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Top Water Issues For Apopka / Wekiva Area Businesses

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water and sand on a business floor from a slab leak Slab leaks can quickly turn into a major issue if not corrected immediately.

For a commercial property owner in the greater Orlando area, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, water damage professionals can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face, from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in several ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and burst.

2. Plumbing Issues

Blocked plumbing can lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. Water in blocked pipes can take the shortest path regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages occur, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Bad Weather

Extreme weather conditions such as Florida hurricanes, can lead to water damages from sustained wind driven rain or roof damage from high winds. These can quickly escalate to a business flooding, and it's important to have someone you can call immediately to begin water extraction and drying. SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva has the right equipment and trained techs to handle these types of situations. 

4. Foundation Issues (cracks and slab leaks) 

Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to issues such as mold. Any cracks should be assessed quickly to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

If you have water damage anywhere in your business you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more.

Top Reasons For Using Your Local SERVPRO

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can damage your home. It can lead a lot of stress. Hiring a home restoration service can handle problems. There are so many different types of natural disasters that affect this area and you need to hire for a restoration service such as SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva. 

  1. FASTER WATER EXTRACTION

Professional Restoration Service Company extracts water fast because they handle professional equipment. With small team of water restoration experts, the water will be removed from your home on the same day. You won’t need a lot of time, effort and manpower.

  1. REMOVING HEALTH EFFECTS

A Restoration Service Company will not just repairing the damage to your house. Service restoration expert will take care of preventing mold and moisture that compromise your health. Hiring a professional company is going to be your best bet when dealing with mold. This is because they have the tools and knowledge to handle this problem. They are licensed to use chemical products which will extract the existing mold and moisture from your walls and floors.

  1. DRYING TIME CUT IN HALF

A major issue with water damage removal is a drying time. You might take several days or even weeks to properly dry your house if you choose to remove the water by yourself. A professional restoration service company will do this in a much less time because they have equipment and heaters that access even to the areas which cannot be easily reached.

  1. LOW TOTAL COST

Hiring a professional service company will lower total damage costs because their teams are highly responsive to emergency calls. They will be able to come even before a major damage occurs. They will react fast and solve the damage from spreading around your house.

  1. REDUCED RESTORATION COST

Aside from physical damage, water and fire can cause additional damage. If you do not have insurance, you will have to pay for the new furniture and structural repairing by yourself. Restoration services encompass removal, repair, restoration and remediation of damage; you won’t have to hire several different companies to repair the damage.

  1. SAVING TIME

A professional restoration service company should be highly responsive to calls; in order to prevent the further damage, they will act instantly. This won’t just save you time, but it will minimize the potential damage and reduce costs.

If you are searching for a professional service company that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more. 

Best Steps to Take After a Fire at Your Business

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs cleaning a soot covered ceiling Once the fire department has doused all of the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert like SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva

When a fire strikes your commercial property, it's quite likely that you feel yourself start to panic. This immediate reaction makes sense given all of the economic turmoil and property destruction that a fire can cause. However, knowing which steps to take in the face of a Central Florida commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle a Greater Orlando commercial fire successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:


1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert. 
Once the fire department has doused all of the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert. This individual will be able to equip you with a thorough assessment indicating the extent of the damages. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.


2. Assemble Your Records. 
In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all of your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.


3. Call The Insurance Company Immediately. 
Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is put out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.


4. Get Permission To Reenter The Building. 
Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, Apoka / Wekiva fires can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.


Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services 
If your business caught on fire, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process. Choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at (407) 788-3124 to attain your free estimate.

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If you have fire damage at your business you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more. 

Water Damage Restoration for Your Orlando Commercial Property

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks outside of a commercial building We're ready to help 24 hours a day.

In the Orlando area unchecked water can be devastating to any structure. Water entering your commercial property risks far more potential extensive damages to stored merchandise, equipment, and shipping materials. Fast action by water remediation specialists like SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva mitigates damages to commercial structures caused by water or flooding.

Why water damage is so destructive to commercial properties

Keep in mind that water damage to your commercial property is potentially worse than damage found in any other kind of structure. It’s extremely important to understand how to prepare your structure to resist water, or what to do if water damage or flooding occurs. Depending on the type of business it is, flooding at a commercial property can be expensive if numerous computers or other electronics are on site, or the property stores products or goods. Larger properties tend to have more contents; thus, the risk of a higher damage is very possible. As a commercial property owner, you must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting your property against water damage. SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva can help you learn what to look out for and how to react to damages that can cause a slow in productivity or a loss of revenue for your company. Request a consultation with a field rep concerning the ERP Plan to better prepare you for unexpected mishaps or emergencies.

