FIRE 101 – Preventing a Fire Triangle Protects Your Property
A fire needs all 3 components in order to keep a fire going. Remove 1 or more and the fire will go out.
Fires don’t normally happen by themselves. Something usually triggers a fire. A spark from a match or a lighter can usually get them going, but often times fires are sparked by things like poor electrical wiring, a stove that hasn’t been properly turned off or a candle that’s been left unattended (cat owners, beware. They have been known to knock down a candle while scurrying off a kitchen counter. True story!)
Keeping a fire going, requires three things:
- Fuel [something to burn – wood, paper, oil, coal, etc.]
- Oxygen – which is already in the air around us
If there is ample supply of these three entities, a fire can continue indefinitely. This is what makes a fire so dangerous.
So, how do you put a fire out?
To stop a fire from spreading, you need to eliminate one or more of the 3 points of the triangle. Most home owners do not own a fire extinguisher. What makes these devices so important and necessary is that they do exactly that, they remove the 3 ingredients for a fire. They cool off heat and smother the flame preventing oxygen from contacting the fuel. This allows the fire to be completely put out.
But what happens if you didn’t have this and you experience a fire loss?
That’s where SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach comes in. Our trained experts are here to help restore your home or business back to normal as quickly as possible. We know that precious photos, memorabilia and other sentimental items in your home can never be replaced, but we are here to refurbish and restore your home so that you can begin to rebuild those precious memories.
Some of the fire services we provide are:
- Debris removal and hauling away
- Soot cleaning from restorable surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings and non-porous furniture
- Soft content cleaning – clothing, bedding and other linens and some furniture.
- Deodorizing to remove odors caused by smoke infiltration.
- Air duct cleaning
- Carpet cleaning or removal when necessary
We at SERVPRO® have 50 years in the restoration business to best serve you, your home and your business in times when you need it most.
Call us today! We’re here to make it, “Like it Never Even Happened.”™
MOLD, MOLD, EVERYWHERE, but when does it affect YOU?
Mold is a common occurrence, but when it's out of control, call SERVPRO(R) of Pompano Beach!
Mold lives and grows everywhere. It’s something we encounter every day without even being aware of it.
So, what makes mold a problem?
When there is moisture inside your home (usually caused by a leak) or commercial property, mold can grow quite quickly even if you don’t see visible signs of it. It’s so important to hire an experienced mold remediation specialist at the first thought of mold presence to get rid of the problem right away before it spreads. Once mold begins to spread, it can affect every area of your home or business and can cause health risks to you, your family, your pets and your staff.
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach specializes in water mitigation and mold remediation. It’s the cornerstone of our company. We know how to thoroughly and effectively remediate your mold to acceptable levels (it's impossible to get rid of mold completely because it exists everywhere and can come in whenever you open the door or window).
Dos and Don’ts
DO – Get a mold assessment. Mold assessors are not the same thing as mold remediators. SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach specializes in mold remediation. A mold assessor is someone who tests for mold by taking air samples, swabs, photos, etc. and provides us with the protocol for remediation. Even if you see visible signs of mold growth, a mold assessment tests for mold that you can’t see and can tell you what kind of mold is present and in what quantities. Not every mold spore is the same. Some are more dangerous than others. There may be mold in the air, in your air vents, in clothing, etc. A mold assessor will tell us at SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach, how far that mold reaches inside of your property, so we can accurately reduce all the mold and prevent it from coming back.
DON’T – Spray bleach on it and walk away. We have heard so many stories over the years of people spraying all sorts of things from bleach to disinfectant spray, etc. to try to get rid of the mold themselves. Mold has roots like a tree. Killing surface mold does not kill the mold inside your wall. Sure! It lightens up and you can smell that bleachy smell and think that you’ve gotten it. But let a few weeks pass and you’re right back at square one. Our SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach team of experts have been trained in the proper procedures of how to effectively reduce all the mold and keep it from returning. Call us. That’s what we’re here for.
DO – Have someone house sit for you while you’re away. Even if you don’t have pets, hurricane season here in South Florida is notorious for wreaking havoc on your homes and businesses even if there isn’t obvious damage. It doesn’t hurt to have someone check in on your home from time to time. There’s nothing worse than to be a seasonal resident coming down for the holidays only to find black spots on everything in your home! Staying on top of things is the best way to keep mold away from your home and your belongings.
DON’T – Call a fly-by-night mold remediation company. SERVPRO® has been in the mold remediation business for over 50 years. Our reputation for being one of the best in the business has given us a name you can count on in your time of trouble.
