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How to Address the Different Levels of Fire Damage in Lakeland

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Address the Different Levels of Fire Damage in Lakeland After you, your family and any pets are safe and the firefighters have left, contact SERVPRO for all of your fire damage restoration needs.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Remediation Challenges That Each of the Three Primary Levels of Fire Damage can Present

Different levels of fire damage result when your items or structure burns. It is because the combustion process can wholly or partially consume materials. Additionally, the fire extinguishing agents can cause further damage to the structure, and that makes the restoration process a bit complex. We are going to discuss the different situations we encounter when addressing fire events in Lakeland.
 
The three primary levels of fire damage in Lakeland that our SERVPRO technicians attend to are minor fire damage, medium fire damage, and major fire damage. Minor problems arise when the smoke particles affect certain parts or rooms within the structure. It means the cleaning process involves the removal of light to moderate smoke residues. During such incidents, replacement of minor items takes place, and we may use wet or dry cleaning techniques to restore the walls, floors, ceilings, and other materials.
 
Under medium fire damage incidents, our SERVPRO technicians use wet cleaning techniques to clean the moderate some residues that the event leaves behind. Also, the items that require replacement as well as the areas that need repainting increase. Odors are usually noticeable, and it may be necessary to perform deodorization after cleaning.
 
We associate major fire damage incidents with strong and pungent smoke odors together with evenly distributed smoke particles within the structure. Several emergency services are also necessary when such events take place - such as removing the charred debris and establishing an electricity source. Where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians may recommend off-site cleaning of the salvageable contents. We also use multiple deodorization techniques to address the challenges that the smoke odors present.
 
Whether we are cleaning your contents or offering structural cleaning services, we have primary goals - to prevent further damage, secure the structure, and return your property to its preloss state. When the restoration work is beyond our scope of operations, we usually recommend subcontracting some specialty restoration services.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a reliable industry leader that readily responds to mold, storm, fire, and water damage. Call us at (863) 510-5962 when you need your commercial or residential property to appear “Like it never even happened.”

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How Mold Damage Remediation in Lakeland Can Salvage Your Wooden Floor

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Damage Remediation in Lakeland Can Salvage Your Wooden Floor If mold has gotten on or near your hardwood flooring, SERVPRO technicians may offer multiple effective remediation options to meet your needs.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Mold Damage Remediation Options Depending on Surface Type

If your wooden floor suffers mold damage, it can be challenging to address the situation since wood has hygroscopic properties - it absorbs and retains water. Without experience in mold removal, you cannot know the right cleaning solution to use. Additionally, the preferred solution is selected depending on whether the floor is painted or finished. When dealing with unfinished wood in your Lakeland property, we usually use a solution that can penetrate the surface to inhibit the mold.
 
If we are dealing with mold damage incidents in Lakeland and we find that the damage also already penetrated into the wood, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use surfactants. It is an additive which enables the cleaning solution to penetrate into the wood fibers. That means some cleaning products have a limitation during the remediation process and it all depends on the level of the contamination.
 
To prevent mold exposure, our SERVPRO technicians put on protective gear and follow safety precautions as per the EPA recommendations. We wear Nitrile or rubber gloves, safety goggles, N95 mask, and coveralls protect the skin. We can also create negative pressure in the region to prevent the spread of the spores to the surrounding clean areas.
 
To be sure the cleaning solution does not discolor the wood, we start by pre-testing. We do this by applying it on a hidden section of the wood and then use a rag or a scrub pad to do the rubbing. Where necessary, we can perform sanding, though this means we have to do some refinishing to the surface at the end of the remediation process. Sanding can also help in removing the mold roots when they have penetrated into the wood fibers. Our SERVPRO technicians usually sand damp areas to avoid spreading the mold spores.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a trusted leader in mold remediation, whether it is in your commercial or residential property. Call us at (863) 510-5962 at any time of the day and allow us to return your property to its former state.
 
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An Intense Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage In Your Lakeland Home

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage An Intense Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage In Your Lakeland Home If a severe tropical storm floods your home with several inches of water, do not delay.

