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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

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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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Reconstruction done right after storm

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

ceilng caved in due to storm The ceiling caved in due to a storm in Osceloa

Storm Damage at this Osceola property resulted when the roof was damaged during a powerful thunderstorm. The roof received significant damage allowing a tremendous amount of rainwater to enter the interior of the building. The top two floors of the building were impacted and would require a tremendous amount of equipment and manpower to clean up the large volume of water that had damaged the interior of the property. SERVPRO of Osceola County has the capability to garner the equipment and personnel necessary to remediate damages such as this. A large number of commercial air movers would be required along with large areas of desiccant dehumidifiers to provide the required drying. The owner of the property was happy with the reconstruction process and the professionalism of our team. 

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Why choose SERVPRO of Osceola County

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

commercial property clean up Commercial location cleaned during reconstruction.

With your wares and structure 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 West Brevard location back to preloss condition. Many rely on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Osceola technicians to help, as We’re 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 companies 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 competent 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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Roof leaks and SERVPRO of Osceola County

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall 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.

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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)

water on floor Commercial Property in

Water-Borne 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 that 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 problems.
  • 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

This involves identifying all of the areas that are affected by floodwater or water damage. 

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.

SERVPRO of Osceola and We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to 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)

ac dial set to heater Temp set to 72 heater

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 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. 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 Viera, FL, 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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Water flooding in house.

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

flooded floor kitchen Flooded kitchen floor due to broken pipe

11/3/2020

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, and/or 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 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 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 West Brevard
  • 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.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • 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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