the functionality of all shutters
  7. Ensure that your insurance coverage is appropriate
  8. Keep supplies like a first aid kit, canned foods, bottled water, batteries, and flashlights available
  9. Define a plan for bringing in your outdoor furniture quickly and efficiently
  10. Discuss an evacuation plan with your family

Storms in Florida can quickly turn from a minor concern to a major concern. With this in mind, it is extremely important to have a specific plan in place. If any of the above items have been on your to do list, now is the time to tackle them. From heavy winds to heavy rains, your home needs proper protection to survive big storms this summer.

As always, SERVPRO of East Dave / Cooper City is here for all of your water damage or storm damage needs. No job is too big or too small for our team and our storm damage experts are waiting for your call.

Providing Unmatched Customer Services Across South Florida

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle fleet Are you looking for a restoration company that truly care about its customers? It’s time to connect with SERVPRO of East Davie/ Cooper City.

As a family-owned business, SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City is committed to providing unmatched customer service to South Florida residents. For the last 15 years, our independently owned and operated franchise has viewed the people of Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties as an extension of our family. For us, that means treating each and every job with a dedication to excellence.

We train our staff in fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and mold damage. From small residential projects to large commercial jobs, we handle every aspect of a remediation and restoration in the same way – with a meticulous attention to detail and a deep respect for our customers and our team members. In doing so, we are able to not only provide a superior service, but we are able to enjoy ourselves while we work. This has been a critical part of our success throughout the years.

With our IICRC-industry certification, we make sure that our staff is regularly trained and equipped with the knowledge and skills that it takes to handle water, fire, storm, and mold damage. In pursuit of continually fine-tuning our disaster recovery team, we go above and beyond for our customers. There are a number of benefits that set us apart from our competition:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Services
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Are you looking for a restoration company that truly care about its customers? It’s time to connect with SERVPRO of East Davie/ Cooper City. Contact us today to learn more!

Commercial Water Damage

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

The goal of services for commercial water damage is to dry your business as soon as possible. Professional services from SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the business so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the business to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the business before the repair and restoration work begins.

Our Technicians are IICRC Certified and ready to go 24/7!

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO's Action Plan

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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:

1)Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.

2)Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

3)Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.

4)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.

5)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.

6)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.

7)Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch on fire. Practice this with your children.

8)Once you get out of your home, stay out under all circumstances, until a fire official gives you permission to go back inside.

9)Never open doors that are warm to the touch.

10)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.

Natural Disasters

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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:

Be Cautious

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 of East Davie/Cooper City  is available 24/7/365 to help when you need it most. 

Call us @ 954-741-4321

SERVPRO Has The Answers

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is by far one of the greatest nightmares homeowners face. Even just a small broken kitchen pipe can quickly cause a considerable quantity of damage to your home. It is for this reason that you need to take care of water damage immediately.

Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts of SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:

Turn Off the Water

You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?

It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!

Accelerate the Drying Process

The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.

If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.

If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!

Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.

Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum

Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.

This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.

Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!

Things Not To Do

There are some things you should definitely NOT do after your home suffers from water damage:

  • Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.
  • Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.
  • Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.
  • Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.

These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!

Final Steps

The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.

When this occurs, make sure you follow the directions given to you. Usually, the professionals will ask you to keep their equipment running for a while. Make sure you stick to their schedule and do not arbitrarily turn off their equipment. This could negatively affect the drying process and make things worse.

The last thing the professionals will do is give you preventative maintenance tips. It is recommended that you follow through on these steps to insure that your home and belongings return to their former state. It can make the difference between whether or not your home ever suffers unneeded water damage again!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here 24/7 to answer your questions or concerns.  Call us at 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO - Safety First!

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

With springtime comes unpredictable weather—and knowing this means you should always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to perfect conditions for tornadoes.

The months of April and May are known for the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, meaning we are currently in tornado season all throughout the United States.

That’s why we’d like to share some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Tornado Season Conditions

Each year in the United States, roughly 1,200 tornadoes occur, and they begin with severe thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

The formation of a tornado begins when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

You will, most likely not see the tornado’s signature funnel cloud at first as it is transparent, but the funnel will become visible as water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster ones have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

We’ve already established that tornadoes typically occur in the spring and summertime. Late in the afternoon is when conditions become more favorable, but it is vital to remember that tornadoes can occur anytime and anywhere.

What You Should Do During a Tornado Warning

Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning? A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If a warning has been issued for your area, seek a safe shelter immediately, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries stored in your selected tornado shelter at home.

If you find yourself caught out on the road during a tornado, DO NOT attempt to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can be devastating on the areas where they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.  Call 954-741-4321.

Call SERVPRO of E. Davie/Cooper City to properly Remediate MOLD!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Properly Remediate Mold From Your Davie/Cooper City Home

Merely scraping mold off of a surface and giving the area a quick sanitizing effort is barely enough to eliminate mold damage in your home. Mold must be dealt with carefully, thoroughly, and professionally; otherwise, the homeowner may face some grave consequences. SERVPRO provides certified, premium mold remediation solutions, ensuring that all threat from the fungus is indefinitely removed from your home and that none of these secondary effects get a chance to appear after we leave. 

Returned Mold Growth 

One of the most important reasons to contact a professional company like SERVPRO to handle any mold damage in your home is to prevent any chance of the same colony returning. If mold is improperly cleaned, handled, or removed, left-behind spores and patches of growth can flare up into a new, often much more virulent infestation than existed previously. In some cases, this new mold growth can be much harder to remove because any surviving spores may be much harder than those that died off from previous treatments. We use advanced sanitizing and air filtration technology to remove as many spores as possible from the building, and bring chances of renewed mold damage down to a minimum. 

Water Damage 

In the majority of cases our SERVPRO technicians see in the field, mold is not the only factor causing damage to the home. Most mold colonies start to grow only after a source of water has caused other types of damage to the house, leaving materials soaked and vulnerable to mold. We clean up and restore any water damages we come across in addition to the mold. 

Odors 

Even if you can somehow remove all traces of mold damage without specialized equipment, you are almost certainly not done dealing with its effects. Odors from mold damage can persist for long after the mold has otherwise been cleaned up, and require relatively heavy equipment to eliminate. We use advanced chemical fogging technology to remove all odors from the home, both those heavy in the air and deeply embedded in building materials.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City provides thorough, professional, and certified mold damage restoration services to the local area. Give us a call at 954-741-4321.

Does your place of business have MOLD?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to speak with our IICRC Certified Technicians at 954-741-4321.

Get a jump start of Fire Remediaton

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City Technicians can Come in Right After the Firefighters Leave to Remediate the Damage

Smoke damage to walls can come in many forms, from the black sooty deposits that linger after a fire to cigarette smoke. The method used to clean this type of fire damage depends on the type of wall and the nature of the damage. After a house fire, it is always advisable to consult a professional restoration company. They have the tools, experience, and gear to do the job properly. 
 
If you are looking for fast reliable service SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here to help. Our technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure high industry standards when performing their job. We have access to advanced cleaning solutions for every restoration project, making it easier to return your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible. 
 
Smoke damage causes black spots and discoloration to your walls. Charring occurs when the paint burns down, leaving soot residue from the resulting smoke. The first step is assessing the extent of the damage before determining whether cleaning is a suitable option. Cleaning charring and heavy soot from flat-painted walls may be impossible in severe situations, leaving priming and repainting as the only solution. 
 
Apart from unsightly soot residue and charring, smoke can leave a sour odor that tends to linger onto the walls. Smoke odors are quite stubborn, so SERVPRO fire damage technicians often resolve to multiple techniques to completely get rid of the unpleasant smell. If the smoke odor penetrates into your furnishings, draperies, and carpets, we may have to remove or replace these items. 
 
All traces of smoke and soot on the walls after a fire damage event can continue wreaking havoc soon afterwards. Ash residue corrodes surfaces over time and may wear out your walls if not professionally cleaned quickly. To minimize repair costs, SERVPRO can come in and check the extent of the damage to determine the most effective cleaning method for the long-term. 
  
If your walls have sustained smoke and fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to restore them to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7, every day of the week to respond to emergencies. Call us today at (954) 741-4321. 

Tips for a Successful Water Cleanup

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is by far one of the greatest nightmares homeowners face. Even just a small broken kitchen pipe can quickly cause a considerable quantity of damage to your home. It is for this reason that you need to take care of water damage immediately.

Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts of SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:

Turn Off the Water

You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?

It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!

Accelerate the Drying Process

The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.

If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.

If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!

Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.

Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum

Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.

This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.

Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!

Things Not To Do

There are some things you should definitely NOT do after your home suffers from water damage:

  • Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.
  • Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.
  • Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.
  • Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.

These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!

Final Steps

The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.

When this occurs, make sure you follow the directions given to you. Usually, the professionals will ask you to keep their equipment running for a while. Make sure you stick to their schedule and do not arbitrarily turn off their equipment. This could negatively affect the drying process and make things worse.

