Severe Weather, Central Florida & Your Workplace
Severe weather isn't only during hurricane season.
Happy New Year, All!
Time to kick off 2020 with an important reminder. Living in Central Florida, we are no stranger to the severe weather we face not only during hurricane season but earlier in the year too. That's why it's important to have an emergency plan in the office, just like you would for your family at home.
Here are a few tips that you should think about when forming your office emergency weather plan:
- Make sure you always have a way to listen to the local weather stations in your area when dealing with severe weather.
- Have your own way of notifying employees when the weather becomes dangerous. Don't only rely on community systems.
- It is important that your employees know where to seek shelter in the case of a tornado or severe storm.
- In the event, a tornado or severe storm causes damage to your workplace, proceed with caution through areas, and watch out for hazards.
- Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County to help deal with any water damage that may occur. We are committed to making sure your property damage is as minimal as possible.
You should always discuss your emergency plan with employees and make sure that they know exactly what to do in the case of a tornado or severe weather.
Having this plan in place can help prevent injuries or accidents during a severe weather situation.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County - 407.323.2422
This Cleaning Tip Might Save You From A Water Damage
Cleaning gutters regularly allows for the best water flow away from your home.
There are many ways in which water damage to your home is unavoidable. A storm blows through and causes damage, a pipe burst, etc. Those examples and more are out of your control. However, there is one cleaning job that if you do regularly, could assist in preventing water damage.
Clean those gutters.
We know, it's no one's favorite job. But even just cleaning those gutters at a minimum of once a year could help in preventing a build-up of leaves, sticks and other debris, this can cause clogs and result in water creeping under the roof and sometimes, into the foundation.
Advice: Sorry Florida homeowners, but we advise that you should clean your gutters more often if you have overhanging trees and after a big storm.
Here's a little tip: Instead of using a store-bought scoop for the cleaning, use an old plastic kitchen spatula. It gets the job done just as well, and it won’t damage the gutters.
While it may not be the greatest chore - trust us, its more fun than water damage.
If you have or suspect water damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of North Seminole a call at (407) 323-2422.
Fire Safety Tips for your Central Florida Home
Fire damaged garage door on a home.
Did you know that fall is a dryer season and therefore makes you more prone to fires?
Because we always want you to be up-to-date on fire prevention methods, we thought this would be a great time to share a few tips with you!
- Make sure your house is equipped with the correct amount of smoke alarms on EVERY level of your home.
- Testing your smoke alarms monthly will help ensure that they are all working properly.
- If you do not have a fire escape plan in place, sit down with your family and make one.
- Talk to your children about fire safety and make sure matches, lighters and even lit candles are out of reach for the little ones in your home.
In the event a fire does occur in your home, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here to help you get your home back! We offer full fire restoration services and are ready to serve you.
Give us a call: 407-323-2422
Water Damage - Know What You Are Dealing With
Water damages can come in all different colors and sizes, know what you are dealing with.
Category 1: Clean Water Damage
Water damage from clean water is the easiest to manage, but it still requires quick action plus specialized equipment and techniques. Clean water can come from a water heater, dishwasher that malfunctions, the city water supply, a well when a pipe bursts or damaged supply lines to appliances or toilets. When clean water floods your home or business, most flooring, building structure and contents can be saved when quick action is taken.
Category 2: Gray Water Damage
A gray water flood comes from water that’s known to contain a significant amount of physical, chemical or biological contamination. Exposure to this water can cause illness and property damage if action isn’t taken quickly. Gray water damage may come from a urine-filled toilet bowl, dishwasher or washing machine discharge or a failed sump pump. Any water that needs to be sanitized before use is gray water. Structure and possessions impacted by gray water must be removed to prevent the growth of mold and to prevent further damage. Some materials may be restored, but most items will be lost when impacted by gray water.
Category 3: Black Water Damage
Black water damage at your home or business is the most dangerous to your health and the most damaging to your structure and its contents. This damage from highly contaminated water can cause illness and disease and must be dealt with immediately. Black water can come from a sewage backup, an overflowing river, seawater or other water from the outside. Any water left standing for more than 48 to 72 hours may become black water as bacteria levels in its rise from stagnation. Special equipment, training, and sanitation instruments and procedures, as well as possible mold remediation, are necessary to deal with black water damage.
Why Choose Your Seminole County, FL. SERVPRO Team
Outdoor flooding due to heavy rains.
Forces of nature, appliance and plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. There are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but water damages can still occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist. A specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water-damaged environment to its original state.
There are a number of important functions a specialist must perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment.
Once the water has been removed, it becomes important to properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional, such as SERVPRO.
A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.
Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist extremely significant.
If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.
Depending on what type of water there is, it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. SERVPRO owns several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage. Further damage, if not dried completely in a reasonable amount of time, could result in the growth of mold. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.
