Recent Posts

Safety Hazards in Your Flood Damaged Bartow Home

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

storm damage 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 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.

For more about Bartow click here.

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.

More info and city-data by clicking here.

Cleaning Ceilings From Smoke Residues After Fire Damage In Bartow

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration Specialized cleaning can restore your home to a preloss condition without resorting to expensive replacements, contact SERVPRO at (863) 510-5962.

We Can Clean And Restore Your Bartow Home After A Fire

The lion's share of fire restoration is dealing with smoke damage. Unlike the fire itself, smoke tends to travel further from the source, causing staining and ceiling on your walls and ceilings. Remediating these damages can be tough with regular household cleaning products and require a range of wet, dry, and peroxide methods. Additionally, refinishing or resurfacing may be necessary depending on whether the wall or ceiling is papered, acoustic, or painted.


Residential properties with fire damage in Bartow should be treated individually. Different surfaces require different approaches and factors like the air pressure or temperature of fire can have a significant impact on the right approach. There is no one-size-fits-all method, which is why a quality restorer needs qualifications to proceed. SERVPRO technicians benefit from gaining the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification qualifications that help to make an informed decision in how they proceed.

Dry cleaning is a low-risk procedure that is nonabrasive to ceiling materials. SERVPRO usually begins the service by using dry cleaning sponges on minor to medium scale soiling. Soots that are responsive to dry cleaning are those that come from the burning of natural materials. If the results of a pre-test show soiling to be grease-based, then dry cleaning can simply shift soots around meaning that is more abrasive cleaning method is required.

Dry cleaning can be effective as a stand-alone method, but usually, it is followed by wet cleaning. Where robust surfaces like metal, painted, or wooden ceilings, wet cleaning can remove heavy soots as well as oil-based soiling. On porous surfaces, a wet cleaning procedure can cause unnecessary damages by dissolving finish or coating. In these situations, SERVPRO provides technicians with a peroxide active cleaning solution.

Acoustical ceilings are increasingly common in private residences. These materials can be porous and absorb soots, especially in high-pressure fires. Fire Restoration Technicians (FRT) can dust tiles to remove loose soils before spraying on Oxi-Zap treatment. This method is exceptionally good at removing nicotine staining, grease, or oil-based soiling and bleach the panels without risking further damages that may be caused by more abrasive wet-cleaning methods.

Specialized cleaning can restore your home to a preloss condition without resorting to expensive replacements, contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962.

Click here for more about Bartow.

Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

storm damage 24-Hour Emergency Service & Faster to Any Size Disaster

A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry

Storms can cause significant damage to your property and demand an immediate response from those trained in water loss recovery and restoration techniques. Our emergency response team can arrive quickly to help you assess the safety of the situation, as well as begin working to mitigate losses and start the restoration process.

With flooding being such a common occurrence with significant structural damages during a severe weather event, our experienced professionals have training in all areas of water loss recovery and restoration to preserve the things that matter most in your home or business and restore the materials and elements damaged by the high volume of water in the property.

Bartow and Lakeland Highlands residents and business owners can trust that whatever destructive storm passes through the area, over a century worth of restoration experience can help to set things right again.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Bartow community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Call Us Today (863) 510-5962

Fire Damage? Our Team Can Restore Your Home!

5/6/2020 (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.

Managing The Restoration Of Your Belongings After Fire Damage Occurs In Your Home In Bartow

Homeowners in Bartow own many diverse things, from fragile heirloom items to the latest technology, and everything in between. Each one can sustain damage during a disaster, requiring specific types of cleaning and other restorative work. At SERVPRO, we have the skills and equipment available to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

The belongings kept in your residence in Bartow can sustain smoke and fire damage, even during small fires. Extensive areas of your home do not need to become charred and turned to ashes for your possessions to become covered in soot. Even slight layers of smoke residue can create problems for you.

Soot is highly abrasive, although it feels otherwise. This is because the particles that corrode surfaces are microscopic, albeit extremely sharp. We remove the soot, including those particles that would mar wood furniture, chrome, and other highly polished surfaces. Smoke residue slowly becomes denser and less viscous, drying on the surface. Hardened residue can lead to problems with mechanical items, from toys to kitchen equipment. The sooner SERVPRO can begin cleaning such things, the faster we can finish each affected room’s contents for you.

Many times, odors also affect the items in a house while a fire burns. Even things located far away can end up smelling off and unpleasant. Thermal fogging can kill unwanted smoke odors from your residence and leave things smelling like they did before the accident.

