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Why SERVPRO When Disaster Happens

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

When a large storm hits, your clients may be in need of a local disaster recovery team in their Kissimmee, Florida area. A professional restoration service, such as SERVPRO, may be able to help. A recovery team has the ability to do a few things that may be just what your clients need.

Respond to Larger Than Normal Damages

Sometimes storm damage may be larger than predicted. When this happens, you may want a team of restoration professionals who can respond to your client's needs quickly. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated franchise capable of working together with other SERVPRO teams to get the job done. However, as they are a franchise, they can call on corporate for additional resources as needed.

Provide a Quick Response Time

When it comes to disaster recovery, you may want to know that you can get a quick storm response team to your clients. The faster damage can be protected and then repaired, the less likely additional damage may occur. The ability to get a team to the site in a timely manner may save time and money in the long run. SERVPRO has local offices around the country allowing them to have professionals available at most locations.

Provide the Tools Necessary for Large Repair Jobs

In the event of a large disaster, it may be determined at large equipment is required to perform the job efficiently. A restoration team such as SERVPRO has access to the tools of the trade. This means that even in the case of a severe storm or major flooding, they can still begin restoration quickly.

A professional restoration service may be able to with any disaster recovery needs your clients may have. They usually have the ability to mobilize several teams for larger than normal damages. This may also include a faster response time. A professional team also has the resources, including tools and equipment, necessary to deal with large jobs.

#fastresponsedisasterteam #disastercleaning #restoration #SERVPROOsceolaCounty

What a Disaster Recovery Team Can Do

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

When a large storm hits, your clients may be in need of a local disaster recovery team in their Poinciana, FL, area. A professional restoration service, such as SERVPRO, may be able to help. A recovery team has the ability to do a few things that may be just what your clients need. They include the ability to:

Respond to Larger Than Normal Damages

Sometimes storm damage may be larger than predicted. When this happens, you may want a team of restoration professionals who can respond to your client's needs quickly. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated franchise capable of working together with other SERVPRO teams to get the job done. However, as they are a franchise, they can call on corporate for additional resources as needed.

Provide a Quick Response Time

When it comes to disaster recovery, you may want to know that you can get a quick storm response team to your clients. The faster damage can be protected and then repaired, the less likely additional damage may occur. The ability to get a team to the site in a timely manner may save time and money in the long run. SERVPRO has local offices around the country allowing them to have professionals available at most locations.

Provide the Tools Necessary for Large Repair Jobs

In the event of a large disaster, it may be determined at large equipment is required to perform the job efficiently. A restoration team such as SERVPRO has access to the tools of the trade. This means that even in the case of a severe storm or major flooding, they can still begin restoration quickly.

A professional restoration service may be able to with any disaster recovery needs your clients may have. They usually have the ability to mobilize several teams for larger than normal damages. This may also include a faster response time. A professional team also has the resources, including tools and equipment, necessary to deal with large jobs.

#ceilingdamage #fastresponsewaterremoval #ceilingissuesrepairs

Why Choose SERVPRO of Osceola County

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Ceiling Commercial location cleaned during reconstruction.

When you heard construction crews were coming into your home to work, you may have the fear of dust going everywhere, debris left behind, unprofessional teams, and jobs not completed in a timely manner. And that is why SERVPRO of Osceola County, is different. Here are some of the other reasons why we are different:

  • Our teams are professional and on time.
  • We cover all areas we are working in to
  • keep dust off and prevent further damage to your items.
  • Our teams are on call 24/7 to respond to any disasters.
  • We are certified and carry licenses to ensure your mitigation, remediation, or reconstruction is done correctly.
  • Our project managers ensure your peace of mind by keeping you updated as we progress.
  • We work with your insurance and offer a transparent estimate.

SERVPRO of Osceola County, is committed to you and making it feel "Like it never even happened."

#whySERVPROofOsceolaCounty #topgoogleratingforwaterdamagecleanup #SERVPROofOsceolaCounty

Roof leaks and SERVPRO of Osceola County

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Molded drywall Black mold on the wall at an Osceola County location.

Has your business in Osceola County, FL experienced a leak in the roof? If so, mold can often grow as a result. Black mold in particular can cause extensive damage to a building and the cleanup process can be expensive and time-consuming. Understanding mold growth can help you restore your building.

What Causes Mold?

Some people may wonder why a roof leak can often result in mold growth. Factors that make mold more likely to grow can include, but are not limited to:

  • Damp environments
  • High levels of humidity
  • Areas that are exposed to sunlight

Does Mold Form Quickly?

Leaks from roofs can go unnoticed for long periods of time and may sometimes be dismissed as minor issues. However, with the factors mentioned above, mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours. Though black mold sometimes grows more slowly than other types of mold, it still can occur in a matter of days. When mold is spotted, it is often wise to find the cause of the growth and keep water from the affected area.

Can You Prevent Mold?

Although mold tends to grow quickly, it is still possible to prevent mold from growing. There are several ways you can protect your business from mold growth. Keeping an area dry can help to prevent mold growth. If your business has a leaky roof, fixing the roof quickly can help to prevent the mold from spreading and damaging other areas of your business. If a leaky roof is noticed immediately, it is sometimes possible to prevent mold growth entirely.

Knowing what causes mold, how quickly it can form, and how to prevent mold from growing and spreading can help you prepare your business for potential black mold growth due to a ceiling leak. If your business in Osceola County, FL, has been damaged by mold, it can often be helpful to contact water and mold, restoration professionals.

#blackmold #moldremoval #moldtips #whatmoldlookslike #SERVPROmoldremov

Bioremediation Services

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians removing contaminated debris SERVPRO is being called on to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize properties.

We are Here to Help

Get Your Business Back to Normal

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about the services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.

SERVPRO, can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company. SERVPRO of Osceola County professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

#biohazardcleaning #covid19 #SERVPROofosceola 

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Understanding Osceola Residential Water Damage Repair - The Basics

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen in a residential home. 98% of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans.

Understanding The Basics of Residential Water Damage in Osceola

Water Damage Restoration 101

Once water damage in transpires in your home or office, there's only one thing to do: call an Osceola water damage restoration company. Learn more about the helpful restoration services these individuals can offer you by reading the short outline provided below: 

How Does Water Damage Repair Work?

There are several steps in the water damage repair process, and they are all designed to help get your property back in exceptional condition. Some of the steps include:

Emergency Assessment

The emergency assessment is designed to determine the extent of the damages done to your property. During the assessment, the contractors will thoroughly examine things like the structural integrity of your property to determine the best course of action. After doing so, they will develop a customized treatment plan designed to expedite and optimize each aspect of the Osceola water damage restoration process. The contractors will also remove water-damaged personal possessions from the property and take them to a warehouse where they will be photographed and cleaned. 

Content Restoration 

Content restoration is another component of the water damage cleanup process. Trained professionals understand that many of your personal possessions are salvageable even if they have been subjected to severe damage. For this reason, restoration experts will use advanced remediation techniques on items like photographs, books, dinnerware, china, electronics, and furniture. 

Water Removal

Another component of the water damage remediation process is the removal of excess water. Technicians will use cutting edge equipment to remove water from your ceramic tiles, subfloors, ceilings, drywall, and hardwood floors. They will then utilize a thorough dehumidification and structural drying process. Some of the specialized equipment used to expedite the drying process includes thermal energy systems and desiccants. These devices combine airflow and heat to optimize evaporation. 

Mold Remediation

When your residential or commercial property is subjected to water damage, a mold invasion can be the outcome. Luckily, trained technicians can utilize advanced, customized mold remediation services to remove the unwanted fungus from your property. 

When you find that your home or office is impacted by water damage, there's only one company to call for excellent restoration services: SERVPRO of Osceola County. Our IICRC-certified professionals are passionate about getting your home or office back in excellent condition with lightning speed, and we also offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that we can start working as soon as an issue surfaces.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Kissimmee, Osceola, or surrounding areas, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! 407-933-0707

2022 Hurricane Outlook

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricanes swirling and building strength at sea. Make sure to have your hurricane preparations and disaster plans in place before June 1st!

This Hurricane Season 

The first of June is the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and does not end until the last day of November.   

These storms do not usually occur until the peak of the hurricane season, which is around August through October. This is because the Atlantic Ocean and El Nino’s waters are warmed from the summer months, and hurricanes first condition needed is warmer waters.

Above-Normal Season

On December 9, 2021, CSU issued an extended range forecast for the 2022 hurricane season, predicting slightly above-average activity with 13–16 named storms, 6–8 hurricanes, 2–3 major hurricanes, and an ACE index of about 124 units.

List Of 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Names:
  1. Alex
  2. Bonnie
  3. Colin
  4. Danielle
  5. Earl
  6. Fiona
  7. Gaston
  8. Hermine
  9. Ian
  10. Julia
  11. Karl
  12. Lisa
  13. Martin
  14. Nicole
  15. Owen
  16. Paula
  17. Richard
  18. Shary
  19. Tobias
  20. Virginie
  21. Walter

How To Secure Damaged Roofs and Other Problems After a Fire

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

Burned out interior of a home in Celebration, FL Interior of a home ravaged by fire in Celebration, FL

A fire in your home or in a commercial building can lead to a variety of problems and delays. A fire restoration company can take care of these problems and prevent new ones from occurring, but what happens if the structure is severely damaged? Here are three things you can do to prevent further damage while you are waiting for the full restoration of your home or office.

1. Cover Any Openings

Often, fires can damage the walls and roof of any structure, causing them to cave in and expose the interior rooms to the outside world. Roof repair may take a while to complete. To prevent further damage from rain, wind, or other outside conditions, consider covering any openings with tarps. Your professional restoration company may offer tarp services, or you can purchase some supplies from a local appliance store.

Using tarps to secure all openings is a quick, easy fix that can save time and money in the future. Once all holes are covered, you can wait for fire cleanup services, to permanently fix the openings.

2. Secure Your Building

If your home or office was severely damaged in a fire, you might have temporarily relocated. However, it’s still important to secure the damaged structure to avoid any break-ins or other unpleasant situations. You may want to board up easily-accessed windows with plywood. Another great way to secure your property is to add stronger locks to all doors that enter the property.

3. Protect Valuable Equipment

If you can re-enter the property after the fire, salvage all equipment that is important or vital to you. Soot and smoke from the fire can permanently damage objects if they are not treated. While you are waiting for fire cleanup, you may want to clean and protect affected items.

By doing these three things, you can take care of your property and prevent further damage. Once fire cleanup services come and repair the damage, you can be assured that your building will be completely restored. Call SERVPRO of Osceola County, for all of your fire restoration needs 407-933-0707.

How To Handle Roof Repairs After a Storm

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling cave in from water damage Storm damage to the roof in a Celebration, FL home

Storm damage can be stressful, and roof repair needs can top the list of post-storm concerns. Wind damage, hail and even fallen branches can leave your roof in bad shape. Whether you are waiting on a roofer or are making repairs yourself, there are a few things you should do following roof damage from a storm.

Assessing the Damage

Storms can damage your roof in many ways.

  • High winds can rip off shingles and expose underlayment
  • Hail can leave your roof dented and pockmarked
  • Driving rain can seep under loosened shingles and cause water damage

As soon as it is safe, get a good look either from the ground or an extension ladder to gauge your roof repair needs. It helps to take pictures for insurance purposes or to know which materials to buy if you’re doing your own repairs.

Take Immediate Protective Steps
Water seeping through a roof can set the stage for serious water damage in your home and make your roof unsafe in general. A stop-gap for many Celebration, FL, homeowners is placing a waterproof tarp over the damaged area. It isn’t a substitute for permanent roof work, but it may mitigate further damage to your roof and your home’s interior.

Get an Estimate
Whether you want to pay a roofer for a roof repair or try to DIY it, it’s still a good idea to get a professional estimate. A pro may be able to help guide your own repairs or even offer a price that’s better than expected. If water has already gotten into your attic, look for a remediation company that specializes in drying building materials and restoring attics as part of your general roof restoration game plan.
From devastated shingles to pockmarked surfaces, storm damage can wreak absolute havoc on your roof. If you’re facing roof damage after a storm, let these tips guide you to the best outcome.

Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of a home in Osceola County. SERVPRO of Osceola County "Faster to any size disaster"

SERVPRO Provides the Best Disaster Remediation Service

When floods, fires, or catastrophic storms rage through Osceola, FL, your client’s businesses can suffer from the after-effects of the disaster. Closing a business due to damage can make sales plummet as cleanup efforts are underway. That is why your clients need to find recovery experts that can complete the cleanup and recovery process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Osceola County, is a well-known water remediation service that has over 1,600 local franchises that are available 24/7 to help your clients get back into their businesses. The motto “Faster to Any Size Disaster”, is one they hold true. Here are two reasons disaster can’t keep them down.

  1. Local Franchise

Technicians from all 1,600 locally owned franchises across the country live and work in neighborhoods near their office. That means their efforts are there to support their communities, and so are their dollars. By helping to keep the area where they live safe, they not only build an honest reputation for hard work, but their neighbors get to know that they can be relied upon whether the disaster is a small one or of huge proportion – they will be “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

  1. Fast Service

Experienced disaster repair and remediation service providers heed the emergency call 24 hours a day. They understand when dealing with a disaster, time is of the essence in preventing secondary damage from infiltrating the job site. When you get an insurance claim call and you suggest that your clients call our SERVPRO technicians, it is probably because you know they will be there within minutes to remove the water, tear down the soaking plasterboard, and dry out the structure. Additionally, if the damage was from fire and there are holes in the building, the team can often repair them so no looters can enter the building.

You have a responsibility to your clients to make sure they get the best disaster remediation service available. That is why the “Faster to Any Size Disaster” team is there to help.

#stormresponseteam #SERVPROofosceola

Restoring Documents After Water Damage

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

When a client's property suffers storm damage, it may be on more than just building. A document restoration service like that offered by a local SERVPRO of Osceola County, FL, can help your client get back on track. Documentation can include everything from account statements to invoicing, and the ability to salvage these can help save valuable time and money.

Services Offered

A professional restoration service can offer a number of ways to recover your client's documentation. These may include

  • Freeze drying
  • Cleaning
  • Gamma irradiation sterilization
  • Digitizing
  • Deodorizing

Depending on damage type, these processes can be utilized to restore a variety of damaged documents, including X-rays and photographs.

Technology Used

The process of document restoration involves the use of modern technology. Gamma irradiation is used to sterilize the documents without causing further harm. The documentation can then be freeze-dried which is a process approved by the National Archives. Your client can trust that their paperwork will not only be in safe hands but can be restored. Taking advantage of additional services, such as digitization, may offer further benefit.

Additional Services

In addition to document drying, SERVPRO offers several other services your clients may be interested in. They can also offer digitization services. This is the process of converting documentation into an electronic form so it can be stored on a server safely out of harm's way.

With a document restoration service your clients may be able to salvage documentation that was damaged along with their other property. A restoration team can use the latest technology to help get these important pieces of paperwork in order. They may also be able to digitize the documentation allowing for it to be backed up on to server, to help prevent any further loss. If you have any questions about what the service can do for your clients, a restoration professional may be able to help.

Fire Damage: Who Pays for What in a Rental Situation?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Building with smoke and  flames from windows An apartment fire in Poinciana, FL

Going through an apartment fire can be tough on both the tenant and the landlord, if in different ways. With tensions high, it can be more difficult to calmly discuss who is responsible for repairs. Before this happens to you in Poinciana, FL, educate yourself.

Assess the Damage

From the very beginning, the tenant and the landlord should be working together. It's generally a good idea to follow these steps:

Both landlord and tenant should call their own insurance.
As soon as it's been deemed safe by the fire officer, both should do a walk-through to catalogue the fire damage: written lists, pictures and receipts.
The landlord should take the lead on securing the property, like laying tarp over any exposed areas and locking it down.
Both should agree on a fire remediation service, like SERVPRO of Osceola County.

Structural Damage

After an apartment fire, the responsibility of the landlord is to the bones of the property, unless otherwise stated in a lease agreement. Structural damage can include walls, windows, roofing, electrical, plumbing, cabinets and countertops- basically everything that existed before the tenant's arrival. Usually the landlord won't be paying out of pocket, it will be through their insurance policy.

Content Damage

The tenant is only responsible for all of their personal property, like furniture, electronics, documents and clothing. If they have the appropriate coverage, this could also be paid for through their renter's policy. Insurance could also cover temporary housing while the property is rehabilitated. If the landlord and tenant have been coordinating, the same fire remediation service can handle both the content and structural damage.
An apartment fire involves a lot of interested parties. It's a good idea to get a handle on who is taking care of what before moving forward. That way, everything can get done faster and everyone can get back to living their lives. Team work makes the dream work!

What To Do Until Help Arrives: When Water Damage Occurs

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded floor with Technician assessing. This water damage occurred during a Florida thunderstorm and was caused by heavy rainfall, which flooded the entire home.

Central Florida has been known to be bombarded with thunderstorms for several weeks at a time. Lightning and heavy rainfall have caused many of our Florida homes extensive roof and water damages. SERVPRO of Osceola County, have seen increases of houses affected through out the summer months, and some of the damages have been catastrophic. These emergency tips will assist homeowners and their families in taking the proper actions until our professional technicians arrive. By following these Do's and Don'ts, we can help to reduce the amount of damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Water Damage from Clean Water (Rain Water)

DO:

  • Find the source of the water if possible and stop or block the water from entering the home.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers in the wet areas of the house. Be sure the access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock before doing so.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirts off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn off ceiling fixtures if it is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Tips for Drying Out a Flooded Building

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at a van with equipment. If you’re home has been flooded, call the professionals at SERVPRO to ensure everything that can be saved is saved.

Any building that has experienced flooding has to be dried out before it can be repaired. If you have any flooding, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Osceola County, rather than attempting to make repairs yourself. Otherwise you can make mistakes that could permanently damage your home.

However, if you’re interested in how the drying process takes place or would like to know some of the steps taken in drying out a flooded building, here are some tips.

Natural Ventilation

Natural ventilation or evaporation is much better for drying out buildings than heated forced-air or an air conditioning system. This is especially the case for historic buildings. Rapid drying can cause irreparable harm to the significant features of these structures.

Turn Off Power

Before any drying occurs, it’s important to turn off the power. Always assume all power lines are live. Even if the power appears to be off around the neighborhood, you should turn off the power in your building.

Health

Make sure to check for any odor that may be detectable from liquefied petroleum or natural gases and turn off those services. If the water damage is due to flood water rather than rainwater, it may be contaminated with sewage or animal waste and could present a health hazard.

Cleaning Up

Before you begin cleaning up, take photographic evidence of the damage. This will help when you’re negotiating with the insurance adjuster. When cleaning up, make sure to protect your eyes, mouth, and hands. Also use disinfectants to wash your hands before you eat. If you feel uncomfortable entering the house, don’t do so.

How Water Saturation Affects a Building

There are three ways that water saturation can affect a building. The first is that the water directly causes damage to the building’s materials. This includes wallboard disintegration, wood swelling, warping, and rot. Electrical parts also have the ability to short out or malfunction, which can cause a fire. The second effect is that mud, silt, or other contaminants can get into the water and can- contaminate everything making the water unhealthy. This is more of a problem with floodwater than rainwater. The third effect is that the dampness caused by the flooding can cause the growth of moisture-related mold, mildew, and fungus, which can lead to dry rot.

Drying Should Start in the Attic

Whether you’re attempting natural drying or controlled drying, it should start in the attic. If the insulation gets wet, it should be removed and disposed of properly. After it gets wet, most insulation becomes ineffective. However, it can still hold moisture for a long period of time and will create high moisture conditions that can damage metal, masonry, or wood.

Any items in the attic that have been soaked by water should be removed for treatment. The weight of water soaked boxes can cause the plaster ceilings to crack onto the floor below. You should open all windows and vents to allow fresh air to circulate around the attic and building. If you determine that the electrical system is fine and you have an attic fan, you should turn that on as well.

Inspect Ceilings

Before you enter any rooms in the building, you should inspect the ceiling of that room first. Wet plaster and wet sheetrock are very heavy and could potentially fall through to the floor below. Any bulging in the ceiling could be holding trapped water and it will find a route to the floor below. Poking holes at the edge of the bulges will allow water to slowly release so you can catch it in buckets.

Plaster Dries Better

Plaster dries out much better than sheetrock. However, its durability depends on its plaster mix, the original application, the degree of water saturation, its placement, and the type of lath used. Plaster that has been placed over metal lath is likely to need replacing. If it’s over wood lath, the lath may expand if it gets saturated and that could cause the plaster keys to break.

If the plaster has been saved by clean rainwater, it can most likely be saved. If sheetrock has been exposed to water for less than two hours or more, it will probably need to be repaired. If it’s been saturated by contaminated water, replacement will be required.

Wash Down Wood Features

Wood features such as trim, doors, mantels, or stairs should be washed down with fresh water to remove mud and silt. To clean off mold and mildew, you can use a weak solution of Clorox and water.

Don’t Pump Out Basements

If the basement has been flooded, it shouldn’t be pumped out. Draining the basement while the surrounding ground is saturated could cause uneven pressure on the basement walls and the floor and could result in cracking and eventual collapse.

The flooding of a building can cause significant damage but many things can be saved if it’s handled properly. These tips are a starting point for drying out a flooded building but if you’re home has been flooded, call the professionals at SERVPRO to ensure everything that can be saved is saved.

Overview of the Flood Cleaning Process

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture Meter being used on drywall to verify the walls are moisture free Moisture meter checking progress of damaged walls and flooring of your Celebration, FL home.

Cleaning Requirements

When your home in Celebration, FL, floods, you may feel overwhelmed at the start of the recovery process. There is so much to do, and you may not know where to begin. In order for your home to be inhabitable, there are certain cleaning requirements that may need to be completed. The following steps can help you work through the tasks successfully.

  1. Contact Professionals

Your insurance company needs to know about the damage to your home as soon as possible. Document the problem before the flood clean begins so that you have proof to show your adjuster. To avoid secondary damage that may not be covered by insurance, you also may want to secure the help of flood mitigation experts as soon as possible.

  1. Eliminate Water

The first thing experts are typically going to do is dry out the flooded areas of your home. They remove excess water and as much moisture as possible from every surface.

  1. Remove Items

One of the important cleaning requirements is to take everything out of your home that has been affected by the flooding. Personal items, as well as unsalvageable walls, carpet, and insulation, must generally be removed.

  1. Clean Surfaces

Because floodwater is highly contaminated, it is important to use EPA-approved flood disinfectant on the remaining surfaces in your home. The remediation technicians can clean and test the whole area to ensure that it is properly sanitized.

  1. Disinfect Items

Every item that you want to keep must usually be disinfected before it can return to your home. The specialists who clean your items have specific processes they follow to clean different types of items. Anything that cannot be cleaned must be thrown away or specially processed.

When your home floods, there is more that goes into the cleaning process than just getting rid of the water. By following cleaning requirements in a timely manner, you can get the damage repaired and get back into your home as quickly as possible.

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How a Osceola County Mold Restoration Company Can Get You Back in Business

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Mold can grow on porous surfaces and then easily spread throughout your property.

How a Mold Restoration Company Can Get You Back in Business

Dealing With Mold

Mold can grow on porous surfaces and then easily spread throughout your property. In some cases, it can be difficult to detect and thus to remove. Osceola County commercial mold damage can include ruined dry walls, leaks, and peeling tiles.

There are ways to prevent the accumulation of mold, such as assuring the proper heating and ventilation of the rooms in your business. In the event that mold does develop, its removal may be as simple as moving furniture and cleaning away the growth with a damp cloth. In more serious cases, especially in the event of Osceola County commercial mold damage, you should turn to professional help.

What to Expect From a Mold Restoration Company

SERVPRO will determine whether you have a mold problem and, if so, the seriousness of the situation. In some cases, a brief inspection will uncover mold under the carpeting or floorboards, or in the cavities of the walls. Samples may be taken to identify the specific type of mold, in order to determine the best course of action.

The next stage of the process is to locate the source of the moisture that has caused the condition. The affected area will be dried before the removal of the mold can begin. Cleaning techniques range from the use of wet wiping equipment to special vacuums. Dry ice blasting is used by some companies. It may also be necessary to clean ventilation ducts and heating equipment to prevent the future development of mold.

Commercial mold damage may be so bad that certain items, such as mattresses, will have to be discarded.

A restoration company will get rid of your mold problem and prevent it from returning. SERVPRO is considered the premier mold restoration company that can get you back in business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County,is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Kissimmee community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We proudly serve:

Commercial Mold Damage Kissimmee, FL

Osceola Commercial Mold Damage, FL

and surrounding areas.

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How the Experts will Clean Up Your Office After a Fire

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Burned out interior of a home in Reunion, Florida Fire damage in Reunion,FL

No matter how much you prepare, it’s not always possible to prevent accidents, mishaps, and disasters in the workplace. You don’t want to imagine a fire starting in your office in Reunion, FL, but if this happens, you need to rely on an experienced, skilled company to clean up so you can be up and running as quickly as possible. The best fire cleanup professionals will use proven, thorough methods to take care of smoke damage and the many other problems a fire can leave behind.

Your Responsibilities

Obviously, a fire in your St. Cloud, FL, office building is a devastating event. You may face extensive damage and monetary losses. It’s important that you don’t delay and contact the appropriate people as soon as you notice a fire.

  • Call 911 and report the fire.
  • Call your insurance company and file a claim so a representative can assess the damage.
  • Call a competent cleanup and restoration company to help get your office back to working order as soon as possible.

The Inspection

The cleanup team will first conduct a walkthrough of your building to examine what areas the fire affected and how severe the damage was. The crew will make note of soot damage and other damages to the structure and to electronics, furniture, documents, and other items in your workplace.

Cleanup

Once the team has a plan, it will use high-tech equipment to conduct smoke cleaning on your sensitive items. The team will deem which areas of the office and which items it can salvage and which it must throw away.

Sanitize

Once the cleanup professionals have removed smoke damage, they will sanitize the affected areas, so it’s safe for you to return to work. They will also tear out and replace ruined area such as drywall and flooring, as appropriate.

Smoke damage from a fire can hamper your business. However, when you call the right professionals to clean up after this terrible incident, you can have peace of mind that you can be back at work in a timely manner.

14 Bad Habits That Could Burn Down Your Home

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Burning home with flames coming through the roof. Electrical fires can occur rapidly and takes minutes to burn down your home.

