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Official Certification by the IICRC Is a Defining Attribute of a Professional Restoration Company

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

White brick wall with the words WHAT IS THE IICRC What is the IICRC?

In a world filled with misinformation and fake news, it can be a genuine challenge, and a real headache, to make an informed decision. This can exacerbate the natural sense of panic if your business has suffered a significant disaster, such as storm or fire damage. Fortunately, there is a credible institution dedicated to ensuring that restoration companies in Mizner Park, FL, use trained technicians and abide by its rigorous protocols: the IICRC.

What Is the IICRC?

The Independent Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification was founded in 1972 to prevent fraud and increase the quality of service provided by disaster restoration agencies. It offers a number of classes in restoration technology, including:

  • Fire restoration
  • Water restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Applied structure drying.

The goal of the organization is to create uniform standards and develop easy-to-understand, industry-accepted language to make clear what damage has been done, specify the steps needed to prevent further harm to a property and ensure the customer knows exactly what he or she is getting. All certificate requirements are set by a board of directors with extensive experience in the industry. While certification is voluntary, most insurance experts strongly recommend working with an established restoration company with an active mitigation certificate.

Where Can You Find IICRC-Certified Technicians?

SERVPRO is one of the few organizations approved to offer these classes, including continuing education credits. Most insurance companies consider SERVPRO to be their preferred vendor in all forms of physical disaster restoration. Key to this designation is that its franchises have strong connections to the local community, while having full access to national resources and top techniques for damage remediation.
If your business has had a disaster in Mizner Park,FL, acting fast will reduce further damage along with the time your business isn’t at full capacity. SERVPRO can help you understand the insurance process and immediately take the steps necessary to mitigate deterioration. Its emergency response team is thoroughly trained in the most cutting-edge techniques that can save money and reduce downtime.

The Benefits of Business Interruption Insurance

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Causes of business interruption insurance Purchasing business interruption insurance is a smart plan

The Benefits of Business Interruption Insurance

The building where your business is located is a vital part of its success. You may not think about how much you depend on the property itself until a fire breaks out, forcing you to adjust how your business operates. If you have business interruption insurance, you may be better equipped to navigate the financial difficulties that a catastrophic event can cause.

Covered Basics

A business fire in Mission Bay, FL, can affect your bottom line, particularly if the damage is extensive enough to render the building unusable for a while. When you get interruption insurance for your business, it may compensate you for a variety of losses:

  • Loss of revenue
  • Mortgage or rent
  • Payroll
  • Monthly bills, including loan payments
  • Relocation costs

Unless the fire damage is minimal, you will probably suffer some financial loss as a result of the fire. Business interruption insurance can cover losses associated with the changes in your business operations and the effect these changes have on your income.

Variable Premiums

The cost of your insurance premiums usually depend on a number of factors. For example, the property policy that covers fire cleaning services may cost more in certain areas that may be more susceptible to wildfires or lightning storms. There are several things that can affect how much interruption coverage costs. First, since your industry has a direct affect on your potential revenue, it is also likely to affect how much it takes to insure it. If you have a smaller company, you are also likely to pay less in premiums than a large organization, because you payroll and monthly expenses are probably lower. Finally, the extent of the coverage you choose affects the cost. A policy that simply covers payroll and lost revenue is probably going to cost less than one that protects you against most possible losses.
No matter what level of coverage you choose, purchasing business interruption insurance is a smart plan. It can help you stay afloat when your building is compromised.

Household Mold: What It Is and Isn't

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in A/C unit Mold damage in an A/C unit

Ask most homeowners what black mold is and they can easily describe it. Dark-colored, slimy and smelly, it’s one of the most common household annoyances. But do you know just how many kinds there are, what causes them and what you may be doing to encourage more mold? The fact is, the more you know about mold, the better you can protect your Boca Del Mar, FL, home from being infested. Keep reading to learn what makes mold tick - and how you can keep it at bay.

