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Commercial Kitchen Cleaning, Why Does it Matter?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen with the SERVPRO logo and an orange banner that says “Free Quote” Call our office at 772-770-0501 to schedule a free quote for your next commercial cleaning.

Commercial kitchens tend to be much larger in size than a residential kitchen. They also require a significantly higher level of cleaning and disinfecting. Commercial kitchens must comply with several legal regulations as they are responsible for preparing food for the general public rather than a private family. Maintaining a clean commercial kitchen is necessary for a variety of reasons, including to keep up to date on health code and food standards and to ensure your customers are getting the best possible dining and food experience. As a professional commercial cleaning company, we have the proper products, equipment and experience to do the job effectively and efficiently. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is committed to providing the highest quality services possible tailored to your budget and timeline. To learn more about how SERPVPRO of Vero Beach can help with your commercial cleaning needs call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Flooring: To Salvage or Replace?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Tile floor leading in to living room with the first half covered in water. SERVPRO logo in top left corner. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

One of the most common questions we get when we arrive to a water loss is “Do you think the floors are salvageable?”. The answer is not always so cut and dry. There are many factors that go into deciding whether we salvage or remove flooring. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of flooring- For example, vinyl and tile are much more resilient to water damage than wood or laminate.
  • Signs of damage- Buckling, cupping, cracks, discoloration, odors, or mold are just a few things we look for.
  • Subflooring- If water has seeped into the subflooring, we will most likely need to remove the flooring to ensure the subfloor is completely dried out. This will prevent future mold growth.
  • Water Contamination- Your safety is the upmost importance to us. If the water is contaminated (such as sewage) it is usually safest to replace.
  • Ease of repair or replacement- Sometimes the damage doesn’t affect an entire area of flooring. If the floor can be easily matched we will try to salvage as much of the floor as possible.

We would like you to rest easy knowing that we will help you in making the best possible decisions for your property. If you have experienced a water loss, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Psychrometry-The Science of Drying

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Inside the back of a SERVPRO box truck fully loaded with equipment for a water loss response. Each of our fleet’s response vehicles are fully equipped to mitigate a water loss from our arrival to departure.

When our technicians begin to set up drying equipment on a site it's more than just placing a couple air movers and dehumidifiers here and there. They are using mathematical equations to come up with the most effective drying strategy. This is called “psychrometry”. Psychrometry is the science of studying various properties of air, methods of controlling its temperature and moisture content (humidity), and its effect on various materials. Some of the factors that determine quantity and placement of equipment are moisture levels, temperature, materials affected, and size/layout of the space. Many contractors advertise themselves as “Water Damage Restoration Professionals” when they have no formal training or certifications. SERVPRO of Vero Beach sends every technician to get certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) in water damage restoration. You can rest assured that when you call us to remediate a water loss your property is in the hands of qualified professionals. Our goals is to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Hurricane Damage by Category

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram of a home with tips to prepare for a hurricane. Here are some tips for hurricane preparations.

In Florida the most common and reoccurring natural disaster is a hurricane. However, no two hurricanes are alike. Its strength will determine the level of destruction it leaves behind. A hurricane’s strength is classified by categories. Below are the five categories and what you can expect:

  • Category 1: Wind speeds range between 74-95mph. Damage tend to be minor with the potential for small trees to be uprooted from the ground and branches snapping off of trees.  Power outages are also very common in this category.
  • Category 2: Wind speeds range between 96-110 mph. It can cause moderate damage to your property. Includes damage from a Cat 1 hurricane as well as roof, gutter, and siding issues on homes.
  • Category 3: Wind speeds range from 111-129 mph. Categories 3-5 are classified as “major threats”. Includes damage from Cats 1&2 as well as potential loss of the roof deck (the base of your roof not just the shingles), flooding and electric/water outages after the storm.
  • Category 4: Wind speed range from 130-156 mph. Includes the damages from Cats 1-3 as well as complete detachments of roof and sidings, uprooting of large trees and knocked down power lines.
  • Category 5: Wind speeds are 157+ mph. Extremely dangerous and generally requires compete evacuations. Includes damages from Cats 1-4 as well as a potential of complete home destruction. Flooding, power outages, road blocks, and damaged homes often leave communities uninhabitable for months.

It is critical during any hurricane that you always follow the instructions of your local authorities and make all preparations necessary to preserve life and property.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Top Causes of Commercial Fires

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire men putting out a commercial fire at night. Commercial fire sprinklers can be a good investment to protect all types of businesses from fire.

Fire damage to your commercial business can be catastrophic. Regardless the nature of your business, it can mean downtime and loss of goods or property. According to the USFA commercial fires tend to start for the same reasons:

  • Electrical and Heating Malfunctions– Worn electrical cords and faulty wiring are also a major cause of commercial fires.
  • Arson- Intentional fire-setting in abandoned buildings, especially in the current economic climate, provide an easy target for fire setters. Don't let these hazards kill or injure firefighters.
  • Smoking- Even in a smoke-free building, you can't watch what your employees do all the time. It only takes one cigarette to start a fire. Many historic hotel fires, and the Sofa Super Store fire, were started by someone smoking cigarettes.
  • Improper Storage- Most fires in storage properties are not in warehouses but are in garages, barns, silos, and small outbuildings. Many fires are started when flammable materials are stored too close to a heat source.

