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How Testing Plays A Major Role In The Water Cleanup Process In Lakeland

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leave water clean up to the professionals.

SERVPRO Tests A Variety Of Areas During The Water Cleanup Process

An important area that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is we believe in helping customers understand the process of water damage restoration. At times we get asked questions about the work that is done in properties. Often individuals, families, and businesses can easily see the 'what' and 'how' but the 'why' can be mysterious. We welcome questions about this, as well as tips on how to prevent future situations.  

One question that is asked is often is why SERVPRO tests random things when we arrive to perform water cleanup services in their in homes. People want to know why we test things that haven't become affected. 

The reason is we need to know what is the acceptable amount of moisture content for that type of item. Without this information, we might over-dry the item, or attempt to do so, which wastes resources and time. This can also lead to damage that was non-exist, and we want to avoid doing that.

Some items adjust the amount of moisture content they have over time. Older items made of wood, such as memorabilia from your past vacations, might contain less moisture than they do now. However, newer items contain more, and over-drying them can cause them to crack. This is not a major concern when handling affected textiles such as stuffed toys. 

Our teams of experts know how important testing is to determine the proper amount of moisture content for different items, and we learn this during our training sessions. During training, we also learn how to check for the presence of lost water with our infrared imaging cameras. This knowledge helps us find hidden water that might otherwise remain and become a problem.

If pockets of hidden water to remain during the drying process our drying equipment is then forced to work harder to extract the water vapor from the air. Instead, locating it and extracting it, cleaning the area and then manually drying surfaces, helps keep the rate of evaporation steady and lets our equipment do the job more efficiently.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is here to answer your questions about how water cleanup and our other services can help protect your home from damage and decay.

Call us at (863) 510-5962 to get started in protecting your home after a disaster. We serve Eagle Lake, Mulberry, and Medulla, round-the-clock, every day of the year.

Our Water Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Home

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage shouldn't be taken lightly, and its effects go well beyond what is seen by the naked eye.

How Best To Act To Water Damage In Your Lakeland Home

Water damage can affect a home quite unexpectedly, leaving the homeowner at a loss and in need of help. Water damage situations can cause problems to a home out of the blue, leaving the property owner needing assistance to repair the property. Regardless of a pipe blowing or a natural disaster, water damage is pretty common. There are many hidden dangers a water damage can cause.


When water damages occurs in a Lakeland home, it is critical to contact experts quickly. The fact is that it might appear removing water from the house is the most important step, in all actuality, there is a lot more to the situation. Our team of specialists offers an expert evaluation to help guide you in what options are best with when it comes to a properties structure and potential risks.

SERVPRO has been a resource for homeowners nationwide for decades, and we have focused on providing the latest technology for extracting water. Our team is focused on minimizing the spread of collateral results, such as mold. We excel at doing this because of the state-of-the-art equipment we employ in each of our sites, as well as the extensive training each of our technicians receives as part of our company. It is precisely this education and experience that can help identify problem areas, such as excess humidity inside the home's walls or in the air, as well as help, save the contents of a water-damaged home.

The most important step any homeowner must take when faced with water damage is making a call to expert quickly. At SERVPRO we offer our customers a team of experts available 24/7 to rapidly respond to emergencies and stop the effects of water damage as soon as possible. As soon as the homeowner places a call, our team is assembled and dispatched to the home with the goal of minimizing damage in the short-term and to provide a full assessment of the overall damage. With this information in hand, our technicians are able to draw up a plan to return the home to its pre-existent condition.

Water damage shouldn't be taken lightly, and its effects go well beyond what is seen by the naked eye. Contacting our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands team is the most important step in recovering your home and its contents when faced with the aftermath of a water event. Call us as soon as possible at (863) 510-5962, where our specialized team is available for you 24/7.

Cold Weather in Lakeland Increases Risk of Space Heater Fire Damage

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heater Fire SERVPRO Is Here If You Experience Fire Damage

SERVPRO Is Here If You Experience Fire Damage 

Residents in the Lakeland area and all of South Florida have struggled recently as temperatures have dropped and homes become chilly. The decisions made to heat a home during one of these unseasonably cold fronts can have dire consequences if a fire sparks. We stand ready to help if smoke, charring, and soot damage your home.

As the temperatures drop, many Lakeland residents plug in a space heater. Fire damage from the misuse or malfunction of one of these portable electric heat sources is common, causing more than 25,000 fires, 6,000 injuries, and close to 400 deaths per year. (Statistics provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.) The damage done to structures and contents is usually remediable by our IICRC crews, but avoiding the fire in the first place is naturally preferable.