As busy homeowners, fire prevention has taken a back seat on our list of priorities creating bad habits. House fires are becoming more and more frequent due to common bad habits that can quickly become a fire hazard. Without you realizing it, these potential fire starters are hiding in plain sight throughout your home.

For instance forgetting to take the time to change a dull light bulb or leaving an abundant amount of lint in your dryer. Our mind disguises these simple tasks as harmless, when in reality, it can become quite devastating.

1. Piling up dirty, oily rags - If left sitting, these rags could oxidize and spontaneously combust.

2. Misusing electric blankets - If heat starts to buildup or the coils bend the wrong way, the electrical blanket can catch on fire.

3. Neglecting appliance recalls - Last year defective appliances caused 150,000 fires.

4. Lingering dryer lint - The combination of lint buildup and excessive heat creates fire.

5. Letting your laptop overheat - If the cooling vent airflow is restricted, the laptop can overheat and catch on fire.

6. Choosing the wattage - Using the wrong wattage of a light bulb can initiate an electrical fire.

7. Using too many extension cords - This can create an overload leading to a short circuit, which produces a fire.

8. Performing DIYs you’re not qualified to do - Electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC mistakes can easily ignite fires.

9. Disregarding dust - Dust buildup around electronics and electronic sockets can become a fire hazard.

10. Storing batteries improperly - If the battery’s terminals make contact with other metals (screws, papers clips, etc.), it can short out the battery producing enough heat to possibly catch flammable material on fire.

11. Ignoring mice or other rodents - These animals are known for chewing on electrical wires, which removes the sheathing and exposes the heated wiring. This can lead to sparking surrounding surfaces caused by short circuiting, resulting in igniting a fire.

12. Forgetting the chimney sweep - Chimney fires are commonly cause by buildup of creosote, dead animals (usually birds or raccoons), and cracked mortar.

13. Overlooking the range hood - Grease and other cooking buildup that’s left on the vent hood filter can drip down on the stovetop, catching the fallen material on fire.

14. Arranging furniture unwisely - Furniture can unexpectedly ignite, if you position it by a source of heating such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater.

Preparing Your Business for Bad Weather: 3 Tips

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling damage from water from a storm. Roof leak caused by a thunderstorm in Saint Cloud, FL

When freezing temperatures and storms arrive in Saint Cloud, FL, they can impact your business. Slippery roads can pose a danger for employees trying to arrive on time for their shifts, and single-digit temperatures can wreak havoc with your building’s pipes. However, there are a few ways you can protect your business, employees, and customers if a storm is in the forecast.

1. Remain Aware of Watches and Warnings

Watch the news the night before and the morning of the impending storm. If the forecast says bad weather is imminent, you may want to consider closing for the day to protect your employees. Your web designer, social media managers, and data wranglers may be able to do their jobs from home. Have your web managers announce the closure on your business’ page so your customers do not get injured trying to reach your business.

2. Insulate Exterior Pipes

If a storm is due to arrive, you may want to wrap your building’s pipes to prevent them from freezing. Frozen water can cause a pipe burst and flooding, which can cause serious damage to your building. Use rags or foam insulation on basement and exterior pipes to protect them from cold temperatures.

3. Have a Mitigation Plan in Place

If the worst should happen and your business suffers damage during bad weather, having a mitigation and restoration plan in place may help you recover faster. Contact storm damage and cleanup service before the winter season and learn about their services and how their technicians might be able to help in case of flooding or other disasters. Careful planning can mean the difference between a quick recovery and weeks of closure.

A storm in Saint Cloud, FL, can interrupt your business. However, having a bad weather plan in place can help you protect your employees and building and give you peace of mind all winter long.

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Does Your Office Have A Fire Plan

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

A Fire Exit sign lying on a burned out floor with caption, "Does your office have a fire plan?" Business Emergency Evacuation Plan for fires are essential to keep your staff safe.

With holidays in our rear view mirror,  our minds are not always focused on safety, especially at the office. Nowadays, emergency escape plans are not a requirement for all businesses. If your office had a fire, would you know what to do? Every second counts during a fire. Experts say people have as little as two minutes to escape before it may be too late. Let’s plan ahead this season to help ensure your office and staff is safe and fire-free.

Organize an Emergency Plan

Gather all employees and review the company’s Emergency Plan and procedures. Make sure everyone knows and understands the escape route, and if anyone has any questions be sure to go over them.

Post Evacuation Procedures

In the office building post the evacuation produces somewhere where the entire staff has access to see it. Be sure to clearing mark all routes and exits in the building and ensure all are well lit and unobstructed at all times.

Exercises and Drills

Set aside a time to actually conduct an office evacuation exercise. Before starting, discuss a designated safe spot outside the building for all staff members to meet after the evacuation. Once the drill is over, evaluate how well the exercise went and how the plan worked.

Will My Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage Damage From Mold?

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Molded Wall and Inside Drywall. Mold damage due to a bursting pipe in Lokosee,FL

You pay a premium every month, but you may not think much about your commercial insurance plan until you need to use it. If you discover mold growth in your Lokosee, FL, office, it’s important to understand your coverage and whether you’ll have to handle any of the repair or replacement costs on your own.

How Did It Get Here?

No one wants to find mold anywhere in the building. Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Fungal growth can find its way into your office in many ways, including the following:

  • Leaking pipe
  • Broken water heater
  • Poor drainage
  • Poor ventilation, especially in a humid area

What Will Your Insurance Cover?

Mold damage is a serious concern or any business owner. Costs can be heavy, so you want all the help you can get. Most insurance plans will approve your claim if the mold was due to some type of peril such as frozen pipes, a pipe burst or excess water on your roof getting into your home through the attic. These conditions could create fungal growth. Because they are sudden incidents and occurred due to no fault of your own, your plan should take care of you.

When You’re Probably Out of Luck

Your commercial insurance plan is handy, but it won’t take care of everything, even when it comes to mold and its effects. The most important thing you can remember is that you have a responsibility to take care of your building. If mold forms due to your neglect, your insurance won’t cover costs. If you notice a problem that could cause mold but put off cleanup or do nothing about it at first, you’ll have to pay for repairs and hire a mold remediation specialist without insurance help. It could be beneficial to purchase mold insurance and have an extra layer of protection.

Make sure you examine potential areas where mold could grow in your building. If you do your part, your insurance should be able to help in situations where things are out of your control.

6 Tips for Preventing Storm Damage

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Stormy Sky with Clouds and Lightning Make sure you have a plan and are prepared before any storm.

The clouds darken in the sky. The winds start to pick up. A major storm is headed your way. 

If you have a major storm system headed in your direction, you need to make sure you’re prepared to avoid potential storm damage. Depending on the size of the storm, you may need to prepare for it in advance.

In Florida, the annual hurricane season means that you should always know how to prepare for a potential major storm that could hit. The following are some tips to make sure you’re prepared to limit the amount the damage to your home.

Preparation Weeks Before the Storm

If you’re in an area where major storms could hit your town, like in Florida, it’s important to keep your trees trimmed that could potentially fall on your house. Make sure any diseased branches, dead branches, or low hanging arms are removed so they won’t fall and damage your house should a storm come.

These branches can be removed at any point during the year but if you live in a climate further north that gets cold during the winter, it’s best to clip the branches during the springtime before the leaves appear. Repeat the process again in the winter when more trees are in a dormant state.

Last Minute Preparation

While much of the preparation for a major storm may have been taken care of during the days and weeks prior to the storm’s arrival such as trimming trees or putting boards over windows, there are some preparations that have to wait until the last minute.

First put your car inside of your garage and back it up to the inside door. You do this so the door won’t twist-up if the winds become too vicious. Next put bikes, children’s toys, potted plants, outside furniture, or anything that can be stored in the remaining parts of the garage. Anything that’s left outside and not nailed down needs to be stored in the garage as well. If not stored during the storm, those objects can become projectiles that could damage your home.

Make sure to tightly shut every window in the house and move away from them. During the storm it’s important to be in a room without windows so if any projectiles fly through the window, you’ll be safe. Unplug any small electrical appliances and shut down your personal computer.

During the storm, it’s important to have a battery-powered radio on hand to supply you with all the news of the storm going on outside. Find your local station that is a good source of weather information before the power goes out so you’ll just have to turn it on and be at the right station.

Lightning

If you want to be extra cautious you can purchase lightning conductor rods to install at the highest point of your house. You’ll want to make sure they’re grounded so that any direct strike will immediately be directed straight into the ground.

Moving the Movable

Make sure that you have everything that is outside either secured to the ground or brought inside. Heavy winds have the ability to pick up and throw lighter objects through the air and potentially damage your home or injure you. Larger objects like grills may be able to be left outside but you’ll want to be certain that it won’t cause damage to your home when the storm comes.

Leaks

It’s important to fix any leaks you may have around your home before the storm comes. If the storm is likely to dump a great deal of water in your area, a simple drip can turn into a flow of water and once the storm arrives, there’s nothing you can do about it. These unfixed leaks can become washouts and cause significant and costly damage to your home.

Prepare for Possible Evacuation

If the storm is bad enough, either a voluntary or mandatory evacuation could be called forcing you to vacate your home. To prepare for the possibility of an evacuation in advance, put together a small suitcase with essentials like a change of clothes and important objects like photos or anything that holds significant importance to you.

Put the suitcase somewhere it will stay safe and out of the way so you won’t trip over it. Also make sure that it’s stored somewhere that’s easy to get to so you can make a quick getaway if the time comes for you to evacuate.

If a major storm hits, follow these guidelines to help prevent potential storm damage to your home. But sometimes, regardless of how much you prepare, damage will occur. If you suffer storm damage, call on SERVPRO Of Osceola County, to come to your rescue.

The Process Involved In Water Damage Restoration

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Living room of a home with furniture. Although water damage can happen quickly and cause immense damage, there are ways to prevent a lot of it.

Water Damage Restoration: Processes And Procedures

Water damage is a complex household disaster that can have a devastating effect on a residential property owner's living space. In addition to precipitating mold growth, water damage can do substantive damage to the structural integrity of the homeowner's property. However, attaining high-quality water damage restoration services can preclude this property destruction from transpiring. There are several processes and procedures that restoration experts will utilize to restore the homeowner's property. Here are some of them:

 Evaluating the Damage:

 Once the homeowner calls a water damage restoration company, one of the first things they will do is a property evaluation. This assessment involves evaluating the property to determine the depth of damages. Contractors will document the materials that were affected by the damage and also develop an estimate for how much repairing the damages will cost. The evaluation is completed through the use of specialized tools such as water sensing equipment. This equipment enables the contractors to determine how deeply the water has penetrated household structures and materials.

 Once the contractors complete the evaluation, they will move forward with the cleaning, drying, and sanitizing work. They will also deodorize the regions of the property that were affected by water damage.

 The next part of the process involves treating the structure of the property with equipment like dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, wood floor drying systems, sub floor drying equipment, and air movers. Once the drying period is complete, the property structure will be assessed to determine whether any blemishes or inconsistencies exist. If so, they will be perfected.

 Observation and Supervision

Completing the water damage restoration work in a thorough fashion is immensely important. To ensure that all processes are completed thoroughly, contractors will monitor the restoration procedures so that top notch results are achieved. Some of the things that may require observation and supervision include the setting up of drying equipment and ensuring that machines are working properly.

 Intermediate and Completion

During the immediate stages of the restoration process, the drying and setting of the property structure is completed. After these steps are completed, a final inspection is done to ensure that the process has been finalized correctly.

Although water damage can be a challenging issue to deal with, the professionals at, SERVPRO Of Osceola County, can assist you. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the diligent, detail-oriented work that gets your residential property back in great shape. Don't delay a moment longer.

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 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County, is strategically located. Call us today! (407) 933-0707

Kissimmee Commercial Property Owners And Fire Safety Equipment

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Burned out Strip Mall in Kissimmee, FL U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,291,500 fires in 2019.

Running a business is a serious enterprise that necessitates diligence and dedication. Unfortunately, a business owner's professional progress can be interrupted as a result of natural disasters like fires. When fires strike in Kissimmee, they can engender numerous problems on your property, some of which include structural damage and mold growth. However, learning more about fire safety equipment you can use will help you preclude these issues from plaguing your property. Read on to learn more about how you can protect your commercial property from fires and the damages they cause:

 Fire Extinguishers

 Whether you run a small business or a company with thousands of staff members, fires can engender economic devastation and structural damage that your property cannot recover from. However, having the right tools and techniques on hand can prevent your property from being subjected to destruction. One of the most helpful tools you can have on hand when a fire in Kissimmee transpires is a fire extinguisher. To make the most of this strategy, be sure to keep your extinguisher in a region of the property that is highly susceptible to a fire outbreak. Two examples would be your break room or kitchen. Make sure that the extinguisher is highly visible so that you and your staff members do not have to look for it.

 In addition to knowing where the fire extinguisher is located, your staff members need to know how to use it. If necessary, you can hold a training session in which a professional teaches your employees how to do so. Additionally, you need to be sure that you have the ideal class of fire extinguisher on hand. There are four classes. Class A is for all regular combustibles, Class B is for liquids that are flammable, Class C is for electrical devices, and Class D is for metals that are combustible. Also, be sure that the fire extinguishers are charged up and ready to use at any given moment.

Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

 The key to preventing a fire from having a profoundly negative impact on your commercial property is early detection. Luckily, smoke detectors and fire alarms can help you accomplish this important objective. In recognizing this reality, be sure that you have fire alarms on every floor and smoke detectors in every room. Also, be sure to have your smoke detectors tested every month. You will also need to have your batteries replaced every three months. In the event that your smoke detectors are more than ten years old, have them replaced to ensure optimal efficiency.

 Although knowing what equipment to use for fire prevention and safety is important, there may still come a time when your commercial property is impacted by a fire in Kissimmee. If this time comes, be sure to call the professionals, SERVPRO Of Osceola County. Our extensive experience in the fire damage restoration sector has empowered us to optimize and expedite each step of the remediation process. Our IICRC-certified technicians are pleased to offer comprehensive services, some of which include commercial water damage restoration, commercial fire damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, and disaster recovery. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County, is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire emergency event. When fire damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (407) 933-0707

Why You Should Call a Mold Remediation Company

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Damage to Walls, Baseboards and Closet Doors. Mold damage in a Saint Cloud, Fl home

If you recently discovered mold in your home, you may want to run and hide. This unsightly, unpleasant fungus can make you feel uneasy about your well-being. It may even require you to stay out of your home for a time. Fortunately, certified mold cleanup companies have the know-how and skill to take care of this concern and get your place back in order.

What Does a Certified Company Have?

You have a handful of options if you need to eliminate mold from an area of your house. You can try a do-it-yourself method, or you can find a company to help. Your best bet, however, is to call a professional that has certified mold remediation credentials. Here’s why:

  • A certified company will have insurance.
  • A certified company stands by its work.
  • A certified company will have the skills, tools and proven techniques you need.

Insurance Issues

What happens if a professional mold remediation company comes to inspect your mold issue and causes damage to your home? Without mold certification and insurance, you may have a difficult time getting the company to pay for the issue. Also, when it comes to covering mold cleanup costs, your homeowner’s insurance prefers to work with certified mold companies.

Trust in Their Work

If you invite someone in your home to repair a problem or assess an issue, don’t you feel better if you know this team has the right credentials and qualifications? When a mold cleanup company has the proper certifications, you’ll know it’s reputable and trustworthy. The company will also guarantee its work and processes.

The Right Stuff

If you try do-it-yourself methods, hire a friend or enlist the help of an uncertified company, you’re missing out on the most complete mold test and cleanup available. Certified companies are much more likely to have the best equipment and highest efficiency.

If you want a smooth mold cleanup process, call a certified mold specialty remediation team. You’ll feel much better about this than if you were to go about the process on your own.

Mold Development Due to a Roof Leak

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Molded Ceiling tiles in a home or business. Mold development due to a roof leak in Osceola County, FL

Has your home or business in Osceola County, FL,  experienced a leak in the roof? If so, mold can often grow as a result. Black mold in particular can cause extensive damage to a building and the cleanup process can be expensive and time-consuming. Understanding mold growth can help you restore your building.

What Causes Mold?

Some people may wonder why a roof leak can often result in mold growth. Factors that make mold more likely to grow can include, but are not limited to:

  • Damp environments
  • High levels of humidity
  • Areas that are exposed to sunlight

Does Mold Form Quickly?

Leaks from roofs can go unnoticed for long periods of time and may sometimes be dismissed as minor issues. However, with the factors mentioned above, mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours. Though black mold sometimes grows more slowly than other types of mold, it still can occur in a matter of days. When mold is spotted, it is often wise to find the cause of the growth and keep water from the affected area.

Can You Prevent Mold?

Although mold tends to grow quickly, it is still possible to prevent mold from growing. There are several ways you can protect your business from mold growth. Keeping an area dry can help to prevent mold growth. If your business has a leaky roof, fixing the roof quickly can help to prevent the mold from spreading and damaging other areas of your business. If a leaky roof is noticed immediately, it is sometimes possible to prevent mold growth entirely.

Knowing what causes mold, how quickly it can form, and how to prevent mold from growing and spreading can help you prepare your business for potential black mold growth due to a ceiling leak. If your home or business is in Osceola County, FL, and has been damaged by mold, it can often be helpful to contact water and mold, restoration professionals like SERVPRO of Osceola County.

Have A Professional Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Brick Home with Flames Shooting up through the Roof. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to wreak havoc on a commercial property or home.

It only takes a few seconds for a fire to wreak havoc on a commercial property or home. The first thing that one will want to do if there is a fire is call the fire department to extinguish the fire. Many people believe that they can re-enter the property and begin restoring it after a fire. However, there are still threats that linger for the property. That is it is best to hire a professional fire restoration company like, SERVPRO of Osceola County.

The Aftermath Of A Fire

Many people believe that once the fire has been put out, the danger is no longer present. However, fire leaves behind remnants that can cause serious damage to the property. The smoke and ash that is left behind cause discoloration, etching and a very unpleasant odor. The building will be less likely to suffer those problems if you SERVPRO.

The Sooner You Call, The Better

It is best to contact a fire restoration company, like SERVPRO of Osceola County, as soon as possible in order to restore the fire damages. Ash is one of the major concerns. It can discolor just about anything that it comes in contact with. Discoloration can begin just a few hours after the fire. Fiberglass, plastic and other finishes can turn yellowish. Metals will start to tarnish. You will have to replace or refinish certain items in your home after a few days because the damage will be permanent.

Hiring A Fire Restoration Contractor

If you have hired a certified and trained professional from SERVPRO, then they will be at your home in a short amount of time. They will assess the home in order to see the type of damage that is done. They will also perform a thorough cleaning in order to remove the ash, smoke and other fire damages. Items that are beyond repair will be removed, and specialized cleaning supplies will be used to neutralize odors.

Do-it-yourself techniques typically do not remove the smoke and ash that is left behind by a fire. You may cause further damage and contamination to your home if the correct techniques are not used. That is it is best to contact SERVPRO of Osceola County, so that they can perform the needed restoration.

Avoid Water Damage Caused By Air Conditioners

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of home with window air conditioner You should have your air conditioner inspected annually to prevent any damage or loss of property.

Here in sunny Florida, air conditioners are a warm weather necessity. Now that fall is here and winter is right around the corner, it is the perfect time to show your air conditioner the tender loving care it needs in order to avoid any water damage to your home.

When an air conditioner is not running properly, it can begin leaking water. Air conditioners commonly leak water when a pump is broken, the outside temperature is too cold, or there is air leakage because the seal is not tight enough. When issues with air conditioners occur, the ice within the unit melts, causing water to overflow from the pan and cause damage to ceilings, floors, and drywall.

As with every appliance, maintenance and upkeep are key when it comes to getting the most out of the product. Keeping air conditioners properly maintained can prevent any of this from happening, so that when the hot and humid summer days roll back around, cool air is easily available.

Here are some tips on how to maintain your air conditioner so that it is summer ready.

Have Your Air Conditioner Inspected

This should be an annual process done by an experienced SERVPRO of Osceola County technician. The inspections include checking the drains, the coils, and the contacts. If any repairs are needed, the technician will make sure it is serviced immediately. During an inspection, SERVPRO technicians will check the refrigerant levels, test for any leaks, check for duct leakage in the system, measure the evaporator coil airflow, inspect the electric terminals, clean and tighten any loose electric terminals, and check belts and oil motors. Lastly, technicians will check the accuracy of the thermostat indoors and ensure that it is monitoring airflow correctly.

Purchase an Algaecide Treatment

The algaecide treatment ensures that algae does not grow within the air conditioner and lead to clogged rain. It is a reasonably priced treatment and is worth it in comparison to having to purchase a new air conditioner as a result of algae growth.

Change the Air Conditioning Filter Regularly

Once a month, your air conditioning filter should be changed and replaced with a new, fresh one. Dirty filters, a well as any tall grass or shrubs too close to the air conditioner can restrict air from entering the unit. When air is restricted, the air conditioner works harder and risks the chances of further damage occurring to the unit.

Condensate the Drains

The drains are the main area that water, whether it be frozen or condensed travels in an air conditioner so make it a point to run a stiff wire through the unit’s drains annually to prevent a unit from reducing humidity. The result of a clogged drain could be moisture that can damage walls and carpet.

Invest in an Overflow Shut Off Device

This device is installed on the drain line and prevents drain back up that could possibly result in water overflowing from the air conditioner, resulting in damage. It simply shuts the air conditioner off if there are any backups in the drain. If that is the case, you will notice that your air conditioner is not running and that you should call a SERVPRO of Osceola County technician to come inspect the issue.

Prepare for Winter

Since the air conditioning will not be used in the winter months, cover any room air conditioners or remove and store them. If you have an outdoor unit, cover the air conditioner to protect it from debris. Everyone needs a break sometimes and this includes your air conditioner. If it is in good condition, give it the winter months to be off duty.

SERVPRO has a trusted staff of experienced technicians who are available 24-7 to inspect, repair, and restore any water damage caused by air conditioning leaks. If your air conditioner seems to be leaking water or is not functioning properly, it is crucial to take care of the issue as soon as possible so that it can be resolved quickly and further damage does not occur.

Restoring Documents After Water Damage

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged books and papers Books and papers water damaged from a storm, might be salvageable with a little professional cleaning technology.

When a client's property suffers storm damage, it may be on more than just building. A document restoration service like that offered by a local SERVPRO of Osceola County, FL, can help your client get back on track. Documentation can include everything from account statements to invoicing, and the ability to salvage these can help save valuable time and money.

Services Offered

A professional restoration service can offer a number of ways to recover your client's documentation. These may include

  • Freeze drying
  • Cleaning
  • Gamma irradiation sterilization
  • Digitizing
  • Deodorizing

Depending on damage type, these processes can be utilized to restore a variety of damaged documents, including X-rays and photographs.

Technology Used

The process of document restoration involves the use of modern technology. Gamma irradiation is used to sterilize the documents without causing further harm. The documentation can then be freeze-dried which is a process approved by the National Archives. Your client can trust that their paperwork will not only be in safe hands but can be restored. Taking advantage of additional services, such as digitization, may offer further benefit.

Additional Services

In addition to document drying, SERVPRO offers several other services your clients may be interested in. They can also offer digitization services. This is the process of converting documentation into an electronic form so it can be stored on a server safely out of harm's way.

With a document restoration service your clients may be able to salvage documentation that was damaged along with their other property. A restoration team can use the latest technology to help get these important pieces of paperwork in order. They may also be able to digitize the documentation allowing for it to be backed up on to server, to help prevent any further loss. If you have any questions about what the service can do for your clients, a restoration professional may be able to help.

Understanding Osceola Residential Water Damage Repair - The Basics

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen with water up to the knee area. 98% of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans.

Water Damage Restoration 101

Once water damage in transpires in your home or office, there's only one thing to do: call an Osceola County water damage restoration company. Learn more about the helpful restoration services these individuals can offer you by reading the short outline provided below: 

How Does Water Damage Repair Work?

There are several steps in the water damage repair process, and they are all designed to help get your property back in exceptional condition. Some of the steps include:

Emergency Assessment

The emergency assessment is designed to determine the extent of the damages done to your property. During the assessment, the contractors will thoroughly examine things like the structural integrity of your property to determine the best course of action. After doing so, they will develop a customized treatment plan designed to expedite and optimize each aspect of the Osceola County water damage restoration process. The contractors will also remove water-damaged personal possessions from the property and take them to a warehouse where they will be photographed and cleaned. 

Content Restoration 

Content restoration is another component of the water damage cleanup process. Trained professionals understand that many of your personal possessions are salvageable even if they have been subjected to severe damage. For this reason, restoration experts will use advanced remediation techniques on items like photographs, books, dinnerware, china, electronics, and furniture. 

Water Removal

Another component of the water damage remediation process is the removal of excess water. Technicians will use cutting edge equipment to remove water from your ceramic tiles, subfloors, ceilings, drywall, and hardwood floors. They will then utilize a thorough dehumidification and structural drying process. Some of the specialized equipment used to expedite the drying process includes thermal energy systems and desiccants. These devices combine airflow and heat to optimize evaporation. 

Mold Remediation

When your residential or commercial property is subjected to water damage, a mold invasion can be the outcome. Luckily, trained technicians can utilize advanced, customized mold remediation services to remove the unwanted fungus from your property. 

When you find that your home or office is impacted by water damage, there's only one company to call for excellent restoration services: SERVPRO Of Osceola County. Our IICRC-certified professionals are passionate about getting your home or office back in excellent condition with lightning speed, and we also offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that we can start working as soon as an issue surfaces.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Kissimmee, Osceola, or surrounding areas, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (407) 933-0707

5 Essential Sewage Cleanup Procedures

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter verifying the sanitized zone is indeed moisture- free Moisture meter verifying the sanitized zone is indeed moisture- free

5 Essential Sewage Cleanup Procedures

A flooded toilet or extensive sewer backup is an unsightly and unsanitary problem that every business in Celebration, FL, hopes to avoid. Because a sewer cleanup can be extremely daunting, it’s often best to consult a professional cleanup and restoration service to help address the situation. Understanding key remediation procedures can help every business owner anticipate what to expect during the process.

1. Wearing Protective Gear

Because of the extremely unhygienic nature of sewage water, the cleanup crew should wear several articles of protective gear. Necessary equipment typically includes rubber gloves, splash goggles and boots. For additional protection, personnel may also wear protective suits and HEPA respirators.

