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Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Dog and cat on tile floor Bring your pets with you when you have to evacuate your home

Hurricanes and other severe storms can make Wilton Manor unsafe for its residents. If people must evacuate, the pets have to go too.  SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North hopes you can use these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).

Before a Storm Strikes Wilton Manor:

  • Make sure the information on pets' tags is current
  • Rabies tags
  • Consider a microchip for the pet
  • In case you and your pet(s) are separated, have photos of yourself with each pet
  • Know where to find pet-friendly motels and shelters
  • Lists of all medications and conditions
  • Comfortable and secure carrier for each pet
  • For pets that can be leashed: leash or harness for each animal
  • Copies of all prescriptions

Emergency Kits for Pets

  • Proof of vaccinations, veterinary records
  • At least a 3-day supply of food and water for each pet
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Treats and toys, especially favorite ones
  • Familiar blankets or other bedding
  • Something that smells like you (old t-shirts are good)
  • Enough medication for 3 or more days
  • Rx and other medications

If you want more information, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North recommends the Red Cross website.

Storm damage and water damage do not have to ruin your home. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North can remediate damage “Like it never even happened.  We are available 24/7.

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

Link: https://www.fema.gov/helping-pets

Unclog Gutters to Prevent Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Man cleaning out rain gutter on home Keeping Your Gutters Clean in Wilton Manor

Wilton Manor gets plenty of rain. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North has no power to change that, but we're sharing information about the importance of cleaning the gutters of your home or office. 

Clear Gutters Help Prevent Storm Damage and Water Damage in Wilton Manor:

  • Debris such as twigs, leaves, and litter can clog the gutters
  • Clogged gutters cannot channel rain to downspouts, leaving the water to run off the side and pool near the building's foundation
  • Signs of a possible clog: sagging or off-kilter gutter, nesting birds, water near the building's foundation, leaky roof, rotting foundation
  • Clean out the gutters twice a year
  • Be sure to check the seams, downspouts, and bends
  • Broken struts mean the gutter is more likely to collapse, so replace broken or missing support pieces
  • Clogged gutters may worsen storm damage or water damage
  • Check for damaged or missing screens, replace if necessary
  • Find out if any downspouts lead to underground pipes and check those for clogs or debris

If storm damage or water damage hits Wilton Manor, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North. We're available 24/7, and we're Faster to any size disaster. 

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

Links: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/diy-repair/how-to-unclog-gutter/

https://www.fema.gov/

Yacht Water Damage Restoration

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage on Carpet within a Wilton Manors Yacht Water Damage on Carpet within a Wilton Manors Yacht

Yacht Water Damage Restoration

Yacht water damage cleanings are just one of the many services we offer.  Not many consider the need for this type of cleaning service until something happens in their Yacht that would require cleaning.  We’re here to inform you of what to look for and how to prevent it so that you may never need to request our services.    

With the Ft. Lauderdale Boat show underway, it’s important that all yacht owners out there know who the professionals are when reaching out for damage restorations services.  Owners need to know how to take care of yacht water damage.

Potential Yacht Water damage can be noticed by the following:

  • Bubbling of surfaces or in the main structure of a yacht’s interior
  • Odor associated with mildew or mold growth even if you cannot see it
  • Crusted salt build up on the Yacht’s upholstery

If you believe that water damage has occurred within your yacht, make sure to take the necessary next steps to have the problem fixed at its source.  Don’t use appliances or attempt to fix the problem on your own as this may cause more damage in the long run rather than if you let a professional handle it.

Call a professional like those at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North (954) 733-1006. Once you identify and possibly fix the cause of the yacht water intrusion, you can take steps to prevent them in the future.

Water intrusion can include:

  • slow leak
  • hurricane
  • salt spray
  • etc.

A SERVPRO team can get started on cleaning any upholstery, decks, walls, and anything else infiltrated by water.

The sooner you get a team to your yacht, the less salt damage will occur. Salt will corrode important seals, joints, and mechanical components if left unfixed for too long. Ocean water and even brackish water, like that in the inter-coastal, are particularly difficult to remediate due to the salt content and should be left to your SERVPRO team.

The Fort Lauderdale Boat show runs from October 30th to November 3rd.  For more information click this link.

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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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Commercial Fire Prevention in Wilton Manor

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher pointing to a commercial fire on a desk. Prevent commercial fires in your office by being prepared.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a small flame can turn into a major fire within 30 seconds. Fire and smoke can destroy your home within minutes. While SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North can help you recover from fire or smoke damage, we’ll feel better if you never need this help.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North posts these tips in honor of Fire Prevention Month.

Preventing Fire Damage in Wilton Manor:

  • Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as candles stovetops, fireplaces, or heaters
  • Items that can catch fire include food, paper, cloth, & wood
  • Keep employees feet away from all heat sources
  • Be cautious using space heaters
  • Turn off portable heaters & put out flames when leaving the room
  • If your office has a fireplace, have the chimney inspected & cleaned once a year
  • Let ashes cool before removing them to a metal container  
  • Test smoke alarms once a month
  • Pay attention any frayed plugs or cords near your desk space

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North suggests you have at least 1 fire extinguisher accessible, and that you know how to operate it.

Remember: Fire moves  quickly. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside.

