Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO Advises Bartow Property Owners to Wait for Flood Water Removal Before Entering Your Property

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Advises Bartow Property Owners to Wait for Flood Water Removal Before Entering Your Property Storm Victimized Homeowners Love to See the SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands Pull Up to Help

Keep An Eye Out for Safety Hazards in Your Flood Damaged Bartow Home

Staying safe should be your foremost priority after flood damage hits your home. Flooding can create many different safety hazards, many of which may be tough to identify or avoid without expert advice. We usually recommend staying away from severely damaged parts of the home before SERVPRO technicians arrive, but if you decide to enter the area without us present, keep a watchful eye out for these potential hazards that could be lurking in your home.

Standing Water
One of the easiest safety risks to avoid in a flood-damaged Bartow home is standing water. Any part of your home with significant pools of water that have measurable depth should be considered highly dangerous and completely off-limits until SERVPRO technicians can arrive with water extraction pumps. Standing water can hide objects you may trip on and can help microorganisms rapidly multiply, potentially causing health effects if you walk through unprotected. Given these risks, you should always wait for all standing water to be drained from an area before entering, even with protective equipment and good lighting.

Slippery Floors
Most or all of the ground level of your home should be soaked and slippery after a flood. While navigating these areas may seem easy when you go slow and steady, the situation could be more dangerous than you think. Flooding can create warps, bumps, and changes in the shape of your flooring materials, significantly increasing the risk of slipping and sustaining an injury. Always wear closed-toe shoes with good traction if you intend to walk through flood-damaged parts of your home.

Electrocution Hazards
Depending on the severity of the flood, many electronic items in your home may have been damaged, potentially including power outlets and cables in the room. Never touch wet or damp electronics, power outlets, or cables, even if you think they are disconnected.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands can help you to mitigate and recover from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962 for our emergency services.

More info and city-data by clicking here.

After A Flood Causes Damage In Your Bartow Home, Our Experts Are Here To Help!

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After A Flood Causes Damage In Your Bartow Home, Our Experts Are Here To Help! Call us at (863) 510-5962 as soon as the storms subside so we can come and restore your home to make it a safe place to live again.

Flood Damage Restoration For Your Bartow Home

Whether it is a flash flood or just heavy rains, when massive amounts of water come at your property in Bartow all at once, it can create a serious issue. You can not be prepared for every situation that can wreak havoc to your home, but it's good to have a plan for what to do should such an event occur.

Two essential things you need to do as a homeowner is to make sure you have sufficient flood insurance, and also know whom to call in the event of a flood. SERVPRO is always standing by to deal with flood damage in Bartow, and with our trained and certified technicians, your home can be restored so that it looked “Like it never even happened.”

After a flood situation in your home, SERVPRO technicians need to eliminate any safety hazards from the job site. Flood waters can be contaminated with sewage, debris, and chemical runoff. Signs are posted, and we wear the appropriate protective gear while we work, including full-body suits boots, respirators equipped with P100/organic vapor cartridges, rubber gloves, and protection for our eyes.

As we enter your home, we spray an EPA-registered disinfectant over the affected areas. We may also need to use containment if any contaminants have spread to unaffected areas. If needed, we remove any standing debris and silt, using rakes and shovels. Debris and silt are thought to be hazardous waste if they have any hazardous or regulated materials such as asbestos or lead.

We evaluate all the contents of your home to determine if they can be restored and decontaminated or if they have to be removed and replaced. Decisions like this depend mainly on the porosity of the material and the kind of contamination. Many times, in a flooding disaster, carpeting, and any drywall affected needs to be replaced. We can cut the drywall up to where the water level was and replace what was cut out.

Besides restoring your property in Medulla, Dundee, or Babson Park after a flood, the goal of SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is to keep you and your family, and our workers safe during restoration. Call us at (863) 510-5962 as soon as the storms subside so we can come and restore your home to make it a safe place to live again.

Click here for more about Bartow.

When is the Right Time to Start Water Damage Remediation in Bartow

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When is the Right Time to Start Water Damage Remediation in Bartow If this mishap happens don't try and tackle the job alone. Contact SERVPRO today for all your water damage remediation needs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information about the city of Bartow.

Our Professional Remediation Team Will Restore Your Bartow Home

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Professional Remediation Team Will Restore Your Bartow Home 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 Residence

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 which 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.

Bartow is a town rich in history. It is the second oldest city in Polk County click here for more information.