How damage goes beyond water

Hidden water, high humidity, and condensation often lead to mold contamination on your property. Cracks in your walls, ceilings, flooring, foundation, and roof allow temperature changes that drastically affect stored goods. Left unchecked, this damage can spread and cause significant loss. As with most disasters, being prepared can help prevent losses, or mitigate how extensive those losses are. Mold and lingering odors are unanticipated consequences of unchecked water damage to commercial property and need to be addressed if water damage occurs.

How SERVPRO helps commercial property owners  

SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva's IICRC-industry certified technicians can perform a full inspection of your commercial property following water damage or flooding, providing you with the location of possible problems, services to correct these issues, and the preventative steps necessary to prevent reoccurring damages in the future. They will discuss any remediation solutions with you before starting any work so that you’re well aware of what to expect when water remediation services are complete, and what if any reconstruction or restoration services might be necessary. SERVPRO technicians can help steer you in the right direction on how to mitigate future problems and provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to recover should extensive water damage exist on your property.
 
If your commercial property experiences water damage of any kind, contact

SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 as soon as possible after flood damage. The trained, certified technicians arrive quickly and use their advanced equipment to dry the property and return it to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."


More information about Apopka.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more. 

How Quickly Should Businesses Act When Water Damage Occurs?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck mount outside of commercial building SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva is ready to help your business at anytime of day.

In the Apopka / Wekiva area unexpected water disaster can be detrimental to any business, large or small. The key to keeping water damage to a minimum and restoring your business to a functional state again is based on how quickly you react to water damage. While some situations seem minor, even small amounts of water can cause significant damage if left unchecked. See how much damage can happen in a small amount of time without proper water damage remediation.

How much damage can happen over time when a water disaster occurs?

Water damage within minutes

  • Water quickly spreads into floors, drywall, fixtures, equipment, and documents.

Damage in the first 24 hours

  • Drywall swells and breaks from the saturation
  • Hardwoods and furnishings swell and crack
  • Microbial growth begins

Water damage within 5 days

  • Mold growth accelerates
  • Wood is saturated and warped
  • Ceilings collapse
  • Flooring is likely unsalvageable

Unchecked damage after 5 days

  • Structural safety is compromised
  • Contaminants are a serious threat
  • Restoration costs escalate

How your business can be prepared for water damage

To be prepared, you need to develop a contingency plan in case of water damage or any other kind of emergency. SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your facility when such disasters strike your business. The SERVPRO ERP identifies prioritized points of contact for authorizing the cleanup and restoration to begin. This saves time which will get your business up and running quicker saving time and money. It also provides detailed information such as water and gas shut-off valve locations and other priority information to accelerate reaction time and keep damage to a minimum. This will provide the crews reacting to your situation a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call…crucial when time is of the essence!

Protect your business by setting up an ERP with SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva. Contact us at 407-788-3124 to learn more about protecting your business. We’re here 24/7 to assist you with any emergency you may experience.


More information about Apopka.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more.

What Should I Expect During Flood water Removal in My Apopka Home?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Cartoon showing flooded homes After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

SERVPRO technicians communicate with you during every phase of the water loss restoration process.

Among water loss events that can occur in a home, flood damage is one of the most devastating and costly. The water can recede as rapidly as it enters a home, and the fact it wicks into walls and seeps under flooring makes it vital to begin the extraction and cleanup process immediately to limit the loss of contents and structural elements.   

What are Common Losses After Flood Damage in a Home?  

As the SERVPRO techs clean up the flood damage in your Apopka home, numerous actions get taken to lessen the loss such as:   

  • Controlled demolition to remove damaged building materials
  • Pack out of contents for cleaning off-site
  • Removal of baseboards and sometimes build-in elements such as cabinetry, carpet and padding and insulation within walls

All of these actions inhibit any further water damage to the structure and allow the techs to extract any remaining moisture and move on to the drying phase of the mitigation. Because this type of water requires unique methods due to probable bacteria or other contaminants, it needs careful disposal. With their comprehensive education in handling this type of mitigation with their certifications, the techs know how to get rid of the water and remain within the municipal laws for managing wastewater. 

Do I Need to Worry About Mold?

Substantial training in mold remediation #MRSR868 gives the techs the knowledge for early warning signs of a mold infestation and the ability to apply proactive treatments to the loss area to ensure that mold colony establishment is not an issue. 

SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 as soon as possible after flood damage. The trained, certified technicians arrive quickly and use their advanced equipment to dry the property and return it to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."


More information about Apopka.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more. 

It’s Not Too Soon to Prepare for FL Hurricanes

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Tree Limb on Roof Do you have trees that can potentially damage your roof? Consider having dead or dying tree limbs removed to help prevent costly repairs.

Hurricanes in Florida will be here before you know it, bringing damaging water with them that can threaten your home. Water from a hurricane does not have to spread over a large part of the home to cause flood damage in your home. Water in a small area can do a surprising amount of damage to ceilings, walls, flooring, and other belongings, resulting in unwanted mold growth and odors. It’s not too soon to prepare for FL hurricanes! Learn more about hurricane storm damage and what to do.

