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Help for Flood Damage Removal in Pompano Beach

8/19/2023 (Permalink)

HQ pompano beach servpro front Whether from a hurricane or a flood, SERVPRO rescues Pompano Beach properties, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® Offers Premier Flood Damage Repair in Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach is a beautiful coastal city in Florida known for its sunny beaches. The beach-side city is a popular tourist destination with various attractions like the Sample-McDougald House, a historic home museum built in 1916. For outdoor enthusiasts, the city offers a variety of natural attractions, including the Fern Forest Nature Center and the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. The town has several miles of beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters, soft sand, and various water sports and activities. However, like other coastal cities in Florida, Pompano Beach is susceptible to storm incidents such as hurricanes and tropical storms.

Professional restorers like SERVPRO can help you in flood damage removal of your Pompano Beach home to get your home back in order. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready and equipped to handle the aftermath of any size disaster.

Extracting Flood Water During Water Restoration

One of the biggest challenges for SERVPRO techs is to remove the floodwater water from your property after a storm. The water often contains debris, mud, and other particulate matter, so it needs special equipment to extract it. SERVPRO techs use several extraction pumps to remove the water and sediment, including-

  • Self-priming semi-trash and full-trash pumps can handle solids up to 2 inches in diameter.
  • Submersible pumps that can remove large volumes of water quickly.
  • Truck-mounted extractors

Storms like Irma, a category 4 hurricane that ravished Pompano Beach in late 2017, often cause power outages. SERVPRO techs are prepared with backup power to help you regain your home as quickly as possible.

Whether it is Pompano Beach Fishing Pier or The Rusty Hook Tavern, SERVPRO techs are always available when you need us the most. Let us get your home in order while you catch a show at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater or Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

Call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 with any questions or queries today!

Water Removal from Damaged Flooring in Pompano Beach Properties

4/25/2023 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Flooring can be one of the more complex systems to dry after water damage, requiring immediate action to protect.

Is Water Removal Possible from Hardwood?

Water removal is one of the most complex and necessary aspects of mitigation and recovery for damaged homes. Effective surface water cleanup protects the materials exposed from unnecessary harm. Water restoration processes begin when we arrive for mitigation after your first notice of loss. 

Removing Surface Water to Evaluate the Damage 

Water removal for Pompano Beach homes and businesses begins with extraction processes. Vacuums and pumps are vital in clearing the pooling liquid on sensitive hardwood plank flooring. The more prolonged exposure to these materials, the more planks can absorb the moisture and begin to warp and deteriorate.

Stages of Water Damage to Wood Flooring 

The progression of water into the plank floors can determine the viability of drying and recovery. In addition, the influence of this moisture dictates whether the materials impacted are salvageable or if controlled demolition is the next suitable solution for complete restoration. Stages of water infiltration include:

  • Surface - This is when technicians can still remove pooling on the surface of the hardwood flooring. Our team can use extractors, mops, towels, and evaporative drying air movers to regulate water clearing at this stage.
  • Free - When water enters the plank but has not yet bonded molecularly. SERVPRO professionals can still draw moisture from the wood planks with drying mats and other equipment. 
  • Bound - At this stage, the water has bonded with the cellulose in the wood planks and began to distort and warp the composition of these units. Water restoration and drying are no longer possible at this stage. 

Flooring can be one of the more complex systems to dry after water damage, requiring immediate action to protect. However, with sophisticated tools and experienced professionals, SERVPRO of Pompano Beach can effectively protect installed building materials in your home. Call us at (954) 970-4942.

SERVPRO Can Perform Stormwater Damage Repair in Your Pompano Beach Home

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

servpro tech standing with client outside of house SERVPRO is available 24/7 to mitigate storm damage to your Pompano Beach property.

Stormwater Damage Repair in Pompano Beach Calls for Specialists

A storm leaves behind catastrophic damage, including water damage, to many homes. Stormwater comes with debris and possible sewage contamination, accelerating mold growth rate. Waiting for more than 24 hours before contacting an emergency service provider only makes the matter worse since you give the stormwater a chance to seep into more structures and items in your building and microorganisms more time to multiply.

When you need stormwater damage repair services in Pompano Beach, you can save yourself a lot of stress and losses by immediately contacting SERVPRO to complete the work. Before beginning the restoration process, we document the damage to give you an easier time when making claims with your insurance provider.

Corrosion can be another significant issue in the aftermath of stormwater damage. That’s why removing the water and drying out the property is essential. We can strip down damaged materials like flooring and drywall to studs to restore your home’s structural integrity.

Portable pumps help our SERVPRO team to remove stagnant water. We can dry damp belongings and hidden points by setting up air movers strategically. To locate points of elevated moisture levels, we use such equipment as:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Moisture sensors
  • Moisture meters, and
  • Thermo-Hygrometers

SERVPRO also uses dehumidifiers to eliminate water vapor from the air. After drying and restoration, malodors may be present, making the house uninhabitable. To deal with this, our technicians carry out deodorization procedures. This is necessary since waiting for the molecules causing the smells to dissipate can take much longer.

