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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.

Eliminating Mold Growth Causes

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

North Tampa home with mold growth If you have mold growth in your Florida property, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene today!

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Mold Growth

A continuous state of elevated humidity is a primary cause of excessive microbial growth in North Tampa / Magdalene residences. It can quickly increase the amount of damage that follows. Other factors, such as the presence of absorbent materials in the home, can play a role in microbial growth.

Whenever a residence in North Tampa / Magdalene sustains mold damage, one of the aspects examined inside the home includes water sources' presence. Leaky water lines, past flooding events, and saturated ground near the home can increase the amount of humidity the interior of the home experiences. SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters and other devices to locate the sources and areas where moisture accumulated. Once we locate these areas and sources, we can then resolve the situation that caused microbial growth to affect the home.

Mold remediation experts know that the existence of future invasive water can cause the microbial problem to return, rendering mold remediation efforts useless. Once we eliminate these sources, we can then begin removing mold-damaged materials, laundering and cleaning household items and furniture, and caring for the carpeting throughout the home. Walls that harbor mold, even if dormant, need cleaning and drying.

During our work, maintaining a set of controls to keep all mold contained safely affects our labor's overall outcome. Containment includes the usage of plastic sheeting surrounding areas in the home and our air scrubbers. Sending microbes outdoors helps keep them from entering other areas of your property.

However, ensuring that moisture sources no longer exist should not help keep old sources from returning in full force. Effectively starving microbes, their population growth stays under control. Once we complete our remediation work, diligent homeowners know to keep an eye out for leaking water lines, loose connections, and other sources of moisture. Microbes do not need a great deal of moisture to begin growing again and causing future problems.

SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene is always ready to serve those in our community. Call our 24-hour service line at (813) 694-9082. Your family does not need to live with the effects of mold damage in your home.

9 Way to Manage Mold

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Houseplants in Tampa with mold growth If you suspect mold growth, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene today!

Manage the Mold in Your Tampa Home

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters.

  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. 

  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing adequate ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. 

  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. 

  6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

  8. Improve airflow in your home. Without adequate airflow in your home, excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows, and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the places they're in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

  9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

Removing Fire Odors From Your Orlando Home

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Odor removal needed in this Orlando Home Our trained professionals can identify and eliminate odors in your Florida home.

Clearing Harsh Fire Odors from Orlando Homes

A considerable part of taking care of your Orlando home after a fire addresses the odors that the incident left behind. Noxious scents are some of the fastest-spreading effects after extinguishment, and they can permeate construction materials, contents and overwhelm open areas. With multiple solutions for fire damage restoration, our SERVPRO team is ready to tackle these concerns in your house.

Odors are among the most challenging effects to remove from a property after a loss incident, making fire and odor removal in Orlando homes a vital element to protecting your property from further damages. Clearing harsh odors involves several necessary steps using deodorization products and equipment designed to filter out air quality contaminants and remove lingering odors in the environment.

Clearing Out Debris

Debris and rubbish can hold on to smoke and other smells from the fire. Removing damaged materials and contents can help set your home on the path of restoration and reduce the severity of noxious odors. Clearing this debris should occur after our SERVPRO content management division has earmarked your possessions for extraction and transport to our nearby facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and temporary storage.

Using Deodorization Equipment

The most effective way to eliminate lingering odors within your home is by using deodorization tools. While many have ideal applications, most are universal enough to be effective in nearly any situation. Portable units like our thermal and UV foggers are heavily used, as they don't require setting up in a central location since it's a mobile tool.

Odors can be a harmful and hazardous presence for the occupants of your home, so trust our SERVPRO of South Orlando professionals to help you. Our experts have the expertise to help you breathe a little easier after a fire. Give us a call today at (407) 985-3200.