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Mold and Mildew on Your Clothes!! UGH!! Call SERVPRO for Remediation

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Mildew on Your Clothes!! UGH!! Call SERVPRO for Remediation Mold, MIldew, and Other Fungi Can Ruin Your Lakeland Kitchen--Contact SERVPRO for Remediation

Putting Damp Clothing Away Can Lead to the Development of Mold Damage in Your Lakeland Home

Drying your clothing on the line in Lakeland can save money when it replaces the use of your clothes dryer. Getting outdoors and smelling line-fresh clothes and linens is often worth the extra effort. Changes in the weather can leave clothes feeling dry while still retaining some moisture. The best time to pull your items in from outside is in the mid-afternoon hours.
 
Taking your laundry into your Lakeland home in the morning or the evening can cause mold damage. During these times, condensation occurs, and moisture rests on surfaces, including your clothes. Once inside, the moisture evaporates. While microbial growth is unlikely after one or two such instances, a habit of this can substantially increase the humidity and eventually cause problems. This is similar to a poorly vented dryer that leaks hot, moist air from each cycle into your home's air.
 
Damp clothing that ends up inside a closet or dresser often develops spots of mildew. A musty odor also begins growing stronger. The walls inside the closet or behind the affected chest might even start to show darkened patches of mold. SERVPRO know how to stop this before mold damage happens and stop any existing damage from spreading to other places within your house.
 
If you allow mold damage to continue, it only becomes worse. Microbes do not die off without remediation. Our technicians receive training and earn certifications from the IICRC, showing they have the expertise needed to handle this type of situation successfully. Because moisture helped cause the problem, we always ensure that water vapor levels settle back to normal ranges again. We might use dehumidifiers or desiccant machines to achieve this for you.
 
While staining from mold and mildew often remains even after the most exhaustive efforts to remove them, items that do not have any stains can still hold onto the odor, even after several washings. We can use hydroxyl generators that utilize UV light to eliminate the odors left behind in your clothing and your home's furnishings. Our SERVPRO technicians can treat furniture one step further with antimicrobial agents we spray on soft and hard surfaces.
 
Removing mold damage and soiled areas depends significantly on the amount of damage. The slight damage that we can wash away rarely requires the removal of materials. SERVPRO strives to provide our customers with rapid and effective remediation at the lowest expense possible. Preventing future problems requires the removal of anything that we cannot clean sufficiently. Merely painting over a moldy wall cannot get rid of the problem.
 
You can call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We are always ready to remediate mold damage in your Eagle Lake or Winter Haven home.

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Reduce the Risk of Water Damage to Your Lakeland Highlands Rental Property

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Reduce the Risk of Water Damage to Your Lakeland Highlands Rental Property Water damage from renters is disastrous for landlords. Here a SERVPRO technician evaluates the water damage from an overflowed toilet next door.

Using Commercial Water Removal Techniques Protect and Restore Lakeland Rental Units after Overflows

Apartment buildings have many similarities to hotels, as well as several differences. Structurally, they hold several units in much the same manner as a hotel. However, the length of time that residents live in any particular apartment in Lakeland often spans a much longer length of time than those of a hotel. The risk of damage to an apartment building is similar to that of a hotel.

When a tub or sink overflows in a Lakeland apartment, SERVPRO crews use commercial water removal techniques to restore all affected areas of the building. Extraction of the water takes place quickly. We remove liquid water, as well as the water that your building's materials absorbed before our arrival.

Wherever water soaked into walls, floors, and lower-level ceilings, we increase the rate at which evaporation from these structures occurs. Increased air circulation from our air movers and extraction of water vapor by our desiccation units helps rapidly restore materials to normal moisture content levels. These same machines help remove the water vapor that already existed in the air upon our arrival, as well.

Because we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster, our methods already have a head start in reducing the overall damages sustained. Where saturation of materials calls for their replacement, we work as quickly as possible. We understand that your building might not have undamaged vacant units where renters can store their personal belongings, and storing different residents' belongings together can lead to unnecessary misunderstandings.

