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Fire in Your Orlando Property! Make the Call to SERVPRO

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fire in Your Orlando Property! Make the Call to SERVPRO Why Homeowners in Orlando Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Recovering After a Fire in Your Orlando Home

Disasters that impact your Orlando home can feel overwhelming, especially when the damage is widespread and varied. Fires can change from home to home, offering a different look for experienced professional restorers like ours to prepare for, and making it improbable for homeowners to restore or repair on their own.

Fire damages to your Orlando home are often far more widespread than the actual heart of the fire itself. While first responders and firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the blaze, this often has damaging effects of its own to face. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to obtain their IICRC certifications for fire restoration, giving them the education and understanding to tackle any facet of fire damage that could exist on your property. They are even encouraged to continue this educational pursuit through in-house coursework and online classes to obtain other certifications and skill sets that make them better able to care for your fire-damaged home.

From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we get to work on assessing the full scope of the damage to help provide your insurance company with the necessary information to approve a claim. Even while this is happening, we can begin our mitigation work such as handling water damage present from the extinguishment. In conjunction with the water removal we can set up barriers, hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers to immediately begin to reduce the foul odors from the fire. Improving IAQ indoor air quality is a key factor in SERVPRO protecting their customers from adverse effects.

Our SERVPRO franchise focuses on having the most modern and advanced equipment available to our technicians to offer the best quality and prompt services to all of our customers. Equipment such as our gas-powered pumps and ROVER extractors can remove pooling water from affected areas fast. We have efficient drying techniques as well by combining our air movers to force moisture into the environment with our dehumidifiers which trap and remove this moisture from the area.

Recovering from a fire in your home does not have to be more stressful than it already is. You can depend on the fast response and experienced technicians we have at SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva. Give our response team a call anytime that disaster strikes at (407) 788-3124.

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SERVPRO Provides Our Orlando Homeowners with Rapid Water Loss Help to Mitigate Damages

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Provides Our Orlando Homeowners with Rapid Water Loss Help to Mitigate Damages ApplIance Water Flooding in Your Orlando Residence? Don't Call Mickey, Call SERVPRO

Refrigerator Troubles Could Spell Damage for Your Orlando Home

Appliances throughout your Orlando home make life more convenient all around, but that does not mean that they do not have the potential to cause some considerable damage without the appropriate servicing. Your refrigerator can prove especially problematic when it loses power or breaks a supply line to the ice maker. Both can leave a substantial pool of water to contend with, but our professionals can help.

Water damages can spread quickly throughout your Orlando kitchen, so contacting the team that can help should occur as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals offer 24-hour response for any emergency in your home and have the skills and equipment necessary to quickly remove the excess water from the affected area and work efficiently to dry up the damaged elements.

Once we arrive at your home, we begin by determining the source of the damage to your kitchen and working to resolve this issue by shutting down the supply line. With portable pumps, our professionals can quickly pull the water from the floors of the area. Hopefully, the volume of water can be vacuumed up with a smaller piece of equipment. Once this step gets completed, we can utilize our thermal imagery cameras to locate the most concentrated pockets of moisture to direct our drying equipment. This same camera can get used to determine if further efforts are necessary for specific damaged areas. We eventually finish the service with a walk through using a moisture meter to determine the verification of moisture content being restored to standard levels.

Since it does not take more than 2-3 days for mold spores to seat and colonize in a moist environment like your water damaged kitchen, resolving the dampness of the area is critical to avoiding secondary effects like mold growth. We combine efforts with air movers and dehumidifiers, which both play a role in helping rid the area of the current saturation and replace it with dry, heated air.

Even though your refrigerator is among the chief appliances in your home for convenience and functionality, it also can pose a threat of water damage if it malfunctions. Trust our SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva rapid response team to arrive quickly to help mitigate your losses and get the restoration process going as soon as possible. Give us a call today at (407) 788-3124.

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Storm Damage? SERVPRO Can Help!

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by hurricane Florence. This storm caused damage that will take a long time to repair and people are still without power.  Often times you don't realize how much you rely on daily conveniences like power and air conditioning until you have to go with out them. 

Luckily, this hurricane did not hit Central Florida, but there are still several storms lingering out there.  Even if these storm pass us by, we will still be at risk of hurricanes for a few more months.

Of course, it is not just hurricanes that can cause storm damage. In Central Florida, even routine thunderstorms can be particularly powerful.  We have seen heavy damage for hail, wind, rain and more in a matter of minutes and almost without warning.  