Don’t Google “My House Is Flooded” -- Call SERVPRO Of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don’t Google “My House Is Flooded” -- Call SERVPRO Of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands When "My House Is Flooded" in Medulla or Lakeland Highlands, the Right Choice for Water Removal is SERVPRO

SERVPRO Says Call Us for Flood Water Extraction in Medulla and Lakeland Highlands

The quantity of water invading your home from a common accident as seen with a broken dishwasher supply line or a sudden storm shocks the unsuspecting homeowner. Struggling to research the best solution as you absorb the hard reality that “my house is flooded” wastes precious time and increases your anxiety.

Flooding in your Lakeland Highlands or Medulla home can trace back to a broad variety of sources. Storms can rage, causing structural damage and putting your dwelling in the path of storm surges or overland flooding. Pipes can rupture or appliances malfunction, transforming the comfort, convenience, and cleanliness water deliver within our homes into disastrous scenarios requiring fast, professional assistance.

Even the relative cleanliness of a freshwater leak spreading from the kitchen or utility room exposes your home to immediate and progressive deterioration. As the hours pass, the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth swiftly increases. Skip the effort it takes to rev up the search engine and comb through the results and just make the call to SERVPRO Of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands.

SERVPRO technicians have vast experience in restoring the damage that free-flowing water produces inside a home. We track the moisture that migrates from the original breach to ensure all structural components and the contents of your home, returning the watery chaos of a household leak to “Like it never even happened.”

Located approximately 50 miles off the Gulf Coast, the communities of Lakeland Highlands and Medulla anticipate the high probability of severe seasonal storms, including tropical depressions and hurricanes. The winds and precipitation of extreme weather drive through building materials intended to protect the interior of your dwelling.

Residential storm damage leads to panic, homeowners trying to cope with a different kind of “my house is flooded” catastrophe. Torrential rain pours through holes in damaged roofs or siding, and contaminated stormwater builds and spills over roads and land, infiltrates crawl spaces, foundations, and lower levels. Not to despair! Help is a phone call away.

Our experienced IICRC certified team has the training and equipment to restore your flooded home back to its pre-storm condition. We have helped customers in Lakeland Highlands, Medulla and your neighborhood. SERVPRO Of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is ready to turn the fear and disorientation of that “my house is flooded” moment to confidence as we partner with you to restore your home.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is the answer to your residential storm damage or leaking appliance woes. Call us at (863) 510-5962 to get our certified technicians and state-of-the-art water damage restoration equipment on the job.

More about this area here.

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.

Click here for more information on the city of Winter Haven.

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.

Click here for more about Lakeland.

Flood Damage in Lakeland Leaves Homes with Bad Odors and Persistently Strong Smells

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Lakeland Leaves Homes with Bad Odors and Persistently Strong Smells When flooding happens during a storm, a quick call to SERVPRO gets our technicians notified as to your particular situation. Call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Flood Damage, Including Any Remaining Odors

Streams, rivers, and other bodies of water do not need to rise very much in Lakeland before lower areas begin to spread outside of their boundaries and into nearby neighborhoods. A little goes a long way, primarily when it can accumulate in depressions in the ground, including many parking lots. This water eventually becomes deeper before flowing into residential and business areas.
Homes that sustained flood damage in Lakeland experience other problems in addition to the water brought inside. Floodwaters are anything but clean. The turbulence caused by the water's movement keeps sediment suspended while picking up additional debris. Some of this debris includes living organisms. These organisms eventually die and decompose, significantly adding to the stench left behind after floodwaters recede to normal levels.
To restore the structure of your home, we cut away saturated areas of walls and put these pieces into bags doubled, as this significantly succeeds in keeping the contents securely inside. This prevents anything from creating additional messes as we take these bags outside of your home to dispose of them. Because flood damage can affect wall cavities above our cut lines, we check with our moisture readers to see if these need drying out, also. When it does, we can prevent further absorption of moisture and save the drywall by getting it dry quickly.
Removing the carpeting, padding, and water-logged drywall and all other damaged portions of your home eliminates a significant amount of the water and much of what causes odors. Just like we dry your house out of residual moisture, we must also remove the ability of remaining contaminants to create foul smells.
Addressing odors left behind by a flood, SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician (OCT) works with different methods that accomplish this task. Thermal fogging can help, much as it does after a fire, by forcing the odor-neutralizing agents into the tiniest cracks and crevices found in every home. These locations often harbor microscopic pathogens and other microbes. Not only can they cause problem smells, but they can continue to multiply and eventually create different kinds of damage in your residence.
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands helps homeowners in the areas near Eagle Lake, and Lake Wales recover after flood damage invades their lives. Call our emergency service line, which is always available, at (863) 510-5962.

