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What Your Business Should Know About Lightning Strikes

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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A lightning strike is a discharge of atmospheric electricity which is generated by an accumulation of differing charges within a cloud. It is one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the U.S.  

Each year lightning  strikes cause billions of dollars in property damage and complete devastation. Lightning can start a direct fire because the core temperature of a lightning strike is approximately 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The harm to structures, electronics, building systems and vehicles can be extensive, causing loss of product and major downtime. 

Major hazards caused by lightning:

Fire damage: The biggest threat lightning poses to a structure is fire . Wood and other flammable construction materials can easily explode when exposed to the high temperature of a lightning strike. Lightning current traveling through wires and pipelines instantly burns them up causing complete damage to property.

Power surge damage: If lightning chooses electrical wiring as its primary or secondary path, the explosive surge can damage all the appliances it is connected to.

Shock wave damage: Lightning produces shock waves that can be destructive. These shock waves can fracture concrete and brick and stone chimneys severely.

SERVPRO Of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands and Highlands County are "Here to Help" 24/7 @ 863-510-5962!

4 Tips To Prevent Water Damage During a Vacation

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of luggage Protect your home while on vacation

Four Tips To Protect Your Home When You Go Away

One of the more common issues that homeowners insurance covers is water pipe repair jobs. Leaking and burst pipes due to age or cold can cause a lot of damage. If a pipe bursts when you are on vacation, it can cause serious damage that needs to be fixed by water remediation professionals. Follow these four tips to protect your house when you go away.

1. Examine Your Sump Pump
Listen to your motor and make sure all the water is getting pumped. You may also want to look into battery backup to cover power outages. Also, check the hookups to the pump for any broken pipe. Performing maintenance before you leave will prevent you from having all the water pumped back into your house while you are gone.

2. Inspect Appliance Hoses
Along with the pump, check appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure attachments are tightly sealed and replace any hoses that look damaged or are getting old.

3. Insulate Exposed Pipes
Protect your plumbing from freezing to avoid the need for water pipe repair. Most hardware stores carry foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that will fit over your pipes. Remove any hoses from your outdoor spigots. Turn the heat down but don't turn it off to protect indoor pipes when you leave your house in Highland Beach, FL.

4. Check for Leaks
Examine the plumbing under the sinks. If you notice any issues, have a professional come and fix them before you leave. You should also verify the condition of all window seals, and look for any missing shingles on the roof. It is simple enough to recaulk a window or replace a shingle.
A common issue that occurs while people are on vacation is a burst pipe leading to a flooded house. By taking a few precautions and investing in water pipe repair as soon as it's needed, you can avoid the need for expensive water damage repairs.

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is “Here to Help” if you have any kind of flood or water damage.  We proudly respond immediately to all emergency calls 24/7, even on holidays! (863)510-5962 or text us at (863)617-1976.  


10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning Vehicles outside of courthouse for commercial carpet cleaning.


Proper carpet care can be a complicated part of commercial cleaning and facility management. Dirt, dust, allergens and other air pollutants get trapped in the carpeting. Commercial carpet cleaning is a wise option because will help improve or maintain the overall appearance of the building as dirty or poorly maintained carpeting can make an office appear dirty or unkempt.  The following are benefits of hiring a professional for commercial carpet cleaning services.

  1. Create a Welcoming Environment

First impression last. Keep in mind that beautifully maintained carpets create and inviting atmosphere to your potential customers. It will give them the impression that you are a respectable business that cares about details. Keeping your carpet cleaned and maintained with professional carpet cleaning services will not only improve the look of your carpet, but also the appearance of the office as a whole which will help make a better impression on your employees, clients, and visitors.

  1. Promote a Healtheir Environment

Dirty carpets are terrible for your health.  The dust, dirt, and other debris that finds its way into the carpet fibers can eventually get into the air where it can cause odors and even respiratory infections. Chemicals using in cleaning carpet could contribute smells as well as adverse effect. Professional commercial carpet cleaning services can effectively remove deeply embedded debris from the carpet to prevent it from getting into the breathing air and they typically use EPA-approved cleaning products that do not contain harsh chemicals.

