Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is a click away if you experience any damage.
The Range of Severe Weather Across the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach
In terms of total land area, the United States ranks second only behind Russia and Canada as one of the world’s largest countries (though China is also larger if outlying U.S. territories are excluded).
Because of the size of the United States, weather patterns differ greatly from one region to the next. Each region has its unique harsh seasonal weather, which encompasses a wide range of weather risks.
As spring approaches and warm and cold air masses collide around the nation, including here in Florida, we’ll look at what each of the country’s main regions may anticipate.
Heavy rains in the spring produce significant floods and water damage across the Pacific Northwest. It may also be challenging in higher elevation places due to melting and runoff from spring snowfall.
The Upper Midwest and Northeast experience the country’s longest and coldest winters. From Maine to the Dakotas, the region usually experiences frigid weather into late spring and sometimes early summer.
People and their homes may be at risk during this time of year in the Southwest and southern West Coast due to extreme heat waves. Tsunamis may be triggered by tectonic activity in the South Pacific, including Hawaii.
When conditions are dry and windy, wildfires become a worry in the central United States. Tornado Alley, which is prone to powerful spring storms, is also located in this region.
Tornadoes and heavy thunderstorms are prevalent in the inland parts of the Southeast as spring approaches. Along the coast in the Southeast, early-season storms and hurricanes are also a possibility including here in Florida, as you’re surely well aware of. Starting in the spring and all through summer, thunderstorms are frequent. Florida records the highest number of thunderstorms in the United States. The most dangerous weather risks here are hurricanes and severe coastal storms.
Even if your risk of severe weather differs from a friend or family member in another state, being prepared is essential. Everyone in the United States is vulnerable to a wide range of severe weather events.
If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.
Get Your Emergency Preparedness Plan Started
Managing a company requires complete commitment. As a consequence, running a business is often not just a full-time job, it’s also an overtime job. You manage personnel, payroll and keep up to date with an ever-changing world, all while contending in the marketplace, innovating and maintaining a professional image on social media. It’s a lot, and walking this fragile tightrope is difficult.
That is why it very often takes only one disaster to permanently crumble a business. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses fail to reopen after a catastrophic event, and a quarter of those that do reopen fail to stay open for over a year afterward.
In light of recent pandemic closures and an unpredictable future, it is more critical than ever for companies to have a sound emergency plan in place. But some 75% of small businesses lack a disaster recovery plan, which must change.
SERVPRO takes pleasure in aiding companies in our community in building an Emergency Ready Plan. We’ll assist you by doing an assessment of your area and business’ unique requirements and concerns.
We’ll cover everything from flash flooding emergencies to data recovery, so that if your organization ever faces a crisis, all you have to do is say the word and the plan will go into action immediately to minimize downtime and disruption. You and your staff will have a firm grasp on the chain of command, what to accomplish and when, as well as other suppliers and locations.
Don’t let poor planning cause your company journey to be much more difficult than it already is. With an Emergency Ready Plan in place, our SERVPRO technicians are prepared to get you back on track. It might be the difference between your firm recovering its footing after a disruption or closing for good.
When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.
A Look at Water Damage by the Numbers | SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach
If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach.
As a homeowner, you strive to keep your home looking nice and functioning properly. You have worked hard to have nice things, and you certainly don’t want anything jeopardizing that.
The reality is, sometimes no matter how hard you try, accidents or disasters happen, and at some point, your home is likely to succumb. While this isn’t always a fun fact, you have to be realistic and stay aware so that you can react if necessary.
While some accidents or disasters can’t be prevented, you can do your best to ensure that your home is well-equipped and maintained against water damage.
Wondering why that’s such a big deal? Get the facts:
- It is hard to believe, but this is the percentage of all home insurance claimsrelated to water damage. That means that one out of every four claims involves water damage, from either accidents or disasters.
- No, we aren’t referring to the TV show 48 Hours! It only takes 48 hours for water damage to become an even bigger, and more expensive, headache. Water damage can turn into mold damage within the 48-hour time span.
- This number is scary, as it’s the percentage of home basements that have water damage. No matter how hard you may try, water damage is bound to happen at some point. So, in order to prevent this one, you should regularly do a look-over to see if you can spot water damage before it becomes too significant.
10,234. We’re talking money here! That’s the average amount of an insurance claim for water damage. It only takes a small amount of water to cause a big disaster. It can cause sudden damage to floors, foundations and walls.
14,000. Seriously, this number is a big number on its own, but this is also the number of Americans who have water damage each day. It’s hard to believe, but every six seconds, water damage happened to someone’s home.
13,000,000,000. No, our keyboard didn’t get stuck on the zero! That’s actually the annual cost of water damage and removal for residents of the United States—$13 billion.
