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Rosh Hashanah 2019: When It Begins, What You Need To Know

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

The birthday of the universe, the beginning of the Jewish new year, a ram's horn. It's Rosh Hashanah 2019. Happy 5780.

What is "Rosh Hashanah?"

The words actually mean "head of the year" and are used to mark the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah is a two day period that culminates with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

that period is referred to as "The Days of Awe" and is focused on repentance and atonement.

In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah is considered the sixth day of "Creation," the day that Adam and Eve were made. Because of their creation, it is considered the day that the potential of the universe was first recognized. Thus, it's also considered the birthday of the universe.

When is it?

It begins at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 29, and ends at sundown on October 1.

What? It begins and ends at sundown?

In Judaism, it's not only the holidays that start at sundown but every day. In the Book of Genesis, it says that "it was evening and it was morning." So, Jews consider that to mean that the evening comes first and then morning and that's how the days are marked. It's something that has also taken on the added meaning of, things may seem dark at first, but there will be light and it will get better.

How is it celebrated?

Several ways. Most notably, Jews will spend a lot of time in synagogue or temple praying, listening to the blowing of the shofar, and reflecting on the year gone by. Also, there is a traditional trip to a body of water where bread is thrown, symbolizing casting sins into the depths of the sea, as referenced in the Bible.

Shofar? Is that the rams horn that I've heard about?

Yes. The blowing of the shofar – or ram's horn – represents a call to atonement. It is symbolic of the passages in the Bible when Abraham is called to sacrifice his son, Isaac, At the last minute, God allows Abraham to sacrifice a ram instead.

Are there special foods?

As with most Jewish holidays, the answer is yes. In this case, the challah bread is round to represent the cycle of life. There is also a lot of honey: for dipping challah, dipping apples,all of which symbolizes hoping for a sweet new year.

Do people wish each other a happy new year?

Yes. The traditional greeting is "Shanah Tovah," which means "good year."

Is there anything else that I should know?

This upcoming year is 5780. This means that for the next few weeks, many American Jews will make the same joke: I can't believe that I'm writing 5779 on my checks."

Shanah Tovah! from your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise. 

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September is National Preparedness Month

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

SERVPRO of Sunrise disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Sunrise reminds Sunrise-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.

No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Sunrise as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Sunrise, please contact us at (954) 748-7887  For more information on SERVPRO and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

How to Help the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 monster and devastated the northwestern Bahamas with catastrophic winds and storm surge.

The hurricane’s impact on the archipelago has been called a “historic tragedy," leaving at least seven people dead and homes and buildings demolished. Dorian is the most powerful hurricane on-record to hit the Bahamas.

As Bahamians reel from the devastating effects of the storm, here's how you can help with relief efforts.

MONETARY DONATIONS:

The American Red Cross is requesting donations to assist in Hurricane Dorian relief. Click here for more information. 

The Archdiocese of Miami is also accepting donations for those affected by Dorian with 100% of donations going to relief efforts. Click here for more information.

FOOD, WATER & SUPPLY DONATIONS:

Additionally, organizations across South Florida are accepting donations and will collect supplies at designated locations.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

BROWARD COUNTY:

United Way of Broward County is accepting donations through its Hurricane Dorian Fund. Click here to donate.

Food For The Poor is collecting donations of canned goods and diapers specifically. Any other items won't be accepted at this location. Canned meats, canned fish, canned milk (both evaporated and condensed) and disposable diapers can be dropped to the charity's warehouse, located at 6401 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek.

Food For The Poor will be accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Wednesday. Click here for more information.

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens will serve as a collection site for the following items: New generators, plywood, construction materials, pop-up tents, gas cans, baby items (diapers, baby food, wipes), large boxes of sealed canned foods, new blankets, cots, sleeping bags and large unopened bags of pet food or canned pet food.

The mall will not be accepting clothing or used items, and each donation must be boxed and labeled.

Items will be collected from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at 527 SW 145th Terrace in Pembroke Pines. The collection area will be located at the Trolley Stop.

(The collection at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens is a joint effort by the City of Sweetwater Police Department, the Florida Highway Patrol, the City of Miami Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. The same drive will be held at Dolphin Mall.) 

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Mold in your home?

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

If your home has water damage due to -

  • flooding,
  • sewage back-up from flooding in the area,
  • plumbing or roof leaks,
  • damp basement or crawl space,
  • overflows from sinks or bathtub, or
  • high humidity: steam cooking, dryer vents, humidifiers,

mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem.