Space heaters are often used in bedrooms and areas where children play. The housing of the heater heats up and easily ignites flammable materials such as clothing, bedding, toys, carpeting, and window coverings if they are positioned too near the unit. Another mistake SERVPRO crews note that homeowners make is to use extension cords to place the heaters where needed. The amperage drawn by a space heater creates a fire hazard by overheating the burning out the wiring unless the cord is plugged directly into a 120 volt grounded outlet. Extension cords also increase the possibility of the heater tipping over if a person or pet trips on the cord.

A space heater fire can smolder when the appliance operates while residents are in other rooms or leave for a time. Dark, oily smoke and sticky soot generate from such a fire, spreading throughout the property. SERVPRO teams use spray and wipe techniques, abrasive products, and tools, or solvent-based strategies to clean surfaces subject to this kind of fire damage. The HVAC system that was inadequate for heating may now need cleaning by our crews as the thick smoke and soot migrate into the ductwork, settling in to cause persistent soot damage every time its switch flips.

Deodorization is essential after remediation of a space heater fire. The acrid “burned cord” smell lingers. SERVPRO odor elimination experts use a series of steps to remove the odor. If disposing of burned materials and thorough cleaning is inadequate, we add thermal fogging or hydroxyl generation to seek out odor particles and neutralize them. Sealing porous surfaces may also be a tactic to use to rid your home of the last odors.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is poised to help victims of a space heater or other electrical fire. Contact us at (863) 510-5962 to schedule an assessment and start planning for speedy remediation.

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How SERVPRO Experts Inspect & Secure Lakeland Homes After A Home Fire

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Lakeland Fire Restoration Services SERVPRO professionals are focused on salvaging and restoring your personal home items after a fire.

Fire occurrences in Lakeland can create a wide variety of damages depending on the severity of the fire and the debris in the affected areas. Smoke forms a smaller debris type, while items not completely burnt by the flames can create a larger type. Whatever the size, it is necessary to remove all forms of debris created and left by the fire. Our team of professionals can assist with the removal & disposal of the debris. Our team of professionals are highly trained and certified FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians.

During the fire debris cleanup, it is necessary to follow the correct procedures for positive results. While the main objective is to restore the affected areas, it is also important to ensure that nothing useful is thrown away. It can be easy to throw away items that can be saved by accident but with our team, we have an effective process to salvage as many items as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians separate burnt items into categories such as unsavory and questionable. Our team then transport the questionable items off-site for further evaluation and cleaning.

The ash created after a fire also requires careful disposal, especially if the fire was severe in order to form it in large quantities. The main concern with ash is its natural tendency to spread primarily through air currents or when people walk around the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use a wide range of advanced systems to deal with ash without getting it into the air. We use HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners to remove contaminants of ash from areas in which wet cleaning can cause further damage. We can use pressure washers for other areas.

Soot, as well as other smoke debris, have scattered during a fire. The main issue with these contaminants is the tendency to adhere to the exterior. Adhesion occurs because smoke keeps moving through heat flows, and heat opens pores on many surfaces, enabling residues to enter beyond the surface. Smoke residues are also acidic and therefore may corrode or stain some surface areas. Our SERVPRO technicians understand smoke debris easily because we know the behavior of smoke. For example, after organic products are burnt, the left residue appears to be moist and sticky, making it more difficult to clean natural materials such as dry wood relative to cigarette residue. Cleaning fire debris can be a hectic exercise. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland at (863) 510-5962 for a smooth cleanup process. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Removing Odors After Water Damage

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Regardless of how the excess water gets into your home, SERVPRO has the tools to remove the water damage and odors.

Water damage can occur anytime without warning and cause many problems. Having a leaky roof, bad plumbing, damaged refrigerator, and washing machine go haywire can create a watery homeowner headache. When any of this type of water damage occurs, small amounts of water can slowly enter your property.  

Water Damage & Odors 

At times we can become very busy with our lives so much so that a wet floor could go unnoticed for longer than usually causing moisture on the wall. When this water damage is left unattended, it can cause some expensive repairs or replacements. In addition, unchecked water damage can lead to major structural damage to the property. Some common damages are floors to warp up, destroy the texture of your walls, damaged your carpets, and create an even an unpleasant odor.

The Ozone Machine 

Water damage in Lakeland can cause many challenges than even maybe unseen, that is why we recommend always to speak with a professional. This situation is especially true if you do not get rid of the excess water as soon as possible. Excess water can cause mold, mildew, and odor-causing particles. These smells are hard to mask even with Lysol or perfume. Thankful, there is advanced technology such as an Ozone machine that can release 03 molecules to react and destroy the odor-causing particles. This amazing machine also does the same with bacteria and spores that have entered the air.

The main function of an Ozone machine is to release ozone to attach to the particles or spores, and to break them down. These advanced machines offer so many benefits but also require skills and expertise. That is why our team at SERVPRO has invested in Ozone machines and intense training to make sure our community has access to the very best. 

