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Storm Damage Affects Homes in Highland City from Top to Bottom

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Affects Homes in Highland City from Top to Bottom Flooded Floors in Highland City Require Water Extraction for Restoration

SERVPRO Inspects Your Highland City Property Thoroughly for Storm Damage

Your home protects you and your family from the outside world, and that includes protection from the elements. Sometimes, though, your home is itself damaged by those same elements of nature. While a hurricane is more likely to cause extensive damage, a smaller storm can cause costly damage to your home, too.
Homes in Highland City can sustain sudden storm damage during even small storms. Trees that have weakened over time can fall when we least expect them to topple over. Shingles can come loose and fly away. Rain can enter through the gaps created by the loss of the shingles and destroy the contents of your home.
The extent of the damage is not always ascertainable simply by looking at different rooms. At SERVPRO, we have devices that can provide us with readings of how highly elevated the humidity is in each section of your home, and prioritize our work accordingly. We concentrate on your home as a whole, not simply one room that was damaged – we track where that damage goes within your home's interior, including the framework.
To fully restore your home after storm damage has happened, we must be aggressive in our efforts. We also must be trained well and knowledgeable about how storms can damage structures, what the best methods are for such damage, and how to use the equipment utilized in those endeavors. Our technicians are certified in ASD (Applied Structural Drying) and WRT (Water Damage Restoration). These and other certificates are crucial in restoring your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Containing storm damage is essential in gaining the best results because wherever water spreads, it creates additional damage. Not only that, but the debris a storm carries can also have devastating effects. Some debris is easily cleaned away, such as leaves or seed pods from trees. Storms are not always so kind, though, and can also bring debris from garbage into your home, and some of this can be highly hazardous to safety and health if allowed to remain. We know how to erase the damage done to your home and quickly get your family life back to normal.
For any size storm damage, call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands, at (863) 510-5962. We are always available, 24/7, to take your call and answer your questions.

Get The Help You Deserve When Dealing With Blood Cleanup On Your Bartow Area Property

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Get The Help You Deserve When Dealing With Blood Cleanup On Your Bartow Area Property Rely on SERVPRO for Blood and Trauma Cleanup in the Bartow Area

For Sensitive Blood and Biological Cleanup in Bartow, Consider SERVPRO

Accidents happen, people do bad things, leaving property owners, or next of kin, with the responsibility of cleaning up after traumatic experiences such as homicides, suicides, or unattended deaths. If you find yourself faced with handling any of these types of situations, always assume the area is infected by dangerous pathogens and obtain the proper assistance to remove the contaminants properly.
When your Bartow area property becomes exposed to bloodborne pathogens (BBP) or other bodily fluids, it is important to obtain the services provided by a company that offers specific cleanup. These services provide your home with the specialized equipment and expertly trained technicians necessary to safely clean and restore affected areas, protecting you and your family from infectious diseases including HIV, Hepatitis B, and C, among others.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set standards for interpreting procedures used to handle and dispose of contaminated materials found on your property after this type of incident occurs. Any company you use should follow these standards and meet or exceed protocols used to prevent exposure to your environment and surrounding areas. SERVPRO realizes the human element aspect with traumatic incidents and strives always to be empathetic and kind with our clients.
Companies, like SERVPRO, continuously train to deliver quality biohazard and blood cleanup services to our customers, delivering quality results while protecting everyone involved in the process. Cleaning and restoration crews often come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids exposed to air for extended periods, requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hospital-grade disinfectant solutions to prevent exposure and kill viruses that may exist.
Any containment materials, machinery, equipment deployed by SERVPRO Professionals during blood cleanup services performed on your property must be handled in a specific manner after services are complete to eliminate the possibility of exposure. Viruses such as Hepatitis B (HBV) can survive longer than two weeks while Hepatitis C (HCV) survives for up to two weeks, having the potential to expose others for extended periods of time.  
SERVPRO technicians place regulated waste into closable containers to prevent leakage during handling, storage, transport, and disposal. Labeling each container with the correct color-coded designation and following all guidelines and rules associated with these circumstances.  
The professional staff at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands provides you with access to these services and many others concerning the safety and well-being of your family, call today to obtain the assistance you deserve, we are here to help. (863) 510-5962

Why Air Scrubbers AND Dehumidifiers are Important for Repairing Water Damage in Polk County

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Air Scrubbers AND Dehumidifiers are Important for Repairing Water Damage in Polk County Damaged pipes can dump a large volume of water into your home. Call SERVPRO quickly to figure out the cause and then to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Most Effective Tools When it Comes to Dealing with Water Damage in Your Home

When it comes to the clean-up of residential water damage, there are lots of different methods and strategies available for use. The reason for this is that every case is unique. Cracked pipes and burst water mains do not necessarily require the same approach as a backed up toilet or water intrusion from a natural source.

