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Why Do Lake Worth Residents Need Skilled Water Mitigation When Faced with an Emergency Situation?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

photo of the boardwalk at Lake Worth pier. For your water damage emergencies call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

SERVPRO Creates a Customized Plan to Tackle Water Damage to Fully Restore Your Lake Worth, FL, Home 

Located just six miles to the north of Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, FL, is part of Palm Beach County. The city is also included in the metropolitan area of West Palm Beach-Boca Raton and is situated 58 miles to the north of bustling Miami, Florida. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, this area had a population of 34,894, which jumped up significantly as of July 2019, where the number comes in at an estimated 38,526.

Lake Worth, Florida, is Rich with Culture and Interesting History

At the turn of the century, Lake Worth was known by the name Jewel. In 1911, a landowner named Fannie James sold a substantial portion of the land to an entity known as Palm Beach Farms Company. At this same time, it was decided by William Greenwood and Harold Bryant that building a city that rested along the water would be best. Over time, a railway line opened up that connected Miami and West Palm Beach, when the area took on Lucerne's name. However, there was another area in Florida by that name, so it prompted a new name, which became Lake Worth.

What Makes Lake Worth, FL, So Unique?

Anyone living in and around the Lake Worth area will tell you that this is a quaint and colorful seaside community with seven square miles of beauty. The downtown area is hip and funky, with plenty of memorable events and cultural activities taking place at any given time. Each year, this city is home to the Street Painting Festival, where you will find tens of thousands of people get enticed to visit so they can experience chalk artists and incredible works. Not only that, but there are over one thousand historic cottages that are all painted using wonderful pastels to represent the DNA of the city itself.

As mentioned, there is never any shortage of things to do or experience when you are in this neck of the woods in the Sunshine State. Just a few of the fantastic attractions that are a must-see include:

  • Lake Worth Beach – When you want to enjoy the salty sea air or dig your toes into the sand, Lake Worth Beach is the ultimate destination. There is ample paid parking at affordable rates so that you can enjoy your time in the sun or heading out to do a bit of surfing. The beachfront is also dotted with fantastic eateries, a beautiful pier, and plenty of restroom facilities and changing stations for those who need it.
  • Lake Worth Farmers Market – Everyone loves to explore local vendors and fresh goods, which is why so many love to flock to the Lake Worth Farmers Market. Located on 1 Ocean Boulevard in the West Side, this destination is overflowing with a great assortment of vendors offering fresh fruits and veggies, prepared foods, and other goods from local artisans. 
  • Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts – Nestled in the heart of Lake Worth at the historic train depot, the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is a museum in the area that is wonderful for the family. This is a complex spanning 14,000 square feet and offering live demonstrations in the glass studio and displays from a broad range of artists. For those wishing to learn more, there are also 30 and 60-minute classes where participants have the chance to craft their own glass pieces to take home with them.

When it comes to living, working, and playing in Lake Worth, Florida, there is a lot to love. Visitors can experience all of the beaches while indulging in beach and water sports. Lake Worth Beach boasts pristine waters, and golf enthusiasts can practice their game at the West Palm Beach Golf Course, known for its sandy terrain. There are also plenty of stunning beaches in the area, nature trails, arcades for the whole family, and several beautiful parks where both kids and adults alike can participate in recreational activities. Locals also have plenty to look forward to when shopping at the famous Town and Country Shopping Center located on Lake Worth Road.

Climate is Yet Another Element to Love About Lake Worth

This little piece of the Sunshine State sees about 205 sunny days on average throughout the year. In addition to that, the month of July sees an average high of about 90 degrees. With a winter low coming in January that averages around 55 degrees. However, it is essential to note that there have been several weather events throughout history that have shaped the area of Lake Worth as it is known today. For example, there was a substantial flood in 1812 that brought on significant disruption to the city's progress and development.  

Why is it Important to Look to Professional Restoration for Water Mitigation When Your Lake Worth, Florida Home Has an Emergency?

Dozens of sources can bring water damage to your home, inside and out. If your Lake Worth property is subject to flooding, faulty appliances, a burst pipe, or another emergency, having skilled technicians handy to tackle the cleanup is crucial for the outcome – from both a financial and emotional standpoint. SERVPRO understands the urgency of any water emergency, which is why we are available 24 hours a day so that you can limit the impact of secondary damages. 

Once you call us, we arrive within hours to get started with water mitigation in Lake Worth. We act fast to:

  • Assess all of the current conditions throughout your home
  • Catalog all of the loss, including contents, building materials, and structural elements
  • Begin water extraction and drying efforts to facilitate rapid restoration
  • Offer controlled demolition, as needed, to make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Many water emergencies call for experienced professionals to ensure that project goes as smoothly as possible. Rather than going the DIY cleanup route, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is available for all of your water mitigation needs. Call us at (561) 588-9777, and we will dispatch a crew to your door as soon as possible to formulate a plan and begin the process.

The Lake Worth Harvest Festival Is Almost Here

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

signage of Harvest Festival SERVPRO says--come on out to the Lake Worth Harvest Festival--get fired up for fun!

Prepare Your Lake Worth Home for Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season

The Lake Worth Annual Harvest Festival is November 21st and 22nd this year. All weekend long, local and nearby residents can select decorations, artwork, artisanal foods, and more, from over 250 artists, craftspeople, and chefs. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12, 2 and under get in free.

The centerpieces, wreaths, and other decorations are individual creations, and can often be personalized by the artist or craftsman. For folks who love giving holiday treats or buy them for themselves, some vendors specialize in Peppermint Bark, Christmas Crack, Fruitcakes, and every type of fudge you can imagine!

More Than Food and Gifts

The Harvest Festival is more than a farmer’s market. Families can also enjoy the following:

  • Art Shows
  • A Classic Car Show
  • The Cutest Baby Contest
  • Domino Tables
  • Door Prizes Drawn Throughout the Day
  • Live Music and More

Fall can be a risky time for fire. If you need fire restoration in your Lake Worth home, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth today at (561) 588-9777. We are here for you.

Art Exhibition: Reflections - A Look at Light Impacting Art for Lake Worth Residents

11/7/2020 (Permalink)

Cultural council logo Lake Worth residents can enjoy an exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, while SERVPRO takes care of the mold damage in your property.

Lake Worth Can Enjoy an Exhibition Courtesy of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Reflection is a fascinating art exhibit based on the story of light and its amazing blend with art. Some of the stunning displays and exhibits you can see include:

  • A pinhole camera lens using light to capture an object
  • Shimmers of light caught in a layered encaustic painting
  • A swirled dome brought to life by the light
  • Stained glass rainbows on a wall

This beautiful, prismatic display features the work of over eighteen artists. Each work depends on the play of light to bring it to life. See all the ways light can shimmer, shine, and burst forth in the artistic world.

Visitors can enjoy this and other free exhibits, Tuesday – Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. 

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides commercial mold remediation to Lake Worth businesses. Our professional team can clean up mold in your building and help prevent it from returning. Contact us at (561) 588-9777.

Can SERVPRO Help if your Neighbor Says you Need Water Removal?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling of room; large area of damage Water leaking from a condo above caused water damage in this unit. SERVPRO made this damage, "Like it never even happened."

West Palm Beach Residents Need Water Removal They Can Trust  

West Palm Beach is a busy and vibrant neighborhood with various accommodations, including condos and townhouses that share walls, ceilings, or floors with neighbors. Residents know that staying on good terms with your neighbors is key to a more comfortable life. If one of your neighbors notice something amiss that affects both your homes, it is a good idea to deal with it as soon as you can.  

We all dread learning that there is a problem with shared walls or floors, like a water stain on their ceiling originated in an apartment above or a damp patch on the shared wall. However, if your neighbor points out that you might need water removal in your West Palm Beach home, SERVPRO is on hand to help.  

What kind of water problems might affect your neighbor? 

Problems with plumbing or appliances are the most likely cause of water problems that affect other residents. The issue is unlikely to be caused by a storm or flood because you would already know about that without neighbors telling you.  

It might seem surprising that nearby residents could notice a problem before you, but if the water leak is hidden behind or under an appliance, or perhaps beneath the bathroom, you might not realize there is an issue. It is essential to deal with hidden leaks because if they are left untreated, they:  

  • Could lead to a mold problem in your home
  • Might cause structural damage to your walls, floors, or insulation
  • Could cause damage to appliances or render them unsafe
  • Might continue to spread into other resident's homes

What should you do if your neighbor says there is a problem? 

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth as soon as you can. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can get to the bottom of the issue quickly. You might be wondering what we can do about hidden leaks. The answer is that we train our technicians to use monitoring equipment to seek out unseen water problems. We can: 

  • Use thermo-hygrometers to measure and compare humidity levels in different parts of your home – humidity levels can indicate moisture problems
  • Use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to measure dampness in a range of materials
  • Use moisture probes to assess carpets, carpet pads, and sub-floors for signs of water leaks
  • Set up infrared cameras to look for signs of moisture on shared walls, ceilings, and floors 

Proper moisture testing allows us to build a full picture of the problem to design the ideal solution.  

How does SERVPRO remove water?  

There are several things we can do to remove water in West Palm Beach

  • We can use pumps and carpet wands to vacuum away puddles of water
  • We can use extractors to press the water out of soaked carpets and pads
  • We can set up air movers to create evaporation and remove water from walls, carpeting, and floors 

As well as extracting water from carpets, we can clean and dry them to leave them in their preloss condition.  

If the water has encroached on your furniture, do not worry. We can dry off wood and metal items and use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the upholstery. We can also arrange for dry-cleaning at our facility and use spot cleaning on more delicate items.   

What will happen with your insurance? 

SERVPRO understands that dealing with your insurance company can be stressful. We can talk to them on your behalf and provide them with professional information about your claim. We know that your insurance company's biggest concern is the cost of the claim. That is why we do our best to lower that cost by restoring your belongings rather than replacing them (replacing is nearly always more costly).  

We will take pictures to back up your claim. We will also sort your belongings into what is salvageable and what is not and let your insurer know how many of your possessions will need to be replaced.  

What happens after water removal? 

When water removal and drying are complete, we deodorize your home to get rid of damp smells. We can also apply anti-microbial treatments if needed to combat possible fungal growth. After a week, our team will check in with you to ensure you are satisfied and answer any questions. 

What about nearby residents' homes? 

When you put a call to SERVPRO, you are our customer, not your neighbor. We cannot start cleaning their home as well! However, if you are pleased with our work in your home, you are very welcome to recommend us to clean up any water marks or leaks in their dwelling. 

If you need water removal, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777.

How Destructive Can a Sink Leak Become?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

leaking pipe under sink Small and large leaks can quickly cause damage to your home. Inspect your fixtures often for signs of leaks.

A Steady Leak from a Kitchen Fixture Can Compromise Many Structural Elements in West Palm Beach Condos  

Because you cannot plan for or entirely prevent water damage incidents in your West Palm Beach condo, understanding these events' impact on structural elements is critical. Even a seemingly inconsequential circumstance like a dripping plumbing fixture can lead to thoroughly saturated cabinets, flooring, and other kitchen elements.  

A persistent kitchen leak might not seem like devastating water damage for West Palm Beach condos. Still, over time, these conditions can deteriorate and erode impacted structural elements and installed kitchen fixtures. While our SERVPRO team has industry-leading drying and evaporation techniques to preserve and protect affected areas of your residence, prolonged exposure can reduce the probability of safeguarding these materials. Some of these include:  

  • Cabinets – When you have leaking pipes or fixtures, nearby materials can be the most compromised. Cabinets, especially particleboard backing materials, can deteriorate quickly with exposure to water.  
  • Counters – While many countertops have a finish that prevents water permeance, they must often be removed to replace damaged cabinets or provide more direct access for drying equipment.  
  • Plumbing Pieces – Identifying the problematic portions of broken or damaged plumbing not only resolves the leak impacting the kitchen but prevents recurring concerns and showcases other problem areas that might exist.  
  • Flooring - Engineered wood flooring is a polished, finished look to your kitchen but can be highly susceptible to standing water absorption. 

Replacing Structural Elements "Like it never even happened."  

With in-house contractors, we can identify what structural elements require removal and replacement with initial inspections. Controlled demolition practices ensure that we have a clear and dry foundation for replacing compromised materials and fixtures from your condo's kitchen.  

Water losses can be destructive to your condo, but the fast response of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team can help. Contact us today at (561) 588-9777.

How Likely is Flooding During Hurricane Season?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water around houses and a van. Hurricanes and the aftermath are nothing to play with. Call SERVPRO we will be ready for your call.

West Palm Beach homes can see the violent side of nature during certain times of the year, leading to quickly developing flooding scenarios. 

Between June and September every year, West Palm Beach residents prepare for the onslaught of heavy rainfall and storms possible. While some seasons are worse than others, rapidly forming powerful systems can reach the land with terrible force, providing a considerable challenge for aging structures in the immediate area to resist damage. The torrential rainfall can have a pressing impact on the streams, creeks, and other water bodies as well. Storm surges also incorporate destructive swells from the ocean to flood the shoreline properties.

Because of how quickly flood damage in West Palm Beach homes and condos can develop, many property owners have little time to contend with these conditions before they are out of control. DIY restoration for flooding can be a considerable challenge when you consider how less-prepared homeowners are for these emergencies versus the extensive inventory of recovery tools available to our SERVPRO team.

Some Common Concerns for Flooding in a House Are:

  • Debris – Natural flooding brings in varying debris and solids, including decomposing organic matter, wildlife, and other pressing threats.
  • Contaminants – Bacterial and viral pathogens present in substances like sewage, chemicals, and other encountered threats could exist in the water in your house.
  • Volume – Often, the volume of the water preset is another concern. Our SERVPRO professionals have powerful extractors like submersible pumps and wet vacuums to manage these conditions.  
  • Safety Hazards – Pooling water can also create hazardous situations like electric shock scenarios when water levels reach as high as live outlets in the damaged space.

Hurricane season can be destructive to homes and businesses in the area, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team is always ready and able to help. Give us a call anytime at (561) 588-9777.

Can West Palm Beach Homeowners Obtain Fire Damage Recovery Services from One Company, Meeting the Needs of Both Structures and Contents?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

burned kitchen in a home Recovery services include many steps and helpful tools. Contact our experienced technicians for expert services.

SERVPRO Approaches West Palm Beach Fire Restoration Challenges Balancing the Requirements of Damaged Structures and Contents -- Check Out Our Strategies to Restore the Space and the Irreplaceable Items that Make Your House a Home

If you have never contended with the effects of a fire in your West Palm Beach home, the tension presented when you have both damaged essential structural components, and a houseful of fire residue-coated items, is daunting. The necessity of quickly restoring the soot, smoke, and charring-compromised dwelling is undeniable. But you also wonder how room after room of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions can also receive the attention needed. Can both concerns be met by one multi-talented and appropriately equipped team? Let us show you why the answer is affirmative.

Is It Possible to Subdivide the Fire Damage Responses into Manageable Jobs?

When we arrive at your West Palm Beach home, fire damage restoration might proceed more efficiently if we consider a "divide and conquer" approach. One of the strategies we often follow is to move some or all of the contents of your home elsewhere while our onsite crew works on:

  • Firefighting water removal, containment, and disposal
  • Surface residue evaluation, including the matching of the soot residues found on different surfaces with appropriate cleaners, tools, and methods for efficient removal
  • Determining if charred or water-damaged structures are restorable, or if the components now, or after aggressive charring or water removal, no longer demonstrate the strength needed for their function, requiring replacement
  • Contemplating the challenges of odor removal and developing a deodorization plan

Why Would Packing-Out the Contents of a Fire-Damaged Home Help Speed the Restoration of the Physical House's Structure?

SERVPRO technicians relentlessly guard against the drift of fire residues in West Palm Beach from one space to another during restoration. Otherwise, the restoration process never resolves. A house fully loaded with furniture and other portable property requires our team to contain each workspace. Technicians must move items continuously to maintain the integrity of cleaned spaces. Contents also carry soot and water if they were located near the fire or if air currents or HVAC systems spread soot and debris to them. Moving the contents out of the house helps by:

  • "Clearing the decks" for efficient water and fire residue removal
  • Preventing contents from spreading soot and odors within the walls of your home, particularly in newly-cleaned areas
  • Lowering your home's humidity because it is likely the contents were soaked with sprinkler systems or the firefighters' hoses
  • Permitting us the room to scale up equipment assignment and crew members deployment to complete project phases quickly 

How Does a Pack-Out Improve Restorative Outcomes for the Contents of Your Home?

Like the benefits granted to your home's structure after removing soiled, wet contents, packing out your furniture and other possessions protects them from continuous resoiling from smoke and soot residues lingering in the air and settling on surfaces in your home. It also prevents wicking of the firefighting water into porous materials, and takes the permeable items away from a humid space filled with contaminants.

How Is My Personal Property Managed and Secured During a Pack-Out?

When our specially trained contents technicians assess the pack-out inventory, they start by sorting them according to the type and intensity of fire and water damage. During the pack-out process, SERVPRO employees use our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track the property through lists, barcodes, and pictures. The CCIS provides a concise documentation system for insurance claims, following each item. We determine item by item if it needs and can endure cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and disinfecting to regain its previous function and appearance.

What Are Examples of Special Restoration Resources SERVPRO Uses for Contents?

In our production facility, we maintain a range of resources focused on fire-damaged items' unique needs. Away from the hectic environment at your home, we carefully select from the following treatments, and more:

  • Freeze-drying for documents, photos, and other paper soaked during the firefighting
  • Industrial washers and dryers to restore:
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Household linens
  • Window treatments
  • Immersion tanks to soak soot-encrusted non-porous items before a scrub with soft brushes and towels
  • Ultrasonic tanks that use sound waves to blast off deeply embedded fire residues 
  • Small chambers to clean and dry furniture efficiently
  • Contained areas where we can use deodorizing technology like:
    • Thermal or wet foggers
    • Hydroxyl generators
    • Ozone machines

Never fear that SERVPRO of Lake Worth might falter in our pledge to return your dwelling and the unique contents within to "Like it never even happened." We respond 24 hours a day, prepared to send out fully equipped crews promptly with a single call to  (561) 588-9777.

Is It Possible to Restore My Lake Worth Home After a Fire?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage home To schedule a response team visit for your home here or in West Palm Beach, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 today.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Lake Worth Home and Its Contents

How Is SERVPRO A Better Option for Me?
Expertise in contents cleaning is why SERVPRO should be your choice for fire restoration in Lake Worth. Our specialists train extensively to clean and restore items many homeowners and residents often consider beyond saving. We cannot guarantee a perfect restoration, but our methods and equipment can get items as close to their original condition as possible.

What Items Can Your Specialists Restore?
Mattresses and Box Springs – Residents forget that these items were covered by sheets, blankets, and other bedding. The only exposed surfaces are usually the fabric sides (or ticking) of the box springs. Our restoration specialists can wipe down and clean these using most of the cleaners in our inventory since there are no colors to run and cause staining. Most mattress fabrics are colorfast, so specialists can use them with our Hot Water Extraction Method to successfully remove smoke residues and other particles as well.

Lampshades – For the average lampshade from a retail store it is probably cheaper to replace than restore it. For expensive items, the fabric is probably delicate enough to require a dry cleaning method using one of our solvents that removes smoke residues and other particles. This also prevents the fabric from pulling away from the frame and reduces water and rust stains.

Is That Everything?
No. SERVPRO specialists can also remove the smoke residues and burnt particles that can settle in rugs. Typically, the first order is to vacuum the fibers to remove loose soiling. The problem is worse here since they are also ground into the rugs by efforts to extinguish the fire. After identifying the type of fabric in the rug, they identify the best cleaner to use, and if an agitation device can be used along with a shampoo machine.

To schedule a response team visit for your home here or in West Palm Beach, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 today.

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How Do You Remove Smoke and Protein Residues from Fire-Damaged Cabinets in West Palm Beach?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Cabinets with fire and smoke damage. Fire and smoke damage can get tricky, SERVPRO is here to assist your West Palm Beach condo after fire damage.

When kitchen flare-ups damage your West Palm Beach condo, there are several steps involved in protecting the affected surfaces. 

Damage to your kitchen can happen quickly and be an alarming situation for your West Palm Beach condo. As fast as these scenarios can get out of control, it is vital to understand the impact these flare-ups can have on the kitchen and surrounding areas. Cleaning up after a fire of any size or type requires careful planning and thorough evaluations. Our project manager can respond quickly to fire loss emergencies to evaluate the property, the damage present, and what should be done to restore your condo to its original condition.

What Cleaning Practices Remove Surface Residues? 

Much of the choices made in restoring fire damage to West Palm Beach condos and residences involve understanding the type of smoke residue and debris present. Every type of fire can present a different obstacle for restorers like our SERVPRO team. Grease and kitchen fires often result in protein residues on exposed surfaces like the cabinets and counter-tops. There are several potential approaches to removing these residues and restoring the underlying materials. 

  • Agitative Cleaning – Agitative cleaning involves several different potential processes such as brushing, steel wool, vacuuming, or feather dusting to remove thicker groupings of particulates on the surface.
  • Media Blasting – By combining baking soda along with pressurized air or water, we can often break apart thick residues on surfaces generated by proteins and grease without damaging the substrate underneath.
  • Chemical Solvents – We have multiple cleaning products designed to address oil-based soils and water-based threats alike. Chemical solvents can emulsify surface soiling to rinse or wipe it away. 

As threatening as fire losses can seem, our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team has the experience and a potent line of cleaning products to help restore exposed elements and contents. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (561) 588-9777.

Can I Use Bleach For Mold Remediation In The Office?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

West Palm Beach Entrepreneurs Want A Quick Fix For Mold.

West Palm Beach business owners know that it is essential to keep their company headquarters in good condition. Your office building is one of your most significant expenses, and so you want to take as good care of it as you can.

If you notice mold growth in your West Palm Beach premises, you might wonder if you can use bleach for mold remediation. Bleach has become something of a folk remedy – many people believe it is a safe and effective way to deal with mold yourself, instead of calling in a remediation company.

But is it a good idea to use bleach on the spores in your office? 

How does mold grow?

To understand some of the reasons bleach is not suitable for mold remediation, we must first understand how mold grows. Spores can develop if the environment has a supply of organic material for food, water, oxygen, and the correct temperatures.

Items such as drywall, wallpaper, and even carpets, provide organic material for spores to munch on. Add in enough oxygen, the right temperatures, and a damp environment, and you have a recipe for spore growth in your office.

Does bleach kill mold?

Technically, yes – bleach can kill some mold spores. However, the Environment Protection Agency does not recommend using bleach for cleaning mold, and SERVPRO strongly recommends you find an alternative. In some cases, using bleach is very ineffective, and in other cases, it can make the problem worse.

It is also important to note that bleach is caustic and is a toxic chemical. It is not generally safe to use, and SERVPRO encourages you to steer clear of it.

Why is bleach not effective for killing mold?

Most bleach labels state it is not suitable for porous surfaces. Bleach cannot penetrate the deeper levels of porous surfaces such as wood or drywall.

When mold grows on wood or drywall, it does not only build on the surface. It forms deeper roots into the material where it can continue to feed and propagate. If you use bleach on a non-porous surface, you may believe you have eradicated the mold. However, you have only tackled the surface appearance and have not dealt with the underlying spore growth. The fungus can quickly regrow in this situation.

 Can bleach make the problem worse?

Unfortunately, yes, using bleach can make your mold problems worse. Bleach has high water content, and that water can sink into porous materials, leaving the chlorine component behind to evaporate on the surface. That water feeds the deeper mold roots and encourages further growth. Now the mold has extra fuel to come back more strongly than before.

What is the best alternative to bleach?

The best alternative to bleach is hiring a professional remediation company like SERVPRO. We train our technicians in assessing a mold situation and using the most appropriate tools.

Hiring a professional team means you do not have to take time out of your business to deal with mold yourself, and you are not using toxic bleach in the work environment. We have industry-standard antimicrobial and antifungal products to hand, which are better suited to the job than bleach.

Can SERVPRO get rid of mold?

No – it is a myth that a remediation company can remove mold from your premises. Because the spores are microscopic and present throughout the natural world, it is impossible to eradicate them. However, thorough mold remediation can get rid of existing spores and discourage new growth.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth uses devices such as:

Moisture sensors

Moisture meters and penetrating moisture meters


Infrared imaging

To monitor moisture levels in your office. Monitoring means we can tackle mold growth wherever it is hiding. We also know for sure when the moisture level and humidity has dropped to a level mold does not like. Our monitoring process means our remediation process is more than surface deep, and therefore more effective.

What is the SERVPRO mold remediation process?

On arrival, our team will:

Inspect and assess so we can draw up the best plan

Set up containment if needed to prevent further spread of spores

Use air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to pull the microscopic spores out of the air

Remove mold and mold-infested materials

Clean your office and office furniture as much as practical

We also train our teams to handle odor removal and carry out restoration jobs (such as replacing drywall or carpets). We understand the need to get back to work, which is why we aim to leave your property, “Like it never even happened.”

For help with mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777.

How Is Professional Water Restoration In West Palm Beach Cost-Efficient?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

A glass building with palm trees. Let SERVPRO save you in the long run when it comes to your West Palm Beach commercial water loss.

When your West Palm Beach office complex gets damaged by water disasters, it can be time and money-saving to choose competent restorers like our SERVPRO team. 

In larger commercial structures, like the office complex where your business is located in West Palm Beach, a water disaster can simultaneously impact multiple companies. With multiple floors and shared workspaces, migrating loss effects can quickly spread to several areas of the facility and cause substantial property losses. Among the chief concerns is the impact that these situations can have on contents like personal records, documentation, and client-specific files. Content relocation and cleaning efforts can help to address these concerns with mitigation tactics.

With a custodial staff for the complex, it is often tempting to avoid choosing professional water restoration companies for West Palm Beach facilities. There are multiple benefits to choosing professionals like our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team for these tasks, if not specifically for the understanding that we are equipped to handle large loss situations with industrial-grade extractors, dehumidifiers, and portable power.

Failure to adequately and thoroughly dry the facility is among the primary concerns with DIY restoration. Without removing moisture entirely from exposed materials and contents, it is likely to cause continued problems for the building such as:

  • Structural Deterioration
  • Contents Damage
  • Health and Safety Hazards
  • Microbial and Mold Growth

How Does SERVPRO Ensure Thorough Drying? 