Highly Qualified

SERVPRO technicians have the correct tools and training to assist in removing water damage from properties. They can remove excess water and unpleasant odor from properties with the O-Zone machine. Our team is highly trained on how to effectively use the machine and neutralize odor-causing bacteria. Once the odor and water are removed, they walk you through the property to ensure complete satisfaction. With SERVPRO water restoration professionals, you receive excellent guidance and support through the water remediation process.

If you are ready to get rid of water damage and odor-causing residuals, then give SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands a call at (863) 510-5962, and we can send our water restoration experts to your residential establishment.

Leaky Fixtures in Your Home And Long Term Damage

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky Household Fixtures Leaky household fixtures can cause long term property damage.

As a homeowner, you want to protect and care for your home’s needs. A home will commonly experience wear and tear, as a result, leaky faucets can occur. A leaky fixture may not get much attention at first or a homeowner may find themselves busy and it can go unchecked. The truth is that behind that leaky fixture there could be significant long-term damage occurring. 

A leaky faucet may not seem that it needs immediate action, but the effects can cause significant long-term property damage. Areas that can be affected are expensive water bills, environmental damage, and long-term home damage. 

Possibly Damages 

A small leaky faucet may not seem like it is wasting much water, but in truth, it could be costing you a lot of money. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency reports, “Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.”

Gone unchecked leaky fixtures can put additional stresses on your plumbing causing drain clogs or even overflows. With those areas being affected it could cause deteriorated caulk and grout. This can lead to water leaking through floorboards or even ceilings causing major damage. A common cause of such leaks is water stains in your sink. This is caused by minerals pooling in the sink bowl. This type of stain is difficult to clean and could even require the purchase of a new sink.

The First Critical Step 

All homeowners will experience common leaky fixtures from worn toilet flappers or dripping faucets. Our team of industry-leading water damage professionals recommends seeking specialists to determine the full scope of the damage from the leaking fixture. With any persistent leaky fixtures, the source can cause long-term damage to the cabinetry, flooring, walls, counters, and other areas. The first critical step is to have a professional review and analyze the best course of action to prevent any long-term damage to the home. 

One piece of advanced equipment that our team at SERVPRO uses is our thermal imagery and moisture detection tool. This tool can find pockets of moisture and dampness that are the top priority to address immediately. The main goal of SERVPRO is to preserve the damaged materials as best as possible, this will limit the amount of future reconstruction. 

Contacting the best assistance for water damage is as simple as trusting our professionals. Our team is founded on the belief that preservation is better than reconstruction. We can help you to dry out and clean up the affected areas quickly beginning the moment that we arrive at your home. You can give our SERVPRO of Bartow/ Lakeland Highlands emergency response team a call 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

Dealing with Storm & Water Damage in Florida Winters

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded water in home Prevent Storm Flood Damage in Lakeland

Numerous individuals who don't live in the Sunshine State have no clue that it can get cold, and even have solidifying conditions here in Florida. Because of our sub-tropic atmosphere and portable lodging, appropriate safety measures are frequently not taken when introducing and climate sealing plumbing in and under our homes. At the point when we have frigid temperature and downpours our pipes is frequently uncovered and can solidify medium-term without a warmth source or keeping water going all through our channels. Albeit solidified channels can be an issue when you are binds to make that pot of espresso, or clean up, however the genuine harm starts as the Florida sun turns out and the solidified water starts to defrost and grow inside making them burst, and causing water harm to your home. Be set up for colder climate by weatherproofing your uncovered funnels, setting a warmth light at your well, or by leaving a fixture having as fevers drop. On the off chance that these measures fall flat, ensure that you have SERVPRO's number helpful to rapidly start to alleviate any harm that happens!

Call us whenever there's any hint of flooding!

SERVPRO has practical experience in tempest and flood harm rebuilding. Our teams are exceptionally prepared, and we utilize specific gear to reestablish your property to its pre-storm condition.

Quicker Response

Since we are privately possessed and worked, we can react speedier with the correct assets, which is critical. A quick reaction decreases, as far as possible further harm, and lessens the rebuilding cost.

Assets to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Polk County, we can scale our assets to deal with an enormous tempest or flooding debacle. We can get to hardware and work force from a system of 1,650 Franchises the nation over and first class Disaster Recovery Teams to your calamity recuperation page]] that are deliberately situated all through the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (863) 510-5962

Learn more: https://www.SERVPRObartowlakelandhighlands.com/storm-flooding-restoration

What to do after a fire in Lakeland

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Home on fire Lakeland Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration in Lakeland

If a fire ever happens at your home or business, it can be a extremely scary and overwhelming. It can leave you with long lasting damages strong smoke odors that can leave you feeling helpless. If you're lucky, the fire did not destroy your entire property or all of your belongings. However, the heavy presence of smoke is overwhelming. The best way to deal with this is to call IICRC certified professionals like us right away.