The last thing the professionals will do is give you preventative maintenance tips. It is recommended that you follow through on these steps to insure that your home and belongings return to their former state. It can make the difference between whether or not your home ever suffers unneeded water damage again!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here 24/7/365 to answer your questions or concerns.  Call us at 954-741-4321.

To Save or Not to Save-Water Damage Problems

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

What Type of Water Damage

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City contact them today.  They are always there to help.  954-741-4321.

Water Restoration at your business

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Davie/Cooper City is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (954) 7411-4321 for fast help.

Mold Remediation the Right Way!

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

11/4/2019

Is it okay to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?

No!

For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelines according to the IICRC:

People use bleach to "kill" mold.  The IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxic and allergenic. Re-mediating them fully --by using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today to get your mold issues taken care of right away 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO uses green products to eliminate mold to ensure your safety.  SERVPROxide delivers a KO punch to eliminate mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and odors!

If you suspect that you have MOLD, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today @ 954-741-4321. 

Common Signs of Water Damage

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, water inside of a house can migrate anywhere it wants to and thus present a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.

Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:

  1. Moisture in carpet or other flooring
  2. Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
  3. Dark grouting around floor tiles
  4. Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
  5. Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
  6. Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
  7. A musty odor in particular spots in the home
  8. Higher water bills
  9. Buckling of wood floors
  10. Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners save money and the integrity of the home’s structure.

If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services. 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City's IICRC Certified Technicians can help determine if there's moisture in your home using specialty equipment.  Should you find signs of water damage, call us at 954-741-4321 for an assessment.

How to Protect Your Business

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Owning and operating a commercial property ca be stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business.  As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and professional assistance.

The team at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!  Call us 24/ 7 /365. @ 954-741-4321.

Tips to prevent mold in a bathroom!

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Heat and moisture accumulate on a regular basis in bathrooms, providing the perfect environment for mold to grow. Not only can mold impact the appearance of your bathroom, but it can also cause damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings and become a health hazard. Prevent mold by keeping the bathroom clean, eliminating moisture accumulation, and providing ventilation.

Here are 7 easy steps to prevent mold in your bathroom.

1. Dust and clean your bathroom regularly with all-purpose cleaner.

2. Wash your shower curtains and bath rugs frequently.

3. Check for sink or toilet leaks and get them repaired.

4. Keep your shower walls as dry as possible.

5. Don’t keep bathing products in your shower or tub.

6. Provide ventilation by using your exhaust fan and opening bathroom door and windows.

7. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City and our IICRC Certified Technicians are here to help!

Call us 24/7/365 @ 954-741-4321.

Tips to Prevent Mold in your Business

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.

Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.

Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.

Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.

Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her work-space. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.

Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.

Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.

Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation

If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.

Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”

Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and re-mediate mold efficiently.

If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 and one of our IICRC Certified Technicians will be happy to answer your questions.

Mold and your Home

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. 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.

Before the Storm

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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.”
  • Cooper City has this one...Code Red Emergency Notification System
  • Davie has this one....Notify Me

Be prepared before a Hurricane Strikes

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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.
  • Add SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to your cell phone @ 954-741-4321.

Remember...We are "Faster to any size disaster"

Tips for staying safe after a Flood

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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:

Be Cautious

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 of East Davie/Cooper City  is available 24/7/365 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.

Call us @ 954-741-4321

Protecting your Business from A/C leaks

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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 of East Davie/Cooper City's 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.

The dangers of Water Damage in your Home

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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

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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.

At Risk:
* Infants and Children
* Pregnant women
* Elderly
* 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 Davie/Cooper City 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 duct-work 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
Tips:
* 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!

954-741-4321

Proper maintenance saves you money

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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 of East Davie/Cooper City Difference
* Reduce Potential for Mold Growth
* Remove Bacteria, Fungi and Mold
* Restore Peak Energy Efficiency
* Eliminate Offensive Odors
* Free Written Inspections and Estimates


SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City System Services:

RESTORATION:
* Fire, Smoke & Soot
* Water, Removal & De-humidification
* Mold Mitigation & Remediation
* Storm Damage
* Contents
* Electronics & Equipment
* Document Drying

CLEANING:
*Air Ducts & HVAC
* Bio-hazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism
* Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes & Blinds
*Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Hard Surface Floor Maintenance
* Deodorization
* Move Outs & Content Relocation

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here for you!

954-741-4321

Fire Escape Planning

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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:

1)Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.

2)Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

3)Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.

4)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.

5)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.

6)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.

7)Teach your family to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch on fire. Practice this with your children.

8)Once you get out of your home, stay out under all circumstances, until a fire official gives you permission to go back inside.

9)Never open doors that are warm to the touch.

10)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

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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

Mold Remediation the Safe Way!

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Is it okay to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?

No!

For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelines according to the IICRC:

People use bleach to "kill" mold.  Most importantly, the IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxic and allergenic.

While it is true that if a person kills spores (something that we shouldn't assume is happening), those spores will not grow.

However, if the dead spores retain their toxic and allergenic properties what is the point of killing them?

Re mediate them fully -- remove them using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today to get your mold issues taken care of right away 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO uses green products to eliminate mold to ensure your safety.  SERVPROxide delivers a KO punch to eliminate mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and odors!

What should you do if you suspect mold?

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we recommend first calling an Industrial Hygienist to perform air quality testing to determine what type of mold is in your home and the steps to take to properly re-mediate.  That's where SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City comes in. 

Call us for a free estimate at (954)741-4321.

We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is Faster to any size disaster

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The goal of services for residential water damage  is to dry the home as soon as possible. You may only have a mop or perhaps a wet vacuum that can be used to soak up some of the moisture in the home. This however, is not the most effective way to dry up the mess.

Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the home so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the home to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the home before the repair and restoration work begins.

The Need for Fast Results

Any time water or high levels of humidity are in the home, there is a concern that mold growth may develop. Humidity and moisture should be removed from the home as soon as possible to decrease this risk. Through your efforts to remove water from your home, it may take more time to accomplish the same results, and there is a possibility that you may not be able to remove all of the humidity for several weeks or longer. This is the time when mold growth may begin, which could result in the need for mold remediation services. This can increase the time and expense associated with repairing the home after residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City.

You may be able to repair the residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City on your own, but this is not advisable. It is best to enjoy the fast, thorough response of a skilled water damage restoration team.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is the company to contact when you are dealing with water damage in your home or place or business. We can provide you with the fast response that the situation calls for.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper is always here to help 24/7/365!  Call (954) 741-4321.

Fire Restoration from SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

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Fire damageis a devastating event. Once your property has been impacted by a fire, hiring a high-quality fire damage restoration service is important. To ensure that you can get a professional service you need and deserve, browse through these tips and tricks outlined in this quick reference guide courtesy of SERVPRO.

Request a referral from your insurance company. The best way to find the ideal fire damage restoration company is through a referral.

Ask yourself....who has dealt with these restoration companies more than your insurance company? Ask your agent or adjuster for a referral and chances are SERVPRO will be at the top of the list.

Past experiences of cooperation and coordination of the fire damage restoration process make the project easier to expediently complete while keeping costs down. If a claim is involved, we can provide an estimate complying with insurance industry guidelines. This step is also advantageous because it ensures that SERVPRO and your insurance provider can work together throughout the remediation process. Less stress for you through an already difficult time.

After a house fire, water pooling from the extinguishing efforts could be causing secondary structural and furnishings damage in your home. Determine whether the restoration company can handle your specific needs. Standing water must be extracted immediately before, during, and after the assessment of damages has been provided to you, if the level of damage is extensive
• HVAC system cleaning: removal of smoke odor and soot and moisture
• Debris removal: burnt or water-logged. Cleaning of items, and possessions on location or at our headquarters. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you the high quality fire damage restoration services you require with empathy.
• Extensive drying: water extraction by pumps, and wet-vacs, air movers, and dehumidifiers finish the drying, then checked with meters, final documentation that the structure is dry. Help prevent mold growth.
• Structural rebuild: restore fire damaged building materials when possible, replace when necessary. Keeps the cost and repair time down.

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help! Call 954-741-4321.

What to do after a FIRE? Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to the rescue

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Your home caught fire and the fire trucks have just left. Several things are going through your mind during this very confusing time.

Fire damage is not what you planned on at this time in your life. You have been watching the brave men and women of the fire department work to save your home or place of business, throwing many gallons of water and foam on it. You know it is going to be a hassle getting it back into shape, and you are not exactly sure of the appropriate steps to take. 

The first step to take is not to head in to start the cleanup you know needs to be done immediately. The fire department can notify the authorities that your home is now uninhabitable. There are dangers such as ceiling collapse, the walls and floors may not be stable enough either. 

The first call you need to make, from your friend's house or your cell phone, is to your insurance company to get them started on helping you, financially. The next call should be to a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. We can be dispatched 24/7/365. We know the importance of getting started immediately to help preserve what can be saved and restore those things that can't be. 

The first thing that is noticed, by anyone who will enter the house or place of business, is the smell. It is a mixture of wet things, soot, smoke and any gasses exposed because of burned synthetic materials. This bad air must be removed from your home or place of business. Our technicians will eliminate this air by setting up large air movers or fans that can evacuate this air from the home or place of business and generate air circulation that works wonders to remove floating materials as well as the odors that you do not want to remain. 

