Bathroom Water Damage Signs
Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Homeowners dealing with water damage will agree that it can be quite the headache. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two most common areas of the home that suffer from various kinds of water damage. Bathrooms often have at least three sources of water between the sink, the shower and/or bathtub, and the toilet. As such, there are multiple places where leakage can occur. On top of dealing with leakage, bathrooms also create a lot of humidity from steamy showers or baths. When moisture levels rise in a small space like a bathroom, a number of potential issues can result.
Living in South Florida means hot days and nights, which in turn means the need for a well-functioning bathroom to clean up. Therefore, it is essential for homeowners to be aware of the most common signals that water damage may be present. The following are some of the most typical bathroom water damage signs:
- Damp, musty smells
- Floor damage like buckled, cracked, or stained tiles/wood
- Noticeable issues with discolored walls, warped walls, or wet walls
- Mold presence on the walls, ceiling, or corners
- Gaps between the grouting/calking
The ability to pinpoint possible water damage signs in your bathroom is critical to minimizing the overall damage and cost to repair. While something like an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet is an obvious cause of bathroom water damage, other issues may present themselves much slower and inconspicuously. If and when you do notice that your bathroom has some water issues, you must be proactive in seeking help. Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today to learn more!
Quick Statistics about Mold Growth
For more information, contact our team of SERVPRO mold remediation technicians today!
Water damage in a residential or commercial property can often lead to a mold infestation. If left untreated, this mold growth can escalate and make its way throughout the property within 2-3 days. Unfortunately, mold is not only an issue that annoys homeowners and business owners alike, it can actually be incredibly dangerous for a person’s health. Decades and decades of research all point to the same issue regarding mold’s relation to serious health problems. Worldwide, millions of children and adults are living in regions where indoor and outdoor air pollution is threatening their well-being.
Mold is unavoidable, as it exists both in the air and on a variety of surfaces. Since it is attracted to moisture, mold grows in all kinds of places and is nearly unescapable. Health concerns like allergies and infections are related to mold presence. As such, it is important to be educated about mold in order to avoid it where possible. The following are some of the most notable statistics about mold growth:
- About 4.6 million cases of asthma in the United States are attributed to mold exposure and dampness within the home
- People are exposed to mold 24 hours a day, as it is virtually everywhere
- Elderly individuals, babies, children, and people with chronic respiratory conditions are often more severely affected by mold
- Recommendations state that humidity levels should be kept below 50% to prevent or limit mold growth
- Professional help should be sought if a mold problem exists in an area that covers 10 square feet or more
- Mold thrives on paper products, cardboard, and wood products
- Ventilation is critical in curbing the level of mold growth in a home
Organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Florida Department of Health work to provide statistics and information to limit the amount of mold exposure for the general population. Most notably, these organizations encourage homeowners and business owners to reach out for professional help if and when mold presence is identified. For more information, contact our team of SERVPRO mold remediation technicians today!
Fire Safety Tips for Your Pets
All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind.
When it comes to evacuation and safety plans in the event of a fire, most homeowners plans for protecting their family and their most meaningful possessions like important documents and family photos. Home fires are far more common than many people think and having a specific plan in place is essential. For those family with pets, an additional level of fire safety must be accounted for in order to keep your furry family members safe and sound. Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to research from the United States Fire Administration. Therefore, all pet owners are strongly encouraged to think about fire safety preparation for pets.
A family pet is truly like a real member of the family. As such, ensuring that your fire safety plan includes your pet is critical. Keep the following fire safety tips for your pets in mind:
- Never leave any open flames, like candles, unattended – especially if they are within the reach of your pet
- Watch out for things like space heaters getting knocked over by your animal
- Hide all electrical cords out of reach of your pets
- Do smoke detector checks twice a year
- Keep a collar on your pet
- Put a sticker on your windows and door to let firefighters know that a pet is inside the household
- Have a microchip implanted in your pet
- Account for your pet’s food when making emergency supply lists
- Keep your pet’s leash, food, and carrier by the home’s exit in case of a fire
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 700 home fires annually are started every year as a result of a pet or wild animal. All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind. If you have suffered any fire damage as a result of a home fire, contact the fire damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!
Water Damage on Your Boat
Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall.
