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Commercial Fire Damage Prevention for Wilton Manors

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon of man sitting at a desk with an office light catching fire. Wilton Manors businesses can stay safe from fire damage by taking a few prevention precautions.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look totally fine on the outside in your Wilton Manors home or business. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the possibility of fire damage or smoke damage to your property. More importantly proper precautions can also assist in preventing any bodily injury:

  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight the fire(s)
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every 5 years 
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  •  If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself 
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building in Wilton Manors does catch fire, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained. Fort Lauderdale businesses should always practice fire damage prevention to keep our community safe.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties

In-home Fire Safety for the Wilton Manors Area

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

A lit candle sitting too close to a window curtain. Don’t let smoke damage or fire damage from a candle ruin your Wilton Manors home.

Fall is quickly approaching! That means all of the fall activities are about to begin in Wilton Manors, if they haven’t already. One popular item associated with the fall season is the candle. If a house smells like fall, it feels like home. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North knows that candle fires happen and even though candles are small, the damage of a residential fire by a candle can turn out to be larger than expected.

Here are some candle fire safety tips to prevent fire damage in the Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors areas: 

  • When lighting a candle in the home, keep the candle at least twelve inches away from anything that can burn
  • Try to avoid keeping a lit candle in bedrooms, bathrooms or sleeping areas
  • Do not leave a lit candle where a child or family pet can access or reach it

One more important candle safety tip to consider about leaving a lit candle in the bathroom. It’s common to use aerosol chemicals when cleaning, but this becomes extremely dangerous if there is a lit candle nearby. Aerosols are highly flammable and this can cause an explosion of sorts – please practice safety first and share this tip with friends and family (especially young people) who may not be aware of it. Prevent bathroom fires and kitchen fires by applying the tips listed above.

If your Wilton Manors home suffers from fire damage or smoke damage as a result of a candle fire candle, please call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North so we can help clean up the fire mess and damage.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/media/pictographs/candles.html

Rental Property and Mold in Wilton Manors

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Man spraying mold treatment on damaged wall. If treated properly, mold does not have to destroy your Wilton Manors home, office, or commercial property.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North understands mold and we want to educate our community about the best ways to prevent and treat your Wilton Manors property to avoid costly repairs.

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere 
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw it away. However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation from an industry professional. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more. If you need a recommendation for a certified mold inspection company from the greater Fort Lauderdale area, we suggest Air-Mazing Mold Testing.

If you suspect your apartment or office building might have mold, you need to have a certified mold inspector out to examine the area. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North cannot identify what kind of mold you have, but we are licensed in mold remediation and we can repair the damage caused by mold.

When you have a concern about mold damage in your apartment or condominium, speak with your landlord or property manager if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals. Whatever the disaster, remember that SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Keep Your Wilton Manors Office or Commercial Property Prepared for a Fire

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher in an office hallway. Have a fire extinguisher within easy reach in your Wilton Manors place of business.

Office fires in Wilton Manors are more common than you might think. If you have a break room in your office or small business, it probably contains a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator and/or other small appliances. All commercial properties with a kitchen in the greater Fort Lauderdale area should also include a fire extinguisher! SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North wants to remind you that fires can start as easily as turning on one of these appliances. There could be a short somewhere in the wiring or something inside the microwave could catch fire. Unfortunately, the possibilities are real and they do happen. Your workplace should have a training session on how to use fire extinguishers. If the owner of the business or property manager has not done so, please look into setting up a training session. Local fire departments are usually happy to assist with this training, and they can provide some real-life examples of ways to practice fire safety.

If your break room (or any other area of your office building) catches on fire, you will likely have smoke damage as well as damage from the fire. That is where SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North comes in. We are here to clean up the damage and make your Wilton Manors building look new again. We are open 24/7 and are proud to serve our community and want to keep your Wilton Manors business safe from unnecessary fire damage. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have questions or need our restoration services. We are Here to Help.

http://www.fireextinguishertraining.com/en/use.html

Wilton Manors Fire Loss Water Damage?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Wall with significant fire burn damage Aftermath of a Fire Loss Water Damage in Wilton Manors

Fire Loss Water Damage?

