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Is Vent Cleaning Necessary for YOUR Dryer?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Vent Cleaning Necessary for YOUR Dryer? Commercial dryer vents should be cleaned at least once every three months.

It's a new year, and time to get your dryer vents cleaned out! SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North are ready to serve your New Year's cleaning needs, including commercial dryer vent cleaning. Dryer vent cleaning is a vital chore that is often overlooked by building and home owners, and property managers. Everyone knows to get carpets and HVAC systems cleaned regularly, but is vent cleaning necessary for your dryer?

Is vent cleaning necessary? Of course it is! Here's why:

  1. If left unchecked, dryer vents can pose a huge fire hazard in your home or building! Dryer fires are one of the top ten causes of house fires in the US resulting in 2,900 yearly reported fires on average. Failure to clean the dryer regularly is the leading cause of these fires.
  2. Lint trapped in dryers can also hinder the dryer's ability to do its job. Trapped lint blocks the airflow, and if left unchecked for too long, can cause the machine to not work at all anymore! Regular cleanings can save you money on repair bills.
  3. If your dryer vents are not properly maintained, it can cause a musty odor to form in your laundry room.

So how often SHOULD dryer vents be cleaned?

We recommend yearly dryer vent cleaning for residential dryers (such as those in homes). For commercial dryers (like those in salons or spas, or apartments and condo buildings) vent cleaning should be done at least four to six times a year. Start the new year off right! Contact SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North today to schedule your professional vent cleaning.

New Year's Safety 2018

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage New Year's Safety 2018 Happy New Year from all your friends at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North!

Countdown to the new year! And with that, drinking, partying, and celebrating. We all enjoy bonfires, sparklers, and fireworks to start off the new year with a bang! Fire and fireworks can be fun, but they can also be dangerous if used carelessly. in fact, fireworks alone were responsible for some 11,000 injuries in 2016 alone. So, let one of your resolutions this year be New Year's safety with these firework safety tips.

New Year's Safety: before lighting fireworks:

  • Make sure there are no overhead obstructions such as trees.
  • Stay away from dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Know the law in your area for fireworks.
  • Never allow fire from a match, cigar/cigarette, or other fireworks to get anywhere near where you are storing the rest of the fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose withing reach.

New Year's Safety: while lighting fireworks:

  • Wear safety glasses, and make sure young children have ear protection when lighting larger fireworks.
  • Only give age-appropriate fireworks to children (such as sparklers) and only under direct supervision.
  • Keep pets safely indoors. Fireworks tend to spook animals and they can get hurt!
  • Never try to light damaged fireworks- wet them down and throw them out.
  • Never let someone under the influence light fireworks! 

New Year's Safety: after lighting fireworks:

  • After the fireworks burn out, wet them down as you go. Wet them down again before throwing out.
  • Any "duds" should be thoroughly wet when they don't go off.
  • Pick up debris from any sparklers, bottle rockets, etc.
  • Store any unused fireworks in a cool, dry place away from all potential fire starters or fire hazards.

For more information on firework safety, click here. And for all of your fire and water damage needs, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North for 24/7 emergency service every day of the year.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile For faster 24/7 emergency service, sign up today!

Is your business ready for disaster? We here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North have always emphasized how important it is to have disaster plans in place for your home or business, but did you know that we have an app that can make disaster mitigation easier for you and your business? Meet the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile! With your ERP in place, you have the disaster advantage of:

  • A free assessment of your facility.
  • A Profile Document with information that would be critical to quick response in an emergency.
  • A guide to prepare you and help you get back in your building faster after a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command at your building/business to begin restoration work ASAP.
  • Provides facility details, identifies priority areas, and priority contacts for our team to use.

How to get a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • STEP 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.
  • STEP 2: Choose SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North as your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold or other type of damage.
  • STEP 3: Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.
  • STEP 4: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.
  • STEP 5: Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

After that, go through and add information, play around a little and get to know the app before you really need it.

With your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile in place, our teams can arrive faster to your disaster. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North can make it "Like it never even happened."

5 Mold Myths Debunked with Mold Fact

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Mold Myths Debunked with Mold Fact With mold, what you can't see can be very dangerous.

There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about mold in Fort Lauderdale. Today, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is going to debunk the old mold myth with some mold fact!

Mold Myth:

I can just get rid of mold with bleach.

