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When Storms or Floods hit Broward County, SERVPRO is ready

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  When Storms or Floods hit Broward County, SERVPRO is ready Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Broward County.

SERVPRO of Sunrise 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Broward County, 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 

SERVPRO OF SUNRISE 954-748-7887

Restoring Your Sunrise Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Sunrise Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Sunrise commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Sunrise

SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Emergency Water Damage Tips

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

  • Shut off the water source if possible and if it can be done safely.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature. 
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

(These tips are for clean water situations only)

When Water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. "Like it never even happened."

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3 Basic Steps of Mold Remediation

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know mold endangers approximately 100 million homes and commercial facilities in the United States? For anyone trying to remove mold without having proper training and tools, it is time consuming and pain-staking process. For professional remediators, the ability to effectively remove mold begins with the understanding of what mold is.

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives on moisture. Outside, mold plays an important role in the ecological cycle. However, once mold starts to move indoors and into the home, it can become a problem. Mold can spread very quickly within the home, reproducing in as little as 48 hours under the right conditions. Mold penetrates deep into surfaces, damaging a property from the inside, out. In addition to harming elements of a home, it can also eventually start to affect peoples’ health.

Mold remediation and inhibition can be completed in three steps:

  1. Clean and remove mold
  2. Deodorize the area
  3. Prevent mold from returning

To kill mold, look for an EPA-registered product that says “kills mold” on the product label.  For mold remediation, it is also important to find a product that can also effectively kill bacteria and viruses. This is especially important in areas where flooding has occurred, as the water will bring bacteria and viruses into the home. Whether this process is done with one product or two, it is critical that both mold and bacteria are addressed. Products that claim to kill and inhibit mold must be EPA registered, meaning they have passed the EPA testing that is required to make these claims. A quick way to check if a product is EPA registered is that the label on the front of the product will list the approved ingredients.

Once the mold and mildew is removed, there may still be residual odors from the mold that would be undesirable to homeowners. If the mold removal product does not completely remove the mold odor, the process can be completed with a variety of products including odor absorbers, hydroxyl or ozone machines, or other innovative products on the market today.

Finally, homeowners will want to prevent any future outbreak of mold. This can be accomplished in two ways. First, a mold blocker can be applied to all surfaces that would be prone to mold. Homeowners will also find this to be a convenient option as they can apply this to any surface on their own as time requires, based on the longevity of the product. This is cost-effective from a homeowner and a remediation specialist perspective. Second, since mold grows in damp and warm conditions, the key to inhibiting mold is to absorb the moisture in the area. Depending on the size of the space, this can be done with a dehumidifier or a disposable moisture absorber.

With three simple steps, mold remediators can instill confidence in the homeowner that their home is mold-free.

We proudly serve Tamarac, Lauderhill, Sawgrass Mills and surrounding areas. 

Available 24/7 at 954-748-7887

By: Restoration Remediation 

Tips for staying safe this Memorial Day Weekend

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Memorial Day is set aside every year to honor those who have served our country, and it marks the unofficial start of summer. The Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to practice safety and consider healthy choices this weekend and throughout the summer months.

“I hope everyone has the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones this holiday weekend and remember the sacrifices of our nation’s active duty and reserve service members and veterans,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. “Classic summer activities like swimming or grilling out are best enjoyed when everyone practices safety.”

Spending any amount of time outside means exposure to potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Make sure you use sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply every two hours or after contact with water.

If you are planning on staying active and beating the heat by swimming in a public pool or a beach this weekend, make sure the water is safe. The department conducts routine inspections of public pools to ensure they meet sanitation and safety standards and making the reports available to the public. To access the latest inspection reports for public pools and water playgrounds near you, click here. Additionally, the Florida Healthy Beaches program samples water weekly from beaches along the coast and reports water quality. Residents and visitors are also reminded to avoid contact with visible algae in the water.

The department recommends the following steps to ensure a healthy swim:

  • Shower with soap before you get in the water;
  • Don't swallow the water you swim in;
  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea;
  • Parents should take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes;
  • Wash your hands after visiting the bathroom or changing diapers; and
  • Visit your local hardware or pool-supply store and purchase pool test strips to check the chlorine and pH levels before getting into the water.

It is also important to keep an eye on young or inexperienced swimmers in order to prevent injury or drowning. By incorporating layers of protection, including supervision, barriers and emergency preparedness, pool-goers can swim safely and securely. For more information, visit WaterSmartFL.com.

Grilling out can be memorable and delicious, but be sure to take precautions to avoid a fire. To enjoy a safe grilling experience, follow these tips:

  • All grills should only be used outdoors;
  • The grill should be placed away from buildings, deck railings and out from under overhanging trees or objects;
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the area;
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or buildup from the grates and in the bottom tray;
  • Use a food thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature; 145 degrees for whole meats, 160 degrees for ground meats and 165 degrees for all poultry; and
  • Never leave the grill unattended.

When cooking, avoid food poisoning and keep your cooking area clean, cook foods to the proper and safe temperature and discard perishable items that have been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

By: FloridaTrend

BIOHAZARD, CRIME SCENE, AND VANDALISM CLEANUP

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Sunrise Professionals also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Sunrise Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. 

