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Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup in Delray Beach

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Delray Beach recently restored a Delray Beach home that experienced fire damage from an electrical fire. The fire originated in the attic causing soot and water damage to the first and second floor. Despite the weekend timing, our crew arrived on site within hours to perform emergency services.

The technicians immediately set to work by removing debris and extracting water to dry the home. The electrical fire in the attic caused debris of ceiling drywall and insulation to litter the second floor and stairwell. Soot and smoke residue can continue to cause damage long after the fire is out. Our fire damage restoration technicians are professionally certified to handle these challenges. Fire mitigation services included removal of the charred building materials, cleaning and deodorizing the damaged structure and setting up drying equipment. We also coordinated pack out and storage services to allow for proper restoration and reconstruction. 

Call SERVPRO of Delray Beach if you've had a fire or would like to know how we can help in the event you do- (561) 272-5180.

Cleaning your Delray Beach Air Conditioning Vents

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

When you consider ways to help your Delray Beach 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 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 Delray 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 Delray Beach at (561) 272-5180 for more information about our HVAC cleaning services.

Protect Your Delray Beach Home From Damage While on Vacation

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to return from vacation to find a flooded house in need of new carpet and water pipe repair. When a pipe bursts while you’re away for an extended period of time, water damage becomes more likely, which is why it’s important to take precautions.

Before your next trip, follow these leak-proofing steps to help ensure a dry house when you return to Delray Beach, FL.

Perform a Visual Inspection 

Before you leave, carefully inspect your home for water seepage. Some common sources of household leaks include the following: 

• Windows
• Pipes
• Large appliances

Around windows, look for discoloration of surrounding surfaces and ensure the seals are in working order. In addition to searching for a broken pipe, inspect for rust and cracks, as these are signs of weakness in the metal. Inspect the hoses that connect major appliances, such as dishwashers and water heaters, to running water, ensuring there are no tears or kinks. Perform this inspection in advance to allow yourself time to make a water pipe repair or get help from a professional if necessary.

Guard Against the Elements

During cold months, leave your thermostat set on low to prevent water from freezing and bursting your pipes. Insulate those outdoors with foam or fiberglass sleeves that are sold in hardware stores. If you’ll be gone for a considerable amount of time, consider shutting off the water at the main and draining pipes if temperatures may reach freezing. Look into digital detection systems, which notify you of leaks and can even remotely shut off water.

Enlist Backup

If possible, arrange for someone to occasionally check on your house while you’re away. Show this person your house’s water shut-off valve and instruct him or her how to use the thermostat. Since water damage requires a hasty response, be sure the individual knows to immediately call a plumber or water damage repair expert at the first sign of trouble.

When in doubt, be proactive. After all, who wants to ruin a vacation by worrying about water pipe repair? By taking simple precautions against leakage, you can avoid concern about returning from vacation to a flooded home.

Making A Flood Claim

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can cause a loss of or damage to your home in Delray Beach, FL and you may need to make a claim with your insurance company. Here are some steps that you should take when you have a flood claim. 

Notify Your Company 

After a loss, the first thing that you should do is notify your insurance company. Many insurance carriers have an after-hours toll-free number that you can call. Make sure you call promptly so that the insurance company has an opportunity to come out and inspect your property. 

Secure the Property 

Before a representative arrives, take steps to protect the property from further damage. These can include the following: 

  • Board up any windows or doors that may be missing or open.
  • If there are any holes in the roof, make sure you get them taped.
  • Prevent people from coming in and possibly getting injured. 

Find Temporary Housing To Live In 

During the flood claim and the repair process, you may be displaced from your property. Look for an apartment, a condominium, or another residence that you're going to be comfortable in for the duration of the repairs. 

Prepare an Accurate Inventory 

Make a detailed inventory of the personal property that was damaged by the flood so that you can discuss its restoration with water damage repair specialists. This includes going through each room and listing the items that were in those rooms along with the description of the items, their age, and what it would cost to replace them at today's prices. 

