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Are You Loading Water Damage in Your South Orlando Washing Machine

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When Water Damage Surprises You in South Orlando

A backed up washing machine might be hilarious on TV, but it's a lot less funny when it happens to you. Water and suds spilling across your floor are more like a horror show in real life. You may feel helpless, but SERVPRO is here for you. There is enough stress in your life, and broken washing machines increase that stress. There is no need to figure out how to move everything and soak up the mess yourself. We can arrive promptly to help you restore your home to its preloss condition.  

Handling water damage in your South Orlando home can be more of a chore than you anticipated. Our Project managers can handle your cleanup and restoration assessment quickly. You need the right person for every job, with the right equipment, and SERVPRO can provide this to you. You may not be aware that balancing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers prevents secondary water damages, but we have a technician for every problem. The average home does not have dehumidifiers and air movers just sitting in the garage waiting for a water emergency, but we do. Our IICRC certified technicians can work hard to mitigate warped and buckled wood flooring or to dry out the concrete under the tiles. If your water damage gets into the baseboards, we can dry that too. Wherever you have water damage, we have the experts and equipment to take care of it.  

Water damage can get worse over time. As little as one day can make a huge difference in how much repair you may need. Don't just mop and guess. Our team can swoop in, and handle the situation. After all, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! No matter what your situation is when we arrive, we are ready to handle it. Let your towels stay in the linen closet. SERVPRO can use our state of the art technology and expert training to remedy your situation. We can even help you figure out salvageable items and what needs to be removed and replaced for your safety.

You can count on SERVPRO of South Orlando to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

We are available to help 24/7 by calling (407) 985-3200.

SERVPRO Says No to Flood Damage in South Orlando Businesses

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Essential Steps When Dealing with Commercial Flood Damage in South Orlando

Weather events can cause considerable inconvenience when they flood commercial establishments. Such an incident can produce widespread damages whether caused by driving rain filtering through an opening or a full-blown flooding incident that drives contaminated groundwater into the premises. The actions you take immediately after the incident help the business resume normal operations. Our professional mitigation services have helped save many local businesses.
 
Before starting the restoration processed after commercial flood damage in South Orlando, it is a good idea to do some evaluation to establish the level of water migration since porous materials such as carpets and drywall absorb water fast. It should also help determine the volume of water, types of contaminants, and debris present to come up with the right response plan. The team from SERVPRO uses advanced detection equipment such as thermal cameras to establish the level of water migration in porous materials and concealed spaces. Our technicians also wear necessary PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, allowing them to wade into the water safely checking for debris and other problems.
 
Cleaning the affected areas should help remove contaminants and debris. In many cases, this is easier said than done. Our SERVPRO technicians spray disinfectants directly into the floodwater to control microorganisms. We also use OSHA approved cleaning agents to ensure we clean the affected areas to sanitary levels. To remove soils and other debris from hard surfaces, we have pressure washers among other equipment. Cleaniåçng porous materials to rid them of contaminants is not possible so we might need to remove items like carpets, drywall, or upholstery affected by the floodwaters.
 
An issue like bad odor can have significant ramifications in a commercial establishment. While your employees may be a bit tolerant, your customers might not. Bad smells are typical after flooding incidents because of microbial growth or hidden wastes from the flooding. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you deodorize the areas in question through fogging and other techniques.

Calll SERVPRO of South Orlando to help you restore it to preloss state. You can reach us at (407) 985-3200 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO Can Restore Your South Orlando Home After a Flood

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Flood Removal Procedures to Protect Your South Orlando Property from Additional Damage

Flood removal is necessary when you need to address the devastating damage that a storm can make your home to experience. It is the time when you need to work with an experienced service provider to return your home to its preloss state. Immediate action and the use of the right resources can prevent your property from experiencing further damage. We are highlighting some of the options that residents of South Orlando have when they experience such events.

The flood removal procedures in South Orlando that our SERVPRO technicians use when addressing such incidents are not the same. To come up with appropriate flood damage restoration procedures, we have to inspect and assess the level of damage. The assessment helps us to plan and make the restoration successful. At this stage, we are in a position to determine what needs to be replaced and what can be restored. We achieve that by using specialized equipment and acquired professional skills.

If there is still water on your property, then we must use appropriate water extraction methods. The method we use to remove the water depends on the amount of water in your home. In some cases, we can use powerful submersible pumps, portable, and truck-mounted water extractors. We may also run dry and wet vacuums in your property to help reduce the drying time and reduce unnecessary secondary water damage.

Physical water extraction methods are not enough to remove all water from your property. We have to use other water removal equipment to find the water that hides behind ceilings and walls. That is why we value the work that infrared cameras, hygrometers and moisture detectors perform. Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers in your property is also a reliable way of reducing the drying time. We also must determine whether a move-out or pack-out is necessary during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of South Orlando has several years of experience in water damage clean up and flood damage restoration. Get in touch with our highly trained technicians by calling (407) 985-3200 and have your property restored the right way.

Key Elements of Fire Damage Remediation in Your South Orlando Home

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Professionals Address Small Fire Damage in South Orlando

Part of being a homeowner in Florida involves being ready for disasters. In our state we prepare for hurricanes and torrential rains, but how often do we prepare for events that begin in our own home? For example, an everyday meal can cause an unexpected kitchen fire leaving you in need of assistance in resolving the remaining fire damage. When this happens, it is crucial to know who exactly is better prepared to deal with the damage efficiently.

If your home is the victim of fire damage in South Orlando, do not hesitate to reach out to our SERVPRO team as soon as the emergency happens. Our team is on call 24/7, so we can act expediently upon receiving your call. Our training prepares us to address issues caused by fires big and small, and you want to make sure to capitalize on that.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO will most likely utilize plastic barriers to isolate your kitchen from the rest of the home to control further dissemination of odors and damage. Once we assess the damage and the surfaces affected by soot and smoke, we begin to work in earnest utilizing solutions and cleaners specially designed for each of the materials we are restoring. In this way, we avoid the possibility of further damage caused by cleaning agents used on inappropriate surfaces. Our technicians are able to make these decisions based on their expertise and formal training they have received.

Part of our fire damage remediation process is addressing any foul smells resulting from the fire. As expected, these smells go well beyond the capability of store-bought air fresheners, and they permeate fabrics and other materials despite your best efforts. Our SERVPRO staff is equipped to implement charcoal HVAC filters to clean your air ducts, along with deodorizing pellets and even thermal fogging if the odor is deeply seated. Based on its severity, our team formulates a plan to restore the purity of your home.

Fire damage caused by a kitchen fire may seem small and easy to resolve, but it takes a professional team like ours at SERVPRO of South Orlando to address all aspects of it. Simply call us at (407) 985-3200 and allow us to help you, so your home looks "Like it never even happened."

A Simple Yet Effective Plan for Flood Damage Remediation in South Orlando

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Why SERVPRO Offers Fast Response to South Orlando Pipe Flood Incidents

The same plumbing systems in your South Orlando property that help make life easy can cause considerable misery in case of a pipe burst. Most people only associate plumbing systems with the kitchen or washroom, but flooding can happen in any section of your property since the pipes crisscross the entire property. If a pipe bursts in the ceiling, it can cause many problems since the spilling water affects everything from the ceiling, walls, and contents before it reaches the floor. You need to involve a professional to help you deal with the damages.
 
Each case of South Orlando pipe flooding is unique, and therefore any response plan mooted must adapt to the unique conditions faced. The main factors that influence the response include the point of origin of the spill, how long the property remains submerged, and the materials present in the affected area. Spills that originate from a higher level of the property, whether it is the ceiling or a bathroom on a higher floor, end up causing more damages. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected areas along with your insurance adjuster to determine what to salvage as well as the best remedial approach.
 
Fast extraction of water from the affected property usually forestalls many problems including mold development and deterioration of materials due to excess moisture. Because most homes are packed full of belongings like furniture, clothes, toys and many others, what should be easy can end up taking longer than usual. Our SERVPRO crews combine both low-tech and high-tech resources to remove the water fast. Our low-tech resources include mops, sponges and buckets. Our high-tech gear includes wet-dry vacs, dehumidifiers, and air movers. The combination of these resources helps us multitask thus achieving the water extraction goal faster.
 
Water spills are likely to necessitate cleanup even when the water involved is from a clean source. As the water affects different materials, dyes are likely to run leading to stains. The water also sweeps any dirt and debris on its way soiling carpets, upholstery and other fabric materials. Our SERVPRO team includes WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, and CCT, Carpet Cleaning Technicians, who handle any necessary cleanup in your property.
 
For fast response in case of flood damage, call SERVPRO of South Orlando to help. You can reach us at (407) 985-3200 any time.

Has an Overflowed Tub Caused Your South Orlando Home to Need Water Cleanup Services?

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Why SERVPRO Should Manage Your Water Cleanup Needs in Your South Orlando Property

When your hectic family life gets a bit more stressful because someone left the tub running and now your stairway looks like a riverbed, you need to protect your South Orlando home from highly possible damage. Water flowing everywhere inside your home can only bring you problems, and the longer you wait to fix the situation, the more costly and intensive the repairs become. 

Our experience with such situations is why SERVPRO technicians should assist you with water cleanup and removal in South Orlando. We always arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster, meaning water has little time to ruin things inside your home. Continuing education and ongoing training add to our competence and keep us ready to mitigate damage wherever it happens. 

Water cleanup efforts involve extracting the water from porous materials and floors with wands attached to extraction units. These rapidly pump any liquid encountered into a chamber for quick disposal. These wands can fit into small spaces and under furniture and appliances. 

Other ways we remove water that threatens your home is with the use of air drying equipment. These make the air more turbulent and warm so it can hold more water vapor. Our air movers force surfaces to continually give off moisture, which causes the moisture in the interior space to move toward the surface of the saturated material. 

Once in the air, the water vapor ends up in desiccant machines. These machines strip air of moisture as it passes through. Air coming out of a desiccant machine is dry. We also use air scrubbers when air quality may have become compromised. When we arrive at your home, please discuss with us any concerns you have about this. We can either explain why there is no need for concern or resolve the problem for you. We look at you as a partner in protecting your home with our water cleanup and mitigation services. 

SERVPRO of South Orlando can help you get your home dried out, and water cleanup efforts help protect your home from the effects of water, moisture, and microbes. Our number is (407) 985-3200 and is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.

What the Colors of the Visible Mold in Your South Orlando Home Aren't Telling You About the Extent of the Infestation

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Mold Remediation in South Orlando's Residences Restores Control to Homeowners

Any one of the hundreds of strains of microbes can end up causing homeowners in South Orlando problems. While several varieties always exist somewhere in your home, normal humidity levels keep the growth of microbes at a standstill.
 
Until the growth of microbes begins to grow too rapidly, residents do not need to worry about mold remediation and cleanup in South Orlando. A small incident that seems inconsequential, such as a leaky toilet base or a small overflow at the kitchen sink, can provide enough water to microbes in the area. Once exposed to moisture, they quickly become active and soon spread out across the surface. It does not take long before they form spores in preparation of colonizing other areas of your home.
 
SERVPRO technicians always arrive with the tools needed to get your home's microbial situation under control. We come prepared, ensuring that your home's situation gets assessed quickly and that the work progresses swiftly, from start to finish. Understanding the different aspects of mold, from the ways it can damage your home to the internationally accepted methods of eliminating that damage and the overgrowths that caused it is crucial to successfully remediating your home.
 
Restoring control of your home to you, "Like it never even happened," requires that we practice extensively and engage in different methods. No two homes are identical in either structure or circumstance, so knowing different methods for any particular situations gives us the upper hand over mold and mildew. We know that a crucial aspect of successful mold remediation is maintaining communication with our customer and ensuring that the homeowner understands effective measures that prevent microbes from reappearing.
 
We not only provide information about what we are doing and why when we work inside your home, but we also give you the information needed so you can spot potential situations that might cause mold damage to redevelop later. From the start, when we eliminate the source of moisture feeding the mold, to the end, when we apply antimicrobial agents to help eliminate any traces of mold and keep it from regrowing, we are here to make your home healthy again.
 
Call us, SERVPRO of South Orlando, at (407) 985-3200, so we can provide you with expert guidance and skilled mold remediation services. Please do not hesitate to call whenever you discover mold in your home.

When is Demolition Necessary for Mold in Your South Orlando Home?

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Mold Demolition in South Orlando is Strictly for Professionals, Here's Why

In commercial properties or large private residences, mold growth can spread rapidly and become a significant issue. In these circumstances it may be necessary to carry out a controlled demolition, removing structure to allow access to the source of damage. Properties built before 1978 can contain lead-based paints in their structure which turn to dust during demolition and can be extremely dangerous. Health effects can also be posed by certain types of mold. These are jobs for a professional.