It is up to restoration experts like SERVPRO to select the most effective techniques for repairing water damage in Polk County. We also have to choose the right combination of equipment, so that the drying process progresses as quickly as possible. Our technicians rely on two very important tools to achieve this objective – dehumidifiers and air scrubbers.

Getting to Grips with the Basics

Dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are commonly confused, but they have distinct purposes and operate in different ways. Often, both are present during residential drying, because they complement one another in the right conditions. Dehumidifiers are the more sophisticated device, as they accelerate the rate of natural evaporation.

It is useful for water damaged spaces because the heavy, moisture filled air is forced to transition into a liquid at a faster speed. As long as this water gets captured (and not left to accumulate on surfaces), materials dry much quicker. Dehumidifiers can draw air in at rates of up to 400 CFM.

Air scrubbers, on the other hand, have a slightly different job. They do not influence the level of humidity or change the rate of evaporation. They use rotating fans to draw in the moist air and direct it through a special HEPA filter. Any allergens, airborne debris, and mold spores (which are likely if wet conditions persist for longer than two days) get trapped in the filter.

The Ultimate Drying Team

As air scrubbers ‘clean’ the air, by eliminating irritants, and dehumidifiers dry it, by removing the excess water, they make an excellent restoration team. SERVPRO often introduces both devices to water damaged spaces, because they provide a balanced and comprehensive drying service.

We commonly use larger oscillating fans in proximity to air scrubbers. While they can draw air through the HEPA filter at a rate of up to 900CFM per minute, the addition of fans in larger rooms ensures that all unwanted spores become dislodged from surfaces. Once they are in the air, it is only a matter of time until the filter traps and contains them.

To find out more about the benefits of dehumidifiers and air scrubbers, you can talk to our water damage repair team. SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands deals with floods and leaks of all sizes, so we can help you if your home is a victim. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

Fire Damage in Your South Lakeland Kitchen can Ruin Your Sense of Smell and Affect how Your Food Taste

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Your South Lakeland Kitchen can Ruin Your Sense of Smell and Affect how Your Food Taste SERVPRO recommends that all aspects of fire damage be mitigated to ensure that a home is a safe and healthy environment.

Fire Damage in Your Kitchen? SERVPRO can Assist

Even a small fire in the kitchen can cause unexpected damage to become an ongoing problem in your home. Kitchen fires that get out of control might seem unimportant after they've been extinguished but the smoke they generated can affect your sense of smell. Because smell and taste are related senses, your favorite foods might all end up tasting less than delicious.

Accidents do happen, and some of these can cause fire damage to your South Lakeland home. Any materials in your home that burn produces smoke. Many people might think it is okay only to clean up the mess as best they can and leave the harder aspects of it for another day. This leaves the smoke and soot behind.

SERVPRO recommends that all aspects of fire damage be mitigated to ensure that a home is a safe and healthy environment. We know that soot travels literally everywhere, and kitchens are notorious for already having high amounts of cooking smells. Soot can attach itself to anything, and then waft the scent of burning food through the air. Heating up a kitchen causes more soot particles to be released, increasing the changes in the odor of cooking foods, and subsequently, their taste.

To get your food to start smelling like it should again, SERVPRO can thoroughly clean the area affected, and then repair any structural damage. We have machines that can remove the odor, as well. While many people are familiar with ozone machines, there is a safer alternative that is also highly effective. Hydroxyl causes the disintegration process of soot particles and other contaminants to happen more quickly. When soot disintegrates, it no longer produces the smoky scent that can ruin your time at the family dinner table.

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Dinner time is often one of the few times when everyone in the family is present. Preserving this time is important to any family. We can help you undo the effects of fire damage, of both small and large fires, and restore your family's time together. Call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962, so we can help you get dinner-time back to how it should be.

Selecting the Right Dehumidifier for Water Removal in Highland City Homes

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Selecting the Right Dehumidifier for Water Removal in Highland City Homes The two main types of dehumidifier are the desiccant and the refrigerant. They both work towards the same goal, but they do it in different ways.