Click here for more information on the city of Lakeland.

Mitigating Flood Damage Of Your Sunroom Protects The Rest Of Your Winter Haven Home

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mitigating Flood Damage Of Your Sunroom Protects The Rest Of Your Winter Haven Home A flood can cause major damage to your home.

Mitigating Flood Damage

As the site of both of Florida's Chain of Lakes, residents in Winter Haven can spend time on or near the water without traveling far from home. Although the canals can absorb a significant amount of water when heavy rains drench the area, overflowed banks still happen.

Heavy rainfall can cause lakes and canals to crest and spill into nearby areas within Winter Haven, and this can cause homes to experience flood damage. When yards become saturated from rain, floodwaters end up in homes even more rapidly. When located lower than the main home, sunrooms, covered patios, and outbuildings flood much worse than other areas of the property. SERVPRO's technicians can help restore these, as well. Your home includes much more than solely your house, and we understand that your family relies on each component.

Patios and sunrooms often contain recreational equipment, toys, and lounge furniture, while garages contain the tools and equipment used for taking care of your home. Cleaning these up and ensuring that our partners assist in checking out specialty equipment such as electronics and motors helps get everything entirely back "Like it never even happened."

We begin drying out your home's lower areas by removing the silt and sand deposited by the flood on your floors. Any cupboards, cubbies, or shelving areas below the water line also receive a thorough cleaning and debris removal care. For areas that contain substantial screened areas, sturdy air movers can often suffice in drying the interior structure quickly without needing dehumidifiers or desiccant machines. Garages, however, might require the added machinery. Using drying equipment can successfully help to prevent water damage while keeping microbes from proliferating and creating problems for you later.

Having earned IICRC certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) means SERVPRO technicians know how to implement the most effective methods in restoring your property after a flooding event. We can quickly mitigate disastrous conditions so your family can safely enjoy the amenities of your home thoroughly, without worry of pathogens causing problems.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands' employees enjoy our area's many lakes, also, but after seeing the effects of flood damage, we know that quickly restoring your property after such a catastrophe becomes your highest priority. Call us at (863) 510-5962 so we can help you get everything back to normal.

Click here for more about Winter Haven.

Water Removal Methods Used in Lakeland After a Storm

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Removal Methods Used in Lakeland After a Storm When you are facing flooding, contact SERVPRO so that we can help you through this stressful situation. Call right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Trained Personnel and Equipment to Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

After parts of Lakeland suffer a severe thunderstorm, moisture problems inside buildings can exist. Storms can cause a home to receive water damage in multiple ways. Water can flow into a house from broken windows, worn door and window seals, or holes in the exterior caused by the storm.
If the rainwater coming in from outside has a high contamination level then most porous building materials such as carpet get removed and replaced. In Lakeland, water removal after a storm requires a variety of methods and equipment to mitigate. After materials that cannot be saved are removed, then the remainder of the moisture gets extracted using specialized industrial extraction equipment.
Extractors are built to clean carpet and upholstery as well as to extract moisture. Most extractors have a heater, pump, and vacuum system. When cleaning carpets, the heater, pump and vacuum all get used. During extraction due to water damage, only the vacuum gets implemented.
Our SERVPRO technicians can use either a portable or truck mounted extractor to remove water. Portable extractors can be brought into a structure and are suitable for getting into restricted areas. Truck-mounted extractors do all the same things that portable ones do but are more powerful. Truck-mounted systems have their own power source and get used for both extraction and restorative carpet and upholstery cleaning.
Depending on the type of extractor, portable units have both a solution and waste tank that can each hold five to twelve gallons of water. Portable units typically weigh between 40 and 90 pounds. At 60 degrees Fahrenheit at sea level most portable units have a 140 inches of water lift. These extractors can heat water to temperatures between 180 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Truck-mounted extractors have much larger tanks and can hold 60 to over 100 gallons of water. These systems weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds. The vacuum power of a truck-mounted system is higher with sea level vacuum lift capabilities of 185.71 to 198.98 inches of water lift. These extractors can heat water to temperatures ranging between 180 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
Extraction is the first method used during the mitigation process. After the water gets removed with the extraction systems, drying then takes place. For help with unwanted moisture after a storm call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Click here for more information on the city of Lakeland.