2. Disposing of Contaminated Objects

Some objects within the contaminated zone may be sanitized and salvaged. However, wet building materials, including carpet, drywall and insulation, should be promptly removed and discarded.

3. Avoiding Contamination of Unaffected Areas

An efficient sewer cleanup process should incorporate effective strategies to help prevent contaminating unaffected areas of your building. Your cleanup provider may erect plastic barriers around the soiled area to help minimize exposure. They should also utilize heavy duty plastic bags that are resilient against leakage to remove unsalvageable items from the site.

4. Sanitizing the Affected Area

After sewer backup debris is cleared away, the next essential step is sanitizing the affected space. This process may include utilizing a variety of solutions designed to kill both harmful bacteria and mold spores.

5. Ensuring Site Is Thoroughly Dry

To help minimize the risk of subsequent mold contamination, it’s essential that the cleanup team ensures the area is thoroughly dry before replacing drywall, insulation and carpeting. They can use fans and dehumidifiers to help expedite the drying process and employ a moisture meter to verify the sanitized zone is indeed moisture-free.

When sewage seepage occurs, a timely response is crucial. Abiding by these five essential strategies helps the sewer cleanup crew complete the restoration process in a safe and efficient manner that safeguards your building from subsequent damage.

The Top 5 Storm Preparation Tips

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency items needed for a storm, such as flashlight, batteries, radio, water, etc. Have your emergency kit ready in your Celebration, FL property.

Preparing for a storm may reduce the amount of wind or water damage sustained by a commercial property in Osceola County, FL. Property owners or maintenance supervisors should follow these five steps to prepare for a storm, keep flood water out, or deal with a flooded building.

1. Develop a Storm Response Plan

In the event of a storm, there should be no confusion regarding responsibilities. A building owner or maintenance supervisor can delegate tasks such as boarding up or taping windows, making and placing sandbags to keep out flood water, or storing loose external objects such as antennas or trash containers.

2. Keep Drainage Systems Clear

Functional drainage systems prevent rainwater from accumulating and causing leaks from the roof or around the foundation of a building. An owner or maintenance supervisor should schedule drainage cleaning and maintenance at least twice a year. Reduce the amount of debris and the risk of storm damage by having overhanging tree branches pruned.

3. Assemble an Emergency Kit

A storm emergency kit should include supplies for personnel as well as property. Gather first aid materials, flashlights, and a battery-operated radio. Keep sandbag materials or alternatives, plywood, duct tape or masking tape, and hand tools on site.

4. Acquire and Maintain a Generator

Property owners may want to obtain a commercial standby generator. This device can provide almost uninterrupted power to critical systems with an automatic transfer switch. Store enough fuel to power the generator for several days.

5. Keep Track of Important Numbers

Ensure that important phone numbers are easily accessible. An owner or maintenance supervisor may need to contact an electricity or gas company or notify a business insurance provider of damage after a storm.

These tips can help owners and maintenance supervisors prepare for severe storms in Osceola County, FL. If flood water breaches a building, contact storm and water damage mitigation specialists, SERVPRO Of Osceola County.

How To Secure a Structure After a Fire

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Boarded up window from a fire. Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roof in your Kissimmee, FL property.

A fire can cause extensive damage at a commercial property in Kissimmee, FL. After the blaze has been extinguished, the structure may be at risk for additional damage and looting. Boarding up structural breaches and installing temporary fencing around the building are two of the best ways to limit these risks. Learn more about effective security measures for a building that has sustained fire damage.

Board Up

A fire can cause windows to break, destroy doors, and create holes in the walls or roof of a structure. Boarding up involves covering openings that can admit

  • Debris
  • Precipitation
  • Trespassers

Boarding up will require at least two people, a sufficient amount of plywood, and nails or screws. Rely on a professional board up service to achieve the most secure results. Although tarping over a damaged roof may not add much additional security, it can help to keep out debris and water.

Fence

A building that has suffered fire damage may attract trespassers and looters who expect to find the location abandoned and unsecured. Even a damaged building may still contain valuable fixtures, inventory, or wiring. Security fencing can

  • Restrict access
  • Protect property
  • Limit liability

Fencing can help to keep out passersby and limit secondary damage and losses. Contact a mitigation company to find out about the best options for securing a commercial property.

Monitor

It is important to document damage immediately after the fire occurs, prior to taking any steps toward mitigation. Afterward, the owner or manager should regularly check on the property. It is a good idea to leave up fencing until fire cleanup and restoration are complete.

These measures can help to prevent additional damage or losses from taking place at a damaged commercial building in Kissimmee, FL. A fire damage mitigation company should provide all of these services, and commercial property insurers are likely to cover these protective measures.

Signs of Water Damage

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

It may not seem like it but even the smallest plumbing or roof leak can create major water damage to your home. It can cause damage to your furniture and other possessions, some of which will have to be thrown out. Additionally, it could threaten the health of the occupants in the home and put the integrity of the structure into question. Often by the time you realize there’s a danger of water damage, it’s too late and the damage has already occurred or is occurring. For these reasons, it’s important to stay alert for any signs of unwanted water accumulating in your house. Here are some tips to help you stay vigilant and detect if any water damage may occur in your home.

Paint

If paint on the walls is blistering, bubbling, and/or flaking, that’s one of the main tell-tale signs that there’s water somewhere you don’t want it. The same goes for loose or peeling wallpaper. In these cases, there is likely water accumulating in the wall and is possibly already eating away at the structural integrity of the home.

If you’re looking around for a new home and you notice that the current owners of the home have recently painted select parts of the house such as just the ceiling or just one wall, they could be attempting to hide signs that there’s water damage.

Kitchen or Bathroom Sink

Probably nothing gives more telling signs that you might have water damage than kitchen or bathroom sinks. If a faucet base is coming loose or the caulking is starting to deteriorate, it could be a sign that you have water damage. This is especially true if the loose faucet or deteriorating caulking is combined with a laminate countertop detaching from its base or if dampness is mysteriously found under the sink cabinet or vanity.

Floors

Floors made of wood such as hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate will show water damage by the planks buckling and sticking up higher than the surrounding planks. Another sign is that they have shifted out of place. In a tile floor, if the tiles are loose or are damp for hours after anyone has used a bathtub or shower, that can be a sign of water damage.

Doors and Windows

If doors or windows gradually become harder and harder to open or close, it could be caused by water absorption causing the wooden frames to swell.

Walls and Ceilings

If any drywall is stained, usually yellow or brown, it’s likely been caused by water damage. It might also have swollen edges and seams. Any wooden wall trim, such as baseboards or crown moldings, that start crumbling could be doing so due to water damage.

Cracked Foundation

Cracks in a house’s foundation are a serious potential result of water damage. For residents of northern states, a cracked foundation could be caused by frost heave, an upward swelling of soil caused by the presence of ice. But if it’s not during the winter or in warmer climates like Florida, a cracked foundation is typically a sign of water damage.

Odors

Sometimes it’s not what you see but what you smell that alerts you to the existence of water damage. If there’s a musty mildew odor apparent in the home, it’s not because every older home eventually gives off the scent. You should find where the odor is coming from because it’s one of the signs of water damage. Another smell that could alert you to water damage is an acrid smell like that of wet diapers.

Sometimes it’s not what you smell but the reaction of your nose that alerts you that there’s water damage in the house. If your nose is itching, dripping, and/or you’re sneezing and allergies are not the cause, it might be because you’ve got water damage.

Sounds

If it sounds like there’s running or dripping in the house and nobody is using the plumbing, that’s a sign that there’s water somewhere you don’t want it to be. In this case, you should find where the sound is coming from so you can find the location of the leak.

Bills

If you’re all of the sudden paying more for your water bill and you’re not using any more water than usual, that means that water is running somewhere in the house. If it’s not a leak from a faucet that’s easily noticeable, you need to find where the water is coming from.


Water damage is one of the worst situations a homeowner will face. It has the ability to cause health problems, can damage the building’s structure, and can damage your possessions, sometimes irreparably. If you’ve suffered water damage, contact SERVPRO of Osceola County to remediate the problem.

Fire Safety Equipment: Five Pieces You Need for Your Home

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Our homes may be our sanctuaries, but they also present multiple opportunities for fire danger. An unattended stovetop can result in a kitchen fire, while electrical systems and appliances can overheat. Fireplaces, candles, flammable liquids, and outdoor grills — to name just a few — all add to the risk.

Having the correct fire safety equipment in your house is essential to keep your family safe and your home protected. This article highlights the five most important pieces of equipment needed to safeguard your home and loved ones. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared is worth the time, effort, and expense involved.

Smoke Alarms

This is your first line of defense. According to the Red Cross, the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires all new homes to have inter-connected hard-wired smoke alarms with battery backup. If you don’t have an interconnected system, battery-powered alarms are easily installed. Both types of alarms need to be located on every level of the home with one inside each bedroom.

Fire Extinguishers

Since most home fires start in the kitchen, you’ll want to put a fire extinguisher in there, at a minimum. But it’s recommended to place them in multiple locations around the house. Since extinguishers from various makers all work differently, it’s a good idea for the adults in the household to get training from the local fire department. Extinguishers should be installed near exits, away from heat sources, and up high enough that kids can’t reach them.

Sprinkler Systems

While a smoke alarm will detect smoke, an automatic sprinkler system gives you a way of dealing with flames immediately. While you’re waiting on the fire department to arrive, sprinklers can help slow a fire’s progress or can even douse it completely. Moreover, a sprinkler system can prevent deadly gases and smoke from affecting your family and could also extinguish a fire that breaks out while you’re away from home.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

There’s a good reason carbon monoxide (CO) is called the “silent killer.” This deadly gas is invisible, odorless, and colorless and even a small amount can be fatal if inhaled for long enough. Install carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home and outside bedrooms. If the alarm emits its high-pitched warning, get outside as quickly as possible or open windows and doors and take deep breaths of fresh air. CO poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, and tiredness and can be mistaken for flu.

Fire Escape Ladders

If your home has more than one floor, collapsible fire ladders should be a part of your fire-safety arsenal. Place a ladder where it’s easy to access in every upper-level room in case your evacuation route gets cut off by smoke or fire. Then, have the entire family rehearse the steps they would take to get the ladders out and attached to open windows.

No one wants to dwell on the possibility of their family being in danger or their home being consumed by flames, but this is one situation where being properly prepared could save lives and property. If you haven’t already done so, make an escape plan and go over it with your family. And check your homeowner’s insurance to make sure your policy is up to date with adequate coverage.

SERVPRO of Osceola County and Commercial Properties

6/26/2021 (Permalink)

With your wares and building to worry about, our SERVPRO team has real-time mitigation solutions to protect your Osceola location

After a fire or water loss, you may not know the best approach to get your Osceola location back to preloss condition. Many rely on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Osceola County technicians to help, as we are "Faster To Any Size Disaster", and feature a team of in-house commercial contractors for any reconstruction needs that might also exist. By getting to work quickly, we can often limit the spread and severity of loss conditions stemming from either water or fire emergencies.

No matter why you need restoration services for your location, the more that you know and understand the process, the more at peace you are with what must occur. There are many times where the restoration process can look worse than the damage did as your property is on the path to complete drying or in need of some degree of rebuilding after controlled demolition. What our professionals prioritize when mitigation first begins can help you to understand what to expect:

  • Contents in the shop
  • Structural damage
  • Standing water
  • Debris
  • Residue removal

What if Reconstruction is Necessary?

Regardless of the loss incident that your shop might face, there are many situations where structural elements have become too compromised or ruined to preserve. After controlled demolition, it is up to our experienced in-house contractors to build back these areas of your property after mitigation completes. While we work to restore the property before choosing to replace certain structural elements, this is not always cost-effective or efficient to get your doors open again quickly.

Understanding the restoration process can help you see how our SERVPRO of Osceola County team can help you in an emergency. Give us a call anytime you need us at (407)933-0707.

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Four Basic Steps for Replacing a Leaky Toilet

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Replacing a Leaky Toilet


Your toilet was built to last a long time, but it cannot last forever. Over time, the fixture may begin to work less efficiently and can break or develop cracks. If you have decided that it is time to replace the leaking toilet in your Kissimmee, FL home, here are some basic steps to help you get the job done.

1. Disconnect the Supply Line
Before you begin any work on the toilet, you need to make sure that it is no longer connected to the water supply line. Drain as much water from the toilet as you can and dry the rest with a sponge or towel. This will prevent any messes during the removal.

2. Remove the Old Toilet
Once the leaking toilet has been dried, you can begin the process of removing it. You should unscrew any bolts that are securing it to the floor and then move the fixture back and forth gently to break the wax seal before moving the commode to another area.

3. Prepare the Area
After the old toilet has been removed, you will need to clean up the area before you can install the new one. You should scrape off any wax that remains on the gasket and check that nothing has been damaged during the process. If everything looks fine, then you can proceed to the next step.

4. Install the Toilet
If the leaking toilet has been removed successfully and there are no damages to the area that need to be repaired, you can begin the installation. Make sure that the toilet is placed correctly and is parallel to the wall behind it before securely tightening the bolts. Depending on your building code, you may need to seal the base with caulk.

If you don’t feel confident replacing your toilet on your own, or if there is already damage in your bathroom, a water damage repair service might be able to help. They can make any necessary repairs and ensure that everything is installed correctly to prevent the need for future toilet overhauls.

Bathroom Supply Lines

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

When is It the Time to Replace a Supply Line in Your Bathroom?

Many of your household appliances that use water require a supply line. Because they are so commonly used, supply line damage can cause some major issues. It is important to call a professional as soon as you notice an issue. This can help prevent water build up in your home in Celebration, FL. Changing these lines when needed may actually help you avoid problems later on. How do you know when it's time to replace it though?

Check the Warranty

You may find that many of these hoses come with a warranty. It really just depends on what type you have. Most plastic lines come with a 5-8 year warranty. This means that you are responsible for replacing it if anything happens to it after that time is up. Steel braided ones often have a lifetime guarantee. While they are generally more expensive than the plastic ones, the benefits may be worth the extra cost. Always ask the seller about the warranty before you decide to purchase.

Watch for Damage

Supply line damage may lead to some pretty serious problems, such as standing water or mold growth. This is why it is a good idea to have a professional come out if you notice a supply line leak. Always shut off the water if you see an issue. This could be anything from a small bathroom leak to pretty serious flooding. Turning off the water can help prevent further damage from happening in your home.

If you are still unsure whether you have supply line damage, it is best to call a professional restoration company to come take a look. They may be able to help you resolve a number of issues that arise in this type of situation, such as fixing the leak and cleaning up the water. If your line gets replaced, always ask what type of warranty you are getting so that you will be aware if any future problems occur.

Home Electrical Fires

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire in a home happens we always blame it on a item we forgot to turn off. Did you know most of the time that is not the case. Here are some facts about home electrical fires.

Electrical Fire Facts

In 2014-2018, electrical distribution or lighting equipment, such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs, was involved in an estimated average of roughly 34,000 (10%) reported home structure fires per year. These incidents caused an average of 470 (18%) civilian deaths, 1,100 civilian injuries (10%), and $1.4 billion (19%) in direct property damage annually.
Electrical distribution or lighting equipment ranked first in direct property damage, and third among the major fire causes in the number of home fires, fourth in home fire deaths, and tied for third in home fire injuries.
Wiring and related equipment accounted for 7 percent of all home fires and nine percent of all home fire deaths.
Cords or plugs were involved in only one percent of home fires but seven percent of the deaths. Extension cords dominated the cord or plug category.

Source: NFPA's Applied Research Department
NFPA - Fire Prevention

If you had a home electrical fire call SERVPRO of Osceola County.

Our professional teams can help you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Three Things You Should Know if Your Building is Damaged By Flood Water

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

During a storm in Kissimmee, FL, it is possible that your building may be damaged by flood water if the weather becomes severe. Because this is not quite the same as other water damage, you may be unsure of how to deal with it. The following is some information about this type of water that might be helpful to you.

1. Why is a Flood Different From Other Water Damage?

The reason that flood water is different from others is largely due to how it accumulates. While most water damage, such as that from leaks or broken pipes, comes from above, the water in a flood rises from the ground. As it does, it becomes category 3 water.

2. What is Category 3 Water?

When it comes to water contamination, there are three categories. Category 3 or black water, which includes water from a flood, has the highest levels of contamination. Because this water comes up from the ground, it mixes with dirt, debris and sewage. When this happens, it begins to carry waste, bacteria and harmful chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.

3. How Should You Handle It?

Because flood water is highly contaminated, it is not a good idea to try removing it on your own. Instead, you should hire a professional to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building. Any food or beverages that have been in contact with this water should be thrown away as they are no longer safe to consume. Protective gear should be worn at all times while handling category 3 water.

If your building has been affected by water or storm damage of any kind, you should have it taken care of right away to prevent it from becoming worse. If allowed to sit, moisture can contribute to mold growth and can cause materials to weaken. A professional cleanup and restoration company can sanitize the area, perform necessary repairs and salvage many affected items.

How to Prepare for Spring Storms

5/16/2021 (Permalink)

“Spring is the first kiss of summer.” -Anonymous

Spring has arrived and the excitement of summer, warm sun rays, and hot days are just around the corner. Although spring represents the end of winter and new beginnings, it also consists of spring showers, thunderstorms, and unpredictable weather, which can cause severe problems if not properly prepared. Since Florida weather already seems irregular, how do you prepare for unexpected spring storms, what do you do in the event of severe weather conditions, and what is needed to stay safe among hazardous conditions following a storm?

Preparing for the unknown can save lives, so we have provided these important preparation steps.

Organize an Emergency Plan

Putting a plan in place can potentially save you and your family’s lives. But one plan may not work for every type of severe weather condition, such as thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes. For instance, your evacuation plan for a tornado should be different than if a flood occurred and the streets are two feet under water. Each emergency plan prepared needs to include a map of your home, routes to safety, and an emergency shelter or destination. Being prepared for each type of life-threatening weather condition is important in keeping your family safe before and after a disaster.

Go Inside When You Hear Thunder

According to the American Red Cross, lightning strikes are the leading killer. Every year lightning has killed more people than hurricanes or tornadoes. When you hear thunder, loud or soft, go inside! With lightening strikes following thunder, every lightening flash is a potential killer.

Protect Your Electronics

To avoid damaging your electronics during a storm, you should plug all electronics into surge protectors. By doing this, the surge protector protects your electronics from burning up due to voltage strikes. If any electronics are not safeguarded by surge protectors, unplug the devices before a storm.

Keep an Emergency Kit

Because severe weather can be unpredictable, you need to put together an emergency kit beforehand. When preparing an emergency kit you should include a first aid kit, a 3-5 day supply of water, nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, blankets or sleeping bags, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, and extra batteries. Make a list of important information to have on hand, like your insurance and utility company’s phone numbers. In case you get stuck in severe weather on the road, keep a second emergency kit in your car. Additional resources on an emergency kit can be found at: Ready.gov.

We at SERVPRO believe that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Unattended Cooking Fires

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know last year many kitchen fires were mainly caused by unattended cooking?

Here are some stats of damages caused by kitchen fires:

Cooking fire stats:

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 8% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
  • Ranges or cooktops account for three-fifths (61%) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and over half (53%) of the associated deaths.
  • Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.

Here are some tips on cooking especially with oil or frying:

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or too tired to cook. Do not cook.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Safety considerations for cooking with oil

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner.
  • Smoke is a dangerous sign that the oil is too hot.
  • Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sautéing.
  • Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water on the fire.
  • If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside

After the fire calls us we are open 24/7 and we are there when you need us the most.

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SERVPRO of Osceola County Fire Services

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of Osceola County professionals arrive on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results - including lower claim costs. SERVPRO of Osceola County professionals can be on-site quickly to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:

Structural Cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. We will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. Additionally, all of the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO professionals can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for agents and their policyholders.

Deodorization

SERVPRO professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO professionals do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

If your home or business is in need of fire or smoke related services, call SERVPRO of Osceola County at (407) 933-0707.

Does a flood mean new carpet?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Can my carpet be saved after water damage?

When you have a pipe break and an unexpected flood in your home, one of the biggest concerns is the damage to your floors, walls, and possessions. It behooves you to save as much as you can. It's not just economically sound, but environmentally smart, too. When your carpet gets soaked, can it be saved? The good news is that it often can be cleaned and kept. Consider the following factors:

What is the source of the flooding water?

If the water is non-contaminated or is grey water, the rug can be cleaned and used again.

  • Grey water includes water from washing machines, dishwashers, bathtub or shower overflow, and toilet water with urine only.

How long has the flooring been wet?

Clean water becomes grey water after 24-48 hours, and grey water becomes black water after 24-48 hours. Black water is a source of fungus, bacteria, and other pathogens. Flooring saturated with black water must be replaced.

Does the water have minimal contaminants?

Water from a pipe break, hot water heater failure, or overflow from bathroom, kitchen, and utility sinks is considered clean water. Carpets soaked with this type of water can be cleaned and dried. The pads can also undergo a full restoration.

In instances where the water is grey, approaching black, it is advisable to clean the rug but replace the pad.

Be Aware of These Contaminants

There are some contaminants that are too toxic to mess around with. If your flooring is exposed to the following, you will need a full replacement:

  • Water from sewage or storm drain backup
  • Water with fecal matter, vomit, or other biological contaminants
  • Water with heavy metals or chemicals

If you have a pipe break with significant flooding, let the professionals in Saint Cloud, FL asses your flooring damage. A restoration and cleanup crew will make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Certifications and Professional Teams

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

If you’re in need of disaster repair the SERVPRO of Osceola County team is here to help. Each and every one of our professionals are highly trained in property restoration to better serve our community. From initial and ongoing corporate training to regular e-training and continuing education classes, you can trust that your SERVPRO Professionals have the knowledge and experience to handle your disaster, no matter the size.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the governing body that sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. All members of the SERVPRO team study IICRC standards and best practices to know how to restore damaged properties correctly. The certifications include:

Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT): This course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform the proper procedures in the field to keep all workers and occupants safe.

Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD): Through this training, technicians learn how to dry water-damaged structures safely and efficiently.

Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT): This course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques.

Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT): Through this training, technicians learn about smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, odor concepts, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings.

Odor Control Technician (OCT): This course covers odor control, odor causes, and deodorization techniques.

Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT): Throughout this training, technicians go over fiber identifications and upholstery cleaning methods.

Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT): During this course, trainees learn about the concepts of water damage, its effects in different settings, and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination.

At SERVPRO, we understand that having the knowledge and training to handle an array of damages and disasters is crucial to meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers when the restoration is required. Our extensive SERVPRO training program includes the following:

IICRC Training
Employee Certification Training: This voluntary, self-paced program allows our professionals to learn more about crew training, fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation.
Initial Franchise Training: This 15-day hands-on course at our training facility allows new franchise owners to master topics such as fire restoration and mold mitigation.
e-Learnings: Through this web-based training, team members can stay up-to-date on industry standards and professional quality.
Continuing Education Classes: These programs are designed for insurance agents, adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff to learn more about emergency mitigation.

As your Kissimmee disaster repair professionals, you can trust that we have the equipment and personnel to handle your cleanup and restoration needs. Often people will try to tackle their flood, mold, or fire issues without realizing that they will most likely do more harm than good without the appropriate technology and safety procedures. When you work with SERVPRO, you can trust that our services will restore your damaged property, while also keeping you, your family, and your belongings safe. Regardless of the cause or source, our team can handle any sized disaster.

Since 1967, SERVPRO has been changing the restoration and mitigation industry. To better serve our customers, SERVPRO created the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to franchise owners and insurance industry employees. Through professional training, our team is uniquely positioned and qualified to help when disaster strikes. Not only is our team trained in the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry, but we're also the ones who created them.

As a homeowner, having a certified team completing your damage restoration ensures that your home is safe and sound for you and your family. From your carpet to your ceiling and everywhere in between, our team has the expertise and tools so that you don’t have to worry about safety when playing with the kids on your living room carpet or preparing dinner on your kitchen counters. Whether it’s mold or fire that affects your home, our team will restore each and every piece to its pre-damage glory.

To learn more about our services, training, certifications, or processes, contact your Kissimmee disaster restoration professionals today!

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Worried about flood damage affecting your building? Here’s What You Need to Know

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

What To Do When A Storm Is Headed Your Way?

Running a business in Celebration, FL, requires one to wear many hats, one of which is disaster prevention. When a storm is brewing on the horizon, what can you do to avoid or reduce flood damage from happening? Here’s a couple of tips to get you started:

Get to Know Your Local Area

Some locations are more susceptible to flooding than others, such as neighborhoods located in a valley, at the bottom of a slope or below sea level. This may seem self-explanatory and painfully obvious but you’d be surprised at how many business owners are unaware of how their location could impact their company in the event of a natural disaster. Find out if you are in a flood prone area and plan ahead.

Plan and Prepare with the Right Equipment

There are tons of modern equipment out there that are designed to minimize the impact of flood damage on your building. When in doubt, go with the tried and tested classic: the good ol’ sand bag. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of alternatives out there that are reusable and are easier to transport. However, be sure to do your research before you commit to a purchase. Install storm shutters that are easy and quick to secure and check your electrical equipment to ensure they will be out of reach of flood waters.

Check Your Surroundings

Perhaps the most important part of avoiding storm damage is to look outside your immediate perimeter for things that may encourage floods. This means looking at street drains and storm grates and making sure that they are free of leaves and other debris that inhibit the flow of water. This is easily overlooked in the rush of preparing for an incoming storm and can have a disastrous impact on your safety.

If the weather gets the best of you, there are flood remediation experts in your state that can get your business up and running in no time. Flood damage is no joke, but if you are well prepared you can easily reduce the impact that a storm can have on your business.

Three Things About Roof Damage Mitigation

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

After a storm in Poinciana, FL, your house might have some damage that you need to take care of. In some cases, this will include roof damage. Before repairs can begin, however, the restoration company might need to do some mitigation. The following are a few things that you should know about this process.

When Do You Need Mitigation?

If you have roof damage that could become worse over time, then mitigation should be done right away. It will likely be required if you have missing shingles, cracks or holes in your roof. After an inspection has been performed, mitigation is the next step. Particularly if the damage is severe, it is important to get it done quickly.

Why Do You Need Mitigation?

The purpose of mitigation is to keep any damage to your home from getting worse. There are several things that could happen before repairs begin that could make the process even more complicated and time-consuming. Even small cracks can allow water to get inside the house, which can damage your belongings or the structure of the building. It can contribute to the growth of mold as well. Holes in the roof can allow further wind damage and can even let in small animals. Mitigation will help prevent this.