We rely on sophisticated technologies to determine when drying goals and desired moisture content levels have gotten reached during restoration. Surface moisture meters, hygrometers, and thermal imagery all play a role in finding damp pockets in wall systems, flooring, and ceiling materials. When the results of these inspections are satisfactory to our restorers and the customer, we begin the structure's final cleanup.

Water disasters can sweep through your facility quickly and fiercely, threatening documentation, furniture, flooring, and more. Give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team a call to help however you need at (561) 588-9777.

Can Smoke Residues Get Removed from Carpeting in My Lake Worth Property?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Damage We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Fire damage to Lake Worth homes can be devastating and overwhelming, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with practical cleaning approaches.

Because there are so many different types of fire damages that can impact Lake Worth properties, there are no universal solutions for cleaning and restoring a home after these disasters. The type of combustion and materials burned before extinguishment occurs can leave various residues and soiling on surfaces and contents throughout the property. Smoke residues are formidable aspects of fire restoration for our SERVPRO team. When these soils impact sensitive materials like carpeting, a repair can be challenging.

With so many layers of fire damage in Lake Worth homes and businesses to contend with after these disasters, our restoration professionals in this niche are among the most heavily trained in our roster. Experience against considerable damages to flooring materials can often allow us to preserve and protect exposed elements like carpeting from requiring removal and discarding. Cleaning soot and smoke residues from fibers require a calculated process that begins with determining how severe soiling is and ensuring that our cleaning approaches are not going to cause irreparable damage to the flooring. Our restoration process for smoke-damaged carpets includes:

• Damage Assessment
• Pre-Testing and Sampling
• Carpet Cleaning
• Post-Cleaning Inspection

Who Can Perform Controlled Demolition and Reinstallation?

Inevitably there are situations where flooring materials like carpets are too severely damaged to preserve. With in-house contractors available to dispatch along with our restoration professionals, SERVPRO can provide efficient controlled demolition solutions in these situations. These same contractors can replace the flooring once other fire mitigation services have completed.

Fire damage can be widespread and overwhelming for homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team works to reduce the severity of these conditions through cleaning and restoration techniques. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

Should I open My Windows After Flood Damage?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

"Humidity" We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

West Palm Beach Residents Want To Air Their Homes Quickly.

Nobody living in West Palm Beach wants their home to smell damp. A fresh-smelling home is much nicer than one that smells bad.

After flood damage, West Palm Beach homeowners might open their windows to help with the airflow. It’s natural to assume that an open window and better air circulation is a cure for lingering damp odors after a flood. However, open windows can interfere with the dehumidifying process.

Why is dehumidifying a vital part of flood damage restoration?

The first stage of flood damage restoration is pumping out standing water. After your home is free of water, it is time to clean, dry, and disinfect. But running dehumidifiers is essential too. 

Dehumidifiers dry the air and remove the lingering damp feeling

Dehumidifiers help dry out carpets, furnishings, and the structure of the home, 

            to prevent water damage

Dehumidifiers help get rid of leftover damp smells

Dehumidifiers are an essential part of preventing mold growth after a flood

Why is it important to keep the windows closed?

The dehumidification process requires a closed drying system with all doors and windows closed. A closed system makes it easier to control the environment and monitor drying progress.

What kind of dehumidifiers does SERVPRO use?

SERVPRO teams use three types of dehumidifier:

Conventional refrigerants – use refrigerant coils to trap and cool the air, and turn it into moisture droplets before pumping the droplets away from the structure

Low grain refrigerants – work similarly to conventional refrigerants except that they pre-cool the air before moving it across the coils

Desiccants – use water-absorbing compounds to absorb moisture from the air and then vent the moisture-laden air out of the building

Each type of unit has its strengths. Conventional devices are our most commonly-used dehumidifiers as they work in a range of conditions. Low grain units can dry to a lower level of humidity and are more energy-efficient. Desiccant units lower humidity much faster than refrigerant types.

No matter what the scenario, you can rest assured that our teams know which unit is best for each situation.

If you are concerned about getting your home dry after flood damage, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth a call at (561) 588-9777.

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What are Signs of Bathroom Water Damage?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can Help Locate and Remediate Lake Worth Water Damage

Homeowners dealing with water damage will agree that it can be quite a 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 water sources between the sink, the shower 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, several potential issues can result.

Living in South Florida means hot days and nights, which means you need a well-functioning bathroom to clean up. Therefore, homeowners need to be aware of the most common signals that water damage may be present. The following are some of the most typical Lake Worth 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 apparent cause of bathroom water damage, other issues may present themselves much slower and inconspicuously.

If and when you notice that your bathroom has some water issues, you must be proactive in seeking help. Our team of highly trained bathroom water damage professionals attacks the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth today to learn more! (561) 588-9777 

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How Should You Prepare Your Business for the Upcoming Holiday Season?

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Your Prepare Now to Keep Your Business Safe for the Holiday Season 

Even though it's summer, the holiday season is right around the corner. For many businesses throughout Lake Worth, this is the time of year to prepare the commercial properties for increases in customers, and hopefully, increases in sales. From office holiday parties to family gatherings, the holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, however, it is also the time of year when business owners must account for potential criminal attacks. As such, it is vital for Lake Worth businesses to create a security plan for the holiday season. 

Small business owners are at risk of robberies since they often have extra cash in-store during this time of year. Be sure to keep in mind the following safety tips in the upcoming holiday season:

  • Go over all the security employees with the staff and ensure they have a thorough understanding of protocols
  • Check that all alarm systems, surveillance cameras, locks, and cybersecurity software are in working order
  • Ensure locking all doors and windows upon closing each night
  • Update your system to account for the extended holiday hours
  • Try to make bank deposits at different times, avoid having a set routine
  • Consider bringing on a nighttime security guard
  • Avoid checking your business email account when you are on a public Wi-Fi network
  • Install an outside lighting system
  • If hiring seasonal employees, be sure to do thorough background checks 

The holiday season is a profitable period for many businesses, but an unexpected break-in could send your business into a tailspin. When it comes to small business security, you cannot be too careful. Should your business need emergency restoration, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is always available. Contact us at (561) 588-9777. 

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How Does Flood Damage Affect Crawlspaces in Lake Worth?

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Crawlspace Concerns after Storm Damage in Lake Worth 

The heavy rains seen during extreme weather events can affect all levels of your Lake Worth home. When assessing the harm done by a rainstorm, make sure the restoration company you choose evaluates every area making up your dwelling, including the foundation supporting your house. Your property's structural integrity depends on the proper assessment of any damage done to the lowest level of your home. 

The older homes in the Lake Worth neighborhoods often experience storm damage to the crawlspace type foundation chosen years before to allow cooling air to circulate and permit easy access to utility lines. If the heavy rain runoff collects or soaks into areas of the crawlspace, moisture issues become a significant problem. Deterioration of structural components and mold growth can follow. We have strategies and recommendations that can help restore and stabilize the space. 

When the SERVPRO team arrives, our project manager conducts a thorough inspection of the foundation's damage. We look for contributing factors such as cracks and eroded or poorly configured drainage configurations. We discuss making arrangements to repair gutters and downspouts or regrade the ground surrounding the crawlspace to help avoid or minimize storm damage in the future. 

We use pumps stocked on our service vehicles to remove water from the crawlspace. Cold water pipes that might add to the water load under your house because of condensation might need wrapping. Any insulation soaked during the storm damage needs removal and replacement. SERVPRO technicians complete the dry out of your raised crawlspace foundation with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.  

Throughout the project, our IICRC-trained employees take moisture readings, helping us to set, and finally achieve final drying goals. Once SERVPRO completes the drying phase, we make decisions to prevent subsequent water damage from the storms that are likely to recur. You might consider installing a vapor barrier encapsulation system with a sump pump option. 

SERVPRO of Lake Worth offers a range of options to help our community recover after storm damage to a crawlspace foundation. Call us at (561) 588-9777 to schedule an assessment as soon as possible after the rain.  

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Your Home Experienced Fire Damage. What's Next?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room with heavy smoke and soot damage Don't let fire damage dictate where you live. Call SERVPRO today for fire damage remediation assistance.

What Factors Affect Fire Damage Restorability in Lake Worth Properties? 

At first, even when localized to one area of the home, fire damage can look daunting to clean up. We know that looks can be deceiving, and often items homeowners think are a total loss are restorable through our cleaning methods.  

When mitigating fire damage to a Lake Worth property, several factors determine how much SERVPRO technicians can salvage through restoration efforts. No two fires are the same because the materials that fuel the fire are unique to the premises' location, and airflow patterns are never the same. The rules for cleaning and restoration are rooted in scientific methods. They are finite, and technicians apply them to each situation to fit the circumstances for the best outcome for the property and possessions.  

Technicians use wet and dry sponge methods to clean smoke residue, and soot non-porous surfaces such as vinyl wallpaper and enamel painted walls. Items that smoke has permeated such as upholstery or carpeting generally require deep cleaning methods to neutralize the odors. Plastics and rubber leave wet smears to clean up while wood and natural materials leave a drier, lighter residue that is easier to clean.  

Soot is a double issue during clean up. The small particles can cause odor, and also some motes are tinier than the human eye can see. SERVPRO technicians often use HEPA air scrubbers that can capture particles as small as 0.3-microns. Soot can travel if not contained and wind up in food containers in the pantry moving through the threads in a jar or invade the refrigerator through gaskets not providing an adequate seal. Our technicians can inspect food items and advice if it is safe to keep or dispose of them.  

Removing Odors from Properties with Fire Damage here in Lake Worth 

One of the most prominent issues homeowners experience after a minor fire are unpleasant odors. When materials burn, they release chemicals along with carbon into the surrounding atmosphere. In particular, synthetic materials release thicker smokes that come with smells that are not easy to remove. Using a professional service to remove soots and tackle lingering odors is an essential part of getting your home back to how it was before. 

Properties that undergo minor fire damage in Lake Worth can be remediating relatively quickly with a minimum fuss. Inhabitants do not have to move out of the structure during restoration because containing the flames to one specific area, like a kitchen, occurred. 

The more concerning aspect is that smokes travel on natural air currents and can occupy small, enclosed spaces that are difficult to remediate. From there, these residues and soots can give off odors that provide an unpleasant reminder of the fire damages and fill your home with the smells of burnt plastics and wood. SERVPRO can provide technicians with IICRC qualifications in odor control and remove unpleasant smells efficiently.

Deodorization requires more than one method to be truly useful. Sometimes, we never locate the source of an odor; in this case, SERVPRO technicians use multiple procedures to \properly combat the smell. The first procedure is to use thermal fogging equipment. These vaporize deodorant solvents and spread that vapor throughout the affected area. Since deodorizing fumes are similar to smoke, they enter the same cavities and neutralize the offending odor. 

In enclosed spaces like ventilation shafts or small attic spaces, we can place odor pellets. These mask odor particles until they eventually dissipate into the surrounding atmosphere and no longer present a problem. Furnishings can also be a common culprit in burnt smells even if they appear clean to the naked eye. We use chemical containment methods, spraying furniture with chemical deodorizers that form a barrier and prevent odors from rising into the air. 

Part of getting your home back to preloss conditions is removing all reminders of the event, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for thorough restoration and deodorization.

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What Happens if Water Stagnates Too Long After an Incident?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Suggests Prompt Water Damage Repair Lessens the Cost and Extent of Damage to Your Lake Worth Property 

Even if you catch a water incident within your home quickly to turn off the water supply, what happens in the hours to come is extremely important. Many accidents involving water in your home allow moisture to seep into cracks and crevices. This water invisible to the untrained eye can present a challenge due to the onset of secondary damage and mold and bacterial growth. Calling in skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) to your Lake Worth home is smart to handle the situation. 

How Do You Handle Water Damage? 

  • We are on standby 24/7 to address any size or scope project, allowing us to quickly and efficiently handle your water damage repair in Lake Worth.
  • Our IICRC-Certified team follows proven protocols for salvaging as much as possible from the affected area, including your personal belongings, furnishings, and structural materials.
  • The advanced equipment we bring to each job facilitates fast, effective water extraction and drying to make your home's interior "Like it never even happened" once we wrap up the project. 

With any water loss incident, relative humidity plays a significant role in our ability to meet our drying goals. We carefully plan out how many air movers, fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers are necessary to bring the humidity levels down safely. To ensure we are on the right track, our team uses moisture sensor technology to determine areas where moisture might be lurking. Common areas for hidden moisture after a water loss event in a residential building include the subfloor, ceilings, wall cavities, and behind the baseboards. 

Call (561) 588-9777 to enlist the help of our team at SERVPRO of Lake Worth. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we are ready to address your water damage repair needs. 

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My Renovation is Done. Now, what Should I do About the Mess?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Woman and man in hardhat, looking at blueprint From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, properly clean a commercial property is vital.

SERVPRO Gives Post Construction Cleaning Tips for Lake Worth Residents 

From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, properly cleaning commercial in Lake Worth property is vital. 

After completing a renovation or construction on a commercial property, quite a bit of dust, debris, and general mess typically follow. It is imperative to conduct several cleaning practices to ensure the property is ready for customers to walk through the door. Things like remodeling a retail space, upgrading the lobby of a hotel, or renovating a restaurant kitchen require a multitude of materials and equipment. This material and equipment create a serious mess that will require a deep, maybe even professional cleaning. 

When the contractors and construction workers leave the site, they often neglect to clean up after themselves. Upon construction completion, it is smart to have a basic understanding of what to look for when cleaning a commercial property. After finishing the job and seeing the dust settles, keep the following cleaning tips in mind

  • Be sure to clean all of the lighting fixtures
  • Spot treat carpet
  • Vacuum all flooring
  • Dust air diffusers
  • Damp-mop and buff wood flooring – waxing may be required as well
  • Retouch baseboards
  • Thoroughly wipe down the windows, mirrors, and any interior glass throughout the property
  • Clean all restroom fixtures
  • When necessary, do a deep carpet cleaning
  • Check in areas like closets and cabinets to remove any dust
  • Sweep exterior walkways
  • Polish light switches, doorknobs, and window frames 

From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, the ability to properly clean a commercial property after construction is imperative. At SERVPRO of Lake Worth, our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals has years of experience in the post-construction cleanup. Contact us today to learn more! (561) 588-9777

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Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Talks About Hurricane Damage in Lake Worth 

With Hurricane Irma in our rearview mirror, it’s easy for many Florida residents to forget how scary and dangerous hurricane season can be. February is a great time to remind yourself and your family members of how vital 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 essential to keep in mind that the spring season also brings with it the threat of intense 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 regular hurricanes near Lake Worth are 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 composes a to be a major hurricane
  • When tornadoes take place in the spring season, they are more likely to strike at night
  • A tornado can form inside of a hurricane
  • In any given moment around 1,800 thunderstorms are 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 encompassing a large area, including high winds, and lasts a 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. Contact us at (561) 588-9777. 

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How do Plumbing Failures Cause Water Damage?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has the Know How to Remediate Water Damage in West Palm Beach 

Whether your West Palm Beach home suffers from a sudden plumbing emergency or the long-term effects of an unnoticed slow leak fast and expert help delivers a superior result. Although it might seem like the harm from a smaller leak is easily managed with do-it-yourself efforts, the reality is any water loss needs assessment and then mitigation by trained disaster restoration technicians. Our team is reliable, insightful, and an industry leader.  

Water damage inflicts far-reaching effects on your West Palm Beach abode. With a water emergency, the visible issues are often just a glimpse of a much more severe and progressively destructive problem. Professional evaluation, project planning, and implementation of the tasks required can restore and preserve the integrity and comfort of your home.  

When the SERVPRO team arrives, an experienced project manager inspects the scene. We map out the extent of the water damage, which frequently involves using advanced technology like thermal scanning. Trapped water under cabinets or behind walls can complicate what seems like minor damage from a loose connection or cracked pipe or hose. More major flooding, such as that from a broken water heater, also migrates into cracks and crevices. Our professionals know how to locate all the excess moisture to ensure our efforts completely solve the problem. 

Standing water more in-depth than a couple of inches removes quickly with our submersible pumps. Wanded extractors take over, more efficient at pulling moisture spread over vast expanses and joints between floors and walls. SERVPRO service vehicles carry these tools as well as more specialized equipment like floor mats utilizing a negative pressure system to suction water up from several layers of hardwood and subflooring.  

Our IICRC-trained technicians take moisture measurements of the building materials affected to inform our determination of drying goals. After removing the liquid, the SERVPRO green trucks provide air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. They assist in pulling moisture out of porous structural components into the air as vapor and then condensing or absorbing the vapor for removal.  

Making it, “Like it never even happened,” demands precise moisture measurement, skilled water cleanup, and thorough structural drying courtesy of the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth. Schedule an assessment by calling us 24/7 at (561) 588-9777.  

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What Is the Best Way to Remove Water Odor from My Home?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has multiple applications to neutralize odors in West Palm Beach Houses

Nearly everyone in this part of Florida, West Palm Beach, has dealt with some level of flooding in their homes and many people can attest that the odor post-water loss is one of the worst things to deal with. This can get compounded as something even worse when the water contains sewage or other stinky elements. Because flood water has the potential to be harmful to come into contact with and SERVPRO techs wear head to toe protective clothing when performing restoration services in local properties.

Are My Carpet and Furniture Automatically a Loss if They Have Flood Damage?

In the majority of situations where SERVPRO handles flood damage cleanup in West Palm Beach homes, porous items such as carpet, cushions, or upholstered furnishings require discarding as there is no way to restore them to a sanitary standard for reuse within the home.

Carpets can be injurious to move when wet due to its weight, so the technicians need to remove the water beforehand. Once the water gets extracted as much as possible, the carpet gets cut into manageable strips and disposed of according to local sanitary regulations.

Non-porous items that may respond to deep cleaning methods such as immersion cleaning, may have restoration potential for reuse within the home. SERVPRO techs inspect each item in the loss area methodically and nothing gets disposed of without approval from the adjuster or property owner. The techs are happy to work directly with the insurance adjuster as needed, and this also ensures that all the work done during the cleanup gets approved as being within the scope of coverage so there are not any surprise out-of-pocket expenses for cleaning up the flood loss.

Controlled Demolition is a Common Part of Flood Loss Cleanup 

It is hard to believe half an inch of water can do the amount of damage it has the potential to leave behind. It can:   

  • Wick into sheetrock and cause buckling and warping
  • Delaminate tile
  • Ruin carpet and padding
  • Seep under floor covering and saturate the subfloor

Measures that SERVPRO techs take against this type of loss to the structure include:   

  • Drilling weep holes for drainage in walls and baseboards
  • Removal of baseboards to open up floor joints for extraction and drying
  • Flood cuts to quickly remove damaged sheetrock above the waterline

Mold is Always a Concern After Flood Loss 

SERVPRO technicians have an extensive library of information and training in the fight against mold infestations post-flood. Because of the elevated interior humidity, and warmer year-round temps in Florida, it creates a perfect breeding ground for naturally occurring mold spores to germinate and spread rapidly.

When drying the property, the techs take air moisture readings to determine the current percentages and develop a drying goal that is below sustainable levels for mold growth. During the drying process, readings get taken at regular intervals to ensure that the interior humidity levels are on track. Once the interior gets dried, proactive treatments to inhibit any mold growth through the use of antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants.

Prepping the Property for Needed Repairs 

Several actions go into the preparation of the structure for repairs or reconstruction needed to bring the home to its pre-flood loss condition. Getting rid of ruined building materials and contents assists in lowering the foul odors but residual odors may remain even after the structure shows as dry on the meter readings. To leave the structure odor-free, the techs use a variety of odor control methods to neutralize unpleasant scents left behind. One of the go-to pieces of equipment is the Hydroxyl Generator which works exactly like leaving laundry in the sun to kill odors using the same UV rays. Best of all, as this machine converts airborne molecules, it is completely safe around people, pets and plants. Thermal fogging requires no one else is on-site while it gets used, but it is very effective for getting rid of otherwise embedded odors and making them nonexistent. Since both of these odor control methods work to change the odorous particulate at the molecular level, the scents never return.

The loss area also gets thorough hand-cleaning from the techs using their proprietary cleaners. Depending on the surfaces getting cleaned - different solutions get used. For example, an antibacterial for counters and specialized formulas for other types of surfaces.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 brings the professional tools and experience to eliminate the problems flood damage brings to a home and restores the property to its pre-water loss condition.

Does Water Intrusion Disappear by Itself in my Palm Beach Home?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Enacting water restoration early on can help you to avoid further costs in the future.

Without Addressing the Root Cause of a Water Issue, your Palm Beach Home Can Continue to Sustain Harm

How long should I wait before calling professional restorers?

A water issue in your property is only going to get worse without professional intervention from a certified Palm Beach restorer. Property restoration can seem like an inconvenience to your everyday life, often causing homeowners to avoid the problem or hope it disappears by itself. In our experience, minor property leakages can undergo quick restoration causing minimum inconvenience to the homeowner. However, a long-term water exposure issue can cause structural harm or mold infestation and could force a temporary move out. SERVPRO can reduce future losses in your home by performing timely mitigation and restoration.

How can I dry beneath a wet carpet?

Carpet cleaning is a common requirement when using water damage restoration services here in Palm Beach. Sometimes it can be time-consuming to lift a carpet from the floor altogether because it requires moving furniture and other items out of the affected area. One workaround for dealing with wet carpets is to float the carpet. Floating a carpet involves detaching it from the seams and baseboard before placing the supply of an air-mover beneath the carpet. Centrifugal air-movers are powerful enough to circulate warm, dry air beneath the carpet, restoring the underside and the subfloor below. If possible, SERVPRO technicians use carpet floating to reduce the inconvenience to a homeowner as well as the overall time-frame of restoration.

What restoration is available for wet carpets?

    •    Removal, disposal, and replacement of a damp carpet pad
    •    Thorough drying and pre-conditioning of the carpet fibers
    •    Buffering to return carpet fibers to their preloss condition

Enacting water restoration early on can help you to avoid further costs in the future. Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777.

Am I Ready for Storms and Flooding in West Palm Beach This Hurricane Season?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

flooding outside a Florida residence after a storm Storms can bring flooding and flood damage into your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for expert water removal services.

Choose SERVPRO Before the Winds Blow, and Know You Have a Restoration Industry Leader on Your Side When Heavy Weather Hits West Palm Beach

Even if you have dodged the worst outcomes in previous seasons, you cannot predict the time you and your family might be dealing with significant storm-related flooding. In addition to following advice about proactive preparations to minimize the impact on your home’s structure and plan for your family’s safety, you need a name and number to call to get help with flood loss.

What Is the Best Flood Restoration Company for Residential Disasters?

You need a company that prioritizes your situation when storms cause flood damage in West Palm Beach. We promise to deliver the workforce and equipment scalability to help you plus other residents and neighboring businesses in our community promptly during storm flooding. Reliability and follow through on a promise of clear communication are musts.

What Kind of Training Should I Look for in a Restoration Company?

SERVPRO’s managers and technicians trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are crucial components in your restoration plan. Our employees learn on-site assessment approaches, site safety and securing protocols, and flood cleanup and structural drying best practices. The work we do for you is consistent and appropriate to the severity of damage we observe in your home. Even as we handle many projects after a storm, we individualize your plan, completing it on time and in a professional manner.

What Kind of Community Commitment Should I Expect?

Our firm represents the culmination of our owner's 30-plus years of devotion and experience in consumer assistance industries in our region. Be confident that we are here to help you today, and intend to be available for questions and issues in the future.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth has the resources to assist the communities we serve in real-time as the storm blows over, and flooding needs a professional response. Call (561) 588-9777 to consult with our team about how we can help today.

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How do I remove smoke residues from walls, floors, and ceilings in Lake Worth?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Big fumes of smoke coming out of the second floor of a residential building Controlling soots and smokes, as well as their accompanying odors is a challenge.

Get rid of smoke residues in your Lake Worth home for good using SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRST)

Getting rid of smoke residues effectively is a challenge for most homeowners without a sound knowledge of how carbon reacts and bonds with surfaces. Using a Lake Worth restoration service can ensure that fire is reduced due to efficient procedures. While waiting for an FRST technician, you may feel inclined to address some of the damages yourself. We recommend light vacuuming on spots that show light to moderate soiling, ventilate the space by opening windows, and lay sheeting over the flooring, carpets, and furnishings, which can protect them from falling soots. Before you begin any mitigative proceedings, you must address potential safety hazards by switching off power or gas to the affected area.

Why are cleaning soot and smoke so tricky?

Cleaning soots from a fireplace or flue is not the same as cleaning smoke residues from walls. The challenge in restoring soots and smoke residues in your Lake Worth comes from soots bonding at high temperatures with the surfaces on walls and ceilings. Removing bonded soots can be exceptionally challenging without damaging the paintwork, or drywall beneath. Where the composite of soots includes animal fats, fuels, or grease, these deposits may not mix with water leading to a homeowner just spreading soots further around when trying to clean. Spreading soots around or mixing them with water can cause further expense and increase the timeframe of restoration.

How do soots bond with surfaces?

 When a fire starts, hot air rises rapidly, creating a vector current of cooler air beneath. In an enclosed space, this phenomenon can result in a significant amount of pressure. Combusting materials release hot soots into the enclosed, which are pushed against surfaces rapidly. In some situations, the pressure and temperature may wear away at the finish or varnish of appliances and woodwork. In other situations, soots may be pushed into paintwork or even drywall beneath. When these phenomena happen, you are dealing with bonded soots and, in most situations, may require powerful chemical agents to remove them.

How can you get rid of soots that are stuck to the wall?

    •    Using agitative or aggressive cleaning methods including steel sponges
    •    Machinery that files down surface layers removing both soot and material to leave behind a smooth finish for repainting or varnishing
    •    Chemical solvents which can dissolve the soiling and suspend it until washed off

What kind of machinery can I use to get rid of soot?