Failing French Drains Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Property

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Failing French Drains Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Property SERVPRO has the tools, expertise, and experience to restore your flood damage back to preloss condition.

Lakeland Flood Damage Restoration Starts With SERVPRO

French drains are an intricate part of water diversion from your Lakeland home. Without this implement, your foundation walls can succumb to enormous pressure from water trapped underground that wants to find a way inside your house. The unfortunate aspect of this critical diversion equipment is that many older homes do not have them at all, or do not have them constructed of the right material to work decades later efficiently.

Unfortunately, there is no real way of knowing what material was used to construct the french drain initially for your house, or if your home ever had one at all. Many people did not personally oversee the construction of the house they own, and secondary implements like these systems can rarely make it onto the technical specifications drawn up for the house. In many cases, the only way short of digging down to the footer underneath the foundation of your property is to wait for your lower level to wear, crack, and eventually cause flood damage to your Lakeland residence.

Fortunately for you, flood damages do not have to be as dramatic and traumatic as they might initially appear. With the right professional restoration team, like our SERVPRO specialists, you can not only have your home back the way that it was but also have these compromised portions of your foundation repaired in the process. From the moment that our team arrives at your house following a flood event, our priority is determining the source of the water and sealing up these vulnerable areas with hydraulic cement.

Since your basement is very likely not a perfect square with easy access, water extraction combines several pieces of equipment to achieve. While some high volumes might require pump trucks from our fleet to pull up the water on the floors, our experienced SERVPRO staff often combines portable pumps and wet-vacs for removal. The pumps can take care of broader issues while the wet-vac is critical for tighter spaces and difficult areas to reach.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Our dedicated staff commits ourselves fully to every restoration job we do. From extraction to drying, to permanent repairs, you can trust the experienced hands at SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (863) 510-5962.

For more on Lakeland, click here

Beautiful Bartow Retreat Hides Irma Water And Mold Damage

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beautiful Bartow Retreat Hides Irma Water And Mold Damage Hurricane Irma Damage Restored by SERVPRO in Bartow

Moisture from Hurricanes Leads to Water and Mold Problems

The inland city of Bartow has a long history and beautiful Victorian-era buildings, some of which sustained serious damage during Hurricane Irma. Your winter home appears to have weathered the storm, at least from what you from photos sent by neighbors. Our work crews have found that exterior condition may not adequately prepare you for what you may find inside.
Hidden hurricane damage is common in Bartow because of the storm’s intensity as it swept through our Central Florida city. The high winds and rain damaged buildings and forced moisture through any crack or crevice. Power outages exacerbated the situation, leaving your vacation home vulnerable when climate control systems went silent without electricity. If you know that your home was without power as it awaited your return you may need our help to inspect for and then respond to secondary damage.
The humid circumstances present in Florida combined with the likelihood that rainwater forced its way in through windows provide a perfect environment for mold growth. Rainwater dripped in between the exterior and interior walls, covering up the mold colonies. After the storm moved beyond the area, lack of air conditioning and the dehumidification AC provides enhanced the conditions needed for mold proliferation. SERVPRO mold remediation experts know ambient humidity higher than 60 percent sustains microbial growth and damage.
Mold remediation training using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols is the standard curriculum taught to our SERVPRO crews. Careful containment methods, including the use of negative pressure air scrubbers and physical barriers, keep unaffected spaces in your Florida second home free of moldy residue during removal of the colonies. We then sanitize the surfaces to inhibit additional microbial outbreaks.
Finally, we help you dry out the moisture Irma pushed into your home. Saturated building materials are monitored as the moisture level drops through the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. Your air conditioning system helps bring the humidity below 50 percent, rendering mold spores incapable of multiplying because the water source is gone.
Any suspicion you have that mold infests your seasonal home leads to only one reasonable response. Invite SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to evaluate your home and to abate any moldy areas. Call (863) 510-5962 to schedule your consultation today.

More information on this Central Florida city

Roof And Water Damage After Heavy Storms In Highland City

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof And Water Damage After Heavy Storms In Highland City Several things can hurt the roof of your Highland City home and can create water damage inside your residence.

Water Damage After A Storms

After a significant storm in the Highland City area, you may notice a leak in your roof. Damage to your roof can happen for a variety of reasons, and the first step to getting it fixed is figuring out what kind of roof damage you might have. No matter what the actual problem is, hiring a professional to help you repair the leak and fix any water damage inside your home is the first step.

