2022 Hurricane Outlook
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.
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:
How To Secure Damaged Roofs and Other Problems After a Fire
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
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
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.
- 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.”
- 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.
Restoring Documents After Water Damage
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.
A professional restoration service can offer a number of ways to recover your client's documentation. These may include
- Freeze drying
- Gamma irradiation sterilization
Depending on damage type, these processes can be utilized to restore a variety of damaged documents, including X-rays and photographs.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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)
- 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.
- 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Moisture meter checking progress of damaged walls and flooring of your Celebration, FL home.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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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