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3 Common Things Business Continuity Plans Miss

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Business Continuity Plan Concept With a great continuity plan, a business can weather a crisis event with minimal disruption.

3 Common Things Business Continuity Plans Miss

Businesses in Pompano Beach, FL, know the importance of making a business continuity plan. Keeping a business afloat after a disaster requires careful planning and execution. Here are three common things business continuity teams forget while making their plan.

Keeping Documentation Safe and Secure
In the event of a crisis, the plan needs to be ready and available to whoever needs it. All the planning in the world is not going to help if the team handling a crisis is unable to get plan documentation. Don't keep the only copy of the plan in the basement that is prone to flooding. Make sure each member of the business continuity team has a copy of plan documentation and knows where to find backup copies.

Training Employees on the Plan
The business continuity team can come up with a great continuity plan, but forget to train their employees. Although they may not need to know everything about the plan, employees need training on what to do in the event of a crisis. Where should they evacuate or seek shelter? Do they have responsibilities for security or loss prevention? All of these topics should be covered in employee training.

Following Up After a Crisis
After a business has survived a crisis, many get wrapped up in all the difficult details of getting back to work. Businesses need to keep in mind that this is also the time to follow up on your continuity plan and review what did and did not work. Could you improve employee training for a crisis? Did storm damage impact the parts of your building you expected? Was the damage restoration service you used fast and effective? Follow up on your plan and update anything that did not work well.
With a great continuity plan, a business can weather a crisis event with minimal disruption. Better planning will make the process smoother and recovery easier.

3 Essential Tips on How To Manage Mold Damage Emergencies

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth found inside drywall Mold damage found in Hillsboro Beach, FL.

Three Emergency Tips for Mitigating Fungus Reproduction

What do you do when you find black mold? In those startling and confusing first few minutes, homeowners should gather composure and realize that it's not the first house to have this issue. What matters is seeking immediate help and reducing the amount of growth. 

1. Cut Off the Water Flow
Before you can move into mold cleanup, residents must gain control of the situation. Spores thrive on moisture and organic matter. The easiest of these to grapple with is the first. Shut down the water source contributing to the reproduction. Start with the room's valve system. If that isn't effective, cut off the main water supply. Then, work with a water remediation company in Hillsboro Beach, FL, to locate the origin. Fix that trouble immediately.

2. Stop the Air Flow
While you may not want to shut the air conditioner down, it is vital in slowing the organisms down. Black mold spores hitch a ride through the air and on clothing. The air supply is extremely harmful in that microbes could easily move from one side of the house to the other, making remediation very complicated as it doubles the space requiring attention. Turn it off until the restoration company feels it's safe to put it back on.

3. Inspect and Dry
Have the restoration crew assess the moisture problem and layout a plan for how to dry the space. This step further reduces the effort to clean and rebuild. Employees should tear out anything they feel is contaminated, especially ceiling tiles, flooring, and drywall. Then, run industrial dehumidifiers around the clock to pull out the excess humidity.
A prompt reaction is necessary to fight off the development of black mold. Work to eliminate the factors that assist reproduction. Then, get rid of anything polluted and damaged. With that accomplished, the team can turn to get your home back to normal.

Is Mold Lurking in Your Deerfield Beach Home?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the walls on a home in Deerfield Beach, FL Mold is a prevalent issue many Floridians deal with.

An undetected, lurking, costly pest: mold. All too often, many spaces in your Deerfield Beach home are the perfect environment for mold to foster. Mold thrives in damp and humid spaces, quickly spreading to many areas in as little as 24 hours. Knowing the cause of mold, where it grows, and what preventative measures to take can save your home from a mold infestation.

Mold is everywhere. It is found on our clothes, on our pets, in the air in our home. It is impossible to get completely rid of all mold spores, but it is possible to not allow any areas in your home become the perfect breeding ground. Areas that are often saturated with plenty of water and condensation are likely to be the first areas for mold. These include your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Cleaning up all water from the area when you have finished is recommended. Consistent inspection of pipes and water hoses is also encouraged as small leaks can quickly turn into areas remaining constantly wet.

Your garage and HVAC system are also common places that are prone to mold. Garages are often a damp space and HVAC systems that are not properly working can suffer condensation or water pooling.  Once mold comes in contact with moisture on any material it can spread quickly. Many materials in your home, if not all, are subject to mold damage. This includes wood, walls, furniture, clothes and carpets.

If your home has suffered recent water damage or is going through the restoration process, be sure that all building materials and items that have come in contact with the water have been completely dried. Lingering moisture may go unnoticed, allowing mold to take place. This can be extremely costly to remediate the mold and potentially replacing many items that have been deemed unsalvageable.

Keeping mold at bay is not impossible. It just takes diligence on a homeowner’s end to be sure that: typically wet areas are dried, their appliances are working correctly and are not suffering any leaks and if they have experienced water damage to seek profession help.