What Mold Is

On its face, mold is a smelly, unsightly nuisance that turns up in bathrooms, beneath sinks, behind water heaters and any other moist areas of the home. But there’s much more to it. Mold is actually a type of fungus, spread through seed-like spores. Many homeowners don’t realize:

  • Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can’t be prevented
  • Mold thrives in areas with moisture problems, leaching nutrients from organic matter
  • Cleaning visible mold doesn’t fully eliminate the problem

In short, mold is an ever-present organism that can’t truly be eliminated. But while its spores can’t be eradicated, the chances of it growing in your home can be minimized.

What Mold Isn’t

One of the biggest misconceptions is that black mold is something you can kill with a sponge and a little elbow grease. The truth is, like any plant organism, mold has roots that often spread into grout or other organic materials. If those aren’t removed, even if you wipe off the mold you can see, the fungus will come back.
The more you know about mold, the more you can do to stop it in its tracks. Remember these pointers and keep your eyes peeled for black mold. Don’t hesitate to call a mold cleanup specialist at the first sign of fungus. It can save you a lot of money and frustration in the long run.

Outstanding Performance Award Press Release

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Local SERVPRO Franchise Receives
Outstanding Performance Award

Industry leader in cleanup and restoration services recognizes
top-performing franchises at 50
th Annual Convention

Boca Raton, FL (Grassroots Newswire) July 16, 2019 - SERVPRO of South Palm Beach received the CHAIRMAN'S Platinum award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th Annual Convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held from June 24-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, where the company was founded.

“It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said Joshua Ruderman, SERVPRO of South Palm Beach Owner, “but it feels especially good this year. We are proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family as the company celebrates 50 years of franchising success. SERVPRO’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative tools, ongoing training, and an ever-evolving business framework gives entrepreneurs like us a roadmap for success. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”

The company’s 50th Annual Convention was a celebration of the company’s history and a showcase of small business best practices and cutting-edge restoration and remediation technology. The event featured a variety of workshops and group sessions ranging across 37 different topics. Attendees gained knowledge and hands-on experience to help them build and grow their businesses and strengthen ties with both residents and businesses in their local communities. Highlights of the convention included a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon and an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of top-performing franchisees.

“SERVPRO has come a long way since Ted and Doris Isaacson started the company as a painting business in Sacramento in 1967,” said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO. “In 1969, they used their cleanup and restoration background to take their new company in a different direction and never looked back. SERVPRO’s professional services network now includes more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Our annual convention brings this diverse group of entrepreneurs together to learn from industry experts and gives us an opportunity to recognize our top-performing franchises. We are incredibly proud of each of these dedicated professionals and the world-class service they provide to their customers and their communities.”

For more information about SERVPRO of South Palm Beach, please contact Joshua Ruderman at (561) 391-3366 or jruderman@SERVPROsouthpalmbeach.com or visit https://www.SERVPROsouthpalmbeach.com/

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

How SERVPRO of South Palm Beach can help with Mold

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a natural part of many environments. In outdoor conditions, it plays an important role in breaking down dead organic matter, but you want to avoid mold growth indoors. Here’s a look at why you may have a Boca Raton mold problem and how to tell if you need professional mold removal services.

What Causes Mold Growth?

The key to mold growth is moisture. Mold also needs organic material to grow and thrives in dark, dank places. Conditions that can cause indoor mold growth include:

  • A leaky pipe, window, or roof
  • Improperly cleaned up flood water
  • Standing water
  • Wet insulation
  • High indoor humidity
  • Moisture in the building foundation caused by poor drainage

Do I Need Professional Mold Removal Services?