SERVPRO technicians know how to work in occupied units, and we can use a schedule that makes your renters feel comfortable. We can also assist them with protecting their personal belongings if needed. Such cleaning and restoration services can occur right in their living unit, increasing the security they experience.

The electrical systems inside walls that became wet from the overflow should have a qualified electrician inspect them and make any needed repairs before anyone uses the affected outlets. Until it is safe to use these, we post signs warning of the danger involved in their use. Our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened,” including restoring the safety and livable conditions your tenants enjoyed before the incident.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland also provides emergency mitigation services to those in Eagle Lake and Winter Haven, as well as Medulla and Mulberry. You can depend on us to make things right again, so your tenants can depend on you. Call us at (863) 510-5962, any time of the day or night, 365 days a year for the water removal and other expert mitigation services your apartment building requires.

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Commercial Duct Cleaning for Bartow Child Care Facilities

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Duct Cleaning for Bartow Child Care Facilities SERVPRO Cleans Ductwork in Bartow Businesses for Improved Air Quality and HVAC Efficiency

Protecting Customers and Businesses from Poor Indoor Air Quality

Bartow businesses deal with the same type of problems as most homes. They are simply larger, usually take longer to clean or remove, and cost more regarding labor and materials needed to complete the job.
 
Commercial duct cleaning for Bartow businesses can remove mold, excessive dirt, allergens, pollen, mold spores, and odors. It is essential for any facility, but especially so for a child care center. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that children are often more sensitive to airborne contaminants and that parents need to have confidence in the people to whom they entrust their children. Our goal is to improve indoor air quality and the longevity of the HVAC system.
 
Before we start bringing out scrub brushes and vacuums, we help every business owner answer two critical questions: Can you see or smell anything in your ducts and is duct cleaning the best solution?
 
Smells are easy to detect but can be deceptive in their origin. It is simple enough to open a vent fully and then look inside with a flashlight. If you do this before calling us, and if you see anything at all, contact us immediately. SERVPRO technicians go further; they bring in a camera mounted on a flexible metal tool that snakes its way through the ductwork to determine where contaminant locations, the type, and how much is present.
 
Physical cleaning of the ducts carries some risk. If they are hanging loosely from their brackets or were poorly installed, forcing scrub brushes or vacuum hoses into them can pull sections down or entirely separate them from each other.
 
In most cases, our teams can use an antibacterial or an anti-fungal agent to eliminate the risk. Both chemical cleaners can destroy living spores and other threats to contact. They generate a cloud of cleaning agents using a fogger and then force it into the ducts using a fan on low speed. It spreads the cloud across every surface, killing or returning the threat to an inert, harmless state.
 
Technicians then increase the speed of the fan and force loose dirt, spores, and other contaminants outside the home. Once completed, they can use the same fan to generate a covering agent to eliminate the malodor and replace with a pleasant one until they both fade away.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is to help you reopen for business as quickly as possible. If you suspect there may be a problem with your ductwork, call us today at (863) 510-5962 to schedule an inspection and get started restoring your facility to a clean, safe condition.

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Remediation Options For Lakeland Residents After Facing Mold damage

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation Options For Lakeland Residents After Facing Mold damage For mold damage to develop in your Lakeland property, a source of moisture must be present.

Mold Damage Remediation

There is no standard way of eliminating mold damage from a given indoor environment. The remediation procedures usually depend on the extent of the contamination as well as the materials and surfaces we have to clean and restore. Mold growth can cause health effects, and it is essential to work with experienced technicians to control such challenges when they develop in your Lakeland home.

For mold damage to develop in your Lakeland property, a source of moisture must be present. It's the work of our SERVPRO technicians to identify and stop the moisture source. If it is originating a leaking roof or gutters that are not functioning correctly, we do the necessary repair. We can also ensure that the ground around your property is sloping away to prevent rainwater finding its way to the crawlspace and basement. Before the remediation process starts, we make we turn off the water main and make sure water pipes, tubs, sinks, and faucets are free of leaks.