If you discover that your business has been the site of a fire, stay calm but act quickly. Once the fire has been put out, it is important that you seek help from a fire damage restoration company. Professional technicians, who are qualified to tend to fire-damaged commercial properties, will restore your business to a healthy environment for all who enter.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Creating an Emergency Ready Profile for Your Business

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

iPad and iPhone with SERVPRO’s App on the Screen SERVPRO's ERP has Indian River County commercial properties ready for water damage occurrences.

Business owners often plan for many contingencies, but tend to overlook the impacts of a water loss. A fast remediation is key to ensuring your business experiences minimal effects after an unexpected loss. SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers our commercial customers a unique safeguard-- a unique mobile app that will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). This process starts with scheduling a meeting with our Marketing Rep. During this meeting they will gather information to create customized recommendations for adaptations you can put in place to reduce the effects an unexpected water damage on your day-to-day operations. If you are interested in developing a collaborative solution for an unexpected water loss at your business, give our office a call at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Summer Fire Prevention Tips

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks bursting in the night sky with a man holding up a sparkler. Fireworks have been traditionally used to celebrate our independence since 1777.

Summer is known for picnics and good times outdoors. It’s the best time of year to enjoy camping, bonfires, fireworks and cookouts with family and friends. However, summer is also the time of year fire incidences increase. Below are some easy steps you can take to help protect your home and avoid fire damage.

Grilling Safety: Keep the grill away from the side of your home. Clean the grates and check fuel connections frequently. If you use a charcoal grill, never dispose of used charcoal until they have cooled completely.

Fireworks Safety: Always light fireworks in a safe location outside away from your home, garage, shed, grass or family.

Bonfire Safety: Make sure the area where you start your bonfire is a legal location. Never build a bonfire on a high-wind night. The pile shouldn't be bigger than 5'x5' to keep the flames containable and make sure to keep water nearby. After the bonfire is done, turn over the charred materials with metal shovels and rakes and douse the area with water.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service if you’re ever in need. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

722-770-0501

Why to Call a Fire Restoration Specialist vs. a Building Contractor

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

Two men cleaning soot from a fire off the ceiling. Did you know? During the lifetime of average household, chances are 2 to 1 that there will be an accidental fire.

Before you can begin to rebuild what was damaged by a fire, there are many steps to be taken. Fire, smoke, and water can affect each part of the home differently-therefore each area may require different methods of sanitizing, restoring and rebuilding. Typically, a building contractor is not trained to properly remediate damage from a fire. However, a fire restoration company has the training, knowledge and specialized equipment to handle each unique situation. Some of the specialized equipment a fire restoration company has on hand are:

  • Soot and moisture measuring equipment
  • Thermal imaging equipment
  • Air Scrubbers or Ozone Machines
  • Specialized cleaning products and equipment

In addition, most fire restoration projects are covered by insurance. Fire restoration companies are experts at knowing what can or cannot be salvaged and how much it will cost to salvage and clean building contents. They have years of experience in working with insurance companies and adjusters, and can expedite the process by weeks and even months. The staff at SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the knowledge and experience to restore your home or business after any type of disaster. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Protecting Yourself from Lightning During a Vero Beach Storm

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Night time image of a lightning storm above a residential area Fun Fact: Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures of up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Did you know Florida is the lightning capital of the US? Interestingly, lightning is the third leading cause of storm-related deaths in the United States. It creates nearly one billion dollars in damage per year. The following guide and tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe and secure should you be caught in a lightning storm.

  • How Should I Protect Myself?

There is no safe place outside during a lightning storm. If thunderstorms are expected, you should stop any outdoor activities quickly and seek shelter indoors or in a hardtop vehicle. If you absolutely cannot get to safety, try to stay away from open fields, hilltops, tall trees or other tall objects. Find the lowest place possible and squat in a baseball catcher’s position your heels touching, ears covered, and head between your knees. Minimize contact with the ground and do NOT lie flat. Avoid water and anything metal, such as golf clubs or bicycles.

  • What if I am Driving?

Stay in the vehicle until the storm subsides. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that can conduct electricity.

  • What if I am Indoors?

Once the storm begins, do not touch any electrical equipment with cords, including corded phones--it is okay to use cellular or cordless phones during the storm. Stay away from windows and doors and do not go on porches.

  • What if My House is Hit by Lightning?

If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. You may want to ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls. If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to conduct a leak test before re-entering your home. Gas system components have been known to sustain punctures as a result of direct or nearby lightning strikes.

If you have experienced damage to your home from smoke or fire caused by lightning strike, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preparing Your Indian River County Home and Property for Hurricane Season

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic image of a home with several tips on how to prepare your home as a hurricane approaches. Here’s some extra steps you can take to prepare your home as an active hurricane approaches.

For residents of Indian River County spring is not only a great time to deep clean but, it is also a critical time to prepare for hurricane season. Below are a few tips to help get your home ready:  

  • Prune and Manicure Your Landscaping Prune shrubbery and trim any branches that can easily break during the next storm.
  • Inspect Your Roof                             Inspect your roof for any missing tiles, cracks, or holes. Even minor flaws can be exacerbated during a storm.
  • Organize Storage Areas.                 Organize garage to make storing any outside patio furniture much easier.
  • Check Your Vents and Rain Gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to an overflow of rain. Also check vents for any damage, missing screens, or any other issues.

Preparing for hurricane season before it hits will help in mitigating damage and hopefully keep your home from sustaining damage from heavy storms.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501