SERVPRO fire damage restoration services in the Lakeland area can restore your property to its previous condition whenever possible. A fire can give out smoke odors and can also weaken the structure of your property. Plus, they can eliminate offensive smells quickly by employing industrial air scrubbers. Our trained team can inspect your home for damages and make repairs. Our crew can use air movers and high-velocity axial fans to remove lingering smoke smells, and can also utilize thermal fogging equipment to enhance indoor air quality.

Burned items like carpeting, curtains, clothing, and upholstery can also create pungent odors inside the structure. We can throw away all charred contents. The technicians will clean and sanitize materials that they save and can store them on or off-site until the restoration is complete. Our staff may also use odor deodorizers to eliminate odors from various items and materials such as couches, carpeting, and drapes.

Our professional staff can also use specialized cleaning products to remove dirt and soot from surfaces inside the home such as the floors, ceilings, and walls. We may also clean fire residues from other surfaces like cabinets, counter tops, and windows. Sometimes, we may need to utilize portable ozone machines to flush out smoke odors. If we use this type of equipment, you must leave the residence until we complete the process due to the strong chemicals. Don't worry if we have to use ozone machines because our techs make sure the home environment is safe before you return.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires 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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us at (863) 510-5962

How does the water removal process in Lakeland work?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded water on a kitchen floor Lakeland FL area Water Damage & Water Removal services

Water Removal Services in the Lakeland area

Have you ever come home from work or woken up in the middle of the night and found a puddle of water around your kitchen or bathroom sink? Using a broom or mop to push the water out the door might seem like a good idea, but the bulk of the water can quickly prove to be too much. The emergency water damage service provided by the technicians at SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands solves this problem. Our technicians have been trained to work in teams, so mitigating issues like water damage can be the most effective way to protect your Lakeland area home. 

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process:

How does the water removal process work?

We use high-powered submersible pumps to pull the water out of your home at a rapid rate and then switch to smaller units that can remove water from tighter spaces, like along baseboards and under cabinets. Water can get into interior walls because of the force behind the water just keeps pushing it until it has nowhere to go. Once inside, the water has nowhere else to go. Without the force behind it to push it out, it just sits there. We apply force by removing the baseboards and then drilling weep holes, so the water can escape. We remove this water and then force warm, dry air into the same space. This will dry the wall out from the inside, making it less likely to damage the walls permanently.

We will also dispose the damaged materials and belongings, with permission of course. We do this to not only protect your property from the increased risk of water damage, but to also reduce the effects of moisture on the microbial population inside of your property. If you still have water and wet property, it will continually give off moisture into the air, which increases the water vapor amount. Odors from the chemical reactions are also something to be prepared for, so our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is trained and ready to mitigate these potential problems.

Local Polk County Owned & Operated

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water 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. We are proud to serve our local communities:

Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (863) 510-5962!

Long Term Effects of Leaking Sink Damage in Florida

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen floor from water damage Water Damage Repair in Lakeland FL and surrounding areas

How not dealing with a leaking sink will damage your home in the long-run

As a Lakeland homeowner, you work hard to take care of the needs of your house as they occur, learning new skills and tradecraft secrets to save yourself some out-of-pocket expenses. However, there are certain situations that require skilled professionals in the restoration industry, and water loss incidents are among them. While you might not attribute a leaking faucet to require immediate action, you might become surprised to learn how quickly water damage can spread and affect large areas of your residence.

While many homeowners have experienced water damage in Bartow & Lakeland Highlands from leaking sink pipes or fixtures in their home, many have also sought the experience and industry-leading equipment of our team. With a persistent water source like this, the effects can spread quickly into the cabinetry, flooring, walls, counters, and other areas. Stopping the spread is a critical first step, but that goes far beyond repairing the damaged sink.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to immediately determine the full scope of the damage from the leaking fixture. Sophisticated equipment like our thermal imagery and moisture detection tools can isolate pockets of moisture and dampness that must get addressed to fully restore the property. While extraction is often not necessary for steady pipe or fixture drips, drying and dehumidification are.

The goal of our SERVPRO professionals is to preserve the damaged materials as best as possible, limiting the amount of tear out and later reconstruction that would be necessary. Dehumidification and drying can help to preserve wood flooring and cabinetry, drawing out the moisture before the saturation allows these materials to bloat and distort.

Finding the right assistance when your home is threatened by water damage is as simple as trusting our professionals. With the mindset that preservation is better than reconstruction, we can help you to dry out and clean up the affected areas quickly beginning the moment that we arrive at your home. You can give our SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands emergency response team a call 24/7 at (863) 510-5962