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Did it Rain Inside Your Orlando Home? Call SERVPRO to Remove the Water
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Water Removal and Extraction Pulls Water Out When Storms Push Water into Your Orlando Home
After a storm, some homeowners in Orlando notice that their floors are damp or contain puddles near doorways. Property owners need to remove this water as quickly as possible. Even small amounts of water can cause decay in floorboards and make them excessively weak. Homeowners can often clean these small messes up without help.
When rain pushes larger volumes of water into your Orlando area home, water removal and extraction teams get things dry again quickly and efficiently. Because rainwater can enter through any vulnerable area of your home, it is essential to know that SERVPRO's equipment can access any area of your home.
A small section of roof with loosened shingles can let the water come in and soak your home from top to bottom. Gutters that contain clogged areas can direct water up against your home where it slowly seeps inside. Downspouts can cause water to flow up against your slab foundation instead of away from your house.
When drains outside of your home do not let water flow through them quickly enough, stormwater can back up into your home. Water from this location can contain high levels of contamination. SERVPRO technicians arrive ready to handle such disasters and make your home safe again. We use personal protective equipment (PPE) during such work to prevent exposure to things that can cause health effects.
We pull the water that invaded your home out with either a pump on our truck in our Green Fleet or with smaller extraction units. These quickly pull water up and out of flooring, including wooden floors. When some floors have tighter installations, we pull some of the planks up so our Injectidry mats can more easily function. These units direct heat down, so evaporation rates significantly increase while the extraction components pull moisture out of the air.
Water can flow smoothly into spaces between walls and then remain there. Because there is no pressure behind this water, it does not drain away on its own. SERVPRO technicians drill minor holes in the walls behind baseboards to allow this water to flow out and then replace the baseboard. We are cautious when doing this and use rubber mats to eliminate any marring of the wall's surface during handling. We then use another type of Injectidry tubing to air out the interior of the wall.
Regardless of how stormy weather drenches the interior of your Forest City, Eatonville, or Tangerine home, SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva can get things dry and “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (407) 788-3124 whenever you need water removal and extraction services to protect your residence.
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Tools Professionals Use That Help Mitigate Water Damage In Orlando
When water invades your Orlando home, the onslaught can feel overwhelming. Attempts you make to try to manage the mess on your own might have the opposite result you desire, actually worsening or failure to resolve the damage. Appropriate water loss remediation involves many steps and powerful tools in the hands of experienced operators. Professional restoration companies train their work crews thoroughly and invest in high-efficiency equipment and products that match the challenges of water mitigation.
In Orlando severe water damage scenarios in frequently include reacting not only to the immediate crisis of plumbing or appliance fail but also to longer-term evidence of seemingly minor issues preceding the catastrophe. An experienced crew chief and technicians are familiar with the detective work needed to resolve your water loss completely. When all aspects of the damages are not addressed with the skills and tools professionals possess, continuing deterioration of structural components and secondary water damage is likely.
SERVPRO work crews arrive on the scene of every water damage project with one or more green trucks fully stocked with the tools needed to assess and evaluate the extent of the problem. Moisture meters and thermal scanning devices in the hands of our IICRC-trained employees scope out the dimensions of the water damage, even under fixtures, behind walls, under floors, and over ceilings. Water migrates quickly, not always in directions the homeowner anticipates. We use state-of-the-art devices to outline the perimeter to plan and continually monitor the progress of your project comprehensively.
The wet vacs and fans a big-box hardware store sells to consumers are no match for the quantity of water needing removal and the speed necessary for structural drying. SERVPRO brings a several member crew to remediate water damage because the longer excess water remains soaked into the building materials and possessions at your home the more expensive and time-consuming a final solution becomes.
Our truck-mounted water extractors and submersible pumps churn through inches to feet of water fast. We follow up with air movers and heaters that, positioned correctly by trained technicians, rapidly move moisture out of structural components so that our humidifiers can condense or absorb the water vapor for removal. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, using equipment designed explicitly for water removal and drying for the best outcomes.
Get the team from SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva onboard when you suffer from a water damage event. Our phones answer round the clock at (407) 788-3124 to ensure one of our crews arrives within hours.
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Our Crew At SERVPRO Has The Experience And Equipment To Restore Your Water Damaged Orlando Home
Failure to remove the moisture absorbed through materials exposed to the water can result in structural weakness and mold growth.