An Intense Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage

Living in Florida is known to be a danger for various reasons and, even if you live away from the coastline, your home can still sustain flood damage after a severe storm. Storms can bring dangerously fast winds, churning waters, and harmful bacteria within their currents. Sometimes, no matter how much preparation you have had, these waters can find their way into your home. Debris can break a window or a weak spot in the frame of a door can give in and allow water to get inside of your residence.

By the end of the storm, your Lakeland home could suffer flood damage. While this situation can seem incredibly overwhelming, it is crucial for you to call for professional help immediately. The sooner that flooded water is removed from your home, the less likely you are to have a future mold problem, as well as other complications.

SERVPRO understands how important your home is to you; we always make it a priority to arrive as soon as we possibly can so that the remediation can begin just as swiftly. Our first goal is to remove the several inches of stagnant water that has flooded your home. SERVPRO can use tools like extractors and submersible pumps to direct the water out and away from your residence.

Our next chore is to make sure that the water that was inside of your home was not classified as black water. Blackwater is toxic and particularly dangerous to your health. When it is present, all carpets it has come in contact with must be removed and thrown away. After the water has been removed and your home cleaned up, SERVPRO's final goal is to make sure your home is adequately dry, to prevent further damage and future complications.

If a severe tropical storm floods your home with several inches of water, do not delay. Reach out to SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. No matter the time of your call, we are always open to take it.

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Handling Dry Smoke and Wet Smoke after a Fire Damage Incident in Winter Haven

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handling Dry Smoke and Wet Smoke after a Fire Damage Incident in Winter Haven Facing fire damage can be stressful. Contact SERVPRO to help you deal with the insurance and to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Recognize the Fire Residues and Use Appropriate Cleaning Methods to Remediate the Damage

Never make a mistake of imagining that all fire damage incidents are the same. Depending on what the fire consumed, you might end up with different soot residues after the disaster. With that in mind, you now understand why it is easier to clean some smoke particles than others. Wet and dry smoke residues are most common when such incidents take place in Winter Haven.
 
If the fire damage incident in your Winter Haven home consumes synthetic materials, then there are high chances that wet smoke is the outcome. Cleaning this type of smoke is a bit challenging when we compare it to dry smoke. In fires where the amount of oxygen is sufficient, the result is dry smoke and wet smoke results when the combustion process is oxygen-starved. Let us look at the various procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use to clean these two types of residues.
 
Most materials are salvageable in incidents where dry smoke particles exist. In such cases, the particles resting on the surfaces are dry, and they carry few deposits and aerosols. Additionally, the odor is less pungent, and our SERVPRO technicians employ less aggressive cleaning methods. Since there was sufficient oxygen during combustion, the fire was so hot, and there are chances that the heat damage was so severe.
 
High proportions of aerosols, solvents and different forms of liquid components characterize wet smoke residues. Since they usually result from a slow-burning fire, it means the smoke had enough time to find its way to enclosed areas such as cracks and cause enough contamination. Despite the minimal heat damage, it is hard for our SERVPRO technicians to restore most of your contents after this kind of fire. That is why there are chances of the unfinished and finished surfaces absorbing the particles leading the formation of hard to remove stains. We have the skills to analyze what is restorable and want you should replace.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands has highly trained technicians who respond to mold, storm, fire, and water damage disasters. You can find out more about our industry proven services by calling (863) 510-5962.

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Flood Damage in Lakeland Leaves Homes with Bad Odors and Persistently Strong Smells

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Lakeland Leaves Homes with Bad Odors and Persistently Strong Smells When flooding happens during a storm, a quick call to SERVPRO gets our technicians notified as to your particular situation. Call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Flood Damage, Including Any Remaining Odors

Streams, rivers, and other bodies of water do not need to rise very much in Lakeland before lower areas begin to spread outside of their boundaries and into nearby neighborhoods. A little goes a long way, primarily when it can accumulate in depressions in the ground, including many parking lots. This water eventually becomes deeper before flowing into residential and business areas.
 
