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Professionals Give Tips for Water Cleanup in Orlando

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Dishwasher spilling suds and water into kitchen; woman looking frustrated Uh Oh! This looks like a job for SERVPRO!

Advice for a DIY Water Cleanup in Your Orlando Apartment 

There are many ways you may find your Orlando apartment in need of water cleanup services. However, there may be factors involved that prevent you from reaching out for professional services. Perhaps you feel the mess is not large enough to warrant a call, or maybe your finances are not in great shape. No matter if you choose to get help or to do it yourself, you must do so quickly. Water spills can quickly turn into water damage, so you are on a clock to make a choice and begin the remediation work as quickly as possible. 

A leaking dishwasher could leave your home in need of a DIY water cleanup in your Orlando kitchen. If you were to clean this up yourself, you should not just use towels on the puddle and then call it a day. The dishwater could have sat on your floor for a significant time before you found it. Furthermore, if your dishwasher is prone to leaking, you may find that mold damage could begin to grow underneath the unit from lack of proper cleanup. If you cannot reach out for professional services, you need to have a few pieces of equipment at your disposal, such as: 

  • Space Heater
  • Fan
  • Dehumidifier
  • Mop or Towels 

SERVPRO recommends for you to start with a way to remove the excess water. If you had a wet/dry vacuum lying around, that would be perfect. However, many people do not have the means to access to such equipment. Furthermore, if you are trying to avoid expensive costs, buying one is not practical. So, in this situation, you could use towels or a mop to absorb the excess water that is visible. 

When a leak occurs in your home, you must be aware that there could be hidden pockets of water. Here at SERVPRO, our technicians could use thermal imaging cameras to search for pockets out of sight. However, because you do not have access to such devices, this is where the heater, dehumidifier, and fans come in. If you set these devices up to work together, you can create an environment ideal for evaporation. Point the fan toward the bottom of your dishwasher to dispense hot and dry air underneath. However, if you were to notice that the wooden floor around your dishwasher begins to warp, or other signs of water damage, reach out to SERVPRO right away.

Always get help if you find your home in need of water cleanup services. Communicate with SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva by calling (407) 788-3124. Our technicians are always available and ready to help you. 

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Our Certified Experts Use State Of The Art Equipment When Restoring Your Orlando Home

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment being unloaded from our van Our crews arrive at a water loss and begin unloading equipment to be set. Our response time is promised to be within 4 hours of the first phone call.

Common Issues Seen in Orlando Homes After DIY Water Damage Cleanup

Even though each water damage event in a home is unique, the basic tenents and actions for the cleanup and restoration are primarily the same, so mitigation happens in an orderly and organized method.

Odors are a common reason for SERVPRO to visit an Orlando house after DIY water damage cleanup occurred, but residents still notice a musty smell or the area seems to hold humidity. Both of these issues are giveaways there is still a problem, and that water is lurking within the property.


The technicians have access to a broad range of equipment that assists them in tracking water migration, finding hidden moisture and complete water extraction, so homeowners have the assurance of a successful water loss cleanup and restoration the first time.

Complete Water Extraction

Water removal from the property is crucial for proper drying. When there is a water loss in the home, SERVPRO technicians use their advanced moisture detection equipment to scope the residence and determine the migration path of water. This may involve the removal of baseboards to extract moisture within wall cavities or under built-in structures such as cabinets.

Complete Drying

Consumer-grade fans cannot adequately dry a structure. The industrial fans utilized by the technicians are actually centrifugal air movers. They deliver airflow at a high velocity which in turn causes a reaction that makes embedded moisture rise to the surface. As the moisture comes up, it is captured and ported away by dehumidification equipment and creates a cycle of progressively drier air. When needed, they have access to special attachments for forcing air within hard-to-reach spaces.