It is generally quite rare for us to carry out mold demolition in Edgewood homes and commercial properties. This procedure is only necessary in cases where the damage is widespread and poses a health risk. Usually, SERVPRO sends tests to a laboratory to assess the level of mold growth before beginning a procedure like this due to the high level of the cost it can involve.

Demolishing structures are necessary when mold has become a significant problem and has spread throughout wall cavities, below subfloor or into crawlspaces. SERVPRO has many practical solutions for mold remediation, but almost all of them require access to the affected area. Removing parts of structure allows us to get your property back to preloss conditions and tackle mold using rapid-air movers, solvent-based wet cleaning and even soda, or ice blasting.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the dangers of this procedure. On arranging a call-out, we send an IICRC certificate holder to assess and remediate mold damage. We can also send an in-house remodeler or use a third party to help put your home back together. Part of our remit is to "always do what is right by the customer" which means we only undertake expensive proceedings like demolition when absolutely necessary.

Making it "Like it never even happened," is not just a slogan for us. We promise to use all expertise and equipment at our disposal to restore your home to its preloss conditions. Where possible, we restore items rather than replace them. As a homeowner or property manager, you need a service you can trust, we have a proven track record in this area that stands us in good stead with our community.

When mold gets out of hand, contact SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 for second-to-none service.  

What SERVPRO Can Do For You When Water Damage Strikes Your Sky Lake Home

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Water Removal Services for Your Sky Lake Home

When you have a toilet overflow in your Sky Lake home, it can cause damage in other areas of your home, primarily if it was in an upstairs bathroom. You not only need to be concerned about the bathroom, but also the ceiling and the room below it. Hopefully, the issue is caught before it gets that far, but if not, a professional remediation company can address the issues in all affected areas.

Water loss removal services are needed in your Sky Lake home after an event like a toilet overflowing.   At SERVPRO, our professionally trained staff have all the knowledge and equipment necessary to handle the restoration of several areas of your home after a water disaster. The sooner you get in touch with us, the faster we can get there and prevent even more damage.

Some of SERVPRO techs water mitigation and drying systems dry carpet and pad without removing the pad. It is called in-place drying, and the basic idea is to extract the carpet more thoroughly and raise the number of dehumidifiers and air movers. The carpet is not rolled back, nor the pad removed, but instead the pad is dried in place.


Although this process can increase the overall drying time and raises the amount of equipment needed, some advantages can make this method worth it. As the homeowner, you and your family experience less disruption, and your furniture does not have to be moved out of the room. There is less water damage done to the carpet as well since we do not need to cut seams or reinstall the carpet. There is also a lower chance of delamination.

The extraction process of an in-place drying system has to be aggressive. Specialty weighted equipment which squeezes water out of the pad and carpet is needed. Drying your carpeting and padding like this doubles or triples the drying time, but we save time by not detaching the carpet and removing the pad. Approximately one hour is spent extracting for each three hundred square feet.

SERVPRO of South Orlando can be trusted for your water removal needs when your home suffers water damage. You can reach us anytime by dialing (407) 985-3200, and we won’t waste time getting to your property to help you.

A Flood Can Damage Your Conway Home, And You Need The Professionals At SERVPRO To Help!

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Why SERVPRO Fixes Flood Damage In South Orlando Effectively

When a flood affects your South Orlando property, various problems follow, so it is essential to do restoration properly. Such refurbishment involves many steps, and sometimes the problems that you face later could result from missing some steps or doing them at the wrong time. Our IICRC certified restoration crew has experience spanning many years allowing us to know the necessary steps, as well as the best time to do them.

Before starting the restoration of flood damage in South Orlando properties, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection, which helps ascertain the level of damage and identify any present dangers. It is common to encounter electrical hazards, deteriorating subfloors and even falling ceilings among other hazards after a flood. Our SERVPRO technicians also use this opportunity to secure the structure through steps such as boarding up, or installing roof tarps if there is a breach.

The risk of mold development in a flooded property is very high. Mold needs less than 48 hours of high moisture levels to start growing. It can grow on several types of surfaces including wood, concrete, and fabrics among others, so water removal and drying are high priority steps because it is an effective way to control mold growth. Our SERVPRO crew uses pumps to remove standing water more than two inches deep. We also have truck-mounted extractors allowing us to remove standing water from all nooks crannies around the property. Extracting more water helps quicken the drying process.

Floodwaters contain different contaminants, so it is necessary to take steps to control them. By Spraying an EPA-registered disinfectant into affected areas, it is easier to control disease-causing microorganisms. Our SERVPRO technicians also remove porous materials such as carpet and pad because cleaning cannot eliminate all contaminants. Since soiled carpets are considered hazardous materials, we also handle disposal. First, we cut the carpet and pad to pieces 2x2 foot each. We then place them into plastic bags for transport to the disposal site.

A properly laid out restoration process after flooding improves the results by a considerable margin. Call SERVPRO of South Orlando to assist you. You can reach us easily through (407) 985-3200 any time of the day.

Don't Let Flood Damage in South Orlando Melt Your Ice Cream Shop Dreams

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Helping an Ice Cream Shoppe Reopen After Sustaining Commercial Flood Damage in South Orlando

Once our area experiences a flood, we work with Conway businesses in the steps needed to reopen their doors to the public. Every business plays a crucial role in our local economy. Businesses of all sizes, including small ice cream shops, require specialized skills to ensure the safety of employees and customers.  

Businesses that find themselves facing commercial flood damage in Conway want to reopen quickly. Customers need to know that favorite locations can reopen and help the area start feeling like it did before the disaster occurred. SERVPRO technicians live in the area and want the same thing. We always arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster and work through the project's completion. Flood damage poses particular risks to businesses that prepare food, and we understand these concerns.  

Our IICRC training and certification prepare us for many possible scenarios. Flooding around food almost always means that refrigerated items need throwing away, as do any products that came into direct contact with the water. We arrange for containers of appropriate sizes to assist us in safely disposing of everything that requires removal from the premises. After we remove everything necessary, we start cleaning and sanitizing your shop.  

All food containers and preparation areas, bins, shelves, and other surfaces need to become clean and safe once more. We remove all of the silt and debris from these locations, and also the floor, walls, and anywhere else that floodwaters touched. Thorough cleaning brings back safe conditions.  

After we clean and then dry your business, we can concentrate on deodorization. We use both ozone and hydroxyl gas generators. If wet carpeting or other textiles exist, we prefer to use hydroxyl gas instead of ozone. It takes slightly longer, but it is much safer to use than ozone.  

SERVPRO of South Orlando employees live and work in your area, be it Belle Isle, SK Lake, or Pine Castle, and we want to help get your shop's doors open again by mitigating flood damage and its effects. Contact us at (407) 985-3200, 24/7, any day of the year, and we can begin making everything perfect again.

How Our Experts At SERVPRO Help You Cope After A Flood Causes Damage To Your South Orlando Home

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Coping With The Effects Of Flood Damage In South Orlando 

Floods can happen any time there is a torrential downpour. Because of paving and other infrastructure in a city setting, the ground barely absorbs the rainwater, leaving a significant percentage to flow freely. Constraints or blockages in the drainage systems can redirect the water to properties, damaging them. We offer cleanup and restoration services that can help you cope with the damage that occurs in your South Orlando home.
 
When dealing with incidents of flood damage in South Orlando, you need to address several issues simultaneously. These might include removal of mud or silt dumped by the water, removing porous materials like carpets that were submerged by the floodwaters and drying the structure among other issues. IICRC certification means the SERVPRO crew that helps you restore your structure is trained to handle all these aspects guaranteeing a positive outcome.
 
Since every flooding incident is unique, the planned response must also be unique. This is why an exhaustive inspection of the affected property is necessary. It is not advisable for the homeowner to enter a flooded property to do such inspection because of the risks involved. For example, if the power is still on, there is a risk of electrocution. Floodwaters are also heavily contaminated with sewage and other hazardous chemicals. Our SERVPRO technicians are experienced in handling such situations, so we take all necessary precautions including turning the power off before venturing into the affected property. We also wear protective clothing such as boots, rubbers gloves and full body suits among others.
 
Inspection helps establish the level of damage determining the resources needed for the task. If there is a lot of mud and silt, tools like shovels are needed for removal. If the water level is high, it may be necessary to tear down drywall and remove porous materials such as insulation. Our SERVPRO technicians perform a flood-cut 2 feet about the water line allowing easy access to the wall cavity. We also use various moisture detection tools to determine how much the water affects different materials. Other tools like thermal hygrometers help determine the level of humidity in affected and unaffected areas around the property.

Floods can be very destructive, but with professional help, it is easier to cope. Call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Our Professionals Guide To Restoring Your Damaged Property In South Orlando After A Fire

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The Professional Way To Restore Your Fire Damaged Property In South Orlando

Both the structure and your contents experience significant destruction after a fire damage incident. It is essential to know how your insurance policy has distinguished the two. We understand such issues and draw a line between your items and the structure when estimating the loss that results after a fire. Some items may qualify as part of the structure when they are attached to the house. Such items include doors, windows, ceilings, and attached floor coverings in your South Orlando home.

Our SERVPRO technicians work towards returning your South Orlando building to the state it was before the fire damage incident. It means we have to clean and repair all the effects of the incident. During the restoration process, we remove the soot residues from the exterior and interior surfaces of the structure. Some residues usually give off malodors, so, we have to perform deodorization to neutralize the unpleasant smells.

During the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians come across items that are restorable and some that need replacement. We also work with our customers and the insurance provider to identify conditions that existed before the fire. We can fix preexisting conditions and make your structure even better. After pretesting, we may categorize some items as washable and some as non-washable.

Washable materials are those materials that can be cleaned using wet cleaning methods. For instance, we can use a water-based cleaning agent without causing any additional damage. On the other hand, we cannot use a wet cleaning method to clean non-washable materials since additional damage results. It means we have to clean such items using a dry cleaning method. The type of residues on a surface plays a significant role when choosing an appropriate cleaning technique. For example, we use a dry solvent cleaning product when dealing with oil-based residues.

SERVPRO of South Orlando can inspect your property after the disaster and select the most appropriate cleaning and restoration procedures to use. We are an industry leader in fire and water damage restoration and mold remediation. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to learn more about our industry-proven solutions.

SERVPRO Can Provide Five Easy Solutions To Water Damage Mitigation in South Orlando- Call Us Times 5

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Five Situations Where In-Place Drying Is Inappropriate for South Orlando Homeowners

Water removal and restoration is an extensive process. To clean, dry and restore your home to pre-water damage condition, experts use advanced technology. There comes a time when in-place drying seems like the best choice. Well, there are situations where it is inappropriate. Here are five examples where in-place drying is not necessary.

Black or Gray water damage
Black water contains unsanitary agents, harmful fungi and bacteria. As water removal experts in South Orlando, we always warn homeowners not to come into contact with Black Water. Doing so can result in sickness. Classified as Category 3, sources include sewage, standing water and rising water from rivers. Gray Water is Category 2 water and contains contaminants too. This water can also cause illness if exposed to it. Often this water originated as clean, potable water but absorbed undesirable and contaminated elements from the environment. Is your home flooded with Gray or Black water? Then in-place drying is not recommended.
 
Presence of sensitive items
If your electronics, papers, books and even artwork are damaged by water, top-down drying is also not recommended. In-place drying calls for the removal of water without moving anything out of your home. Since sensitive items cannot be dried in place, this method is inappropriate. We can offer lyophilization where we freeze-dry papers, documents, and such and then under a vacuuming process, draw the sublimated moisture directed from the frozen state to the gaseous phase, thus eliminating the wetness effect of liquid. It just takes the right equipment manned by a skilled SERVPRO technician.

Evidence of structural damage
If water removal experts detect structural damage to your subflooring, they cannot proceed unless the support can hold the weight of the equipment. Typically, if it cannot, a controlled demolition can be required to stymie the water damage from continuing unabated.

Evidence of mold growth
If flooding has lasted for more than 72 hours in your home, mold growth may have already started. In this case, in-place drying cannot be used. Using this method can spread the spores to other rooms. This exposes your family to health effects.

Non-porous pad
During top-down drying, your carpet is never rolled back. This is the same with the pad. SERVPRO water removal experts use air movers, dehumidifiers and water extraction equipment to dry your pad. If it has a non-porous layer, the carpet can trap water underneath. This makes the water extraction process more complicated. Floating a carpet can be an option as we strive to restore and not replaced materials after a water loss.