Several things can hurt the roof of your Highland City home and can create water damage inside your residence. Some of them include hail damage, bad storms, extreme temperature, high winds, fallen objects, and more. Many situations during the year can pose a threat for your roof, so be on the lookout for something which could harm it.

When your roof has been damaged, you might see signs like water spots, damp looking framework plus paint that is cracking, or wet insulation. These things indicate that somewhere you have a serious leak, and you need to get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO as soon as you can so we can prevent any further damage from happening. We are licensed and experienced to assist you with any water damage problem, and we work quickly but thoroughly to get your home back to normal.

Wind damage is easily seen since you could see whole rows of shingles which were taken from your roof by the wind, or misshapen gutters. Water can then seep into your home through the areas where the singles are missing.

Tile roofs are the most vulnerable and unstable to roof damage. They can break or chip easily when something like a tree limb falls on them. It can be catastrophic during a storm where things are flying around. These roofs are also vulnerable to hail damage, so if you reside where the harsher weather is common, a tile roof should not be something you install on your home.

No matter the cause, SERVPRO can help you clean up your water damage after a storm. We have the right equipment and knowledge to do the job right and restore your home. When you live in the areas of Lakeland, Bartow, or Harland City, SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands are the ones to contact. Just reach out to us at (863) 510-5962, and we waste no time in cleaning up the damage.

For more information about Highland City click here.

How SERVPRO Calculates The Best Dehumidifier Setup After Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Home

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Calculates The Best Dehumidifier Setup After Flood Damage To Your Lakeland Home Our teams take into account key factors including the amount of flood damage that has occurred in your Lakeland home.

Let SERVPRO Find The Best Solution For Your Water Damaged Home

Flood damage is distressing and frightening. Your home no longer seems like your own even after the initial water extraction. Visibly damaged furniture and other personal belongings and that tell-tale damp smell that lingers after flooding both contribute to the feeling that all is not well.

You need help from skilled professionals to help you deal with flood damage to your Lakeland home. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to offer you all the assistance you need to get your home cleaned up and dried out so that it is liveable once more.

A key component of drying your house is the correct use of dehumidifiers. Let us take a look at dehumidifiers and how they work.

Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor held in the air. Florida is no stranger to humidity, so you are most likely used to being in a humid environment. However, humidity is a grave concern after a flood as the more water vapor there is in the air, the higher the moisture level and the more difficult drying becomes.

Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of humidity in the air using a simple but clever process. The unit pulls in moist air from the room and passes it across cooling coils. The coils lower the air temperature and cause condensation which the unit collects. The result: Drier air is reheated and redistributed into the room.

It is easy to see why dehumidifiers are such a vital piece of kit for dealing with flood damage. We train our SERVPRO technicians to calculate the best dehumidifier set-up for your unique situation.

Our teams take into account key factors including the amount of flood damage, the kinds of wet materials that are present (such as porous or non-porous), whether water has seeped into walls and floors, and the capacity of the dehumidifiers at hand. We use the information we gather to carefully calculate how many dehumidifiers are needed to reach the drying goal.

It is impossible to tell how well drying is going simply by looking at your home. Our technicians carefully monitor drying progress using moisture meters. Carefully monitoring means, we can add or remove dehumidifiers as needed or even create a small drying chamber to speed up the process.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We are on hand to help with drying situations. Call SERVPRO of Barlow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 today for help.

For more information regarding the city of Lakeland, click here:

Protect Your Highland City Home From Experiencing Common Problems That Cause Flood Damage

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Highland City Home From Experiencing Common Problems That Cause Flood Damage SERVPRO restoration specialists do much more than help you recover after an emergency happens.

Protect Your Home With The Help of SERVPRO

Regardless of how a flood occurs on your property, these incidents can be troublesome. Floods affect your house, family, and living conditions in many ways that cause stress, uneasiness, and doubt. Luckily, help is never far away; your recovery does not need to be a painful process.

You likely already have flood insurance for your Highland City property, which is good. Flood damage is becoming more common and homeowners these days are getting smarter. If for some reason you have not discussed this type of coverage with your insurance company, you should reconsider.

Flood damage occurs in every home at some point, having the proper insurance ensures that you have the financial support in place to help protect your investment. If you own a home and do not have basic insurance, a relationship with a trusted restoration company, and a plan in place to help get your family to safety, you are ill-prepared for what might happen.

Households these days come standard with a variety of appliances that pose severe flooding risks, think about all of the problems that can occur on your property. You could have a plumbing leak that floods your basement or crawl space under your house. A washing machine supply line could spill hundreds of gallons of water within minutes. Your water heater, ice maker, dishwasher, refrigerator, and every plumbing fixture in your home poses a threat.

