Pompano Residents: Visit the Chinese Lantern Festival in Broward!
Chinese Lantern Festival Dragon Lantern
Starting November 23rd through January 7th of next year, the Chinese Lantern Festival will be a place to be! The festival starts at 5:30 at ends at 10PM. This festival marks the first day of the Chinese New Year celebrations and features an array of lanterns. This event is family friendly and will be hosted in Broward at The Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium. This year's theme is called "Into The Wild" and will have different animal themed lanterns such as lions, dragons, and other incredible creatures from around the world. Each lantern has been handcrafted by one of 20 Chinese artists. There will also be delicious Chinese cuisine, live performances, arts and crafts, a children's puppet light show, and a dinosaur ride. For more information on ticket pricing and times, please visit the festival's website at www.chineselanternfestival.com
Equipment Spotlight: The Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers have an important role in the water damage restoration process. They are used to make the drying process a lot quicker. Once air movers have evaporated hidden moisture into the air, dehumidifiers then eliminate that moisture. Many of the dehumidifiers that SERVPRO uses come with sensors that monitor performance for automatic variable fan speed adjustments.
Dehumidifiers work like sponges by pulling in moist, humid air and discharging dry, warm air. Most dehumidifiers work similarly to how air conditioners regulate humidity. They pre-cool air that's coming in before it passes over cold evaporator coil. Then, the cold coil condenses water vapor into water that collects into a pump that is removed by an automatic pump-out system.
After a short time of these machines working together, your home or business will be free of moisture and the threat of dangerous mold. At SERVPRO, we are also sure to keep each job free of contamination by changing the filter after each job if mold or other sign of contamination was possible.
The SERVPRO drying process is just another way that we help make it "Like it never even happened."
Does Your Pompano Beach Home Have A Mold Problem?
In Pompano Beach, mold can spread in as little as 48 hours.
Contrary to popular belief, all types and amounts of mold can effect health. The key to better health could be finding where the mold is. If you smell any sort of "musty" odor contact a mold professional right away. Moisture can be locked into wood floors, carpets, bathrooms, kitchens, and literally anywhere in your home. Simply cleaning the mold with bleach or any other disinfectant won't do the job, the mold will only be hidden and not completely eliminated from the environment. Sometimes remediation and reconstruction may be necessary to get rid of the mold altogether.
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 – (954) 970-4942
Is Hurricane Season Over In November?
Typical Hurricane Formation Zone For November
Fall has officially begun and summer is a season of the past at this time of the year. The leaves have yellowed and the temperatures have fallen. If you're living in Florida however, the palm trees are still green and the temperature may still feel like it's the middle of the summer. Just like it could still be summer simply because of the weather it's technically also still Hurricane Season. However, there's no need to run out to your local grocery store and go into panic mode, just yet. Hurricane Season is actually in it's last month which is always in November. Although there is a chance a development could form it's a low chance. The most likely weather action that occurs around this time of the season is a typical Floridian tropical storm. Of course history has proven other wise with the last major storm happening in November of 2015. This tropical depression originating from South of The Bahamas turned into Hurricane Kate. The storm quickly strengthened and became a category 1 hurricane in just three days. Although it didn't make landfall it's massive force created interesting weather for Autumn in Ireland and Wales. November hurricanes can happen because the water temperatures haven't cooled off yet this time of year in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic. Not only do the warm waters remain but the hurricane killing shears that destroy hurricanes is still low during this time of year.
Notable Job Role: Production Crew Chief
Production Crew Chief
Disaster strikes, and one of the first point of contacts is the Production Crew Chief. He or she is the one who will monitor, communicate, and respond to a customer needs. Being both a good listener and having great people skills is what makes a Production Crew Chief a vital part of the SERVPRO production team. During a time of cleanup and in some cases, reconstruction, the constant communication is necessary to make sure those customer needs are fully met. By resolving issues and concerns, the customer is satisfied throughout the entire process. How do you know if you have a good Production Crew Chief? He or she will be sure to follow the unique and time efficient SERVPRO 1-4-8 job response. The "1" of the 1-4-8 job response is to contact the insured within one hour of the loss. This first step is done in order to have services quickly arranged and prevent further loss. The "4" of the 1-4-8 job response is when a SERVPRO Production Crew Chief is at the job site within 4 hours of the loss ready to begin mitigation services if needed. The step "8" is when a Production Crew Chief gets in contact with the insurance adjuster 8 hours after the loss to discuss what the job will consist of and steps on moving forward. With SERVPRO of Pompano Beach, our Production Crew Chief will make sure the customer is always informed and the job is closely monitored to be completed as quickly as possible.
Looking For Free Family Fun in Pompano Beach?
Friday Night Family Movie Night in Pompano Beach
It's officially Friday Funday and you may be asking yourself what are you going to do tonight when you pick up the kids and come home from work? After dinner you could head over to "The Great Lawn" at the corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd and watch a movie! The City of Pompano Beach Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is hosting this fabulous family movie night tonight at 8pm. There is no better way to spend your Friday night than underneath the night sky watching a movie on your cozy blanket or picnic mat. Be sure to bring along your chairs, and any other items to keep you cozy while you watch tonight's movie "Pete's Dragon". Feel free to contact 954-786-4111 for more information. Happy Friday!
Avoiding A Thanksgiving Fire Disaster
Did you know the greatest number of cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day?
