What Are the Health Risks of Living With Smoke Damage?
Even the smoke is not visible anymore, the smokes harmful effects linger on walls, furniture, carpet and other places in your home.
What Are the Health Risks of Living With Smoke Damage?
Not only is living with smoke damage uncomfortable, but it also carries risks associated to your overall health. Being aware of the risks may persuade you to professionally clean up your home or office after fire or smoke damage.
One of the main health risks involves breathing. Even the smoke is not visible anymore, the smokes harmful effects linger on walls, furniture, carpet and other places in your home. Every time you enter the smoke damaged area of your home you could be inhaling soot and other particles left behind after a fire. This could cause sinus issues, lung problems and worst which could effect your health down the road.
Smoke and soot residue is also known to be a skin irritant and could possibly damage skin. They can cause severe irritation and drying not treatable with lotion. Washed fabric and clothes after a fire can still hold remnants of some that can continue to irritate your skin and cause discomfort.
Smoke and soot can also cause itchy, red, watery eyes that are never comfortable. Smoke damage, even when you cannot see it, can cause irritation and even damage to your eyes after a prolonged amount of time. If you are noticing any signs of eye irritation, consult with a doctor and have your property mitigated immediately.
Smoke damage can cause a wide range of issues and as such it is best to have this damage cleaned up as soon as it happens. Cleaning up smoke damage by professionals is the quickest way to avoid any health issues down the road.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is full-service fire, mold, and water restoration company. We offer immediate response to residential, commercial, industrial, and commercial property owners and offer immediate assistance to properties that have experienced unexpected natural disasters such as smoke, mold or water damage. Give us a call at (561)795-5410 if you have fire damage in your home or office.
Smoke And Fire Repair In West Palm Beach
One costly location for a fire disaster to happen is the kitchen compared to a closet fire.
A small fire is capable of causing big damage from the smoke and water that's used to extinguish it. Repair and restoration that's done in a quick manner is key to preventing more damage from growing, like mold.
Average Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair
On average smoke damage restoration could cost around 3 thousand dollars. Factors like location and severity of the damage affect the price. One costly location for a fire disaster to happen is the kitchen compared to a closet fire. However having homeowner's or renter's insurance is a smart thing to acquire in order to lower out of pocket expenses.
Types of Repairs for Fire and Smoke Damage
Water that's been used to extinguish a fire can easily soak walls and floors inside a house. This water can then turn into mold and even make wood rot if the water isn't completely dried and removed. Smoke soot also saturates and marks fabrics in it's path. The pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach can come in and salvage belongings such as bed linens, curtains and other belongings if called promptly after a fire disaster. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is also able to professionally remove smoke odors from your home. Without using a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, restoring belongings will be extremely hard to do. Your home's HVAC system and ducts need to be cleaned as well before they can be safely used again
If you're experiencing smoke or soot damage call us at (561)795-5410 and our experienced technicians will be glad to walk you through the process of bringing your home back to normal.
Tips on Getting Rid of Mildew Smell in Carpet In Your West Palm Beach Home
Not only are musty carpets stinky but they could be a sign of mold as well.
After a carpet experiences water damage, it's more than likely to have a musty odor left behind. Not only are musty carpets stinky but they could be a sign of mold as well. Use the tips below to help you get rid of these smells if they haven't gotten out of hand. Although it may seem difficult to accomplish, finding the smell of mildew is a simple task. The first thing to do is to find out where the water damage is coming from and to make sure it's taken care of. Calling the pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach to inspect and find any leaks or mold issues will make the dangerous part of dealing with mold easy for you.
Once you have addressed the original water damage and mold issues to prevent regrowth after cleaning, follow these steps to get rid of or prevent a mildew smell in your carpet:
Completely dry the affected area. If the room has windows, keep them open for several hours to distribute fresh air and speed drying. Dehumidifiers help remove moisture from both the air and your carpet fibers. Floor fans also increase air circulation, and pointing the airflow directly on your carpet will accelerate drying time.
Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. Mix one cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Gently spray the solution onto areas of the carpet that smell. Be sure not to oversaturate the area, since this can trigger more mold to grow.
Pour baking soda over the treated areas. Baking soda quickly absorbs odors and is safe to use around children and pets. Allow ample time for the baking soda to absorb any leftover moisture or odors, preferably overnight, and then vacuum it – and the smell – right up.
For a thorough cleaning of your carpets and to get your home inspected for mold call the pros of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561)795-5410
How To Prevent & Get Rid of Bathroom Mold That Hasn't Gotten Out of Hand In Your West Palm Beach Home
Mold found in the bathroom isn't so easy to find. Hidden places such as beneath sinks, shower doors and fans can harbor mold.
Chances are you've experienced some type of mold in your bathroom, sneaky and invasive, mold can show up at anytime in a bathroom. Although mold is a common house problem in West Palm Beach, if it hasn't gotten out of hand and is not severe then it's easy to prevent and get rid of. It's not surprising that mold thrives in dark and damp spaces, especially one like a bathroom after showering.
Common Causes of Bathroom Mold:
-Moisture that stays around because of poor ventilation.
