Are You Looking at Buying a New House?
The market for housing is currently favoring sellers, but what do you need to know if you are a buyer? What are some things you should be on the look out for?
Most people have a home inspection done, however they do not cover all of the bases that should be in order to know your potential new home does not have any damage.
When walking through a potential home first check around the outside of the home. Most homes in Florida are a block build with stucco over. Make sure there are no holes or cracks in the stucco that could potentially leak when the sprinklers are on or when it rains. We all know how Florida loves to rain daily during the summer.
Next you should check inside. The main areas of focus should be around any exits such as doors, windows and sliding doors. Do the same here to make sure there are not any holes or cracks for potential leaks. You should also check for discoloration as this could mean there was a leak at one point in time.
Finally check the bathrooms. Look in the vanities to make sure there are no on going leaks from the pipes underneath that could leave the bottom of the vanity discolored or warped from previous or on going damage. Finally check the shower. The shower maybe the hardest place to check as often you cannot see the damage underneath that could be going on. Still be vigilant on the shower to make sure you don't see anything that is off, especially when you turn it on.
If you find anything that looks questionable, give us a call today to set up an appointment and we would be happy to come look at it for you!
Living in Florida we go through rainy and "dry" seasons. Our dry season may not be the same as somewhere up north or out west, but non the less is categorized as a dry season for our climate.
Florida seems like it always has a high humidity no matter what season it is or how dry it is according to statistics.
How often do you pay attention to what the fire danger rating is though? Did you know that all national parks and fire stations have it listed and change the signs as the threat changes?
It is most noticeable at fire stations because they are normally in busy, high traffic areas of cities in Florida so you do not have to go out of your way to look. It is easy to check the sign driving by to see if you are in a high, low, or medium fire danger warning.
You may want to pay closer attention to these signs if you are planning summer parties that may include a bbq grill or a fire pit as it may pose a larger danger than you realize.
Next time you pass a fire station take a quick look to see where your area is at for fire danger.
Are your employees prepared?
During hurricane season we don't think too much about what to do with our business until it is too late and a storm is upon us. More than likely if we have a hurricane hit an owner won't be in the office but an employee might.
There are a few things to think about before it is too late. The first thing to think about is your most expensive investment, your electronics. Do you have all of your electronics protected, including your Wi-Fi and security system. Most often burglars strike during a storm when they know that systems are down and they will be in and out without a trace of who they are.
The next most important thing to think about is your building. Do you have a plan and a team on speed dial for when you have a water intrusion or a fire from a storm?
Well the good thing is, we can be that team for you. When you set up and Emergency Ready Plan appointment with us, we will send out a representative from our company to scope out your entire building, get important information, and put together a portfolio for your business. This portfolio will be available in hard copy if requested, and online from virtually anywhere.
Give us a call today to have a representative come out for free and build your Emergency Ready Plan Portfolio for you!
Little Guys Too
Why should you chose SERVPRO rather than one of the other small remediation companies in the area?
We have gotten some feed back about from potential customers wanting to support local and support local companies. Trust us when we say no one understands that more than us.
Here at SERVPRO we do get to sport the big logo that is recognized nationwide with our company and the green and orange colors. Along with that when a disaster strikes we also get the support of the entire nationwide team as well. Other franchises will travel to make sure everyone in the area that was affected will be taken care of. This allows us to take care of each and every customer that has called in and needs help right away. This is a giant benefit to not only us but also our customers in a disaster time.
On the flip side of that each franchise including ours that is a part of this giant company as a whole is locally owned and operated, the best of both worlds. So when you call us at your local SERVPRO you get the best of both worlds. You get the support of a massive company, while also knowing your money is being kept local to support other community members and their family's.
Now that the heat of the summer is upon us here in Florida we are spending a lot of time indoors and making our A/C work very hard to keep our homes cool. If you have an older unit your A/C maybe experiencing some things that are unseen to you until they become unsightly.
A/C lines in the attic can sweat or create drips and overtime affect the rest of your home. The A/C sweating can eventually show up on your ceilings or walls as unsightly brown spots.
These brown spots may not be harmful to begin with but if moisture builds up may cause issues down the road with growth. If you start to see these issues occurring it is time to have the unit looked at as well as the affected areas looked at.
An HVAC company should like at the unit and we here at SERVPRO can come out and look at the affected area to tell you if you need to be worried or have any further work done.