Tips on Disinfecting Your Deerfield Beach Home and Other Healthy Hygiene Tips

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech in PPE fogging a home in Deerfield Beach, FL SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach is doing our best to help keep our team and community healthy. There are many ways to help with prevention including following proper hygiene and keeping living and work environments clean. Along with these recommendations, practicing the four tips below may help to keep you and your family healthy:

1. Mind Your Hands

Your hands touch many things throughout the day. Often, many people may not stop to think as to what their hands have touched; this means it is imperative to practice proper hand washing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using soap and water when you can, lathering your hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing 20 seconds of your favorite song to help keep count! If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer works as well. Be sure to wash or sanitize your hands especially before eating and void touching your face.

2. Cover Your Cough

If you feel a cough or a sneeze coming on, be sure to have a napkin around or use the inside of your elbow. If you can, sanitize your hands afterwards to help keep germs from spreading.

3. Social Distancing

When possible, limit your travel to public places and avoid large crowds, especially if you are feeling unwell. If you are required to go to the store or work, do your best to put enough distance between yourself and others.

4. Clean and Disinfect

Frequently touched surfaces should be regularly disinfected. This includes countertops, doorknobs, light switches, personal devices, bathrooms  and more. Both residential and commercial spaces should be sure to clean as often as possible. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach specializes in biohazard cleaning and sanitizing. We follow the highest standards set in place by the CDC. These guidelines include using hospital-grade disinfectants. These disinfectants make claims to treat pathogens similar to the coronavirus and are endorsed by the CDC. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach carries products that are similar to these products and use them in our biohazard cleaning services. 

If your Deerfield Beach, FL home or commercial space is in need of cleaning and disinfecting, call our crew today to set an appointment and talk about our specialized biohazard sanitization.

Common Fire Hazards in Deerfield Beach Homes

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a dryer fire in a Deerfield Beach home. Many materials found in homes burn quickly, fostering the fire to leave a great deal of damage behind it.

If you have never experienced a house fire in your Deerfield Beach home, you may feel as though the chances of a fire actually occurring are slim. According to the NFPA, every year over 358,000 house fires happen. Compared to the number of residential homes in Florida alone, that number can seem small. However, that number can easily increase, making it important to remain vigilant and take preventative measures. There are many fire hazards commonly found in a home, though here are the top five:

1. Cooking

50% of fires in 2019 began in the kitchen. This is due to the number of heating appliances found as well as the number of accidents that occur. Leaving a flammable item by a hot stove or accidentally causing a grease fire are both accidental culprits. Overloading a cooking appliance or reaching unsafe temperatures are also sources of fires.

Cooking also happens outside of the kitchen, especially in the Florida summer. Taking safety measures while grilling is a must. Keeping the grill clean and well maintained as well as far away from your home, decorations, or any overhangs can keep fires at bay.

2. Candles

Lighting a candle to set the mood for a party, dinner date, or even a relaxing bath always seems like a great idea. Leaving the candle unattended once it is lit for long periods of time is absolutely not a great idea. Most candles are not made so that their flames are contained; any nearby fabric, paper, or other fuel source can attract the candle’s flame. Candles are also easily knocked over, especially when someone is not paying attention. If candles must be lit, keep them far from any flammable item and make everyone in the area aware of it as well.

3. Faulty Wiring

Equipment malfunction, blown circuits, broken or faulty wiring can all be fire hazards. Often, no other source of fuel is needed for an electrical fire, meaning they may happen quickly and without much effort. It is important to replace any broken wires or no longer use them, making sure they are unplugged. Refraining from overloading a circuit or outlet is recommended as well.

4. Appliances

Dishwashers, stoves, HVACs, dryers or washing machines can all be at the center of a house fire. All of these appliances have systems that cause them to heat up, either purposely like when cooking or just from everyday use. They also all have mechanical and electrical systems that can need replacement over time.

Routine cleaning of dryers and washing machines is highly recommended as failure to clean them can lead to fires. Removing all lint from the dryer after each use and checking all vents should be a part of a preventative routine.

5. Smoking

Smoking, whether a cigarette, cigar and now e-cigs, are known to be fire hazards for homes. There have been cases in which residents have fallen asleep while smoking or left a lit cigarette unattended. It is best to do all of your smoking outside when possible as well as completely turning out each cigarette or cigar before leaving the area.

While the cause of a house fire in Deerfield Beach can differ from case to case, these are a few commonly known hazards. In any situation it is best to use common sense, be aware and properly use any items that can be potentially flammable.