Choosing the Correct Dehumidifier in Highland City Homes for Water Removal 

When flooding strikes, there are all kinds of tools and devices which can be used to remove water and restore safety to a home. While complete remediation is a complex process and involves various stages, water removal is the primary task.

Pumping and dehumidification are very different techniques, but they are both designed to carry out effective water removal in Highland City homes. After pumping has dealt with as much standing water as possible, dehumidifiers are used to draw moisture out of porous materials.

Keep reading for information on the different types of dehumidifiers utilized by SERVPRO during restoration and cleanup projects.

Removing Water from the Air

The two main types of dehumidifier are the desiccant and the refrigerant. They both work towards the same goal (extracting water from the air), but they do it in slightly different ways. Desiccant devices pull moisture from the air and into the machine, where it gets captured by a special gel. On the other hand, refrigerant dehumidifiers use icy coil systems to do the same job.

Safe Disposal of Water

It means that they handle excess water in different ways too. While desiccant machines only capture the water and hold it in a receptacle, refrigerant devices actually convert it back into clean, dry air. It is one of the reasons why they are the more common choice for SERVPRO. When combined with air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers are ideal for establishing a controlled, sustainable level of humidity.

Best Times to Operate

Even though refrigerant dehumidifiers are very sophisticated, they are not always a suitable choice. For instance, in conditions below fifty degrees, desiccant machines perform better. Refrigerant dehumidifiers find their optimal conditions above this threshold. They are also very energy efficient, so they are a viable choice even in buildings with low power.

Speed of Water Removal

Desiccant drying machines are particularly handy when it comes to drying out less porous materials (than fabric). They include things like concrete, hardwood, and plasterboard. In contrast, refrigerant dehumidifiers excel when used to treat very porous items like carpets, sofas, curtains, and other soft furnishings.

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The quicker you respond to a flood or leak, the easier it is to dry out a home using dehumidifiers and other restoration equipment. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for fast, effective repairs. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

Perform Regular Duct Cleaning In Your Bartow Area Home

3/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Perform Regular Duct Cleaning In Your Bartow Area Home Sense of Poor Air Quality? Call SERVPRO in Bartow for a Duct Cleaning

SERVPRO Suggest Scheduled Maintenance for Your Duct System

Just because you cannot see the dirt and debris building up in your ventilation system does not mean that you can safely ignore the need for maintenance. Adding regular air duct cleaning to your property maintenance checklist provides you with a variety of benefits.

Sometimes, the need for quality duct cleaning in your Bartow area home is evident. The maintenance is one of those instances where you have to be willing to go out of your way to properly provide your family with a safe, healthy environment in your home.

Dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores, and other debris accumulate inside of the air ducts in your home. While you may not be able to feel it every day, the results can still affect you. The status of the ducts in your home directly impacts your indoor air quality. Anyone living within that has respiratory problems may find breathing unpleasant.

The contaminants lurking within your ventilation system tend to develop severe odors during operation, circulating these pungent odors throughout your entire building. Air duct cleaning and decontamination services, offered by SERVPRO, allow you and your family to breathe better, safer, healthier air and help prevent additional problems from developing. We can use thermal fogging and sanitizing sprays to remedy concerns with the status of the ducts.

Not to mention the impact regularly duct cleaning has on the performance and longevity of your ventilation system itself. Removing debris from clogged ducting allows the system to work easier, maintaining peak efficiency, reducing associated energy costs, while also extending the life of your unit.

SERVPRO uses years of experiences to provide you with these services. Understanding which types of ducting and the possible components that may exist, which makes performing this service rather tricky. The age of your system and whether metal ducting, flex ducting, duct board or interior lined ducting exists makes a difference when considering cleaning methods to perform. We have all the bases covered.

The unit used to feed the system is also another consideration. Split systems, package units, or those with a heat pump, downdraft or updraft unit provide technicians with an abundance of possibilities, which makes performing even the simplest jobs best left to professional technicians. As you can see, manifold and air handler configuration play a key role in proper techniques for HVAC system cleaning.

Troubled by the state of the air ducting in your home? Contact SERVPRO of Bartow - Lakeland Highlands today for professional help. (863) 510-5962

The Importance of Scheduling Regular Commercial Duct Cleaning in Lakeland

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance of Scheduling Regular Commercial Duct Cleaning in Lakeland Regular HVAC maintenance with SERVPRO is beneficial to your business in many ways.

