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Discovering Mold Damage in Your Highland City Home

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Discovering Mold Damage in Your Highland City Home It can be difficult to keep moisture regulated in your home's basement which allows for mold to grow.

Rely on SERVPRO’s Certified Team to Take Care of Mold Damage Found in Your Home

There are people all around the world that struggle with keeping the moisture regulated in their basements. With the general darkness and proximity to underground water sources and the resulting pressure, many foundations do not get constructed to the standards required to withstand years of this abuse. Such is the case with many Highland City homes whose foundations merely erode and weather over time, allowing moisture to seep through the block wall construction and into the basement. 

While moisture in itself can be a trying and difficult situation to manage, there is a more serious implication to allowing this problem to persist. Allowing a damp basement can often result in the presence of mold damage to your Highland City house, which creates a serious situation for all of the occupants of your home. With the understanding that mold can cause health effects, it is not something that you should leave to thrive unabated nor attempt to remove and remedy on your own. 

There is a reason that our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive and involved training specifically centered around mold remediation and the latest methods of removal and restoration for all variety of fungus. The training makes us fully capable of handling any situation that we encounter, knowing the proper personal protective equipment and gear necessary to remove present mold colonies and restore the damage they caused. 

With any mold remediation, our IICRC certified SERVPRO mold remediation specialists work quickly to quarantine the affected area and prevent mold spores from traveling to new areas. Scrubbers are used to clean surfaces and contents that have active colonies, while negative air chambers prevent circulating spores from leaving the area and seating on new materials. 

Dehumidification and repair of the penetration points are strong steps to the remediation process. Locating the source of the moisture and removing it from the air can greatly limit the possibility of recurrence. 

With all that we know about fungal growths in houses, the present mold is nothing that you should leave to thrive for long. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands team is ready to handle any mold damage you might battle. You can call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962. 

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Large-Loss Fire Help for Properties in the Lakeland and Bartow Areas--Call SERVPRO

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Large-Loss Fire Help for Properties in the Lakeland and Bartow Areas--Call SERVPRO Bartow-Lakeland Area Homes and Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Large Fire-Loss Cleanup and Odor Control

Lakeland Fire Damage -- SERVPRO Will Pack-Out, Clean/Restore And Warehouse Your Fire Damaged Valuables.

Home and business owners in the Lakeland and Polk County area feel significant signs of stress and turmoil when affected by extensive harm from a property fire. The damage caused to structure and contents can overwhelm the property owner, and the threat of lingering odors adds to the ongoing worries. Finding a full spectrum restoration company with demonstrated large- loss fire and odor cleanup capabilities are crucial to a successful recovery process and outcome.
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands offers comprehensive assistance to area residents and business owners picking up the pieces after a substantial fire loss. Considerable water damage often exacerbates the situation, while room after room of your premises exhibits charring and heavy soot residues on surfaces and belongings. The shock of the fire is followed quickly by a crushing sense of fear and confusion.
Our trained and experienced crew not only responds to the tasks necessary to restore your business or home, but also creates a caring a supportive atmosphere for you and your family, employees, or customers as we complete each step of the restoration process. Choosing SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands as your partner to conquer the adversity caused by the fire is the best course for several essential reasons.
Knowledge And Experience
SERVPRO's Fire Manager/Estimator Kim Menefee brings over 17 years experience helping commercial and residential customers recover from fire damage. Her resume takes our services to another level. The workers on our crews hold multiple IICRC certifications pertinent to managing your fire loss expertly, including:
Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
Odor Control Technician
Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
Water Damage Restoration Technician

Organizational Skills
Completing a fire restoration and deodorization project to meet or exceed industry standards requires detailed planning and adherence to a realistic and reasonable timetable. SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland is familiar with every aspect of fire and odor recovery. This experience allows us to create a systematic and predictable process focusing on swift, high-quality restoration. The approach saves both time and money and reduces disruption to your daily routines during the project.
Full Service
Our experienced team provides not only clean up, repair, and restoration services for structural issues after a large-loss fire but more services. We also offer comprehensive inventory, pack out, and restoration resources for your valuable and treasured belongings. Moving damaged items from areas of your property affected by the fire permits for more efficient cleaning and remediation. Staging damaged belongings elsewhere allows for a range of specialized restoration processes and treatments that can return the items to preloss condition. Once restored, we warehouse the articles, including documents, electronics, furniture, and clothing until your premises are ready to receive delivery. While we have your possessions and before returning them, the SERVPRO Bailee Insurance Coverage covers them.

