Water Damage Cleanup Tips
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
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:
- They give food to over 300 nonprofits
- They look out for seniors with home deliveries to make sure that qualifying older adults are fed as well
- 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 Coral Springs is asking for your help in two ways:
- 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!
- Volunteer to help sort food with the SERVPRO of East Coral Springs 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 Coral Springs with any questions. Thank you!
Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan?
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
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
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 Coral Springs 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?
When disaster strikes, businesses with an ERP are best equipped to resume business right away.
SERVPRO of East Coral Springs 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 Coral Springs 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 Coral Springs, we understand just how important it is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. As disaster recovery experts, we are close by and ready to respond immediately, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, when you need us most!
When disaster strikes, businesses with an ERP are best equipped to resume business right away. Some of the ERP services include:
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Water Extraction & Drying
- Reconstruction & Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Odor Removal & Deodorization
- Upholstery Cleaning
- Document Restoration
- Carpet & Tile Cleaning
Our team is ready to respond as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. Together, we can make it "Like it never even happened." It's time to schedule your business's Emergency Ready Plan. Call us today! (954) 741-4321
Mold Growth in Your Garage
Mold growth in the garage can go from a minor problem to a major issue quickly.
South Florida homeowners know all about September humidity and rainy days. From tropical storms and hurricanes to heavy rainstorms and afternoon showers, Florida garages take a beating when it comes to moisture. Unfortunately, the summer season in Florida creates the perfect combination of elements for mold growth. From the humidity and moisture to the dark environment, a garage is often a hotspot for mold growth in Sunshine State homes.
While the interior of a home is protected from the outside elements, the garage is vulnerable to the exterior elements. Even the tightest sealed garages will have some exposure between the floor and the edge of the garage door. Plus, when pulling into the garage in a rainstorm water will inevitably get inside. Heavy rainstorms can even cause water to pool in the garage, further exacerbating the problem. As such, the garage is a danger zone for mold growth.
Prevention is key to keeping mold growth out of the garage. All South Florida homeowners should be sure to follow these tips to prevent this from happening:
- Regularly inspect your garage, checking for leaks and areas where excessive moisture may be present
- Inspect the roof of the garage to make sure that there are no damaged gutters or broken pipes
- Consider ventilation methods to try to control the humidity in the garage
- Try to keep the garage as well-lit as possible
- Make sure that the garage door is well sealed and be sure to replace seals when they are beginning to wear
- Pay attention to storage and keep your garage organized
- Make sure that anything that is stored in the garage has no water on it
- Avoid using wood or paper products in the garage
- Keep plant growth around the garage to a minimum
- Contact a professional at the first sign of any mold growth
Mold growth in the garage can go from a minor problem to a major issue quickly. It is extremely important for you to apply the above tips in your home. If any mold growth is identified, it is critical to contact a mold removal specialist as soon as possible.
Important Pet Fire Safety Tips
We strongly advise for families to practice their fire escape plan and that should include pets as well.
When discussing home fire safety plans most families talk about what to do and where to go as it relates to the humans in their family. This is extremely important, as the priority in the event of a fire is to get every family member out of the house as safely and quickly as possible. Establishing a family plan, and reviewing it at least twice a year, is critical to protecting your loved ones in a home fire. But what about your furry family members? Including your pets in your fire safety family plan is highly recommended.
We strongly advise for families to practice their fire escape plan and that should include pets as well. Before going over details, it is important to note that while protecting your pet is something that should be attempted, you should never delay escaping or put yourself or family members in danger in order to rescue a pet.
The American Red Cross has offered some valuable tips for pet fire safety in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1,000 home fires are started accidentally by pets each year. Keep these tips in mind to prevent your pets from accidentally starting a home fire:
- Pay attention to stove knobs. We recommend covering them if leaving the house or removing them completely.
- When leaving the home, make sure that your younger pets are not near any hazards that could potentially start a fire.
- Never leave a pet unattended near an open flame.