Severe mold damage can compromise the structural safety of your home. When our SERVPRO technicians are performing the remediation, we check out for sagging roofs as a result of damaged load-bearing walls. Walls may end up not being straight or vertical, and the exterior of the building may develop cracks. It is the inspection that helps us to determine whether it is safe or unsafe to enter the house.

Our SERVPRO technicians employ some containment techniques to reduce the chances of contaminating clean areas. If there was damage to the floorboards or we had to remove the flooring due to some reasons, then we can use plywood sheets to build a walkway. We can also use a 6 mil plastic sheeting to surround the infected area. An introduction of negative pressure on the site can also reduce the chances of the spores moving to clean regions when we disturb the mold colonies during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands uses advanced cleaning equipment and restoration procedures to return your house to its preloss condition. Call us at (863) 510-5962 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Damage Remediation Procedures For Commercial And Residential Needs In Lakeland

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Procedures For Commercial And Residential Needs In Lakeland Mold spores exist naturally in both outdoor and indoor surroundings.

Mold Damage Remediation Procedures

Though mold damage remediation is a big step when it comes to returning your property to its former state, it is not possible to remove all the mold spores that exist in a building. It is because the spores exist naturally in both outdoor and indoor surroundings. As far as your HVAC systems are running and doors are open, the microscopic spores can enter your building once they float in the area. So, it is wrong to imagine there is a procedure of completely removing all the mold from your Lakeland property.

When our SERVPRO team arrives in your Lakeland home to perform mold damage remediation, the first thing we do is to address the underlying moisture problem. Without identifying the moisture source and stopping it, there are chances that the problem can reoccur in the future. At this stage, we use moisture meters and sensors to detect the presence of moisture in materials and surfaces. By using hygrometers, we can also measure the humidity of the building. When air' moisture content is so high - like over 65% - condensation may take place in cold areas and create conditions that favor mold growth.

Given that mold is so light and there are chances of spreading the contamination, our SERVPRO technicians employ work practices with the aim of preventing the situation from becoming airborne. For instance, when we are demolishing drywall, we can create a negative pressure to prevent the spores from moving from the unclean to clean areas.

Removing the contamination is also very crucial. We discard porous materials that are severely damaged and use disinfectants to wipe surfaces that are heavily soiled. By using air scrubbers, it is possible to entrap the mold spores and dust that settle on surfaces when we are working. We use the right personal protective equipment to prevent exposure since mold damage can cause health effects.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands works around the clock to clean and restore properties after the storm, mold, water, and fire damage incidents. Call us at (863) 510-5962 and learn more about our residential and commercial restoration services.

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Winter Haven's Flood Damage Experts Discuss Issues With Floors

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Haven's Flood Damage Experts Discuss Issues With Floors If your home faces flooding after a storm, contact SERVPRO for effective drying out and remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Experience With Remediating Flooding on Many Types of Flooring

Currently, we are right in the middle of the severe thunderstorm season in Winter Haven. Storms this time of year tend to blow into town fast and give us a very little warning. One minute it can seem calm and pleasant, then the next minute it appears as if it is the end of the world and Mother Nature is taking over. Not only can these storms cause outdoor flooding and other problems with the streets and your yard, but they can also cause structural problems in your house. The combination of wind and rain can be brutal and cause much destruction to your property. If rain falls from the sky quick enough, water can start getting deep on the roads in your neighborhood and your yard. As the water outside gets deeper and deeper, the chances of moisture entering your structure greatly increase. Once excessive rainwater builds up outside, it will start fighting its way into your home through any means possible.
 
During flooding conditions, excessive moisture often enters your home from your bottom door seals. When inspecting a property in Winter Haven for flood damage, our SERVPRO technicians always test moisture levels inside your flooring materials. If water enters from the lower part of your doors, then your floors are the first part of the building to get affected. If water comes from another place, it will always follow gravity and end up on your floors.
 
Floors usually consist of a few different components. In most cases, floor joists make up the frame for the bottom part of the level. On top of the joists sit your wooden subflooring. On top of the subfloor is then some type of floor covering such as carpet, tiles, or finished and stained wood. When moisture enters a structure, all of the components of your floor are at risk of damage.
 
