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Unusual Problems That Hurricanes Can Cause For Your Property

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Unusual Problems That Hurricanes Can Cause For Your Property

Life is good in Ft. Lauderdale with its sunny beaches and beautiful homes but it can also hold hidden hurricane dangers for homeowners.  Located on the southern coast of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale is a traditional spring break location and a draw for snowbirds eager to soak up the year round warm weather. Unfortunately, its coastal location also puts it in the danger zone for hurricanes and tropical storms.

With high winds and heavy rains, hurricanes are among the most devastating natural disasters. Because they tend to hit the Florida coast regularly, it pays for residents here to be prepared for the potential damage hurricanes may cause.  Most homeowner’s policies cover hurricane related damage, but it may be necessary to carry extra coverage for flooding.

When most people think of hurricane damage, they probably picture ripped up roofs and waterlogged basements.  While those are certainly common results of severe storms there are other hidden hurricane dangers that you may not necessarily have considered. But it is important to be prepared for any potential issues to keep your property protected.

Here are some hurricane related hazards that could threaten your Ft. Lauderdale home:

  • Storm Surge – Because hurricanes originate over the water and move inland the strong winds they contain can push water toward the shore. This is called storm surge and is one of the most prominent hurricane related hazards, especially when it coincides with regular high tides. When excess water moves toward shore it has nowhere to go but inland and that can cause severe flooding and may even be powerful enough to wash away parts of buildings or even entire homes.
  • Flash Flooding – Hurricanes can also cause inland flooding and if rainfall or storm surge amounts are large enough that can lead to flash flooding. As waters rise, they can wash away buildings, trees and other debris and possibly direct debris into your property. Rising waters can also cause severe erosion, which can undermine your foundation.
  • High Winds – Another severe hazard related to hurricanes are high winds. Hurricanes are classified by their wind speed and winds can reach well over 100 mph. In some cases, hurricanes can also trigger tornadoes, one of the more destructive hidden hurricane dangers a home owner can face.  Strong winds can damage roofs and even remove them entirely and they can turn common objects into dangerous projectiles that can cause property damage on impact. These high winds can even damage surrounding landscape, which can in turn lead to problems for your property.

When hurricane damage occurs it can seem devastating, but you are not alone. There are resources you can turn to in order to get your home back to normal, starting with the professionals at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North.  We have the training, expertise and equipment to handle any problem, big or small, and as part of the Ft. Lauderdale community ourselves we understand what it’s like to rebuild after a hurricane strikes.

We’re ready to respond immediately, 24 hours a day and we’ll even help you deal with your insurance company so that you can get back to living the good life. So if you suddenly find yourself dealing with hidden hurricane dangers, be sure to call SERVPRO and let the professionals take good care of your home.

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Certifications: AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician, CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician, ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program, FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician, UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician, OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program, HST -Health and safety Technician, OCT - Odor Control Technician, RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation, WRT -Water Damage Restoration Technician, IICRC -Certified Firm

Awards: Better Business Bureau - A RatedGreater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award Recipient

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What Type of Clean Up Should You Expect After A Hurricane In Ft. Lauderdale?

Best Commercial Restoration Company in Plantation

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

BOMA International's Engineer's Breakfast SERVPRO supports local commercial business through water, fire, mold or storm disasters.

Best Commercial Restoration Company in Plantation

With its central location and quality lifestyle, Plantation is considered the ideal location for businesses, which is why the area has become home to more than 5,000 commercial establishments.

Everything from Fortune 500 companies like Motorola Solutions to small, independently owned businesses calls this area home and all of those businesses rely on the best commercial restoration company in Plantation, SERVPRO, for all of their restoration needs.

While the sunshine and sandy beaches of South Florida are a major draw for both residents and tourists, the weather can also bring its share of issues, particularly during the storm season. As members of the Plantation community ourselves, SERVPRO understands the particular concerns of commercial properties in this area and that’s why we offer full restoration services to help get your business operational again as quickly as possible after disaster strikes.