Old Water Heaters in South Florida Homes
Leaking Water Heater
South Florida is known for its tropical breezes and its warm sunny beaches, but did you know that many homes and condos in South Florida have water heaters that are over 30 years old?
Is this a good time to be retro?
Absolutely not. While water heaters give us the convenience of having instant hot water to supply our showers, dishwashers, washers and sinks, they can also pose a potentially expensive water loss that creates a lot of damage. This damage can happen not only to your own home, but in the event that you live in an apartment or condo on the second floor or higher, you can also create damage to the home owner or tenant that lives below you.
Water heaters built 30 years ago were built to last, but not forever. If you have a water heater that is over 30 years old, it would be in your best interest to hire a licensed plumber to remove and replace that water heater.
But what if you already have a water heater water loss in your house or condo?
That’s where SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach comes in. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you in your time of need.
With our team of experts, SERVPRO® has over 50 years of collective experience to make your home “Like it Never Happened.”
What Steps Should You Take?
- Before anything else, call your home owner’s insurance company. They will be able to walk you through getting a claim started and let you know if you are covered for the damages.
- Call a licensed plumber. You’ll want to get the water heater replaced right away or at least have the leak stopped so that mitigation can begin. Standing water can begin to wick into your drywall immediately so to try to salvage as much as possible, you’ll want to fix that leak right away.
- Call a water mitigation specialist. What makes SERVPRO® a trusted brand? Knowledge by itself is great, but knowledge plus experience is wisdom. That’s what makes SERVPRO® a cut above the rest. Our tried and true systematic water mitigation practices give us an edge to bring life back to normal for you in a timely and professional manner.
Call SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach today!
FINDING OUT THE CAUSE OF RAIN LEAKS IN YOUR POMPANO BEACH HOME AND WHAT TO DO AFTER A RAIN STORM
Don't let a rain storm cause water damage to your home.
It’s annoying, frustrating, and can be quite costly to find a rain leak when a rain storm hits Pompano Beach, Florida. Being one of the leading causes for water damage, rain leaks are a headache for any homeowner to deal with. But no need to worry, the professionals at SERVPRO have gathered a few helpful tips to get you through this pesky water situation.
There could be a number of different reasons as to why your home is experiencing a rain leak and this could be due to what your home is made of. If it’s brick, concrete, or wood framed, there is a main rooted source to the rain leak. Did you know that water damage is the second highest filed insurance claim in North America? Yeah, water can lead to some unexpected costs if not handled properly especially since rain related water intrusions are not covered by insurance. Getting the leak fixed soon is extremely important to saving money in repairs.
One main reason why rain leaks occur is due to brick cracking. If your home is made primarily of brick, or has brick in it’s composition, rain leaks are still possible. Weather conditions, time and erosion all cause brick and all stonework to eventually develop cracks. These cracks need to be repaired by a skilled tradesperson. As soon as you find a leak in your home, calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is the first step to cleaning up the damage already done.
Another reason for rain leaks is a problem with your roof. This one may seem obvious, but if you can’t clearly see it you may easily dismiss it. A hole or imperfection or even a piece of debris on your roof can cause rain leaks. We recommend calling a professional roofer to climb up on your roof and check it out, but there could be a hole in your roof that is being covered by a piece of debris. On the other hand, there may be a piece of debris, which could make a hole or vulnerable spot on your roof as it rubs against the surface.
Now that you have a better understanding of how a rain leak can occur in your home and what to do, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Pompano Beach can be there as soon as the same day for any water damage disaster.
If you’re experiencing a rain leak in your home give us a call at (954)970-4942
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How To Make Sure Your Home's Roof Is Safe After A Storm in Pompano Beach
Checking Your Roof Can Save You Time and Money After A Storm
Hurricane seasons can been record breakers in their amount of intensity and property damage. However, homes in a storm tracks may not be the only ones who need a professional's attention. Catastrophic winds and flying debris have been known to take a toll on roofs all over the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. Home and property owners should always be arranging for post-storm inspections whenever a storm passes by. This ensures that contractors like SERVPRO can provide any necessary repairs before the difficulties of seasonal changes begin.
Inside: If you have an attic and can get to it, start there during daylight.
- If you see any sunlight peeking through holes in the plywood, that's a good indicator of roof damage, which in turn could already have water accumulated.
- If you can't find any visible holes use a flashlight to find any dark stains or sagging, this could also mean moisture is present and in turn need attention.
Outside: By walking around the perimeter of your house you should be able to see most of your roof and inspect for the following problems that can cause water damage:
- Shingles that are missing
- Any deformed shingles that are cracked, bent, etc.
- Dark patches of shingles. These shingles could dry out over time and lead to water leaks.