What Happens During Mitigation?

During the mitigation process, the cleanup and restoration company will cover any cracks or holes in the roof to prevent water, wind or debris from creating more problems. This is often done with a tarp, but more severe cases might require the use of wooden boards. Mitigation can sometimes include cleanup and sanitization as well.

If mitigation is not performed on the roof damage to your house, it could make the restoration process more difficult. When damage worsens, it requires more time and money to repair. Because of this, you should always have mitigation done as soon as you can.

Safeguarding Your Business From Storm Destruction

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

How to Fortify Your Building

When a major storm event such as a hurricane is barreling towards your business, time is of the essence in preparing your commercial building. Flood water from heavy rains can cause tremendous damage to an unsecured structure and force you to close your doors for weeks or months while you undergo an extensive restoration process. Protect your business in Reunion, FL, from the devastation of a storm by following a few simple guidelines to fortify your building.

Watch the weather.

One of the most important steps in preventing a flooded building is also one of the simplest – pay attention to your local weather forecasts and take any severe weather or flash flooding alerts seriously. Use the advance warning to enact preventative measures like placing sandbags around the perimeter of your business and moving expensive electronic equipment to a higher level of the building.

Design an action plan.

When a storm is about to hit, every staff member needs to have a specific role in preparing your business to withstand the destruction. Assign tasks to each team member so nobody gets overwhelmed. For example, one person should be in charge of fortifying the building to keep out flood water, another person should take care of backing up important electronic data, and someone else should supervise a final evacuation drill.

Prepare for restoration.

Even a well-prepared business can sustain water damage if a storm is especially severe. That’s why it’s a good idea to have the contact information for a reputable commercial storm damage restoration company on hand in case you need professional assistance in the cleanup and repair process. Enlisting the help of an expert means you can reopen your doors faster than if you try to manage complex reconstruction yourself.

A storm heading towards your commercial building means you need to take immediate action in preventing flood water from destroying your livelihood. By staying calm and taking steps to safeguard your building, you can ensure your business will ultimately withstand the destruction of a severe weather event.

Water Damage and Homeowners Insurance

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Homeowners insurance is useful in times of an emergency. Insurance allows you to avoid having to pay out-of-pocket for expenses that are related to damage to your home. Submitting a claim after your home is damaged by water helps you recover money spent on repairs. However, it is important to know that there are positive and negative points to filing a water damage insurance claim has its good points and bad points.

Water Damage Coverage

Your insurance company covers certain types of water damage. In most instances, the insurance company will cover any damage that is the result of a sudden event. For example, if the broken dishwasher leaks water and causes any water damage, you are covered by your policy. But, any damage that results from a dishwasher that malfunctions because of inadequate maintenance or neglect will not get covered.

No Coverage

An issue that homeowners face that is not covered by a regular homeowner’s insurance policy is flood damage. If a local river overflows and floods your home, the flooding is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. You will need to purchase a separate insurance policy to cover flooding. This type of insurance is advised for anyone living in an area prone to flooding.

Water damage is covered through homeowner’s insurance

Unfortunately, there are some limitations to this coverage. An accident that occurs suddenly will likely get covered. However, flood damage that arises from poor maintenance may not covered by your policy. It is important to know that you may find yourself disagreeing with your insurance company about the nature of your water damage. An incident that you believe is the result of a sudden accident may not get viewed as such by your insurer. Your insurance company may argue that the damage was caused by improper maintenance of your home.

If you need help with flood damage in Saint Cloud, FL call our teams of professionals at (407) 933-0707

#waterdamage #homeownerinsuranceandwaterdamage #Kissimmee #SERVPROofOsceolaCounty

Prevent a kitchen fire

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

pot on fire due to being unattended Unattended pot on fire on a stovetop

Did you know last year many kitchen fires were mainly caused by unattended cooking? 

Here are some stats of damages caused by kitchen fires:

Cooking fire stats: 

  •  Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home* fires and fire injuries, causing 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 8% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
  • Ranges or cooktops account for three-fifths (61%) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and over half (53%) of the associated deaths.
  • Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.

Here are some tips on cooking especially with oil or frying:  

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or too tired to cook. Do not cook.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire
  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Safety considerations for cooking with oil

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a dangerous sign that the oil is too hot.
  • Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sautéing.
  • Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water on the fire.
  • If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside

After the fire calls us we are open 24/7 and we are there when you need us the most. 

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Winter heating ways and household fires

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that in 2018 43% of the winter home fires were due to Space heaters. 

When winter hits we all try to keep warm and seek cost-efficient ways. The most common is space heaters. A space heater can be also dangerous if not attended to. 

Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association: 

  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.

If you had a fire caused by heating your home call SERVPRO of Osceola at 407-933-0707

#spaceheaterfires #SERVPROofosceola #osceloa 

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After a storm and roof damage.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

blue tarp on home Tarp on roof

After a storm hits it is a common scene to see roofs with damage and blue tarps. 

Why are that many have asked? 

Most roofs do not get inspected on a yearly basis especially shingle roofs. Over time with weather elements, the shingles can start to lift or become brittle. So, when storms happen most properties that have not maintained the roof have damage. 

Most property owners try to prevent more damage by placing a tarp on the affected areas. The tarps can be temporary till you get help.  

How to check your roof every year prior to a storm. 

1. Check your shingles 

2. Make sure your gutters are clean to allow water to flow. 

3. Check your siding and make sure is good and no holes are present. 

4. Take photos of all the outside of your home and interior. 

5. Make sure your insurance is up to date and have a copy with you.

After the storm, if you have damage. 

Take photos of all the damage

Call SERVPRO of Osceola - 407-933-0707

We will work with your insurance to help you when you need us the most. 

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Fitness Centers and flooding

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

fitness center osceola Fitness center with spin bikes.

SERVPRO Can Help You Restore or Prevent Severe Outcomes after Flood Damage in your Osceola Facility

When a storm or other extreme weather event punctures the roof at your Osceola health and fitness center, it creates a perfect opportunity for rainwater to filter in, leading to flooding. Since you cannot predict such intrusion, what matters is what you do once it happens. The outcome can be disastrous if you do not take immediate steps to address all the problems that develop.

What problems should I expect after water incursion through the roof?

Such flood damage in your Osceola fitness center is likely to affect most of the contents in your facility as well as structural components. In most cases, you can expect some typical issues such as:
• Water trapped within the walls
• Water trapped in the ceiling
• Water-logged floor materials
• Deterioration of wall panels and fixtures

When water enters a building through the roof or other elevated parts of the structure, it affects more areas as it finds a way towards the floor. Unlike breaches at the ground level whereby water wicks slowly through materials, the intrusions from elevated points allow water to reach cavities such as the spaces between walls, ceilings, and closets faster, this is gravity at work.

Sudden exposure to water affects materials in different ways, depending on the physical traits of their constituent parts. Composite materials can disintegrate as the water damages the bonds that hold them together. The water might also spark chemical processes like rusting metallic items in your fitness center, including the weights, benches, and other accessories. Calling our SERVPRO team in time can help prevent rather than reverse these processes.

How should I plan my response to a flooding incident?

  • Stopping the water infiltration
    • Removing the water
    • Clean up
    • Dealing with moisture

When flooding happens because of a hole in the roof, performing other restoration steps before fixing the opening exposes the property to further intrusion should the rain continue. Since carrying out full repairs on short notice is not feasible either, you need alternative solutions. Our SERVPRO technicians can help set up a roof tarp stopping further flooding inside the structure until you repair the damaged section. The tarp is strong enough to last up to two years, so it is not just temporary patchwork to secure your facility for a day or two but should get a permanent repair soon after the incident.

Fast extraction of any water pooling around the facility is essential since leaving water sitting in the property over extended periods leads to secondary damage. The water might penetrate the subfloor necessitating expensive repairs. Standing water also increases humidity levels within the structure, which can transfer damages from the areas affected initially. Wet-vacuuming helps remove the water fast. Our technicians have access to different varieties of extraction equipment, including portable and truck-mounted ones allowing us to extract any pool of water, "Like it never even happened."

Are there unique challenges of restoring a flooded gym?

If your fitness center is like most, you have the advantage of vast open spaces. Moving contents out of the way or setting up restoration equipment is easier. Most of the equipment also has metallic parts, which can withstand water exposure. However, you can expect other challenges.

Depending on the material you have on the floors, water exposure can cause minimal or extensive damages. In the case of a wooden floor, you have to worry about the expansion that occurs from absorbing significant amounts of water. Even more troubling is that the expansion might not go away after drying, so the damage can be permanent. If the floor is made from synthetic materials such as rubber, vinyl, or poured urethane, you do not have to worry about expansion. However, substantial water intrusion under the material damages the glue holding the floor material.

You might also have a carpeted area in your facility, especially around the weightlifting benches. Extended exposure of carpets to water leads to backing separation. Carpets used in commercial settings have higher pile densities ranging from 18 to 30 ounces per square yard, which makes them more resilient. However, water can still damage them permanently.

Our SERVPRO crews use different techniques to help resolve these situations, including expediting water extraction and setting up drying chambers over wooden floors to control the drying process. For the carpets, we can remove them for offsite drying to quicken the process.

SERVPRO of Osceola can put in the hard work necessary to save your fitness center from flood damage. Call us at 407-933-0707 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When time matters in flooded commercial properties.

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

carpet drying Carpet cleaning after flooded area.

Simple Steps that Guarantee Safety When Restoring Commercial Flood Damage Incidents in Osceola County

There is nothing simple about flooding, primarily when it affects a commercial establishment. Apart from the financial loss, such an incident might cause, safety is another major concern. Injuries to staff members or clients who visit the premises during the incident can complicate matters, including leading to lawsuits. SERVPRO takes different steps to guarantee safety.

Anticipating safety issues
Preventing problems that lead to safety issues is the best approach when restoring commercial flood damage incidents in Osceola County. Our SERVPRO technicians watch for signs of impending trouble, such as sagging ceilings, which indicate the presence of water trapped in the ceiling cavity. Such water easily finds a way into power cables increasing the risk of electrocution. Trapped water might also compromise support structures leading to cave-ins. In case we identify the problem, we take immediate steps such as drilling weep holes to remove the water.

Planning the loss site
The activities required for the restoration of flooding incidents can create safety hazards. For example, the hoses used to extract pools of stagnant water from the structure can create trip hazards around the loss site. The wet and soiled surfaces are also slippery, creating another risk. Simple steps, such as placing wet floor signs and taping or zip-tying the hoses, helps our SERVPRO technicians maintain safety when working at the loss site.

Preventing electrical malfunctions
Power is crucial during the restoration of flood damage since most of the equipment, including water extractors, air movers, rotating brushes, and dehumidifiers, need electric power to run. When power cables are exposed to water, accidents such as electrocution of the workers or other users at the property can happen. Short-circuits can also damage equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected areas of the building to establish whether there is water in the electric cables. We also inspect equipment for damages such as frayed wires. Use of GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, also helps keep the equipment safe when operating in a wet environment.

Eliminating safety concerns eases the restoration of flood damage in a commercial establishment. Call SERVPRO of Osceola at 407-933-0707 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damages and Commercial Properties

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Waterborne Dangers in Commercial Properties

Standing water is an ideal place for microorganisms, like bacteria, and viruses, to breed. The chances of standing water becoming a breeding ground increases when the water damage contains toxins and sewage. Even if the floodwater comes from a clean source, the microorganisms can breed.

Dampness is another risk worthy of concern. The dampness of household items, furnishings, and even the building can create an environment that encourages the growth of mold, dust mites, microorganisms, and cockroaches.

Why Cleanup After a Flood is Important

Cleaning up after a flood or water damage should be a priority. The cleanup process should also be handled with care. Any items that get cleaned must be cleaned properly. Throw away anything that cannot get cleaned or is damaged beyond repair.

Excess moisture after a flood or water damage negatively impacts indoor air quality. Because of this, flooded areas need thorough cleaning as soon as possible. Here are a few of the problems caused by moisture:

  • The environment becomes perfect for the reproduction and growth of microorganisms that cause health effects.
  • Long-term exposure to humidity is ideal for the population of dust mites.
  • Anyone involved with cleaning up after a flood or water damage should wear proper attire that includes masks and gloves.
  • Coming into contact with many of these contaminants can cause illness.

The Cleanup Process

No one enjoys cleaning up after a flood or water damage, but its importance cannot be overestimated. The health of everyone who lives in the home may be affected. Depending on the severity of the water damage, the cleaning process can be an arduous task. Here are the necessary steps that need to be taken.

1. Find the source of the leak and stop it.
2. Figure out who could get affected
3. Determine the extent of the problem
4. Formulate a cleanup plan

The plan needs to involve removing water-damaged items and furniture while protecting those involved in the cleanup process. Any items that can be salvaged should be cleaned. Those that cannot be cleaned should get thrown away. Any items that sat in water for 24 to 48 hours needs to get thrown away. Once everything is clean, do a final check to assess the thoroughness of the task. Throughout the process, make sure everyone involved is wearing protective gear.

It is important to not rely solely on air purification devices to get the job done. Proper cleaning and throwing away damaged items from water damage is the only way to clean after a flood.

We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Disaster, storm, and flood damage
  • Mold Damage

Heating Your Home

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. But we also want to help you prevent fires in your home.

Did you know that heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)? Cold temperatures during these winter months have led to people frequently using their heaters. Half of these heating equipment fires predictably take place in the winter months of December, January, and February when heating equipment is used the most.

Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangers of using heaters in your home.

Stay Three Feet Away

One way to stay safe when heating your home is to keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment. That includes a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Enforce a Three-Foot Rule for Children

The curiosity of children can cause a problem if they focus their attention on one of these heating options. Wanting to explore the equipment, the child could accidentally catch on fire or start a fire in the house. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around all open fires and space heaters.

Don’t Use Your Oven As a Heater

Never attempt to use your oven to heat your home. The inefficacy of an oven as it pertains to heating could cause it to go out or not burn well which could potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning endangering the lives of your whole family.

Use Only Qualified Professionals When Installing Heating Equipment

Make sure a qualified professional install your heating equipment. An inexperienced person installing your space heater, water heater, or central heating equipment could lead to serious mistakes that could cause a fire. Hiring qualified professionals will ensure that the person installing your equipment adheres to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Get Your Annual Chimney Inspection

It’s important to have your heating equipment or chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. In early 2000, the NFPA set a new standard that ensures that inspections include a thorough inspection and cleaning. Based on the purpose of the inspection (annual inspection, system change or real estate transaction, potential hazard) the inspector will inspect on one of three levels. The thoroughness of the inspection will increase at each level of the inspection.

Never Leave Portable Heaters On When Leaving a Room

Always turn off and unplug portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed. Portable heaters can short out while you’re away and start a fire before you return.

Make Sure to Use Correct Fuel

Use the right kind of fuel when using fuel-burning space heaters. The manufacturer will specify which fuel that specific space heater will need. Using the wrong kind of fuel could cause the fuel to burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and could cause a fire in your home.

Use a Fireplace Screen

It’s important to make sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it. Without a screen, sparks could fly into the room and start a fire. Also, if you plan to dispose of ashes in a metal container, ashes should be cooled prior to entering a metal container. The container should also be kept a safe distance away from your home.

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

If a fire starts in your home in Saint Cloud, a smoke alarm can save your life. Smoke spreads quickly and a properly working smoke alarm will give you enough time to get out. So make sure you test your smoke alarms each month. Also, make sure to replace your smoke detectors once every ten years.

Use Ventilation

When burning anything larger than a candle, make sure to provide good ventilation. You can do this by opening windows, doors, or fireplace fumes. Good ventilation will substantially reduce the amount of smoke that can be harmful to those in the home.

On cold days heating is a must. But without the use of certain precautions, it can be a very dangerous decision. By following the safety measures highlighted by the NFPA, you can ensure that you will be warm and safe during the cold winter months.

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House Flooding

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

flooded floor kitchen Flooded kitchen floor due to broken pipe.

Water flooding in your house, business, or place of work can happen at any time. Most of the reasons for flooding are due to pipes breaking, backed up septic tanks, water heaters. When those times happen we dry up the areas and think everything is dry and fine. But what most people do not realize is that moisture can be hidden behind walls, cabinets, and rugs.

Here are some facts:

  • Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves, and other organic materials.
  • Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours.
  • It is not always visible right after it happens, meaning if you do not get a rapid response on the matter it will grow.
  • Even if you dry the area it can be wet behind walls.
  • Bleach does not stop the growth behind the walls.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Turn off electric to the affected area.
  • Call SERVPRO of Osceola County!
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Open exterior doors and windows.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.


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Mold can grow even in the cleanest areas.

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

mold behind a wall Mold growing behind wallpaper.

Did you know mold does not need to be visible to be growing? Even in some of the cleanest areas, it can be behind walls.

Most common places like bathrooms, closets, around the ac handler, kitchens, garages, even some exteriors.  

Here are some facts:

  • Mold can grow both indoors and outdoors
  • It can start with just moisture 
  • It can grow anywhere inside your area without you seeing it. 
  • Some of the most common areas for mold is around the AC Handlers, Water heaters, Bathrooms, Closets, and Garage. 
  • Drying out the area after it has been flooded it will not stop the mold from growing.
  • There are several types of Molds 

 Think you got mold growing in your home, business, or offices call our team of experts. 

Flooding and Why Time is important.

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

leaking pipe with water overflow floods happen

Many of us have experienced a leaky pipe, storm damage, backed up toilet, overflowed tub, and even septic back up. When a flood happened we rush to dry up the floor and clean the area. But what most do know is the moisture can cause mold to start growing. Did you know that mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure?

Here are some important tips when floods happen. 

  • Take photos of the flooded area from the outside area
  • Shut off electric to the area flooded ( do not enter a flooded room with electric on ) 
  • Try to dry most of it if possible  
  • CALL our offices at 407-933-0707

SERVPRO of Osceola County will make it feel

"Like it never even happened." 

Testing for Mold in Your Home

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on the wall and a gloved hand with a device to test the mold Testing for mold in a Reunion, FL home

Testing for Mold in Your Home

If you smell a musty odor in your Reunion, FL, home, then your house may have a black mold problem. You should thus hire a certified specialist or an environmental hygienist to perform a mold assessment.

A mold test doesn’t just help you determine whether the fungus is in your home. It can also identify the species of mold and whether it is toxic. An assessment can additionally determine how many mold spores are in the air.

Mold tests also help find the source of the fungus. This is important, as mold damage can sometimes occur in hidden areas of the home.

There are three main types of mold tests. They are:

  • Surface test
  • Air test
  • Bulk test

Surface Test

As its name implies, a surface test checks for mildew and mold on surfaces of your home. During this mold assessment, a specialist or environmental hygienist will collect samples and then send them to the lab for analysis.

Air Test

Similarly, an air test takes samples from the air in your home and checks them for mold. However, these tests are not always accurate, as the amount of mold in the air can vary widely over time.

Bulk Test

In a bulk test, the specialist takes items from your home and looks at them under a microscope. Since each of these assessments can show different things, it is best to have the professional perform all of them. The tests should also be done at various times and locations within the home.

If testing reveals that there is a fungus problem in your house, you should call your local mold remediation specialists. They can perform black mold cleanup, eliminate odors, and possibly restore your damaged belongings.

Once the experts are done, you should get surface tests of the affected areas. This will confirm that the mold cleanup was successful. You should also get a mold assessment of the air to ensure that the level of mold spores has returned to normal. This will give you added peace of mind.

Cleaning up the Office After Water Damage

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Business building carpets and chairs that have flood damage Large commercial flood in Osceola County, FL

Cleaning up the Office After Water Damage

If your commercial building experiences water damage, you should have a plan for salvaging as much of the contents of your building as you can. Dealing with a flooded company in Osceola County, FL, can be stressful, so ease your mind and find a water damage cleaning company you can trust.

Electronics

One important asset of many commercial office spaces are the electronics. If your space has experienced water damage, you may be tempted to wipe them off and turn them on to check on their status. However, it is very important that you do not turn on any electronics that have gotten wet. This task needs to be left to electronic technicians who know how to safely stop further corrosion and damage by dry cleaning the outside and working their way in. It is possible to salvage:

  • computers
  • television sets
  • printers
  • DVD players

Documents

Especially if your records are not backed up digitally, you may have tons of important documents you are concerned about protecting in your flooded company. If your file cabinets have been doused, it is possible to save the papers within. There are various methods, depending on the type of document and the extent of the damage: freezer drying, de-humidification, air drying, vacuum thermal drying and vacuum freeze drying.

Surfaces

When it comes to the hard surfaces of your office, like desks and wood floors, there are many ways to go about cleaning them in the event of a broken pipe or flood. There are sprays, wipes, foams, abrasive methods, immersive methods, dry methods or wet methods, dependent on item and situation. Soft surfaces like carpet and ceiling tiles need to be dried immediately in order to avoid mold.

A flooded company is a company that isn't making any money, so it is in your best interest to get it back on its feet as quickly as you can. The best way to do that is to call in a service that knows what they are doing when it comes to water damage remediation.

Protect Your Business From Disaster

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems installed on a high vaulted ceiling. Install a sprinkler system in your building

As a business owner or property manager, you have a lot to think about. One aspect of your job is to plan ahead and to think about fire preparation. How can you make your company better prepared to handle a fire? Is there a way to avoid a costly fire in the first place? If you do have a fire in Kissimmee, FL, how do you lessen its impact on your employees, customers and bottom line? Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to minimize or eliminate the effects of a costly fire. One important step that shouldn't be overlooked is who to call in an emergency. This will of course include the fire department, but it should also include calling in fire restoration experts as quickly as possible.

The Elements of Disaster Preparation

To reduce the likelihood of a commercial fire, or to limit fire damage, a number of proactive steps can be taken. These include some or all of the following measures:

  • Install current fire alarms and a sprinkler system in your building
  • Work with fire officials to fireproof your building
  • Make sure your fire extinguishers are in working order and inspected
  • Conduct regular fire drills for employees
  • Appoint a person in charge of fire preparation for your company

If a fire does occur, it's important to call a company that understands the concept of Faster to Any Size Disaster. When it comes to disaster preparation in Kissimmee, FL, speed is always of the essence. The more quickly restoration begins, the more likely that damage will be limited. This is especially true for water restoration related to a sprinkler system or the hoses from the fire department. Powerful equipment can be brought in such as industrial fans and wet vacuums that limit damage to walls, ceilings and electrical equipment.

It pays to think about fire preparation. It can save lives and valuable property.

Finding and Treating Mold in Your Commercial Property

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with mold stating it can grow within 48-72 hours Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours

Did you know that your commercial building could have a mold problem without you even knowing it? Unfortunately, mold can grow in places that are not visible in a casual walk-through. Knowing what enables mold growth and common places it occurs can help you keep your business mold-free.

Where Mold Grows

Mold can grow anywhere it is warm and wet, but there are certain places that are more prone to mold infestations than others. Make sure you check the following areas in your building for mold:

  • Ductwork
  • Carpet
  • Electrical equipment
  • Paper-storage areas
  • HVAC units (particularly drainage pans and terminal units)
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Masonry
  • Walls (wallboards and inside cavity walls)

Mold can also result from high humidity, so be sure to keep the inside humidity low, ideally below 45%.

Mold Growth From Water Damage

Mold can begin growing as quickly as 24 hours after flooding, leaking or any other event that causes water damage to your property. Therefore, it is important to dry the water as soon as possible. Wet/dry vacuums, dehumidifiers and fans can all help with this process. Anything that cannot be fully dried should be removed from the area.

Treating Mold

Often the first indication of a mold problem is a musty smell. If you cannot see any mold, it may be best to call mold remediation experts to help you find the source of the mold. After the mold has been found and the water source addressed, it is important to contain the mold. This can be accomplished by turning off fans and the heating or air conditioning in the area. Professionals may use more advanced methods. Then an antimicrobial or antifungal cleaning solution should be used to clean the mold. Anything that cannot be fully cleaned of mold should be thrown out. After the mold has been brought back to normal levels, any needed reconstruction or repairs can begin.

Mold in your Holopaw, FL, business can be a serious problem. However, routinely checking for mold growth and addressing it quickly can prevent a minor issue from becoming a disaster.

How To Stop a Bath or Shower Leak

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Plumber inspecting the leak in a bathtub Consult a plumber to stop the leak in your bathtub

How to Identify and Fix a Shower or Bathtub Leak

A leak can result in standing water around a shower or bathtub that can leave signs of discoloration. Water damage may be apparent on the same floor, on the ceiling of the one below it or in a basement or crawlspace. Here are several pointers for identifying and fixing a shower or bathtub leak.

Replace the Shower Pan

Shower pans play a critical role in preventing leaks. If this component has worn out, you are likely to see signs of water damage. You can make sure the problem is a shower pan leak by taking the following steps:

  1. Fill the bath with 1.5 inches of water
  2. Have someone stand and walk around in the tub or shower
  3. Keep checking over several days

A bathtub leak caused by a shower pan may be more extensive than a drain problem or poor sealing. Expect to replace this piece every 30 years.

Repair the Drain

A faulty drain flange or gasket can also result in moisture damage. Pour water from a bucket or hose down the drain while someone monitors the area underneath. If leaking is spotted, you may have located the source.

Reseal Caulking or Grout

Caulk creates a waterproof barrier between tile and other fixtures or surface materials. If you notice standing water on the bathroom floor, re-caulking may be needed. Grout prevents moisture from getting in between tiles or behind walls where hidden mold can form.

Clean and Maintain the Shower

A shower head could also be the source of a leak. Make sure that the escutcheon is sealed with caulk or putty. It may also be necessary to replace faulty components, such as cartridges, gaskets, stems and washers.

Depending on the cause of a shower or bathtub leak, any of these measures could resolve the problem. If you cannot find a way to stop a leak, consult a plumber or a water damage restoration service in Reunion, FL.

3 Ways To Lower Your Business Interruption Claim

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hair salon that has been flooded Salon flooded in Osceola County, FL

Ways to Lower Your Business Interruption Claim

Flooding can cause your business in Osceola County, FL, to temporarily shut its doors while the process of restoration begins. Though it's often necessary for a business to temporarily shut down after a flood, the loss of business can take its toll. However, there are several ways you can lower your business interruption claim.