While the air is being cleaned out, our trained, experienced personnel make a complete inspection of the home or place of business. We will go into every area, after it is certified to be relatively safe. We will locate the destruction done by the fire, the water and locate the presence of any activated mold due to all of this moisture in the house. 

We remove the water and construction elements that were on fire and anything that has soaked up too much water to be useful. Dehumidifiers can be placed to help in the evaporation of the moisture left. 

The actual restoration is the replacing of anything that was torn out due to fire, water or mold. A complete repainting of all surfaces and a complete top to bottom cleaning and sanitizing of the entire house will be implemented as needed. There is a lot to this and a company like SERVPRO specializing in this field knows their stuff. 

If you have had fire damage call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at (954) 741-4321 to have all of your issues addressed appropriately.

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City CARES!

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When you call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City you should expect to have the most professional and caring staff be on the receiving end of your call.  We understand how important it is to receive the best customer experience, especially in devastating times.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

After we have obtained all of this information we will be able to get to your water loss faster with the correct SERVPRO equipment and the right amount of SERVPRO technicians to take care of your water loss "Like it never even happened."  

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is "Faster to any Disaster"! Call 954-741-4321.

WE are here, when disaster strikes!

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Hurricane This is a Hurricane Photo as it approaches the state of Florida

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in East Davie/Cooper City too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is close by and ready to respond to your emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Ft. Lauderdale community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

If you have damage to your home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City  at (954) 741-4321 to have all of your issues addressed appropriately and rapidly.

"Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City for all of your Commercial water damage needs

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Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

The goal of services for commercial water damage is to dry your business as soon as possible. Professional services from SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the business so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the business to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the business before the repair and restoration work begins.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321.

Smoke and Soot damage

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help!  954-741-4321.

Flood Damage

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Sawgrass Mills Mall Flooded This is a photo taken by our local news station, NBC 6. The Sawgrass Mills flooded in June of 2017 due to heavy rains.

Flooding is a very common occurrence in many states in the U.S and is one of the worst things which can happen to your property. The unfortunate part is that there is really very little you can do to prevent it. The local authorities should take sufficient preventive measures to build appropriate flood defenses in flood prone areas. However, there are times when even these prove to be inadequate when faced with the fury of nature.

What is a flood?

A flood is essentially a natural disaster that can have long-term effects on individuals as well as the environment. If your property is near a river, in a floodplain, or in a coastal area, it can be a major concern. There are a number of factors that cause floods. It’s actually a combination of very heavy rainfall (which causes rivers and oceans to overflow). This can occur at any time and not only during the monsoons or winter. In most instances, floods take a few days to develop and occur when there is very heavy rainfall. The rivers overflow and the water spreads onto the floodplain (the banks).

Flash Floods

However, flash floods can also occur when there is excessive rainfall over a very short period of time. These occur without a warning and cause a lot of devastation, to life and property. Coastal areas too are at risk of floods, due to their proximity to the sea. Tidal waves and storms can bring large amounts of sea water on to the land. The situation can worsen if there is a combination of low atmospheric pressure, “spring tides”, "king tides" and storms.

The Effects

Flooding can be extremely dangerous as it can disrupt public & personal transport as it cuts off roads as well as railway lines. It also severs communication links when the telephone lines get damaged and sewage spills are very common. The standing water and soaked materials in a home result in bacteria, mold & viruses.

They can trigger allergic reactions and cause disease long after the flood waters have abated. It can take months to remedy flood damage and you will have to call in professional water removal and restoration experts to handle the job in case your house gets flooded. They have the expertise, knowledge, experience and equipment to handle flood damage quickly and effectively, before it catalyzes the growth of mildew and mold on your property.

If you've experienced flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321 to assess the damages.

Healtheir Air

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11/4/2019

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.

At Risk:
* Infants and Children
* Pregnant women
* Elderly
* 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 Davie/Cooper City 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 HVAC & air ducts systems


Clean Sweep for Ducts
Meet Clean Air Regulations

When addressing air quality, inspecting the duct-work 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
Tips:
* 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 to speak with an IICRC certified technician!

954-741-4321

Proper Maintenance can save you MONEY

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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:

RESTORATION:
* Fire, Smoke & Soot
* Water, Removal & de-humidification
* Mold Mitigation & Remediation
* Storm Damage
* Contents
* Electronics & Equipment
* Document Drying

CLEANING:
*Air Ducts & HVAC
* Bio-hazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism
* Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes & Blinds
*Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Hard Surface Floor Maintenance
* Deodorization
* Move Outs & Content Relocation

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here for you!

954-741-4321

Mold Remediation the right way!

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Is it okay to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?

No!

For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelines according to the IICRC:

People use bleach to "kill" mold.  The IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxic and allergenic. Re-mediating them fully --by using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today to get your mold issues taken care of right away 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO uses green products to eliminate mold to ensure your safety.  SERVPROxide delivers a KO punch to eliminate mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and odors!

Staying Safe During a Tornado | SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado

With springtime comes unpredictable weather—and knowing this means you should always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to perfect conditions for tornadoes.

The months of April and May are known for the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, meaning we are currently in tornado season all throughout the United States.

That’s why we’d like to share some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Tornado Season Conditions

Each year in the United States, roughly 1,200 tornadoes occur, and they begin with severe thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

The formation of a tornado begins when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

You will, most likely not see the tornado’s signature funnel cloud at first as it is transparent, but the funnel will become visible as water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster ones have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

We’ve already established that tornadoes typically occur in the spring and summertime. Late in the afternoon is when conditions become more favorable, but it is vital to remember that tornadoes can occur anytime and anywhere.

What You Should Do During a Tornado Warning

Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning? A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If a warning has been issued for your area, seek a safe shelter immediately, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries stored in your selected tornado shelter at home.

If you find yourself caught out on the road during a tornado, DO NOT attempt to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can be devastating on the areas where they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

 

Preparing for the Threat of Severe Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Severe Weather

Now that spring has arrived, we can enjoy some warmer—but sometimes unstable—weather. That means we need to buckle up and prepare for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Severe Weather and the Spring

The arrival of spring brings with it longer days and more sunshine, but spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. You can never be too sure about the hand you’re being dealt this time of the year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Fluctuating temperatures that can go from warm to cold within hours cause the weather to change. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes.

Thunderstorms become more common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. Thunderstorms occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is a common occurrence in the spring and summer.

After studying natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, it was found that severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

These storms can bring about flooding threats, high winds and even tornadoes given the right conditions. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Getting Prepared

There is no way to completely accurately predict the weather; however, forecasters have the tools available to them to at least give us an idea of the possibility of severe weather. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

We’ll Be There Fast When It Matters Most | SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged floors

When you are faced with a disaster that has struck at your home or business, time becomes an especially precious commodity. When it is your home or livelihood on the line, you need help right away and you don’t have the benefit of waiting for help.

We’re aware, and understand, that a fast response is crucial, which is why we take fast response to any size disaster seriously, making it more than just a slogan to us.

Why a Fast Response Matters

When it’s your belongings or business on the line, time is not always on your side when it comes to disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage has come into play, which can be through various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

The walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings become water damage casualties because it only takes mere minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it will saturate everything in its path.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

Unchecked water damage that is left for over a week can lead to a dramatically increased restoration time and costs and can also impact structural safety.

Here to Help

By providing an immediate response to any size disaster, we can help keep damage to a minimum and help keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

Our trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business at any time, no matter what day or time it is.

Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in. Also, one of the major perks of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of East Davie/Cooper City is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Water Restoration In Your Business

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Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Edison is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (954) 7411-4321 for fast help.

Treating Soot and Smoke

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If you have had fire damage affect your home you know how scary and intrusive it can be. Long after the fire has been put out the smell of smoke can linger. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is an expert in cleaning and restoration.

As you can see in the this picture the walls and ceiling of this home have been stained with soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot isn’t removed and all the surfaces treated.  Many people do not realize concrete is a porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke. It will take Soda blasting and several different treatments in order to remove the smell from this structure.

After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from a fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke in your home as constant reminder of what happened. If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321.

What You Should Know About Hurricanes And Tornadoes

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Beware of Tornadoes during a Hurricane

Typically, tornadoes and hurricanes are thought of as separate storms, with tornadoes causing images of the flat prairie to come to mind, and hurricanes associated with coastal, warm tropics. Hurricanes are tremendously larger than tornadoes. However, Tornadoes can produce winds that are a lot faster than winds of hurricanes. Some tropical storms and hurricanes, however, can spin up tornadoes, as many have in the past. Just how do tropical storms and hurricanes make tornadoes? 

Tropical storms and hurricanes are known collectively as tropical cyclones and have all the ingredients needed for make tornadoes. Most hurricanes can firstly carry with them individual supercells, which are well-organized, rotating thunderstorms. These storms are typically ones that spin up massive twisters in the Plains. Every tornado has to have a storm to form. 