-A leaky sink, toilet or plumbing issue.
-Damp rugs, wood, wallpaper, etc.
-Chances are if you smell a musty odor or see mold, then there is a mold problem in your bathroom.
Finding the Mold in Your Bathroom
Mold found in the bathroom isn't so easy to find. Hidden places such as beneath sinks, shower doors and fans can harbor mold. Although the mold may be forming in your bathroom the problem could be starting in another room in your home. Poor ventilation is one of the major reasons why mold is forming.
To greatly reduce your chances of mold forming, early prevention is the key. The tips below can help you:
-Turn on your bathroom fan after every shower/bath and let it run for half an hour. Don't have one? Install one.
-Make sure your home's humidity level is below 50%, investing in a dehumidifier could greatly help.
-Buy a mildew-resistant bathroom curtain and replace or wash it regularly.
-Don't store shower essentials such as shampoo or sponges in the shower, they are perfect homes for mold to hide in and grow in.
-Frequently wash bathroom rugs.
Getting Rid of Mold
As long as the mold hasn't gotten out of hand there a few measures you can take to get rid of small amounts of mold:
-Strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mold growth.
-Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. DON'T mix those products; mixing can cause TOXIC reactions.
-Open windows and doors while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mold.
If you are experiencing a mold problem too big for you to handle on your own, give the pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach a call at (561)795-5410. We will be glad to remove the mold "Like it never even happened."
Wondering why there is mold in your West Palm Beach roof?
It's true that mold spores are airborne and thrive in a humid and hot environment.
Living in West Palm Beach, one of the most humid places in the USA, there is a chance your roof or another roof you've passed by is showing signs of mold. A humidity level of 60% or higher can put your roof at risk of mold growth. (The average relative humidity in June for WPB ranges from 69%-84%.) Have you seen black streaks, brown and green mold growth, or discoloration in these roofs? If yes, then it's a good idea to get the roof checked for mold before it becomes costly if it isn't already. Check out some tips we've gathered below to see how you can stop mold from being your worst nightmare.
GET FAMILIAR WITH MOLD
It's true that mold spores are airborne and thrive in a humid and hot environment. This means a roof that's not in direct sunlight, is collecting debris, and has drained water seeping into the foundation is a perfect roof for mold.
CHECK YOUR ROOF
By regularly having inspections done, you'll be able to tell right away if mold is present in your roof. If your roof is in shade and not in direct sunlight, inspections are especially important to get to make sure there is no mold. Experts suggest getting your roof checked annually.
CLEAN YOUR ROOF
Properly maintaining your roof by getting it annually inspected, regularly removing any debris, and cleaning your roof can prevent costly damages to your roof in the long run.
Call the pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for more information on where to find trusted roofers, or if you're experiencing a mold problem. (561)795-5410
Avoiding A Fire Disaster In West Palm Beach
Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire.
It's summertime and that means there is more outdoor activities like BBQ grilling! While you're whipping up a new recipe, don't forget to keep our safety tips for grilling in mind as well! Make sure your summer stays safe, while delicious!
Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.
Don't turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face. Click here to see our demonstration.
Don't leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
Don't overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
Don't use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.
7 Important Tips To Help You Avoid A Water Emergency From Heavy South Florida Rains
A big problem you can face living in South Florida is heavy rain during the summer.
A big problem you can face living in Florida is heavy rain during the summer. Many people in West Palm Beach deal with it every summer. Many floods happen because poor or blocked drainage give the water no place to go and it builds up. Take a look at these following tips to help you be prepared for the next heavy down pour!
Walk around your house and check the foundation. It should be sloped at least 10ft. Builders do this so that water runs away from the home.
Elongate downspouts at least 10 feet from your home to keep it a good and safe distance away. Send the water away from your house, but also make sure it's not just going over to a neighbors house and flooding their home.
Using creative landscaping is a great idea to keep water from getting into your home and from building up.
Clean downspouts and gutters at least twice a year. Gunk builds up in your gutters and downspouts, blocking water. Water needs somewhere to go, so you need to make sure that your gutters and downspouts give it a clear path. Cleaning gutters also helps avoid flooding.
Annually inspect your roof. Catching a roof problem beforehand can save you money and frustration.
Turning off utilities is sometimes necessary during a water emergency. Knowing how turn off utilities is good to reduce stress or panic as well.
Repair any cracks in the foundation so that heavy rain won't sneak in water into your home. A water emergency can start slowly with water seeping through cracks and turn into a huge headache as time goes by.
If you have any questions or are experiencing a water or flood emergency, please give us a call 24/7 at (561)795-5410
Employee Spotlight: Operations Manager
Customer satisfaction is an Operation Manager's number one priority and they work hard to make sure that happens every time for every customer.
What is an Operations Manager and how is one important for you? An Operations Manager makes sure that production managers and crews are following the SERVPRO processes when it comes to doing a job in your home. An Operations Manager also relates to you the customer, and helps with any and all needs you may have during the job.
The reason why an Operations Manager takes care of customers and the crew is so that they can stay in touch with what the customer needs which helps you feel appreciated and helps focus on what you need. An Operations Manager understands that a disaster emergency is a stressful time and they take their job serious so you can ease away from the stress while your home is being brought back to normal.