When a fire occurs in Wilton Manors, fire loss water damage is peering right around the corner.  Unfortunately, fire loss water damage can follow a fire because water plays a heavy roll in taking a raging house or business fire down.  Here are a couple of ideas you might not have considered.

Water damage follows fire damage

Since water is usually the main combatant to put out fires, whatever is on fire or near the fire is bound to get wet.  Burnt and wet isn’t ever a good combination, but one you should be expecting and be ready for in the unfortunate case of a fire loss water damage.

  • Fires can lead to damaged or burst pipes which can cause flooding at a rapid rate. Especially if the fire is still going on, it would be incredibly hard to get to and fix the water leak fast enough to prevent further damage.
  • Sprinkler systems react to the fires and help to put them out but can also lead to gallons of water all over your home or business. These systems never discriminate, so EVERYTHING in the surrounding area usually gets a downpour.  Even worse, sometimes these systems aren’t cleaned regularly, so the first parts of water than shoot out can be very discolored or dirty.
  • Fire fighters do just that, they fight fires! Water is their primary ammunition, so everything in, around or near your home or business that is engulfed in flames will be drowned out by water shot out at what can be up to 24 gallons per minute.

Although nobody is truly ever ready for a disaster like a fire or like a flood, it doesn’t hurt to have the knowledge and prepared mindset to what one would face during a fire.  All three of these mentioned aspects could definitely work together to leave your home or business soaked, but it is there for your structures well being.

Water or Fire isn't the main priority...

The safety of your Wilton Manors family or your employees are most important, and the typical person handles water a lot better than fire. On a good note, many professionals like SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North are ready with the equipment, experience and expertise to handle both the fire damage aftermath and that of the fire loss water damage caused by the fight against the fire.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North a call at (954) 733-1006 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROftlauderdalenorth.com/

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Wilton Manors Water Damage: What You Don't See

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Overflowing from a Dish Washing Machine Overflowing Dish Washer water causing Water Damage in Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Water Damage can’t always be seen

Whether you can see it or not, water damage can be around you.  The problem is, ANY type of water damage can affect the structure of your home or business.  Your family or your employee’s health may also be at risk if the water damage turns into a mold problem (another aggressor that you may not always be able to immediately see.)

When trying to avoid the repercussions of letting a water damage issue become costly, its most important to handle the situation from a holistic approach so that it doesn’t become chronic.  The only way to truly handle and assess a situation like this is to have the professionals take care of the problem at its source and for those inhabiting the premises to be well educated to make sure issues like this are prevented in the future.

Call your local restoration professionals

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is one of your powerful allies to handle the problem.  We have the expertise and industry grade equipment to properly coordinate and take care of your water damage situation.  We are always there to support our local Fort Lauderdale community and even those outside of the immediate area.  If help is needed, feel free to give us a call.  To keep educated on these types of issues, feel free to look through our various learning materials which include Water Damage Restoration, Mold Damage Inspections and even Air Duct Cleanings.

Professional Level Water and Mold Damage Support Tools

Technology plays a heavy role in the success of noticing water damage and we use ours to find the issues right at the source.  Here are a few:

ULV Foggers (Ultra Low Volume Foggers) – these take liquid detergents and deodorants

Thermohygrometers – These basically measure temperature and humidity in areas.  This is very important when it comes to hidden moisture because we can make sure to completely dry the area as well as disinfect and deodorize it.  Not always is the water problem simply clean water.

Thermal Fogger – This device allows for us to create a fog that consists of tiny particles of odor removing solution.  We tend to use this on fabric and structural areas that may have absorbed fowl odors, but it is especially helpful in hard to reach places.

