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Virtual Education for Future Homeowners in Parkland

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Parkland’s First-Time Homebuyers Can Learn the Ins and Outs of Home Ownership

Few things are more exciting–and overwhelming–than becoming a first-time homebuyer, especially in a tranquil South Florida community like Parkland. Fortunately, an upcoming virtual workshop on January 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. strives to act as a comprehensive guide for first-time buyers.

This workshop, hosted by Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp., covers a plethora of topics essential for first-time homeownership, including:

  • An overview of the steps taken to become a homeowner
  • How to budget and what to look for when shopping for the perfect house
  • Having your home inspected before proceeding with a purchase
  • What purchasers need to pre-qualify for a mortgage
  • Closing a home sale and preventing foreclosure after purchase

Participants receive a First-Time Home Buyer Workshop certificate upon completion of the course and a counseling session. Registration is online, and an e-mail invitation will be sent to registrants on Friday, January 15.

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland performs various mitigation services, including mold removal, when Parkland homeowners call (954) 973-4130.

IICRC-Certified Techs Salvage Coral Springs Homes After Disaster Strikes

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of Coral Springs City Hall No matter if the fire occurs in your house or city hall SERVPRO is your trusted choice for fire damage restoration;

Coral Springs Property Owners Can Call (954) 973-4130 for Emergency Response Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO

Coral Springs, Florida, is a planned community that is home to over 130,000 residents in 24 neighborhoods, with some of the most valuable real estate property in the country. The workforce is a diverse blend of blue- and white-collar. An estimated 35% of jobholders work in such sectors as office administration, management, and sales.

Coral Springs is also home to a larger proportion of computer science and mathematics professionals than most United States communities. The average post-secondary education level is high: almost 39% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree compared against the national city average of nearly 22%. The average income for a family of four was $130,000 based on a per capita income of $32,000.

Prominent employers in the area include:

  • KB Electronics
  • United Medco
  • Broward Health
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Fiserv

“The City in the Country” is renowned for being among the top communities in South Florida regarding education, safety, employment opportunities, and growth. It is one of the most leading examples of a thriving planned community in the United States. Young professionals who prioritize upward mobility and families alike thrive in this diverse city.

A Brief History of Coral Springs

Coral Springs sits on 2,000-acres of land purchased by Henry Lyons sometime between 1911 and 1939. However, the area suffered several significant floods in 1947, which necessitated the construction of several levees to drain the floodwaters. After a few years of bean farming, Lyons passed away, and his heirs shifted to raising cattle.

Coral Ridge Properties purchased almost 3900 acres from the Lyons family for $1 million in 1961 during a postwar South Florida real estate boom. This massive acquisition added to an already collection of land parcels in Broward County.

1963 was the year Coral Springs was chartered, and the following year, the city sold over $1.6 million worth of building lots. In 1965, Coral Ridge Properties acquired 6,000 more acres from the Lyons family. Coral Springs’ first city elections were held in 1967.

Since its founding, Coral Springs built a plethora of new structures to support the community, including the 945,000 square-foot Coral Square shopping mall, 19 public schools, and the Sawgrass Expressway 1986.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art is an additional notable development in the community’s history. It was built in 1997, next to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts erected one year prior.

This unique visual art facility features the following:

  • An International Peace Garden filled with sculptures and eco-friendly landscaping
  • A 54’ x 17’ ceramic tile relief of the Everglades
  • Yoshin Ogata’s Mindscape
  • A meticulously-crafted mosaic chair
  • A plethora of community-driven programs and events for residents of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties

The Coral Springs Parkland Fire Department

The Coral Springs Parkland Fire Department (CSPFD) spans across eight stations, including three located in nearby Parkland. Before establishing the local fire protection service in 1970, Coral Springs residents relied on the Margate Fire Department. The CSPFD’s origins are humble, initially consisting of a small volunteer crew with nine firefighters on staff.