SERVPRO of South Orlando is a leader in the water removal and restoration industry. As experts, we provide 24-hour emergency service to help minimize the damage to your home. To get the job done right the first time, call our 24/7 emergency line at (407) 985-3200.

Use Our Technician Knowledge to Quickly Dry Out Your South Orlando Fabric Store After Water Damage

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Commercial Water Removal for Your South Orlando Fabric Store's Water Woes

Many people in South Orlando love to sew their own clothing so they can make sure their latest outfit is unique and one-of-a-kind. Many homemade gifts for children that they can use to explore their creativity also require fabric and various notions and tools when you make them. Coming to your store means a visit to a clean and safe place where customers can let their imaginations and creativity wander and gain inspiration.
 
When a leak in your roof lets the rain pour into your business, you need to start the process of commercial water removal in South Orlando to get everything cleaned up and safe again. The safety of your employees and customers can become compromised by standing puddles of water. Mold that begins to grow in the presence of this new source of water becomes apparent in only 24 to 48 hours after the incident.
 
SERVPRO has the tools and machinery to get such messes cleaned up and resolved, making the interior environment of your store “Like it never even happened,” quickly and thoroughly. The dyes in many materials can bleed into others, but we can cut away these stained lengths on the bolts, leaving as much as possible to air dry in individual drying chambers. We can dispose of these discolored lengths of fabric for you or dry them for packaging if sewing enthusiasts might take an interest in these pieces.
 
We can clean and dry your inventory that comes in its individual packaging, bottles, and similar items so you can still offer these to your customers. We understand that disasters like this can harm many businesses financially so we do everything we can to help you recover quickly and with as little hassle as possible. Because companies often fail afterward, planning on such events with our READY Profile Plan can help you. September is also National Preparedness Month, and this is one way to take a role in helping your business become even stronger.
 
To ensure your store's environment remains clean, we also remove all of the debris and place air scrubbers strategically, so air currents help us remove any dust or spores, as well as other microscopic particles from the air. This dust can come from our work, or the area where the rain came into your store.
 
SERVPRO of South Orlando can help you recover fastest after a disaster involving water of any category. Commercial water removal and cleanup gets your business back to how you want. Call us at (407) 985-3200!

How SERVPRO Fixes Flood Damage Caused By Hurricanes To Your South Orlando Property

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Flood Damage Experts In South Orlando Talk About Hurricanes

The months of August and September is the time of year that hurricanes are common to hit coastal parts of the U.S. and their aftermath could affect the South Orlando area. Hurricanes bring about massive rain and wind speeds over 100 miles per hour that can both cause your property extensive flood damage. Storms often develop out on the sea this time of year and gain their strength when they are in the middle of the ocean and surrounded only by water. Last year, seventeen tropical storms formed on the Atlantic, ten of them turned into hurricanes, and six of the ten were category three hurricanes or higher. Once they hit land, they weaken, but rainstorms can continue to head inland and cause flood damage in places far away from the coastline.

As we all know hurricanes can be one of the most devastating types of natural disasters. These storms can get so brutal that even homeowners in South Orlando plan for flood damage when hurricanes get close to the Atlantic coast. September is national preparedness month, so it is the official time to make sure you are prepared in case bad things happen.

Also, when a big storm is on the forecast everyone that lives anywhere near the hurricane that is on its way should have a disaster plan tested and ready. Our SERVPRO team can help you be prepared, and we can come over and show you things you should do to minimize damage when you establish us as your certified restoration contractor and have us go through a preparedness plan with you.

If you set up a plan and have a contractor ready to begin work if something happens it can make the repair process after storm issues much more simple. Once our SERVPRO crew is designated as your primary mitigation company, we will go out to your home and figure out where all of the power and water shutoffs are as well as figure out anything else we may need to begin work immediately. Once problems occur, we will already be a few steps ahead when we arrive at your residence.

If you ever notice problems after hurricane aftermath hits, call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 any day of the week and any time of the day.

Never Get Stressed When Your South Orlando Property Experiences Mold Damage

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SERVPRO Can Inspect and Plan a Mold Remediation Solution for Your South Orlando Home

Once we determine your building is safe to enter during mold damage remediation, moisture and visual mold assessment follow. When we are assessing the site, we look out for signs of mold growth, water damage, standing water, and we also talk to the property owner. We check behind the wallpaper, insulation, carpet backing and wallboard. Evaluation of attics and crawl spaces in your South Orlando property is essential during the inspection.
 
If the walls or surfaces of your South Orlando home have stains or some discoloration, there are chances that mold damage is present. Visible fuzzy growths on surfaces and earthy odors can also support that possibility. Surfaces whose moisture content is around 20% and over are vulnerable to mold growth and possible decomposition when the area is made of wood or cellulose composite. We use moisture meters when determining the material’s moisture content.
 
By looking at the level of contamination, our SERVPRO technicians are in a position to choose suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The four primary levels of mold contamination are level 1 (covering 10 square feet or less), level 2 (over 10 - 30 square feet), level 3 (over 30 - 100 square feet), and level 4 (exceed 100 square feet). Some of the PPE that we use include work boots, goggles, disposable overalls, earplugs, and N95–Disposable Respirators. When working in extensively contaminated areas, OSHA recommends the use of full-face or half-face respirators with P, N, or R100 cartridge.
 
In some cases, it is not possible to salvage porous items with visible mold, which means they should be discarded. Items that fall under that category are some drywall surfaces, textiles, upholstery, carpet padding, clothing, books, papers, and rugs. We place materials for disposal in plastic trash bags to reduce the potential for mold exposure and cross-contamination.
 
SERVPRO of South Orlando has been in the cleaning and restoration industry for a long time and uses advanced equipment and technology to do the work. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to discover the several options we use to restore properties after a mishap or disaster.

Water Removal is a Process in South Orlando

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Team SERVPRO Arrives at Your Home with BOTH Water Detection and Water Removal Equipment

Natural Flood, pipe leaks, sewer backup, washer overflow, toilet problems, and pump failure can wreak water havoc to your home in South Orlando. You may feel like you have lost all control of your home, and it can only get worse if you hire a company that rips and tears your walls, furniture, carpet, and other personal belongings out of its place. This process can leave you clutching your chest in agony as well as a hole in your wallet.
 
Water removal in South Orlando is not an easy task. Homeowners often try to clean the water problems without consulting the experts, which would only cause more damage and problems. There are a lot of components that are involved in water damage restoration. It's not something that a beginner should consider tackling. You would need to replace everything that was involved in the water damage immediately. If you ignore this process, then mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria can grow in your house. Hiring a water restoration company is a smart decision because they have all the tools that are needed to take out extra water to prevent further damage. Plus, a thorough cleaning and drying process would require an experienced water damage restoration services.
 
A SERVPRO technician would contact you to arrange a service within one hour of notice that water damage has occurred. Then within four hours, a uniformed, trained techs would be on-site to start the mitigation service, which is a fast acting method of extracting water out of the area. These technicians would use advanced technology such as moisture sensors, moisture meters, and Thermohygrometers to detect the amount of moisture in the air. These equipment help them determine the best drying process that would get the job done.
 
SERVPRO has other high-tech equipment such as the extractor to help remove water from carpets and other flooring material. Air movers would enhance evaporation to reduce drying time. Dehumidifiers would extract water vapor from the air. After removing all the water, they would use deodorizer equipment such as thermal foggers to produce the fog that has tiny particles of deodorant solutions to neutralize any odor caused by the water damage. Afterward, these technicians would perform a thorough walk-through with you to make sure that you are delighted with the service.
 
With SERVPRO of South Orlando, you can expect reliable and excellent customer services and experts to get the job done. Call (919) 790-1222 to set up an appointment to speak with our skilled and experienced technicians.

Determining The Right Cleaning Methods During Fire Damage Restoration in South Orlando

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Cleaning Methods During Fire Damage Restoration

If you want to reduce the claim of a fire damage incident, then seeking for restoration and cleaning services can help. Ending up replacing what was restorable is expensive, and that is why you need to make the right decisions as soon as you can. Cleaning is part of the work that professional restorers perform when responding to such events in Conway. We're going to cover some of the principles of cleaning that we follow when returning your contents to their preloss condition.
 
When our SERVPRO team arrives at your South Orlando home to attend to fire damage, we perform a site inspection which helps us to locate the smoke particles. Usually, the inspection starts from the point where the fire started from; then we determine how far the residues have traveled within the building. It's a huge mistake to assume that all smoke residues all the same. A fire burns different items, which means that different smoke particles can be in the same area. Identifying the different particles helps us to come up with the most appropriate cleaning method.
 
Our SERVPRO team also selects a cleaning method which preserves the surface or material that has the smoke residues. Some cleaning techniques may be too aggressive to the point of making some surfaces or materials unsalvageable. At this point, we're ready to capture and remove the particles. Remember, there was an interaction of different proportions of moisture, gases, oxygen, and heat during the formation of the smoke particles. These variables make it challenging to choose a defined cleaning method to fix all fire damage incidents.
 
To break the bond between the residues and the surface, we use an understanding of the elements of cleaning - temperature, time, chemical action and agitation. Chemical reactions speed up as the temperature increases, so we have to settle on right temperature - which usually depends on the item we are cleaning and the cleaning agent we are using.
 
SERVPRO of South Orlando does the job right the first time. You can call us at (407) 985-3200 and let our experienced technicians make your business or home “Like it never even happened.”

South Orlando Mold Remediation Information for Commercial Warehouses

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SERVPRO Can Cleanup Mold Damage in South Orlando Business Structures

If a slow water leak ever develops in your manufacturing plant located in South Orlando, many problems can develop if the source is not repaired quickly. Any time water gets into a building it follows gravity and affects the lowest level the most. Many warehouses and offices utilize ground level areas for storage of products and materials. When water gets into these lower level storage facilities water can damage not only the building's structure but the items and inventory you have stored as well. If objects and building materials stay wet for an extended period, then many more issues can take place. Stored products remaining wet can cause damage over time such as rusting metal parts, ruined insulation and mold growth. Water can also cause drywall to lose its structural integrity and fall apart. If wooden materials stay wet, they can warp or curve. Cartons are composed of an organic substance and have the potential of being a food source for fungi.
 
Sometimes a slow leak can take place at your business, and the problems go unnoticed for a long time. Most commercial mold damage projects in South Orlando result from a water leak that did not get promptly mitigated after it happened. After a building has been wet for longer than 48 hours, microbial growth can take place. Once microbes form the contamination and spores can spread to other areas of the structure.
 
When first arriving at your manufacturing plant, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the area. Once the mold infested rooms or sections are uncovered, we take measure to prevent the spreading of spores. To do this, we can isolate using poly sheeting the contaminated parts of your building so that spores and mold particles to not spread to unaffected regions of the structure.
 
Once our SERVPRO restoration team establishes a containment area, we then figure out what items can be treated and restored and which materials are non-salvageable. When working at your place of business, we conduct all of our procedures so that the process is as smooth flowing for you and your insurance company. We can pack-out inventory and products for off-site cleaning if necessary.
 
When working with mold, extra precautions must be taken so that particles do not spread and cause air quality issues at your plant. Fungi can cause health effects with some people so if you ever notice microbial growth at your business, call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 24/7.

Reacting Quickly to Flooding in Your south Orlando Home

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Team SERVPRO Answers Your Call Fast When it Comes to Drying Out Your Property After Flooding

Widespread natural disasters are not new developments to those with houses in South Orlando. The present threat of severe weather allowing for flooding and varying degrees of damage to the outside of a home is familiar to homeowners here, but still something that many fail to prepare for as they should. Being ready for a situation like this can not only get your home restored quickly, but can ultimately save you money.

With high powered winds and torrential rainfall, even the best-constructed homes throughout the area become susceptible to flood damages in South Orlando. It is more about what you do in this situation that determines the extent of the damage that you ultimately experience, which often goes well beyond the situation which allowed the floodwater to enter your home in the first place.

Calling SERVPRO, even amid the flooding disaster is a wise decision to make. Our mitigation team can head out quickly to help you limit the damages that your home experiences, often by boarding up or tarping over entry points for the floodwater to get inside. This process stops the flow in, and we can get to removing at-risk contents of your home from the area as part of our pack-out procedure.

When flooding throughout the neighborhood takes place, restoration companies are spread thin helping multiple houses overcome the damages they have sustained and bringing them back to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO technicians also get spread out among multiple jobs running simultaneously, and so calling our team right away when disaster strikes can help you to be among the first houses that get this restoration work completed. Ultimately, this allows for fewer damages overall in your home and helps you move on from the disaster much more quickly.