Abrasive mechanical equipment can be used to remove severe smoke residues or charring from the outer layers of furniture and structure. This equipment may include angle grinders fitted with light sandpaper. Alternative soda blasting can be very effective at cleaning moderate damages without necessarily impacting the walls underneath. SERVPRO technicians adopt abrasive restoration means like these as a last resort. However, one advantage of such techniques is that the surface restores to a smooth, like-new condition and is responsive to refinishing or varnishing. Refinishing walls can have odor control benefits if you use an odor sealant primer that can trap and retain unpleasant burnt smells.

How can I tell what kind of smoke damage I have?

    •    Light to moderate smoke residues barely standout against clean surfaces and are composed of dry soots. Dry vacuuming and light wet cleaning can be effective on light smoke residues
    •    Moderate smoke residues are darker in color and may have multiple layers of soots from dry and wet smokes to bonded soots.
    •    Severe smoke residues are usually greasy in texture and odorous. Using harsh chemical agents or removing the material altogether may be the only options for restoring severe soiling

How much should you ventilate a space after a fire?

Smoke can leave behind stubborn odors. Equally, chemical agents that we use to remove smokes can have pungent odors, while deodorant solvents can be unhealthy to inhale in high concentrations. Ventilating space relies on creating an air exchange between indoor air and clean air. SERVPRO can exchange the air in a space up to sixty times before clearing it for safe entry. We achieve this by setting up box vent fans in the property and opening windows; this process is known as open-system ventilation. It may not always be appropriate to perform open-system ventilation, in which case, our technicians can deploy air-filtration devices to filter and clean air in an enclosed environment; This process is closed-system ventilation.

Controlling soots and smokes, as well as their accompanying odors is a challenge. You may need to use powerful mechanical equipment and chemical agents to get your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for expert solutions.

How Can I Get the Water Out of My Carpet?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water removal from carpet Water damage in your Lake Worth home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO techs have the advanced equipment to restore the carpets in Lake Worth properties.

Many factors determine how much restoration potential a carpet has after a water loss in the home. It is important to begin cleanup efforts as rapidly as possible before the water has a chance to migrate under the carpet and into the subfloor or lower levels of your property. The longer the mitigation efforts get delayed, the more potential for secondary losses. 

Does My Carpet Have Water Damage If It Feels Dry But Smells Musty?

You may have water damage in your Lake Worth carpet if you notice it feels dry to the touch, but you smell a steady musty odor. This is often the result of drying only the top of the carpet fibers, and the pad and/or backing remain damp before. This can create a perfect environment for mold spore germination as well as deteriorate the carpet backing and padding underneath. 

When SERVPRO technicians handle wet carpet, they perform multiple applications to ensure the best outcome, including: 

  • Testing the carpet fibers to choose the best cleaning agents
  • Extraction using professional equipment for maximum moisture removal
  • Drying using high-velocity air movers and pull out any embedded moisture left behind
  • Deep steam cleaning to remove water spots and sanitize the carpet

Specialized Drying Techniques Dry the Underside of Carpet

SERVPRO techs dry carpet from the bottom up when necessary. They loosen one side and use the air movers to direct the flow underneath. Other methods involve putting plastic barriers over the specific loss area and forcing warm, dry air into that space only. 

As the first sign of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to assist local homeowners with any size water loss. 

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Lake Worth, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, 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. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth today at (561) 588-9777 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Can I Save My Carpet After a Water Emergency in Lake Worth?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

carpet being removed form floor after water damage Water damage can cause many problems in your house, and permanent damage to your items. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Cleaning and Water Damage Restoration to Help Save the Carpeting in Your Lake Worth Home

Your interior may be in dire need of cleaning and restoration once you have a water loss incident. Our IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO can help with all of the professional cleaning services necessary to restore your interior fully. If you have saturated carpeting, you can rest assured that our specialized techniques and powerful equipment that brings them back to like-new condition, whenever possible.

Why Call Your Team for Restoration Services?

When your carpets suffer water damage in Lake Worth, we start with a full assessment right at the source of the water loss. We address higher concentrations of water first, then move toward locating any areas where the water migrated to find hidden pockets of moisture. Carpets take special consideration when impacted by water loss for several reasons:

  •   Carpets of all kinds can absorb a significant volume of standing water
  •   Carpets are susceptible to lingering residues and staining without prompt cleaning
  •   Carpets soaked with black water must be removed and replaced to eliminate health hazards

Why Are Your Tools Better Than My Wet/Dry Vacuum?

SERVPRO technicians come fully equipped with advanced strategies and industrial-strength equipment. Not only do we pull up all standing water, but we also have rovers that push down on the carpet to pull up even more moisture. When then use a combination drying technique that includes the use of powerful fans, air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your interior while bringing down the relative humidity in the water loss zone.

For carpets that require specialized attention, we also use hot water extraction or bonnet cleaning. All of these measures are to make your interior and carpeting, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Lake Worth is the team to call when you need prompt water damage mitigation. Call us at (561) 588-9777, so we can send a team to you as soon as possible!

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Does My Lake Worth Business Need Professional Water Cleanup?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded office with many computer desks Water damage in your office can certainly halt necessary work. Contact our certified technicians for water removal and remediation efforts.

Water Damage Worsens Unless Addressed with Professional Techniques – Contact SERVPRO to Restore Your Lake Worth Office Building

Water may end up saturating the interior of your Lake Worth office building for many reasons. You could have had a plumbing issue in one of the bathrooms, or a pipe may have burst overnight. No matter what the cause, even a small amount of water must be thoroughly cleaned up before it turns into a significant issue. Any DIY efforts may leave hidden moisture that could deteriorate structural materials or bring about dangerous mold and mildew growth.

Why Can’t I Have My Janitorial Crew Clean Up the Water?

If you are unsure if you need skilled technicians to help with the commercial water damage in Lake Worth you are experiencing; you can ask yourself a few questions:

  •   Are there any chemicals or sewage that may be in the water?
  •   Did any water come from under baseboards or cabinets located in your office space?
  •   Could the water have seeped under the flooring?
  •   Do you see signs that the sheetrock within your building seems to be buckling or wet?
  •   Is there a damaged window, skylight, or a portion of the roof?

Answering yes to one or more of these questions tells you that it is better to call in the assistance of trained professionals to address your commercial water mitigation needs. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians that come to your business for an emergency 24/7 to take care of the restoration process from start to finish.

How Can I Tell Where the Water May Have Moved To?

With any water loss incident in Lake worth, it migrates quickly to other areas, generally following the path of least resistance. Our team has extensive training to address water damage and know all of the common areas where hidden moisture lurks. To help us check for moisture, our trucks are equipped with professional detection equipment that allows us to scope your commercial space to determine what areas need the most attention. This advanced technology allows our technicians to seek out moisture under floors and behind walls without the need for total removal.

Will Water Damage Ruin the Carpets Throughout the Office?

In many cases, water loss involving carpet depends on the length of time that the materials have been saturated. Additionally, carpets are crafted from different types of fibers, and reactions may vary from one type to the next. For example, some carpets may bleed from the dyes used, or they could shrink or disintegrate with water saturation. Our skilled technicians will test the carpets to determine materials as well as the type of water impacting them. What this does is give us the necessary information to select the best possible methods for restoration after water extraction is complete.

What Do You Use for Water Cleanup?

With a slight water loss incident, our team may be able to work with wet/dry vacuums as well as industrial fans. More significant water loss or an event where the water has been standing for a more extended period of time calls for more involved measures. Our technicians use a wide range of advanced tools for water extraction, including:

  •   Truck-mounted extraction units allow us to remove hundreds to thousands of gallons of water quickly
  •   Submersible pumps are available if the water within your office building is more than two inches deep
  •   Squeegees and mops are always on hand to facilitate drying throughout your facility 

What if the Water is Coming from an Overflowing Toilet?

Not only is wastewater from a toilet messy and foul-smelling, but this blackwater must be addressed by professionals to ensure proper safety protocols are met. Until we arrive at your building, it is best to close off the area of loss to any foot traffic. If possible, put down rags to help absorb any water. Always avoid mopping because this can spread the contaminated water.

Once SERVPRO arrives, we can test the water to determine the level of bacteria and pathogens present. This allows us to select the best anti-microbial and anti-bacterial treatment. Because any airborne moisture droplets from blackwater can be harmful, our team wears full personal protective gear (PPE), which includes respiration equipment. During the cleanup, air scrubbers may be used that helps us to capture any airborne contaminants and improve upon the air quality throughout the mitigation process.

We Leave Everything Clean and Disinfected

Our team understands how vital safety is for your staff as well as any clients and vendors that enter your commercial space. You can feel confident that everything will be properly cleaned and disinfected using EPA-registered cleaning agents before the completion of water damage restoration. These specialized cleaning agents not only help to inhibit mold and mildew growth, but they also cut back on odors often brought about by water loss incidents.

Whenever you need us for commercial water damage service, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is here to assist. We can be reached 24/7 by calling (561) 588-9777, and we send a team out promptly to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Some Steps Towards Water Damage Remediation in Lake Worth

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged living room with sofa and lamp There are times when you need professional water removal and remediation services. During those times, team SERVPRO is here for you.

Is Water Restoration Worth the Cost to Lake Worth Homes?

Professional restoration offers a fast, cost-effective approach versus DIY recovery options that Lake Worth homeowners might attempt after water damage.

Water loss incidents in Lake Worth present an immediate threat to homes because of the pace of water migration and the sensitivity of porous materials and flooring. Professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can help in direct ways by offering efficient extraction, drying, and recovery solutions.

Weighing in on the cost-effectiveness of professional restoration for water damage to Lake Worth homes begins with advanced technology and tools available to our technicians. Our team can stop the migration of water damage by implementing powerful drying tools like air movers and positive pressure systems in place. Our fast response to emergencies with these cutting-edge tools can effectively remove moisture from saturated materials and protect the contents of your home.

How Does Choosing SERVPRO Save Money? 

  • Fast, 24/7 Response to Emergencies
  • Experienced Professionals
  • Efficient, Proven Strategies for Drying and Restoration

Despite the availability of extractors and drying tools for homeowners, it is often still more cost-effective and thorough to trust in the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team. We can respond quickly to any water loss emergency to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

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SERVPRO is a Go-To Essential Business in Lake Worth

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Everyone is Doing to Do Their Best to Stay Healthy and Prevent the Spread of Germs

When someone sneezes or coughs, although we are supposed to cough into our elbows, some people occasionally cover their mouths with their hands. Either way, a certain amount of droplets can still escape into the air from around the crook of the elbow or a hand and land on nearby surfaces. Microbes and viruses do not limit themselves to certain surfaces. From counters and doorknobs, frequent touch points with our hands include stair rails, tables, elevator buttons, keypads, and many other everyday places. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), illness-causing viruses may survive on a variety of surfaces from several hours up to several days.

SERVPRO can clean and apply a disinfectant to slow the spread of viruses in Lake Worth and surrounding areas. Our experience mitigating mold contamination and floodwater biohazards make us an ideal company to assist with home and business cleanup.

We begin by developing a checklist of all touch points that require the direct application EPA- registered products. We both spray and wipe surfaces to clean them and apply appropriate cleaning solutions to a number of ways to effectively treat walls, floors, furniture, and other surfaces. 

Protect your commercial and residential space. Call SERVPRO today - We are available 24/7/365, in Lake Worth, and the surrounding area at (561) 588-9777. You can count on us because, as our motto says, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We are open and ready to help you clean and disinfect your lake Worth area property. 

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Lake Worth After A Fire

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We have the experience and expertise to handle your fire damage disaster. Our technicians are available day or night, so call right away.

Why is there so Much Smoke Residue and Little Fire damage

Every fire burns differently. Fire burn profiles depend on the material that is being consumed by the fire. The amount of oxygen available to fuel the fire also affects smoke production. Fires with lots of oxygen tend to burn faster and hotter. There can be a great deal of fire damage and little smoke damage with these fires. Hot fires produce less smoke residue. Burning material that smolders receives less oxygen, produces more smoke residue which is distributed throughout the home.

SERVPRO can help with smoke damage as well as fire damage in your Lake Worth home. We can assess the situation, and prepare a plan to restore your home, remove damaged materials as well as the smoke odors in your home. The residue is deposited on surfaces within your home as air currents carry partially burned residue throughout your house. The material can be oily and easily smears if touched causing increased cleaning challenges.

SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke Odors After a Smoldering Fire in Your Lake Worth Home

Once the assessment is completed, SERVPRO gets to work immediately. We follow these steps to reduce and eliminate smoke odors:

Remove the source of the fire, e.g., cooking pot on the stove
Remove fire damaged materials around the fire
Track the distribution of the smoke residue
Wipe down and clean all hard surfaces
Clean all porous surfaces with appropriate cleaning materials

We discuss the cost of smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and timelines with the homeowner and their insurance adjuster. We consult with each party. We fully inform the homeowner regarding how much time is needed. Which items can be cleaned vs. those that may have to be replaced due to the fire damage or from smoke residue.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth for assistance with fire damage restoration and recovery. We are available 24/7/365, in Lake Worth, and the surrounding area at (561) 588-9777. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Fire Damage Repair in a Lake Worth Pizzeria

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

"Pizza" Sign When fire damage happens in your Pizzeria, Call SERVPRO at (561) 588-9777.

It’s Important to Have a Plan in Case a Fire Incident Occurs in Your Lake Worth Restaurant

National Restaurant Association data indicates that 57% of all reported restaurant fires involve cooking equipment catching fire. No matter how clean or professional a kitchen may be, fires can break out quickly and create soot damages that compromise assets like ovens, fryers, and even food storage. While commercial-grade cleaners are often highly effective, they are generally not suitable for tackling the damages and residues left behind by a large kitchen fire. 

If your Lake Worth eatery needs commercial fire damage mitigation, IICRC-certified restoration experts from SERVPRO are a phone call away from restoring your facilities to a clean and safe condition.  SERVPRO techs are well aware of local health codes, federal cleaning standards, and the unique needs of commercial eateries, and accomplishes mitigation with OSHA-approved, EPA-registered disinfecting solutions.

Common Restaurant Fire Suppression Techniques

Basic features of a suppression system include connections to both the hood over the cooking station as well as the gas line that supplies it with fuel. When this type of system activates, it shuts off fuel sources to stop flames from spreading. While a basic suppression system can combat many stovetop fires, grease fires can prove challenging to extinguish. To this end, suppression systems implement a secondary system made to put out flames. 

This secondary suppression measure dispenses a water-based compound designed to combat grease fires through nozzles implemented throughout your cooking station. After extinguishing the flames, the vent fans in the hood kick on to remove smoke and minimize the spread of soot residues. Suppression systems typically have options for both automatic and manual activation. 

SERVPRO's Air Purification Tools

SERVPRO technicians use a variety of equipment to pull soot and odor-causing particles out of the air, including HEPA-filter air scrubbers, axial box fans, and thermal foggers. Axial fans, in particular, are useful for many applications during the cleanup process. These high-powered box fans can circulate anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet of air per minute, and eliminate fumes, vapors, and residues by exchanging indoor air with clean outdoor air. 

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides local businesses with a commercial cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If your facilities have been affected by a disaster, you can call (561) 588-9777.

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What to Do After Large Scale Water Damage in Lake Worth Homes

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO’s How To For Water Damage

There are many ways a home can get hit with massive water damage. Hot water tank failures dump tens of gallons of water rapidly, a pipe burst when the homeowner is away or asleep can result in copious amounts of water before the water gets turned off. When disasters like this occur, knowing the actions to take can assist in lessening the loss to both the structure and contents. 

After interior water damage happens in Lake Worth homes, there are actions a homeowner can take to get ahead in the cleanup efforts before SERVPRO team members arrive on-site such as: 

  • Mop or use towels to blot excessive water
  • Wipe water from wood furnishings
  • Unplug and remove lamps if it is safe to do so
  • If upholstered furniture is wet, prop the cushions up 
  • Place foil or blocks under solid wood furniture legs and wet carpet, so the stain does not bleed into the fibers creating a permanent stain
  • carpeting.
  • Pick up magazines, printed materials, and colored rugs from wet carpet to prevent stains
  • Remove framed art and photographs on the walls to another area of the home away from the elevated humidity conditions

Inspection on Arrival by SERVPRO 

The technicians carefully scope the home to determine all areas of water migration. This attention to detail ensures during the extraction and drying phases; no water gets left behind. When homeowners have already moved small objects and prevented the bleeding of dyes and stains onto the wet carpet, it allows the mitigation to go that must faster.

Even Drying of the Structure and Contents

When SERVPRO technicians set up their drying equipment, they are careful to deploy air movers and dehumidification equipment in numbers that work to bring down the ambient air moisture levels at roughly the same pace. Hence, the structure dries evenly and on schedule. The techs monitor the process by taking air readings while the equipment is running to ensure the process stays on schedule. 

When water damage is the problem, SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 is the solution. The certified techs have the experience and equipment to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage Issue In Lake Worth

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home We are available 24/7 for emergency services, and as always, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Dealing with a Lake Worth Water Damage Issue? Why Calling SERVPRO is the Smart Choice

For you to lessen the severity of a water loss situation, any potential issues must be fully contained within your home. Calling a team of professionals with the right training and equipment helps keep the need for replacing your belongings and interior materials to a minimum. SERVPRO is available to help whenever you are in a bind with water damage, and we can send a team out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To address water damage in Lake Worth, our team assesses the damage while putting a plan into action that keeps water from migrating to throughout your home. Once water seeps into different areas, it slows restoration, and the need for more sophisticated equipment or invasive measures heightens. To help stop the migration of water, SERVPRO technicians utilize light wad extractions that work on drying the outer regions of the space. Other equipment such as powerful industrial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers are strategically-placed to facilitate airflow for thorough drying.

We Are Mindful Of Mold Growth
Microbe development is a potential problem with any water loss incident in the home. As living organisms, microbes thrive when given the right conditions. Excessive moisture is all that microbes need to leave behind massive damage to the porous materials found in your home. Our technicians work diligently to clean and disinfect all surfaces using specialized cleaning agents that help kill bacteria, inhibit mold growth, and stop the development of foul odors.

We Devise A Plan
Upon our arrival at your property, SERVPRO team members spring into action to assess your needs. Our trucks come loaded with all of the equipment and chemical compounds necessary for water cleanup, drying, and proper disinfection. After everything is dry and clean, we then apply anti-microbial compounds and disinfectants to your carpeting and upholstery with pressure sprayers or misters to finalize the job.

There is no project that is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Lake Worth. Our skilled water damage restoration team is ready to spring into action when you give us a call at (561) 588-9777. We are available 24/7 for emergency services, and as always, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Get You Back In Business In Lake Worth After A Mold Disaster

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Our specialized mold extracting equipment working on the ceiling in this room We have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Commercial Mold Damage Started in the Breakroom in Lake Worth Office

The one factor you can count on with commercial mold damage is that it will not get better on its own. As long as conditions remain favorable for growth, the infestation can continue to spread, creating an unhealthy environment for both customers and employees.

When a Lake Worth business discovered commercial mold damage in their breakroom in the vicinity of a slow leak they had repaired, the first call was to SERVPRO.

Locating Mold Colonies

When mold is visible, there is rarely a single colony but rather more behind the scenes. Often within wall cavities, under flooring and anywhere it is dark, damp with someone organic to consume. That is why mold spreads rapidly across sheetrock, wood framing, and paperwork.

Isolate the Mold

During mold remediation, the technicians identify all areas that need treatment for mold and contain them through the use of physical barriers over doorways and vents as well as negative air pressure chambers. This action assists in limiting any further spread of airborne spores.

Removal of Unrestorable Materials

When sheetrock and porous items have mold, they require disposal as a loss. SERVPRO technicians ensure they have the approval of either the property owner or authorized party for the remediation before anything gets placed in plastic bags and safely disposed of at the site.

Creating an Inhospitable Environment for Mold
Mold does not thrive when the ambient humidity levels are below 45%. Drying is a critical element in the abatement of the infestation. The technicians use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers in the contained space to bring down the air moisture levels rapidly and effectively dry out the colonies. Air scrubbers run throughout the process to capture any airborne spores in their HEPA filtration.

Final Abatement and Cleaning of the Office
Before the office can reopen for business, all signs of the mold damage infestation need to be gone. The technicians use various methods for removal of the dried colonies, including gentle hand scraping off surfaces. For larger growth areas or hard-to-remove residues, soda blasting removes the mold without marring surfaces. The final application of antimicrobial cleaners inhibits the return of the problem.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 handles any size commercial mold damage to your property and makes the issue "Like it never even happened."

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Using Chemical Cleaners After Flood Damage in West Palm Beach

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flood waters reaching a home Call SERVPRO for assistance after a flood occurs in your West Palm Beach home. We are always available to help.

How SERVPRO Handles Contaminants After Flood Damage Occurs 

Living almost anywhere in Florida exposes you to flood potential, given the number of heavy summer storms and hurricanes in the state. When you live in a city right near the coast, you have even higher potential to undergo a flood at some point, and it is vital to know how to clean your home afterward properly.

Flood damage in West Palm Beach after either a minor or major storm can be challenging, especially if there is widespread damage throughout the community, and home stores run low on materials. You may need professional assistance to restore and clean your home.

After the floodwaters recede and all the excess moisture extracted, one of the biggest tasks facing homeowners is ridding the structure of dangerous microorganisms, including illness-causing bacteria and fungi spores that may foster dangerous mold infestations within the home. There are several different types of disinfectants, formulated explicitly for SERVPRO that attack these microorganisms to halt or hinder their growth. 

Antimicrobial refers to any chemical used against microorganisms that prevent their development or stop their growth. Antimicrobials include germicides, fungicides, virucides, sporicides, and mildewcides. Disinfectants and sanitizers also fall under the umbrella of antimicrobials. Disinfectants such as Vanquish and Microban destroy 99 percent of organisms on contact and are incredibly useful at eradicating dangerous microorganisms after flood damage. They may not kill dormant bacterial or fungal spores, which could potentially reproduce in the future.

The terms sanitizing and sterilizing should not be confused. Sanitizers decrease microbial to levels that are acceptable and are not as harsh of a cleaner as disinfectants; however, after sanitizer use microbes may grow back under the right conditions. With this in mind, sanitizers are not the best primary cleaning solution after a flood. They are, however, useful as a secondary cleaner used in conjunction with disinfectants. Disinfection can be attained, which is a step above sanitizing a structure or room. 

SERVPRO technicians do not use sterilizers for any water or flood damage. Sterilization kills all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores, but is not possible for cleaning a residence since it can only be used on surfaces that can withstand the dangerously strong chemicals containing chlorine. Sterilizing is typically used in clinical environments and not applicable to residence cleaning.

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Fire Damage Restoration In West Palm Beach Sometimes Involves Cleaning Resilient Hard Floors

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Can Help Your Hard Floors After a Fire

Whenever something burns on your property in West Palm Beach, one major problem can have to do with soils and soot residues created by smoke and charred materials. When dealing with fire damage, our SERVPRO technicians spend much of their time figuring out how to clean and restore your contents and building materials that got negatively affected. The various surfaces inside your house can take different chemicals and methods to clean.

One major part of any fire damage project in West Palm Beach is cleaning the floors inside your house. Our SERVPRO team knows that floors can collect a large amount of smoke residues during and after an inferno burns. Also, gravity can force any particles that did not adhere to your ceilings and walls to fall to the floor. Work processes can also cause charred particles to get released into the air and then eventually settle onto your flooring materials. Therefore, as a part of the restoration process, we can clean the floors both at the beginning and at the end of all mitigation procedures.

Most houses have various types of flooring, including carpets and hard floors, both of which must be cleaned differently. Carpets often get cleaned by using hot water extraction methods with a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor. Hard floors, on the other hand, can get cleaned using a variety of chemicals and methods depending on the severity of the situation.

Many homes contain some vinyl flooring, which is classified as being resilient. These types of materials consist largely of resins and polymers. These floors are also relatively soft compared to wood or concrete, and they come in either tiles or large sheets.

Light to moderate surface residues present on your resilient floors can often be cleaned by sweeping, dust mopping, or damp mopping. For more heavy soot residues, spray buffing could be implemented. During the spray buffing process, residues get removed then replaced with a spray buff solution. If the smoke residues are thick and they adhere well to your floor's surface, then the flooring could have to be removed and replaced.

If you ever notice the presence of soot residues inside your home, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Did Recent Storms Leave Water Damage in Your West Palm Beach Ceilings?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Damaged Ceilings in Storm-Damaged West Palm Beach Condos 

High-end condominiums throughout West Palm Beach are unfortunately just as susceptible to the violent weather events as other properties in the path of tropical storms. With the high winds and torrential rainfall, damage to roofs and the building itself can leave your condo exposed to some substantial flooding in the right conditions. Even without several inches of standing water to contend with, repairing and replacing damaged structural elements can be costly enough for even minor flooding. 

Migrating water during a storm event can lead to flood damage in West Palm Beach condos. Because so many condo ceilings include soundproofing to add privacy and a more pleasant living condition, many costlier elements and materials can become damaged when water makes its way through the roof to your building. Depending on where floodwater travels, the same expensive damages could occur in shared wall cavities between yours and another’s unit. 

When our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at your damaged address, we must assess the condo for structural concerns. Ceiling materials like drywall, acoustic ceiling, or plaster can all show noticeable signs of integrity loss with direct water exposure. Pooling water can quickly saturate through porous organic materials like drywall to cause a composition change where the wallboard becomes too heavy to remain installed. 

In many cases, to address the materials used in soundproofing your unit, we must get beyond the surface material like drywall or tile. Noise reduction materials are typically a form of insulation or a mat-like element installed between your ceiling and the floor of the unit about yours. The same premise exists for neighboring condos on the same level. Our SERVPRO team can remove these water damaged materials and work with positive pressure systems, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry out the damp, structural cavities. Our in-house general contractors can complete the demolition and reinstallation of this material to make this flood loss incident “Like it never even happened.” 

With the premier materials used in the construction of your condo, reconstruction and rebuilding can be costly avenues. Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team can limit how much of your residence needs to get rebuilt after a flood loss with our fast and confident response. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

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Why it is Important to Clean HVAC Systems After Fires in West Palm Beach

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Top of HVAC unit Once smoke gets into your HVAC unit, it travels. We can clean your air ducts to minimize smoke and soot spreading throughout your home.