However, with SERVPRO’s help, you can easily prevent these and other common flooding issues found in most homes. Educate yourself, have your property inspected to find problems before they have an opportunity to cause significant damage.

SERVPRO restoration specialists do much more than help you recover after an emergency happens. Having a few discussions with these expertly trained environmental disaster specialists can open your eyes to a variety of circumstances that you simply are not aware of yet.

Give SERVPRO the opportunity to check common areas of your home. We can help you prepare for flooding, fire, mold, and storm damage that most homeowners face. You should take advantage of the experience and knowledge available to you.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakland Highlands for additional information about our available services and see what we can do to help protect your home, today. (863) 510-5962

For more information regarding the city of Lakeland, click here:

Storm Damage Affects Homes in Highland City from Top to Bottom

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Affects Homes in Highland City from Top to Bottom Flooded Floors in Highland City Require Water Extraction for Restoration

SERVPRO Inspects Your Highland City Property Thoroughly for Storm Damage

Your home protects you and your family from the outside world, and that includes protection from the elements. Sometimes, though, your home is itself damaged by those same elements of nature. While a hurricane is more likely to cause extensive damage, a smaller storm can cause costly damage to your home, too.
Homes in Highland City can sustain sudden storm damage during even small storms. Trees that have weakened over time can fall when we least expect them to topple over. Shingles can come loose and fly away. Rain can enter through the gaps created by the loss of the shingles and destroy the contents of your home.
The extent of the damage is not always ascertainable simply by looking at different rooms. At SERVPRO, we have devices that can provide us with readings of how highly elevated the humidity is in each section of your home, and prioritize our work accordingly. We concentrate on your home as a whole, not simply one room that was damaged – we track where that damage goes within your home's interior, including the framework.
To fully restore your home after storm damage has happened, we must be aggressive in our efforts. We also must be trained well and knowledgeable about how storms can damage structures, what the best methods are for such damage, and how to use the equipment utilized in those endeavors. Our technicians are certified in ASD (Applied Structural Drying) and WRT (Water Damage Restoration). These and other certificates are crucial in restoring your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Containing storm damage is essential in gaining the best results because wherever water spreads, it creates additional damage. Not only that, but the debris a storm carries can also have devastating effects. Some debris is easily cleaned away, such as leaves or seed pods from trees. Storms are not always so kind, though, and can also bring debris from garbage into your home, and some of this can be highly hazardous to safety and health if allowed to remain. We know how to erase the damage done to your home and quickly get your family life back to normal.
For any size storm damage, call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands, at (863) 510-5962. We are always available, 24/7, to take your call and answer your questions.

Flood Damage Can Also Affect Your Mulberry Home's Patio and Pool

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Also Affect Your Mulberry Home's Patio and Pool SERVPRO Can Save Your Flood Damaged Swimming Pool in Mulberry

SERVPRO Provides Restoration and Clean Up After a Flood or Tropical Storm

Having a pool in Florida is one of those things that many take for granted, and caring for it is one of the chores that just comes with the territory. When a flood happens, homes aren't the only aspects of American life that end up waterlogged. Pools can also become victims of floods.
When your pool and patio have been submerged under flood waters in Mulberry, don't add to the flood damage already present by draining your pool. While you might think draining your pool to dispose of the contaminated water should be the first thing to do, it actually isn't. You can cause your pool to pop out of the ground from massive hydrostatic pressure, from the oversaturated soil. After a flood, water levels in drenched lawns can remain high for long periods of time. There are other steps you should take to restore your pool, and we can help with the process. Do you have residential flood insurance?
As our SERVPRO techs clean your patio of contaminants left behind by the floodwaters, we can rid your pool of any solid debris. This removal will help prepare the surface so you can add the required treatments. One of the first treatments should be to bind the particulates, so these settle to the bottom of the pool, making it more efficient to use the pool vacuum. The filtration system should not be turned on until it, and any other electric equipment has been cleared as safe to use by a certified electrician. After the particulates have been eliminated, then it is effective to begin shocking your pool and checking pH levels. SERVPRO suggests calling in a pool service if the cleanup appears overwhelming.
Patio furniture and pool toys that were left outside should be cleaned and sanitized before they are used again. Debris in the yard should also be cleared away and disposed of properly. We can assist you with accomplishing this task, ensuring that your exterior living space is once again a healthy environment for your family and guests.
Call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962, for assistance in restoring your inground pool to a usable condition when your home suffers flood damage. We can assist with this and the many aspects of flood damage restoration inside your home, also. Available 24/7 to take your call, we want to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Basements can Suffer Flood Damage During Heavy Rains in Mulberry if Your Foundation is Cracked

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Basements can Suffer Flood Damage During Heavy Rains in Mulberry if Your Foundation is Cracked If you suffer from a flood in your basement, Call SERVPRO to remove the water and your basement to “Like it never even happened.”