There are countless scenarios it would seem that allow for flooding to occur in your home, but finding the right team to help you clean up the mess and get back to the way things used to be does not have to be difficult. You can always count on the prompt service of our experienced SERVPRO of South Orlando restoration technicians. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (407) 985-3200.

Water damage Experts in South Orlando Talk About The Different Types of Humidity

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Moisture Level Affects Water Recovery in South Orlando Area Homes

Whenever excessive moisture gets inside a building in South Orlando, the types of problems it causes can be grouped into two categories. When water leaks from a pipe or an appliance, it can cause problems as it comes into contact with contents and building materials. Anything that happens as a result of direct contact with liquid water such as the delamination of carpet is considered primary damage. Once water gets inside a structure, it naturally raises humidity levels indoors when moisture from wet materials evaporates into the air. Elevated humidity levels can also cause issues with building materials as water transfers from the air to materials that are not wet to reach equilibrium. When water vapor is the primary cause of the structural problems, they get classified as secondary damage.
 
Extraction procedures help reduce primary issues, and structural drying helps mitigate both types of problems. When our SERVPRO technicians deal with any kind of water damage situation near South Orlando, we monitor relative and specific humidity. Controlling humidity levels in a structure help speed up structural drying times. Wet materials dry out faster if the humidity inside a building is kept as low as possible using air movers and dehumidifiers. Monitoring and strategic placement of these devices optimize drying times. When we keep humidity levels low, we also reduce the amount of water vapor in the air, therefore, causing less secondary issues.
 
Relative humidity is a measure of how much water is in the air at any given temperature. RH is expressed as a percentage so if the relative humidity is 100% then the air is holding as much moisture as it can at that temperature. At this point, if not sooner, condensation can occur inside the building. "Raining" inside your home can only exacerbate the already water damaging effects. Air can hold more water at higher temperatures so increasing the temperature inside a house will lower the relative humidity inside it.
 
Since the temperature has such a huge effect on relative humidity, it is not always a good gauge as to how much water exists in the air. Specific humidity is the actual amount of moisture in the air. When our SERVPRO technicians measure specific humidity, they are counting the actual grains of moisture in each pound of air. To find specific humidity, we measure relative humidity levels and the room's temperature. We then put these numbers in a psychrometric chart that gives us the grains per pound number.
 
Using a psychrometric chart can come in handy when rapidly drying structural components. If you ever need help with issues related to water or humidity, call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 24 hours a day.

Is There a Good Mold That Can Grow in Your South Orlando Home?

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Team SERVPRO Understands Both How to Find Mold and How to Help Prevent a Recurring Mold Infestation

There is much misinformation out there about mold and fungal growth. Primarily, this confusion stems from what is considered to be “good mold” and what can potentially cause health effects for you and other occupants of your South Orlando home. While mold has allowed for one of the most substantial breakthroughs in medical treatment (Penicillin) dating back to its discovery in a petri dish in 1928, there is no variety of mold growing in your home that can have a positive effect.
 
This fact makes it all the more important that you take the discovery of mold damages in your South Orlando residence very seriously. As mentioned above, exposure to mold growth can cause health effects. Not only this, but thriving mold colonies can degrade organic materials like the framework acting as the primary supports and load-bearing fixtures of your house.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals ensure that each of our qualified applied microbial remediation technicians gets fitted with the best protective equipment before entering a home with thriving mold colonies. This approach is to prevent the spread of this colony elsewhere, but also to ensure the safety of our technicians throughout the remediation process.
 
Often homeowners are not aware just how widespread mold colonies can become if they do not get handled as quickly as possible. These active spores continue to seat and thrive in moist, warm environments. Soon the spread of these colonies is challenging even for professional remediation technicians like our SERVPRO team to handle.
 
Taking care of the mold in your home is as much about mitigation as it is about remediation or restoration. The sooner that you can react to the discovery of mold damages in your home, the faster that our technicians can get to work on removing these colonies and restoring the damage that they have caused.
 
Finding mold growing in your home is nothing that any homeowner wants to see, but it is an unfortunate reality for many in the area on account of the heat and humidity. If you find, or believe you might have a colony growing in your home, do not hesitate to call our SERVPRO of South Orlando remediation technicians. You can reach us 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.

Fire Damage Experts in South Orlando Talk About Inspecting Your Home's Contents

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Fire Damage Experts Talk About Inspecting Your Home's Contents

Any time something burns on your South Orlando property, several issues can arise. A fire's flames and the heat they produce can spread quickly burning anything in its way as fuel. In many cases, structural components that make up the building get severely burnt and charred to the point that removal is necessary. Aside from what burns in the fire, smoke coming from it can also ruin parts of your house.

Smoke leaves behind soot residues on surfaces inside your home and can cause foul aromas to linger. Every fire damage project in South Orlando typically involves removing ruined structural components and dealing with smoke-related issues. Before work begins, our SERVPRO professionals inspect the structure and figure out the overall scope of the job.

When inspecting a damaged home for the first time, we assess all of the obviously torched items first, then determine where smoke traveled inside the house. Once we determine which rooms got affected, our SERVPRO technicians then figure out the severity of the soot damage. We first inspect the parts of a building smoke usually affects such as the ceiling and upper parts of walls and come up with the best technique to clean the structural materials.

After our SERVPRO crew inspects your structure, we check all of your possessions and see if they got negatively affected by the loss. The best way to tell if soils exist on an item is to use the contrast method. In many scenarios, we accomplish this by cleaning a spot of an object and comparing it to the dirty parts. Some of your contents such as tables possibly have unaffected areas that were covered by tablecloths or dinner mats. These areas get exposed, and we compare the unaffected section to the areas where smoke touched.

The next step of the inspection process is to clean a part of each affected item and see which chemicals work best for each type of material. When formulating the project's scope, we keep a record of what types of things were soiled and the best methods found to clean them.

Once we pinpoint every item in the home that got damaged, we then give an estimate of the time and equipment we will need to complete the work. If you ever find your personal property covered in soils or residues after a blaze, call SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 24/7.

Stopping and Preventing Flood Damage in South Orlando

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SERVPRO Can Remove Water, and Restore Your South Orlando Property After a Storm

Surrounding South Orlando residents can suffer through flooding even when a recent storm might not be as powerful as several from last year. Such a large body of water can cause problems that homeowners in other parts of the state do not deal with regularly.
 
In this situation, flood damage to South Orlando homes can include water intrusion through the foundation. SERVPRO Restoration understands that even a small crack or seep can lead to major damage if not repaired quickly. If the homeowner suspects a problem or finds a crack in the outside foundation wall, one of our inspectors performs a complete check. That may include digging down around the foundation until an exterior crack is exposed and examining where it meets the concrete pad. Under extreme water penetrations or structural damage a general contractor should be called in for a fortification as required. We can then carry on with water removal and water damage mitigation. Hydraulic concrete can be applied to the fissures in an attempt to inhibit water penetration. Next, SERVPRO technicians seal the foundation walls with a liquid rubber compound. If applied correctly, this compound prevents water from entering the foundation. The seal remains intact unless something happens to shift the home off the foundation.
 
As team members complete application of the liquid rubber, others enter the crawlspace under the home to look for puddles or other signs of water intrusion. The stormwater must be removed and dehumidification methods employed to remove excess moisture. We suggest encapsulation of the crawlspace area for future mitigation of storm damage. If they find any cracks or seeps, they use the same hydraulic and masonry cement to seal and protect the interior walls. Applying the liquid rubber is not necessary for the crawlspace.
 
If our inspector found no cracks or seeps on the exterior walls, our specialists still use preventive actions to protect the home. They examine the gutters and drains to make sure rainwater runs away from home and not down the wall to pool along the foundation. Repair length varies from a few hours to much longer, depending on the damage and restoration needed. This may involve securing the drains or gutters to the walls and eaves.
 
Protecting your home from floods and storms is our goal at SERVPRO of South Orlando. If you have a flooding issue or want to prepare your home from the next storm, call us at (407) 985-3200 today. We are here for you.

Your Pine Castle Venue Requires Rapid Water Damage Cleanup

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Water Damage Cleanup

Your South Orlando event venue is likely reaching the time of the year where it gets a steady booking schedule. Parties are coming in and out of the facility every day, leaving minimal time for the staff to work on cleaning up the place and assessing any potential problems. With such a wide variety of patrons and events, you never know what kind of damage a group of people could cause unknowingly. For example, leaving faucets on in the facility bathrooms with the stoppers in could lead to widespread water throughout all of the neighboring areas to this room.

With a packed schedule and people counting on your South Orlando venue, the last thing you need to contend with is water damage. Fortunately, you have professional restoration services that can respond quickly and get things back to the way they should be as promptly as possible.

Our SERVPRO professionals can quickly assess the full scope of the damage and determine the tools and equipment necessary to restore it. In situations like this, clean up often involves the basic elements of wet-vacs with extraction wants, mops and air movers to help dry out the floors. Unless this damage has been sitting there for several days, the bulk of the damage itself is just in the widespread water on the floors.

Of course, our SERVPRO team implements equipment like infrared thermal imagery to identify the presence of moisture inside of spaces that cannot get easily seen. This process allows our technicians to see inside of wall cavities, below flooring, and into the area above the ceiling to identify threats out of the line of sight. If found, various equipment gets used to ensure the area is thoroughly dry.

While your business lives by a strict schedule, you can rarely account for the inevitability of something going wrong. Fortunately, our SERVPRO of South Orlando professionals responds quickly to help clean up the mess and limit the time you are without your facility. Give us a call 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.

Why Choose Professional Mold Damage Remediation in South Orlando

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South Orlando Homeowners Realize that SERVPRO Provides the Solutions for Mold Cleanup and Removal

It can be a badge of honor for some Belle Isle homeowners to try to manage as many home improvement and maintenance projects as possible on their own. Although many tasks complete successfully with some research and a little elbow grease, remediating mold damage is a job best left to experts. Our technicians have the knowledge, products, and equipment necessary for proper mold abatement.
 
A thorough understanding of the life cycle of fungi and characteristics of household mold damage requires hands-on training few South Orlando homeowners possess. It can be tempting to believe a cursory treatment with a diluted bleach solution and a cover-up with some mildew-resistant paint resolves the problem. We make sure our crew members master advanced classes in mold remediation and thoroughly consider all aspects of potential mold resurgence if the moisture that fuels microbial growth is not addressed.
 
The success of SERVPRO’s professional mold remediation relies upon information learned in Applied Microbial Remediation Technician training from the IICRC and protocols developed by the EPA. Mold can never be eliminated, and any company that promises such a result is not being transparent with clients. Mold spores are found everywhere, including both indoor and outdoor settings, impractical to eradicate in a household. Without a regular source of moisture, however, mold spores cause little to no damage. Consequently, finding and recommending a permanent fix to water incursion must be part of any remediation.
 
Once the spores absorb water, including scenarios where indoor humidity exceeds 60 percent, the fungi reproduce and multiply into colonies. Only oxygen and moisture are needed, meaning mold growth can remain hidden to the eye, easily spreading between walls and under eaves and flooring. A musty smell can be the only sign, and the edge of a colony seen in a damp corner of an attic or under a sink may be just a small sample of a much more massive unseen infestation. SERVPRO employees holding the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician certification realize the futility of treating just the apparent mold damage. We investigate the situation fully, discovering the extent of the mold damage and devising a plan to contain and remove it.
 
When we take on your mold remediation challenge, we make sure you and your family remain protected during the removal of colonies through effective containment strategies. Physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers keep mold debris away from unaffected spaces as we work. HEPA filters remove spores and mold fragments from your indoor air, and EPA registered antimicrobials inhibit recurrence of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of South Orlando encourages you to reach out to us for high-quality mold remediation services. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to set up a mold damage evaluation and abatement plan.

Thorough Restoration Work Following Water Damage in Your South Orlando Home

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Water Damage In Your Home

Of all of the things in your South Orlando home that could get ruined by the presence of water where it should not be, one of the things most at risk is drywall and flooring materials. These elements often get placed directly in the line of fire when you have a water emergency, or even just a moderate incident. While you might not be able to prevent the damaging effects water can have on these elements entirely, fast reaction times can allow for a lessened severity of these issues.

Preventing water damage to your South Orlando home can often be an impossible task. There are far too many potential sources and variables to safeguard your home completely, so the most suitable solution is to have professional restoration services you recognize and trust prepared for when something goes amiss. The faster that you can reach out to SERVPRO and our professionals, the more efficient we can be at removing the water, repairing the source of the problem, and getting your home back to pre-damage condition.