Homes that sustained flood damage in Lakeland experience other problems in addition to the water brought inside. Floodwaters are anything but clean. The turbulence caused by the water's movement keeps sediment suspended while picking up additional debris. Some of this debris includes living organisms. These organisms eventually die and decompose, significantly adding to the stench left behind after floodwaters recede to normal levels.
 
To restore the structure of your home, we cut away saturated areas of walls and put these pieces into bags doubled, as this significantly succeeds in keeping the contents securely inside. This prevents anything from creating additional messes as we take these bags outside of your home to dispose of them. Because flood damage can affect wall cavities above our cut lines, we check with our moisture readers to see if these need drying out, also. When it does, we can prevent further absorption of moisture and save the drywall by getting it dry quickly.
 
Removing the carpeting, padding, and water-logged drywall and all other damaged portions of your home eliminates a significant amount of the water and much of what causes odors. Just like we dry your house out of residual moisture, we must also remove the ability of remaining contaminants to create foul smells.
 
Addressing odors left behind by a flood, SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician (OCT) works with different methods that accomplish this task. Thermal fogging can help, much as it does after a fire, by forcing the odor-neutralizing agents into the tiniest cracks and crevices found in every home. These locations often harbor microscopic pathogens and other microbes. Not only can they cause problem smells, but they can continue to multiply and eventually create different kinds of damage in your residence.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands helps homeowners in the areas near Eagle Lake, and Lake Wales recover after flood damage invades their lives. Call our emergency service line, which is always available, at (863) 510-5962.

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Small Scale Hurricanes Can Bring Heavy Rain to Your Lakeland Home and Cause Mold Damage

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Small Scale Hurricanes Can Bring Heavy Rain to Your Lakeland Home and Cause Mold Damage Mold can quickly destroy many materials in its path. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Works Quickly to Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Florida is known for its humid weather and seasonal storms, however, with all of the excess moisture that the weather can bring, inadequately prepared homes can suffer mold damage. It is essential for you to quickly call for professional help if a storm floods any part of your home. If the water sits stagnant inside of your home, mold could already begin to grow in as little as three days. However, despite your best efforts, somethings damage can still occur, and it can be a comfort knowing qualified help is close to your home for when it does happen.
 
Finding mold damage inside of your Lakeland home after a severe storm has completely cleared is always a disappointment. The first sign of mold is usually a musty scent. Sometimes you can even see the mold colonies on the surfaces of your home, such as your walls. However, usually, a scent is detected first. It is unwise to leave mold to its own devices as it can cause health effects. Furthermore, mold eats away at organic material that it is attached to and causes rot. Focusing on remediating the damage when you first detect it, instead of waiting to consider your options, can help ensure that the remediation is successful.
 
Once SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can immediately begin to investigate the mold damage and then take the necessary steps to rid your home of it. It is necessary to understand that mold spores never leave your home, but without water to feed on they are harmless. It is our job to deal with the mold spores that have turned into damage.
 
The first thing SERVPRO can do is section off the contaminated area so that spores cannot spread once we begin to agitate the colony. For there, we can set up an air scrubber with a carbon filter to neutralize the musty scent in the air and capture airborne spores. If the mold damage has formed on non-porous surfaces, we can merely clean it with disinfectant and then use an antifungal agent to help ensure that there is no regrowth.
 
Do not pause if you find mold damage inside of your home after a severe storm. Dial (863) 510-5962 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands. We strive to arrive quickly and return your home to its pre-mold state.

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Remediating Fire Damage Odors In Lakeland Homes

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Fire Damage Odors In Lakeland Homes Remediating Lakeland fire damage effects takes much more than throwing out burned property and painting over walls and ceilings.

Remediating Fire Damage Odors

Lakeland residents usually face damage from storms and other extreme weather during certain times of the year. Each area home is also at risk from fires, and this threat is a year-round concern.

