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What Few People Know About Orlando Water Damage Remediation Success

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane on a radar When hurricanes affect our area, it's good to have SERVPRO of South Orlando on speed dial. Contact our team 24/7 any day of the week.

Addressing Post-Hurricane Water Damage in Orlando Homes

Even as far inland as Orlando is from the east coastline or the Gulf of Mexico, storms still reach the area with ferocity. Homes, commercial structures, and apartments all fall victim to a hurricane's path and its destructive winds, torrential rainfall, and even hail or debris. After a natural disaster like this passes through the metropolitan area, hundreds of homes and businesses can spend days and even weeks working to get their properties back to the way they were.

Choosing the right professionals to handle water damage in Orlando residences might seem complicated, especially with dozens of seemingly credible options. Our SERVPRO team has built a reputation based on three principles that set us apart from any other restoration team in the region.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

We know how out of control storm damage, flooding, and even subsequent water damage can be after a disaster. We have a commitment to readiness that has us reaching your doorstep in time to save your property from costlier damages and protect contents when possible. We have fully stocked trailers loaded with potent cleaning products, extractors, and rapid drying tools.

"Like it never even happened."

In the aftermath of destructive storms, it can be easy to believe that your home might never look the same again. We have a full team of qualified technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in every industry facet. We can approach all immediate effects in your property and overcome almost any obstacle to get your home back to preloss condition.

We Are Not Happy Unless You Are 

Customer satisfaction is the heart and soul of our SERVPRO commitment. Especially following devastating natural disasters like hurricanes, we band together to help our neighbors and friends get their properties back to the way they used to be. We hold our work up to the highest of standards – yours. If you are not satisfied, we are going to do what we can to make it right.

Flooding and water damage are two detrimental effects that often follow hurricanes and tropical storms that power through Orlando. No matter what your home needs after these emergencies, you can count on our SERVPRO of South Orlando team to help. Give us a call whenever you need us at (407) 985-3200.

Mold Damage in Your South Orlando Household's Air Duct System

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive with Detection Tools to Find Hidden Mold in Your Home

Circulating air in your house can be a very incredible convenience. For anyone that has lived in the times where you did not have air conditioning or central heating for your South Orlando home, you can appreciate the convenience even more. Even with all of the advancements in the way that these appliances run and operate when you are using them to their fullest abilities, there are some precautions and potential risks that you are taking that you might not know. 

You likely didn’t know that homes have dealt with mold damage in South Orlando tied explicitly to the operation of circulating air appliances like furnaces or air conditioners. There are many instances that you do not even see this mold damage with your own eyes, but yet your nose can pick up the scent of must typical of a growing colony. The root of this problem is two-fold, from not having your duct system adequately maintained and cleaned over years of use and also the result of condensation on the metal combined with enough organic material in the network of ducts to allow mold colonies to grow. 

With it being common knowledge now that mold can cause health effects to those exposed to it, it indeed is not something that you want to allow to circulate throughout your home freely. Our SERVPRO professionals become certified in mold remediation to the high standards of the IICRC. We have gotten trained in all types of mold and fungal growth, as well as the best (and safest) means of removal. 

The first step is stopping the circulation of the air and working quickly to locate the colonies that are growing within the duct system. Once located, our SERVPRO technicians find the best way to reach this affected area, whether that is through the removal of sections to gain access or through concentrated vacuuming. Since your nose found the problem in the first place, this odor needs to be dealt with as well. Typically, a fogger would get used for this process. This dense chemical compound overtakes and neutralizes the musty smell, leaving no scent behind at all. 

Mold damage is something that you should take care of as soon as you encounter it. Our certified and experienced professionals at SERVPRO of South Orlando are available to help whenever you need us. All you have to do is give us a call anytime at 407) 985-3200.

South Orlando Home Restoration Following Fire Damages

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Understands the Stress Associated with Fire Damage Restoration to Your South Orlando Property

Fires can affect your South Orlando home in different ways. The one common thread that every lingering symptom from the blaze shares is the hindrance they create to comfortable living. Finding your way back from a traumatic event like this is going to take some time, but with the right professional restoration company, you can have your home back much more quickly. 
 
Assessing fire damage to your South Orlando home is something that is also best left to the professional restoration specialists you employ to repair the damages. Our experienced SERVPRO team can thoroughly look over all of the affected areas and develop a step-by-step restoration plan that caters to the damage that is most problematic to living in the house. 
 
We can appreciate the situation that you are in and have the tools and expertise to handle any sized disaster that you may be facing. Our initial assessment can give our professionals a place to begin, based exclusively on the issues that pose more serious threats over time. For example, water damage is a common effect of fire extinguishing, but if left sitting too long could result in mold damage to your home. 
 
Structural concerns also get assessed. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists can determine if specific areas require minor repairs, or if the damage is too excessive and requires reconstruction. While our technicians have much experience with minor repairs of this nature, we are not residential construction contractors. We can prepare the damaged area for this process, however, using controlled demolition techniques and equipment to isolate the area needing replacement exclusively and preparing it for a contractor to begin their work. 
 
We dedicate our work to bringing your home back to preloss conditions as quickly as we can. A large part of this process involves communication with you to determine which lingering effects from the recent fire impact your family the most and cause the most trouble living comfortably. 
 
When you have dealt with a recent fire, you do not have to deal with the damage alone. Trust our experienced SERVPRO of South Orlando team to help you set things right again. Give us a call today at (407) 985-3200.

How to Navigate Storm Damage Remediation in South Orlando

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remediate the Flood Damage Inside of Your South Orlando Home

Seasonal Storms can bring more than just rain to your Florida home during a severe downpour; they can also bring flood damage. In the case of your split-level home, the entryway and living/dining room flooded with water when the intense winds of the storm forced the door to fly open. The hardwood flooring and the base of the walls were all submerged beneath ankle-deep water, as well as various pieces of furniture throughout the impacted area. The best thing that you can do for your home upon finding flood damage is to call for help as soon as you can.

The sooner that professionals arrive to address the flood damage inside your South Orlando home, the more likely it is that the remediation can progress smoothly. Waiting too long can cause the hardwood flooring inside of your home to bubble, crack, and split. The walls may begin to harbor mold colonies, and your furniture may significantly diminish in value, or even end up ruined. Calling for help as soon as the damage happens can significantly reduce the chances of further damages developing inside of your household.

SERVPRO understands how alarming and overwhelming sudden home-damages can feel, and it is for that reason that we always strive to arrive swiftly at every job we tackle. On top of our speedy service, we pride ourselves on the advanced technology that we use and our various IICRC-certifications. SERVPRO always aims to provide swift, effective, and friendly service to your home.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive, we can begin by removing the standing water from your home with wet/dry vacuums. If the water was overly contaminated, to the point where it is considered black water, we can remove any carpets that have been impacted. We can remove any furniture that needs close, and attentive, care and take them to our facility, where they can be dried.

After measuring how high up the walls the water came, we can make flood cuts and remove the water-logged drywall. To prepare for drying, SERVPRO can begin to disinfect and clean the surrounding area before we set up devices like drying mats, dehumidifiers, and axial fans.

When a storm suddenly floods your home, never wait to get help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of South Orlando by phoning (407) 985-3200. Day or night, our services are always available.

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

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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.

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

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of South Orlando, 407-985-3200

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. 

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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