Our SERVPRO technicians can appreciate that every situation is different. Therefore, various tools and equipment are a necessity from job to job to finish them successfully. One common thread is the use of drying equipment like air movers and dehumidification machines, as this is the industry standard in moisture removal for residences and commercial properties.

Unfortunately, much of the water damage that homeowners face ultimately affects flooring or drywall throughout the home, and removal and replacement can sometimes be a requirement when the material gets too severely damaged to salvage. Depending on the magnitude of this replacement task, our professionals can often do this rebuilding themselves as part of the restoration plan.

Overcoming water damage in your home is never something that homeowners want to contend with, but these things do happen. If they happen to you, believe in our SERVPRO of South Orlando water restoration specialists to help you return your home to its prior conditions. Give us a call anytime at (407) 985-3200.

Overloading an outlet can Cause Fire Damage to South Orlando Homes

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SERVPRO Has What it Takes to  Restore your South Orlando Home From Fire Damage

People in South Orlando increasingly find themselves with too few outlets in their home for all of the gadgets and different pieces of equipment owned by members of their family. Either as a primary power source or to charge the battery for regular use, the number of available outlets in older homes rarely suffices. Only twenty years ago the number of electronic pieces in the home numbered only a fraction of what many households own today.

When too few outlets exist and extension cords, extra outlets, and plug adaptors become used more frequently in a South Orlando home, fire damage often happens due to the overloading of electrical systems. Although this may seem unlikely to younger members of the family, the dangers posed in plugging too many devices in at one time become reality for many homeowners nationwide.

When SERVPRO technicians encounter this type of fire damage, we ensure that electricity no longer runs to the area. Water from firefighters can also damage electronics devices, in addition to making them dangerous to power on, so please never hit their power button to see if a device still works. We must unplug all devices still connected to power sources so we can package them to safely store undamaged ones and prepare damaged ones for possible repair with one of our partners who specializes in electronics repair and restoration.

Your home's interior can also suffer severe fire damage and smoke-covered surfaces. Our technicians can readily handle all stages and levels of severity. Fires can happen at any time, including during the night when devices charge for the next day's use. When your home is unoccupied, fires can slowly spread before a neighbor notices smoke seeping through closed windows. Fires starting from overloaded outlets are not always caught early.

Our technicians can help you and your family by mitigating the effects of a fire and making your home safe again. Some of the effects of fire might not be easily seen but nevertheless still exist, posing hidden danger spots in your once-safe home. Restoration and mitigation of fire damaged residences includes removal of destroyed materials and belongings (which we discuss with you in detail), repair of materials only slightly damaged or simply covered in soot and grime, airing out your home as part of the desiccant process, and odor control techniques that make the interior of your home safe for structural restoration work to begin.

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The technicians and specialists at SERVPRO of South Orlando can help minimize the amount of time your family deals with fire damage in yourSouth Orlando home, restoring its safety and helping make it "Like it never even happened." Here for you when accidents happen, call our 24-hour service line at (407) 985-3200 so we can get started working for you.

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SERVPRO Quickly Investigates and Remediates a Business Mold Infestation

Movie theaters are a common sight to see throughout the Conway area, as this is one of the iconic date night activities available to people of all ages. Day after day, you might see hundreds of people come in and out of your business looking for their slice of entertainment, so the last thing that you need is the presence of mold to shut your doors for an extended period while you figure out how to handle the situation.

What many business owners do not understand about commercial mold damages they find in their Conway properties, is that the creation of these colonies is rather simple. All that omnipresent spores in the environment need to grow and thrive is moisture, warmer temperatures and some variety of organic material to seat the organism. Once these conditions get met, your business is continually at risk for the development of mold and fungal growths.

Often finding the source of the moisture in the affected areas is sufficient for preventing the majority of this present risk, but the damage could have already occurred. The best way to identify the progression of mold in your business, whether there are clear signs of colonies or not, is to allow SERVPRO to conduct an inspection of the property to look for signs of fungal growth and to assess your risks of forming colonies.

Our experienced mold remediation specialists have several unique approaches to restoring the damage that mold can do to your business, and ones that do not have to keep your doors closed a moment longer than they need to be. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get the problem under control in your movie theater, the sooner that your regular customers can get allowed back in for their silver screen fixations.

While it might not seem like mold growth is that pressing of an issue from a business standpoint, mold may cause health effects for those exposed. This fact puts not only your staff in line for these potential effects but also every person who comes to the theater as a viewer. Trust our experienced remediation specialists at SERVPRO of South Orlando to help you get back to the way your business used to be prompt. Call us today at (407) 985-3200.

Professional Mold Remediation For Your South Orlando Movie Theater

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SERVPRO Quickly Investigates and Remediates a Business Mold Infestation

Movie theaters are a common sight to see throughout the South Orlando area, as this is one of the iconic date night activities available to people of all ages. Day after day, you might see hundreds of people come in and out of your business looking for their slice of entertainment, so the last thing that you need is the presence of mold to shut your doors for an extended period while you figure out how to handle the situation.

What many business owners do not understand about commercial mold damages they find in their South Orlando properties, is that the creation of these colonies is rather simple. All that omnipresent spores in the environment need to grow and thrive is moisture, warmer temperatures and some variety of organic material to seat the organism. Once these conditions get met, your business is continually at risk for the development of mold and fungal growths.

Often finding the source of the moisture in the affected areas is sufficient for preventing the majority of this present risk, but the damage could have already occurred. The best way to identify the progression of mold in your business, whether there are clear signs of colonies or not, is to allow SERVPRO to conduct an inspection of the property to look for signs of fungal growth and to assess your risks of forming colonies.

Our experienced mold remediation specialists have several unique approaches to restoring the damage that mold can do to your business, and ones that do not have to keep your doors closed a moment longer than they need to be. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get the problem under control in your movie theater, the sooner that your regular customers can get allowed back in for their silver screen fixations.

While it might not seem like mold growth is that pressing of an issue from a business standpoint, mold may cause health effects for those exposed. This fact puts not only your staff in line for these potential effects but also every person who comes to the theater as a viewer. Trust our experienced remediation specialists at SERVPRO of South Orlando to help you get back to the way your business used to be prompt. Call us today at (407) 985-3200.

Questions You Might Have About Black Mold Damage in South Orlando

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SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage Leaving Your Home Safe

One of the most infamous and troublesome types of mold damage in South Orlando is black mold, a colloquial term for several species of aggressive fungi that can cause more problems than other, similar varieties of mold. Black mold infestations grow and function much like ordinary colonies, but can have different and more severe consequences, including an increased risk of health effects for the home's residents. Handling these species requires a unique set of certifications carried by few companies aside from SERVPRO to adequately cover the specific safety and treatment considerations involved in a professional cleanup.

How Concerned Should I Be?

Horror stories of black mold damage in communities like South Orlando abound online, but the reality is a bit more nuanced. While black mold can cause health effects in many people, the severity of these complications can depend on exposure time, the extent of growth, and the specific variety that is growing in your home. We recommend you call us as soon as you find signs of damage so that we can send an inspector over within a matter of hours to evaluate the situation and provide more detailed safety recommendations for your household.

What Other Consequences Could Come?

In addition to heightened health risks, black mold can cause many of the same damages to your home that other fungi can. Without professional remediation, the problem can start to eat away at your home and cause lasting visual and structural damage to the building. Additional safety precautions and sterilization measures may also lengthen the time we take to solve the problem, potentially increasing costs incurred during the restoration process.

How Can SERVPRO Solve the Problem?

We handle black mold much in the same way as other fungal damage, conducting simultaneous efforts to quarantine, neutralize, and clean up after multiple patches of growth at once. Throughout the work, our technicians have access to heavy-duty environmental protection gear to prepare them for even the most extreme risks. Without this equipment, it may be very unsafe to continue living and working in the area until the remediation project reaches completion. We take extra care to sanitize the area when black mold is involved to make sure that no safety risks remain after we leave.

SERVPRO of South Orlando has the training and equipment necessary to handle even the most extensive and dangerous mold damage situations in local homes. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to find out how we can help.

Flood Damage in South Orlando isn't Always Inside the Home

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO Understands That Flooding Can Cause Damage to Your Home's Exterior

Many instances of flood damage in South Orlando and other local communities never make it into a home: sometimes, floodwaters can cause extensive damage to outdoor fixtures, objects, and materials without reaching indoors. While these situations are often faster and less expensive to take care of than floods that make it inside, they can still cause severe damage to your property requiring the help of a professional company like SERVPRO to repair. Here are some of the more frequent and troublesome issues we encounter outdoors after flooding incidents.

Cracked Concrete
Most types of concrete can sustain significant flood damage in South Orlando, especially if standing water remains on top of them for longer than a few hours. Debris picked up from elsewhere in the flood's path can scratch, scrape, and break up concrete, causing significant physical damage to the surface. However, water itself can also cause many problems for the material. Some types of concrete may absorb water and expand, cracking and crumbling as the pressure becomes too high. In less severe cases, painted surfaces may need to be refinished or repainted, depending on the type of paint applied and length of exposure to water.

Oxidized Metals
Rust and other forms of oxidation can affect many metal objects on your property, even those that can normally resist weather effects. Complete submersion in water causes more damage than rainfall and can render outdoor metallic objects completely unusable. We train our technicians to handle many common forms of oxidation but can also send in sensitive cases to a contracted specialist to make sure they receive the care they need.

Stained Walls and Pathways
Storm floods often carry mud, soil, and other contaminants that can stain a significant portion of your home's exterior. Pathways and patios of all types are similarly susceptible to discoloration during a flood. We pledge to get your home back to the way it was before the disaster, and that includes restorations for all visual signs of damage such as discoloration and material staining.

SERVPRO of South Orlando is ready after every major storm to help local homeowners repair and restore their properties to a livable state once more. Call us 24/7 at (407) 985-3200 to find out how we can help.
 

Recovering From Water Damage to your South Orlando Residence

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Appliances Are Often the Culprits Causing Water Leaks--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Drying

While many disasters can threaten your South Orlando home, perhaps one of the most typical of these potential issues is a water emergency. While this could include natural disasters and flash flooding situations, often it boils down to aging materials in your house and homeowner errors that attribute to damages that require professional restoration.  
 
Perhaps one of the most common issues that present water damage to your South Orlando residence would be large appliances like your water heater. While everyone is aware that appliances draw more power and cost you more on monthly utilities as they get too old, it often gets disregarded that the components within them that keep tight seals for water are aging and degrading as well. Over time, small and seemingly insignificant leaks can turn disastrous, spewing high volumes of water on the floor surrounding the appliance.  
 
Once the water has gotten successfully stopped from the valve attached to the appliance itself, you are left to contend with a significant water emergency that requires your immediate attention. The longer that water can seep into flooring and walls, the more damage that it ultimately causes to these components as well as the structural integrity of your entire home.  
 
While extraction might be a necessity for the situation, our SERVPRO team assesses the full scope of the damage throughout both the immediate area and adjoining walls and floors. For areas that cannot get seen easily, thermal imagery gets used to determine the farthest reaches of the water damage. Equipment like our drying mats can penetrate deep into floors to dry up the area, while our injectidry system can remove any moisture from inside of affected walls. For basic drying, a combination of wet vacs for spot extraction and air movers for moisture removal work to rid the area of remaining water.  
 
When you are battling older appliances, even the best of routine maintenance might not be enough. If your appliance decides to leave you a water emergency to battle, trust the SERVPRO of South Orlando restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess. We can be reached 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.  

Malfunctioning Appliances Can Cause Water Damage To Your South Orlando Home

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates Damage Caused by Water Leaks

While there are many things that you might be able to control in your South Orlando home, there are several unpredictable elements that are sure to keep you on your toes. Having appliances is a convenience that most residents in the area are sure to include in their homes. When these machines decide to break down or malfunction, the resulting damage can be very overwhelming and far out of the skill set of the homeowners.
 
Water damage to your South Orlando home often happens without any warning, so you should always be prepared for the possibility by knowing a reliable restoration company that you can call. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified restoration specialists have the tools and experience to handle most any degree of damage that your home might endure from the unexpected water.
 
From the moment that we arrive at your home, our primary concern is to find and remove the source of the water damage to prevent the problem from persisting. If you have not already located and disrupted the flow of water through the malfunctioning appliance, the volume on the floor could be substantial leading to on-going degradation of possessions and building materials.
 