Coral Ridge Properties gifted the crew with its first fire truck. Before fire hydrants were built in town, firefighters had to draw water from local canals. In 1979 the department was hailed as one of the top volunteer firefighting companies in the United States. Their dedication to training continues to this day. The fire training involves using buildings that were already scheduled for demolition and damaged cars to recreate scenarios as close to real-life situations as possible.

Today, Coral Springs’ fire department has a paid workforce. Its training program birthed the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety (CSRIPS), the only fire academy in Florida to offer every course needed to become a firefighter in one institution. The CSPFD also has 18 members in southern Florida’s Task Force 2, which is specially trained to respond to vaious emergencies, including:

  • Earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, and other natural disasters
  • Hazardous materials emergencies and terrorist attacks
  • Infrastructural and technological failures

Task Force 2 members specialize in rescuing victims from confined areas and swift water rescues during floods and other disasters. The Miami Fire Department sponsors the Task Force.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Soot in Fire-Damaged Coral Springs Homes?

SERVPRO technicians are licensed and trained to perform fire damage restoration services for Coral Springs homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Whether your home requires light soot cleanup after a stovetop flare-up or an electrical fire has left behind significant damage, your local SERVPRO has the means to return your home to a preloss state.

Restoration services include returning the contents of your property to the original condition when possible. Soot-affected clothing, for example, may require the following:

  • Sorting of clothes based on three tiers of priority decided by the homeowner: clothing needed now, clothing needed later, and seasonal apparel
  • Disposal of metal hangers to prevent oxidation from staining clothes
  • Removal of loose, dry soot deposits with tools like compressed air, which also evaporates odor molecules
  • Thermal fogging and solvent-based odor counteractant sprays are ideal for odor control

Time is essential when treating soot-affected clothing because the synthetic fibers that are common today are prone to binding with smoke odors and particles, which can cause permanent damage. SERVPRO also utilizes Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-approved techniques and EPA-registered biocides to mitigate stains, odors, and microbial growth.

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland ensures that your home looks and feels “Like it never even happened.” Call (954) 973-4130 for a fast response to your disaster restoration needs.

Leave Parkland Behind and Celebrate the Holidays with the Animals

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water and mold damage in the kitchen If your home is hit with a water disaster. Call the pros of SERVPRO, to mitigate your water damage disaster.

Not Far from Parkland, Lion Country Safari Lets You Enjoy the Majesty of Animals in the Wild 

With the ups and downs of the current health crisis, Parkland residents have been cautious in their behavior. Consequently, many of us feel stir-crazy, and we are anxious to venture outdoors for a change of scenery. A short drive away, Lion Country Safari offers one of the safest and most exciting field trips for all to consider. Just like an African safari, you travel through the grounds in your vehicle while listening to a safari guide through your radio or phone and admiring the animals close-by. If you worry that this adventure sounds too good to be true, remember the following-

  • Capacity has been reduced, so the number of guests is limited
  • Tickets must be pre-purchased and shown at the entry to provide a contactless admission
  • Masks are required when outside the vehicle
  • No pets or soft-top vehicles are allowed

As far as engaging in a fun day with minimal risk, Lion Country Safari checks all the boxes! Just like them, at SERVPRO of West Coral Springs/West Parkland, we also seek to check all the boxes of a successful water cleanup project. Call us at (954) 973-4130 whenever it rains, or broken pipes add excess humidity to your home, and let us work with you until your home feels “Like it never even happened.”

Kick-start your Holiday Shopping in Parkland as Temperatures Cool Down

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

A dispaly of vegatables on a table at the farmers market. If you have flood damage in your home, call SERVPRO for the restoration services you need.

The Parkland Farmer’s Market is Ideal for Outdoor Shopping and Social Distancing

Starting in November and through April, Parkland residents and its neighboring areas can enjoy the outdoors and support the local artisan community. Now that temperatures are dropping, it may be time for a stroll along with the over one hundred vendors who make up this exceptional collection of crafts and food. Most Sundays also feature a programmatic activity such as public safety, health and wellness, and the environment. Here’s what to expect when you visit-

  • Gourmet jams and preserves
  • Local crafts and artisanal jewelry
  • Homemade dips and hummus
  • Entertainment for the kids
  • Fresh produce

All who visit the Market are encouraged to follow social distance guidelines as recommended by health experts. Families are welcome and encouraged to join in presentations made by local community helpers.