Fire Damage West Palm Beach – Does My HVAC System Need to be Cleaned

An HVAC system forces air, either heated or cooled throughout the home. During a fire, smoke residue may be drawn into the system and redistributed throughout the entire house. Not only does your whole house need to be cleaned and deodorized, so does your HVAC system.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in the West Palm Beach area. Our experience has shown that many HVAC systems need cleaning after a fire. However, it depends on the type of fire, how long it was burning, and proximity to cold air return vents. We can inspect and evaluate your system to assess cleaning requirements. No one wants to redistribute smoke odors throughout a restored home from a residue filled HVAC system.

HVAC System Assessment

Factors SERVPRO takes into account include: did smoke enter the system, length of time the fire burned, was the HVAC system operating at the time of the fire, type of smoke residue, amount of residue, presence of smoke odors. Also, factors such as damaged HVAC components, duct type, is the disassembly of the system required, and do the filters need to be replaced are considered.

In some situations, such as disassembly, an HVAC professional may assist with inspection and reassembly of the system.

Cleaning Process

After a full evaluation, SERVPRO can prepare recommendations for cleaning. Small fires that burned for a short amount of time may not require significant cleaning of the HVAC system. The cleaning process may involve: cleaning of all vent registers and air intakes, replacement of all air filters, clean all accessible interior surfaces. Denser concentrations of smoke residue may also require fogging of all of the ducts. We can introduce fogging from the vents as well as from the central plenum to remove all smoke odors. Cheesecloths can also be placed over all vents to trap particles.

We replace some components in more severe fire damage situations. SERVPRO, in conjunction with an HVAC professional, can prepare recommendations as required.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Manalapan, Hypoluxo, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Wherever Condensation Forms, Water Damage can Take Hold in Your West Palm Beach House

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Water damage to your West Palm Beach can take completely over your home.

Moisture content in your West Palm Beach home's air fluctuates and can vary between different rooms. Many of the things your family does everyday uses water. Most of these use hot water, but heat does not always play a role in how humid your home might be at any given moment. Even cool water, like from your refrigerator's drip pan, can raise the amount of water vapor in the kitchen.

Dampness trapped within your property in West Palm Beach makes water damage much more likely to occur. We can help you prevent this from happening, or mitigate any current, existing deterioration. However, preventing situations that might cause problems typically cost homeowners less than mitigation and restoration. 

Preventing problematic situations also protects contents like furniture and personal belongings, increasing its cost-effectiveness. It is possible to do the majority of these measures easily, as well. 

One of the most effective ways that significantly decreases water vapor in the air is checking the ducts between the vent to the outside and the bathroom, stove, and dryer for leaks. Tiny holes that seem inconsequential cost increase your monthly expenses because not only do these allow steam to exit the ducts before all of it gets pushed outside by an exhaust fan, small breaks and tears can force your system to work harder. This can wear out your system's components faster and raise your monthly electric bill. Our building services crew can help by inspecting your house's ventilation system and repairing any worn areas.

Other ways that a homeowner can decrease the water vapor content include not opening the dishwasher until it has completely cooled inside, running the exhaust fan when cooking or showering, cleaning out the clothes dryer lint trap, and using the air conditioner when the weather is humid. Making sure that any air conditioner units installed in a window drain properly can also help prevent water damage. Checking to make sure that the drip pan under the refrigerator is level can protect the floor, also.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth also responds to residents' needs in Ocean Ridge, Palm Springs,and Manalapan. Call (561) 588-9777 for water damage experts who can help with both preventative measures and any mitigation, cleanup, or restoration needed.

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Successful Shortcuts to Fire Damage Remediation in West Palm Beach

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent Fire Damage West Palm Beach Garages

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, January and February are the peak months for fire damage caused by garage fires in residential properties with electrical malfunctions being the culprit in the majority of these fire loss events. 

The reason fire damage in a West Palm Beach garage has the potential to leave behind so much damage is that many homeowners do not put heat alarms in their attached garages to give them early warning of a fire before it grows out of control. Overloaded electrical outlets combined with flammable substances such as gas for the mower, paint or varnish, and fertilizer can all contribute to making a small fire into a large scale home disaster. 


The technicians have extensive training for the best practices in the cleanup from fire loss for both the structure and contents. They have different cleaning agents and methods to release different kinds of smoke residue from surfaces and restore items to their preloss condition.

Tips for Preventing Fires in Garages

Some good practices to reduce the chance of a fire starting in your garage include: 

  • Store flammable materials such as gasoline, propane, and paints in a shed away from the house.
  • Store combustible items such as cleaning rags or paper away from appliances that could spark. 
  • Use only a single charging appliance in an outlet.
  • Do not plug extension cords or strip plugs into each other.
  • Remove clutter and store items in easy-to-move plastic bins.
  • Install a heat alarm instead of a smoke alarm in your garage, heat alarms response to rises temperature, and are not affected by humidity, dust, insects, or fumes. 
  • Do not fill portable gas cans in the garage as the fumes have the potential to collect.
  • If a flammable substance spills in the garage, clean it up as soon as possible. 

Fire damage needs professional cleanup and restoration for maximum protection against property and contents loss. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777, their certified techs are available 24/7 to restore your home to its pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Can Respond Swiftly to Get Your West Palm Beach Business Up and Running after a Water Loss

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Image of Antique Car with Garage Repair Sign SERVPRO Can Remove Unwanted Water from a Repair Shop in West Palm Beach--And Keep the Cars Rolling!

Commercial Water Damage In West Palm Often Requires Removing Standing Water

One day everything could be fine, and then before you know it, a pipe breaks inside your West Palm automobile repair shop. If the plumbing failure occurs overnight, you could go to your place of business first thing in the morning and realize that you need to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO to conduct commercial water removal on your property. The quicker you start mitigation efforts, the less expensive the project may be.

Especially if the water gets deep as it leaks overnight, your commercial water removal project in West Palm may become excessive. Even a small crack inside one of your pipes can cause many gallons to leak out into your repair shop. Since most repair shops have hard surface floors like concrete, the liquid can build up fast and spread far from the actual leak source. When this occurs, our SERVPRO technicians can help you prevent problems from getting worse for your business.

If your repair shop did flood, standing water could create other secondary problems if not treated right away. Water can ruin your lifts or other equipment and possibly cause your mechanics' tools or toolboxes to rust. An excessive amount of liquid H2O can also cause humidity levels to rise, which can create issues throughout your company's building.

The first step our SERVPRO crew always takes is to extract moisture while it is still a liquid. Once moisture soaks into any porous contents and building materials or evaporates into the air, it gets much harder to remove. We can start by setting up a submersible pump to vacuum up deep standing water and put it into one of your building's sewage drains. If the water is not too deep, less than an inch, we can use squeegees to push the water to the exterior vial, the bay windows. Next, we can remove the remaining liquid by mopping it up off your concrete floor.

If the problem inside your shop is severe, we can implement applied structural drying or ASD methods to dry out your building's structural components. We can use air movers to create air circulation and dehumidifiers to reduce indoor humidity levels. During severe cases where there is a large amount of wet concrete, we can implement desiccant dehumidifiers to help dry out your slightly porous concrete floors. This process may take several days to draw out the moisture and prevent degradation to this important work surface.

If your car repair facility ever suffers from a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 24/7.  We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In West Palm Beach

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage West Palm Beach – Move Out and Storage of Personal Items

Every year the West Palm Beach area is exposed to a variety of tropical storms, including tornadoes and hurricanes. These storms can cause significant flooding and damage to homes and businesses. Structures must be cleaned and dried. Contents must be removed, cleaned, stored, and returned once the client's home or business is restored to its original condition.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage events in Palm Beach and surrounding areas. Every job site is different, requiring many different solutions, a variety of equipment, and skilled technicians. Our crew chief assesses the situation and prepares a plan to clean your home and restore it. This plan may include moving the contents of your home or business into undamaged areas of the building or to a secure SERVPRO site.

Details and Accuracy

Clients are stressed about the flood damage that has been caused by a storm. Whenever contents must be cleaned, moved, stored, and then returned to the original site, clients need to know that their contents are safe. We maintain detailed and accurate records of the status and location of every item. Our customers can be confident that their belongings are safe.

Any time contents are removed from the job site, even if it is to a staging area within the building, it adds cost and time to the project. SERVPRO attempts to manage the cost and complete the job in a cost-efficient manner. For example:

Clean the contents before moving the item to a staging area
SERVPRO prefers to move the contents to a staging area within the building unaffected by the flooding to reduce the cost and time needed for the job
We identify items that are unrecoverable due to the flood damage
SERVPRO maintains accurate records of the status and location of every item which are available to the client and their insurance adjuster if needed

Clients can count on our team to return your home or business, "Like it never even happened," while maintaining an accurate inventory of all of your contents affected by the flood damage.

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What are the First Things West Palm Beach Homeowners Can do After a Fire?

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen on ladder battling second story fire Fires happen and the cleanup is a messy process. SERVPRO can remediate your home to its preloss condition. Call us today!

Emergency Fire Damage Cleanup Tips for Homeowners in West Palm Beach

The journey a homeowner takes during the aftermath of a fire in West Palm Beach can be long and arduous. Mitigation and remediation after a household fire are priority services for our disaster recovery company. We understand your desire to take steps to jump-start the process back to normality, but we want to guide your efforts so that your actions do not cause additional harm or safety concerns. Hints focusing your response to productive tasks as you partner with us include the following. 

Limit Migration of Residues 

The tiny particles of incompletely combusted materials that are the solids found in smoke are also known as soot, visible evidence of fire damage in your West Palm Beach house. Soot floats on air currents, seeking surfaces upon which to settle that are cooler than the fire that created it. Ventilation systems and even the movement of you or our workers walking through the affected areas can accelerate the distribution of soot. To limit the spread of soot, we recommend: 

  • Turning off HVAC systems, blocking vents and registers with cheesecloth, and changing filters 
  • Minimizing walking through affected rooms 
  • Keeping hands clean to prevent the transfer of soot to clean surfaces 
  • Creating clear pathways on flooring and protect upholstered furnishings by placing clean, colorfast sheets or towels on surfaces 

Protect Metals and Other Surfaces 

A thin coating of lubricant prevents the highly acidic fire residues from tarnishing or pitting fixtures. Faucets, appliances, and trim benefit from this treatment until a thorough professional cleaning by the SERVPRO team completes.  

Get Recommendations for Competent Dry Cleaners and Electronic Service 

Not all resources available in the community have the training and experience to evaluate fire damage and resolve the harm. SERVPRO can share contact information with you for area contractors who take the extra steps necessary to clean and deodorize fabrics and electronics. Our crews are familiar with and can provide assessment and cleanup of fire-damaged carpeting and upholstery. 

Food Safety Concerns 

Empty freezers and refrigerators if fire damage interrupted electrical service. Pantries and cupboards need an inspection by knowledgeable SERVPRO technicians to ensure any food retained is safe. Even sealed cans, bottles, and jars could provide an environment for spoilage if temperatures were high enough during the fire. Soot can climb the threads of caps to contaminate food.  

Following the appropriate actions recommended by SERVPRO of Lake Worth during initial assessment can streamline fire damage cleanup start to finish, keeping you and your family safe as well. Contact our skilled team at (561) 588-9777 for emergency assistance and tips on what you can do to help us help you. 

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Positive and Negative Impacts of Actions Taken After Water Damage Incidents in West Palm Beach

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us show you the correct way with your West Palm Beach water damage. 

Water spills cause many problems and might even force you to seek alternative accommodation until they are resolved. You might consider taking different steps to resolve the issue. However, it is crucial to understand the full impact of any action taken before you start. Alternatively, you can engage a professional that deals with water damage restoration to ensure every action taken is helpful.

Impact of fast water removal

Removing the water that intrudes into unwanted areas of your property is crucial for the restoration of a water damage incident in West Palm Beach. Speedy water removal has a positive impact because apart from assisting with faster recovery of the loss, it also helps minimize secondary damage and chances of microbial growth. However, fast extraction can sometimes lead to a negative outcome. For example, if the incident floods your basement, fast extraction can destabilize the walls. Our SERVPRO technicians pump out only two to three

The Impact of deodorization

After water intrusion in a structure, deterioration of materials and processes such as microbial growth start, which leads to the development of bad odor. Deodorization can help manage such odors by neutralizing them or masking them with a sweet scent. The deodorization process can be performed in different ways including;

  • Use of time-release beads
  • Fogging
  • Use of activated oxygen
  • Direct Spraying
  • Use of Air Filtration Devices

Each deodorization method works differently. For example, activated oxygen combines with odor molecules, neutralizing them while fogging delivers the deodorizing agent in tiny particles that penetrate deep into materials. Sometimes deodorization can have some unintended consequences. Ozone can react with moisture causing a bleaching action, so it is not ideal for deodorizing wet carpets or upholstery. Our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the use of odor control products and procedures, allowing us to choose the most suitable method for your loss site.

Evaluation of each action taken to restore water damage is crucial for a positive outcome. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Help You Get Back In Business After A Flood In West Palm Beach

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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How Different Scenarios of Commercial Flood Damage Can Affect West Palm Beach Workshops

Although you might not think about it often, there is always a chance of finding your furniture workshop flooded. Flooding can result from different scenarios, and each has different implications in terms of the damages left and the remedial actions that you can take. It is a good idea to involve a professional such as SERVPRO for better restoration of commercial flood damage.

Breaches to the Structure

Most commercial flood damage incidents in West Palm Beach occur due to adverse weather events such as storms and hurricanes. Strong winds that prevail during such events can shatter windows, blow off the roof or drive debris through the walls letting in rainwater, which can leave various sections of your workshop, flooded. In such cases, flooding can affect even the elevated areas of your workshop. Restoration mostly involves extracting the water and drying contents. Our SERVPRO teams can help complete such removal fast because we have advanced extraction equipment, including truck-mounted extractors, submersible pumps, and high-speed electric pumps.

Since rainwater is not contaminated, a flooding scenario where the structure is breached means it is possible to save more items, including the wooden furniture, upholstery, and other porous materials, as long as the response is timely. Since We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can start restoration before any permanent damage happens. We move contents and use specialized techniques such as creating drying chambers to regulate the process.

Heavy Contamination and Soiling

Flood damage can also happen from rising groundwater. Such water easily finds a way into enclosed spaces such as workshops through gravity action. Although the effects are mostly restricted close to the ground up to the waterline, the contaminants and heavy soiling left in the wake of such an incident can lead to severe damages. Removal of all porous materials is necessary, followed by thorough cleaning of soiled areas. Our SERVPRO crews can perform a controlled demolition removing all porous materials from the walls and floor. We also use pressure washers and professional cleaning agents to sanitize soiled areas.

Commercial flooding scenarios vary, necessitating different response plans. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 to help restore your workshop to its preloss state.

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Call Us For Immediate Access To Qualified Personnel In West Palm Beach

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Principles Used To Clean Fire Damage In Your West Palm Beach Home

As a homeowner, you want to clean as much as possible after a fire occurs in your West Palm Beach home. The idea is that cleaning and restoration services reduce any costs associated with your claim, versus disposal and replacement of every item in your home. 

The cost of services offered by a local fire damage restoration company in West Palm Beach are only a small percentage when compared to the cost of replacement or even resurfacing. A restorer can apply the principles and elements of cleaning, helping you restore materials to a quality preloss condition, and reduce any losses you might experience. 

A qualified Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT) from SERVPRO uses the five principles of cleaning to accomplish the restoration of your home. Remember, the idea is to return materials to an acceptable condition, not to replace or resurface anything. 

  1. Careful Inspection of the Affected Area: Starting near the source of the fire, tracing how far smoke, soot, and additional residues move through your home.
  2. Identifying Different Residues: Smoke residues often change, even within the same loss environment. A restorer selects an effective cleaning method depending on the type of smoke residues present in each area. 
  3. Identity of Different Surfaces: The surface material also has an impact on which cleaning methods and products your technician uses. A restorer's job is to preserve the material, not cause additional damage.
  4. Capture and Remove Residues: Using either a wet or dry cleaning process, your restorer prevents residue from bonding with different materials and surfaces, lifting particles away. 
  5. Disposal of Residues: There are local, state, and federal guidelines used to dispose of debris and cleaning waste associated with an event. 

Your cleaning and restoration technicians from SERVPRO use the four elements of cleaning to suspend residues and remove them. We go through extensive Employee Certification Training (ECT) and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) before ever stepping foot in your home. 

At SERVPRO, temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time all play a significant role in how we suspend and remove residues found in your home after a fire. We combine the principles and elements of cleaning to remove smoke, soot, and odors, providing a unique solution to your specific circumstances.

Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth for immediate access to qualified personnel, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. (561) 588-9777

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Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Save Your West Palm Beach Childcare Center

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage In Your West Palm Beach Childcare Center

Commercial flood damage halts a business in its tracks until the property receives cleanup, disinfection, and any needed repairs. This is especially crucial in a business judged on its appearance of safety and cleanliness, such as a daycare center for children.

One aspect that works in favor of a West Palm Beach childcare center with commercial flood damage is the fact the facilities typically have a design and furnishings that make them fast to clean and disinfect for daily operations.

Scoping the Water Loss Area
SERVPRO technicians use advanced technology to determine all areas of elevated moisture. Removal of items in the floodwater-affected areas for immersion cleaning and disinfection also occurs. Much of the furniture in this type of business has a plastic or silicone base for daily cleaning at the end of each business day. These types of furnishings assist in limiting loss from groundwater as absorption does not occur. Containment to stop the possibility of cross-contamination is also necessary. Technicians most often use heavy plastic sheeting over doorways and vents.

Porous Items Require Removal
Items such as craft paper and stuffed animals need discarding as they have no potential for a return to sanitary standards for use by children in the daycare. If water wicked into sheetrock, technicians remove damaged building materials to halt further loss and hasten drying of the area.

Water Extraction and Drying
The removal of groundwater requires fast action to ensure it does the least amount of damage to the building. SERVPRO technicians utilize portable pumps and use squeegees as needed to ensure they remove the maximum amount of moisture before drying. If possible, tables and chairs dry in place raised on blocks.

In a business such as a daycare, the return to sanitary conditions for normal operations is vital. The technicians choose both antimicrobial and antibacterial solutions to ensure all surfaces receive a thorough hand-cleaning.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 handles commercial flood damage for local properties. The certified technicians have the equipment and experience to make the water loss in the building, “Like it never even happened.”

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Here Is Why Lake Worth Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Help

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Professional SERVPRO Restoration Services for Lake Worth Homes

Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team is one of the most versatile and capable restoration companies in the state. Our teams rely on innovative and efficient solutions to overcome the primary emergencies that impact our region (fire, mold, water, and storm losses.) We also have a complete roster boasting certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), National Duct Cleaning Association (NDCA), and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI.)

Fire loss incidents make up a substantial percentage of the service calls that we answer throughout the Lake Worth area. We know how easily even small combustion scenarios can get out of hand, spreading soot and smoke effects throughout the property, so we have a fast response to these emergencies that showcases both our cutting-edge equipment and our expertise and training. We can get you back into your home quickly after a fire.

Our IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) work to establish containment protocols beginning as soon as we arrive at a fire-damaged Lake Worth address. We have a full inventory of recovery, mitigation, and restoration tools that can help with debris removal, deodorization, cleaning, stain removal, and filter out toxic or noxious contaminants in the environment.

Fire damage in Lake Worth is rarely as concentrated and precise as even our technicians might like, and these disasters can often result in a loss of power to the structure. With the crippling Florida heat becoming a hazardous factor after a fire loss incident, our SERVPRO team arrives with a trailered 5-ton air conditioning unit and a generator that can run it and our advanced equipment to ensure that nothing slows the mitigation work that must occur.

As one of the leading remediation firms in Florida, we have seen thousands of loss situations both in Lake Worth and throughout our state. As detrimental as these circumstances can be, many home and business owners do not have a easy time identifying these threats when they are initially forming. Instead, they go unchecked and unresolved until the organisms have spread to the point where colonization has gotten out of control.

We have always shared a restoring before replacing mentality that also extends into the remediation work that we provide the Greater Lake Worth area. This commitment ensures that we do whatever we can to protect original materials and structural elements before allowing them to get demolished and later replaced. The recovery of these hosting materials requires multiple threats to get resolved, including drying out any moisture damage and removing the entire thriving organism from the organic matter. In some situations, the application of antimicrobial spray can be enough to quell this active colonization, but in other situations, more abrasive techniques like dry ice or soda blasting are necessary.

As an IICRC certified-firm, we have the personnel to address not only the mold damage in Lake Worth properties, but also any water restoration, premium cleaning, or further abatement that might be necessary as well.

You cannot expect success in the restoration industry like our Lake Worth team has seen without investing in the continued training and betterment of each division of the crew. With water losses being the most common of callouts that our professionals receive throughout the year, it stands to reason that this must be the area where the bulk of our training and continued education gets focused. We do not want to provide our customers with restoration technicians; we want to give them knowledgeable and friendly recovery experts.

While you might consider our IICRC certifications as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) sufficient for completing the work in your home, we address water damage in Lake Worth properties from every angle. In addition to the majority of our SERVPRO team having WRT endorsements, we can also dispatch professionals trained in:

-    Commercial Drying (CDS)
-    Floor Care (FCT)
-    Rug Cleaning (RCT)
-    Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
-    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
-    Odor Control (OCT)
-    Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
-    Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT)

Much of the experience and confidence that our field technicians have comes from our flood house training. This regular work at our facility showcases multiple ways Lake Worth properties can suffer water loss, and the best practices and most effective recovery tools for every type of emergency.

There is no mistaking the severity of storm damage to Lake Worth homes that continues to occur regularly. Florida is one of the most hard-hit states with disasters like hurricanes and tropical storms, which can destroy homes or cripple their structural integrity over a brief period of exposure. Having a team of professionals that can respond quickly in these scenarios is not about preventing the disaster or its effects, but instead protecting your investments as best as possible and preserving your memories by removing irreplaceable possessions and keepsakes amid the crisis.

We have provided disaster relief throughout the state for four major hurricanes over recent years, making us an ideal choice for any disasters or their effects that come next. We have the support of sister franchises that work together to approach large loss scenarios, some more than 12,000 square feet.

We pride ourselves on not just having the ideal tools and equipment for storm damage recovery in Lake Worth and beyond, but having more than what we might need to never fall short of the expectations of our customers or the assistance we can provide them. That shows up in service vehicles like our 40’ RVs that provide temporary housing and command centers for our National Recovery Team wherever they go.

We know how threatening all loss incidents can be to your home or business, and without fast mitigation and restoration services, the situation can become even more time-consuming and costly. You can depend on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth professionals to help you through every emergency and return your property to preloss condition fast. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Available 24/7 In Lake Worth

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Understanding How a Move-Out Benefits Lake Worth Homeowners with Flood Damage

Water damage is at its most destructive when it comes in the form of an in-home flood. The goal of SERVPRO is to always cause as little disruption as possible during cleanup efforts and the technicians clean and dry both the structure and contents in place when possible.

There are times when cleaning up a Lake Worth home with flood damage that a move-out is the best solution. There are several benefits to using this service during restoration.

What is a Move-Out?

This action is an organized removal of a customer's contents from their home into a secure location. The location may be at the SERVPRO facility or an on-site secure storage pod. In the cases of a partial move-out, the items removed go to another area of the home that is unaffected by water loss for safe storage until the completion of water damage restoration efforts.

Cleaning Before Moving Saves Time

This cost-saving strategy works to lessen the time needed to pack, unpack, and repack the items repeatedly. Home contents receive restoration efforts and then packed until it is time to bring them back into the home. Because this reduces the number of times the objects require handling, this also limits the chances of accidental damage. Items with mold or insect infestation receive special attention for cleaning to prevent cross-contamination during storage.

Move-Out Sorting of Items

During the move-out process, the sorting of items occurs. Flood damaged items with restoration potential through SERVPRO's proprietary methods go to storage. In the case of items that require disposal, the discarding of the articles does not occur without the consent of either the property owner or adjuster.

Inventory Move-Out Items

Each item removed gets photographed and a detailed report made as to its condition and location in the home. This assists the insurance carrier in expediting the claim and not paying for items that had restoration potential. The report accounts for every item SERVPRO technicians handled as well as details about the cleaning or discarding of each individual piece. SERVPRO utilizes the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service program to establish a chain of custody for each item removed from the premises.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 has certified, experienced technicians that are available to clean up flood damage 24/7 whether it is a single room or a whole house with water loss, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss Practical Tips For Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home In West Palm Beach

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Practical Tips For Cleaning Water Damage In West Palm Beach

Cleaning up after any disaster in your West Palm Beach home can be problematic enough, but after natural disasters like severe storms and hurricanes hit the coastline, your home can require more than traditional cleaning efforts. Many seek the experience and training of professional restorers after loss incidents like this, and our team has an entire division of skilled cleaning technicians able to address each facet of recovery your home requires.

Hurricanes and other severe storms present an increased likelihood of structural damages and water damage in West Palm Beach properties. While many of these situations require the advanced equipment and detection tools available to our SERVPRO team, there are practical steps that a homeowner can take to reduce their immediate loss and ultimate out-of-pocket expense during this water restoration process to follow. There are also ways that you can begin cleaning and debris removal safely so that you are one step closer to preloss condition.

Clean Up Loose Debris and Rubbish – Cleaning up your home after a disaster might seem insurmountable, but it is often a matter of getting rid of the most significant heaps and piles of debris. Once removed, cleanup can feel much less daunting and challenging.

Avoid Standing Water – Standing water could become contaminated with foreign bacteria or any manner of additional threats. Until you're fully aware of the risks and have the appropriate personal protective equipment to address it, you should avoid standing water.

Get Air Moving – Air circulation, especially from equipment like our SERVPRO team uses like air movers, can help to begin drying out exposed materials and help to reduce moist and damp areas of the house that can promote mold growth.

Utilize Higher Ground – Protecting your belongings is a staple of the recovery work that our professionals undertake with our arrival at your home. To prevent valuable contents remaining exposed to excessive moisture or rising waters, you can move them to a new location that is sure to stay dry and unaffected by the changing conditions.

