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Mold Mitigation: Why Routine Inspections Matter, Even in Dry Climates

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Cracked foundation A cracked foundation or improper flashing installation can cause mold to grow over time

Four Possible Causes of Mold Growth

In Whisper Walk,FL, you likely do not think about mold as being a problem. After all, the climate is dry, and monsoons don't come along all too frequently. However, black mold, or other varieties, are just as likely here as anywhere else, and that is due to water. Every living thing needs it. The water lines in your business and even the occasional rainstorm can lead to mold growth, especially if you don't perform routine maintenance. Therefore, to avoid the need for a mold remediation company, be sure to inspect your facility for four possible causes of mold growth.

Roof damage
Seal cracks
AC leaks
Water pipe leaks

Roof Damage

Attic spaces are often a mold cleanup hotspot, especially in dry climate regions, because when you don't experience rain that often, you likely don't consider any problems with your roofline. However, every roof, regardless of location, should be inspected annually to ensure there are no holes or vulnerabilities to the outside elements, including too much humidity.

Seal Cracks

Also, black mold can find its way inside your building through failed or cracked seals and weather stripping around doors and windows. Again, because of the dryness of the area, you tend not to think of checking these vital protections against the outdoors, but they are critical to creating an airtight seal.

AC Leaks

Your AC is another potential culprit of mold growth. While it is essential to run the system during the year, how often do you check the condensate lines? Even small leaks can lead to mold development.
Water Pipe Leaks
Last, how often do you have your plumbing inspected? Again, small leaks, even slow drips, can lead to mold spores rooting down and spreading.
Regular inspections are necessary to reduce the threat and potential spread of black mold. Don't let a minor oversight lead to significant repairs and remediation efforts.

Handling the Threat of Thunder

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning rod on roof Each building should have a rod that draws the current away from the premises

Commercial Managers: How To Protect Property and People

A rain storm may not seem like a major concern; however, business owners in Boca, FL, should be aware of its danger. For when thunder claps, its friend lightning is nearby. Therefore, should a strike occur, it has the ability to create a devastating blaze. In fact, the National Fire Protection Agency estimates that a million dollars are spent each year in repairs for lightning strikes to nonresidential property. Commercial managers, therefore, should understand how to protect property and people.

1. Clear Land
Many weather systems have high winds. These gusts have the ability to throw lose objects in various locations, posing a hazard. Loose limbs or items, for example, could be picked up and tossed into other objects. Upon the news of a major squall, the property manager should survey the location, trimming trees and removing any threats. If flooding occurs, have handy the number for a water remediation company.

2. Maintain Rods
During a rain storm, lightening has the potential to hit a roof or nearby tree. Each building should have a rod that draws the current away from the premises. Have this inspected regularly to ensure it is in proper condition.

3. Stay Aware
Keep up to date on the thunderstorm's progress, understanding any changes or warnings. Several weather stations provide alerts through phone applications, pinging you when potential issues arise. Also, it never hurts to have a radio in the office, constantly giving feed. Should power go out and phones die, this could remain on. Just make sure you keep batteries handy.

4. Emphasize Safety
Remind employees that when a thunderstorm boom is heard they should avoid going outdoors. With each noise, set a clock for 30 minutes, establishing a time frame for concern. In addition, should branches fall or lightning strike, it could pose a physical threat; thus, it's important for workers and customers to avoid areas with glass. Finally, electrical currents can run through water, so stay clear of plumbing.
Don't underestimate a rain storm. Although common, it can hurt companies and those that work for them. Try to diminish problems by picking up outside, having a functional rod, and teaching people safety protocols.

There's Water Damage, and Then There's Secondary Damage

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold contamination on a bathroom wall Black mold damage in Boca,FL

There's Water Damage, and Then There's Secondary Damage

Unfortunately, if you've been hit with water damage at your commercial building in Boca,FL, it might not end there. If you let it sit too long, you can end up with secondary damage, as well. One example of this could be black mold. What else should you look for?

