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How To Save the Contents of a Building After a Fire

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

A collage from a restoration company working in a commercial building SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces caused by fire damage.

After A Fire, How Can You Save A Building's Contents?

Fires can cause a lot of damage to businesses. Not only is there usually structural damage to your building, there are also losses due to the business being shut down during the restoration process. If you’ve suffered a fire you may also be concerned about losing inventory, equipment and other supplies to smoke damage. The good news is that the smoke damaged contents of a building can usually undergo dry-cleaning and be restored to their original state, saving you thousands of dollars in replacement costs. A fire damage restoration company in Golden Beach, FL, can handle the content cleaning for you.

What Can Be Cleaned and Restored

You may be surprised by the items that can be cleaned and restored after a fire. Resist the temptation to throw anything away until a fire remediation specialist has had a chance to assess the contents of your building. All of the following can potentially be salvaged after a fire.

• Carpeting
• Furniture
• Upholstery
• Clothing
• Drapes and curtains
• Computers
• Television Sets
• Photographs
• Documents

How Contents Are Cleaned

Dry-cleaning is just one method used to rid your belongings of smoke damage after a fire. For more seriously affected materials, a method of wet cleaning is used to remove heavier smoke residues. Some upholsteries may be damaged by wet cleaning so they are restored using specialized foam cleaners to prevent shrinking and bleeding. The cleaning of electronics is handled by specially trained technicians to get them back in good working order.

For non-porous materials like glass, rubber, metal, plastic and ceramics, a special ultra-sonic technique is used to remove soot and other residues from hard to reach places. High-frequency sound waves are sent through a cleaning solution in which the item is immersed. The pressure from the waves dislodges contaminants clinging to the material, penetrating holes and crevices.

Before you replace the contents of your building, talk to a fire damage specialist in Golden Beach, FL, to determine what can be restored through dry-cleaning, ultrasonic cleaning or other methods. They can even provide content storage services until your property is fully restored.

Five Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Safe From Fire

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Natural gas burning on kitchen gas stove in the dark. If your kitchen suffers any fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO, we can help you to clean and restore it

Five Fire Prevention Tips For Your Kitchen

Smoke billowing out of the oven. Alarms blaring. Panicked home chef standing on the front lawn in bare feet waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. It’s a nightmare scenario, and one that need never happen to you or your family if you follow a few simple tips for keeping your home safe from kitchen fires.

Five Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Safe From Fire

1) Never leave cooking food unattended. Whether you’re baking, broiling, boiling or frying, it’s important to keep a close watch over those pots and pans. In most cases, the signs of a possible fire are obvious and there’s time to intervene before flames take hold. Often, turning off the burner or adding more water can stop a fire in its tracks.

2) Keep small children away from the stove and other hot surfaces. Sometimes, curious little hands can’t resist the allure of a bubbling pot, and disaster can ensue.

3) Don’t wear scarves or loose sleeves in the kitchen. Any article of clothing that might touch a stovetop without the wearer’s notice is a no-no in the kitchen.

4) Clean all cooking surfaces regularly to avoid grease buildup. If a spark lands on a greasy surface, a grease fire can erupt and grow quickly. Vinegar and baking soda both cut grease, and many cleaning products are designed specifically to target grease.

5) Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and know how to use it because accidents do happen. Being prepared to extinguish a fire yourself will help you minimize fire damage.

Keep Your Kitchen Experiences Positive

Hollywood, FL, is fortunate to have an abundance of talented home chefs, and for most of us, spending time in the kitchen is a rewarding experience. Sometimes, following the instructions on a package is enough to create a delicious meal or snack; other times, only exotic ingredients and culinary creativity will do. Regardless of which is more common in your home, follow the tips above to ensure that the result of your time in the kitchen doesn’t involve smoke, flames, or sirens.

At-Risk Items for Mold Growth in Your Home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a home SERVPRO can help you to remediate and clean every surface with mold growth in your home. Don't wait! call us today!

Mold-Prone Items In Your Home

Believe it or not, your home is a ticking time bomb for mold growth. A number of items can quickly turn into havens for the growth, which turns into mold damage that may do lasting harm to your Aventura, FL, home. When faced with mold and mildew growth, awareness is the best form of prevention. But how can you prevent what you can’t see?