  1. Stop the Flow of Water if Possible

When a natural disaster causes a flood, it's rarely possible to stop the flow of water. However, you can often stop water from continuing to enter your building if a flood is caused by a broken pipe or malfunctioning appliance. If a burst pipe or broken appliance is causing your building to flood, quickly shutting off the water in your building can be a useful way to stop the flow of the floodwater and can decrease the likelihood of major damage occurring.

  1. Make a Claim in a Timely Manner

Making a large water damage claim soon after flooding affects your building is often helpful. Different insurance policies will provide varying coverage, and knowing what costs your policy will cover can help you to prepare for restoration. You can talk to someone at your insurance company if you have specific questions about your policy, but it's generally beneficial to make a claim as soon as possible so you can begin restoration and can start to mitigate the damage.

  1. Begin Restoration Quickly

Starting restoration quickly is often wise after a disaster occurs. Waiting to begin the restoration process can cause additional damage, such as mold growth, to your building. To ensure your restoration is as effective and cost-efficient as possible, it can be helpful to employ emergency restoration services. By starting the restoration process as soon as possible, it is likely that you will be able to reopen your business sooner rather than later.

Having your business interrupted after flooding can be costly. However, reducing the cost of your business interruption claim often can allow you to begin restoration quickly and can make it easier to reopen your business in a timely manner.

Is your dryer vent clean?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Lint vent full of lint from the dryer A lint fire can be a dangerous situation and cause a great deal of damage.

So, What Are the Signs That Your Vent Needs Cleaning?

As a homeowner in Saint Cloud, FL, you're probably very diligent about fire safety. You may have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors on every floor, but have you checked your dryer vent lately? Many homes are damaged each year as the result of a lint fire. If the vent isn't cleaned out regularly, a dryer fire can result. 

  1. Clothes Are Taking Too Long To Dry

If your vent is blocked, your clothes can take up to two or three times as long to dry. You may find that clothes you put in for a regular drying time are still a little damp when the cycle is over. This is happening because the blocked vent isn't allowing the moisture to be released to the outside.

  1. Hot Dryer and Clothes

A blocked vent can also cause excess heat. If your laundry feels unusually hot when you take it out, and the outside of the dryer feels very hot when you touch it, this could be the problem.

  1. Burning Smell

If you smell something burning inside the dryer, that's a sure sign of trouble. The drum casing, exhaust tube and trap can get clogged, which makes it easy for a lint fire to start. If you're smelling smoke, turn off the dryer immediately and call a professional right away to inspect it.

  1. No Regular Inspections

Your dryer vent should be inspected at least once a year by a vent cleaning specialist. A do-it-yourself job is certainly an option, but hiring a professional can ensure that the job is done thoroughly. These technicians are well acquainted with all the various brands of dryers and have the proper equipment to efficiently clean out the vent.

A lint fire can be a dangerous situation and cause a great deal of damage. But you can easily prevent a fire from happening by looking out for the signs outlined above.

The 4 Steps to Residential Fire Restoration

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

A graphic with a house with fire damage talking about tarping and boarding. Restoration companies offer board-up, tarping and fencing services.

Residential Fire Restoration Process

The residual fire and smoke damage after a disaster and rescue efforts are likely one of the most devastating experiences of any homeowner's life. However, fire restoration companies exist to repair the seemingly irreparable. Regardless of the size of the property or home, every restoration effort follows the same necessary process.

  1. Securing the Property

The first step to getting your home back to normal is to secure the property. Most insurers require homeowners to mitigate further loss, which is why restoration companies offer board-up, tarping and fencing services. These companies make sure that no elements, natural or human, disturb your property or risk your coverage.

  1. Removing Water and Drying the Home

Another step in the mitigation process is removing any excess water from the rescue efforts. While it may be disheartening for homeowners not to see smoke damage be cleared away, every effort is made during these early stages to reduce liability concerns for insurers, making it easier for your claim to succeed.

  1. Cleaning and Removing Smoke and Soot Damage

After the mitigation work is done, the restoration company you have chosen will begin the process of debris removal and soot and smoke cleaning. Using specialized equipment and chemicals, these companies will clean the existing structure from top to bottom ensuring that all harmful residue is removed before moving on to the final phase.

  1. Restoration

Once a fire restoration specialist in the Saint Cloud, FL, area has performed all the necessary mitigation and cleaning, they will begin the process of actual restoration work. While some jobs are small enough for one company to handle, many professionals hire outside contractors to rebuild and restructure the home when necessary.

Fire and smoke damage might be extensive after a fire, and homeowners may feel like there is no hope for restoration. However, in the hands of experienced professionals, even the most devastating situation can be rectified.

3 Ways a Leaky Pipe Can Cost You Money

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

A wall with mold forming from water damage Moisture build up and caused damage to the walls.

Three Ways a Damaged Pipe Can Cause You Money

If you have a water leak in your Osceola building, you might be tempted to push it to the back of your mind. You have more important matters to deal with, after all, right? Well, it turns out that a small leak can become a big problem if you don’t have it fixed right away. Here are just three ways that a damaged pipe could cost you a lot of money.

  1. Restoration and Repairs

Over time, even a small water leak can contribute to damage to your building. The moisture can build up and cause warping in walls and flooring, weakening the structure in that area. If it is unable to dry, you can end up with a mold growth that can cause discoloration and an unpleasant musty odor. Eventually, you will need to hire a water damage restoration specialist to repair the damage.

  1. Increased Water Bills

Depending on the location of the leak, a high water bill might be the first sign of water damage that you notice. While it might seem that only a small amount of water is lost, even tiny drips add up throughout the day. If the leak continues over a long period of time, you could be wasting hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars each month.

  1. Loss of Business

Sometimes, a leak is indicative of a larger problem. If your pipes are old or damaged, then ignoring a leak could potentially end in a pipe break. This will cause a much larger amount of damage to your building and can even prevent you from doing business while the repairs are being done, costing you valuable profits.

Because a water leak seems like a small problem, it is often overlooked or ignored, but this can end up costing your business big time. You should be sure to perform regular maintenance to keep everything in your building working properly. Fixing a leak early on will save you both time and money in the long run.

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5 Preparedness Tips for Flooding

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags lined up to prevent a flood Have sandbags ready on entry points to your building

How to Prepare for the Possibility of Flooding

Storm season can certainly keep you on your toes. When you have a business in Kissimmee, FL, it’s good to know how to prepare for the possibility of flooding. Here are five tips to help you be well prepared for anything a storm may send your way.

  1. Have an Emergency Plan

A big part of preparing for flood damage is simply having a plan of action in place. Evacuation paths should be mapped, and those maps should be posted on every level of your building so that people know where to go in an emergency. Designate emergency responsibilities before the disaster occurs so that people know what is expected of them.

  1. Waterproof Your Building

Even if your building is flooded during a storm, having a solid building envelope can lower your flood cleanup costs. Have your building inspected regularly to find cracks or spots that are worn so that you can get the necessary repairs.

  1. Elevate Equipment and Furniture

Electrical equipment and furniture can both be damaged beyond repair during flooding. Elevate furniture, sockets, electrical panels, appliances and all wiring where floodwaters can’t get to them.

  1. Have Sandbags Ready

A good way to stave off excess water is to put up barriers. Set sandbags near doors, windows and other vulnerable entry points to your building. Barriers may delay the flow of water enough that you can avoid storm damage altogether.

  1. Update Your Insurance Coverage

It’s a smart idea to check your insurance policies periodically to make sure that all potential problems are covered. If you don’t have a policy that pays for services from storm cleanup experts, you may have to pay for a lot of damage out of pocket the next time a storm heads your way.

Flooding is a common occurrence when there is a storm in your area. By making sure your employees, your building and your insurance is adequately prepared, you can prevent a lot of damage and handle the problems that do occur with relative ease.

Maintaining Your Business's Roof for a Longer Roof Life

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Rain gutters clogged with debris. Debris blocking gutters can cause a backup of water that may lead to a roof leak

Steps to Prevent Roof Damage

You might not think much about the roof over your business, but each day it protects your assets and operations. A roof leak interrupts your business and adds unexpected expenses, so take steps now to prevent roof damage.

  1. Remove Debris

Roofs are designed to allow water to run off quickly during storms. Any debris on the roof can hold water, which may damage roofing materials. If you have trees nearby, make sure they are pruned away from the roof, and check after winds and in the autumn for branches and leaves that may have fallen on the roof. Check your roof regularly and after storms to ensure it is clear.

  1. Clean Gutters and Drains

Debris blocking gutters can cause a backup of water that may lead to a roof leak. Gutters are designed to drain water away from the roof and building, but their function is reduced when water cannot flow freely due to debris and blockages. Wind damage can also affect gutter function if a gutter becomes loose or falls. Check gutters after every storm or wind event and frequently during the autumn when leaves fall.

  1. Inspect for Signs of Damage

Storm conditions may cause minor roof damage that, if not addressed early, can lead to significant damage. Winter storms can be especially damaging due to the weight and expansion of ice. After a storm, in addition to clearing the roof and gutters of debris, you should also look for tears, gaps, bubbles, cracked seals, bent or gapped flashing, and missing shingles. Any of these issues can be a small repair if caught early rather than a major repair or roof replacement if left to worsen. As a business owner or manager, you'll want to call a storm cleanup professional in Kissimmee, FL, to inspect your business's roof.

Protect your business and avoid unexpected expenses by monitoring the health of its roof. Keep your roof and gutters clear and inspect them regularly for signs of damage in order to avoid issues that can lead to a roof leak.

Escaping a Fire

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Causing more than 2,500 deaths and 12,600 injuries each year in the United States, house fires are extremely dangerous for those that are unprepared for the event. But they are preventable.

To be prepared should a fire occur in your home, it’s important to know what to do:

  • before a fire
  • during a fire
  • after a fire

To ensure that your family remains safe throughout the ordeal.

It takes just two minutes for a fire to become life-threatening and just five minutes for a residence to become consumed by a fire. While the flames are what most people fear, that’s not what’s most dangerous as the heat and smoke do most of the damage. This is because the inhalation of extremely hot air can sear the lungs. A fire also has the ability to produce poisonous gases that can make you disoriented and drowsy making them all the more dangerous. In fact, the leading cause of fire deaths is asphyxiation which exceeds burns by a three to one ratio.

Preparing for a Fire

To make sure you’re prepared in the event of a fire, there are certain precautionary measures that must be taken to ensure your safety. The most important step is to create an evacuation plan for your family. Every second counts when a home is filling up with smoke so you need to know the fastest way out. Creating a plan and going over it with each member of your family will ensure that everyone can get out safely.

When developing your evacuation plan, make sure that you have two routes to escape each room in case one is blocked. Once your plan is formed, you should practice the plan at least twice a year. Being prepared for a potential fire means making sure that windows aren’t locked, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be opened. You should also have your family practice feeling around in the dark with their eyes closed replicating the environment they’ll be in if there’s a fire and teach the children not to hide from firefighters who are there to help.

The most important device to making sure you can safety escape a fire is a smoke alarm. Having working smoke alarms will significantly increase your chances of surviving the fire. To make sure that your smoke alarm will alert you of a fire in the home, test the batteries monthly, replace the batteries at least once a year, and replace the smoke alarm every eight to 10 years.

How to Escape a Fire

If a fire does occur in your home, you should escape the building as quickly as possible. However, there are some things you need to remember to safety evacuate. The first step is to get to the floor and crawl to the exit as heavy, toxic smoke and poisonous gases gather initiallly at the ceiling. When you get to a door, feel the doorknob and door before opening it. If either the doorknob or door is hot, you should leave it closed and go to your alternate way out. You should also leave the door closed if smoke is coming from around it. If you are able to open the door, do so slowly and be ready to shut it quickly should heavy smoke or fire be on the other side.

But what happens if you can’t get out? If the event occurs where you’re trapped in a room, cover the vents and cracks around any doors with cloth or tape to keep any smoke out. Then call the fire department and tell them where you are. You can use a light colored cloth or flashlight to get the attention of the firefighters. If you catch on fire yourself, simply stop, drop, and roll with your hands over your face to put yourself out.

What to Do After a Fire

If you’ve suffered a fire in your home rendering it uninhabitable and you have nowhere to go, contact your local disaster relief service like The Red Cross. If you have fire insurance, call the insurance company for details on protecting your property. You also should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Osceola County to remediate the situation as soon as possible. The sooner they begin the restoration process, the more of your home and possessions will be salvaged.

A house fire is a devastating event that can lead to serious injury or death if you’re not properly prepared. These tips will ensure that you’re prepared for a fire and that you and your family can escape safely.

Keeping The Workplace Safe

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping the Workplace Safe

Encourage your employees to...

  • Practice Good Hygiene 
    • Stop shaking hands – use other non-contact methods of greeting
    • Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
    • Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  • Be Careful with Meetings and Travel
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
    • Assess the risks of business travel
  • Handle Food Carefully 
    • Limit sharing food with others
    • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
    • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
  • Stay Home if...
    • They are feeling sick
    • They have a sick family member in their home

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Osceola County Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

We Are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

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Symptoms

Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Osceola County professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

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Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

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What’s the Price Range for Residential Mold Remediation?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a home Minor mold damage in a Poinciana, FL home

What’s the Price Range for Residential Mold Remediation?

Mold is one of the most expensive forms of damage to remediate. Costs start with an inspection and continue through testing, analysis and mold removal. Depending on the extent of the problem, containment measures may be necessary. Find out about the price range of minor, moderate and major mold damage for residences in Poinciana, FL.

Minor Damage

Minor mold damage is likely to have the lowest remediation cost. A minor mold problem can be identified by several criteria:

  • Covers less than 10 square feet
  • Involves a non-toxigenic species
  • Mold is readily visible

The only way to accurately identify mold is to contact a mold specialist and schedule a test. Professional testing may cost several hundred dollars along with $30 to $150 to analyze each sample. The expense of cleaning up a minor infestation may add up to several thousand dollars.

Moderate Damage

Moderate damage may cover 10 or more square feet and involve factors that make cleanup more challenging. This may include the presence of hidden mold or a toxigenic species. Testing and mold removal costs may range up to $10,000.

Major Damage

A major mold problem can cost far more to clean up than moderate damage, depending on how much of a residence is affected. The following factors may describe a severe infestation:

  • Affects a large extent of a residence
  • Causes structural damage
  • May involve substantial amounts of hidden mold
  • May involve black mold or another toxigenic species

Remediating major mold damage can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The costs of black mold removal and other cleanup and containment expenses may be excluded from homeowner’s insurance policies.

A mold specialist or environmental hygienist can identify the extent of a mold problem at a residence in  Poinciana, FL. The price ranges above are only broad estimates. A number of factors may raise or lower the cost of removing mold.

How To Prevent Water Damage in Your Home Before It Starts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Home with water damage Call a professional for major water issues.

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water in a home can be a nightmare for any residential property owner. Fortunately, there are several ways you can prevent water damage before it even starts and avoid a lengthy and expensive restoration process. By adding a few steps to your home maintenance routine, you can make sure your property in Lokosee, FL, stays dry and comfortable.

  1. Keep an eye on your HVAC unit. A leaking indoor heating or air conditioning unit is a ticking time bomb when it comes to flood damage. Even a small amount of water escaping from a broken pipe or connective hose is a sign that immediate repairs are needed before the unit breaks down and potentially causes a major water event. Check your HVAC system weekly for any dripping, blockage, or excess condensation, and have it serviced regularly to keep it functioning properly.
  1. Use your appliances with caution. Dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators can all unleash water in a home if they’re not evaluated and maintained on a consistent basis. Make a habit of checking for kinks or cracks in all appliance water supply lines, and only run your dishwasher and washing machine when your home is occupied. You can also consider investing in a water leakage alarm system that will alert you at the first sign of a flood.
  1. Call a professional for major water issues. Attempting a pipe cleanup or mold remediation when you’re inexperienced will only lead to more damage if the worst happens and your home floods. That’s why it’s important to have the name and number of a reputable water damage restoration specialist on hand to quickly assess and repair the effects of a water event in your home and minimize any lasting impact.

Any property owner will list water in a home as one of their biggest concerns. By implementing a few preventative measures into your daily routine, you can stop water damage before it starts and keep your home dry.

Commonsense precautions to help control spread of the flu virus

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. SERVPRO cleaning pros—experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters—remind home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.

According to the CDC, nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population suffered from the flu in 2018. More than 950,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 people died from flu complications, making 2018 the most severe flu season since 2009.

“As an emergency response company, we understand the hidden danger of contaminated surfaces in a workplace or home,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC. “This time of year, the flu virus can be a ‘hidden danger’ at home, at work, and in the community. It is a serious illness, and we want everyone to take it seriously.”

The CDC recommends the following to help protect yourself or your loved ones from contracting the flu.

  1. Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important protection against this serious virus.
  2. Thoroughly wash your hands (20 seconds or more with soap and water) or sanitize them frequently throughout the day, even if you are not infected, to help protect yourself and others.
  3. Beware of frequently touched surfaces, like handrails and doorknobs. Keep them clean at home using a bleach and water solution and clean your hands as soon as possible if you must touch them in public.

If you or a family member comes down with the flu despite these precautions, keep in mind the flu spreads primarily through droplets from a sick person when they cough, sneeze, or talk. With that in mind, the CDC offers the following guidelines to help control the spread of the disease:

  1. Stay home and keep your distance. Infected droplets from a sick person’s nose or mouth can travel up to six feet and land in the noses and mouths of people nearby, exposing them to the illness.
  2. Wait until you are fever free – without medications – for at least 24 hours before returning to school, work, or normal activities.
  3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and clean your hands with soap or a sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol.

There is no such thing as a foolproof flu protection plan, says Isaacson, but frequent hand-washing and conscientious cleaning practices at home, work, and in the community are precautions everyone can practice to help keep them and their loved ones healthy. For more flu statistics and tips on how to help prevent the spread of the flu virus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.

Everything You Need to Know About Mold

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Corner with pipes and black mold behind it. Mold in this Kissimmee, FL home

Within as little as 48 - 72 hours mold can spread throughout your property and begin to produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. As your Kissimmee disaster restoration professionals, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your mold situation. Any home or business can become infested with mold from a simple roof or plumbing leak, which is why understanding mold and its potential effects on your home is important. 

Mold spores are microscopic and exist almost everywhere. Since these spores naturally exist outside and inside, it’s impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. These spores travel through the air which makes it easy for them to get into your home through windows, doors, air conditioning systems, or clothing. Mold thrives off of moisture and can quickly grow into a colony if left untreated and exposed to water.

Oftentimes, mold produces a musty smell that can help lead you to the source of the problem, which is the first step in mold remediation. “Black” or “toxic” mold can be an extremely dangerous type of mold, which is why any mold in your home should be treated with caution and you should contact a qualified mold remediation company before anything else. 

SERVPRO professionals are highly trained to handle any mold situation. Since water and mold restoration is a cornerstone of our business, our team includes an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, Water Damage Restoration Technician, and Applied Structural Drying Technician to efficiently and safely tackle your mold issues. Our team also has the equipment to detect the source of the water feeding your mold, isolate the area, and remove the mold to keep you and your family safe. 

As your Kissimmee SERVPRO professionals, you can trust that we understand that each mold situation requires a unique solution, however the typical process will remain the same. Here’s what you need to know about the mold remediation process: 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The process begins when you call our national call center (1-800-SERVPRO). A representative will talk with you to find out the necessary equipment and resources to tackle the job. 

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Your Kissimmee SERVPRO professionals will then assess your mold damage and inspect your property. Oftentimes mold feeds on water and cellulose that’s hidden from plain view, which is why our team will use different technologies to determine the source of your mold. 

Step 3: Mold Containment

To prevent the spread of your mold, our team will use advanced containment procedures to isolate the area and keep the spores from spreading throughout the cleaning process. 

Step 4: Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment will allow your SERVPRO of Osceola County team to remove spores from the air in your home. 

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the scope and severity of your mold. Using antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies, your SERVPRO team will prevent new colonies from forming. Removing certain surfaces such as carpeting or drywall may be necessary to prevent the spread or formation of new mold colonies. 

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Our team will use a variety of techniques to clean your personal items, such as furniture, clothing, or decorative items. They will also use fogging equipment to remove odors from your home. 

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on your mold situation, certain walls or materials in your home may be removed. In this case, your home may require minor or major repairs to restore your space to normal. 

If you have a mold issue in your Kissimmee home, don’t wait to contact your local SERVPRO professionals. Mold can cause serious property damage and health effects if left untreated, which is why our team is highly trained with the proper equipment and experience to handle your mold situation as soon as possible. If you suspect that your home is infested with mold, contact us today and we’ll have your home restored and repaired in no time!

5 Tips on How to Prevent Mold

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

5 tips on mold prevention picture with household mold in the back ground The steps towards the prevention of mold is ultimately the key for keeping mold out of your house. Here are 5 tips on how to prevent mold.

Living in Florida isn’t the best environment for preventing mold. Florida’s all year around high humidity, the constant Florida showers, and the coastal sea breeze is a prefect recipe for mold to grow.

Here are 5 tips for preventing every Florida homeowner should know.

#1 Eliminate Clutter

When there are many items and lots of furniture in one area the air flow decreases and can prevent your HVAC system from circulating the air correction. Over time, this can cause issues in you AC ducting and could cause condensation which can lead to mold growth. By removing the items you don’t use or need anymore, the air flow in the home will increase.

#2 Control Indoor Climate

During those hot and humid Florida days, but sure to keep your eye on your thermostat. A health home should keep the humidity between 40% to 55%. When the humidity is higher than 60%, there is more water in the air than your air conditioner can handle. Which can lead to areas in your house collecting moisture, and moisture is the prime feeding source for mold. To prevent this, set your thermostat around 77F and keep the humidity around 50%. If your humidity is around 60% or more, think about investing in a small dehumidifier.

#3 When AC is On, Shut Windows & Doors

When your air conditioner is on and your windows and doors are open, your cool air is escaping, and hot and humid air is entering from your house. Not only is your money flying out the window, but condensation starts to form around areas of exchanging air temperatures. Be sure to keep the windows and doors when the AC in on and let the family knows that too.  

#4 Look for Standing Water

Standing water can turn a small problem into a big problem. Make sure to consistently check areas where water or condensation can build up such as the pan under the hot water heater, the area your HVAC handler is set on, and moist/humid areas like around the shower, bathtub, and bathroom air vent/fan.  

#5 Proper AC Unit Size

It gets hot in Florida and 8 out of the 12 months the temperature is in the 90’s. But bigger isn’t better where it come to your AC unit. If your AC unit is too big for you home, it will constantly shut off and turn which will waste money and fluctuate the temperature often. If the unit is too small, then the air conditioner will continually run without adjusting to the desired temperature and increase cost.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Osceola County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our technicians are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.  Don’t hesitate to contact our office staff if you think an area in you home may have mold. Schedule a Mold Assessment at 407-933-0707.

3 Useful Tips for Flushing Your Water Heater

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Adjusting the dials on a water heater Maintenance of a water heater in Kissimmee, FL.

Flushing Your Water Heater

Keeping up with the maintenance of your Kissimmee, FL, residence can seem like a nuisance. However, there are some quick and painless chores you should do around the house to prevent far more expensive repairs down the road. One of these chores is completing a water heater, which only requires a small number of tools and an even smaller amount of your time. Here are three useful steps to help you commit to flushing your heater, saving yourself stress and costly expenses in the future.

  1. Shut off your heater and set up a necessary drainage area.

To start, it’s important that you begin by shutting off your heater, whether through extinguishing the pilot light on your gas heater or flipping the line on your circuit breaker for an electric heater. Following this, you should then connect a garden hose to your heater’s drain valve and direct the loose end towards an area that won’t be affected by any sediment buildup or warm water that’s about to be flushed out.

  1. Drain your water heater thoroughly.

Once you’re ready to start the process, open the drain valve and let the water within the machine flow out. Next, turn your kitchen faucet to hot water to help guide the heater’s water out smoothly and effectively. Finally, you should continuously shut the water valve off and on, leaving a few minutes in between to thoroughly clean and drain the heater.

  1. After completing the cleanse, firmly close the valves and turn the water supply back on.

Keep an eye on your kitchen faucet to determine when all of the air pockets have been pushed through and the flow of water is streamlined again. After the tank is full, you can return power or reignite the pilot light, turn off the kitchen faucet and the process is complete.

If you should come across any leaks or mishaps with your Kissimmee, FL, home’s water heater, be sure to contact experienced water repair specialists to come to fix the issue before it becomes worse.

Is Your Business Ready To Withstand a Flood?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags lined up to prevent a flood Sandbags are one of the most effective ways to protect your commercial building in Reunion,FL
 

Is Your Business Ready To Withstand a Flood?

Heavy precipitation moving towards your area can be one of the biggest hazards to your business. Severe rainstorms bring the threat of flash flooding that can destroy your building. That’s why it’s so important to prepare your business in Reunion, FL, to withstand the potential dangers of a sudden flood. By keeping a few simple guidelines in mind, you can make sure your doors reopen again quickly after a heavy rain event.

1. Prepare a flood plan. The best time to design and enact an emergency flood evacuation plan is well before a dangerous weather event is looming. Work with your employees to devise an escape route that will allow everyone in the building to exit quickly if waters are rising. Make sure you review the evacuation plan periodically with your staff to ensure that everyone is comfortable directing customers to safety.

2. Protect your equipment. Flood damage to expensive electronics like computers, copiers, and fax machines can bring your business to a standstill while you undergo a lengthy insurance claims process. Avoid this nightmare by moving valuable items to a higher level of the building until the flooding threat is over.

3. Reinforce your perimeter. Sandbags are one of the most effective ways to protect your business from storm damage. Placing them around entryways like doors and windows where water can enter is vital to avoiding serious flood problems. However, even the most well- prepared commercial building can be devastated by the effects of a major weather event. If your business sustains severe water damage you should contact a certified restoration professional immediately to begin the cleanup process.

A flooding event can pose serious consequences to your business if proper precautions aren’t taken. By implementing a few preparation procedures well in advance of a major weather event, you can protect your business from the dangers of an intense unexpected storm.

What To Do When Filing a Fire Insurance Claim

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Damage to the kitchen area, including the fridge, in a home. Kitchen fire in Celebration, FL

Steps to Take After You Have Experienced a Fire In Your Home

A fire can cause a lot of damage to your Celebration, FL home, and fire restoration can include a lot of cleanup and repairs. Fires are usually included in your homeowners insurance, so any damage to your house and property should be covered if you file a claim. Here are the steps you should take after you have experienced a fire in your home.