No matter how unexpected your storm damage, SERVPRO can help!  Our team of experts are trained to handle water damage, mold, fire and smoke damage, biohazards and mush more.  Nobody know more about these issues then we do!

Remember, our team is here 27/7 365 to help if you ever need us.  Whether you are the victim of flooding, fire, mold, or biohazard, our team of experts can help...and FAST!

Have You Been The Victim of Storm Damage?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have You Been The Victim of Storm Damage? Don't worry, whatever happens SERVPRO will be ready to help you when you get back home.

We see the same scenario over and over again.  A massive storm forms in the Atlantic.  Weather professionals have no real idea where it is going to go or how big a storm it will be until almost 24 hours ahead of time.

Some people evacuate and board of their home and businesses.  Others stay behind to make sure everything will be OK.  Unfortunately, in either case there is not a lot that can be done to prevent storm damage.  From tropical storms to hurricanes, the damage can be significant and there is not much you can do to stop it from happening.

There is something to take comfort in. No matter what happens the damage can be repaired.  While people are irreplaceable (and a lot harder to fix) property can be restored.

At SERVPRO, our team of professionals have seen in all.  Mold, fire, smoke, water, trauma, biohazard and much more.  Nothing surprises us and there is nothing we can't handle.

Not only can we repair whatever damage your property has incurred, we can work with your insurance company to make your claim process as quick and easy as possible.  That's another benefit to using one of the largest repair and restoration companies in the country.

If you need us, just give us a call.  Our team will be there, ready and willing to help, 24/7 365!

You Just Experienced A Fire... Now What?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Just Experienced A Fire... Now What? A fire can be devastating, but we are here to help 24/7 365.

A fire in your home or office can be one of the  most overwhelming experiences of your life.  You find yourself standing in the middle of a room or building staring at the cared remains of your personal or professional life.  You have no idea what to do next.

Start by taking a deep breath and relaxing for a minute.  The fire is over and you can't undo the past.  All you can do now is get things back to normal.  Despite how bad things may look, it really is not as bad as it seems.

For starters, and most important, you are OK.  What you are looking at is property, which for the most part can be replaced or restored.  That's not so easy with people.

So, what do you do about the items that were damaged?  Start by calling your insurance company.  Let them know what happened and start the claims process.  

Your next call should be to your local SERVPRO.  Our team has unsurpassed expertise in handling fire/smoke damage and restoration. Whatever needs to happen, our team will handle it.  We can board up your property (if needed) and start the process of working with your insurance company to create a recovery plan that includes the complete restoration of your property.


There are also a few things you should not do:

·         Do not wipe or attempt to clean anything.  This will be hard, but you need to leave this to the professionals to prevent further damage

·         Do not walk around the property or sit on any furniture that was damaged.

·         Do not eat any food or canned goods exposed to heat.

·         Do use any medications that were exposed to heat

·         Do not turn on any electrical appliances.

While this may all sound a bit overwhelming, everything will be fine. Our team of professionals will work with you and your insurance company to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Smoke Damage? SERVPRO Can Help!

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage?  SERVPRO Can Help! Have a smoke or fire issue? Let SERVPRO get it resolved quickly and easily so you can get back to your life!

While a fire causes damage that is easy to see, smoke damage is a lot less obvious.  As a fire burns smoke and soot are spread through the entire property, especially is the heating or air conditioning system happens to be running at the time of the fire.

Have you ever removed a t-shirt that seemed to be fine while you were wearing it, but it had a very bad smell once you removed it?  Well, the same thing happens with soot and smoke from a fire.

Curtains, rugs, furniture, clothing and lots of other items are going to quickly absorb the odors from the fire.  You may not notice it once you have spent sometime inside the area affected by the fire.  Everyone, else however, will experience these odors, likely very strong odors, as soon as they enter the property.

The experts at SERVPRO can eliminate these odors and get your home or office odor-free after a fire.  We have the equipment and expertise to handle everything that needs to be done.

We also work with you and your insurance company to get your fire and smoke claim resolved quickly and easily so you can get back to your life.  We will be with you through every step of the process from start to finish.

If you are the unfortunate victim of a fire or smoke issue call SERVPRO anytime - 24/7 365!