Removal of Scents

When moisture sits, it smells. The dank, musty odor left behind by water damage diminishes as the structure dries; however, other odor control treatments are sometimes necessary. The technicians have light applications such as time-release gel pellets or more focused methods like thermal fogging to eradicate stubborn odors.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is ready to help homeowners with any stage of water damage cleanup or restoration. Call the emergency response team at (407) 788-3124, and they will arrive soon after your call to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

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Water Cleanup Orlando – External Power Needs

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Little girl with a cape on, and her fist in the air. With words about power above her head. SERVPRO has the power to assist with your water damage in Orlando.

We know how much power it takes for your Orlando water clean up.

Small water cleanup projects may require one or two air movers and a single dehumidifier. Larger projects may require several water extractors, many air movers and at least one dehumidifier in each room in addition to running the air conditioning in the home. The power requirements for multiple pieces of equipment often exceeds the power capabilities of local electrical circuits in the home or commercial space.

SERVPRO in Orlando provides water cleanup services for all types of situations and is often confronted with insufficient electrical power. Either the existing circuits cannot provide sufficient power or the electrical power may even be shut off to the job site. Unless there is external power available to run various pieces of equipment, drying cannot take place, and mold growth can set in.

How Much Power is Needed, and What Is the Cost?

One of the tasks of the crew chief is to calculate how much electrical power is needed and who can provide electrical power. Before making a decision, the crew chief evaluates how many air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to dry the space properly. Calculations can quickly be completed to determine the total power requirements and the best solution to provide sufficient electrical power. The crew chief can also quickly calculate the cost.

Providing External Power

Depending on the situation, SERVPRO may provide additional extension cords to connect to other electrical circuits in unaffected areas of the job. Alternately the crew chief may contact the local utility to make arrangements to provide temporary power to the job location. The team may also decide that portable generators should be brought in to provide power. These generators provide power to run all of the equipment needed to remove moisture and lower the humidity after a water leak of some kind.

We also are licensed (General Contractor License #: CBC1258985, Mold Remediation #: MRSR868) to provide restoration services for full structural damage repair and rebuild, "Like it never even happened." We can provide complete services for water cleanup jobs in the Orlando and surrounding area.

Call SERVPRO of Apopka - Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve University Park, Lockhart, Forest City, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Hurricane Restoration In Orlando

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

One of our vans outside a home after a storm hit Hurricanes are a big problem here in Florida and Flooding can happen. We are available 24/7 with the state of the art equipment to help.

Why SERVPRO Can Handle All Aspects of Hurricane Restoration in Orlando

The quality level of the services you receive for damage to your Orlando home depends in large part upon the contractor’s commitment to up-to-date training and cutting-edge equipment. Even more important are the years in the business and dedication to provide an excellent customer experience. We built a team that is the match for the harm a hurricane brings on all points -- education, equipment, and expertise. Our firm foundation is why your call for hurricane relief should be to us.

Theory and Practicality

Orlando hurricane storm damage can be intense even though we escape the storm surge that plagues coastal areas. The high-velocity winds and torrential rains tear apart roofs and peels back siding. As water flows inside, structural components, fixtures, and personal belongings all risk deterioration, odor, and mold growth. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained management and employees can assess your specific hurricane damage circumstances. Years of ranking tasks to ensure recovery efforts flow efficiently is why our team delivers successful results fast.

Commercial Grade Equipment

Rapid water removal, containment, and lawful disposal are the keys to transition your hurricane-damaged home to preloss condition. The fundamental nature of these tasks is why SERVPRO invests in high-quality and efficiency equipment. Submersible pumps and wanded extractors work at peak capacity to clear your home of the bulk of the water. Cleaning and disinfection follow before we employ air movers and heat to force absorbed water into a vapor. Dehumidifiers then capture the vapor to bring moisture levels to normal.

Sensitive Detection Tools

We use instruments that detect moisture levels in building materials and find hidden water to focus our final removal efforts. Some tools analyze the quantity of water absorbed into building materials. Infrared cameras use temperature fluctuations to locate pooled water in building cavities. If needed, we carefully cut out sections of walls and punch holes in ceilings to release water and enhance our ability to dry all spaces in your home completely.