Commercial Restoration With Your Needs In Mind

For a commercial property, dealing with fire, water or mold damage can be very costly. SERVPRO understands the unique needs of your business and is prepared to provide quality restoration designed specifically for commercial properties so that you can rest easy knowing your business in the best possible hands.

Since commercial properties are often much bigger than homes, performing restoration services for a commercial property generally requires a more comprehensive approach. At SERVPRO we use top of the line industrial grade equipment that is designed specifically to cover larger areas. We’ll also be sure to use a larger crew equipped with all of the necessary cleaning supplies to tackle any job, no matter how large in scale.

More complex commercial restoration jobs may also require more expertise in order to get the job done properly. Our technicians are trained in all of the latest procedures so that they are prepared to handle each job, whether residential or commercial. We understand how important your business is to you and we’ll handle it with the same care we’d want for our own property.

We also understand that for any business, large or small, time is of the essence so we’ll move as quickly as possible to get your business back up and running.  We can even provide you with an Emergency Ready Profile, an online tool you can use to provide critical information in the event of an emergency so you’ll never be caught unprepared.

Your Business Matters To Us

Your business is valuable, which is why you can’t afford to trust it to just any restoration company. As part of the Plantation community, SERVPRO has a vested interest in ensuring that every business has the best possible chance to succeed. Your business matters to us, which is why we have specific training that allows us to address fire, water and mold damage in any type of commercial property.

We’ve handled everything from small or large office buildings to restaurants, shops and hotels, residential high-rises and even government and military properties and we do it all with the care and expertise you’d expect from the best.

With that in mind, SERVPRO employs a thorough, step-by-step process for all of our commercial restoration services to make your property look “Like it never even happened.” The process begins with your initial call for help. We have someone ready to answer all calls immediately, 24 hours a day and we’ll have a technician at your location within four hours of that call to begin a thorough walkthrough and assessment of the damage.

Once we have all of the details, we’ll be able to draw up a complete plan of action to cover all of your specific needs. We’ll also identify any items that we feel cannot be salvaged so that you can make the final decision about how to handle them and have all the information you need to file an insurance claim.

With a crew on site, we’ll begin by boarding up windows and covering roof damage with tarps in order to prevent any further damage and mitigate your expenses.

Next we’ll remove standing water and any other hazardous debris and then utilize our state-of-the-art equipment and professional training to thoroughly dry and clean all affected surfaces. Since we also know that water damage can easily lead to mold infestation, we’ll also perform full mold remediation to ensure that your property is safe for you, your employees and your customers.

Because our end goal is to make your business whole again, our services for commercial properties also include replacing drywall, removing and replacing carpeting and carpet pads and replacing damaged flooring.  We’ll even make recommendations for specialized services that are beyond our scope, such as roof repair, restoration of furniture, electronics and other items, preservation of important business documents and tree removal.

First and foremost, we understand the need to move quickly so that you can get your business operating again and cut your losses. We don’t want your business to be shut down for a moment longer than necessary so we’ll do everything we can to get you on your feet again soon.

The Best Commercial Restoration For The Plantation Community

At SERVPRO community is important to us and that’s why we go the extra mile to ensure that every business in Plantation has restoration services they can count on. We keep up our training and employ the best possible techniques and equipment to provide quality restoration for all commercial properties, from large companies to small businesses.

With Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) certification our technicians have the training to handle water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning and other cleaning and restoration techniques. 

We can specifically address the removal of sewage and biohazards, treat fabrics and upholstery including drapes and carpets, and remove any signs of vandalism on your property and we’ll pay special attention to your HVAC system and air ducts to prevent mold infestation.

Because being clean has taken on a whole new meaning these days, we’ve also instituted the “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program which is designed specifically to provide deep cleaning that prevents the spread of viral pathogens and other hazardous agents. With the “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield affixed to your building, customers, visitors and employees will all be able to enter your property with confidence knowing that it is completely safe.

When disaster strikes your business, don’t settle for second best. Call on the company that many Plantation area businesses have come to count on for all of their restoration needs. With SERVPRO you’ll know that you’re in good hands and that’s a feeling that you can’t get anywhere else.

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Certifications: AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician, CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician, ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program, FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician, UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician, OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program, HST -Health and safety Technician, OCT - Odor Control Technician, RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation, WRT -Water Damage Restoration Technician, IICRC -Certified Firm

Awards: Better Business Bureau - A Rated, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award Recipient

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Safest Fire Restoration in Plantation

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Fighter Putting Out Flames When a fire disaster strikes, after first responders call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North

Safest Fire Restoration in Plantation

Any disaster can take a toll on a home or business but perhaps nothing is more devastating than the effects of a fire. Fires usually strike suddenly and cause a wide range of damage, which can leave you reeling and unsure of where to turn for help. As desperate as you may feel, it’s important to know that you can turn to SERVPRO for the safest fire restoration services in the Plantation area.

As beautiful as Plantation is, it’s hard to think about something as awful as fire striking, but unfortunately it can occur at any time. For the many residents of the area to businesses like Aetna Insurance and other large and small companies that call Plantation home, it’s essential to have a professional restoration company to rely on when a fire occurs so that you know you’re in good hands.

Understanding The Full Scope of Fire Damage

Of course the immediate picture most people have of fire damage is burned and broken belongings, scorched structures and melted plastics caused by the extreme heat of flames. Sadly, in terms of fire damage that only begins to scratch the surface. There is much more to fire damage and all of it has to be taken into consideration when performing safe and thorough restoration services.

Flames bring along the added hazard of smoke and soot, both of which can permeate surfaces and cause health effects. In order to thoroughly restore fire damaged property, a careful and exacting cleaning process is required, using professional quality equipment and specialized training. Professionals will also need to assess each item to determine if it is capable of being restored or will need to be discarded.

Surprisingly, when it comes to fire damage the single most harmful factor is actually water. While water is essential for putting out fires, it can also compound the damage to homes, businesses and belongings from the fire itself and may lead to rotting of support systems as well as mold growth and infestation if it is not addressed quickly and thoroughly.

SERVPRO Addresses All Fire Damage

It’s usually impossible to avoid fire damage, which is why it is so important to make sure that the damage is addressed properly. Because fire can affect every part of a residential or commercial property, right down to the interior support structure, it is essential to move quickly and safely when handling fire damage. The sooner you begin the restoration process, the sooner you can get back on your feet again and the better your chances of reducing your expenses.

SERVPRO understands the need for speed, so we’re ready to respond to your call 24/7. We’ll have a technician on-site to perform a thorough assessment of your damage within four hours of your original call and we’ll have a customized plan of action specific to your property within eight hours when we supply a complete verbal briefing.

We’ll even provide a thorough inventory of all of your damaged surfaces and belongings to help expedite the process of filing your insurance claim. We understand how emotional this time can be for you and we’re prepared to do everything we can to make it easier on you and ultimately help you to get the reimbursement you deserve.

Of course, our goal with any property is to make it “Like it never even happened,” and we’ll always proceed with that in mind. Our technicians will put their training and expertise to use to make sure that the restoration process is handled as safely as possible in the shortest amount of time so that you can put the pain behind you and let the healing begin.

The Professional Approach To Fire Restoration

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming, which is why it is so important to have professionals that you can depend on. At SERVPRO, we understand how difficult this time can be and we have the training and equipment to handle the job efficiently and safely, so you never have to go through the restoration process alone.

Our quick and thorough process begins by responding faster to any disaster. Once we have assessed your damage and drawn up your personalized comprehensive plan of action, we’ll provide you with a detailed explanation of every step that we’ll be taking in the restoration process so that you always understand exactly what’s happening. We’ll then complete pre-testing of all surfaces and items so we can determine exactly what is able to be restored and what must be discarded.