Wood Damage

Wood can be very susceptible to water damage. If it is left damp or wet after a flood event, it may end up needing replacement. The same might even happen if you haven't experienced water damage, but are in a high humidity environment. Some potential effects are:

  • Rotting plywood, flooring or framing
  • De-laminating of flooring or furniture
  • Discoloration or warping

Mold

Most property managers have heard of black mold, which is something you never want to see in your building. However, there are many different types of mold, and their spores exist in the air all around us both inside and outside. All the mold is waiting for is a moist, warm and dark environment in which to grow. If you have recently experienced water damage, especially to your carpeting or drywall, you may have inadvertently created the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Get everything dried out as soon as possible.

Rust

A form of secondary damage that can occur on metal is rust. The same story goes for this phenomenon; if you leave it wet it will get damaged. Steel is especially sensitive to rust. In addition to properly drying all of your metal equipment and furniture, you can also apply special sealants specifically made to protect against rust. You may even want to do this if you haven't yet experienced water damage.
Black mold and other forms of secondary damage can cost you just as much, if not more, than the primary damage from water. In order to avoid this, take care of water damage right away with a professional water damage remediation service.

Securing Commercial Property After a Fire

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

A building boarded up to keep it safe from after-fire dangers Boarded up building in Boca, FL

Protect Your Property From Further Damage

After a fire at your Boca,FL, commercial property, you may feel overwhelmed with getting the insurance straightened out, repairing the property and handling everything else you have to do. A security fence or other safety measures may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is important to protect your property from further damage, which can take many forms.

1. Prevention of a Second Fire

If the fire department was called to the scene, the firefighters will make sure the fire is completely out. If you put the fire out yourself, it is up to you to ensure the fire is fully extinguished. Make sure to check for any lingering flames or still-smoldering embers, as these could quickly turn into a full-blown blaze. If an appliance is to blame for the fire, make sure to turn it off. In the case of an electrical fire, be sure to turn off the electricity until an electrician does an inspection and repairs any faulty wiring.

2. Protection From Unwanted Visitors

Unfortunately, some people consider fire-damaged buildings to be ideal targets for burglary. Your security system may have been damaged in the fire, and vandals are likely able to cut through tarps and plywood. Luckily, a security fence can add an additional layer of protection. Not only can a fence help prevent burglaries, it also keeps out curious lookie-loos who may injure themselves on your property and hold you liable.

3. Protection Against Mother Nature

Make sure to board up or tarp over any holes in the structure, including windows that the fire department may have broken in order to release smoke. Doing so prevents rainwater, snow and wildlife from further harming your building and its contents.
The first step of the fire restoration process is preventing further damage. A certified restoration team can determine if you need tarps, plywood, a security fence or some combination of these and other protective measures to keep your building safe from after-fire dangers.

How To Avoid Accidental Fire Sprinkler Activation

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Candles may trigger your sprinkler system

Fire sprinklers are an essential amenity in your commercial building, and their job can be lifesaving in the event of a fire. However, if your sprinklers activate randomly, they can cause significant water damage to your property. Here are some tips for proper sprinkler maintenance in Highland Beach,FL, to help prevent accidental activation.

Keep Heat Sources Away

A sprinkler that is overheated may become activated even if there are no signs of flames or smoke. Some common sources of heat that may trigger your sprinkler system if placed too closely to the sprinklers include:

  • Heat lamps
  • Construction lighting
  • Hearth fires
  • Candles

If any sources that produce an excessive amount of heat are too close to your sprinklers, they may cause a sudden activation. Be cautious when setting up your system and the surrounding area.

Maintain a Heated Building

If your commercial building is not consistently heated in cold weather, the water inside your sprinkler pipes can freeze and cause the piping to break. Broken pipes can then lead to leaking sprinklers, which is why you should be careful not to let the building reach freezing temperatures. In addition, installing foam sleeves or other insulation materials can help protect your pipes from cold weather and are effective sprinkler maintenance tools.