Efficient Water Cleanup For Your Orlando Residence
Emergencies that affect your Orlando home come in all shapes and sizes. From slow, persistent leaks to substantial water loss incidents, damages like these require professional expertise to overcome. Too often homeowners become convinced that conventional cleaning and drying methods can adequately correct the effects of water damages, but this is rarely the truth. Failure to remove the moisture absorbed through materials exposed to the water can result in structural weakness and secondary effects like mold growth.
Many situations only require our dedicated professionals to arrive quickly for focused water cleanup at your Orlando home. With our efficient equipment, we can often make short work of the spread of the moisture and restore any of the adverse effects present in the exposed materials. It is when the situation has not gotten addressed quickly that potential problems begin to occur.
From the moment that a water incident occurs, exposed materials begin to absorb the moisture. While a homeowner could believe they have sufficiently dealt with the situation by providing the appearance of a dry area, moisture can persist out of sight in the flooring materials, drywall, wall cavities, ceiling materials, and more. Our thermal imagery technology can help to identify moisture pockets that exist out of sight to steer our SERVPRO technicians to where our air movers and dehumidifiers should get set up.
In cases where moisture persists for days beyond the initial incident, the possibility of mold growth increases dramatically. Mold spores only require mild temperatures and damp areas to colonize, so without proper drying, the organism can seat and thrive within the organic materials throughout the affected area. This growth poses a significant risk to the structural integrity of the host materials as well as poses potential health effects for the occupants of the house, requiring professional remediation from our SERVPRO technicians.
While some water damage incidents might feel straightforward, homeowners should exercise caution when handling damp areas of their property. You can always depend on the experience and efficient equipment of our SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva rapid response team to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (407) 788-3124.
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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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What Equipment Will Be Used for Water Damage Remediation?
When a water damage occurs many customers feel blindsided by the many steps involved in remedying the situation. The task of removing the water, drying out the home or business, and then putting things back into place can seem overwhelming in the initial moments of finding the loss. That’s where we can help. Our team of highly qualified technicians take great care in walking a customer through the steps necessary to dry and repair their property.
Many different types of equipment are utilized in the drying and restoration process. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect:
Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.
Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.
Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as grey or black, which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.
Specialty Drying Equipment: There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. For instance, a floor drying mat system allows the technician to create a vacuum system for removing moisture from hardwood floors, in order to try to dry them in place. This helps the floor dry faster, and generally gives us a better chance of saving the hardwood flooring.
Many customers are concerned about the cost of their power bill when they see the amount of equipment needed. This is an understandable concern. Your insurance adjuster can discuss how to handle this with you.
I have Water Damage! What Should I Do Now?
lets set a scenario and say that your in your home in Ocoee, FL and you've had a significant water damage at your home. Multiple rooms are flooded, there is water coming out of your light fixtures downstairs, and then only thing you've been able to do it turn the water to stop the leak. What do you do next? Who do you call?
The good news is that you've turned off the water, so you have started the process of mitigating your loss. The following are some steps you can take to prevent secondary damage from occurring to your belongings while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive.
- Call SERVPRO so that we can send a technician to your site immediately.
- Contact your insurance company (if you haven't already) to report the loss and notify them that you have contacted SERVPRO and that we are in-route.
- Begin removing excess water by mopping and blotting
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
- Do not use a household vacuum to remove water
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
- Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting
We our technicians arrive on site they will access the damages and being extracting water from porous surfaces. They will also place equipment and explain the drying process. If you have questions at any time during the process of drying your home or business, please call us!
You CAN Save Wet Papers!
In our business, we generally encounter people with homes or businesses that are damaged by water. We spend our time drying these structures as quickly and efficiently as possible so that the owner can be back in them and functioning as normal as soon as possible. This includes drying of contents. Even though we work in areas of Florida like Orlando, Apopka, Ocoee and even Winter Garden its not that easy to dry structurens as fast as we would like. Interestingly, when we discuss contents, people generally think of furniture, clothing, appliances, and electronics. But what about documents? What if the damaged business is a doctor’s office, hospital, or lawyer’s office? Saving the documents in those files could determine a patient’s wellbeing or the attorney’s ability to win a case. Once the paper is wet can it be saved?
There are many factors to be considered when we look at paper and its ability to be restored. Some things that we have to determine are based on the kind of paper it is, did the ink already smear, has the paper changed shape? If the paper is determined to be salvageable, we can attempt to dry it with a process known as Vacuum Freeze Drying.
