Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Season is Upon Us!

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Storm season is upon us! We are well aware of the dangers that each storm season can bring upon us here in Central Florida. Each year we all go through the necessary steps to prepare. Have you refreshed the batteries in your flashlights and storm radios? What about your plywood and supplies needed for board up? You’ve probably done these items as well as restocked your non-perishable food items, gathered water, and necessary medical items for your family.

Do you have an emergency plan for AFTER the storm passes though? What can you do to make sure that you get help with your home or business right away? It is a good idea to do a walk around and walk thru video of your home or business at the start of each storm season. You will then have an accurate representation of just what is lost if a storm hits. You also need to know who to call. Once you have secured your family and property to the best of your ability you can call us! SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva is on stand-by to help as soon as it is safe to be on the roads. When you call us we will get your information and we will ask some questions that will help us determine what we need to bring to help you. At that point we will let you know what our timeframe for arrival is and we may offer some suggestions to help you until we arrive. Rest assured, our team of experienced professionals is on the way!

Flash Flooding After a Storm-What You Need to Know

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

We may be the Sunshine State with great things like Disney World and Universal Studios, and Rock Springs but Central Florida can also be home to some severe weather events. 

Regardless of what type of severe weather events are taking place, all of them should be taken seriously with safety being a top priority. However, this is something that is especially true when flash floods are a possibility, because of how dangerous they are. Floods cause the second-highest rate of fatalities related to weather in the United States and flash floods are the most dangerous type of flood there is.

There is rarely much notice involved with a flash flood, leading to people being caught by surprise in areas that are not typically involved in any type of flood incident. Flash floods can turn any body of water or drain dangerous, and it is so important to keep track of safety tips that could save your life.

Defining a Flash Flood

There are several different types of floods, but what makes a flash flood so dangerous is how quickly it can come about. When heavy rainfall occurs, flash floods will happen in less than six hours after they begin, often happening closer to three. These conditions create a scenario where people are not given enough notice and have very little time to evacuate or get to higher ground.

The Alert Systems for Flash Floods

If there is severe weather, it is important to tune into your local weather broadcasts so you can be privy to all the alerts that are issued, especially if there is heavy rainfall.

A flash flood watch will be issued when conditions are right for a flash flood to begin, while a warning means that one is imminent and you should take action quickly. Flash flood emergencies are extremely rare, but those are quite deadly and you should always move to high ground as quickly as you can.

Safety Tips for Flash Flood Precautions

When it comes to a severe weather event, safety is always the top priority—and in a sudden severe weather event, it is best to have the top safety tips memorized so you can act quickly under pressure.

  • Stay alert if rainfall is heavy and prolonged, and stay tuned to local weather updates.
  • Create a full evacuation plan that everyone is aware of how to execute.
  • Always avoid crossing flood water, both when you are walking or driving.
  • Do not come into contact with floodwater if it can be at all avoided.
  • Know several evacuation routes you can take in case water blocks one or more of them.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on our team at SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva to help clean it up and make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

What Should You Expect from SERVPRO After a Storm?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help SERVPRO equipment is lined up and ready to go after a storm event.

Living in Central Florida has its advantages. We are close to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and the many beautiful natural attractions-like the springs and beaches-awesome multi-cultural restaurants, and the I-4 Eyesore. Ok, that last one is a joke! We are also very familiar with hurricane season. While we may not always be in the major cone, we often experience some severe weather associated with these major storms. Here at SERVPRO we are available immediately by phone, and once it is safe for our crews to be on the road we will dispatch them to you. What can you expect if you call us?

  • Our staff will answer your call. Our staff is trained for these situations. We believe that it is imperative for you to speak to us directly, not our answering service during times of disaster. Our phones are answered by staff for the initial days after a storm event so that we can best serve our community.
  • Be prepared to answer a few questions. We need to gather some information for our technicians so that they can be properly prepared to help you. This means we need to understand what areas of damage you’re currently seeing. Do you have water and power? Do you need a roof tarp or board up? All of these are critical questions. We know that you are concerned about your family and your home. We are too. We want to do the best job for you.
  • We will advise you of what is generally expected regarding payment. Some insurance companies operate differently during a storm event. They may advise that we collect payment up front, or they may advise that we wait to collect. Either way, you can be sure that we will be up front and clear with you about what to expect regarding pricing at the time of your service.
  • Calls are dispatched to crews as soon as possible. While we wish we could get to everyone immediately it is physically not possible. We do however have the power of SERVPRO behind us. While we are busy working with customers on the phone we know that our SERVPRO team from around the country is on the way to back us up. We generally have additional crews in the area within hours. Our goal at SERVPRO is always to serve our community, and we have the backing of over 1,000 other offices to help us accomplish that!
  • Safety is our top priority. Please make sure to let us know about downed trees or power lines around you if you are aware of them. Our crews typically are in large trucks. We will do everything in our power to get to you as quickly and safely as possible.

