Recent Storm Damage Posts

Mitigate Damage After a Flood

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded waters surrounding a house A flooded home in Miami, FL

Mitigate Damage After a Flood

While a flash flood or unexpected flooding from a burst pipe can’t be planned for, homeowners in Miami, FL, who live near wetlands or flood-prone zones know the importance of flood insurance. Even with the added coverage, minimizing the flood damage is key to getting your home back to normal and ensuring a smooth claim.

Extra Peace of Mind

Every flood insurance policy may be different, so it is vital to completely understand your specific coverage. In general, this additional policy will assist with repair or replacement costs for the following directly affected by floodwaters:

  • Electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Carpeting
  • Cabinets and permanent paneling or bookcases
  • Foundations
  • Detached garages
  • Electronics
  • Furniture

Although there is the relief that your property and belongings may be covered, homeowners still need to safeguard against additional damage from happening.

Minimize Secondary Damage

Regardless of how the waters came about, they often lead to mold damage. Once your home has been deemed safe to enter, assessing the damage and making temporary repairs may be necessary. It is important to work with your insurer to verify what can and can’t be done. Taking pictures of the damage, as well as the repairs made, is an important way to catalog the situation.
Removing water and circulating air are imperative to reducing mold growth. If possible, use fans and open doors and windows to let in fresh air. Nonpermanent items that have been affected by floodwaters should be removed from the home. This may include rugs, furniture, electronics, and clothing. Again, take pictures of all affected items. While working with your insurer, the sooner you call a flood, storm, and mold remediation expert, the easier it is to mitigate further damage.
While flood insurance may ease the restoration burden, taking quick action can help reduce damage to your home and make the process go more smoothly.

5 Things to Include in a First Aid Kit

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

First aid kit supplies A first aid kit should be kept on hand to deal with injuries

Things To Consider Including In A First Aid Kit

Protecting your employees at your Key Colony Beach, FL, business can be important for anyone. While a storm damage restoration service can help make repairs to the property, you may also want to be prepared for injuries. This could mean keeping a first aid kit on the property. Here are a few things to consider including in that kit.

1. Band aids

In many cases, professionals recommend having a variety of band aids available. A range of sizes should be present for use on a variety of possible injuries. You may also choose to have butterfly bandages present for holding closed deeper wounds, while special padded bandages can be used for blisters.

2. Gauze Dressings

Gauze dressing can be useful for wrapping a number of injuries that can’t be covered by a regular bandage. You may also want to include medical tape and a pair of scissors in the kit to allow the cause to be trimmed to various sizes.

3. Gloves

Another thing that should be included in a first aid kit is a box of disposable medical gloves. These should be worn by anyone providing first aid as a proper safety practice.

4. Tweezers

It's often recommended to have a pair of tweezers in the kit. These can be used to hold cleaning pads, or remove splinters. You may want to have a wide head and a fine point pair in the kit.

5. Creams and Cleaners

Another thing to include in an emergency kit is reams and cleaners. Creams may include antibacterial or anti-itch ointment while rubbing alcohol swabs should be present to help clean any wounds.

Remember, if your property is damaged you can contact a restoration service for help, but a first aid kit should be kept on hand to deal with injuries. Include items that can be used to treat a number of minor injuries, and be ready to contact medical help for any serious problems.

Making a Building First Aid Kit

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Kit supplies Preparing a first aid kit for your building is important

Here Are Some Things to Include in Your Emergency Kit

Preparing a first aid kit for your building is important for the typically minor but common injuries that can occur in a workplace due to a storm or other emergency. Storm damage experts can help restore damage to the workplace, so managing safety of employees is most important. Here are some things to include in your emergency kit.

Bandages

Bandages are the most common thing used in the majority of first aid kits. Having some of different sizes and fabrics should have you covered for most minor abrasions. These bandages can be easily found and are very inexpensive. Because you can go through them quickly, buying a good amount of them upfront may be a good idea.

Disinfectant

Disinfectant comes in several different forms, including:

  • Creams
  • Sprays
  • Wipes

These can all be useful in different situations. Before putting a bandage on any wound, you should make sure it is clean and disinfected. Bandages should be sterile, but anything the skin was in contact with before and during the incident can cause infection later.

Gauze and Medical Tape

For a burn or a larger wound, gauze with medical tape can be crucial. This can help contain the blood to a small area, and can also prevent it from coming into contact with something that can cause infection.

Gloves

The person applying first aid should wear gloves, to prevent the spread of germs and infection. Having several pairs of disposable gloves in your first aid kit is a good way to help prevent contamination.