Even as recent storms have caused some flood damage, the Parkland Farmer’s Market is resilient and will continue, weather permitting. SERVPRO of West Coral Springs/West Parkland is just as reliable. Whenever you need restoration services from a professional team, you can call us at (954) 973-4130 and invite us into your home. Working together, we strive to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Coral Springs is a Great Place to Live

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO service vehicles outside the John A. Kelly Science and Technology. When disaster strikes in your Coral Springs area, give SERVPRO a call to mitigate your problems.

Beaches, Nature and Entertainment Make Coral Springs a Wonderful Place to Settle Down

Coral Springs is a relatively young city in Broward County, Florida. It was only chartered in July of 1963, adding itself to the Miami metropolitan area. It was a planned community developed by Coral Ridge Properties, which gave the city its name. Contrary to what one would expect, there are no natural springs in the area. However, Coral Springs does offer the beauty of South Florida with its fantastic weather and proximity to idyllic beaches. Following its incorporation, the city grew and maintained its allure through strict oversight, low crime rates, and family-friendly appeal. It is hard to believe that cattle were the leading population in the area barely half a century ago. Now, you find schools, shopping centers, numerous parks, and significant retail space, as well as the growth that came after the Sawgrass Expressway was built in 1986.

As you drive through Broward County, you’ll find Parkland, Coconut Creek, Margate, North Lauderdale, and Tamarac bordering Coral Springs. To its west, the magnificent Everglades serves as the city’s neighbor. You may notice that tall buildings are not standard in the area, which goes hand in hand with the original guidelines put forth by Coral Ridge Properties, which included sign restrictions and landscaping. A fun fact regarding signage showed up in the popular game, Trivial Pursuit. Coral Springs was the first city to house a McDonald’s without its iconic golden arches. Building paint, storage of boats and recreational vehicles, and many other rules are still enforced. Some say that the attention to detail makes it such a great place to live and drive property values higher than comparable communities. Construction continues, especially in the downtown area.

Among other amenities in Coral Springs, residents enjoy free city bus rides within its boundaries, while Broward County Transit runs transportation to other localities. The Sawgrass Expressway helps connect residents like the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a mere 27 miles away, and a true gateway to the world.

Broward County’s History

Even though Coral Springs is a young city, Broward County dates to the early 1900s. Most people do not realize that Broward owes its name to Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who governed Florida from 1905 to 1909. Governor Broward began to make the Everglades habitable and make it into what is now his namesake county. 

Dania, the County’s first incorporated community, was followed by pompano and Fort Lauderdale. A few years later, in 1915, Dade County and Palm Beach County contributed portions of land to form Broward County. In 1919, Ft. Lauderdale opened its first hotel, and wetlands were dredged to create residential communities. Sadly a hurricane in 1926 devastated the booming area. It wasn’t until after World War II that another boom happened, and residential neighborhoods took over what used to be agricultural lands.

The 1960s brought significant change to Broward County, including the incorporation of Coral Springs, Parkland, and Tamarac, among others. The decade also marks the desegregation of County beaches in 1962, two years after Broward College opened its doors. Today, the area continues to grow in tandem with the greater Miami area, and Broward County beaches are a popular destination for vacationers and retirees. Easy access, a robust healthcare system, and reputable academic institutions are a few of the qualities Broward County residents enjoy.

What to do near Coral Springs?

Sports lovers will find much to do in Coral Springs, home to the Florida Panthers National Hockey League team. The Panthers welcome fans from the whole South Florida area in its arena in Sunrise. The Dolphins football team is also close-by with a newly renovated stadium ready to bring the best of the NFL to its patrons. Soccer is a growing sport in South Florida, and Broward County, in particular, has done a lot to strengthen younger players and leagues in their parks. The Miami FC is the newest addition to sports in the area, and it practices in nearby Fort Lauderdale, inspiring fans and players to come out and cheer them on. Basketball lovers often follow the Miami Heat and travel the short distance from Coral Springs to the American Airlines Arena to watch some of the best players in the NBA.