Completed Restoration and the Compassionate Touch

After the remediation finishes, repairs and rebuilding arranged by our team commence. Interior and exterior reconstruction are often needed after hurricane damage, and when completed in a timely, respectful, and compassionate manner give you and your family the confidence to reclaim your home.

A solid foundation of restoration skills and attention to details is why SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is a hurricane recovery industry leader. Call our phones at (407) 788-3124 day or night to arrange for assessment and project planning.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Orlando Home After Water Damage

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A floor soaked with water in a home Whether you have a plumbing leak, a roof leak, or any other water damage give us a call to stop the flooding and get your home repaired quickly.

Water Removal Orlando – Drying a Home Efficiently

The process of removing water from houses is generally a step by step procedure. Water often covers the floors, after a water leak, sometimes as much as an inch or two. The general steps include:

  • Remove the water
  • Place furniture on blocks
  • Remove wet items for external drying
  • Mopping the floors removes the remaining water
  • Turn on the air conditioning helps to reduce the humidity
  • Dehumidifiers and air movers are installed to complete the drying process.

SERVPRO Orlando is very familiar with water removal processes and can respond to provide help in any water removal situation. One of our crew-chiefs meets with the customer and together assess the situation. He or she develops a plan for water extraction, dehumidification, and drying.

General Water Removal Process

Our crew chief can assess the damage from a water leak. He or she also can ensure safety concerns from electrical appliances and lights are addressed before work can begin. Next, the water extraction equipment is brought in to remove the liquid water. All contents of the home are sent out for cleaning and drying. Finally, the equipment needed to thoroughly dry the home and return it to its original condition is brought in.

Dehumidification and Drying

After water removal of the liquid water and all water on hard surfaces dried, dehumidifiers and air movers are installed. The air movers move air over the surfaces of the home to absorb moisture, while the dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the air.

Hardwood floors may require

desiccant dehumidifiers to lower the humidity in the wood and avoid swelling and cupping. Cupping occurs when hardwood floors absorb moisture, swell, and crush the boards together, causing deformation at the edges.

Once humidity levels in the home have lowered to normal levels, desiccant dehumidifiers remove the remaining moisture from structural materials that remain wet or contain high levels of humidity.

SERVPRO technicians are highly trained and deploy the best equipment to meet the humidity conditions in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 for 24/7 serve. We serve University Park, Lockhart, Forest City, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why a Quick Response to Water Damage can Prevent Secondary damage.

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

mold growth underneath wallpaper Untreated water damage can lead to mold growth. Call us today to prevent this growth!

Qualified Technicians are Ready to Carry out Water Removal in Your Orlando Home

Cleaning up after a flood is time-consuming. There is a whole host of potential damages to look out for, and standing water is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you have completed the laborious task of removing excess moisture, carpets, furnishings, fabrics, and subfloor need to be adequately dried to minimize malodors. At the same time, the rising relative humidity could lead to secondary harm like uncontrolled microbial growth. It is a delicate balancing act to manage, but with professional guidance, you can get your home back to its normal state.

As a homeowner, reaching out to a professional for water removal in Orlando should be your first port of call on discovering a flooding incident in your home. Generally, heavy rainfall or burst pipes is a clean water emergency that requires restoration but minimal replacement. However, as time passes, clean water emergencies can become more severe as water comes into contact with pre-existing microbial growth, bacteria, and dust. By responding quickly with professional assistance, you can put a stop on further damages while restoring the affected area.

SERVPRO is a nationally recognized water restoration service that specializes in flooded properties. Our roster includes water restoration technicians (WRT) as well as applied structural drying technicians (ASD.) A WRT can scope your property for hazards. They also perform mitigation tasks like removing furniture from the affected area, pumping out the standing water and then putting in place the necessary procedure for drying the affected area correctly. 

