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Our Professional Remediation Team Will Restore Your Home

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage We have the experience and the necessary equipment to restore your home of any flood damage. Call us right away we are here for you 24/7.

Flooding Restoration for Your Bartow/Lakeland Highlands Home

When flooding in Bartow is imminent, sandbagging is a good option for the first defense and slowing the water down. However, what can you do it minimize the damage when the rising river threatens your basement? There are three critical phases when it comes to water rising in your basement – a few inches of water, a few feet of water, or water that reaches your electrical panel.

No matter how severe the flooding in your Bartow home is, you want to contact a professional remediation company for help restoring your home. SERVPRO staff is well-trained and experienced, plus we have the right tools for the job. When you ask us for help with flood damage, you can expect to get the best skills and service possible.

When floodwaters enter your home, your priority is the electricity in your home. As everyone knows, water and electricity do not mix. That is why even before sandbagging, you need to be ready to secure your electrical system the best you can. If any appliances are sitting on the floor in your basement, raise them off the floor or take them to the upper floors if possible. If the waters have already entered, never go into the water to mess with your electrical circuit box, as you can be electrocuted. Exit your home, get everyone to safety, and then call professionals for help.

SERVPRO technicians always take safety precautions when dealing with a flooded home. We check for dangers before entering and always wear protective gear to protect us from possible contaminants such as chemical runoff and sewage.

We use truck-mounted pumps to remove as much of the standing water as possible before we can proceed with the drying process. Dehumidifiers and industrial fans help us to dry the affected area and the air in your home out to the normal levels of humidity. These machines are monitored daily to ensure the fastest drying times so we can prevent additional damage such as mold growth.

After the flooding, even if it appears safe, make sure you have an electrician inspect your wiring before turning anything back on which was wet. Resistance shorts can heat the wiring and cause a fire.

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is available to help you dry your home in Frostproof, Eagle Lake, or Polk County after flooding anytime you need us. We can be reached by dialing (863) 510-5962, so do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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Fire Damage Restoration Needs & Call The Professionals

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removal Call SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for your fire damage restoration needs.

Don't panic when Your Home Experiences Fie Damages

In the aftermath of a fire, wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal may rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls may yellow. Clothing may be ruined, and flooring may require refinishing. 

If the property is left untreated for too long, its restoration will be more costly and time-consuming. Extensive contact with soot can permanently damage items. Eventually, the replacement of property becomes the only option.

Hiring a Professional

Quick cleanup by a professional is the best way to minimize the impact of the destruction. Hiring a certified cleanup company, such as SERVPRO, that specializes in fire and smoke restoration In Mulberry they effectively stop additional damage so repairs can begin. 

Professional Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which is abbreviated “IICRC,” is recognized around the world for its goal to standardize the cleanup industry. An IICRC-certified professional, such as SERVPRO, is apt to provide more efficient, complete fire and smoke cleanup than non-certified competitors.

IIRC Recommendations

• Do not attempt cleanup without work gloves and adequate respiratory protection. Smoke particles can lodge in the lungs and cause breathing problems.

• Upon entering the property, place fans in all open doorways and windows to remove harmful airborne contaminants. Adequate airflow reduces the potential of injury and discourages progressive damage from smoke.

• Use specially designed soot cleaning sponges and soapy water to clean smoky contaminants from surfaces. Work from the highest points of contamination downward.

• Using an efficient vacuum, suction upholstery, and carpet to prevent re-contamination of cleaned areas. Replace the vacuum cleaner filter periodically.

• Launder all washable fabrics. Fine materials should be taken to a professional dry cleaner.

• Wash the building exterior with a wand and water hose. The agitation of the attached soot halts progressive smoke damage.

Though heavy residues always require professional removal, even small degrees of smoke damage can be removed by certified technicians, like SERVPRO. Inappropriate cleaning measures can damage the property further. 

The IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO have the training and experience needed to restore damaged property. If structural disfiguring has occurred, consulting a general contractor may be required. Nevertheless, insurance coverage normally pays the full restoration cost minus the preset deductible. With professional help, it’s not difficult to restore damaged property. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus cleaning lakeland We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

·        Kitchen/Food Areas

·        Bathrooms

·        Schools/Classrooms

·        Offices

·        Retail Spaces

·        Water Fountains

·        Shelving/Racks

·        Sales Counters

·        Carpets and Rugs

·        Stair Handrails

·        Elevator Cars

·        Playground Equipment

·        Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –

(863) 510-5962 SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highslands 

Don't panic when Your Home Experiences Fie Damages

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration Call SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for your fire damage restoration needs.

In the aftermath of a fire, wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal may rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls may yellow. Clothing may be ruined, and flooring may require refinishing. 