Throughout the year, there are often heavy storms that can cause storm damage. However, one aspect of heavy rains, flooding, is typically seen as above ground. This is true, but an additional threat that homeowners should be aware of is saturated ground next to their home caused by heavy downpours. If there are cracks in the foundation's walls, this water can seep in. Most often, it is slowly at first, but if there are several cracks and crevices, this can create a big mess in your basement rather quickly.

In Mulberry, flood damage is a common aspect of Florida life. With the many lakes and rivers, it's common for these bodies of water to overflow their boundaries and make their way into living rooms. The incoming water can be easily seen in advance, which allows for homeowners to move things to higher areas of your home. But when your basement is accumulating water below you, you might not realize it until much later.

When you see water in your basement, from any source, you should call expert and reliable professionals so they can get the water removed. Then the necessary cleaning and restoration can begin. Until the water is extracted, there is no work that can begin and damage to your belongings, and also to your home, continues and worsens. SERVPRO will not only extract all of the water, but if it is dirty water that contains contaminants, we'll also sanitize your home, making it safe again for you and your family. We'll ensure that things are dry again, so that secondary water damage doesn't affect your home later.

Repairing and restoring your basement's interior should be done after foundation cracks are taken care of. This can be via a new wall or other methods. If temporary methods are used, these should be inspected on a regular basis to help ensure that our restorative work will last. Ensuring your basement is dry is important in keeping mold under control, and also the humidity level in the upper levels of your home. Mold is everywhere, and allowing moisture to infiltrate your home from the basement is completely avoidable.

Call us, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 and we'll get your basement dry again, fast, helping you get everything back to normal again.

The Effects of a Tropical Storm

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Effects of a Tropical Storm High winds and severe rainfall from a tropical storm can cause property damage.

Tropical Storms can Turn into Hurricanes

Weather patterns have potential to change rapidly with little or no warning. The national weather service monitors the changing atmospheric conditions carefully and provides updates to the public regarding alerts and warnings. Local television stations broadcast a report of current conditions and projected rainfall totals over a period. Meteorologists inform the public about the weather as the conditions change and when there is evidence of declining conditions. As weather conditions deteriorate, there exists a greater chance of transitioning weather patterns into adverse conditions. 

One of the most common types of a severe storm is the tropical storm. Do not discount the possibility that a tropical storm can transition into a hurricane. Although meteorologists provide up to date reports, keep an eye out on your local conditions and remain aware of changing conditions. As tropical storm affects a community, the weather ranges from sustained high winds, moderate to severe rainfall, and this leads to the destruction of property. Catastrophic property damage, flooding, and safety risks are possible under these conditions. A tropical storm that does not transform into a hurricane still needs to be taken seriously because it can produce the same type of violent outcomes as a hurricane. Anyone who discounts the severity of the tropical storm is subject to unexpected consequences. 

The majority of the tropical storm damage comes from the sustained torrential rains. Intense storms cause damage to old and leaking rooftops. Once a roof top is weak, the unexpected effects of a tropical storm include significant damage such as leaking, collapses, chimney breakdown, skylight damage, and other types of destruction. Unexpected property damage of personal belongings, hot water heaters, and furnaces leads to unforeseen expenses. The effects of a tropical storm are expensive and create economic challenges. Not only is the homeowner or business owner incurring added costs, but the consequences are also widespread in the surrounding community. 

Massive flooding and water damage cause delays in delivering groceries to local supermarkets. The tropical storm can cause a food shortage until the roads are clear, and the flooding has subsided to allow delivery trucks to pass through. Stagnant water lingering can cause health concerns over contaminated water. Citizens within the community may experience delays getting to their pharmacies for essential medications. The effects of a tropical storm are clearly serious matters that can impede the flow of daily life. For these reasons, it is important to recognize the effects of tropical storms and be prepared to handle the consequences. 

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Polk County business owners and residents. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 for 27/7 emergency assistance.