Know Which Items Are at Risk

The best way to keep mold damage from taking over your home is to keep a sharp eye on items that are frequent breeding grounds for various types of mold. These items include:

  • Wood and drywall walls
  • Wooden flooring
  • The undersides of laminate and vinyl flooring
  • Windowsills and window frames
  • Paper screens
  • Books
  • Old paper brochures, menus, etc.
  • Curtains
  • Carpeting
  • Furniture upholstery
  • Wooden furniture frames and backing

This may seem like the entirety of your house, but the common factor here is that all of these things are organic. Mold feeds on organic matter and can take root and grow on just about anything. With mold continuously active and present as spores in the air around you at all times, it’s less a matter of if mold will strike and more a matter of when.

So What Makes Mold Grow in Your Home?

Organic matter alone isn’t enough to trigger an explosion of mold growth. For mold damage to occur, you need to also have a moist environment. That means if you watch out for leaks, drainage issues, humidity, and excess moisture, you can often stop mold from proliferating before it starts. If you’re already seeing a mold problem, you may need mold remediation services, but don’t let that stop you from doing everything you can to keep mold from spreading. Air out and dry out your home to facilitate a mold-free environment.

Understanding and Preventing Break Room Fires

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen destroyed by fire damage This fire was caused by an unattended pot on the stove which ended up having the entire apartment go up in flames.

Break Room Fires: What to Know and How to Avoid Them

Kitchen fires can quickly grow out of control. For the restoration efforts afterward, you need to follow the guidelines of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and hire a team in Aventura, FL, that has proof of insurance and experience with a vast array of restoration projects. However, prevention is always preferable over reaction. Follow these tips to greatly reduce the likelihood of your kitchen experiencing fire damage.

1. Do Not Leave Cooking Food Unattended

Whether you are broiling, grilling or frying, you always want to remain in the kitchen when you cook something. You do not want to leave for even one minute, because something could go wrong in an instant. If you need to leave the room for something important, then turn off the stove.

2. Keep Flammable Objects Away From Stove

There are a number of items that can easily catch fire in a kitchen. They include:

  • Towels
  • Curtains
  • Plastic bags
  • Wood utensils
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper

Keeping everything away from the stove is one of the most critical tips to follow at all times. Heat travels, and an object could go up in flames even if it is not directly on top of the stove.

3. Clean Regularly

You should clean your stove and oven regularly to prevent a grease fire. Grease builds up over time. Even if you keep paper and towels away from the stove, the grease could still catch fire.

4. Install a Fire Alarm in the Kitchen

You should have multiple fire alarms installed around your home. One of them should be located in or near the kitchen. That way, if something happens, everyone in the house can be alerted immediately.

Fire damage can be easily circumvented as long as you and your family members are willing to follow a few simple tips. With this advice, you will be able to use your kitchen with peace of mind.

Help Protect your Property in Hollywood by Boarding Up After Disaster

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Board up windows and door of a building Protect your building before and after a storm by boarding it up.

Boarding Up After a Disaster

SERVPRO of Hollywood/Hallandale/Aventura is aware of the horrific damage a storm or hurricane can leave in its wake. Boarding up before or after a storm hits in Hollywood will be beneficial to you and your property.  Unfortunately, during a storm, it is common for windows and doors to break leaving your house or office building susceptible to unwanted guests such as dogs, raccoons, cats, etc. These animals will continue tearing up what is already destroyed along with urinating and defecating, leaving unwanted odors. Boarding up can also help to deter people who might want to take advantage of your disaster by stealing or vandalizing your structure.

Here are a few of the letters you will find on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) map when facing storms:

  • D = Tropical Depression (wind speed less than 30 MPH)
  • S = Tropical Storm (wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH)
  • H = Hurricane (wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH)
  • M = Major Hurricane (wind speed greater than 100 MPH)

It’s better to be prepared next time winds of this magnitude to strike our homes and offices. These tips will help you avoid disaster if possible, but in the event, you experience wind damage to your property in Hollywood, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Hollywood/Hallandale/Aventura at 954-921-8992.

