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Roof leaks and SERVPRO of Osceola County

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

What Causes Mold?

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

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

Does Mold Form Quickly?

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

Can You Prevent Mold?

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

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

#blackmold #moldremoval #moldtips #whatmoldlookslike #SERVPROmoldremov

Bioremediation Services

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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

We are Here to Help

Get Your Business Back to Normal

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

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

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

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

#biohazardcleaning #covid19 #SERVPROofosceola 

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Understanding Osceola Residential Water Damage Repair - The Basics

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

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

Understanding The Basics of Residential Water Damage in Osceola

Water Damage Restoration 101

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

How Does Water Damage Repair Work?

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

Emergency Assessment

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

Content Restoration 

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

Water Removal

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

Mold Remediation

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

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

2022 Hurricane Outlook

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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

This Hurricane Season 

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

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

Above-Normal Season

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

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

How To Secure Damaged Roofs and Other Problems After a Fire

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

1. Cover Any Openings

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

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

2. Secure Your Building

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

3. Protect Valuable Equipment

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

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

How To Handle Roof Repairs After a Storm

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Assessing the Damage

Storms can damage your roof in many ways.

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

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

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

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

Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Provides the Best Disaster Remediation Service

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

  1. Local Franchise

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

  1. Fast Service

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

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

#stormresponseteam #SERVPROofosceola

Restoring Documents After Water Damage

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

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

Services Offered

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

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

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

Technology Used

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

Additional Services

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

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

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

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Assess the Damage

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

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

Structural Damage

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

Content Damage

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

What To Do Until Help Arrives: When Water Damage Occurs

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Water Damage from Clean Water (Rain Water)

DO:

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

DON’T:

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