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

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

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Remediating Mold in Wilton Manors

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Magnifying glass inspecting a scaled down office building. Mold in your office does not have to a problem. Call SERVPRO to find out what you can do about it.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North understands that even a tiny bit of moisture can lead to mold growing in drywall.  You may not be able to see the mold growing, but it can cause all kinds of problems, and the sooner you get rid of it, the less damage it can cause. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that only licensed professionals can clean any surface that has more than 10 square feet of mold. The EPA is not able to monitor how business owners resolve these problems, but they do encourage inspection of the affected area. If you are considering selling or renting out business space, you will need an inspection. Mold can be destructive to your property, and some kinds can even create health issues.

If you are looking for mold company in Wilton Manor’s or the greater Fort Lauderdale area, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is licensed in mold remediation. While SERVPRO can address the damage from mold, you will need an actual mold inspector to investigate what kind of mold or fungus you are dealing with.

Mold remediation means getting rid of the spores that become mold as well as fixing the root cause of the dampness. 

Mold: 

  • can start growing on a damp surface within 24 hours
  • can destroy the materials they grow on
  • can spread and destroy adjacent materials 
  • grows from tiny spores that travel through the air

SERVPRO can: 

  • remove drywall 
  • disinfect certain surfaces
  • find the source of moisture
  • stop the moisture problem

If you suspect a mold problem, do not wait, give SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North a call today.

Links:

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

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/index.html

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King Tides Bring Flood to Fort Lauderdale and the Isles

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Streets Flooded after a King Tide What do you do after a King Tide Flooding?

King Tide Floods

King tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year at a coastal location for example in the Rio Vista Isles and even the Las Olas Isles.   They occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon and sun combine with seasonal variations to produce the greatest tidal effect of the year. During king tides, Ft. Lauderdale is vulnerable to flooding in low-lying areas due to its seven miles of beaches, over 200 miles of canal coastline, its flat topography and its shallow, porous aquifer.

King Tides are on the Way

Upcoming dates for king tides in Broward County are November 24 – 28, 2019.

What to do?

There are a number of things you can do to be better prepared for the flooding that may occur during a king tide:

  1. Relocate electrical panel boxes, A/C units, water heaters and other appliances to elevated locations.
  2. Remove garbage bins from the street.
  3. Report or fix any drainage problems around your property.
  4. Install check vales to prevent floodwater from backing up into drains.
  5. Consider constructing a flood wall to stop flood water from entering your property.

When King Tides occur, remember the following:

  1. Avoid walking through flood waters as it is a health hazard and can be dangerous.
  2. Rise off all your landscaping if is touched or covered by flood water.
  3. Be sure to follow any road closure or detour signs to avoid driving through flooded streets.
  4. If you must drive through floodwater during a king tide, take it afterward to a car wash equipped with an undercarriage sprayer to remove saltwater from your vehicle.

The City of Fort Lauderdale will respond to flood inquires 24/7 if you call its 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.   And should flood water enter your home, SERVPRO will provide local emergency response 24/7 when you call 954-733-1006.

Additional Resources

Additional information about king tides can be found on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website here: http://ow.ly/bN2d50wT0vK

Brizaga, Inc

Brizaga, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale company that specializes in helping property owners and governments prepare for rising sea levels also has a number of resources on their website (www.brizaga.com) including a link to FEMA’s interactive flood zone map as well as information regarding  what to consider when constructing a flood wall.

Broward County is looking for citizen scientists to help document local tidal flooding.   Clicke here learn more.

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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Roof Tarps can Help Prevent Water Damage in Wilton Manors

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Tarp covering damage on the roof of a house. Protecting a damaged roof in Wilton Manors during rainfall can prevent further damage.

If you live in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, you know that we might experience almost any kind of weather at any time of the year. With this in mind, there is a chance you could be forced to deal with water damage to your home or office. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North knows that this can happen without much warning. Something as simple as a small roof leak can lead to massive water damage. Sometimes this is compounded by heavy rainfall and flooding.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is ready to help if you need us, but we also want you to be prepared. If you notice a small roof leak, it is worth it to contact a local roofer to track down the problem. However, in the meantime, if you need some help to tarp your roof to prepare for oncoming storms, give us a call. We can keep that small leak from becoming a big one. Tarps are not good long-term solutions, but they can save you thousands of dollars during storming weather.

After the weather has cleared, we can return to repair both the roof and any damage you experienced from excess water.

Don’t let storms in Wilton Manors get you down. 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is “ready for whatever happens.”

Hurricane Preparation and Boarding Your Windows in Wilton Manors

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

House with boarded up windows Boarding your windows can prevent further interior damage

If you are familiar with hurricanes, you know this kind of stormy weather includes heavy winds, a lot of water, and the potential to be extremely dangerous. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North wants to remind you that there are many ways to prepare for a hurricane, including finding a secondary shelter for safety, making sure you have plenty of bottled water and non-perishable foods, extra clothing and hygiene products, etc. If you have time before facing a hurricane it is important to try and board up your windows and all other glass areas throughout your house.

Heavy winds can send objects flying, which can result in your windows, skylights, and sliding glass doors to be blown out – if this happens, plan on dealing with broken glass spread throughout your home as well as the water that gets in as a result of the storm damage.

When preparing, make sure you measure out the correct amount of wood you will need to cover all glass areas. One tip (if time permits) is to paint the wood with an exterior primer and paint to prevent moisture damage. Secure the wood with galvanized screws and make sure your safety plan is in place. Hurricanes frequent Fort Lauderdale, and SERVPRO wants you to stay as safe as possible. In the event that a hurricane does create some disaster, know that you can count on our services, especially if you have storm damage inside your home.

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