The Process of Removing Standing Water From Your Garage

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

flooding car in basement carpark at condominium SERVPRO can help you to make the garage up and running again after a flood.

How To Get Rid Of Standing Water In Your Garage

Water damage is a reality that can occur in any business. To remove excess water from your commercial garage in Hollywood, FL, and get you open for business again, water extraction specialists use special equipment to rid your garage of standing water and debris to prevent mold and additional water damage from occurring. This process involves the following steps.

1. Pack and move items in the path of the flood. To prevent further damage to the items in your garage, they will most likely need to be moved from the premises before extraction can occur. Removing them allows professionals to assess the damage caused and salvage the items if possible.

2. Assess the extent of flooding and choose the appropriate equipment to remove it. Once all that remains is the water in the garage, extraction experts can choose the best way to deal with the water. They may decide that installing a submersible sump pump is the best way not only to remove the standing water from your garage but also to help prevent the garage floor from flooding again. Alternatively, they may decide that a truck-mounted trash pump is the best option for extracting the water and removing any debris that has accumulated.

3. Extract the water. Whatever means they choose to remove the standing water in your garage, the technicians deal with the standing water first before they can initiate the rest of the drying process. They pump the water out of the garage and dispose of it.

4. Assess further needs. The last step of the extraction process is to decide where to go from there. In the best cases, a few more hours of industrial dryers should finish the process. If the standing water has damaged the walls, however, they will need to be repaired before your garage is open for business again.

Walking into your commercial garage in Hollywood, FL, to find standing water might be disheartening, but it is a solvable problem. Trained professionals can choose the right equipment for the job and have your garage up and running again.

3 Places To Look for a Shower Leak

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Drainage system under sink SERVPRO can restore any water damage in your home, call us!

Look For A Shower Leak In These Three Places

Sometimes shower leaks are obvious. You hear the constant drip whenever you're in your Aventura, FL, home. However, not all shower and bathtub leak issues are obvious. Sometimes the problem may fester for months before you notice the signs. If you don't catch the issue early, you may need to turn to a water damage restoration expert to salvage your bathroom. You can check certain areas of your home to make sure you're not dealing with a sneaky shower leak.

1. In the Crawlspace

Does your bathroom sit over a crawlspace? If so, you may be able to look in this space to see signs of a shower pan leak. In this area, a leak often manifests itself as white, crusty stalactites. You may notice this crusty formation coming from soggy, black wood. These signs point out a serious leak that has been missed for quite a while. However, if you have your crawlspace inspected regularly, early signs of a problem may include stained wood.

2. In Living Areas

It may be easier to spots signs of water issues from a second-floor bathroom. Simply go to the room below it and start looking for signs of water damage on the ceiling. Usually this will include a brownish stain, but you may also notice the wallpaper or paint in the room is starting to bubble or peel. Because these signs of a bathtub leak tend to be more obvious, you may be able to catch the issue early on.

3. In the Bathroom

Not surprisingly, a shower-related leak can create signs in the bathroom. You may notice pools of water on the floor after a shower or dark stains on the walls around the enclosure. Other potential signs include loose floor tiles, stained baseboards and wet carpet.

Keeping an eye out for common signs of a bathtub leak can help you catch the problem before it causes major structural damage to your home. Don't be afraid to ask for professional help if you do spot a problem.

Prevention Is the Best Mold Cleanup Technique

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth in a door and a wall The best way to face mold growth is with the prevention

The Best Mold Removal Method Is Prevention

What's the best way to get mold out of your home in Golden Beach, FL? Don't give it a chance to start growing. Sometimes you don't realize the need for mold prevention until you have to deal with a major remediation. After a cleanup, your residential mold remediation team may be able to give you tips you can use to prevent mold from returning to your home.

Avoid Water Damage

Excess water creates a great place for mold to start growing. In fact, spores need to land on a wet surface to start growing in a new place. If you can prevent water damage, you have taken away one of the necessities of this fungus. Of course, some water problems happen quickly and without warning, but you can keep these tips in mind as you try to prevent water issues:

  • Clean out your gutters
  • Avoid planting trees too close to the foundation
  • Hire a plumber to address leaks as soon as possible
  • Make fixes to your roof quickly
  • Test your sump pump regularly
  • Turn off the water supply before going out of town

Mold prevention requires you to think ahead and act without hesitation.

