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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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Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck outside of a house SERVPRO of Osceola County "Faster to any size disaster"

SERVPRO Provides the Best Disaster Remediation Service

When floods, fires, or catastrophic storms rage through Lake Marian Highlands, 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 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 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.

Bioremediation Services

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees wearing hazmat suits to clean up biohazards. 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 our 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 perform 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 cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

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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.