We hope that our communities stay safe this hurricane season, but if you need us we are Here to Help!

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

Why is SERVPRO The Best Storm Damage Company?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to your search for Storm Damage Cleanup around Orlando, the search should start and end at SERVPRO of Apoka/Wekiva. Before you make your call to our trusted expert technicians, take a peek at what we offer that is head and shoulders above what you will find in the area.

The Speed of Our Service

The first 24-48 hours after a storm is critical for conducting an assessment of your storm damage repair needs. When you choose SERVPRO, you know you’re getting access to a team of highly trained individuals that are available 24/7 to service your storm restoration needs.

Our Restoration Process

Once we have completed the water removal of your property, we’ll begin working on the restoration process. We’ll restore your property to the condition it was in before the damage occurred, whether that entails minor repairs (like replacing drywall or installing new carpeting) or major ones (like reconstructing parts of your property).

A Wide Variety of Resources At Our Disposal

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to scale our responses as needed. The size doesn't matter, single room in a home or multistory hotel. We can handle it all. Whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, or flood, the SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Contacting the Best Storm Damage Company

When it comes to storm damage repairs, the only way to get the job done right the first time is to call SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva at (407) 788-3124. Just one phone call can set you up to get your property back into pre-storm shape quickly, helping you save potentially thousands of dollars and rest easier at night knowing that you’re in good hands.

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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."

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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. 

The Water Cleanup Process After a Flood

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

It is crucial to remember that the most important step a property owner can take whenever they have noticed flood water in their business or water in their home is to immediately call in the professionals. Once the call is made, a water cleanup team will be dispatched to the home as soon as possible.

Once on scene, the water cleanup team will immediately start the assessment of the water in the business or water in the home, classifying the water according to its health hazard risk and moving quickly to stanch any existing leaks emanating from pipe breaks or supply line breaks. The team will also carefully examine the area around the original pipe break or supply line break, noting if any water has seeped into unseen or hard-to-reach places.

Once the damage to the flooded home or business has been assessed, the team will begin the water removal process.

Removing standing water from the flooded home or business:

Water will be removed through the use of heavy-duty extracting equipment. This should only take a few minutes, as the equipment used is capable of sucking out thousands of gallons of water per hour.

If you've found water in your home or business call SERVPRO of Apopka / Wekiva today (407) 788-3124

5 Common Causes of Solar Panel Damage

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of crack solar panel Solar panel damaged in Apopka, FL

More and more homes in Apopka, FL, are installing solar panels. They may require extra expense upfront, but in the long run, they're a sustainable and cost-efficient energy alternative. If you're thinking about investing in solar power, you may be concerned about the potential for panel damage. Here are five of its most common causes.

1. Extreme Weather

Since solar-powered panels need exposure to the sun to work, they're also regularly subjected to a variety of other elements, including the weather. Snow, rain, and hail all have the potential to damage panels, as well as other parts of your home, requiring the aid of an experienced storm damage restoration company. Fortunately, it usually takes an excessive amount of snow, rain, hail or wind to actually cause harm. Panels and their racking are carefully designed to hold up against most of what Mother Nature throws their way.

2. Fire

Faulty wiring can cause panel and roof damage if left unaddressed. To protect your solar panels, make sure their wiring is fenced in or otherwise contained and that children or pets are unable to access it.

3. Tree Branches

Falling tree limbs and branches have the potential to cause panel damage. For this reason, it's important for solar panel owners to keep nearby trees trimmed and well-maintained.

4. Overheating

The job of a solar panel may be to soak up the sun's rays, but that doesn't mean it's immune to overheating. Panels that regularly get too hot may require the installation of fans or another type of ventilation system to ensure that things run smoothly.