Proactive Maintenance at Your Business Location Can Save You Money and Employee Downtime

You may not realize it, but the air inside can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. This bad air in your commercial building can translate to health problems, causing there to be a lot of employee downtime.
When debris, dust, and other contaminants build up in your Lakeland building’s HVAC system, it can trigger allergies and lower energy efficiency, which raises your energy costs. Therefore, these are two excellent reasons why you need to regularly have commercial duct cleaning done by professionals such as SERVPRO to keep the HVAC system and air ducts in your workplace running efficiently.
Even in a building which is new, debris and dirt in hidden areas and ducts get blown out and sucked back in. They build up, which hinders the performance of the system.
As a business owner, you have numerous things to attend to, and you do not mean to be negligent when it comes to the air quality inside your building. When the dirt builds up, however, and is causing glitches in operations and health problems, you are the one held accountable for the costs, both financial and human.
By having regular indoor air quality inspections, you can find where underlying air quality problems are growing and get rid of the risk before the problems are active. SERVPRO gives you objective, certified data, and evidence to show that your system is clean and to protect you if health issues do arise. We also help you to find inefficiencies which are many times easily solved without much expense.
SERVPRO comes and inspects your business to show you just how much dirt is in your HVAC system and where it has settled. Once we have finished the evaluation and inspection, we come up with and give a plan for remediation which outlines the work we are doing and a timeframe for completion.
Then our certified technicians use powerful equipment to get rid of pollutants, and we systematically clean all components of your ventilation system, including outdoor air intakes, air handling unit components, reheat coils and VAV boxes, plus supply, return and exhaust ductwork.
We keep in contact with your employees during the whole process. Our goal is to maintain the work areas contained, making sure there is the least disruption to the operation of your business. Once we are done, we do a final inspection and give you pictures of before the work and afterward.
If the HVAC system in your business building has not been cleaned in a while, contact SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands today to schedule an appointment. We can be reached anytime at (863) 510-5962, so don’t hesitate to call us so we can help you maintain an efficient and healthy work environment.

Important Considerations for Water Removal in Mulberry Properties

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Important Considerations for Water Removal in Mulberry Properties Remove Water with the Help of SERVPRO from Your Bartow Home

Water Extraction Process in Mulberry Depends Upon Varying Factors

When storm and flood damage hits homes in Florida, SERVPRO is a great place to turn for help. We operate a dependable restoration service, which you can find in your area. It means that we can respond to calls and arrive onsite quickly, no matter the size or severity of your emergency.

While an abundance of care goes into every water damage repair plan, our technicians work fast. They have lots of experience and can use humidity and pressure benchmarks to create optimal drying conditions. With our help, water removal in Mulberry is quick and straightforward.

The following considerations form an important part of the extraction and drying process. They may not be relevant to all homes, but they provide a valuable blueprint for most projects.

Prioritizing Humidity Levels
If there is standing water in the structure, the first step is always to extract it. It is not possible to work effectively with large amounts of fluid degrading floors and structural materials. However, the importance of humidity regulation is such that, in some cases, the extraction and dehumidification processes may overlap. In the presence of Class 4 materials (hardwood, plaster, concrete), it is necessary to eliminate deep pockets of saturation as quickly as possible. The relative humidity needs reducing to 40% for successful drying.

Containing the Drying Area
It is common for SERVPRO to set up specialist drying chambers. These are sealed off areas, in which the atmosphere and humidity levels come under scrutiny. It is much easier to maintain a closed drying area than it is an open one, even if the room contains windows and other drying assets. In a contained drying chamber, the grains of moisture per pound (GPP) have to be higher than the outside.

It is carried out by hanging polyethylene sheets around the targeted area. The airflow stays inside, as does any bacteria or microbes present in the water. The size of a drying chamber depends on how far the water has intruded. It may be necessary to set up several chambers within one larger room.

Tackling Awkward Spaces
Sill plates and awkward or concealed spaces (like crawlspaces and ducts) are always the hardest spots to dry. They often require a tailored approach. So, while most of the affected areas can be dried in a broad fashion (with consistently running dehumidifiers and air movers), these spaces have dedicated drying machines.

They get checked and regularly monitored because different angles of projection allow clean air to flow into tight corners and unreachable nooks. Crawlspaces are a particularly tricky proposition, as they are dark, grimy, and capable of filling up fast with water. If standing water is present, a (small) portable extractor is activated inside.

If you are in need of emergency water removal, you can trust SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to get the job done. You can expect a quick response. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962 to arrange repairs today.

