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Crawlspace Mold? Call SERVPRO for Remediation

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of Crawlspace Crawlspace mold isn't a problem for SERVPRO of South Orlando.

Restoring Mold Damaged Crawl Spaces in Conway Using Professional Procedures

Mold damage is likely to develop in the crawl space when the area becomes wet. When we are performing an inspection in a crawl space, we check whether there is water leaking in the area and fix the problem when possible. High humidity is another concern in such areas, so we have to identify the causes of high water vapor and address them. It is pointless to disinfect the molds in your Conway home without addressing its primary cause. 
If the crawl space of your Conway home has grading and drainage issues, mold damage is likely to develop when the water collects under the house. Our SERVPRO technicians can decide to use sump pumps to extract the water. If there is moisture evaporating into the crawl space from the surrounding walls and the ground, isolation may be necessary. We achieve that by using a space liner to enclose the whole area. This encapsulation acts as a vapor barrier and works very well when paired with a permanent dehumidifier in the crawl space.
Differences in temperature between the surrounding areas and the crawl space allow the water vapor to condense. When correcting such issues, our SERVPRO technicians may recommend the installation of a dehumidifier. The device assists in monitoring and controlling the humidity in the area to discourage conditions favoring mold growth. 
Our SERVPRO technicians can pull out all the infested insulation and dispose of it. Since it is possible to restore fiberglass insulation, we carefully inspect the paper on the insulation to confirm it does not have signs of fungal growth. Through scraping, it is possible to remove surface mold from below supports joists and beams and other hard surfaces. Though it is possible to remove surface mold from porous items such as drywall as long as the fungi have not penetrated too deeply with anchoring hyphae, we may have to discard such things once they are infested. We can also exterminate the spores by dispensing antimicrobial products into surfaces using thermal foggers. 
SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights uses industry-proven techniques to protect your property from further damage after facing Any Size Disaster. You can access our 24-hour emergency services at any time of the day by calling (407) 985-3200.

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We are Cleaning Experts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Orlando is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of South Orlando, 407-985-3200

Signs Of Mold

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls near ceiling Mold Growth On Drywall Near Ceiling

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like that of a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of South Orlando for mold remediation services.

Remember significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours.  You might notice a strong, musty odor, this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible but the odor can help identify it.  Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business give SERVPRO of South Orlando a call at: (407) 895-3200.

The Importance Of Smoke Detectors

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector illuminating a bright green light on the ceiling Smoke Detectors Should Always Have Batteries to Ensure They Work Properly.

The importance of smoke detectors has been ingrained into us. We learn about fire safety and what to do when you hear a smoke detector first in school – and it’s repeated to us every year until we go to middle school. And – we’ve even been in the home when the batteries run out of the smoke alarm or every time we cook it sets off the alarm because it’s a little too close to the stove so we take down the smoke alarm.

We should absolutely think twice before taking out the batteries. Why? Because fire detectors work. According to The National Fire Protection Association three out of five home fire deaths come from homes that don’t have a smoke alarm. 

So, be sure to check your smoke detectors once a year, replace the batteries and make sure each and every fire detector is working in your home – they save lives after all! 

For all your fire cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of South Orlando a call today at (407) 895-3200!

Locating a Shower or Bathtub Leak

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Bathtub Faucet and view of the open wall behind it to show a leak Bathroom Faucets and Hidden Leaks Lurking Behind your Walls.

Though some water leaks throughout your Orlando home can be easy to spot, there are a vast amount of others that require more than a casual glance. A shower or bathtub leak, for example, can fall into the latter category, as there are a variety of places for leaks to emerge from in these areas. If you’re in need of help identifying a water leak in your shower, read on to learn how to effectively locate one without much hassle. Once the source has been identified, contacting a trained water restoration team can ensure your home is cleared of any water damage, as well. 

Check the Common Sources First

Before tearing into the tile work or uprooting your tub, it pays to investigate the more obvious areas first. After a shower, inspect common sources such as the:

  • Shower head face,
  • The O-ring between the shower head and arm,
  • Faucet handles, and the areas surrounding them, or
  •  Caulking at the base or surrounding of a shower/tub combination.

Leak issues are generally noticeable in these spaces and can be more easily detected by sight after running water through your shower.