5. Lightning

Lightning is a solar panel's nemesis. If one of your panels gets zapped by a lightning strike, it's likely done for. Fortunately, solar panel owners have a variety of lightning protection systems to choose from, including grounding schemes and surge protection devices.
Solar panels are built to withstand the elements, but they're not immune to them. By keeping these five common causes of damage in mind, owners can prepare for potential panel damage and protect their eco-friendly investment for years to common.

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

How To Prepare Your Orlando Building for Storm Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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As a property manager in Orlando, FL, you know how important it is to maintain the building and grounds to create a safe, comfortable environment for your tenants. Not only do you want to keep the property looking nice, but you need to think about issues such as storm preparedness. If you are not ready to withstand the effects of Mother Nature, you should act quickly to put the appropriate safeguards in place.

Assess and Inspect

If you're behind in your storm preparedness, don't panic and start assembling a bunch of supplies without doing some planning first. You should start by looking over the property and identifying potential areas of concern. Here are a few ideas on how to do this:

  • Inspect the room and make sure there are no weak spots, gaps or issues that might increase the chances of leaks.
  • Make sure there are clearly marked exit signs and instructions on how to safely evacuate the building in case of an emergency.
  • Evaluate the windows and consider purchasing shatter-proof ones.

Bolster the Windows and Doors

In a storm with high winds, these two areas of entry could be significant safety hazards. Consider purchasing items such as roll-up shutters or storm panels to place over the doors and windows when storms hit. Every property management emergency plan should have a way to protect tenants from damage that could occur from breaking glass.

Have Sandbags Ready

If you live in an area where heavy rains are common, flooding can always be a risk. The same goes for property owners whose buildings are near waterways. Purchase a set of sandbags that you could fill and place around doors, windows and the foundation when necessary.

Practice Evacuating

Work with your tenants on developing an emergency exit plan. At least once a year, evaluate this plan. Practice evacuations are critical as well. This plan should also include knowing which emergency cleanup company to call when disasters strike.

Storm preparedness can give you peace of mind even during an emergency such as a flood or severe storm. Make sure you're ready at a moment's notice.

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

Why You Want a Flood Cut

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Want a Flood Cut

It's just a bit of water. It's harmless. Isn't that what business owners want to think when flooding hits the property? It's hard to fathom that something so simple could be quite hazardous. In actuality, though, the premises have been invaded by very dirty water, and proprietors need the assistance of a water restoration company to sanitize and remove problematic parts. A flood cut is often part of the necessity, and it's meant to help you, not hurt your place. Hopefully, the following three points help ease your mind about the unwanted structural departure.

1. Why Is Flood Water Harmful?

When fluid rises from streams, rivers, and oceans, it contains microbes and bacteria, more than you want anywhere around you. It is their natural habitat; thus, they float on inside, making themselves comfortable in the new home. While some materials are not as easy for them, porous items such as carpet and drywall are welcome spots. There they can thrive and cultivate, creating a mold or bacterial growth. To get rid of it all, you want to tear out moist sections, decontaminating the space.

2. What Does the Flood Cut Do?

The experts should inspect the premises, evaluating the flooding zones. Then, they'll recommend removing anything problematic. It's not enough go with the initial zone, this special cut goes 12 inches about the flood line, trying to avoid leaving anything behind. This is simply an extra precaution to make your company safer.

3. How Is the Place Sanitized?

With those pieces gone, dehumidifiers can dry out the rooms, saving the other valuables and effects. Then, antimicrobial spray can be applied, to further reduce contamination. Once that is out of the way, the walls can be repaired and painted, getting everything back to normal.
If a specialist recommends cutting out flood-impacted drywall, it's not meant to scare you or drive up the bill. It's a protective measure, decreasing pollutants and improving your structure's overall quality.

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

How Contamination Level Changes the Mitigation Process

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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How Contamination Level Changes the Mitigation Process

All flooding is not the same. When your home floods, the first question water mitigation experts are likely to ask is "what is the source of the water?" Where the water comes from often indicates the level of contamination with which they must contend. It can tell them a lot about the process they need to use to completely restore your home to its original state.

Category 1

Category 1 water is considered clean. Your home may be flooded by a clean source:

  • Broken pipe
  • Leaking pipe
  • Busted supply line

The water damage caused by clean water must still be repaired, but the process is pretty straightforward. The area can often be dried without having to remove a lot of damaged material.