Severe weather events like hurricanes can be devastating to homes and commercial properties, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team is here to help however you need. We are local and arrive quickly to help with effective mitigation solutions. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

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We Have Specialized Techniques to Get Rid of Flood Damage in West Palm Beach

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room. If this looks like your living room you need help. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How Fast Flooding Can Compromise West Palm Beach Houses

Flooding can become one of the most destructive emergencies that threaten West Palm Beach homeowners, and in many cases can even rival the powerful, raw force of hurricanes reaching the coasts. With weather events compromising structural elements on the outside of properties, homes become susceptible to direct water flow and torrential rainfall until the problem can get corrected by reconstruction specialists. During the time that the storm continues to pass over the area, high volumes of water penetration can occur and spread throughout an exposed home.

Flood damage in West Palm Beach can quickly become a dangerous and hazardous situation for families exposed to these effects. Because of how quickly that these circumstances can threaten your entire household, there are some ways that you can help to protect what matters most to you before our SERVPRO professionals first arrive. Even though We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, your involvement can help to reduce your restoration costs when it is safe for you to do it.

  • Get Everyone to Safety – One of the priorities that any homeowner should have during an emergency is ensuring the safety of everyone exposed. Your family is more important than any single item in your house, or the property itself, so make sure everyone has a safe exit from the property.

  • Content Management – You have two options depending on the time that you have available once these disasters first begin. Our SERVPRO team has a content management department that removes at-risk furniture, belongings, and keepsakes to our facility or somewhere else in the property. You can begin this work to reduce the time that our trained professionals must devote to this content protection, giving us more resources and time to begin other mitigation tasks.
  • Take Photographs – Another way that homeowners can help when their property becomes compromised is to take photographs of damage they can see. From standing water in various areas of the property to structural concerns, photographs can help to provide your insurance provider with the documentation they need to begin a damage claim.

While there are many ways that structural breaches can lead to flooding in your home, we have real-time mitigation solutions designed to save you time and money. You can count on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team. Give us a call anytime you need us at (561) 588-9777.

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Plumbing and Water Damage Problems in West Palm Beach? Hurry and Call SERVPRO for Restoration

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Call Us to Your West Palm Beach Home to Remove Water and Restore Your Property After a Major Leak

Aging Fixtures Can Cause Water Damage in West Palm Beach Homes

Corrosion of bathroom fixtures is a substantial problem for many West Palm Beach homes. While the simple combination of oxygen, water, and carbon dioxide can be enough to mar the appearance of these faucets and other elements, other present minerals in the water supply can also attribute to this unappealing result, or worse yet, the deterioration of these fixtures to the point of breaches in the plumbing system.

Water damage in West Palm Beach that results because of the erosion and degradation of bathroom and shower fixtures can present a rapidly worsening disaster. Until you can get the valves shutoff to the specific fixture, or the entire household, water can continually find a path to this opening, as this is the area of pressure loss in your pressurized plumbing system. Combating mineral deposits and harmful substances in the water can prove challenging though, as many homeowners do not recognize a severe problem until they need our SERVPRO restoration services.
Surface water treatment is a common practice for the area, pulling from larger reservoirs and natural water sources. The general practice here is to add in disinfecting products, often concentrated chlorine, which can kill off any threats or foreign substances in the public water supply. What chlorine does not address, however, are minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium, and fluoride. Higher concentrations of specific minerals can damage plumbing, especially in times where water gets held in the pipes for prolonged periods.
Once degradation has begun, even in areas like showerheads or sink faucets, it is challenging to stop or even slow. SERVPRO can provide fast service to remove standing water and then address excess moisture and restore a normal RH level. Whole-house filters can help to reduce the presence of mineral deposits in the water supply, which can prolong the life of your plumbing. If the damage has already occurred, and fixtures must get replaced, you should consider these filters with the installation of these new elements to encourage the longevity of your entire system.
Plumbing breaches can be devastating for your household as the water can spread quickly from the bathroom through neighboring areas.

 Our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We have ready trailers prepared to roll out from our facility to help with substantial water loss incidents 24/7. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (561) 588-9777.

We Arrive Quickly To Any West Palm Beach Home After A Flood

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

We have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry and are trained to provide these services to you.

Why Handling Flood Damage in Your West Palm Beach Residence Promptly is Critical 

West Palm Beach is located in a coastal, low-lying, and relatively flat region. It experiences heavy rain events frequently and tropical storms periodically, making it vulnerable to flooding. Historically, flooding in this city taken several forms. One is flash flooding that occurs because of intense localized precipitation. Rain leads to a buildup of floodwaters that exceeds drainage capacities. Coastal surge flooding caused by storm-force winds is also an issue.

When your West Palm Beach property has flood damage, you should not put off the cleanup work and repairs because the damage can worsen. Floodwater can cause the metal to rust and furniture to discolor. The mineral deposits in floodwater can also leave stains on ceilings and walls. The following happens after floodwater enters a home.

In a few minutes

  • Water spreads and various porous materials absorb it.
  • Wood finishes and furniture gets disturbed and may stain or bleed.
  • Paper documents, books, and photographs absorb the water and warp.
  • The bacteria in floodwater spread to different parts of a home.

After 1-24 hours

  • Wood furniture delaminates and swelling can cause cracking.
  • Non-colorfast dyes in fabrics bleed.
  • Musty odors fill the home.

After 48 hours 

  • Severe warping in wood flooring may render it unsalvageable and require replacing.
  • Wallpaper adhesive may no longer support the weight of wallpaper.
  • Mold infestation and odor become apparent.
  • Paint blisters
  • Metal surfaces rust.
  • Thicker wood products like studs and doors swell and warp.
  • Mold growth occurs.

SERVPRO is well equipped and well organized to handle the flood damage in your home efficiently. We have advanced water extraction equipment like portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums that can remove the standing water rapidly. Successful water damage mitigation entails removing both the visible and invisible water. Visible water is the pooling, flooding, and puddles resulting from the incident, while hidden water manifests as extreme indoor humidity.

High humidity migrates readily to rooms and upper levels of a building where water in a liquid state is not present. Exposure to high humidity causes secondary destruction to porous building materials and household possessions. High humidity also slows the drying process of soaked building materials. To prevent the repercussions of high humidity, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) use compact air movers to increase air circulation. Using these devices also increases evaporation and minimizes drying time. Compact air movers are suitable for drying small and hard-to-reach spaces like corners, under counters and closets.

Our SERVPRO crew also uses industrial-grade dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. We use dehumidifiers continuously during the water damage recovery process until the indoor relative humidity reaches the desired levels. Our technicians can also use antimicrobial treatments to sanitize your home and industrial air scrubbers to eliminate unpleasant odors.

When floodwaters have entered your Lake Worth, Ocean Ridge, or Palm Beach residence, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for restoration services. We can provide you with the help you need. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Know How To Handle The Mitigation Process In Lake Worth After A Fire Disaster

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

We respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event, big or small, we are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Help with West Palm Beach Fire Damage, Even If You Want to Handle Restorations Yourself

Small house fire damage can cause a big scare during the incident itself but may appear relatively benign after things settle down. While it is true that most fires stay contained and cause only a limited amount of home damage, you may want to wait before you grab a paint can and simply cover up the burnt area. Even if you wish to handle reconstruction and restoration efforts on your own, SERVPRO can still help you out in a few ways as a professional damage mitigation service.

Insurance Concerns

Sometimes, insurance companies covering fire damage in West Palm Beach specifically request the services of a damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. In these situations and even many times when the insurance adjuster does not directly call for our involvement, it may be cost-beneficial to have our technicians bring in industrial cleaning solutions and specialty products designed for fire residues. Some types of smoke and ash can cause additional damage to the home without advanced approaches to cleanup, adding on costs for both you and your insurance company. Additionally, we can provide cost estimates and inventory services that help to accelerate and legitimize insurance claims.

Safe Disposal of Materials

Fire residues can contain toxic, caustic, and otherwise hazardous materials that should not be poured down drains or send to a landfill. These substances can also sometimes cause health effects if handled without appropriate personal protective equipment. We can help by cleaning up materials and disposing of them safely so that any repainting and other fire damage restorations can be done with as few safety hazards as possible.

Odor Removal

Even small fires can sometimes create long-lasting smoke smells in the area, even after renovations and restorations have been completed. Lighter smoke odors can sometimes be masked with commercially-available air fresheners and adsorption agents, but if problems persist, you may want to give us a call. We keep a stock of deodorizing agents explicitly designed to target various types of fire and smoke odors to ensure that no smells remain uncovered once we leave.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can handle the entire fire damage mitigation and restoration process from start to finish and stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond rapidly to calls for help. Call us at (561) 588-9777.

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How to Dry Your West Palm Beach Home After Locating Standing Water

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

This leaking hot water heater created a mess!. SERVPRO was able to thoroughly dry the home and get it back to its preloss condition.

Removing Standing Water from Your West Palm Beach Home

Water loss incidents persisting long enough to create a standing water situation in your West Palm Beach residence can be an overwhelming circumstance for homeowners. Finding the right equipment and the best approach to handle these effects fast and effectively requires a quick response. As soon as you recognize an emergency developing, you need to react immediately with preventative measures and powerful tools available through specialty locations like major chain hardware superstores. 

There are many machines and practices that our SERVPRO professionals use to address water removal in West Palm Beach houses. The objective is first to determine the cause of the water damage and what must occur to both to repair this problem and to stop the supply pouring out temporarily. Since you need to stop water flow to repair plumbing and fixture concerns successfully, find your shutoff valve where your service enters the property. Turning off the water supply prevents further water movement so that you can assess the severity of the plumbing issues and begin drying and cleaning. 

Even our SERVPRO professionals utilize sump pumps and wet-vacs for specific scenarios. Many homeowners already own a wet-dry vac, especially considering the likelihood of severe weather threats to the coast. With some patience, you can extract the bulk of saturation and standing water from flooring materials with this machine. 

Dehumidification units and drying fans like the air-movers that our professionals use in water loss recovery are also available for rent in specific shops. These tools help you to dry out damaged areas of your home before the spread worsens. 

Ensure that your home is entirely dry and clean after a water loss incident. Lingering water in any area of your property can welcome situations like mold and microbial growth. Whenever water loss situations occur, you can count on our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team to help you however you need. Give us a call at (561) 588-9777.

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Why SERVPRO Is the Answer to Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in West Palm Beach

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

You will understand why, when you call SERVPRO for your water damage.

No matter how your water damage happened, we will help.

Flooring takes a beating when water intrudes into your West Palm Beach home. It provides a highway for the water spreading from a broken pipe, an overflowing tub or sink, a malfunctioning appliance, or another type of water loss. Your first inclination is often to throw down a few towels and “finish” the job with a mop or shop vac. Your efforts, although valiant, are unfortunately likely to be inadequate. Avoid a nasty surprise down the road by asking us to evaluate the situation soon after the water emergency.

When water damages West Palm Beach floors, the materials used to construct this essential housing fixture must guide appropriate responses. Hardwood floors are beautiful and somewhat able to shed water on the surface. Their ability, particularly when finished with water-resistant substances, to appear untouched after a quick mopping up can distract from damage happening below your feet.

Our SERVPRO crews have answered the call to rescue damage hardwood floors days or weeks after the initial water loss. Over time the water you do not see after wiping off the spill or flooding causes damage to the subfloor materials and the underside of the hardwood planks. Water percolates between the joints and at the baseboard. Failing to account for this means the moisture persists, saturating the planks from the bottom. 

Terms like “cupping” and “crowning” now become part of the discussion. When hardwood absorbs water from below it swells, each length confined by the boards adjacent and constrained by a waterproof topcoat. The planks deform, either pushing up at the center (crowning) or at each long edge (cupping). In severe cases, the floor “buckles,” the planks pulling up and away from the substrate. Sometimes the wavy floor can be repaired by sanding. Other times it must be replaced.

Either way, SERVPRO technicians must remove the moisture from all layers of flooring fast. Employing negative air pressure by attaching floor mats to the surface and connecting them by hoses to powerful extractors is a preferred method. It pulls water from several layers, reducing the moisture content to normal levels as determined by metering quickly. 

Avoid the heartbreak of ruined hardwood by consulting with SERVPRO of Lake Worth immediately after water spreads across your floors. No job at your home  is too big or too small, and we look forward to helping after your call at (561) 588-9777.

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Let the Professionals Handle Mold Damage in Your Lake Worth Business 

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Let us help you reopen your restaurant quicker after mold damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Mold Damage in Your Lake Worth Restaurant 

You may be wondering what is up with all of the hype surrounding mold damage in your Lake Worth restaurant. Many talk about possible health concerns while others mention the effects mold has on your dining atmosphere. In reality, one of the most significant concerns stems from any number of permanent damages fungi can cause if left festering in your building. 

Mold and other bacteria cause decomposition of organic materials used to construct your restaurant in Lake Worth. Mold damage is something you should never ignore; sometimes, it takes a professional in mold remediation to locate and control growth found on your property. With that said, if you locate mold damage in your restaurant, it is crucial to address the issue as soon as possible. 

Since mold often coincides with water damage, you want to call a company who specializes in mold damage mediation, like SERVPRO. Our technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can help you remove water from you building fast, making the likelihood of mold growing less. We also have services designed to adjust to your specific circumstances, allowing us to provide you with quality solutions.

SERVPRO technicians follow strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our IICRC training. The core steps include cleaning and drying moldy materials, proper disposal of uncleanable infected items, and drying of non-moldy items within 48-hrs of exposure. We have emergency response teams available 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week to respond to your call for help with any situation, even those that occur after hours. 

At SERVPRO, we look out for your customer's health and safety, document all conditions and processes involved in your remediation, and work hard to control mold contamination at its source. If at all possible, we help keep your restaurant doors open as we perform your businesses remediation. Regardless, we normalize the contamination and remove the water source, causing the infestation. 

Work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth for access to expert mold remediation services throughout West Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, and Palm Springs. We do everything possible to keep other local businesses running smoothly, call today. (561) 588-9777

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Why Stress Over Water Damage Remediation in Your West Palm Beach Home?

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Your home can quickly be taken over by water damage. Contact the professionals today for remediation assistance.

Water Damage Above and Below in West Palm Beach Home

This part of Florida is no stranger to high humidity, and that makes it even more crucial to act as quickly as possible when there is water damage. It is even more so when water loss events happen in an upstairs bathroom and make its way into floor joists and even the ceiling below.

When SERVPRO handled water damage in a West Palm Beach bathroom from an overflowed bathtub, we needed to attack the problem from above and below. Water ran under the tile flooring into the floor joists and dripped through the ceiling into the kitchen below as confirmed by our moisture detection probes and thermal imaging. We used portable pumps to extract as much moisture as possible so we could lessen the time the drying phase of restoration services would take.

Why SERVPRO? We know it is vital to get excessive moisture removed and dried as quickly as possible to avoid additional problems such as mold or weakening of building materials that later need replacing. We are based locally and can be on site soon after your call to help lessen losses through restoration and proprietary cleaning methods.

Our technicians set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the bathroom above to dry the flooring. To address the floor joists and ceiling, we drilled weep holes in the ceiling to allow greater airflow and fashioned a unique configuration using stiff plastic to create a plastic tube to force air from our air movers downstairs into the weep holes to deliver large quantities of air into the space to dry it thoroughly.

Once the water loss areas attained drying goals as confirmed with our detection equipment, we cleaned and disinfected the bathroom and kitchen. Our technicians paid particular attention to ensuring humidity levels in the bathroom and kitchen were well under ideal conditions for mold to become an issue from this event.

When water damage strikes, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for fast cleanup and restoration. We are local and arrive quickly whether the damage is in part of a room or an entire home affected, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How to Remove Smoke Odors After a Fire in Your West Palm Beach Home

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whether fire or water restoration, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is equipped for the job.

Removing Odors with Fire Damage in West Palm Beach

Fire damage can be devastating for a home, there are not only charred items and building materials but also damage from water or the extinguishing agent used to put out the fire. Because soot can travel, it is vital that cleanup happens as quickly as possible and traffic stays out of the fire loss area until mitigation efforts are completed to avoid spreading it to other rooms.

When SERVPRO cleans up and restores fire damage in a West Palm Beach home, our first concern is safety. We contain the rooms using thick plastic barriers and cover the vents to keep soot from traveling into the ductwork.

Our technicians pack and remove restorable items to another area outside of the cleanup site. Then we remove charred items and building materials and extract water or remove fire extinguisher residue as needed using hand-held vacuums with HEPA filters. The HEPA filtration is necessary because it captures the small soot particles that can cause odor.

Our technicians work closely with your insurance adjuster to ensure that there is approval for every step of the restoration process and we remain within budget. SERVPRO technicians photograph and catalog every item we handle, whether it is a restoration or a loss.

After the cleanup of fire loss areas of the home, we clean and disinfect surfaces. This action typically lowers foul smoke odors significantly, but sometimes the smoke odors left behind require additional odor control treatments.

We have different types of equipment to meet smoke odors head-on and eradicate them. Hydroxyl generators and ozone machines work in similar fashions to capture odor-causing particles and render them inert at the molecular level. Another type of odor control uses thermal fogging, which delivers a liquid solvent heated and delivered as a fog that penetrates porous items exactly like smoke and overtakes the residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can turn around the effects of fire damage. Contact our certified technicians 24/7 at (561) 588-9777, and we can arrive onsite within hours to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Why Try And Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Lake Worth Home Alone?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can sneak up on you in your Lake Worth home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Best Tools and Products to Help Mold-Damaged Lake Worth Homes

The discovery of mold growth in your Lake Worth property can often be stressful for a homeowner, especially one who understands the severity of this situation. Colonization can quickly spread throughout a property, moving far beyond the origin point to spread to new materials, contents, and areas of your house. Combatting the effects of this spreading organism can be challenging and requires the expertise and equipment of our skilled Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Finding the right approach to contending with mold damage in your Lake Worth home takes careful consideration. With the appropriate tools, products, and tactics, many lightly or currently unaffected materials can avoid removal and replacement by our SERVPRO team. As with all of our recovery projects, the best way to fully understand the work to get done on the site is to start with a careful evaluation of the scope of the damage.

The removal of colonies is the only way to protect and preserve affected materials that have not become too badly damaged to save. There are multiple solutions for decolonization, among the most immediate and broadly effective of these being media blasting. With different products from shells to soda, we can use abrasive cleaning approaches to remove the entire hyphae of an organism.

Our SERVPRO professionals also arrive with state-of-the-art cleaning, disinfecting, and antimicrobial sprays and products. Each of these agents plays a critical role in the cleaning and recovery of affected surfaces, contents, and materials throughout your mold-damaged house. These same products can also help to make surfaces uninhabitable against spreading colonization and active mold spores in a damp environment.

We strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive and thorough experience when removing mold colonization from their home and restoring the damaging effects these organisms can cause. You can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team to make mold growth “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (561) 588-9777.

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Lake Worth Business District Stores and Service Centers Count on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Sets up a Negative Air Pressure Containment to Dry Out Water Damaged Lake Worth Properties

Containment to Keep Your Water-Damaged Lake Worth Shop Open

Water damage can quickly get out of control in Lake Worth shops, regardless of the source of this incident. With store-based water loss incidents, plumbing is often the primary culprit. With this network of pipes usually hidden behind walls, it can be challenging to identify the immediate point of a break or rupture in the plumbing to repair it. Even with the main water supply shut off to the building shortly after the disaster occurs, it is still vital to pinpoint the vulnerability and to get this situation resolved before water service can get restored. Also, qualified technicians must address the damage the water has done to the shop as well.

One of the primary concerns that shop owners should have in their Lake Worth location after water damage is the effect that this situation has on their stock and investments. While spreading water can affect these items and your product in many ways, there are also options that our SERVPRO team employs to protect and preserve these contents when possible. Our team can remove at-risk belongings and your inventory to prevent oversaturation and potential total loss.

A massive obstacle to overcome when our team first arrives at your shop is containing the results of the disaster to the specific area around the source. With how quickly these damages can spread throughout a property, our SERVPRO technicians have physical containment barriers as well as the use of advanced equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to address moisture and saturation concerns. Our technicians can set up plastic sheets for isolation and use negative air pressure to channel excess moisture from the interior of your place of business.

An advanced containment strategy that begins along with our mitigation efforts can help to save our customers money. We strive to provide every business with the most effective efforts, and that commitment helps to get their doors open again quickly.

We understand that water loss incidents can have a dramatic and damaging effect on your shop, but it does not have to mean a total loss, either. Give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth professionals a call 24/7 at (561) 588-9777 to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

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How Excessive Moisture Affects Your West Palm Beach Home

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Excessive moisture can become a friendly environment for mold growth.

Does Water Damage Dry Up in Your West Palm Beach Home?

Many West Palm Beach homeowners fail to see the severity of water loss incidents without standing water and visible damages. In truth, prolonged moisture and dampness, even in areas that are difficult to see or access, can pose the same potential threats as standing water can. More alarming is the volume of homeowners that believe that these water loss incidents can dry up on their own without the intervention of professional restorers or focused drying efforts with efficient equipment.

Water damage in West Palm Beach does not restore itself. Even with the possibility of environmental conditions drying out moisture and dampness over time, the effects to the exposed structural elements and construction materials persists. A wise solution is to address the water damage as it happens with efficient and effective tools like our high-velocity air movers and the Injecti-dry system that can penetrate areas like wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and into flooring.

In a single day, moisture and dampness can cause irreparable damage to construction materials like drywall. The saturation causes the material to bloat and distort, either making it too heavy to remain in position, or to degrade to the point of falling apart. Our SERVPRO professionals can assess the spread of moisture damage like this from the initial visit, making a note of the dampness levels for preservation approaches like flood cuts.

Allowing moisture and dampness to resolve on their own also presents secondary risks for your entire household. Mold spores naturally exist in your home, even in wall cavities or inaccessible areas of your property. When given the appropriate conditions to seat and thrive, these mold spores can adhere to damp surfaces and materials and begin to form hazardous colonies. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists can address these concerns as well, but they could also have gotten avoided with the appropriate initial response to the water damages.

If you want to know if dampness and moisture from water loss incidents can dry up on its own, the answer depends on the condition. To avoid costlier restoration and potential remediation, give our SERVPRO of Lake Worth rapid response team a call at (561) 588-9777.

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We're Your Best Option When Dealing With A Water Damage Incident In Your West Palm Beach Home

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

We can have your home dry and safe again in no time when you call us at (561) 588-9777.

Why SERVPRO Is The Popular Choice For Water Cleanup In West Palm Beach

If you have noticed spots on your ceiling in your West Palm Beach home that you do not recognize, you want to take immediate action to see what the problem is. Spotting like this indicates you have a leak somewhere, and if it has leaked there once, it can happen again and create a more significant problem.

If a ceiling leak has caused water to pool into your home, you need water cleanup services in West Palm Beach right away before more problems arise. SERVPRO is a professional remediation company who understands that any water damage loss requires fast action. Therefore, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so it is easy to see why SERVPRO is a popular choice for water damage emergencies of all kinds.

There are various reasons why your ceiling could be leaking, including a leaky roof. Heavy wind storms can blow shingles off the roof, or your roof may just be told old to keep the water away. Your roof needs to be inspected regularly by a professional so look for any damages. Your gutters also should be checked. If they become clogged by leaves and other debris, it changes the flow of water with enough force that it can enter your home.

Airflow is one of the essential tools that SERVPRO techs use to restore water damage. Drying your structure effectively requires knowing the right techniques for using airflow. In the case of your ceiling, the airflow from air movers must be directed across the wet ceiling to evaporate any moisture. Doing so circulates the warm air which has risen to the ceiling. For drop ceilings, we open a few panels on either end and then direct the airflow into these areas.

Additional issues that can cause leaking in your ceiling include leaky pipes. Leaky pipes are many times the most dangerous water leak since even the tiniest hole can flood your ceiling with many gallons of water per day. Old pipes or pipes which were not correctly installed or secured can cause these issues.

If an upstairs bathroom is not waterproofed correctly with the right sealant or caulk, this can also be a significant reason for water damage in your ceiling and can also damage the room below. Also, if you have a laundry room upstairs, a leaking washing machine creates massive damage when it leaks many gallons at once.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth is always available to help you with a water damage emergency in your home in Manalapan, Hypoluxo, or Ocean Ridge. We can have your home dry and safe again in no time when you call us at (561) 588-9777.

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Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your West Palm Beach Bakery

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

We have the technology and techniques to restore your business so you don't lose money. We are here 24/7 so don't hesitate to call us anytime.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Gets West Palm Beach Bakery Back in Business

Water damage can be devastating to a business and particularly so in the foodservice industry. Along with disruptions to the company, there are health department standards that must be met for cleanup and long with ensuring the environment is safe for both customers and employees.

In the case of cleaning up commercial water damage in a West Palm Beach bakery due to a broken pipe in the kitchen, SERVPRO technicians arrive on site within hours of the initial call and begin to address multiple issues at once to hasten the process of getting the business restored for reopening as quickly as possible.

Our technicians inspect the area around the pipe break to ensure there was not any long term moisture or vapor barriers present in the wall. Often slow leaks that go unnoticed become waterfalls that get the attention of everyone. Because of the increased humidity and lack of ventilation, this area can be a perfect home for mold colonies to grow. During the drying phase, baseboards around the bottom of the wall are removed to allow for the positioning of air movers and dehumidifiers to lower the moisture to the point the potential for mold growth is inhibited.

Saturated drywall often is a casualty of water loss situations. Our technicians use moisture detectors and thermal imaging to determine where the moisture ends and begins and cut the drywall retaining moisture away. This enables the wall cavities to be voided of excess moisture.

Once the premises attains drying goals set by our technicians, the sanitation of the bakery can begin. In a business where there are established standards for cleanliness, SERVPRO technicians have proprietary antifungal and antibacterial formulas that leave surfaces disinfected and sanitary.

SERVPRO does not remove even damaged materials without the approval of the property owner. As part of the restoration, our SERVPRO location offers a full range of building services so we can clean, restore and repair your bakery so you can reopen as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth knows that every minute commercial water damage keeps your business from being open is revenue lost. Call our emergency response team 24/7 at (305) 269-8900 at the first sign of water loss, and we can be on site within hours to begin cleaning and restoration.

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If Your Lake Worth Crawlspace Suffers Damage After A Flood, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

To schedule an inspection or a visit from one of our teams, call (561) 588-9777 today.