1. Call Your Insurance Agent
The first thing that you should do if your home has been damaged is call your agent to file a fire insurance claim. The sooner you do this, the better. It can take a while for your claim to be completed, so you don’t want to wait too long to begin. Depending on your policy, you may be required to submit your claim within a certain time period of the incident which is another reason that you should do so as soon as possible.

2. Document the Damage
In order for the insurance company to compensate you for anything that will need to be repaired during fire restoration, it is important that they know exactly what was damaged in the fire. Consider keeping a list of affected items and be sure not to throw anything away as it will serve as proof of the damage. Taking pictures of areas that need smoke cleaning might be helpful as well.

3. Take Steps To Prevent Further Damage
If you do not take proper care of your property and further damage occurs, the insurance company may not cover this. Calling a fire restoration company to help mitigate the property is a good idea. They can board up any damaged walls and windows as well as place tarps on missing roof areas.

In order to get the most from your fire insurance claim, you should be sure to file it as soon as possible after a fire has occurred. Keep track of lost and damaged items and do what you can to prevent more damage to make the process go more smoothly.

What Should I Do When My Property in Kissimmee Is Affected By Water Damage?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Person in a yellow raincoat stands by a river flooding the streets. Too much water in the river which would overflow and flood homes in Kissimmee.
 

SERVPRO Will Get You Back into Your Kissimmee Home After Water Damage

When water damage impacts your home in Kissimmee immediately addressing the issue is important. Once the initial damage has occurred, water can make its way into the structure of your property. If not acted upon quickly, the result can be extensive structural damage coupled with the onset of mold and mildew. However, immediately reacting to the water damage can help limit secondary water damage. This will save you not only time and money, but also precious possessions. To expedite the remediation process contact a  water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Learn more about water damage and why attaining professional assistance is important by reviewing this short outline:

Water Damage: A Brief Overview

Water damage is the result when your property is impacted by a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, or tornado. Water damage can also occur due to household issues like leaky faucets or pipes that burst. Causing structural damage to your property because of unwanted water intrusion can generate a number of other challenges:
• poor air quality
• mold and mildew growth
• humid atmosphere
• unpleasant odors that permeate your ceilings, floors, and walls
• damage or loss of furnishings, art, electronics and more.

Mitigate the loss of possessions and structural damage by getting SERVPRO to begin water removal and cleanup.

Why You Should Call A Water Damage Specialist

Calling a specialist as soon as your property is impacted by water damage is important for many reasons. First, SERVPRO will perform a thorough assessment of your property to determine the nature and extent of the damage. This work empowers the specialists to develop a detailed, customized clean-up plan that will help optimize and expedite the restoration process. Additionally, SERVPRO  can send multiple contractors to your property quickly to start the restoration process.

The Importance Of The Drying Process

After water pumps have removed the standing water, then vacuums, powerful air-moving machines, and dehumidifiers will eliminate the balance of water and moisture. With fast action and the right equipment, you can often lessen the need to replace hardwood floor, carpet, and walls. You can also minimize stains and bad odors that result from mold and mildew.

Acting immediately upon the onslaught of water intrusion is the most important step to take. Calling a team of professional water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO should be done right after reaching out to your insurance company. Here at SERVPRO, we're trained in offering a fast response that helps ensure that your home in Kissimmee is restored with lightning speed. "Like it never even happened." We're also pleased to provide all of our customers with 24/7 emergency services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Osceola County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of Kissimmee too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Kissimmee community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We proudly serve Kissimmee, FLOsceola, FL, and surrounding areas.

Call us and we will see you within one hour of your water emergency. (407) 933-0707

What To Do After You Suffer A House Fire

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a roof When a fire occurs in your home, it’s important to immediately call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore the building.

Suffering a fire in your Deer Park, FL home is one of the most traumatic events for a homeowner. You can potentially lose not only your home, but also your treasured possessions. To ensure that as many of your possessions can be saved as possible, you need to immediately contact the professionals at SERVPRO to restore the home.

The first step in restoring any home that has suffered from fire damage will be an inspection and fire assessment. This assessment is done often by both the restoration company and insurance company. The restoration company will determine what materials and equipment they will need to begin the restoration process. They do an inspection to determine how severe the damage is and whether or not it is safe to reenter the home. There are three steps that take place during the fire assessment process; an inspection of outdoor damage, an inspection of indoor damage, then the restoration of the home.

Inspecting Outside Damage

The first step during the fire assessment process that will be taken is an inspection of the outside of the home. During this inspection, the professional inspectors will be looking for any melted objects, missing roof shingles, damaged chimneys, or any other damage that has occurred to the outside of the home. Depending on the severity of the fire, they may also take a look around any surrounding yards, take a closer look at the roof, and look at any other exterior surfaces that might have incurred damage during the fire. The purpose of this inspection is to see whether or not there is any damage from the outside that is in need of repair.

Inspecting Inside Damage

Once the inspector has surveyed outside for any exterior damage, they will move inside to see what damage has been incurred inside the home, likely where the fire occurred. During this part of the inspection, the inspector will walk through the building looking for any visible damage. The main areas that are inspected are the walls, roof, , ceiling, floors, ducts, vents, bathtubs, sinks, and windows. Every room of the building must be inspected to make sure that all damage has been identified before the restoration process begins.

The main point of inspecting the inside of the house is to see what parts of the house are still intact and which parts of the house are falling apart due to the damage. During the inspection, the foundation, ceiling, and walls will be focused on as these are the parts of the home that can require the most significant restoration. This is because these parts of the house are largely responsible for the structural stability of the building.

Restoring the Home

Once the fire assessment has finished, the SERVPRO team will know the extent of the damage and what materials and equipment they need to complete the restoration process. The quicker the restoration of the building starts, the more of your possessions and the more of the building will be able to be restored.

One of the issues regarding fire damage restoration is water damage. When water is used to put out the fire, this creates water damage around the house. If the water is not properly cleaned up by professionals, mold and mildew are just a few of the problems that can arise. By immediately performing fire and water restoration, the professionals from SERVPRO will be able to salvage most of what could be lost if much more time is wasted. In the end, the goal of the process is to minimize the possibility of there being further damage.

When a fire occurs in your Poinciana, FL home, it’s important to immediately call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore the building. With the damage caused by the fire and the water damage caused by the water that puts out the fire, time is of the essence to avoid even worse damage being caused. The first step in the fire restoration process is a fire assessment, where the team will examine the inside and outside of the home to see how much damage has been caused and what materials and equipment will be needed in order to fully restore the home. So if you suffer from a fire in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO for a full restoration.

How to Avoid a House Fire

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

House on fire and a fire truck going to put it out A house fire can be a traumatizing event but there are ways to prevent them.

A house fire can be a devastating event for your home in Celebration, FL. You could potentially lose many of your possessions in addition to your home. While it may seem that some of these fires are unavoidable, there are ways that you can prevent these events from occurring. These are six of the most common causes of house fires and how you can prevent them.

Candles

A NFPA study found that between 2007-2011, an average of 10,630 fires were started by candles causing 115 deaths and 903 injuries. About $418 million worth of property damage was caused by these fires. One-third of these fires were started in the bedroom which were 39 percent of associated deaths and 45 percent of associated injuries.

There are several causes of candle-related house fires. More than half of the fires that were started in the bedroom were because open flames were left too close to flammable items. Other causes of these fires include leaving the room unattended, someone playing with the candles, and the candle knocking over when someone or a pet bumps the table.

To avoid candle related house fires, keep any candles 12 inches away from any flammable items, never leave a candle lit in a child’s room or an unoccupied room, make sure the candle fits securely into the candle holder so it won’t tip over, and blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.

Smoking

According the NFPA, 17,600 house fires are a result of smoking. That’s resulted in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage. In 2013, the NFPA found that there had been a 73 percent drop in smoking-related house fires from 2008-2011 mostly due to a decrease in the number of smokers. Also helping the drop in smoking-related house fires were new regulations creating non-flammable mattresses, clothing, and furnishings.

The causes of these types of fires are usually ashes or cigarette butts not being completely put out, smoking near a medical oxygen tank, or lacking attention to the cigarette due to falling asleep, drinking, or taking medication while the cigarette is lit.

To avoid causing a smoking-related house fire, smoke outside, use wide and sturdy ashtrays to catch all butts and ashes, and be aware of any cigarettes that may have fallen under furniture or between seat cushions. Also make sure that there are no lit butts that have fallen where they can’t be seen.

Electrical and Lighting

The NFPA reports that in 2011, approximately 47,700 house fires were caused by an electrical failure or malfunction of some sort. These types of fires resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and caused $1.4 billion worth of property damage.

Causes of electrical and lighting fires include equipment malfunction, an overloaded circuit or extension cord, an overheated light bulb, a space heater, a washer, and a dryer. Of all the fires caused by electrical and lighting between 2007-2011, 63 percent were due to wiring problems.

Ways that you can avoid starting an electrical or lighting fire include not overloading outlets or electrical cords, ensuring you’re using the right cords (inside cord for inside and heavy duty or outside cord for outside), not leaving Christmas equipment (lights and trees) on overnight or when you’re not home, and having an electrician perform an annual checkup on the home’s wiring.

Dryer and Washing Machines

The NFPA found that 16,800 house fires in 2010 were caused by dryers and washing machines resulting in more than $236 million worth of property damage. Of the fires started by dryers, 29 percent were caused by lint or dust and 28 percent were caused by clothing. For washer-related fires, 26 percent were caused by wire or cable insulation, 21 percent caused by appliance housing, and 15 percent were caused by the drive belt.

Tips to avoiding these types of fires include cleaning the lint screen frequently, ensure there are no leaks in the lines in gas or propane dryers, ensuring the dryer is vented to the outside of the house so that nothing blocks the vent pipe, clean the vent pipe and area where the screen is housed, and keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.

Lightning

The NFPA says that from 2007-2011, an average of 22,600 house fires were started annually from lightning. These fires are different than the others on this list as they were primarily started during the summer months of June, July, and August rather than December and January.

To avoid lightning-related fires, stay away from doors or windows during an electrical storm, don’t use corded electrical equipment during storms, unplug major electronics when lightning is close by, and avoid plumbing fixtures like sinks or baths during a thunderstorm.

Cooking

Nearly 40 percent of all house fires are started from cooking. That 156,000 house fires per year and they have caused $853 million worth of property damage. Two-thirds of these fires start due to food or other materials catching fire with 57 percent of these fires starting on a range and 16 percent of these fires being caused by an oven. These fires are typically started either when grease is left unattended or when frying something.

To prevent the possibility of a house fire in your Reunion, FL home when cooking, don’t leave your food unattended, don’t attempt to put out a grease fire with water instead putting a lid on the pan to smother it, keep items away from the heat source, and make sure your smoke detectors work and there is a fire extinguisher nearby. If a fire occurs in the oven, shut the door and wait for it to extinguish itself.

A house fire can be a traumatizing event but there are ways to prevent them. By knowing what causes these fires and understanding safety measures, you can ensure you won’t suffer this fate. If you do suffer a house fire, call SERVPRO to remediate the problem.

3 Types of Water Damage

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom and hallway flooded with water due to a toilet Water damage due to a clogged toilet in a Kissimmee,FL home

Water damage is divided into three categories for the sake of insurance and restoration purposes. Learn about the difference between Category One, Category Two, and Category Three water. More extensive sanitation procedures are necessary when dealing with contaminated water resulting from a leak or flood.

Category One Water Damage

Category One water is not actually contaminated, though it can still cause primary water damage and elevate the risk of secondary damage, such as mold growth. This type of water is:

  • Clean
  • Treated
  • From a supply line

Category One water can degrade into Category Two or Category Three water if left standing for more than a few days. It is important to remove all standing water and completely dry the affected area to prevent damage from worsening.

Category Two Water Damage

Category Two is used to describe contaminated water that does not contain solid waste. This type of water is called gray water and may:

  • Contain chemicals or microbes
  • Originate from a shower
  • Leak out of appliances

If a dishwasher or washing machine spills water that has been used, this leak would be considered Category Two. Cleaning and disinfection are necessary for this category of water damage.

Category 3 Water Damage

Category Three water is highly contaminated and likely to contain solid waste. This category of water is also called black water, and may originate from a sewer backup or flooding. Category Three water may also contain:

  • Chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Pathogens

It is necessary to thoroughly clean and disinfect areas exposed to Category Three water. Porous building materials or contents that absorb this water must be torn out and replaced.

These are the three categories used by insurers and cleanup professionals to describe water damage. If clean or contaminated water causes damage at a residence in Kissimmee, FL, a homeowner should contact a mitigation and restoration service as soon as possible.

According to SERVPRO, these are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane over Florida Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment.

The experts at SERVPRO have issued the following guidelines on what homeowners and property managers can do to protect themselves BEFORE Kissimmee Storm Damage occurs:

  • Use wooden beams to reinforce garage doors.
  • In a clean bathtub, open the cold water spigot and fill until the maximum possible level. This can provide you vital drinking water for days in an emergency.
  • Take the car to the nearest station and fill up the tank with fuel.
  • Rehearse your storm evacuation plan with your family, and make sure that every family member knows multiple alternate routes to safety in case you get split up.
  • Head towards the nearest shelter in case you need to leave your home quickly.
  • Board up your windows and doors with 5/8-inch plywood or use tailored hurricane shutters.
  • Scour the outside of your property and pick up any items that could be lifted by the wind and hurled through windows or cause other Kissimmee storm damage.
  • Get your axe and take it to the attic. In case of severe flooding, you may need to break your way out through the roof.
  • Locate important personal documents such as wills, passports, birth certificates and Social Security cards, and store all of them in a secure, sealed, watertight container.
  • Obtain your pre-written inventory of all valuable household appliances, electronics, items, jewelry and property.
  • Evacuate your home immediately, if ordered to do so, and follow all commands.
  • If you are forced to flee your home, be sure to leave a note that says where you are planning to go.

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What should you have on hand during a storm?

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

The experts at SERVPRO recommend having the following supplies on hand to successfully avoid storm damages:

  • At least a three-day supply of clean drinking water, being sure to store enough to provide at least one gallon, per person, per day.
  • At least a three-day supply of food. Durable, non-perishable items are ideal, such as: canned meat and meat products, canned vegetables, canned juice, and canned fruits. Other high-calorie foods such as peanut butter, jelly and crackers are also recommended. Other excellent choices are: trail mix, nuts, granola, energy bars, cookies, cereal and other comfort foods.
  • A functioning can opener.
  • One or more flashlights, particularly the kind that do not require batteries.
  • A battery-powered radio, ideally one that can receive urgent broadcasts on the weather band.

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Kissimmee community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

How to Handle Water Leaks and Floods in Your Kissimmee Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Row of homes in Kissimmee, FL Water can easily destroy the walls, floors and structure of your house.

Osceola water damage can be a real problem if there is a leak or flood in your home. Water can easily destroy the walls, floors and structure of your house. It can cause dangerous mold to grow. It can ruin personal possessions and appliances. You should know what to do when faced with a water leak or flood.

Try To Stop the Leak

The first step is to try to stop the leak. Find the source of the water. If there are shutoff valves nearby, then turn them off to stop the flow of water. Alternately, you could turn off the water mains to the entire house. If neither of these steps is an option, then you might be able to seal off the source of the leak with duct tape, rags or other materials. Attempt to do this only if you can walk safely through the water.

Stop the Water from Spreading

If your home is flooding, then try to stop the water from spreading. You can use sandbags, towels or other items to create a barrier that the water cannot pass through. This will help even if you can just slow the water down a little from flowing freely into your home. You could also attempt to put down towels if the water is very shallow. This will help to limit the amount of Osceola water damage.

Get Your Possessions off The Ground

If you have possessions on the ground where the water is leaking, then pick them up. Pick up rugs, furniture and anything else. You do not want the water to destroy those items. Additionally, porous items like paper, fabrics or wood can become sources of mold after the water stops leaking. Put your items somewhere high up so that they are not in danger. Hang up any wet or soaked items to dry if possible.

Contact a Restoration Service

You should contact a restoration service like SERVPRO as soon as you realize that there is a leak and have stabilized the situation. These professionals will come into your home, remove the water and start dealing with the damage. They can dry out you floors, walls, and some personal possessions. They can also remove damaged parts of the home that are not salvageable. Restoration services are critical for recovering from water leaks or floods.

Take Preventative Action

You want to take some preventative action after the restoration company has finished. You want to inspect your plumbing regularly. Check and maintain your appliances. Have your roof checked for damage on an annual basis. Keep the number for the restoration company handy just in case. These steps will reduce the chance that you will have to deal with serious Kissimmee water damage again in the future.

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SERVPRO of Osceola County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Kissimmee community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We proudly serve:

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and surrounding areas.

How to Tell if Your Kissimmee Home Has Mold Damage

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing in a circular formation If you see mold or smell it anywhere within the home, this means that you may have a mold problem that needs to be taken care of right away.

There are a variety of ways for you to tell if your home is experiencing mold growth. Make sure to look for these signs so that you know when it's time to get the professionals of SERVPRO to take care of the issue for you.

One of the first signs of Kissimmee mold growth would be seeing the mold growing in one or more areas of the home. If the area in question is always damp, like a basement or bathroom, chances are pretty good that you'll eventually see some mold growth. If you do not see the mold, you may also smell it because of its tell-tale musty odor that it tends to leave in the air. If you see mold or smell it anywhere within the home, this means that you may have a mold problem that needs to be taken care of right away.

It might also be a good idea to consider why and where mold can grow so that you can tell if you may have a problem without even having to look around for it. For example, you might have a basement that is always damp or you have an area that tends to be warm and humid no matter what time of the year it is. These types of environments are vital for mold to grow, so you may have a mold problem even if you cannot see or smell the mold right within the room. Mold can also grow underneath flooring beams and behind walls, so only a professional company can tell if it is there.

If you discover that your home does have a mold problem, it might be a good idea to consider hiring the professionals at SERVPRO. SERVPRO is there to assist with mold restoration to get rid of the mold damage. They are trained and experienced with Kissimmee mold damage, so they can do the job that you cannot and make sure to leave your home looking great and in a completely healthy state so that you and your loved ones do not have to worry about it all.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Kissimmee community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Safety Tips for Heating Your Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Hand adjusting the temperature on the wall thermostat Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangerous of using heaters in your home.

If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. But we also want to help you prevent fires in your home.

Cold temperatures during these winter months have led to people frequently using their heaters. However, this can cause problems as, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths. And half of these heating equipment fires predictably take place in the winter months of December, January, and February when heating equipment is used the most.

Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangerous of using heaters in your home.

Stay Three Feet Away

One way to stay safe when heating your home is to keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment. That includes a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Enforce a Three-Foot Rule for Children

The curiosity of children can cause a problem if they focus their attention on one of these heating options. Wanting to explore the equipment, the child could accidentally catch on fire or start a fire in the house. Therefore it’s a good idea to have three-foot “kid-free zone” around all open fires and space heaters.

Don’t Use Your Oven As a Heater

Never attempt to use your oven to heat your home. The inefficacy of an oven as it pertains to heating could cause it to go out or not burn well which could potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning endangering the lives of your whole family.

Use Only Qualified Professionals When Installing Heating Equipment

Make sure a qualified professional installs your heating equipment. A novice installing your space heater, water heater, or central heating equipment could lead to serious mistakes that could potentially cause a fire. Hiring qualified professionals will ensure that the person installing your equipment adheres to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Get Your Annual Chimney Inspection

It’s important to have your heating equipment or chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. In early 2000, the NFPA set a new standard that ensures that inspections include a thorough inspection and cleaning. Based on the purpose of the inspection (annual inspection, system change or real estate transaction, potential hazard) the inspector will inspect on one of three levels. Thoroughness of the inspection will increase at each level of the inspection.

Never Leave Portable Heaters On When Leaving a Room

Always turn off and unplug portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed. Portable heaters can short out while you’re away and start a fire before you return.

Make Sure to Use Correct Fuel

Use the right kind of fuel when using fuel burning space heaters. The manufacturer will specify which fuel that specific space heater will need. Using the wrong kind of fuel could cause the fuel to burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and could cause a fire in your home.

Use a Fireplace Screen

It’s important to make sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it. Without a screen, sparks could fly into the room and start a fire. Also, if you plan to dispose of ashes in a metal container, ashes should be cooled prior to entering a metal container. The container should also be kept a safe distance away from your home.

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

If a fire starts in your home, a smoke alarm can save your life. Smoke spreads quickly and a properly working smoke alarm will give you enough time to get out. So make sure you test your smoke alarms each month. Also make sure to replace your smoke detectors once every ten years.

Use Ventilation

When burning anything larger than a candle, make sure to provide good ventilation. You can do this by opening windows, doors, or fireplace fumes. Good ventilation will substantially reduce the amount of smoke that can be harmful to those in the home. 

On cold days heating is a must. But without the use of certain precautions, it can be a very dangerous decision. By following the safety measures highlighted by the NFPA, you can ensure that you will be warm and safe during the cold winter months.

4 Ways You Can Prepare Your Business for a Winter Storm

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Snowstorm, poor visibility,slick roads and lots of traffic A winter storm can be dangerous, you should always have a plan for severe weather

4 Ways You Can Prepare Your Business for a Winter Storm

If you are expecting a winter storm in Lokosee, FL, then you should start taking steps to ensure the safety of your company and your employees. This kind of storm can cause damage to your building and can pose some safety hazards as well. The following tips can be helpful in this situation.

1. Watch the News

Anytime you’re expecting severe weather, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the news so that you can stay prepared in case of an emergency. Watch for changes in the forecast and pay careful attention to any upcoming storms.

2. Check Windows and Doors

During severe weather, windows and doors should be inspected to prevent storm damage. If they don’t seal properly, they can let in moisture that can affect the building. Leaks can cause materials to weaken, rot or warp. It can also contribute to the growth and spread of mold which can be difficult to remove.

3. Keep the Building Warm

If the temperature drops during the storm, it is possible that you could end up with a pipe break. If this happens, it can flood the building and cause a lot of damage. Keeping the building warm, even after work hours, is one way to prevent your pipes from freezing and breaking.

4. Have an Emergency Plan

Because a winter storm can be dangerous, you should always have a plan for severe weather. Make sure your employees know your policies and what is expected of them. You may want to plan for them to work from home if conditions become unsafe for travel.
While there are steps you can take to prevent your building from being damaged during a winter storm, this weather can be unpredictable, and you cannot plan for everything. If your building is affected by winds or water during severe weather, a cleanup and restoration service can perform necessary repairs to restore the building and your belongings.

Understanding Secondary Water Damage

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

A drywall covered with black mold Mold damage is secondary damage

A broken pipe, a poorly placed sprinkler or a heavy storm can leave your home in a soggy situation. Water damage can range from a little dribble running down a wall to standing water to saturated walls and floors. This can be serious and may require replacing carpets, sheet rock or even studs, depending on the source and severity. High humidity remaining after the cleanup can cause secondary damage, which is just as serious.

What is Secondary Damage?

Just as standing water can cause damage, so can the black mold spores that live virtually everywhere. The spores begin to grow when exposed to the residual humidity that may remain after a leak, causing damage of the secondary type. The following things can increase the chances of mold growth, and should be checked and remedied where necessary.

A slow, ongoing leak can harbor mold growth inside cabinets, walls or other areas
Humidity levels are too high, especially in warm areas of the home
A primary water situation that is not cleaned or dried out thoroughly can invite mold growth
Not taking a water or dampness situation seriously and cleaning it properly

Is This Damage Preventable?

There is no guarantee that you can prevent the growth of black mold completely, since the spores are ubiquitous, however there are steps you an take to greatly reduce the chances. Place dehumidifiers in damp areas to reduce humidity and run fans as needed to ensure that the area has been thoroughly dried out. Make certain that the initial cause of the water has been remedied and that the water removal and cleanup was done properly. If not, call water remediation professionals in Lake Marian Highlands, FL to come and do the job effectively for you.
If, after you have experienced a flood or leak, you see any sign of the characteristic dark blotches that black mold causes, it could very well be secondary damage and should receive proper attention immediately. Ensuring that high humidity areas are effectively treated and go far in preventing more damage.

Effective Ways to Prepare an Emergency Home Escape Plan

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire escape plan flat line sign. Flame protection thin linear icon, pictogram Go through your fire escape plan as a family at least once a year

No one likes to think about dealing with a disaster or emergency situation at home. The results could be disastrous for you, your family members and your house. Fortunately, you can increase the likelihood of your safety and well-being when you have an efficient fire escape plan. It’s too late to come up with a strategy during the event, so make sure you’re proactive and devise a plan today.

Identify the Exits

In a house fire, you may not have a lot of time to deliberate where to go and how to get out. It’s vital to be aware of the closest ways to exit your home, whether it be through a window or door. Make sure everyone in your home knows how to open windows and how to safely get out of second-story rooms.

Know Fire Safety

Most people learned in grade school some basic skills of how to react to house fires. Review this part of the emergency escape plan with your family. Some important elements include staying below the smoke level and feeling doors to measure the heat before exiting a room.

Have a Designated Meeting Place

Even small fires in your Poinciana, FL, home can turn deadly. It’s crucial to leave the home as quickly as possible and have a predetermined spot to meet outside. Ensure that everyone in your household knows this. Select a place far enough away from your home that you will be safe from flames and smoke.

Practice

Go through your fire escape plan as a family at least once a year. Role-play the situation so that if the real thing occurs, you won’t panic or be confused.
A fire escape plan isn’t difficult to come up with, but it could save your life someday. Firefighters and professional fire cleanup crews will do their job. Make sure you do yours by getting out alive.

6 Sump Pump Maintenance Tips for a Functional Home

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

sump pump in concrete floor Pour water into your basin to ensure that it drains quickly

A sump pump moves accumulated water away from your basement to prevent interior damage and floods. Unfortunately, too many homeowners ignore this important appliance until it’s too late. These six easy and fast maintenance tips can help keep your living space in top condition.

1. Look at the Connecting Cords

Causes of an overflow include:

  • Power outages
  • Clogs
  • Freezes
  • Overwhelm

Rather than struggling with the complex components of your appliance, you can simply check the cord running from your unit to the working ground fault circuit interrupter. Make sure it’s plugged in properly and that there are no kinks.

2. Remove Debris

Debris may build up on the intake screen of your unit and impact its performance. Carefully inspect and clean the screen at least once a year.

3. Test Your Unit

Pour water into your basin to ensure that it drains quickly. It’s a prudent thing to do before a rainy or snowy season. If you notice slow drainage, then contact residential storm experts who can complete a more thorough inspection.

