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Summer Struggles: Water Damage

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

bear riding a surf board in a servpro shirt If you have water damage, give us a call and we’ll surf on over!

We love the summer here in Vero Beach, but more importantly, we love helping our community. See our tips below and as well as things to look out for this summer to prevent water damage in your home or business. 

Air Conditioners

Lately, we’ve been seeing an increased amount of water damage due to HVAC systems. As temperatures skyrocket, we crank up the air conditioning to try to cool down, but this could lead to your HVAC system having a meltdown. With the increased stress on the systems, there can be leaks or other issues with your AC handler that lead to water damage if you’re not careful. Check on your HVAC system periodically and have it serviced when necessary. It’s recommended that you have your HVAC system serviced annually as well as cleaned every three to five years.

Weather Damage

We’re in Hurricane Season and scientists believe this will be an eventful season. Even without the hurricanes, Florida summers bring about afternoon storms and heavy rainfall that can lead to water intrusions in your home or business. If your property is affected by a water intrusion, our team is well prepared and happy to help.

Vacationing

Summer vacation is one of the best times of the year, but sunburn isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. As you travel and leave your property unattended, it is vulnerable to water damage. It is important to turn off your water and have someone who can check on the property for longer stays away. As great as waterparks are, you wouldn’t want one in your living room!

Increased Use

You might be prepared for your kids to be home for the summer, but are your pipes? Over time your pipes and the connections can degrade, and increased usage can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Be vigilant and have your plumbing checked every two years as is recommended by professionals. If you suspect you have a leak, call your plumber to prevent a large-scale water loss.

Here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we’re all so happy it's summertime, but we want to make sure you have a safe one. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Choose SERVPRO of Vero Beach

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

puppy sitting in front of door Gibbs, the office mascot and the owners' pup

Independently Owned and Operated

Each SERVPRO is independently owned and operated, but what’s the significance of that? It means that we have the knowledge and support of one of the largest restoration companies in the world while being personalized to our beautiful city. We are a part of the community, and we understand what it means to live in Indian River County. Owners Jimi and Ursula are parents and grandparents and love being involved with their church and community. Our team is like family and our open communication helps us run efficiently and effectively to fix all your restoration needs.

But Still, Why Call Us?

We’re a veteran-owned, small-town living, highly trained restoration company happy to help no matter the hour. Call today; choose local.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Summertime Safety with Fire

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

camping fire Look at the wonderful fire made by our office manager; she removed flammable debris from the area of the fire and made sure everyone stayed safe!

Summertime brings about some of our favorite things; grilling, camping, and fireworks, but these activities all have dangers that we must be aware of. All these activities involve fire, which is no joking manner. If you’re planning on being around fire this summer, you must be prepared and well informed. 

Grills

Grill fires are one of the leading causes of house fires. It’s important to make sure that your grill is properly cleaned often to prevent the igniting of food residue or leaked fuel. Your grill must be adequately spaced from your home and other flammable objects; manufacturers recommend ten feet minimum.

Campfires

We all love a s’more on a summer evening, but fire safety must not be forgotten. Always watch children and pets around fires, be careful when using an accelerant, and make sure flammable objects are far from the flames.

Fireworks

As we approach the Fourth of July, we start to see all the fun fireworks in stores. As a reminder, fireworks may be pretty, but they can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to keep fireworks away from your home or anything else that is flammable. Do not aim fireworks at yourself, another person, or your home. Please use the utmost caution when handling fireworks.

As always, our team here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help. Let’s have an amazing (and safe) summer!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Mold in Florida: Why is it so bad?

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

mold covering bathroom wall in vacation home This is mold found covering the wall in the bathroom of someone's vacation home.

Why is mold so bad in Florida?

Many property owners in Indian River County are surprised when they discover mold in their home or business, but mold thrives in our beautiful state. Tourists aren’t the only ones who love the weather here! The humidity and high levels of moisture make Florida the perfect place for mold to thrive. Molds are fungi and do occur in our environment naturally, but an increased amount of spores can cause immense damage to your home or business and can cause health effects. With many people having vacation homes here in Indian River County, properties go untouched and water damage and moisture go unnoticed which can lead to a surprise mold infestation when you return for the summer.