Another popular attraction is the casinos with their games and special shows. Some of the most popular establishments include-

  • Coconut Creek Seminole Casino
  • Pompano Park Isle Casino Racing
  • Hollywood Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Gulfstream Park also offers a casino, dining, and thoroughbred racing surrounded by a beautiful shopping area. Just a few miles away from Coral Springs, it is a great place to enjoy an afternoon with friends and family.

Protection for Small Businesses in Coral Springs

Many small and mid-size businesses flourish in South Florida, and Coral Springs is no exception. 

With the kick-off of a new endeavor, business owners must know how the weather can affect their bottom line. Much like they buy flood and hurricane insurance, entrepreneurs would do well in identifying the best professional team ready to tackle commercial water damage restoration when the time comes.

SERVPRO is a conglomeration team of experts who have trained with the best in the industry to restore businesses and homes after fire or water events successfully. Smoke, soot, and flooding have no place in your life, and our team is ready to tackle these issues. Our capacity to bring to your location the latest in technology differentiates us from the rest. Rather than rely on do-it-yourself solutions or household cleaners, protect your home from ancillary damage by taking an orderly approach to its restoration.

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs/West Parkland is here to help when disaster strikes so you can continue to enjoy your life in South Florida with minimal disruption. Call us at (954) 974-4130 and invite us to put our expertise to work with you. We commit to working diligently until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

Explore the City of Parkland Farmers’ Market

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

City of Parkland Farmers' Market official design We are always available to remediate storm damage so that you can enjoy the area attractions like the Parkland Farmers' Market.

Enjoy Local Goods and Friendly Atmosphere at the Parkland, FL Farmers' Market 

Every Sunday, residents in and around the Parkland area have the chance to experience a world of local goodness at the City of Parkland Farmers’ Market. The market is an excellent opportunity to browse through various local vendors with seasonal goods – a full listing of current vendors is continuously updated on the City of Parkland Special Events Page. 

  • When: Sunday, December 6, 2020 (and every Sunday after that)
  • Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Location: The Equestrian Center on 8350 Ranch Road in Parkland, FL 

Throughout the farmers’ market/craft fair event, you will find organic fruits and veggies, pastries, flowers, hand-crafted items, and more. Those in attendance are asked to follow along with local Covid-19 guidelines for social distancing to keep everyone safe. 

Local vendors and residents throughout our community will always have the support of SERVPRO of West Coral Springs/West Parkland. After a storm, you need skilled technicians ready to get to work so that you can get the flood damage restoration you deserve. When you face an emergency, you can count on our team to get the job done. Call (954) 973-4130, and we will deploy a crew as soon as possible to get to work.

Celebrate National Video Game Day in Coral Springs at the Movies

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Join Your Fellow Coral Springs Residents for the First-Ever ‘Far Out Flicks’

On November 20th, the Sportsplex is going retro to help celebrate the love of video games, engage the community, and still keep everybody safe. That Friday, there will be a special, drive-in showing of Wreck-It Ralph. The film is rated PG and is considered a fun film for everyone.

Some Basic Rules

  • Far Out Flicks is only open to Coral Springs residents
  • Pre-registration is a must 
  • Only cars, SUVs, and trucks allowed in general parking and spaces are assigned first-come, first-served
  • RVs, buses, motorcycles, and bicycles are prohibited
  • Oversized vehicles are assigned parking to avoid obstructing the view of others 

Snacks are available for purchase and will be delivered to each vehicle to avoid lines and crowds. Attendees need to remain in their vehicle except for trips to the restroom and must wear a mask when doing so. 

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland is proud to be part of the Coral Springs community. If you require our assistance with fire damage or any other disaster, call us at (954) 973-4130. 

Are There Long-Term Problems That Water Mitigation Exercises in Coral Springs Can Fail To Address?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in basement caused by sewer backflow due to clogged sanitary drain Dealing with water damage on your own can be quite overwhelming. Partner with SERVPRO during this time for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Focuses on both Immediate and Long-term Issues When Performing Water Mitigation in Coral Springs Properties

You might consider water mitigation as something to do to solve immediate problems when there is a water spill at your Coral Springs home. However, such incidents can continue affecting your property even after you handle all the issues that you notice immediately. When SERVPRO mitigates water damage, the aim is to handle current problems and prevent future ones. 

What immediate problems should water mitigation exercises in Coral Springs address?

  • Pooling water
  • Soiling and staining of various materials
  • Deterioration of materials exposed to moisture
  • Bad odor

In the aftermath of a water intrusion incident in Coral Springs, most of the problems that develop are readily identifiable. For instance, the water pooling on flat surfaces such as floors, the soiled and wet materials are hard to ignore. That is why most mitigation exercises focus on addressing those issues rather than unseen problems or those that might crop up later. 

Knowing there is a problem is easy but resolving it might not be that simple. For instance, removing standing water in Coral Spring requires the appropriate equipment because using mops and buckets may take long or leave traces of moisture in some areas.  Our SERVPRO technicians prepare for such tasks in advance to ensure we have the appropriate resources for each task. When you notify us about the problem at your home, we ask pertinent questions such as the total area affected, whether the floor is tiled, wooden, or carpeted, among other things. With enough information gathered, we can be sure of the best type of extraction equipment to use in your property.  Such equipment falls into different categories, including:

  • Deep extraction tools which remove water from porous floor materials
  • High capacity extractors to remove significant amounts of water faster
  • Cavity extractors to reach moisture hidden beneath other materials

Resolving other issues such as soiling, staining, and odors also require the appropriate resources. Our technicians capitalize on timing and the use of superior cleaning products to address any problem conclusively. 

Arriving on the same day of the incident, and if possible within the first four hours of the loss, allows our team to initiate mitigation processes that stop some problems before they develop. For instance, heightened moisture in a house leads to microbial growth processes, which is one reason for unpleasant odors. The evaporating moisture from standing water increases the humidity levels, making such odors more profound. Beginning moisture management processes, such as setting up dehumidifiers around the property, limits odor issues by curtailing moisture action. 

Which problems are likely to recur after mitigating water damage?

  • Proliferation of microbes
  • Heating issues
  • Electrical or ventilation system issues

Some of the problems caused by water intrusion are not readily discernible. Some like microbial development might happen in hidden areas such as the interior spaces of walls or subfloors. Others like loss of insulation R-value might only be noticed through changes in utility bills. Despite the challenges posed by such issues, the mitigation process you perform after water intrusion into your home should address them.

Our SERVPRO technicians have vast experience dealing with water intrusion incidents, thus equipping us with information on how to identify hidden issues or anticipate future problems. For instance, we check the type of insulation you have in the walls left wet by the incident. Insulation works by having a low rate of heat conductivity. However, once saturated water occupies the air spaces in insulating material, thus increasing heat conductivity and thus diminishing the effectiveness of insulation by up to 40%. With the right drying resources, our technicians can remove all moisture traces from the insulation, thus restoring its effectiveness. However, this only works for some varieties of insulation, such as fiberglass, since cellulose compacts when wet, leading to irreversible damage.

How does SERVPRO manage to address all hidden problems?

  • Deep probing of all sections of the property
  • Opening up hidden areas
  • Relying on patterns established in previous incidents

Most of the problems that recur after a water intrusion incident can be traced to issues you fail to discover when restoring water damage. Our technicians preempt such an outcome by thoroughly inspecting the property. Where necessary, we open up wall panels and ceiling to trace damages. We also use advanced equipment such as thermal cameras to identify wet materials tucked away in cavities without tearing down overlying materials. We can also anticipate problem areas because we have sufficient experience dealing with similar incidents in other properties.