If your floors are covered in carpet, then water can easily soak into the carpet, padding underneath, and to your subfloor. In many scenarios, our SERVPRO mitigation team pulls the carpet and pad so that we can get to the subfloor for drying purposes. Non-porous floor coverings such as wood or tile can withstand moisture and prevent subflooring from getting affected.
 
Tile and linoleum withstand moisture the best, and it may be possible just to clean up the water. Wooden floors can cup or warp if they stay wet for too long forcing them to need to be replaced or refinished. If you ever get a wet floor after a severe thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 as soon as the problem happens.

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How to Address the Different Levels of Fire Damage in Lakeland

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Address the Different Levels of Fire Damage in Lakeland After you, your family and any pets are safe and the firefighters have left, contact SERVPRO for all of your fire damage restoration needs.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Remediation Challenges That Each of the Three Primary Levels of Fire Damage can Present

Different levels of fire damage result when your items or structure burns. It is because the combustion process can wholly or partially consume materials. Additionally, the fire extinguishing agents can cause further damage to the structure, and that makes the restoration process a bit complex. We are going to discuss the different situations we encounter when addressing fire events in Lakeland.
 
The three primary levels of fire damage in Lakeland that our SERVPRO technicians attend to are minor fire damage, medium fire damage, and major fire damage. Minor problems arise when the smoke particles affect certain parts or rooms within the structure. It means the cleaning process involves the removal of light to moderate smoke residues. During such incidents, replacement of minor items takes place, and we may use wet or dry cleaning techniques to restore the walls, floors, ceilings, and other materials.
 
Under medium fire damage incidents, our SERVPRO technicians use wet cleaning techniques to clean the moderate some residues that the event leaves behind. Also, the items that require replacement as well as the areas that need repainting increase. Odors are usually noticeable, and it may be necessary to perform deodorization after cleaning.
 
We associate major fire damage incidents with strong and pungent smoke odors together with evenly distributed smoke particles within the structure. Several emergency services are also necessary when such events take place - such as removing the charred debris and establishing an electricity source. Where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians may recommend off-site cleaning of the salvageable contents. We also use multiple deodorization techniques to address the challenges that the smoke odors present.
 
Whether we are cleaning your contents or offering structural cleaning services, we have primary goals - to prevent further damage, secure the structure, and return your property to its preloss state. When the restoration work is beyond our scope of operations, we usually recommend subcontracting some specialty restoration services.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a reliable industry leader that readily responds to mold, storm, fire, and water damage. Call us at (863) 510-5962 when you need your commercial or residential property to appear “Like it never even happened.”

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How Mold Damage Remediation in Lakeland Can Salvage Your Wooden Floor

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Damage Remediation in Lakeland Can Salvage Your Wooden Floor If mold has gotten on or near your hardwood flooring, SERVPRO technicians may offer multiple effective remediation options to meet your needs.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Mold Damage Remediation Options Depending on Surface Type

If your wooden floor suffers mold damage, it can be challenging to address the situation since wood has hygroscopic properties - it absorbs and retains water. Without experience in mold removal, you cannot know the right cleaning solution to use. Additionally, the preferred solution is selected depending on whether the floor is painted or finished. When dealing with unfinished wood in your Lakeland property, we usually use a solution that can penetrate the surface to inhibit the mold.
 
If we are dealing with mold damage incidents in Lakeland and we find that the damage also already penetrated into the wood, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use surfactants. It is an additive which enables the cleaning solution to penetrate into the wood fibers. That means some cleaning products have a limitation during the remediation process and it all depends on the level of the contamination.
 
To prevent mold exposure, our SERVPRO technicians put on protective gear and follow safety precautions as per the EPA recommendations. We wear Nitrile or rubber gloves, safety goggles, N95 mask, and coveralls protect the skin. We can also create negative pressure in the region to prevent the spread of the spores to the surrounding clean areas.
 
