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Storm Damage

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Storm Damage? We are always here to help!

Did you know that Up to 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that, in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Under the roof of a home or business, damage can happen. And when it does, turn to the team that’s here in your community. And here to help. SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands at 863-510-5962 Helping to make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Logo with Icons SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands, ready to help 24/7.

Financial
SERVPRO Industries, Inc., the franchisor of over 1900 franchisees in the United States and Canada require franchise owners to meet or exceed high financial benchmarks in order to own and run a franchise.  This has resulted in an excellent success rate for its franchises.

Training
To own a franchise, you must participate in and successfully complete a seventeen (17) day intense training course offered by SERVPRO Industries, Inc. Franchise owners must also pass certification testing offered by the IICRC in order to be certified in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying.  Franchise Owners are also required to undergo leak detection and remediation as well as subrogation training.
Our technicians are also constantly training and expanding their skills.  

Insurance
All SERVPRO® franchises must stay current on the following insurance:
Liability - $2,000,000
Pollution Coverage - $2,000,000
Bailee - $50,000
Cyber Intrusion - $500,000
Workers Compensation – Varies by state

Corporate Oversight

National Contracts – We are the preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies.
As preferred vendors, we are held to a very high level of job performance.
Franchise Business Consultants – Each franchise has a Franchise Business Consultant assigned to it to not only provide training but also to review each franchise's financial standing and their job files.
Proprietary Software – Each SERVPRO® franchise has access to many proprietary software programs.
One such program, DryBook, is a scientific and mathematical-based program that allows SERVPRO® technicians to enter and track humidity levels, temperature, category and class of water as well as room dimensions for each job.
DryBook will then help calculate the amount of equipment needed and the placement of the equipment.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

Air mover drying kitchen cabinets with toekick drilled. Our professional air mover drying cabinets.

Water damage can occur for many reasons.  The most common causes in Florida homes are faulty plumbing, leaking appliances, or roof leaks.  

If you experience water damage in your home, a fast, professional response from SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands is a phone call away.

Our water damage technicians are trained to remediate damages quickly and professional following all current standards and guidelines.  They are IICRC certified, background checked, insured, and are provided with continuing education regularly.

If you experience a water leak, call SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands any time day or night.  Our phones are answered 24/7 365 days a year.  

Our response is immediate and our technicians always available to help.  With professional equipment, the right steps can reduce damages to your home saving you money and repairs.

SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands prides itself on customer service and fast professional response.  Call 863-510-5962 if you have water damages.

Fire Damage In Your Home

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

Grease Fire with caption: Here to Help Kitchen with burnt pots on stove damage to cabinets and countertop.

After the fire is put out do not enter the damaged site. Fires can rekindle from hidden, smoldering remains. Normally, the fire department will see that utilities (water, electricity and natural gas) are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. Do not attempt to turn on utilities yourself! Be watchful for structural damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and subject to collapse. Food, beverages and medicine exposed to heat, smoke, soot and water should not be consumed.
Give notice of the loss to your insurance company or agent. In some cases it may be necessary to board up openings to discourage trespassers. Contact a licensed and insured remediation company about the immediate needs of the dwelling, such as covering doors, windows, and other exposed areas, and pumping out water.
If it is safe to do so, try to locate the following items: • identification, such as driver's licenses, Social Security cards and passports • insurance information • medication information • eyeglasses, hearing aids or other prosthetic devices • valuables, such as credit cards, bank books, cash and jewelry.

How Do I Know I Need Professional Mold Remediation?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

pollutants Common Air Pollutants

You think you have a mold problem in your home or business, now what do you do?  How do you know when to call in a professional?

The first thing to determine is suspected mold visible?  Is the area larger than 10 square feet?  If so, you definitely should consult a professional. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands.  Our licensed, certified, and insured mold remediation specialists can inspect, evaluate, and guide you through the remediation process.

The first solution is to find the source, mold will not grow without moisture.  Where is the moisture coming from?  How do we prevent the moisture from continuing to affect the area?

Our technicians will guide you throughout the remediation process, offering answers, making a remediation plan, removing damaged materials that are affected, and restoring your home to safe levels of air quality verified by an independent testing company.  Call SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands anytime at 863-510-5962 for your free no obligation estimate for mold remediation. 

It’s Warm, but It’s Winter | SERVPRO® Bartow/Lakeland Highlands

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

A close-up image of a wiper blade wiping away condensation on a car windshield If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for fast, restorative solutions.

It’s crazy that during the winter holidays you are outside in a short-sleeved shirt playing your family’s traditional game of kick ball. What we consider cold for our area, northerners would probably laugh at.

The typical winter weather of ice and snow aren’t seen around here. The good thing is we don’t have to worry about tires slipping on snow-covered roads or shoveling the snow to get to work.

With that said, though, there are some things that we need to take into consideration as the seasons change:

Service your HVAC. While you may not need your heat much, there might be the off chance you want to use it. You need to make sure it’s working and operating safely. Have a professional to come out and perform routine maintenance.

Perform roof, gutter and chimney maintenance. As the temperatures cool slightly, it’s a good time to have the roof checked out. Inspect your roof and fix any loose shingles that you see. Be sure and clean your gutters out so that rain can easily flow rather than building up on your roof and causing potential leaks.

Insulate and seal. By insulating your attic and sealing your windows, you can prevent rain or even a swift wind from coming into your home. These areas are easy to overlook since they are “out of sight, out of mind,” but they can save you tons of money.

