Unresolved Water Damage
Water Damage that was not addressed.
Water has an interesting way of traveling throughout the drywall of a home. In numerous occasions homeowners believe that the only areas affected are those with visible water marks or visible water on the floor. Therefore, they refuse to grant access to other areas for inspection. That is where mold begins to grow and feeds from the moisture retained in the material. Mold can begin to grow between 24-48 hours after a material has been exposed to high levels of moisture. The mold will eventually become visible but by then the damages are more extensive to the home and it becomes a health hazard as well. It takes technicians minutes to make an assessment of the affected materials. As the saying goes "it's better to be safe than sorry."
Facts about Home Fires
SERVPRO specializes in fire damage restoration and we’ll treat you with respect and empathy and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.
Home fires in the United States are continuously a safety issue. In fact, more than 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in home fires. As such, being as educated as possible about home fires is important to protecting your loved ones and your house from potential fire hazards. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year throughout the country over 2,500 people die and 12,600 people are injured as a result of a home fire. While they certainly range in severity, fires are something that must be treated seriously no matter the size. Most natural disasters are scary due to their unpredictability, fires, on the other hand, are entirely preventable. The ability to prevent a fire from occurring lies largely in one’s fire education.
Keeping in the mind the following facts about fire can make a huge impact on staying safe in the event of a fire emergency or in preventing a fire from starting in the first place:
- 60 percent of home fire deaths happen when there are no smoke alarms or the smoke alarms are not working
- Every home should have a fire escape plan in place, but only 30 percent of Americans have one
- Each day, an average of 7 people in the U.S. die in a home fire
- The leading cause of home fire deaths is smoking materials
- The leading cause of home fire injuries is cooking equipment
- About 50 percent of home fires deaths are reported between the hours of 11pm and 7am
- The risk of dying in a fire is cut in half when there is a working smoke alarm present
- In the event of a home fire, everyone must get low to crawl under the smoke towards the nearest exit of the home
- Once a smoke alarm goes off, you only have a few seconds to escape the home
It is important to remember that after a fire no one should go back into the building unless instructed to do so by a firefighter. Fire damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO specializes in fire damage restoration and we’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home
At SERVPRO, our water damage specialists have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property quickly and efficiently.
Water damage in a residential property is often caused by things like water leaking or flooding that goes unnoticed for a long period of time. Damage of all kinds can wreak havoc on your property when excess water starts to pool in an area of the home. Unfortunately, most homeowners are unaware of the signs and warnings of water damage and therefore leave the issue unresolved, eventually causing further damage. Water damage restoration is the process of removing the water, drying and dehumidifying, clean and sanitizing, and then restoring the area to its original state. From minor repairs to carpet replacements, identifying water damage early is the key to minimizing potential damage to your home.
The ability to recognize signs of water damage is the first step in keeping your property in top condition. As such, it is important to understand the most common causes of water damage in your home. They are as follows:
- Leaking pipes, bursting pipes, or broken hoses
- Malfunctioning air conditioners or other HVAC issues
- Broken dishwashers, washing machines, or other household appliances
- Sewer backup, clogged drains, or general plumbing problems
- Water buildup in areas like attics or crawl spaces
- Natural disasters like hurricanes or rainstorms that cause flooding
- Running toilets
- Bathtub overflows
- Malfunctioning fire sprinkler system
No matter what the water damage cause may be, addressing the problem immediately is imperative to reducing damage and restoring the area back to optimal condition. At SERVPRO, our water damage specialists have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property quickly and efficiently. From floods to leaking pipes, our water removal and cleanup process will make your home look “Like it never even happened”. Contact our office as soon as possible to learn more about how our Disaster Recovery Team can help you and your home today!
Keeping Your Commercial Property Safe This Holiday Season
Taking extra precautions this season will help to ease your mind, keep your employees safe, and ensure that you have a happy, stress-free holiday.
December is the time of year for holiday cheer, friends, family, and wonderful social gatherings. Unfortunately, this season also marks a time for potential safety issues in commercial buildings of all kinds. Criminal activity often spikes during the holiday months and this can mean anything from property damage to fraudulent acts. While it is important to keep your office or retail space safe the entire year, taking extra precautions this season will help to ease your mind, keep your employees safe, and ensure that you have a happy, stress-free holiday.
