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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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Professional Duct Cleaning Services In Bartow Help Your Business Achieve Lasting Success

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Duct Cleaning Services In Bartow Help Your Business Achieve Lasting Success Rely on SERVPRO to Provide Great Indoor Air Quality to Your Business with Professional Duct Cleaning

SERVPRO Offers Expert IAQ Indoor Air Quality with Ductwork Cleaning and Maintenance

The indoor air quality IAQ of your building can have a significant impact on your company's success. Many visitors can notice this problem as soon as they enter, which makes duct cleaning services all that more important. These services contribute to a clean, fresh smelling environment giving both employees and customers a pleasant, professional atmosphere to enjoy.  

Through duct cleaning services, your Bartow area office can maintain an inviting atmosphere that helps boost employee productivity, as well as customer retention. On the same note, if your office has strange odors or musty air, customers automatically view your business as being dirty or unprofessional, which can have a severe impact on your company.  
 
SERVPRO has IICRC-industry certified professionals available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, who are concerned with helping your business maintain a positive impression. Our technicians can provide you with all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to improve your employees working environment and help keep customers coming back.  
 
At SERVPRO, we understand that a dirty ventilation system plays a significant role in office morale. No one likes working in an environment that is dirty and smelly. The accumulation of dust, dirt, mold spores and other debris allows a variety of airborne particles to enter the area, often causing employees to come down with an illness, using sick days that affect the way your employees do business.  
 
Get the most out of your offices cleaning budget by obtaining duct cleaning and other services from SERVPRO. We help maintain a well-kept, clean appearance, improve ventilation system performance, and stop problems that arise along the way. With access to fogging equipment, air scrubbers, and air-movers with a variety of attachments, our technicians can provide you with services that help your business achieve lasting success. Schedule an inspection for a no-obligation assessment of your ventilation system.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands for additional information about services available throughout the Medulla, Mulberry, and Polk County areas. We are proud to provide cleanup and restoration services, along with trained personnel, and advanced equipment to every member of our local community. (863) 510-5962

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Failing French Drains Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Property

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Failing French Drains Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Property SERVPRO has the tools, expertise, and experience to restore your flood damage back to preloss condition.

Lakeland Flood Damage Restoration Starts With SERVPRO

French drains are an intricate part of water diversion from your Lakeland home. Without this implement, your foundation walls can succumb to enormous pressure from water trapped underground that wants to find a way inside your house. The unfortunate aspect of this critical diversion equipment is that many older homes do not have them at all, or do not have them constructed of the right material to work decades later efficiently.

Unfortunately, there is no real way of knowing what material was used to construct the french drain initially for your house, or if your home ever had one at all. Many people did not personally oversee the construction of the house they own, and secondary implements like these systems can rarely make it onto the technical specifications drawn up for the house. In many cases, the only way short of digging down to the footer underneath the foundation of your property is to wait for your lower level to wear, crack, and eventually cause flood damage to your Lakeland residence.

Fortunately for you, flood damages do not have to be as dramatic and traumatic as they might initially appear. With the right professional restoration team, like our SERVPRO specialists, you can not only have your home back the way that it was but also have these compromised portions of your foundation repaired in the process. From the moment that our team arrives at your house following a flood event, our priority is determining the source of the water and sealing up these vulnerable areas with hydraulic cement.

Since your basement is very likely not a perfect square with easy access, water extraction combines several pieces of equipment to achieve. While some high volumes might require pump trucks from our fleet to pull up the water on the floors, our experienced SERVPRO staff often combines portable pumps and wet-vacs for removal. The pumps can take care of broader issues while the wet-vac is critical for tighter spaces and difficult areas to reach.

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Our dedicated staff commits ourselves fully to every restoration job we do. From extraction to drying, to permanent repairs, you can trust the experienced hands at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (863) 510-5962.

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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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