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Preventing Dryer Fires in Your Gifford, FL Property

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer after it was removed from the property for cathching fire Dryer lint is highly flammable this is why it is important to regularly clean the vent system.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there is an average of 15,970 home structure fires each year that involve dryers or washing machines, with 92% of them involving clothes dryers. Also, according to the NFPA, the leading causes of dryer fires are as follows:

  • Dust, fiber, or lint – 27%
  • Clothing – 26%
  • Appliance housing or casing – 10%
  • Unclassified soft goods or clothing – 9%

Many of these causes are preventable by developing regular dryer maintenance habits such as:

  • Cleaning the lint screen before every load
  • Make sure the lint trap is clear of blockages
  • Wiping down the interior drum
  • Regularly vacuuming under and behind the dryer
  • Scheduling regular cleanings for the vent system
  • Regularly checking that the exterior opening for the exhaust is free of blockages
  • Not overfilling the dryer each load

 Preventing Dryer Fires in Your Gifford, FL Property

How Florida's Mold Laws Protect You

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on sheetrock behind water heater Here you can see a mold colony that has grown on the wall behind a leaking water heater.

As of July 11, 2011, Florida law prohibits mold remediation companies to also conduct mold assessments.  

First, let us establish the difference. A mold assessment is a process of collecting samples and identifying the severity (if any) and type of mold that exists. The mold assessor with then come up with a custom protocol for remediating the mold based on the test results. Mold remediation is the actual removal of mold as outlined in the protocol provided by the mold assessor. The reason the “Florida State Mold Law” legislative was established was to protect the consumer from a conflict of interest that may occur when the same company both assesses and remediates the mold damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is a mold remediation company that is fully licensed and insured. We have a reputation that far exceeds our competitors. If you have mold damage on your Indian River County property call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Does Home Owner’s Insurance Cover Lightning Damage?

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO pop quiz graphic Lightning causes roughly $451 million dollars of property damage a year. Did you guess correctly?

Generally speaking, yes, homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your property resulting from a lightning strike. There are three classifications that insurance companies typically use for lightning strike claims.

  • Lightning Strike-This causes the most property damage and is typically the easiest to collect a claim on.
  • Near Miss-This is when lightning strikes near your property but is not a direct hit. This can be harder to collect a claim on since the damage is less obvious.
  • Ground Surge-This is when a lightning strike causes a surge of electricity through an area. Although it is the most common claim, it is one of the most difficult to prove and hardest to collect on.

If your property has damage resulting from a lightning strike SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help! We can not only help restore your property but we can deal with your insurance directly. This can help reduce a significant amount of stress during such a trying time.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Small Choices Can Make a Big Difference in Our Community

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach employee posed next to art on a window sill Laura displayed her creations from "Take, Make, and Give".

We at SERVPRO of Vero Beach appreciate our community and love to give back as often as we can. We understand with the recent inflation in the cost of living many people find it hard to find extra wiggle room in their budget to give back to their community. However, there are still ways you can help! Below are some creative cheap, even free, ways to continue giving back.

  • Share a cause on social media- Social media is a huge platform and a great way to spread the word on a cause you believe in. Even if you can’t afford to donate, you never know if the next person can. A simple “share” can make a big difference!
  • Donate your time-Time is priceless and we all have it. Even if it’s just an hour or two you can make a huge impact in the community in a short period.
  • Volunteer any unique skills-There is always someone in need of a service or item, if you have a unique skill consider donating your services to help.
  • Donate unwanted items-There are charities and organizations in our community that need all kinds of items. Before you toss unwanted items to the curb, consider if they can be donated! 
  • Donate blood-There are OneBlood donation centers that are always looking for blood donors. If you are a medically viable donor you can consider helping by donating! 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Do Moisture Meters Do?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

An image showing a pin-less vs pin-type moisture meter. The top meter in this image is an expamle of a pin-less moisture meter. The bottom meter is an example of a pin-type moisture meter.

Moisture meters are a staple tool in the remediation industry. It is used to detect moisture in all types of materials. Moisture meters fall into three categories: pin-type, pin-less, and all-in-one.

Depending on what type of meter is being used the moisture content is displayed in either analog or digital readings. Moisture content is always displayed in percentages (%MC). If a moisture meter is calibrated for wood the scale typically ranges from 5%MC-40%MC. If it is calibrated for other materials the scale typically ranges from 0%MC-100%MC. Some meters offer a third scale for reading gypsum. Moisture meters calibrated for reading gypsum are recommended for use on sheetrock and the scale ranges from 0.2%MC to 50%MC.  

Detecting the moisture levels in your water-damaged property is one of the first steps in the remediation process. It is also something our technicians monitor daily until the materials have completely dried out.

If you have experienced water damage on your property. Call our office immediately at 772-770-0501. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Some Things You Should Know About Smoke Alarms

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm info graphic by SERVPRO Don't forget to test your smoke alarms monthly!

Smoke alarms can play a significant role in fire safety. Oftentimes, smoke alarms raise awareness of an existing fire before occupants realize it exists. This increases the chance of a safe escape and could help with minimizing fire damage to the property. Below are some smoke alarm facts issued by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • In 2014-2018, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (54%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (41%) or no working smoke alarms (16%).
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (13.0 deaths vs. 5.8 deaths per 1,000 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, two of every five (41%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (26%) of the smoke alarm failures.

