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Mold Cleanup and Prevention Tips for Ft. Lauderdale

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A man in a mold remediation suit cleaning a wall stained with mold spots. Mold can be controlled in Oakland Park.

Did you know that varieties of molds are always present in the air? SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants commercial and residential property owners in Oakland Park to know that damp indoor conditions can become a breeding ground for various types of molds. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, buildings should be inspected for evidence of water damage and visible mold as part of routine building maintenance. Here are some tips to follow to control mold growth:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—between 30% and 50%–all day long.
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months
  • Fix any leaks in roofs, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow
  • Be sure the building has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside

Once mold starts to grow in carpet, insulation, ceiling tiles, drywall, or wallboard, the only way to deal with the problem is by removal and replacement. This is why SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North  provides mold remediation and mitigation services to Oakland Park 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.

Ease your Burden when Disaster Happens in Ft. Lauderdale North

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

graphic with four icon homes SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is able to help you restore your property after fire or flood damage.

When disaster strikes…

For many, your home in Ft. Lauderdale North represents a lifetime of hard work and a place where roots are important. It is where family gathers, and where your most endearing and important memories are made. When a disaster strikes; whether it be fire, storm, mold, or other water damage/flooding, it will likely be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. When these things happen and stress is high call us. Our professionalism and rapid response time, as well as our nonintrusive clean up and exit should do much to ease the burden you are bearing. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North really does want to help you carry the load.

…we’ll be there to ease your burden.

Sharing a load to SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North means our work makes your situation more bearable. Twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week we are on call with equipment that is up-to-date, and people who are professional and efficient. Our goal is to keep you moving forward with as little worry as possible in Ft. Lauderdale North. Please contact us online or at(954) 733-1006.

Sharing the SERVPRO History in Ft. Lauderdale North

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon man with magnifying glass Why use SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North? Because we are ready to help you 24/7, 365.


Ted Isaacson opened the first SERVPRO® in 1967 in Sacramento, California selling his first Franchise in 1969.  In 1988 the SERVPRO headquarters moved to Gallatin, Tennessee. SERVPRO now has 1700+ Franchises in the United States and Canada. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North specializes in cleanup and restoration services in Ft. Lauderdale North. We can make your fire, smoke, water, or mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

What does SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North do?

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North provides:

  • residential & commercial cleanup of:
    • water/ flood damage
    • fire damage
    • storm damage
  • mold remediation
  • restoration

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North performs these specialties, including:

  • Water Restoration
  • Fire Restoration
  • Mold Removal
  • Biohazard
  • Sewage
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Carpet and Upholstery

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North works directly with most insurance companies, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in (City or County).

Why SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North? Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company.  We have advanced expertise in water restoration along with specialized equipment in water removal and also advanced drying equipment.  

Technicians at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will keep you informed as they restore your damage so you will know what SERVPRO did, and how the process worked.  

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

Who Should I Use for Restoration Purposes in Ft. Lauderdale North

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Who should I use?

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure in Ft. Lauderdale North is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help.  SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North are business owners, homeowners and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

How to Choose the Best Mold Mitigation Company

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

man in protective suit holding mold infested piece of dry wall Mold is awful, make sure you choose the best mold remediation company

The reality is simple: wherever water damage occurs, mold is likely to follow.

And while mold may not initially seem like a big deal, it can have disastrous consequences for your home or commercial space if you don’t immediately apply mold mitigation. 

Mold can spread in as little as 48 hours and cause significant damage to your health and the structural integrity of your property. The longer you wait to act, the worse this spread can become and the greater the risks you will face. 

If you think there is even the possibility of a mold infestation in your space, the sooner you handle it, the better. 

Why You Need Professional Mold Mitigation or Remediation

Whether you’ve experienced a leaky pipe, a flood, or are cleaning up after a hurricane, you will want to move fast and you will want to hire a professional mold remediation company.

Mold can be tricky and just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you don’t have it and it doesn’t mean that it isn’t spreading.

Mold can not only cause structural damage to your property but it can cause or aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma.  

If you attempt to remove the mold yourself, you run the risk of doing an incomplete job or spreading mold spores throughout your home or commercial property.

Mold spores can attach themselves to dust particles, your clothing, or even your pet making their spread easy (and dangerous!) if you do not understand proper mold mitigation techniques. 

Proper mold mitigation will require time and expert knowledge to ensure your safety and that of the property. 

Mold mitigation means doing more than just removing the mold you can easily see.