Top Mistakes To Avoid When Cleaning Mold and Mildew

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Proud homeowners who find that they have a mold problem on their hands might be gung-ho about getting rid of the problem on a Do It Yourself (DIY) basis, primarily to save cost. If you happen to fall under this category, do take note that other homeowners in the past who felt the same way have gone through the motions and made the following mistakes to avoid when it comes to removing mold around the home.

Gotta Catch Them All! One of the most common mistakes in cleaning up mold is figuring out that you have gotten rid of the problem for good. After all, for visible mold that you have just wiped clean with a tea tree oil solution, there is probably more from where it came from which remains hidden from your view. After all, mold spores are very small and extremely light in its makeup. This makes it very easy to spread from one particular area of the home to another. A single patch of mold growing in one area of the home is enough signal to perform a thorough inspection of the rest of the house in order to make sure that not a single nook and cranny remains unlooked at.

Bleach is Not the Answer Most people think that bleach, with its cleaning power, is able to do wonders when it comes to getting rid of mold. While bleach is rather effective when it comes to killing and removing mold from hard and non-porous surfaces, it does not get to the root of the problem. In order to make a bleach solution more effective, you should perform a mop up operation using an antimicrobial cleanser.

Fire and Smoke Restoration

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its normal condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself type of person.

For results you can have confidence in, hiring a certified restoration company would be your best bet. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas.

When selecting a certified restoration firm several factors must be considered:

  • Formal and up-to-date specialized training
  • Health and safety certifications
  • Experience in a wide range of restoration projects
  • Proof of proper insurance and licenses

In addition to removing residue, ridding your home of its smoky odor is necessary. Professionals use this four-step process to remove odors:

  • Remove the source of the odor, as possible, including unsalvageable debris that contributes to odor generation and recontamination of cleaned and deodorized areas.
  • Clean salvageable surfaces and items to physically remove odor-causing residue.
  • Chase remaining odor with an odor counteract act. In the case of smoke, create a deodorizing fog or gas that seeks out and combines with odor-causing substances.
  • Seal salvageable surfaces that are inaccessible or slightly scorched, not only for aesthetic purposes, but primarily to encapsulate odor and prevent progressive recontamination.

Understanding the effects of a fire can help homeowners evaluate the damage to their home. By learning more about residue clean-up and deodorization after a fire, you can minimize the need for costly repair. Fire and smoke restoration experts can help you return your home and furnishings to its normal condition. So I guess you could say it would be “Like it never even happened.”

My Clothes Were Damaged By Mold in a Rarely Used Closet…Can We Save Them? Mold Remediation Approved

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Those of us who live in Central Florida and surrounding areas like Winter Garden, Windermere, Apopka, and Lake Buena Vista know that moisture in our homes is a common issue. We try to maintain a temperature with our AC units that we can live with, that our power bill can sustain (and therefore our pocket), and that will keep that moisture down. We might find some mildew from time to time and take care of it ourselves. Or perhaps you’ve had a mold issue and have called in a professional company to take care of it for you.

What about those closets that we don’t open often? Perhaps you open the closet door looking for those golf clubs that you are finally getting around to using. Or maybe you finally have an opportunity to wear that dress that you got on clearance. Unfortunately as soon as you open the door you notice that everything in the closet seems to be discolored. Upon closer inspection you notice that it smells musty and looks like it might be mold. What can you do?

On its web site, IICRC.org, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification states the following:

Foremost, any garment or fabric that has not suffered physical deterioration or discoloration as a result of mold growing on it, and that is washable (typically, a minimum of 130ºF for at least 10 minutes), can be restored completely. That goes for bacterial contamination as well, as evidenced by hospitals daily as they wash linens, gowns, surgical drapes, etc.

Dry cleaning also does a good job when evaluated and cleaned - often twice - by a qualified professional. Again, this assumes no deterioration or discoloration of the garment. Ultimately, sampling and evaluation by a qualified environmental professional can be used to confirm remediation of the garment.

Our team of certified professionals here at SERVPRO are available to help you with this process anytime. Please give us a call and we would be happy to walk you through the process.

Why Fire Damage Restoration Should Be Done By A Professional

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

With responsive and precise fire damage repair, even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have been one of man’s greatest enemies since the dawn of history, and though it’s easier to handle these days, it can still cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke residue left behind. This has to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. Restoration professionals work hard to provide a thorough cleanup.  This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. Professionals will access the home’s ducts to clean them out as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

Upon eliminating all of the ash, soot, and smoke, the home will quickly be free of any lingering odor.