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Sunrise Professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO of Sunrise can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Contact us 24/7 Emergency Service at 954-748-7887

Cómo limpiar después de las inundaciones en el baño

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

El daño causado por el agua en el baño después de que se desborde el inodoro puede ser increíblemente sucio y difícil de manejar. Solo limpiar lo que el ojo puede ver puede provocar moho, hongos y un ambiente insalubre para vivir. Solo el olor puede ser difícil de eliminar si el esfuerzo de limpieza no se realiza de manera exhaustiva. ¿Cómo limpiarías después de inundar el inodoro? A continuación se detallan algunos pasos a seguir para asegurarse de que la limpieza del daño causado por el agua sea exitosa.

Detenga el desbordamiento y observe los alrededores para ver si hay aguas negras sin tratar en el piso o en las paredes. Si es seguro usar ropa protectora como botas impermeables, guantes y posiblemente una máscara para ayudar a aliviar los vapores que se inhalan.

Descubra el motivo de la inundación. Si ve aguas residuales, es probable que haya una obstrucción en las tuberías. Las alfombras de pared a pared realmente deberían reemplazarse todas juntas, pero si esto no es posible, el relleno definitivamente sí lo hace. Incluso entonces, la alfombra debe ser limpiada por un professional. Esto puede deberse a muchas cosas, como demasiada basura cuando hay tuberías con fugas o agrietadas o algo tan simple como una obstrucción que bloquea el flujo de agua. Si no puede encontrar el problema usted mismo, puede que tenga que llamar a un plomero para asegurarse. Necesitará algún tipo de material absorbente para absorber el exceso de agua. Una vez que hayas logrado eso, la tarea de recoger cualquier desperdicio de los alrededores es lo siguiente. Puede hacerlo manualmente o con algún tipo de instrumento de succión que se use específicamente para aguas residuales. Este último se recomienda si es posible. La desinfección de los pisos y las paredes si es necesario se debe hacer con un poderoso detergente que sea específico del material que está limpiando. También se debe usar clorox, pero asegúrese de que haya ventilación. Siempre siga las instrucciones del fabricante sobre medidas y precauciones. Si está tratando con tapetes, estos deben sacarse y limpiarse adecuadamente debido a las aguas residuales. Use un deshumidificador para asegurar que se elimine incluso la menor cantidad de humedad que quede debajo de los pisos, detrás de las paredes o en la lechada. Esto es muy importante para que no se produzcan olores. Todo esto debe hacerse antes de que pueda pensar en reemplazar cualquier material o alfombra.

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How to Clean Up an Overflowing Toilet

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

An overflowing toilet is one of the worst sanitary disasters you can face in your home, even more annoying than your pet tracking in mud or your child spilling a plate of spaghetti. In most cases, after the initial cry of disdain, cleaning up after an overflow requires little effort. However, if the sewage water reaches your walls, carpets or furniture, you may have to call in the experts to prevent risk of mold and other contamination. If your toilet has been clogging lately, it may be wise to keep a pair of rubber boots and clean-up tools in a closet close by in case of emergencies.

Step 1

Stop the overflow first. Lift the lid off the toilet tank and press down on the circular, rubber valve on the bottom of the tank to close it. Then lift up the float, which is the plastic vertical structure attached to the rubber spherical object. These two actions stop more water from entering the toilet bowl. While still holding the float, ask someone else to shut off the water valve at the back of the toilet by turning it clockwise. If you are alone, try turning the valve while holding the float or quickly let go of the float to turn off the valve. This shuts off the water supply.

Step 2

Mop the water and waste immediately off the floor once the toilet has stopped overflowing. Ring the mop out into an empty bucket.

Step 3

Unclog your toilet using a plunger. If after several minutes of plunging the water in the toilet does not go down or flush, use a closet auger.

Step 4

Insert the tip of your closet auger so the tip's curve is pointed in the same direction as the drain. Crank the auger as far as it will go in both cranking directions to clear the clog. Gently pull the auger out of the toilet and plunge again. If after several attempts the clog doesn't clear, call a plumber to come fix your toilet.

Step 5

Pour the mopped up waste water down the toilet, if the toilet is now functioning. Rinse out the bucket and mop with hot water.

Step 6

Mix 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of warm water in the bucket. Sanitize every area that came into contact with the waste water using a mop or cloth and the bleach solution. Wear rubber gloves if you are cleaning with a cloth.

Step 7

Call a water damage restoration company if the overflow has penetrated your bathroom walls, carpets or wood furnishings.

By: www.hunker.com

We proudly serve Tamarac, Lauderhill, Sawgrass Corporate and surrounding areas. 

Call us 24/7 at 954-748-7887 to make it "Like it never even happened." 

10 Simple Ways To Celebrate Earth Day

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

For most people it goes under the radar, unnoticed and uncelebrated. In a society where we honor each other with celebrating birthdays, Mothers/Fathers Day, Christmas, etc., let’s come together and honor the earth that allows us to eat, breathe, love and exist. Here are 10 simple ways you can celebrate this Earth Day!