ASD technicians, on the other hand, can be brought in for scenarios where water has migrated into wall cavities, waterlogged wooden flooring or damaged parts of your home's structure. Using drying mats as well as injectidry systems, SERVPRO ASD technicians are adept at gaining access to restricted areas, and thoroughly drying them.  They also prevent issues resulting from the dampness and control microbial growth. Using thermal imaging cameras, they can also detect hidden moisture pockets to ensure our approach remains professional and efficient. 

Qualified WRT and ASD technicians can bring your home back to its pre-flood condition. Contact SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124. 

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We Are The Leading Restoration Service For Orlando Residents

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

interior of a beautiful home We operate restoration services for the recovery of storm, fire, water, and mold-related property incidents.

Why SERVPRO Is The Leading Restoration Service For Residents Of Orlando, Florida

Genuine, local experience is a vital commodity in home restoration services. What works in one home may not be as effective in your Orlando home due to architectural differences, needs, and construction materials. As a locally owned and operated company, we know what works as well as what does not, so we can adopt a tailored approach to your property emergency using our experience and our expertise in equal measure. SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is a restoration service with a proven track record in returning local residences to their preloss condition after water, fire, mold, or storm-related disasters.

Classifying a property with fire damage in Orlando does not merely cover combustion, but also soots, smoke deposits and odor control. Forgetting to open your flue can require a fire restoration technician (FRT) to restore the damages, just as an actual kitchen fire requires one. SERVPRO offers local technicians who understand the unique architecture of your home and can put in place a solid gameplan to restore your home on-time in a stress-free way.

Different properties require different fire restoration services. SERVPRO technicians are trained to conduct a pre-test of your home to make sure the procedure we adopt is going to have the correct outcome. This test may require furniture to be removed or some appliances to be dismantled. Your heating HVAC unit (ventilation and air conditioning) unit need to be inspected for damages as well as attic spaces or exterior walls in your Orlando home.

Making sure that all soiling is adequately removed plays a central role in ensuring odors are kept under control. SERVPRO technicians can refer back to the results of their pre-test to ensure that fabrics or upholstery do not suffer further damage during the cleaning process. Exterior brickwork can be pressure washed to avoid outdoor smoke odors returning to the interior of the home. By combining our experience and know-how with a tailored pre-test, we can make sure that your home has its best chance of completing a full recovery after a fire.

Washrooms are a common area where water damage to your Orlando home may be an issue. Typical tiled flooring and the sealant beneath it can wear or crack with persistent exposure to moisture. These issues can often go unnoticed until paintwork begins to peel on the below ceiling or unpleasant odors arise. SERVPRO water restoration technicians are available to help trace the extent of damage and take action to prevent it from becoming an issue.

There may be some scenarios where tiling must be removed to access the floor below and dry the affected area. However, the situation is complicated by visual barriers that make it impossible to get a full picture of the extent of the damage. Using thermal imaging cameras, SERVPRO technicians can find hidden moisture pockets and avoid removing tiles that do not need removing. In a minor scale water incident, we can place drying mats directly onto tiles and extract water from below. If we do need to take out tiling, you can rest assured we do replace them, just as they were before the water incident.

It is not always possible to restore your Orlando home without any lasting issues. Sometimes, you might need to enlist the help of a contractor to repair plumbing or structural issues. SERVPRO can leverage trusted contacts in the industry and work with them on your behalf to provide these services, so you only have to deal with one company throughout. Our technicians are used to providing transparent restoration services, and we end every service by conducting a walkthrough with you, the homeowner, to explain issues and outcomes.

Microbial infestations can build up in less-used regions of your Orlando home. Storage spaces are particularly vulnerable with typically less protection from outer elements than in your living spaces. These hidden damages can be distressing for a homeowner who has stored away valuable items or clothing only to find it severely impaired by a microbial growth issue. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians work with a restore over replace mentality that could help us to salvage some, if not all, of your precious items.

