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When the Sump Pump Fails

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Installation of a new sump pump and the removal of the old obsolete rusty one with a high angle view of the pumps. Your pump needs routine maintenance, such as regular inspections, cleaning, and minor repairs

When the Sump Pump Fails

Flood cleanup equipment, such as a sump pump, tends to be machinery you need, without fail, when an emergency arises at your Hallandale, FL, property. During heavy rains, it's particularly important for the pump to be working, especially if you live in an area where the water table is high, or the soil drains poorly. Your basement or crawl space could be at risk if the pump fails for any reason:

  • Excess water can lead to mold or mildew growth.
  • Basement flooding can negatively impact the home's foundation.
  • Any building materials and belongings could be damaged.


Unfortunately, from time to time, a pump doesn't activate when it should. When this happens, you need another solution.

Prevent Water Damage

Even a small amount of water or moisture in the crawl space can lead to mold growth or standing water that rots the beams or posts of the structure. When your existing pump equipment isn't working appropriately, you can begin by mopping up the water you can reach. If the water is deep, you may need to use a bucket to bail as you wait for water damage professionals to arrive. Remember to move the water at least 20 feet away from the home.

Pump Out More Than Water

When professionals get to your home, they may use a trash pump and a truck mount to tackle the remaining mess. This type of equipment can handle solids and debris that your sump pump may not have handled well. The truck mounting increases the stability of the machinery and makes it easier to transport to flooded locations.

Professional Machinery for Major Disasters

Your pump needs routine maintenance, such as regular inspections, cleaning, and minor repairs. Refer to your owner's manual for the specific maintenance needed. In the event that your pump isn't working correctly or just isn't enough to handle the type of debris in your Hallandale, FL, basement or crawlspace, a trash pump and professional equipment may be the answer.

Common Causes of Hotel Water Damage

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in bedroom At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to providing expert commercial building restoration services for hotel water damages of all kinds.

Maintaining a hotel property is an important, yet often daunting task. From keeping guests happy to keeping all of the day-to-day functions of the hotel operating smoothly, running a hotel efficiently is imperative to keeping business afloat and successful. When it comes to the upkeep of a hotel property, water damage is one of the most challenging issues to overcome. With thousands of people coming in and out of a hotel and using its amenities, even the slightest of water damage can become a huge setback. Issues like flooring damage and electrical wiring damage can be costly in a variety of ways.

Not only does the hotel need to handle the costs of water damage restoration, but they must also deal with the potential lost income of closing down or reducing the number of available rooms during the repairs. In addition to dealing with damages to the actual hotel, hotel staff must also consider the issue of damaged personal belongings of their guests. Keep in mind the following common causes of water damage in hotels:

  • Overflowing bathtub or bathroom sink
  • Toilet leaks
  • AC unit overflow
  • Water heater leaks
  • Broken shower drain
  • Sewer line back ups

The consequences of hotel water damage are far-reaching, especially when not handled immediately. Something that may start as a simple carpet repair can turn into ceiling damage below, electrical wiring issues, mold growth and more. As such, hiring a trustworthy, professional hotel water damage repair and restoration team is imperative. At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to providing expert commercial building restoration services for hotel water damages of all kinds. Contact our hotel water damage recovery team today to learn more!

Basic Water Supply Line Know-How

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

pvc pipe for water piping system PVC pipe for water piping system in Golden Beach, FL

Basic Water Supply Line Know-How

At the very least, a homeowner should know what type of equipment they are working with in their bathroom. How else would you know how or when to maintain it? If you suffer supply line damage in Golden Beach, FL, the specific type of line you have could determine your warranty and the procedure moving forward.

