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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.

Water Damage Restoration Services In Winter Haven

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Services In Winter Haven Water Damage in Winter Haven? SERVPRO Will Even Clean & Dry Your Clothes

Trust the Team from SERVPRO for Total Water Damage Restoration

Water damage can develop in seemingly small areas of a home without you ever actually seeing the amount of harm that truly exists until you have the opportunity to dig into the repair process. A small leak under a sink or an improperly maintained shower head can turn into a major repair bill before you know what hit you. There is a ton of maintenance that comes with owning a home, most of which as a homeowner you simply don't have the proper experience to perform.
It is our privilege to provide you with many water damage restoration services for your Winter Haven home. We'll give you the security and comfort of being backed by a certified professional, industry-leading company that has access to experienced personnel and quality services you'll need to get back on your feet, should anything happen to your property.
At SERVPRO we offer fast, efficient emergency services designed to fit your unique situation. We work hard to secure the structure of your home, remove any standing water, completely dry affected areas, treat any surfaces affected by water damage, perform all of the repairs necessary to prevent secondary damages from developing ourselves and return your home to a quality pre-damage condition. You won't need to contact anyone else to perform additional services after reaching out to us. We can do the entire restoration and save you money and stress.
SERVPRO technicians deploy quality techniques and equipment during your restoration process. Positioning air movers to deliver rapid airflow to wet surfaces, dehumidifiers to produce warm, dry air throughout the affected area to complete drying procedures in a quick and efficient manner. All while keeping the work site completely safe, ensuring limited disturbances to your daily routine during the restoration process.
We even have services at SERVPRO that can assist with restoring personal belongings that may have acquired damage during the event. Our restoration includes removing and drying furniture, rugs, carpeting, art objects, lamps, clothing, shoes, books, magazines, and appliances or other loose items found throughout your home. Each of our technicians works with a restore versus replace attitude, taking the proper steps to ensure that everything that is possible to save gets handled correctly.
You can even work with our personnel to produce a quality plan to address situations such as this that may occur in your home. It is becoming more important these days to prepare you and your family for future crisis, take this opportunity to plan ahead and make sure that you and your loved ones know what to do when disaster strikes.
Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands anytime, (863) 510-5962

Commercial Flood Damage Problems in Winter Haven

12/24/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage Problems in Winter Haven Don't let a storm close your business for long! Call SERVPRO today to assess and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians' Quick Actions to Remediate Your Business Flood Damage Can Prevent Secondary Damage

For a smaller business, such as a pharmacy, there isn't the need to deal with carpets or worrying about furniture such as sofas, beds or bookcases. Carpets are not going to be a problem unless it is a commercial carpet that has to be pulled from a break room or kitchen area.

The primary threat from flood damage to a Winter Haven business is the water that leeches up into the walls. With decades of experience, SERVPRO knows exactly how many building materials (drywall especially) becomes very brittle and can crumble in a person's hands no matter how careful he may be.

This is why we maintain a large inventory of extraction pumps. Our response teams are available 24 hours to remove any standing water threatening your business. In most cases, we can have this water removed in less than a day. If your electric outlets are underwater, we will bring our own generators for power until we are finished.

With that threat gone, we will deploy specialized water extractors to remove water and moisture that may have found its way under floors or between walls. In order to dry these areas properly, our technicians also use dehumidifiers to draw out the last of the excess moisture from the air and surrounding area.

Inventory on storage racks that were underwater must be moved quickly. We will help you check to see if the standing water merely discolored the boxes containing items or if the items themselves may have been affected as well. While it may not matter if it is a case of mouthwash that can dry quickly with no permanent damage, this is not true for electronic items such as home blood pressure testing units.

Despite every precaution a business owner may take, we still live in a community whose nickname is The Chain of Lakes City. Flooding from Lakes Elbert, Howard and others can still knock out a store in a matter of hours. If this is a problem for you, call us today at (863) 510-5962. SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is here to help you restore your business to its pre-flood state and reopen your days as quickly as we can.