If you have experienced a fire disaster on your Indian River County property, we are here to help! Our highly trained technicians are available 24/7 to help make it “Like it never even happened!”.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Minimum Requirements for Your Vero Beach, FL Business Fire Prevention Plan

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

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There are an average of 100,000 commercial-related fires annually in the United States.

With such a high rate of fire incidences the United States Department of Labor has created

a list of guidelines that business owners are required to adhere to when creating a fire

prevention plan. These guidelines are to ensure maximum safety of their employees and are

enforceable by OSHA. Below are the “minimum elements” required to be included in your

business’s fire prevention plan:

  • A list of all major fire hazards, proper handling and storage procedures for hazardous materials, potential ignition sources and their control, and the type of fire protection equipment necessary to control each major hazard
  • Procedures to control accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials
  • Procedures for regular maintenance of safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment to prevent the accidental ignition of combustible materials
  • The name or job title of employees responsible for maintaining equipment to prevent or control sources of ignition or fires
  • The name or job title of employees responsible for the control of fuel source hazards
  • An employer must inform employees upon initial assignment to a job of the fire hazards to which they are exposed. An employer must also review with each employee those parts of the fire prevention plan necessary for self-protection

SERVPRO offers a unique service to commercial property owners called an “Emergency Ready Plan” (ERP). This service is completely free and provides you with a concise profile that contains all the critical information needed during a water or fire emergency. For more information on how to create your custom ERP, call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Conditions are Necessary to Form and Sustain a Hurricane?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

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There is an average of 10 named storms each storm season. Roughly half of those storms become hurricanes. Of those hurricanes, half end up making landfall. Hurricanes have a big reputation but are relatively rare occurrences in the scheme of things. This is because all the conditions have to be just right to develop and maintain a hurricane. According to the National Weather Service, there are six widely accepted conditions for hurricane development:

  • The first condition is that ocean waters must be above 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit). Hurricanes will not form or weaken rapidly in temperatures below this threshold once they move over the water below. Ocean temperatures in the tropical East Pacific and the tropical Atlantic routinely surpass this threshold.
  • The second ingredient is the distance from the equator. Without the spin of the earth and the resulting Coriolis force, hurricanes would not form. Since the Coriolis force is at a maximum at the poles and a minimum at the equator, hurricanes can not form within 5 degrees latitude of the equator. The Coriolis force generates a counterclockwise spin to low pressure in the Northern Hemisphere and a clockwise spin to low pressure in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The third ingredient is that of a saturated lapse rate gradient near the center of rotation of the storm. A saturated lapse rate ensures latent heat will be released at a maximum rate. Hurricanes are warm-core storms. The heat hurricanes generate is from the condensation of water vapor as it convectively rises around the eyewall. The lapse rate must be unstable around the eyewall to ensure rising air parcels will continue to rise and condense water vapor.
  • The fourth and one of the most important ingredients is that of low vertical wind shear, especially in the upper level of the atmosphere. Wind shear is a change in wind speed with height. Strong upper-level winds destroy the structure of the storm by displacing the warm temperatures above the eye and limiting the vertical accent of air parcels. Hurricanes will not form when the upper-level winds are too strong.
  • The fifth ingredient is high relative humidity values from the surface to the mid-levels of the atmosphere. Dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere impedes hurricane development in two ways. First, dry air causes the evaporation of liquid water. Since evaporation is a cooling process, it reduces the warm core structure of the hurricane and limits the vertical development of convection. Second, dry air in the mid-levels can create what is known as a trade wind inversion. This inversion is similar to sinking air in a high-pressure system. The trade wind inversion produces a layer of warm temperatures and dryness in the mid-levels of the atmosphere due to the sinking and adiabatic warming of the mid-level air. This inhibits deep convection and produces a stable lapse rate.
  • The sixth ingredient is that of a tropical wave. Often hurricanes in the Atlantic begin as a thunderstorm complex that moves off the coast of Africa. It becomes what is known as a mid-tropospheric wave. If this wave encounters favorable conditions such as stated in the first five ingredients, it will amplify and evolve into a tropical storm or hurricane. Hurricanes in the East Pacific can develop by a mid-tropospheric wave or by what is known as a monsoonal trough.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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772-770-0501

Ten Facts About Commercial Water Damage

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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  1. A water leak will create over 3,000 gallons per year at the rate of one drop per second.
  2. In 2019, the average cost of loss for commercial water damage was $89,000.
  3. A toilet leak can produce an average of 3 to 5 gallons of water per minute.
  4. More than half of all commercial insurance claims list water damage as the cause of loss.
  5. About 75% of the money paid out by insurance companies is for water damage claims.
  6. Water damage costs on average 3 times more than a non-water damage-related claim.  
  7. The main cause of water loss in commercial properties is toilets.
  8. There is an average of 300 leaks that lead to water damage a day in US commercial buildings.
  9. Insurance companies sometimes offer a discount to policyholders for installing a water leak detection system.
  10. Water leaks create over $10,000,000,000 of damage annually.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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772-770-0501

We are a One-Stop-Shop!

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Dog wearing SERVPRO of Vero Beach shirt Keep calm and call SERVPRO of Vero Beach! We are available 24/7 for all your fire, water, and mold restoration needs!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Indian River County’s “one-stop-shop” for all your restoration and cleaning needs!

If you have any questions regarding any of the restoration or cleaning services we offer call our office at 772-770-0501 or visit our website at www.SERVPROverobeach.com. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened!”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501