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland provides conclusive solutions after water loss incidents. Call us at (954) 973-4130 when you need help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why is a Professional Restoration Company Important after a Water Leak?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Leaking Water in a Coral Springs Home May Leave Damage that Only a Professional Restoration Team Can Restore 

The threat of excess humidity when you live in Coral Springs is a matter of routine. In South Florida, weather conditions provide an ideal environment for mold to grow and moisture to seep into your home. By paying close attention to changes such as discoloration of your ceiling, unusual smells, and peeling paint, you can detect a problem before it becomes unmanageable. 

When you face water restoration needs in Coral Springs, you should reach out to SERVPRO for our expert opinion. When the physical integrity of your home and its contents are in jeopardy, only a specially trained crew can give you the expert advice and service you require to return your home to normal. Uninformed attempts at restoring your home could lead to further deterioration and a more significant loss. 

What are the steps a water restoration technician takes to restore a home?

Our trained SERVPRO technicians know that restoring a home after water damage requires a multi-level approach. Water extraction is not enough to protect your family from issues such as mold, so our team works diligently to take the necessary steps to eliminate any current threat and eliminate future risks. Among the actions we take include:

  • Setting up barriers to avoid the spread of mold throughout your home
  • Cleaning affected areas with specialized cleaners
  • Deodorizing your home as needed
  • Treatment with anti-microbial solutions 

Aside from drying and extracting water on structural elements, we also look at your personal belongings such as photographs and documents and explore whether specialized cleaning techniques are necessary. If so, we resort to methods such as freeze-drying to preserve your priceless memories. 

SERVPRO of West Coral Springs/West Parkland is available around the clock to help you in your time of need. Call us at (954) 973-4130 when disaster strikes and let our team be your best resource as we restore your home. Together, we can leave your house, “Like it never even happened.”

Can SERVPRO Save Our Conference Room Furniture During Mold Removal?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on a ceiling SERVPRO Removes the Moisture Source, then the Mold Colonies from Walls and Offices in Coral Springs

Coral Springs Business Owners Want To Rescue Their Furniture from Mold Damage

If you have a medium to large-sized business in Coral Springs, chances are you have a meeting or conference room on site. A conference room is an ideal place to gather your team together and discuss ideas or make decisions.

Unfortunately, any part of your business environment can need mold removal in Coral Springs, including the conference room. Mold is a fungus that can grow wherever it has a food source, oxygen, darkness, and moisture. Your conference room contains several sources of food, such as:

  • Wooden tables and chairs, especially older or untreated items
  • Upholstered seats
  • Metal furniture frames – although metal is not a food course, deposits of grime or dust can cause mold growth on metal surfaces

What can SERVPRO do to save conference furniture?

Our technicians can use scrubbing, antimicrobial products, and powerful HEPA vacuums to remove mold and spores from wood and metal. We can also use spot-cleaning to deal with damaged upholstery. In some cases, we might use hydraulic Esporta washing or ultrasonic tank immersion – these are especially useful for blinds and drapes or small items.

We can also remediate mold around the walls and ceiling of the conference room.

We set up containment barriers with poly sheeting around your meeting room or storage area before we begin to discourage the spores from spreading throughout your office.

What should our staff do?

Before and during mold removal, please ensure your staff:

  • Do not try to clean the mold
  • Do not walk through the affected room unless it is unavoidable
  • Listen to our instructions about when it is safe to enter

Can you prevent the mold from coming back?

We can dry out your room and furnishings before we leave, to make it more difficult for mold to propagate. The best thing you can do is ensure your conference furniture is kept in a dry place, where mold cannot grow. You might use a dehumidifier, or even invest in a thermo-hygrometer to keep an eye on humidity levels. The obvious is to keep the humidity at a comfortable level with HVAC usage.

We deodorize both the furniture and the room at the end of remediation, to leave your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

If you need assistance with mold remediation, call SERVPRO of West Coral Springs / West Parkland at (954) 973-4130.