Hurricanes secondly bring with them moist, warm air, which acts as the fuel of these storms. These conditions make the atmosphere unstable, with namely a layer of warm air that is less moist and slightly colder than the air above it. All of this contributes to an unstable atmosphere since the warm air wants to rise, as it is not as dense. 

Hurricanes finally create a wind shear, which is an abrupt change in the speed of the wind plus the direction of the wind over a short change in height. Rolls form from these alternating winds which are making swirling air. Then these vortices can be flipped vertically, which makes tornadoes, by updrafts from thunderstorms, which are currents of rising air that are warm. 

A majority of hurricanes that move inland can cause tornadoes. It is rather uncommon not to have tornadoes with these storms, in fact. Tornadoes form mainly over land instead of water since the land slows down the winds which are at surface level, making, even more, wind shear. Tornadoes form anywhere these supercells that are already there happen to be, but meteorologists are not able to predict yet exactly where the tornadoes strike. 

Usually created in the swirling bands of rain that is outside the cyclone, these twisters are found in the front-right quadrant of the storm. If the storm is moving north, in other words, you can likely find tornadoes to the northeast of the eye of the cyclone. 

Tornadoes spawned from cyclones are not different fundamentally from other tornadoes which form in the Great Plains area. One difference, however, is that the former are usually less powerful, not exceeding a rating of EF2 for the most part on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Twisters which form in the Plains, secondly, get all of their components from different places. With hurricanes, however, they give all the elements needed for twisters on their own. 

If one of these powerful storms has gone through your area, your property has likely sustained storm damage of some kind. Give our trained professionals at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City a call so that we can come out quickly to assess and repair the damages. (954) 741-4321

Water Intrusion And Your Home

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While we work hard to care for our homes, we must be diligent to ensure that there will be no water intrusion into our homes.  As a homeowner, we need to take the necessary precautions and steps to minimize the amount of this moisture to reduce the risks of mod developing. 

Mold tends to become an issue due to water intrusion, and this has developed into a huge issue for homeowners and property managers.  Not taking care of water in your home will encourage mold growth.  As mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, they tend to make their way through the home, and are always present in indoor and outdoor air. 

It will become a nuisance as well as a possible health issue when it starts to grow. 

Mold requires a food source, the right temperature, above freezing and plenty of moisture.  These conditions are all a part of your home's make up, so be diligent in checking on your home for any water intrusion.  If you do come across a mold issue, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City.  We are the mold remediation experts!  954-741-4321

Moisture Control Can Prevent Mold In Your Home

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  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture. 

Tips To Find And Stop Air Leaks In Your Home

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Have you noticed a cool draft in your home recently? If you feel air drafts moving throughout your house, especially near your doors or windows, it may be time to learn how to find air leaks in your home. Believe it or not, air leaks could be costing you tons of money on energy bills. The air you pay to warm up or cool down spaces within your home is wasted – if it slips easily through the cracks. Drafts are most commonly located by windows and doors, but they become an even bigger problem in attics and basements. Leaks and cracks cause your HVAC to work overtime, raising your electric bill. Don't waste your money just to be stuck inside a drafty home. You can fix many air leaks yourself. Read these tips below on how to spot and stop the air leaks in your home.

  1. Detect air leaks. If you see any gaps or cracks in your caulking or weather stripping, they could be sources of an air leak. Also, if you can rattle your doors or windows, there's likely enough space for air to make its way inside. Look and feel for any cracks, gaps or drafts in all the following areas:
    • Exterior corners
    • Foundation seals
    • Door and window frames
    • Weather stripping around doors
    • Electrical and gas service entrances
    • Basement
    • Baseboards
    • Air conditioners
    • Vents and fans
    • Attic
    • Attic hatches
    • Any area where pipes or wires run into the house
  2. Test your theory. Try holding a lit incense stick near windows, door frames and suspected air leaks. If the smoke rushes out or gets blown back into the room, you've confirmed there's an air leak in that area.
  3. Caulk small gaps. If you find any openings less than 1/4 of an inch wide, use caulk to seal the air leaks. If you need to caulk around pipes that get hot, be sure to use high-temperature caulk.
  4. Use foam sealant on gaps that are 1/4 of an inch to 3 inches wide, like the areas around plumbing pipes and vents.
  5. Weatherstrip doors and windows to seal air leaks. While you're weatherstripping, check your door hinges to ensure they're tightly screwed, as well. If they're loose, they could add more air to your home.

Be sure to follow these tips on how to find air leaks in your home so you can stay!

Does Your Business Have Mold?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to speak with our IICRC Certified Technicians at 954-741-4321.

Get A Jump-Start On Fire Remediation

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City Technicians can Come in Right After the Firefighters Leave to Remediate the Damage

Smoke damage to walls can come in many forms, from the black sooty deposits that linger after a fire to cigarette smoke. The method used to clean this type of fire damage depends on the type of wall and the nature of the damage. After a house fire, it is always advisable to consult a professional restoration company. They have the tools, experience, and gear to do the job properly. 
 
If you are looking for fast reliable service SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here to help. Our technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure high industry standards when performing their job. We have access to advanced cleaning solutions for every restoration project, making it easier to return your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible. 
 
Smoke damage causes black spots and discoloration to your walls. Charring occurs when the paint burns down, leaving soot residue from the resulting smoke. The first step is assessing the extent of the damage before determining whether cleaning is a suitable option. Cleaning charring and heavy soot from flat-painted walls may be impossible in severe situations, leaving priming and repainting as the only solution. 
 
Apart from unsightly soot residue and charring, smoke can leave a sour odor that tends to linger onto the walls. Smoke odors are quite stubborn, so SERVPRO fire damage technicians often resolve to multiple techniques to completely get rid of the unpleasant smell. If the smoke odor penetrates into your furnishings, draperies, and carpets, we may have to remove or replace these items. 
 
All traces of smoke and soot on the walls after a fire damage event can continue wreaking havoc soon afterwards. Ash residue corrodes surfaces over time and may wear out your walls if not professionally cleaned quickly. To minimize repair costs, SERVPRO can come in and check the extent of the damage to determine the most effective cleaning method for the long-term. 
  
If your walls have sustained smoke and fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to restore them to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7, every day of the week to respond to emergencies. Call us today at (954) 741-4321. 

Tips To A Successful Water Cleanup

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

A broken pipe is by far one of the greatest nightmares homeowners face. Even just a small broken kitchen pipe can quickly cause a considerable quantity of damage to your home. It is for this reason that you need to take care of water damage immediately.

Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts of SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:

Turn Off the Water

You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?

It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!

Accelerate the Drying Process

The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.

If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.

If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!

Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.

Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum

Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.

This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.

Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!

Things Not To Do

There are some things you should definitely NOT do after your home suffers from water damage:

  • Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.
  • Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.
  • Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.
  • Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.

These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!

Final Steps

The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.

When this occurs, make sure you follow the directions given to you. Usually, the professionals will ask you to keep their equipment running for a while. Make sure you stick to their schedule and do not arbitrarily turn off their equipment. This could negatively affect the drying process and make things worse.

The last thing the professionals will do is give you preventative maintenance tips. It is recommended that you follow through on these steps to insure that your home and belongings return to their former state. It can make the difference between whether or not your home ever suffers unneeded water damage again!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here 24/7 to answer your questions or concerns.  Call us at 954-741-4321.

To Save Or Not To Save - After A Water Damage Occurs

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One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

What Type of Water Damage

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City contact them today.  They are always there to help.  954-741-4321.

Call SERVPRO To Properly Remediate Mold

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Properly Remediate Mold From Your Davie Home

Merely scraping mold off of a surface and giving the area a quick sanitizing effort is barely enough to eliminate mold damage in your home. Mold must be dealt with carefully, thoroughly, and professionally; otherwise, the homeowner may face some grave consequences. SERVPRO provides certified, premium mold remediation solutions, ensuring that all threat from the fungus is indefinitely removed from your home and that none of these secondary effects get a chance to appear after we leave. 

Returned Mold Growth 

One of the most important reasons to contact a professional company like SERVPRO to handle any mold damage in your home is to prevent any chance of the same colony returning. If mold is improperly cleaned, handled, or removed, left-behind spores and patches of growth can flare up into a new, often much more virulent infestation than existed previously. In some cases, this new mold growth can be much harder to remove because any surviving spores may be much harder than those that died off from previous treatments. We use advanced sanitizing and air filtration technology to remove as many spores as possible from the building, and bring chances of renewed mold damage down to a minimum. 

Water Damage 

In the majority of cases our SERVPRO technicians see in the field, mold is not the only factor causing damage to the home. Most mold colonies start to grow only after a source of water has caused other types of damage to the house, leaving materials soaked and vulnerable to mold. We clean up and restore any water damages we come across in addition to the mold. 

Odors 

Even if you can somehow remove all traces of mold damage without specialized equipment, you are almost certainly not done dealing with its effects. Odors from mold damage can persist for long after the mold has otherwise been cleaned up, and require relatively heavy equipment to eliminate. We use advanced chemical fogging technology to remove all odors from the home, both those heavy in the air and deeply embedded in building materials.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City provides thorough, professional, and certified mold damage restoration services to the local area. Give us a call at 954-741-4321.