Because of Florida’s high humidity, it’s more common for mold to grow indoors in this climate than in other areas of the United States. Sometimes, it’s easy to tell that you have a mold problem. Other times, it’s less apparent. Signs that you need professional mold removal include:

  • Visible mold: It’s easy to see mold growing on windowsills, shower walls, or under bathroom sinks. With a little more effort, you can also check the attic and crawlspace for visible mold growth. Where there’s a little mold, there is always the possibility there could be more.
  • Signs of excessive water: Stains on the wall or ceiling could indicate a roof leak, which probably means the insulation in the attic is damp and harboring mold growth. Bubbling, peeling, or cracking paint on the walls and ceiling are other clues that excess water is coming from somewhere.
  • Condensation: If condensation forms on the inside of windows or other smooth, cold surfaces, that’s a sign the humidity is too high indoors. Excess humidity creates an environment for mold to thrive.
  • Past water trouble: If you know you had a leaky roof, burst pipe, or flooding in the past, fixing the problem is just the first step. If you didn’t perform mold removal when you fixed the source of excess water, some may have been left behind. Remember, even if no mold is visible from your vantage point, that doesn’t mean mold couldn’t be growing behind the wall where water seeped through.
  • Health problems: Many people are allergic to mold, which may cause respiratory problems including sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, throat irritation, and asthma symptoms. The onset of new symptoms or worsening of existing conditions while you’re at home could be a sign that mold is growing there.
  • Musty smell: Mold gives off a certain smell that even those without allergies can detect. Don’t ignore the presence of a musty odor; you may not be able to see any mold, but it could still be growing under the carpet padding, around the foundation, or behind the bathroom tiles.
  • Toxic symptoms: Mycotoxins from certain molds have more severe repercussions than causing allergic reactions. They can cause headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, dizziness, and other mental effects.

Don’t ignore these signs. Contact SERVPRO of South Palm Beach to have your Boca Raton home inspected for mold growth and begin the remediation process today.

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach is Here to Help

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes in your Boca Raton home, you want to be sure you have the right people to restore your property and contents.  It holds true that not all restoration companies are alike.

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach technicians have specialized training, skills and equipment to restore the job efficiently and effectively.

In today’s business environment many companies are looking to increase their revenues by adding new services, for which they may have little or NO training.  Be sure that the restoration company you are working with has been properly trained to handle your Boca Raton water damage, fire cleanup or mold remediation. These companies often appeal to homeowners or businesses to perform disaster restoration services but end up costing clients in the end.

It is very common for amateurs to simply tear things out and then replace the materials or the items.  A true professional performs a thorough inspection and identifies those materials and items that can be salvaged and restored to their preloss condition.  This allows those professionals to complete the job much more quickly; thereby allowing you to get back to your normal routine. Restoration, instead of removal and replacement, helps contain costs.  In some instances it eliminates the need to file an insurance claim.

For all property damaged by water, fire, smoke, mold and any other disaster, call SERVPRO of South Palm Beach office.  We are standing by to provide professional service 24/7/365 and can be reached at 561-391-3366

SERVPRO and Mold in Your Boca Raton Home

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach are experts in remediation and removal of your Boca Raton mold damage.

Our mold remediation team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This means we know mold, and know how to effectively provide remediation it so it ceases to be an issue.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach are also your neighbors, and are familiar with the climate around your home, which- let’s face it - is one mold just loves.

If you think you have mold, give us a call and we will come take a look. And if you do have a mold problem, we will solve it.

WHERE DOES MOLD COME FROM?

Mold can creep up from a variety of sources. Often, mold is a by-product of a flood or other water damage. Improper or incomplete drying is usually the culprit. That is why the experts at SERVPRO take extra care of thoroughly drying a job to ensure that mold does not creep up later. But you need not always have “water damage” – for example, over the years, a simple thing like a pipe condensation can cause mold (again thanks to that humid South Florida weather), or a leaking roof, trapped moisture, a damp basement, or a hundred other reasons.

The key is to find it and remove it. Then, make sure it doesn’t come back. The trained professionals at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach will handle all phases of mold detection and removal, so you can be assured of your family’s health and well-being.

 If you suspect you have mold, give the experts of SERVPRO of South Palm Beach a call today @ 561-391-3366

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach - Helpful Tips!!

