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Hurricane Season Fast Facts

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

  • While hurricanes pose the greatest risks, tropical storms and depressions also pose serious threats due to flooding, rain, winds, waves, and tornadoes
  • Slow moving storms produce more rain and flooding than swift moving storms
  • Hurricanes mostly occur from June to November when seas are warmest. Peak season is August to October
  • In the lead up to a storm, ask friends and relatives outside the storm's path if you can stay with them to avoid staying in large shelters
  • Know your home. If your South Florida home was built after 2002, it's designed to withstand some hurricane force winds. In the event of a tropical storm or non major hurricane, sheltering in place may be your safest option
  • Due to COVID-19, even under storm conditions, masks are not enough, continue social distancing if sheltering outside home and wash your hands often

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When Storms or Floods hit Sunrise, SERVPRO is ready!

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Our teams are prepared with equipment strategically located in case of flood or storm emergency in our area including Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac, Plantation and Fort Lauderdale

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 954-748-7887

Faster to your Sunrise, FL Storm Damage

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Sunrise provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Sunrise arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Our teams are prepared with equipment strategically located in case of flood or storm emergency in our area including Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac, Plantation and Fort Lauderdale

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 954-748-7887

Hurricane Season is HERE

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

It's hurricane season. Why wait until you're in the cone of uncertainty to prepare?

Determine your risk

Find out what rain, wind and water hazards could happen where you live.

Hurricanes bring many hazards to the Florida coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rain, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves. 

Develop an evacuation plan

If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, here are some tips to help plan:

  • Identify trusted sources for evacuation orders
  • Have multiple options of where to go and how to get there
  • Have a "go bag" of supplies
  • Plan for your pets and kids
  • Be prepared to leave immediately 

Assemble hurricane emergency kit 

It's important to have enough supplies before disaster strikes, but also enough supplies for the aftermath. Electricity and water could be out for at least three days, so prepare accordingly. 

  • Food and water
  • A full tank of gas
  • Cash
  • Medicine and prescriptions
  • Batteries, phone chargers, radio

Don't forget to plan for pets and kids as well. 

With COVID-19, it's also recommended to have a few extra masks, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectant wipes as well. 

Get an insurance checkup

Before disaster strikes, check in with your insurance agent to make sure your policies are up to date. 

  • Make sure you have enough homeowners insurance for repairs or replacement if needed
  • Check coverage for your car and boat, too
  • Keep documents with you

Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. It's a separate policy

Strengthen your home

If you're riding out the storm in your house, here's how you can make sure it's in good shape if a storm passes through:

  • Cover windows: Have proper plywood or metal panels to board up the windows
  • Trim trees
  • Secure all doors
  • Secure loose outdoor items, patio furniture
  • Move your car to a safe location 

Help your neighbor

Before and after hurricanes and during evacuations, check in with your neighbors, especially senior citizens. 

Complete a written plan

Write down your hurricane preparedness plan now, before it's too late:

  • Have a contact list (family, friends, doctors, utilities, vet, etc.) 
  • Have at least one contact outside the storm impact area
  • Keep your important documents together 
  • Know your evacuation zone
  • Determine where you'll go if evacuated
  • Have your supplies ready 

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The Heat Is On: Fire Safety Tips You Need

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Sunrise to learn more.

Warmer (OK, hot) months are ahead! We picture lightning bugs, fireworks, barbecues and some fun nights with family and friends.

Warmer months bring about cookouts, bonfires, roasting marshmallows and so much more. But when you’re having fun, safety tends to take a back seat. So what can you do to help prevent fires?

While spring and summer bring lots of fun, they also bring an increased risk of fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year?

With safety being brought to the forefront, here are some top fire risks:

Grilling

Barbecuing, cookouts…all fun, but also can be quite risky! With a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, grilling out can lead to danger easily. Before grilling, do a quick little inspection to make sure the grill is in good working order with no leaks. It should also be placed at least three feet away from anything flammable and cleaned in between uses. While cleaning in between uses seems to come naturally, almost 20% of grill fires are caused by improper cleaning.

Fire Pits or Fireworks

Fire can be so relaxing, as long as it’s contained in a fire pit! And fireworks to help celebrate events are also super exciting, but while these things are fun, it’s easy to let safety slip your mind. Never leave kids unattended around a fire pit or fireworks. Keep a bucket of water close to the pit. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and when you’re ready to put it out, do it slowly to keep from scattering embers. Fireworks are the same, so keep a fire hose close and water them down before throwing them in the trash.

Chimneys and Dryer Vents

With our hot temps, you probably don’t even have a fireplace. But if you do, now is the time to give it attention. Have the chimney inspected and cleaned every year. A buildup of ashes can cause serious damage. Your dryer vents can also become clogged, so take the time to clean the pipes.

SERVPRO of Sunrise technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your Sunrise, FL or surroundings home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

What Homeowners Should Look for to Prevent Basement Water Damage

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Sunrise is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

There is a lot to be said for having a house with a basement. Not only is it great for extra storage and a place to hide out from any severe weather threats, but it also opens up the potential to expand your home’s square footage if it is a finished area.

Overall, there are many pros to having a basement, but it is important to also acknowledge the cons that they can present.

Having a house with a basement can be a drawback when it comes to water damage. While not every basement will have water damage in its lifetime, it is something that many are notorious for due to their unique construction.

Fortunately, by being aware of the signs of water damage in the basement, homeowners can catch things before they grow out of hand. If you suspect water damage, it is important to be sure to address it as quickly as possible so you do not have a much larger issue on your plate.

Preventing Basement Water Damage By Knowing the Signs

Unpleasant, musky odors. The water that leaks into a basement is often clean water, but that does not mean that musky odors can’t still develop. Water leads to mold and mildew growth, and as the water evaporates and leaves the bacteria behind, a musty odor can develop. Oftentimes, this odor is the very first thing that homeowners notice when they have water damage on their hands.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Water damage can sometimes be temporarily masked with paint, which is the route that many well-intentioned homeowners take initially. While this may temporarily “solve” the problem, it is not a long-term solution by any stretch of the imagination. Water will always find its way in if there is an underlying problem, which can lead to issues with paint over time such as cracks, flakes and chips.

Foundational cracks. As temperatures fluctuate and the ground shifts and settles, it is normal for hairline cracks to develop throughout the home’s foundation. However, any cracks larger than a hairline should be immediately examined. Cracks that occur on the ceiling, walls or floor are often signs that water damage is occurring somewhere within the home and leading to damages.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

How Thunderstorms Can Impact Florida This Summer

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road 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 247 to find out how we can help.

Your Home Restoration Experts

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop 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 247 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

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water 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 247 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

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC Logo 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.