We're officially only three weeks away from Thanksgiving. The temperatures are fluctuating and the days are getting shorter as the nights get longer and dramatically cooler. As one of the most anticipated holidays draws family from afar near, it's important to remember a few tips for keeping your home safe during the Thanksgiving festivities of all day cooking. Our first tip for the Thanksgiving host is one that seems simple yet can be easily forgotten: don't leave the food your cooking alone! It may be tempting to leave the food to bake alone while you finish cleaning up but regularly checking up on it can help you avoid a fire emergency. It's important to frequently check on items in the oven and keep a very close eye on anything being grilled, sautéed, fried, or broiled. Another important tip is to be mindful of your kitchen attire. Baggy and loose clothing may seem perfect to throw on before your guests arrive but they pose a huge threat in the event of a kitchen fire. Loose clothing will be the first item to catch on fire. Instead wear tight and short shirt sleeves to avoid this dangerous scenario. Have longer hair? Keeping it back and tied is also a good idea in the event of a kitchen fire. Also, a great tip to keep in mind this Thanksgiving, is to try to avoid using a turkey fryer. As great as it might sound, turkey friers are so risky that the U.S. Fire Administration published a guide to prevent a turkey fryer fire. Consider skipping the fryer and removing fire hazards out of the way like oven mitts when they're not in use. Preparing by having a kitchen fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire emergency is also a great tip to keep in mind. Remember to practice these helpful tips this upcoming Thanksgiving Day to decrease the chance of a fire disaster brewing in your kitchen.
Pompano Residents: We specialize in water damage restoration and cleanup!
Water Damage Can Be Prevented, But If It Happens Restorative Drying Can Be a Home Saver
Living in Florida water damage occurs quite often. Water damage not only occurs often but also makes a lasting impact on the structure that has been involved in the water damage loss if not resolved right away. At SERVPRO of Pompano Beach, we implement tested and efficient techniques when it comes to restoring your structure's integrity. One of the common techniques that we use is called Restorative Drying. As part of the first step in the restorative drying process, we come out to your home or office and complete an inspection. Inspections are an important part of the Restorative Drying process because they help give you, the customer, reassurance of the need for Restorative Drying. When we first receive notice of your water loss our goal is to come as quickly as possible to make sure the process is less complicated than needed and done in an efficient manner. Initiating the Restorative Drying process saves you money, and prevents microbes from multiplying due to the water damage. Not addressing water damage as soon as it's noticed can cause a number of problems to occur, such as delamination, furniture stains, and mold or mildew. Our experiences with water damage include condo water leaks, post hurricane water damage, and even flooded hotel hallways due to sewage breakage. As scary as water damage can be, prevention doesn't have to be and can be as easy as keeping an eye on your water bill. If your water bill is slowly rising in price or if there is a spike on your bill, there may be a water leak somewhere. Another tip to for water damage prevention is to use a "drain snake" versus a chemical based unclogging product. Clogs are a part of everyday life that even regular cleaning cannot entirely prevent. Using a harsh caustic cleaner can damage your pipes overtime, turning one prevention into one big water damage. Owning a drain snake is a cheap and efficient way to unclog a pipe without causing any damage in the long run. Not only are drain snakes cost effective, they can also be found locally at hardware stores. If water damage occurs it's a good idea to call a professional company like SERVPRO of Pompano Beach who can make sure every step of the Restorative Drying process is a smooth one.
How To Better Protect Your Home From The Next Storm
Hurricane in Florida, causing storm damage.
Living in Florida, we face the seasonal and dreaded threat of storm damage. For most Floridians storm preparedness comes easy but if you've recently moved here, it can become overwhelming. However, with a good understanding of hurricane and storm preparedness, you and your family can be sure to better protect your home from the next storm. To be better prepared for a storm you should be prepared for both before and after the storm.
Before a storm hits, it's important to have your emergency supplies stocked and ready to use. There's no better way to have an emergency supply kit done than doing it a little bit at a time. Starting new every year in January will give you plenty of time to be prepared for hurricane season in June. It's also a good idea to have a "go bag" ready so that if you need to leave on a short notice you're not scrambling around finding your clothes and essentials.
Consider investing in impact-resistant windows and glass for your home, that way you won't need to worry about putting up shutters before a storm hits. At the same time, getting a storm bar for your garage door will help reinforce it's structure. During a storm, a garage door is usually the first structural element to fail.
Keep your landscaping maintained throughout the year by removing dead trees and plants and trimming trees and plants that have been overgrown. Waiting until hurricane season to get your landscaping maintained will cost you more money and may not be able to get done before a storm hits if it's put off too long.
Make sure that your home's rain gutters are secured and cleared to prevent water damage.
Just as it's important to prepare before a storm, being prepared after is equally important. If you evacuate only go home after the storm has hit and when your local governor has declared it safe. Coming too early can turn deadly if you run into flooded roadways and falling trees.
Report any downed power lines and avoid walking through any flooded walkways or roadways.
If your roof has suffered damages, use tarps to cover it from further water coming in. If your home has broken windows, use plywood to prevent further water damage.
One last step to better prepare for after the storm is to take a picture of all damages to better assist when making insurance claims.
Carpet Cleaning in Pompano Beach, Fl
Stains in a home's carpet can be unsightly, cause foul odors, and decrease the home's value. Don't let a stain ruin your carpet! SERVPRO of Pompano Beach are the local experts in carpet cleaning. Here are some of the techniques we can use to make it "Like it never even happened":
- Bonnet Cleaning (For light stains)
- Carpet is lightly sprayed with cleaning solution
- A rotary extractor with a "bonnet" pad is used to pull up soil from the carpet
- Hot Water Extraction (For moderate stains)
- Truck-mounted unit applies cleaning solution and hot water while simultaneously vacuuming carpet
- Showcase Premier Cleaning (For heavy stains)
- Heavy duty shampoo is applied to carpet
- Carpet is rinsed and extracted for deep cleaning