There is nothing quite like feeling of peace of mind when you lock up your commercial space every night. Business owners have enough to worry about on a daily basis. As such, the safety and security of their property should be one thing you can check off of your list. Keep the following tips in mind in order ensure that your commercial property is safe this holiday season:
- Invest in a great alarm system
- Install security cameras
- Integrate your security system with your phone or tablet to keep an eye on the building at all times
- Purchase high-security locks
- Make sure that all of your employees are well-versed on the protocols associated with closing down the store each night
- Take regular inventory of your property
- Make sure the property is well lit
- Keep a minimum amount of cash in your commercial space
- Post signage to inform the public of the security measures that you are taking
As a business owner, your commercial property is almost as important as your residential property. Therefore, it is important to be on high-alert this holiday season to ensure that you are keeping your business and your staff as safe as possible. Once you have a safety plan ironed out, it’s time to consider your storefront’s exterior and interior look. Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of North Miami has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Air Quality Testing
There is a time period with mold, where it is already present yet not visible. Mold growth can begin 48-72 hours after the materials have been exposed to and are retaining the moisture. At times, the time period may be longer but the mold is continually growing and expanding within the drywall; without being seen on the outside surface. That is why it is important to perform air quality testing to remove any doubt of existent microbial growth in the vicinity. Also, air quality tests allow a mold report to be provided which will let the insured know the type of mold present as well as the spore count of the area affected. This ensures that the affected areas are addressed accordingly, and the insured is aware in case there may be an individual in the home or work space who may be allergic to specific threads of mold.
Miami Florida during Hurricane Irma
Caring For Yourself & Loved Ones
- Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
- If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.
Returning Home Safely
- Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
- Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Help people who require additional assistance—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
Cleaning and Repairing Your Home
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
- Follow these tips for inspecting your home’s structure and utilities & systems after a hurricane.
- Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes.
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- Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
- Learn more about how to clean up after a hurricane, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair water damage.
- Don’t just repair your home, build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future storms:
- Secure double entry doors at the top and bottom.
- Strengthen garage doors to improve wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
- Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace any damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
- If your home has been significantly damaged and will require rebuilding parts or all of it, consider building a safe room.
- Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
- Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
- Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
- Elevate your home if it’s near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.
Importance of Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms can save lives. In order to protect your family, pets, and yourself from injury or death during a fire, smoke alarms are essential. Below, you’ll find the best tips for ensuring that safety at all times:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
From Fire to Water Damage
In some fires, the damages caused by the flames turn out to be the least of our customer's concerns. Fires can also trigger damage to residential and commercial properties in ways many would not expect, water damage. This could be a result of the efforts to put out the fire or from the heat itself. Fire can melt and break metal faucets and plumbing due to its extreme temperature, causing profuse leaks and ruptures wherever it crosses a water fixture. Although these do not often release enormous amounts of water, they can cause considerable damage to floors and walls in the surrounding areas. Even though both forms of damage are just as important; the water mitigation needs to be addressed immediately to prevent secondary damage to the structure.
The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies is an association of insurance professionals whose purpose is to protect the rights of its members for the benefit of the consumer through education, information, networking and active participation in the political environment and community service. SERVPRO of Hollywood/ Hallandale/ Aventura/ North Miami was proud to participate in the 47th LAAIA Annual Convention. It was an event full of surprises and charismatic individuals. There were company merchandise being given away, raffles in numerous booths and several booths even had entertainment available. From Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream stands to music and photo booths. SERVPRO of Hollywood/ Hallandale/ Aventura/ North Miami had such a great time at this year's convention that we look forward to participate once again next year.
Tropical cyclones are rotating low pressure weather systems with thunderstorms but no fronts. When these cyclones reach 74 mph or higher, they become hurricanes. Once the storm becomes categorized a hurricane, they get rated between 1 to 5, depending on the maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the greater the hurricane's potential for property damage. A six year rotating list of names, update and maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, is used to identify these storms. "Hurricane Season" begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th, although hurricanes have occurred outside the time frame. NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) National Hurricane Center predicts and tracks these massive storm systems, which occur, on average, 12 times a year in the Atlantic Basin.