Bathroom Woes caused by Mold Damage in Mulberry? We're Here to Help!

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bathroom Woes caused by Mold Damage in Mulberry? We're Here to Help! Mold growing on your bathroom tiles, and in between them, can indicate a major problem that can cause deterioration of your interior walls and floors.

Having Mulberry mold damage? SERVPRO is Here to Help!

It can be embarrassing to have a bathroom that never seems to come clean, but did you know that the stains you've been fighting can also signify a bigger problem? Mold growing on your bathroom tiles, and in between them, in the grout, can indicate a major problem that can cause deterioration of your interior walls and floors. This can lead to structural problems in your home. These problems with your home's structural strength can cause further problems with plumbing. When floors sag, plumbing can become compressed, and then buckle, leading to even more water damage on the insides of your home's walls and ceilings.
When a bathroom in your Mulberry home has mold damage, health effects caused by mold should be another concern. These health effects vary from one person to another, so one person's lack of symptoms is not an indication that everyone else will not suffer from exposure. Remediation is the only true way to reduce exposure to mold. Packing up and moving from your home might seem like the only way, but in reality, this rarely works. Mold can attach itself to clothing, personal belongings, and even your pets. With remediation, your home can become healthy once again. SERVPRO uses IICRC approved methods to reduce the levels of mold found in your home to acceptable levels. Mold cannot be completely eliminated from your home because it exists everywhere.
Because mold can permeate some materials used in your home, some of these need to be cut away and removed. SERVPRO removes as little as possible while still making sure that all of the mold-infused materials that cannot be cleaned away are removed. Then we dispose of these so they cannot create problems elsewhere. Hard surfaces, such as shower doors, tile, porcelain, and flooring can be more easily cleaned than semi-porous areas of your bathroom. We have training in cleaning these surfaces so that you'll have a truly fresh start in your bathroom when we are finished with the remediation process.
Items that are located in your bathroom, such as medications and personal care products, should also be disposed of. Tablets and pills are often porous and may end up holding mold and mold spores, causing them to lose strength or making them otherwise unsafe to take. Your physician or pharmacist can help determine if you should have any prescriptions refilled instead of continuing to take the ones you have on hand. We're prepared to help you with the rest.
Some items, like bathroom rugs and fabric shower curtains, can harbor mold and mold spores. Because these items are very porous, being textiles, it might be better to dispose of these also. When mold adheres to fabrics, the mold often destroys the back fibers, causing these items to fray and ravel, leaving them beyond cost-effective repair. The same might be true for curtains and other window dressings in the bathroom or adjoining rooms, depending on how much ventilation these receive.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When mold damage in your bathroom causes you concern or embarrassment, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We're always available, 24/7, to take your call, answer your questions, and start working on your mold remediation needs.

How SERVPRO ERP Helps for Major Disasters

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO ERP Helps for Major Disasters Download your SERVPRO ERP today!

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile can Assist You When Dealing with a Major Disaster

In response to requests from business owners nationwide, SERVPRO has released its new ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) system, designed to help business owners to get our technicians on-site as soon as possible when disaster strikes. The ERP system allows a user to create multiple sub-profiles for separate locations, where floor plans, valve and breaker locations, emergency services information, and other critical information can be uploaded and instantly transferred to us in a crisis. Accessible from a web browser or in our easy-to-use app, the system is designed to be accessible and responsive when you need it most. 


Since its introduction, one of the ERP's most effective uses has been in commercial water damage in Polk County and elsewhere where flooding is a concern. Floods are especially devastating among most damage types, and a fast response is critical to avoid extra damage from the effects of standing water. The SERVPRO ERP system can reduce response times by minutes or even hours, and allow our technicians to have a better understanding of the situation when they first arrive. This allows us to more effectively employ our strategy of mitigation, often saving thousands of dollars in restoration costs.