We have the machinery to clean children’s toys, including stuffed items, removing the soot, and any other foreign substances. Afterward, many things feel, smell, and look like they did when you first purchased them. Our ultrasonic equipment works for other items, also. Anything that you can wash in water can also get restored in the water bath in our equipment.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands always has a smoke and fire restoration crew ready to serve residents in Highland City, Mulberry, and Frostproof when smoke and soot affect their belongings. Call us at (863) 510-5962, year-round, 24/7, to get your home’s contents clean and odor-free again.

Click here for more about Bartow.

Starting Water Damage Remediation in Bartow

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal If this mishap happens don't try and tackle the job alone. Contact SERVPRO today for all your water damage remediation needs.

You Need Prompt Flood Water Removal in Bartow After Flash Flooding Occurs

Heavy rain can cause flash flooding in urban areas with paved surfaces like parking lots, roads, highways, and driveways. These surfaces minimize the surface area available to absorb rainwater. The rainwater is redirected into the city storm drain systems, and flooding results when it overwhelms them.

Most flash floods occur when rain falls within a short time, typically within minutes or hours of the heavy rain event. To prevent the damage that floodwaters can cause, you need to hire professionals who offer quick flood water removal in Bartow. You can let the competent professionals at SERVPRO handle the job of removing the water and restoring your property. We have expertise in different types of water damage restoration and the equipment to work in a water-damaged environment.

Flood damage can threaten the structural integrity of your home and is hazardous to its inhabitants. Our SERVPRO team can evaluate the situation to determine the extent of the damage and the wet areas to ensure complete restoration. We can remove any standing water using industrial-strength wet/dry vacuums to begin the remediation process. Our technicians extract as much water as possible to expedite drying. Flood water contains microorganisms and can ruin the carpeting in your home. Our protocol is to remove and replace the carpeting in black water damages.

Our technicians also measure the area in a room and take relative humidity and temperature measurements to know how many dehumidifiers and air movers should be used to dry out a home. We use moisture meters to determine if there is moisture in the walls. If such moisture exists, we position specialized equipment like dehumidifiers to deliver warm, dry air in the affected areas. We can also use air movers to remove the moisture in hardwood flooring and structural materials. Moisture meters also enable us to measure and document the drying process so that we can be confident that a structure is dry and back to its pre-water damage condition.

If flood water has entered your home, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands can extract it and dry your property to prevent additional damage. Contact us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962 for fast and efficient flood damage restoration services. We can make the flooding incident look “Like it never even happened.”

Click here for more information about the city of Bartow.

Water Damage? Our Technicians Can Restore Your Commercial Property

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal You can reach our crew at (863) 510-5962 at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fixing Commercial Water Damage In Bartow Restaurants

When people visit your restaurant, they expect good food, a great ambiance, and fast service. A water spill affecting the entire facility or just a small section can throw everything off balance ruining the experience for customers. The incident might seem minor, but you can lose first-time customers for good and anyone they might have referred to your business. Responding correctly to water loss in your Bartow restaurant helps retain the good name of your business.

Fast extraction of is crucial after an incident of water damage in Bartow restaurants to restore normal operations. It could be disastrous if people who made reservations find the place swamped or if the restaurant cancels their reservations at the last minute. Our SERVPRO technicians respond to water spills with sophisticated extraction equipment including truck-mounted water extractors enabling us to remove all pooling water fast. If the water causes no other damages, you can resume service to customers within a few hours.

Water can cause issues that ruin the ambiance of the restaurant, so water extraction alone might not be sufficient. If the water spills from a high point, it can cause the paint on the walls or ceiling to peel. Restoring such damages is necessary to maintain visual appeal. Our SERVPRO technicians are qualified in building services allowing them to renovate the physical damage including peeled paint and stains caused by chemical changes on surfaces. Such renovation ensures that your clients enjoy the same ambiance they normally enjoy.

Water loss in a restaurant leaves high levels of relative humidity, which can cause other problems such as deterioration of foodstuffs. It can also leave a bad odor or mold issues. Our SERVPRO technicians advanced moisture detection equipment including thermo-hygrometers to check the humidity levels in and outside the property. We also use FLIR thermal cameras to check for moisture in concealed areas, which can remain hidden even after restoring the other areas.

In case of water loss or other related issues in your restaurant, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to help. You can reach our crew at (863) 510-5962 at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Click here for more about Bartow.