1. Keep The Car In The Garage

How about leaving the car at home and walking, cycling or using public transport even just for today? Perhaps it’s walking the kids to school instead of driving them, or you might opt to cycle to yoga. It may take you a little more time but you’ll get to enjoy the fresh air, teach the kids about nature on the way to school, or read a book on the train or bus. Who knows, you might enjoy it so much it becomes a regular thing!

2. Practice Yoga Outdoors

Ask your yoga teacher or local studio to offer classes outdoors. Fresh air, a natural setting, no butts in your face and no need for electricity. Ending the class with a meditation and offering a little love and gratitude to the earth would be a beautiful way to complete this natural yoga experience.

3. Recycle

As Voltaire says, “no snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible,” yet where would the avalanche be without each snowflake? In the same way, our individual and seemingly small habits can combine to have a powerful effect -- and recycling is a great example of this. Get the kids involved too and help create some positive habits for generations to come!

4. Invest In A Reusable Coffee Cup

For the price of a couple of lattes, you can buy yourself a reusable cup which means you won’t be adding to the large pile of coffee-related rubbish. Earth Day is the perfect “excuse” to form a new habit that could save 5 cups and lids over the course of a work week, which is around 300 over the course of a year!

5. The Big Turn Off

Did anyone else’s mum ever bang on about turning off appliances or lights when you were a child? Chances are she was trying to save money on the power bill, but money isn’t the only thing you’ll be saving. For today, try turning off appliances at the wall when you’re not using them, or switching off lights when you leave the room. It sounds so simple but still worth mentioning as it still takes conscious effort!

6. Unplug The TV

Relax, it’s only one day! Following on from the previous point, why not keep the TV switched off all day? By making it a ‘no TV’ day, you’ll have some extra time to connect with nature in some way. Enjoy a walk, get some fresh air, and appreciate your natural environment. Perhaps take the family for a picnic in the park, or collecting shells at the beach and encourage everyone to think about the earth and how magnificent it is.

7. Get Planting

Today’s the day to take the plunge and create a veggie patch. You’ll not only be eliminating the carbon emissions that are involved in getting produce to plate, you’ll also be able to enjoy fresh, organic produce whilst saving some money. If you find the idea of a veggie patch daunting or if you have limited outdoor space, you could start by planting some fresh herbs or a couple of lettuces in a bucket -- or for a rustic look, an old wine barrel.

8. Use Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products

It’s easy to just keep using chemical-laden cleaning products without giving it a thought, so try being really conscious about what you are using to clean with. Having to wear gloves and being advised to not breathe in the fumes should be a sign that what you’re using is not a healthy option.

We all want our homes to be clean and germ-free, but we don’t need to rely on chemicals to achieve that. There are many cost-effective, green-friendly options to choose from and today’s the day to give them a go. If you are really resistant to spending extra money on cleaning products, then why not do some research into cleaning with fresh lemon juice or vinegar water.

9. BYO Grocery Bags

Making the effort to put reusable shopping bags in your car (or in your bag if you’re observing point #1) could start a new habit that would reduce the use of plastic bags. I’m sure I don’t need to mention how horrid they are for the environment.

There are so many nifty reusable bags that fold up to a teeny tiny size, making earth-friendly shopping easy and convenient. If you don’t want to spend money on reusable bags, take an extra backpack or duffel bag and leave those plastic bags behind.

10. Be A Vegetarian For A Day

Some of us love meat, some of us detest it, and some of us just go along with the flow of what appears on the plate. Today why not make a conscious choice to say no to meat and try some of the mouth-watering vegetarian options out there.

The excessive demand for meat creates an excessive strain on environmental resources, and the more we ask for, the more our planet suffers. A quick search online will give you tons of easy and delicious vegetarian recipes, so for one day why not give it a go! And if you really can’t go without meat for a whole day, at least commit to having one of your meals today be a vegetarian meal.

By: www.doyouyoga.com

SERVPRO OF SUNRISE has Green Cleaning Products that allow us to finish any cleaning project in an environmentally sound way! 

Another reason to call us for your restoration and cleaning needs at 954-748-7887. 

Proudly serving Sunrise, Plantation, Tamarac and surrounding areas. 

Air Duct Cleaning

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

The first thing most people notice when they visit a new city is the quality of the air. This applies to your home and office as well. If the air is filled with dust and other floating micro contaminants such as mold, drywall dust, and/or rodent excrement; it is most likely due to the collection of these particles in the HVAC duct work. This largely occurs with new construction when debris settles into the open vents in areas that are unfinished, and in older homes that have not been regularly  and properly cleaned. It’s a good idea to avoid inhaling these to avoid unnecessary respiratory and or other health problems. Regular air duct cleaning by a reputable company such as SERVPRO of Sunrise will significantly reduce the amount of these unwanted and unhealthy pollutants in the air.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends not trying to clean your HVAC system unless you are trained to do so. They encourage you to use a professional company to clean the air ducts in your home. Especially if there are smokers in the home, pets that shed, water damage, home renovations, or prior occupancy. Our technicians are highly qualified and available for both residential and commercial air duct cleaning.

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For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (954) 748-7887.