Flood damage in Highlands City and Taking Advantage of SERVPRO Flood Damage Services Assistance

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood damage in Highlands City and Taking Advantage of SERVPRO Flood Damage Services Assistance Recovering from a Highlands City flood may be one of the most difficult things a homeowner and their family will go through.

Taking Advantage of Professional Flood Damage Services Assistance

Recovering from a flood may be one of the most difficult things a homeowner and their family will go through. In some flood damage cases, people may lose everything including the home itself. In other situations, people may have some items left that may be salvage. So, it can be a long drawn out process for anyone who has ever been a victim of these and other similar situations.
To get started, there are some essential things that every homeowner should know, and that is, the owner of the home will need to solicit the appropriate help to minimize the struggles that lie ahead of them. In fact, flood damage recovery in Highlands City is a job that many professionals in this industry perform on a daily basis for a wide diversity of customers. Therefore, they will know exactly where they should begin the process of getting things back together again. The services that these companies provide are immediate and comprehensive since they know the process for flood damage and can provide a more detailed solution for the right clean up procedures. It does not matter what time of the day their services are required because they offer 24-hour emergency assistance to the areas that they service. For instance, once a representative from a flood damage recovery company is contacted, they will send the appropriate staff members to take on a leading role. The role that they play will range from assessing the site to see what damage has been done and what the team can do to start the process of removing all of the flood waters.
It is also important for the family to know that these professionals will review the flood damage to see what can be done to secure the home so that vandals cannot ruin what is left. For instance, if the home cannot be occupied by the family until the recovery process is entirely complete, they will board up the windows and the doors so that no one can enter the home without the proper authorization from those who are responsible for the home during these times. The lead of the team is also responsible for ensuring that everyone involved stays on the same page in the recovery process. For example, the homeowner and the lead of the water removal team will work together to ensure a smooth and seamless process. From removing all of the flood waters with state of the art equipment to providing an advanced water inspection after the process of extraction is complete, the family can be assured that their home can be restored to its pre-water damage condition.
So, for those of you who are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands, you can contact our professionals at (863) 510-5962 today.

Commercial Storm Damage Means Quick And Thorough Actions

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Commercial Storm Damage Means Quick And Thorough Actions Storms can occur at almost any time during the year.

Office Buildings In  Storm Damage Means Quick And Thorough Actions

Storms can occur at almost any time during the year. The commercial storm damage Lakeland structures can experience can make for a frustrating few hours and, because of it, days can be spent in the recovery from it. The fast action on your part must be as efficient as the storm was cruel. It must be carried out by professionals that complete these tasks on a day to day basis.

The issue of storm damage means there is more than merely water or fire damage with which to concern yourself. The storm may have caused a fire, and that is certainly something that must be dealt with first. More than likely what you have on your hands is water damage and the possibility of molds and mildews coming in. There can also be wind damage and things that can be blown into and onto your building that could shatter windows, tear off shingles, shutters and any other decorative elements of your building.

It is probably time to call a storm damage restoration company to take care of everything at the same time. They are in the best situation to locate the problems and correct everything to your satisfaction. It all begins with a complete, detailed inspection of the building or entire campus.

This examination begins as soon as the company gets to your location. They are licensed to be in any area that needs work. The licensed plumbers, electricians, and construction workers should be able to identify what is happening, what is wrong and how it needs to be remedied. The plan they create for your building is based on industry standards and all building codes and regulations.

This crew looks at the exterior of the building(s) from the top to the bottom. You may have had shingles or gutters blown off. The venting on the roofs may be loose, and any other items connected to it could be dislodged and need repair or replacement.

Windows may be shattered and need replacement, requiring new glazing and sealant. The plantings may also have been uprooted as well as benches, retaining walls and statuary may be moved around.

Inside, water damage can cause many problems. This is not even considering the possibility of molds being introduced into your building. The professionals in this storm remediation companies have the specialized equipment, trained personnel and the experience to locate and remove any molds they find in all of the areas it can get.

Molds will be located, along with the presence of any water that is where it should not be and removed quickly. If not removed and the area sanitized quickly, this condition can present an unhealthy environment to your employees and visitors.

A complete listing of all issues will be brought to your attention, and you can decide how to proceed. The things on this list will be critical tasks to accomplish to bring your commercial building(s) into compliance with all health regulations and building codes, so fast action is to everyone's benefit.

If, after a storm, you wish to call a professional crew who has been satisfying commercial clients for many years, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 for the rapid response needed.