Have a Professional Inspect Your Shower Pan, Whether New or Old

A shower pan leak is another usual spot for an issue, especially in tiled shower designs. These leaks can start due to the pan being too old and faulty, or simply due to a new one being installed incorrectly. Therefore, it pays to have someone inspect this space as a potential cause for any shower or bathtub leak.

Determine the Severity of the Issue By Searching the Levels Below

There’s no clearer indication of a bad water leak within your shower floor than through the ceiling or flooring directly below the shower itself. Look for signs of water damage or condensation on the ceiling beneath a second-story shower, or throughout your crawl space below a first-floor shower.

When you’re hoping to eliminate a shower or bathtub leak in your home, follow any of these efficient methods for a quick solo inspection before contacting a professional for further assistance.

Commercial Black Water: 3 Facts You Need To Know

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Flooded With Black Water Black Water and Commercial Buildings with Water Damage.

Your South Orlando commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water Damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but one of the more immediate issues caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has recently been damaged by flooding, it can be helpful to understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

1. It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals 

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3, or “black water.” This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain a variety of hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in a flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to have it removed. 

2. It May Make You Sick 

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause a variety of illnesses. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water completely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

3. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is a good idea to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be difficult to treat once it takes hold. 

Black water damage can harm your  commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat it, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction.

If your commercial building has experienced a water emergency call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (470) 895-3200.

Hurricanes: The Dangers of Flood Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Community Buildings Destroyed by a Hurricane Devastating Damage to Community After a Hurricane.

Homeowners in Florida are no stranger to hurricanes and the type of damage that they can do to homes and communities. Some liken the water damage that comes from a hurricane to that of a flood from a typical rainstorm, but the former is so much worse. 

Flood damage in Orlando that is the result of a hurricane brings not only water but salt from the ocean as well. Brackish water is more hazardous during and after a storm, and it also has the potential to wreak havoc on your home's structure and your possessions. Here's a look at why hurricane flood damage should be taken seriously and resolved as soon as possible. 

When salt comes into contact with wire insulation, metals, concrete, zinc, and other materials commonly used in and around homes, it's quite corrosive. Also, saltwater conducts its own charge that increases the likelihood of power outages and electrical shock. 

If left to sit, a home damaged by saltwater after a hurricane will decompose more quickly than one that's affected by flood damage following a typical rainstorm. The foundation, walls, flooring, and even decorative stone and brick of your home will start to break down and be much more costly to repair the longer the problem persists. 

Contacting experienced professionals, such as our team at SERVPRO of South Orlando, is key to protecting your home after a hurricane. Saltwater can't simply be pumped out of a house; it first has to be washed away with freshwater before pumping can even be started. As time ticks away before repairs commence, your home is left vulnerable to water damage. Time is of the essence! 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Orlando is close by and ready to respond to your cleaning or restoration needs. We are proud to be an active member of the Orlando community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. Call us at (407) 985-3200.

Fire Cleanup Damage In Orlando

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 24/7.

Fire Cleanup Damage In Orlando Restored By Using Dry Cleaning Methods

Once something burns on or near your property in Orlando, your residence could be at risk of suffering from structural issues. Fire cleanup damage can come in a variety of forms. Heat can burn flammable materials inside a structure and force your building materials and contents to have to be removed and replaced. Smoke coming from the blaze can also cause soils, soot residues, and pungent aromas to exist.

Luckily, our SERVPRO team is experienced and trained on how to restore the various types of issues that could be present. We know that mitigating fire cleanup damage in Orlando can include a variety of replacing, restoring, and cleaning of your affected building materials and contents. Each fire burns in a different way, which can create a variety of types of smoke and soot residues. The various kinds of residues can adhere to each surface in your home differently.

During most restoration projects, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of methods to clean and remove all soot residues from your house. When working with hard surfaces, we can use water based-detergents and other wet cleaning methods. However, when cleaning porous surfaces, wet techniques could cause the soot to soak deeper into the material, making it much more difficult to remove. Dry cleaning methods using agitation can prove to be useful when cleaning more porous surfaces.

Some residues that don't adhere well to surfaces can be removed using mild agitation methods. Mild agitation can be conducted with softer tools such as feather duster or brushes. Vacuums can also be useful when removing some soot residues as well as using compressed air to blow off the soots.

For residues that adhere well to some of the surfaces of your contents and building materials, medium agitation cleaning techniques could work better. Dry sponges are on example of a medium agitation method, and they can be useful when removing soot residues from drywall. Dusting cloths or crumbling cleaners that work like a pencil eraser can also be useful during the cleaning process.