Moisture Sensors – These sensors come in handy when trying to find the moisture source, hence our title.  You can’t fight a battle if you can’t see your enemy, so this device successfully allows us to do just that.

Moisture Meter – Working hand in and hand with the Moisture Sensors, this device allows for us to understand what the moisture if made up of as well as for us to maintain observation of the area as it dries.

Disaster happens. Don't let it get worse before it gets better.

Being Hurricane Ready is the most important skill for a Wilton Manors family. Your hurricane preparation should be complete well before a storm hits.  The American Red Cross has an additional hurricane preparation checklist available here.  SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North hopes you have a safe and damage-free storm season, but should disaster strike, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will arrive "Faster to Any Disaster" and make it "Like it Never Even Happened."

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Weather the Storm in Wilton Manors: Emergency Evacuation Kit

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

What if you had to Evacuate your Wilton Manors home?

With possibilities of other hurricanes yet to come and 2 months left of hurricane season, we at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North want to remind you to be prepared.

When models show us in the path of a tropical storm or hurricane, we all “storm” to stock up on items and be ready before it hits.  But what if you can't bunker down this time around?  What if a mandatory evacuation is announced?

When at this point, most stores are low on inventory and long lines amass. The best practice is to prepare the essentials ahead of time, instead of in the nick of time.  If you've ever been through the couple of days before a hurricane or through the evacuation process, you know how crazy your local grocery store, gas stations and highways are.

Evacuation Kit

You have to be prepared for anything, especially when dealing with a potential category 4 or 5 hurricane. Please find below a list of necessities and reminders. Don’t have time to read it? No problem! Check out SERVPRO’s hurricane preparedness video.

Evacuation Essentials:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person/pet for at least 3 days
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Pet food, if applicable
  • Hand crank radio or weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Medications
  • Baby diapers, wipes and formula, if applicable
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Cash

If planning on staying at evacuation shelters, pack as well:

  • Linens
  • Blankets
  • Entertainment options (books, cards, board games),
  • Change of clothes
    Pet owners:
  • Ensure your pet is wearing a tag with your contact information linked,
  • Pet carrier
  • Bowls to provide food and water

Reminders:

  • Fill up your car’s tank with gas. Especially if considering evacuation.
  • If there are power outages you will be unable to use any card or to take out money from an ATM.
  • Gather important documentation in a waterproof container, such as identifications, insurance documents, titles or deeds, pictures that would otherwise be irreplaceable. Be mindful to keep it light to ensure you can carry it on your person.

Useful resources: Stay updated to know the latest on the storm’s development and path.

Disaster happens. Don't let it get worse before it gets better.

Being Hurricane Ready is the most important skill for a Wilton Manors family. Your hurricane preparation should be complete well before a storm hits.  The American Red Cross has an additional hurricane preparation checklist available here.  SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North hopes you have a safe and damage-free storm season, but should disaster strike, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will arrive "Faster to Any Disaster" and make it "Like it Never Even Happened."

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2019 Hurricane Ready Tips

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Ready this Year

Even with Dorian just passing by the South Florida area, 2019's hurricane season isn't in the clear yet. Florida residents should still be prepared and ready for any disaster. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is here to help with these 2019 hurricane ready preparation tips.

2019 Hurricane Ready tips:

  • Be sure to withdraw cash from your bank account before the storm as some banks can be closed for days until power is restored.
  • Invest in a battery powered or hand crank radio to stay up-to-date on what's going on in your area.
  • If you can't stay with friends or family outside of evacuation zones, be aware of your nearest hurricane shelter, and overnight kennels for your furry friends.
  • Having a few camping lanterns will come in handy in the event of any power failures.
  • Fill your vehicle's gas tank and any gas cans ahead of time.
  • Before a storm hits be sure you've stocked up on clean drinking water or bottled water- one gallon per person per day for no less than three days.
  • Fill large freezer bags with water and freeze them with your freezer turned to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, you'll have blocks of ice to preserve things in the fridge and coolers.
  • Unplug TVs, computers, and appliances before the storm to avoid damages to electronics.
  • Consider boarding up your house and going out of town until officials in your area say it's safe to return.

