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Understanding Flooding And Your Property In Pompano Beach
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Flooding In Pompano Beach
Pompano Beach residents and homeowners in surrounding areas like Lighthouse Point and Coconut Creek know that flooding is a risk. There are four major types of flooding that occur in this part of South Florida.
Canal Flooding in Pompano
Storm water from upstream areas eventually empty into the Intracoastal Waterway through these canals. Water levels in these canals rise during a storm and this limits the ability of Pompano Beach's storm water system to discharge.
Some waterways in the City of Pompano Beach are influenced by tidal fluctuations, and this contributes to flooding problems.
Severe Weather Flooding
Severe weather flooding occurs when storms cause heavy rain. The rain falls too quickly for the storm water systems and canals to handle the significant amount of flow.
The risk of flooding in Pompano Beach can be increased when there are higher water levels within the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway due to storm surge.
So What Can You Do Avoid Extensive Damage In Pompano Beach?
Maintain Your Home to Prevent Water Build-Up
In order to minimize storm damage to your home, you should be sure to perform proper maintenance, even when you are not expecting bad weather. To prevent moisture from building inside the walls, perform regular inspections of your home’s exterior to check for gaps or cracks. You should also make sure that all of your windows’ seals are working properly. Don’t forget to clean out your storm drains and gutters as well, since clogged ones can cause water to back up and leak into your home.
Protect Your Property and Belongings
If you know that you may have flood damage, you can prepare by protecting your belongings. A waterproof safe is a great option for any important documents. You can store smaller items in waterproof and air-tight containers while moving whatever you can to a higher location, like a shelf or a second floor. If you can move your furniture, you may want to do that as well. Covering it with plastic can reduce damage.
Have an Evacuation Plan
While your home is important, your family is more so. If the flooding becomes an emergency, you should be ready to move to a safer area. Create a plan for how you will leave the house and where you will go. To make sure that everyone is prepared, it might be a good idea to practice beforehand.
Being prepared for flooding can help you protect what’s important, but you will likely not be able to save everything. If your home or belongings are damaged, a water damage remediation service can help restore your house and any items that are not beyond repair.
Sometimes all the knowledge and preparation aren't enough to stop storm damage to your home or business. That's when it's time to reach out to trained, certified experts. SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is ready to take your call and restore your property. Call us (954) 934-5555.
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!
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.
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.
If Storms Are Really Shaking Your Pompano Beach Home- It Could Be Time For A Roof Inspection
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 professionals 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, contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 to help with water damage.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Storms In Pompano Beach Can Leave Your Home A Mess
It’s annoying, and can be quite costly to find a leak when a storm hits Pompano Beach. Being one of the leading causes for water damage, storm 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.
There could be a number of different reasons as to why your home is leaking. If it’s brick, concrete, or wood framed, there is a main rooted source to the storm leak. Did you know that water damage is the second highest insurance claim that is filed in North America?
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 as soon as possible 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 its 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.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is excited to serve the community here in Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, and Coconut Creek. Our team is well-seasoned and work well together. Because 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.
If you’re experiencing a rain leak in your home give us a call at (954) 970-4942
Is Your Pompano Beach Home Prepared?
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Predictions regarding hurricane season have begun to surface. Hurricane season is one of those important issues that should talk about with your family.
Some of the things you should talk about with your family concerning a potential threat of a hurricane is:
Escape Routes –
If a storm comes, or even a fire, find a location to meet up in an emergency. Make sure each family member knows where that location is.
Evacuation Plan –
One reason my family loves South Florida is the fact that hurricanes can be tracked and prepared for in advance. There are usually a few days to decide whether we should evacuate or ride it out. Other states are not as fortunate such as the states in tornado alley or states where earthquakes are prevalent. It’s important to maintain a full tank of gas should you need to leave at a moment’s notice. Most gas stations are closed the closer the storm gets.
Maintaining Contact –
Because families don’t always stay together during a hurricane, make sure that you have a plan in place to stay in contact with one another.
Utility Shut-offs –
SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach offers a service to our customers called the Emergency READY Profile (ERP). While this is customarily provided to commercial buildings, the ERP is a great tool to have even for your home. It is a good all-in-one resource to keep all emergency and utility information in one place. Sometimes we are instructed to shut off our utilities to prevent additional dangers. Knowing where these shut-offs are located on your property is important when time is of the essence.
Our team at SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach offers this service free of charge AND there is an app so that all this same information is at your fingertips on your smart phone or tablet.
Insurance and other important documents –
My family keeps all our important information in one, secured, water-proof box we call the strong box. It contains all insurance information, passports, titles to property we own and anything else we would want to grab quickly should we need to evacuate. You can also store these same documents in a safety deposit box outside of the home. The great thing about an ERP is that most people keep their phones on them. If for some reason you can’t grab your strong box, you can access your information on the app or even on any computer with internet access. It’s another level of preparedness for you and your family.