Mold Fact:

Not true! Although some types of mold can be killed with bleach alone, not all of them can. And what's worse? When a structure has visible mold, there is often more mold where you can't see- and where you can't get to it with household cleaners.

Mold Myth:

Painting over visible mold will take care of the issue.

Mold Fact:

Wrong! Even if you use an antimicrobial paint, mold can still grow and cause the new paint to peel. Get rid of the mold before painting.

Mold Myth:

The only safe level of mold is no mold at all.

Mold Fact:

Nope, wrong again. While high levels of mold in the air can be hazardous to one's health, it's impossible for a space to be completely free of mold. Very low levels of mold are okay.

Mold Myth:

If I kill the mold with fungicides, it's completely safe.

Mold Fact:

Not quite. Killing mold is a good start to prevent it from spreading, but even dead mold can be potentially harmful. The only way to be sure mold isn't a threat to you is to call in a professional to have it properly removed.

Mold Myth:

I'm not immune-compromised, so I can live with mold.

Mold Fact:

No way! Even though people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly are more vulnerable to the hazards of mold, it can effect anyone. If there's mold in your home, contact SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North right away.

When it comes to mold, it's important to know the facts. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is here to help and are always ready to make any mold problem "Like it never even happened."

Killing VS Removing Mold: Proper Mold Remediation

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Killing VS Removing Mold: Proper Mold Remediation Mold spores are microscopic. Visible mold is actually a colony of hundreds of tiny spores.

So you may be thinking "I have mold, why don't I just spray it with chemicals like bleach or fungicides? That'll take care of it, right?" The answer: "No way!" There's a big difference in killing VS removing mold- and it could impact your health!

Working in South Florida, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North has seen a lot of mold. In most places, and especially in the sunshine state, no building will ever have zero traces of mold in the air. But when mold occurs in high amounts, that's when it poses a hazard to you and your family or employees' health.

Killing VS Removing Mold- Why can't I kill it?

First of all, if you have visible mold in your home or business, it's likely already inside the walls of the structure and other hard to get to places. If you can manage to get something to where the mold is to kill it, that only stops it from growing. The health risks from airborne particles are still present and cannot be removed without our professional equipment.

So how do I get rid of it?

Call  your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO, of course!

When you call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North for a mold problem, our trained professionals will not just kill the mold, remove the mold to the IICRC standards.

Once all the visible mold is removed, everything is wiped down with a powerful, but pet and child safe antimicrobial to stop the spread of mold we can't see. On top of all that, we also set up containment and air scrubbers to clean the air and stop the spread of mold to other areas of the structure.

When we're all done we even have a third party mold testing specialist come in to check and make sure the mold levels are safe and up to code.

SERVPRO Ft Lauderdale North is looking out for you. Faster to any size disaster, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Class: What Does It Mean?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Class: What Does It Mean? Call SERVPRO 24/7 for emergency service 365 days of the year.

When it comes to water damage restoration, part of SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North's assessment process includes categorizing the water loss into four standardized classes. Knowing the water class makes it easier to treat and mitigate a water loss.

Water Class 1

The IICRC defines class 1 water as:

"The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete."

What this means is that the water loss is minimal and has not been sitting for long enough to seep into dense or high permeance materials.

Water Class 2

Class 2 water is a little more difficult. IICRC defines it as the following:

"With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials."

This means that the water damage had affected an entire area of a building such as a hallway.

Water Class 3

One of the more difficult water loss situations to mitigate is a class 3.

"This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead."

This means an entire room has been affected by water damage.

Water Class 4

Class four water is the hardest to treat due to it usually being trapped water.

"This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone."

For more info on water damage, visit the IICRC here. And for faster service to any size disaster, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North for 24/7 emergency service and make it "Like it never even happened."

Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2017

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2017 Make sure your decorations are flame-retardant this holiday season.

During this time of year, we cannot stress enough how important fire safety is. Almost every wintertime holiday celebration involves candles, bonfires, or other potential fire hazards. In 2016 alone, 3,390 civilians died in fire-related incidents- the majority of which occur around the holidays. Stay safe this holiday season by following these holiday fire safety tips:

  • Keep decorations away from space-heaters, stoves, and other heat sources in your home.
  • If you have a tree, make sure it has enough water every day to reduce the risk of it catching.
  • Check all string light decorations before you put them up, and then check again every day to be sure no pets or pests have chewed through the wires.
  • Don't overload an outlet by trying to have too many things plugged in and running at once.
  • Never use a turkey fryer, meat smoker, or grill (gas or charcoal) in or near a structure such as your garage, shed, or workshop.