Our restoration process includes the latest techniques and high-tech state-of-the-art equipment that can handle any size job. Our Ultra Low Volume (ULV) and Thermal foggers can remove all hazardous odors from any type of surface while our industrial vacuums with HEPA filters remove all water and help to mitigate mold growth to prevent infestation.

We use industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry all surfaces and employ specialized techniques where necessary to address any salvageable belongings. When the restoration process is finished we’ll perform a complete walkthrough of the property with you to ensure that you are completely satisfied with what we’ve done.

Because filing an insurance claim can be one of the most time consuming and emotionally trying parts of the entire restoration experience, we’ll even help you generate a comprehensive room-by-room inventory to facilitate matters. We know that the most important thing for you is to get your property back to its previous state, so we’ll do everything we can to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.

Don’t Go It Alone

Unfortunately, even a place as beautiful as the Plantation area is not immune to the devastation caused by fire.  SERVPRO is a part of the Plantation community and we understand that devastation all too well, which is why we’re prepared to respond quickly when you need us most. There is no reason why you should have to face the emotional journey through the repair and restoration process alone when there are trained professionals that you can count on.

When fire strikes your home or business, your first response should be to call the professionals at SERVPRO. We’ve got the training and equipment necessary to handle any level of fire damage and we’ll treat every property with the utmost care, just as if it were our own.

At SERVPRO we make it our business to respond faster to any disaster and to handle every fire restoration job with the utmost safety. That’s the professional difference and that’s the experience you’ll get when you call SERVPRO. With our state-of-the-art equipment and certified training you’ll know you’ve got the best in restoration by your side. 

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Tyrone Po

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We understand the challenges that can happen 1st hand (I have experienced them myself) and how we can help you get things back to normal.

Affiliations: We are affiliated with Professional Golfers' Association of America, American Red Cross, Better Business Bureau, BOMA, Community Association Institute, Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Independent Agents of Broward County, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Broward, Plantation Chamber of Commerce, South Florida Claims Association, Wilton Manors Business Association

Certifications: AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician, CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician, ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program, FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician, UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician, OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program, HST -Health and safety Technician, OCT - Odor Control Technician, RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation, WRT -Water Damage Restoration Technician, IICRC -Certified Firm

Awards: Better Business Bureau - A Rated, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award Recipient

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What Type of Clean Up Should You Expect After A Hurricane In Ft. Lauderdale?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Ty Po headshot with quote We will help you in any disaster

Hurricanes can strike without much notice in the Ft. Lauderdale area and that means homeowners have to be ready to deal with the damage that can occur during these severe storms.

High winds, heavy rains and storm surges can all take a heavy toll on your home, leaving you with a cleanup process that may seem overwhelming.

The cleanup after a hurricane can be a devastating time, both emotionally and physically

The wind and rain of hurricanes can result in everything from damaged roofs to water logged basements. 

Trees, branches and common outdoor items like trash cans and patio furniture may become dangerous projectiles, which can damage the outside of your home.

Heavy rain and storm surge can lead to flooding, leaks and mold buildup

Fortunately, you don’t have to face this difficult cleanup process alone.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North have the training, expertise and equipment to handle even the toughest cleanup.

We can:

  • clear fallen branches,
  • repair damaged roofs,
  • remove standing water and
  • provide thorough mold remediation so that you and your family can literally breathe easier

With teams available 24 hours a day, we’re prepared to respond faster to any disaster and we can even help you deal with your insurance company so that you are sure you’re getting the help you need.

So don’t let that hurricane cleanup overwhelm you, just call SERVPRO and let our professionals get your house back to normal again.

Can Smoke and Fire Damage Be Cleaned?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Firemen on ladder over home Can Smoke and Fire Damage Be Cleaned?

Fire can strike at any moment and it can be devastating, whether it hits a home or commercial property.

Facing the aftermath of a fire can be daunting, since the damage left behind may be extensive.

