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Checklist For Preparing For A Flood in Ft Lauderdale

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Checklist For Preparing For A Flood

Flooding is the most common form of natural disaster in the U.S. and it can happen anywhere at any time

Your odds for surviving a flood can increase dramatically if you know what to do and take the proper steps not only ahead of time, but also during the flood itself and afterward.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes to start acting; the sooner you begin to prepare the better off you, your home and your family will be.

There are several types of flooding that can strike a given area, from slow onset to flash floods. In the case of flash floods, that occur quickly when a levee or dam breaks, there may be little time to prepare. This is why taking steps ahead of time, before disaster strikes, is so vitally important.

Before The Flood Strikes

It is important to take certain steps well before any type of emergency, while you still have a clear head and have the time to be thorough.

In some areas, the chances for flooding can be greater at certain times of the year, so knowing when the flood season is should be your first step in disaster preparation.

Here are other important steps to take ahead of a flood:

  • Know Your Risk – do some research to determine exactly what your risk is for flooding.

    Even if your home isn’t located in a high-risk area, you should still be prepared. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), 25% of all flood claims each year come from homes that aren’t in high-risk areas. 

  • Stay Informed – Getting up to the minute weather reports and emergency warnings can mean the difference between life and death. Local news and community emergency notification systems can give you vital information.

    You should also have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio that works with a hand crank or have extra batteries for it in case of a power outage.

  • Know Evacuation Routes – evacuating the area is generally the best way to stay safe when a flood hits. You should have a clear inland route that stays away from bridges or bodies of water and all members of your family should be aware of it.

    If you can, you should drive that route during good weather to become more familiar with it.

  • Plan For Relocation – it may be necessary to remain away from home for some time until floodwaters recede, so you’ll need a safe place to go for temporary shelter.

    Either make plans to stay with family and friends outside of the area or learn where your local American Red Cross shelters are so you can get to safety quickly. 

  • Have A Communication Plan – You may be separated from your family members when an evacuation order is issued, so you should know beforehand how to communicate with each other in this case.

    When emergencies strike phone lines can quickly become jammed so texting is usually a quicker and more secure way to communicate.

    Keep important phone numbers written down in your wallet as well as on your phone so you’ll be able to communicate in any eventuality.

  • Know Your First Aid Skills – It may be necessary to provide emergency first aid if first responders can’t get to you right away, so you should get training to administer First Aid and CPR.

    Have a well-equipped first aid kit handy so you’ll have any emergency supplies you might need. The Community Response Team (CERT) Program provides training in basic response skills such as fire safety and light search and rescue. 

  • Make An Emergency Kit – You should put together a “Go Bag” with important supplies that you can grab quickly as you evacuate.

    When compiling your bag, remember the “5 P’s”:

    • People – you, your loved ones, and when possible, your pets should come first.
    • Prescriptions – make sure you have all of your medications as well as dosage information, any other necessary medical equipment, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
    • Papers – keep hard copies and electronic copies on hard drives or thumb drives of all important documents.
    • Personal needs – be sure to include clothes, toiletries, food, water, first aid kit, phones and chargers, batteries, and any items needed for individuals with special needs, the elderly or infants.
    • Priceless items – include pictures, irreplaceable mementos, and any other valuables.

  • Don’t Forget Important Documents – You’ll want to have all of the necessary documents to begin making an insurance claim, including your insurance policy, a complete list of your home’s contents and rental or mortgage agreements.

  • Prepare Your Home – you can help mitigate damage by elevating the heating system and electrical panel, installing “check valves” in sewer lines, waterproofing your basement and installing a sump pump, keeping gutters and drainpipes clear, and stockpiling emergency equipment such as sandbags, plywood and plastic sheeting.

  • Have A Family Plan – it’s important that every member of your family is aware of the proper flood preparation steps and what to do in an emergency so be sure to discuss it with everyone ahead of time.

    Talking through your disaster preparation ahead of time can help to make everyone safer.

During The Flood

Most flood-related injuries and deaths stem from people becoming trapped. When flooding occurs you should pay careful attention to any evacuation orders and follow them carefully.