Standing water after a hurricane.

After a significant storm, water can seep into your home. Standing water needs to be removed as quickly as possible to stop any further damage to the home and its contents after a flood. SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva technicians can use truck mounted extractors to get rid of the standing water, even in the most hard-to-reach places. We use our commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to move air out and lower moisture in your home as quickly as possible. If the ceiling below an attic is showing signs of water saturation, we can drill small holes to assist with drying out the area faster and prevent standing water. Our technicians use moisture probes to find out where the water intrusion was so there is no potential for mold growth from untreated areas, which can also lead to unwanted odors. After drying the impacted area,  SERVPRO technicians wipe down the affected areas to sanitize and stop the growth of bacteria and microbes. If affected drywall can’t be saved through our drying techniques, damaged sagging drywall is removed for safety. Often drying is enough to eliminate odors left from water. All of this is meant to stop mold and odors from saturating the area. If there are any residual odors, we have the resources to neutralize them thoroughly. From drying to odor removal to even building services if drywall repair is needed, SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva can help!

Damage to your home’s roof

One rather common occurrence with strong hurricane winds and rain is damaged roofs. When a roof gets damaged by strong winds or fallen trees, and water enters the attic space, flood damage removal needs to happen as quickly as possible to mitigate the amount of damage done to the roof and surrounding areas, including drywall. If the repair to the roof is not completed during the time our technicians are working, they can apply a temporary tarp or barrier to prevent any additional water from entering the home until the repair is finished. Our goal is to stop further damage and help repair the roof as quickly as possible to keep the whole home protected. We know how important a roof is in keeping a home protected and do everything we can to minimize further damage and start the repair process.

Contact SERVPRO for you flood cleaning needs

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 provides the fire damage restoration services local Apopka residents rely on.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

SERVPRO of Apopka Wekiva is proud to serve Central Florida cities like Orlando, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, Lockhart, Zellwood and many more. 

Local Apopka Homes Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Livingroom after a fire Fire restoration is no easy task. SERVPROs technicians are IICRC certified for any size fire restoration service needed for your property.

SERVPRO Techs Restore Homes in Apopka With Fire Damage

The earliest known inhabitants of the Apopka area were the Acuera people, members of the Timucua confederation. They had disappeared by 1730, probably decimated by diseases brought to Florida by Spanish colonists.

The Acuera were succeeded by refugees from Alabama and Georgia, who formed the new Seminole Indian tribe. They called the area Ahapopka. Aha, meaning "Potato," and papka, meaning "eating place". By the 1830s, this settlement numbered about 200, and was the birthplace of the chief Coacoochee (known in English as "Wild Cat").

At the conclusion of the Second Seminole War, the U.S. Congress passed the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, forcing surviving natives at Ahapopka to abandon their village and seek refuge deeper in the wilderness of the Florida peninsula.

The early American settlers built a major trading center on the foundations of the earlier Indian settlement. Their population was large enough by 1857 to support the establishment of a Masonic lodge. In 1859 the lodge erected a permanent meeting place at what is now the intersection of Main Street (U.S. Highway 441) and Alabama Avenue.

What Types of Cleaning Methods Work Against Fire Damage in Apopka Properties?

Cleaning up fire damage in Apopka residences needs several different applications for the best outcome. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified choose specific cleaning agents and methods determined through testing and residue types. The three most common ways are:

  • Agitation equipment and techniques
  • Chemical applications
  • Time-based cleaning methods

Agitation removes soiling that is adhered to fibers or surfaces—some sub-types of agitation, such as devices that deliver water pressure, rotating brushes, and vibration. Hot water extraction on a carpet is one example of the professional equipment for removing smoke residues. Particularly in the case of wet smoke, chemical applications containing a solvent may be needed to release the residue's grip to various surfaces. Time-based cleaning methods require time to do the job. Leaving a solution on a soiled area gives the cleaner time to work to lift away the soot and smoke residues. Correct Dwell Time is crucial to optimize results.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 provides the fire damage restoration services local Apopka residents rely on.

SERVPRO Provides Disaster Recovery for Orlando Businesses

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane seen from space Is your business prepared?

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” which is especially true when it comes to maintaining your building. It is estimated that 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen their doors again. The majority of businesses that do reopen their doors have a plan in place. Here at SERVPRO we can help prepare you and your business so that your downtime is minimized, the scope of the loss is reduced and a plan that gets things moving smoothly is ready to go.  

Preparing for Disaster

There are a lot of resources from the Department of Homeland Securities website that are organized by disaster which are great to review so that you can target the threats specific to your business here in Central Florida. For example there is a Hurricane Preparation  available which is certainly pertinent around here. 