While the numbers can be overwhelming, the reality is that most water damage is preventable. Be proactive by keeping your home well-maintained. Replace or repair pipes, hoses, and water heaters as needed, and have leaks fixed as soon as you become aware of them.
If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.
Disasters Don’t Sleep, but Neither Do We
Water disasters, weather events and fires don’t really care what time it is. When you’re fast asleep with strict instructions not to be awakened, they don’t mind a bit barging in and causing chaos. Middle of the night? Fine. Holiday weekend? Feliz Desastre and Sorpresa de Ano Nuevo.
You get the point. Disasters don’t have set hours, and they don’t wait for convenient times before striking your home or business.
Fortunately for you, on the other side of this screen there’s an expert waiting to talk to you when something hits. And all it takes is one press of the big red button for a host of SERVPRO agents to activate and converge upon your emergency.
And when it comes to disaster mitigation, speed definitely matters. Here’s why.
After a fire. The flames get all the press, and they’re definitely a major source of destruction. But the lesser-touted foes of fire damage set in afterward: Soot, the leftover black stuff after a fire, is the result of incomplete combustion during the fire, and if fills every available crevice and covers surfaces completely. And within only a few short hours, soot and smoke damage become permanent, meaning your recovery job goes from a cleanup to a replacement of the affected areas.
After water damage. When water comes rushing into your home or business, you’ve got a very limited time—48 hours, in fact—before mold growth begins, after which your home may become compromised. The quicker your building can be cleared and dried, the better.
On top of these examples, weather events and massive storms can create headaches without warning and leave you with situations that need immediate resolution.
Everything from a hole in the roof to a flood caused by a relentless storm can make life difficult on a moment’s notice. When these surprises arise, don’t panic, and certainly don’t wait. We’re up, and we’re waiting on you to click or call.
Trust SERVPRO when moments matter most.
When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.
Keeping Your Pets Safe in a Home Fire
While fires are scary to think about, it is necessary to take the right steps in prevention and preparation to ensure your furry friend is safe.
While it is every pet owner's nightmare to have their animal trapped in a fire, unfortunately these circumstances do occur. According to the National Fire Protection Association, pets and other animals are responsible for about 750 fires in the home each year, including involving cooking equipment, fireplaces, chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, electrical wiring, and candles. Because there are many times when pets are left in the house alone, monitoring and preventing potential fire hazards in your home could save your pets life.
As a responsible and loving pet parent, it is important to understand these circumstances and utilize the following steps to prevent a tragedy.
Prevention for Pet Fires
While it is not always possible, hands down the best way to protect your pet from a fire is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Your pet should never be unattended in any areas that contain an open flame, like fireplaces, lit candles, or the kitchen. In fact, in a pet household, a flameless candle is often in much safer alternative to an open flame. Even if the tail of an animal knocks it over, it will be safe from preventing any harm.
Mitigate Hazards in the Kitchen
As the most common place for open flame to occur in the home, it is absolutely crucial 2 fireproof your kitchen. One of the biggest ways to do this is to use stove knob covers that prevents your pets from accidentally turning on the burners of your stove top. If you do not have knob covers, you can also just remove the knobs when you are not home to prevent any curious pets from climbing in the kitchen and starting a fire.
Ensure First Responders Know You Have a Pet
Having a pet alert decal in your front window alerts firefighters that there is an animal in the home they need to protect. Especially if you are not home when the fire occurs, this window decal will tell the firefighters how many pets are inside of the home. If you crate your animal while away, it is a good idea to keep the crate close to the front door in case of an emergency.
Consider a Monitored Smoke Alarm
While you obviously need to have a working smoke detector in your home, some pet owners take it a step further by investing in a monitored smoke alarm. This monitored smoke alarm can alert the fire department quicker, which is crucial if your pet is still inside the home.
While this tragedy is often scary to think about, it is necessary to take the right steps in prevention and preparation to ensure your furry friend is safe in a fire. As always, SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is here for you should a fire occur in your home or business. Our fire damage experts are on call and ready to help immediately in the event of an emergency.
Facts about Mold Growth in South Florida's Humidity
The key to preventing mold growth is reducing and controlling the amount of water and moisture in your home.
In a place with as much humidity as South Florida, it is inevitable for mold to exist. Because it is very possible to be exposed to mold in South Florida, it is very smart to be properly educated on the topic. Here are some of the most common questions and fast facts about mold:
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungi that is naturally produced both inside and outside. As a fungus, mold helps decompose materials that are already dead such as soil, plants, food, along with other items found in nature. Through their “spores”, mold can easily spread through the air and multiply in other places. Mold thrives in humid environments, which is why it is commonly found indoors in places like basements and showers.
How does mold grow?