Fires start quickly, and in general your first concern is usually to contact emergency services. As such, you'll probably only be able to contact us once the fire has run its course or has spread widely. With the ERP, you can notify our responders in seconds, shaving precious minutes off of our response without delaying your call to emergency services. If you manage multiple buildings located side-by-side, such as an apartment or store complex, your ERP profiles will also help our technicians to understand the connections and specifics between rooms and buildings and respond more quickly to secondary smoke and ash damage.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is ready around the clock to respond to emergencies in your local business. To find out more about the ERP or to request our help, call us at (863) 510-5962.

Common Origins of Residential Smoke Damage

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Origins of Residential Smoke Damage When a fire ravages a home, it produces large quantities of smoke, typically of multiple types and requiring lengthy cleanup procedures.

The Common Causes of Smoke Damage in Residential Homes 

Smoke damage can persist for many years after a fire, or whatever caused it. Even when all other signs of damage are long gone, the smell of smoke can linger throughout an entire home if it hasn't been thoroughly eliminated. As such, SERVPRO dedicates a significant amount of time to eliminating these odors. However, the source of a fire can change how we approach cleanup, as there are multiple types of smoke and treatment techniques for its damage. Here are some of the most common we see in the average residence.

Smoke Damage from a Burn

Of course, some of the heaviest and toughest smoke damage we encounter comes in tandem with other types of fire damage in Mulberry. When a fire ravages a home, it produces large quantities of smoke, typically of multiple types and requiring lengthy cleanup procedures. Between the dry building materials and wet interior objects of a home, SERVPRO usually has to tackle wet and dry smoke alike after a fire. However, efficient use of fogging machines like those in our possession helps us to remove these intense smoke sources.

Tobacco Smoke Exposure

Many of our lighter smoke damage calls are for homes occupied by long-time smokers and tobacco users. Traditional tobacco smoke such as that from cigarettes and cigars can cause permanent smoke damage in the very walls and ceilings of a home, but thankfully these cases are usually an easy job for our technology.

Other Smoke Intrusions

Sometimes, accidents can happen that create a lot of smoke damage in a room or area of a home. Perhaps an outdoor fire was lit below a window, and wet fuel made for extremely smoky conditions. Or, we sometimes encounter a home which has absorbed smoke from a nearby fire, while escaping any other visible damage. We're able to process these on a case-by-case basis, altering our treatments to minimize costs and time spent on each job.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands has years of experience restoring and repairing damage from fires in the local area. For our help in getting your home back to the way it was before, call us at (863) 510-5962.

Mold Damage can Easily and Safely be Removed in South Lakeland to Restore Your Beautiful Home

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can Easily and Safely be Removed in South Lakeland to Restore Your Beautiful Home Mold, the Unwanted Fungus for Your Home in South Lakeland

Many Hidden Dangers, Including Mold Proliferation, Can Be Resolved by SERVPRO

A clean environment, especially for children, is crucial for well-being. However, lead paint in older homes can pose problems to children when ingested. This can lead to problems with their learning and cognitive development. The problem can become so severe that the federal government has implemented not only legislation but also protocols in dealing with lead in the home. While lead is perceived as very hazardous, and it is, this may not be a factor in most homes unless the lead paint is peeling or chipping away in flakes. When mold damage is present on a wall that has been painted with lead paint in the past, even if it is covered by non-lead paint, removing the damaged areas can cause lead dust to become airborne.
Very few homes that are painted with lead paint , but mold damage in South Lakeland can affect any home, including those older ones that may have lead paint in them. At SERVPRO, we've included RRRP (Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation) as one of our certifications. This provides us with the skills needed to protect you and your family against dangers that may not have existed before remediation began. Our goal may be to make it “Like it never even happened,” but our intention is for your overall health and safety.
When we remove mold damage and also clean the area so mold cannot return as readily, we will also ensure that any sources of moisture are cut off. Mold spores are continually floating in each and every home, as it is a naturally occurring microorganism, and is found outdoors at all times of the year. Control of the indoor environment is the most important aspect of managing mold's growth in your home. We can teach you and your family what activities may have lead to mold growth and damage in your home so that it is easier to prevent in the future.
When you find that your home has mold damage, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We are available 24/7 to answer your call and begin work to eliminate mold damage in your home, protecting your family and your investment.