Refrain From Putting Pressure on Pipes

Cold weather is not the only factor that is harmful to your pipes. When sprinkler pipes are weighed down by heavy objects, they can break and cause the sprinklers to go off. Be sure not to hang on the pipes for any reason while working on or examining your sprinkler system, as the weight of the human body is often too much for the pipes to bear.
If you find that your fire sprinklers are leaking or activate suddenly, it’s crucial to keep any resulting water damage under control. Once you have worked on proper sprinkler maintenance, contact a water damage repair expert to help restore your business.

Identifying and Tackling Unwanted Mold in Your Business

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

It’s important to recognize when moisture levels can become a mold-inducing problem.

Mold’s best friend is moisture, and depending on the humidity, rain and storm frequency in Boca Raton, FL along with the chance of water leaks, your business may be at risk for unwanted fungus growth. Therefore, it’s important to recognize when moisture levels can become a mold-inducing problem. Learning how to identify and prevent the spread of mold, including Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as black mold), in your business is key to reducing your long-term costs and maintaining a clean environment.

Signs of Mold

While mold spores exist everywhere in small quantities, there are a few common signs your commercial building may require mold cleanup.

  • A strong, earthy and musty odor (often one of the first and most apparent signs)
  • Water damage caused by water leaks or previous flooding, often indicated by dark rings or discoloration on walls, ceilings, lumber or other surfaces
  • Dark splotches or spots on building materials that look dirty, furry, speckled or stained (black mold can even be multicolored and appear in shades of black, green, orange and brown, depending on its age and nutrient source)

Mold Overgrowth

Mold is a fungus that can easily grow in water-damaged or damp buildings, and a moisture problem in materials high in cellulose such as fiberboard, lumber and drywall is especially conducive to growth. Water leaks, persistent humidity levels above 45 percent or flood damage can quickly result in mold overgrowth within a commercial building. While there are many types, remediation efforts in a commercial building are often the same regardless of type.

Professional Help

If you suspect black mold or another type of growth in your business, the first step to solving the problem is to call a mold remediation specialist. A professional can help you address and resolve any moisture issues at the root of the problem. He or she can also provide a comprehensive remediation plan, including halting the spread of the fungus, air filtration, mold cleanup, removal and restoration.

If you have a moisture problem or mold in your commercial building, don’t wait to address it. Call for professional assistance before a small issue becomes a large one.

Estimating Damage After a Commercial Fire

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage at a local Boca Raton, FL facility.

After a fire at your Boca Raton, FL, business, the cost of cleanup and repair can run anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the severity. The particulars of your insurance policy will also determine the price, depending on your deductible and what out-of-pocket costs you may incur. By working with the insurance adjuster and a professional fire restoration company, you should be able to get a good idea of the cost involved. Below are the main things to consider when creating an estimate.

1. Emergency Cleanup

The emergency cleanup makes sure no further damage is caused to the property through exposure to the elements or vandalism. Any holes in the walls or roof will be boarded up or covered with tarps, and any standing water will be removed from the building. There may be further cost if security fencing is installed.

2. Water Damage

Depending on the severity of the fire, and whether or not sprinklers were installed, the fire company may have used a great deal of water to subdue the blaze. Carpets and upholstery may be soaked, the structure itself may be waterlogged, and there may be mold and bacteria that need to be mitigated. Also, firefighters may have used chemical extinguishers that leave residues and contaminate the air. Special equipment must be employed to dry, dehumidify, clean and sterilize.

3. Smoke Removal

The cost of cleaning up damage and odor from smoke and soot must be figured in to the estimate as well. The methods and equipment used will depend upon the type of combustible substances. Smoke and soot from wood, protein or synthetic material will each create a different kind of cleanup problem.

4. Restoration Costs

After the cleaning and disinfecting are completed, the actual replacements and repairs can take place. Depending on how bad the actual fire damage was, repairs may involve only replacing carpeting and repainting, or it may entail rebuilding entire rooms.

While the cost of repairing damage from a commercial fire can vary greatly. However, it should not be difficult to estimate once all of the factors are taken into consideration, and the damage has been assessed by a qualified professional.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (561) 391-3366

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies and is ready to respond immediately. 