Extraction and drying are primary components of the complete restoration process for your home. Extracting the water typically involves our wet vacs and portable pumps, provided that the volume of water does not warrant the use of truck-mounted pumps. Drying often gets accomplished through the use of our air movers and dehumidifiers.
 
Structural damage assessment occurs once the water gets dried completely. The process is thorough and includes the use of state-of-the-art thermal imagery to ensure that no lingering water persists inside the walls out of the line of our SERVPRO technicians' sight. Low-scale structural repairs like drywall replacement can get accomplished by our professional specialists during this restoration process, while more extensive and more significant damages can be readied for a contractor by our team.
 
While you cannot predict when an appliance is going to malfunction and cause water damage to your home, you can get prepared with whom you intend to call during an emergency like this. Our SERVPRO of South Orlando emergency response team is available 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.

Are Storms Causing Flood Water into Creep into Your Orlando Crawlspace?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Drying Out Damp Crawlspaces Around Orlando 

Crawlspaces serve a unique and helpful purpose for Orlando homes and can help to reduce any flooding or other natural disasters from reaching the main floor of the property. As useful as this might be, the neglect of this crawlspace from persistent dampness and moisture can be problematic, and the circumstances are even direr after stormwater pools in this cavity beneath your house. Homeowners need effective restoration and recovery solutions.  Our SERVPRO team can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster by mobilizing our experienced team quickly in these emergencies. 

There are multiple benefits to this layer of protection beneath your house, but stormwater in crawlspaces of Orlando homes can be hazardous in numerous ways. It is vital to get this area dried out as quickly as possible following a severe storm event to prevent worsening conditions taking hold of structural supports, joists, framing, or the flooring material of the main level in the house. All of these materials become at risk from prolonged moisture exposure and direct saturation from pooling water when flooding occurs. 

Our professionals must assess the full scope of the damage and determine how likely moisture and dampness are in this area as we develop long-term solutions to help. Often homes that remain susceptible to the negative presence of even groundwater require capable diversion equipment and strategies like sump pumps or drainage systems that move pooling water from the property altogether. The implementation of these tools or approaches can make our drying efforts more effective and longer-lasting. 

Crawlspace encapsulation is another strategy that can help your property to stay protected from continual moisture and dampness. Along with the installation of water diversion tools, we can cover all exposed ground, supports, and overhead flooring with a thick 12mm plastic sheeting. Before covering, we spray antimicrobial agents on vulnerable surfaces like wood to prevent the allowance of mold growth. Once covered, water cannot penetrate the plastic to damage the main floor of the property. 

Crawlspaces are a vital element to protecting your home and providing a convenient location for utility shut-offs. When these areas become damaged by stormwater and flooding, you can count on our SERVPRO of South Orlando team to help. We have state-of-the-art training and equipment to make these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (407) 985-3200.

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Fast Action is Vital When Your Orlando Room Shop Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Act Swiftly When You Need Water Cleanup Services For Your Orlando Pawn Shop

No owner wants to find themselves in a situation where they should reach out for local water cleanup services. Indoor flooding can occur from a variety of sources, but in the case of your pawn shop, a broken ceiling pipe is to blame. Before you managed to turn the water to your building off, hundreds of gallons spilled onto the floor of your shop, surrounding precious antiques and other valuable merchandise.

In order to maximize the chances of the remediation inside of your pawn shop succeeding without hiccups, you should reach out for local Orlando water cleanup services immediately. Addressing the damage swiftly, and cleaning up the standing water as quickly as possible, can lessen the water damage inside of your shop. The faster you get help, the better it can be for your business.

Once you call SERVPRO, we immediately can assemble a team of our highly trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) and then send them to your shop. We are always quick and strive to get to your business as quickly as possible because we understand how valuable time is. Getting the flow of foot traffic back to normal as swiftly as we can is something we pride ourselves on at SERVPRO. Furthermore, while you wait for our technicians to arrive, you could begin to remove any merchandise from the area that is still dry, so you can feel like you're not merely waiting for your merchandise to become damaged in the meantime.

Once our WRT arrive at your pawn shop, we can immediately begin to set up equipment to remove the standing water inside of your shop. At SERVPRO, we use extracting wands and rovers, as well as wet/dry vacuums. We can immediately see to drying any pieces you worry for and ensure that any remaining excess moisture is addressed by using the appropriate equipment. By the end of the job, we hope to leave your shop feeling, “Like it never even happened.”

When a sudden burst pipe spews water onto your property, always quickly call for help. Speak with SERVPRO of South Orlando by calling (407) 985-3200. No matter the time, we're here for you.

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South Orlando Fabrication Plants Call on SERVPRO to Extract Water after a Mishap

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Restoring a Factory with Commercial Water Removal Services in South Orlando

Once a factory or other assembly plant in South Orlando sustains an incident involving a water loss, getting things dry again to protect employee health and safety, machinery, and productivity should begin immediately. Relying on drains to take care of the problem can only do so much. Overhead sources of water can ruin delicate machines, as well as form pools of water in depressions in pieces of equipment, as well as in supplies and materials.
 
At SERVPRO, we are proud to be able to help other businesses around Edgewood with commercial water removal methods so they can continue serving the public. We want our economy to stay strong, and this is how we can do our part. Removing the water from where it might otherwise stay trapped, slowly evaporating into the air, helps your factory's indoor air quality remain wholesome. It also prevents corrosion of metal and keeps microbial infestations from developing as readily as they can when excess moisture permits them to grow.
 
When your equipment retains water, we can suction the water out of these machines and then wipe them down; we arrive with all of the tools needed, including ladders and buckets, helping ensure that your employees can continue their jobs with little or no interruption from us. Extracting the water and then wiping the machine down, with oil when called for by the machinery's maintenance instructions, protects your equipment from possible problems.
 
Floors and other areas that your employees occupy may also need extraction work performed. Break rooms can become damp and musty when water saturates such areas, ruining food preparation equipment. Your employees need to eat during their breaks to stay energetic.
 
We also want to keep your workers safe while in your plant. With water removal, we work to keep corrosion control and eliminate the possibility wherever we can. Air movers help us keep moisture from condensing on surfaces and also directs water vapor toward desiccation machines. These withdraw moisture from the air and release dry air back into the area we are treating.
 
Using our various machines and tools, we protect your equipment and building from harm. SERVPRO of South Orlando water removal and extraction specialists can make things safe again so your employees can remain productive. Contact us by calling (407) 985-3200 for 24-hour service.

If a Water Damage Disaster Occurs In Your South Orlando Laundry Room, Our Crew Can Help!

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Taking Care Of Water Removal In A South Orlando Laundry Room

In a society reliant on electrical appliances, we tend to expect them to work without fail. Water removal may prove necessary; however, when a faulty washing machine hose gives way and covers your floor with water. It can be stressful to consider taking on such a monumental cleanup task on your own, as missed spots can easily lead to mold growth or structural damage.

When appliance failures result in you needing water removal in your South Orlando home, certified SERVPRO professionals have the tools necessary to clean, dry, and deodorize your home while preserving your possessions.

In cases where water affects porous surfaces such as carpet, it is vital to thoroughly extract moisture that has been absorbed quickly to preserve carpet, padding, and the subflooring underneath. If water from your laundry room has reached your carpet, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers both above and underneath flooring to address moisture absorbed by carpet. Fast drying in conjunction with EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaner is key to preserving your carpet and shielding it from potential mold growth.

In cases where hardwood is affected by water, it can also be preserved. Drying mats with suction devices attached can be placed on the floor at ground level to accelerate moisture evaporation. This process is often aided by plastic sheeting that acts as a conduit for directing moist air out of your home. SERVPRO technicians often use a 6-millimeter thick plastic or poly sheeting that, when taped down, isolates moist air for easy collection. Not only does this drying method aid in collecting water from hardwood flooring and plywood subflooring, but it keeps dehumidifiers from being overwhelmed while they help dry other surfaces. In some cases, dehumidifiers may also be operating inside the plastic tenting to extract moisture.

SERVPRO of South Orlando is prepared to clean up any size disaster in the area. If you need our services to clean up your disaster, give us a call at (407) 985-3200 today.

Our Technicians Can Restore Your South Orlando Business After A Mold Damage Disaster

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can present some serious issues for your restaurant in South Orlando. It can cause health concerns for employees and even customers as well, and lead to a loss of work hours or even cause you to close your doors temporarily. Knowing how to prevent mold damage in the first place helps avoid any downtime for your business.

Mold damage in your South Orlando business is something that should be taken care of right away. If you notice an outbreak of mold, get in touch with our professionals at SERVPRO immediately. As an experienced remediation company, we can take care of the mold quickly and thoroughly with our tools and knowledge before the mold spreads further.

Wherever there is the presence of moisture, mold can begin to grow in just twenty-four hours. To prevent this, keep an eye out for any leaks around your restaurant and take care of them right away, even if it requires the assistance of a plumber. Fix any roof leaks as well and keep gutters cleaned out. Even a slow drip can escalate into a more significant issue if it is not fixed.

When the mold is present already, and you need us to help clean up the mess, SERVPRO technicians assess the damage and then section off the affected area using plastic sheeting and create negative airspace. We do this to prevent the mold from spreading to other areas of your restaurant while we do the cleanup and restoration. We also use protective gear to keep us from breathing in the disturbed mold spores.

When you find mold in your business, leave the cleaning to us instead of relying on store-bought cleaners. Many people believe they can clean up the mold by using regular bleach. However, bleach contains water, so even if it kills some of the spores, it is adding moisture to the mold and lets it continue to grow.

If there are any contaminated items in the affected area such as rugs or furniture, we may need to remove them while we work and clean them at a separate location. If the infestation is severe, we may need to replace some structural items such as drywall or subflooring.

To keep an eye out for mold damage you can also monitor your humidity levels in the building. There are inexpensive monitors available for purchase which can alert you to any spikes in the moisture content in the air. Proper ventilation, especially in the kitchen, also helps to keep moisture out. Overhead vents and fans are essential in a working kitchen.

SERVPRO of South Orlando can help you clean up a mold infestation in your business in Sky Lake, Pine Castle, or Edgewood thoroughly and quickly. Please reach out to us by dialing (407) 985-3200 as soon as you find the issue.

The Nature of Smoke and Soot Dictate Clean Up Practices after Orlando Fire Damage

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

If you ever suffer from a structural blaze inside your Orlando home, it is always smart to contact a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO immediately. Our fire damage restoration crews know the best techniques to refinish and restore burnt and soiled items to prevent replacement. When dealing with burnt materials, smoke, which consists of partially combusted particles, can add to the extent of your problems.

When mitigating any fire damage in Orlando, our SERVPRO technicians know to use different chemicals and techniques when removing residues left behind by the various types of smoke. In most situations, smoke, and the soils it leaves behind can be classified into one of the following four categories or a combination of them. By knowing what type of smoke was present, we can pick the best method to remove soot residues on the various surfaces of your building materials and contents.

1. Dry Smoke
Most fires go through stages of creating both wet and dry smoke. However, usually, fires will have more of one type than the other. Dry smoke gets created by fast-burning, oxygen-rich burns. Dry smoke is also usually created when organic materials like wood, paper, or natural fabrics burn.

2. Wet Smoke
Whether a fire produces a majority of wet or dry smoke depends on the amount of oxygen present, the rate of combustion, and the type of substance that is burning. When the fire is starved by oxygen and burns at a lower temperature, it produces a wet smoke. Wet smoke is also created when synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic burns. Wet smoke usually adheres stronger to most surfaces and is difficult to remove and clean.

3. Protein Residues
Protein residues can be found any time products such as meat, poultry, or fish burn. When a fire starts inside your kitchen, there is a good chance that protein residues can exist. These residues leave behind a yellow or amber discoloration, but it can sometimes be clear and hard to see on a surface. Protein residues leave behind strong odors making deodorization the biggest issue when dealing with them.

4. Fuel Oil Soots
Furnace puff-backs can create fuel oil residues that consist of dust particles from the ventilation system and fuel oils that did not burn all the way. This type of soot usually has a gray or black color and can consist of large or small particles. Often, the electrically charged ions form spiderweb-like formations in corners that can smear readily if not vacuumed and sponged off correctly.

If a fire ever ignites inside your Pine Castle, Belle Isle, or Barber Park house, it is wise to contact SERVPRO of South Orlando at  
(407) 985-3200.
 