4. Replace Your Battery

If your sump pump contains a battery, it needs to be replaced every two or three years. Follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s guide to complete a safe battery swap.

5. Clean the Discharge Pump and Vent Hole

Pump maintenance in Reunion, FL, isn’t always pretty, but it’s necessary. Dirt, gravel and debris around the discharge pump or vent hole of your unit cause it to work harder to drain water, thus increasing the possibility of overflowing. Roll up your sleeves and clear any obstructions once a year so your unit can work properly.

6. Inspect the Pit and Float Component

Debris can also gather in the pit of your pump, so remember to check this area as well. Keep the perimeter of the float component unobstructed.
Water damage to your basement can be expensive to repair. Follow these maintenance tips to keep your sump pump operating at peak capacity.

Got a Leak Under the Kitchen Sink? Take These 3 Steps Now

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Leak under kitchen sink

What To Do When You Discover a Leak Under Your Kitchen Sink

You’ve discovered a leak under your kitchen sink. Not to worry! You can prevent further flooding and damage, but you’ve got to act as quickly as possible. The steps you take now can help minimize your potential losses and start the restoration process as soon as possible.

1. Turn Off Your Water

To reduce the chances of more flooding, you need to shut off the water at its sources. Besides turning off your faucets, you may need to check the sink’s shutoff valve or supply connections. Leaks can also occur when water penetrates the countertop areas around the rim of the sink. Depending on the speed of the leak, you may need to quickly remove excess water from the cabinet bottoms under the sink to stop sitting water from damaging the wood. You should also move vulnerable items to safe, dry places within your home.

2. Contact Your Insurer

Extensive leaks that leave a lot of water in your home could result in significant water damage claims. If this is the case, you need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Concentrate on documenting anything that shows the extent of your loss: photos of the impacted areas, written descriptions of the damage and an inventory of affected items.

3. Call a Trusted Restoration Company

Time is of the essence when you’re dealing with a serious kitchen plumbing leak in Celebration, FL. The sooner you contact a reputable water damage restoration company, the more quickly your kitchen repair and recovery process can begin. Look for responsive professionals who are available 24/7 and are Faster to any size disaster.

A Few Last Words

When you’re dealing with flooding, you must keep your family’s safety in mind, as well as your own. Avoid attempting to vacuum up the water yourself, don’t use electrical appliances in the affected areas and don’t leave wet fabrics or printed items on the floor. Following these tips and acting quickly can improve potential outcomes after a serious leak.

How To Protect Your Commercial Roof From Storm Damage

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking roof in Saint Cloud, FL

If you’re expecting a storm to hit your area in Saint Cloud, FL, you need to be prepared for any type of harm that may affect your business. From strong winds to hail damage, there are many risk factors to watch out for as you work to prepare your business for the storm. Here are some of the steps you can take to minimize as much roof damage as possible and keep your business running after the bad weather passes.

Inspect Your Roof

Before you attempt to shield your roof from the storm, it’s important to closely examine it and identify any problems. Check to see if there are signs of:

  • Leaking
  • Debris
  • Loose materials
  • Cracks or holes

If you come across anything that needs to be repaired or replaced, make sure you take care of it as soon as possible. Leaving any damaged parts of your roof untreated can make them vulnerable to adverse weather.

Check AC Unit

If you have an air conditioning unit mounted on your roof, take the time to inspect it as well. Make sure that the system is functioning properly so you can address any issues early on. In addition, pay close attention to the state of the unit itself. Ensure that the AC unit and its metal panels are properly secured onto the roof to prevent any roof damage from occurring.

Examine Perimeter Flashing

Your perimeter flashing is an important aspect of your commercial roof. When inspecting the roof, be sure to check for any pieces of flashing that don’t fit properly or are missing completely. It’s particularly crucial to examine your perimeter flashing before a storm, as any loose pieces can cause water damage and ruin your roof cover.
Any kind of harm that you notice on your roof in the aftermath of a storm should be addressed immediately. Don’t wait to call a professional if something seems to be out of place. No matter what type of roof damage you’re facing, emergency restoration experts can guide you through the recovery process.

Cleaning Up Smoke and Soot After a Fire

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

What type of smoke are you dealing with?

A fire in your Deer Park, FL, home will likely cause smoke damage. With everything else you have going on after a fire, you might want to wait to address this problem, but it is important to take care of it sooner rather than later.

What Type of Smoke Are You Dealing With?

It is helpful to know what kind of smoke is damaging your home because different types of smoke respond better to different cleaning methods. Three common types of smoke are the following:

Wet smoke comes from slow burning fires — low-heat fires, often from plastic and rubber.
Dry smoke comes from fast burning fires — high-heat fires, often from wood and paper.
Protein residue, created when food or other organic material evaporates in a fire, is not technically smoke but is still a problem because of the foul odor it produces.

What Happens if You Wait?

Because smoke damage and soot damage are corrosive, the longer they go untreated the more damage they cause. Additionally, movement in the area can cause the smoke and soot to become further embedded in upholstery, carpets, etc. This makes it more difficult, if not impossible, for the items to be fully cleaned and restored.

What Are Your Options?

There are a variety of smoke cleaning options currently available, including air scrubbing, thermal fogging and ozone treatments. Air scrubbers trap smoke particles in their filters. A commercial device can usually filter out more of the smoke than one designed for typical residential use. Thermal fogging works by heating up the surfaces in your home, causing them to expand. This allows the deodorization solution to penetrate further than it could in a room-temperature area. Ozone treatments are also an effective way to deodorize a home because the ozone oxidizes the smoke particles, destroying the unpleasant odors. For soot damage, ultrasonic cleaning is particularly effective. It uses a cleaning solution and ultrasound waves to thoroughly clean contaminated objects.
Regardless of the type of smoke damage you are dealing with, a professional restoration team can choose the best method to get your home and belongings back to normal.

3 Things Homeowners Should Look for in a Mold Remediation Business

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Work with a company that has experienced in mold remediation

3 Things Homeowners Should Look for in a Mold Remediation Business

If your home in Celebration, FL, has sustained mold damage, finding the right mold remediation business becomes a priority. However, you may not know what a certified mold removal and restoration company is and what to look for in a mold remediation company. It can be helpful to look at the following factors when choosing a mold remediation company to employ:

1. Experience

Working with a company that has experience in mold remediation is often important. There can be a variety of unforeseen issues that may occur throughout the mold remediation process, and mitigating the damage is often an important element of remediation and restoration. In order to choose the best mold remediation business to hire, it can be useful to contact the company and ask questions about the business’s mitigation methods.

2. Certification

A mold certification can help to signal to homeowners that a company has committed itself to a standard of excellence. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) gives businesses in the restoration industry the chance to receive certifications by passing exams and adhering to high standards. Homeowners can feel confident that an IICRC certified mold removal and remediation business will be both efficient and thorough when cleaning and removing mold. Additionally, many insurance companies prefer to work with IIRC certified businesses.

3. Reputation

It can often be helpful for homeowners to take the time to research a restoration and remediation company by reading reviews from other homeowners. When your home is in need of mold remediation, you want to know that the process will start quickly, and that the remediation will be effective. Knowing that a certified mold remediation company has a reputation of providing homeowners with excellent service can help you feel more confident about the company you hire.

It can be beneficial to know what to look for in a mold remediation business. Working with experienced certified mold removal and remediation experts can often help to make the process of restoring your home easier.

5 Keys to Removing Mold

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Osceola County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Mold can be easy to attract to your home but difficult to remove. Once you have mold, it can spread through the air throughout your house damaging both the materials in your home as well as the air quality. If you do have mold, it’s important to contact the professionals at SERVPRO immediately to come remediate. While small quantities of mold can be removed by homeowners, mistakes could lead to damaging results. If there are large quantities of mold in the home, only certified professionals are capable of removing it.

Here are the five general principles for removing mold from a home.

Safety

Mold can be dangerous for those that are around it or come into contact with it so, when dealing with mold, safety measures should be taken. Personal protective equipment (PPE) like N-95 respirators, gloves, and goggles should be worn when dealing with the mold. This will reduce the exposure to the mold to ensure those cleaning it up remain safe. If the contamination is more widespread, addition protective garments may be needed. The contamination area may also need to be sealed with polyethylene sheeting. By running HEPA filtered fans, negative pressure and airflow can be created which will ensure that none of the air that’s already been contaminated can escape and spread the mold to clean areas of the home.

Document Mold

In order to effectively remove mold from a building, you must know the extent of the damage. To find this out, a thorough inspection of the affected area must be completed. It’s important to find out what has been contaminated, what materials have been affected, and knowing the size of the contaminated area. The inspection will provide basic information that’s necessary to assess the situation and later verify that all of the mold has been removed. Professionals might also use special detection tools that provide data about moisture and mold.

As a homeowner, having documentation of the damage prior to the cleanup may help with the insurance claim process. Having documentation of the area prior to cleanup as well as updated documentation throughout the cleanup will ensure you don’t run into insurance troubles down the road.

Mold Containment

One of the biggest potential hazards, and a key reason why you should hire professionals to handle the cleanup process, is that the mold could spread to other parts of the house. Once mold spores get airborne, they are much harder to capture, unhealthy to breathe, and can quickly spread the mold throughout the house. To avoid any further contamination, the professionals will cover the affected area with polyethylene or clear plastic sheeting which will help to prevent the spread of the mold spores.

Other methods that may be used to prevent the potential spreading of mold spores include keeping the affected surfaces wet during the cleanup to avoid any dust buildup, using HEPA filtration vacuums to capture the spores and fragments, and using HEPA air purifiers in the affected areas.

Completely Remove Mold

It’s not enough to just kill the mold that affects a home or to cover it up. The mold must actually be physically removed from the building to ensure a full cleanup. Occasionally, carpet, upholstery, or drywall may have been infested to the point where they must be removed and disposed of as well.

Dry Home

Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present. To prevent the continued growth of the mold and the potential spreading of mold spores, moisture in the building must be controlled. Any existence of moisture around the home needs to be identified, located, corrected, and controlled immediately to ensure it doesn’t grow or spread any further. Continuing to keep the home dry going forward will further ensure that there’s no unwanted mold growth and that there isn’t a recurrence of the mold.

Mold has the potential to cause several problems in a home which include damaging the materials of the home as well as the air quality. If mold is a problem in your home, professionals should be brought in to restore the area and ensure that the mold is properly disposed of and doesn’t spread. These five keys will ensure that the mold situation won’t get worse.

If you have mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO to solve the problem.

5 Essential Sewage Cleanup Procedures

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture meter verifying the sanitized zone is indeed moisture- free

5 Essential Sewage Cleanup Procedures

A flooded toilet or extensive sewer backup is an unsightly and unsanitary problem that every business in Celebration, FL, hopes to avoid. Because a sewer cleanup can be extremely daunting, it’s often best to consult a professional cleanup and restoration service to help address the situation. Understanding key remediation procedures can help every business owner anticipate what to expect during the process.

1. Wearing Protective Gear

Because of the extremely unhygienic nature of sewage water, the cleanup crew should wear several articles of protective gear. Necessary equipment typically includes rubber gloves, splash goggles and boots. For additional protection, personnel may also wear protective suits and HEPA respirators.

2. Disposing of Contaminated Objects

Some objects within the contaminated zone may be sanitized and salvaged. However, wet building materials, including carpet, drywall and insulation, should be promptly removed and discarded.

3. Avoiding Contamination of Unaffected Areas

An efficient sewer cleanup process should incorporate effective strategies to help prevent contaminating unaffected areas of your building. Your cleanup provider may erect plastic barriers around the soiled area to help minimize exposure. They should also utilize heavy duty plastic bags that are resilient against leakage to remove unsalvageable items from the site.

4. Sanitizing the Affected Area

After sewer backup debris is cleared away, the next essential step is sanitizing the affected space. This process may include utilizing a variety of solutions designed to kill both harmful bacteria and mold spores.

5. Ensuring Site Is Thoroughly Dry

To help minimize the risk of subsequent mold contamination, it’s essential that the cleanup team ensures the area is thoroughly dry before replacing drywall, insulation and carpeting. They can use fans and dehumidifiers to help expedite the drying process and employ a moisture meter to verify the sanitized zone is indeed moisture-free.

When sewage seepage occurs, a timely response is crucial. Abiding by these five essential strategies helps the sewer cleanup crew complete the restoration process in a safe and efficient manner that safeguards your building from subsequent damage.

What Water Pipe Noises Might Mean: 3 Reasons Revealed

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

A broken pipe can make you end up with a flooded home in Holopaw,FL

If the water pipes in your Holopaw, FL, home make a variety of noises, you might think it is normal for them to do so. However, certain sounds may be indicative of a big problem or impending malfunction, such as a pipe break. Listening to these sounds and learning what they mean can help you find their source and resolve the issue before you end up with a flooded home and a hefty repair bill.

1. Squealing

If your pipes squeal when you turn the water on, this may mean that there is a blockage or that a washer or screw is not positioned correctly. A blockage can be a more serious issue, as a pipe break could occur if it is not removed. If you notice the squealing gets worse over time, you may want to call in a plumber to locate where the blockage is before it causes damage.

2. Banging

Water pipe banging can be alarming because it may sound like a pipe burst is about to occur. However, this is not a serious plumbing problem and is quite common. When water is shut off quickly, the valve closes all at once and the remaining water in the pipes moves rapidly, causing them to vibrate against the wall. You can wrap the shaking pipes with insulation or place flexible padding behind them to reduce noise. If you notice any cracks or bulging, you may want to contact a water damage and remediation service to fix a broken pipe before it can cause a flood.

3. Toilet Whistling

If your toilet whistles upon filling, this is usually more of a tank issue than a pipe valve problem. If the sound stops once the tank is filled, check the ballcock unit and adjust or replace it as needed.

When water pipes make noise at your Holopaw, FL, home, it can be startling. However, knowing what the noises mean and whether a pipe break is imminent can help you prevent costly floods before they happen.

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance: Here Is What You Need To Know

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage in Saint Cloud, FL

Fire sprinklers are an essential part of any building's safety system, and sprinkler maintenance an essential business function. In fact, reports shared by the National Fire Protection Agency reveal that working sprinklers not only prevent costly damage but also prevent injury and even death. Below are just a few of the most astonishing findings:

  • When sprinkler systems are present during a fire, the firefighter injury rate is, on average, 80 percent lower.
  • When both sprinklers and fire alarms are present, the death rate drops by approximately 90 percent.
  • When working sprinklers are present, fires are restrained to the room of origin 97 percent of the time.

These stats indicate that sprinklers are not only necessary, but that sprinkler maintenance should be a key function of any business.

How To Maintain Your Sprinkler System

Fire sprinklers should be inspected on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis. During your weekly inspection, you should check the gauges for a read on normal air and water pressure. You should also check the control valves to make sure that they work properly and that they're locked, sealed and ready to open when necessary.

During your monthly inspections, re-inspect your gauges and check your alarm valves. During the quarterly checks, examine the alarm devices and the hydraulic nameplate to ensure that it is secured to the sprinkler riser.

As a business owner, you are required to have a licensed technician inspect your sprinkler system on an annual basis. During this yearly inspection, your technician assesses and maintains all aspects of your system, including the following:

  • Alarm devices
  • Gauges
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Control valves
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Deluge valves
  • Hangers/bracing
  • Antifreeze solution
  • Backflow prevention components
  • Water flow alarm
  • Main drain

If the technician notices any issues or obstructions, he or she will perform the necessary repairs.

Sprinkler maintenance is a key business operation. Your attention to your sprinkler system can prevent costly and even potentially fatal damage. For more information on what you can do to maintain a safe work environment, contact your Saint Cloud, FL, fire remediation team.

A Mildew Primer

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a Kissimmee, FL home

It is quite common to refer to a mold infestation as “mildew.” The characteristic odor of mold is often thought of as a “mildewy smell.” The fact is that mildew is a very specific subcategory of mold that only afflicts plants. It is either white or gray in color and has either a powdery or a downy appearance. Plant mildew is almost always confined to the leaves, buds or fruit of a plant — it is rarely found on bark or woody stems.

How To Get Rid of Mildew

Mildew is more likely to appear on plants growing in wet or consistently humid climates. If you discover mildew growth on your plants in Kissimmee, FL, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of it:

  • If the afflicted plant is indoors, move it outside.
  • Wash it with a plain water spray to remove the heavy plant mildew growth.
  • Prune away the affected sections. This will also increase air circulation around the plant and help to keep it dry.
  • Spray the plant with a mildewcide such as neem oil or baking soda and detergent.

How To Prevent Mildew

To be certain that the plant mildew you have found is not part of a larger household problem, it is advisable to call a mold professional to assess the situation in and around your house. To keep your plants healthy and prevent further mildew growth, you should water plants from below to prevent wetting the leaves. This keeps the moisture at the roots, where it is most needed. When possible, keep plants in the sun and keep weeds and plant debris away from them. Disinfect all garden tools and make sure the soil is well fertilized.

Remember: mildew is a subcategory of mold that only affects plants — hence the term “plant mildew.” Fortunately, it is relatively easy to treat and to prevent.

Leaky Faucet Tips and repair

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

broken pipe Water damage at a Kissimmee, Florida residence

While a leaky faucet might seem like a small nuisance, leaving it unfixed can lead to a number of unwanted consequences. Some of the more serious reasons you should take care of this issue are because a leaking faucet can

  • Waste hundreds of gallons of water each year
  • Increase the cost of your water bill
  • Cause structural damage as severe wood damage or mold.

The DIY Guide to Fixing Your Leaking Faucet

Are you ready to take on the task yourself? Fixing a dripping faucet isn’t usually too complicated of a job. Follow our easy instructions and you should get your tap dry in no time.

1. Prepare Your Sink for Fixing

Before you fiddle with your faucet, look under your sink for a handle along the pipes leading up to the tap. Turn it clockwise to stop the water. Then plug your drain before you take apart your faucet, so you don’t lose any small screws or washers.

2. Determine Your Faucet Type

There are four different commonly found faucet types. A tap with separate temperature handles is called a compression faucet, while a tap with one handle can either be a ceramic-disk faucet (contains a ceramic cylinder), a ball faucet (contains a ball bearing), or a cartridge faucet (contains a cartridge).

3. Find Your Replacement Parts

Take your tap apart to check for broken parts (such as the rubber washers on compression faucets) and give it a deep cleaning by soaking it in white vinegar. Take the stem and inner parts to a hardware store to find an exact replacement. Reassemble your new faucet and you should be good to go.

Assessing the Damage

If you’ve had a leaking faucet for a while, it’s good to get your sink area assessed for further damage. Find a restoration specialist in Kissimmee, FL to check that your house is mold free and not at risk for any structural damage. They can also make sure that your fixed leak isn’t going to come back anytime soon — a comfort to any homeowner.

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Mold: When to Call the Professionals

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

When is it a good time to call Mold Professionals in Celebration, Florida- Osceola County.

There are particular situations where the homeowner can clean up mold. However, there’s a time when it’s passed your ability, and it is time to call the professionals. The best thing for you and your family is to know the different. Here are some examples of situations:

Call the Professionals:

  • If there has been a large water damage in the area the mold is located, and if there is more than 10 square feet of mold growth.
  • If you think your AC unit (including ducting and ventilation) could be contaminated with mold or if you visibly see evident of mold around the outside of the vents or returns.
  • DO NOT run your AC unit, you can run the chance of spreading mold spores throughout your home.
  • If any water damage or mold growth was caused by the sewage system.
  • If your regularly experience allergies or respiratory issues.

Do Yourself:

If there is Less than 10 square feet of mold or fungi inside your home.

  • If there is any on the surface of your bath tub or shower.
  • If you see mold or fungi growing or the outside of your home, such as windows, doors, concrete, stucco, etc.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Osceola County specializes in mold removal and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained technicians are restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We service the residents of St. Cloud, Kissmmee, Celebration, Four Corners, and Champions Gate. Don’t hesitate to contact our office staff if you think there may be mold in an area in your home. Schedule a Mold Assessment at 407-933-0707

Stay Fire-Free this Holiday

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Ensure your family's safety this holiday by following these recommendations of a fire-free December!

This Fall season in Florida has brought us cooler temperatures, amazing weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities.  You can help make sure your seasonal plans don’t go up in smoke by taking a few precautions. Keep your family safe and fire-free by planning ahead this season.

Fall Decorations

Decorations like flowers, wreaths, and Christmas trees are likely to dry out and are very flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

Emergency Exits

While celebrating these Holidays, be sure to keep all decorations clear from any emergency exits, whether that’s a window or a back door. Nothing should be blocking an escape route.

Bon Fires

Though Florida isn’t known to have many bon fires, they still occur on those rare cold nights either on the beach or in a backyard. Teach your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Candles/ Lanterns

If you’re like me as soon as December arrives, my seasonal and holiday candles are out and lit! But even adults should use caution using real candles. Ensure that nothing flammable is close to the candle before lighting, such as paper, linens, and decorations.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Osceola County is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Celebration and Harmony, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.  Please call (407) 933-0707

8 Items to Toss out During Your Spring Cleaning

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Expired Medication


It is important to know and stick to your medications expiration date. Over time medication can lose its original potency, decreasing its effect. Instead of allowing these expired medication cluttering your medicine cabinet, simply flush them down the toilet or crush the pilled form and mix with dirt, kitty litter, or coffee ground and throw the mixture in the trash.


Old Receipts


First make sure you do not need the receipts for any kind of tax purpose. If you don’t, you should then shred the receipts (by hand, scissors, or shedder) and toss in the trash.


Freezer Foods


Frozen foods can be tricky, but foods that are freezer burn or any kind of meat products that are older than one year should certainly be disposed. The best way of disposing of these foods is waiting until trash day, this way the frozen foods will not have time to thaw and start smelling.


Makeup/Nail polish


Believe it or not, makeup and nail polish have an expiration date. It’s not printed on the items, but if you “google it” people have put together charts with lengths of time each type of makeup product lasts. Nail polish should be thrown out once too much air has gotten inside the bottle and becomes like molasses.


Clothes


Your clothes that don’t fit, are discolored, or have holes, must go. They are just taking up valuable closet space that could be replaced by items you would actually wear. Throw out the clothing that are discolored or have hole and drop off the others at Goodwill.


Towels/blankets


Towels and blankets wear overtime and loose that soft fluffy feeling it had when you first bought it. Take these worn linens and donated them to your local animal shelter. You will feel good about it and get to treat yourself with new ones.


Gift bags


Recycling gift bags is a great way to save a few bucks, but that requires you to actually use them. If you did recycle them, you did it! If not, the bags are probably bent or ripped a bit and taking up storage space. Toss them out and feel good about the space you’ve recovered.


Travel samples


If you’re like me and always bringing home the mini travel size shampoo, conditioner, and lotion and believe that I’ll be able to use them for the next time I travel somewhere. But in reality, these samples are forgotten underneath the bathroom sink, simply taking up space and collecting dust.


 


 

6 Misconception About Water Damage

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

You may think water damage is quite straight forward. However, there are actually quite a few misconceptions about water damage. Here are some common misconceptions to avoid.

It will dry itself

When water leaks into your home and gets onto your floors and walls, there is no doubt that mold will grow if it is not removed properly. The area may appear to be dry, but water can hide in the walls and underneath your flooring, which increases your risk of mold growth. That mold can be extremely expensive to remove the more it spreads and the area will create a musky odor. Water damaged areas begin to stink if they are not completely dried out and treated with the proper antimicrobials. The water will not actually dry on it’s own, but it will seep into other areas and cause damage the more it is able to travel.

It is not a big deal

The mold and bacteria that begin to grow in standing water can cause diseases and infections if left untreated for even just one day. Proper sanitation, disinfection, and anti-fungicide treatments must be applied immediately to ensure that the health of everyone in the area is not compromised. SERVPRO has the equipment and products that guarantee the area is cleaned thoroughly and properly. Do not brush the situation off and think that standing water in your property is no big deal, it has the possibility of becoming a tremendous health hazard if not addressed immediately.

I can dry it myself

This may be many people’s first instinct, but we heavily advise against trying to clean up a large amount of water on your own. This can lead to serious mold growth and eventually cause your flooring or walls to be completely ruined. SERVPRO has the state of the art equipment and skilled technicians necessary to expedite the drying process and save the walls and flooring in your home.

I can’t see it so it’s not there

The tricky part about dealing with water damage is that once water starts to leak, it can hide in your walls, floors, or ceiling after any flood or spill. The SERVPRO advanced technology actually gives us the ability to detect moisture throughout your home so that it is guaranteed that no water can hide and cause further damage. Whether it is water on the floor, or on your belongings, our trained experts are able to detect the moisture and eliminate it quickly so that your home can return to normal.

The cleanup is expensive

The cost of hiring professionals to take care of any water damage is usually the reason people avoid it and attempt the cleanup on their own. The idea that hiring SERVPRO for an inspection and cleaning is going to cost an arm and a leg is actually a myth. The powerful equipment used by our cleaning and restoration specialists are able to both clean and remove contaminants, which saves anyone from having to replace all of their belongings. A few hundred dollars of cleanup and restoration can turn into thousands of dollars of replacement, especially if any of the process is put on hold or delayed. The reality is, you actually save money by bringing SERVPRO in to handle the cleanup and restoration because it will be done correctly the first time.

It is a good idea to check with your insurance company on what they cover as far as water damage goes. It may be that insurance will cover the damage and the whole process will actually result in no money out of your pocket. If that is the case, it will cost nothing to have all of your property and belongings cleaned and restored.

It can wait

Water is the base of all living things and it does not take very long for life to begin to grow in standing water. Mold starts to grow within 24 hours of water left standing and spreads quickly. Take initiative right away so that the situation does not become worse. It is much cheaper to clean up the water and repair the damage than it is to replace entire walls, floors, and furniture. Call SERVPRO of South Brevard immediately and one of our highly trained technicians will respond to your need right away. We have a 24-Hour Emergency Service and are locally owned and operated. You need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is a serious risk for buildings. If not addressed immediately, it can create irreparable damage to your personal possessions, the structural stability to the building, and can cause health hazards for occupants. However, there are steps that you can take to help avoid such a situation.

Identifying Potential Hazards

The first step to avoiding water damage is to identify the potential hazards where water damage can occur. Most notably, if you have any leaks or cracks that can allow water in, they should be fixed as soon as possible.

