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Office Water Damage in Ft. Lauderdale

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Office Water Damage Tips

Whether it be in Ft. Lauderdale or Weston or even Hollywood, office water damage affects many lives as well as many pockets.  South Florida has many businesses that can be affected by office water damage.  Mold is  also a potential follow up to the moisture caused by any water office water damage situation.  Retail stores, banks, schools, movie theaters can be be damaged in ways that can also affect the health of visitors.

Standard preventative measures to get things back to normal

You have to reduce the instances of damage as well as the amount of time it takes to remediate the damage when it does occur.

Education is the most important aspect because nothing gets done if nobody knows what to do.  You may find the situation getting worse if it is attended to in the wrong manner.  The basics of turning off the water supply within the building is important for everyone to know since the damage can continue if the source is still active.

If someone doesn't have the means to access or stop it, they should definitely know who to call. Having the right tools can be very important when these emergencies occur. In the case someone gets hurt, emergency contacts should be easily accessed or already distributed among the leaders.

Aftermath

Swift reactions are needed in a office water damage situation.  There is always a potential of damaging expensive items or equipment, or the potential of damaging critical aspects of the business that could lead to money loss later.

First someone specializing in fixing water lines or structural damage that  caused the spill of water in the first place should be contacted.

Immediately after, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North to support in assessing and remedying the office water damage.  We specialize in handling insurance as well, so you may find us useful when working with your insurance company.

At SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North we are the leaders of office water damage restoration.

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 us a call at (954) 733-1006 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROftlauderdalenorth.com/

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Commercial Disaster: Fire in Weston and Sawgrass

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Restoration is Serious Business

Bringing things back to normal after any commercial disaster is always a difficult task, especially a fire.  Even smaller fires cause large damage that can leave any home or business filled with lung clogging soot.  The smell itself will leave a permanent reminder of the disaster if not treated properly.  Thus, the importance of reaching out to a professional restoration team like SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North for your commercial disaster. 

Treat You with Care

We have the most experience and specialized training and equipment to handle your commercial disaster the right way.  Not only are we trained for the situation, but we truly take pride in supporting those in need in disasters just like yours. 

Your home or business as well as your family or team will be treated with the utmost respect and care as our goal is not only to help restore your place to the way it was before, but to also support in an effort to make it feel like the commercial disaster never happened in the first place.

SERVPRO Has Your Back

Being a specially certified SERVPRO Franchise, we have the backing and support to provide for you with the most advanced tools, technology and methods.  The most reliable commercial disaster relief and restoration team doesn’t just bring on anyone!  And you shouldn't just bring on anyone either.  Make the right choice and call the experts.

Hopefully you won’t ever need our services, but if the need does arise we're here for you!

Give us a call at (954) 733-1006 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROftlauderdalenorth.com/

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Commercial Buildings & Mold: How to prevent the spread

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Buildings & Mold are not what you want in the same sentence.

Commercial buildings being forced to shutdown due to toxic mold growing isn't something you want your name associated with.  Many times it causes workers to suffer from respiratory problems. As a result, business comes to a halt and the company executives face serious legal action.

It’s important to implement a process that will prevent mold growth in commercial buildings.

Mold counts are higher in humid conditions than dry conditions and some mold is always present, even indoors. Especially not following procedures when using equipment you THINK will help the situation.  Many times these tools can serve as both a laboratory for growing mold and a highway system for transporting mold spores throughout a building.  The good news is that interior mold can be controlled through regular commercial building maintenance and inspections combined with the proper design, installation, and maintenance of commercial HVAC systems.

What commercial building managers are concerned about is interior black mold, which can become an ugly nuisance, and cause serious illness in humans and structural damage to buildings.

Some workers are sensitive to mold in the workplace and have allergic reactions when exposed to mold spores. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions such as coughing, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, and skin rash. Workers who are extremely sensitive to mold or have asthma, are more prone to the building related illnesses mold can cause.