You’re also going to want to review your policies and the extent of the coverage they provide to make sure you’re covered.
Flood Insurance –
South Florida is flat. We are located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades. Both bodies of water cause flooding so even those that aren’t in a flood zone have the risk of being affected by a storm surge or heavy rain. Purchasing flood insurance gives you a little extra peace of mind and will assist you in the recovery process.
Have a Reliable Restoration Company –
When storms come, so do fly-by-night companies. The intention is to take advantage of victims at weak moments to gain a quick buck. It’s so important to make sure that you have someone you can trust. SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach is a nationally branded company that reports to our corporate office on a regular basis.
SERVPRO® has over 50 years in the cleaning and restoration business and we follow strict guidelines to ensure that we take care of your home after a disaster strikes.
My mother is very frugal. She knows how to keep money on reserve for emergencies and it has always come in handy when we needed it. Having a stash set aside for emergencies is very important. Keep some at home in a safe place that you can grab quickly as you may not be able to access a bank for several days or even weeks depending on the extent of the damage. You’ll also want to have a savings account dedicated to emergencies.
Special Needs –
For the elderly and those with special needs, make sure that you take the extra precautions needed to assist them in a time of crisis. Autistic children, for example, are dependent on routine so it’s important to try to keep them calm and as close to their routine as possible yet safe.
If a storm comes, don’t leave your pet. Either take them with you or find a shelter that can provide for them while you’re gone. Pets cannot take care of themselves. If you leave them behind, they either will not survive or they may be hard to locate after a storm.
Call SERVPRO® of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942 to schedule a time to create your Emergency READY Profile and get you well on your way for this hurricane season.
How Can First Responders Remain Safe Before, During and After a Flood?
Keep up to date with vaccinations
How Can First Responders Remain Safe Before, During and After a Flood?
When flooding causes devastation to your area in Coconut Creek, FL, your job as a first responder is to keep others safe. However, there are several precautions that emergency responders themselves should take to keep safe when responding to a flood.
1. Prepare for and Protect Yourself From Hazards
Wearing the appropriate clothing and using the right equipment when responding to a flood is often crucial. Boots, masks, gloves and other water-resistant clothes can reduce the chance of you coming in contact with contaminated water or mold spores. It's also often useful to be aware of common hazards during a flood, such as electrical hazards. Though some homeowners may be concerned about their belongings, emergency restoration services can assist in rebuilding homes, and it's often best to discourage others from attempting to salvage items in their homes.
2. Keep Up-To-Date with Vaccinations
As a first responder, there are various immunizations that can help protect you when you're in the midst of a flood response. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) requires emergency responders to have a Hepatitis B vaccination, as well as a tetanus booster once every 10 years. There are several additional vaccinations that may be helpful for emergency responders, though they are not required, such as a Hepatitis A vaccine and a typhoid vaccine.
3. Practice Effective Hygiene After a Flood
What you do after you respond to a flood is often just as important as what you do before and during your response. Effective hygiene after responding to a flood is a simple way to promote good health. After a flood, it's often helpful to wash your body with clean water and gentle soap. If any of your clothes have been contaminated, it's usually best not wear them again until they have been thoroughly sanitized and clean.
As a first responder, it's often necessary to keep yourself safe in order to help others. Preparing for hazards, keeping up-to-date with immunizations and practicing good hygiene after responding to a flood is often helpful.
Know the Basics of Your Commercial Storm Coverage
Structural damage in a Kendall, FL property
It may not be necessary to know everything about your commercial storm coverage, after all that's what your trusted insurance agent is for, but you should definitely know the basics. This puts you in a strong position to make informed decisions on your coverage. It also enables you to prioritize what fixes and preparations you should make to your building and its grounds in Kendall, FL. It's all about protecting the business from the effects of a powerful storm. As with all insurance policies, you don't want to be paying too much for storm insurance, nor do you want to have unnecessary gaps in your coverage.
Understand What Is Covered
It's critical to know what weather events your building is covered for. Many insurance coverage policies include the following situations:
- Wind damage caused by a powerful storm
- A business interruption caused by an "Act of God"
- Water damage caused by a sudden event
- Structural damage caused by lightning
Each policy is different, so make sure you have the storm insurance coverage your company needs. It's also critical to work to minimize the damage to your business by calling in storm mitigation professionals after a tornado or hurricane has passed through. A company that is Faster to any size disaster could help your business recover quickly from a storm.
Know What Is Not Covered
A business policy often includes several exclusions, specific events that are not covered under your policy. This could include damage from flooding, especially if your building is located in a flood zone. It may include some forms of water damage such as sewer backups. If you are found to be in neglect, such as failing to maintain your roof adequately, or if a problem has occurred over a period of time, this might be excluded as well. Your best defense is to know your policy and have frequent discussions with your insurance agent. This allows you to customize your insurance coverage to provide the best plan for the best price.
