Recent Storm Damage Posts

Proven Tips For Dealing With Flood Damage Issues in South Orlando

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Addressing Saturated Vinyl Flooring in Your South Orlando

Flooding can cause devastating effects throughout your South Orlando home, especially to elements like flooring materials. With renovations and even initial construction projects, many homeowners have sought the aesthetic appeal and functionality of vinyl flooring planks. While these simulate hardwood flooring, they can often get installed more cheaply and easily. Much like actual hardwood, these flooring materials require immediate attention when exposed to standing water, and that is where our trained IICRC-certified water restoration specialists can help.

Severe storms can produce vulnerabilities that allow flood damage to occur in your South Orlando home. While many materials can become affected by the spreading water, your flooring is often a point of collection for this water flow, pooling over this material and beginning to saturate it immediately. While a fast response can often prevent the need for removing the material and replacing it, that requires quick reaction times from the homeowner to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals to get us there.

Once our team arrives, we can quickly work to begin our effective mitigation tactics. Extraction is a critical component of this process, as it reduces the volume of water to affect the flooring continually. We have portable sump pumps, wet-vacs with extraction wands, and even gas-powered trash pumps for rapid removal of standing water. Once the excess has gotten removed, our team can begin work to dry out the damaged areas and have specialized equipment that can begin drying out saturated vinyl flooring.

Water can quickly penetrate seams and cracks in the vinyl planks, particularly where the tongue and groove installation occurs. Our Injecti-dry system can address saturation into the subflooring, slowly drawing out moisture in a controlled fashion. We can consistently monitor moisture content to ensure that these planks do not become overly dried, which can also damage them.

Many materials and structural elements can become exposed to spreading floodwater. With the fast response of our SERVPRO of South Orlando team, we can work to dry out saturated materials and reduce the need for tear out and reconstruction when possible. Give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.

How SERVPRO Can Restore Your South Orlando Home After a Flood

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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.

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

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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!

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

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Reacting Quickly to Flooding in Your south Orlando Home

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Stopping and Preventing Flood Damage in South Orlando

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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.

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.
 

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. 

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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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.

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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