Maintain your vehicle. This applies to any season, but since you’re being proactive about everything else, it’s a great time to review your vehicle as well. Make sure your tires are in good shape, have the battery checked and change out the windshield wipers if it’s been a while.

If winter weather or unexpected flooding causes water to damage your home, we’re always here to help. Contact SERVPRO to see how quick and easy it is to let the pros handle your cleanup and recovery.

Common Causes of House Fires | SERVPRO® of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fireman spraying water on fire One of the worst things for any homeowner to see is their home up in flames. A house fire is something we all try to avoid at all costs.

One of the worst things for any homeowner to see is their home up in flames. A house fire is something we all try to avoid at all costs.

Yet despite the constant awareness campaigns about fire safety, more than a quarter of all reported fires still occur in the home.

So, let’s recap the top causes of house fires and ways we can do our best to prevent them.

Cooking. Kitchen fires are the most common type of fire in the home. Almost half of all house fires begin in the kitchen, with the most common reason being unattended cooking. So the best thing you can do to help avoid fire is to stay with your food the entire time it’s cooking!

Heating equipment. There’s a reason that fire risk increases during the colder months. There are many risks associated with heating equipment, including equipment malfunctions and devices being placed too close to flammable objects. Space heaters are a leading cause of fires, so if you use them, take special caution.

Electrical fires. While it may seem like common sense, we often simply overlook noticeable things like frayed wires on electrical items. Don’t use cords that are frayed, don’t overload circuits and have your electrical system checked regularly if you live in an older home.

Intentional fires. As crazy as it may sound, more than 28,000 intentional home fires are started every year. These are not incidents that accidentally result in a house fire; these fires are intentionally started with the mission of damaging or destroying property.

Smoking materials. While only 5% of house fires are started by smoking materials in the home, this is sadly the leading cause of fire-related deaths. That’s because people often fall asleep while smoking, which presents a unique set of dangers.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Storm Damage? SERVPRO is Prepared to Help

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment Equipped to Deal with Storm Damage

If you experience storm damage, SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands is equipped to help make it "Like it never even happened."

With over 1900 SERVPRO franchises in the United States and Canada SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands has the support and experience to take on whatever the storm season may bring.

We are a preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies and are held to a very high level of job performance.  

Our background checked technicians are constantly training and expanding their skills to provide you with the highest level of service.

Our technicians track moisture levels, humidity levels, temperature, class and category of water as well as tool to include thermal imaging cameras to make sure your home is returned to standard moisture levels quickly and efficiently.

We use state of the art equipment to include dehumidifiers, blowers, thermal imaging cameras, negative air machines, drying mats, etc. and have the ability to provide all the necessary equipment no matter the size of your damages.

If you experience damages from storm, be sure to call SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands at 863-510-5962.

The Fall and Fire Safety

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is your local restoration expert.

You might not feel it in the air just yet, but it’s slowly on the way—fall! Fall is always a favorite for those who love to camp or marvel at the turning leaves…and especially for those who love Halloween.

As with every other season, though, you need to stay aware of the potential fire hazards that the fall season can present. So let’s take a look at a few safety tips.

Campfire Safety

Here in Florida, you know that the weather is always quite warm, but even when you camp you at some point, you need a campfire. Whether it’s to help you cook or strictly to provide an ambiance, you must know the safety essentials.

As you prepare to build a campfire, make sure you build it with dry leaves and twigs, only adding larger pieces of wood once the fire has taken off. You should never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. And be sure that you build your fire somewhere far enough out that it can’t get to anything flammable.

When you have finished enjoying the campfire, you must extinguish your fire completely before leaving the campsite. You can do this by slowly dousing the embers with water, being sure that there are no remains left as it only takes a swift wind to help ignite the fire back up.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters can be one of the best things that have been invented! Even here in our area, an ice cold office may make these a necessity. But these small heaters are also one of the most frequent causes of fires.

As you use your space heater, you need to make sure it’s on a level surface and out of the way of high-traffic areas. You also should invest in a space heater that has an automatic shutoff capability in case it were to get tipped over. And lastly, never leave a space heater unattended!

Halloween

Last, but certainly not least, this holiday has quickly become a favorite for people to decorate their homes. While we will touch on this later and in more depth, it’s smart to think ahead.

Remember that nearly everything involved in Halloween is flammable. As you decorate your Pinterest-worthy porch, make sure you stay aware of candle placement or decorations.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Water Damage In Your Home, Speedy Response is Crucial

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Home Drying can include equipment, removal of saturated unsalvageable materials, and monitoring by our trained professionals.

Leaking pipes, appliance supply lines that leak, and natural disasters can often leave your home severely water damaged. If your property is affected by water damage, it’s critical to identify the cause and act quickly to avoid further destruction.  At SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands, we are always ready to help 24/7.

What Does Water Damage Affect?

Water can destroy everything in its path. As a homeowner, it is important to understand what areas water can seriously damage within your home. To be safe, always call SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands to inspect the following locations for damage:

  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Insulation
  • Wood
  • Framing
  • Floor coverings
  • Electrical wiring
  • Pipes
  • Appliances
  • HVAC

When water damage occurs, it’s important to act swiftly before the damage becomes worse.  Call SERVPRO of Bartow Lakeland Highlands at 863-510-5962.