Just Because Hurricane Season Is Winding Down Doesn't Mean You Shouldn't Be Storm Ready
If you have been a Florida resident for a while, you know that just because hurricane season is winding down it's no time to let your guard down.
Hurricane season in Florida spans from June to November each year. This is the period of time during the year when the seas are at their warmest and the air is the most humid, creating perfect conditions for a hurricane to develop.
For those who haven’t experienced a hurricane while residing in Florida, here are some facts about these destructive storms:
Hurricanes can have wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day
40% of the hurricanes that occur in the U.S. hit Florida
One of the costliest hurricanes to make landfall was Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm that was famous for breaking levees in Louisiana and ravaging the state with floods. Damages cost an estimated $108 billion.
Hurricanes are very destructive in nature, so it is important to be ready for them! If a hurricane is projected to affect your area, be sure to follow these tips to stay safe:
Leave low lying areas
Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters
Secure outside objects
Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water
Have several days supply of food and water for each family member
If called to evacuate, do so immediately
After a storm, if your home has experienced storm damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 and let us help you make your home whole again! We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Be safe this hurricane season!
Avoiding Leaks And Mold In Your Pompano Beach Bathroom
Bathroom ventilation can maintain low moisture levels and prevent the growth of mold
Finding A Bathroom Leak Today, Might Help You Avoid Finding Mold Tomorrow
A full bathroom contains several fixtures that depend on water in order to function. This room is a prime location for water damage involving clean Category One water or contaminated Category Two or Category Three water. Here are three ways to limit damage caused by improper sealing, faulty bath and shower components or a leaking toilet.
1. Determine the Source
The first indication of a leak may involve a spray from a supply line or water seeping out from around the base of a toilet. If a shower pan or drain is leaking, signs of damage may become evident on the ceiling below a bath that is situated on the second floor or higher, or in a basement or crawlspace under a first-floor bathroom.
2. Eliminate Contamination
A broken supply line can saturate building materials and contents with clean, treated water. Quick drying is usually sufficient for this type of damage. Any materials exposed to Category Two gray water, which may contain chemicals or microbes, should be cleaned and disinfected.
This is also the case for Category Three black water, which is highly contaminated and may contain solid waste. Porous materials may need to be torn out and disposed of. Try to stop the spread of contaminated water from a leaking toilet.
3. Ventilate and Dry
Bathroom ventilation can maintain low moisture levels and prevent the growth of mildew or mold. You should also thoroughly dry a bathroom that has sustained water damage. Mitigation experts may recommend the use of air movers, fans or dehumidifiers.
These measures can minimize the severity of damage caused by a leaking toilet or almost any type of bathroom leak. After water damage occurs in the bathroom or any other part of your home, you should take immediate action to either promote drying or clean, disinfect and then dry the affected area.
Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us.
If you think you might have a mold problem, SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942 is only one call away. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.
Your Pompano Beach Restoration Team
Our team can quickly respond, inspect, assess, and get to work to make your mold infestation "Like it never even happened." Our crew has the training, experience, and equipment to make sure that your mold problem is properly taken care of.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach Owner Oversees Fogging Operation At Police Department
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach help the Hillsboro Beach Police by recently conduction a fogging operation
Recently SERVPRO of Pompano Beach owner Andres Ocon went along with some of his trained, certified technicians to the Hillsboro Beach Police Department. In an effort to try and keep the Hillsboro Beach community safe we used special equipment to clean. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive fogging cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach professionals are uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home.
Our SERVPRO of Pompano Beach team 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.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is always ready to help and to serve throughout the community here in Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, and Coconut Creek. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
The mission of the Town of Hillsboro Beach is to maximize community safety, continually exceed residents' expectations and always provide friendly, cost effective, forward-looking and responsive service to all residents and other users of Town services.
It is our honor to help the Police Department support that mission in a clean and safe manner.
Our SERVPRO of Pompano Beach team has the experience, training, and equipment to properly restore your property back to preloss conditions.
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Where To Look For Mold In Your Pompano Beach Home
Our team can quickly respond, inspect, assess, and get to work to make your mold infestation "Like it never even happened."
Water damage in your home or business can very quickly lead to mold. If you suspect mold in your home call the experts at SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942. The technicians are trained and certified and bring the right equipment for the job.
If you're worried about mold growth in your Pompano Beach, FL home, then there are a few places you may want to check. While mold is preventable, it does enjoy areas of warmth and humidity. This means that if you suspect there may be growth in your home, knowing where the most likely habitat is may help you find and eradicate the problem quickly.
The basement can be a prime mold habitat, as it’s one place that can easily accumulate water. Water can leak in through cracks or window wells and puddle on the floor or soak into organic material. You may find mold on wood framing, floorboards, furniture, or carpeting in this area. Many experts recommend having a sump pump in a basement if you believe water accumulation may be a problem.
The bathroom is another place where you may find mold growth. The nature of baths and showers make this room humid a large proportion of the time. There are also many crannies where spores can potentially settle. It's a good idea to run your fan any time you're also running hot water, as this can help reduce the level of humidity in the room.