SOME GENERAL CAUTIONS

  • Exercise caution in cleaning and disinfecting molds because they release mold spores when disturbed.
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia; fumes from the combination are toxic.
  • When discarding items that are mold contaminated, use extreme caution, or hire a professional.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
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SERVPRO of Sunrise can remediate mold from anywhere in your home such as on wood, insulation, drywall, crawl spaces, attics, basements, etc.  In order to treat mold correctly, it is important to find the source of moisture and correct the issue. We proudly serve Inverrary, Sawgrass Mills, Tamarac, Woodlands, Welleby and surrounding areas. 

Smoke Damage

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke odors and soot are difficult to remove, so the work may be best handled by professional fire restorers. However, there are some steps you can take to rid your home of these reminders of the fire.

  • Most of all: avoid touching soot. It smears easily and will leave oily black stains on everything it touches. If one is available, use a shop vac to remove soot, being careful that the vacuum nozzle doesn’t contact the surface you are cleaning.
  • If you have soot stains on your walls or hard surfaces, visit your local home improvement center to find a cleaner designed to address soot.
  • For smoke odors, ventilation is key. Open windows and run fans. Don’t neglect your attic and other insulated spaces, since insulation often retains odors.
  • Wash hard surfaces with hot soapy water. Consider using trisodium phosphate (TSP) if it is available where you live. Be sure to follow directions for safe use and disposal of TSP!
  • For soft, washable items, such as clothing and bedding, first decide if the item is worth keeping. Smoke is difficult to fully remove, and you may have more important things to spend time on. Multiple wash cycles – without letting the items dry in between – may be required.

Choose SERVPRO of Sunrise, your neighbor and local company that specializes in fire, water, mold and storm damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire and soot cleanup in broward area.

8 Things to Consider Before Filing Commercial Fire Damage Claim

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

If you’ve just experienced commercial fire damage, you’ve probably already filed a claim with your insurance company. Before you get too far into the claim process, there are some important points to consider.

There’s a lot of “fine print” in the handling of these situations that some insurance companies won’t necessarily bring to your attention on their own. Having a solid understanding of the process, will help ensure you protect your own interests in the commercial fire damage claim. 

Below are 8 important points to consider:

1. Normally for water damage you send the insurance company documentation of the damages. But how do you do this for items or property that has been destroyed by fire damage? Are there good “before” pictures of the same space, on your phone or website, that you can compare with the “after” photos of the damage? Does your bank have record of the blueprint from when they helped you finance the property?

Does your business account have record of furniture, equipment, etc. that you purchased for the space? These would be good places to start, but you’ll want to ask your adjuster/agent for more specific protocol and requirements.

2. Is it a good idea to make repairs and restorations yourself? Your insurance company will pay less, but your premium may not increase as much. Weigh the costs and benefits of each option.

3. How did smoke or water from fighting the fire affect your electronics, equipment, and structural integrity. How do you claim those damages to trigger better coverage?

4. When making repairs, make sure your insurance company does not cut corners by using companies or contractors that repair with materials containing lead and asbestos. That could lead to greater costs and health risks down the line

5. Find out how your policy addresses code coverage and Green building upgrades.

6. If your coverage is limited, what can you do about it? How can your agent or a public adjuster help?

7. During the claims process, your insurance provider may engage a forensic accountant. Find out their role, which financial statements you are required to produce, and why. You should also ask if you can, and should, recast your financial statements. Don’t hesitate to get input from an accounting professional you trust, as well as your agent.

8. Find out what can be included as extra and expediting expenses, and what the difference is.

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Call the cleanup team that's faster to any sized disaster

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you rode out the storm at home, or evacuated to a safer location, taking the first look around your damaged home can be overwhelming. In addition to the other emotions you may be feeling, you may feel daunted by the size of the task and not know where to begin.

Every home’s needs will be different, and some damage can only be repaired by professionals. But if you and your loved ones will be tackling any of the work, these tips for cleaning and repairing your home after a disaster will help you get started safely and effectively. 

Cleaning Up

It’s up to you whether you prefer to start by tackling the largest issues across the entire home, or by focusing on one or two key rooms where you can make substantial progress.

You may have a lot to accomplish, so be sure to take breaks when the task seems overwhelming. Step outside, get some fresh air, and focus on the improvements you’ve already made. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!