Controlling Indoor MoldMold is typically considered a problem when it is visible, but at that point a commercial building’s air quality has already been compromised. By understanding the conditions that cause mold to thrive and spread, you can prevent mold growth in commercial facilities.

The best way to prevent mold growth is to reduce moisture with a regular building maintenance and inspection process. Here are some strategies for controlling interior mold:

Inspect all areas of the building for moisture, mold, and water damage routinely. Mold is sneaky.Repair any leaks or water damage you discover as soon as possible.Clean HVAC system coils and drip pans regularly. Pans that are plugged and not draining properly cause moisture to accumulate, quickly becoming a breeding ground for mold.Make sure that all HVAC ducts and system components such as air handlers, blowers, and any enclosed chambers are free of any moisture.Perform proper housekeeping in all areas of the building keeping walls and floors dry.Check the location of HVAC air intakes. Air being pulled in from areas near standing water or dumpsters can cause an increase in fungal spores inside the building.If you have a mold problem already, cleaning up the surface will not solve the problem. You need to have someone specifically trained in the principals of commercial mold removal to get it all. Give the pros at SERVPRO a call!

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Choose SERVPRO: Restoration Team - Davie, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North Services Cities in all of South Florida

All the way from up north in Deerfield Beach to South Miami.

Choose SERVPRO the right water cleanup and water restoration company. Though cleanup of a building inundated with water requires special equipment, trained staff and a complete understanding of the process. The company must know it's vital to remove damp rugs, paddings, the baseboards and other finishings to allow 

for proper air movement within the structure. This helps the drying process and helps to improve the air quality within the home or business that has been damaged by water.

No matter where in Florida you live or do business, having water in home or water in business can be a serious problem. One that costs thousands of dollars to fix. Check out our Hurricane Tips!

It's essential to get the insurance company involved as quickly as possible.

In addition to recommending water cleanup and water restoration companies, having them involved from the beginning makes it easier to get the needed work approved and the claim paid. You don't have to use the water mitigation company the insurance company recommends, but the company you choose must be experienced, licensed and insured and have the necessary equipment and expertise.

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2018 Halloween Vandalism and Your Business

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Halloween- a time for dressing up in fun and scary costumes and eating way too much candy than is good for us. Unfortunately, Halloween is also the time of year for pranks and vandalism.

Here are a few tips to protect your business from falling victim to pranks, so that you won't have to call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North for Halloween vandalism cleanup on November 1st,.

1) Lock it down

Make sure all doors, windows, and gates are locked up tightly when you leave for the night. Double check the day of that your alarm system is working and remember to set it before you leave.

2) Light it up

If your business is open late, keep the parking area well-lit so employee and customer cars are less of a target for egging or keying.

After hours, keep the outsides of the building well lit, including parking lots and dumpster areas. Also, be sure your outdoor security cameras are running.

3) Security

If you have a high-risk business, or have been targeted in the past, consider hiring overnight security, or beefing up existing security.

4) Halloween vandalism cleanup

Don't wait! Clean up vandalism as soon as you find it, and call professionals for help with difficult cleanup. Cleaning up quickly will deter vandals targeting your business in the future- they'll know you're not messing around.

5) Double check

Go over this list night-of to be sure you are protecting your business as much as possible this prank season. Halloween doesn't have to be a nightmare for you or your business. And should vandals strike, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will make it "Like it never even happened."

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General Air Duct Tips - SERVPRO 2018

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Is air duct cleaning usually expensive?

Cost of the service varies and depends on multiple factors. Where you live, how dirty your system is, how easy it is for the contractor to access the ducts and what your ducts are made of.

How often should I get my air ducts cleaned?

We recommend air duct cleaning every three to five years. But if you have pets that shed a lot, recent water damage, construction going on in your home, residents with respiratory problems or humid environments, you may want to clean it more often.

How long does it usually take to get my air ducts cleaned?

The amount of time it takes to clean a residential HVAC system can vary depending on the complexity of the system. You will usually be given an estimate of how long it will take. 

Why should I have my air ducts cleaned?