For boat owners in South Florida, mold and mildew are true enemies. It may seem counterintuitive to think of water damage being present in a vessel meant for water. However, water damage in boats is a real issue that requires quick action to repair and restore the boat for safe use. When long days are spent out on the ocean, things like dirt, fish slime, salt, and water presence begin to wreak havoc on your boat’s interior. As such, it is important to understand the signs of water damage in your boat in order to proactively address the variety of issues that will stem from that type of damage.
With summertime right around the corner, the majority of South Florida boat owners are getting ready for back-to-back-to-back weekends on the water. Gathering your friends and family for a boat day is one of the best parts about living in Florida. So, keep these water damage signs in mind while preparing your marine vessel:
- Electrical system is corroding
- Blistering on the fiberglass
- Boat seats are cracking or damaged
- Carpet smells of mold and appears dirty and damaged
- Metal is rusting
- Warping of flooring
Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall. Marine vessel restoration is something that you should consider if any of the above signs are present on your boat. For more information about boat water damage, contact SERVPRO today!
SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year
Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500 rankings
SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year. Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list.
The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls “The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©”: Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.
“SERVPRO’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company’s success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees,” said Steen. “The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”
Steen says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:
- SERVPRO’s strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.
- SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
- SERVPRO’s focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.
“SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand,” said Steen. “Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure.”
Fifth Annual Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced
One of the more notable winners was SERVPRO of North Palm Beach / Lake Worth, winning the “Disaster, Recovery, and Restoration – 2018” category.
Florida Community Association Journal magazine announced its fifth annual Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March 2018 issue of the magazine with an expanded section profiling notable winners for the year.
One of the more notable winners was SERVPRO of North Palm Beach / Lake Worth, winning the “Disaster, Recovery, and Restoration – 2018” category.
The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique recognition program that shines a spotlight on the positive and productive contributions by community association service providers across Florida. They are presented to service providers that demonstrate through their commitment to the community associations they serve an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity.
Since being founded in 2013, the Awards have grown every year, with more than 390 service providers nominated for this year’s awards and more than 7,500 votes cast.
There is no fee to enter the Awards and the entire submission process is done online. Winners are chosen based solely on the total number of votes.
For more information, please visit fcapgroup.com.
Staying Safe in a House Fire
SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
A house fire is one of the most frightening things that a family can experience. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that there are more than 300,000 home structure fires each year in the United States, with an astonishing average of seven deaths per day linked to house fires. While the kitchen is the most common place that a fire starts inside of a home, areas like the living room, bedrooms, and family room are also sources of a sizable number of fires. As a homeowner in South Florida, it is absolutely essential for you and your family to be well-versed on an emergency plan in the event of a fire in your home.
A common misconception about house fires is that homeowners think “it will never happen to me”. Unfortunately, this mindset often leads to a lack of preparation that can make all of the difference in the event of an emergency. As such, keep these safety tips in mind for staying safe in a house fire:
- Do not rely on a fire alarm to inform all of the members of your family that a fire is present in the home, start yelling out loud
- Grab the fire extinguisher is the fire tame enough, but be sure to abort that plan and leave immediately if the fire extinguisher proves to be a futile effort
- Call 9-1-1 or the fire department
- Exit immediately and crawl low to avoid smoke inhalation
- Feel the doorknob before opening any door to ensure that it is not hot
- Leave your valuables in the home, get yourself and your family out as quickly as possible
- Use a damp towel or shirt to cover your nostrils so that smoke does not enter your lungs
- Never run into a room with flames present
- As you exit a room, close the door behind you to avoid the spreading of the fire
- Once you have evacuated the home, stay outside in a safe place and wait for first responders to arrive
House fires bring out a variety of instincts in people, and they are often dangerous responses to the emergency situation. Therefore, it is vital that you go over these safety tips with your family so that everyone is prepared in the event of a fire. After the fire trucks are gone, your and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Call us today to learn more!
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home or Business
If you think your home or business could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.