  1. Protect your investment

High quality carpeting isn’t cheap. You don’t want them to replace it too soon for just excessive wear. The best way to protect your carpet investment is to hire professional cleaner who knows how to properly care for your carpets so they’ll look amazing throughout their lifetime.

  1. Professionals Clean During Your Downtime

Hiring a professional to clean your carpets is that a commercial service does the work during your downtime so your business can continue the next day uninterrupted by the presence of wet carpets.

  1. Save Money

Keeping up with carpet cleaning is important because this helps stop put on and damage. Replacing the carpet in your workplace can price thousands of dollars which is something you favor to avoid. Hiring any individual cost your enterprise money, so it does retain cleaning substances on hand yourself. Carpet cleaning machines, solutions, and different materials can add up fast. Instead, let a commercial carpet cleaner put their sources to use for you.

 Professional commercial carpet cleaning services will help keep your office looking clean, contribute to a healthier environment, and handle the job more effectively than DIY methods such as rented carpet cleaners. At SERVPRO we use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils deep within your carpet. Trust the professionals! Trust SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. Call our 24/7 hotline at (863)617-1976

SERVPRO Can Help with Your Lakeland Water Damaged Home

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal SERVPRO Suggests to Be Diligent with Any Sign of a Water Leak

Water Damage Telltale Signs

Water damage quite frequently will originate in an area of the home that contains plumbing and significant water usage--the bathroom. This room is designed to withstand the rigors of water being present on a daily basis. However, broken or chipped tile cracked grout, and even shrinkage between the floor and the base of the tub can allow moisture to enter into areas that were sealed to prevent this from transpiring. There are various signs that water damage is occurring. SERVPRO suggests that you be on the lookout for these telltale indicators of possible water damage to your Lakeland home.

Your Floor Feels Spongier or Softer

When your floor feels different from the norm, this can be a sign that water has affected the sheathing or supporting joists. If your tub, shower, or toilet areas are losing stability, water wicking into materials could be the culprit. Inspect for any slow leaks.

Your Bathroom Walls are No Longer Straight and Flat

When moisture is present over time, structures tend to increase in length on one side more than they do on the other because of uneven drying. This warping appearance is a clear result of water leakage or excessive buildup of moisture and humidity. Also, these contained, dark wall voids become breeding grounds for mold which can lead to unwanted health effects. Call in SERVPRO to inspect for mold growth, and remediate any issues.

Visible Discoloration of the Walls and Ceiling is Present

Your property has reached the stage where mold and mildew have worked their way into the cardboard backing of the wall itself. The source of moisture must be eliminated, and since drywall is a porous material, it may have to be replaced. When fungi are present, not only is it necessary to stop the water from absorbing into the wall, but dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are temporarily installed to dry out the infected areas.

Repairs are Needed from an Experienced and Qualified Company

It is important to select a water damage restoration company that has the experience, local references, and availability. Our trained technicians can readily remove water through the use of pumps, wet vacs, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Then the IICRC-certified crew can begin the cleaning and repairing of water damaged personal items, furnishings, and building materials. Water removal is not enough. We strive to clean and repair, and not replace, water damaged elements. This will save you money and also lessen the time of inconvenience.

SERVPRO professionals receive on-going training to ensure that the best equipment, cleaning products, and techniques are utilized to restore your Lakeland water damaged home back to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened."

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

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When A Fire Strikes Commercial Property

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO In To Reduce Your Commercial Fire Downtime

In the event that your business in Polk County is subjected to a commercial fire, your property could suffer extensive fire damage. Additionally, the reality of the fire and all of the legal and insurance matters it requires you to handle can engender substantive stress. However, learning more about commercial fires and the course of action you should take once one has occurred can help you restore your property quickly and relieve personal stress. Learn more about commercial fires and what to do when fire damage strikes.

Commercial Fires Causes

A wide range of factors may contribute to a commercial fire that can threaten the structure, capital improvements, and sanitation of your property. A wildfire, electrical fire, lightning strike, or a nearby commercial office inferno can have serious consequences. These are just a few factors that could lead to a fire.

The Importance Of Business Interruption Insurance

Unfortunately, commercial fires can cause many businesses to endure the type of substantive damages that preclude them from full recovery because of lost revenue and restoration costs. Many business owners fail to obtain business interruption insurance. Companies who do not obtain this coverage will also find the recovery process more difficult. In general, business interruption insurance costs roughly 10% more than a standard fire protection premium.

Because no company is entirely immune to a commercial fire, it is important for corporate leaders and business owners to obtain business interruption insurance. SERVPRO works in conjunction with many insurance carriers thereby allowing you to focus more on the business end of the fire event. In addition to obtaining insurance, business owners should implement strategies that decrease the likelihood of fire damage. Some of these strategies include:

• Do not store flammable materials.
• Monitor smoke alarms to ensure that they function properly.
• Develop a fire evacuation plan.
• Keep your machinery and appliances in excellent condition.
• Ensure that all of your backup drives and critical paperwork are kept in a safe place with redundancy, perhaps the cloud.

Call for Assistance

The commercial fire damage restoration company to call in your hour of need is SERVPRO. With excellent training, the backing of a national franchise, and state-of-the-art equipment we can respond to your fire-damaged business in Polk County within one hour. We will get your doors re-opened as soon as is humanly possible so that you can get back to business.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands responds quickly to your Polk County, Lakeland, and Lake Wales business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. For emergency service call us at (863) 510-5962

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Air Duct Cleaning Commercial Duct Cleaning Services in the Lakeland area

Top Reasons why Duct Cleaning is so Important in Florida

Having your ventilation systems professionally cleaned assists business owners with providing a comfortable, safe, and healthy environment for both employees and customers alike. Whether you need an annual professional cleaning service schedule or an answer to your emergency restoration situation, our technicians are ready to help.

Give us a call and learn about the many benefits that come with having our expertly trained staff provide you with a variety of commercial duct cleaning services in Highland City. We'll get to work right away and finish as quickly as possible, with limited interruption to the daily operation of your business.
While having your filters replaced and your vents cleaned on a regular basis is great, having this type of maintenance done after performing a professional cleaning service will significantly improve the results that you receive. Improve the indoor air quality with clean, unrestricted airflow which makes a better work environment for office staff, or restaurant diners.  A variety of issues may arise while performing their job that your regular cleaning crew simply won't have the knowledge, experience, ability, or equipment to deal with, much less repair, and that's where SERVPRO comes in. We can offer late-night duct cleaning to keep your business day's activities "flowing" without any interruptions.
Commercial duct cleaning by SERVPRO gives you the opportunity to extend the life of your ventilation equipment, while also helping to restore the energy efficiency and stability of the system as well. Our services also get rid of offensive odors and reduce the possibility of mold and other contaminants from growing inside of your ducts. We work hard to give your ventilation and circulation system the attention that it needs and as a result, our cleaning service assists with eliminating dust, pollen, odors, contaminants, and other debris from the equation altogether.
SERVPRO provides you with the highly trained professionals that you need to identify, clean, or even repair any air duct found inside of your commercial property accurately. Taking the proper precautions to avoid tearing the inner lining and inspecting your ventilation system for breaks or weak joints to ensure proper operation and long life of the equipment and ducting.
The professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands are ready to get started. Make the call today - (863) 260-7550

Mold Testing and Mold Removal

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses.

Mold Testing and Mold Removal

Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses. The ice and snow that is prevalent in can lead to excess moisture, especially in buildings with poor ventilation. Once they have appeared inside a building, they can grow quickly if action is not taken.

There are several mold and mildew warning signs that business owners and homeowners need to know. Other than obviously seeing mold itself, other signs include an excessive amount of humidity, an unpleasant musty smell, and evidence of prior excessive moisture issues such as water stains. 

Because of the inherent risks associated with mold and mildew, it is strongly recommended that homeowners and business owners hire an experienced professional mold removal company. SERVPRO is staffed with mold removal experts who can effectively and efficiently inspect and eliminate mildew, mold, and fungus. Anyone who is experiencing a mold infestation must act quickly before the problem gets even worse. Excess water can cause mold and mildew to multiply rapidly. The more mildew is prevalent, the more difficult (and costly) the removal process will become. Contact SERVPRO today to schedule an appointment.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Home

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal Mold growth like this can cause health effects

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 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’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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