Don’t assume that you can handle the situation on your own; even a small amount of water can have deadly results so keep yourself and your family safe by following these steps:

  • Evacuate– this is THE most important step to take. Just six inches of moving water is enough to knock you off your feet and a foot of water can sweep a vehicle away, so you should never risk trying to cross floodwaters. As soon as an evacuation order is issued, follow the route you’ve prepared and get to safety.

  • Prepare Your House – if the flood is slow-moving and you have time to take emergency precautions, move any valuables you can’t take with you to higher ground; turn off the gas, water, and electricity if you can do so safely; put sandbags around your property to help stem the flow of water.

  • Avoid Flood Water – if you see flood water, do not attempt to cross it. Even if it seems shallow, the ground underneath the water could be compromised which might present a greater danger.

    Floodwaters can also contain other hazards such as rocks, mud, oil, debris and even venomous snakes.

  • Know What To Do If You’re Trapped – if you become trapped by quickly rising water, call 911 and move to the highest level of the building you are in, avoiding closed attics as you could become trapped and only moving to the roof as a last resort.

    If you’re in a vehicle and can turn around safely, do so, otherwise climb up onto the roof. If you’re outdoors, move to higher ground.

After The Flood

It can take several days for floodwaters to recede completely so don’t assume that you can get back into your home safely right away.

Even as the water recedes it can still contain hazards so you need to exercise caution. Here are the steps to take after a flood:

  • Wait For The All Clear – do not attempt to return to your home until the authorities have declared it safe to do so. When you do return, don’t drive through floodwaters and be on the lookout for debris. Also, stay away from downed power lines.

  • Enter Cautiously – even when you have been allowed to return to your home, you should proceed with caution as you don’t know what kind of damage has been done or what kind of dangerous debris the flood may have left behind.

  • Don’t Wade In Floodwater – even as floodwater recedes, it can still be dangerous so you should avoid wading through it. Floodwater can be contaminated with gas, oil or even raw sewage so it should be treated as a hazard.

  • Take Personal Safety Precautions – be particularly careful to protect yourself from health hazards such as mold, asbestos, electrical shock, and lead paint.

    Wear protective clothing when beginning the cleanup process, including respiratory masks and goggles.

  • Don’t Touch Electric or Gas Sources– turn off the electricity in your house and call a licensed electrician to make any repairs or turn the power back on. Contact your utility company to turn the gas main back on.

  • Remember Fire Safety – use flashlights in homes without power rather than any source of light with an open flame, like torches, lanterns or matches, as these can be a fire hazard.

  • Only Use Generators Outside – Remember that carbon monoxide discharge from generators can kill, so only use generators outside and away from windows.

  • Service Damaged Septic Systems – damaged sewer or septic systems can be a serious health hazard so get any damage repaired as quickly as possible.

  • Don’t Eat or Drink – have wells checked for contamination and check with local authorities to find out when it’s safe to use tap water. Also, throw out any food that did not stay at a proper temperature or was exposed to floodwaters and don’t eat from flooded gardens.

  • Clean Carefully – Clean and disinfect anything that got wet, using proper protective measures including gloves, goggles, and masks. In order to assure proper clean up follow five basic steps: air out, move out, tear out, clean out and dry out.  For any cleanup that is beyond your capabilities, call a disaster relief company.

  • Check the Structure – use a moisture meter to ensure that all wood studs and framing are sound; remove any damaged drywall or paneling. Make sure everything is thoroughly dry before replacing drywall to avoid mold growth.

  • Take Photos – your insurance company will require photographic evidence of the damage so make sure you get plenty of photos of everything before you start repairing.

  • Mitigate Damage Not Covered By Insurance – take any necessary steps to mitigate damage that your insurance policy won’t cover, such as putting a tarp on a damaged roof or boarding up windows.

  • Stay In Communication – in the immediate aftermath of a flood, stay up to date with local information sources to get any alerts or information. Remember to use texts or social media to communicate with family members as phone lines can become overwhelmed.

  • Look Out for Loved Ones – the stress of dealing with this kind of emergency can take a toll on you and your loved ones. Be aware of any signs that you or your loved ones are becoming depressed or anxious and if you need it, seek professional help.