Protecting Lake Worth Crawlspaces From Flooding

Lake Worth homes, like the rest of South Florida, do not have basements, but instead, have a crawlspace which raises the floor to a height of two feet or less from off the ground. It is done to protect the underside of the top level of the floor from damage and to give the floor space to naturally dry out when after it becomes soaked after a flood. The crawlspace is also useful for running cable, electrical, and water lines.

At two feet or less, a Lake Worth crawlspace with flood water cannot be easily accessed. Here, SERVPRO technicians find points where they can lift floorboards or drill holes behind floor trim to remove the water. They begin with one of the smaller pumps from our equipment inventory and hoses to reach into every corner.

To dry the crawlspace after removing the water, team members then attach the hoses to an air mover. The device allows us to pump in warm, dry air to force out moisture trapped in the support beams and sub-flooring. We check the results with a moisture meter, and either continue the process or close up the floor depending on the results.

It is better, of course, to keep flood water out of the crawlspace entirely. If the crawlspace is large enough for easy entry, SERVPRO technicians use a technique called encapsulation. It is a cost-effective method to protect any home from the flood effects brought on by our extreme weather.

The floor in most crawlspaces is dirt, so the initial focus is on the cinder block that makes up the short walls. If there are cracks in them, technicians fill each one with hydraulic cement. If there are many cracks, or for large ones, our personnel may cover the area with masonry cement as well. Together, they make a very effective seal against penetration from flood water.

Next, SERVPRO technicians level the dirt floor of the crawlspace. The action eliminates pooling of moisture. Then, they lay down heavy sheets of polyethylene and reinforce them with a mesh of polyester. It seals the floor to prevent moisture bleeding into the crawlspace and makes an excellent vapor barrier. Personnel then uses polyurethane caulk or foundation tape to secure the sheets to the walls and posts supporting the sub-floor structure.

If you have any concerns about the crawlspace under your home, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth today. Encapsulation takes only one visit from our restoration teams and is far more cost-effective at preventing damage than pumping out water after a flood. To schedule an inspection or a visit from one of our teams, call (561) 588-9777 today. We are here for you.

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Some Steps to Take to Recover From a Lake Worth Mold Infestation

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our mold certified technicians investigate to find the source of the mold infestation in your home before remediating the damage. Contact SERVPRO.

What to Expect from Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Lake Worth

Homeowners in Lake Worth should always be alert to the possibility that mildews and molds can overtake areas of your dwelling. Leaks and spills left for more than 24 to 48 hours can fuel microbial growth that can spread throughout your home. Your first sign of a problem is often a musty smell. Our experts have the training and experience to assess and abate a mold infestation following protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mold damage in your Lake Worth home is more than a bad-smelling annoyance. Mold colonies grow on organic surfaces like wood and drywall, consuming the material which causes deterioration of structural components. As molds grow, more spores are produced, negatively impacting air quality. Susceptible individuals with allergies and sensitivities to molds and their byproducts can experience reactions to mold growth. Professional mold remediation removes active colonies and reduces spore counts to normal levels.  

SERVPRO remediation crews locate the mold infestation and map out its contours. We then plan a containment system to control the drift of moldy materials as we remove the debris. At a minimum, we use heavy plastic sheeting to isolate the mold-containing space from unaffected areas. Often a negative pressure air-scrubbing configuration adds more complete containment. This equipment uses negative air pressure to seal the rooms and cavities with mold off, venting the air through filters and exhausting it to the outdoors.

Once the containment perimeter is in place, our IICRC-trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians get to work, using mechanical methods to remove mold growth. Brushes and scrapers loosen the mold, and even porous surfaces can be relieved of mold infestation with innovative techniques like soda blasting. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to enhance safety and avoid tracking moldy materials through your home.

Thorough vacuuming with HEPA filter-fitted tools allows disposal of particles knocked loose during removal. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered antimicrobials to treat the previously infected areas to inhibit regrowth of the mold. SERVPRO helps arrange for the elimination of mold-feeding moisture, including reducing indoor humidity levels to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendation of 45 to 55 percent.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth offers professional mold remediation services every season of the year. Call us at (561) 588-9777 if you suspect mold damage to schedule an assessment.

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9 Most Common Causes of Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help.

Water damage in the home, especially damage that is not identified, can cause serious issues to the home’s structure and even to you and your family’s health. Unfortunately, far too many homeowners are unaware of some of the most common causes of water damage and are therefore not prepared to prevent it in the first place. While some water damage is unavoidable, being educated on typical sources for water issues will make you more prepared to identify a problem and handle it before it becomes both costly and destructive to your home.

Residential water damage is extremely common, especially in homes throughout the South Florida region. Understanding potential sources of water issues is the first step to prevention. The following are some of the most common causes of water damage:

  1. Washing machine supply lines pressure
  2. Dripping toilet
  3. Busted or leaking pipes
  4. Sewer lines backup
  5. Gutters
  6. Water buildup in crawl spaces
  7. HVAC problems
  8. Malfunctioning appliance like dishwasher, sink, refrigerator, etc.
  9. Heavy rains or major storms

While the above causes are the most commonly seen challenges for homeowners, there are a variety of additional causes of water damage. Being proactive is the best way to save money and maintain your home’s interior and exterior in optimal condition. If you believe that your home has suffered from water damage, our team of SERVPRO water damage restoration experts is here to help. Call us today to learn more!

Fire Safety Tips While Cooking

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family.

Cooking is a special activity that many families like to do together. Unfortunately, cooking fires are the leading cause house fires and home fire injuries today. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 percent of all home fires begin in the kitchen and U.S. fire departments record that they respond to an average of approximately 166,100 cooking-related fires annually. There are about 455 daily fires in the United States and with cooking fires being the top source, it is important to be aware of how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

Cooking equipment can be very dangerous if not used properly and carefully. Thanksgiving is actually the leading day for home fires involving some type of cooking equipment. That number is 4 times the average number of home fires! Since the average American household cooks at least one hot meal each day, it is absolutely essential to be doing so safely. These are some of the most critical fire safety tips to follow while cooking:

  1. Never leave the kitchen while boiling, frying, broiling, or grilling food
  2. Turn off the stove every single time the kitchen is left unattended
  3. Do not use the stove or stovetop if you have consumed alcohol or are feeling sleepy
  4. Keep items like wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels, and food packaging away from the stovetop
  5. Regularly check on food items that are roasting, baking, or simmering
  6. Always use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking food
  7. Be aware of your clothing like large-fitting shirts or loose sleeves
  8. Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
  9. Never throw away hot grease in the garbage can
  10. If a small fire starts on the stovetop, smother the flames with a lid to cover the pan and then turn off the burner
  11. If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and do not open the door
  12. If you have any doubts about stopping the small fire, get out of the home immediately and call 9-1-1

As the fall holiday season begins, many families will be enjoying their time together in the kitchen. As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family. If your kitchen does suffer from fire damage, contact SERVPRO right away to handle the cleanup and restoration. Contact us today for more information!

Some of the Worst Hurricanes of All-Time

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has been good to South Florida residents in 2018, but it is important to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather.

Florida residents are all too familiar with hurricane season and the massive destruction that it can cause. Unfortunately, the 2017 hurricane season broke all kinds of records in regard to damage and disaster. With the most notable storms of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, people across the globe have suffered tremendously at the hands of one of nature’s scariest, most unpredictable weather threat. In many cases, the damages incurred following a particularly bad hurricane create lengthy, sometimes permanent, effects on the physical locations, the community members, and the economy.

While troubling to recall some of the most destruction storms, it is important to remember that hurricanes are something to be taken very seriously. In Florida, Hurricane Andrew was a big wake-up call for many. As such, remembering some of the biggest storms of the past can serve to enhance preparation in the future. In no particular order, the following are some of the worst hurricanes of all-time:

  1. Katrina, 2005
  2. Galveston, 1900
  3. Harvey, 2017
  4. Andrew, 1992
  5. Camille, 1969
  6. Sandy, 2012
  7. Irma, 2017
  8. Ike, 2008
  9. Maria, 2017
  10. Gilbert, 1988
  11. Florida Keys, 1935
  12. Mitch, 1998

Hurricane season has been good to South Florida residents in 2018, but it is important to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather. Preparedness is extraordinarily important to protect your loved ones, yourself, and your property. Coastal residents must be even more prepared and aware of the current and future weather. Be sure to check back on our blog for updated tips on preparing your home for hurricane season!

Expectations for Professional Mold Removal

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Unlike some of our competitors, our highly trained mold remediation specialists are here to quickly restore your property.

Spreading throughout a residential or commercial property in as little as 48 hours, mold infestations are something that must be taken seriously. It is important to understand that since mold spores live everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, any company claiming the ability to remove all mold from a building is being dishonest. The reality is that microscopic mold spores occur naturally and only become an issue in high quantity. The problem in the mold remediation industry is that far too many companies make false claims and are actually lacking the skills, experience, and equipment to so that job the right way.

Mold removal is a specialized skill that requires licensing to do the job effectively, safely, and with the proper restoration techniques. The following are important qualities to look for when you are hiring a professional mold removal and restoration company:

  • An Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist should be on the job
  • An inspection and assessment should be done to determine mold damage
  • Actions should be taken to contain the mold and prevent spreading (the best method is using negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area)
  • Air filtration should be used
  • Protective safety gear should be worn at all times when dealing with mold projects – look out for things like face masks, gloves, or even a full suit if the mold issue is very large
  • Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be utilized
  • All contents in the contaminated areas should be cleaned properly to not only disinfect but to also remove odors
  • Restoration should take place last to restore affected areas and repair damage

SERVPRO is proud to offer our mold damage repair and restoration services at a reasonable cost. Unlike some of our competitors, our highly trained mold remediation specialists are here to quickly restore your property. Call us today to learn more!

Preparing Your Home for a Big Storm

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

If heavy rains or storms have damaged any part of your home or property, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our storm restoration team!

The middle of summertime means almost daily rainstorms. In South Florida, the rain seems to come as quickly as it leaves and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, however, we all know how much impact even short-lived heavy rains can have on the roads, on the neighborhoods, and on individual homes across the county. While some storms are so massive they cause unpreventable damage, the majority of South Florida storms will cause minimal to no damage if the homeowner is readily prepared for them to occur. There are a number of home maintenance tips that can help to mitigate potential storm damage, especially for those who live in flood-prone areas and neighborhoods.

Preventative measures can save thousands of dollars in storm damage repairs. As such, keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for a big storm:

  1. Make sure the fence surrounding your home is secured
  2. Clear your gutters of all debris and ensure they are faced to drain away from your home
  3. Remove any dead tree limbs and trim trees near on the property
  4. Place any valuables in waterproof containers
  5. Gather documents like insurance policies, birth certificates, health/medications paperwork, and important phone numbers
  6. Check your roof’s condition
  7. Secure all loose items around the property
  8. Protect important areas like your windows and doors

Being prepared for a big storm means being proactive in safeguarding your property, both inside and outside of the home. Those living near the coastline must pay extra attention to the news to determine if they need to evacuate their neighborhood. If heavy rains or storms have damaged any part of your home or property, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our team of storm restoration professionals!

Recognizing Signs of Water Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors.

Homeowners in South Florida are well aware of high stressful and costly water damage can be. Water damage is caused by a wide variety of things, ranging from things like heavy rainstorms all the way to washing machine leaks. While many people think of water damage in terms of a busted pipe or a massive flood, some of the most intense damage comes from seemingly minor issues. That is why it is so important to recognize signs of water damage as early as possible, before the damage grows significantly. Fixing a water damage problem in the earliest stages is the key to reducing the amount of restoration required.

Identifying the source of the water is the very first step in detecting water damage. As water accumulates in one location, the damage begins to spread quickly, so being vigilant is imperative. The following are some of the most common signs of water damage to keep an eye on:

  • Foul smells caused from bacterial growth
  • Peeling paint
  • Water bill increases
  • Stained or discolored ceilings and/or walls
  • Warping, sagging, or buckling of floors, ceilings, or walls
  • Puddles of water
  • Mold growth
  • Hearing running water when the home is quiet
  • Damage to the exterior of the home, particularly cracked roof tiles

Water damage can arise in all areas of your home, but the most commonly seen areas affected are the walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and exteriors. If you believe that you home may have some water damage, it is important to act right away. Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!

Preventing Mold Growth in the Shower

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

The ability to prevent mold growth in your bathroom is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate the problem.

Bathroom mold is something that most homeowners have to deal with at one time or another. From the ceiling all the way down to the tiles, mold growth in the shower, bathtub, sinks, toilets, and other areas of the bathroom are all too common. Mold thrives in dark, damp, humid regions, particularly in isolated spaces. As such, the bathroom creates the perfect scenario for mold to flourish after bathing or showering. When a bathroom lacks adequate ventilation, moisture begins to linger and then mold begins to develop. Some of the other typical causes of bathroom mold are things like damp flooring, rugs, wallpaper, or grouting as well as any type of leaks in the plumbing pipes like the sinks and toilets.

The key to preventing mold growth in the shower is stopping the issue before it starts. The following are some of the most effective ways to prevent mold growth in the shower:

  • Purchase a mildew-resistant shower curtain
  • Use a dehumidifier or an air conditioner in the bathroom
  • Keep the humidity levels under 50 percent throughout the household
  • Always use the bathroom ventilation fan during the bath or shower, as well as leaving it on for an additional 30 minutes following
  • Regularly wash the bathroom rugs
  • Keep your shower items like shampoos, loofahs, and shower toys outside of the shower
  • Dust your bathroom with a microfiber cloth at least once a week
  • Utilize all-purpose cleaner at least once a week and be sure to spray all of the bathroom surfaces
  • Squeegee the shower walls immediately following your washing
  • Utilize glass cleaner to clean the bathroom windows and mirrors
  • Fix any bathroom leaks immediately
  • Wipe all areas of the bathroom dry
  • Keep the bathroom as well-lit as possible

The ability to prevent mold growth in your bathroom is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate the problem. Mold treatment can be quite the headache, so the ability to prevent it from developing in the first place is the ultimate cure. If you believe you have a mold growth issue in your home, contact SERVPRO and our team of mold remediation professionals will address the problem promptly and effectively. Call today!

Top Tips for Workplace Safety

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

It is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices.

Whether you are an employee or an employer, having a basic understanding of workplace safety is extremely important. For many organizations, the simple practice of creating safety guidelines and procedures seemingly is sufficient enough as their workplace safety protocol. Even worse, many companies do not even inform their working staff about safety regulations and best practices. Unfortunately, these mistakes are what lead to far too many on-the-job accidents and injuries. Safety standards should lay the foundation for all things done in your organization and communicating these standards is imperative.

With that said, it is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices that are specific to their organization. The following are some of the top tips for workplace safety to share with your company:

  • Safety equipment should be worn correctly and consistently
  • Each and every machine and/or tool must only be used by a trained employee
  • Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings
  • Every employee must take regular breaks throughout the day
  • Emergency exits cannot be blocked
  • Inform management or direct supervisors of any unsafe working condition immediately
  • Be cognitive of proper posture while sitting down
  • Avoid taking safety procedure shortcut at all costs
  • Inform employees and entire staff of any new or updated safety procedures

Employers have the responsibility to ensure that their entire workforce understands possible workplace hazards and the proper rules and procedures to avoid them. Risks are inherent in virtually every type of job, but avoiding accidents and injuries hinges on a company’s ability to enforce their workplace safety best practices.

Flood Control Facts for You

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding.

South Florida home owners are all too familiar with major storms and the flooding the follows them. From heavy winds and heavy rains to inefficient drainage systems, experts have made some frightening predictions for the future of South Florida homes. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UOCS) recently released a report pointing to the potential of chronic flooding effecting one million Florida homes by the year 2100. These warnings are certainly scary and they make most South Florida residents think about how to handle flooding today and tomorrow. One of the most important things to consider is the concept of flood control and how you can use it to your home’s advantage.

Understanding some of the basics of quality flood control is important to minimizing potential dangers that stem from major storms. As we find ourselves in the thick of hurricane season, Florida residents should learn the following flood control facts:

  1. Drainage systems are always in operation in order to keep water elevation desired level
  2. The drainage district is in control and cannot open its discharge control to the community
  3. Opening the discharge control to the community is only authorized in emergency situations
  4. Older communities typically suffer from severe flooding due to their older storm water systems
  5. Homeowners can play a role in preventing flooding by avoiding putting trash bags in road swale and avoiding throwing debris in canals or lakes

Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding. Working together as a community to keep canals and lakes free from debris and not placing trash bags in road swales are just a few ways to play a part in controlling flooding. Florida is surrounded by water and with hurricane seasons getting increasingly more potent, it is important to stay educated on flood control.

5 Reasons to Get a Commercial Carpet Cleaning

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to

Running a business is stressful. With an endless to-do list and employees to oversee, keeping your commercial property clean and tidy likely not business priority. However, far too many business owners find out the hard way that commercial carpets can get very, very messy. From big businesses to small businesses, carpet is the number one type of flooring found in commercial properties across the country. Since carpet covers much of the commercial space it is considered an investment and keeping it tidy is critical to protecting that investment. The majority of cleaning crews use a vacuum and hope that is enough. Unfortunately, a simple nightly vacuum just won’t cut it.

Are you thinking that the carpet in your business is actually clean and free of stains? Well, it is important to keep in mind that not all dirty carpets reveal themselves in stained areas. In fact, there are a variety of issues that could be lurking on your carpet that are not visible to the eye. Below are 5 reasons that you probably need to get your commercial carpet professionally cleaned:

  1. Bugs like dust mites and fleas are likely loitering throughout your office space carpet
  2. Food and beverage spills happen all of the time in your office, leaving them untreated could result in odors and bacteria growth
  3. Skin flakes are gross to think about, but are probably occupying a large portion of the carpet in your business
  4. Mold is likely growing on your carpet when moisture and spills are not properly cleaned
  5. Dirt and dust accumulation is not covered by a vacuum and must be cleaned professionally to fully handle it

From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to time. At SERVPRO, our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals is ready to upgrade your office space today!

Getting Smart about Smoke Alarms

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy.

Fire safety is often associated with tips to prevent fires from starting and steps to take in the event that a home fire occurs. Research shows that when a smoke alarm sounds off in a household, the inhabitants have less than 2 minutes to get out of the house for safety. This means that families must have a very specific plan of action when it comes to fire safety. We have discussed this in previous articles, but we have never spent the time to talk about something extremely important: smoke alarms.

Did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years? Did you know that smoke alarm batteries (9-volt battery) need to be replaced at least once per year? Did you know that smoke alarms should be tested every month? These types of facts are things that are rarely discussed yet are extremely essential for each and every homeowner. Having a smoke alarm properly installed in your home can literally be the difference between life and death. Reports from the U.S. Fire Administration point out that three out of five home fire death result from fire in properties without working smoke alarms. This speaks to the massive dangers linked to malfunctioning smoke alarms and just how critical is it to be on top of your alarms at home.

There are a few additional tips beyond replacing smoke alarms every 10 years and batteries every year that each person should know. First, when discussing your evacuation with your family it is imperative to enforce that as soon as an alarm sounds off everyone should exit. Hesitation in exiting the home when a fire starts is a common issue. Also, smoke alarms in your home should be interconnected, meaning that when one alarm sounds off, they will all sound off. In doing so, everyone in the house will be made aware of the fire no matter their location.

Finally, smoke alarm placement is key. Be sure to have a smoke alarm inside and outside of any and all sleeping areas and bedrooms as well as installing alarms on every level of a home. If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy. Contact our team of fire damage cleanup professionals to learn more about your restoration options today!

Quick Statistics about Mold Growth

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Electrical system is corroding
  2. Blistering on the fiberglass
  3. Boat seats are cracking or damaged
  4. Carpet smells of mold and appears dirty and damaged
  5. Metal is rusting
  6. Warping of flooring
  7. Delamination

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

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Call 9-1-1 or the fire department
  4. Exit immediately and crawl low to avoid smoke inhalation
  5. Feel the doorknob before opening any door to ensure that it is not hot
  6. Leave your valuables in the home, get yourself and your family out as quickly as possible
  7. Use a damp towel or shirt to cover your nostrils so that smoke does not enter your lungs
  8. Never run into a room with flames present
  9. As you exit a room, close the door behind you to avoid the spreading of the fire
  10. 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

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Areas in Florida Most at Risk of Flooding

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Our team of highly trained water damage specialists are ready to respond to your flood damage or water damage emergency.

According to reports from the journal of Environmental Research Letters, approximately 3.9 million homes in America will be at risk of flooding over the next 100 years if the current sea levels rise just one foot. Florida ranks amongst the most susceptible to flooding in the entire country due to its southern location and being surrounded by water. U.S. News reported that the states most at risk of flooding include Florida, Louisiana, California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Predictions point to the fact that homeowners in South Florida may need to start migrating to higher ground over the next few decades.

Over 1.6 million people live off of Florida’s coast and are at risk of flooding whenever a major storm hits the region. The subtropical climate paired with more than 1,100 miles of coastline makes living in Florida both a treat and a threat. First and foremost, you should be aware of whether or not your home is located in a flood zone. You can use this FEMA Flood Map Tool to determine that information. The following are the most vulnerable Florida cities when it comes to storm surge flooding:

  1. Tampa, FL
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Fort Meyers, FL
  4. Sarasota, FL

In fact, the above Florida cities all ranked in the top eight most susceptible cities in regard to storm surge flooding, according to a study from Karen Clark & Company (KCC) in 2015. No matter where you live in Florida, it is important to be aware of the flooding and the potential dangers that it may cause your home. Water damage from flooding can cause a wide range of problems in your home’s interior and exterior. When a major storm hits, SERVPRO is here to help in the aftermath. Our team of highly trained water damage specialists are ready to respond to your flood damage or water damage emergency. Contact us today to learn more!

6 Surprising Causes of Home Fires

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Home fires are incredibly scary to think about. In the most unsuspecting of times, homeowners must act quickly to protect their loved ones, their pets, and their most cherished home items. Unfortunately, in the United States nearly 4,000 people are killed each year from fires, that number is more than all natural disasters combined. In fact, approximately every minute and a half a new home fire is reported throughout the country, as reported National Fire Protection Association. While most people think of home fires as something that would never happen to them, the reality is that these occurrences strike far too many families across the nation. Fire damage is a serious problem, even for the smallest of home fires. As such, the ability to prevent a home fire from happening in the first place is absolutely critical.

Most people think that common fire starters like candles and cooking make up the majority of home fires. Nevertheless, it is important to be educated on all kinds of causes in order to prevent fires from starting in the first place. Some of the more surprising causes of home fires are as follows:

  1. Dishwashers: many people believe that since dishwashers have water in them they are incapable of causing a fire. However, the motor and heating elements in a dishwasher make it a potentially dangerous appliance.
  2. Jars: ant kind of glass object has the potential to catch fire from the reflection of the sun, so flammable liquids should not be stored in glass jars or glass containers of any kind.
  3. Outdated Appliances: old appliances have a tendency of having faulty wires and thus cause unexpected fires.
  4. Circuit Breakers: if the wiring in a circuit breaker is old or faulty it make catch fire.
  5. Smoke Detectors: even though smoke detectors are there to help in the event of a fire, they can actually catch fire on their own if they are malfunctioning. Make sure that your smoke detectors is not missing any batteries or malfunctioning in any way.
  6. Children Playing: when kids begin to experiment with things like lighters and matches, accidents tend to occur. Children should be kept far away from matches, lighters, and candles.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. At SERVPRO, we always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Preparing Your Business for the New Year

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

On behalf of SERVPRO, we wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond!

As a business owner, thinking forward to the coming year is critical to maintaining current goals and setting new objectives. People often look at New Year’s resolutions as personal goals like losing weight, being more attentive to loved ones, or giving back to the community. While all of those resolutions are important, people fail to look at New Year’s resolutions as it relates to their own business. From treating your employees well to creating a solid company culture, being introspective this time of year should extend personal life and move into your business world. The most savvy business owners take time each year around the holidays to reflect on successes, analyze failures, and set new goals for the year to come.

December is often chaotic for businesses of all kinds. As such, it is imperative to be diligent in your efforts to shift focus to the year ahead. We suggest spending some time as many of your employees as possible in order to get feedback. In doing so, you will have a well-rounded idea of where to start your business resolutions brainstorming session. Consider the following as your write down your company’s New Year’s resolutions:

  1. What is the industry as a whole doing differently that your company? Where do you see major trends going?
  2. How is your competition identifying opportunities in the marketplace? What can you adopt from competitors who are doing well?
  3. Who is an outstanding employee? How can you give them more responsibility moving forward?
  4. What are the overhead costs in your organization? Are there any ways to cut that number down?
  5. Does your office have a happy, positive mindset? Company culture is critical to productivity, is yours a constructive one?

These questions will lay the foundation for your company to succeed. Start by writing down overarching goals and then create specific bulleted lists as to how your organization will achieve them. On behalf of SERVPRO, we wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond!

Battling Mold in Your Garage

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Lake Worth can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Florida homeowners are used to dealing with weather elements like heavy rainstorms, extremely hot days, and hurricane disasters at any point in time during the year. The combination of hot, humid days paired with incredible hot months creates the perfect home for mold inside of your garage. And if you are like most Florida residents, you likely have a garage in your home and depend on that space for storage, a place for your vehicle(s), and even an outside refrigerator in some cases. Unfortunately for our garages, mold thrives in dark, moist, unventilated places. So, while it may not be top of mind for most people, it is extraordinarily important to be aware of potential mold growth in your garage.

Building a garage with materials that would prevent mold is ideal, however, most people do not have that option. So, keep the following tips in mind for preventing and battling mold in your garage:

  • Minimize moisture with a dehumidifier
  • Ventilate as much as possible with fresh air
  • Open the garage for a portion of time each day to let sunlight inside
  • Make sure the garage door is properly sealed to prevent water from seeping in
  • Keep your stored items organized and on shelves
  • Keep any shrubs or plants near the garage trimmed at all times
  • Avoid storing anything wet inside of the garage
  • After a heavy rainstorm, remove any standing water and dry the area as soon as possible
  • Do not keep cardboard boxes in the garage

Preventing mold in your garage is important for any homeowner. We recommend doing regular inspections of your garage to ensure that no mold spores have grown, especially in moist, dark areas. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Lake Worth can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Staying Safe This Holiday Season

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure that you are spreading these safety tips amongst your friends and family. On behalf of SERVPRO, happy holidays to all!