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

A flooded Boca Raton home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. Due to the fact that water damage can quickly become permanent if not addressed as soon as possible, if you do suffer flood damage to your home, it’s important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach to help restore the home. However, there are some things that you can do before they arrive. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.  

Check Before Entering Home

Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you’re walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you’ve entered the home, you should be very careful about where you’re walking, especially if you’re moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.  

Document Evidence

Once you have entered the home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you’ll have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO crew arrives to restore the home, they’ll save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage.  

Take Inventory

While you’re examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.  

Turn Off Power

After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you’re standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can come and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it’s safe to turn back on again.  

Prevent Mold

Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it’s important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.  

Proper Protection

Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it’s important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety. 

If you suffer flood damage in your home, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach to clean up. But if you want to get the process started prior to their arrival, these tips will help you remain safe.

SERVPRO - Any emergency, Any time 24/7/365

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

With any Boca Raton disaster, cleanup can be a hassle. The mess left by floods, fires, or mold is a lot to handle by yourself. At SERVPRO of South Palm Beach, we provide emergency cleaning services for any of these problems. Let us help you get your life back to normal after any emergency.

Sometimes the most damaging thing from a Boca Raton fire is the smoke and soot that comes with it. Our cleaning professionals will remove any traces and odor left by smoke and soot after a fire. Removing the mess after a fire is a difficult job, and it requires knowledge and experience to be completely successful. The same is true when it comes to removing mold, mildew, and sewage. With our trusted professionals, you can be sure the damage from any disaster will be minimized as much as possible. Cleaning services from SERVPRO of South Palm Beach will take care of these messes so you don’t have to!

If you’ve already had to deal with the stress of a disaster, let us take the stress out of the cleanup. We are available 24/7/365 to help with any emergency, at any time. 

Whether its mold, water, or fire damage, our team at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has the most reliable emergency restoration services. We are available any time, day or night, to help with any problem, and you can trust us to do our best work every time.

Mold Damage- Mold grows when water damage has not been dried properly. If you have had previous water damage and are now seeing fuzzy or wet spots of mold somewhere in your home, call us today. The quicker a mold problem is taken care of by our professional restoration team, the less overall damage you will have to deal with.

Water Damage- Immense water damage, like a flood from a burst pipe, always happens when you least expect it. Our emergency restoration services are available 24/7 because these emergencies cannot wait. Immediate action must be taken in order to save your home or business. Our trusted team will respond quickly to clean up the mess and lower the possibility of mold growth.

Fire Damage- Fires are destructive, as well as the smoke and soot that comes with them. If these problems aren’t taken care of very quickly, the damage will be severe and permanent. Take action instantly after a fire and call our restoration team. We can fix all of the problems that come after a fire, and we do our best work to return your home or business to normal.

No matter what emergency you’re facing, contact us at SERVPRO of South Palm Beach today @ 561-391-3366, and let our emergency restoration services team take care of it!

Satisfied SERVPRO Boca Raton Water Damage Customers

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach strives to provide excellent customer service, superior quality of work and compassion for your damaged property.  We are always so happy to hear positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent comments from real customers:

From beginning to end, we were very happy with the service provided by SERVPRO of South Palm Beach as well as the very warm and understanding attitude of all those who helped us during this difficult period. Kerrie in the office provided ongoing support and Doug gave us the benefit of his technical expertise and Jack and his assistants did an outstanding job of remediation. Our independent air quality assessor was very impressed by the cleanliness of the work. Our apartment passed the test with flying colors. I hope that we never again need water and/or mold remediation again. However, if we should, I would not hesitate to call upon them.

Saul S.

SERVPRO is the most amazing company I have ever dealt with. In the middle of one of the most traumatic experiences of my life, they were on my doorstep within a half-hour beginning to clean up the flood in my unit and earn my total trust and respect. Jack and Mike are extreme experts and amazed me with their knowledge and competency. They answered my every question and concern in detail and with patience and respect that you rarely see in the workforce today. They are priceless!

Barbara H.

Prompt, professional, detail oriented Highly recommend!

Monica S.