Not only can the flames and smoke themselves leave their mark, the water used by firemen can compound the damage even more

While this type of situation may seem overwhelming, it actually is possible to clean and restore a property that experiences smoke and fire damage provided you go about it correctly.

In cases like these, your best option is to rely on the services of a professional company like SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North.

Our professionals are trained to handle the specific dangers that can come with cleaning up after a fire such as broken glass, weakened support beams, toxic materials or mold infestations.

We take all the necessary safety precautions and have heavy duty, state-of-the-art equipment designed to handle this kind of damage.

We’re also up to date on the fire regulations in Broward County and will ensure that the cleanup of your property is following them at every step of the process. 

With our extensive training in fire damage remediation, we can thoroughly clean and restore any number of surfaces, including walls, floors, fabrics and fibers. 

At SERVPRO, we have a vested interest in helping to rebuild the community because it’s our home too

That’s why we are committed to responding faster to any disaster and prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that your home or property is treated with the utmost respect.

How Do You Remove Soot?

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke from a Chimney Soot problems happen in Sunny Florida, not just up north in the cold and snow :-)

Soot is one of the most dangerous of all hazards that you can face in the aftermath of a fire. Because it can contain any number of toxins, breathing in even the smallest amount of soot can cause serious health effects.

It can build up on all sorts of surfaces and create noxious odors, which can make it a challenge to clean.

Removing soot is a delicate process that requires proper safety precautions, specialized equipment and professional training.

That’s why it’s recommended that you leave this job to the professionals at SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North

The longer soot is allowed to remain on a surface the more dangerous it is, so it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.

It’s also important to ensure that it is cleaned properly so that it doesn’t make the damage any worse.

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At SERVPRO we have specialized equipment, including industrial vacuums with HEPA filters that can remove soot particles from the air and from various surfaces, as well as air scrubbers to trap any soot particles released into the air by vacuuming. 

We can then clean walls, carpets, floors, furniture and other items using the proper products to ensure that the soot is removed without damaging the item or surface itself.

We understand how devastating a fire can be and we’re prepared to respond immediately, 24 hours a day, to help you begin the cleanup process as quickly as possible so that you can put the trauma behind you for good. SERVPRO Ft Lauderdale, we are here for you.

Can Smoke and Fire Damage Be Cleaned?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke background floating in air Smoke from a fire or from cigarettes, we can make it like it never happened

Fire can strike at any moment and it can be devastating, whether it hits a home or commercial property

Facing the aftermath of a fire can be daunting, since the damage left behind may be extensive. Not only can the flames and smoke themselves leave their mark, the water used by firemen can compound the damage even more.

While this type of situation may seem overwhelming, it actually is possible to clean and restore a property that experiences smoke and fire damage provided you go about it correctly.

In cases like these, your best option is to rely on the services of a professional company like SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North.

Our professionals are trained to handle the specific dangers that can come with cleaning up after a fire such as broken glass, weakened support beams, toxic materials or mold infestations.

We take all the necessary safety precautions and have heavy duty, state-of-the-art equipment designed to handle this kind of damage.

We’re also up to date on the fire regulations in Broward County and will ensure that the cleanup of your property is following them at every step of the process. 

With our extensive training in fire damage remediation, we can thoroughly clean and restore any number of surfaces, including walls, floors, fabrics and fibers. 

At SERVPRO, we have a vested interest in helping to rebuild the community because it’s our home too

That’s why we are committed to responding faster to any disaster and prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that your home or property is treated with the utmost respect. Make sure to check our Google reviews here.

What is the difference between residential and commercial cleaning?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Colorful library in kitchen styled school Residential or Commercial... we can help.

When it comes to cleaning in the Fort Lauderdale North area, there are two basic categories that most services cover:

  1. residential and
  2. commercial

Each comes with its own challenges, especially given the extreme weather conditions that often hit in this area, which can cause a lot of damage to homes and businesses alike.

So what is the difference between residential and commercial cleaning? 