Being Hurricane Ready is the most important skill for a south Florida family. Your hurricane preparation should be complete well before a storm hits.  The American Red Cross has a complete hurricane preparation checklist available here.  SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North hopes you have a safe and damage-free storm season, but should disaster strike, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will arrive "faster to your disaster" and make it "like it never happened."

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Don't Be Afraid of Dorian - Be READY for it.

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

When the Storm Rains Down, we’ve got you covered.

Dorian is the first named storm of the season that looks like it will impact Florida.  Although we don’t know what route it will take, it is always a great idea to be prepared for not only the before, but also for the after.

We’ve put some tips together to help you prepare for this year’s hurricane season.  They come in the form of videos and articles that really dive into what to do before, during and after the storm.  We’re also here as a resource for both knowledge and for services to help you recover after the disaster.  We hope Dorian doesn’t bring the harsh weather to us, but we’d rather you be a warrior in times of peace than a gardener in the times of war.

From Water Damage due to flooding after Dorian arrives, to the mold damage that may occur due to potential moisture soaking into your home, we will arrive faster to any disaster.  Fire damage is also an important consideration during these types of events because many things can cause fires.  Lighting strikes to down power lines, there is always potential for danger.  If your home is affected by a fire, we’ll be at your service to bring things back to normal the best that we can.  Dorian doesn’t scare us, and we want you to be prepared and ready, so it doesn’t scare you either!

The link below will take you to our website where you can watch several video’s that address key aspects of getting prepared including insurance review, how to put a hurricane kit together, an evacuation zones. We also provide articles that give you power in the form of knowledge to face this foe of a storm now formally known as Dorian.

Catch our latest storm preparedness videos here.

View our articles about storm preparedness and other mold, fire or water damage topics here.

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We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North a call at (954) 733-1006 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROftlauderdalenorth.com/

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South Florida's Flooding

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Tips

Florida’s hurricane season is one of the largest causes of flooding in South Florida, but if you are a Florida resident, you surely know that it doesn’t have to be hurricane season for your streets to be flooded.

As a peninsula, average thunderstorms can bring lots of rain and downpour leading to flooding in local communities like Hollywood, Pembroke Pines and Miramar.  Some other areas like Weston and Delray have better suited streets that handle the flooding well.  But no matter where you live in “Sunny” South Florida, you’ve had your fair share of driving through and having your home surrounded by rising waters.

Here are some general tips about the do’s and don’ts when dealing with flood situations wherever you are.

After the Flood:

  • Gather your items, whether it be in your car or your home, get your items off the floor and to higher areas within home or vehicle.  If that isn’t possible, get them out to somewhere safe and dry.
  • Try to get out excess water in the area, whether it be on your floors or on your upholstery, try drying the area with a mop or with a towel to blot the wet spots or areas.
  • If it is within your home, place something that is water resistant between the item and the floor.  Aluminum or wood works well in this situation, especially for furniture.
  • Turn on fans and the air conditioner (if they are unaffected by the water or moisture) to get the air flowing.

Do not do:

  • Don’t leave your belongings to soak in the flood water. Flood water can be contaminated or dangerous. Materials like leather or paper will definitely become damaged beyond repair if left alone in the moisture.
  • Books, papers, documents and anything cardboard will definitely rot if left soaking in water.
  • Do not use standard home appliances if wet and don’t try to use a regular vacuum cleaner to pick up anything. Leave this to the professionals.
  • Don’t turn on anything that could shake your environment. When flooding occurs, many aspects of your home may be structurally unsafe, so leave pieces of your home like your ceiling fan, OFF!
  • If you feel your home or vehicle is unsafe because of the flood damage, do not stay there.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of families and businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North a call at (954) 733-1006 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROftlauderdalenorth.com/

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