CPR Mouthpiece

Having a mouthpiece for administering CPR is recommended, in case someone goes into cardiac arrest and needs emergency resuscitation. This will help keep both the victim and the person administering CPR safe from contamination.
These are just a few of the things you should have in your first aid kit in Design District, FL. Make sure you add items that you feel are necessary. Depending on your workplace, there are certain items you may need that wouldn't be seen in a typical first aid kit. Put in whatever you feel you might need in an emergency.

Flood Damage Tips

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded streets of a neighborhood - Text in picture that says FLOOD DAMAGE SERVPRO has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.

What to Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Ways to Prevent Water Damage from Spreading

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded waters in the entrance of a home Flood damage in a Key West, FL home

When everything is saturated and seems ruined after your home floods in Key West, FL, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. While you want to get a flood cleanup professional there as soon as possible, you know the importance of contacting your flood insurance company first. While they usually arrive quickly, there a few things you can do to prevent further flood damage without affecting your claim.

Keep Insurance in Mind

Before you do anything, ensure the home is safe to enter. If it is, take photographs of the exterior and interior so that there is proof of all the damage for your flood insurance company. If possible, create a detailed list of all your belongings and gather any receipts you may have saved to make the process go as smoothly as possible. It’s also important to discuss what can and can’t be done with your insured before you begin any cleanup.

Mold Prevention

Depending on your insurer, there are usually a few things that can be done to prevent damage from spreading. One of the most common issues that comes with any type of water issue is mold damage. Below are a few ways to keep it from spreading during the wait.

Remove and sort anything saturated with water such as clothing, rugs and furniture.
Clean and disinfect walls, doors, shelves, baseboards and other elements of the home that have come in contact with water.
If possible, open windows and run a dehumidifier to dry out the home.
Check the furnace and water heater for damage or standing water. Schedule an inspection to ensure internal elements are still functioning properly.
Put small holes in the drywall or baseboards that have been damaged to increase air circulation.

Although no one likes to wait, doing too much can affect your flood insurance claim. Staying focused on the details and sorting through your belongings can help keep it protected while help is on the way.

Effective Methods To Prevent Flood Damage

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers placed on a room to dry out area that had been affected by a storm Air movers drying out affected area in Homestead, FL

Effective Methods To Prevent Flood Damage

Throughout history, humankind has battled the dangerous effects of high waters, floods and heavy rains. As society has progressed, those methods have become ever more sophisticated. Civil engineers, architects and town planners all play a role in flood prevention. In Homestead, FL, your business may be in the path of a devastating storm that could threaten your company and your livelihood. Solid preparation such as a new roof, strong windows and drainage systems is the key to successfully weathering a storm.

Devices for Holding Back Water

Water from rains and snow and ice have the ability to sneak through openings as small as 0.005 inches. Powerful storm surges and raging rivers can bust through the strongest fortifications. The following structures often work against the forces of water:

  • Sea walls are placed to prevent high tides and storm surges from swamping coastal properties
  • Sand bags are a low-tech solution to rising flood waters
  • Levees, dams and reservoirs seek to retain water during heavy rains
  • Vegetation can hold soil in place and prevent erosion
  • Drainage systems divert water from areas that are susceptible to flooding

Flood prevention efforts have varying levels of success. In some cases, they are meant to provide extra time for people to retreat to safer areas without loss of life.

Methods for Flood Cleaning

Once a flood has breached the defenses and entered a property, the emphasis should turn to safety and cleanup. Hazards such as contaminated water should be approached with caution and left to a professional cleanup team in Homestead, FL. Special equipment such as submersible pumps, wet vacs, dehumidifiers and ventilators is effective in removing water from a property. Ridding the building of moisture and humidity can prevent the growth of black mold.
Flood prevention efforts will continue to evolve and become even more effective. Your company can benefit by utilizing new technology to defeat flooding.

Landscaping Tricks To Protect Your Home From Flooding

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

orange flowers with rain coming down Rain gardens actually use the extra water to make sure all the plants are properly hydrated

Follow These Tips To Keep Rainwater Out Of Your Home

A heavy rainstorm in Miami, FL, can create lots of flooding in your yard and in the areas around your home. This can cause enough problems on its own, including clogging the sewer and washing away topsoil. Another issue with outside flooding is that it doesn't always stay outside. If you don't take the right precautions, your flooded yard could lead to a flooded basement and the need for water restoration services.

Redirection

The best way to protect your home during a rain storm is to direct water away from it. There are several ways to do this:

  • Swales
  • Downspouts
  • Rain gardens

All of these options are designed to control the flow of floodwater. Swales and downspouts cause water to flow away from your home into an area that can handle significant water. Rain gardens actually use the extra water to make sure all the plants are properly hydrated.