Is the Exterior of Your Commercial Property Ready for a Storm?

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for a Storm?

Storms can cause extensive damage to the exterior of a commercial property. Depending on the level of commercial insurance coverage held by the building owner, there may be limits on the external portions of the property that are protected. Review your coverage, schedule a building inspection, and perform exterior maintenance on a regular basis.

Five steps that will help owners prepare the exterior of a commercial property for a storm.


1. Choose exterior doors rated for high wind speeds.

Exterior damage quickly becomes interior damage if a door fails. Exterior doors should be tested to stand up to wind loads and the frames should be anchored. Check to make sure these doors have appropriate drainage, flashing, sealant, and tracks. Door failure rapidly raises internal pressure and can cause structural damage.

2. Clear drainage systems.

Functional drainage systems prevent water from pooling on the roof or around the foundation of a structure. Clear roof drains, downspouts, and gutters several times a year as part of an exterior maintenance routine.

3. Trim trees.

Removing dead or loose branches from nearby trees can limit the extent of storm damage.

4. Secure loose items that may blow away or cause damage.

Don't forget about antennas on the roof or potted plants and trash cans on the ground.

5. Anchor outside HVAC equipment.

These components should be securely installed on a concrete pad. Depending on the severity of a storm, you may want to use hurricane straps or shut off these systems and cover equipment with a secured tarp.

These five exterior maintenance and storm preparation steps can help owners limit the extent of damage to the exterior of a commercial structure. Keeping your building maintained can pay off during adverse weather events. If the exterior or interior of a commercial property becomes damaged during a storm, contact a restoration company located in Boca Raton, FL.

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm damage and can respond quickly.  

How Does a Disaster Recovery Team Respond To Storms?

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO business model is designed to sustain fast responses and a high quality of service.

How Does A Disaster Recovery Team Respond To Storms?

A disaster recovery team should swiftly arrive on location after a severe storm in Boca Raton, FL. These trained professionals can assess storm damage and take mitigation measures. Learn more about the stages of storm response.

Fast Deployment

A network of more than 1,700 locations enables SERVPRO to provide the fastest response to disasters. Several factors contribute toward a timely response:

  • A centralized corporate structure
  • Franchise locations in most regions
  • Support from nearby locations

An independent mitigation company may not be able to keep up with the volume of calls after a disaster or severe storm. The SERVPRO business model is designed to sustain fast responses and a high quality of service.

Damage Mitigation

A disaster recovery team may need to perform various mitigation measures depending on the type of incident. The following measures may need to be taken as soon as possible:

  • Documenting the full extent of damage
  • Boarding up or tarping over structural damage
  • Extracting standing water from a structure

The availability of trained professionals and specialized equipment is likely to make any storm response more successful. A corporation built on a franchise business model has all of the resources necessary to respond to large losses.

Successful Restoration

One of the best ways to ensure that mitigation and restoration will combine in a successful effort is to rely on the same company to provide both services. Separate mitigation and restoration companies will give clients and insurers more than one estimate and increase the possibility of miscommunication or scheduling difficulties. An all-in-one service can get the job done better and faster and make it easier to settle an insurance claim.

The best disaster recovery teams have fast response times and the equipment and expertise necessary to complete any job. In the event of storm damage, a commercial property owner should contact a one-stop mitigation and restoration company in Boca Raton, FL.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for Boca Raton Water or Fire Damage

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

As a homeowner you always want to make sure you have emergency contacts close by in case anything unexpected happens. For a business owner, having that information could be the difference between staying in business or not! SERVPRO of South Palm Beach realizes that you might not think about the all the unexpected things that could happen to your Boca Raton business from floods, fire or mold damage. 

That's why we have our Emergency Ready Program (ERP) available to you! Our ERP is a great way to reduce business interruption following a disaster, plan for it now! As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By having SERVPRO of South Palm Beach create and ERP for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach will provide a complimentary assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, so this is a great value at no cost. A concise profile that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency will be created  and it will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is “down” following a Boca Raton water damage, by having an immediate plan of action and connection to SERVPRO of South Palm Beach.  This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. The ERP will provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”  Give SERVPRO of South Palm Beach a call today @ 561-391-3366 and set up your ERP!

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach and your Boca Raton Commercial Property

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has what it takes to Restore Your Boca Raton Commercial Property From Storm Damage 

What you want is access to a quality restoration company to assist with recovering from storm damage in your Boca Raton business. We have strategically located restoration teams with several years of experience helping businesses just like yours recover from storm damage throughout the area and all of the resources needed to assist you and your neighbors when an emergency situation strikes. 

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has an entire division of dedicated, expertly trained teams composed of quality water, fire, mold, storm, and major event technicians, designed to assist you with cutting costs and saving time associated with the restoration of your business after a disaster. All of these teams are lead by an operations manager that assists with seamless communication and timely mitigation involving the recovery of your business. 

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach provides to every business owners with the mitigation of wind, rain, and flood damage that causes substantial damage to their Boca Raton commercial property.  We respond to your call immediately and provide you with the help you need to get your situation under control. 

It does not matter how small or large your property is; SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has the services, equipment, and personnel available to address the event affecting your business. We provide you with access to expertly trained storm and water damage restoration specialists, as well as cleaning and building preparation services to manage your restoration project from start to finish. 

Even a normal tropical storm can cause severe damage to your property when you are ill-prepared. Give us a call to help fortify your property against the wind, flood, storm, and tornado damage that this type of phenomenon generates. We can help protect your business and get things under control when everything is said and done.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of South Palm Beach for the professional restoration and cleaning services your company requires. (561)391-3366

Cleaning your Boca Raton Air Conditioning Vents

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

When you consider ways to help your Boca Raton office to run more efficiently, you might come up with a long list of possible changes that you could make. While there are undoubtedly strategies that you could implement to decrease your outgoing expenses while improving the quality of the job for the employees that work there in the building, one of the unexpected ways that you can do this is through cleaning the ductwork and HVAC system.

You might not think of your office building as being a constant flow of dust, debris, and possible contagions, but it is. Without a regular cleaning of the network of ducts and the appliances which provide the forced air through these channels, your Nashville office could continuously be under a barrage of microscopic annoyances and germs without HVAC cleaning. Fortunately, SERVPRO of South Palm Beach offers a way for you to keep this threat contained and to improve the quality of the air at the office and reduce your overhead costs at the same time.

With your circulation systems able to function as they should, and not working overtime to provide a comfortable environment, your overhead heating/cooling costs come down. Additionally, with less debris and potential germs circulating the office, you can keep more of your staff healthy (even through the cold and flu seasons) and productive for the company. Contact SERVPRO of South Palm Beach at 561-391-3366 for more information about our HVAC cleaning services.

Small Water Damages Become a Nightmare for your South Palm Beach Business

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

What happens when those small water damages go unnoticed, or moisture soaks into a building’s structural components where it cannot be detected by the naked eye?  These incidents may sound relatively harmless, but given time, excess moisture can lead to serious problems. 

In as little as 24 to 48 hours, microscopic mold spores, naturally present in all structures, can grow into visible mold.  Fueled by the moisture, these fungi feed on a variety of building subcomponents including wood, paint, paper, carpet padding, and contents. 

While the debate rages on regarding impact mold have on human health, mold and mildew growth are recognized as major contributors to indoor air quality problems.  These nightmares happen every day as a direct result of those small water damages that gradually take their toll on buildings and homes.  The recipe for disaster is the combination of excess moisture, a food source for mold found in organic building materials (such as wood, drywall, some types of insulation), and a time delay in removing the moisture. 

If your home or business encounters water damage, call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach immediately at 561-391-3366. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the effects of flooding and water damage.

Restoring Your Boca Raton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Boca Raton commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South Palm Beach

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Boca Raton, Call SERVPRO

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Boca Raton. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7/365 at 561-391-3366

Residential Services

Whether your Boca Raton or home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Boca Raton commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration