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SERVPRO Uses Science When Grappling with Orlando Area Water Losses

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

graph of psychrometric drying Water Loss Drying Includes the Science of Psychrometrics--Says SERVPRO

The Balancing Act of Water Damage Restoration Here in Orlando

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The majority of water call-outs we do are the result of burst pipes, faulty appliances, or leakages. While it can be distressing for a homeowner to discover water issues, with the correct procedure, controlling damages is possible. If feasible, you should try to buffer the water to prevent it from spreading too far beyond the source. Mopping up excess residues can also help stop moisture from migrating into tough to reach areas or wall cavities.

Our technicians for water damage here in Orlando are capable of restoring homes efficiently because they understand the properties of water. The moment a water spillage occurs, it begins to spread. Spreading can be evident in the form of a stream or as the result of evaporation into the air. As a restorer, it is vital to address both visible and non-visible signs of moisture as both can cause long-lasting issues to a homeowner.

To combat an emergency water incident, we need first to understand how water interacts with its environment. Psychrometrics is the relationship between water, air, and temperature. In an indoor space, evaporating moisture remains in the air. Evaporation can cause an increase in humidity levels. Moisture saturation of your indoor air can slow the drying process, which is why it is so important to keep under control during restoration.

High humidity levels can present many challenges for your home. Mold growth is likely when humidity levels are high. When evaporated moisture cools, it reaches the dew point- the point where moisture condenses- and can cause havoc with electrical devices like televisions, power cables, computers, and tablets. SERVPRO water restoration technicians have to carefully balance psychrometrics to dry a property effectively and to avoid secondary damages.

Some aspects of psychrometrics may be more fundamental than others. Hot air, for example, is capable of holding large quantities of moisture. Heating a room using portable or inbuilt central heating can speed up the drying time significantly. At the same time, these temperatures, in combination with humidity, can result in condensation on interior walls. SERVPRO technicians take regular measurements using thermal hygrometers to balance effective drying with loss reduction throughout service.

Understanding the principles of drying is as crucial to efficient service as is our equipment. To get your home back on track, contact SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124.

SERVPRO Talks About Water Removal Equipment in Orlando

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor SERVPRO has the water extraction equipment to remove the water and dry your property.

Applying Different Procedures to Ease Water Removal in Affected Orlando Properties

Water intrusion into a building can happen in many ways. Removing the water from the building fast is crucial after such an incident to restore normalcy and prevent secondary damages. The level of difficulty varies in each case of water removal depending on whether there are crawlspaces, stairwells, and basements, or whether the water reaches into wall cavities or HVAC systems.

The method chosen for water removal from affected Orlando properties depends on the amount of water and the types of surfaces. We train our SERVPRO crews with different removal procedures including;

  • Wet vacuuming
  • Pumping
  • Draining
  • Absorption with towels and mops

Wet vacuuming requires an extractor with enough lift capacity. Truck-mounted extractors provide such lift when dealing with a vast area. Our SERVPRO technicians also use portable extractors to remove water localized in smaller spaces or when dealing with hard to reach areas. Wet vacuuming is suitable for all floor types. Our technicians use carpet wands for carpeted areas and squeegee wands for wooden or other hard floors to avoid damaging the surfaces.

Pumping helps remove water from the affected property. Pumping is perfect for eliminating high volumes of standing water before starting wet vacuuming. It is, therefore, appropriate for areas such as basements where considerable amounts of water accumulate. For better efficiency, our SERVPRO technicians use submersible pumps when standing water is more than 2 inches.

Some of the water that intrudes into the house might end up trapped in unusual areas such as the ceiling, HVAC duct lines, wall cavities, or within a concrete block. The best way to remove such water is by draining it because, in most cases, there is no access for tools to extract the water. Our SERVPRO technicians apply different methods to drain the water. For example, we can drill ¼-inch weep holes on a ceiling panel or concrete block to release the trapped water.