Vacuum freeze drying is done in steps. The first step requires that the documents be frozen solid in order to maintain their original form. Then they are placed in a freeze drying chamber and a vacuum makes sure to remove all air from the chamber. When the temperature and pressure reach optimum levels the vapors begin to release from the paper. The vapor is then collected on a condensing surface outside of the chamber that turns it back into ice. A final gradual temperature rise pulls off more vapors and releases bound moisture from the document.
This technique works well on many types of documents. Rest assured, if your home or business should ever suffer a water damage, we can help recover your building and ALL of your salvageable contents!
What Does Water Restoration Really Cost
When a customer has a water loss, they are often overcome with emotions. One of the biggest concerns is how much the loss or damage will cost. Typically we can't answer that question over the phone due to many unforeseen circumstances. This article found on home.costhelper.com/water-damage helps to shed some light on this difficult subject. Our team of professionals will be able to assist in restoration of any water damage, anytime, day or night. Give us a call today with any questions you might have. As always, coverage for a loss under an insurance claim would be determined by your insurance company's assigned adjuster.
Water or excess moisture can harm a home and its contents, and cleanup should be started as soon as possible.
- The cost of water damage restoration is based on several factors. These include the size of the affected area, the extent of the damage, the materials and water type. There are three categories -- the least expensive to clean up is category 1, which is clean water from a faucet or supply pipe. Category 2 is gray wastewater with minor contaminants, such as overflow from a dishwasher or washing machine. Category 3 is black water, containing sewage or other toxic debris.
- Fixing a small area of water damage in a ceiling due to a leaky roof can be $100-$300 to patch the sheet rock, or $30-$50 for do-it-yourself materials -- not including the cost of fixing the roof and repainting the ceiling.
- Drying a flooded basement can cost $500-$10,000 or more, depending on the size of the basement, the depth of the flooding and the water type (clean, gray wastewater or black/toxic). Depending on where the appliance is located in the house, cleaning up after a faulty water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner averages about $5,000, according to HomeOwnerNet.com .
- Damage from a burst water pipe can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000.
- If an entire house is flooded with storm water, the National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator to predict the total cost based on the height of the water. For 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is$18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285..
- Water damage might be covered by insurance. Flood insurance typically covers damage from a natural disaster, when outside water or mud overflows an otherwise dry house. Homeowners insurance does not cover floods, but may cover water damage caused by minor individualized disasters, such as a hailstorm smashing a window or a broken water pipe spewing water -- as long as the problem wasn't caused by a lack of standard maintenance.
Water Damage is Bad for Your Health and Your Business!
Businesses throughout the Orlando area are constantly effected by the environments around them. The elements can wreak havoc on the interior of businesses under the best circumstances. Plumbing malfunctions, damage to the structure, or the risk of fire can put a dent in your business plans for the day and cost you a lot of money. Then there are the lingering hazards that now can grow from these damages.
Let’s talk about carpet. Standing water and carpets just do not mix. The fabric can be destroyed, it can accelerate the growth of mold and fungi and it can trap hazards within the fibers as the water evaporates or recedes. If carpets are left untreated you may have to replace all the carpet, and not to mention what it will do to the floor below. Water in the floor, depending on the type of floor can warp, weaken, or allow for a collapse to occur more frequently.
Water in or on walls can knock sections of the building out of commission. If water happens to settle in the walls it will damage the fibers of the wall and create a breeding ground for microbial growth. Mold and fungi love warm, dark, wet environments to breed in. Opening up the walls and getting a dehumidifier near the areas to help dry the water keeps the problem from spreading.
Furniture and chairs are usually multi problem areas. Desks often made of wood soak up water. Desks are usually covered in papers and important items which water often destroys if left untreated. SERVPRO can salvage your papers using a freeze dry method of extracting water. Placing fans and dehumidifiers near water soaked desks can keep you from replacing them. Desk chairs which are often fiber based exterior with soft cushion material inside soak up water and anything in the water. Again all these normal office pieces of furniture can be salvaged if time and skill are used to the utmost.
Keep in mind, time plus water equals money. The longer you wait, the longer the water soaks in and does damage, the more it costs you in the end.
What Do Do If You Have A Sewage Leak
It’s late at night. The rain has been coming down for what seems like hours. Your toilet is flushed as lightning splits the sky, and suddenly you have sewage backing up in your home, onto your carpet, under your floors. This is not a dream….This is a NIGHTMARE! This is actually a reality for some. Half awake, dealing with an emergency what are you going to do? What can we salvage? What is safe to touch? First thing is first, sewage can be very dangerous. The most common negative factor in sewage is hepatitis B. This little thing can remain outside a living body for up to 50 days and cause a host of health issues. So the cleaning of your home or office must be done right, and done fast.
