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Plunging Winter Temperatures in Lakeland Increase Risk of Space Heater Fire Damage

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Plunging Winter Temperatures in Lakeland Increase Risk of Space Heater Fire Damage Space heaters increase the risk of fire damage in a home when they are misused or malfunction.

You Can Rely on SERVPRO if You Experience Fire Damage This Winter

Residents in the Lakeland area and all of South Florida have struggled recently as temperatures have dropped and homes become chilly. The decisions made to heat a home during one of these unseasonably cold fronts can have dire consequences if a fire sparks. We stand ready to help if smoke, charring, and soot damage your home.

As the temperatures drop, many Lakeland residents plug in a space heater. Fire damage from the misuse or malfunction of one of these portable electric heat sources is common, causing more than 25,000 fires, 6,000 injuries, and close to 400 deaths per year. (Statistics provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.) The damage done to structures and contents is usually remediable by our IICRC crews, but avoiding the fire in the first place is naturally preferable.

Space heaters are often used in bedrooms and areas where children play. The housing of the heater heats up and easily ignites flammable materials such as clothing, bedding, toys, carpeting, and window coverings if they are positioned too near the unit. Another mistake SERVPRO crews note that homeowners make is to use extension cords to place the heaters where needed. The amperage drawn by a space heater create a fire hazard by overheating the burning out the wiring unless the cord is plugged directly into a 120 volt grounded outlet. Extension cords also increase the possibility of the heater tipping over if a person or pet trips on the cord.

A space heater fire can smolder when the appliance operates while residents are in other rooms or leave for a time. Dark, oily smoke and sticky soot generate from such a fire, spreading throughout the property. SERVPRO teams use spray and wipe techniques, abrasive products, and tools, or solvent-based strategies to clean surfaces subject to this kind of fire damage. The HVAC system that was inadequate for heating may now need cleaning by our crews as the thick smoke and soot migrate into the ductwork, settling in to cause persistent soot damage every time its switch flips.

Deodorization is essential after remediation of a space heater fire. The acrid “burned cord” smell lingers. SERVPRO odor elimination experts use a series of steps to remove the odor. If disposing of burned materials and thorough cleaning is inadequate, we add thermal fogging or hydroxyl generation to seek out odor particles and neutralize them. Sealing porous surfaces may also be a tactic to use to rid your home of the last odors.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is poised to help victims of a space heater or other electrical fire. Contact us at (863) 510-5962 to schedule an assessment and start planning for speedy remediation.

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Water Removal Tools for Highland City

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Tools for Highland City SERVPRO professionals use smaller portable extraction wands to remove water from carpets to protect them from being damaged further.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Water Removal Services

Flooding in most Highland City homes comes from both storms and more common sources. The first task to return each house to its original state is to remove the water. The key to correctly doing it is determining how quickly to accomplish it without causing further damage.

Water removal for Highland City homes like apartments, duplexes, and free-standing houses requires multiples tools and the training to use them. SERVPRO personnel uses large and small capacity pumps to remove standing water over two inches deep and extraction wands for smaller amounts and water trapped in carpets and wood floors.

We maintain various pumps depending on the task. We match the size of the home to the strength of the pump. For apartments and other, small structures a single pump with a lower lift and volume capacity is normally sufficient. Larger homes need multiple pumps with a higher capacity rate.

If there is a large amount of solid material in the water, we have to remove it before engaging the pumps. Once we begin operations, the water goes directly into the nearest sewer. If there is a septic tank, the SERVPRO team pumps the water into a tank truck for removal.

Next, come the extraction wands. Most of these devices we use are portable and connected to a small holding tank we pull along with the wand. For multi-story homes and commercial facilities, we also have extractors where the power source and the holding tank are both mounted on a truck. Each type of extractor has an adjustable rate of speed and vacuum. Many also have a heating component for carpets that we can dry as we remove the water.

Being able to adjust the vacuum and speed rates are important, especially for carpets. They are much weaker when wet, and the chance to pull apart the upper layer of the carpet backing is always a risk. That is why our IICRC-certified technicians prefer to use the portable wands whenever possible and use the truck mounted devices for industrial jobs and very heavy residential carpets with a thick pad underneath.

Pumps and extraction wands are only two of the tools we use to restore your home to its pre-flooded condition. Getting the most out of them and protecting your property requires training and experience. If you need our help, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 today.

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Keeping Your Lakeland Bakery Dry

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Your Lakeland Bakery Dry Your Lakeland bakery success rests solely on your ability to keep your customers happy and to allow them access to your shop.

Water Damage In Your Bakery

Bakeries live and die on the customers that they can bring in every day. With freshly made goods and the sweet smell of the latest creations, you can quickly tell how customers get drawn into your Lakeland storefront. When appliances break, or pipes burst, it becomes nearly impossible to keep up with the growing demand of your customers, nor do you want them to see the resulting damages from such an incident.

Your Lakeland bakery success rests solely on your ability to keep your customers happy and to allow them access to your shop whenever the aroma on the street entices them inside. As any business owner assuredly finds out, sometimes you cannot account for unexpected water damage incidents that threaten not only a day to day profit margin but also the overall reputation of your establishment.

The last thing that a customer wants to do when they come through your front door is to step into a puddle of water that seemingly coats vast areas of the floor. With your need to get this problem resolved quickly, and appreciating the severity of the situation dictates methods far beyond a mop and bucket, you can count on us at SERVPRO to help set things right.

SERVPRO's rapid response team is available at all hours of the day and night to respond to these kinds of situations. With our dedicated and experienced SERVPRO professionals, we can quickly identify the source of the problem so that further damage does not ensue. We aim to restore the area quickly, working closely with your priorities necessary to keep your business going through the process and mitigating your overall losses both in daily sales and in out-of-pocket restoration expenses that might not be covered by your insurance.

If your sweet treats and savory bread are at risk of not being sold on account of present water damages to your store, do not hesitate to give us at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands a call (863) 510-5962. We are available anytime you need us.

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Getting Rid Of The Musty Odor Mold Damage Leaves In Your Lakeland Home

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Getting Rid Of The Musty Odor Mold Damage Leaves In Your Lakeland Home If there is one thing that most people remember about mold growing in their Lakeland home, it is the smell.

Musty Odor Left By Mold Damage

If there is one thing that most people remember about mold growing in their Lakeland home, it is the smell. The worst part of it is, without getting a professional remediation company to help you deal with the problem, this is a smell that takes a long time to go away on its own. While you might look for the silver lining in first smelling it, as it indicated the presence of the mold in your house, it is now something that you want to be eliminated right along with the growing colonies.

SERVPRO has many odor removal techniques to prevent the spread of this pungent aroma and to neutralize it for good, along with its general practices for mold damage remediation to your Lakeland home. Conventional deodorizing from restoration companies entails machines that produce a stronger, fresher odor to overtake the one that you are currently experiencing. Much like spraying an air freshener in other areas of your home at the alarm of a foul odor, it does not take long for this new smell to dissipate and leave you again struggling with the original scent.

The difference is in SERVPRO equipment. Our licensed technicians work with foggers to neutralize the molecules that make up the foul odor. This process is quick and efficient and leaves no lasting secondary smell that leaves you in a similar situation that you tried to avoid. The odor elimination process is one of the final steps to the entire remediation process, as our professionals do not wish to spread active spores around to find new areas to bed and grow.

In fact, until the deodorizing process completes, your air moving systems (your heater or air conditioner for example) within your home is completely shut off. Keeping air from freely being forced through the vents in your home aids significantly in preventing the spread of the spores from the contaminated zone as well as the pungent, musty smell you used to identify its presence.

Mold damage restoration is an involved process that our licensed Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians are well equipped to handle. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 anytime.

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Water Damage Restoration Services That Make Your Lakeland Shop Like New Again

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services That Make Your Lakeland Shop Like New Again Some equipment that has served you over years is just not able to be replaced. Contact SERVPRO for restoration rather than just replacement options.

