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Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down 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.”

2. 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.

How To Prevent Water Damage in Your Home Before It Starts

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Prevent Water Damage in Your Home Before It Starts 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

What’s the Price Range for Residential Mold Remediation?

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What’s the Price Range for Residential Mold Remediation? 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.

5 Tips on How to Prevent Mold.

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  5 Tips on How to Prevent Mold. 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

5 Keys to Removing Mold

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Keys to Removing Mold 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.

Restoring Documents After Water Damage

2/18/2019 (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 in 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 damage 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.

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

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Should I Do When My Property in Kissimmee Is Affected By Water Damage? 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, FL, Osceola, FL, and surrounding areas.

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

Everything You Need to Know About Mold

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Everything You Need to Know About Mold 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!

Is Your Business Ready To Withstand a Flood?

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Business Ready To Withstand 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

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do When Filing a Fire Insurance Claim 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.