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How To Prepare Your Business for Hurricane Season

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Writing note showing Emergency Plan. 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 Coral Springs, 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 Coral Springs 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 Corals Springs.

As a family-owned business, SERVPRO of East Coral Springs 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 Corals Springs. Contact us today to learn more!

SERVPRO is Here to Help!

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases, governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.

The main reason a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight.

Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes.

A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing. Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. 

It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

Flood damage in your home or business? Call SERVPRO of East Coral Springs (954) 725-6400.

Fire Demolition Services

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Following A Fire
If your home has suffered fire damage, it could be a total loss in specific areas. While you might still want to go through these portions of your home with a professional to determine all of your options, there are circumstances in which certain conditions make conventional restoration efforts impossible. The only solution in these cases is a rebuild of the affected areas.

Our SERVPRO staff has seen significant fire damage like this to Coral Springs homes, and have experience with preparing your home for new construction. While our niche is not rebuilding your damaged home, we can help to both preserve areas that are able to be restored  as well as provide demolition services to make these irreparable portions of your house ready for the work of a residential construction contractor.

The process is most often a controlled demolition, meaning that skill and patience are paramount. Limiting total destruction of structural components wherever possible allows for new construction efforts to ultimately cost you less and to be done more quickly. Our SERVPRO professionals have the proper tools to limit the spread of the damage and to focus their entire efforts on just the portions of your home that require reconstruction. The finished product from this process leaves clean surfaces that are ready for new materials, whether this is walls of your home, your flooring, or even your roof.

The demolition process can be performed simultaneously with the restoration efforts to less critically damaged areas of your house. Choosing one restoration company prevents having to seek the services of multiple businesses, and helps to build a report between our technicians and homeowners to ensure that work happens to your exact specifications.

Demolition is unavoidable in the wake of some fires, but having the right professionals overseeing the process can mitigate your financial losses and hasten the construction to rebuild the worst of the damages. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a devastating fire, call SERVPRO of East Coral Springs today at (954) 725-6400.

Commercial Duct Cleaning

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Why Clean Air Ducts?

Answer: Because they get dirty!

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning

NADCA’s rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system can still get dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

Call SERVPRO of East Coral Springs at 954-725-6400 for a free estimate.

Major Storm Water Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair.

There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.

The main reason a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight.

Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes.

A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing. Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. 

It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

Flood damage in your home or business? Call SERVPRO of East Coral Springs (954) 725-6400.

Hidden Hazards! What you need to know

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Insulation can become wet in a variety of ways. A pipe could burst, a seam could have been improperly welded, or there could be a puncture somewhere on your roofing system, among a wide variety of other possibilities. However, just fixing the cause of the leak is not enough; the wet insulation must be removed. The following three points explain the ramifications of not tearing out wet insulation.

1. Structural Stability

As mentioned above, wet insulation can negatively impact your entire building. The trapped moisture can begin to degrade your roofing system starting with the deck and working it’s way out. Rotting can occur and lead to collapses throughout the structure. There is also the overall weight burden to consider. As the insulation collects moisture, it gets increasingly heavier. The pressure can be catastrophic to the building and lead to complete system collapse.

2. Energy Efficiency Compromised

The presence of wet insulation in your roof will generally negate the energy efficiency benefits of your roofing system. This is due to the fact that the moisture is acting as a conductor of energy rather than repelling it as it is designed. Your building will now require more heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, resulting in higher utility bills. Moisture can cause your insulation to lose as much as 40% of it’s thermal residence capabilities.

3. Indoor Air Quality

It is highly likely that your building is being occupied for a good portion of the day and/or night depending on what industry you are in. As a result, air quality is incredibly important. If your insulation in your roof is wet, mold and bacteria can grow. Not a good sign for healthy air or happy occupants. The longer you leave the wet insulation untreated, the greater the potential danger to your occupants.

Call SERVPRO of East Coral Springs at 954-725-6400 for more information.

Mold Remediation

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are a natural part of the environment. They can be found anywhere there is water and moisture, so the key to controlling them in and around your home or business is moisture control. If mold is found in your home or business, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem immediately. It is also important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer resources for proper and safe mold cleanup. Click here for more information on mold cleanup information for you and your family.

If you feel you have mold or you're not sure if you have mold problems, please call SERVPRO of East Coral Springs 954-725-6400 and talk with one of our IICRC Certified Technicians.