The Dangers of Water Damage in Your Home

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

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.

At Risk:
* Infants and Children
* Pregnant women
* Elderly
* 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
Tips:
* 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!

954-741-4321

Proper Maintenance Saves You Money

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

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:

RESTORATION:
* Fire, Smoke & Soot
* Water, Removal & Dehumidification
* Mold Mitigation & Remediation
* Storm Damage
* Contents
* Electronics & Equipment
* Document Drying

CLEANING:
*Air Ducts & HVAC
* Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism
* Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes & Blinds
*Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Hard Surface Floor Maintenance
* Deodorization
* Move Outs & Content Relocation

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here for you!

954-741-4321

Mold And Your Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. 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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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:

Be Cautious

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

Common Signs of Water Damage

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, water inside of a house can migrate anywhere it wants to and thus present a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.

Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:

  1. Moisture in carpet or other flooring
  2. Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
  3. Dark grouting around floor tiles
  4. Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
  5. Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
  6. Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
  7. A musty odor in particular spots in the home
  8. Higher water bills
  9. Buckling of wood floors
  10. Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners to save money and the integrity of the home’s structure. If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services.  SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City IICRC Certified Technicians can help determine if there's moisture in your home using specialty equipment.  Should you find signs of water damage, call us at 954-741-4321 for an assessment.

How to Protect Your Business

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Owning and operating a commercial property is stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business as usual.  As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and professional assistance. The team at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 954-741-4321.

Tips to Prevent Mold in a Bathroom

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Heat and moisture accumulate on a regular basis in bathrooms, providing the perfect environment for mold to grow. Not only can mold impact the appearance of your bathroom, but it can also cause damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings and become a health hazard. Prevent mold by keeping the bathroom clean, eliminating moisture accumulation, and providing ventilation.

Here are 7 easy steps to prevent mold in your bathroom.

1. Dust and clean your bathroom regularly with all-purpose cleaner.

2. Wash your shower curtains and bath rugs frequently.

3. Check for sink or toilet leaks and get them repaired.

4. Keep your shower walls as dry as possible.

5. Don’t keep bathing products in your shower or tub.

6. Provide ventilation by using your exhaust fan and opening bathroom door and windows.

7. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City and our IICRC Certified Technicians are here to help!  Call 954-741-4321.

Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Business

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.

Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.

Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.

Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.

Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.

Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.

Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.

Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation

If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.

Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”

Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and remediate mold efficiently.

If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 and one of our IICRC Certified Technicians will be happy to answer your questions.

What is the Definition of a Flood?

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a very common occurrence in many states in the U.S and is one of the worst things which can happen to your property. The unfortunate part is that there is really very little you can do to prevent it. The local authorities should take sufficient preventive measures to build appropriate flood defenses in flood prone areas. However, there are times when even these prove to be inadequate when faced with the fury of nature.

What is a flood?

A flood is essentially a natural disaster that can have long-term effects on individuals as well as the environment. If your property is near a river, in a floodplain, or in a coastal area, it can be a major concern. There are a number of factors that cause floods. It’s actually a combination of very heavy rainfall (which causes rivers and oceans to overflow). This can occur at any time and not only during the monsoons or winter. In most instances, floods take a few days to develop and occur when there is very heavy rainfall. The rivers overflow and the water spreads onto the floodplain (the banks).

Flash Floods

However, flash floods can also occur when there is excessive rainfall over a very short period of time. These occur without a warning and cause a lot of devastation, to life and property. Coastal areas too are at risk of floods, due to their proximity to the sea. Tidal waves and storms can bring large amounts of sea water on to the land. The situation can worsen if there is a combination of low atmospheric pressure, “spring tides” and storms.

The Effects

Flooding can be extremely dangerous as it can disrupt public & personal transport as it cuts off roads as well as railway lines. It also severs communication links when the telephone lines get damaged and sewage spills are very common. The standing water and soaked materials in a home result in bacteria, mold & viruses.

They can trigger allergic reactions and cause disease long after the flood waters have abated. It can take months to remedy flood damage and you will have to call in professional water removal and restoration experts to handle the job in case your house gets flooded. They have the expertise, knowledge, experience and equipment to handle flood damage quickly and effectively, before it catalyzes the growth of mildew and mold on your property.

If you've experienced flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321 to assess the damages.

Mold Remediation the Safe Way!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Is it ok to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?

No!

For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelines according to the IICRC:

People use bleach to "kill" mold.  Most importantly, the IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxigenic and allergenic. While it is true that if a person kills spores (something that we shouldn't assume is happening), the good news is those spores will not grow. However, if the dead spores retain their toxic and allergenic properties what is the point of killing them? Remediate them fully -- remove them using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas. Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today to get your mold issues taken care of right away 954-741-4321.

SERVPRO uses green products to eliminate mold to ensure your safety.  SERVPROxide delivers a KO punch to eliminate mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and odors!

What To Do if You Expect Mold

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we recommend first calling an Industrial Hygienist to perform air quality testing to determine what type of mold is in your home and the steps to take to properly remediate.  That's where SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City comes in.  Call us for a free estimate at (954)741-4321.

We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is Faster To Any Disaster

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The goal of services for residential water damage  is to dry the home as soon as possible. You may only have a mop or perhaps a wet vacuum that can be used to soak up some of the moisture in the home. This however, is not the most effective way to dry up the mess. Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the home so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the home to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the home before the repair and restoration work begins.

The Need for Fast Results

Any time water or high levels of humidity are in the home, there is a concern that mold growth may develop. Humidity and moisture should be removed from the home as soon as possible to decrease this risk. Through your efforts to remove water from your home, it may take more time to accomplish the same results, and there is a possibility that you may not be able to remove all of the humidity for several weeks or longer. This is the time when mold growth may begin, which could result in the need for mold remediation services. This can increase the time and expense associated with repairing the home after residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City.

You may be able to repair the residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City on your own, but this is not advisable. It is best to enjoy the fast, thorough response of a skilled water damage restoration team. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is the company to contact when you are dealing with water damage your home. We can provide you with the fast response that the situation calls for.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper is always here to help 24/7!  Call (954) 741-4321.

Fire Restoration

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Fire damage is a devastating event. Once your property has been impacted by a fire, hiring a high-quality fire damage restoration service is important. To ensure that you can get a professional service you need and deserve, browse through these tips and tricks outlined in this quick reference guide courtesy of SERVPRO.

Request a Referral From Your Insurance Company. The best way to find the ideal fire damage restoration company is through a referral. Who has dealt with these restoration companies more than your insurance company? Ask your agent or adjuster for a referral and chances are SERVPRO will be at the top of the list. Past experiences of cooperation and coordination of the fire damage restoration process make the project easier to expediently complete while keeping costs down. If a claim is involved, we can provide an estimate complying with insurance industry guidelines. This step is also advantageous because it ensures that SERVPRO and your insurance provider can work together throughout the remediation process. Less stress for you through a difficult time.

Ensure That The Fire Damage Restoration Company Can Handle Your Needs. After a house fire, water pooling from the extinguishing efforts could be causing secondary structural and furnishings damage in your home. Another step you should implement to find the right restoration services is determining whether the company can handle your specific needs. Standing water must be extracted immediately before, during, and after the assessment of damages has been provided to you, if the level of damage is extensive
• HVAC system cleaning: removal of smoke odor and soot and moisture
• Debris removal: burnt or water-logged. Cleaning of items, and possessions on location or at our headquarters. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you the high quality fire damage restoration services you require with empathy.
• Extensive drying: water extraction by pumps, and wet-vacs, air movers, and dehumidifiers finish the drying, then checked with meters, final documentation that the structure is dry. Help prevent mold growth.
• Structural rebuild: restore fire damaged building materials when possible, replace when necessary. Keeps the cost and repair time down. 

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help!  Call 954-741-4321.

What To Do After A Fire

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Your home caught fire and the fire trucks have just left. Several things are going through your head during this very confusing time. Fire damage is not what you planned on at this time in your life. You have been watching the brave men and women of the fire department work saving your home, throwing many gallons of water and foam on it. You know there is going to be trouble getting it back into shape, and you are not exactly sure of the appropriate steps to take. 

The first step to take is not to head in to start the cleanup you know needs to be done immediately. The fire department can notify the authorities that your home is now uninhabitable. There are dangers such as ceilings may be coming down, and walls might not be up to the job of holding things up right. The floors may not be stable enough either. 

The first call you need to make, from your friend's house or your cell phone, is to your insurance company to get them started on helping you, financially. The next call should be to a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. We can come running as we know the importance of getting started immediately to help preserve what can be saved and restore those things that can't be. 

The first thing that is noticed, by anyone who can enter the house, is the smell. It is a mixture of wet things, soot, smoke and any gasses exposed because of burned synthetic materials. This bad air must be removed from the home so that our technicians can come in and get to work for your benefit. They eliminate this air by setting up large air movers or fans that can evacuate this air from the home and generate air circulation that works wonders to remove floating materials as well as the odors that you do not want to remain. 