With the spring season right around the corner, it is typically the time of year where homeowners and business owners take a few weekends to spruce up the interior and exterior of their home or business. Keeping your home or business tidy and clean is important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, a clean home or business is less likely to face issues like mold damage and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. In addition, maintaining the cleanliness of a home will help tremendously in the resale value of the home should the homeowner consider selling one day down the road. From the kitchen to the garage and from the backyard area to the bedrooms, spring cleaning is extremely important for South Florida homes.
If you are looking to spruce up your home this spring season, keep in mind the following cleaning tips:
- Clean out your refrigerator – dispose of expired items and wash each tray
- Give all of your doormats a good wash
- Clean your upholstery and carpet – get professional help from SERVPRO to make sure the job is done right
- Pay special attention to washing your baseboards
- Dust all ceiling fans
- Scrub down your stove and oven
- Sanitize all sinks
- Disinfect your kitchen sink’s disposal
- Thoroughly clean all bathrooms – including shower doors, shower walls, and drain areas
- Disinfect and clean all toilets
- Reorganize your bedroom closets and drawers
- Pressure wash your driveway and roof
- Wash all windows
- Degrease and clean all kitchen cabinets
While there are certainly additional tasks to accomplish while doing your spring cleaning, the above list should serve as a great starting point for you and your family or you and your employees. While spring cleaning is important, keeping your home or business clean throughout the year is the key to ensuring major dirt buildup is avoided. Mold damage is one of the most common side effects of untreated water leaks and other home or business issues. If you think your home or business could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.
Battling Mold and Mildew in Your Kitchen
Understanding the most common causes of mold and mildew in your kitchen is the first and most efficient step in preventing fungal growth in your home.
The development of mold or mildew growth in your kitchen is highly likely to occur in your home if preventative measures are not taken. A hub for moisture and water, the kitchen is extremely susceptible to fungus growth of a wide variety. In South Florida, homeowners must be educated on the common causes of mold and mildew growth in their kitchens in order to avoid the damage from forming in the first place. From foul odors to health concerns and from costly damages to added homeowner stress, the ability to battle mold and mildew in your kitchen is extremely important.
Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is as much about education as it is about action. In fact, so much of mold growth prevention lies in awareness and proactive measures to keep the kitchen safe for all of your friends and family. Keep in mind the following common causes of kitchen mold:
- Leaks in your kitchen sink
- Dirty or broken garbage disposal
- Rotten fruits and vegetables
- Water leaks from kitchen appliances
- Higher levels of humidity
- Fridge mold
- Old cutting board mold
Understanding the most common causes of mold and mildew in your kitchen is the first and most efficient step in preventing fungal growth in your home. The kitchen is often the most central location of a home, a place where family members and friends gather. As such, protecting your kitchen from mold is imperative. To learn more about mold prevention or mold remediation in your home, contact our team of SERVPRO mold professionals at your earliest convenience.
Fast Facts on Florida Storms
We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.
With Hurricane Irma in our rearview mirror, it’s easy for many Florida residents to forget about how scary and dangerous hurricane season can be. February is a great time to remind yourself and your family members of how important storm preparation is for safeguarding your home and keeping your loved ones protected. While summer is often the season most associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, and all types of storms, it is important to keep in mind that the spring season also brings with it the threat of storms. The reality is that Florida sustains more hits from hurricanes than any other state in the country. Living in the Sunshine State has many, many perks, but sustaining regular hurricanes is certainly one of the negatives to residing here.
Understanding some basic facts about Florida storms is essential in being prepared both physically and mentally for an unexpected hurricane or tornado. Consider the following fast facts on Florida storms:
- Hurricane Irma made landfall at 115 knots in Cudjoe Key
- Anything above a Category 3 is considered to be a major hurricane
- When tornadoes take place in the spring season they are more likely to strike at night
- It is possible for a tornado to form inside of a hurricane
- In any given moment there are around 1,800 thunderstorms happening around the globe
- Thunderstorm clouds can reach more than 20,000 feet high
- Moisture, unstable air, and lift create the basic thunderstorm
- Cumulonimbus clouds produce thunderstorms
- Lightning due to thunderstorms kills more people each year than tornadoes do
- A “derecho” refers to a severe storm that encompasses a large area, has high winds, and lasts a very long time
Being prepared in the event of an unexpected storm is imperative. SERVPRO of Lake Worth responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Lake Worth home or business back to pre-storm condition.