Commercial Cleaning Solutions for any Business in Deerfield Beach

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech giving a thumbs up while cleaning a room in a Deerfield Beach, FL business We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

As a business owner in Deerfield Beach, when reviewing budgets for the year one of your line items should include cleaning services for your business. Customers and employees alike appreciate clean, healthy areas. Based on the industry you are in, you may or may not have customers walking through your office space, but you most likely have employees. Keeping employees healthy is essential to keeping your business operating. Employees who are constantly sick or in hazardous working conditions means business interruptions and affects profitability. Companies should be sure to clean the following areas:

HVAC Systems

Clean air is healthy air. HVACs, especially in Florida, are being used every day, around the clock. Overtime these systems can develop build—up of dust, dirt, and in some cases even mold. Aside from changing the filter, cleaning the air ducts and vents is necessary. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach can inspect your system for buildup, blockages, or other concerns. Once inspected, our crew thoroughly cleans the air ducts and other parts, leaving the business with an HVAC system that produces quality air and is energy efficient.

Flooring

High-traffic flooring, especially carpet, can collect soil and germs. On the surface flooring may look clean but upon further inspection carpets may have trapped dirt or dust and tile may have a film of soil that only heavy-duty equipment can remove. Professional cleaning is often needed to remove this buildup as vacuuming and mopping may not suffice. Based on the type of flooring and level of traffic will determine the type of cleaning and frequency needed.

Odors

The industry you are in, neighboring businesses, previous damage, even the age of your building, can all cause odors. Though some odors may be harmless, others can be a big nuisance or even a hint to undetected damage. Identifying the source of odors and eliminating them can be difficult for an untrained individual. Normal janitorial companies may attempt to remove the odor, resulting in masking the smell without complete removal. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach has proprietary equipment and EPA-approved chemicals to safely deodorize areas, removing offensive odors for good.

Having a well-maintained and suitably hygienic work environment is imperative as it keeps your business running smoothly, employees healthy, and customers satisfied. For your business needs, SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach offers commercial cleaning for any industry.

Tenant and Owner Responsibilities After a Fire

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using a sponge to clean smoke and soot damage in Deerfield Beach, FL Fire can be one of the most destructive forces of nature there is

Whether you've experienced an apartment fire, a commercial fire or a fire at a rented home in Deerfield Beach, the effects can be devastating to both the tenant and the landlord. It may not be clear who is responsible when it comes to the fire damage. Depending on the circumstances, liability can be divided up very differently. Let's look at some particulars.

Landlord Responsibilities

Generally, the landlord is responsible for hiring the restoration company to repair structural damage after a business, house or apartment fire. Damage may include:

• Structural damage to:
o Walls
o Floors
o Carpeting
o Pool Houses
o Sheds
• Damage to fixtures and appliances:
o Cabinets
o Countertops
o Plumbing
o Electrical wiring
o Supplied appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators

Tenant Responsibilities

In most cases, the tenant is responsible for any damage done to his or her personal property. The tenant will have to go to his or her insurance company to recover the loss of items such as:

• Clothing
• Furniture
• Computers
• TVs
• Tenant-owned appliances
• Video game consoles
• Musical instruments

Liability Claims

Sometimes, there is a question of who is liable for the damage. If the landlord is proved to be responsible (for instance, due to negligence regarding the property's electrical wiring), he can be made to pay for damage to the renters' personal belongings, wages lost, costs related to finding another place to stay, and more. Conversely, if the landlord can prove that the renter was somehow negligent, the renter may be responsible for any costs related to repairing the property. If the landlord is unable to prove this, he will be liable for any structural repair, as it's the landlord's responsibility to see to it that the property is in a livable condition.

Be Prepared

Whether you are a renter or a landlord who's suffered a commercial fire, apartment fire or house fire, you will need to make sure that you have immediately contacted your insurance company, have made a detailed list of any property that's been damaged, and taken pictures of any damage to the structure and property, as well as any evidence of negligence. That way you will be prepared for any subsequent questions from the insurance company, and ensure that you're only incurring cost for the fire damage that you're actually responsible for.

Steps to Take After Storm Damage to Your Deerfield Beach Home

5/2/2021 (Permalink)

Inches of water on the floor of a Deerfield Beach, FL home Storms and flooding don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

Preparing for heavy storms is crucial in Deerfield Beach especially during hurricane season. However, preparations can fall short and homes are devastated by significant storm damage. If your home is experiencing damage to its structure, flooding, or leaks, make sure to follow these tips until help arrives.

1. Stay Safe

Check for any safety hazards including broken glass or possible debris that has gotten into the house. Always be sure to take caution around electrical appliances and never attempt to unplug anything without a professional.

2. Assess Damage

After the area has been deemed safe, take note of the damage. While it takes a trained professional and equipment to completely establish the extent of damage, there is visible damage you can record. Make lists of valuables that have been affected for your insurance.  Be sure to take pictures as part of the documentation process. Keeping track of all of your valuables also helps in the case that a restoration company needs to provide pack out services.