Air duct cleaning helps to reduce energy costs in your home, reduce the potential for mold growth, improve indoor air quality, increase air circulation and flow,  and increase your home system performance.

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Hygienic Houses Sell More Quickly

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

People Notice the Small Things

If you are looking to rent out or sell your house, ensuring its total cleanliness before putting it on the market is pivotal to finding a buyer faster. Old tenants can leave behind stains on walls, ground in dirt on the carpeting, and all other kinds of wear-and-tear in and around your property. Hygienic homes don't only look better, they sell faster, so here are a few steps you can take to get your property in tip-top shape for selling:

1) Air ducts

The first step to making your property smell and feel clean is to get the air ducts cleaned out. Clean ducts (and a fresh filter in the AC unit) can help to eliminate allergens in the air. The buildup of dust and other particles in ducts can also lead to dank or musty odors in your place, so clean before selling, and continue their upkeep regularly, can keep your building safer and more pleasant to be in.

2) Upholstery

If you are looking to rent or sell your house fully-furnished, have all the upholstery cleaned next. Years of use means years of food stains and other messes on your furniture. Make your chairs and sofas like new again with professional cleaning.

3) Floors

Getting your floors cleaned comes with a host of health benefits as well as making your place look good. Clean floors and carpets help people breathe easier, especially if they have known allergies or other conditions such as asthma.

4) General upkeep

Of course, the general upkeep and appearance of your building is to be kept in consideration. If you know you'll be showing someone a house, make sure the common areas like hallways and stairwells have been cleaned recently. First impressions are important!

Remember, for all your commercial cleaning needs give us a call!

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Antimicrobial Duct Cleaning Treatment

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

The air you breathe-- is it important to you? Of course it is! Which is why SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North offer not just your ordinary duct cleaning service, but an Antimicrobial HVAC & Duct Treatment. So what exactly does that mean? Take a look:

Standard Duct Cleaning-

Our team of qualified professionals start the treatment process with a standard duct cleaning. This includes a thorough brushing and vacuuming of your vents to remove dust, cobwebs and other particulates.

In-Place Evaporation Coil Cleaning & Blower Wheel Cleaning-

Once your vents and ducts are cleaned out, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North's team will clean both your property's evaporation coils and blower wheels. This is an important step in your HVAC system's regular maintenance.

Antimicrobial Deodorization-

The final and most important step is the antimicrobial deodorization. This step helps to not only limit microbial growth such as mold in your air vents, but also reduces and helps eliminate odors associated with:

  • smoke and fire damage
  • cigar or cigarette smoke
  • mold and mildew
  • biohazards and decomposition
  • crime scenes/trauma scenes or vandalism

SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North's commercial-grade antimicrobial fog is pushed through your vent system to reduce the presence of bacteria and other microbes. This fog is powerful enough to help eliminate any odor, while still being safe enough to be used around pets and people.

Remember for all your commercial or residential fire, water, cleanup, and restoration needs SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North are always here to help!

Is Vent Cleaning Necessary for YOUR Dryer?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Vent Cleaning Necessary for YOUR Dryer? Commercial dryer vents should be cleaned at least once every three months.

It's a new year, and time to get your dryer vents cleaned out! SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North are ready to serve your New Year's cleaning needs, including commercial dryer vent cleaning. Dryer vent cleaning is a vital chore that is often overlooked by building and home owners, and property managers. Everyone knows to get carpets and HVAC systems cleaned regularly, but is vent cleaning necessary for your dryer?

Is vent cleaning necessary? Of course it is! Here's why:

  1. If left unchecked, dryer vents can pose a huge fire hazard in your home or building! Dryer fires are one of the top ten causes of house fires in the US resulting in 2,900 yearly reported fires on average. Failure to clean the dryer regularly is the leading cause of these fires.
  2. Lint trapped in dryers can also hinder the dryer's ability to do its job. Trapped lint blocks the airflow, and if left unchecked for too long, can cause the machine to not work at all anymore! Regular cleanings can save you money on repair bills.
  3. If your dryer vents are not properly maintained, it can cause a musty odor to form in your laundry room.