If the property is left untreated for too long, its restoration will be more costly and time-consuming. Extensive contact with soot can permanently damage items. Eventually, the replacement of property becomes the only option.

Hiring a Professional

Quick cleanup by a professional is the best way to minimize the impact of the destruction. Hiring a certified cleanup company, such as SERVPRO, that specializes in fire and smoke restoration In Mulberry they effectively stop additional damage so repairs can begin. 

Professional Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which is abbreviated “IICRC,” is recognized around the world for its goal to standardize the cleanup industry. An IICRC-certified professional, such as SERVPRO, is apt to provide more efficient, complete fire and smoke cleanup than non-certified competitors.

IIRC Recommendations

• Do not attempt cleanup without work gloves and adequate respiratory protection. Smoke particles can lodge in the lungs and cause breathing problems.

• Upon entering the property, place fans in all open doorways and windows to remove harmful airborne contaminants. Adequate airflow reduces the potential of injury and discourages progressive damage from smoke.

• Use specially designed soot cleaning sponges and soapy water to clean smoky contaminants from surfaces. Work from the highest points of contamination downward.

• Using an efficient vacuum, suction upholstery, and carpet to prevent re-contamination of cleaned areas. Replace the vacuum cleaner filter periodically.

• Launder all washable fabrics. Fine materials should be taken to a professional dry cleaner.

• Wash the building exterior with a wand and water hose. The agitation of the attached soot halts progressive smoke damage.

Though heavy residues always require professional removal, even small degrees of smoke damage can be removed by certified technicians, like SERVPRO. Inappropriate cleaning measures can damage the property further. 

The IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO have the training and experience needed to restore damaged property. If structural disfiguring has occurred, consulting a general contractor may be required. Nevertheless, insurance coverage normally pays the full restoration cost minus the preset deductible. With professional help, it’s not difficult to restore damaged property. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Water Damage Restoration Needs Count On The Professionals

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Don't let a bathtub overflow cause problems for your house. Call SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for your water damage restoration needs.

Never Panic when Your Lakeland Home Experiences a Water Damages

Several factors may cause water damage to your property. Whether you accidentally left your tap running or the situation resulted from a pipe burst, you have to act fast. While you can shut off the main water supply of your home and prevent the water from running, you still need the assistance of a professional. Our technicians can inspect your property and perform the necessary water removal procedures to return your Lakeland property to its former state.


There are many factors that determine the type of Lakeland water damage restoration measures we put in place in your home. The size of the area that needs to be restored together with the amount of time the water has been at the site may determine the procedures we employ. It explains why we start by performing a site inspection once we arrive at your property. With the inspection, our SERVPRO technicians are in a position to come up with a clear project timeline and the necessary restoration procedures.
 
It is the work of our SERVPRO technicians to prevent further damage. Additional damage is likely to take place when the water problem is not fixed as soon as possible. By setting up dehumidifiers and air movers, we can start to dry the wet locations. These two pieces of equipment work hand in hand to restore a water-damaged building. As dry air moves on wet surfaces, it forces the moisture into the surrounding areas. This moisture may create conditions that favor mold growth, which is why we set up dehumidifiers to absorb this moisture.
 
We have the equipment to remove any standing water from your home. Through the use of vacuuming, we can suck the water from the floor. In some cases, we might use submersible pumps to do the job. The type of contents within the structure determines the time we take to perform water removal and drying procedures.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is an industry leader in mold remediation, water damage, storm damage, and fire damage restoration. Call (863) 510-5962 when you need to work with a locally owned and trusted service provider.

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Water Removal Tools & Water Damage

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal SERVPRO professionals use smaller portable extraction wands to remove water from carpets to protect them from being damaged further.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Water Removal Services

Flooding in most Highland City homes comes from both storms and more common sources. The first task to return each house to its original state is to remove the water. The key to correctly doing it is determining how quickly to accomplish it without causing further damage.

Water removal for Highland City homes like apartments, duplexes, and free-standing houses requires multiples tools and the training to use them. SERVPRO personnel uses large and small capacity pumps to remove standing water over two inches deep and extraction wands for smaller amounts and water trapped in carpets and wood floors.

We maintain various pumps depending on the task. We match the size of the home to the strength of the pump. For apartments and other, small structures a single pump with a lower lift and volume capacity is normally sufficient. Larger homes need multiple pumps with a higher capacity rate.

If there is a large amount of solid material in the water, we have to remove it before engaging the pumps. Once we begin operations, the water goes directly into the nearest sewer. If there is a septic tank, the SERVPRO team pumps the water into a tank truck for removal.