While the air is being cleaned out, our trained, experienced personnel make a complete inspection of the house. We go into every area, after it is certified to be relatively safe, and locate destruction done by the fire, the water and locate the presence of any activated mold due to all of this moisture in the house. 

We remove the water and construction elements that were on fire and anything that has soaked up too much water to be useful. Dehumidifiers can be placed to help in the evaporation of the moisture left, and deodorizers also help sweeten the air a bit. 

The actual restoration is the replacing of anything that was torn out due to fire, water or mold. A complete repainting of all surfaces and a complete top to bottom cleaning and sanitizing of the entire house will be implemented as needed. There is a lot to this and a company like SERVPRO specializing in this field knows their stuff. 

If you have had fire damage call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at (954) 741-4321 to have all of your issues addressed appropriately.

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP!

SERVPRO Cares When You Call

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When you call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City expect to have the most professional and caring staff be on the receiving end of your call.  We understand how important it is to receive the best customer experience, especially in devastating times.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

After we have obtained all of this information we will be able to get to your water loss faster with the correct SERVPRO equipment and the right amount of SERVPRO technicans to take care of your water loss "Like it never even happened."  

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is "Faster to any Disaster"! Call 954-741-4321.

When Disaster Strikes

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Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in East Davie/Cooper City too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is close by and ready to respond to your emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Ft. Lauderdale community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

If you have damage to your home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City  at (954) 741-4321 to have all of your issues addressed appropriately and rapidly.

"Like it never even happened".

SERVPRO Is Here To Help With Commercial Water Damages

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Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

The goal of services for commercial water damage is to dry your business as soon as possible. Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the business so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the business to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the business before the repair and restoration work begins.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321.

Let SERVPRO Help With The Fire Aftermath

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help!  954-741-4321.

Healtheir Air Saves You Money

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.

At Risk:
* Infants and Children
* Pregnant women
* Elderly
* 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 Davie/Cooper City 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 HVAC & air ducts systems


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
Tips:
* 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!

954-725-6451

Proper Maintenance Saves MONEY

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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:

RESTORATION:
* Fire, Smoke & Soot
* Water, Removal & Dehumidification
* Mold Mitigation & Remediation
* Storm Damage
* Contents
* Electronics & Equipment
* Document Drying

CLEANING:
*Air Ducts & HVAC
* Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism
* Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes & Blinds
*Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Hard Surface Floor Maintenance
* Deodorization
* Move Outs & Content Relocation

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is here for you!

954-725-6451

When water damages occur, the wrong response can cost you

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

This brand new kitchen suffered water damage due to a faulty refrigerator line

When water damages occur in your home or workplace, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the cleanup yourself. We will respond quickly, with the right equipment to dry and help protect your property.

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owner
(These tips are for clean water situations only) 

* Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be one safely

* Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

* remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine.

* Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs

* Hang furs and leather good separately at room temperature

* Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

* Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water

* Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

* Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting


Components of Proper Water Damage Restoration

*Fast Action 
*Thorough Drying

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is drying properly, contact us at 954-725-6400!

Managing Mold

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Surface mold can be everywhere. Furniture, ceilings, clothing and in this case, picture frames!

FROM THE ORDINARY...
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

TO THE UNHEALTHY.
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS
We handle water damages ever day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

* The presence of visible mold

* Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present

* Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

* Excessive humility

These conditions may require the expertise of  qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

We care about property restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions. 

If you think you may have a mold problem, call us today to protect your health and your property! 954-741-4321

How To Find And Stop Air Leaks In Your Home

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Windows like this need to be double checked to make sure they are caulked correctly.

Have you noticed a cool draft in your home recently? If you feel air drafts moving throughout your house, especially near your doors or windows, it may be time to learn how to find air leaks in your home. Believe it or not, air leaks could be costing you tons of money on energy bills. The air you pay to warm up or cool down spaces within your home is wasted – if it slips easily through the cracks. Drafts are most commonly located by windows and doors, but they become an even bigger problem in attics and basements. Leaks and cracks cause your HVAC to work overtime, raising your electric bill. Don't waste your money just to be stuck inside a drafty home. You can fix many air leaks yourself. Read these tips  to find out how to spot and stop the air leaks in your home.

  1. Detect air leaks. If you see any gaps or cracks in your caulking or weather stripping, they could be sources of an air leak. Also, if you can rattle your doors or windows, there's likely enough space for air to make its way inside. Look and feel for any cracks, gaps or drafts in all the following areas:
    • Exterior corners
    • Foundation seals
    • Door and window frames
    • Weather stripping around doors
    • Electrical and gas service entrances
    • Basement
    • Baseboards
    • Air conditioners
    • Vents and fans
    • Attic
    • Attic hatches
    • Any area where pipes or wires run into the house
  2. Test your theory. Try holding a lit incense stick near windows, door frames and suspected air leaks. If the smoke rushes out or gets blown back into the room, you've confirmed there's an air leak in that area.
  3. Caulk small gaps. If you find any openings less than 1/4 of an inch wide, use caulk to seal the air leaks. If you need to caulk around pipes that get hot, be sure to use high-temperature caulk.
  4. Use foam sealant on gaps that are 1/4 of an inch to 3 inches wide, like the areas around plumbing pipes and vents.
  5. Weatherstrip doors and windows to seal air leaks. While you're weatherstripping, check your door hinges to ensure they're tightly screwed, as well. If they're loose, they could add more air to your home.

Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control

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In this picture you will see the drywall in this bathroom that had to be removed.

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture. 

Commercial Water Damages

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Here you see one of our professional extracting water from this office.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Edison is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of Edison has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (954) 725-6400 for fast help.

Soot and Smoke Will Linger if Not Treated Properly

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

In this picture you can see the soot covering the walls and ceiling in this home.

If you have had fire damage affect your home you know how scary and intrusive it can be. Long after the fire has been put out the smell of smoke can linger. SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City is an expert in cleaning and restoration.

As you can see in the this picture the walls and ceiling of this home have been stained with soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot isn’t removed and all the surfaces treated.  Many people do not realize concrete is a porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke. It will take Soda blasting and several different treatments in order to remove the smell from this structure.

After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from a fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke in your home as constant reminder of what happened. If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you.

Beware of Tornadoes During Hurricanes

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Intense Tornado

Beware of Tornadoes during a Hurricane

Typically, tornadoes and hurricanes are thought of as separate storms, with tornadoes causing images of the flat prairie to come to mind, and hurricanes associated with coastal, warm tropics. Hurricanes are tremendously larger than tornadoes. However, Tornadoes can produce winds that are a lot faster than winds of hurricanes. Some tropical storms and hurricanes, however, can spin up tornadoes, as many have in the past. Just how do tropical storms and hurricanes make tornadoes? 

Tropical storms and hurricanes are known collectively as tropical cyclones and have all the ingredients needed for make tornadoes. Most hurricanes can firstly carry with them individual supercells, which are well-organized, rotating thunderstorms. These storms are typically ones that spin up massive twisters in the Plains. Every tornado has to have a storm to form. 

Hurricanes secondly bring with them moist, warm air, which acts as the fuel of these storms. These conditions make the atmosphere unstable, with namely a layer of warm air that is less moist and slightly colder than the air above it. All of this contributes to an unstable atmosphere since the warm air wants to rise, as it is not as dense. 

Hurricanes finally create a wind shear, which is an abrupt change in the speed of the wind plus the direction of the wind over a short change in height. Rolls form from these alternating winds which are making swirling air. Then these vortices can be flipped vertically, which makes tornadoes, by updrafts from thunderstorms, which are currents of rising air that are warm. 

A majority of hurricanes that move inland can cause tornadoes. It is rather uncommon not to have tornadoes with these storms, in fact. Tornadoes form mainly over land instead of water since the land slows down the winds which are at surface level, making, even more, wind shear. Tornadoes form anywhere these supercells that are already there happen to be, but meteorologists are not able to predict yet exactly where the tornadoes strike. 

Usually created in the swirling bands of rain that is outside the cyclone, these twisters are found in the front-right quadrant of the storm. If the storm is moving north, in other words, you can likely find tornadoes to the northeast of the eye of the cyclone. 

Tornadoes spawned from cyclones are not different fundamentally from other tornadoes which form in the Great Plains area. One difference, however, is that the former are usually less powerful, not exceeding a rating of EF2 for the most part on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Twisters which form in the Plains, secondly, get all of their components from different places. With hurricanes, however, they give all the elements needed for twisters on their own. 

If one of these powerful storms has gone through your area, your property has likely sustained storm damage of some kind. Give our trained professionals at SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City a call so that we can come out quickly to assess and repair the damages. (954) 725-6400

Water Intrusion = MOLD

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

In this kitchen you can see the mold that has grown behind the oven that is going to be removed.

While we work hard to care for our homes, we must be diligent to ensure that there will be no water intrusion into our homes.  As a homeowner, we need to take the necessary precautions and steps to minimize the amount of this moisture to reduce the risks of mod developing. 