A SERVPRO specialist can handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility device issues. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away, consider calling a water damage specialist at your local SERVPRO.
Selling A Central Florida Home?
We can help you sell a home faster (and cleaner).
Realtors, This Ones' For You.
Want to know a secret? Clean homes sell faster! Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home. In Florida, we also understand the increased potential for previously undetected mold growth in any given home. Any leaks, water stains, or lingering odors can also be a sign of a larger issue.
Your sellers may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection. However, a lot of times realtors are the first ones to spot the issue. Either way, make sure you get a professional to address the problem(s). That way, you are less likely to run into issues during the buyer inspection.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here to help with any of these issues and more! Give us a call today, for a free mold inspection or assessment: (407) 323-2422.
Protecting Your Central Florida Home From Hurricane Damage
Rain on window from a storm outside.
Just like you would your home, it is so important to protect your business structure from powerful storms.
That's why we thought we would share a few tips to help you prepare.
- Trim trees or other plants
At your home, you are going to make sure your trees and bushes are trimmed to help ensure that nothing comes flying through your windows during high winds. It's important to take this same measure at the office.
- Storm shutters
If you live somewhere prone to hurricanes and powerful storms like we do here in Central Florida, it's always a good idea to install storm shutters on your windows at the office just like you would at home.
- Storage space
If you are a company that deals with equipment (like we do) it's important to have a space inside your office that you would be able to store everything if need be. This helps to prevent any equipment from getting wet and possibly ruined.
So that's it. All it takes is a few extra measures to make sure your business is as safe and secure during a storm as your home!
If you ever do end up with a water damage in your home or place of business, don't worry...We're here for you.
Give us a call at 407-323-2422
My Central Florida Home Has Fire Damage, Now What?
Our crew handling a detailed house cleaning after fire damage.
When you have experienced a fire in your home, one of the first things you want to do is call your insurance company. Find out everything you can about your policy to ensure that you know exactly what it will cost you to begin the repairs.
Then, you call us.
We are leading experts in fire restoration for homes and commercial properties; and we are here for you 24/7 every single day.
As soon as you call we will set up a time to come to your home and assess the damage. From there, we will help you make a plan begin the restoration process.
Fires can leave the effected area looking completely destroyed. So one of the first things we will do is clean up! This includes water extraction, smoke and soot removal from floors, walls and ceilings, and cleaning all restorable items that were damaged by the fire.
We will also try and protect your home from any further damage by tarping part of the roof or boarding up windows and doors if needed.
Finally, the restoration process begins and we work to restore your home to pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened."
If your home or commercial property has recently been damaged by a fire, give us a call at: 407-323-2422.
Fire Prevention Week - What you Need to Know
Fire damaged kitchen stove & oven.
Did you know that National Fire Prevention Week 2019 is October 6-12? It is a necessity for your family to stay up to date on fire safety because it truly saves lives.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Plan and Practice Your Escape!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
This is important not only for your home but for your place of business as well. If there is a fire one day while you are in the office, have you thought about your escape plan? Does your company have one in place?
These are all vital questions to ask and the essential reason that Fire Prevention Week exists.
Bringing awareness to fire safety and its importance.
That is what this is all about! So sit down with your family and come up with an escape plan in case of a fire. Make sure you, as well as your co-workers, are up to date with the escape plan at your job too!
You can also follow SERVPRO of North Seminole county on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! We will be bringing you fire safety tips and trades throughout Fire Prevention Week! You can also find a bunch of resources on fire safety by visiting the American Red Cross website, as well as NFPA.org.
Remember, fire restoration is one of our specialties here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County. (407) 323-2422
Hurricane Dorian - What to do in the aftermath
Hurricane Dorian is currently on the edge of the south Florida coast after causing catastrophic damage to the Bahamas. So often we post about hurricane preparation tips and what you can do to be ready for a big storm. While that is important to know, it is also vital to understand steps that should be taken after a hurricane has passed through your area.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County is a proud supporter and partner of The American Red Cross, and hope that these few tips assist your family in the aftermath of a hurricane.
- If the power is out after a storm and you have a generator, PLEASE make sure you know how to properly use and store one BEFORE you ever utilize it.
- Try to assess the damage to your home or building. If you hear strange noises or shifting, leave the structure immediately.
- Pay close attention to flood warnings and other safety messages post hurricane. Just because the storm has passed, does not mean you should stop tuning into your emergency radio.
- If you have to venture outside before safety measures have been put in place. REMEMBER that fallen power lines can be covered by debris from the storm. Proceed with extreme caution.
- Follow your local hurricane disaster guidelines. They are put in place to help ensure you and your family's safety.
There are plenty of more tips on how to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane. Please visit The American Red Cross website for more details.
For storm damage restoration needs, we are here to help. Give us a call at (407) 323-2422.