The discovery of mold damage in your Orlando home should drive you to enlist professional help immediately. Some items that may appear non-salvageable can be given special treatment that restores them to a preloss condition. SERVPRO Esporta washing machines are capable of removing up to 99% of soiling and stains, while our ultrasonic immersion cleaning equipment is exceptionally useful on denser items like precious metals or jewelry.

We can clean items on-site before packing them up to an external storage facility for further restoration services. Damages to walls or structure generally respond well to disinfectants and agitative cleaning methods. However, the necessary procedure is to shut off the source of water. Slow leaks, gaps in a structure, or damp spots are the usual culprits for mold growth. By accessing these areas, we can prevent mold issues from recurring over and over, allowing us to complete the job on-time while assuring the homeowner that all preventative measures against recurring damages have been carried out.

In case of a flood, owners need a restoration service they can reach out to at any time of day. At SERVPRO, we operate our emergency call lines round the clock to provide residents in this community with solutions to storm damage in Orlando. Leaving a flooded property overnight can intensify the level of harm to contents and structure with moisture migrating from the primary source throughout the home. Our restorers are available on-call to perform vital mitigation tasks in your Orlando property.

The immediate task for a SERVPRO restorer is to reduce standing water levels as quickly as possible. Using gas-powered pumping equipment, we can withdraw water of all contamination levels to a nearby open sewer point. These pumps are fully-submersible and active until the standing water level drops below two inches. We can then set to work discarding solid waste, debris, or non-salvageable materials.

Extracting standing water does not solve the problem completely; there is still work to do. SERVPRO technicians can mobilize truck-mounted extraction equipment to vacuum moisture from home up to 1,200 times faster than using dehumidification equipment. During this process, we can clean stains to furnishings as well as float carpets to ensure floors are properly dry inside and out. At the end of service, our technicians can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster for a stress-free claim procedure.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is a local company with access to national-level resources. We operate restoration services for the recovery of storm, fire, water, and mold-related property incidents. Contact us anytime at (407) 788-3124 today.

Storms Leave Water Damage in Orlando Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

In Florida, storm damage happens. SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is ready to assist you remediating the storm damage. Call us today!

High Winds that Rip Shingles and Siding off Orlando Homes Leave Unwanted Openings Behind 

Although a steady rainfall or even a storm brings much-appreciated rain to the Orlando area, loosened areas of your house's exterior might not hold up well. Areas of loosened exterior materials or pieces already in disrepair can end up in your lawn or driveway. When these pieces still have fasteners attached to them, the mess can create an additional and immediate safety hazard.

Making sure that the safety of your residence in Orlando after a storm damages exterior components is essential to us at SERVPRO. Our building services team, General Contractor License # CBC1258985, handles such repair work while our mitigation professionals take care of your home's interior. All work, both inside and out, is done according to local and state requirements using methods accepted by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Openings in your roof can soak your home from top to bottom, with rain following the easiest, least encumbered way downward. Such pathways can lead water through insulation, wiring, electrical boxes, and ventilation systems. Our IICRC-certified staff works on extracting the rainwater from every inch of your residence. The wide range of materials in your home require skilled professionals that understand the most effective ways of drying things.

When siding comes away from the side of your home, rain hitting the area can get trapped between lower sections of siding and the exterior sheathing. Trapped water often slowly trickles away, but some can remain in seams that previously stayed dry. We can check these areas and mitigate any potential problem areas. Pests that already existed may have burrowed into exterior wall spaces, allowing rain to enter your living space. We can handle all of these situations, and more, to protect your property.