In the heat of the summer don't neglect your home. Give us a call to set up your free appointment today!
When storm season hits most people only think about hurricanes but there are many other things to worry about such as tropical storms. We don't often hear too much about tropical storms because it does not seem on the surface like they do much damage.
Tropical storms are just as much to worry about as a hurricane. Tropical storms bring in mass amounts of water leaving areas flooded, homes damaged and nature destroyed in some places.
Some things to think about with tropical storms that may not be at the fore front of your mind include: Clogged gutters, clogged swells, slopping backyards, and slab leaks.
Clogged gutters can cause that water to come back into the home and do damage inside the walls that maybe unseen for several days or weeks until growth starts to come through and the damage is done.
Clogged swells can cause that water to flood towards the house and the slab of your home compromising the structure of your home and all of the materials in it.
If you have a sloping backyard again that could cause water to come rushing towards your home and standing water to compromise areas of your structure.
Take advantage of the nice days we have during the storm season to get some preventative maintenance on your home taken care of!
Here When You Need Us
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated within each franchise. Our friendly office staff, technicians, marketers, and owner are attending the same events and shopping at the same stores as you.
We love to see our clients out in public and always answer any questions when we can.
The friendly faces of our company represent our services and how we take care of your home when an emergency happens.
We are always available to look at any concerns with your home and have a flexible schedule.
We are open 24/7 for emergencies and a live person is always going to answer the phone that works directly for our office. This allows us to get our team out to you as fast as possible to minimize the damage to your home. Our staff is always able to help and answer questions you may have in your time of need.
Always keep us in mind for the time you need us so we can make it "Like it never even happened."
While in the thick of the storm season we are thinking about rain and cleaning out our gutters and swells but we also need to think about this inside of our home and preventing fires there as well. Here is the list with 5 measures you should be taking annually.
1. Test your smoke alarms regularly
While not all of us are wonderful cooks and may test the alarms out more frequently than every year it is still something that needs to be done.
2. Inspect all of your heating sources
If your units are not working properly it can quickly cause an issue of smoke or fire in your home. You can do this yourself or have a professional come take a look for you.
3. Keep your stove and oven clean
Some of us neat freaks make sure to clean to stove a few times a week or after ever use but that is not always the case. The oven is a bit more tricky. Some ovens have a self cleaning setting you can use or you might have to get in there and put some elbow grease into it.
4.Don't leave you kitchen
If you are cooking food or have an appliance plugged in do not walk away. This is when a spontaneous fire normally happens.
5. Always check your dryer
Make sure the clean out the lint trap after every use as well as have your dryer vent cleaned every year. We often forget this but it is one of the biggest hazards in the home.
Use Less Water
While in the thick of the storm season we are thinking about rain and cleaning out our gutters and swells but we also need to think about this inside of our home and preventing fires there as well. Help us during both these ironically rainy and dry times to save water on fire safety.
6.Maintain all cords
We have all see the mess of cords plugged in and tangled together and not well organized. This is a huge fire hazard that should be corrected and maintained immediately.
7. Properly Store flammable products
These products range from hair spray to chemicals we use for cleaning. Make sure to keep these is a cool dry place to prevent a fire. In Florida one of those places does not include to garage because of how hot it gets in there.
8. Be cautious with candles
Never walk away from a lit candle. If a spark or flame jumps it can quickly turn disastrous. You should also be trimming the wicks before every use.
9. Be careful with your fireplace
In Florida there are very few fireplaces but some home do still have them. Make sure to properly maintain them and have the stack cleaned regularly.
10. Keep fire extinguishers around
You should have several fire extinguishers in your home available quickly for anything that might happen at a moments notice. It is also important to make sure they are not expired.
When there is a huge thunderstorm you are most likely thinking about flooding or a power outage rather than a fire that could occur during a storm. You might be asking "why would I would about a fire during a thunderstorm?"
A lighting strike could hit your home causing all the of the electronics to fry and possibly start a fire from one of them. The biggest culprit we see is stoves and ranges. These are large metal devices that attract the lighting even from within your home.
They other issue could be that your home takes a direct hit and you have fire damage, smoke, damage, and water damage, not to mention a huge hole in your roof.
Good think we can take care of all of those problems though. While no one wants to deal with surprise problems like this.
When your home has water, fire, smoke, or mold damage give us a call to make it "Like it never even happened."