So how often SHOULD dryer vents be cleaned?

We recommend yearly dryer vent cleaning for residential dryers (such as those in homes). For commercial dryers (like those in salons or spas, or apartments and condo buildings) vent cleaning should be done at least four to six times a year. Start the new year off right! Contact SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North today to schedule your professional vent cleaning.

SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is NADCA Certified!

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is NADCA Certified! Call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North for all your commercial HVAC cleaning needs!

Your friends at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North are proud to announce our official HVAC cleaning certification with the National Air Duct Cleaners Association!

What does it mean to have a NADCA certification?

That means that members of our team have gone through the regulated training process and passed their exams to earn the national certifications for HVAC system and duct cleaning.

So what does our NADCA certification mean for YOU?

This means you can rest assured that your HVAC systems are cleaned up to ACR and NADCA standards to meet their cleanliness requirements as well as being aligned to their code of ethics. For more info on the benefits of choosing a NADCA certified HVAC and duct cleaner, visit NADCA's website. And for all of your NADCA certified HVAC cleaning needs, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North.

Halloween Vandalism and Your Business

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Halloween Vandalism and Your Business Halloween doesn't have to be scary! Make sure your business is prepared.

Halloween- a time for dressing up in fun and scary costumes, and eating way too much candy than is good for us. Unfortunately, Halloween is also the time of year for pranks and vandalism. So that you won't have to call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North for Halloween vandalism cleanup on November 1st, here are a few tips to protect your business from falling victim to pranks gone wrong.

1) Lock it down

Make sure all doors, windows, and gates are locked up tightly when you leave for the night. Double check the day of that your alarm system is working, and remember to set it before you leave.

2) Light it up

If your business is open late, keep the parking area well lit so employee and customer cars are less of a target for egging or keying.

After hours, keep the outsides of the building well lit, including parking lots and dumpster areas. Also be sure your outdoor security cameras running.

3) Security

If you have a high-risk business, or have been targeted in the past, consider highering overnight security, or beefing up existing security.

4) Halloween vandalism cleanup

Don't wait! Clean up vandalism as soon as you find it, and call professionals for help with difficult cleanup. Cleaning up quickly will deter vandals targeting your business in the future- they'll know you're not messing around.

5) Double check

Go over this list night-of to be sure you are protecting your business as much as possible this prank season. Halloween doesn't have to be a nightmare for you or your business. And should vandals strike, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold in Rented Properties: Who's at Fault?

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold in Rented Properties: Who's at Fault? This blog post is no substitute for actual legal advice. Call a lawyer if you need one.

So you found mold in a rented unit. Whether you're the landlord/landlady, or the tenant, this isn't good news. Thankfully, you know to call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North to handle the remediation process. But who is responsible for paying for the cost of services and damages for mold in rented properties?

Although there is no federal or Florida state law that dictates who is responsible for the cost of remediation of mold in rented properties, there are certain steps that can be taken by the renter, or the property manager (or landlord/landlady) if they believe the other party is at fault.

If the landlord/landlady or property manager negligently created a mold problem, or knowingly allowed one to form, a court may find them at fault and responsible for payment for remediation services and other subsequent damages. If the landlord/landlady or property manager are in direct violation of health and safety codes as a result of their actions or negligence, the tenant should gather as much evidence as they can such as photos of the issue, proof of doctor's visits from mold-associated illness, and so forth.

If the tenant is directly responsible for the growth of mold by creating the conditions, or being aware of an issue and not reporting it in a timely manner, the landlord/landlady may choose to take the cost of remediation out of the tenants security deposit. If the tenant feels they are not at fault, this may require a court case, so compile evidence of mold, and keep records of any communication on the topic.

Hopefully, the issue can be resolved without a court case by just talking it out. However, either party may wish to get in touch with a lawyer to help them through the process. Because there are no set laws one way of the other, a court will take this at a case-by-case basis and may be in favor of one party or the other with no guarantee of settlement in your favor. This blog post should not be used as a substitute for actual legal advice. Please rely on your own attorney for advice and guidance.