Fast and efficient removal of water from a building helps prevent severe damages. Call SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Orlando Property After A Water Damage Incident

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Coordination Of Services For Commercial Water Cleanup In Orlando

Many commercial owners know how difficult it is to arrange for contractors to complete repair jobs. Water damage often presents unique challenges. Removal of the water, drying, and perhaps mold remediation is needed. In addition, there may be damage to floors or walls, which must be repaired before restarting operations or allowing customers to enter your building. Finding a contractor to make repairs can be time-consuming with all of the inherent delays.

SERVPRO offers commercial water cleanup services in Orlando and the surrounding areas. We also provide and coordinate full restoration services to our customers. We take care of the logistics required to bring in restoration contractors as soon as your building is free of water and dry. We also provide emergency board up services and temporary repairs to prevent further water damage as needed.

Don't Wait to Take Action
Whenever there is a water leak that is large enough to slow or even shut down your business, there can be a significant impact on the company's income. Any delays removing water and drying the structure can cause further damage. For example, the drywall begins to swell and discolor. Hardwood floors can also swell, buckle, or even crack. Hot, humid conditions are a perfect environment for mold growth.

Fast Action by our SERVPRO team can prevent much of this potential secondary damage from water spreading inside your commercial space. Removal of the water and dehumidification can prevent mold infestations, as well. Our general contractor license and mold remediation licenses allow us to provide a turnkey service to our clients. We can help with everything from document drying to repairing all types of flooring. Damaged drywall can be replaced and repainted.

Avoid delays and take advantage of our turnkey services. Our Contractor Licenses are General: CBC1258985, Mold Remediation: MRSR868. Don't risk further loss of income waiting for subcontractors to make repairs.

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

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We Are Always Available For Your Orlando Water Damage Restoration

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water on the floor of a home Whether you have a roof leak, plumbing leak, or any other water damage we respond quickly.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva: Water Removal Specialists Who Appreciate the Area and Your Family

Just 16 miles from downtown Orlando, crystal clear springs flow from deep underground, feeding 42 million gallons of water a day through the communities of Apopka and Wekiva. These systems of blackwater streams and wetlands offer many recreational activities for tourists and residents and serve as a habitat for wildlife. Near big city living, the natural beauty of the area, and temperate to sub-tropical weather also makes this part of Central Florida a much-desired place to call home. Locally owned and operated, We are very aware of the benefits of living near crystal clear springs.

Water removal in Orlando around Apopka-Wekiva is one of our specialties. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) ensures our technicians are certified to handle water removal and dehumidification appropriately. For example, the S500 says, “Exposed materials that remain in place should be cleaned and decontaminated, as appropriate.” Any “decontamination should be accomplished to the extent possible by cleaning.” We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration standards to treat your home and belongings as if it were our own.

Extraction is one of the first critical steps to removing moisture from your home. The more excess water our restorers remove first with extraction equipment, the less time it will take to evaporate and dehumidify the remaining moisture with drying equipment. Various types of extraction tools are used by SERVPRO to remove water, such as extraction units, light wands, and if needed, deep extraction tools, and submersible pumps.

Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. Our SERVPRO staff understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are what transform your house into a home.

Our employees live in the community. And, just like you, they have had first-hand experience with too much water in their home from rain events, malfunctioning appliances, and leaky pipes. We know that in a home, water in the wrong places can severely disrupt your daily lifestyle, creating stress and uncertainty for your family. Our SERVPRO family is here to help you.

When water takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva helps you take it back. If you have water or flood damage, we are always available 24/7/365. Contact us at (407) 788-3124.

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Primary Factors Restorers Use For Water Cleanup In Your Orlando Area Home

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO strives to always be there for your Orlando water damage.

We all know how drying your Orlando home, and its contents quickly are essential. However, you might not know how four primary factors can affect the amount of time required to dry everything caught within the affected area. Remember, the rule of “wet goes to dry,” still applies here. 

It helps to understand when dealing with water cleanup on your Orlando area property that moisture moves from wet materials to drier materials or wet air to drier air, seeking equilibrium naturally. Dry air absorbs moisture from wet surfaces while dry surfaces absorb moisture from wet air. 

Each of the four primary factors for drying can affect the overall drying process SERVPRO technicians use in your home. However, years of training and expertise, access to advanced equipment, and resources make our team a quick, effective solution you can count on to get back on your feet after a flood.

Temperature: Drying occurs faster when technicians have control over the environment. SERVPRO uses portable heaters to maintain an ideal temperature in the affected areas, avoiding overheating that often leads to what we call indoor-rain. 

Amount of Water: SERVPRO uses water extractors to pump water out as quickly as possible. By removing more water with extractors, we shorten the time dehumidifiers might take to normalize moisture levels in the area since a liquid is faster to remove than a gas. 

Humidity: Relative humidity (RH) refers to the amount of moisture the air currently holds at a given temperature. RH is the ratio of water vapor present in the air compared to the highest amount of water vapor the air could hold. 

  • An RH level of 30% to 50% is what the majority of people consider comfortable.
  • RH over 60% can drastically slow drying time since the air is nearly saturated.

Proper use of dehumidifiers typically allows SERVPRO technicians to lower relative humidity in an affected area to below 40% within 24-hours of starting the drying process. Dehumidifiers can lower RH to lower than 30%, so constant supervision is required.

Air Movement: Blowing the damp air out and bringing warm, dry air back into the affected area drastically improves drying speed. Positioning air movers throughout the area can help thoroughly dry various surfaces.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva provides water cleanup and restoration services throughout the area, call today. (407) 788-3124

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Dealing with Bad Fire Damage in Your Orlando Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home with a bookcase Contact SERVPRO to mitigate damages that fire might have done to your home.

Why SERVPRO Is the Choice for Wrap-Around Fire Damage Restoration in Orlando

A fire igniting in your Orlando home creates an aftermath that can be overwhelming. The relief felt after you and your family made it to safety comforts, but viewing the chaos inside your house after the firefighters leave creates waves of worry and stress. Finding a full-spectrum fire mitigation and remediation partner is vital, why we invest in multiple certifications for our employees, and a comprehensive inventory of commercial-grade restoration equipment. 

Preliminary Fire Recovery Tasks

When you experience household fire damage in Orlando, the extent of collateral harm due to the blaze is staggering. First on the agenda is securing any exterior damage, including boarding up and tarping broken windows and breaches in siding or roofs. Then the water and chemical extinguishing foam and chemicals from firefighting efforts must receive attention. Our decision to provide the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews is why we manage all aspects of contaminated water removal and structural drying efficiently. Containing and lawfully disposing of the hazardous fluids clears the decks and provides a safer environment for fire debris and residue cleanup.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Our team switches focus on removing airborne particles and gases, setting up negative pressure air scrubbers filtering solid pollutants in the affected spaces. This equipment helps limit residual odors and contains the residues to prevent additional spread into other areas of your home. Evaluation of the characteristics of the residues on surfaces is best done by our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT), why SERVPRO can match products and cleaning methods appropriately to each manifestation of soot in your dwelling. 

Inspection and Removal of Charring

Restoration is less disruptive and costly than tear-outs and repairs, why SERVPRO uses innovative strategies to strip charred surfaces to clean wood. If we are confident of their strength and integrity after treatment, we arrange for building material refinishing. Sometimes we recommend sealing if we fear smoky odors are deeply embedded. 

Rebuilding Options

Some fire damage is too severe to remediate, which is why SERVPRO relies on our General Contractor License to arrange for repairs and rebuilding. Offering construction services eliminates the need for you to line up additional service providers as we restore the damage to your home. We also work closely with your insurer throughout the project, limiting your out of pocket expenses with our careful documentation.

The ability to take most projects from assessment to completion is why SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is a good fit after household fire damage. Call us at (407) 788-3124 as the firefighters pack up, ensuring a fast assessment and project planning.

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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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