Category 2

If flooding occurs as the result of a leak from your refrigerator or an overflowing washing machine, this is considered a Category 2 incident. Some cleaning is required, because the water may contain a few contaminants. As long as the materials involved are not saturated and can be adequately disinfected, they may not have to be removed.

Category 3

Flood damage from a storm or sewer line falls within the third level of contamination. This can complicate the cleanup process extensively. Even if the walls, floors and ceilings affected by the flood are still structurally sound, any area the contaminated water touched may still have to be removed in order to ensure all the microbes in the water are gone. Just because it doesn't look or smell dirty, that doesn't mean that it isn't. Technicians know it is better to err on the side of caution when the water comes from a source that is likely contaminated.
Understanding the mitigation process for flooding in your home can help you plan ahead. When you hear that the damage was caused by Category 3 water, you can adjust your expectations accordingly.

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

Preparing your home for a hurricane

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that when a disaster strikes the cleanup can be overwhelming. As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting additional damage to your home or business, and in the case of a business, limiting business interruption. With over 1,700 franchises across the country, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to reduce the amount of secondary damage that can be caused by allowing the water to sit. 

In the event of a hurricane here are some tips from FEMA to help you prepare your home:

  • Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant
  • Turn off utilities as instructed by local authorities.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Ensure a water supply for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

Preparing your business is a litter different, but these tips from FEMA can help:

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. Can you run your business from a different location or from your home? Can you develop a relationship with other local businesses to use their facilities if a disaster makes your location unusable?

While we all hope for a year free from hurricanes, we know that they are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of a natural disaster.

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

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

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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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Floods and Foul Odors in Your Orlando Home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water leaving your home smelling fishy? SERVPRO can help!

Quick Flood Water Removal in Orlando Avoids Secondary Losses

This area of Florida is no stranger to flooding from intense storms. When there is a water intrusion into a home, it is vital that extraction of the water occurs as quickly as possible to avoid secondary losses. Since groundwater carries a category three biohazard rating, also known as black water, it is best cleaned up by professionals.

Our local SERVPRO technicians answered a call from a property owner for emergency flood water removal in Orlando. Locally heavy rainstorms caused flash flooding, and nearly an inch of water penetrated the back area of the home. The floodwater receded quickly but left a soggy, odorous mess in the kitchen and living room.

We arrived quickly to the home and began extraction efforts immediately using our portable pumps. Carpeting exposed to black water requires removal. Since wet carpeting weighs more, we removed the water and then cut the carpet and padding into strips for disposal.

Upon scoping the affected areas in the home, we found water wicked into the sheetrock and behind the baseboards. SERVPRO technicians performed a type of controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts" where we carefully cut away water-damaged sheetrock about six inches above the water line. This action allows adequate airflow into the wall cavity.

The drying phase is crucial for not only the primary function of lowering moisture in the room, but it also inhibits mold growth. An unfortunate but common occurrence after flooding in a home is foul odors. After our technicians cleaned and disinfected the water loss areas in the house, a residual water odor remained.

One of the many certifications our technicians hold is in odor control. We have a diverse number of applications to neutralize any remaining odors from the flood water completely. 

Our SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license which let us offer not only cleanup from water loss, but also full rebuilding to completely restore the home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva at (407) 788-3124 stands ready to assist homeowners with flood water removal. Our certified technicians can help with all stages of recovery from water loss, so it is, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared To Restore Your Orlando Home After A Flood

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

We will help you determine the amount of damage and then work with you and your insurance company to get the repairs done fast.

Flood Damage Restoration Often Includes a Pack-Out in Orlando

When significant quantities of water infiltrate your Orlando home contents also suffer damage. You might believe that your boxes of documents, books, pictures, and other stored items are a lost cause. On the contrary, modern techniques and innovative equipment can clean and dry out your household goods and personal possessions so you can enjoy them again in your newly restored dwelling.

The key is a pack-out of the spaces in your Orlando house affected by flood damage. Moving your possessions to our production facility is a safe and secure strategy. We use a detailed Content Claims Inventory System (CCIS) to list and track your portable property. We use digital photos, lists, and barcoding to document the condition of your personal property every step of the way.

Moving the contents of your home out temporarily aids the SERVPRO team in the restoration of both your home’s structure and the packed-out articles. Clearing out wet furnishings, boxes of stored items, and other articles allows our water removal and drying crews to work more efficiently. Our crew goes space to space inside your home, using pumps and wanded extractors to remove the water, containing it for disposal per local regulations as flooding by definition involves Category 3 or black water.

