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SERVPRO Secures and Restores Orlando Residents' Contents after a Flooding while Mitigating the Structural Damage

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Orlando Map Storm or Flooding Problems in Orlando? SERVPRO Covers the Map for Cleanup and Restoration

Pack-Out Possibilities When Flood Damage Strikes in Orlando

The chaos and stress of post-storm flooding in your Orlando home can paralyze you. With water and debris everywhere in your home, and quite possibly severe damage to your roof, windows, doors, and siding, you need fast, reliable help. Our team of disaster remediation experts has proven strategies to help you and your family through this difficult time. 

We often recommend a pack-out after flood damage to your Orlando home. Furnishings, household goods, documents, and personal possessions can be moved to a dry and safe space on your property or transported to our production facility. Removing the items permits our crews to move throughout flooded areas in your home unimpeded, extracting water, doing demolition if and where needed, and drying out the structure faster without the need to work around contents.

SERVPRO uses a detailed and secure Content Claims Inventory System (CCIS) to document and track the items we move out. Lists, digital pictures, and barcoding ensure we have a complete record of the articles. We collaborate with your insurance company to make sure the efforts we make to clean, dry, and restore the pack-out inventory are covered to the extent of your contract. It is typically less expensive to restore items than to discard and replace them. We help you save time, money, and memories.

Our production facility technicians are skilled in innovative techniques such as freeze-drying for document and picture restoration. Flood waters can be contaminated, so we work to ensure the packed-out items receive effective disinfectant treatment. SERVPRO provides temperature and humidity-controlled smaller chambers to dry out furnishings and electronics. Be advised that modern electronics often need precise cleaning from specialty companies. We have piston-driven Esporta washing equipment to clean soft items and immersion tubs and ultrasonic equipment to loosen flood-debris soiling from blinds and intricately detailed decor and other items.

Meanwhile, SERVPRO crews at your house secure the exterior damage with boards and tarp, moving on to extracting, containing, and disposing of the flood waters according to local regulations. We can spray and treat soiled areas with EPA-registered disinfectants before using commercial-quality air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to ready your home for the return of the packed-out items. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of South Orlando awaits your call to (407) 985-3200. Contact us for an evaluation of your flood damage and rapid remediation of your home and a professional pack-out of floodwater-damaged items.

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Remediation of Commercial Mold Damage in a Conway Cinema

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help to Keep Your Cinema Safe and Free of Mold Damage

Both tourists and the local population in Conway enjoy movies. It can take much labor to keep the audience's seating accommodations clean. Because microbes do not require a lengthy period to go from dormant to active stages, they can quickly become a problem.

When moisture from soda and other drinks remain long enough to soak into the carpet in your Conway cinema, commercial mold damage can begin growing. Once this begins, standard cleaning rarely suffices for removing the problem. SERVPRO can help by cleaning not only the carpeting but also the upholstery. Doing so removes any mold spores that landed on the cushions or backrests. As needed, we can clean drapes and screens, also.

While we remediate, our technicians use negative air pressure to push loose spores and mold particles out of your cinema. Because of the popularity of cinemas, we know the importance of remaining open during peak showings. We can schedule our work during less popular times. Working as quickly as possible, we can complete the mold removal process so your cinema can return to its regular operations as soon as possible.

Occasionally, carpeting can become damaged by microbial growth and activity, making it unrestorable by typical methods. Removing such carpeting can also take place by our crews. When this becomes necessary, we cut out sections so we can easily handle each small roll, bagging it up and removing it from the premises. The use of HEPA filters on our equipment helps keep spores from spreading, including those particles already floating in the air.

When carpet requires removal to ensure proper remediation, we carry this step out first, before the other steps involved. Once moldy carpet no longer poses the threat of spreading spores, we can move forward with the other methods. Other materials that may contain extensive mold damage include walls near corners and floors and the underside of seats. Biocidal agents can render any microorganisms inert.

SERVPRO of South Orlando wants to help you provide a safe and clean environment for your patrons. Calling us at (407) 985-3200 begins the process of remediating mold damage.

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Smoke Residue Can Accumulate after Fire Damage to Your Edgewood Home

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration

An incidence of fire damage can cost you a ton of money and time to restore. The ability to restore after such damage depends on the extent of damage caused by the flames as well as the smoke and soot residue as well.

Smoke and soot particles are one of the most significant contributors when it comes to fire damage to your Edgewood home. Not all fires produce identical residue and the time and effort required to clean these different types of residue determines the success of the restoration process. IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use their extensive knowledge about different types of residue during the restoration process. While some residues have a minor impact, some others can cause deeper damage.

The Dry and Wet Residue

Wet and dry residues are most frequently encountered after a fire incident. All fires produce both these residues, but their relative proportion can vary greatly. For instance, a rapid burning fire that has an abundant supply of oxygen, usually produce dry residues. On the other hand, if the fire was slow burning with less than optimal oxygen supply, the majority of residue formed is wet residue.  

Another thing affecting the type of residue generated is the type of material burning. While natural material such as wood and cotton result in the drier smoke residue, synthetic material such as rubber and plastic produce wetter smoke.

As it turns out, drier residues are easier to clean compared to the wetter residues. SERVPRO technicians can use less harsh techniques such as cleaning with a sponge to clean the damage due to drier smoke, but wet residues often require more intense cleaning processes.

Protein Residue

Protein residue is quite common if a fire breaks out in the kitchen. Burning of meat, poultry or fish usually generates this type of residue. It is pale yellow and can stain surfaces quite easily. It is also accompanied by the characteristic odor that can linger on for a long time. The odor cannot be eliminated without a thorough cleaning process followed by an efficient deodorization. Protein residue can be quite difficult to eliminate, and the restoration process may require additional time.

Call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our restoration experts.

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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 South Orlando 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.

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.

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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.