Plastic

There are two types of plastic pipes: CPVC or PEX. CPVC is not looked upon favorable in the industry, and only has a 5-8 year warranty. It cracks easily in a freeze and uses glued fittings, making it susceptible to bathroom leak. On the other hand, PEX has a 25 year warranty. It is a relatively new material for pipes, so it isn't well known how water will effect it after 40 years. PEX offers several benefits, and is quickly gaining confidence in the plumbing world. It is:

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Installs quickly
  • Very flexible

Braided Steel

Braided steel supply lines are the latest development in plumbing technology. They are known for lasting an incredibly long time and are extremely hardy, so they usually come with a lifetime warranty. Essentially, the line is a rubber tube enclosed by a braided steel jacket. This makes it very flexible, so these lines are also good for small spaces. Braided lines rarely suffer supply line damage.

Flexible Copper

Copper used to be the industry standard, but has recently fallen out of favor as the preferred pipe material. According to plumbers, it's usually good for about 40 years if it doesn't suffer any acute damage. The pipes are moderately flexible, and are usually shaped during installation and then secured to a surface with a coupling nut. However, copper is notoriously soft, and known to suffer a supply line leak easily. Copper is also easily effected by other metals and substances that come into contact with it.
Supply line damage is a common household issue, so know your pipes and keep track of your warranty in case it happens to you. You may even consider evaluating and upgrading your line before the worst happens.

3 Areas To Check for Hail Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Missing roof shingles If your roof is shingled, then this is one of the first places to look for hail damage

Types Of Damage That Hail Can Cause

Inclement weather can bring a lot of trouble for your Royal Poinciana, FL, business. When the conditions are right for hail to form, your building may sustain a considerable amount of storm damage. Thunderstorms may be fun to experience from time to time, but the hail damage they can bring can be quite devastating. If you have experienced roof damage from a storm, then you are probably wondering what the extent is and how to identify it. Learn about some common types of damage that hail can cause.

Shingles

If your roof is shingled, then this is one of the first places to look for hail damage. Whether your shingles are composition or single material, they can be damaged by forceful storms. Damaged shingles look different based on their material. If you have asphalt or composition shingles, for example, look for areas that are soft to the touch and black. Wood shingles often split, so look for cracks with sharp edges and an orange-brown color. Storms can also rip shingles off completely, so check for missing shingles.

Insulation

Roof damage can go deeper than the exterior of the building. Hail can puncture your roof and give way to leaks. If the hail is strong enough, it could even puncture your roof's insulation. The hail can create cracks that leak and lead to wet insulation. Wet insulation becomes less efficient as moisture degrades it.

Attics

Hail damage from severe storms can trap water in your building's attic. Water that seeps into your attic can create mold and structural problems. If your roof has been hit by hail and now suffers from water damage, you should contact commercial water damage restoration professionals to mitigate the damage as soon as possible.
After a storm, you may be unsure how to get your business back up and running. Roof damage from hail can feel overwhelming, but taking action quickly can get you back on track quickly and safely.

Fire Disasters Not Covered by Standard Home Insurance

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Burned and abandoned house Vacant home burned in Aventura, FL

Fire Disasters Not Covered by Standard Home Insurance

Many people assume that a home fire is covered by their insurance policy. In reality, most insurance plans only cover specific types of fire disasters. Learn which circumstances can qualify you for reimbursement and which ones can leave you with a large bill.

Arson: A Dead End

When a homeowner deliberately sets fire to property, then authorities consider it a criminal offense. A common motivator for this crime is to collect insurance money, and companies are aware of this fact. They often send investigators to assess the fire damage to a property. If arson is suspected then there is no financial reimbursement.

Fire in a Vacant Home: No Luck

Insurance companies typically define a vacant home fire according to these points:

  • No occupation for at least 30 days
  • A property that is purchased, but the homeowners haven’t moved in yet
  • Homes that are rented out but currently free of tenants

Vacant homes are a large risk to insurance companies because a fire cleanup tends to be more severe. If you want to secure your property against a possible home fire, then you can purchase an endorsement to an existing policy. This is a good idea for a summer home, for example, that is not occupied for part of the year.