We clean the surfaces affected by flood water, sanitizing them with EPA-registered disinfectants. SERVPRO employees trained as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set up a drying configuration. We measure the moisture content of the building materials, using that data to determine a drying goal. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers help lower the moisture to normal levels.

Specially trained technicians evaluate your items at our production facility, cleaning, disinfecting, drying, and restoring them. SERVPRO uses innovative techniques like freeze-drying for paper and contained small drying chambers to remove moisture for furnishings. Items are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly so you and your family can enjoy them again in your remediated home.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva offers customers highly-qualified technicians and state of the art equipment to return your flooded home to preloss condition. Call (407) 788-3124 day or night to schedule a professional assessment of your flooding scenario.

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Some Facts Everyone Should Know About Storm Damage Remediation in Orlando

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

If your basement and/or laundry area has flood damage, you need to contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Use Restoration Services After Flood Damage to Your Orlando Home’s Basement

Basements get flooded easily because heavy rain and flood waters enter them easily through cracks in the foundation and seepage. Extensive basement flooding can cause significant damage to the building materials, flooring, and items in the basement. It can also lead to mold growth, which can cause health effects.

If the basement of your home has sustained flood damage in Orlando, call a company that offers flood damage restoration promptly to prevent further destruction. A restoration company like SERVPRO can begin the remediation immediately after assessing the damage. You do not have to wait several days for the restoration to start after the initial evaluation. Our technicians are certified in IICRC water restoration and applied structural drying protocols, and are aware of the importance of removing water and drying a structure quickly.

SERVPRO franchise professionals have advanced equipment for extracting flood water from a basement. If the water is several inches deep, we can use a submersible pump to remove it. If only a small area of the basement has standing water, our technicians can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove it. Removing most of the water helps minimize drying time and prevent secondary water damage.

Floodwater often contains microorganisms that can be hazardous to human health. Once we remove the water, we clean and sanitize the basement and the affected materials using advanced cleaning products. We also dry the affected area. To speed up drying, we can set up fans throughout the area and turn them to high speed to expedite evaporation. We can also use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the affected materials like furnishings and flooring. We also utilize commercial grade ozone machines, which neutralize odor-causing particles at the molecular level.

After drying the basement, our technicians can inspect the structural damage and work with your insurance adjuster on site to ensure you receive the indemnification you seek. We ensure that the documentation required to file an insurance claim is complete and in order. We are committed to restoring your home to its original pre-flood condition, making the destruction look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva has extensive experience in extracting water from a structure and drying it. Call us anytime at (407) 788-3124 for flood damage restoration services in Apopka, Wekiva Springs, and University Park.

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Did the Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Your Orlando Home?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of a flooded street Heavy rains happen often in Florida and cause flood damage.

Strategies to Eliminate All Traces of Flood Damage in Orlando

Water tends to migrate throughout a property after flooding in Orlando. Although large quantities of water can pool up and are straightforward to remove, cracks and crevices in the floors and joints between walls and baseboards allow some water to drain into cavities. It is crucial to eliminate both the standing water and any hidden moisture to avoid progressive deterioration and secondary concerns like mold damage.

When heavy rains create overland flood damage in low lying areas of Orlando, foundations, crawl spaces, and ground level living areas are all at risk. Waiting for the water to drain away rather than taking more aggressive action is not recommended. Allowing flooding to remain more than 24 to 48 hours can accelerate mold growth, and soaked building materials rapidly deteriorate.

Flooding damage restoration is one of SERVPRO’s core services. The crew sent in response to your request for assistance is highly-qualified, trained in IICRC protocols and strategies proven to deliver successful flood damage remediation results. Once we pump out and extract visible water, our employees use thermal scanning and moisture meters to locate trapped water.

SERVPRO also uses innovations like specialty drying equipment to pull moisture out of several levels of flooring. The negative pressure technology suctions out water that percolated below the surface of hardwood and other floors using mats that adhere to the surface. Hoses attached to the mats use our truck-mounted extractors to evacuate the water that drained beneath the surface.

This system can also be set up to pull moisture from cavities behind walls. Another way SERVPRO gains access to the hidden water is by using flood cuts, portions of wall material removed near the floor. Once we extract the seepage, the openings permit us to direct airflow into the damp areas to complete applied structural drying.