To be sure the cleaning solution does not discolor the wood, we start by pre-testing. We do this by applying it on a hidden section of the wood and then use a rag or a scrub pad to do the rubbing. Where necessary, we can perform sanding, though this means we have to do some refinishing to the surface at the end of the remediation process. Sanding can also help in removing the mold roots when they have penetrated into the wood fibers. Our SERVPRO technicians usually sand damp areas to avoid spreading the mold spores.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a trusted leader in mold remediation, whether it is in your commercial or residential property. Call us at (863) 510-5962 at any time of the day and allow us to return your property to its former state.
 
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An Intense Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage In Your Lakeland Home

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage An Intense Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage In Your Lakeland Home If a severe tropical storm floods your home with several inches of water, do not delay.

An Intense Tropical Storm Can Cause Flood Damage

Living in Florida is known to be a danger for various reasons and, even if you live away from the coastline, your home can still sustain flood damage after a severe storm. Storms can bring dangerously fast winds, churning waters, and harmful bacteria within their currents. Sometimes, no matter how much preparation you have had, these waters can find their way into your home. Debris can break a window or a weak spot in the frame of a door can give in and allow water to get inside of your residence.

By the end of the storm, your Lakeland home could suffer flood damage. While this situation can seem incredibly overwhelming, it is crucial for you to call for professional help immediately. The sooner that flooded water is removed from your home, the less likely you are to have a future mold problem, as well as other complications.

SERVPRO understands how important your home is to you; we always make it a priority to arrive as soon as we possibly can so that the remediation can begin just as swiftly. Our first goal is to remove the several inches of stagnant water that has flooded your home. SERVPRO can use tools like extractors and submersible pumps to direct the water out and away from your residence.

Our next chore is to make sure that the water that was inside of your home was not classified as black water. Blackwater is toxic and particularly dangerous to your health. When it is present, all carpets it has come in contact with must be removed and thrown away. After the water has been removed and your home cleaned up, SERVPRO's final goal is to make sure your home is adequately dry, to prevent further damage and future complications.

If a severe tropical storm floods your home with several inches of water, do not delay. Reach out to SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. No matter the time of your call, we are always open to take it.

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Handling Dry Smoke and Wet Smoke after a Fire Damage Incident in Winter Haven

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handling Dry Smoke and Wet Smoke after a Fire Damage Incident in Winter Haven Facing fire damage can be stressful. Contact SERVPRO to help you deal with the insurance and to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Recognize the Fire Residues and Use Appropriate Cleaning Methods to Remediate the Damage

Never make a mistake of imagining that all fire damage incidents are the same. Depending on what the fire consumed, you might end up with different soot residues after the disaster. With that in mind, you now understand why it is easier to clean some smoke particles than others. Wet and dry smoke residues are most common when such incidents take place in Winter Haven.
 
If the fire damage incident in your Winter Haven home consumes synthetic materials, then there are high chances that wet smoke is the outcome. Cleaning this type of smoke is a bit challenging when we compare it to dry smoke. In fires where the amount of oxygen is sufficient, the result is dry smoke and wet smoke results when the combustion process is oxygen-starved. Let us look at the various procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use to clean these two types of residues.
 
Most materials are salvageable in incidents where dry smoke particles exist. In such cases, the particles resting on the surfaces are dry, and they carry few deposits and aerosols. Additionally, the odor is less pungent, and our SERVPRO technicians employ less aggressive cleaning methods. Since there was sufficient oxygen during combustion, the fire was so hot, and there are chances that the heat damage was so severe.
 
High proportions of aerosols, solvents and different forms of liquid components characterize wet smoke residues. Since they usually result from a slow-burning fire, it means the smoke had enough time to find its way to enclosed areas such as cracks and cause enough contamination. Despite the minimal heat damage, it is hard for our SERVPRO technicians to restore most of your contents after this kind of fire. That is why there are chances of the unfinished and finished surfaces absorbing the particles leading the formation of hard to remove stains. We have the skills to analyze what is restorable and want you should replace.
 
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands has highly trained technicians who respond to mold, storm, fire, and water damage disasters. You can find out more about our industry proven services by calling (863) 510-5962.

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