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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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Highland City's Water Damage Deodorization Methods

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Highland City's Water Damage Deodorization Methods SERVPRO has the equipment and tools to restore your home after a water damage event.

A variety of deodorization methods can be used to restore your home after water damage

Whenever water leaks into your Highland City home, the first goal is to remove all moisture as quickly as possible. As water sits indoors, much damage gets caused as time goes on. Moisture can ruin the structural integrity of building materials inside your house. If water gets left inside for more than 48 hours, mold growth can occur.

After all of the moisture gets extracted and dried out inside a structure, sometimes foul, mildew-like odors exist. SERVPRO's water damage technicians in Highland City have experience using different deodorization methods for buildings affected by moisture. The first step to any deodorization process is to remove the source of the foul odors.

When unpleasant aromas still exist after all moisture gets removed, there are a few different ways that we move forward with the deodorization process. Some chemicals and methods cause chemical reactions with the malodor particles causing them to neutralize. Other methods use better-smelling aromas to mask the unpleasant ones.

In some cases, where it is impractical to pull back the carpet to get to the padding or backing we use injection deodorization methods. Some types of deodorization chemicals get injected into carpet or upholstery using a syringe and needle or a pump and injection needle. In most water damage scenarios, disinfectant chemicals get sprayed onto the affected area using hand or pump sprayers.

In other more extreme scenarios, deodorization chemicals get dispersed using an ultra-low volume or ULV fogger. Wet foggers break down water-based and solvent-based deodorants into tiny particles. The tiny particles then penetrate materials removing the unpleasant odors.

To keep excess chemicals from creating more problems inside the home, we often use ventilation box fans to ventilate the building. The box fans usually get set up before and after deodorization occurs to force air flow through a structure. Sometimes air scrubbers get set up that suck air into a HEPA filter before exhausting it back into the environment. Odor and chemical particles get trapped inside the HEPA filter removing them from the air.

Sometimes foul odors have multiple sources, so we use a combination of deodorization methods to remove them. If you ever need help with deodorization, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 24/7.

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Restoring The Contents of Your Highland City House After Fire Damages

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring The Contents of Your Highland City House After Fire Damages SERVPRO Advises Highland City Homeowners to Have Functioning Fire Extinguishers Handy

SERVPRO Expertise Helps Many Homeowners After a Fire Damaging Event to their Properties

Devastating fires in your Highland City home can often leave you unsure of what your next move should be. While you are adamant to restore the damage and bring your home back to the way things used to be, it might not be as simple as it sounds. There are many conditions from fires that force restoring companies to fixate on aspects like reconstruction and repairs, which leave restorations of the contents in the affected areas to happen off-site.
 
After our SERVPRO team completes an inspection to assess the full scope of the fire damage to your Highland City residence, this information gets shared with the assessor for the insurance company to work jointly in restoring your home back to its former condition. While reconstruction is often a requirement following severe fire damages to the structural elements of your home, its contents are often equally important to those living in the house.
 
Move-outs is a service that our SERVPRO technicians can offer which can help to restore, clean and deodorize contents that have gotten affected by the recent fire. While part of the team works to restore the damages to structural components of your home and prepare your residence for the reconstruction in areas where this is a requirement, the contents of these areas get moved to our local warehouse facility for restoration.
 
The objective of removing it from the area is two-fold. First, it gets these items out of the way for more involved and intricate restoration processes to get underway in your home. Secondly, it gives our SERVPRO technicians the space and full use of tools and equipment necessary to clean, deodorize and restore each item pulled from your home for this process.
 
While move-outs might be merely a portion of the entire work that our dedicated team of restoration specialists does to restore your home to preloss conditions, it is a vital component to getting back to your regular life. When your home is affected by a fire, trust SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to help you clean up the mess and get things back to the way they used to be. Give us a call anytime at (863) 510-5962.

Aging Appliances Can Flood Your Mulberry Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Aging Appliances Can Flood Your Mulberry Home Make the Call to SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup After a Dishwasher Flooding in Your Mulberry Kitchen

Water Damage in Mulberry, No Matter the Source, Can Be Mitigated with SERVPRO'S Swift Service

When you think of the various ways that Mulberry homes typically get flooded, most people instantly think of severe weather conditions and water pouring through the walls of some weak foundation. While this is undoubtedly the case at times, this is not at all one of the most common reasons that homes in the area find themselves seeking professional restoration services on account of a substantial water emergency.
 
If you want to know what can commonly bring about flood damage to your Mulberry home, the answer would be aging appliances. Often as these machines age, their ability to perform as you would like them to gets inconsistent and unreliable. When your appliances get directly connected to a steady water source, like a washing machine or a water heater, a failure in the seals of these appliances could have disastrous results. Without the ability to recognize that the water is not filling the appliance, these machines can continue to fill and allow considerable volumes to pour onto the floor in a brief time.
 