Commonly Covered Circumstances

Disasters and fires that occur from an appliance malfunction, vandalism, wildfire or lightning strike can often qualify for coverage. In these cases, you and your family may not have to pay for a fire damage cleanup company in Aventura, FL, out of pocket. If someone was hurt during the incident, then insurance can also cover medical costs. Insurance companies have to make a profit, but they are also concerned about the well-being of their clients.
Understanding the details of your homeowner's insurance can be useful in the event of a home fire. Fires resulting from arson and vacant home fires often do not receive financial assistance.

How To Spot Water Damage

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Cracking on exterior home wall and roof At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to unmatched customer service, high-quality work, and making it “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage may seem like something that would be obvious to detect. Things like buckled wood and discolored ceilings are dead giveaways, however, some of the most common signs of water damage are far more difficult to spot. Most of the time, water damage is actually located underneath your home’s floor boards, behind your home’s walls, or even somewhere on the outside of your house. Residential water damage and commercial water damage alike can be extremely costly for the property owner, especially when not identified early on. As such, it is extremely important to be aware of some of the most common water damage warnings.

A homeowner has a lot of things to think about and scanning the house for water damage is probably low on the to-do list. Nevertheless, being aware of some of the more typical indicators can save you and your family a ton of money in the long-run. Keep the following list in mind for how to spot water damage:

  • Foul odors are often an indication of residual water and mold growth
  • Stains present on ceilings and walls
  • Mold growth
  • Painting peeling
  • Discoloration of the ceiling
  • Bubbling or cracking wallpaper or paint
  • Changes in floor texture such as buckling, warping, expanding, or sinking
  • Leaking or pooling water behind appliances
  • Issues in the attic and/or roof like mold or staining
  • Exterior home damage near gutters

Being knowledgeable about the potential signs of water damage is the first step in mitigating the financial cost and overall damage caused. If you have spotted any of the above indicators throughout your home, it is imperative to contact a professional water damage team right away. At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to unmatched customer service, high-quality work, and making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today to learn more!

3 Reasons to Leave Water Damage to a Certified Expert

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

White brick wall with white Letters that say "WHAT IS THE IICRC?" The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

Your commercial property in Hollywood, FL, is more than just a structure. It shelters employees and customers within it, along with all the necessities to keep your business thriving. When faced with a broken pipe or flooding, you need to be back up and running as quickly as possible. Instead of dealing with water clean up alone, a certified professional has the expertise and know-how to make that happen.

IICRC Certification

When searching for a restoration company, it’s important to ensure the one you choose is certified through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This nonprofit organization certifies professionals based on rigid standards. In order to be certified, a company must be insured, have the required tools for the jobs and technicians who have proven their expertise through a rigorous exam.

Benefits a Water Expert Provides

When it comes to water clean up, it’s likely that you are not an expert in the field. Three main reasons to put your trust in a certified expert include:

Knowledge — Cleaning up water is more than just grabbing a towel. These experts have the tools and techniques to clean and dry your property to ensure mold doesn’t grow and further damage doesn’t happen. They can provide the answers you need and help you understand the process.


Ability — If your business has had extensive flooding and water damage, it’s no small feat to get it back into shape. Along with getting everything dried out, damaged areas will likely need to be replaced including drywall and carpeting. A trained professional handles the entire job for you.


Ethics — Certification goes beyond proving a company can do a job. The IICRC also has high standards for ethics, including a code of ethics that must be followed to maintain certification.

As a professional in you field, you want your customers to see you as a leader in your industry. When it comes to, water clean up you deserve the same high-quality service that you deliver. A certified water expert provides that peace of mind.

How to Prevent a Fire

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

White fire alarm on the white ceiling of a home. Fire alarm guarding this home incase of a flame occurrence.

As a fire prevention Month, SERVPRO of Hollywood/Hallandale/Aventura would like to share some tips and facts about preventing from any fire disasters.

  • The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO . SERVPRO'S 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent FIRE DAMAGE from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide timely response with MITIGATION services ranging from FIRE, SMOKE AND SOOT REMOVAL to contents claims inventory and document restoration. these services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.
    WHAT YOU CAN DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances petroleum jelly or oil 
  • Place aluminum foil wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet. 
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set some odor.

WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A FIRE

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (954) 921-8992

Commercial Cleaning Can Maximize your Profit

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Open office with clean floors, chairs and desks. Your workers deserve a clean fresh environment.

As studies show that a clean workplace can improve moral and increase productivity of the workers, it is important to know that your workplace is as effective as it can be in this regard. An office can seem to be busing along at full efficiency on the surface, people are sitting nose to the grindstone working hard and “getting on with it”, but is that actually what is going on or is this image just what is expected?

If people are not happy in their workplace they often hunker down and look very busy, but the truth may be totally different. If the person who is hunkered down is suffering from low morale, feeling unappreciated and does not want to be there, how would you tell and would it really matter if they are getting on with their job? Well, actually yes it does matter, it matters a lot.

You see someone who is feeling like that is working hard but they are not being as productive as they could be. Their mind is distracted. They would rather be somewhere else, anywhere else but here, and that is ticking along in the back of their mind. They are robotically carrying out procedures and completing tasks but there is no flair, no imagination and most importantly no incentive. To be honest they do not really care whether what they do is constructive or not. You see people who have to work in a dirty environment feel that the bosses do not care. They feel like numbers not people and as such they have no real loyalty to the business or drive to excel.

If this was true of your sales office you would not be making many sales. Sales people need to have energy and drive, they need to have a desire to pull in the customers and to seal that deal. They can only do this in a clean fresh environment. Even if they come in first thing in the morning all rearing to go, a dirty environment will gradually bring them down. Not even consciously, but by mid-morning or lunch time they will be feeling deflated as they look for things behind and around yesterday’s dirty mugs, or paper cups that will not fit in the recycling bin.

So it is very important that your employees have a clean workplace, clean toilets and clean rest areas and kitchens. This will not only improve their moral, lift their energy and make them feel pleased to work here, it will also keep germs at bay so that people are working in a much healthier environment and this will show by less absenteeism.

Having seen the detriment, it can do to a business to not have a clean and healthy workplace. Then it makes so much sense to have a good cleaning regime. If you think your cleaning regime is not doing the job, then we are happy to talk to you about what could be done to improve the working environment of your staff.

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying Storm Shutters

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A yellow and white two-story house has four windows with white storm shutters Selecting storm shutters that are simple to set up would be a good idea

What Style is Best For Your Home?

The weakest part of your home’s exterior is the windows. Flying debris driven by high winds can shatter a window and let in the rain. Properly installed hurricane shutters can help keep your home safe and dry.
There are several different types available. Homeowners typically consider price and style, but the decision is complex. Following are some questions that may help you decide what style is best for your home.

Can you deploy them when a storm is approaching? You want to be as independent as possible when it comes to putting them in place. Selecting storm shutters that are simple to set up would be a good idea. Don’t assume that help will be available.

Who will deploy them if you aren’t around and a storm is coming? Seasonal homes go through periods when they are unoccupied. If you close your home during hurricane season, do you leave it shuttered for the time you are away? If you don’t and a storm approaches, someone else must do it for you. You want the shuttering process to be as simple as possible.

Is the aesthetic quality of your home important to you? A Colonial-style shutter looks like the decorative vinyl style seen on many homes. The difference that it can cover a window and bolt into position. This a relatively expensive solution. Bahama shutters are awnings that provide shade. When high winds approach, the homeowner can drop the awning to protect the window. This style is more affordable than the Colonial-style.

Is cost a critical factor? The least expensive solution is plywood. It usually requires at least two people who know how to install it. Purchasing the plywood before hurricane season is always a good idea. The problem is that you may need a place to store it between storms.

A shutter will provide excellent protection from high winds and rain. However, it doesn’t guarantee that your home will survive undamaged. It’s good to know that there are hurricane recovery experts nearby in the Hollywood, FL, area. They are Here to Help.