Some good general advice is at minimum you should:

  • Make an Evacuation plan and exercise it
  • Have a communication plan with your employees in the case of an emergency
  • Create a business continuity plan to become operational again quickly
  • Create redundancies for important documents and data

 Emergency Ready Profile

One thing SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva helps with is creating an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP. We do this by walking your building to identify, photograph, and log every water, sprinkler, electric, and gas shut-off as well as anything else that would be pertinent. We take down all the relevant contact info of people in your organization as well as any other companies that you wish to be contacted (such as security, plumbers, HVAC etc.).

We then take that information and create an emergency binder for your organization as well as an app which can be consulted in the event of an emergency. 

This ERP make sure that everyone in your organization has access to an information source on how the building works. This means that if a pipe breaks or the sprinklers go off and the person who knows the building is not around steps can still be taken to stop the damage and minimize the scope of your loss. Here in Wichita ERPs have saved organizations and businesses 10s of thousands of dollars.

Preauthorization and Emergency Service Limits 

Additionally we can set-up preauthorization and emergency service limits for our mitigation and restoration work. Normally when we arrive onsite we need paperwork signed and if an authorized signer is not around that can really slow things down. Additionally there can be some concern about cost and payment which also slows down our work.

When we create a preauthorization agreement with an emergency service limit we have preauthorization to start working on the building and limit on how much that work will cost. Doing this means work starts and finishes faster and you can be confident that the emergency service costs will be within the limit you set. 

While no one can be 100% safe from what life throws at us being prepared means getting back to normal faster which can mean the difference between staying open or not. Everything SERVPRO does as far is ERPs and preauthorizations go they are completely free so call us today and let's start preparing! 

More About SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva:

SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva has been trusted in the commercial cleaning business for over 40 years. The team is highly skilled in the cleanup of commercial properties in the wake of fire, flood, water, and air quality damage. SERVPRO understands that time is money so we work to minimize time lost due to these disruptions. 

There is no job within the 407/321 area that SERVPRO can’t handle. 

For all of your commercial cleaning service needs, contact SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva. The office can be reached by phone at (407) 788-3124.

Top Reasons Why It Will Benefit Your Business To Hire a Commercial Cleaning Service

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva explains what commercial cleaning services are and the importance of hiring a commercial cleaner for your business 

What Are Commercial Cleaning Services?

Whether you own a restaurant, a boutique, an office space, or a supermarket, your commercial property must be regularly cleaned to maximize its function and appearance. Commercial cleaning services range from general cleaning to more specialized services such as mold removal, fire and water cleanup, and air duct cleaning. Below is a more detailed description of SERVPRO’s services.

  1. Water Damage Restoration:

Water damage could be the result of a flood, water from a sink that has leaked, a pipe that has burst, or a faulty air conditioner. 

  1. Mold Remediation

Buildings, offices, and homes can sustain microbial growth of mold if excess water and humidity are left untreated. Mold can spread and may cause health effects.

  1. Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage carries with it the trauma of fire destruction, debris, air quality concerns, and potential health risks to those exposed. Water damage is often a secondary issue when there has been a fire. Fire damage services may include removal of debris, cleaning the fire-damaged areas of an office or home, purifying and making the air fresh and safe to breathe, and remediating any water damage.

  1. Building Restoration Service:

In the event of fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern is to protect the building, home, or office from further damage and to secure the structure for restoration to occur. Services include but are not limited to drywall, electrical, painting, roofing, tile, and carpet repair. 

How Commercial Cleaning Services Benefit Your Business:

To operate at peak productivity, businesses need to provide a clean environment for their team and clientele. Specialty cleaning services include air ducts and HVAC, biohazard and sewage, trauma and crime scene, carpet and upholstery, drapes and blinds, ceilings, walls and hardwood floors, odor removal, and deodorization, and vandalism clean-up.

Why Hire a Professional Commercial Cleaning Company:

The number one reason to hire a cleaning service is that they are professionals who are trained in the latest technology in the cleaning industry. SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva has highly trained staff with years of experience in commercial cleaning. The team is well-trusted throughout Orlando, FL. 

The SERVPRO team provides its own supplies. The right cleaning products are necessary to achieve the proper level and appearance of cleanliness. 

One reason to hire a professional cleaning company is health and safety. Your staff or clients won’t get sick as a result of an unhealthy work environment. 

It is important to have immediate service any hour or day of the week, especially during an emergency.



More About SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva:

SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva has been trusted in the commercial cleaning business for over 40 years. The team is highly skilled in the cleanup of commercial properties in the wake of fire, flood, water, and air quality damage. SERVPRO understands that time is money so we work to minimize time lost due to these disruptions. 

There is no job within the 407/321 area that SERVPRO can’t handle. 

For all of your commercial cleaning service needs, contact SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva. The office can be reached by phone at (407) 788-3124.