Recent Storm Damage Posts

3 Dangers of Driving Through Flooded Streets

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Red truck and a black car driving through a flooded street Avoid driving through a flooded street

Learn More About the Potential Threats Found When Driving Through a Flood

Repairing your home after a flood can be a long process. An emergency restoration company might ask you to leave the house until work is finished. When you plan your exit, you need to make sure you do not drive through a flooded street. Even the presence of six inches of water in the Delray Beach, FL streets can place you and your vehicle in peril. Continue reading to learn more about the potential threats found when driving through a flood.

Loss of Control

Water is a powerful element, and even a small portion can disrupt your control over the vehicle. For instance, with a strong amount of force, two feet of water can push away large vehicles and 12 inches can impact smaller ones. One of the most common travel tips around suggests you avoid driving through any road with six inches of water and above. Follow this advice to avoid losing control and colliding against trees, posts or other vehicles.

Hidden Hazards

Another reason to avoid driving through a flooded street is because large bodies of water can be deceptive and appear shallower than they really are. Additionally, they can hide other hazards underneath.

  • Branches and small trees
  • Sinkholes or potholes
  • Broken signs and posts
  • Downed electric wires

The water can blind you to these threats and several more, so avoid taking the risk.

Damage to Vehicle

Land vehicles such as cars and trucks, no matter how big they are, were not made for flooded roads. They use electricity to function, so its interaction with water can damage the vehicle and even injure you or your passengers. Even a small amount of water can infiltrate the engine and create internal damage. Floodwater can cause the engine to stall, leaving the vehicle vulnerable to strong currents.
A flooded street contains a large variety of risks, from lack of control to environmental hazards and engine damage. Avoid even small water quantities and find a safer route instead.

Prepare Your Commercial Building for a Storm With These 3 Resources

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

First aid kit supplies Prepare for these medical situations by supplying each floor with at least one first aid kit

As a business owner or operator in Lake Ida, FL, you have a responsibility to prepare the building against natural disasters such as extreme storms and floods. While you cannot foresee every incident, you can implement plans and resources for the staff and clients to use. Elements inside the building, such as a handy first aid kit and contact numbers to reach important specialists, can help your building prepare for these events and guarantee the safety of everyone inside.

Shelter and Evacuation Plans

Storms, floods and other natural disasters can deeply impact the building and force the inhabitants to act fast and avoid harm. One method to ensure this is to create emergency plans for others to follow. These plans can range from seeking shelter in another part of the building to evacuating entirely. Consider routes and alternate routes people can take in case of storm damage or flooding. Post signs throughout every floor that clearly display these plans.

Medical and Helpful Supplies

Hazards created by these disasters can harm someone. Prepare for these medical situations by supplying each floor with at least one first aid kit. This package needs to include medical items needed in case of injury.

  • Bandages and band-aids
  • Gauze pads
  • Wound-cleaning items
  • Latex gloves
  • Tape and scissors

Also consider assembling an emergency kit with non-medical supplies, such as a blanket, drinkable water and flashlights.

Emergency Contacts

In addition to an evacuation route and helpful supplies, you might also need a contact list of emergency services that can assist you and others during this time. These sources can range from medical assistance to a storm cleanup company and your insurance provider. Keep this list with you and with employees you trust.
Natural disasters can strike at any moment, devastate your business establishment and endanger your clients. Prepare resources such as an emergency contact list and a first aid kit to maintain people's safety and mitigate the harm.

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.

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.

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.

Flooding Safety Tips

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

It is common to see a storm with heavy downpours of rain causing flooding in the most protected neighborhoods. This is a common problem in South Florida- do you know what to do during a flood? SERVPRO of Delray Beach has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:

  • Be prepared, create an evacuation plan
  • Learn and identify different evacuation routes to be able to evacuate quickly
  • If public transportation is relied on, contact the local emergency management for evacuation information
  • Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Moving water above two feet can knock you down; one foot of water can move vehicles away
  • Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding
  • Driving during high rainfalls can be extremely dangerous. Stay updated by checking service announcements through the National Weather Service.

For more information about flooding, visit https://www.ready.gov/floods. Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up to date when it comes to natural disasters. SERVPRO of Delray Beach values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes! Give SERVPRO of Delray Beach a call at 561-272-5180.

SERVPRO Technicians are Thoroughly Trained to Remediate Damage after a Flood

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage is often extensive, and can carry more than a few hazards in its waters. Floods are no simple matter to clean up and repair after, and often require specialized training and heavy machinery to truly have all traces of them removed from a home. SERVPRO technicians are trained extensively on how to deal with floods and the hazards they contain, and have the adequate equipment to deal with them as well. Here are some of the most critical factors in a flood, and reasons why you should leave the process of navigating them to a professional. 
 
Black Water 
 
Floods are often categorized by their water color, with the most dangerous color being "black" water. This is extremely murky water that often contains extremely high concentrations of contaminants, and is one of the main reasons why cases of flood damage in Nashville are treated with extreme caution. This water may contain chemical hazards, dangerous microbes and viruses, shards of broken material, and many other unseen dangers. This type of floodwater requires extreme caution when being dealt with, and should never be touched by a homeowner or untrained individual. 
 