Control Humidity

Excess moisture can also come in the form of high humidity. Mold growth can be kick-started by high levels of moisture in the air. You can prevent this type of water problem by running your HVAC system or using a dehumidifier in your home. The goal should be to keep your home's humidity level at or below 45 percent.

Reduce Clutter

It may sound silly, but cutting back on clutter can actually help stop mold growth. Too much stuff laying around your house can reduce circulation, which limits the effectiveness of your HVAC unit. Some clutter could even encourage condensation.

If you want to easily take care of a mold problem, you need to start practicing mold prevention. Stopping mold from growing is the best way to take care of the fungus.

How To Prepare for the Next Big Storm

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Rolling shutters Storm shutters can protect your windows from high winds.

How to Get Ready for the Next Major Storm

 Living in Hollywood, FL you know that large storms are common. With them can come to a lot of precipitation. If you're not prepared, you could soon see flood water coming into your home. Luckily, there are some effective ways of reducing flooding on your property. With a few basic steps, you can stay dry and protect your loved ones and belongings. You can also save yourself a lot of time and grief.

Install Shutters

Many people think of using shutters as a way of beautifying their homes. While this is certainly true, they can also be useful against water damage. A high-quality set of shutters can keep water from getting through your windows. Here are a few to consider:

Roll-down: Are attached above the window and can be lowered manually when need. The cost is around $25 a square foot.

Accordion: These attach to the side of windows permanently and open outwardly when not in use. The cost is as little as $15 a square foot.
Bahama: Are propped permanently above the windows. They will not last as long and are around $15 to $20 a square foot.
Storm panels: For a more durable option, these removable metal panels offer a good barrier against water. They are as little as $7 per panel.

Check Your Drainage

When heavy rains come, your rain gutters and downspouts had better be up to the task. You could easily get a flooded building if they are not properly diverting water from the property. Check the gutters and clear them of dirt, leaves and other debris. If there are cracks or major damage to the gutters or downspouts, replace them immediately.

Landscaping Changes

Trees and plants can help block flood water. Planting large trees around the perimeter of your yard can create a natural barrier against flooding. Natural plants and rich ground cover can soak up water.

You may not be able to prevent all flood water from invading your home during a massive storm. However, these tips can reduce the need to call SERVPRO of Hollywood/Hallandale/Aventura to repair your home.

3 Effects of Secondary Damage After Flooding

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Wood structure with mold growth Water can lead to mold growth

3 Consequences of Secondary Flood Damage

When flood waters rise, they can do a great deal of damage to your Royal Poinciana, FL, home. However, the presence of water may not be the only issue caused by flooding. Black mold, saturated belongings and damaged electrical systems that prevent you from running fans or your air conditioner to battle humidity can also impede cleanup and drying efforts. This secondary damage can have long-term effects on your home, so knowing how to handle it can be an important step in making repairs after a flood.

1. Damp Air Can Saturate Items

After a flood, water evaporation indoors can cause high humidity that makes drying out rooms and their contents a challenge. Because of the warm, damp air, items that were not affected directly by flood waters may become damp or feel moist. Wooden furniture can be especially vulnerable, as humidity can contribute to warping or discoloration. Having a professional storm cleanup and restoration crew come into lower humidity with specialized machinery can prevent further damage to your belongings.

2. Mold Can Grow Quickly

After a flood, black mold can begin to develop on affected surfaces as soon as 24 hours later. This type of mold can be difficult to treat once it starts to spread. High humidity levels can also encourage mold growth, so drying out rooms as soon as possible may help you control and impede this issue once flood waters recede.

3. Surfaces May Soak Up Contaminated Water

The longer flood waters remain in your home, the better the chance that your floors, walls and furniture may soak up contaminated water. Not only may this water contain dangerous pathogens, it may cause the room to retain an unpleasant odor. Having the water removed as soon as possible and having a storm restoration company deodorize your home can prevent these bad odors from lingering.

Black mold, unpleasant odors and other issues caused by flooding in your Royal Poinciana, FL, can have far-reaching effects on your home. However, mitigation services and acting quickly might help you reduce the damage.