Drying of building materials requires a balance of air movement, heat, and dehumidifiers. SERVPRO monitors the moisture levels as we run a drying perimeter to ensure we meet the drying goals determined by our crew chiefs.

SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva offers residents top-notch flood damage abatement services. Contact our team 24 hours a day, year-round 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)

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!

Post Storm Tips and Hints

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Here in central Florida we are used to preparing for storms. These reminders should help you and your family prepare for the next one that comes our way. You don’t want to be left out in the heat and unprepared for surviving if a large storm or disaster does affect you.

Water: As stated in previous blog posts, a traditional standing water heater holds up to 40 gallons of clean water. If the water to your home isn’t flowing this is a great last resort. However, if there is water going into the home, make sure you check with county sites to find out if you are under a boil water alert or not. Make sure you have 1 gallon of water per person for up to one week stored before the storm hits.

Food: Canned food and none perishable foods like beans, canned vegetables, and soups are good to have around. If you have a small gas cooking device you’ll want to empty out your freezer as fast as possible of any frozen foods so make sure to cook through your perishable foods before your canned foods.

Gas and fuel: Make sure you have a full tank of gasoline in all of your vehicles. Fuel might become limited during an emergency situation. So you’ll want to make sure you are topped off before the storm hits. As for fuel oil this goes for gasoline for generators, propane for cooking, and lamp oil if you plan to use gas lamps for a lightning source.

Outside of these basic items there are an assortment of other items  you may want to keep handy such as:

*hand cranking can opener

*First aid kit

*Cooler for perishable foods

*duct tape and garbage bags

*Flashlight and batteries

This short list of items can keep you prepared for the aftermath of an emergency. It’s recommended each year you check off an emergency disaster check-list to insure your stocks are full before a disaster happens.

Central Florida Home and Business Storm Prep

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Being told that you have a major storm coming your way is hard enough, but now you have to figure out the best way to try and keep both your residential or commercial building from any sort of damage or loss. Our team has a saying, “you can never plan for a storm, but you can plan to be ready for it.” Let’s say that there is going to be a storm tomorrow. Are you prepared for whatever may happen? If your answer is no, then it is better that you don’t wait until you hear that the hurricane or thunderstorm of the century is coming, because by then it may be too late. Here are some things to make sure you check off of your checklist for your home:

  • Remove any branches or trees adjacent to your building that could potentially fall and damage it.
  • Sandbag any area that is subject to flooding
  • Relocate any valuable or fragile possessions
  • Secure all utilities including water heaters, gas tanks, and heaters and if necessary, raise them to higher locations to avoid water damage
  • Invest in and install shutters or plywood in order to protect windows and doors from wind-born debris
  • Have the roof of your building or home evaluated to ensure it can withstand a storm
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Ensure a water supply for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

Preparing your business is a little different, but these tips can help:

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. Can you run your business from a different location or from your home? Can you develop a relationship with other local businesses to use their facilities if a disaster makes your location unusable?

We know that storms and the damage that comes with them are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of any size disaster.

SERVPRO Storm Response

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is ready to help!

Hurricanes and severe storms are a common part of our life in the Central Florida area. From South Orlando, to Ocoee, to Apopka, our franchise is available for disasters of any size. Many times though, when disaster strikes, it is hard to determine what step to take first. SERVPRPO Industries has a Disaster Recovery team that can be called in to assist our neighbors after a major storm. Our franchise can call in reinforcements to make sure that all of our neighbors are assisted ASAP!    

How does it all work?

As a team, SERVPRO franchises and corporate staff work together to track storms that will affect our franchise areas. After the storm hits, as soon as it is safe for our crews to enter the damaged area, they are dispatched. Mobile command centers are set up and franchises are pulled from over 1,650 locations across the country to help, depending on the size of the disaster. Crews will work around the clock to get people back into their homes and businesses as soon as possible.

Dealing with the aftermath of a major storm is very stressful. We are happy to offer our services in order to relieve some of that stress!

Hurricane Preparedness In Central Florida

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Hurricane Preparation Check List

Every year we hear about hurricane preparedness in Central Florida. What you need to do to make sure you, your family, and your belongings are as safe as possible during a storm. Each year we make calls to family making sure they are ready in case of an emergency, and each year we add more things to our list of ideas and needs that can be utilized in case of an emergency at the home.