Water Removal Cleanup in Polk County

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Cleanup in Polk County Clogged Sewage Leads to Water Damage and Hazards in Your Polk County Home

Wet and Possibly Contaminated, Rely on SERVPRO to Dry out Your Home

When a hose, toilet valve or connection to the toilet and wall bursts, it creates a flood in your bathroom. Controlling the damage is of utmost importance. Water flows out of the wall equal to or greater than the rate of a high powered sink faucet. Stopping the water, getting it cleaned up, and drying out your bathroom is the only option you have to make sure that more damage does not occur.

Water removal in your bathroom in such a case needs to be taken care of by professionals, such as SERVPRO. We can come out to your Polk County home quickly to assess the damage and begin cleanup.Before we even get there, you should turn off the water. There is usually a shutoff valve near a water heater, in the garage, at the curb where the city keeps a shutoff valve, or around the outside of the home. If the valve near the toilet works, you should also shut that off.
You also need to turn off the electricity to the bathroom. Locate the circuit breaker box and cut the power off.

When SERVPRO gets to your home, our trained staff evaluates the kind of water loss to figure out if it is safe. Clean water is handled differently than sewage water or gray water. We use gloves and minimal personal protective equipment for clean water from a supply line break. On the other hand, sewage water has to be handled with all areas of the body covered up, and with a respirator mask to filter the contaminants from the air.

We then remove the excess water and get rid of any items needed. The area is sanitized using an antimicrobial agent which has a residual effect and kills viruses, pathogens, and contaminants in the water to sanitize your bathroom.

Next, we set up our professional drying equipment for thorough drying. We use a combination of heat, air movement, and dehumidification with our equipment to achieve this. Then, we monitor the drying equipment each day until the moisture level returns to normal. A combination of non-penetrating meters, penetrating meters, infrared cameras, hygrometers, and hydro sensors are used to figure out the level of moisture daily to make sure the levels have come down to the right proportions. If needed, we add, move, or take away equipment each day as well to speed up the drying process.

Water removal always needs to be done as soon as possible after the leak has happened. If not, you can risk additional damage and the growth of mold. SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands can come out to your property quickly after you call us. We are ready and standing by at (863) 510-5962 whenever you need us.

Three Key Stages of Fire Damage Repair in Mulberry Properties

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Key Stages of Fire Damage Repair in Mulberry Properties Smoke & Fire Can Ruin Your Mulberry Home

SERVPRO Provides Full Service Fire Damage Restoration

While burned and charred materials are the most immediate and obvious symptom of extensive fire damage, they are not the only one. In fact, in cases of moderate fire damage, there might not even be any burned possessions. Lingering odor might be the biggest problem and deodorization the first solution.

On the other hand, some cases require all of the restoration techniques that SERVPRO has at its disposal. Extensive fire damage in Mulberry properties can spread to HVAC ducts and destroy structural materials like drywall, flooring, plasterboard, and carpentry. It is why our technicians take a comprehensive approach to fire damage repair. We restore the whole house and not just the bits that you can see.

This guide to the three key stages of fire damage restoration explains what SERVPRO can do for your home.

Reconstruction Services
In an ideal situation, a house fire is caught and extinguished quickly, before it causes severe damage to furnishings. If this is not possible, you may end up needing to replace wallpaper, carpets, ductwork, and insulation. We know that this can be stressful, which is why we aim to provide everything that your home needs, as part of a complete package. However, in the unlikely event that you do require an external provider, we have plenty of contacts within the trade industries.

Odor Removal
Deodorization is a big part of our fire damage services. Removing and replacing damaged materials is only half of the process because lingering smells are just as destructive. Soot and smoke have a tendency to spread quickly, and it can hang around in rooms which weren’t directly affected by the fire. Air movers, air scrubbers, ozone generators, and high powered fans can all be used to eliminate odor causing particles from the atmosphere.

HVAC Duct Scrubbing
Smoke and soot can very easily spread to ductwork as well. Fortunately, SERVPRO can remedy this with the use of fans and ozone generators. The fans direct fast moving air into the ducts, where it dislodges dirt and debris. The job of the ozone generator is to create an oxidizing mist or spray. When the ozone particles make contact with bad smells in the ducts, they break them down and eliminate them.

Depending on the severity of the damage, other services may be required. For instance, the technicians may need to lift the carpet and direct clean air beneath it. They may also need to scrub stained walls with strong detergents. The important thing is that your restoration service is unique to your home and situation.

At SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands, we tailor our services to the needs of the customer. Being local, we can respond quickly to your call in the Mulberry area. Call us 24/7 on (863) 510-5962.