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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

Thermo-hygrometers

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.

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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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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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.”

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

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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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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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 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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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.

Disinfection
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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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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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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Our Certified Technicians Will Restore Your West Palm Beach Bakery

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.