The attic is another place where you may find spores. If a storm has damaged the roof, there may be places where water can seep in. You might see signs such as moldy drywall, peeling paint, damp insulation, or discoloration in the wood. If you believe you have storm damage or mold, it's best to contact a damage and remediation professional as soon as possible. A professional can also perform any necessary tests to confirm if mold does or does not exist in your home.
Knowing where to look for mold growth may help you find it so that you can take care of the problem quickly. Try looking in warm places with high humidity, such as a basement, a bathroom, or an attic. If you believe you may have mold in your home but can't see it Call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is here to serve the community in Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, and Coconut Creek. Due to the irritants and allergens that mold produces, it has the possibility to cause health effects to you and the people around you.
If you think you might have a mold problem, our SERVPRO team is only one call away.
Get An Accurate Estimate After A Commercial Fire In Pompano
After experiencing a commercial fire in Lighthouse Point, or Pompano Beach, property managers may be eager to begin the process of cleanup and rebuilding.
In order to get an accurate estimate for repairs and restoration, it is essential to work with a restoration specialist who understands the job.
Don't settle for a bid that isn't specified to your individual needs. In order to get an accurate estimate, the restoration company should come out and take an in-person look at the damages done.
An over-the-phone generic quote will only be a ballpark guess and may result in inaccurate pricing and a higher final price than expected. Likewise, a contractor who only specializes in one aspect of your repair needs may have to hire additional subcontractors to complete work.
The cost of subcontracting may be difficult to predict up-front. Look for a restoration crew that can give you a guaranteed quote in all of the following areas. For an accurate estimate call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942 if you have fire damage.
Following a commercial fire, your facility is likely to be covered in ashes, soot and other debris. Cleanup and complete debris removal is essential to restoring a safe and functional space. Removing debris is the first step in fire damage cleanup for the following reasons:
Prevention of a permeating smoke smell
Removal of dangerous rubble
Inventory of salvageable items
Calculation of total loss items
If your workplace is ever going to be returned to its former state, air quality must be breathable and smoke-free. Smoke from a fire has a way of quickly permeating its surroundings. Even after a small fire, the smell of smoke may continue to linger. When considering an estimate for commercial restoration, be sure odor removal is included in the price.
Our SERVPRO of Pompano Beach team understands the stress and confusion that goes hand in hand with a loss of any kind.
Finally, a proper bid should go-over the cost of reconstructing your facility to the way it was before the fire took place. Professional fire restoration companies should never shy away from working with your commercial insurance agent. Be sure to get a pricing guarantee that includes each of the areas mentioned above. Doing so will ensure the most accurate estimate.
Our team are fire and water damage restoration specialist and have the experience, expertise, and equipment to make your loss seem "Like it never even happened." Our technicians will take care of your family and property from start to finish!
Water Damage In Your Pompano Beach Business
The humid climate and seasonal storms of Pompano Beach increase the risk of moisture damage in all commercial businesses.
Aging plumbing and operator error or mechanical malfunction may cause damage to these properties as well. When damaging water jeopardizes your business and requires removal, we have all the resources to make it happen.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach crews have experience in managing water removal from commercial buildings and each member of the crew has IICRC certification in the theory, planning, and delivery of water removal services. One crucial skill we offer that ensures a successful outcome is structural and content moisture measurement. Our technicians train until they are experts in determining how much moisture remains in building. They calculate drying targets and monitor the moisture levels until their efforts meet the target.
Standing water responds well to pumps and vacuum extractors. The residual moisture needs weighted extractor wands, air movers, desiccant humidifiers, and sometimes the addition of heat to move moisture out of carpeting, woodwork, and subflooring and into the air where it can be condensed and discarded. The HVAC system also needs checking, and if unaffected by the flood, be brought back online to help balance the ambient humidity in the building.
SERVPRO technicians inspect for any indication of microbial activity as the priceless books, artwork, and documents housed in the center’s rooms are sensitive to any rise in the humidity which could cause mold damage even in non-saturated materials.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Let the experts manage water removal for your business. SERVPRO of Pompano Beach has staffed phones at (954) 970-4942 round the clock.
How Do I Know If I Have Mildew or Mold In My Pompano Beach Home?
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is here to serve the community in Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, and Coconut Creek.
Is It Mold Or Mildew?
Mold and mildew are both types of fungi and are similar in many ways. Mildew is a surface fungi that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area.
Mold tends to have a higher profile and can even become fuzzy, while mildew is always flat. They both are often found inside homes, thrive in moist environments, spread from surface to surface easily, and may cause problems with your health and your home.
If mold or mildew is proving to be a problem in your bathroom call the professionals SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942. Mildew thrives in damp and stagnant conditions. In addition to a regular mildew clean routine, a bathroom may require a few upgrades.
Bathroom mold tends to grow in rooms with poor ventilation. Moisture may linger long after water spills out of sinks or shower facilities. An exhaust fan can promote airflow for faster drying. Select a fan based on the size of the bathroom:
A small bathroom should have a fan rated at least 50 cubic feet per minute
Add 50 more CFM for every toilet or shower
Very large bathroom facilities may have fans up to 500 CFM
Increasing airflow can reduce moisture levels in a bathroom. Proper ventilation is crucial for preventing mildew and mold.