Our Trained Technicians Pay Close Attention to Detail During the Remediation and Restoration Processes

Regardless of how clean you may think you are, or how organized you maintain your Lakeland workshop, many things can go wrong that prevent you from doing business. Water itself can make its way to the tiniest places, causing corrosion, rot, or even mold to sprout up.

If your workshop has experienced commercial water damage in Lakeland due to a recent storm, plumbing issue, or accident, we can help. All you have to do is call, 24/7, for an immediate response from highly-trained water damage restoration specialists. We can make your workshop new again and prevent secondary damages from settling in, ruining all of your equipment and tools.

You likely have a series of hand-tools, such as chisels, punches, planes, scrapers, sharpeners or measuring and leveling tools. SERVPRO technicians perform a variety of cleaning and restoration methods to ensure the survival of these tools that help prevent losses you may experience.

Along with all of the smaller equipment you may have power saws, drills, drivers, lathes, planers and jointers that all require specific attention to recover correctly. SERVPRO can remove existing water damage and return each piece of equipment found in your workshop to working order.

By calling SERVPRO for all of your water damage restoration needs, you gain access to IICRC certified professionals who understand how to perform a variety of services that make your space new again. We have access to water removal equipment of all shapes and sizes, along with water extractors capable of removing any volume of water imaginable.  

We pay close attention to every detail, all of your workshop equipment, storage cabinets, safety equipment, tool boxes, workbenches and other workshop accessories on your property get the proper attention needed to return things to normal after an emergency occurs.  

Our staff works with your insurance company to ensure you obtain the results you deserve and keep you informed throughout the process. We help make the entire restoration process as stress-free as possible and provide you with the quality services necessary to keep your business open.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands services the entire area, ensuring that each member of our community receives the help they need when they need it. We can have an expertly trained water damage restoration technician on your property immediately, call today. (863) 510-5962  

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Reliable Commercial Duct Cleaning in Lakeland

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Reliable Commercial Duct Cleaning in Lakeland Duct cleaning at the business location needs to be done on a regular basis as it affects many people. Contact SERVPRO to assess and start the process.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Necessity of the Task at Your Place of Business Before Beginning the Work

Finding a company willing to offer top-notch duct cleaning is a plus. Trustworthy inspection before completing the service is also appreciated by an owner who wants to ensure the safety and health of both staff and customers but is not interested in unnecessary costs. We build our reputation on honestly determining the need for HVAC cleaning.
Your pre-school and daycare may need commercial duct cleaning in Lakeland, but you want to be sure your tiny charges remain protected during the process. Closing for a time is a huge disruption to families and your staff, so it is a relief that most duct cleaning operations take hours not days. We use the most up to date equipment available, shielding our customers from the debris we remove with HEPA filtered vacuum devices. This filtration rate is 99.97 percent at .3 microns, so no residue drifts through the air as we clean.
Before the cleaning begins, an inspection reveals whether your ducts need the procedure. The National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) advises that heating and cooling systems undergo visual checks on a regular schedule. Enterprises that serve vulnerable populations like health care centers should be on a yearly inspection routine. Specially trained SERVPRO technicians view the interior of the ductwork. Significant buildup of dust and dirt obstructing airflow needs evacuation. We focus on the air handling units and supply and return ducts. Supply diffusers that emit dirt and dust, puffing when the system is turned on, are giving the signal that a cleaning is indicated.
Other warning signs include persistent smells originating from the HVAC system or evidence of mold or algae during the interior inspection. If maintained properly and consistently, ductwork rarely needs cleaning. If the system filters are not replaced at appropriate times or if a remodeling project or other stress introduces large amounts of debris into the air, the ductwork is at risk to an intake of an overload of residue. The added dust, dirt, or other substances may be reintroduced into the environment of your business when the system operates. A thorough cleaning by SERVPRO remediates this situation.
Commercial duct cleaning completed by SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands improves your air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC system. Call (863) 510-5962 for an inspection and to schedule the treatment.