Next, come the extraction wands. Most of these devices we use are portable and connected to a smallholding tank we pull along with the wand. For multi-story homes and commercial facilities, we also have extractors where the power source and the holding tank are both mounted on a truck. Each type of extractor has an adjustable rate of speed and vacuum. Many also have a heating component for carpets that we can dry as we remove the water.

Being able to adjust the vacuum and speed rates are important, especially for carpets. They are much weaker when wet, and the chance to pull apart the upper layer of the carpet backing is always a risk. That is why our IICRC-certified technicians prefer to use the portable wands whenever possible and use the truck-mounted devices for industrial jobs and very heavy residential carpets with a thick pad underneath.

Pumps and extraction wands are only two of the tools we use to restore your home to its pre-flooded condition. Getting the most out of them and protecting your property requires training and experience. If you need our help, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 today.

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Discovering Mold Damage in Your Home

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal 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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Characterizations of Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration Highland City Smoke & Fire Damage Can Be More Damaging than Initially Appears

SERVPRO Can Restore Damaged Properties from Fire & Smoke Incidents

Heating and cooling systems are precious during extreme weather conditions. However, a malfunctioned unit can cause a small fire where the system is housed. A sprinkler may be able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading, but the smoke residues are always conspicuous. 
 
If a fire accident causes smoke damage to your property, SERVPRO is available to provide the necessary restoration services. Our technicians have years of experience and can reverse the fire damage on your Highland City residence in no time. We have advanced tools and products to deal with any emergency, and follow IICRC guidelines during the restoration process. 

Smoke residues come in different forms and shapes. Some are easier to remove than others. The most common types of soot SERVPRO technicians deal with are fuel oil smoke residues, protein smoke residues, wet smoke residues, and dry smoke residues. 
 
We use different cleaning methods during the fire damage restoration to eliminate different types of residues. Wet smoke is harder to get rid of than dry smoke. The nature of the smoke residues is determined by the sort of material burning, oxygen levels during the fire, and rate of combustion. 

Dry smoke is easier to remove because it carries few aerosols and transfers small, dry particles on the surfaces. Its odor is less pungent compared to wet smoke and may not require aggressive cleaning procedures to eliminate. However, dry smoke originates from hotter fires, subsequently causing relatively more heat damage and charred belongings.

Wet smoke normally contains a high concentration of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. It, therefore, moves slowly, giving it enough time to penetrate enclosed areas and crevices that are usually not susceptible to faster-burning fires. The smoke leaves extremely hot oily residues on plastic materials, discoloring them in the process. In most cases involving wet smoke, replacing the damaged material is often more recommendable than trying to restore it. 
 
We plan to offer another blog soon on the problems of smoke odors and how we remove them. Often, especially in small kitchen fires, this is the main problem needing restoration--the air quality and elimination of noxious smells.

Small fires from appliances such as heating and cooling systems can cause moderate to severe smoke damage. When this happens, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands immediately to control the fire damage. We are available 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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Lakeland, FL Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Experts

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Our team will make it like it never happened!

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Lakeland home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire conditions.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (863) 510-5962

The Crucial Procedures During Water Damage Restoration Process

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal The Crucial Procedures During Water Damage Restoration Process

Importance Of Following Proper Procedures During Water Cleanup 

A simple water spill in your Lakeland home has the potential to balloon into a myriad of problems if not handled properly. Proper cleanup involves combining and balancing different procedures to get the best results. We are IICRC certified in handling water-related emergencies, so we utilize highly effective methods.

Water damage from main pipes or overflowing sink does not soil the affected areas or leave any debris, so cleanup mostly involves extraction and drying. However, if an appliance such as dishwasher or aquarium leaks, the water contains detergents or food remains which you must address during cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians have the necessary water extraction tools including dry-wet vacs and other extractors. We also bring different cleaning tools including power washers and professional cleaning agents to deal with any soiling after a water spill.

Once the water spills, it seeps into different materials like carpets, floorboards, and drywall. The water might also seep into concealed spaces like cabinets, wall cavities and below baseboards. A thorough cleanup exercise should remove all the water to prevent problems like bad odors that might develop later. Our SERVPRO technicians apply different tools and techniques to remove the water. After detecting the level of migration using moisture meters or thermal cameras, we can opt for specialized equipment such as the injectidry system to remove the water. We also use techniques such as cutting venting holes to help reach the water.

Apart from addressing soiling and staining, cleanup should also help prevent microbial growth, which is likely to occur after the water spill. Fast extraction of standing water is the first weapon against microbial growth because, given enough time, bacteria and fungi develop even in clean water. Our SERVPRO technicians also use EPA-registered disinfectants including formaldehyde, phenols or alcohols depending on the specifics of the cleaning task.

When done correctly, cleanup should restore your Bartow, Arcadia or Highland City home to preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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