When the holiday season rolls around every year, people are often distracted with decorating, party planning, and gift giving. While November and December are certainly the months for giving holiday cheer more attention, keeping safety in the forefront of your mind is absolutely necessary. From distracted drivers to holiday decorations accidents, far too many injuries occur during this time of the year. In fact, thousands of emergency room visits occur every year during the holiday months, accounting for things like back strains, falls, and lacerations. While rare, around 200 tree-related fires occur each year, causing property damage and fatalities across the country.

Keeping your home a safe and happy place during the 2017 holiday season is imperative. Decorations like candles, trees, ornaments, and lights are all potential hazards to your home’s safety. Keep these tips in mind while making decorating your home this year:

  • Multiple extension cords should never be strung together
  • Check your smoke alarms for proper functioning
  • If you have a live Christmas tree, be sure to water it each day
  • Never run your extension cords under carpeting, furniture, or rugs
  • Candles should be placed at a safe distance from anything flammable, we recommend at least 3 feet
  • Check the labels on all outdoor decorations to ensure they were designed for outside use
  • Make sure that no decorations are in heavily trafficked areas in your home to avoid any slip and fall accidents
  • Throw away any light strings that have pinched or frayed cords
  • Use ladders carefully and properly, ideally with a person there to spot
  • Be extra careful while cooking, as kitchen fires are much more likely during the holiday season

Holiday cheer is contagious, so make sure that you are spreading these safety tips amongst your friends and family. In doing so, you will ensure that your loved ones are able to safely enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer. On behalf of SERVPRO, happy holidays to all!

Protecting Your Home from Damage in Heavy Rain

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Proactively protecting your home from water damage or storm damage in heavy rains is extremely important.

Hurricane season technically ends on November 20th, but experienced Florida residents know that heavy rains can (and do) come during any season. When a serious storm comes your way, heavy rains can wreak havoc on your property, both inside and outside of your home. If it seems like it’s been even wetter than usual in South Florida lately, that’s because it has been! Based on new reports from the South Florida Water Management District, South Florida hasn’t seen this much rain in 86 years. Storm surges of heavy rains often mean flooding in your neighborhood and it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with this extra rainfall and water.

Rain damage can be very costly if not handled both immediately and correctly. Far too many homeowners become lazy about storm damage and then are left to deal with additional issues like mold growth. As such, keep the following tips in mind for protecting your home from damage in heavy rain:

  • Clean your gutters regularly
  • Pay attention to your home’s drainage efficiency
  • Check your windows and doors for proper sealant
  • Have your roof inspected
  • Fix any leaks throughout your home, especially in the bathrooms and kitchen
  • Watch out for water leakage through your air vents
  • Look out for mold growth, which often indicates water damage
  • Be aware of potential health hazards associated with rain damage
  • Make sure that all electrical equipment and appliances are in a water-free location

Proactively protecting your home from water damage or storm damage in heavy rains is extremely important. From both a safety and cost-savings perspective, ensuring that your home is safeguarded during Florida’s rains is beneficial in a variety of ways. If your home has suffered storm damage in any recent heavy rains, contact our team of water damage professionals today!

Most Common Signs of Water Damage

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another.

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!

Basic Home Fire Escape Plan

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire safety, there is no better way to prepare than having a solid fire escape plan.

No one plans for a fire to break out inside of or near their home. Home electrical fires account for close to 500 deaths and over 1,400 injuries each year. In addition, home electrical fires cost billions of dollars in property damage annually. As such, preparing and planning an emergency escape strategy is critical to protecting you and your loved ones in the event of an unexpected home fire. First and foremost, your home should be inspected for working smoke alarms in every room. In addition, you must create a specific evacuation plan, practice fire drills, and make sure that your entire family is well-versed in what to do in the event of an emergency.

Keep in mind the following pieces of advice when developing and deploying your personal home fire escape plan:

  1. Keep all exits unblocked (both doors and windows throughout the house)
  2. Make an escape route for each individual room in the home
  3. Smoke alarms should be placed in every room, on every level of the home, and outside of any sleeping area
  4. Walk through your escape plan with entire family
  5. Choose a location a safe distance away from your home as your family’s meeting place
  6. Memorize the fire department’s emergency phone number, make sure your family does as well
  7. Assign a capable adult to be in charge of any infants, elderly people, or anyone that lacks mobility and would require assistance in an emergency
  8. Take every smoke alarm signal seriously and evacuate immediately
  9. Inform guests or visitors in your home of the fire escape plan
  10. Never go back into a burning building before being cleared from the firefighters on the scene

Creating a home fire escape plan is absolutely essential for everyone. Whether you live in a single-family home or a high-rise apartment building, be sure to prepare yourself for the steps that would be taken in the event of a fire. When it comes to fire safety, there is no better way to prepare than having a solid fire escape plan.


9/14/2017 (Permalink)

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Women in Business Council whose mission is to promote networking and education for professional women.

The Women in Business Steering Council announced their annual tea will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 3p.m.-5p.m. at the Abacoa Golf Club. This year’s guest speaker will feature local Palm Beach Post award-winning journalist and columnist, Leslie Gray Streeter.

Leslie Gray Streeter is an award-winning columnist and pop culture writer for the Palm Beach Post, where she has worked since October 2002. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is a proud product of that city's public-school system, and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1989.
In 1993, she graduated from the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, after which she began her professional journalism career. That has included stints at the Miami Times, a community weekly in Miami, Florida, the York Dispatch/Sunday News in York, Pa., and finally the Post.

Guests are invited to flaunt your best tea dress and hat. Prizes will be awarded for beauty and creativity. Ladies will come and enjoy an afternoon tea, light bites, and desserts.

"The Women in Business Annual Tea is one of my favorite Palm Beach North Chamber events. There is a feel of camaraderie as we enjoy our tea sporting elegant to wildly creative hats. Our speaker, Leslie Streeter, will certainly add to the fun with light hearted laughter!  By the way, men are certainly welcome to join us! (Hats are optional)" said Donna Goldfarb, Chair of the Women in Business Council.

The event is made possible through the generous support of sponsors including Series sponsor: Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Tea Sponsor: Baron Sign, Orchid Sponsors: Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney (2GHO), Cathy Peduto Allstate Insurance, Illustrated Properties, Financial Investment Network Inc., Leo A Daily, Palm Beach Kennel Club, PGA Commons, SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County, and Glidden Spina.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Women in Business Council whose mission is to promote networking and education for professional women and women entrepreuners while highlighting the women leaders in the community. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and non-members and walk-ins will be welcome the day of.

“The Women in Business Council is an incredible resource for business women in the Palm Beach North community seeking a forum rich with experience, knowledge and great networking opportunities” said Beth Kigel, President and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. 

Staying Safe and Smart in Hurricane Irma

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Good luck to all and remember that SERVPRO is here for all of you during and after the storm!

Florida residents are no strangers to hurricanes and the massive damage that they can cause. With Hurricane Irma looming, it’s difficult avoid the memories of past hurricanes that left homes in shambles. Devastation is something that sticks with a family. Nevertheless, if the rebuilding efforts after monster storms like Hurricane Andrew taught us anything, it taught us to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more. While its exact path is still unknown, there is no way around the fact that Hurricane Irma is going to be a seriously catastrophic storm. At this point, emergency plans should already be in place as you prepare your home and your family for the massive hurricane heading our way.

Weather experts have warned that wind, not flooding, is going to be the main concern this weekend. As such, the following steps should be taken today and tomorrow to ensure that you and your family stay safe and smart in Hurricane Irma:

  1. If you have an evacuation plan, now is the time to set it in motion. Map out your route and hit the road as soon as possible.
  2. Make sure your gas tank is full.
  3. Get water (1 gallon per day per person), non-perishable food items (enough for 3-7 days), and flashlights.
  4. Keep all important documents (insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, emergency contact phone numbers, health insurance cards, and any other important identification, financial, or property paperwork) in a waterproof safe box or some type of protective case.
  5. Photograph every room and valuable item inside of your household, as well as the entirety of the outside home. Photographs will be critical when filing insurance claims after the storm.
  6. Put up your shutters now, before the rain starts to come down.
  7. Run a load of laundry and dishes today before the power goes out.
  8. All patio furniture must be brought inside.
  9. Secure your garage door.
  10. Trim any branches or damaged trees that look like they may fall once the winds pick up.

Do not forget to prepare your pets for the storm. In addition, make sure that your first-aid kit is handy in addition to toilet paper, medications, cash, and fully charged electronics. Hurricane Irma is likely going to cause major destruction to South Florida homes. The focus right now must be safety for you and your family. If you have any questions, please reference local news stations or the NOAA Weather Radio for updates. Good luck to all and remember that SERVPRO is here for all of you during and after the storm!

The Fascinating Truth about Mold

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

While mold will always be present in your day-to-day life, there are a number of ways to avoid excessive exposure.

Most people do not realize that mold is everywhere. Mold lives inside, mold lives outside, and, in fact, mold is likely growing somewhere in close proximity to you as you read this article. Mold spores are microscopic and are therefore difficult to spot with the eyes. Thriving on moisture, mold spores often grow in places that are wet and colonies often grow quickly when exposed to water. Understanding some basic mold facts and figures can help you to be more aware of the potential dangers of mold growth and the risk of letting it thrive without professional removal or remediation.

We have spent some time collecting some of the most interesting facts and fascinating truths about mold. Take a moment to read through these figures and make mental notes of how important it is to be aware of any signs of mold:

  • Approximately 93 percent of Chronic Sinus Infections are linked to mold
  • Nearly 30 percent of new homes built have mold in them already
  • Mold exposure has been linked to asthma, allergic reactions, and other respiratory health issues
  • Fixing water leaks or problems is the best way to avoid mold growth
  • Mold can grow on virtually any type of substance or surface as long as moisture is present
  • Storm-driven rain is one of the most common sources of mold
  • There have been over 1,000 mold-related insurance claims over the last decade
  • Every single type of mold has a potential to cause some type of health issue
  • Roof damage often leads to mold growth as a result of roof leaks
  • Doors, windows, and exterior walls are all vulnerable to mold growth when moisture exists
  • Poor ventilation inside of a home causes mold to grow
  • Humidity must be controlled to prevent excessive mold growth

While mold will always be present in your day-to-day life, there are a number of ways to avoid excessive exposure. Keep the above facts and figures in mind in order to protect you and your family from mold-related health issues. If you believe that you may have a mold issue in your home or business, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our mold remediation experts!

Interesting Facts about Hurricanes in Florida

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Take a look at some unique and interesting facts about hurricanes in Florida.

Floridians have grown so accustom to experiencing hurricane season that they rarely stop to think about hurricanes themselves. While any natural disaster can be scary and destructive, they also have the potential to be beautiful acts of nature. From flash floods to power outages, it’s easy to get lost in the negative elements of Florida hurricanes and the damage that they cause to our homes, businesses, and community as a whole. Have you ever taken a moment to reflect upon your hurricane knowledge? When is the last time you stopped to catch up on interesting hurricane facts?

If the answers to these questions leave you wanting more, keep reading. As storm damage experts, our team at SERVPRO has taken the time to get to know hurricane extremely well. Take a look at some unique and interesting facts about hurricanes in Florida:

  • Warm water is used as a source of energy to create hurricanes
  • The eye of a hurricane can range anywhere from 2 miles in diameter to more than 200 miles in diameter
  • Other names for hurricanes include tropical storms, cyclones, and typhoons
  • Around 33 percent of cat and dog owners do not have a hurricane disaster plan in place for their pets
  • When the waves of the hurricane are extremely heavy they are referred to storm surges
  • In 1953, the National Hurricane Center began naming storms officially
  • Approximately 40 percent of hurricanes in the United States strike Florida
  • The eye of a hurricane is typically calm
  • More often than not, the right side of a hurricane is most dangerous
  • Tornadoes have been caused by hurricanes
  • When the wind speeds of a storm hit 74 mph, the storm is considered to be a hurricane
  • Category 5 hurricanes, the most dangerous of all, are marked by winds that exceed 156 mph
  • Hurricane Andrew, Florida’s most catastrophic hurricane, was a Category 5
  • Naming hurricanes helps with communication amongst the general public as well as weather forecasters

Being educated on hurricanes is important for any Florida resident. Understanding the history of these storms can help to calm nerves, manage expectations, and lead to better decision-making in the event of a bad storm. Be sure to continue your hurricane education to keep you and your family safe this summer.

Preventing Water Damage in Your Kitchen

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

From the sink to the dishwasher and from the refrigerator to the freezer, there are many potential water leaking hazards inside of the kitchen.

Water damage in the kitchen is something that homeowners often forget to consider as they tend to associate water damage with bathrooms and laundry rooms. Unfortunately, water damage in your kitchen is typically hard to recognize due to the various smells already in that area. From the kitchen sink to the dishwasher and from the refrigerator to the freezer, there are many potential water leaking hazards inside of the kitchen. Since detecting moisture in the kitchen is difficult, but it is important to understand the most effective ways to prevent water damage in the kitchen.

Water damage can arise at any moment in your home. In the kitchen, water damage is most often found due to the following:

  1. Dishwashers
  2. Refrigerators
  3. Countertops and Sinks

Dishwashers will sometimes malfunction, causing blockage of the main filter and thus causing a leak and eventual water damage. To prevent this, make sure that you are regularly checking the base of the dishwasher and looking for any collection of excess water. Also, look out for any leaks in the dishwasher which might be caused by an improperly sealed hose. Refrigerators often cause water damage because they are rarely moved. To prevent a potential water problem, be sure to occasionally check behind your refrigerator for any water. Finally, countertops and sinks are obviously exposed to water each and every day. To prevent water damage in these areas, check under your sink for any pooling water and make sure that the grout on your countertops is intact, as this is a sign of water damage.

Kitchen repairs for water damage can be costly and annoying. Not only will you have to pay to fix the problem, but it will disrupt your day-to-day routine since the kitchen is the focal point of most homes. In addition, mold growth is a threat when kitchen water damage goes undetected. As such, be sure to keep the above tips in mind to prevent water damage in your kitchen.

Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you have experienced dryer fire in your home, SERVPRO is here to deal with the fire damage.

Each year in the United States homeowners suffer from the aftermath of clothes dryer fires. In fact, nearly 15,000 home clothes dryers catch fire each year which in turn cause about 100 injuries. While it may surprise some, neglecting to clean your dryer is the most common cause of a fire. As such, preventing dryer fires is actually easy if the homeowner is aware of the potential of fire damage and takes steps to avoid an accident from occurring in their home.

Keep in mind the following tips for dryer fire prevention:

  1. Hire a professional to install your dryer, do not attempt to do this yourself
  2. Make sure that your laundry room has no flammable items inside or near the dryer
  3. Clean your linen filter both before and after every single load of laundry
  4. Get your dryer serviced regularly
  5. Be sure that your dryer’s vent pipe is free, blockage is one the top causes of dryer fires
  6. Hire a professional to look at your gas lines
  7. Never run your dryer when you are asleep or not home
  8. Avoid overloading your dryer
  9. Clean your dryer in any place where lint can build up
  10. Use metal dryer ducts
  11. Check the electrical outlet and plug to ensure it is connected correctly
  12. Do not dry any items containing rubber, foam, or plastic
  13. Do not dry clothes that have anything flammable on them such as gas, alcohol, or cooking oils
  14. Leave ample room between your dryer and the wall behind it
  15. Read your manufacturers’ instructions to go over particular safety tips for your dryer

From lack of maintenance to dirty dryers, almost every single dryer fire each year is caused by something that could have been avoided. If you have experienced dryer fire in your home, SERVPRO is here to deal with the fire damage. Call us today to learn more!

Protect Your Commercial Property from Water Damage

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and a little professional assistance.

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. The middle of hurricane season is upon us and this often leads to heavy rains and unforeseen hiccups in typical day-to-day activities. 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 Stop Mold Growth in Your Shower

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our highly-trained mold remediation specialists are here restore your bathroom quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost professionalism.

Most homeowners can attest to the fact that mold and showers seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Despite your best efforts, that pesky mold starts to grow in the shower and it seems like there is nothing you can do to stop it. Mold thrives in moisture and confined areas and is therefore likely to flourish inside of a shower. While many do not realize it, mold is actually present everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, all of the time. When a mold spore is exposed to water, a colony can quickly grow and create a problem. In addition, mold often produces irritants and allergens and that can create health issues for you and your family.

Showers are damp and dark, facilitating mold growth and causing major headaches for homeowners. From the shower ceiling to the shower floor, a quick look around your bathroom area is likely to reveal some mildew issues. Things like pipe leaks and poor ventilation can cause bathroom mold to grow. Preventing mold from growing in the first place is of course the most efficient method. Therefore, try to keep your bathroom fan on when you shower for better ventilation, replace your shower curtain frequently, possibly use a dehumidifier in the bathroom, and wash your rugs in the bathroom often.

While preventing mold growth in your shower is ideal, it is not always possible. For that reason, getting rid of mold in the bathroom is a concern of many homeowners. As long as the bathroom has not suffered from a serious mold growth infestations, getting rid of it is entirely possible. First, remove any sealant that has visible mold. Then, start by cleaning your shower top to bottom with any type of mold-killing cleaning product such as hydrogen peroxide or bleach, but be careful not to mix these toxic cleaning products. Finally, keep any and all doors and windows open in the bathroom to get air circulating and drying the area as much as possible.

Unfortunately, there are many scenarios when the homeowner waits too long to address mold growth in the shower or bathroom. If the mold problem in your bathroom seems outside of the scope of the above suggestions, you will likely need professional help. At SERVPRO, our highly-trained mold remediation specialists are here restore your bathroom quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost professionalism. Don’t let mold ruin your beautiful bathroom, contact us today to learn more!

After a Florida Storm Safety Tips

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to get your home back to pre-storm condition as quickly and efficiently as possible!

From serious thunderstorms to hurricanes and everything in between, South Florida homeowners must be prepared for the worst during the summer months. When it comes to rainy season and hurricane season in Florida, most people focus on preparations before a storm strikes. While this is critically important for home protection, attention must also be paid to what to do after a Florida storm. It goes without saying that keeping you and your family safe is the number one priority before, during, and after a storm. After a serious storm hits and you’ve make sure that your family is safe, thinking about what steps to take from there on out is important.

Assessing the damage to your home must be done extremely carefully, as things may have shifted during the storm and are potential hazards. Keep the following tips in mind for what to do after a Florida storm:

  • Listen to your local news via radio or television as well as the NOAA Weather Radio for important instructions and/or announcements
  • If you had evacuated, do not re-enter your home until your area has been declared safe
  • Do not drive into any flooded areas
  • Do not drive through barricaded or closed roads
  • Only stand on firm ground, avoid any areas with moving water
  • Carefully check your appliances, water, gas, and electrical lines for any damages
  • Do not consume any food or beverage unless you are sure that it is not contaminated
  • Use flashlights for light while inspecting your damage, never use open flames of any kind
  • Avoid using the telephone unless you are reporting a life-threatening emergency, keeping the phone lines open is important
  • Do not use your generators indoors
  • Make sure any electrical items are completely dry before turning them on
  • Keep your pets under close watch
  • Report any downed power lines
  • Help people in your community who need is (especially the elderly or those with special needs)

Once you and your family feel safe and secure, it is a good idea to take photographs or videos of your home and the surrounding areas. Documenting the damage and recording losses is a good idea for both inside and outside of your home. In addition, be hyper-aware of waterborne bacterial contaminations, these are common after major storms and can be a major health threat. The final step in what to do after a storm is to contact your local storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals. SERVPRO is here to get your home back to pre-storm condition as quickly and efficiently as possible!

What To Do After a Flood in Your Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal.

Water damage is not fun for any homeowner and unfortunately, South Florida is prone to flooding. As such, knowing what to do in the event of a flooded home is critical to mitigating the damages and getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible. From rainstorms to overflowing toilets and from leaky faucets to poorly insulated showers, water damage can occur in a myriad of different scenarios. In South Florida, the summer season brings a ton of rain and thus increases the likelihood of flooding in your home. Water damage is actually an issue nationwide, accounting for nearly 1,400 home or work indoor flooding each and every day.

The first 24 hours following any type of flooding or water damage in your home is often the most important. No matter how bad the damage may be, quick response times almost always play a vital role in reducing the amount of destruction that is suffered by the property. Keep in mind the following tips on what to do after a flood in your home:

  1. Use mops to remove any excess water
  2. Remove tabletop items and then wipe off excess water on wood furniture
  3. Take all cushions and upholstery and prop them up to remove water
  4. Pick up furniture legs where possible and place aluminum foil down between the legs and the wet carpet
  5. Turn on the A/C to max in order to speed up the drying process
  6. Take colored rugs off of wet carpet immediately
  7. Transfer any art objects to a dry area in the home
  8. Collect all loose items from the floor
  9. Use dehumidifiers for small spaces
  10. Remove any books, photographs, or important papers from wet areas
  11. Shut off electrical systems
  12. Turn on all fans in the home to circulate airflow
  13. Disinfect any contaminated areas with non-toxic, strong disinfectants
  14. Throw away any damages items
  15. Call water damage professionals as soon as possible to assess and repair the damage

If a pipe bursts or a heavy rainstorm strikes unexpectedly in your home, it’s difficult to avoid panicking. Homeowners must take a deep breath and contact SERVPRO as soon as they can to get professionals on the job immediately. Our water damage experts are a team of professionals who will work diligently to mitigate damage and restore your home back to normal. With our highly trained technicians, our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today!

Most Common Causes of House Fires

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

If you or a loved one has suffered from a house fire, contact our fire damage specialists immediately for 24/7 disaster help!

Fires are one of the most terrifying and devastating accidents that can occur in a home. Most victims of house fires will agree that they never saw it coming and never thought a tragedy like that would happen to them. Unfortunately, fires are unpredictable and alarming no matter how they happen and preparing is something that homeowners seldom think about. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1.3 million fires required U.S. fire departments responses in 2015. On average in our nation, a home fire occurs every 86 seconds. This means that there is no such thing as being too prepared for a house fire.

More than three-quarters of civilian fire deaths are caused by home structure fires. As such, homeowners must be aware of the threat of a fire in order to hopefully prevent one from occurring. In fact, research shows that the majority of home fires are completely avoidable. Having a complete understanding of typical house fires causes can play a critical role in prevention. The most common causes of house fires are:

  1. Cooking/cooking equipment
  2. Careless smoking
  3. Heating equipment
  4. Electrical equipment
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Intentional fires (arson)
  7. Candles
  8. Curious kids
  9. Poor wiring
  10. Lightning
  11. Barbecues
  12. Flammable liquids
  13. Christmas decorations and trees
  14. Dryers and washing machines

Smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are critical for any homeowner. Most homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms, however, about 60 percent of fire deaths come from homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. From more obvious dangers like cooking and smoking to less obvious dangers like flammable liquids and poor wiring, being aware of the most common causes of house fires is essential to preventing them from occurring. If you or a loved one has suffered from a house fire, contact our fire damage specialists immediately for 24/7 disaster help!

A Clean Workspace Checklist

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Be sure to keep this checklist in mind while you perform regular cleanings throughout your workspace.

Business owners know how overwhelming running an office can be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When it is your responsibility to oversee the day-to-day operations within a company, cleaning is understandably the last thing on your mind. From dusty cabinets to stained carpet floors to smelly kitchens and everything in between, keeping your workspace clean and neat is a constant challenge. However, keeping a workspace tidy is actually more important than many business owners imagine. Studies have shown that work productivity and employee morale is much higher when an office space is kept well-ordered and organized. As such, hiring commercial cleaning services to regularly visit your office and clean is vital to your business’s bottom line.

In addition to encouraging and motivating your employees, a clean office is also critical for clients and guests who visit your workspace. How can a potential client trust that your company will provide great services if your office is a mess? Spend some time today walking around your office and give yourself a grade against this clean workspace checklist:

  1. Clean floors: check for carpet stains and dirt on hard floors
  2. Trash cans: empty your trash cans each night and wash as needed
  3. Dusting: spot check all surfaces and furniture for unwanted dust
  4. Fingerprints: remove any marks from glass doors, windows, surfaces, and walls as well as any door frames and light switches
  5. Disinfect: make sure all floors are mopped and door handles are cleaned
  6. Cabinets: spot clean and polish all office furniture to remove any unwanted stains
  7. Break Room: keep kitchen and fridge/freezer clean and tidy, throw away expired or old food/beverages
  8. Vents: vacuum vents once a month
  9. Organize: make sure all files, folders, and papers are neatly stored
  10. Restrooms: refill soap dispenser, disinfect surfaces, clean toilets, and make sure that all bathroom appliances are operating correctly

No matter what type of office you run, cleanliness is essential to the well-being of your business and its employees. Be sure to keep this checklist in mind while you perform regular cleanings throughout your workspace.

The Dangers of Mold in Your Home

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Unwanted mold growth can lead to adverse health effects and can make living in your own home uncomfortable.

South Florida homes are particularly susceptible to mold growth in their homes because mold and moisture thrive together. A type of fungus, mold is also called mildew and can grow both indoors and outdoors, flourishing in humid, damp, and warm conditions. Unfortunately for Florida homeowners, the weather in the Sunshine State typically creates a humid, damp, and warm environment. As such, mold threatens homes all across South Florida, especially during very hot and humid days. Places like shower stalls, wet carpets, and other areas that suffer from water exposure are most vulnerable to mold growth. This occurs because active mold growth needs moisture. Understanding the dangers of mold in your home is important to preventing serious health risks for you and your family.