Customer satisfaction is an Operations Manager's number one priority and they work hard to make sure that happens every time. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach hires only the best and qualified Operation Managers in South Florida.
National Safety Month Week One: Emergency Preparedness (Keeping Your Palm Beach County Home Or Workplace Safe In The Case Of A Tornado)
“The better prepared the businesses are, the better prepared the employees are, and the higher their chances of surviving,”
Spring is a highly active season for tornadoes in the USA. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tornadoes were responsible for 70 annual deaths from 1987-2016. 1,200 tornadoes make landfall in the USA each year. That's a whole lot of rain and hail. So how can you be prepared for a tornado in Palm Beach County?
Make A Plan
For any type of emergency, it's a smart idea to have a plan ready to help with any injuries, fatalities or any damage to properties if a tornado where to make landfall near you. OSHA makes it a requirement for most employers with 11 employees or more to be ready with a written and easy to understand emergency plan. If an employer has 10 or less employees, they are allowed to go over their plans orally with employees.
A director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's individual and Community Preparedness Division, Charlotte Hyams says employers should:
"Pay attention to local weather via media reports, notifications from weather apps or emergency apps such as the FEMA app, and/or a NOAA weather radio." Keep employees informed about weather conditions. Methods include text messages, emails or announcements over an intercom or loudspeaker. “A community’s outdoor warning sirens should never be your primary warning method,” said Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Norman (OK) Forecast Office. “Don’t rely on just one source for warnings.”
Develop a backup communication system in case the primary one fails, and test both systems regularly.
Make sure employees know where to seek shelter and assemble after a tornado passes. “That way, there can be people to take a head count and make sure everyone is accounted for,” Hyams Porter said.
Conduct regularly scheduled tornado drills. “It’s something that should be done on a routine basis. It’s not just a one-time-of-year type of drill,” Hyams Porter said.
Listen & Look
The most obvious sign there is a tornado nearby is the sudden appearance of a funnel. Other signs are:
Green/dark clouds or sky
Wall clouds appearing
Sudden and intense rotation around clouds
Persistent and strong rotation in the cloud base
Strong rain and hail followed by quick moving and strong wind shifts or a "dead calm"
A "train like" sound that doesn't go away
Floating debris by nearby grounds and just underneath clouds
Postpone travel if necessary, move to a sturdy building nearby if possible (bridges and overpasses are not good shelters: traffic can get congested making it hard for emergency vehicles to get through and debris can fly right through.), closets or restrooms are good hiding areas (a windowless room in the center of a buiilding). Covering your head with your arms and crouching face down is also a good idea.
Once the tornado passes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the following:
Check workers for injuries. Don’t move anyone who is seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Instead, seek medical assistance right away. Begin CPR (if trained) on anyone who has stopped breathing.
Check apps and other sources for additional emergency weather information.
Proceed with caution through damaged areas, and watch out for hazards. Wear proper personal protective equipment when handling debris.
Cooperate with emergency personnel.
Part of an organization’s emergency plan should include how an employer plans to communicate with its employees after a tornado, Hyams Porter said.
“The better prepared the businesses are, the better prepared the employees are, and the higher their chances of surviving,” she said.
How Do Hurricanes Form?
Satellites built by NASA save lives by helping weather forecaster predict and warn people where and when these severe storms will hit land.
How do hurricanes form?
Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. People call these storms by other names, such as typhoons or cyclones, depending on where they occur. The scientific term for all these storms is tropical cyclone. Only tropical cyclones that form over the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean are called "hurricanes."
Whatever they are called, tropical cyclones all form the same way. Tropical cyclones are like giant engines that use warm, moist air as fuel. That is why they form only over warm ocean waters near the equator. The warm, moist air over the ocean rises upward from near the surface. Because this air moves up and away from the surface, there is less air left near the surface. Another way to say the same thing is that the warm air rises, causing an area of lower air pressure below.
Storms that form north of the equator spin counterclockwise. Storms south of the equator spin clockwise. This difference is because of Earth's rotation on its axis. As the storm system rotates faster and faster, an eye forms in the center. It is very calm and clear in the eye, with very low air pressure. Higher pressure air from above flows down into the eye.
When the winds in the rotating storm reach 39 mph, the storm is called a "tropical storm." And when the wind speeds reach 74 mph, the storm is officially a "tropical cyclone," or hurricane. Tropical cyclones usually weaken when they hit land, because they are no longer being "fed" by the energy from the warm ocean waters. However, they often move far inland, dumping many inches of rain and causing lots of wind damage before they die out completely.
Tropical cyclone categories:
Category Wind Speed (mph) Damage at Landfall Storm Surge (feet)
1 74-95 Minimal 4-5
2 96-110 Moderate 6-8
3 111-129 Extensive 9-12
4 130-156 Extreme 13-18
5 157 or higher Catastrophic 19+
Satellites, built by NASA and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), save lives by helping weather forecasters predict and warn people where and when these severe storms will hit land.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 if you experience hurricane damages this hurricane season. We're always here to help you make any disaster "Like it never even happened."