Broken Glass, Wood, and Other Material 
 
Shards of broken material are particularly dangerous after a flood, as they may be difficult to spot and in high concentrations. Floods are not gentle, and more often than not something breaks in their wake, creating sharp bits and pieces which may be scattered about an area. In addition to the cut and stab hazard these present, they also carry a very high risk of infection, as floodwaters often contaminate every surface they touch with microbes and viruses. 
 
Weakened Structures 
 
After unusually heavy flooding, the structure itself may be unstable, as floodwaters soak into building foundations, walls, and supports. Our technicians are trained to be able to identify these risks, but you may not be. In some cases, it is not until all water has been pumped out and the room has been thoroughly dried that structural safety can be assured. 
 
SERVPRO of Delray Beach trains all of its technicians extensively, and you can rest assured that they will be able to clean and restore your property in a safe and efficient manner after any flood damage. Call us 24/7 at 561-272-5180 for our help with any flood damage emergency!

3 Ways Landscaping Can Mitigate Flooding

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Landscaping is not just for looks. Strategic design can help to reduce the risk of outside flooding at your home in Delray Beach. If you live in a region with heavy precipitation, you should consider the following tips.

Three ways to facilitate rain drainage.


1. Adjust Grading and Add Slopes

The grade of your property should divert water away from the foundation of your home. You may want to consider adding swales to redirect water down into ditches. Line the lowest part with rocks or plants that have deep roots and high water tolerance to slow water flow. A French drain can also be a functional solution for outside flooding.

2. Garden With Flooding In Mind

In addition to growing plants in swales, you may also want to install a rain garden. The plants in this garden should have high tolerance for wet soil and should be native so that they require little maintenance beyond rainfall. Water can pool in these gardens during a rain storm and percolate down into the soil. Use heavier mulch in other garden beds to prevent wood from floating off and clogging drains. You should also be sure not to over-water beds situated near the foundation of your home.

3. Divert Rain Spouts 

A functional drainage system is essential for preventing leaks and flooding. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are clear and that the outlets are diverted to prevent water from pooling next to the exterior walls of your home. You can also extend downspouts or install gutter guards. 

These are three ways to use landscaping to reduce the issue of outside flooding at your home in Delray Beach. You may want to consult with local rain drainage specialists to come up with the best solutions for your property. If your home floods, you can count on the expertise of storm and water damage restoration professionals- just call SERVPRO of Delray Beach at 561-272-5180. 

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Not all hurricanes are destructive or deadly.  But it's always a good idea to be prepared especially during prime time hurricane season. They are known as one of the most violent wind storms and should not be messed with. Know the difference between the stages of hurricanes and damages they may cause.

Hurricane Categories 
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.

Category 1
Sustained winds of 74-85 mph.  Dangerous winds occur and may cause some damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.


Category 2
Winds of  96-110 mph.  Extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.

Category 3
Devastating damage will occur. Winds of 111-129 mph. Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage blew off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed.


Category 4
Catastrophic damage occurs. Sustained winds of 130 - 156 mph. Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed.


Category 5
Catastrophic damage occurs.  Winds of 157 mph or higher.  Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes destroyed.

SERVPRO of Delray Beach has the expertise, training and equipment to quickly remedy storm damages and help your business get back to working order faster. Call SERVPRO of Delray Beach at 561-272-5180. 

Minimizing Delray Beach Storm Damage with Trained Professionals

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Flood Damage

If you have ever endured storm damage to your Delray home, SERVPRO is here to help.  Our employees are trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) to ensure that the technicians have the expertise in restoring your home. 

In cases where there is flood damage to your home, the IICRC categorizes four different classes of destruction as follows:

  • Class 1:  The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete.
  • Class 2:  With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12”, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials.
  • Class 3:  This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead. 
  • Class 4:  This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone.

If your home is ever in need of restoration services from flood damage, call SERVPRO of Delray Beach at 561-391-3366.

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team "Ready for Whatever Happens"

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of nearly 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, additional manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team® assists your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

2015 Siberian Express: Record sub- zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record breaking low temperatures resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO® Franchises completing nearly 2000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2” per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland were also impacted creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO® Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local Franchises.

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, effecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO® Franchise System.

2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder and surrounding Colorado mountain communities. The Disaster Recovery Team® responded with 109 crews from 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO® Franchises in the emergency response.

2013 Alberta, Canada Floods: Heavy rainfall triggered flooding affecting more than 120,000 residents, and ultimately, the costliest disaster in Canadian history with damages estimated at C$5 billion, with C$1.7 billion in insurance damages.

2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine. The Disaster Recovery Team® placed nearly 1000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO® Franchises from across the country. Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

Protect Your Property During A Storm

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Palm Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of South Palm Beach has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians
  • When storms hit South Palm Beach we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
  • Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 561-391-3366
  • Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

Flood Facts

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Delray Beach.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order. 

Severe Weather Tips

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Since SERVPRO of Delray Beach partners with the American Red Cross we love sharing their tips on different occasions. 

Check out www.redcross.org for more information!

TORNADOES Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

  1. Know your community’s warning system.
  2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
  4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
  5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

 THUNDERSTORM SAFETY STEPS Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

  1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
  2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.
  3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.
  4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

FLOODING Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do:

  1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  2. Stay away from floodwaters.
  3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  4. Keep children out of the water.
  5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.