It means using specialized equipment, HEPA filters, and air scrubbers to prevent airborne spread as well as the removal of carpets and/or drywall and any other porous material that may have come in contact with the mold or experienced water damage. 

A professional mold mitigation company will conduct an assessment of your property and determine exactly what steps are necessary to restore your property, contain mold growth, and remove any odors that are left behind. 

How to Choose the Best Mold Mitigation Company

Because mold can cause health effects, it is critical to choose the best mold mitigation company available.

While you may think they are all the same, this is far from being the case. 

You do not want to have to make repeated attempts at mold mitigation and you do not want to be living with a hidden danger that you thought was already addressed. 

To find the best mold mitigation company, look for: 

Speedy Service

You will want a mold mitigation company that responds to your property within 24-48 hours. The best mold mitigation professionals understand that time is of the essence and will be there quickly to conduct an assessment and get the ball rolling. 

A locally owned and operated mold mitigation company that offers 24/7 service is a great place to start!

Proper Training and Certification

Do not trust a mold mitigation company that does not carry the proper certifications. Mold is a serious problem and any mitigation company you hire should be properly trained and certified. 

Look for a mold mitigation company that is:

  • Certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Any company you hire should be certified in Applied Microbial Remediation by the IICRC. 
  • Certified by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).
  • Certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Sometimes proper mold mitigation will require duct cleaning which will make this certification necessary. 

Specialized Equipment

Mold mitigation requires specialized equipment. The best mold mitigation company should have things like:

  • negative air machines (NAMs) fitted with HEPA-filters
  • Air scrubbers
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Hydroxyl and ozone generators for air quality and odors
  • Media blasting and sanding equipment

This equipment will not only mitigate the mold you have, but it will also keep it from spreading to other locations on your property. 

It may also be a good idea to ask a potential mold mitigation company how they handle their equipment. 

Mold can be tracked from one job site to another so look for a mold mitigation company that properly wraps its equipment and then properly disposes of those wrappings before moving between locations. 

Care for your Belongings

Mold can impact more than just your property. The best mold remediation company will be able to help clean and restore many of your personal items and belongings

This means helping to clean furniture, curtains, clothing, electronics, and keepsake items like photographs. 

If you have massive water damage or a major mold infestation, it is likely that you will need very in-depth remediation. In most cases, this will mean moving items out of the impacted area. 

Look for a mold mitigation company that will help remove items from your home or business to prevent further damage and facilitate a quicker restoration. 

If you need to make an insurance claim, choose a company that provides Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This service can provide a complete list of your belongings and a detailed room by room inventory making it quicker and easier to file and provide evidence for a claim.

The experts at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North understand the mold-friendly damp and humid conditions in Flordia as well as the steps involved in proper mold remediation and are on hand and available 24/7 to start the mitigation process. 

From Ft. Lauderdale Beach to Rio Vista and all points in between, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is your best choice for mold mitigation, remediation, restoration, and recovery.

Locally owned and operated, you’ll receive speedy, friendly, safe, and professional mold mitigation services from the initial assessment to the final walk-through.

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Tips for Escaping a Structure in the Event of a Fire in Ft. Lauderdale

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

Note pad on kitchen table with the words "Escape Plan" written in ink. An escape plan is critical for successfully exiting a burning home.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North knows a small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes.  Sometimes, a portable fire extinguisher is not enough to save your Fort Lauderdale North home or business and the only thing you can do is escape. 

Lives are more important than objects, so get yourself and others out of danger.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North Offers these Tips for Escape: 

  • Make an escape plan ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows the plan
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open easily
  • Plan at least two different ways of escaping every room
  • When you leave, close the doors and windows to shut in the flames
  • Practice the plan
  • Do not stop to pick up valuables. You can replace objects
  • Make sure your plan includes a place to meet that is a safe distance from the home
  • Do not turn off smoke alarms when you cook.  You may need the warning
  • If you have to go through smoke, crawl under it

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.

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


Safety Tips when using Candles in Ft. Lauderdale North

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

lit candles on kitchen countertop The threat of fire damage increases during the Holidays. Be careful.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. SERVPRO® of Ft. Lauderdale North wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. It is important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your Ft. Lauderdale home. 

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Do not let children near candles
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom. 
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle in your Ft. Lauderdale home, your friends at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North are just a phone call away. 

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


Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Ft. Lauderdale North

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Women cooking at stove on fire Cooking fires cause damage in Ft. Lauderdale North.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Ft. Lauderdale home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including: dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stove top
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your City or County home.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Franchise is independently owned and operated. 


Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Plantation Florida 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.


Unclog Gutters to Prevent Davie Florida 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.