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Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Home

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Lakeland Home

Although white molds are an issue in many homes, they don't carry the same reputation as the black variety. This is mainly because concerns of Stachybotrys, commonly known as black mold, have been so overblown. While color can be used to narrow down mold species, it does not serve as a completely accurate identifier. Whereas Stachybotrys is invariably black in color, other molds, like Penicillium, Aspergillus and Cladosporium can come in a number of colors. Furthermore, there are numerous other varieties of mold that can be black.

White molds can be far more difficult to identify. These are frequently mistaken for crystalline mineral deposits on a stone called efflorescence. This happens due to water passing through the porous material and moving salts to the surface. Once the moisture evaporates, it leaves behind a white, often feathery substance that can look strikingly similar to white mold.

Where Does White Mold Typically Appear in Homes?

White molds will grow anywhere in a home that has the ideal conditions for other mold growth. Generally, this involves any place that is dark, moist, and cool. White mold can be found growing in attics, crawlspaces, basements, and bathrooms and tends to favor wood, carpet, drywall, and other moisture-retaining materials, causing mold damage. It can even grow on furniture.

Distinguishing Between Efflorescence and White Mold

Having your mold problem analyzed by a qualified inspector will help you discover whether the growth is efflorescence or white mold. However, you can do some testing on your own. When misted with water, efflorescence will usually dissolve. This does not occur with white mold growth. The material you find the growth on can also help. Whereas efflorescence only develops on stone, brick, and cement, mold prefers wood and sheetrock. The smell can also be an indicator of mold damage, but this is somewhat less reliable. White mold will smell musty, like a wet basement, but efflorescence will not have a smell.

Can White Mold Be Harmful?

A wide variety of molds can cause people to experience health effects. If there is considerable mold growth in your home, none of it should be viewed as safe. It's essential to pinpoint the reason for the mold growth, then follow through with the proper remediation and mold damage repair process, no matter what color the mold is.

Can Testing Help Identify White Mold?

By taking a sample of the mold, the species can be correctly identified. Taking samples usually consists of swabbing, bulk-sampling, and tape lifts. The sampling process is performed by a trained technician and analyzed in a lab. Once at the lab, it will be determined whether the substance is truly mold, and if it is, which species it fits into.

What Special Considerations Are There When Cleaning Up White Mold?

No matter what color the mold is, it's recommended to treat them all the same. It's important to be aware that several varieties of mold, even those that are not toxic, can trigger health effects in sensitive people. In light of this, the mold's color has no bearing on how mold damage should be approached in Lakeland. The issue becomes even more complicated when you consider that experts are still not certain of the allergy-causing properties of most mold species. Therefore, experts strongly recommend treating them all as potential health hazards.

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

Tips On Preventing Fire Damage

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration Call us at (863) 510-5962, year-round, 24/7, to get your home’s contents clean and odor-free again.

Smoke Damage and Restoration

Even after a lot of care and prevention, sometimes fire can hit homes and businesses and there is nothing one can do about it except calling a professional fire damage restoration company and inform the insurers. Homeowners, however, can do some Do's & Don't's. 

Do’s

Do Call the Professionals

Homeowners without proper training and tools are not equipped to handle fire and smoke damage. Professionals with the proper equipment should be called immediately. After that, the insurance company covering the fire damage should be informed about the calamity.

Do Open Windows

If entering is safe, then the windows should be opened to let in the fresh air and ventilate the entire house. All windows and doors should be opened.

Do Cover Clean Items

When the restoration company arrives, the professionals will try to prevent further damage. At this time, the homeowners can use a plastic film to cover all the items that have not experienced any damage from the fire. It would make everyone’s job easier and would also prevent any soiling from contaminated items.

Do Change Air Filter

If the filter of the house is operating, it should be changed regularly. The furnace filter should be changed once every day until no soot shows up on it.

Do Clean-Up

Cleaning up should be done only when the homeowner is wearing proper gear. This includes protective devices to allow proper breathing. Then, the area should be cleaned to stop the damage from spreading and settling. Simply sweeping and brushing can always be helpful.

Don’ts

Don’t Attempt to Clean Walls

Many people attempt to clean off the smoke and fire damage from the walls but this should not be done. Professionals have special chemicals and sponges for this very purpose. If the homeowner uses any incorrect methods or tools, the damage could be made worse.

Don’t Enter The Building Without Permission

The fire marshal or any other authority present on the premises should be consulted before entering the building. The structure needs to be sound enough.

Don’t Use Electrical Equipment

Electrical appliances should not be turned on. The same goes for ceiling fans, wires, and anything else. The homeowner should refrain from touching anything with bare hands before the restoration company arrives.

Don’t Put On Damaged Clothes

Clothes would need special ozone treatment in case of damage from smoke and fire. A sample can be sent to the dry cleaners beforehand so that they know what to expect. Most importantly, these clothes should not be washed at home.