Is Water Damage Being Stored in Your Orlando Crawlspace?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

After long periods of heavy rainfall, you may discover excess water in the crawlspaces of your home. These areas can be especially difficult to restore by yourself for several reasons.  Access points may be small, or the ground is dirt or mud resulting in grey or black water contamination issues.  Also, ground settling may create uneven footings that could be dangerous as well as the presence of loose wiring and electrics. Using a professional to restore these areas ensures not only your safety but also the long term health of your property.

We have expert technicians available for the restoration of water damage in Orlando and the surrounding area. We also have a specific method for restoring crawlspaces that may have excess moisture resulting from slow leaks or heavy rainfall. The biggest challenge we face in this kind of restoration is finding a way to bring in specific equipment like dehumidifiers or extraction units.  We may also need to temporarily remove insulation to gain proper access to the affected area.

Since crawlspaces are often narrow and enclosed, any water residing there is slow to evaporate naturally. SERVPRO can combat this by blocking off foundation vents and putting up drying tents to create a closed drying system. A closed drying system allows us to concentrate our efforts on a particular area of the crawlspace by establishing artificial airflow and dehumidification. We do this by using a combination of rapid air-movers fitted with large flex hoses to evaporate moisture with desiccant dehumidifiers deployed to then remove that moisture from the air.

Throughout the process of drying a crawlspace, SERVPRO monitors the relative humidity using thermal hygrometers and moisture content readings from insulation or structure. This measuring ensures that the restoration procedure is going as expected.  It also ensures the conditions inside your crawlspace do not promote mold growth, which can be exceptionally damaging throughout your home. We recommend homeowners install a vapor barrier after the restoration of a crawlspace which can prevent plumbing rust as well as electrical shorts.  

As soon as you notice the presence of water in your crawlspace, contact SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200.

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When a Disaster Strikes in Your Orlando Home, Call Our Crew

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is The Choice For Restoration In Orlando

With decades of experience across the restoration services that we offer the Orlando area, we know how to help when every minute counts. We have ready trailers and service vehicles prepared to roll out from our SERVPRO facility 24/7 to address the harsh effects of water, fire, storm, and mold losses. We also have trained professionals to handle more specific recovery niches like air duct cleaning, biohazard cleaning, abatement, and reconstruction efforts. These talents, aiding in every facet of the work that we offer our customers, improve our efficiency and effectiveness in your home or business.

Storm
Storm damage in Orlando homes is a common situation that our SERVPRO professionals must address. With central Florida susceptible to the severe storms from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, properties in this midsection must remain prepared for inevitable run-ins with hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, damaging winds, and other harmful conditions. Our ability to handle these situations is partly due to our commitment to the training and growth of our restoration specialists, ensuring that each of these loss incidents gets technicians that can:

    •    Extract and dry up floodwater (WRT – Water Restoration Technician)
    •    Clean contaminated areas where they exist (Biohazard Cleaning)
    •    Deploy air movers and dehumidifiers for effective drying solutions (ASD – Applied Structural Drying)
    •    Clean Carpets and other flooring types (CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technician)
    •    Prevent microbial growth or address present colonization (AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician)

The other aspect that has allowed our disaster relief team to become so successful in the Greater Orlando area is our commitment to having the top-tier equipment that gets the job done quickly and correctly. We keep storm trucks stocked at all times with a deep inventory of recovery and mitigation tools, including submersible pumps, engine-driven trash pumps, power washers, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

We can offer a full-service approach amid a crisis so that our customers do not have to waste time finding secondary contractors to handle other aspects of their recovery. We have the skilled professionals to perform board up and tarping services for your residence amid flood penetration. We can also oversee full-scale reconstruction once mitigation completes in your Orlando property.

Water
We know how easily water loss incidents can develop, and that is why training our restoration technicians in this niche is a constant and continual process. The science of restoring water damage in Orlando homes is evolving and consistently changing, and so our professionals have to move along with it – putting these new practices and equipment into use to help our customers with the most efficient and practical approach. This commitment to customer satisfaction and a positive outcome in loss incidents goes far beyond our training with the IICRC.

Our restoration team has access to equipment and machines that far exceed the limitations of conventional recovery tools. The truck-mounted water extractors that our SERVPRO team uses, for example, can handle the removal of thousands of gallons of water every day. This vehicle, combined with multiple other impressive pieces of equipment, sets our professionals apart in water damage restoration for the Orlando area.

We also have the capability of addressing large loss water damage in Orlando commercial properties and houses. With a total of 33 years of industry experience and a roster that features Commercial Drying Specialists (CDS) and those with WRT and ASD endorsements, no job is too big or too complicated for our field technicians with the right approach, equipment, and attitude.

Fire
With the thousands of structures, our team is responsible for in the Orlando area alone, the possibility of fire damage is a persistent threat. Knowing the best approach to handle each of these conditions hinges on the severity of the situation and what materials, surfaces, and contents have become affected. Our IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and those with additional training in areas like odor control and upholstery/carpet cleaning have access to the leading inventory of recovery tools and products that can help our team to make loss incidents quickly “Like it never even happened.”

Much of our efficiency in fire recovery stems from these advanced and cutting-edge machines. Soot removal and cleaning, for example, often fall to a combination of specially-formulated cleaning agents and products with automated surface scrubbers that can eliminate residues on surfaces. We can also reduce or eliminate the damage to other fire and mold damaged surfaces in an Orlando house with dry ice blasting and soda blasting machines.

Every minute counts in fire recovery, so our technicians not only obtain IICRC certifications, but train to gain an understanding of how fire damage in Orlando homes and businesses spreads, and the best approaches to overcome these effects.

Mold
Before our certified AMRTs can set up containment barriers and begin the often-intricate process of mold remediation in your Orlando home or business – our professionals must locate the source of the moisture and dampness. Without adequately identifying how the water damage occurred that facilitated mold growth, these conditions are likely to happen again.

Sometimes the humid conditions are enough to generate these hazardous circumstances, as interior humidity above 60% can allow for mold growth on the walls, ceilings, and other organic materials. The initial approach is to establish isolation zones with the use of our powerful negative air machines in conjunction with physical plastic sheeting. Mold damage in Orlando homes can spread quickly and harmfully without these containment barriers.

If our technicians reach the situation in your Orlando residence fast enough, many of the hosting materials can get repaired with the use of sophisticated equipment like dry ice blasting machines and soda-blasting equipment. These approaches can remove mold debris without harming the surface and substrate.

Orlando is a highly active area of the country, and as such, the threats of emergencies and disasters never cease. You can count on the swift response of our SERVPRO of South Orlando team in a crisis. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (407) 985-3200.

Water Removal After a Storm Is Crucial to Mitigate Damages--Call SERVPRO

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Those with a Conway home are no stranger to adverse weather conditions and severe events that threaten their property all year long. While certain times of the year threaten your home more than others, being prepared for the worst is not always an easy thing to do. In fact, you might be among the majority that does not prepare nearly enough for a sudden bout of severe weather and find themselves at the mercy of the storm. 

 
With tropical weather systems, the threat of significant rainfall in a short amount of time is nothing out of the ordinary. Your South Orlando home is likely reinforced in areas to help prevent flood damage, though as you have seen in recent years, much of this preparative action is less than sufficient. Whether flash flooding presented the problem or storm damage to the structural integrity of your house is to blame, flood damage can occur very quickly and cause substantial lingering issues for your property and family.
 
Our SERVPRO team does not use phrases like We're Faster To Any Size Disaster as a catchy line to draw in potential customers. This statement is a creed to the way that our team works and devotes the entirety of our resources and experience into restoring your home to the way it was before the incident. With flooding in your home, time is of the essence to get things cleaned up quickly. The longer that pooled water remains in the affected areas of your home, the better the chance becomes for further structural damage, mold growth or irreparable damage to the contents of your house.
 
Extraction is one of the primary tasks to get performed by our SERVPRO professionals following the initial assessment on the full scope of the damage. For significant volumes of water, truck mounted pumps and larger equipment from our fleet gets utilized. Spot extraction and finalization of this process come from our equipment like portable pumps, and extraction wands attached to wet-vacs.
 
Our commitment to restoration is a reason to trust us in the worst of your water damage disasters. Our SERVPRO of South Orlando team has the experience and equipment to handle any kind of restoration project you require. Call us today at (407) 985-3200.

When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th. However, storms outside of these dates are not unheard of. Hurricane activity ramps up in August, and peaks in early September, then again in October. 

Hurricanes form during this season because of two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction and/or speed with height) are most common. This is also the season with the highest frequency of west-moving weather disturbances in the tropics that eventually develop into hurricanes. 

The only difference between a hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon is where you're located on the globe. People in our area refer to violent thunderstorms as hurricanes while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones. 

How To Dry Water Damaged Flooring In Orlando

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage to Floors and Carpets in Orlando Needs Professional Attention 

A gleaming hardwood floor or expanse of beautifully soft carpeting is the first impression family and guests have when walking into your Orlando home. If a water loss spreads across the oak, cherry, or exotic wood or saturates the carpet and padding a bucket and mop or household fan is inadequate to resolve the problem. Engaging a reliable full-service remediation company to help with recovery is the approach that delivers the most successful results. 

Water damage in Orlando stems from many causes. Plumbing leaks and appliance breakdowns are by far the most common. Fortunately, supply line breaches are usually a Category 1 water emergency, meaning that fast action can save structural components and fixtures like carpets in many cases. The water is relatively free of contaminants, and if removed within 24 to 48 hours mold growth potential minimizes. 

The SERVPRO team arrives as soon as possible after your call, and an assessment and project planning complete quickly. Using equipment stocked on our service vehicles, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians implement the plan immediately. 

When hardwood floors receive water damage, we use pumps and extractors to remove visible water. Then we set up negative air pressure systems by sealing mats to the floor and hoses connected to powerful extraction machinery to suction water from between the planks and subfloor. Our technicians use state-of-the-art moisture metering and thermal imaging equipment to ensure no pockets of liquid water lie trapped beneath as we work across the surface of the floor. Hardwood floors can appear dry yet wick up moisture from saturated substrate. Development of cupping or crowning if moisture persists distorts the smoothness of the surface and signals continuing water deterioration. 

Carpeting needs special attention. SERVPRO experts inspect the extent of the water damage and use wanded extractors to mitigate or limit the migration of moisture to unaffected areas of the floor covering. Once we contain the spreading moisture, weighted wands allow us to dry many carpets in place. Removal of the padding might be a recommendation as it is inexpensive to replace yet holds large quantities of water. Our technicians use great care when extracting the water, avoiding stretching the fabric of the carpet, which can cause delamination, which is the separation of the carpet from its backing. Multiple passes ensure we remove all water eventually. Thorough removal makes the final drying phase with heated air movers and dehumidifiers less time and energy consuming, and more effective as well.  

SERVPRO of South Orlando invests in the training and the equipment needed to return your water damaged floors and carpet to “Like it never even happened.” One call, day or night, to (407) 985-3200 sets the remediation process in motion. 

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You Can Contact Us 24/7 If Your Orlando Apartment Experiences A Fire

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Debris Removal In Your Orlando Apartment

Most insurance policies, regardless of what they may and may not cover for your Orlando apartment after a fire loss incident, have coverage in place for fire debris removal services. This process, along with the damage assessment of your property, can prove vital in securing a damage claim from this insurance provider so that our professionals can get to work on your apartment. During this cleanup, our team can often also offer approaches to reduce the presence of harmful contaminants and hazards.

Fire cleanup is an important step to take, even when you are unsure of all of the coverage options and activities available to your Orlando property after a fire loss incident. One of the first calls that you should make once you have reached out to our competent SERVPRO professionals to begin this cleaning and recovery of your apartment is to your insurance provider. An agent can walk you through all of the facets of your insurance plan, including which restorative practices an approved damage claim can cover.

Our experts strive to provide every client with the same level of care and consideration for their property after a fire loss incident, and debris removal is a good example of this. With intricate controlled demolition techniques to remove specific damaged areas of drywall, flooring, and other materials, we can ultimately save our customers both time and money on the later reconstruction to follow.

With moderate mitigation work accompanying this debris removal, our SERVPRO team can help to address indoor air quality concerns in your unit with the use of our advanced tools and equipment. This technology ensures that the damages present in your apartment do not have the opportunity to spread through shared walls, ducts, and other avenues to affect new units.

Fire damage in apartments can be a challenge to overcome, especially without the full working knowledge of the insurance coverage that you have for your unit. Give our SERVPRO of South Orlando response team a call anytime that you need us at (407) 985-3200.