Residential cleaning focuses on the kind of issues faced by most homeowners, including roof repair, mold remediation and water damage.

Whether damage is caused by a household emergency like a burst pipe, a hurricane or other storm or just routine wear and tear, a professional cleaning service can help to repair and restore your home.

Commercial cleaning focuses on businesses, both large and small, and other types of properties like schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

In the case of commercial properties, the cleaning process can be more extensive simply because it usually involves a much larger area.

It can also involve specific conditions like the hygienic needs of hospitals and medical facilities or the handling of hazardous materials.

Whether you’re in need of residential or commercial cleaning services, the professionals at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North are ready to provide the help you need.

We have trained technicians ready to respond quickly to any job and state-of-the-art equipment to properly address any issue in your home or business.

With the professionals of SERVPRO every cleaning job gets the treatment it deserves. You can see our Google reviews here.

What Commercial Cleaning Means

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

public area in bank lobby Commercial business of all kinds can count on us :-)

Cleaning a commercial property is entirely different from routine house cleaning or even more extensive home repair and restoration.

At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North we’re trained to provide through commercial cleaning services for properties of every size, from office buildings to restaurants to nursing homes and small businesses.

So what exactly is involved in commercial cleaning?

Our process is comprehensive, covering everything from inspection/assessment to applying the proper treatment methods for any specific issues we identify and even providing thorough remediation to help prevent future problems from occurring.

That can be particularly important if there is any indication of mold in your building, which can be a severe health hazard.

We’ll check areas like the HVAC system and air ducts, look for damage in the ceilings, walls and floors and identify any other mold, water damage or odor issues and use our state-of-the-art equipment to address them.

We can handle biohazards, sewage issues, crime scene cleanup and severe water leaks. We can even help to remove and replace damaged carpets, drapes, blinds and upholstery, all of which can retain nasty odors.

We understand the needs of commercial property owners in the Ft. Lauderdale North area because we’re a local business ourselves and we love the Ft Lauderdale beaches!

That’s why SERVPRO is ready to respond quickly and stick with the project until your property is restored to its previous condition. You can see our Google reviews here.

That way you, your employees and your customers can all get back to business as usual.

Is Your Ft. Lauderdale Property Damaged by Storm Floods or King Tides?

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Storm Floods or King Tides, SERVPRO Always Arrives

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.  But who would have predicted the floods caused by the downpours within the last couple of weeks in the South Florida Area?

While King Tides 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, the aggressive rains we experienced were just bands from nearby Hurricane Eta. Who knew we had to worry about both!?

During king tides, the South Florida area 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.  Its important to understand how your area is affected by flash flooding and King Tides as both can work together in a destructive combination.

Heavy Rains and Flooding in your Area

Upcoming dates for king tides in Broward County were expected to have been between November 14th to November 17th. While these are dates that it is more likely to occur, there are a variety of factors, especially in “Sunny South Florida” that can make matters worse on different days.  Before your situation goes “flooded-Ft. Lauderdale-South” its important you both prepare and know how to handle the situation before it takes you out of your comfort zone.

What can be done?

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

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

When Flooding or King Tides occur:

  1. Be sure to follow any road closure or detour signs to avoid driving through flooded streets.
  2. Avoid walking through flood waters as it is a health hazard and can be dangerous.
  3. 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.
  4. Rise off all your landscaping if is touched or covered by flood water.

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

Local 10 News Covers the Story

Don’t just take our words for it. Local 10 News recently covered a story about the heavy rains and flooding within the past couple of weeks.  Information from what type of insurance you should include to how quickly the onset of mold and bacterial growth can occur after a flood is covered in their segment.  The Florida is especially affected by water damage and water losses that cause further property damage including damage to vehicles even.  Many of these occurrences have to handled in a particular manner as to avoid further damage and mold buildup. Click the link below to read the article featuring our very own Typo SERVPRO to giving the facts about water damage:

Flooded home? Call your insurance agent and a restoration company fast.

Water Damage Remediation Support

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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