Remediating Lakeland fire damage effects takes much more than throwing out burned property and painting over walls and ceilings. Smoke and soot residues can damage property and also leave behind strong odors. SERVPRO restoration teams train to block and remove these odors so they can return every home to its pre-fire condition.

Removing debris from the fire is only the first step. Burned or charred property exudes the worst odors, so our teams dispose of it as quickly as possible. That includes personal property such as furniture and clothing and structural property to include everything from floorboards to support structures depending on the severity of the fire.

Next, SERVPRO specialists clean and remove odor-producing residues on the otherwise undamaged property. Cleaning requirements depend on the type of residue. If a fire burned fast and hot, the residue it leaves behind is often powdery and easy to wipe away with a dry or damp sponge. Slower burning fires usually leave behind a sticky residue that requires stronger cleaning agents to break it up. Our specialists use a brush to remove the residue from the surface and wipe it away.

With some materials and in hard-to-reach areas, our restoration team may recreate how the odors penetrated them to remove them entirely. As an example, smoke can enter the vents of the HVAC system and travel through the entire ductworks. To neutralize the odor-producing residues, our specialists create a fog of deodorizing agents and then force it into the ducts to cover every inch. Fogging is also very effective on upholstered furniture affected by smoke.

For mild odors that are too difficult or expensive to remove, our teams seal the surfaces. Usually, this procedure is for walls, and it requires covering them with latex paint. They also seal surfaces in some cases to prevent the risk of absorbing odors in the future. An example would be covering walls and ceilings in kitchens.

The goal of SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is to return your home to its pre-fire condition. That means restoring your residence, so it looks, feels, and smells like home. If you need us, call today at (863) 510-5962.

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Mitigating Flood Damage Of Your Sunroom Protects The Rest Of Your Winter Haven Home

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mitigating Flood Damage Of Your Sunroom Protects The Rest Of Your Winter Haven Home A flood can cause major damage to your home.

Mitigating Flood Damage

As the site of both of Florida's Chain of Lakes, residents in Winter Haven can spend time on or near the water without traveling far from home. Although the canals can absorb a significant amount of water when heavy rains drench the area, overflowed banks still happen.

Heavy rainfall can cause lakes and canals to crest and spill into nearby areas within Winter Haven, and this can cause homes to experience flood damage. When yards become saturated from rain, floodwaters end up in homes even more rapidly. When located lower than the main home, sunrooms, covered patios, and outbuildings flood much worse than other areas of the property. SERVPRO's technicians can help restore these, as well. Your home includes much more than solely your house, and we understand that your family relies on each component.

Patios and sunrooms often contain recreational equipment, toys, and lounge furniture, while garages contain the tools and equipment used for taking care of your home. Cleaning these up and ensuring that our partners assist in checking out specialty equipment such as electronics and motors helps get everything entirely back "Like it never even happened."

We begin drying out your home's lower areas by removing the silt and sand deposited by the flood on your floors. Any cupboards, cubbies, or shelving areas below the water line also receive a thorough cleaning and debris removal care. For areas that contain substantial screened areas, sturdy air movers can often suffice in drying the interior structure quickly without needing dehumidifiers or desiccant machines. Garages, however, might require the added machinery. Using drying equipment can successfully help to prevent water damage while keeping microbes from proliferating and creating problems for you later.

Having earned IICRC certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) means SERVPRO technicians know how to implement the most effective methods in restoring your property after a flooding event. We can quickly mitigate disastrous conditions so your family can safely enjoy the amenities of your home thoroughly, without worry of pathogens causing problems.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands' employees enjoy our area's many lakes, also, but after seeing the effects of flood damage, we know that quickly restoring your property after such a catastrophe becomes your highest priority. Call us at (863) 510-5962 so we can help you get everything back to normal.