3. Make Temporary Repairs

If possible, cover any areas that may be worsening the storm damage. This can be boarding up windows or placing tarp on your roof, if it is safe to do.

4. Call for Help

Contact your insurance company and let them know of your situation as well as the potential damage. Your insurance company will work with you to put you in contact with professional damage restoration services.

If you are not provided with a preferred partner or referrals, call a company like SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach. Our team can direct you on next steps. We will ask you preliminary questions to better understand your situation before sending a crew out to assess your home and determine restoration needed.

Feelings of being overwhelmed or lost might occur at first but following these steps can help get you on track to restoring your home. Acting quickly is imperative to prevent any further loss. Recovering after a storm may take time, though SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach works to restore your home back to its preloss condition. . During this time it is most important to keep yourself and your family safe, while the professionals do what they can to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Preventing Water Damage to Your Deerfield Beach Home

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water on the floor of a kitchen in a Deerfield Beach home Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage.

Staying Prepared for Any Water Damage to Your Home

A Deerfield Beach homeowner knows that maintaining a home can be costly and when accidents happen, costs are raised exponentially. Flooding and water damage are the most likely accidents for a homeowner to endure at some point. These situations can happen quickly and without warning. Perhaps during a repair in your bathroom a pipe bursts or a worn-down appliance begins to leak significantly. Whatever the source of water damage may be, regular inspection can help save on costs and headaches. As a good rule of thumb assessments should occur at least 2-3 times a year for any evident and potential sources of water.

Water lines and pipes can wear over time, eventually leaking or breaking all together. Inspect the pipes under your sink and water lines around your appliances or outside of your home. Make sure that there is no pooling around these areas or irregular condensation as this may be hinting at a potential near future issue.

Check your appliances to make sure they are running correctly, with no malfunctions, big or small. The list of appliances should include your dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer, water heater and HVAC system. Appliances that are broken or having slight trouble properly working, can not only be a potential water emergency waiting to happen, they can also be a huge drain on energy costs. Frequent inspections will help catch any future issues and lead to needed maintenance or total replacement.  

In your bathrooms and kitchen, be sure that there are no areas present to allow for leaks or pooling. This can mean making sure there are no cracks in your tub or shower and checking any surrounding grout for any holes or deterioration.

Inspecting your home’s foundation, roof, doors, and windows is also a smart move as these too face wear and tear over time. Your roof, in particular, endures many storms and hurricanes in Deerfield Beach. Being exposed to flying debris and heavy rains, roofs can develop holes or loose shingles, allowing water to enter the home. This goes for the gutters on your roof as well to ensure they are not blocked and allowing water to drain properly.

Maintaining your home should not cost more than your time. Occasionally inspecting your home can be the difference between a few minor repairs and a huge water damage emergency.

Choose SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach for Your Damage Restoration Needs

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech vacuuming a chair in Deerfield Beach, FL We work hard to provide quality restoration services, so that our customers can safely return to their homes or businesses and get back to life!

The task of choosing a restoration company to help with damage caused to your home from an emergency disaster can be daunting. Many homeowners or business owners are not aware that restoration services is an industry until the need arises, unfortunately. Due to lack of knowledge about damage restoration along with high stress, many people are likely to choose the first company that they come across. While we encourage our customers to act quickly in any situation, whether fire, water, or mold damage, we also encourage research. A quick review of a restoration company’s history, accreditations, and online presence can mean fast and quality service for your home or business. With SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach, we are highly trained professionals, with years of experience, and strong ties to the Deerfield Beach community.

We’re Homeowners

Like our neighbors in Deerfield Beach and the surrounding areas, we are also homeowners. We invest in our homes to raise our families and hold memories. We understand the hard work and pride that homes hold as well as the stress that can follow after disaster strikes. Our crew works to get your home back to pre-disaster condition, providing a livable, healthy space for your family as we would want for ours. 

We’re Business Owners

Small business owners do so much for their employees and communities. When a small business suffers from damage and forced to close for any period of time, many people are affected. As part of a franchise and small business owners ourselves, we have a commitment to work quickly and mitigate the interruption of business for our customers.

We’re Highly Trained and Certified

Our crew has been trained in providing property damage restoration, receiving multiple forms of certification. IICRC certifications set standards and best practices for restoration, cleaning, and rebuild. Our team follows these guidelines closely for the safety of everyone on the job sites and homeowners or business owners as well. Additional training courses and e-Learnings are offered to all staff for ongoing education and professional development within the restoration industry.

SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach is part of a nation-wide company, that has been providing excellent service and quality restoration for many years. Our crew has the knowledge, skills, and technology to properly combat property damage caused by water, mold, or fire. If your home or business has been affected from a disaster, be sure to do your research and call in the professionals like SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach.