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Mold Damage can Develop Easily after Storms Drench Highland City

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can Develop Easily after Storms Drench Highland City HIghland City Properties Receive Help with Mold Removal from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Eliminate the Causes of Musty Odors and Mold Growth

Located inland, Highland City suffers much less through the storms that often batter our state's extensive coastlines. The increased humidity from the rainfall can often cause problems in homes even though no damage results directly from the storms themselves. This humidity is the reason behind the proliferation of mold in many homes.

Homes in Highland City suffer from mold damage whenever the colonies of mold and other microbes become too large. Slight cases of mold can create enough damage when located on clothing or household textiles. Found growing on walls inside your closets and underneath chests and beds creates a sense of uncleanness in a home. SERVPRO can help you restore your home to its clean and healthy state once again.
The presence of fungi in a home does not always cause a musty odor, although this is one of the signs. Mustiness can result from other sources, too, so finding the source is crucial. If you find it difficult to locate where this distinctive odor comes from, we can help with this task, also. We use high-tech devices that measure particles in the air, as well as other devices that measure how much moisture is present. Visible mold, even if seemingly dead, can still pose problems because dormant mold spores retain the ability to propagate whenever environmentally stable conditions (for microbial growth) exist.
SERVPRO technicians use their skills to decide the future of materials with mold growth in your home. It is possible to save some while others require removal followed with replacement materials. Hard, non-porous materials clean up the easiest. Semi-porous items, such as wood, can benefit from cleaning, also, but require a topical application to prevent regrowth of mold. Our employees are highly skilled in these areas and can help your home with these techniques. When extensive mold develops, installing a dehumidifier can help eliminate the higher humidity that allowed its growth. Our technicians can utilize air scrubbers with HEPA filtration systems and thermal fogging to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
Here to serve your needs regarding mold damage and other problems your home might encounter, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is always ready to answer your call. Our local number at (863) 510-5962 starts your home on the path to restoration and protection from future harm.

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Roof And Water Damage After Heavy Storms In Highland City

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof And Water Damage After Heavy Storms In Highland City Several things can hurt the roof of your Highland City home and can create water damage inside your residence.

Water Damage After A Storms

After a significant storm in the Highland City area, you may notice a leak in your roof. Damage to your roof can happen for a variety of reasons, and the first step to getting it fixed is figuring out what kind of roof damage you might have. No matter what the actual problem is, hiring a professional to help you repair the leak and fix any water damage inside your home is the first step.

Several things can hurt the roof of your Highland City home and can create water damage inside your residence. Some of them include hail damage, bad storms, extreme temperature, high winds, fallen objects, and more. Many situations during the year can pose a threat for your roof, so be on the lookout for something which could harm it.

When your roof has been damaged, you might see signs like water spots, damp looking framework plus paint that is cracking, or wet insulation. These things indicate that somewhere you have a serious leak, and you need to get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO as soon as you can so we can prevent any further damage from happening. We are licensed and experienced to assist you with any water damage problem, and we work quickly but thoroughly to get your home back to normal.

Wind damage is easily seen since you could see whole rows of shingles which were taken from your roof by the wind, or misshapen gutters. Water can then seep into your home through the areas where the singles are missing.

Tile roofs are the most vulnerable and unstable to roof damage. They can break or chip easily when something like a tree limb falls on them. It can be catastrophic during a storm where things are flying around. These roofs are also vulnerable to hail damage, so if you reside where the harsher weather is common, a tile roof should not be something you install on your home.

No matter the cause, SERVPRO can help you clean up your water damage after a storm. We have the right equipment and knowledge to do the job right and restore your home. When you live in the areas of Lakeland, Bartow, or Harland City, SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands are the ones to contact. Just reach out to us at (863) 510-5962, and we waste no time in cleaning up the damage.

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Combating Fire Damage in Highland City with Ample Ash and Smoke

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Combating Fire Damage in Highland City with Ample Ash and Smoke SERVPRO has the tools to clean your home and eliminate odors left behind after a fire.

Three Fire Damage Mitigation Methods

Stained walls and ceilings are among the most common fire damage problems we encounter in Highland City. Even if the fire avoided burning anything substantial, it might still have caused excessive staining across your walls and ceilings as smoke and burnt residue find a new home around your home. To make matters worse, what at first appears to be a simple issue to resolve typically proves much more challenging, as soot and ash often require special tools and techniques not commonly in a homeowner's possession.

Dry Sponge Treatments

Among our most common approaches to fire damage in Highland City with excessive ash and smoke are dry sponge treatments. Dry sponges are not truly dry, but incorporate a special blend of chemicals to remove material without the use of water. Water only makes some types of smoke and ash damage worse, so these treatments may be employed depending on what material burned and for how long. These treatments may also be put to work on more delicate surfaces, such as furniture.


Smoke almost invariably poses a huge smell problem. The odor of smoke is easily noticed, long-lasting, and extremely difficult to remove. SERVPRO uses deodorizing foggers to combat smoke - machines that create a chemical fog in an area to naturally seek out and eliminate smoke odor particles in the air and embedded within surfaces. These machines are the result of decades of research and have proven to be incredibly effective in the field.

Standard Cleaning

Sometimes, the best way to deal with smoke and ash is to clean the "old fashioned" way, with mops and sponges. SERVPRO stocks industrial cleaning supplies and products to make thorough and fast work of any areas requiring this approach, sparing you the time and effort needed to remove residue.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands has helped local homeowners to recover from fire damage for years. For our assistance, give us a call 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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The Importance of Cleaning Up Mold Sooner Rather than Later

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Cleaning Up Mold Sooner Rather than Later Mold damage in your home? Our SERVPRO crew can restore it "Like it never even happened."

Bartow Mold Can be Remediated With The Help of SERVPRO

Although mold damage does not exhibit the same type of sudden, violent impact that other forms of home damage do, it is still always a pressing problem requiring immediate action. Many homeowners make false assumptions about the intensity and consequences of mold damage in their home, and as a result, SERVPRO technicians are often called in only after the mold has been allowed to spread and cause far more extensive damage. The problem is not going to solve itself, and the only solution is to allow a certified and qualified company like us clean it up safely. Here are a few reasons why you should try to get mold out of your home as quickly as possible.

Potential Health Hazards

Some types of mold damage in Bartow may present a health risk to any residents of the affected home. Black mold is a relatively common type of mold, especially in humid regions like Florida, that can cause serious health effects to a broad range of people. The only way to ensure your safety in this regard is to remove either the mold or yourself from the home. Getting mold out of your home ensures the safety of not only the home but also yourself and your family.

Mold Spreads, Quickly

If mold is left to its own devices, it is more than likely that it will begin to spread beyond the initial bounds of its infestation. Mold can spread across a home as microscopic spores are picked up by minute air currents and deposited elsewhere. Without proper care, there is no effective way to stop this process. SERVPRO makes sure to thoroughly sanitize and filter the air in your home to stop further spread of mold after we leave.

The Longer it Sits, the More it Eats

Mold, like any living organism, requires a source of food to survive. Unfortunately, that food source happens to be the materials holding up your home. The longer mold is allowed to sit on a surface; the more material is eaten away, potentially causing thousands more in restoration costs after the mold has been cleaned up.

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SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a locally-owned franchise with national resources, ready to tackle your mold problem with all we have got. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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Characterizations of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Highland City

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Characterizations of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Highland City Highland City Smoke & Fire Damage Can Be More Damaging than Initially Appears

SERVPRO Can Restore Damaged Properties from Fire & Smoke Incidents

Heating and cooling systems are precious during extreme weather conditions. However, a malfunctioned unit can cause a small fire where the system is housed. A sprinkler may be able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading, but the smoke residues are always conspicuous.
If a fire accident causes smoke damage to your property, SERVPRO is available to provide the necessary restoration services. Our technicians have years of experience and can reverse the fire damage on your Highland City residence in no time. We have advanced tools and products to deal with any emergency, and follow IICRC guidelines during the restoration process.

Smoke residues come in different forms and shapes. Some are easier to remove than others. The most common types of soot SERVPRO technicians deal with are fuel oil smoke residues, protein smoke residues, wet smoke residues, and dry smoke residues.
We use different cleaning methods during the fire damage restoration to eliminate different types of residues. Wet smoke is harder to get rid of than dry smoke. The nature of the smoke residues is determined by the sort of material burning, oxygen levels during the fire, and rate of combustion.

Dry smoke is easier to remove because it carries few aerosols and transfers small, dry particles on the surfaces. Its odor is less pungent compared to wet smoke and may not require aggressive cleaning procedures to eliminate. However, dry smoke originates from hotter fires, subsequently causing relatively more heat damage and charred belongings.

Wet smoke normally contains a high concentration of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. It, therefore, moves slowly, giving it enough time to penetrate enclosed areas and crevices that are usually not susceptible to faster-burning fires. The smoke leaves extremely hot oily residues on plastic materials, discoloring them in the process. In most cases involving wet smoke, replacing the damaged material is often more recommendable than trying to restore it.
We plan to offer another blog soon on the problems of smoke odors and how we remove them. Often, especially in small kitchen fires, this is the main problem needing restoration--the air quality and elimination of noxious smells.

Small fires from appliances such as heating and cooling systems can cause moderate to severe smoke damage. When this happens, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands immediately to control the fire damage. We are available 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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Mulberry Duct Cleaning Is Essential

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Mulberry Duct Cleaning Is Essential Call SERVPRO to Keep Your Ducts Clean in Your Mulberry Home. Nice Air Quality.

SERVPRO Provides Cleaning for HVAC Ductwork Systems in Mulberry

For much of the year, homeowners depend on their HVAC system to keep their residences comfortable. This same system also helps to maintain the air inside a home cleaner than the air outside.

Duct cleaning is necessary for healthy air in Mulberry homes. Although duct work is sealed, for the most part, it is impossible to keep all dust and other contaminants out of it. SERVPRO knows that any particulates that get into the HVAC system can be recirculated through the entire home at least five times each day. Besides the small amounts that work their way in over time, the duct sections twist and separate from each other over time thanks to fluctuating temperature and humidity.

In addition to contaminants getting in, poorly maintained duct work also lets warm or cold air out. This release of temperature altered air into the attic, walls, and basements is extremely wasteful. Last year, the Department of Energy released a study that found many HVAC systems deficient in energy conservation. Many of them waste more than 25 percent of the electricity generated to cool or heat the average home. A system that not recently cleaned can waste 40 percent.

The first step to cleaning ducts is one that homeowners or renters can do themselves; change the air filters. Depending on the type of system, filters must be changed quarterly or even monthly. Changing filters is also the best preventive measure that residents can take to keep their ducts clean.

When contamination does get in, our technicians use scrubbers, air movers, and exhaust fans to force the dirt and other soils out. Much of it is near the entry and exit points, so we scrub these points with dry brushes to break it up. If the build-up is very thick, we use commercial grade cleaners to break down the soils and force them out of the HVAC. In cases where we find mold, we use an anti-fungal agent to kill the spores and then a cleaner to break up the growths.

Regular cleaning of your ducts is essential to the maintenance of your home and the comfort of your family. SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands has decades of experience in Polk County helping our neighbors stay cool under the Florida sun. If you want to schedule a cleaning or an inspection, call us at (863) 510-5962 today.

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How SERVPRO Calculates The Best Dehumidifier Setup After Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Home

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Calculates The Best Dehumidifier Setup After Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Home Our teams take into account key factors including the amount of flood damage that has occurred in your Lakeland home.

Let SERVPRO Find The Best Solution For Your Water Damaged Home

Flood damage is distressing and frightening. Your home no longer seems like your own even after the initial water extraction. Visibly damaged furniture and other personal belongings and that tell-tale damp smell that lingers after flooding both contribute to the feeling that all is not well.

You need help from skilled professionals to help you deal with flood damage to your Lakeland home. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to offer you all the assistance you need to get your home cleaned up and dried out so that it is liveable once more.

A key component of drying your house is the correct use of dehumidifiers. Let us take a look at dehumidifiers and how they work.

Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor held in the air. Florida is no stranger to humidity, so you are most likely used to being in a humid environment. However, humidity is a grave concern after a flood as the more water vapor there is in the air, the higher the moisture level and the more difficult drying becomes.

Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of humidity in the air using a simple but clever process. The unit pulls in moist air from the room and passes it across cooling coils. The coils lower the air temperature and cause condensation which the unit collects. The result: Drier air is reheated and redistributed into the room.

It is easy to see why dehumidifiers are such a vital piece of kit for dealing with flood damage. We train our SERVPRO technicians to calculate the best dehumidifier set-up for your unique situation.

Our teams take into account key factors including the amount of flood damage, the kinds of wet materials that are present (such as porous or non-porous), whether water has seeped into walls and floors, and the capacity of the dehumidifiers at hand. We use the information we gather to carefully calculate how many dehumidifiers are needed to reach the drying goal.

It is impossible to tell how well drying is going simply by looking at your home. Our technicians carefully monitor drying progress using moisture meters. Carefully monitoring means, we can add or remove dehumidifiers as needed or even create a small drying chamber to speed up the process.

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We are on hand to help with drying situations. Call SERVPRO of Barlow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 today for help.

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Professional Water Removal Services For Your Highland Area Hotel

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Water Removal Services For Your Highland Area Hotel SERVPRO has technicians available whenever you need us, giving you access to qualified help.

Call the SERVPRO Professionals When Dealing with Commercial Water Damage

Taking on the responsibility of meeting the needs of your guests while visiting your hotel takes some guts. Every day, people moving in and out of your facility have particular needs and wants, you do your best to deliver all of them.

When faced with extensive water exposure on your Highland City property, you want access to water removal services performed by a company that gives you the same level of customer service your guests expect from you. You deserve to have someone deliver quality results to your problems, just like any of the guests in your hotel.

Developing a plumbing leak in one of your upstairs rooms can lead to damages in your floors, walls, ceiling, and those of the room below or above. Water can cause damage to the contents of each room and lead to mold growth, depending on the length of exposure. The larger the area, the more aggressive your restoration company should be with their approach.

Time plays a significant role in your restoration process, avoid wasting it, make quick, informed decisions and move forward as soon as possible. With SERVPRO technicians on your side, you gain access to years of experience, moisture detectors, water extractors, drying, cleaning, and deodorization methods that all work for you to give you the results you deserve.

SERVPRO can track the spread of water on your property, finding every area exposed and limit any secondary damages that may develop over time. Regardless of how large the exposed area is, we have the equipment and resources to remove excess water and make any repairs necessary to get your business back to normal.

SERVPRO has technicians available whenever you need us, giving you access to qualified help. It only takes a short phone call for you to receive the help you deserve. We pay special attention to all of the contents found on your property and have excellent results returning items to life that others may consider a loss.

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Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to get water issues under control quickly and efficiently. Take control of your situation, today. (863) 510-5962

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Protect Your Highland City Home From Experiencing Common Problems That Cause Flood Damage

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Highland City Home From Experiencing Common Problems That Cause Flood Damage SERVPRO restoration specialists do much more than help you recover after an emergency happens.

Protect Your Home With The Help of SERVPRO

Regardless of how a flood occurs on your property, these incidents can be troublesome. Floods affect your house, family, and living conditions in many ways that cause stress, uneasiness, and doubt. Luckily, help is never far away; your recovery does not need to be a painful process.

You likely already have flood insurance for your Highland City property, which is good. Flood damage is becoming more common and homeowners these days are getting smarter. If for some reason you have not discussed this type of coverage with your insurance company, you should reconsider.

Flood damage occurs in every home at some point, having the proper insurance ensures that you have the financial support in place to help protect your investment. If you own a home and do not have basic insurance, a relationship with a trusted restoration company, and a plan in place to help get your family to safety, you are ill-prepared for what might happen.

Households these days come standard with a variety of appliances that pose severe flooding risks, think about all of the problems that can occur on your property. You could have a plumbing leak that floods your basement or crawl space under your house. A washing machine supply line could spill hundreds of gallons of water within minutes. Your water heater, ice maker, dishwasher, refrigerator, and every plumbing fixture in your home poses a threat.

However, with SERVPRO’s help, you can easily prevent these and other common flooding issues found in most homes. Educate yourself, have your property inspected to find problems before they have an opportunity to cause significant damage.

SERVPRO restoration specialists do much more than help you recover after an emergency happens. Having a few discussions with these expertly trained environmental disaster specialists can open your eyes to a variety of circumstances that you simply are not aware of yet.

Give SERVPRO the opportunity to check common areas of your home. We can help you prepare for flooding, fire, mold, and storm damage that most homeowners face. You should take advantage of the experience and knowledge available to you.

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Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakland Highlands for additional information about our available services and see what we can do to help protect your home, today. (863) 510-5962

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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.