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Why Mold Damage Removal Is Not Possible In Winter Haven – And What To Do Instead

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Removal Is Not Possible In Winter Haven – And What To Do Instead Fungus looks and smells unsightly and can even damage the structure of your home or cause health issues.

Mold Damage Removal

We often receive messages from homeowners looking for mold removal. We understand why – fungal growth is a genuine problem for many householders in the Winter Haven area, especially when the weather gets humid. You do not want fungus growing in your home, after all. Fungus looks and smells unsightly and can even damage the structure of your home or cause health issues. However, complete mold removal is not possible. Let us take a look at why you cannot wholly remove fungus, and what you can do instead to prevent mold damage.

It might seem strange for a mold damage remediation company such as SERVPRO to say that mold removal in Winter Haven is not possible. However, we believe that offering correct information and honest advice is the best way to empower our customers. So why do we say that it is not possible to remove mold?

The reason is that mold spores are everywhere. They are omnipresent and quickly enter your home on your clothes or shoes, or your dog or cat’s fur. Mold is a natural substance – some people even call it “nature’s garbage disposal” because it eats organic material.

As well as being omnipresent, mold spores are microscopic and thus invisible to the naked eye. What does that mean for the homeowner? It means that even if you scrub and wipe away all visible mold, the spores can still travel unseen to other parts of your home and set up new colonies.

If you cannot remove mold, what should you do instead? The best thing to do is contact SERVPRO as soon as you notice fungus growing in your home. We train our technicians to IICRC-standards so you can rest assured you are getting the very best mold remediation service.

The focus of mold remediation is sealing off the contaminated area and removing as much of the contamination as possible, and then on reducing the amount of moisture in the air, so the fungus does not have access to the water it needs to grow.

Our team seals off the affected room and vents contaminated air outside to reduce the number of spores present. Then we set to work with dehumidifiers and fans to reduce moisture and discourage the fungus from coming back.

For help with mold remediation in Polk County, Lake Wales, Winter Haven and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands today at (863) 510-5962.

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Cleaning Surface Mold Damage In Winter Haven

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Surface Mold Damage In Winter Haven Mold damage is a year-round problem, but SERVPRO provides the experience and equipment needed to solve it.

Mold Damage Cleanup

Winter Haven is a place named for exactly why people come to Florida; escaping a dark, dank winter. It is something everyone enjoys, but flying away from a moldy basement does mean avoiding mold entirely though.

Mold spores, and therefore mold damage in Winter Haven, can happen year-round. Spores are usually inert and harmless, but with the right temperature, moisture, and a food source, even an amount no more significant than a pinhead can cause thousands of dollars in damage if undetected for too long. To remove and clean damage, SERVPRO analyzes the surface of the affected property to determine the best method. We divide them into three categories:

Non-Porous Surfaces
Glass, metal, harder types of plastics, smooth stone, and marble. These are the smoothest surfaces to clean, and technicians can typically use dry sponges and cloths to wipe down loose, dry mold spores. For wet mold, we use a damp cloth sprayed or soaked with water. If the mold is mixed in a layer of dirt or other soil, we employ a chemical cleaner.

Porous Surfaces
Carpets, drywall, and insulation. These items often have to be removed and disposed of since cleaning them is usually more expensive than replacing them. SERVPRO cleans porous fabrics such as curtains, drapes, and upholstery using a variety of spray cleaners, foaming anti-microbial products, and immersion tanks that force cleaning products through heavy mold using soundwaves.

Semi-Porous Surfaces
Wood and concrete. If infested with mold, these surfaces require an abrasive method to break up and remove most of the mold before a cleaning agent is efficient to use. Technicians use a wire brush, sandpaper, or a powered sander depending on the thickness of the mold. Since mold can affect the structural integrity of the wood, a SERVPRO inspector examines all support structures such a wall framing and roof joists after completing mold removal.

