Top Causes of Water Damage in Your Home
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:
- Sewer lines are backed up
- Pipes are leaking
- Heavy rains
- Toilet leaks
- Issues with gutters
- Faulty or malfunctioning appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, sinks, and washing machines
- Problems with HVAC
- Built up pressure in supply lines of washing machines
- Water buildup in crawl space
- 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
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
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
- Walls stained a shade of yellow
- 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
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
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?
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:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The address of the business or home where the water damage has occurred
- When did the water damage or flooding occur?
- What caused the water damage (if the cause is known)?
- 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
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
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:
- Electrical equipment, such as a toaster oven, can catch fire from overuse, frayed cords, or age
- Cooking equipment can often lead to overheating and thus a fire if the cook is not paying attention or leaves the room
- Faulty wiring is an electrical hazard that can cause a fire
- Flammable liquids
- Dirty barbeques
- Curious children
- 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
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
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:
- Since light travels faster than sound, lighting is seen before thunder
- Snowstorms can cause thunder too
- The eye of a storm is very calm and can even be sunny
- A storm is pulled down by rain
- Approximately 6,000 lightning strikes occur each minute in a thunderstorm
- Astraphobia is the name for a fear of thunder and lightning
- A cumulus cloud weighs more than 1 million pounds
- On average, the temperature of lightning is 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- 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!