Hire Professionals 

Finally, if it's a large claim or you're feeling overwhelmed, there may be assistance out there that can help guide you through an insurance claim. Locate a licensed public adjuster in Delray Beach, FL and he or she may be able to work on your claim on your behalf. This professional may negotiate with your insurance company take care of any red tape. 

flood insurance policy is often very specific about what it covers. Understanding your policy details if you have a property loss can be a challenge, but these tips can help you achieve a successful flood claim settlement

Preparing Your Business for a Disaster

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing Your Business for a Disaster Include a first aid kit in case you need to shelter in place

Disaster Preparedness

If a natural disaster or other emergency occurred during the day, many of us would be at work, away from our homes and families. Wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and wind storms can happen in Boca Raton, FL, at any time. Your safety as well as the safety of your employees, customers, and others often depends on your disaster preparedness.

Evaluate the Facility

Before a potentially destructive event occurs, you should inspect your building. Be sure to include the following:

  • Check whether smoke alarms are installed in key locations.
  • Test them monthly and replace batteries at least once per year.
  • Prepare and maintain an emergency kit with nonperishable supplies.
  • Include a first aid kit and at least a day supply of food and water in case you need to shelter in place.

You might also want to include blankets, batteries, flashlights, and a portable radio.

Organize the Facility

Disaster consultants can evaluate your facility disaster preparedness, including its ability to withstand a serious earthquake or fire. You should know the location of main shutoff switches for your electric, gas, and water service and how to shut them off. Always store flammable materials safely away from possible ignition sources, like water heaters or furnaces. Vegetation management and defensible space is important for your business.

Invest in Safety

First aid and CPR training for employees is a good investment should anyone on site ever require medical assistance before first responders are able to arrive. To maintain and protect your operations, consider having a backup generator on hand and know how to operate it safely. Emergency lighting can help illuminate rooms and exit routes automatically should the power go out. In addition, for better disaster preparedness, it is a good idea to back up and store important documents, records, and files in a secure location off-site.

Remember, your well-being and that of your employees or customers always comes first. Never compromise anyone's safety for anything material. As a business owner or manager, it is critically important to make sure you have a business preparedness plan in place for your employees and to protect your operations should a disaster occur.

Small Water Damages Become a Nightmare for your Delray Beach Business

4/25/2019 (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 Delray Beach immediately at (561) 272-5180. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the effects of flooding and water damage.

Delray Beach Storm Damage in Your Home

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Your Delray Beach home can fall victim to unexpected storm devastation. As soon as your home is disturbed by wind, water and debris, its effects can be devastating. Our top priority is to improve direct hazards as quickly as possible, whether it is exterior or interior damage.

 What You Can Expect from Storm Damage

Even though people experience damaging storms throughout the country, it can be specifically brutal in Florida. Whatever storms are thrown at you, there is a likelihood that your home will have damage. Damage can be very destructive or not as serious.

Storms throughout the country can cause hazardous damage that will need to be fixed – from tornadoes to severe thunderstorms. With these kinds of storms comes strong wind bursts, torrential rain, and electrical disturbances that affect your property.

Being unable to repair damage inflicted on the outside of your home can be unnerving, which is why rainstorms and high winds are equally as damaging. Heavy rain and intense wind are strong enough to break trees and utility poles, jeopardizing your roof and home exterior.

Emergency Repairs

We at SERVPRO of Delray Beach offer 24/7 emergency services to Delray Beach and Highland Beach because we realize that hazardous weather can appear at any moment. When you’re looking for urgent service, we will work with you anytime, day or night.

Your Delray Beach home needs to be safe again. In addition to these emergency services, the professionals of SERVPRO of Delray Beach can do a damage assessment and give you recommendations for all of the recovery services that we have available.

Estimating Damage After a Commercial Fire

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire at your Delray Beach, 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) 272-5180. 

SERVPRO of Delray 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?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

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 Delray Beach, FL.

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

SERVPRO of Delray Beach and your Delray Beach Commercial Property

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Delray Beach has what it takes to Restore Your Delray Beach Commercial Property From Storm Damage.

What you want is access to a quality restoration company to assist with recovering from storm damage in your Delray Beach 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 Delray 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 Delray Beach provides to every business owners with the mitigation of wind, rain, and flood damage that causes substantial damage to their Delray Beach 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 Delray 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.

Contact SERVPRO of Delray Beach for the professional restoration and cleaning services your company requires. (561)272-5180.