Mold damage is a year-round problem, but SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands provides the experience and equipment needed to solve it. If you suspect a possible infestation in your home, call us at (863) 510-5962 today. We are here to help.

Beautiful Bartow Retreat Hides Irma Water And Mold Damage

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beautiful Bartow Retreat Hides Irma Water And Mold Damage Hurricane Irma Damage Restored by SERVPRO in Bartow

Moisture from Hurricanes Leads to Water and Mold Problems

The inland city of Bartow has a long history and beautiful Victorian-era buildings, some of which sustained serious damage during Hurricane Irma. Your winter home appears to have weathered the storm, at least from what you from photos sent by neighbors. Our work crews have found that exterior condition may not adequately prepare you for what you may find inside.
Hidden hurricane damage is common in Bartow because of the storm’s intensity as it swept through our Central Florida city. The high winds and rain damaged buildings and forced moisture through any crack or crevice. Power outages exacerbated the situation, leaving your vacation home vulnerable when climate control systems went silent without electricity. If you know that your home was without power as it awaited your return you may need our help to inspect for and then respond to secondary damage.
The humid circumstances present in Florida combined with the likelihood that rainwater forced its way in through windows provide a perfect environment for mold growth. Rainwater dripped in between the exterior and interior walls, covering up the mold colonies. After the storm moved beyond the area, lack of air conditioning and the dehumidification AC provides enhanced the conditions needed for mold proliferation. SERVPRO mold remediation experts know ambient humidity higher than 60 percent sustains microbial growth and damage.
Mold remediation training using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols is the standard curriculum taught to our SERVPRO crews. Careful containment methods, including the use of negative pressure air scrubbers and physical barriers, keep unaffected spaces in your Florida second home free of moldy residue during removal of the colonies. We then sanitize the surfaces to inhibit additional microbial outbreaks.
Finally, we help you dry out the moisture Irma pushed into your home. Saturated building materials are monitored as the moisture level drops through the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. Your air conditioning system helps bring the humidity below 50 percent, rendering mold spores incapable of multiplying because the water source is gone.
Any suspicion you have that mold infests your seasonal home leads to only one reasonable response. Invite SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to evaluate your home and to abate any moldy areas. Call (863) 510-5962 to schedule your consultation today.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available for Highland City Area Residents

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available for Highland City Area Residents Fire damage in your home can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO quickly for remediation and restoration services.

SERVPRO Technicians Are With You Every Step of the Way During the Fire Damage Restoration Process

With all of the effort that goes into cleaning and restoring your Highland City home after a fire, you need to take the time to locate a professional for advice. Unless you understand which steps to take, you might be wasting your time and probably create additional damages.  

Researching information online can give you an overview of what you might experience. However, you need to keep in mind that every situation is different. Each time professionals respond to fire damage issues in a Highland City area home, new unique problems exist.  

A quality fire restoration team can provide you with hints and recommendations that help prevent further damages from developing. Places like SERVPRO can even help you determine which of your belongings are restorable and provide you with estimates or services necessary to clean and deodorize your home thoroughly.  

Some may consider restoration services expensive. However, when you compare these costs with full replacement of damaged furnishings, flooring, and structural components, restoration is substantially less. SERVPRO takes the time to address your specific situation, making recommendations that we define as necessary to return your home to a quality pre-fire condition.  

SERVPRO can help you re-enter your fire-damaged home, safely. We help you avoid many common hazards that exist after a fire event. Our technicians use personal protective equipment to remain safe until we have an opportunity to ventilate the entire area and set up a proper working environment. We combine fast, effective solutions with safety and security.

We have all of the tools, equipment, and experience necessary to manage your entire restoration from beginning to end. Everything from drying wet items and areas as soon as possible, to putting the finishing touches on any repairs needed to complete the job, our technicians work tirelessly to produce quality results.  

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands services Lakeland, Highlands, Polk County, and other surrounding communities, providing full-service solutions for a variety of emergency situations 24/7, 365, day or night. Call us today for access to fully IICRC certified cleaning and restoration professionals you can trust. (863) 510-5962

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