Of course, every home should have working smoke alarms in every room, as well as a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or garage. All adults in the home should learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and what types of fires they can be used on. For more information on holiday fire safety, visit our friends at the American Red Cross here.

We here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North hope you won't be in need of our emergency services over the holidays, but if you do, we are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help with your emergency water and fire cleanup needs.

SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is NADCA Certified!

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is NADCA Certified! Call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North for all your commercial HVAC cleaning needs!

Your friends at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North are proud to announce our official HVAC cleaning certification with the National Air Duct Cleaners Association!

What does it mean to have a NADCA certification?

That means that members of our team have gone through the regulated training process and passed their exams to earn the national certifications for HVAC system and duct cleaning.

So what does our NADCA certification mean for YOU?

This means you can rest assured that your HVAC systems are cleaned up to ACR and NADCA standards to meet their cleanliness requirements as well as being aligned to their code of ethics. For more info on the benefits of choosing a NADCA certified HVAC and duct cleaner, visit NADCA's website. And for all of your NADCA certified HVAC cleaning needs, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North.

Water Damage? Here's What You Need To Do

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage? Here's What You Need To Do Water damage? Better call SERVPRO!

So you found some water damage in your home or business and don't know what to do next. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is here to help!

Step one: Identify and fix the source of the water

Has it been raining a lot lately and flooded your kitchen? Did the storefront next door have a pipe burst? Identify the cause of the water loss, and do your best to remedy the issue. If water is still coming in to the area, there's little our teams can do until the problem is fixed- even if it just means shutting off the water main.

Step two: Call SERVPRO of course!

Don't forget to call your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO! We have an emergency response team available 24/7, any day of the year. If you suffer from water damage, don't wait to call us. Letting water sit can breed hazardous mold and other harmful germs. In fact, mold can form in as little as three days! If you are unsure how long the water has been sitting, you may want to have a third-party mold test done. The point of this test is to see whether or not mold is present so our professional technicians can treat the issue accordingly.

Step three: You can help

If you don't want to wait for our team to arrive, you can start the cleanup by mopping up water and setting out fans in the area affected by the water loss to start the drying process. We'll take over with our professional equipment when we get there.

No one likes being in a water loss situation, but it doesn't need to be a nightmare. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North has the best crew of experienced and certified professional technicians available to make your water loss situation "Like it never even happened."

Your Fire Safety Plan and You

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Fire Safety Plan and You Know your building's fire escape routes!

Home fires have been in a steady decline for the last 30 years, but they still account for over 2,000 deaths and 10,000 injuries every year. Unfortunately, some disasters you can't predict, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety in the event of a fire in your home. The most important step you can take is having a fire safety plan. Here are some key tips to keep in mind.

Before a fire:

  • Ensure your home has a smoke alarm in every room, and test them every month to make sure they are working. If they don't work, change the batteries, or upgrade.
  • Draw out a floor plan and map out at least two possible escape routes from each room. Take into consideration the needs of small children, pets, or people in your home with mobility issues while making an escape plan. Go through your plan with everyone in your home twice a year to make sure it'll work (windows open, etc.).
  • If you live in a condo or apartment, ask your landlord what the best course of action is in the event of a fire.

During a fire:

  • Touch the body of a door (do not touch the doorknob!) before opening to check for heat. If the door is hot to the touch, do not open it and find another way out.
  • As you move through doors, close them behind you to hinder the spread of the fire.
  • In the presence of smoke, stay low to the ground because smoke rises.
  • A wet towel or blanket put over your head and face can help prevent injury from flames or smoke inhalation.

After a fire:

  • Once you have made it safely away from the fire, call for emergency help.
  • Do a headcount of everyone that made it out. If someone is missing do not go back for them, tell the fire department so they can rescue them. They are prepared to battle a blaze- you aren't.
  • After a fire, if the structure of the building is still in tact, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North 24/7 for emergency service 365 days a year.

For more information on building a fire safety plan, visit the National Fire Protection Association. We here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North hope you'll never be in a fire situation, but if you are, you won't regret having a solid plan in place. Our teams are always ready to help and make it "Like it never even happened."