Erosion Control

When you plant new trees or flowers, you probably add mulch to the top of the soil to protect the nutrients for the plants. Outside flooding can wash away your hard work. To alleviate this problem, consider using a heavier mulch than wood chips, which float away at the first sign of a stream. A heavy mulch is more likely to stay in place and thus less likely to stop the flow of water away from your home.

Driveway Options

A cement driveway is relatively low maintenance, except when it comes to rain drainage. Then, it can be the source of a lot of problems. Water that runs off your driveway is likely to end up flooding the sewer, which can cause problems not just for you but for other residents as well. Materials such as gravel still give you a nice-looking driveway while still allowing rain to soak into the ground beneath it during a storm.
Outside flooding can quickly become an inside problem if you're not careful. Follow these tips to keep rainwater out of your home.

Flooding in Nebraska and Iowa

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

A historic flood in Nebraska and Iowa in which the water has risen to six to seven feet, has so far claimed the lives of three people and left two other people missing, who are now presumed dead. This major disaster that has broken the record of the last major flood along the Missouri River back in 2011, has caused the evacuation of over a thousand residents and left over 500 homes ruined. With two states being flooded in record numbers, and hundreds of homes and businesses closed, the local restoration companies will not be able to help. As a part of the Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of Brickell is going to go ASAP to help the local communities as much as we possibly can.

Hurricane Kit

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a basic list of items you should have in your Hurricane Preparedness Kit for when you need a bit of help surviving.

  • An evacuation route plan.
  • A first aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Drinking water
  • Blankets
  • Canned foods & can opener
  • Cash
  • Propane stove & propane
  • Candles
  • A whistle
  • Cell phone chargers

To find out more about what exactly should be in your list as well as a more detailed plan to building the kit and designing your protocols visit https://www.ready.gov/kit

If you or someone you know does need help putting your home back together after a disaster call SERVPRO of Brickell. We have the knowledge and manpower to do the job right the first time. Reach us at 305-643-0710

What not to do After a Storm

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

With hurricanes it is hard to be certain which path they will take. Even with Florida weather meteorologists coming close to predicting the path, the hurricane can quickly shift or turn at the drop of a dime. Because of the amount of uncertainty hurricanes bring, here are 5 things not do to when riding out a hurricane.

  1. Don’t tape windows - it does almost no good and it is a mess to try and take off.
  2. Don’t run generators indoors - the carbon monoxide the generators emit can become deadly within minutes. Also, you shouldn’t connect a generator into your home’s electric system directly, because it can affect electric lines outside and endanger your neighbors, emergency responders, and /or utility workers.
  3. Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors - the carbon monoxide and fire risks are high. The grill’s carbon monoxide can easily build up and poison anyone inside the house, including your pets.
  4. Don’t walk or drive in flood waters - the waters can contain snakes, alligators, downed power lines and sewage, which can all be dangerous and deadly. If you drive a vehicle in flood waters that are six inches or more, the waters can cause a car to float.
  5. Don’t stay after an evacuation order is given - rescuers might not come out in the height of the storm, but if they do you are putting your life and their lives in danger. Your life is not worth the same amount as your home or anything in it. A home can be replaced, your life can not.

Hurricane Michael Damage

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

This structure was one of the only buildings left standing.

Quite possibly the biggest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in over a hundred years. "The Big One" called by many people for all of the destruction left in its path. Hurricane Michael hit the coast traveling 14 mph and accelerated to 17 while only losing a little strength while crossing from Florida to southwest Georgia. Not only was it one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida, it is also the strongest storm to hit Georgia since 1898. With over 70 miles of destruction along U.S. Highway 98 and 34 deaths (24 in Florida, three in North Carolina, one in Georgia, and six in Virginia), 1.3 million homes and businesses lost power. Us SERVPRO of Brickell went up two days after the hurricane hit and have been there helping the community as best as we can over the past month.

Hurricane Michael

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Michael made landfall causing major flooding and wind destruction in the Florida Panhandle with the storm track continuing into Georgia. In addition to the 160 local Franchises in the Hurricane Michael affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been activated and will be deploying to the affected areas as needed. With about 20 franchises out in Panama City, there is only so much that we can do. However, you can help by donating.

You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!

The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the East Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Michael.

Click HERE to make a donation

Hurricane Preparedness During October

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

With Winter around the corner, we at SERVPRO of Brickell will like to remind you that we aren’t out of Hurricane season just yet. Hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30th and October is the month where a hurricane is most likely to make landfall in Florida. Since 1950, at least 8 out of 15 hurricanes have made landfall in the state of Florida during October.

So, with October being a few days away, we strongly encourage to be prepared for any hurricanes that might come. Below we will have a list of what should be included in your preparedness kit:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Portable Power banks (Portable chargers)
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Baby wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery