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Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean?

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean? Don't get swamped in a water loss, call SERVPRO Ft Lauderdale North!

IICRC Water Loss Categories

At SERVPRO Ft Lauderdale North, we understand that you hope you never have to call us for a water loss. But unfortunately, sometimes fate has other plans. When a water loss strikes, arming yourself with knowledge is the first step to avoiding severe water damage. In the water restoration business, we have refer to three categories of water, as laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. We refer to these as categories 1, 2, and 3.

Don't get swamped in a water loss, call SERVPRO Ft Lauderdale North!

Category 1 Water

Category 1 water is the least contaminated, and therefore the least hazardous to your well being. Category 1 water is any water that comes from a potable water source. However, just because a water loss is has category 1 water doesn't mean that the issue should be ignored. Category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 water is left standing.

Category 2 Water

Category 2 water is defined by the IICRC as "having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested." This can include water from sources such as backed up drains, dishwashers, and toilet overflows that contain urine, but not feces. If you believe you have a category 2 water in your water loss, it is even more important to seek professional help, such as SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North, immediately. The microbial growth that can occur in category two water can be hazardous to your health, and should be removed as soon as possible.


Category 3 Water

The final category of water that can occur in a water loss is category 3 water. This water is defined by the IICRC as "the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth."

Scary stuff...

Category 3 water requires special remediation techniques due to the highly hazardous nature of the water, and should only be cleaned up by an IICRC certified restoration company, such as SERVPRO Fort Lauderdale North. Attempting to clean a large category 3 loss without professional knowledge or equipment can lead not only to loss of property, but also damage to your health.

No matter what category of water you find in your water loss, SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North has the equipment and know-how to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

To learn more about SERVPRO Fort Lauderdale North's water restoration services, click here.

Is Your Family at Risk from Lead Paint?

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Is Your Family at Risk from Lead Paint? Is your family at risk from lead paint exposure?

What You Need To Know

Lead paint was commonly used in the US prior to 1978, when it was banned, but not before being used in over 38 million homes. Exposure to lead can affect development of the brain and nervous system, particularly in children. This can cause reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Older homes, child care facility, schools and other buildings are more likely to contain lead paint, the percentages are as follows:

  • Built between 1960-1978= 24%
  • Built between 1940-1960= 69%
  • Built before 1940= 87%

What Do I Do About Lead Paint?

Usually, lead paint that is in good repair and maintained properly is not hazardous. The danger comes whenever paint dust is present, or the paint is disturbed, either by peeling or by a construction or restoration project. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects on buildings with lead paint to be certified by the EPA in the use of lead-safe practices. An EPA certified firm shall follow the following lead-safe procedures.

  • Contain the work area
  • Minimize dust
  • Clean up thoroughly

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North is certified by the EPA to handle restoration jobs involving lead paint safely, using approved procedures to avoid potential harm to your family.

How Can I Protect My Family From Lead Exposure?

  • If you are renting your property, notify your landlord if you notice peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up any paint chips immediately.
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills and other painted surfaces. Use a mop, sponge or paper towel with warm water and an all purpose cleaner, or a cleaner designed specifically for lead.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dusty areas.
  • Wash children’s toys, bottles and pacifiers often.
  • Keep children from licking or chewing on window sills or other painted surfaces.
  • Make sure children maintain a healthy diet, as recommended by the USDA. A healthy diet lowers the risk of harm from lead.
  • Clean and remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.

When it comes to the safety of your family, you don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. If you’re in need of a restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North, the team you know will work safely in a lead paint environment.

Where to Turn for Automotive Biohazard Cleanup

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Where to Turn for Automotive Biohazard Cleanup SERVPRO Fort Lauderdale North Can Restore Automotive Biohazard Damage

What is an Automotive Biohazard and How Does one Occur?

An automotive biohazard occurs when an organic fluid, most commonly blood is introduced into a vehicle, usually the cabin area. This can lead not only to a difficult stain to clean, but a potential hazard for the vehicle owner.

There are many causes for an automotive biohazard. The first and most obvious cause of an automotive biohazard is one everyone prays will not happen to them, an automotive accident. Most people don’t have a real plan for how to recover from a car crash, despite the fact that 27,000 accidents occur every single day. Most of these result in minor damage, and only 0.3% result in a fatality.

Everyone knows the immediate plan, call the police, file an insurance claim and wait for the damage to be repaired. But what if the damage is not something that a mechanic is trained to handle, like blood or other organic material? Even a minor injury from an accident can cause blood stains inside a vehicle.

There are other reasons a car may be contaminated with a biohazard as well. A minor injury can cause quite a lot of bleeding, and emergencies that don’t require an ambulance often cause some staining of blood in the car used to reach the ER. A woman entering labor, also, would need transportation to a hospital and cay cause an automotive biohazard.

What to Do if Your Vehicle is Contaminated

A biohazard contaminated vehicle needs more than just a simple cleaning, it needs a dull decontamination of the organic material. Organic material can be difficult to clean, and also needs to be properly sanitized to ensure safety for the vehicle owner. Enter SERVPRO. Our highly trained Automotive Biohazard Remediation Specialists will not only clean the staining, but also make sure there is no risk of bacterial infection or other dangers left inside your vehicle. Click Here to learn more about SERVPRO’s biohazard cleanup system.

9 Holiday Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 9 Holiday Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross Using candles safely is one of the Red Cross' holiday fire safety tips.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

The holidays are a time for decoration, celebration and family. But with our secor and festivities comes a creater risk of fire. Candles, festive lights, decor and large scale cooking all come with the season, but can lead to some dangerous scenarios. In fact, The American Red reports that nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage! Listed below are some holiday fire safety tips to make your holiday season safe and wonderful.


Preparedness Tips

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. 9 Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
  •  Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.