Flood Damage Can Also Affect Your Mulberry Home's Patio and Pool

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Also Affect Your Mulberry Home's Patio and Pool SERVPRO Can Save Your Flood Damaged Swimming Pool in Mulberry

SERVPRO Provides Restoration and Clean Up After a Flood or Tropical Storm

Having a pool in Florida is one of those things that many take for granted, and caring for it is one of the chores that just comes with the territory. When a flood happens, homes aren't the only aspects of American life that end up waterlogged. Pools can also become victims of floods.
When your pool and patio have been submerged under flood waters in Mulberry, don't add to the flood damage already present by draining your pool. While you might think draining your pool to dispose of the contaminated water should be the first thing to do, it actually isn't. You can cause your pool to pop out of the ground from massive hydrostatic pressure, from the oversaturated soil. After a flood, water levels in drenched lawns can remain high for long periods of time. There are other steps you should take to restore your pool, and we can help with the process. Do you have residential flood insurance?
As our SERVPRO techs clean your patio of contaminants left behind by the floodwaters, we can rid your pool of any solid debris. This removal will help prepare the surface so you can add the required treatments. One of the first treatments should be to bind the particulates, so these settle to the bottom of the pool, making it more efficient to use the pool vacuum. The filtration system should not be turned on until it, and any other electric equipment has been cleared as safe to use by a certified electrician. After the particulates have been eliminated, then it is effective to begin shocking your pool and checking pH levels. SERVPRO suggests calling in a pool service if the cleanup appears overwhelming.
Patio furniture and pool toys that were left outside should be cleaned and sanitized before they are used again. Debris in the yard should also be cleared away and disposed of properly. We can assist you with accomplishing this task, ensuring that your exterior living space is once again a healthy environment for your family and guests.
Call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962, for assistance in restoring your inground pool to a usable condition when your home suffers flood damage. We can assist with this and the many aspects of flood damage restoration inside your home, also. Available 24/7 to take your call, we want to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Basements can Suffer Flood Damage During Heavy Rains in Mulberry if Your Foundation is Cracked

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Basements can Suffer Flood Damage During Heavy Rains in Mulberry if Your Foundation is Cracked If you suffer from a flood in your basement, Call SERVPRO to remove the water and your basement to “Like it never even happened.”

Throughout the year, there are often heavy storms that can cause storm damage. However, one aspect of heavy rains, flooding, is typically seen as above ground. This is true, but an additional threat that homeowners should be aware of is saturated ground next to their home caused by heavy downpours. If there are cracks in the foundation's walls, this water can seep in. Most often, it is slowly at first, but if there are several cracks and crevices, this can create a big mess in your basement rather quickly.

In Mulberry, flood damage is a common aspect of Florida life. With the many lakes and rivers, it's common for these bodies of water to overflow their boundaries and make their way into living rooms. The incoming water can be easily seen in advance, which allows for homeowners to move things to higher areas of your home. But when your basement is accumulating water below you, you might not realize it until much later.

When you see water in your basement, from any source, you should call expert and reliable professionals so they can get the water removed. Then the necessary cleaning and restoration can begin. Until the water is extracted, there is no work that can begin and damage to your belongings, and also to your home, continues and worsens. SERVPRO will not only extract all of the water, but if it is dirty water that contains contaminants, we'll also sanitize your home, making it safe again for you and your family. We'll ensure that things are dry again, so that secondary water damage doesn't affect your home later.

Repairing and restoring your basement's interior should be done after foundation cracks are taken care of. This can be via a new wall or other methods. If temporary methods are used, these should be inspected on a regular basis to help ensure that our restorative work will last. Ensuring your basement is dry is important in keeping mold under control, and also the humidity level in the upper levels of your home. Mold is everywhere, and allowing moisture to infiltrate your home from the basement is completely avoidable.

Call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 and we'll get your basement dry again, fast, helping you get everything back to normal again.