Communication And Commitment
Throughout the cleanup and restoration process, you can count on us to provide clear communication. Transparency at every point in the journey from fire damage to full restoration is our pledge and promise to you.

Our owners David Touchton and Jeff Purcell shared "Kim has been a great addition to our team. Her Fire Damage Restoration experience has been a tremendous help to our customers. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it … Like it never even happened."

When fire damages your commercial or residential property, you can count on Kim and our SERVPRO team to take every step necessary to return you to your previous level of comfort and security. Call us at (863) 510-5962 to schedule an assessment.

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Water Removal From a Bathroom in Your Eagle Lake Home

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal From a Bathroom in Your Eagle Lake Home Water damage in your bathroom has many potential sources. Don't despair if your bathroom suffered water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Certified Technicians Categorize the Water Damage in Your Home and Remediate Accordingly

It is possible for water to leak from anywhere that it runs inside the home. Your Eagle Lake bathroom is susceptible to water escaping from the pipes because there is usually water running to the sink, shower or bath, and toilet. Since most bathrooms have three separate sources of water running into them, they are at high risk of a pipe breaking.

If a pressurized water pipe gets damaged, then an excessive amount of water can pour into the bathroom. When a sizable amount of water ends up on your bathroom floor, having a company that specializes in water removal in Eagle Lake, such as SERVPRO, assist you is a wise idea. Since most bathrooms are relatively small, much water can accumulate inside the room in a small amount of time.

Once water starts flooding your bathroom, it can seep into some places inside the room. Water starts filling the floor; then it spreads into areas that cannot be seen such as underneath the bathtub. It is also possible that water seeps into and underneath the vanity possibly ruining it. Water can also saturate flooring and begin causing damage to the floorboards.

Bathrooms are a common place for water damage not just due to their three freshwater sources, but the three water drains can cause problems too. If water comes from a fresh source, then it is considered a category one water damage. However, if water comes from the bath, shower, toilet or sinks drain, it is "grey water" or a category two water damage. If there is a sewage backup, there is a good chance that it is "black water."

The techniques a company like SERVPRO uses to mitigate the water damage problem vary depending on the type of water present. Our IICRC certified technicians have the experience and equipment to test the water contamination level. After the water type is determined, the proper mitigation method begins.

If you are dealing with fresh or "white" or "grey" water, repairing the damage with extraction and drying is possible. If the water is "black" water, demolition and deodorization occur.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands understands the best industry water removal techniques for your bathroom. If you ever have a water-related problem in your bathroom call us immediately at (863) 510-5962 for 24/7 assistance.

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Trusting the Professionals to Oversee Water Removal in Your Lakeland Home

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Trusting the Professionals to Oversee Water Removal in Your Lakeland Home Dishwashers and other appliance don't last forever. Keep an eye on them and should they leak, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians are Up to Date on the Latest Water Extraction Techniques

Damaging water in your Lakeland home might not be something that is always on your mind, but it should be something that you know how to manage when it happens. Appliances, pipes and other water storage implements throughout your home are not designed to last forever. While some of these incidents might be on a smaller scale, restoration and extraction should be done by experienced professional for many reasons.
The first reason that you are going to want to trust our team of professionals with the current or future water removal out of your Lakeland home is our knowledge. Years of experience have created a well-oiled machine that knows how to stop the problem from getting worse as well as repair the damages that have already happened.
Another reason professionals are to be involved is the equipment needed to assess the full extent of the damage. You might not be able to tell the full range of the damage done, especially if the problem area is within a wall, or only partially visible. Our SERVPRO team can thoroughly inspect the affected area to make sure that the source of the water damage is removed or repaired before getting to work on restoration.
Drying the area is only part of an intricate process to restore any level of damage to a home entirely, but it is a crucial one. Given the amount of saturation, it is possible that only drying equipment such as blower fans with heating elements are necessary to eliminate any dampness and moisture. In more extreme cases, portable pumps and pumping trucks can be used to remove larger volumes of water before starting the drying procedures.
Restoring the area is not finished until there are no signs that a problem ever existed. The process involves repairing any structural damages, thoroughly cleaning the affected area, and removing any lingering threats (such as the presence of mold).
Knowing what to do when an emergency like this happens can save your home from more extensive damages. Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands 24/7 at  (863) 510-5962.

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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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