Some people are more sensitive to mold than others and will immediately feel an allergic reaction when they are exposed to it. Things like sneezing, coughing, skin rashes, red and itchy eyes, and runny noses are all common allergic reactions to mold presence. Those who have a serious allergy to mold may even experience shortness of breath, even causing asthma attacks for people with asthma. The groups of people who are most often connected to sensitivity to mold exposure are:

  • Elderly people
  • Children
  • Infants
  • People with compromised immune systems
  • Sufferers of chronic lung disease

Mold can enter a home through vents, windows, doorways, and even air conditioning systems. In addition, outside mold can even attach itself to pets, clothing, and shoes and be tracked inside of a home. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there have been more than different 1,000 types of mildew and mold identified inside of houses throughout the country. Therefore, contacting a qualified, professional mold remediation expert is imperative to keeping you and your family protected. Unwanted mold growth can lead to adverse health effects and can make living in your own home uncomfortable. If you see any signs of mold it is critical that you contact SERVPRO immediately and speak with one of our mold specialists.

Storm Safety Tips for Florida Residents

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to take every precaution necessary to ensure the utmost safety during a tropical storm, hurricane, or even heavy downfall.

Summer months in the “Sunshine State” are filled with on and off rain almost every single day. Those who have lived here for years can relate to the unpredictable, wet, and frustrating weather that strikes Florida. From tracking hurricanes to simply preparing your home for a bad rainstorm, being proactive and diligent is the key to protecting you, your loved ones, and your residential property. Planning ahead is often the difference between total destruction and minor damage, so be sure to prepare yourself during this stormy summer season!

June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season in Florida, so it’s time to educate yourself on the best safety practices before it’s too late. Things like torrential rain downpours, high winds, and storm surges can wreak havoc on your homes. Keep the following storm safety tips in mind this summer:

  1. Trim your trees properly and be aware of any power lines near your home
  2. Unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment
  3. Create a contact list of important numbers such as emergency services, county law enforcement, local hospitals and utilities, and the local American Red Cross
  4. Be aware of the location of the closet storm shelter
  5. Make an emergency kit with enough food for 3-7 days, plenty of water, clothing, batteries, first aid kit, flashlights, emergency radio, cash, and a cell phone
  6. Keep your gas tank filled during the summer
  7. Right before a storm, turn the refrigerator and freezer temperature to as cold as possible
  8. Put up your hurricane shutters and remove any loose items from around the house
  9. Think about purchasing a generator
  10. Discuss an evacuation plan with your family

The above storm safety tips for Florida residents really only scratches the surface of what needs to be done to adequately prepare for a storm. It is important to take every precaution necessary to ensure the utmost safety during a tropical storm, hurricane, or even heavy downfall. Be sure to check back on our blog to learn more safety tips as we move along into the summer months. Be safe out there!

Hurricanes and Your Commercial Property

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, South Florida business owners must be mindful of the potential threat of a major storm.

Hurricane preparation is essential for every Florida resident. Storms and inclement weather can strike at any time, sometimes unexpectedly, and therefore having a plan is critical. Storm damage to your business is even more of a threat as commercial properties are unprepared far too often. When a hurricane warning is issued, most people focus their efforts on protecting their loved ones and their home, which is understandable. However, it is important to avoid neglecting your place of business. Water damage and flooding emergencies require quick response, thorough services, and a dedicated, trained commercial restoration team. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of responding to commercial storm damage emergencies with efficiency and expertise.

Restoring and cleaning commercial properties can be tricky if done improperly. We are dedicated to not only doing an outstanding job, but to minimizing the disruption of your business as much as possible. This keeps your clients happy and allows for your business to run as usual during the process. Some of the commercial properties that are provide services to include:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, South Florida business owners must be mindful of the potential threat of a major storm. If a storm strikes and causes damage to your building, you want a company that you can trust and a company who understands the importance of getting back to business as soon as possible. To learn more about our commercial services, contact our restoration experts today!

A Future Look on Residential and Commercial Restoration

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with technology in order to provide our customers with the best resources, products, services, and tools available.

The restoration industry has grown tremendously over the last several years and projections point to a continued rapid growth into the future. In general, the restoration market is expanding due to an increase in demand. This particular need looks rather different depending upon the end-user, however, things like natural disasters and aging properties contribute greatly to the rising demand for restoration. As the global world becomes more and more connected, the standards for which restoration companies must adhere to becomes significantly higher. Clients are now able to insist upon excellent customer service and can easily spread the world if they suffer from a poor experience.

Technology plays a major role in the future of restoration, and in a variety of capacities. First of all, new products and services that have become available make both residential and commercial restoration more efficient and productive. As a result, projects are completed in a very timely manner and allow for restoration companies’ staff to move on to new projects quicker. In addition, new technologies allow for lower costs on commercial and residential restoration services. These decreases in cost and increases in volume make organizations like SERVPRO truly thrive.

While technology continues to infiltrate the restoration industry today and in the future, resources and tools will only further develop their capabilities. Nevertheless, the downside of technology and connectivity is the lightning fast response to poor service. Smart phones and mobile devices make customer service more important than ever before. Residential and commercial restoration companies must strive to provide unmatched customer service or they run the risk of being hammered on review sites, social media, and the like. The restoration market must take this into account as they move into the future.

With all of these state-of-the-art tools at their fingertips, commercial and residential restoration companies are tasked with the great responsibility to evolve. Looking inward, SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with this technology in order to provide our customers with the best resources, products, services, and tools available. As we work diligently to maintain high-quality commercial and residential restoration services we are constantly monitoring the state of the industry and how our company can stay ahead of the competition.

Top 10 Reasons for Professional Carpet Cleaning Every Year

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

From soil buildup from children and pets to keeping a room looking beautiful and fresh, SERVPRO is the solution for all of your professional carpet an

Regular carpet cleaning is important for homeowners, property managers, and commercial property managers alike. People tend to neglect their carpets for long periods of time and before they know it, years have gone by without any deep professional cleaning. Beyond the fact that professional carpet cleaning greatly improves a home or business’s aesthetic, it also plays a critical role in keeping your home safe and clean. From children to pets to daily wear and tear, a carpet can quickly get worn out if it is not properly cared for. As such, carpeting cleaning should be included in your list of regular home and property maintenance.

When it comes to professional cleaning, preventative maintenance is the key to extending the life of your carpet. The carpet acts as a filter, trapping dirt, gases, dust, animal hairs, and other soils. Things like spot removal, regular vacuuming, and walk-off mats will help to keep your carpet looking great. Nevertheless, professional cleaning is recommended once per year. The following are some of the top reasons for professional carpet cleaning:

  1. Extend the life of the carpet
  2. Prevent bacteria and allergen buildup
  3. Improve the appearance of any room
  4. Safeguard a home or property’s air quality
  5. Remove any visible stains and spots
  6. Make carpet maintenance in between deep cleanings much easier
  7. Maintain a carpet’s warranty
  8. Avoid bugs and other dust mites from living in the carpet
  9. Remove pet hairs and odors
  10. Make a room presentable for an event

These reasons just scratch the surface in highlighting how necessary it is for homeowners and property managers to invest in professional carpet cleaning. From soil buildup from children and pets to keeping a room looking beautiful and fresh, SERVPRO is the solution for all of your professional carpet and upholstery cleaning needs!

Odor Removal after Fire Damage

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach, our team of fire damage experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your home.

House fires are incredibly scary for homeowners and even neighbors. Getting out of the house safely and quickly is of course the main priority if a fire ignites in any area of the house. While making sure that you and your loved ones are safe is the first step, dealing with the aftermath of the fire comes next. After a fire, it is important to do the following:

  • Limit all movement in the house in order to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the carpets and upholstery

  • Change the HVAC filter

  • Make sure hands are kept clean to not further soil the woodwork, walls, or upholstery

  • Wash all houseplants on both sides of the leaves

  • Take old linens or clean towels and place them on upholstery, carpet, and rugs in traffic areas

  • Use a light coating of oil or petroleum jelly to protect any chrome in the house

Following the above steps, it is important to reach out to professional fire damage removal experts in order to assess the damage within the home and make recommendations for the most efficient and effective way to clean up. Odor removal and deodorization is critical in the days following a house fire. It is important to note that attempting to deodorize your home on your own can cause major issues in the long-run. As such, hiring a team of professionals will ensure a stress-free, thorough, and complete job.

At SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach, our team of fire damage experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your home. With IICRC technical class under their belts, the fire damage team is able to properly removal all odors to ensure they stay gone forever. Too many people attempt to do this themselves and end up just masking the smell, not eliminating it. Using special equipment, the SERVPRO fire damage squad removes the odor without a trace, even odors that have penetrated surfaces.

Have you recently suffered from fire damage in your home? Is the odor just not going away? Contact our fire damage odor removal team today and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Top 10 Water Damage Tips After Flooding

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

With expertise and equipment second to none, SERVPRO is your solution to water damage repair and restoration following any type of flooding.

Water damage is a concern for anyone living in South Florida and any coastal area in the United States. Whether your home was damaged due to a bad storm that caused flooding, a bursting pipe or leak, or even heavy rains that get trapped in your house, knowing what to do immediately after is critical. In fact, many potential water damage problems can be completely avoided or solved in handled correctly and in a timely fashion. Safety should be the priority first and foremost. However, after all of the people in your home are safe and secure, it’s time to get to work on minimizing the water damage in your home.

The following are some of the top tips for handling water in damage in your home after flooding:

  1. Remove excess water from wood furniture, tabletop items, and also mop areas of the floor with pooling water
  2. Turn up the air conditioner during the summer months to increase drying rate
  3. Avoid any electrical hazards until a professional has arrived
  4. Prop up and/or remove wet cushions and upholstery
  5. Hang any fabrics that have gotten wet
  6. Remove colored items, books, or magazines from the floors or wet carpets
  7. Get rid of colored rugs that are near wet carpeting
  8. Take away any art objects to a place that is dry and safe from water hazards
  9. Stay out of rooms with wet, sagging ceilings
  10. Never use your household vacuum to attempt to remove water

The water removal and water cleanup process can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially following a big storm or major appliance leak. It is important to contact highly-trained technicians to handle the water damage in the most effective and safe manner possible. With expertise and equipment second to none, SERVPRO is your solution to water damage repair and restoration following any type of flooding.

The Dangers of Black Mold

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

If you have any concerns about mold growth in your house or in your office building, contact our mold remediation specialists right away!

Throughout the last years many myths have developed regarding black mold and the dangers associated with it. It is important to note, however, that not all black bold is toxic. Additionally, all toxic molds are not necessarily black mold. The two toxic black molds are Aspergillus and Stachybotrys chartarum, typically found in damaged buildings where moisture is present. Determining whether or not mold is dangerous is incredibly difficult. Therefore, whenever any mold is detected in your home or office building, it is essential that you contact a professional as soon as possible. Mold remediation must be done immediately to remove the mold and the toxins associated with its presence.

Black mold is very slow to develop and typically feeds off of earlier mold growth to flourish. More often than not, black mold is rather heavy and unlikely to become airborne. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), a person who is living or working around mold is at greater risk of developing a respiratory disease. Mold almost always gets into a building or house due to excessive moisture, most often from:

  • Sewer backups
  • Water damage following a rain storm
  • Flooding
  • Leaky pipes
  • Blocked gutters
  • Poor drainage systems
  • Rook leaks
  • Condensation

Preventing black mold from forming is relatively easy to do. Make sure that the ventilation system in your home or office is functioning properly. Minimize moisture by keeping the area temperatures warm, as cold air holds moisture much more efficiently. Finally, try to limit humidity in situations such as cooking with a window open. If you have any concerns about mold growth in your house or in your office building, contact our mold remediation specialists right away to limit the dangers and damage associated with mold growth.

The Importance of Residential Cleaning

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Using state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO’s carpet cleaning service ensures that the job is done right.

Most homeowners have a basic house cleaning service a few times a month to keep their home clean and tidy. While this is important for appearances, deeper cleanings are necessary to maintain a safe and comfortable living environment. As a home ages, things like air ducts, upholstery, sewage, and flooring grows more and more susceptible to issues such as poor indoor air quality and sewage backups. These problems have the potential to not only cause harmful and unsafe conditions for the home, but also impede the home’s efficiency.

Air duct and HVAC cleaning is essential to preventing pollen, dust, odors, debris, dirt, and other contaminants from being circulated in the indoor air of a home. Health concerns become a factor when air ducts have not been cleaned for a long time. Unfortunately, many people do not realize these issues until allergies act up or offensive odors become evident. Servicing an HVAC unit can not only improve the health of your home, but it can also restore peak energy efficiency. As such, paying attention to the ventilation system in a home creates a safer environment while saving money for the homeowner.

Carpet is another culprit of storing harmful soils that can hinder the health of a home. According to IICRC, 79 percent of soil in carpet is dry soil. Therefore, preventative maintenance like vacuuming and spot removal is critical. In the event that a carpet has been ignored for far too long, professional cleaning services may be necessary. Some of the most common carpet cleaning methods include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning

These options offer a range of specialized cleaning that is thorough and deep to ensure that the carpet is properly cleaned. Generally, a homeowner should have their carpets professionally cleaned once every year. In doing so, the carpet is best able to maintain the look and feel that they had when they were first purchased. Using state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO’s carpet cleaning service ensures that the job is done right.

For any and all of your residential cleaning services, contact us today to make your home a clean, safe, and comfortable place for you and your family.

Steps to Prevent a House Fire

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Taking the above steps to prevent home fires is incredibly important to making sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your house.

Home fires are a true danger in the United States, marking approximately 12,600 injuries and 2,500 deaths each year throughout the nation. In many cases, the smoke and heat actually poses a greater threat than the flames themselves. As such, being educated and prepared in the event of a home fire is critical. Even more important, however, is understanding how to prevent home fires from starting in the first place.

Fire spreads incredibly fast. In less than 30 seconds, a tiny flame can spread and get out of control, causing a serious fire. The most deadly fires in homes happen when the people are asleep. If a person wakes up to a fire, it is imperative that they get out of the house immediately, as there is no time to grab valuables.

From discarded cigarettes to cooking appliances, the majority of home fires are started from carelessness. Some of the most important steps to prevent house fires include:

  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or any other heating appliance being used.
  • Barbeque grills should be placed at least 10 feet away from overhangs, branches, etc.
  • Do not wear long sleeves while cooking.
  • Never cook while drowsy or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Always smoke cigarettes outside of the home.
  • Ensure that cigarette butts, ashes, etc. are completely out before walking away.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Make sure all electrical and appliance wires are replaced once worn out.
  • Teach children about the dangers of fire at a very young age.
  • Make sure that all lighters and matches are locked in a cabinet, out of the reach of any children.

Unfortunately, far too many people underestimate the true dangers of home fires. Taking the above steps to prevent home fires is incredibly important to making sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your house. Most people who suffer in a home fire say that they never thought it would happen to them. Be sure to make a plan and take every measure to prevent a house fire.

Unmatched Cleaning Services in Lake Worth

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

No matter how dirty your home may be, SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services will take any mess and make it look “like it never even happened”.

Between wear and tear, messy children, pets, and more, keeping a home clean can seem like an impossible task. Many homeowners seek a house cleaning service before the holiday season begins. However, it is important to note the difference between a stand house cleaning service and a deeper clean like that from SERVPRO of Lake Worth. Our residential cleaning services ensure that your living environment is clean, comfortable, and safe for you and your family.

While SERVPRO is often recognized for its high-quality fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation services, our professional residential cleaning services are unrivaled in South Florida. Carpet and upholstery cleaning can truly change the entire look of a home. Once the dirt is removed, your home has a new glow that will be recognized and appreciated by all of your holiday guests.

SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services include:

  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

Cleaning the dirt off of your home’s furniture and carpet will freshen up its look, but SERVPRO takes it a step further and ensures that unwanted dust is removed as well. In addition, our air duct cleaning services not only improve the quality of your home, but also increase the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems. These extra steps keep the home bright and safe for you and your family. No matter how dirty your home may be, SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services will take any mess and make it look “like it never even happened”.

Sewer System Backups in Your Home

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Sewer system backups cause potentially life-threatening that must be taken seriously.

The aftermath of sewer system backups in your home can be very dangerous. The water from sewage backups not only present an awful odor, but it may also cause unhealthy living conditions and even property damage. Things like viruses, parasites, and bacteria may all arise from untreated sewage and these illness-causing organisms threaten the safety of anyone living in the home. As such, a sewer system backup must be cleaned and disinfected by experienced professionals in order to minimize the possibility of disease.

The following may be causes of a sanitary sewer system backup:

  • Broken or blocked pipes
  • Increases in rain near leaky pipes
  • Insufficient system volume for newer residential communities
  • Poorly designed sewer systems
  • Poorly installed sewer systems

Regardless of the specific cause, sewer system backups lead to contaminated water and therefore require professional assistance to eradicate. There are three different types of contaminated water:

  1. Category 1 “Clean Water”: water from a clean source like a broken clean water supply line. This category 1 water can quickly become category 2 or 3 if left untreated.
  2. Category 2 “Gray Water”: water that has a significant level of contamination and may cause illness or discomfort if consumed. Gray water often comes from things like toilet overflows (with some urine but no feces) or dishwasher/washing machine overflow. This category 2 water can quickly become category 3 if left untreated.
  3. Category 3 “Black Water”: water that is grossly unsanitary and may cause severe disease or death if consumed. All contact with black water should be avoided, as it may contain harsh chemicals, microbes, and untreated sewage. This is often found from flooding rivers or sewer backup.

A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach should be hired to disinfect and clean the interior and exterior of the home. Sewer system backups cause potentially life-threatening that must be taken seriously. Contact us today to learn more!

Hurricane Matthew Recovery Plan

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach for 24-hour emergency service for storm damage cleanup and restoration.

Florida felt the wrath of Hurricane Matthew last week and many Florida residents are now left to handle the aftermath of this deadly storm. The Atlantic coast had to deal with strong winds, persistent heavy rains that brought ocean waves across beaches, and rising water throughout the coastal communities. Flash-floods have been of major concern, leaving homeowners desperate to protect their families and their homes from damage.

Estimates point to over 1 million people left without power due to Hurricane Matthew and while the storm did not directly hit the Sunshine State, the winds, rain, and storm surges left countless homes damaged. As homeowners and property managers attempt to get back to “normal”, having a recovery plan is crucial.

If your home or commercial property has experienced flood damage, it is important to do the following:

  • Remove lamps and other electrical items
  • Use a mop to remove any excess water
  • Take any wet cushions or upholstery and remove them
  • Wipe down wood furniture carefully
  • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil under the legs of furniture sitting on wet carpeting
  • Turn the air conditioner on maximum to increase air circulation as much as possible
  • Move colored rugs away from wet carpeting
  • Remove any artwork or nice objects to a dry area
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach for 24-hour emergency service

Our professionals are the best people to assess the damage and then restore your property. With South Florida’s most trustworthy, professional storm damage specialists, we are prepared to get your home or commercial property back to its pre-storm condition. Contact us today to learn more about our unmatched storm and flood restoration service.

Recognizing Water Damage in Your Home

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Contact our professional water restoration team at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach in order to assess the damage and restore your home.

In the heart of Florida’s rainy season, 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

The primary focus following the recognition of water damage in your home must be safety. Wet materials from water damage can be dangerous to touch, move, or clean yourself. Therefore, it is very important to contact our professional water restoration team at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach in order to assess the damage and restore your home.

Most Common Places for Home Mold Growth

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

The sooner you identify a problem and call SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach, the sooner our highly trained mold remediation specialists can resto

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.

Mold remediation is most effective when mold is discovered and addressed quickly. SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach prides itself on getting to your mold disaster as fast as possible, which is critical in making sure that the damage is limited and the cost of remediation is manageable.

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. The sooner you identify a problem and call SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach, the sooner our highly trained mold remediation specialists can restore your home.

Preparing for Hurricane Season

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.

The 2016 hurricane season officially began on June 1st and while Floridians are celebrating a record low decade of category 3 or higher hurricane landfalls, being prepared is imperative to keeping you, your family, and your home safe. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30th, meaning there are still three months of potential hurricanes looming around Florida. Experts have predicted that the quiet 10 years of hurricane seasons may come to an end this year. As such, being prepared is essential to your safety.

South Florida residents are encouraged to remain alert and in tune with the weather during these months. While a hurricane may not strike, tropical depressions and tropical storms may still pose a threat to your home.

Making Sure Your Home is Ready

Hurricanes mean high winds, a lot of rain, and potential property damage. Making sure that your home is ready for these conditions can prevent some dangerous and costly damage. Be sure to do the following:

  1. Ensure that your rain gutters are clear, as clogging may cause water damage.
  2. Trim and/or remove any tress or limbs that are damaged surrounding your home.
  3. Consider buying a generator for an alternative power source in the event that the power goes out.
  4. Retrofit windows, doors, and roof to reduce the likelihood of property damage.

In addition to the above suggestions, it is important to prepare a disaster supply kit to with things like batteries, flashlights, copies of important personal information, first aid supplies, and cash. You and your family should discuss a family emergency plan is the event of a bad storm, a local evacuation, and any potential weather threat.

Storm Recovery in Florida

Being prepared is crucial to you and your family no matter how large or small a storm may be. Even a category 1 or category 2 hurricane can cause damage to your property. Recovering from a disaster is a slow, gradual process and knowing who to call for repairs and restoration is the first step. SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach has dealt with countless water damage jobs following disastrous hurricane seasons. Our water damage repair team is professional, kind, and efficient. Be sure to call 561-588-9777 immediately after water damage or storm damage is discovered in your home or commercial property.

What to do After a Fire in your Home or Commercial Building

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Be specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and

The days following a fire are extremely scary for a homeowner or a property manager of a commercial building. From structural damage to cleaning up and removing smoke odor, tackling a “to do” list following a fire can be daunting and overwhelming. It is important to remember that one should not enter their home or commercial property after a fire until the fire department has confirmed that it is safe to do so. According to the American Red Cross, the following actions should be taken:

  1. Check for structural damage
  2. Check utilities like telephones, electrical systems, and climate control systems
  3. Look around for household items that may contain toxic fumes and any other hazards (things like cleaning products may present a hazard when mixed with fumes)
  4. Contact a local service like SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach to clean up and remove the smoke odor

Consulting a professional is imperative to keeping the property safe and secure. When in doubt, call SERVPRO to make sure that they can clean the damage and remove the odor throughout the property.

Fire Repair and Restoration

Recovering your home and commercial building after a fire means taking the necessary steps to revive the structure. After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (561) 588-9777

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Remember, these steps should be carried out by trained professionals. Attempting to do these things on your own can result in unsafe conditions for you, your family, and your employees.

For Immediate Service in Lake Worth, Call SERVPRO

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Lake Worth Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Lake Worth. 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 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 561-588-9777

Residential Services

Whether your Lake Worth 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 Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Lake Worth commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

When Storms or Floods hit Lake Worth, SERVPRO is ready!

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Lake Worth.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lake Worth, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 561-588-9777

Does Your Lake Worth Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

In Lake Worth, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (561) 588-9777

Faster to your Lake Worth Water Damage Event

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Lake Worth.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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 Lake Worth 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 – 561-588-9777

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 Lake Worth

SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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.

Restoring Your Lake Worth Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Lake Worth 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Lake Worth

SERVPRO of Lake Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Lake Worth Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lake Worth Home.

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.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lake Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lake Worth Home

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of  Lake Worth is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Lake Worth

SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Lake Worth 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Worth provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Palm Beach County.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 561-588-9777

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lake Worth has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

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)?

About SERVPRO of Lake Worth

SERVPRO of Lake Worth 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.

6 Ways to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Closet

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

South Florida homes are prone to mold and mildew due to all of the moisture and humidity in the region.

Mold growth is present everywhere, from outdoors to indoors and in every region in the world. This natural part of the environment is typically not an issue until it moves from outdoors to indoors, causing mold spores to grow on a damp or wet spot. Health risks may then develop, as mold produces irritants and allergens that may cause allergic reactions, upper respiratory tract symptoms, and more. Controlling mold in your home is imperative, especially in South Florida where mold and mildew are common.

South Florida homes are prone to mold and mildew due to all of the moisture and humidity in the region. The closet, however, is especially disposed to these issues because it offers an atmosphere perfect for mold to thrive. Cleaning up and removing the mold is typically a job for professionals. As such, preventing mold from growing in your closet to begin with is most favorable. Here are some tips to do so:

  1. Avoid packing clothing tightly together, as air circulation in between clothes is important.
  2. Make sure clothes are either hanging or in boxes, do not store clothing on the closet floor as moisture can appear underneath.
  3. Before putting your clothes away in the closet, make sure that they are completely dry.
  4. If possible, always keep the closet door open to maintain air circulation throughout the tiny space.
  5. Every once in a while it is important to completely clear out the closet and wash its contents.
  6. Always choose wire shelves as opposed to solid shelves to improve air circulation.

Taking these steps will go a long way in preventing mold from becoming an issue in your home’s closet. However, mold can still form and spread quickly, requiring immediate response. Contact SERVPRO as soon as you recognize an issue and we will provide fast, efficient, and professional service for all of your mold remediation and removal needs!

SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the proud National Sponsor of The American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

Preparation is the key to minimizing the damage during an emergency. When disaster strikes, it is often difficult to make a logical, smart decision with a limited amount of time and a lot of stress and pressure. However, with a careful preparation plan in place, emergency situations can be managed and resolved quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO has become a master of dealing with and fixing disasters. Leading the nation in both residential and commercial restoration, SERVPRO is able to cleanup structural damage caused by water, fire, mold, soot, and more. When an emergency occurs, SERVPRO is always there to clean up the mess to limit the devastation that a disaster can have on people and their community.

With a comprehensive understanding of disaster relief, SERPVRO has officially teamed up with The American Red Cross as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating program. In doing so, SERPVRO will play a major role in making sure that homeowners and business owners are prepared and ready to handle disaster. Using the 1-2-3 Assessment, the Ready Rating Program helps organizations to better understand their current level of preparedness through a measurement and scoring system. Once a Ready Rating Score is given, the organization is now able to utilize the program’s tips and best practices to help improve their score over time.

Dominick Tolli, the Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross stated, “We are excited to have SERVPRO as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO understands the importance of being prepared for emergencies before they happen.  As a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, SERVPRO is helping businesses, schools and organizations become more resilient to disasters and other emergencies.”

Preparing for a disaster before it happens is absolutely critical to minimizing damage and cost associated with the emergency. SERVPRO has spent decades helping to speed up the recovery process following a disaster or emergency for homes and businesses across the country. We are dedicated to providing fast, effective, and reliable fire and water cleanup and restoration, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more.


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