Take measures to limit the amount of moisture left standing in bathrooms. Consider installing splash guards on sinks or shower enclosures. If showers have curtains, make sure that liners hang inside enclosures. Use grout to prevent leaks, including leaks behind tiles where mold may form.
A mildew clean routine should target places where fungus tends to grow. Be sure to scrub and wipe down the following areas on a regular basis:
Bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
These measures can help stop mildew growth in bathrooms. If a musty odor persists, mildew or bathroom mold may be hidden. If you suspect mold in your Pompano Beach home Call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach today (954) 970-4942.
Stormy Afternoons Can Lead To Mold In Your Business or Home
Water damage from a storm can lead to mold in your Pompano Beach home or business. Call Us Today if you have damage or suspect mold (954) 970-4942
If You Think You Might Have Mold In Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, or Coconut Creek Read Below
When storms roll through Pompano Beach mold is probably not the first thing on your mind. You are concerned with protecting your home and business. Considering how quickly mold can grow you should be thinking about mold if you have water damage from a storm.
Understanding how mold growth happens is a vital part of managing your property well. Here are a few facts that every building owner needs to understand about the dreaded fungus. It's also vital to understand why SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is an important call after the storm if you have damage.
1. You cannot remove all mold from your building. Mold spores travel inside every time the door opens. It attaches to shoes, clothes, bags and hair. It doesn't necessarily become a problem until it starts to form patches.
2. You may smell mold before you can see it. When mold begins to collect on surfaces, it gives off a musty odor. Even if it's hidden under carpet or in air ducts, you may know it's there because of the smell.
3. Mold needs moisture to thrive. Mold growth can happen anywhere there is excess moisture in your building. Spores from the air land and start to form fuzzy patches.
4. Humidity can trigger a mold problem. Even moisture in the air can lead to a mold problem. The indoor humidity should stay below 50% at all times in order to deter growth. Keep high humidity at bay by using dehumidifiers and keeping your building well ventilated.
5. Mold can start growing on damp materials in as little as a day. Water damage specialists respond quickly to calls for repair because they know that even the smallest delay could lead to secondary damage such as mold. The faster they repair the damage caused by flooding, the less likely a mold problem is to develop.
Good management of your commercial property entails knowing all the problems that could befall it. Knowing how to recognize and even prevent mold damage can help you keep your building in good shape and help you train employees or tenants on how to assist in the preventative maintenance process.
Call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach for your mold damage remediation needs today. Call Us Today – (954) 970-4942
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach Has Trained Technicians
We are IICRC-certified, it gives our customers peace of mind and confidence that we will not only get the job done, but we will get the job done right. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries
When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help.
If You Spot A Leak In Your Bathroom Don't Hesitate To Bring In The Experts
If you suspect or have discovered a potential mold infestation in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942
Leaks in Pompano Beach Bathrooms
Recognizing that you have a shower or bathtub leak is one thing, but understanding the exact source and how to repair it may be a challenge. Here is a cheat sheet to help you with some tips and tricks to pinpoint your leak in Pompano Beach, FL.
3 Kinds of Shower Leaks
You may have noticed your bathtub leak by seeing wet floorboards or a stained ceiling directly under the bathroom. A combination of simple tests and inspection can help determine what kind of leak you have.
Clues that your tiles are leaking include noticeable grout problems, like crumbling, broken pieces and mold growth.
Your shower door may need some maintenance. Look for clues like water on the floor, or soaked walls and baseboards just outside the shower area. Test for this by splashing the shower door with some water and watch to see if it flows outside the door.
A shower pan leak or bathtub drain leak will probably cause a lot more damage than a splash leak. You may notice a wet ceiling in the room or crawlspace below. You can test for a drain pan leak by getting a reliable test plug from the hardware store. Plug the drain and fill the basin with water. Note the water level and check it after an hour to see if there has been any water loss. If there has, then you probably have a crack in the seal around your drain or in the drain pan.
Now you know how to identify the source of a shower or bathtub leak. Hopefully, it’s simple to resolve, like replacing a shower door or fresh caulk. If the leak has existed for a while and you have a water damaged ceiling, floor or baseboards, then contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942 to make sure the repairs are done properly and mold is cleaned correctly.
Our SERVPRO of Pompano Beach team is highly trained in property damage restoration. Our SERVPRO of Pompano Beach team has the experience, knowledge, and equipment to properly restore your property back to preloss conditions.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach specializes in the restoration and cleanup of residential and commercial properties after a mold, fire, or water loss. No size loss is too large for our SERVPRO team.
Pompano Beach Storm Damage
Living in Pompano Beach, we face the seasonal threat of storm damage. For most Floridians storm preparedness comes easy but if you've recently moved here, it can become overwhelming.
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 local authorities have declared it safe. Returning 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 more water coming in. If your home has broken windows, use plywood to prevent additional 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.
If you do have storm damage call the trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942.