- Be extra careful about candles. We recommend getting flameless candles for your home.
A home fire is one of the scariest things that a family can experience. While a fire is something that most people think will never happen in their home, being prepared is critical to keeping you and your loved ones safe. At SERVPRO, we have many years of experience in fire damage repair and restoration. Contact our office today for any and all fire damage restoration needs.
How Small Businesses Should Engage with their Community
At SERVPRO, we understand the role that we play in our community and take a deep pride in serving our South Florida family.
Owning and operating a small business in South Florida is a very special privilege. As a tightknit community, the ability to engage with local people allows for everyone to thrive. Small businesses are the lifeline of Broward County, contributing to the economy and the overall sense of togetherness. The pandemic has highlighted just how important it is for communities to unite during challenging times. At SERVPRO, we understand the role that we play in our community and take a deep pride in serving our South Florida family.
Business owners have undoubtedly struggled over the last couple of years. COVID-19 has presented unique obstacles that seemed almost insurmountable. These moments have reminded everyone that community is critical during good times and bad. As such, it is important that business owners constantly look for ways to engage with their community. In doing so, they are able to withstand difficult times by interacting with past customers and attracting new ones.
The following are some important tips for small business owners to keep in mind when it comes to engaging with their local community:
- Establish a referral program that encourages current customers to reach out to their networks to bring in new prospects
- Promote a loyalty system where customers are offered incentives for repeat purchases
- Consider throwing an in-store celebration for your most loyal customers
- Partner with a likeminded business in the local community and host an event that cross-promotes both companies
- Choose a charity that represents your company’s values and sponsor an event
- Be proactive on social media – respond to praise with appreciation and make sure to address any complains head-on
Many small businesses in South Florida are struggling right now. While the pandemic continues to linger on it is essential that companies get creative in their efforts to stay afloat. When a community leans on each other everyone wins. Whether you decide to sponsor a local charity, establish a referral program, or any of the other recommendations, be sure to take active measures now to put your company in a position to win. As always, we are honored to serve our local community and look forward to the opportunity to build even more relationships in the future.
History’s Top 10 Largest Storms
Throughout history we have seen some unbelievably massive storms.
Long-time Florida residents have a tendency to grow numb to the severity of hurricane season in Florida. Having survived countless hurricanes and major storms, most Floridians look at Category 1 and Category 2 hurricanes as commonplace and nothing to worry too much about. The reality, however, is that South Florida residents must take every storm seriously. History reminds us that things can change in an instant and encourages homeowners to be vigilant and proactive in preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
Throughout history we have seen some unbelievably massive storms. From cyclones and typhoons and from hurricanes to tropical storms, the destruction of past storms is not easily ignored. While movies showcase the threat of storms in a dramatic fashion, the truth is that some of history’s largest storms have truly had people running for their lives.
In the spirit of keeping everyone grounded and aware of the fact that major storms do exist, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest storms to ever hit earth. Our focus is usually on locations like Louisiana and Florida, but the entire globe has suffered at one point or another. The term we use most often, “hurricanes”, is actually only utilized in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Whenever a storm hits in any other ocean it is referred to as a “typhoon”.
The following are some of the largest storms in the history of our planet:
- The Great Bhola Cyclone - Bangladesh
- Hurricane Liza - Mexico
- Hurricane Katrina - New Orleans
- Haiphong Typhoon - Gulf of Tonkin
- Vargas Tragedy – Venezuela
- Super Typhoon Nina - Hualien, China
- The Great Hurricane - Barbados
- Kavali Cyclone - Thailand
- Hugli River Cyclone - India
- Hong Kong Rainstorm Disasters - Hong Kong
The perfect combination of air pressure changes and water temperature can create extremely large and dangerous storms. The storms mentioned above accounted for tens of thousands of deaths. As we find ourselves approaching the peak of hurricane season soon, it is important to heed all warnings from the National Hurricane Center. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to hurricane preparation.