Is your Boat or Yacht Air Quality Ship Shape?

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is your Boat or Yacht Air Quality Ship Shape? Is there mold lurking in your boat?

On a yacht, air quality is often overlooked.

At SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North, we love boats.

Not only do we love seeing boats, we also love working on them. Many people don't realize that due to the the extreme conditions under which boats and yachts operate, the air quality on board can become contaminated with hazardous mold or bacteria. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air pollution, such as that on board a yacht can reach up to 100 times as contaminated as outdoor air. Symptoms of poor yacht air quality can include irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, sore throat, headaches, colds and flu, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. The long term effects of exposure to poor yacht air quality can include, but may not be limited to:

  • Asthma
  • Severe allergies
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Sterility
  • And even cancer!

But fortunately, there is a simple solution...

If you own a boat or insure a boat (or know someone who does) and you suspect that the air quality of the vessel may be in need of an inspection, give the Yacht Air Quality and Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North a call at 954-733-1006.

On land or on the water, SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North is always here to help!

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is Coming!

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Community The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is Coming! The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is Coming!

We wanted to remind everyone that the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will open on Thursday, November 3rd and run until Monday, November 7th. We love boats, so we are excited for this years event, and we hope you are too.

Not only do we love seeing boats, we also love working on them. We know that your nautical refuge is your pride and joy, but also how easily they can be threatened. Water in the cabin or below deck can he a real troublemaker, and can set the stage for potentially dangerous mold growth. But boat owners can breathe a little easier knowing that SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North has a proven track record with marine restoration projects including marine mold remediation.

Even the most protective boat owner cannot predict when their prized vessel may be threatened by mold, but they CAN rely on the boat and yacht mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North after a disaster to make everything ship-shape again.

Beating Back Halloween Vandals

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Beating Back Halloween Vandals If you're a victim of Halloween vandalism, call the cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North.

Its all fun and games until…

Halloween is a great holiday for kids and adults to put on some imagination and have some fun. However, every year we hear about some individuals taking things too far, and transitioning from hi-jinks to all out vandalism. Luckily, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of becoming a target. Make sure to protect yourself and your property by following these simple steps.

1) Make sure your doors are locked up tight

If you are going to be away from home for Halloween night, make sure you are extra diligent about locking up tight. This is also true for business owners.


2) Park in the garage to deter egging

To dissuade vandals, make sure to pull the car in the garage for the evening. Business owners should also look for an indoor parking location as well.

3) Keep your home or business well lit

Keeping the lights off is a good money saving tip, but Halloween may be the one night to leave the lights on for the evening.


4) Hand out candy from the driveway

A clever way to keep troublemakers off of your property without being a Halloween Scrooge is to set up s table by the sidewalk. It allows you to have fun and get to know your neighbors without exposing your home to unnecessary risk.

5) Clean any acts of vandalism as quickly as possible

If you are the victim of vandalism, it is essential to remove the damage as quickly as possible, not just for you own peace of mind, but to discourage future acts of destruction (vandals love to see their work stay on display).


Call SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North/ Plantation. Our Restoration Professionals will restore your property quickly and make Halloween vandalism “Like it never even happened…”

Preparing for Hurricane Season

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Hurricane Season Prepare for Hurricane Season storm damage with SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
- Benjamin Franklin

Floridians, it’s time for the age old drill: Board up the windows, pull the lawn chairs inside, stock up on food, water and gas. Anyone who has lived here for for a while knows their preparedness procedure like the back of their hand. But something that is often overlooked in the plan for what to do AFTER the worst should happen. Emergency services will do their duty to make sure you and your family are safe following a disaster, but who will restore your home and your life back to the way it was?

Enter the SERVPRO Ready App. Simply download our app on your mobile device and fill out all the important information you may need before hand, saving you time after a disaster, when minutes count and saving your information in case of loss or damage. And best of all, it’s FREE! So add the SERVPRO Ready App to your hurricane preparedness kit, and choose SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North as your disaster response team. Stay safe this hurricane season, hope for the best, but if the worst should happen, depend on SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North to make it “Like it never even happened.”

After the Blaze: How to Protect your Property from damage AFTER a Fire

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After the Blaze: How to Protect your Property from damage AFTER a Fire The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your home or business from further damage.

A fire is a truly destructive force of nature. With all the devastation a fire can cause while burning, it's easy to forget that your home or business may still be in danger after the fire is extinguished.

The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your property from any residual dangers, and can often make the difference between restoration or full on replacement of your valuables. The first step is to contact a professional restoration service, like SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North. However, there are other steps you can take to protect your home or business, such as:

  • Limiting the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot particles which may cause additional damage
  • Placing clean towels or used linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coating chrome fixtures, such as faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Placing aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Not washing any walls or painted surfaces
  • Not shampooing any carpet or upholstery
  • Not cleaning any electrical equipment
  • Not sending clothing to a dry cleaner (improper cleaning can set smoke odor)

At SERVPRO, we understand the need to get your life back to normal after a disaster, but before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage restoration and cleanup experts at SERVPRO Fort Lauderdale North to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The 2016 Red Cross Dine and Dock

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Community The 2016 Red Cross Dine and Dock The American Red Cross of Fort Lauderdale entertained SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North and honored humanitarian leaders in their recent Dine and Dock.

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Red Cross Dine and Dock. The view was stunning from the HYATT Pier 66 overlooking the waterfront,  as guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres, knowing that their admission benefits powerful causes such as aiding in the Red Cross’ response to local disasters, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands.

The food smelled delicious and the sunset was absolutely stunning as guests made their way into the Panorama Room. The options for food seemed endless, and following the feast was a celebrity auction. Soon after was the highlight of the evening, the Humanitarian awards, honoring humanitarian leaders in the South Florida area for their generous contributions to society.