How Storm Cleanup Differs From Other Mitigation
Flood damage in a Lighthouse Point, FL home
When a storm causes flooding in your home in Lighthouse Point, FL, you will need the assistance of water mitigation specialists. Floodwater from a storm differs from a pipe leak because not only do technicians have to remove the damaged materials from your home, they also have to make sure the affected area is disinfected.
There are three categories of floodwater:
Category 1 - Clean water from a source such as a pipe or supply line
Category 2 - Dirty water from a source such as a washing machine
Category 3 - Contaminated water from a source such as the sewer or storm
Water damage that results from a storm doesn't just put your homes structural integrity at risk. It also is likely to be contaminated with microbes and harmful bacteria. Therefore, the remediation process contains an extra step than basic water restoration does.
Any time there is flooding in your home, there are four things technicians have to do to return your home to its normal state. First, they remove the excess water. Then they tear out all the sodden materials and waterlogged items. They make sure the space is completely dry. Finally, they can rebuild any walls or flooring they had to remove and restore your home.
Because flood damage involves Category 3 water, your home must also be cleaned during mitigation. After most of the area is dry, the disinfection process begins. Using industrial cleaners or other methods, technicians clean the entire area. Then they test it for bacteria to make sure that it is clean. Only after the test confirms the contamination is gone can the rebuilding phase begin.
Flooding in your home after a storm isn't something you can just dry out and be done with. To fully mitigate the damage, a thorough cleaning must take place. Certified technicians have the skills and equipment needed to fully restore your home.
How to Repair Roof Damage
Rood damage due to severe storm in Palm Aire, FL
Steps to Restore Your Roof
If you have experienced a severe storm in Palm Aire, FL, it is possible that your home has suffered some wind damage. Strong winds, rain and hail can all cause damage to your house, particularly to roofing. If this has happened, use the following steps to restore the area.
1. Prevent Further Damage
The first step of roof repair is to prevent any additional damage until you are able to begin work. This will help keep repairs to a minimum and can be done by covering the area in a tarp or plastic cover.
2. Remove Unsalvageable Materials
If the roof damage is extensive, there may be parts that cannot be repaired. These materials should be removed before restoration can begin.
3. Allow the Area to Dry
If it is not removed, moisture can cause even more problems for your roof. Not only can water cause the materials to warp or rot, but it can also contribute to the growth of mold. This fungus can spread quickly to other areas of your home as well.
4. Clean and Sanitize
In order to remove mold spores that could spread, as well as other contaminants, the area should be thoroughly cleaned before you begin any roof repair. Any debris from the storm should be removed as well.
5. Perform Necessary Repairs
Once these steps have been completed, you can begin work to repair the roof. In some cases, you may need to rebuild certain areas. If the damage was minor, you might only need to replace a few shingles.
It is important that the work on your roof is done correctly to prevent any future damage, so if you are not comfortable doing this on your own, you can hire an emergency restoration company to perform the roof repair for you. With their knowledge and expertise, you can feel confident that the work is done properly.
3 Key Storm Preparation Responsibilities for Property Managers
A strong emergency plan includes an evacuation plan
Commercial property owners and managers in Pompano Beach, FL, have many responsibilities that intersect. One of those responsibilities is storm preparedness. In order to ensure the safety of tenants and protect the building from extensive storm damage, owners and managers should work together to focus on three vital steps.
Knowing what you are going to do before bad weather strikes can help keep everyone calm and safe during the storm. A strong emergency plan includes:
- Shelter and evacuation plans
- Emergency contact list, including insurance and storm cleanup professionals
- Reliable communication system
- Division of responsibilities
- Backup of vital records, stored remotely
Once a plan is made, it must be practiced and perfected. That way, when a storm does hit, employees can move through the plan like clockwork.
When the weather service indicates that a devastating storm is on its way, the property manager should complete a walkthrough of the property as part of the storm preparedness plan. Loose limbs or branches on trees should be trimmed. All outdoor furniture should be secured. Items that are small enough should be taken inside.
Once the storm has passed, property management should complete another walkthrough to document all wind and flood damage that the storm left in its wake. Pictures and video of the damage can be helpful to assist in filing the claim with the insurance company. An assessment from flood cleanup professionals should be arranged so that you can get an estimate of how much the restoration process is going to cost. Remember to communicate consistently with tenants to keep them informed about the status of the property and the timeline for returning.
Property managers have quite a few storm preparedness responsibilities. Planning ahead is key to making sure that everyone makes it through the storm safely and that the property is still standing after the storm passes.
Consider A Pre-Move Back Inspection Before Returning To Your Hurricane Damaged Seasonal Home 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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