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SERVPRO Repairs Water Damage “Like it never even happened,” in Ft. Lauderdale

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

A woman is holding up a bucket to a leaking ceiling and is on the phone calling SERVPRO. We’re here 24 hours a day to restore water damage in Wilton Manors.

If a water leak causes a flood inside your home do you know what to do? Water damage can occur at any time. A broken pipe, a broken valve or even a broken dishwasher can cause major damage in a short period of time. Sometimes it is not even apparent where the water leak is coming from. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants the residents of Wilton Manors to know that we are ready to help in the event of water damage to your home or business. With specialized training in water restoration and using state-of-the-art equipment, we will arrive quickly, pinpoint the cause of the damage, and begin the water extraction and mitigation process immediately. We provide the following commercial and residential water cleanup and restoration services:

No matter what your water emergency may be, we are able to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial business and residential property owners to know that we will clean and restore your water damage in Wilton Manors “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 954-733-1066.

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Will Insurance Pay for Flood Damage in Ft Lauderdale?

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Will Insurance Pay for Flood Damage?

Water is one of the main necessities of life and it can be a lifesaver when a fire strikes, but when water suddenly accumulates as the result of a storm or rising tide it can become a powerful foe.

Water damage is one of the most common claims made by homeowners, with 1 in 50 homeowners claiming flood or water damage each year.

It’s no wonder then, that one of the most frequent questions insurance agents get is whether insurance will pay for flood damage. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/american-homeowners-and-their-insurers-face-a-flooding-crisis-from-within-11551960001)

The short answer is that flood damage is generally not covered by most homeowner’s policies.

Of course, there are other ways that water can damage your home and some of them may be covered, which can lead to confusion when making a claim.

In order to more specifically determine what is and isn’t covered it’s first necessary to understand the various types of water damage.

Types of Damage

The three most common types of water damage are sewer or water backup, overflow and discharge, and flooding.

The ability of any of these types of damage to be covered by your insurance may depend on the cause of the damage.

Generally speaking, the damage that results from a sudden or accidental source can be covered and damage that results from long term wear that wasn’t properly addressed likely won’t be covered, but the specifics of your situation may vary.

Sewer or Water Backup

as the name indicates, sewer backup is when water comes up or is pushed into your home via the sewage or drainage pipes. Sewer backups can be the result of a blocked city main, aging sewer system, tree roots that block a pipe or a backup of the drainage system in your home.

Cleanup from this type of backup can be costly and more often than not, sewer backup is not included in a standard homeowner policy.

Overflow and Discharge Damage

This is the type of water damage that occurs when pipes burst or a washing machine overflows. It is the most common type of water damage, but the ability to be covered by insurance depends on the cause.

In order to be covered, the cause has to be sudden and accidental rather than maintenance or wear and tear issues.

Flood Damage

this is the type of damage that occurs when a large amount of water accumulates inside your home in a short amount of time.

Trying to determine whether you have a flood damage claim can be more confusing than you’d think.

There is a distinct difference between general water damage and flood damage and that can make the difference when it comes to your insurance.

The official definition of a flood includes general or partial inundation of two or more acres of land that affects two or more properties that are normally on dry land.

If your home is the only one affected, then you will probably not have a flood claim, no matter how much water you may have.

If the water accumulation in your home was sudden and accidental, however, it could still be covered as a water damage claim.

If other homes have also been affected, then your claim would fall under the definition of a flood.  Unfortunately, this means you will likely not have any coverage as most flooding is not covered by home insurance policies.

In order to get reimbursement in these cases, you would need to have supplemental flood insurance, which can be obtained through the National Flood Insurance Program (https://www.floodsmart.gov/faqs).

Flooding can stem from several causes, ranging from sudden storms to melting from heavy snowfall, all of which can be devastating.

Whether it’s a body of water overflowing its banks or a sudden surge from a dam break, the damage can be heavy and costly.

On average, a residential flood claim can be close to $30,000 and that’s just covering the immediate aftermath and not the potential long term effects such as mold buildup.

Some homes are considered high risk because they are located in flood zones, but even for those homes flood damage will not be covered by a standard homeowner’s policy.

