How Thunderstorms Can Impact Florida This Summer
Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Sunrise if you experience any damage.
If you’ve lived in Florida for any amount of time, you know the frequency with which we see thunderstorms. In fact, there is no other place in the United States that sees more thunderstorm activity than Florida. But behind the large, looming gray clouds is the possibility for more than just rain.
There are two types of storms that are common to our area: thunderstorms and severe thunderstorms. But what is the difference between them and how does it impact us? Below we’ll look at some ways that these storms are different and how you can prepare for them.
The Hazards of Thunderstorms and Severe Thunderstorms
Hail and high winds. A thunderstorm is simply defined as any storm that has thunder and lightning. A severe thunderstorm is categorized as such if it is a storm that contains hail of at least one inch or more in diameter and straight-line wind speeds of at least 58 miles per hour. Hail that is over one inch is able to do damage to just about anything it touches, including putting dents in uncovered vehicles and damaging shingles and sidings of homes and buildings. Gusts of wind that are over 58 miles an hour are capable of flipping over a trampoline, toppling trees and even turning over mobile homes!
Lightning strikes. Lighting has recently been reported for being responsible for around 300 injuries every year. Lightning is able to start house fires, felling trees or large limbs that can do serious damage to structures. Because virtually every thunderstorm produces lightning and predicting where and when the next lightning strike will occur is not possible, it’s one of the most dangerous elements of a thunderstorm.
Flash flooding. Designated flood plains are not the only places that have flash floods. Something as simple as a storm drain that is not working properly or a heavy rain that causes a small ditch to overflow can make an otherwise safe roadway extremely dangerous in a very short period of time. Visibility is limited during inclement weather already, but adding standing water on the road and not being able to properly judge its depth makes for an incredibly hazardous element of these storms.
Some storms may pass through without much notice, but others can be dangerous and cause significant damage to businesses or homes. If your property needs a partner in restoration after a storm, we are here for you. Contact us 24⁄7 to find out how we can help.
Your Home Restoration Experts
Contact SERVPRO of Sunrise today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.
No one ever wants to think about a fire impacting their home, but it happens all too often. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, one out of every 350 American homeowners files a fire-related claim every year.
And fires aren’t the only reasons that people file claims with their home insurance. Each year, around one out of every 20 American homeowners will file some type of claim, whether related to fire, water damage or even a tree falling on the home.
When disaster strikes, you’ll need a restoration provider you can count on. That’s SERVPRO. Read on to learn why.
Why You Should Choose SERVPRO
When you’re choosing a restoration provider, there are many factors to consider. You logically want a provider that offers state-of-the-art technology and the latest procedures to help restore your property and belongings.
But what truly sets one restoration provider apart from another? It’s the people.
At SERVPRO of Sunrise, we believe we have the best technicians in the business. Not only are they a group of seasoned professionals armed with empathy and compassion for the circumstances you’re facing, but they’re also highly trained.
Our entire technician team goes through intensive training related to all types of home restoration. This includes internal SERVPRO-specific training, but also highly specialized certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is the industry standard for best practices related to restoration.
In other words, when you work with SERVPRO, you should feel certain that your home is in the hands of the best of the best!
If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.
Protect Your Home Against Rainwater Damage With These Simple Projects
If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Sunrise today.
Statistically, either you or someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year.
We don’t say that lightly, and certainly don’t want it to be taken as a portent of bad news. This is all about the numbers involved, and how the water damage statistics in the United States work.
Approximately one out of 50 homeowners will deal with water damage in 2021. That translates into millions of American families and homeowners. Depending on your social circle’s size, that means several people you know may file a claim soon.
You know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine) can produce enough water to damage your home.
But heavy rains should be on your list, too. These drenching storms can be a real problem for homeowners. And if your home is not properly maintained, these rains can cause costly damage.Stopping Rainwater Damage Before It Happens
You don’t have to look far for ways you can ensure your home is safer. These simple steps can add beauty to your home, and they can protect it from water damage, too.
Add native plants to your shopping list. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. Native plants can help. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.
Be sure your roof is sealed. As much as 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.
Evaluate how your yard drains after a rainstorm. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then you may want to connect with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.
If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.
IICRC Certified Firm
We are an IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Sunrise is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
Supporting Sunrise Business Owners During Uncertain Times
If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Sunrise to learn more.
Here’s an important question for Sunrise business owners to consider. How much has your business changed over the past year?
If you’re like most business owners, the answer is “a lot.”
And if you’re like most business owners, the process has been stressful. After all, no one could have predicted a global pandemic when building their five-year growth plan.
But the good news is you have the support and help of your community—and that can make all the difference.
We know what it takes to operate a successful business in our community because we’re local business owners, too. The SERVPRO here in Sunrise is owned and operated by residents.
So, whether you’ve decided that home offices and digital services are the way to go or if you’ve opted to open the doors to your business again for in-person connections, we’re here to support you.
Here are some tips to help you safely navigate the issues around the opening and operating your business during a global pandemic.
Support for You
There are tools out there to help you get business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.
It’s also vital to keep your business clean and safe for your employees and the customers you serve. That’s where we can help you.
We’ll get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s what you can expect during the process:
Our technicians start by taking time to consult with you about your business and make an individualized plan.
Then, we’ll clean your space. Our technicians use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers to come back. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.
Finally, our team will certify your space.
If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.
Make Your Home Safer From Seasonal Storms
If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Sunrise.
Sunrise residents and the surrounding communities don’t deal with some of the same winter hazards that our neighbors to the north contend with every winter.