Our building services include inspection and repair for HVAC units and related ducts, as well as electrical systems. Both of these can become damaged by invasive rainwater. Microbes growing inside your ventilation system can spread with ease into every room of your home, potentially causing unwanted health effects in your family members. We encourage you to discuss how our full range of services can make your home's restoration process faster while keeping costs low.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is here to help you restore your Lockhart, Forest City, or Tangerine residence after storms cause damage. Exterior damage can cause trouble inside, so we work fast to ensure your home's condition does not deteriorate more. Call our 24-hour services line, (407) 788-3124, so we can start the mitigation and restoration work needed.

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Who Wants to Tackle Fire Damage Remediation in Orlando Alone

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't deal with fire damage remediation alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones from a Distance 

For some people getting older means losing mental acuity and unknowingly walking into dangerous situations. In Florida, where many choose to retire, homeowners are affected by fire damage caused by a stove left on or a burning candle too close to flammable items. When a fire happens, property owners and caregivers need to resort to professional advice to restore their homes with minimal disruption. Having a reputable company to perform the restoration process is invaluable for all involved. 

If your home in Orlando suffers fire damage and you need the best in the industry, SERVPRO is here to help. You can count on our team 24/7 to receive your call and respond to the emergency, even when you are calling on behalf of an aging parent or relative. As soon as our team arrives, we assess the situation and take action to return your home to normal. 

When fires occur, our SERVPRO crew typically encounters smoke and soot, as well as water damage caused by sprinklers or firefighters. The first step you can take even before our arrival is separating the affected area from the rest of the home. Once we get there, we can set up barriers to further prevent more widespread damage. 

After we extract any lingering water, we work to clean the smoke residue from your home. To do this, our SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to the path of the fire and cleans according to the chemical composition of each burned item. Simultaneously, we take action to remove the offending smell the fire leaves behind. Odor fighting techniques may include – 

- Ozone generators 

- Air purifiers 

- Charcoal-activated filters 

- Odor pellets 

Our goal is to mitigate your losses in terms of time and money. Throughout the restoration process, we communicate with you continuously to ensure we complete the job according to your expectations. 

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is your restoration partner. Call us at (407) 788-3124 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”  

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Remove Microbes After Flood Damage in Your Orlando Home Through Sanitizing Treatments

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you with your Orlando storm damage.

We can help you through the storm.

Flooding may occur after a storm, heavy rain or hurricane, and after the floodwaters receded, your home could be inhabitable. Flood Water often passes through streets and yards where it can pick up mud, bacteria, and chemical toxins among other contaminants. It can also disrupt sewer systems. 

Flood-damaged homes pose a health threat to the residents because microbes pollute the environment, contaminating the water or air. After your Orlando home has sustained flood damage, SERVPRO remediation specialists can help you clean up and disinfect your property to kill microbes and prevent their development. We can arrive at your property within an hour of receiving your call to assess the ruined areas and start the cleanup and remediation process. 

When dealing with flood damage, our goal is to first extract the water and dry the home. Once this is complete, we take steps to decontaminate and sanitize your home and possessions using EPA-approved products. We can use antibacterial, disinfectant, or antibacterial treatments depending on the scenario. Antimicrobial treatments destroy and inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria while disinfectants kill disease-causing microorganisms. We take precautions when applying these treatments and use them according to the directions for the most effective and safest results. 

If sewage has contaminated a home, we apply biocides twice. We apply the first treatment before the remediation work begins to protect our crews during the cleanup process. The first treatment decontaminates surfaces and materials, but it does not disinfect the environment completely. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists apply the second treatment after cleaning to lessen exposure that could present health problems. 

Microbes can get worse if you allow a water damage intrusion to dwell. If porous materials like mattresses, rugs, vinyl flooring and upholstered furniture remain submerged in water for over 24 hours, replacing them is the ideal solution. Some factors that determine how fast a situation deteriorates include the amount of water that has intruded a structure and the humidity and temperature within the environment. Responding quickly to water damage helps prevent further destruction and mold growth. 

When your home has sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 to get rid of the microbes. We have the credentials and expertise to handle your cleanup needs. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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