Don’t Use Damaged Upholstery At Home

The smoke from the fire can get into all forms of fabric, especially into the upholstery. All these should be sent to the restorers and dry cleaners before they are used at home again. They contain toxins that can be harmful to health.

It is important for the homeowner to be as quick as possible in calling up the professional fire damage restoration company.

If there is a fire in your store or home, SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands can help restore normal operations. You can reach us at (863) 510-5962 at any time.

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9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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NADCA - National Air Duct Cleaners Association

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands and Highlands County are Certified with NADCA!

The National Air Duct Cleaning Association holds the highest standards in the duct cleaning industry.

All NADCA members must have a Certified Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on staff who has taken and passed the NADCA certification examination. Passing the exam demonstrates extensive knowledge in HVAC design and cleaning methodologies. 

Cleaning your HVAC system will help keep your homes and businesses healthy and safe.

Call us at (863) 510-5962 today for an inspection and free estimate.

Fixing Commercial Fire Damage In Your Bartow Self Storage Facility

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 to help mitigate all effects of the incident.

If Your Self Storage Facility In Bartow Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster Our Crew Can Help!

Once fires start, they spread quickly, and if your self-storage facility is hit, you are likely to incur substantial damages. Having a robust fire suppression system is probably one of your major selling points to customers so you might stop the blaze before it devastates your entire facility. However, you still have to grapple with damages to your Bartow facility.

An incident of commercial fire damage in your Bartow self-storage facility can ruin it in many ways. The smoke produced during combustion is likely to spread all over the facility even when flames are restricted to a small location. The smoke deposits soot and leaves lingering odors to building materials and contents. Our SERVPRO technicians can help clean all residues left on materials and deodorize all affected areas. It is an excellent experience for your clients if they don’t have to deal with smoky smells on items after a fire incident at your facility.

In most cases, water is the primary agent used to quell fires. Because of the high amounts used and indiscriminate spraying when fighting the flames, it can reach many unwanted areas where it can cause additional damages. Extracting any pools left and drying the materials helps stop further deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced and straightforward water extraction equipment to ensure your facility dries fast. Water extractors are particularly useful because they have different components, including a pump and a vacuum system, ensuring maximum efficiency.
 
Even when a fire does not damage the items you have in your storage facility, it can create conditions that might cause other damages. If the fire damages the doors, roof, or outer walls of the structure, it leaves the contents stored in the facility exposed to weather elements, vandals, and even rodents that might cause further damages. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you avoid such additional problems by boarding up the affected areas or installing roof tarps. We do it professionally so that it is secure and it does not look like a temporary patch up so that you can take time to get the best fix.

Even though your clients might understand the accidental nature of a fire incident, the way you respond can leave a negative impression. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 to help mitigate all effects of the incident. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Safety Hazards in Your Flood Damaged Bartow Home

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Advises Bartow Property Owners to Wait for Flood Water Removal Before Entering Your Property

Staying safe should be your foremost priority after flood damage hits your home. Flooding can create many different safety hazards, many of which may be tough to identify or avoid without expert advice. We usually recommend staying away from severely damaged parts of the home before SERVPRO technicians arrive, but if you decide to enter the area without us present, keep a watchful eye out for these potential hazards that could be lurking in your home.

Standing Water
One of the easiest safety risks to avoid in a flood-damaged Bartow home is standing water. Any part of your home with significant pools of water that have measurable depth should be considered highly dangerous and completely off-limits until SERVPRO technicians can arrive with water extraction pumps. Standing water can hide objects you may trip on and can help microorganisms rapidly multiply, potentially causing health effects if you walk through unprotected. Given these risks, you should always wait for all standing water to be drained from an area before entering, even with protective equipment and good lighting.

Slippery Floors
Most of all of the ground level of your home should be soaked and slippery after a flood. While navigating these areas may seem easy when you go slow and steady, the situation could be more dangerous than you think. Flooding can create warps, bumps, and changes in the shape of your flooring materials, significantly increasing the risk of slipping and sustaining an injury. Always wear closed-toe shoes with good traction if you intend to walk through flood-damaged parts of your home.

Electrocution Hazards
Depending on the severity of the flood, many electronic items in your home may have been damaged, potentially including power outlets and cables in the room. Never touch wet or damp electronics, power outlets, or cables, even if you think they are disconnected.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands can help you to mitigate and recover from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962 for our emergency services.

Bartow Property Damage Problems? Try Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Professional Remediation Instant Relief for Property Owners in Bartow Needing Restoration Services--Here Comes SERVPRO!