As mentioned above, humid environments provide a place for mold to flourish. In order to grow and multiply, mold only needs three things: nutrients, a surface to grow on, and moisture. Oftentimes, building materials such as wood and sheetrock provide the nutrients that are required for mold to grow. As long as there is enough moisture, there is a potential chance of mold.
What are some of the common causes of mold?
Anywhere that brings moisture, is a place that can cause mold. Some examples of this include:
- Outside flooding (storms, overflowing lakes, streams, etc.)
- Indoor flooding (sinks, tubs, toilets, sewage systems, etc.)
- Poor ventilation in the kitchen or bathroom from steam
- Plumbing leaks or broken/clogged piped
- Buildup of condensation on metal pipes, concreate surfaces, tiles, or even brick
- Wet and damp clothing
- Leaking air-conditioning system
How can I tell if there is mold growth in my home?
Usually, any indoor mode growth can be seen or smelled. Some of the most common characteristics of mold include:
- Visible growth that may have a cotton, velvet, rough, or leathery texture and colors such as white, gray, black, brown, yellow, or green
- An odor that smells earthy or musty
- Concentrated around signs of water damage (leaks, standing water, water stains, condensation, etc.)
Additionally, the Florida Department of Health does not encourage mold testing or sampling. Testing for mold can be a very expensive endeavor and is often not worth it if it's very clear that a problem already exists. According to their rule, you should investigate a mold problem not test it.
How can I prevent mold growth?
The key to preventing mold growth is reducing and controlling the amount of water and moisture in your home. To do this, you should ensure to clean up any spills as soon as possible, dry out any wet building materials or carpets, use a dehumidifier or air conditioning system to keep the humidity level below 60%, and avoid any carpeting in the bathrooms or basements.
In the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida, We are Here to Help
At SERVPRO of Pompano Beach, we wasted no time in taking action as soon as the storm passed.
Louisiana, and New Orleans specifically, is still reeling from Hurricane Ida. As the second major hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, coastal residents throughout the southeast region of the United States have been on high alert. Ida’s path in Louisiana was destructive, leaving over 1 million people without power. In addition, many areas suffered from serious flooding as well as infrastructural damage throughout the state. Early reports are showing that the storm has cost $50 billion and counting, which already puts Hurricane Ida as the 6th costliest storm on record.
At SERVPRO of Pompano Beach, we wasted no time in taking action as soon as the storm passed. We were one of the first ones on site, working diligently to help with any and all storm damage and water removal. When disasters like this strike, we take pride in our ability to mobilize quickly and efficiently to ensure that we are as helpful as possible in the shortest amount of time.
Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has the resources, skills, and experience to make a big difference right away. As such, we make it our business to be on-site in the aftermath of any major storm in Florida and beyond. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help for those dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
Contact our Pompano Beach office today to learn more about our storm damage team.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Kitchen
Besides being costly to repair, dealing with water damage can disrupt your lives, especially if the water damage is in the kitchen.
Many would say that the kitchen is the most important room in the home. From the center of activity amongst family and friends to the place where food and memories are made, a home’s kitchen is sacred. As such, protecting your kitchen from water damage is extremely important. The problem with water damage in the kitchen is that a lot of issue start small and go undetected for quite some time. In South Florida, homeowners need to be even more aware of water damage, as weather and climate can contribute even further to potential issues.
Some water damage in the kitchen is obvious, such as a major leak coming from the sink or dishwasher. Other kitchen water damage, however, is far more difficult to detect, such as water damage behind the refrigerator. The biggest areas for concern in the kitchen include:
The best defense against kitchen water damage is a good offense. This means being proactive in preventing water damage from forming altogether.
Tips To Prevent Kitchen Water Damage
While some leaks, malfunctions, and bad luck are inevitable, there are certainly things that can be done to alleviate the risk of water damage in your kitchen. Some tips may seem obvious, but when people get into their routines they often forget to do even the most basic things to keep their homes in the best shape possible. The following tips are important for all homeowners to read and apply to keep their kitchens free from water damage:
- Have your dishwasher regularly serviced
- Check your garbage disposal for leaks once a month
- Ensure that the refrigerator’s water supply line is not bent in any way
- Pay attention to any deteriorated or missing caulk around the sink
- Avoid putting grease or oils down the drain as they are known to lead to sewer backups
- Pay attention to any funky smells
- Check behind any movable appliances like the fridge and even the stove
- Check the base of the dishwasher for excess water
- Check the grouting around the kitchen countertops, particularly near the sink area
Water damage is something that every homeowner wants to avoid. Besides being costly to repair, dealing with water damage can disrupt your lives, especially if the water damage is in the kitchen. With this in mind, it is critical that you take the above tips and apply them to your own kitchen.