As we enter the rainy season here in Florida, we must be aware of the moisture and humidity levels within our properties and make sure to take care of any leaks or damage before it's too late. Our team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach is highly trained and fully equipped with the experience and equipment necessary to remediate your property’s mold damage. Call us today if you suspect your home or business has been affected by mold!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Hurricane Season 2022

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

bear with goggles, flippers, and life jacket Float through Hurricane Season with SERVPRO of Vero Beach

What you need to know this Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season started with a bang this year with Hurricane Agatha over Mexico, which later transitioned into Tropical Storm Alex last weekend. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believes that this hurricane season might bring on more storm activity than normal and is estimating 14 to 21 tropical storms, 6 to 10 of which possibly becoming hurricanes. After a warmer than average winter, scientists expect a more active hurricane season due to the La Niña climate pattern and the decreased atmospheric stability that it causes. All in all, it’s as important as ever to be prepared for hurricane season. As property owners, it’s vital to have a plan of action and resources in case you’re caught in the eye of the storm. Add SERVPRO of Vero Beach to your arsenal for storm aid. Call us this storm season!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Types of Water Damage Covered by Home Owner’s Insurance

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician working on home from water damage Our team is always ready to help!

According to Nationwide Insurance, the general rule of thumb most insurance companies use when determining water damage coverage is if a water loss occurs suddenly and/or accidentally from inside your home the damage will be covered. If the loss arises from water outside the home it will likely not be covered by your water damage policy. If you carry a flood policy it may cover water intrusions from outside sources. Some examples of inside causes of loss include septic tanks, appliance overflows, faulty plumbing parts, burst pipes, water damage from extinguishing fires, and more.

If you experience a water loss in your Vero Beach, FL home our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your restoration needs. Just call our office at 772-770-0501 and our team of highly trained professionals will help you through every step of the process. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Did you know not all smoke alarms are the same?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke detector info graphic explaining the differences between the two Smoke detectors can look quite similar but function very differently.

Below are the two most commonly installed smoke detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA):

  • Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires.

How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).

How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Why SERVPRO: A Stress Free Insurance Claim Experience

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Man sitting at computer working on an insurance claim for water loss. Jimi is seen here working on a water loss claim to submit to a client's adjuster.

Water, fire, and mold disasters usually happen unexpectedly. They can be quite a stressful event for property owners to experience. This is where our expertise comes into play. Not only can we handle the restoration with ease, but we also help streamline the insurance claim process. Here are some ways we can help with your claim:

Documentation: Documentation begins from the moment our technicians arrive on-site and continues until the restoration process is complete. They document things such as moisture readings, condition of structure and contents, photographing damage, equipment placement/usage, and so much more.

Direct Communication with Adjuster: Our staff will gather your insurance information to contact them directly. We work directly with your adjuster to help reduce stress and miscommunications. Don’t fret though, you will be notified of any changes that may occur throughout the entire process.

With years of experience under our belt, we have been fortunate enough to build a solid reputation and relationship with many insurances, such as State Farm and Farmers Insurance. Although the choice is always yours, we are often recommended to customers by insurance companies since they understand we will provide exceptional service to their clients.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

We Offer Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Vero Beach, FL

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

photo of local Vero beach business after a fire loss A local Vero Beach business after an unexpected fire loss.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers commercial fire damage restoration services to ensure your business returns to its preloss condition. No job is too big or small. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team of highly trained technicians is led by a crew chief that will assess the damage and create a custom plan of action. Any salvageable content will be packed up to be restored off-site, if it is a smaller loss we can sometimes restore contents on-site. All non-salvageable are disposed of properly by our team. Our team is trained in an array of cleaning services from carpet and upholstery to HVAC cleaning and soot removal. We also offer odor removal and deodorization using air scrubbers, ozone machines, and foggers. When our team is finished it will be “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preparing Your Indian River Business for Hurricane Season

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm graphic Our team is available 24/7, we are here to help!

A hurricane making landfall in Indian River County can pose a threat to your commercial property if you are not prepared. Use these tips from FPL to help get prepared for any severe weather that may come:

  • Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to-date.
  • Have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes, e.g. set up a telephone number with a recorded message that will be regularly updated to inform employees of the status of company operations following a storm.
  • Consider developing a system to authorize re-entry to company facilities after a storm, e.g. I.D. cards and vehicle permits.
  • Establish a safe area away from exterior glass windows and doors if you plan to take shelter at your business.
  • Determine if your business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review the evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site, if appropriate.
  • Identify what you need to secure your building and important equipment and who will help; outline specific tasks and conduct a training session.
  • Review your insurance coverage and photograph or record your place of business – inside and outside.
  • Prepare for potential power outages; update the phone number and email address on your FPL account and consider installing a generator.
  • Prepare a list of vendors to provide disaster recovery services.
  • Do not attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near power lines. Please only hire qualified professionals to trim trees and other vegetation growing near power lines.
  • Make sure outside debris is cleared before a hurricane warning – trash pickup will be suspended.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501