When mitigating smoke-related problems inside your home, it is helpful to have the necessary tools and techniques available. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Call Our Certified Professionals At The First Signs Of Water Damage In Orlando

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our team quickly assessed the situation and went to work to make the home look and smell "Like it never even happened," after water damage struck.

Water Damage in Your Orlando Home Many Necessitate the Application of Disinfectants

Water loss incidents are a serious concern. Apart from ruining personal possessions, they can cause other issues like the spread of pathogens in a house. Therefore, when a water loss problem happens in your home, the right decision is to call professionals to restore it.

The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO can evaluate the severity of the water damage in your Orlando home and choose the appropriate cleaning method based on the situation. Microbes are always present in indoor environments. They are part of the ecological system, and life cannot go on without them. Applying chemical agents does not eliminate microbes from indoor environments. Nonetheless, if bacteria reproduce in your home, they can affect your health.

We are committed to restoring water-damaged homes because we know the effects that the said destruction can have on property values and the health of the residents. Water loss incidents can also lead to mold growth, which can cause health effects. The water itself can be a threat. If it stands in your home for a long time, bacteria and viruses can breed in it. If you do not mitigate a category 1 clean water situation for 2 to 3 days, microbes can amplify and turn it into a category 2 or category 3 situation. You need to begin the restoration process quickly to keep microbial contamination from worsening as time passes.

Our experts can choose and use suitable disinfectants during the water damage remediation process. We can also use the right procedure when applying disinfectants like quaternary ammonium compounds (quarts) and phenols. Some things we can do include:

Prevent the contamination and inactivation of quats

Soaps and other surfactants similar to soaps tend to inactivate and contaminate quats. Therefore, our restorers consider this fact to keep contamination at bay. Quats can also become inactive if used with hard water. If there is hard water in your home, our technicians can mix a water conditioning agent with the quarts to get the desired outcome.

Prevent the inactivation of phenols

Our SERVPRO restorers can also use proper procedures to achieve the desired results from applying phenols. We know that some detergents can affect the effectiveness of phenols. Certain pH levels may also cause the inactivation of phenols. Our crew knows the detergents and pH levels to avoid when using phenols to disinfect affected surfaces.

Ensure proper dilution of quats

Over diluting quats may render them inactive and facilitate the growth of microbes. Quats are usually effective only when properly diluted.

A quick response to water intrusion issues helps prevent additional damage. Call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights immediately you notice water pooling in your home. Our 24-hour helpline is (407) 985-3200.

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Why Fast Drying is Necessary for Water Damaged Homes in Orlando

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Small water loss incidents can quickly become a big headache. We have the means to dry your home fast!

Rapid Drying and Cleaning Solutions for Water Damaged Orlando Homes  

There are hundreds of potential causes for water emergencies in Orlando homes, and many instances that homeowners have chosen to entrust their properties to the experience and training of our SERVPRO team. Addressing threats within the first two days of a loss incident can help to avoid the deterioration of sensitive materials and make most of the cleanup and recovery needs confining to the surfaces of the damaged area.  

The successes of our team involve rapid drying and cleaning solutions for water damage in Orlando homes. Drying up moisture from saturated elements involves multiple tiers of equipment ranging from our line of extractors to varying sizes of air movers and dehumidifiers. The positioning and frequency of equipment placement in your house get determined during the scoping of the job by our crew chief. By documenting the conditions of the house and the severity of saturations, we can dispatch the right personnel with stocked ready trailers.  

We have a strategy that gets our experienced technicians mobilizing immediately after the First Notice of Loss (FNOL.) Our staffed emergency lines receive water loss emergency information and can gather as much data about this loss as possible to aid our responding professionals. With the right processing of these conditions, we can show up to water damage events with the right drying tools, extraction equipment, and cleaning products to make a difference before effects become too severe to restore.  

Cleaning up after a water loss incident typically cannot happen until drying is well underway or completed entirely. Our SERVPRO team has numerous potent cleaning products, including chlorine disinfectants and biocides that can eliminate potential fungal and microbial threats. The wipe cleaning approach with towels and diluted cleaning solutions can remove residues from the surfaces of walls, flooring, and even baseboards to prevent staining.  

No matter how fast water loss incidents can threaten your property, you have a team committed to arriving typically within four hours of the FNOL. Whenever disasters strike, give our SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights team a call anytime at (407) 985-3200. 

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