For homes that aren’t considered high risk having flood damage covered is more unlikely

In most cases, if your home is considered high risk and you have a mortgage, you will be required to purchase a separate flood insurance policy.

Premiums for this type of policy are based on a variety of factors including the age of your home, the number of floors, the location of contents and the severity of flood risk.

Gradual vs. Sudden Damage

As stated above, only certain types of water damage will be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Damage is generally divided into two basic categories: gradual and sudden.

Gradual damage is usually not covered as it is considered the result of improper maintenance by the homeowner.

Sudden damage, such as that caused by a burst pipe or a sewer backup, maybe covered provided that it only affects your home.

Unfortunately, most gradual damage is not visible to the naked eye, so you likely won’t realize it’s an issue until a problem occurs. 

Your house could look perfectly sound on the surface, but beneath those walls, ceilings, and floors there could be issues that may worsen over time if they aren’t adequately addressed.

Common causes of gradual damage include leaking faucets or pipes, seepage from the foundation, deterioration of roof tiles, deteriorating electrical wiring and mold or rot.

While this type of water damage usually isn’t covered, there may be some exceptions.

If, for instance, mold results directly from a covered loss then you may also be covered for mold remediation, but this will depend on your particular insurance company as rules can vary from one company to another.

Flood Insurance

In order to cover damage to your home and belongings caused by floods or rising water, you’ll need to have separate flood insurance.

Most insurance companies will offer flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). When you consider that just one inch of water in your home can cause $25,000 or more in damage, you can see why it is so important to have flood coverage.

The NFIP offers two types of flood coverage: Building Property and Personal Property or Contents.

One covers the actual structure and the other helps to cover everything inside your home. The general recommendation is to purchase both types of coverage to insure against all potential damage.

Even with this comprehensive coverage, however, there are still some types of flood-related damage that won’t be covered, including:

  • Damage caused by mildew, mold or moisture that could have been avoided with proper maintenance by the homeowner.
  • Precious metals, currency and valuable papers like bonds and stock certificates.
  • Property and belongings outside of the home, such as trees, swimming pools, and fences.
  • Living expenses for temporary housing.

(https://www.allstate.com/home-insurance/flood-insurance-coverage-options.aspx)

There is little doubt that flood damage can be devastating and the last thing you want to be doing in the immediate aftermath of a flood is worrying about whether you have the funds to help repair your home.

Talking to your insurance agent about what coverage you qualify for and making sure you’re covered ahead of time can take a lot of the burden off of you if disaster should strike.

If you do wind up dealing with water damage caused by flooding, it’s important to remember that you may have options for receiving help. Your insurance agent can be a valuable resource, helping you to determine exactly what kind of coverage you have and what kind of resources are available to you.

When it comes down to dealing with mold and mildew caused by flooding, consulting a mold remediation specialist can also be helpful.

These are professionals who are trained to deal with potentially hazardous mold and who are up to date on all of the latest rules and regulations so they can advise you about what steps to take.

Dealing With Insurance Claims

If you do have insurance, getting the most out of your claim can be a tricky prospect, especially in the immediate aftermath of a flood when you’ll be under a lot of stress. You can help yourself when it comes to filing your claim by keeping a few basic steps in mind:

  • Call A Disaster Relief Company First – While your immediate inclination may be to call the insurance company, you’ll be much better off if you contact a disaster relief company first. Not only do they know what to do to repair the damage, but they also know how to deal with insurance companies and can be an important advocate, helping to properly document damage and negotiate with your insurance company.
  • Move Quickly To Begin The Restoration Process – Because insurance companies will want complete, detailed proof of damage, the sooner you start the process, the better off you’ll be. Plus you’ll want to make immediate repairs, like closing holes in the roof or sealing off broken windows, as quickly as possible to avoid further damage.
  • Gather Evidence – when it comes to making insurance claims, the evidence is key. The better your evidence, the higher the likelihood of a positive outcome on your claim. Your disaster relief company can help you to get the pictures and other evidence you need to place your claim.
  • Stand Up For Yourself– Remember, your insurance company is looking out for their own best interests and will want to pay out as little as possible, so it’s up to you to make sure that you get the most out of your claim. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Again, your disaster relief company can be a good advocate, helping to speak up on your behalf and providing photos and other evidence to prove your claim.
  • Be Patient – While your focus after a flood or other disaster may be returning back to normal as quickly as possible, unfortunately, the insurance industry doesn’t usually work quickly. Claims can take days or even weeks to be completely processed so you need to be patient and wait it out.