Let’s take a moment to discuss water. Anyone who has been through a disaster knows it’s importance. Day to day you need it, but what happens when the temperature goes up, there is no AC, and you are exposed to more prolonged sun light? Dehydration sets in faster and water may become a more important need than it does without those conditions. Did you know the water heater in your home may hold up to 40-60 gallons of water? Fresh drinking water. You can access this directly from your water heater and it may make the difference in an emergency. Of course, it is always best in the case of an imminent storm, to store ahead of time as much clean and flushable water as you can. If the water supply is contaminated it may take weeks before it is safe to use again.

What about food? In emergency situations you will need to learn to ration food for prolonged periods. Meaning non spoiling products should be stocked up on and kept on hand. Make sure you have a fuel source for a grill or cooking source so you can plow through all that meat and produce you have stored in the freezer before it’s gone. Save the canned items for later.

After the storm passes, we will be available to assist with cleanup. You can reach our office at 407-788-3124 24/7/365!

Hurricane IRMA-Destruction in Central Florida

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma swept through Central Florida causing devastation on many levels. We were fortunate enough to not have the maximum amount of damage forecasted, but that doesn’t mean that the damage wasn’t enough to hurt.

As a restoration company, we received THOUSANDS of phone calls. In general, people know that they need to call a company like ours for help after a natural disaster like Irma. We actually received some phone calls before the storm hit, because people understood the need to be prepared. With everything going on, there are some things that go unnoticed, and as I write this, I find the need to share those things. They are important because they truly show the spirit of our company.

Before the storm hit we had a plan in place that would allow us to help as many people as possible, as fast as possible. We are a 24/7 service company for emergency service, but typically, after 5:00 in the evening and until 8:00 in the morning, we have our calls answered by a service. That way we can allow our staff time to sleep! We knew though, that we needed to have someone on staff answering the phones once the storm hit, because they would be the best ones to answer questions, offer some hope, and get people in line for service. We had two employees that agreed to do this. They tirelessly answered calls for days.

Because we are part of a national system of franchises, SERVPRO corporate called in the cavalry to assist the local franchises. Once each local office was at their limit, we could easily dispatch out one of our sister franchises. That allowed us to get someone out as soon as possible, instead of having to turn people away or wait for weeks for service. There were franchises from all over the country that came in to help, many of them even came directly from helping in Texas after Harvey.

From a business standpoint, right after a storm is a time for restoration companies to make money. What I found interesting though, was that instead of sending people out to try to secure the biggest jobs, Scott Tracy, the owner of our franchise, was busy making sure that the employee’s families were safe. He even went out and bought additional generators for those families to use so that they wouldn’t have to be without power at their home. He was busy with trying to take care of those around him.

Our office was without power for 9 days. We serviced as many people as possible by working from our General Manager’s home. Her kitchen table was turned into a mobile office. We could do almost everything we needed to in order to help our customers and get the information to our production team that they needed.

These things all add up to one big picture, our franchise is led by a team of people who CARE, not just about the bottom line of the business, but about the community and their staff. When the next storm hits, remember that a company that cares about their employees will care more about their customers too. SERVPRO is always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to Look for After the Storm is Long Gone

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

It’s been weeks since we had our brush with Hurricane Irma in Central Florida. How did your home do? Did you have minimal damage? Some missing shingles? Maybe some slight water intrusion from windows? Did you think that you had it all cleaned up but now you are starting to smell something funny? Here are a few things to look for that will help you decided if you have an area that needs to be investigated further by a professional.

  • Musty smell-many people report this after there has been a water intrusion in their home or business. If it goes away in a couple days, then it probably isn’t a big issue. If you notice that the smell lingers, and is even a bit stronger in a specific area, this would be a cause for further investigation.
  • Water marks that seem to have come out of nowhere. This could be a sign that the area you thought was dry, is actually still wet. Modern building materials can hold water in them for longer periods of time, making it harder to find right away.
  • Bulging floors, buckling floors, “squishy” floors, these are all signs of a water intrusion issue. Many times, when your floor is showing those signs, there will be other areas affected also.
  • Drywall that is crumbling or bulging. This can be a sign that the drywall was wet at one point, or still is, and that it needs to be checked further.

These are three simple things, but added together they can be a sign that there might be mold growth or even some areas that need proper drying. If you’ve noticed that your home or business is being affected by these or similar things, feel free to give us a call to discuss them. Our team is available to answer questions for you or schedule an inspection. You can reach us at 407-788-3124.