Here is What You Should Do With Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Your Orlando Business

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

sink overflowing causing water damage Don't let your business be taken over by water damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Some of the Most Regular Water Damages We See in Orlando Hotels

Water damage can happen anywhere in a hotel, but some areas and types of damage happen far more often than others. When problems go beyond simple cleanup and sanitation matters, your cleaning personnel or company may be ill-equipped to handle the consequences of significant water damage. SERVPRO specializes in providing fast and complete services for hotels in the area, ensuring that rooms stay clean, undamaged, and pleasant-smelling after the incident. If any of these common problems happen in your building, call us or use our Emergency Ready Profile system to get a crew of technicians to your location.

Overflowing Sinks and Bathtubs

One of the most common reasons for us to be called into a hotel in Orlando for water damage cleanup and restoration is when a guest causes a sink or bathtub to overflow. Determining when and why these problems happen can be difficult while guests remain in their rooms so it may not be uncommon to only find out about the matter days later or when water starts to leak elsewhere and cause further damages. SERVPRO inspectors create a detailed assessment of the situation to understand what specific problems might come from these scenarios and can provide an estimate of our work times and costs.

Water Line Leaks and Breaks

With so many water lines running throughout the building, it may not be uncommon for them to leak or burst, especially when they are very old. Be sure to call us as soon as you suspect that a water line may have been ruptured, as the speed of our response may be critical to prevent as much damage as possible. To avoid most water line problems in your hotel, make sure that pipes receive semi-regular maintenance and checkups.

Left-Open Windows

If guests can open windows in the rooms of your hotel, they may sometimes forget to close them before a storm rolls through the area. Rain pouring in through an open window can cause significant damage to the furniture and carpeting of the room, but most of the worst effects can be prevented through a quick call to and response from SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of South Orlando can handle both small, isolated incidents and large-scale disasters throughout an entire building. For the best outcomes, call us as quickly as possible after an incident at (407) 985-3200.

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When Foul Odors Plague Your Orlando Residence You Need To Call Our Crew!

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooding Our SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights water restoration specialists can work quickly to make flood effects “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Flood Odors From Your Orlando Residence

While many homeowners tend to think of the structural and immediate effects of a flood incident in their Orlando property, many other damaging symptoms can prove challenging to live with or endure. Resolving even these secondary effects can become simple with the appropriate choice in restoration specialists. Our team has the experience, and advanced equipment to address primary and secondary effects after a flood damages your home to get things back to normal as promptly as possible. 

Odors can often be flood damage effects that get overlooked in Orlando homes because they are not as pressing or immediately damaging as standing water, oversaturation, or the facilitation of mold and fungal growth. With natural disasters with rising water levels from creeks, streams, and bodies of water around your home, the threat for contaminated water is high, which can allow for significant damages on its own including a lingering foul odor that must get addressed. 

Our SERVPRO team have strong cleaning agents that are environmentally friendly. By cleaning nearby surfaces and structural elements, we can protect areas of your property that were not directly affected and damaged by the floodwater. Contamination is a significant threat when black water exists, and exposed surfaces can absorb bacteria, dirt, and other harmful particulates. The existence of these threats can be the source for foul odors that persist even after extraction and drying have taken place. 

The professionals that head out to your flood-damaged address arrive with many tools to address lingering harsh odors on the property including our hydroxyl generators which can both clean out harmful particulates and debris in the air including mold spores along with addressing the foul odors. Also, our SERVPRO professionals can also use direct machines like our thermal and UV fogging units that can directly impact the presence of strong odor molecules. 

We have many tools and machines that can help to address the many effects of flooding in area homes. Our SERVPRO of South Orlando water restoration specialists can work quickly to make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call whenever disaster strikes at (407) 985-3200.

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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.

Fire Cleanup Damage In Orlando

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

charred homeowner items after a fire For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of South Orlando 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 South Orlandoat (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)

SERVPRO on the scene at a homeowners house 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 South Orlando 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)

drying equipment 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 South Orlando team a call anytime at (407) 985-3200. 

We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary In Orlando

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

cleaning carpets We were able to restore this property to pre-damage condition. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Saving Facilities After Silicone Roof Water Damage in Orlando

As many Florida business owners know, water damage is the second most common type of claim that they can make. A staggering 20% of all insurance claims filed are related to water damage of some kind, whether this is from a pipe malfunction, storm damage, or other water-related issues. Without thorough mitigation and drying, this damage can pose challenges to the structural integrity of your business as well as the safety of employees and customers.

If your Orlando office needs commercial water damage mitigation, you can count on a certified SERVPRO team to handle the damages quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to business. No matter how large or small the disaster, professionals are dedicated to restoring your business and ensuring that cleanup is done to code.

Silicone Roofing Risks

While silicone roof coatings can help business owners with flat roofing save on electricity and other costs, there are some risks to consider when implementing this in your space after water damage strikes. These include:

  • Abrasion and tear resistance. Compared to other coatings like modified bitumen, silicone roofing is not the most durable. It can get very slippery when wet, which can make it more prone to tears. Foot traffic, dropped tools, and other activities can potentially damage the coating. 
  • Attracting dirt. Silicone roofing, which is often white, can get a visible coat of airborne dust and dirt over time, which can darken the roofing. Clean regularly to maximize the energy-reflective nature of the roof coating and save on HVAC costs.
  • Recoating. While recoating may not be needed as often as it is for other roofing solutions, it is imperative to choose silicone that is compatible with your current coating. 

How SERVPRO Saves Your Facilities

If you have a roof leak in your facilities, SERVPRO can you use centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers in tandem to pull moisture off of surfaces and eliminate it, replacing the moist air with air that is warm and dry. To dry a wet ceiling, technicians may open a few ceiling panels on either end of the affected area and position equipment so that air circulates straight up and through the space between your ceiling and roofing. This placement also helps warm, dry air circulate through the affected space for better results.

SERVPRO of South Orlando is here to ensure that your business looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (407) 985-3200 today for rapid disaster mitigation.

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Why Prompt Storm Water Removal in Your Orlando Residence is Crucial

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in home We have your best interests at heart, we know how hard water damage to your Orlando home can be.

Please call us as soon as you realize you have water damage in your Orlando home. 

The rainiest season in Orlando is autumn when it rains 41 percent of the time. At times, storms occur, and they can be powerful and destructive. Floodwaters, debris, broken tree limbs, piles of snow, and shattered glass are some dangerous risks associated with storms. With enough damage, your property can be left in an unprotected, and vulnerable state, susceptible to further destruction.

If your home has sustained storm damage, hiring storm damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO is the right decision. Performing storm water removal in your Orlando residence speedily is a priority to avoid spending more money than necessary on restoration expenses. Storm damage differs slightly from other kinds of water damage. Restorers should be able to look out for signs of more severe storm damage like wind damage, weakened structures, and broken gutters. 

Following a storm, it is reasonable to be concerned about the status of your property. However, your priority should be to address your safety and that of your family and pets. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you stay safe. If you go back into your home to inspect it, look out for potentially hazardous debris like nails. If standing water is present, do not turn on the power or use any appliance. 

It is also advisable to take time to assess the damage in your home. Look out for ruined building materials, water stains, leaks, and other signs of water or structural damage. As you make way through your property, take photos to document the damage for insurance claims filing purposes. Tackling the storm damage as soon as possible is critical to the structural integrity of your home. Floodwaters may contain a wide range of pollutants including:

  • Chemicals 
  • Soil or silt
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Petroleum products 
  • Branches and leaves 

SERVPRO franchise professionals can complete the water removal process quickly. We have advanced water extraction equipment such as self-priming trash pumps that can remove the muddy water from your home effectively. We classify self-priming trash pumps as full trash, semi-trash, trash, or slurry based on the size of solids they can pass. 

We can also use air movers and dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation of moisture from your home and its contents. This helps ensure sufficient water and moisture removal from floors, walls, furniture, and other possessions. To determine if the drying process is effective, our water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. If moisture is still present in some materials, we can continue with the drying process. 

When you need water removal services after a storm, contact SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200. We can restore your home to its preloss state. We also serve the residents of Conway, Pine Castle, and Wadeview Park. 

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Removing Fire Odors from your Orlando Home

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen after fire Give us a call today at (407) 985-3200.

Clearing Harsh Fire Odors from Orlando Homes

A considerable part of taking care of your Orlando home after a fire is addressing 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 the fire-damaged home in the form of top-tier restoration equipment, 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 cleanup in Orlando homes a vital element to protecting your property from further damages. Clearing out harsh odors involves several important steps and the use of 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. Clearing out all of these damaged materials and contents can not only help to set your home on the path of restoration, but it can also help to reduce the severity of noxious odors after a fire gets extinguished. 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 get rid of lingering odors within your home is with the use of any of our 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 among the most heavily used, as they do not require setting up in a central location, because it is a mobile tool that goes with the technician from space to space.

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.

Are You in Need Water Damage Restoration Services in Orlando? Call SERVPRO!

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

drying equipment in action after water damage When this homeowner experienced a water loss incident, we were able to restore the home completely. Call us today!

Water Removal & Restoration Services Available In Orlando 

Whether you are facing floods caused by a recent storm, broken pipes, sewage problems, faulty appliances, or overflowing fixtures, there are local Orlando experts available to help. You are not alone and should never place yourself in harm’s way. Let people who are trained to respond to these kinds of events help you avoid losses and keep your family safe. 

If you live near Orlando or need water removal or restoration services in or around the area, look no further. There are many services provided by licensed, certified professionals who have all of the training, experience, equipment, and resources required. We can provide you with a full damage assessment and 24-hour emergency response, as well as the quality cleanup, removal, and restoration services necessary to assist every member of our local community and beyond.SERVPRO technicians offer customers access to all of the latest water removal equipment available today. Both hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors make fast work of both small and large areas, even those hard-to-reach or hidden areas that often go overlooked. We can remove vast amounts of water from your home, remove and dispose of unsalvageable items or materials, perform full structural drying, mold prevention, and restoration services. 

SERVPRO’s certified Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (IICRC) work hard to dry out the entire structure. Our technicians use air movers, dehumidifiers, hygrometers, and moisture detectors of all shapes and sizes. Our mold remediation and deodorization technicians also prevent mold from developing and remove any remaining odors that may exist after an event occurs. 

SERVPRO performs quality water removal and restoration services from start to finish. We place your needs first, making it possible to meet or even exceed any expectations you might have along the way. Our staff works with your insurance company whenever necessary to ensure a stress-free experience and keeps you informed throughout your restoration process. 

Contact SERVPRO of South Orlando for answers to any questions you may have or to schedule your home’s initial inspection today. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with emergency response teams ready to provide quality water removal, cleanup, and restoration services that help return your home to a quality preloss condition, fast. (407) 985-3200

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Have You Heard? SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Remediation Services in Orlando

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Furniture in home with flooding Sometimes water damage is extensive and many times it seems as if it’s not. It is prudent to have that checked to prevent a mold infestation.

Our Water Damage Detection Skill Is Why SERVPRO Is the Orlando Industry Leader

If water did not spread when leaks or appliance malfunctions spilled fluid across a floor, Orlando residents might not need specialized assistance. When in a liquid state, however, water moves, seeking the path of least resistance. Any crack in the joint between the floor and baseboard or the crevices between strips or planks of hardwood can provide entry for anything from drops to gallons of water. Our familiarity with the characteristics of water migration is why we develop workable recovery solutions. 

We Use Advanced Technology to Follow the Water

Our crews arrive armed with a broad range of water damage detection tools. Orlando homeowners might believe that the worst is over when visible water disappears. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians on our team know differently, why we waste no time establishing the pathways water took into hidden spaces. A thermo-hygrometer establishes the overall temperature and humidity levels. Thermal imaging cameras can point to wet areas, but we need the supplemental data provided by moisture detection tools. We employ both penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to evaluate the moisture content of structural components and fixtures such as carpeting.  

Next Steps after Discovery of Hidden Water 

Even seemingly solid drywall absorbs some water when exposed to the leak, and then allows more to pass through into building cavities. Our team must determine the most efficient way to release that water. Speedy water extraction and drying mitigates or halts the damage done by the leak and has the added benefit of avoiding secondary damage like mold growth. Controlled demolition is needed to inhibit the ancillary harm and to gain access to the water and enhance drying efforts. Over the course of hundreds of water damage projects, our team has developed an expertise in making flood cuts or punching weep holes to release water and improve airflow for efficient drying. Practice makes proficient and is why SERVPRO excels at managing and mitigating migrating water.

Our technicians' solid foundation in both the theory and the practice of moisture detection is why SERVPRO of South Orlando delivers successful outcomes for our community’s residents. Call us at (407) 985-3200 for a swift assessment and prompt implementation of an appropriate project plan.

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