Stay One Step Ahead of Disaster

You can help yourself by being prepared ahead of time. Know the disaster relief companies in your area so you’ll know who to call when disaster strikes. 

Review your insurance policy regularly to make sure you know exactly what coverage you’ve got.  Finally, be sure to keep good records of all of your belongings and when they were purchased as this can help to expedite your insurance claim.

Your insurance may not cover flood damage but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

By taking the right steps now you can maintain peace of mind, whether you’re covered by insurance or not.

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We’ll Take Care of Your Property Damage in Pompano Beach

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

The picture shows palm tree fronds swaying in a balmy breeze on a sunny day. Go to the beach and let SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale restore your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North offers business and homeowners in Pompano Beach over forty different commercial and residential cleanup and restoration services? Using advanced technology and techniques our team of highly trained professionals are ready to respond to any emergency or disaster. Our qualified professionals study the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. We also work with your insurance to ensure a stress-free claims process. Some of the many services we provide include:

  • Water damage cleanup and restoration services
  • Mold inspection and remediation services
  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration services
  • Storm and major events damage
  • Commercial services for business of all sizes
  • Biohazard cleanup and restoration services including crime scene cleanup
  • Commercial cleaning services outside the scope of routine janitorial service
  • Odor removal
  • Building services
  • Disaster recovery team
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Caring for your belongings

When emergency damage affects your home or business, we are ready to respond 24 hours a day every week. We work on jobs of all sizes, from high-rise buildings to small office complexes and homes of all sizes. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial business and residential property owners in Pompano Beach to know that we will clean and restore your property and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 954-733-1066.

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25 Mold Damage Myths Exposed

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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25 Mold Damage Myths Exposed Ft Lauderdale FL

Whether from flooding or burst pipes, when water damage occurs one thing is certain…mold will almost certainly follow. I’ve been through it a number of times in different homes that I’ve lived in over the years.

There are many popular myths about mold damage, but don’t let them confuse you. While mold can certainly be a cause for concern, you can keep your home safe by separating the facts from fiction.

Let’s take a look at 25 myths related to mold damage… for more mold facts, go here

Myth 1: Mold Testing is Critical

Though many experts recommend testing for mold, it isn’t necessarily crucial. In fact, testing will let you know the amount and type of mold but none of that information has any effect on treatment options so knowing this information doesn’t really make a difference. https://www.niehs.nih.gov

Myth 2: If It’s Black, It’s Deadly

Despite the panic over “black mold”, color alone doesn’t determine toxicity. There are thousands of types of mold, in a variety of colors, and any of them can be a health hazard provided they produce mycotoxins. Not all black mold produces these toxins, so being black doesn’t automatically make it dangerous.

Myth 3: You Must Clean Mold With Bleach

Surprisingly, it is not always necessary to clean mold with bleach. In most cases, soap and water is perfectly effective at removing mold from hard surfaces and it is also much safer, as fumes from bleach can be harmful to the lungs. It’s only really necessary to use bleach in situations that involve sewage.
https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home

Myth 4: If There’s No Smell, There’s No Mold

This may be the biggest myth of all. Most people assume that since mold has a distinctive smell you can identify a mold issue by simply using your nose. In fact, mold can be present even without that musty smell, so if you suspect a mold issue you should perform a thorough inspection.

Myth 5: Mold-Killing Products Are The Solution

There are a number of products on the market today, from chemical cleaners to paints to air filters, but even these options can’t guarantee a solution. Mold thrives on moisture, so the only way to completely eradicate a mold problem is to eliminate all moisture sources.

Myth 6: Mold Is A New Threat

With all of the recent furor over black mold and its potential health risks, the assumption might be that it’s a new problem…but that’s far from true. Mold is actually one of the earliest life forms and has existed for thousands of years.

