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How to Prevent a Sewer Backup

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet clogged with toilet paper Only flush products that are made to be flushed down the toilet

How Can You Prevent a Sewer Backup?

If you’ve ever had a backed-up sewer you know it can be quite an unpleasant experience in more ways than one: flooding, laborious cleanup, a foul odor, and the risk of mold. All of your plumbing features lead to the main sewer line which means, for example, that running the water in your sink could result in a bathtub backup. So, how can you prevent a sewer backup?


Regularly Cut Tree Roots


If your yard has a tree in the vicinity of your sewer lines, it could cause major issues as the roots continue to grow around the pipes. They can eventually cause a full-blown obstruction of the line. Cutting tree roots generally is not a DIY project and should be done periodically by professionals.


Replace Line With Plastic Pipes


Plastic, or PVC, pipes are much more durable than traditional metal pipes. Replacing your old sewer pipes with plastic pipes will most likely prevent potential line breaks or cracks.


Appropriately Dispose of Paper Products


Only flush products that are made to be flushed down the toilet. Because paper towels, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and other non-soluble items don’t disintegrate quickly they can clog sewer lines causing a sewer backup not only in your line but possibly the city main. When in doubt, toss it in the trash.


Appropriately Dispose of Grease


Never put grease down the drain. As it cools it solidifies. This will clog not only the drain but the sewer line. Grease should be poured into a container that is heat-resistant and then properly disposed of after it’s cooled down.


Install a Backwater Valve


A backwater valve is a device that prevents drain water from re-entering into the home. This installation will have to be done by a professional.
It’s obviously better to stay ahead of sewer issues rather than wait for a problem to arise. But if your house in Delray Beach, FL experiences a sewer backup, you may want to hire sewage cleanup experts. They will quickly and thoroughly restore the affected area to its original state.

Tips to Help Children Escape a House Fire

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

2 fire extinguishers If a family with children is living at a residence, the kids' safety is a top priority.

Fire damage caused by a home fire in Delray Beach, FL may be disastrous for a homeowner and residents. Professionals who specialize in fire damage cleanup can repair a home, but lives cannot be replaced. Learning about fire safety, how to survive a fire, and how to escape a home that is burning are critical. Providing children with education about how to escape a house fire may save a child’s life in an emergency. Here are three tips to help children learn to escape a residential fire.

1. Make an Emergency Plan and Practice It with Children
Coming up with an evacuation plan is vital for a family. It may be a good idea to design an emergency fire escape plan and practice it with kids. An evacuation plan may include showing a child how to crawl along a floor to avoid intense heat and smoke, as well as identifying all exits from a house. According to “Global Children’s Fund” – an organization designed to protect children – teaching a child how to identify a fire by touching doors and using certain techniques of crawling can be helpful. Conducting regular home fire drills can help to prepare children and adults for an actual emergency.


2. Consider Owning a Fire Escape Ladder
For children who are old enough to use it, a fire escape ladder may be incredibly beneficial for kids' safety. A fire ladder – which can be deployed from an upper level window – can assist with evacuating. Having “test runs” with this device may be important as well.


3. Consistently Monitor Fire Alarms
It is vital to monitor and test smoke detectors on a regular basis. Ensuring that a detector in a child’s room is properly working can save his or her life.
Fire cleanup may take some time after a blaze. However, if kids' safety is prioritized, and if children and all residents are safe after a fire, a family can move forward together and rebuild.Visit https://www.SERVPROdelraybeach.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration for more information on fire and smoke damage restoration. 

3 Ways To Decorate With Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

A picture of 3 candles LED candles are a great alternative.

Candles are popular decorative home accents and lighting sources, but any open flame can increase the risk of a house fire. Find out about three ways to use candle alternatives to achieve the look you want while celebrating the holidays, serving dinner or considering new lighting solutions for your home in Delray Beach, FL.

Walkway and Window Lighting

Flameless LED candles and interior and exterior lighting are ideal for accentuating windows or illuminating walkways around your home. Choose from battery-powered or solar-powered lighting solutions to achieve looks that might otherwise require open flames. LED lights are bright, efficient and much less likely to cause a fire than an unattended open flame on a windowsill with flammable blinds or curtains or in paper bags along the sidewalk or other paths.

Magical Lighting Effects

You’re probably familiar with string lighting from Christmas tree decorations, but did you know that these small, efficient lights are ideal candle alternatives for decorating inside and outside all year round. Add a special touch to bushes or trees for special events outdoors or use glow-in-the-dark decals or fairy lights to achieve decorative effects perfect for the bedroom of a child or teen.

Safely Spread Scents

There’s no need to sacrifice the scents you love for the sake of fire safety. If you’ve stocked up on your favorite fragrances in the form of wax candles with wicks, try a battery-powered or plug-in candle warmer to release the fragrance. Other home deodorization options include scented LED candles, reed diffusers and plug-in attachments.
From LED candles to string lighting and flameless scent diffusion methods, you can choose from a variety of candle alternatives. No matter how you have used candles to decorate in the past, you can find ways to achieve similar effects without the risk of starting a candle fire that calls for fire and smoke damage mitigation and restoration. Visit https://www.SERVPROdelraybeach.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration for more information on fire loss. 

What do I do if My Basement Floods?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Finding a basement in Delray Beach, FL full of cloudy, questionable water is probably one of the least favorite things a homeowner can experience. There are a few things you as the homeowner can try, to mitigate the problem yourself if the cause is easily determinable.

Change gutter downspouts: If the downspouts are dumping water too close to the house and causing flooding, you can add extensions or install underground drainpipe. These could even drain into a cistern for your own free supply of water to water the garden!

Plug gaps around plumbing: If the water is clearly coming through holes in the wall around piping, you can plug these with the appropriate type of caulk or hydraulic cement.

Add to the topsoil around the home and reshape the landscape.

Repair footing drains or install a curtain drain.

How Water Can Get Into the Basement

There are many reasons why you have had a basement flood, or continue to see water coming into that part of the house. It’s important to get to the bottom of the issue in order to prevent mold growth, or continued mold growth, and deterioration of the home’s structural integrity.

Flooding sources range from a damaged foundation, leaky pipes, too much rain, or even being located too close to a floodplain. Survey your home to determine if any of these problems are the source of your leakage. If it’s a new problem that has suddenly occurred, the house may need a pipe repair or a new sump pump. Footing drains may need to be unplugged, or there may be an underground river that requires a curtain drain to more effectively handle the water pressure.

Call a Specialist

If your flooding problem has been a long-term issue, especially if you just moved into a house and don’t have any idea what has happened in the basement, it’s generally best to call a flooding restoration specialist. They will be able to survey the area, determine the source of the problem, tell you whether you need to worry about mold, and then repair the issue once and for all. Protect your investment and home, and give yourself peace of mind that the flooding problems are solved.

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)

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.