When our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, our priority is stopping the flow of water if you have not successfully done so yet. Extraction follows shortly after the shutdown, as this aids in preventing more water damage to structural elements of your house as the water sits in a pool around them. The extraction process begins with a pump truck from our fleet and gets completed with wet-vacs with specific attachments to reach difficult areas inaccessible to our truck pump’s vacuum. Technicians are very flexible on the type of equipment we can use to expedite the water removal.
 
While our experienced technicians work to dry the area, we can begin to assess construction elements that have gotten too extensively damaged to get adequately restored. While we have the equipment to dry within walls (possibly an injectidry system) and deep beneath the flooring of the affected areas of your home (drying mats), this process cannot guarantee that the flooding did not irreparably damage individual portions of these areas. In these situations, we can remove the damaged materials and prepare the area for later reconstruction and reinstallation.
 
Appliances do not get built to last forever, and even with the most meticulous of maintenance and upkeep, can fail you over time. If your appliance has left you with a considerable water emergency, you can trust in SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to help you clean up the mess. We are available 24/7 by calling (863) 510-5962.

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Commercial Water Removal In Highland City

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal In Highland City Call Centers in Highland City, and All of Florida, Rely on SERVPRO for Emergency Water Removal to Keep the Phones Ringing

Make the Call to SERVPRO for Water Extraction While Your Business Stays Open

If a pipe breaks in the office above your Highland City call center and floods the area, much damage possibly occurs. Water coming from the above often causes excessive damage to the ceiling, walls, and contents. Many times electrical hazards exist when moisture gets into light fixtures.
 
It is essential that any potential safety hazards get eliminated or marked as dangerous before work begins. SERVPRO's commercial water removal technicians in Highland City always inspect and secure the area so that it is safe for all occupants. After potential hazards get removed, and our experts deem the area safe, the extraction process begins.
 
We start by vacuuming up any standing water in the area. Next, we extract water out of any carpet or upholstery found wet inside the call center. Extraction sometimes gets completed one small section at a time so that your business stays in operation, whenever possible.
 
Once any water gets extracted with our equipment, we start to plan the drying process. Moisture, humidity, and temperature readings get taken inside the building so that our SERVPRO technicians can figure out a plan of attack. Next, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers to create the ideal environment for quick evaporation.
 
When drying a structure, we sometimes section off one small area to dry at a time. By drying the structure in small sections, we do not hinder your business functions as much as drying the entire area at once. Once one section is dry, we come out and move the equipment to the next section until all moisture levels return to normal conditions.
 
In many scenarios, we use specialized drying equipment and techniques to pump air into areas that air movers cannot reach. In many commercial buildings like call centers, the walls are coated with vinyl wallpaper. Wallpaper prevents the dehumidifiers from pulling the moisture out of walls, so in many cases, wallpaper gets removed. Sometimes holes get drilled behind the wall's baseboard so that air can flow into the wall cavity and dry out the drywall and studs.
 
Other times, injection drying equipment gets used for pumping air into wall or ceiling cavities. For professional assistance with water removal call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 any time of the day.

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Water Damage Technicians in Bartow

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Technicians in Bartow Pipes that break behind walls can silently cause a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the source of the water damage in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Drying Out Your Property to Help Prevent Secondary Mold Damages

Whenever a pipe breaks inside your Bartow home, water possibly spills out ruining contents and building materials. It is vital that the moisture gets removed quickly so that mold growth does not occur. First, all water gets extracted off of hard surface floors and out of carpet and upholstery.
 
Next, drying occurs so that moisture levels get returned to their normal conditions. Bartow's water damage specialists of SERVPRO use air movers that increase the rate of evaporation, thus reducing drying time. Air movers increase evaporation at the surface level by pushing moisture into the air as vapor and replacing the wet air as drier air.
 
The purpose of air moving equipment is to create the ideal environment for moisture removal. The air movers come with carpet clamps on top of the exhaust that get used to force air underneath the carpet, drying out the sub-floor. We have shrouds that attach to the snouts of the equipment allowing air to get pushed into wall cavities and underneath cabinets.
 
The fans get set up in a circular motion so that air hits all walls at a 45-degree angle. The equipment comes with variable speeds (1, 2, and 3) that make them useful in different areas. In places where curtains or other items possibly get displaced, lower speeds (such as 1) get used. When moving air underneath the carpet, higher speeds (like 3) get used to force the carpet to "float."
 
Often, we remove the baseboard and drill holes into the drywall so that air flows into the wall cavities. In some scenarios, wall cavity ventilating systems get used. Most systems consist of a blower and attached hoses that push dry air into wall cavities replacing the moist air.
 
In some cases, venting box or axial fans get used creating high-velocity airflows. Heavy-duty venting box fans have an air moving capability of 3,200 CFM. These fans get used when large volumes of air need to get pushed in situations such as removing mildew odors or drying structural components.
 
Most of the time during the drying process, dehumidifiers get used to remove moisture from the air and add heat to the room. Anytime you need professional drying equipment to remedy your problem call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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