Myth 7: Mold Has Many Health Dangers

While there are certain dangers associated with mold, particularly to individuals with respiratory disorders like asthma, when it comes to otherwise healthy individuals the reality is a little more blurred. A 2004 study by the National Institute of Medicine on the effects of mold exposure showed that many of the assumptions about health issues caused by mold have been widely exaggerated. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK215639/#ddd00189

Myth 8: Mold Cannot Be Caused By The Homeowner

Yes, mold exists naturally, it’s all around us every day, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t occasionally give it a helping hand. Mold growth can be caused or worsened by poor ventilation, which creates warm, humid enclosed spaces that are ideal breeding grounds for mold.

Myth 9: Insurance Never Covers Mold

This is not entirely true. While most property insurance policies don’t cover mold or mold remediation, if you are sued because of water damage that includes mold, the liability section of your homeowner’s policy will likely cover the claim.

Myth 10: You Can Handle Mold Infestations Yourself

While it is certainly possible to stay ahead of routine mold issues with regular cleaning, more serious issues require professional mold remediation to be treated properly. The professionals have the experience and equipment necessary to handle mold issues, so it makes sense to let them do the job.

Myth 11: You Should Demolish Walls Until You Can’t Find Any More Mold

While it is important to rid your home of all traces of mold, that doesn’t mean you should start tearing down walls. Not only is that expensive, it can actually make the problem worse by releasing more mold spores into the air. On the contrary, if mold is inside the walls it isn’t likely to be posing a health threat, so better to leave the walls intact.

Myth 12: Mold Cannot Be Managed

A common misconception is that it is not possible to stay one step ahead of mold. While more serious infections will require professional remediation, smaller issues can be handled with simple DIY steps and regular cleaning will keep you ahead of the game where mold is concerned.

Myth 13: Mold Has No Benefits

While some types of mold can be hazardous, not all mold is bad. In fact, some types of mold can even be beneficial, helping to decompose fallen leaves and dead trees, used to make cheese such as Blue Cheese, Brie and Gorgonzola and in the production of antibiotics such as Penicillin.

Myth 14: Ideally A Home Should Have No Mold

Mold spores exist everywhere, inside and out, including the air you breathe, so it isn’t possible to completely eliminate them. Focus instead on preventing mold buildup by ensuring proper ventilation and removing excess moisture.

Myth 15: A Small Amount of Mold Is Nothing To Worry About

On the contrary, even a small amount of mold can be a warning sign. If it is not addressed properly it can easily spread within 24 to 48 hours and become a much bigger and more costly problem. As such it is important to address any mold, no matter how small the amount.

Myth 16: Once Mold Is Removed It Won’t Come Back

No matter how thoroughly mold is removed, if the underlying water issue isn’t addressed, mold can and will grow again. The only way to completely prevent a repeat performance is by thoroughly drying out the infected area.

Myth 17: Mold Only Occurs After A Water Leak

While broken pipes, flooding and other water leaks can certainly result in a mold infestation, it is not the only way for mold to grow. Mold requires a warm, dark and humid environment, which can be the result of poor ventilation rather than a leak.

Myth 18: Mold Only Grows In Wet Or Moist Environments

Though mold needs initial moisture to start growing, it can grow even after its immediate surroundings are dried out because it can pull moisture out of the air. It will completely die out only in the air that has less than 4% relative humidity, which can only be achieved with absorbing or drying agents.

Myth 19: All Cleaning Services Are Equipped to Handle Mold

In order to properly remove mold from any infected areas, a company must comply with the EPA’s “Mold Remediation In Buildings” guidelines. Any service you use should always be staying on top of the industry standards and taking proper safety precautions.

Myth 20: Vinegar Will Not Kill Mold

Actually, white vinegar is a mild acid and can be more effective against mold than bleach, killing up to 82 percent of all mold species. While it can’t treat a serious mold infection, for regular cleaning or spot cleaning in trouble areas, you can remove mold by applying white vinegar and letting it sit for at least an hour before wiping it away.