At SERPVRO of Pompano Beach, we have many years of experience in repairing and restoring kitchens following water damage. We know how much of a hassle water damage in the kitchen can be, so we work fast and efficiently to tackle the problem right away. Our 24/7 water damage restoration experts are available to help you today. Call our office at (954) 970-4942 to get water damage help now.
Surviving Slow Season as a Small Business Owner
Slow seasons provide a variety of opportunities for small business owners.
The summer season is often a challenge for small business owners in South Florida. As snowbirds head north, the reduction in foot traffic really hurts companies’ ability to draw new customers through the door. Beyond less populated areas, the pandemic has also put a big hiccup in small business owners’ plans for growth. While things like seasonal traveling and an unexpected pandemic are difficult to navigate and impossible to predict, keeping the foot on the gas for new business is critical to surviving. Far too many business owners fail to plan for the worst and are thus stuck in a precarious position during the slow season.
Slow seasons provide a variety of opportunities for small business owners. Remaining open to new ideas, prospective partnerships, and creative strategy is essential for small business owners to remain competitive during rough patches in sales. Below we go over some useful tactics that have worked for small business owners to keep numbers up during a slow season.
Improving Small Business Profit Opportunity During Slow Months
Anticipating slow months means hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Keeping your staff motivated during slower months can be difficult, but combining creativity with incentive serves as a great method of encouragement. When there is a lull in business, the best leaders turn inward and show (by example) how to thrive in challenging times. The following are some great ideas for maintaining a steady flow of business during any kind of slow season:
- Adjust marketing plans to account for slow months – offering discounts on popular items
- Host a special event in your store
- Utilize social media to entice new business and encourage repeat customers
- Promote your store’s safety policies in relation to COVID preparedness
- Consider sponsoring an event in the local community
- Create an incentive program for your staff where the highest sellers are eligible for an additional day off
- Establish a loyalty program for past customers and promote it via social media and email marketing
- Partner with another likeminded local business and cross-promote each other’s products/services
- Be a true leader – get to the store early and leave late, be motivational, and keep spirits high
- Use downtime to pinpoint internal inefficiencies and plan future marketing strategy
Slow seasons do not have to be scary for small business owners. Use this time to revamp current practices, up your customer service game, and motivate your employees to be their best at all times. Things like promotional events and employee sales incentives will go a long way in combating the dreaded slow season. As a business owner, it is important to plan ahead and prepare your business and its staff to not only survive, but thrive during slow months.
Fire Safety Tips for Restaurant Owners
Accidents happen, but the most prepared restaurant owners are best able to protect their staff and their property.
Restaurant kitchens are filled with open flames, electrical equipment, and fast-moving employees, which unfortunately can all serve as fire hazards. In fact, the National Fire Data Center reports that the United States suffers from approximately $165 million in damages every year, with the cost of each fire ranging from an average of $1,000 to $60,000, depending on the severity. More than just property damage, fires threaten the safety of your employees, customers, and profitability of your business as a whole.
Even though accidents happen, you want to make sure that you and your team are best suited to prevent a disaster before it occurs and minimize any possibility of harm.
Here are some of the top fire safety tips for restaurant owners:
Know The Risks of Your Facility
You should take time to inspect any unique risks or hazards in your facility. This includes taking note of potentially flammable liquids, electrical equipment, or combustible materials. When inspecting your property, make sure that all fire safety equipment, like fire extinguishers, are up to date and in the correct place.
Regularly Inspect Fire Extinguishers and Equipment
For fire extinguishers, you should check their functionality at least once a month and up to fire code standards. It is important to test fire alarms and make sure they are functioning properly to alert your staff and customers in case of an emergency. This also includes inspecting your exit signs and emergency lights to ensure they work if the power is cut off. Making sure all of these measures are functioning properly can ensure the safety of everyone.
Conduct Staff Training
Around 75% of Americans have never actually operated a fire extinguisher. For fire safety, all of your staff should go through hands-on training, so they know what to do in an emergency. In some cases, local fire departments may be willing to conduct fire safety training with your team. Your staff should also be aware of basic kitchen fire safety tips such as never throw water on a grease fire, clean up grease regularly, and the proper storage of flammable liquids.
Install a Fire Suppression System in the Kitchen
Due to the fact that over half of restaurant fires occur as a result of mishandling of equipment, a fire suppression system is necessary to control these accidents. A fire suppression system is used to control or extinguish fires and release clean gases to put out a fire when a hazard is detected. Your fire suppression systems should be inspected and maintained by a professional at least twice a year. These automatic systems can be a literal life saver during an emergency.
At SERVPRO of Pompano Beach, we have decades of experience in fire damage repair and restoration. When disaster strikes, we are the local company that you can count on.