But even those who enjoy year-round sunny weather do like to tackle new projects during the spring. This season is a great time to tackle home improvement projects.
Some of the most important tasks on your list are those that protect your home from the most significant spring weather hazard—thunderstorms.
We can’t stop storms from hitting the community. But we can do things to protect our homes from them. Here’s what you might want to consider doing.
Make Your Home Thunderstorm-Safe
Here are ways you can ensure your home is ready to withstand bad weather:
Get all the clutter out of the gutters. When your gutters are clean, water moves the right way around your house. If they’re clogged, they can cause water damage.
Ensure your roof is ready to withstand storms. You don’t want to discover there’s a problem with your roof after a heavy rainstorm. Instead, you’ll want to be sure your roof is in good shape if a storm starts hitting. Check for things like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them.
Look for possible issues around your home. Check for overhanging tree limbs, unsecured grills, and furniture or gazebos. Cut tree limbs that hang over your roof or garage and secure anything you can.
If your home has a sump pump, be sure it’s ready for wet weather. You don’t want your sump pump to fail when you need it, so test it before the storms hit. That’s a good way for you to be certain your basement stays dry and protected when heavy rains hit.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.
Need Home Restoration Services? We Can Get Started Fast.
If your home is damaged due to a disaster, contact SERVPRO of Sunrise. From start to finish, we will be here to help.
If you had to guess why Sunrise homeowners filed insurance claims for home restoration services, what would you say were the most common reasons?
The answers might surprise you.
We’re from a storm-prone state, so if you guessed severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rain, you’re right. That is one of the major reasons homeowners need restoration services.
The other big culprits include home accidents and appliance malfunctions. These issues can also cause significant damage to your home.
The homeowners we help and the claims we receive aren’t identical, but they all have at least one thing in common. It’s the power of timing. Getting started on restoration earlier can stop the damage process in its tracks.
Why Timing Is Crucial
The faster you can start repairing and restoring your home, the easier it will contain and control the damage. The damage process moves faster than you might think.
Water damages wood within a few days, causing warping and cracking. Expensive upholstery fabric can begin to fade and stain. Mold can start to grow in some cases within a few hours.
SERVPRO Will Help You Fast
We know how important it is to start the damage restoration process quickly, so our team makes it easier to get in touch with us when you most need our help.
We have members of our local team available to you 24⁄7. That means if you need us at any time, you can call. We’re ready to help if you have an emergency.
Our technicians are all highly trained and hold the proper certifications to restore your home up to the best standards. Because we’re a national company, we also have access to the newest and latest restoration technology. We bring that mix of skill and technology to every job we do.
If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.
Preparing for a Restoration Project at Your Sunrise Business
SERVPRO of Sunrise knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right restoration company.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, local businesses have had to face an unpredictable situation and learn to reach customers in new and different ways. In fact, the realization that something so unprecedented is possible might be the biggest lesson that comes from the pandemic.
But in spite of the circumstances, many business owners have found ways to continue growing and thriving.
While no one saw a worldwide pandemic coming, it is a good idea to plan for more commonplace and predictable problems that businesses can face. Those include natural disasters like fires, floods and, here in Florida, hurricanes.
Because your local SERVPRO team wants to be a resource for business owners in our area, we’ve put together some of the best advice we can to help ensure they have what they need to move forward after a disaster.
Help for Business Owners Who Need It
You can open your business again after a disaster strikes. In fact, in some cases, you can even be more successful than you were before it happened. These tips will help you get the process started:
Your disaster plan is vital. Prepare for disasters before one strikes, and you’ll be more prepared for the aftermath of a fire, flood or another natural disaster. It will help you feel less overwhelmed when dealing with the process if you’ve already planned what you’ll do. You may want to think about moving your business to a backup location so you can continue operating.
Document everything in detail. It’s smart to take plenty of pictures before you begin the cleanup process, so your insurance company can get a good look at exactly what happened. Also, you’ll want to put together an inventory of anything that was damaged or lost during the storms.
Ensure that you’re reaching out to key stakeholders. Staying in touch with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community can help ensure your business remains in people’s minds. Plus, you can let them know about new hours, temporary locations or your progress.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.
Ask Yourself These Home Safety Fire Questions | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Sunrise are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac and surrounding residents don’t normally have to turn up the heat during the winter months, but nationally, house fires are more common during the colder months of the year than they are at any other point.
Experts say that about 890 Americans die every year in winter house fires.. In addition to the loss of life, these fires cause injuries, property damage and the loss of important, valuable family heirlooms.
No one can prevent every house fire. Some of them are the result of natural disasters and other unpredictable events. But many house fires have predictable causes that will allow you to lower your risk.Do You Know How to Make Your Home Safer?
Check out these questions to see how your fire safety knowledge stacks up.
Do you know how to handle a grease fire? Grease fires are a common hazard in kitchens. You can make these types of fires worse by putting water on them. Instead, they need to be smothered. Fire extinguishers work the best, but baking soda or a metal lid can do in a pinch.
Use candles the right way or consider switching to the battery-operated options. Don’t let candles burn when you aren’t home. Instead, be sure you blow them out before you leave the house. Also, please don’t put them in spots where your kids or pets can knock them over. If you notice that you’re having problems remembering to blow out your candles, then consider battery-operated options.
Don’t overload your extension cords. Be careful with how many things you have plugged in and that any extension cord you use is in good shape. If they’re not, it can be an electrical fire hazard.
If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.
SERVPRO earned a spot in the Top 10 of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500
SERVPRO earned a spot in the Top 10 of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500
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