Myth 21: You Can Solve Your Mold Problem By Painting Over It

Many homeowners assume that if they simply paint over mold the mold will die, but this is far from the truth. In fact, mold can actually eat through paint. To solve your mold problem you have to address the underlying moisture issue before applying a new coat of paint.

Myth 22: Mold That Has Been Killed Can’t Affect Your Health

When mold is treated it isn’t really killed, it simply goes dormant, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still pose a threat. Before becoming completely dormant, it still releases spores into the air and if the underlying ventilation and moisture issues aren’t treated, it can reappear, so it can still affect your health.

Myth 23: Mold Is The Only Problem Associated With Water Damage

Though water damage can obviously lead to mold issues, water can actually cause a wide range of problems including both cosmetic and structural damage, and can also promote bacterial and viral growth. That’s why it is so important to clean up quickly and thoroughly whenever water damage occurs.

Myth 24: Cleaning The Mold You See Solves The Problem

Mold spreads quickly and can penetrate beneath the surface, so simply cleaning the mold you see will not completely address the problem. Mold remediation specialists are trained to get to the source by treating the moisture problem that is feeding the mold.

Myth 25: Only Old Homes Get Mold

While older homes are certainly vulnerable, even brand new construction can harbor mold if there are moisture issues such as high humidity, gaps that can allow leaks and poor drainage. Also, the energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems in newer homes have less air exchange and circulation, which can lead to moisture retention.

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SERVPRO: When life hits hard, we make things easier

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

aerial photo of hurricane Storm damage can be big and small, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is Here To Help.

Life doesn't always go smoothly in Wilton Manors. Hurricanes, residential or commercial fires, and other disaster are just as likely to happen in the areas served by SERVPRO® of Fort Lauderdale North as anywhere else. 

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North serves Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, Tamarac, and several other areas.

When something goes wrong, call us at 954-733-1006, or reach us online. We are available 24/7, regardless of the day. We keep our promise to be Faster to Any Size Disaster.

You can also call us when nothing has gone wrong; we provide free inspections, and cleaning services for both residential and commercial buildings. 

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You can read what our customers say or look at the before/after pictures to learn about the quality of our work and of our customer service. Don't take just our word for it, look up our rating at the Better Business Bureau; we are proud to have earned an A+.  These ratings are not based on customer reviews, but several criteria that the Better Business Bureau applies independently.

SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North has the expertise, the technology, and the drive to provide the best care for your home or business. Whether you need mold remediation or a through cleaning, we will restore the premises “Like it never even happened."®

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We’ll Clean and Restore Your Commercial Property “Like it never even happened.”

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

The business district of Ft. Lauderdale is shown against a clear blue sky. We provide specialty cleaning services to businesses in Lauderdale Lakes.

You never know when you may need specialty cleaning services for your business or home. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial business owners in Lauderdale Lakes to know that no matter what type or size of business, we are available to help you with your specialty cleaning needs. Our staff of highly trained professionals is prepared to tackle any size job for small office buildings, large office and high-rise office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels and motels, retail stores, industrial plants, and government offices and military buildings. Here are some of the many commercial cleanup and restoration services we offer:

When you require specialty cleaning services for your business or home that go beyond the scope of your normal janitorial service, we want to help. From cleaning a dirty restaurant exhaust hood to cleaning a biohazard spill, our staff of trained technicians are available to respond any day, 24 hours a day. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial business and residential property owners in Lauderdale Lakes to know that no matter what your need may be, you will be glad you called us. We will clean and restore your property in Lauderdale Lakes “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 954-733-1066.

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

No matter what your commercial damage may be, we are able to respond 24 hours a day, every day. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial business and residential property owners to know that we can respond to your emergency in Lauderdale Lakes “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 954-733-1066.

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

SERVPRO Supports Local Fort Lauderdale Non-Profit to Support Children

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flyer Showing the Upcoming Duck Fest Derby Date: March 28th Join the SERVPRO Duck Cleaners Help us support Kids in Distress and get the chance to win $10, 000

Fort Lauderdale’s Mold, Water, Fire Damage Experts also support the community

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North isn’t JUST Fort Lauderdale’s best choice for mold cleanup and mold removal services.  Our SERVPRO franchise isn’t just well known for its emergency response to water damage, leaks and floods.  And MOST OF ALL, we aren’t ONLY known as especially equipped for quick response to fire damage and bio hazards.   SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is engaged in our community and supports local non-profits that are doing great work throughout Broward County.  