How SERVPRO Restoration Services Help Bartow Property Owners

With over a century of combined experience between our senior management and our technicians, we can offer unique and highly productive restoration services to the residents of Bartow. While we have a competitive spirit that drives our entire team to excel against the growing competition in the areas we serve, we also have rooted our service in fundamental practices and principles like honesty and integrity. Our SERVPRO professionals know that we are a wise choice because we only offer you and your property what it needs to recover from an emergency.

Fire Damage
Fire damage in Bartow is a situation that can quickly get out of control without the appropriate mitigation tasks and preventative practices implemented by experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Fire recovery is one of the restoration services many homes and businesses require throughout the year, and with the guidance of our owner Jeff Purtell, a retired fireman and EMT, we can approach these situations swiftly and confidently to provide a positive result for our customer.

Recovery comes in multiple stages but always begins with a thorough assessment of the property to ascertain the extent of the damage and what must occur to return a Bartow home to preloss condition. We have decades of hands-on experience with fire damage recovery, and combined with extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can offer area homes and businesses qualified:

•    Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRT)
•    Odor Control Technicians (OCT)
•    Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT)
•    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
•    Water Restoration Technicians (WRT)

We have advanced tools and products that can move us quickly through phases like deodorization and air quality concerns, but often a Bartow home requires more than the restoration services we can offer on site. We have a highly trained division for content management as well that can carefully handle your possessions and personal belongings removed from the property for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage in our facility. These items can get returned to your home once our on-site technicians have restored the damages.

Storm Damage
When storm damage affects Bartow homes and businesses, we know that every second counts. That is why we are an advocate for readiness and staying prepared for the severe weather threats residents in our area have come to expect. With trailers prepared with our industry-leading equipment and powerful cleaning and disinfection products, we have the stage set for a prompt and effective response in the face of an emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We know that the situation can be stressful enough without trying to heap on restoration services that your Bartow home does not need. Our SERVPRO team approaches storm and flood recoveries with honesty and integrity, which leads to thorough and practical evaluations and inspections to determine what your house needs to return to preloss condition.

Situations like flood damage, which can often result from breaches in the exterior of your Bartow property, can spread quickly without the right containment practices and mitigation approaches beginning immediately. Our professionals have the equipment to slow this progression from the time that we first arrive and can work fast to limit exposed structural elements, construction materials, and personal belongings.

Water Damage
Water damage in Bartow is one of the most common disasters that our SERVPRO team faces, and these are the situations we stay most prepared to overcome. With more than a century of restoration experience, including our extensive training and continued education to maintain our accreditations through the IICRC, we can offer every customer a confident and efficient response that saves them time and money.

Our successes with overcoming water damage over the last several decades stem from a union between our experienced and qualified professionals and the advanced, cutting-edge equipment your Bartow home needs. From discovery tools that can help to identify hidden moisture and dampness pockets out of sight to our growing array of drying and extraction tools, we are prepared for the damage in your home – no matter the severity.

From the first inspection and assessment of your Bartow property through the early mitigation and restoration needed, we can work around the clock to overcome water damage.

Mold Damage
Though our SERVPRO team has more than 100 years of combined experience in restoration services, our experience with mold damage in Bartow is the greatest. We have more than 60 years of expertise in this niche of the industry, which combined with our IICRC certifications to become Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), makes our team among the most qualified and knowledgeable available to residents and property owners in the area.

We strive to provide a full spectrum of services so that our customers do not have to find multiple contractors to handle various effects and mold damages present in your Bartow property. With a Mold Remediation Contractor License through the state of Florida (MRSR211), we have an entire division of highly trained personnel that can address all damages and threats mold introduces to your property. Our restoration services for microbial growth begin with full containment of the organism to prevent further exposure utilizing both physical zipper lock barriers and our growing array of equipment including negative air machines, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.

No recovery job for mold damage completes without environmental testing to show our Bartow customers that the hazardous conditions have gotten resolved. To prevent any temptation for biased results, we have always used a third-party testing company for these assessments, and have a running success rate of more than 95 percent after the first round of testing for mold concentration and other environmental threats.

We recognize the importance of honesty and integrity in situations where our customers are vulnerable because of a disaster. We offer a broad range of services even beyond these primary branches of the industry to ensure that we make every disaster that threatens the area “Like it never even happened.” You can count on our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands professionals to offer this full list of restoration services anytime you need them by calling (863) 510-5962.

If Your Self Storage Facility In Bartow Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster Our Crew Can Help!

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire & water damage restoration Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 to help mitigate all effects of the incident.

Fixing Commercial Fire Damage In Your Bartow Self Storage Facility

Once fires start, they spread quickly, and if your self-storage facility is hit, you are likely to incur substantial damages. Having a robust fire suppression system is probably one of your major selling points to customers so you might stop the blaze before it devastates your entire facility. However, you still have to grapple with damages to your Bartow facility.