Remember, for mold remediation in commercial or residential properties, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North will arrive faster to your disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."

Clean Condos Sell Faster

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Clean Condos Sell Faster From townhouses to high-rises, get your property in tip-top shape!

If you are looking to rent out or sell your condo, ensuring its total cleanliness before putting it on the market is pivotal to finding a buyer faster. Old tenants can leave behind stains on walls, ground in dirt on the carpeting, and all other kinds of wear-and-tear in and around your property. Clean condos don't only look better, they sell faster, so here are a few steps you can take to get your property in tip-top shape for selling:

1) Air ducts

The first step to making your property smell and feel clean is to get the air ducts cleaned out. Clean ducts (and a fresh filter in the AC unit) can help to eliminate allergens in the air. The buildup of dust and other particles in ducts can also lead to dank or musty odors in your condo, so clean before selling, and continue their upkeep regularly, can keep your building safer and more pleasant to be in.

2) Upholstery

If you are looking to rent or sell your condo fully-furnished, have all the upholstery cleaned next. Years of use means years of food stains and other messes on your furniture. Make your chairs and sofas like new again with professional cleaning.

3) Floors

Getting your floors cleaned comes with a host of health benefits as well as making your condo look good. Clean floors and carpets help people breathe easier, especially if they have known allergies or other conditions such as asthma.

4) Clean condos- general upkeep

Of course, the general upkeep and appearance of your building is to be kept in consideration. If you know you'll be showing someone a condo, make sure the common areas like hallways and stairwells have been cleaned recently. First impressions are important!

Remember, for all your commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North today!

Carpet Cleaning: Why Should I Have It Done?

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Carpet Cleaning: Why Should I Have It Done? Regular steam cleaners just don’t cut it- call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North today!

Everyone knows to vacuum their carpets every day- whether it be at work or at home- but not everyone knows they should also be doing deep cleanings regularly with trained professionals like those at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North. So today you’re going to be learning about the benefits of regular carpet cleaning.

Health-

Thorough carpet cleaning eliminates harmful particles that may be lurking in the debris caked into your carpet. These particles can include:

  • mold spores
  • allergens such as pet dander and pollen
  • dirt tracked in from outside that may contain fecal matter and lead
  • dust and dust mites
  • pesticides and paint particles

Regular carpet cleaning can not only reduce the risk of these particles negatively affecting small children and pets, but can also help protect the elderly, the immune compromised, and people who suffer from allergies or asthma.

Business-

Along with the above-mentioned health benefits, carpet cleaning is also important to businesses. The aesthetic of clean floors allows customers to be less distracted, and focus more on what you have to sell to them. Carpet cleaning is also good for the longevity of your carpet. As larger items like staples become trapped in the carpet, it can rip up and destroy the fibers little by little. Regular cleanings can assure your carpets last.

Carpet Cleaning and Stress-

Everyone knows that your everyday surroundings shape how you look at life. At home and the workplace, cleaner floors means feeling better and happier, as well as easing stress-related anxiety and depression. A clean work environment also drastically increases productivity which can lead to higher profits.

Happy carpets means happy people. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North can help with all your carpet cleaning needs. “Faster to your (carpet) disaster.”

RealGreen, Real $ Savings

2/11/2015 (Permalink)

     Would your commercial property like to save money -- potentially thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per year -- on electricity bills every year . . . with little or no up-front cost?

    SERVPRO just launched (we're in BETA-test mode) a GREAT new program to help our commercial property managers do just that. Give us a call and we can recommend inexpensive or no-cost initiatives that save serious expenditures with no impact on the quality of your work space. At SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North we are part of the BETA test group to roll out this incredible program nationwide. It's hard to believe how simple some of the initiatives can be, with little or no negative impact on the work space . . . and in some cases improvements to existing facility quality.

     The energy analysis / recommendations are free to our commercial property manager clients, and just another way we're able to help clients do their jobs! Call us for a free energy analysis and cost-savings tips.