“Kids in Distress”

One of the organizations we support is Kids in Distress (KID).  “Kids in Distress (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children.”

Air Duct Cleaners or Water Duck Cleaners?

As part of our support for KID, we are proud to announce our participation team, the SERVPRO DUCK CLEANERS at the 2020 Duck Fest Derby presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. There will be a wonderful part of the event in which the audience will cheer on a goal of 40,000 rubber ducks as they float down the New River at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale to see which duck makes it to the finish line first.  And the duck that crosses the finish line first wins a $10,000 prize.  The event will be on March 28th.

Fire, Mold, Water Clean Up Promotion

For every restoration and clean up service we complete between now and the Duck Fest Derby, we will be donating an entry on our customers’ behalf into the competition to support the kids in the community as long as ducks are still available. 

We know you only need us when you need us, but you can still help support our efforts to help KID by joining our team, the SERVPRO Duck Cleaners. The link below will bring you to our team's website where you can sign up and purchase a duck.   And, yes, SERVPRO also can also clean your ducts and air condition system too.  

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JOIN OUR TEAM – CLICK HERE

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SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is here to help.   We are here to help when you need the best choice in emergency water, fire and mold damage cleanup.    We are also here to support local non-profits and charities that are making a difference for kids in our community.   

For more information on the event, visit DuckFestDerby.org and to sign up on the SERVPRO Duck Cleaners team with the link above.

Experience with Rapid Water, Fire Disaster Response

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/

Follow our Social media for exclusive tips on dealing with mold, fires, water damage and more: SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North

Instructional Leak/Flood Youtube Videos Found Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTCuL8UbqJYGvp74l8Vbpg

SERVPRO Can Help You Restore Your Home or Business in Galt Ocean Drive

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

 A row of SERVPRO vans stand ready to respond to an emergency in Ft. Lauderdale. SERVPRO Technicians will respond to your emergency in 24 hours.

Did you know that disaster losses along the coast are likely to escalate in the coming years? According to the Insurance Information Institute, catastrophe losses are likely to double every ten years due to development. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants business and property owners to know that when a disaster strikes, we are on hand 24-hours a day to respond to your emergency. We also can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Here are some of the residential and commercial services we provide:

  • Water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Storm damage
  • Building services
  • Commercial water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Biohazard removal
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Our highly trained technicians are on hand to respond to any of these emergencies and will be with you throughout the cleanup and restoration process. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s elite “Storm Team” that responds when large scale disasters strike such as Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, Florence and Michael.

No matter what your damage may be, we will respond to any disaster or emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North provides emergency cleanup and restoration services to Galt Ocean Drive business owners and residents “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 954-733-1066.

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

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Ft. Lauderdale

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A water leak is shown coming out of a door onto a walkway. Water damage cleanup services in Sea Ranch Lakes.

Did you know that the longer you wait to repair water damage the more expensive the repair becomes? Even waiting one week can increase the cost dramatically. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial and residential property owners in Sea Ranch Lakes to know that our team of highly trained technicians will respond to your emergency quickly for any size water loss and will begin the extraction process quickly to begin the mitigation process. Once the water is removed, equipment will be placed in the damaged area so building materials can dry as quickly as possible. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross until help arrives:

  • From wallboards to rugs, items that are not thoroughly dried can sprout mold and mildew
  • Bring all soft items (such as sofas, clothing, bedding, and throw rugs) outside if possible – sunlight and wind will help them dry faster
  • Throw out items that have absorbed water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
  • Keep the windows open and run fans – or keep them shut and run dehumidifiers – to pull moisture out of wood floors and subfloors, beams, doors, etc.

We are highly trained water damage specialists who will respond to any water damage emergency within 24 hours. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North provides water cleanup and restoration services to Sea Ranch Lakes business owners and residents “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 954-733-1066.

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