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Duct Cleaning Can Create A More Efficient Highland City Business

5/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Duct Cleaning Can Create A More Efficient Highland City Business Improve Indoor Air Quality When SERVPRO Cleans Highland City Office Building Duct Work

SERVPRO Helps Provide a Safer and Cleaner Work Environment with Cleaning of Ventilation Systems


Office efficiency is a significant component of any profitable Highland City business. Upkeep on the property is a critical component to both increasing the productivity of the employees of the business as well as decreasing your utility output every month. While you might not be entirely aware of all of the ways that you can increase this efficiency of your business, you have a team of professionals at the other end of a phone call that is here to help.  
 
Duct cleaning in your Highland City business is a great way to increase the production of your staff and to decrease the monthly utility costs. You might not be entirely sure of what this process entails, but our SERVPRO professionals can help you with every facet of the initial inspection of the ductwork to the thorough cleaning that follows.  
 
When our professionals arrive at your business, we can immediately get to work on sending a camera through the entirety of the duct network to inspect it for accumulation and debris. This process helps our team to focus our efforts in areas where the build-up is the worst. Once our SERVPRO technicians have an idea of the extent of the debris and dust acculumated in the lines, we can get to work on removing it.  
 
This process typically involves specialized high powered vacuums fitted over vent fixtures throughout the building. This concentrated suction pulls and loosens built-up debris and dust from the walls, joints, and corners of the system. With the seal around the vents, this cleaning can often get accomplished during normal working hours, even with your regular full staff working in the area.  
 
Cleaning your ductwork is positive in several ways. With less dust, debris, germs, allergens, bacteria, and other threats, your staff gets less affected by these elements. In short, you should experience less sick days and inefficiency. Also, the process aids in allowing the circulation system to work better overall. With less time spent forcing air through partially clogged pathways, the machines run less of the time and provide a more quality heating or cooling to the building. You save on replacing capital in investments while treating your staff the best you can.
 
As you can see, there are significant benefits to choosing duct cleaning for your business. When you are ready to get an assessment of your ductwork, give our professionals at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands a call. Our technicians can help you through every step of this process and help you towards a more efficient office environment overall. Give us call today at (863) 510-5962.

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Water Removal Methods Used in Lakeland After a Storm

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Removal Methods Used in Lakeland After a Storm When you are facing flooding, contact SERVPRO so that we can help you through this stressful situation. Call right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Trained Personnel and Equipment to Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

After parts of Lakeland suffer a severe thunderstorm, moisture problems inside buildings can exist. Storms can cause a home to receive water damage in multiple ways. Water can flow into a house from broken windows, worn door and window seals, or holes in the exterior caused by the storm.
 
If the rainwater coming in from outside has a high contamination level then most porous building materials such as carpet get removed and replaced. In Lakeland, water removal after a storm requires a variety of methods and equipment to mitigate. After materials that cannot be saved are removed, then the remainder of the moisture gets extracted using specialized industrial extraction equipment.
 
Extractors are built to clean carpet and upholstery as well as to extract moisture. Most extractors have a heater, pump, and vacuum system. When cleaning carpets, the heater, pump and vacuum all get used. During extraction due to water damage, only the vacuum gets implemented.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians can use either a portable or truck mounted extractor to remove water. Portable extractors can be brought into a structure and are suitable for getting into restricted areas. Truck-mounted extractors do all the same things that portable ones do but are more powerful. Truck-mounted systems have their own power source and get used for both extraction and restorative carpet and upholstery cleaning.
 
Depending on the type of extractor, portable units have both a solution and waste tank that can each hold five to twelve gallons of water. Portable units typically weigh between 40 and 90 pounds. At 60 degrees Fahrenheit at sea level most portable units have a 140 inches of water lift. These extractors can heat water to temperatures between 180 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
Truck-mounted extractors have much larger tanks and can hold 60 to over 100 gallons of water. These systems weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds. The vacuum power of a truck-mounted system is higher with sea level vacuum lift capabilities of 185.71 to 198.98 inches of water lift. These extractors can heat water to temperatures ranging between 180 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
Extraction is the first method used during the mitigation process. After the water gets removed with the extraction systems, drying then takes place. For help with unwanted moisture after a storm call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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