  • If this is your first visit to the home, follow our tips for checking your home’s structural elements and utilities and systems.
  • Open doors and windows. If the house was closed for more than 48 hours, air it out before staying inside for any length of time.
  • Remove any remaining water, large amounts of dirt/mud, damaged items and other trash.
  • Clean hard surfaces throughout your home (flooring, countertops and appliances) thoroughly with hot water and soap or a detergent. Then disinfect with bleach or a commercial disinfectant (be sure to follow directions on the bottle).
  • Dry soft surfaces (upholstered furniture, rugs, bedding and clothing) in the open air if possible, before cleaning
  • Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
  • Any appliances that were inundated by flood water should be checked by a professional before you use them.

When a storm hits your Sunrise home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

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Staying Safe - Smoke alarms

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

Here's what you need to know!
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • More about installation and maintenance of home smoke alarms.

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Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Broward County Smoke and Soot Cleanup.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPROof SUNRISEwill test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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We proudly serve Sunrise, Plantation, Tamarac, Lauderhill and surrounding areas. 

Odor Removal Options

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Odor removal is a critical part of almost any restoration job. There are a variety of options available from masking agents to foggers to ozone and hydroxyl generators, and so on. Today, there is a rather big inner-industry debate being waged over the benefits and dangers of those latter two options. There is a clear advantage to using machines to eliminate odors from spaces and items rather than simply trying to mask them. 

This time around, odor removal experts are taking the stand to talk odor removal science to help you make an educated decision about which technology is right for your company.

Meet the Experts

What is the basic science behind your technology?

DH: Ozone is created when oxygen molecules (O2) are ‘sliced’ in half; the single oxygen atoms (O1) bond with ambient O2 molecules, creating ozone (O3 molecules). Ozone generators also produce ozone using these two principles- UV light and Corona Discharge.

RM: Manmade ozone is produced by two separate processes. One is with UVC ultraviolet light in the 185-nanometer wavelength. The second process is called corona discharge, which produces higher concentrations of ozone than UVC, for faster deodorization. Titan produces hydroxyls by subjecting humidity in the air to UVA light in the 365 to 385 nanometer wavelengths in the presence of a catalyst, usually titanium dioxide. This photocatalyst process splits an H off of H2O leaving OH – hydroxyl and an H.

TM: The Odorox technology was patented because it is the only process able to produce hydroxyl radicals that exit the chamber of the machine to eliminate odors not just in the air, but more importantly, odors that have been adsorbed by contents and structures. This is done by using multiple high energy ultraviolet lights inside the chamber of the hydroxyl machines. It converts water naturally found in the air to hydroxyl radicals, as well as oxy and peroxy- radicals that exit the machine. The hydroxyl radicals that exit the machine are able to eliminate odors, not mask or otherwise cover them up, by disassembling all of the odor molecules including those found deep inside porous materials.

How effective is your respective technology at removing the most common odors restorers see – like smoke, mold, biohazard waste, etc?

DH: The way ozone permanently neutralizes odors is by oxidation. The third oxygen atom in the molecule is loosely bonded to the stable O2 molecule, detaching itself from the O2 when it comes into contact with a receptive odor molecule. This permanently alters the molecular structure of the odor molecule, rendering it odorless. It doesn’t simply cover/mask odors with another odor, it basically removes the odor from existence. 

RM: Ozone is faster than hydroxyl at removing odors but must only be used in un-occupied areas. Ozone is great at removing any organic gaseous compound once the source has been removed. Ozone is great for use on mold, mildew, smoke, VOCs, bacteria, virus, etc… Titan hydroxyl generators are not for use as surface microbial kill. They are for airborne microbial kills only, but are great for area and content deodorization.

TM: Hydroxyls are the second strongest oxidant in the world behind atomic fluorine. They are one million times more reactive than ozone, which means they break down a much broader range of odors and pathogens compared to ozone. We have yet to find an odor that Odorox cannot break apart. However, the most difficult project is typically pet urine. This is not because the ammonia is hard to break apart - it’s easy. It’s because the pets were probably there for years and the urine has soaked deep into the flooring which makes it difficult for contractors to fully remove the source. It’s important to remember that disaster-related projects are different and there are always variables to consider when assessing a project. Proper training always helps.

To know when the job is done, turn off the machines and go smell porous materials where you know the odor was present - drywall, cabinets, couches, clothes, etc.  If the odor is gone, the job is done. If the odor is still there, run the machines longer or move them around.

There you have it. Both sides of the argument, and evidence proving both hydroxyl and ozone work to remove odors during restoration and remediation work.  

The Ozone vs. Hydroxyl Debate

Extracted from Restoration & Remediation Magazine

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO of Sunrise residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

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