There are many items that can be cleaned by a professional from a sewage loss. Here is a Short list of what cannot be saved:
Some Electronics – Depending on the type and how far the contamination went down into the item will come into play. You cannot wipe off just the outside and say it is good to go. If sewage comes in contact with a power cord or a small transfer box it should be replaced. If the item is not replaced the contamination will fester inside and could cause a major fire hazard. This is a very serious issue that should be handled by a professional.
Soft Goods/Certain Textiles – Some can be cleaned depending on the material make, age and contamination level. Certain items like pillows or stuffed animals will need to be dissembled, filling removed, exterior cleaned and put back together with clean materials.
Engineered Wood/ Press wood - Any wood item that has been modified where contamination has come in contact with an unfinished surface cannot be cleaned. This is due to the many cavities that pressboard and engineered wood have. Natural/Solid wood can be treated and sanded to remove the affected areas, then re-stained to match existing colors.
Carpet/Pad – If at any time there was sewage that soaked through to the carpet or pad, the area must be removed! There is no way to guarantee that the carpet and pad are fully decontaminated.
If there are any questions, Please call your local SERVPRO and we will help.
How a Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster
A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated water, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.
A certified water restoration technician is on call around the clock. When an entire community has been affected a major disaster we can call in multiple teams to assist. As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If water has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.
The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, the firm will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special procedures. This will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.
Water Damage Drying-What Is All This Equipment For?
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You just called SERVPRO of Apopka-Wekiva. A disaster has struck you and your home or office. The crews from SERVPRO are on their way to mitigate the disaster. They show up in the big green trucks and in moments are assessing the damage to your property. Popping open the back of the truck they start to unload equipment, but what are they unloading? Why is it important? Here’s a list of the usual things you’ll see brought into a property once the team starts to work.
- Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.
- Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.
- Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as grey or black, which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.
- Specialty Drying Equipment: There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. For instance, a floor drying mat system allows the technician to create a vacuum system for removing moisture from hardwood floors, in order to try to dry them in place. This helps the floor dry faster, and generally gives us a better chance of saving the hardwood flooring.
There are of course many other tools you may well see if the situation requires them. The onsite SERVPRO technicians can and will explain any of the tools they use for the job. So when in doubt ask them!
State of the Art Equipment for Water Damages
New air movers were recently added to our inventory
SERVPRO knows that staying on the cutting edge of technology in our industry will help our customers the most. That's why we add new equipment to our inventory on a regular basis. We are proud to be able to offer the best to our customers.
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Many homeowners feel that if the water is removed, the work of water damage cleanup is done. This is because it is difficult to see or feel the extent of the saturation of water in building materials without moisture detection equipment used in the water damage industry. What follows is that either the homeowner will attempt to remove the water and simply place household fans around, with or without removing drywall; or they will tell the water damage restoration contractor to leave when the water is extracted and before equipment is placed. The paradox here is that these decisions are made to save time and money. In some cases, they may have done just that. However, in most cases, the resulting long term water damage is both costly and time consuming in addition to being inconvenient and stressful. Added to that is the fact that the cost of mold remediation consequent of an improperly dried flood damage will likely not be covered by insurance policies because the water damage or sewage damage was not dried properly to begin with.
You have probably noticed by now that it is not the water removal service that is the important part of taking care of water damage. It is actually the drying part that makes your home safe from long term mold or building material damage. In fact, there is no time to waste when it comes to drying a water damaged home. Mold begins to start growing within 24 hours and continues “growing like a weed” damaging building materials as it spreads.
Water damage restoration companies spend a tremendous amount of money on drying equipment for a very good reason. They dry quickly, effectively, and safely. After all, think about it, if we could just use household fans and a couple of blowers, we would save a tremendous amount of money on equipment. If I thought those types of equipment did an effective job, I would be all over saving money by purchasing those at less than $50 each rather than a $300-400 blower and $3000 dehumidifiers. However, I know the importance of having industrial equipment to keep your home safe and dry. Further, all of the equipment works together to both dry the structural materials (blowers), remove the moisture from the air as the wet materials dry and the water from them turns to vapor (dehumidifiers), and clean the air to prevent allergens that permeate through the air during drying (air scrubbers).
Preparing Your Home or Business for a Hurricane
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 1,500 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 windsPlan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied downKeep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistantTurn off utilities as instructed by local authorities.Turn off propane tanksEnsure 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 operatingIdentify operations critical to survival and recoveryPlan 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.