Mold tends to become an issue due to water intrusion, and this has developed into a huge issue for homeowners and property managers.  Not taking care of water in your home will encourage mold growth.  As mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, they tend to make their way through the home, and are always present in indoor and outdoor air. 

It will become a nuisance as well as a possible health issue when it starts to grow. 

Mold requires a food source, the right temperature, above freezing and plenty of moisture.  These conditions are all a part of your home's make up, so be diligent in checking on your home for any water intrusion.  If you do come across a mold issue, call SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City.  We are the mold remediation experts!

Does Your Cooper City Business Have A Mold Problem?

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

The business in this picture has a major mold problem as you can see in the picture.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Fire Remediation Right After Fire Fighters Leave

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

In this picture you can see the soot all over the bedroom that needs to be cleaned.

SERVPRO Technicians can Come in Right After the Fire Fighters Leave to Remediate the Damage

Smoke damage to walls can come in many forms, from the black sooty deposits that linger after a fire to cigarette smoke. The method used to clean this type of fire damage depends on the type of wall and the nature of the damage. After a house fire, it is always advisable to consult a professional restoration company. They have the tools, experience, and gear to do the job properly. 
 
If you are looking for fast reliable service SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City is here to help. Our technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure high industry standards when performing their job. We have access to advanced cleaning solutions for every restoration project, making it easier to return your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible. 
 
Smoke damage causes black spots and discoloration to your walls. Charring occurs when the paint burns down, leaving soot residue from the resulting smoke. The first step is assessing the extent of the damage before determining whether cleaning is a suitable option. Cleaning charring and heavy soot from flat-painted walls may be impossible in severe situations, leaving priming and repainting as the only solution. 
 
Apart from unsightly soot residue and charring, smoke can leave a sour odor that tends to linger onto the walls. Smoke odors are quite stubborn, so SERVPRO fire damage technicians often resolve to multiple techniques to completely get rid of the unpleasant smell. If the smoke odor penetrates into your furnishings, draperies, and carpets, we may have to remove or replace these items. 
 
All traces of smoke and soot on the walls after a fire damage event can continue wreaking havoc soon afterwards. Ash residue corrodes surfaces over time and may wear out your walls if not professionally cleaned quickly. To minimize repair costs, SERVPRO can come in and check the extent of the damage to determine the most effective cleaning method for the long-term. 
  
If your walls have sustained smoke and fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to restore them to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7, every day of the week to respond to emergencies. Call us today at (954) 725-6400. 

Successful Water Cleanup Tips

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

This condo has been flooded from a condo above the water is going to be extracted immediately.

A broken pipe is by far one of the greatest nightmares homeowners face. Even just a small broken kitchen pipe can quickly cause a considerable quantity of damage to your home. It is for this reason that you need to take care of water damage immediately.

Dealing with water damage requires seeking the help of a trained professional water restoration expert, such as the experts of SERVPRO. Before they get there, there are a few things you can do to assist in keeping the damages to a minimum. Here are a few tips:

Turn Off the Water

You might be tempted to seek out the source of the leak as your first step. This can be problematic, however, depending on the type of leak or damage. If, for instance is simply an overflowed sink, then you would just turn off the sink. However, what if a pipe that you can’t see has burst?

It’s because of reasons like these that you need to turn off the water supply as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you temporarily turn off electrical power as well. The last thing you want is for the water to mix with electrical wires!

Accelerate the Drying Process

The next step entails doing everything in your power to get your home to dry. Start by opening windows and turning on fans. This will get air flowing through your home, which will help to start drying it and also reduce the buildup of disgusting odors.

If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on immediately. It will extract moisture from the air, thus helping accelerate the drying process. Run it for as long as possible. If you stop early, it could lead to the growing of mold and mildew.

If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then don’t worry, because the water restoration experts will bring one with them. As we said earlier, however, just make sure you contact them right away. They need to get to your home as soon as possible!

Make sure you also remove rugs and other portable carpeting and place them outside to dry. Try to wipe down furniture and personal items (books, chairs, toys) as much as possible.

Pull Out a Wet/Dry Vacuum

Another step that we recommend taking is pulling out a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. We understand that you might not have one. If you do, use it to remove as much water as possible from carpets, upholstered furniture and/or tile and wood floors.

This process can take quite a while, but it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Also, make sure you focus more on wood surfaces than carpeted areas. Due to wood’s porous nature, it’s apt to soak up all the water, which in turn will cause it to become warped and delaminated.

Again, if you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, don’t worry. The restoration professionals will take care of this for you. Just make sure you contact them immediately!

Things Not To Do

There are some things you should definitely NOT do after your home suffers from water damage:

  • Never leave web fabrics and clothing items in place. Try to hang them.
  • Also avoid leaving books, magazines and other such items on wet floors.
  • Please refrain from trying to use a regular vacuum cleaner to clean up water.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and appliances a like television.
  • Stay out of rooms that have a wet ceiling.

These might seem obvious, but it’s good to know. Be especially careful with wet ceilings. They could be much weaker than you think, and the last thing we want is for a roof to collapse on you!

Final Steps

The real work won’t start until the restoration company gets there. Professionals, such as SERVPRO, possess the equipment needed to do real water extraction and repair. Part of this process will involve installing certain equipment, be it professional-grade dehumidifiers and whatnot.

When this occurs, make sure you follow the directions given to you. Usually, the professionals will ask you to keep their equipment running for a while. Make sure you stick to their schedule and do not arbitrarily turn off their equipment. This could negatively affect the drying process and make things worse.

The last thing the professionals will do is give you preventative maintenance tips. It is recommended that you follow through on these steps to insure that your home and belongings return to their former state. It can make the difference between whether or not your home ever suffers unneeded water damage again!

Saving Personnel Belongings From Water Damage

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

These cabinets are wrapped to keep the water from above from leaking unto and ruining the cabinets.

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

What Type of Water Damage

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of you being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well. To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO, contact them today.  They are always there to help.  954-725-6400

Improper Mold Remediation Can Cause Major Problems

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

In this Davie home you can see the mold growing around the hot water heater.

Let SERVPRO Properly Remediate Mold From Your Davie Home

Merely scraping mold off of a surface and giving the area a quick sanitization effort is rarely enough to eliminate mold damage in a Davie home. Mold must be dealt with careful, thorough, and professional means; otherwise, the homeowner may face some grave consequences. SERVPRO provides certified, premium mold remediation solutions, ensuring that all threat from the fungus is indefinitely removed from your home and that none of these secondary effects get a chance to appear after we leave. 

Returned Mold Growth 

One of the most important reasons to contact a professional company like SERVPRO to handle any mold damage in Davie home is to prevent any chance of the same colony returning. If mold is improperly cleaned, handled, or removed, left-behind spores and patches of growth can flare up into a new, often much more virulent infestation than existed previously. In some cases, this new mold growth can be much harder to remove because any surviving spores may be much harder than those that died off from previous treatments. We use advanced sanitization and air filtration technology to remove as many spores as possible from the building, and bring chances of renewed mold damage down to a minimum. 

Water Damage 

In the majority of cases our SERVPRO technicians see in the field, mold is not the only factor causing damage to the home. Most mold colonies start to grow only after a source of water has caused other types of damage to the house, leaving materials soaked and vulnerable to mold. We clean up and restore any water damages we come across in addition to the mold. 

Odors 

Even if you can somehow remove all traces of mold damage without specialized equipment, you are almost certainly not done dealing with its effects. Odors from mold damage can persist for long after the mold has otherwise been cleaned up, and require relatively heavy equipment to eliminate. We use advanced chemical fogging technology to remove all odors from the home, both those heavy in the air and deeply embedded in building materials.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of East Davie Cooper City  provides thorough, professional, and certified mold damage restoration services to the local area. Give us a call at 954-725-6400.

Identifying Water Damage In Your Home

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

As you can see the water damage on the ceiling has come from the roof.

It is important to 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

Causes For Ac Leaks At Your Business

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure to maintain you AC unit at your business to save money and keep business running smoothly.

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 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 ductwork which is not insulated. Regular maintenance can help prevent these problems.

Common Places For Mold Home Growth

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

This mold needs to be removed immediately. Now that you know what your looking for you will be able to inspect your own 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:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. 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. 

Hurricane Prepareness Tips

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Be prepared for the Hurricane before it arrives. This is damage caused by Hurricane Irma

  • 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 For A Hurricane

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure to have your home prepared before a hurricane strikes.

  • 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.

What To Do After A Flood

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure you know what to do after a flood to restore your home back to the way it was before the storm.

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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 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week you can call us at (954) 725-6400 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:

Be Cautious

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.

Setting up a Fire Escape Plan for your family

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure to create a fire escape plan for your family.

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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.

Protecting your home from heavy rain during a storm

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure to protect your home during a storm from heavy rain.

4 ways to 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.

Most Common Signs of Water Damage

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

This photo shows the carpet soaked from a water loss.

Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, loose water inside of a house can flow virtually anywhere it wants to and thus presents a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.

Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:

  1. Moisture in carpet or other flooring
  2. Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
  3. Dark grouting around floor tiles
  4. Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
  5. Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
  6. Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
  7. A musty odor in particular spots in the home
  8. Higher water bills
  9. Buckling of wood floors
  10. Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners to save money and the integrity of the home’s structure. If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services!

Protecting Your Commercial Property

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

This is a picture of a leak inside a bookstore causing a problem.

Owning and operating a commercial property is stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business as usual.  As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.

There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.

First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.

Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance. The team at SERVPRO specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help!

How To Prevent Mold In A Bathroom

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

This is a picture taken of a bathroom before we cleaned and removed mold.

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Heat and moisture accumulate on a regular basis in bathrooms, providing the perfect environment for mold to grow. Not only can mold impact the appearance of your bathroom, but it can also cause damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings and become a health hazard. Prevent mold by keeping the bathroom clean, eliminating moisture accumulation, and providing ventilation.

Here are 7 easy steps to prevent mold in your bathroom.

1. Dust and clean your bathroom regularly with all-purpose cleaner.

2. Wash your shower curtains and bath rugs frequently.

3. Check for sink or toilet leaks and get them repaired.

4. Keep your shower walls as dry as possible.

5. Don’t keep bathing products in your shower or tub.

6. Provide ventilation by using your exhaust fan and opening bathroom door and windows.

7. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.

7 Ways To Avoid Mold At Your Business

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Due to mold at this business the walls are having to be removed and replaced.

Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.

Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.

Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.

Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.

Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.

Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.

Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.

Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation

If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.

Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”

Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and remediate mold efficiently.

If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call us at 954-725-6400.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

This is our equipment set up immediately after being called for water loss.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (954)741-4321

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help!  954-741-4321

Is it ok to use bleach on mold ?

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

This is a before picture of a mold problem

Is it ok to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?

No!

For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelinesaccording to the IICRC:

People use bleach to "kill" mold.  Most importantly, the IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxigenic and allergenic. While it is true that if a person kills spores (something that we shouldn't assume is happening), the good news is those spores will not grow. However, if the dead spores retain their toxic and allergenic properties what is the point of killing them? Remediate them fully -- remove them using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas.

SERVPRO uses green products to eliminate mold to ensure your safety.  SERVPROxide delivers a KO punch to eliminate mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and odors!

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today to get your mold issues taken care of right away 954-741-4321.

Does your home have a mold problem ?

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This is a photo of a mold issue that needs to be taken care of immediately

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City for free inspection of your home at (954)741-4321.

24 Hour Water Emergency Services

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This is a containment barrier built by our excellent guys in the field

The Benefit of Powerful, Effective Equipmen

The goal of services for residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City is to dry the home up as soon as possible, and you may only have a mop or perhaps a wet vacuum that can be used to soak up some of the moisture in the home. This, however, is not the most effective way to dry up the mess. Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the home so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the home to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the home before the repair and restoration work begins.

The Need for Fast Results

Any time water or high levels of humidity are in the home, there is a concern that mold growth may develop. Humidity and moisture should be removed from the home as soon as possible to decrease this risk. Through your efforts to remove water from your home, it may take more time to accomplish the same results, and there is a possibility that you may not be able to remove all of the humidity for several weeks or longer. This is the time when mold growth may begin, which could result in the need for mold remediation services. This can increase the time and expense associated with repairing the home after residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City.

You may be able to repair the residential water damage in East Davie/Cooper City on your own, but this is not advisable. It is best to enjoy the fast, thorough response of a skilled water damage restoration team. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is the company to contact when you are dealing with water damage in your East Davie/Cooper City-area home. We are locally owned and operated, so we can provide you with the fast response that the situation calls for. To request an appointment with our team, contact us today at (954) 741-4321.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper is always here to help 24/7!

Fire Damage : Insurance and Restoration

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Before picture of an oven we restored after a fire

Fire damage in East Davie/Cooper City can be a devastating event. Once your property has been impacted by a fire, hiring a high-quality fire damage restoration service is important. To ensure that you can get a professional service you need and deserve, browse through these tips and tricks outlined in this quick reference guide courtesy of SERVPRO.

Request a Referral From Your Insurance Company. The best way to find the ideal fire damage restoration company is through a referral. Who has dealt with these restoration companies more than your insurance company? Ask your agent or adjuster for a referral and chances are SERVPRO will be at the top of the list. Past experiences of cooperation and coordination of the fire damage restoration process make the project easier to expediently complete while keeping costs down. If a claim is involved, we can provide an estimate complying with insurance industry guidelines. This step is also advantageous because it ensures that SERVPRO and your insurance provider can work together throughout the remediation process. Less stress for you through a difficult time.

Ensure That TheFire Damage restoration Company Can Handle Your Needs. After a house fire, water pooling from the extinguishing efforts could be causing secondary structural and furnishings damage in your East Davie/Cooper City home. Another step you should implement to find the right restoration services is determining whether the company can handle your specific needs. Standing water must be extracted immediately before, during, and after the assessment of damages has been provided to you, if the level of damage is extensive
• HVAC system cleaning: removal of smoke odor and soot and moisture
• Debris removal: burnt or water-logged. Cleaning of items, and possessions on location or at our headquarters. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you the high quality fire damage restoration services you require with empathy.
• Extensive drying: water extraction by pumps, and wet-vacs, air movers, and dehumidifiers finish the drying, then checked with meters, final documentation that the structure is dry. Help prevent mold growth.
• Structural rebuild: restore fire damaged building materials when possible, replace when necessary. Keeps the cost and repair time down. 

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help!  954-741-4321.

Steps to take after a fire

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This is a picture of a kitchen fire that we were able to help restore

Call SERVPRO to Restore the Fire Damage to Your  Property

Your home has been on fire, and the fire trucks have just left. Several things are going through your head during this very confusing time. Fire damage is not what you planned on at this time in your life. You have been watching the brave men and women of the fire department work saving your home, throwing many gallons of water and foam on it. You know there is going to be trouble getting it back into shape, and you are not exactly sure of the appropriate steps to take. 

The first step to take is not to head in to start the cleanup you know needs to be done immediately. The fire department can notify the authorities that your home is now uninhabitable. There are dangers such as ceilings may be coming down, and walls might not be up to the job of holding things up right. The floors may not be stable enough either. 

The first call you need to make, from your friend's house or your cell phone, is to your insurance company to get them started on helping you, financially. The next call should be to a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. We can come running as we know the importance of getting started immediately to help preserve what can be saved and restore those things that can't be. 

The first thing that is noticed, by anyone who can enter the house, is the smell. It is a mixture of wet things, soot, smoke and any gasses exposed because of burned synthetic materials. This bad air must be removed from the home so that our technicians can come in and get to work for your benefit. They eliminate this air by setting up large air movers or fans that can evacuate this air from the home and generate air circulation that works wonders to remove floating materials as well as the odors that you do not want to remain. 

While the air is being cleaned out, our trained, experienced personnel make a complete inspection of the house. We go into every area, after it is certified to be relatively safe, and locate destruction done by the fire, the water and locate the presence of any activated mold due to all of this moisture in the house. 

We remove the water and construction elements that were on fire and anything that has soaked up too much water to be useful. Dehumidifiers can be placed to help in the evaporation of the moisture left, and deodorizers also help sweeten the air a bit. 

The actual restoration is the replacing of anything that was torn out due to fire, water or mold. A complete repainting of all surfaces and a complete top to bottom cleaning and sanitizing of the entire house will be implemented as needed. There is a lot to this and a company like SERVPRO specializing in this field knows their stuff. 

If you have had  fire damage in your East Davie/Cooper City home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at (954) 741-4321 to have all of your issues addressed appropriately and rapidly.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is "Faster to any Disaster"!

Faster to any Disaster

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This is a photo of our equipment set up at a water loss almost immediately

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (954)741-4321

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hurricane Season 2018

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Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in East Davie/Cooper City too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is close by and ready to respond to your emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Ft. Lauderdale community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

If you have damages to your home, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City  at (954) 741-4321 to have all of your issues addressed appropriately and rapidly.

"Like it never even happened".

Restoring your commercial property after a water loss

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Our equipment is expertly setup to dry out this commercial water loss

Flooding and water damage events at Davie commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

The goal of services for commercial water damage in East Davie/Cooper City is to dry the business up as soon as possible, and you may only have a mop or perhaps a wet vacuum that can be used to soak up some of the moisture in the business. This, however, is not the most effective way to dry up the mess. Professional services from SERVPRO utilize powerful equipment to extract the water from the business so that the surfaces are dry. Besides, the moisture must be removed from the air, and powerful fans can be brought into the business to thoroughly dry out the space. Monitors can be used to track the progress so that the fans and dehumidifiers remain on until the humidity level has been restored to normal. This ensures that all signs of moisture are removed from the business before the repair and restoration work begins.

Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City 954-741-4321.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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This is a room full of soot from a fire

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.

SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is always here to help!  954-741-4321.

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