An incident of commercial fire damage in your Bartow self-storage facility can ruin it in many ways. The smoke produced during combustion is likely to spread all over the facility even when flames are restricted to a small location. The smoke deposits soot and leaves lingering odors to building materials and contents. Our SERVPRO technicians can help clean all residues left on materials and deodorize all affected areas. It is an excellent experience for your clients if they don’t have to deal with smoky smells on items after a fire incident at your facility.

In most cases, water is the primary agent used to quell fires. Because of the high amounts used and indiscriminate spraying when fighting the flames, it can reach many unwanted areas where it can cause additional damages. Extracting any pools left and drying the materials helps stop further deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced and straightforward water extraction equipment to ensure your facility dries fast. Water extractors are particularly useful because they have different components, including a pump and a vacuum system, ensuring maximum efficiency.
 
Even when a fire does not damage the items you have in your storage facility, it can create conditions that might cause other damages. If the fire damages the doors, roof, or outer walls of the structure, it leaves the contents stored in the facility exposed to weather elements, vandals, and even rodents that might cause further damages. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you avoid such additional problems by boarding up the affected areas or installing roof tarps. We do it professionally so that it is secure and it does not look like a temporary patch up so that you can take time to get the best fix.

Even though your clients might understand the accidental nature of a fire incident, the way you respond can leave a negative impression. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 to help mitigate all effects of the incident. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage In Bartow SERVPRO Can Help

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration Our staff of local, trusted professionals is available 24/7, year-round for your convenience, give us a call today.

Our Fire Damage Professionals Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Your Bartow Home

Having a fire in your Bartow area home can seem quite devastating, even if you know what to look for after the smoke settles. All of your cherished possessions take damage and often leave you wondering what comes next. No one should ever face events such as these alone, which is why we train diligently to provide you with the quality restoration services you need to make things right.

Knowing the proper steps to take and which company to turn to after experiencing fire damage on your Bartow area property can play a significant role in your restoration effort. Many homeowners also benefit from prior research and implementation. You can ensure that your property has the protection it needs before problems ever occur. Remember, time is far from on your side, so having a plan makes a huge difference.

A company, like SERVPRO, can help you take immediate action and protect what you have worked so hard to obtain over the years. Whether you need help restoring essential documents, collectibles, heirlooms, or electronics, our IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) industry certified technicians provide you with a plan of action you can use to regain control. We give you access to highly trained restoration professionals and experts who go out of their way to ensure your families safety and comfort throughout the restoration process.

SERVPRO fire restoration specialists use a variety of modern techniques to combat light, moderate, and even heavy smoke residue that collects on many articles found in the home. Our technicians help restore many items often considered lost after a fire, including damaged books, artwork, and family keepsakes. Our services allow you to return lost items to a quality pre-fire damage condition for you and your family to enjoy.

SERVPRO takes the time to pre-test before cleaning, to ensure every item receives the best opportunity for full restoration. Our entire team works flawlessly together to ensure that your restoration is as stress-free and as quick as possible, without ever sacrificing quality.

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to take advantage of our fire damage restoration services and many more throughout the area, (863) 510-5962. Our staff of local, trusted professionals is available 24/7, year-round for your convenience, give us a call today.

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Safety Hazards in Your Flood Damaged Bartow Home

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Storm Victimized Homeowners Love to See the SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands Pull Up to Help

SERVPRO Advises Bartow Property Owners to Wait for Flood Water Removal Before Entering Your Property

Staying safe should be your foremost priority after flood damage hits your home. Flooding can create many different safety hazards, many of which may be tough to identify or avoid without expert advice. We usually recommend staying away from severely damaged parts of the home before SERVPRO technicians arrive, but if you decide to enter the area without us present, keep a watchful eye out for these potential hazards that could be lurking in your home.

Standing Water
One of the easiest safety risks to avoid in a flood-damaged Bartow home is standing water. Any part of your home with significant pools of water that have measurable depth should be considered highly dangerous and completely off-limits until SERVPRO technicians can arrive with water extraction pumps. Standing water can hide objects you may trip on and can help microorganisms rapidly multiply, potentially causing health effects if you walk through unprotected. Given these risks, you should always wait for all standing water to be drained from an area before entering, even with protective equipment and good lighting.

Slippery Floors
Most or all of the ground level of your home should be soaked and slippery after a flood. While navigating these areas may seem easy when you go slow and steady, the situation could be more dangerous than you think. Flooding can create warps, bumps, and changes in the shape of your flooring materials, significantly increasing the risk of slipping and sustaining an injury. Always wear closed-toe shoes with good traction if you intend to walk through flood-damaged parts of your home.

Electrocution Hazards
Depending on the severity of the flood, many electronic items in your home may have been damaged, potentially including power outlets and cables in the room. Never touch wet or damp electronics, power outlets, or cables, even if you think they are disconnected.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands can help you to mitigate and recover from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962 for our emergency services.

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