Windows and Doors

As usual openings into the building, windows and doors are common sources of water damage. Regularly checking your windows and doors for leaks will help ensure that they don’t cause water damage problems. If there are leaks, it may be an issue with the sealing around the opening.

Roof

Oftentimes, water damage initially comes from the roof. When leaks or roof damage allow water to infiltrate the building, that water will slowly make its way through the home damaging the attic, walls, and eventually the floors. Primary issues that result in water damage from the roof are leaks around vents for the exhaust for plumbing, rooftop air conditioning units, and other types of specialized equipment. Another common problem is with the roof’s drainage system, particularly the gutters. Making sure your gutters are in good condition and draining water properly will ensure it doesn’t cause water damage to the building or its foundation.

Foundation and Exterior Walls

Water can do the most damage to the foundation and exterior walls. Water damage to these parts of the building can compromise its structural integrity and cause openings such as doors and windows to stick. To avoid any danger of damage occurring to these areas, seal any cracks or hold that may have accumulated in the exterior walls, joints, and foundation. You also need to make sure that your yard slopes down away from the foundation and that the roof drainage system directs water well away from the building.

Plumbing

Inside the building, most water damage problems occur from areas where water use is common. Make sure that there are no leaks in the plumbing fixtures, that the pipes are not dripping, that the drains are not clogged, and that any water drainage systems are not defective.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition (HVAC)

HVAC systems are made up of various components that can cause the accumulation of moisture in a building. Some of these components include chilled water piping and condensation drains. If the building is in a humid climate, a HVAC system serves the purpose of reducing the ambient air moisture level. If the system is not working properly, it will not do this which could result in water damage.

Inspect and Maintain

A key to keeping water damage from negatively affecting your home is to decrease the chances that water damage can occur. The best way to do this is to regularly inspect and maintain any parts of your home that could potentially be vulnerable to water damage or water intrusion.

Flashing and Sealants

The purpose of flashing is to prevent water from entering the home where two different types of building materials come together. Flashing is usually a thin metal strip and can be found around doors, windows, and roofs. Similarly, sealants and caulking are typically applied to prevent any moisture intrusion at the building’s joints. To keep water from slipping past these parts of the building, they must be well-maintained and in good condition.

Vents

If your vents are not properly maintained, they can be hazards for water damage. To avoid such a problem, all vents in the building should have the appropriate hoods, exhaust to the exterior, and should be in good working order.

HVAC

Many HVAC systems are made up of several components that could potentially cause water damage if regular maintenance is ignored. Check all these components such as water lines, pumps, and air handlers for leaks. You should also make sure that the drain lines are clean and don’t have any obstructions and that the ductwork is insulated so it prevents condensation on exterior surfaces.

Humidity

The relative humidity of a building should typically be 30 percent to 50 percent. If the humidity is too high, it will likely show through condensation on the windows, wet stains on the walls and ceilings, or musty smells.

Moist Areas

If there are any areas of the building that commonly become moist for any reason, these areas should be cleaned off and the area where the moisture frequently collects should be dried.

If not taken care of immediately, water damage can have very negative effects on a building. It can cause severe damage to personal possessions, cause damage to walls and floors, and make the building uninhabitable by putting into question its structural integrity. These tips will help you avoid having to deal with such a situation. If you do suffer any type of water damage to your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO for a full restoration.

4 Ways to Protect Your Foundation

11/30/2016 (Permalink)

A sturdy foundation is integral to the stability of your home. Issues with the foundation can cause structural issues with the home which will result in thousands of dollars of damage and can create issues that would require further repair. There are measures you can take to protect your home from such a problem and to check to make sure that the foundation of your home is properly protected

Grading to Keep Water Away from the Foundation

If the excavation of soil is done poorly around a house, the water could potentially be directed toward the base of that house and could funnel into the foundation. To avoid this problem, the yard should be graded at least six inches in 10 feet, which will ensure that the soil slopes away from the house. To make sure that the slope is enough to avoid such an issue, you can simply use a leveling tool. With one end of the level where the ground meets the foundation wall and the other end sticking out, measure the space from the end hovering over the ground to the surface of the ground. This will tell you the slope. If you are using a two-foot level, simply multiple the results by five to find what it would be at 10 feet.

Direct Water Away from the Foundation

Any downspouts of the house should be directing water away from the house and its foundation. This will ensure that any rainwater or roof runoff is flowing away from the house and not down into the foundation. To avoid the water flowing down into the foundation, the downspout should extend five to 10 feet away from the house, otherwise it will simply be dumping water onto the foundation which can cause extensive damage. While simply purchasing extenders is a way to handle this situation, there is another way. You can bury a long diverter underground which will drain the water all the way to the curb, to a storm drain, or to a spot that is further out in the yard where the water will be of no danger to the foundation.

Avoid Dry Soil

When soil around the house completely dries out, it has the ability to contract, then expand when it gets wet again. It’s important to avoid letting any soil that is around the home become completely dry during any long dry spells as the next time it rains, the soil could become soaked causing it to expand and put stress on the foundation walls. You can avoid this problem by running a soaker hose around the house about six inches away from the foundation and three inches underneath the soil any time there is a drought. This will keep the soil from contracting and expanding, keeping your foundation safe.

Protect Your Foundation from Roots

During a drought, there is only so much moisture to go around, so tree and shrub roots are forced to share moisture with the soil. Lacking enough moisture to go around, this issue can cause the foundation to settle and sink unevenly. The result of this is that drywall can crack and windows and doors may stick to their frames. The way to avoid this problem is by planting any deep-rooted trees and shrubs away from the home. If the branches of the trees or shrubs are touching the house, they are too close and can potentially cause a problem.

Damage to a home’s foundation is a serious problem. In addition to causing structural issues for the house, it also has the ability to cause problems to drywall, windows, doors, and floors. The result of the foundation issues could be thousands of dollars of damage to correct multiple problems throughout the house. But water damage can be corrected with little to no permanent damage if it is caught fast enough and if the appropriate steps are taken to correct the situation. The difference between a quick notification and waiting could be devastating. If you suffer water damage to your home, it is important that you contact that professionals at SERVPRO right away to ensure that the matter is properly handled to avoid any further damage and to correct the situation right away.

4 Signs Your Gutters May Cause Water Damage

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Every homeowner fears the threat of water damage. Many of these threats come from situations such as leaks in the roof or some other way that water passes into the home. One of the most common and noticeable appliances that are designed to keep water from entering the home are the gutters. The purpose of the gutters is to carry rainwater down and away from the home. This allows the home to avoid any potential water-related problems, such as flooding, leaks, or damage to the foundation. If your gutters are not working properly, the result could be very serious water damage occurring to your home. These four signs will tell you that your gutters are not working properly and are in need of repair or, possibly, replacement.

Gutters are Sagging Away from the House

If your gutters are noticeably sagging, they will not be properly doing their job of leading the water down and away from the house. This is one of the easiest ways to tell that you may have an issue because you can tell it’s happening simply by looking up. The reason why your gutters may be sagging is that they are full of heavy water. This can cause the gutters to not drain properly which could result in other issues such as cracks or holes forming in the gutters. If this happens, water may start spilling down the side of the house causing water damage in the home or to the foundation.

Gutters are Starting to Show Rust

Noticing that your gutters are starting to rust is not as easy as noticing that the gutters are sagging. For this problem, you’ll have to climb up onto the roof or climb up a ladder to notice it. However, if you are able to get some elevation above the gutters, the rusting will be quite noticeable. To ensure that your gutters are working properly, you should regularly inspect them. Any rust should be easily noticed during this inspection.

Over time, if the gutters are not attended to, holes or cracks may form which could cause water to spill out of the gutters, run down the side of the house, and damage the foundation of the home. If your gutters are rusted and are in need of a replacement, you might want to consider getting aluminum gutters. These gutters don’t rust which will ensure that your problem doesn’t happen again.

Marks Are Showing Up On the Exterior of the Home

Cracks or holes in your gutters will cause water to stream down the side of your home. This will leave water stains, cause paint to peel, and mold to grow. Signs of these problems will show up on the exterior walls of the home or right underneath the gutters. This is a sign that your gutters are not directing water down and away from the house but that water is escaping the gutters. As the water continues down toward the ground, it can eventually cause water damage to your home and damage to the foundation of the home.

Splits and/or Cracks Are Forming in the Gutters

Tiny splits or cracks that form in the gutters may not seem like a big deal as water is not even escaping at that point. But the force of the running water can cause these small cracks to become big cracks rather quickly. Water will then easily escape the gutters and stream down the side of the house where it can cause damage to the house and its foundation. Sometimes you can repair these cracks using specialized tape or roofing cement but you may have to completely replace the gutters if the cracks are too big or if there are too many of them.

If there are problems with your gutters that are causing them to stop directing water down and away from your home, issues involving water damage can arise. In some cases, you may be able to repair the gutters but in many cases, you will have to completely replace them. Either way, it’s important that you keep a close eye on your gutters through regular inspection as this will allow you to avoid potential water damage. If you do suffer from water damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO for a full restoration.

What Goes Into a Water Damage Assessment

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a homeowner. Not only does it have the ability to immediately cause substantial damage to your property and possessions, but the situation can get worse over time if the water damage is not properly treated. The first step to planning the appropriate restoration is to complete a full assessment of the water damage. This water damage assessment will let those working on restoring the property know exactly what needs to be done to restore the building as well as allow them to determine what can be saved and what must go.

If water damage occurs in your home, it’s important that only professionals handle the cleanup. Cleaning up water damage can be a complex task and attempting to clean up the damage yourself may only make matters worse. Plus, the longer you wait to get professionals involved, the worse the damage will be. While you should get out of the way and allow the professionals to clean up, this is the assessment they will perform upon arriving.

Structural Assessment

The main type of water damage assessment that the crews from SERVPRO will accomplish is a structural assessment. Assessing the structural issues of the home that have been caused by water damage will allow them to decide on the necessary course of action. These are the aspects of the structure that will be assessed during this process.

Roof

The roof acts as a building’s main line of defense against the elements of nature. Issues with the roof that allow water to seep in and collect in the attic and crawl down the wall can create additional problems such as mold. During the structural assessment process, inspectors will look for any areas of the roof that may be vulnerable to collapse, any missing or damaged shingles, any bent or damaged gutters, any crack or damaged chimneys, and any stains or cracks on exterior surfaces.

Exterior Walls and Windows

Water has the ability to move into places and cause damage that you probably wouldn’t expect. Based on how the damage occurred, there can be several types of damage to walls, windows, and the exterior walls of your home. When water collects behind walls and other areas around the house, they can put the stability of the structure into question without the occupants noticing. When the inspection is being completed following water damage, the inspectors will look for any collapsed walls, broken or cracked windows, wet bricks or exterior walls, and any signs of water coming through windows.

Front and Back Yard

While the inspection of water damage will be primarily focused on the building, there are other parts of your property that may be of interest. As you might expect, a large accumulation of water can collect in your yard and in garden-type areas. Flooding in your yard not only will ruin your landscaping, but can also cause damage to the foundation of your home. As you would probably guess, flooding in garden areas of your home can kill your plants and flowers.

Attic

Damage that might occur to your roof such as missing or damaged shingles or holes can allow water to make its way down into your attic. While water damage in your attic is bad enough considering many attics are used as home storage units, the water can seep into your walls from creating unseen damage that could result in health risks such as mold. When your home is being inspected, your attic will be examined to see if there has been any damage that needs to be treated. Signs of water damage in the attic include a wet or cracked ceiling, walls, or floors, wet insulations, and wet or damaged vents and ducts.

Rooms

One of the first places that will be examined when your home is inspected for water damage are the rooms themselves. The inspection will include looking for any wet spots in the ceilings, walls, or floors, sunk electric and phone jacks, warped or damaged wood, and cracked or broken windows and doors.

Bathrooms

Given how much water goes through your bathroom, this room is often a cause of water damage. Even though these rooms are built with consideration of how much water will go through it, issues with your plumbing can cause significant water damage if not addressed immediately. Signs that your bathroom may have water damage include damaged bathtub, stains on sinks or countertops, and leaky or slumping ground around your toilet tank.

If you have water damage in your home, every minute counts. As more time goes by with the proper treatment, the damage worsens and becomes more permanent. When the professionals at SERVPRO respond to your call, they will start with a water damage assessment to get a better understanding of the extent of the damage and see what can be salvaged and what must be discarded.

Preventing Water Damage in Vulnerables Parts of Home

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that all homeowners fear. Whether it is from a gentle rain or a torrential downpour, the littlest of water damage can put a significant dent in your bank account. Water has several ways of entering your home. Be it from insufficient insulation in the roof or some other entrance around the home, water can easily sneak in and collect. Sometimes it can get into the home without the occupants noticing. The next thing you know, it’s too late and you have thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home.

The damage to your home is not just financial either. Water damage worsens very quickly and causes other problems that can affect other aspects of your life. If in the proper environment, as water damage typically is, mold has the ability to grow. Sometimes this mold grows inside walls where it cannot be seen by the occupants. This can cause health issues for occupants of the home which include respiratory problems, allergies, among other illnesses.

While water damage can be very hard to notice until it is too late, especially by someone that does not know the tell-tale signs, there are steps that you can take to avoid water damage, or at least limit the amount of water damage. Here are some tips to help you avoid potential water damage in your home.

Wrapping Potential Water Entrances

There are several potential entrances for water around your home. Be it from the roof, window, door, or some other spot of the house, these entrances could make your home vulnerable to water damage during the next storm. A way to avoid such problems is housewrap. You may have noticed housewrap covering houses during construction. The reason for the invention of housewrap was to keep water out of the crevices of the home. Typically, housewrap does exactly as its name implies, it wraps all the way around the home, keeping it safe from potential water intrusion. The areas you would expect to be vulnerable to water intrusion, windows, utility penetrations, and intersecting roofs should be given special consideration.

Seal Your Windows

As parts of the house that are designed to open, windows are particularly vulnerable to allowing water into the home. Obviously, windows can’t be completely sealed like many parts of the house because they need to be able to open. That is, if they want to be used the way they were designed. But, by ensuring that your windows have the proper flashing and sealants layered on the window, you shouldn’t have a problem keeping water out of the house.

Utility Exposures

Houses often have areas that can be exposed to the outside elements due to utilities. This could include a hose bib, dryer vent, or some other fixture that allows the house to be exposed to outside elements. It is situations like this where flashing has its biggest impact on your home. Just like with windows and doors, flashing will ensure that these utility necessities keep the house protected from any potential water damage while still allowing the utility what is needed to serve its purpose.

Where the Wall Meets the Roof

The most vulnerable areas of a house to water damage is where two different materials meet. When the home is being built, contractors put protections in place to ensure that these parts of the house are protected from potential water damage. But, over time, the elements can wear down those protections so it is a good idea to keep a sharp eye on those parts of the house. As rain water hits the roof and slides down the house, no part of the house is more vulnerable to water damage as where the wall meets the roof. Making things even more potentially troublesome is that if water were to get into a crease in that part of the house, the water could travel down the wall and create significant damage before the occupants of the house were even aware of the initial damage.

No matter how you attempt to protect it, certain parts of your home are going to be vulnerable to water damage. Even though the amount of water might be small, depending on where the water ends up, the damage could be extensive in the price to restore. These tips will help should you find yourself in such a situation. If you have water damage and are in need of restoration, call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Dealing with Water Damage

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most distressing situations for a homeowner. It has the ability to cause extensive damage to the home and requires a costly cleanup. If water damage occurs in your home, it’s important to have the situation remedied quickly by professionals to avoid further problems.

How Water Damage Occurs

There are several different ways in which water can enter the home. These include leaks in the foundation, pipes that have burst, appliance valve failures, and poor drainage around the home. A burst pipe, valve failures, and sewage backups are the most substantially damaging events as they create the possibility of several inches of water accumulation in just a matter of hours. A burst pipe and valve failures are less harmful but create extensive damage. A sewage backup produces harmful water that can cause serious illness to any who ingests it.

Potential Dangers of Water Damage

There are many potential dangers associated with water damage in the home. When water collects throughout the home, it has the ability to soak through anything that it comes into contact with rather quickly. If the collected water has been contaminated, it creates further problems. Contaminated water is the environment in which a variety of microbes, that can include dangerous viruses and bacteria, live and grow. So any organic materials, such as textiles or wood, that have been damaged by contaminated water must be restored for the safety of the home’s occupants.

Another major concern when water collects in a home is mold. The ideal environment for mold growth is damp and warm, which is why the growth of mold is such a danger following water damage in the home. If the mold growth is not soon treated, the spores have the ability to spread through the air which allows it to spread quickly and to areas that seem dry. While being exposed to mold in the short term is not necessary dangerous, the consistent inhalation of the spores over a longer period of time can cause various health issues such as respiratory infections, nausea, agitation, malaise, fatigue, and neurotoxic problems. These medical issues are especially a danger for children, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system.

Water Damage Should Be Addressed Immediately

Water damage in the home is not something that should be put off, but should be addressed immediately. The more time you wait to start the restoration process, the more problems and more expense will occur.

Within just minutes of the water damage occurring, the water will begin to spread throughout the house, saturating everything it comes into contact with. This can cause the finishing on furniture to bleed, which can cause permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and other paper products may start to swell and warp.

Within the first day, damage to permanent fixtures around the house will occur. Drywall may begin to well and break down, metal objects may begin to tarnish, furniture may begin to swell or crack, and dyes and inks from cloth or paper goods around the house may start to spread and stain. At this point, you may also begin to notice a musty odor around the water damaged house.

From two days to a week, the damage will increasingly get worse and start to damage more parts of the house. At this point, mold and mildew may begin to grow and spread which could start creating health issues. Doors, windows, and studs in the wall may begin to well up and warp creating structural issues in the house. Paint in the house will begin to blister, wood flooring may swell and warp, and the possibility of serious biohazard contamination may occur.

If you wait more than a week, the damage will be catastrophic. The time and cost of the restoration will have already increased significantly as the replacement of contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be quite extensive.

Water damage in a house can be a difficult experience for a homeowner. It has the ability to cause property damage and can cause health issues for occupants of the home. If you have water, fire, or mold damage in your home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to fully restore your home.

How to Handle Water Damage to Floors

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

One of the biggest fears of homeowners is the threat of water damage. If not quickly addressed, water damage has the potential to worsen and create bigger problems that negatively affects the health and well-being of the building’s occupants. Mold, for example, thrives in an environment like a water damaged building and has the ability to create problems throughout the building. It can also cause structural damage to the building over time. Understanding how to identify whether or not you have water damage and knowing what to do when you do identify water damage is key to quickly getting the issue resolved which will allow you to limit the damage. 

Causes of Water Damage

There are many parts of a building that are susceptible to water damage like the ceiling and walls. Another area that’s susceptible to water damage is flooring. There are many different reasons that you may have water damage to your flooring. A pipe that is leaking, a roof that is leaking, or a drink that has spilled are all potential causes of water damaged flooring. Flash flooding is likely to cause more water damage to the floor than anything else. Finding out the cause of the water damage is key to knowing how much water damage exists. It will tell you where to look for the water damage and how extensive the cleanup will be.

Signs of a Water Damaged Floor

If you think that you may have water damage to your floor, you need to be aware of the signs that there is water damage to your flooring. If you have suffered a roof leak, a leaking pipe, or something else that could potentially cause water damage, you’ll need to be on the lookout for the signs that there’s water damage to your floor. These signs include a discoloration of the carpet, a sagging spot in the floor, or rotten wood the sinks beneath the shoes. If wood is rotting, it will sag down more than a hard wood floor. It also won’t echo as well if you knock on it. If any of these signs are apparent on your floors, you’ll know that you must take action to prevent any further damage from occurring.

Finding the Water Damage

Noticing the signs of a water damaged floor is the first step, but more needs to be done to find out exactly where the water damage is and the extent of the damage. One way you can find out more about the damage is to pull up the carpet. Pulling up the carpet will show definite signs if there is water damage. If you don’t want to pull up any of the carpet, you can look underneath the crawl space. However, if there is water damage to the flooring underneath the carpet, it will eventually have to be pulled up regardless. If the carpet is discolored or has signs of mildew, it will need to be replaced.

Professionals Should Be Brought in to Restore

Just like with any other type of water damage, if there is water damage to the floors, professionals should be called in to handle the job. Professionals know the necessary steps, safety procedures, and have the training to ensure that the area is properly and safely cleaned up. If you’re inexperienced in cleaning up water damage, attempting to take on the task yourself could result in mistakes that could further damage the building or create health hazards for the occupants of the building. Hiring professionals to handle the job will ensure that the building will be fully restored and that no additional damage will be caused. When they’re finished, you’ll be able to reoccupy the building without fear that there’s any damage or health hazards in the building due to the water damaged floors.

Water damage is a worry for all homeowners. In addition to ceilings and walls, floors are also a part of the house that’s susceptible to water damage. Anything from a roof leak to a leaking pipe or spilled drink could potentially result in water damage to the floor. If you do suffer water damage to your floors, or any other part of your house, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to ensure a proper and safe restoration.

SERVPRO Osceola County Named Top 100 Franchise

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

John and Kim of SERVPRO posing outside John and Kim franchise owners

SERVPRO Osceola County has been recognized as one of the top 100 SERVPRO franchises in the nation. Additionally, the brand itself has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top five franchises in their most recent ranking.

For the past 37 years, Entrepreneur Magazine has ranked the top 500 franchises in the country. These rankings are based on several factors which include financial strength and stability, growth rate, and the size of the system. This year, SERVPRO was named as the fourth-ranked franchise overall and was the top franchise in the insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning industry. The only companies ranked ahead of SERVPRO were Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Hampton by Hilton, and Supercuts.

Not only was SERVPRO ranked as the fourth-best franchise, but it was also one of only five restoration and cleaning companies to be named to the top 500 list. The next closest competitor came in at number 155. This is the seventh straight year that SERVPRO has been ranked in the top 10 overall by Entrepreneur Magazine and the 13th consecutive year that they were listed as the top restoration company.

In addition to SERVPRO being named one of the top 500 franchises in the country, the company itself named SERVPRO Osceola County as one of the top 100 franchises in its annual Top 100 Franchises in the Nation list. This award recognizes the SERVPRO franchises that have contributed to making the company one of the top brands in America. It also recognizes those franchises that have shown dedication to serving their customers to the best of their ability.

Being named as one of SERVPRO’s top 100 franchises in the country is a tremendous honor for owner John Robertson and his team. The fact that SERVPRO itself was ranked so highly by Entrepreneur Magazine further solidifies SERVPRO Osceola County as the premier restoration and cleaning company in the area.

If you’re in need of restoration for water, fire, or mold damage, call on the premier restoration company in Osceola County to help.

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Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

For many people, indoor air pollution is a growing concern. The air in a home generally circulates five to seven times a day through the HVAC air ducts. During these circulations, it carries the dust and debris of everyday life. For this reason, it’s important to get an air duct cleaning.

 

While your furnace filter will catch most of the dust and debris, neglect, remodeling projects, or shoddy duct installation can lead to a buildup of undesirable debris inside your air ducts which will threaten the efficiency of the system. You’ll know you’re in need of an air duct cleaning because clogs of dust, cobwebs, debris, or noticeable particles will blow out of the supply registers. Other possible signs will be visible mold inside the furnaces of ducts or rodent droppings and deceased insects inside the ducts.

Having the professionals at SERVPRO clean your HVAC air ducts will ensure the removal of the dust that’s accumulated so it won’t spread into the household. It will also ease the airflow and increase your system’s efficiency by as much as 40 percent.

Duct Cleaning

Air duct cleaning is the process of cleaning the various heating and cooling system components of a forced air system that includes supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans or drip pans, fan motor and fan housing, and air handling unit housing. If the system is not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components can potentially become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, and other debris. The existence of moisture can cause the growth of mold which can cause health problem to the building’s occupants. These mold spores have the potential to be released into the living space. Other contaminants can cause building occupants to have an allergic reaction or other symptoms.

If you’re having your air ducts cleaned, it’s important to have all of the components cleaned. Failure to do so could result in one contaminated component re-contaminating the entire system which would negate all potential benefits of the cleaning. Professionals that are hired to handle the job will bring specialized tools that helps them to dislodge dirt and other debris in the air ducts. Then they’ll vacuum the dirt and debris out of the ducts with a high-powered vacuum cleaner. They may also propose the application of chemical biocides to the inside of the ducts and other system components.

Do You Need Your Ducts Cleaned?

There are several reasons why you may need the air ducts cleaned in you home. If the occupants of the building are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and you think it might be related to your home environment, you should have your air ducts cleaned. You should also make sure to consult a doctor about the symptoms.

Over time, air ducts will collect dust and debris so it’s a good idea to have them cleaned occasionally. It’s also important that you use the professionals at SERVPRO to avoid other potential problems. If the cleaning is not done properly, the cleaning could cause even more indoor air problems. An example of this includes using an inadequate vacuum collection system which could end up releasing more of the dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if it had just been left alone. If the service provider hired to clean the air ducts is careless or has been inadequately trained, he or she could cause damage to the ducts or the heating and cooling system. This could force costly repairs or replacements.

There has been some research to suggests that having your heating and cooling system components cleaned can improve the efficiency of the system which could result in it having a longer operating life. This research has also suggested that due to operating a higher efficiency, cleaning may result in energy and maintenance cost savings.

If your heating and cooling system hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it may be time to have it done. Ridding your HVAC air ducts of dust and debris can prevent potentially harmful growth like mold from accumulating in the ducts. If your air ducts and heating and cooling system hasn’t been attended to in a while, call the certified professionals at SERVPRO to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Osceola County Changes Ownership

8/31/2015 (Permalink)

John & Kim Robertson

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is proud to announce the new owners of SERVPRO of Osceola County.  John and Kim Robertson took ownership of SERVPRO of Osceola County in May 2015.   John and Kim are business owners of SERVPRO of South Brevard and SERVPRO of West Brevard in Melbourne, Florida.  They’re  excited to expand the SERVPRO® Brand, a leader in the restoration industry, to Osceola County. 

SERVPRO of Osceola County was originally opened in 2005 by Sam Evans and has served the Kissimmee and St Cloud area for the last 10  years.

“I look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers, and continue to serve this community,” said John Robertson.  

SERVPRO® is a leader in commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services.   From residential fire smoke and water damage restoration, to large commercial disaster response, 

For more information on the services offered by SERVPRO® of  Osceola County, contact our local franchise at 407-933-0707 or email our Marketing Representative, Tammie Rodabaugh, Tammie@SERVPROsb.com.

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