A thermal fogger is one piece of equipment our technicians are well-versed in regarding deodorization. Our SERVPRO technicians use it to dispense petroleum or solvent-based deodorizers and, in the process, generate a fog or smoke made of minute particles almost the same size as those causing the odor. They then react with the residues and eradicate the odors instead of masking them.

Saving your house from inevitable damage means sourcing the necessary help as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach or help at (954) 970-4942. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is a click away if you experience any damage.

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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.

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida, We are Here to Help

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Keeping Your Backyard Free from Storm Damage

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Properly preparing your backyard for a storm is critical, as failing to do so can actually put your home in additional danger of storm damage.

Floridians know all too well how much of an impact storm damage can have during the summer months. While hurricane season can be unpredictable, summer showers are inevitable. This means that homeowners can expect heavy rainstorms frequently throughout the season. The severity of hurricanes and rainstorms ranges significantly, but it is important to take steps to prepare regardless of what size storm is expected. In fact, many homeowners find comfort in preparing for the worst, knowing that their home is protected no matter what.

When people think about hurricane or storm preparation, they typical consider to do list items like putting up hurricane shutters and making a run to the grocery store for essentials. But what about the backyard? Properly preparing your backyard for a storm is critical, as failing to do so can actually put your home in additional danger of storm damage. When a thunderstorm is coming, it is important to get into the habit of accounting for your backyard’s needs. The following advice is highly recommended for keeping your backyard free from storm damage:

Be Aware of Drainage Areas

Gutters, downspouts, and any storm drainage areas are some of the most overlooked areas of storm prep, but they are extremely significant. In the event of heavy rains or even flooding, drainage areas should be cleared of any debris to ensure that water runoff has a place to go.

Clean Up Shrubs and Trees

Inspect all of your home’s shrubs and trees to ensure that there is no rotting or damage on the branches or roots. Remove any dead branches, large palm seeds, or coconuts, as all of these things can quickly become hazards during heavy wind and rain.

Secure All Outdoor Items

Storm preparation is not simply taking in lawn chairs, it must also include any and all items that can serve as flying hazards during a big storm. From pool toys to patio furniture and from flower pots to tools, items left outside can create projectiles that can break windows, damage property, or even make their way to a neighbor’s property.

Plant Trees Strategically

Florida homeowners must consider the type of trees that they plan to plant in their backyards. A research team from the University of Florida recommends that shallow rooted trees not be planted in soft soil, as they can easily topple over during high winds. Trees that are not properly secured can cause a ton of storm damage to the backyard.

As we find ourselves in the heart of hurricane season, daily afternoon showers can make us numb to the real threat of a storm. While we have been lucky thus far, it is important for South Florida homeowners to take the above pieces of advice into considerations. As always, SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is dedicated to providing unmatched storm damage repair and restoration. We take pride in serving the Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Coconut Creek, and Hillsboro Beach areas. Call our storm damage restoration team today if your home has sustained any water damage.

Pompano Beach Residents Are Getting The Word, Early Forecasts Predict Active Hurricane Season

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Please call us if you have storm damage, we can help-SERVPRO Of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942.

Pompano Beach Has Had Some Beautiful Weather This Spring, But Early Hurricane Predictions Are Above Normal

Some forecasters are predicting a busy 2021 hurricane season. Hurricane season officially starts June 1. One prediction calls for seven to ten hurricane strength storms. Three to five are expected to reach winds of at least 111 mph. Forecasters believe the season is unlikely to be as busy as last year’s record-breaking 30 storms, including 13 hurricanes.

Take A Look Around 

This is a good time to walk around your property, inside and out and make sure your ready.
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.

Fast Response To Storm Damage Ultimately Saves Money

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Pompano Beach trained technicians arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach Is Here To Help

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Training And Experience Matter

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

If you have storm or water damage call us right away SERVPRO Of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942.

Preparing For Pompano Beach Storms And Water Damage

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Part of preparing for South Florida storms is preparing your family and your home.

Here are some recommendations from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities.

Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment.

Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

Different ages of members within your household

Responsibilities for assisting others

Locations frequented

Dietary needs

Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment

Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment

Languages spoken

Cultural and religious considerations

Pets or service animals

Households with school-aged children

What about after the storm?

How would you deal with water damage?

What if you suspect mold shortly after a storm?

The Best Choice For Restoration In Pompano Beach

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.

Training and Knowledge You Can Trust

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

Always Ready To Help

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. Call us today (954) 970-4942.

Property Damage From Intense Storms In Pompano Beach

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly.

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach Responds Quickly To Your Water Damage

Commercial property owners and managers in Pompano Beach, have many responsibilities. 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.

Emergency Plan

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.

Property Protection

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.

Accurate Reporting

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. Water damaged that isn't treated can lead to mold. Remember mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Why Our Team?

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.

If you have water damage or suspect mold, call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942.

Understanding Flooding And Your Property In Pompano Beach

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach has the training, experience, and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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.

Tidal Flooding

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.

Coastal Flooding

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

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Faster Response

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

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® has over 50 years in the cleaning and restoration business and we follow strict guidelines.

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.

Money –

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.

Pets –

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?

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Contamination Levels

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.

Basic Remediation

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.

Storm Remediation

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

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Consider A Pre-Move Back Inspection Before Returning To Your Hurricane Damaged Seasonal Home In Pompano Beach

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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