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Smoke Residue Can Accumulate after Fire Damage to Your Edgewood Home

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke residue in Edgewood, Florida If you have smoke residue on your Florida property, call SERVPRO of South Orlando.

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 depends on the extent of damage caused by the flames and the smoke and soot residue. 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 residue types determine 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 more profound damage.

Dry and Wet Residue

Frequently encountered residue after a fire incident includes wet and dry residues. 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 produces dry residues. On the other hand, if the fire was slow-burning with less than optimal oxygen supply, the wet residue is formed mostly.

Another thing affecting residue generated is material burning. While natural materials such as wood and cotton result in drier smoke residue, synthetic materials such as rubber and plastic produce wetter smoke. As it turns out, drier residues are easier to clean compared to 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. The burning of meat, poultry, or fish usually generates this type of residue. It's pale yellow and can stain surfaces quite easily. It's also accompanied by the characteristic odor that can linger on for a long time. Odor removal cannot occur without a thorough cleaning process followed by an efficient deodorization. Protein residue can be quite challenging to stop, 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.

SERVPRO of South Orlando are Cleaning Experts

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program - Image of technicians in PPE cleaning SERVPRO of South Orlando has the means to help your commercial property.

SERVPRO of South Orlando is Here to Help

During unprecedented times caused by the global pandemic, our customers remind our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services. We adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set forth protocols, SERVPRO of South Orlando is prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs daily.

The CDC encourages cleaning 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 the 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's currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we follow all CDC and local authorities' guidelines.

Do you need proactive cleaning of your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of South Orlando today at 407-985-3200.

Crawlspace Mold? Call SERVPRO for Remediation!

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Crawlspace mold is not an issue for SERVPRO of South Orlando! Crawlspace mold is not an issue for SERVPRO of South Orlando!

Restoring Mold Damage in South Orlando Using Professional Procedures

Mold damage is likely to develop in the crawl space when the area becomes wet. When we perform an inspection in a crawl space, we check whether water is 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 Orlando home without addressing its primary cause.  

If your South Orlando home's crawl space has grading and drainage issues, mold damage will likely develop when the water collects under the house. Our SERVPRO technicians can decide to use sump pumps to extract the water. If moisture is 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 fungal growth signs. It's possible to remove surface mold from below supports joists and beams and other hard surfaces through scraping. 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 infested. Additionally, we can 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.

The Importance of Smoke Detectors

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Make sure your smoke detectors have batteries to ensure safety in your home. Make sure your smoke detectors have batteries to ensure safety in your home.

We learned fire safety throughout elementary and middle school and what to do when you hear a smoke detector. However, have you forgotten to change out the batteries? Or maybe you turned off your smoke detector because everything you cook sets off the alarm?

Individuals should think twice before taking out the batteries. Why? According to The National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of 5 homes without a smoke alarm experience deaths. Let smoke detectors help your family!

So, be sure to check your smoke detectors once a year, replace the batteries, and make sure each smoke detector is working in your home – they save lives, after all! For additional fire safety tips, visit The National Fire Protection Association.

If you experience fire damage in your property, call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (727) 341-1001!

Signs of Mold

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth inside Orlando home. Mold growth inside Orlando home.

n as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like 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.

Locating a Shower or Bathtub Leak

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Showerhead with a leak in South Orlando If you suspect a water leak in your Orlando property, contact SERVPRO of South Orlando.

Though some water leaks throughout your Orlando home can be easy to spot, there're 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 because there's a variety of places for leaks to emerge from in these areas. If you need help identifying a water leak in your shower, SERVPRO of South Orlando can help! Read how to locate one without much hassle effectively. Once identifying the source, contact a trained water restoration team to clear 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 apparent areas first. After a shower, inspect familiar sources such as the:

  • Showerhead face;
  • The O-ring between the showerhead and arm,
  • Faucet handles and the areas surrounding them, or
  • The caulking at the base or surrounding of a shower/tub combination

Leak issues are generally noticeable in these spaces and are detectable 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 occur due to the pan being too old and faulty or 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 efficient methods for a quick solo inspection before contacting a professional for further assistance.

Hurricanes: The Dangers of Flood Damage

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage after a hurricane in South Orlando Storm damage after a hurricane? Call SERVPRO of South Orlando today!

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

Flood damage in Orlando that's the result of a hurricane brings water and salt from the ocean. Brackish water is more hazardous during and after a storm. 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 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 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 merely be pumped out of a house; it must first be washed away with fresh water before pumping begins. 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're a proud active member of the Orlando community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. Call today at (407) 985-3200.

Commercial Black Water: 3 Facts to Know

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial property in South Orlando If your commercial business experiences blackwater, call SERVPRO of South Orlando!

Your South Orlando commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but one immediate issue caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has recently been damaged by flooding, we can help you 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 "blackwater." This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain various 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 flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to remove it. 

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're not immediately visible. It's wise to avoid this type of water entirely 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 good 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 challenging to treat once it takes hold. 

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

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

Fire Damage Cleanup in Orlando, Florida

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

charred homeowner items after a fire Call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200.

Fire Damage Cleanup Restored by Using Dry Cleaning Methods

Once something burns at your property in Orlando, you have a possibility of structural issues. Fire damage cleanup can come in a variety of forms. Heat can burn flammable materials inside a structure, forced with removal and replacement of your building materials and contents. Smoke coming from the blaze can also cause soils, soot residues, and intense aromas to exist.

Luckily, our experienced and trained SERVPRO team knows how to restore the various types of issues present. We know that mitigating fire damage cleanup in South 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 various 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, wet techniques could cause the soot to soak deeper into the material when cleaning porous surfaces, making it much more difficult to remove. Dry cleaning methods using agitation can prove useful when cleaning more porous surfaces.

Using mild agitation methods, we can remove residues that don't adhere well to surfaces. SERVPRO conducts the technique with softer tools such as feather duster or brushes. Vacuums can also be useful when removing some soot residues and using compressed air to blow off the soots.

Residues that adhere to some of your contents and building surface materials could work better in medium agitation cleaning techniques. Dry sponges are an 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 help the cleaning process.

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

Why Fast Drying is Necessary for Water Damaged Homes in Orlando

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment SERVPRO of South Orlando uses 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're hundreds of potential causes for water emergencies in Orlando homes. Many homeowners have chosen to entrust their properties with trained professionals of our SERVPRO team. Addressing threats within the first two days of a loss incident can help avoid the deterioration of sensitive materials. This will make most of the cleanup and recovery needs confining to the damaged area's surfaces.


The successes of our team involve rapid drying and cleaning solutions for water damage in Orlando homes. Drying moisture from saturated elements involves multiple tiers of equipment ranging from our line of extractors to varying air movers and dehumidifiers' varying sizes. Our crew chief determines the positioning and equipment placed during the scoping of the job. By documenting the house's conditions 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 gather as much data about this loss as possible to aid our responding professionals. With these conditions' proper processing, we can show up with the right drying tools, extraction equipment, and cleaning products. So we restore it before the effects become too severe.


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 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, call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200.