- Debris. Something as simple as a tree branch can cause damage over time if not removed right away. It could also be hiding a hole in your roof.
If you find damage: Call a local, reputable roofing contractor right away and then contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 to help with water damage.
The sooner you address any hurricane-season damage, the more secure your roof and home will be for the upcoming months.
Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After a Water Intrusion or Leak
Pompano Beach Relies on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration
Damage from water can occur from different sources throughout your home. Your kitchen can develop a leak in a water hose leading from a dishwasher or a kitchen pipe under the sink. Your washing machine can overflow, etc. Many people believe that the water caused by these instances is clean, but the EPA reports that “clean water” can carry unhealthy bacteria. Other causes of damage can also be caused by a leaking room, bad weather, or cracks within the foundation.
Water damage is classified into four different classes for proper treatment. If you experience water damage in your Pompano Beach home, restoration experts can determine what is needed in the clean-up efforts. The classification of water damage is based on the effects of the water, the rate of evaporation, and how much moisture is absorbed by the materials in the area. All four classifications involve the following information:
• Class One is the least harmful. This damage affects only part of a room, with materials that include particle board, plywood, structural wood, vinyl composition tile, and concrete.
• Class Two has a fast rate of evaporation. This faster rate means that carpets and cushions are damaged. The seepage of water up a wall is less than 24 inches, and moisture is held within structural materials.
• Class Three has the fastest rate of evaporation. Damage may come from faulty sprinklers or other ceiling sources that can soak the walls, furniture, carpets, ceilings and the subfloor. A wide-spread water event.
• Class Four requires special water restoration and removal treatment. This classification affects flooring, plaster, stone, brick, crawlspaces, and concrete.
SERVPRO is a leading industry, water remediation service. For the safety of everyone in the home, it is important to distinguish which category of water damage you have. Restoration experts from SERVPRO offer removal services such as sewage clean-up, structure drying, water mitigation, contents inventory and cleaning. Our ASD, applied structural drying technicians, can deal with any type of water problem requiring extraction and restoration. "Like it never even happened."
For a quick, professional, water removal service, contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach. We are locally owned and operated. We have the expertise and equipment to restore your property properly. Call us today at (954) 970-4942. You can expect an immediate response time 24 hours a day, day or night.
Professional Services Available to Restore Your Home After A Hurricane
If your home becomes affected by a Hurricane, call SERVPRO for thorough water removal services.
Last year Hurricane Irma was on track to be one of the costliest hurricanes in United States history, rivaling Hurricane Katrina in potential economic damage. Millions of Floridians had been affected, with some having losing everything in the storm. In the aftermath of such disasters, SERVPRO is always ready at Pompano Beach to provide water removal services to a sizable and desperate population in need. While our systems would normally strain under such a heavy workload, our national resources allow us to acquire extra equipment and even personnel in the aftermath of such disasters. Below are a few ways we can help after a Hurricane.
Many homes can remain flooded in Pompano Beach and require water removal. Even if standing water has gone away, water remains soaked into materials and foundations across most of the community, creating grave and immediate structural and mold problems for those left without care. Our wide array of water extraction and removal devices allow us to handle a broad spectrum of moisture problems and fully clear your home of water in a timely fashion.
Even if your home has fully dried out, it will likely still bear the marks of flood damage. Stains, debris, and warped materials can plague many local homes, presenting simple but significant obstacles for homeowners looking to return to normalcy. SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, and we can help to eliminate any lasting damage, no matter how severe it may seem.
Mold Checks and Remediation
Hurricanes invariably lead to the explosive growth of one particularly troublesome household organism: mold. Mold can begin to grow with any amount of water added to the home but is especially likely after flooding. Our technicians and inspectors are always careful to monitor for and deal with mold colonies should they begin to grow.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is here to help in the aftermath of a Hurricane. Call us 24/7 at (954) 970-4942 for emergency services or questions about our work.
Visit http://pompanobeachfl.gov for more information about Pompano Beach.
Consider A Pre-Move Back Inspection Before Returning To Your Hurricane Damaged Seasonal Home In Pompano Beach
Rely on SERVPRO for Hurricane Damage Restoration in Pompano Beach
While you were enjoying the final weeks of summer with family and friends north of your dream home in Florida, your beloved ocean view condo or lakeside estate was right in the path of a Hurricane. The high winds, rain, and storm surge may have taken a significant toll on your winter getaway. Without knowing if or how badly your vacation home was affected it is impossible for you and your family to look forward to another season in the sun.
The extreme weather pattern that defines a hurricane threatens Pompano Beach area houses, townhomes, and condos purchased by residents of cold weather states as winter retreats. You and your family richly anticipate the time you spend in the warmth and the sun now that you added a Florida retreat to your lifestyle. That joy is now tarnished by your fear that your hard-earned vacation home has been harmed by the force that was a major Hurricane.
Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour can devastate roofs, exteriors, doors, and windows. SERVPRO tip: even less noticeable damage can allow rainwater and storm surge to invade your retirement refuge. Perhaps you have been in contact with neighbors or building managers and have been assured everything looks good on your property. You still need to take the possibility that rainwater may have made it into your Florida winter home seriously.
Relatively small quantities of water can cause significant damage, especially as you were not at your Florida home when the storm hit to ensure the water was removed and the structure dried. Your lifestyle allows you the freedom to enjoy more than one area of the country over the course of the year, but you do have to plan for some surprises when you move from one home to the other. If Irma’s winds and rains forced their way into your home primary and secondary water damage may challenge a happy homecoming.
Before you pack up for the seasonal move to Florida, SERVPRO advises you to consider making a quick pre-trip to preview how well your dwelling kept the winds and waters at bay. Another idea may be to reserve a room at a local hotel, so you have a fall-back position if you discover when you arrive that Irma and her rain-laden winds caused some damage to your house.
If a Hurricane caused water damage to your Florida winter property, contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach for help. The quicker our company begins its recovery efforts, the sooner you return to your home enjoying the warmth and beautiful weather winter in Florida brings. (954) 970-4942
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Making A Mold Remediation Easy With A "Production Crew Chief"
A Production Crew Chief helps maintain a good workflow for every Mold Remediation job performed.
One of SERVPRO®'s most vital aspects to it's superior job performance in Mold Remediation is having a great Production Crew Chief. Not only is it important to have technicians who are highly trained to complete the job, but the leadership that is set through the Production Crew Chief is what helps the job be completed quickly and efficiently. Below are just a few of the responsibilities held by the Production Crew Chief that show SERVPRO® cares about customer satisfaction when it comes to helping you with any size disaster.
- Quick response to service calls
- 24 hours a day.
- Fulfillment of SERVPRO® response commitment.
- Monitor, communicate, and respond to customer needs.
- Maintain communication, address customer needs, and resolve concerns.
Call us at (954) 970-4942 for more information or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROpompanobeach.com/ to see our complete list of services that we provide to help make any disaster "Like it never even happened".®
Commercial Water Damage In Your Pompano Beach Pet Supply Store
Don't Let a Dog Wash Flood Your Pompano Beach Pet Shop
Water damage such as plumbing leaks, floods, sewage backup, storms, and appliance malfunctions all cause sudden loss to your pet supplies store. Getting it cleaned up and back to its normal state is your priority, as should be the same for any water damage remediation company you hire. At SERVPRO, we lower interruptions to your business operations and do all that is possible so you can stay open during the process of restoration so you can keep providing for your family and employees, and of course our furry friends.
Water mitigation is the process of preventing or reducing the amount of commercial water damage which happens after any water disaster in your Pompano Beach business. By acting quickly and calling us right away, you can prevent even more damage and costs.
Document and Content Recovery
SERVPRO staff offers full services, and we understand how vital it is to recover the contents of your pet store. Anything that is salvageable is taken off site, in the case of catastrophic flooding and restored in a secure facility. Inventory and stock are professional packed and stored with barcodes before returning it to your fully restored building. Once completed, our dedicated staff ensures that everything is put back into your store as it should be. Every care is taken to make sure any hard disks, electronic media, optical disks, and drives are recovered as fully as possible, helping you to keep things running, and thanks to modern technology, it is very possible.
Getting Done in a Timely Fashion
The emergency phase is not when you should be moving slowly. Insurance companies are likely to pay sooner if the job is done promptly. If you look at your policy, you will see that it is the responsibility of the property owner to act during an emergency. If your pet shop is in a strip center, as many are, make sure to contact the property manager immediately after the incident.
Fast response is crucial to lowering the loss in water damage jobs. Water begins evaporating if the process of cleanup is not started right away. The air soaks up the evaporated water and then redistributes this moisture to other areas like drywall and ceiling tiles, result in secondary damage which can dramatically increase your claims cost. Some of this damage includes hardwood floors buckling, mold spores starting to colonize, sheetrock and plaster sagging and cracking, and vinyl loosening from the floor. No mention of the safety and security of any pets within the premises has been made by SERVPRO. Our responsibilities are restricted to the structure and contents only.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach understands that the job needs to be done fast when it comes to water damage, and during the case of business, it is even more important, so you incur less loss. That is why we encourage you to call us right away if you have a water emergency at (954) 970-4942 so we can take care of your building and restore it "Like it never even happened."