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Water Damage To Your Polk County Home? No Problem!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded room in home If your home or business floods, call SERVPRO right away!

Has a pipe burst or have you experienced a toilet leak in your Lakeland / Polk County home or business? No need to worry because we are Here to Help®!  

Our team is on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure that your water loss emergency is handled immediately no matter what. Even if it’s in the middle of the night or on a holiday, we will be there. It doesn’t matter the size or location either, whether it’s your home or business, we’ve got the equipment, manpower, and training to get the job done right! 

So, if you find yourself with water damage, give SERVPRO Of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands a call today at 863-510-5962!  

My house flooded! Now What? flooded!! Now what?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

House flooded to ceiling with floating furniture Call SERVPRO at (863)510-5962 if your office experiences water damage.

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (863)510-5962

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - If Possible, Stop the Water   

If your flood is caused by a broken pipe or an appliance leak, the water should be turned off at the main water valve as quickly as possible.

Step 2 - Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands for an Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Our certified technicians will determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect  to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Do's and Don'ts After a Flood

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Local church flooded Major flood at a local church was caused by ruptured pipe.

Things you can do before help arrives:

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After a Flood

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you experience water damage in your home or business, call us at 863-510-5962 24/7!

Is it Safe to Enter a Wet Property?

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Contact SERVPRO if your home experiences water damage!

Polk County Residents Choose SERVPRO to Return their Homes to a Safe Condition after Water Intrusion. 

Why are wet properties dangerous?

Performing restoration work in Polk County can present many different hazards that both residents and technicians need to be aware of, including electrical hazards, structural deficiencies, and slip, trip, and fall hazards. A wet structure is likely to be full of small dangers requiring special precautions to avoid personal injury or further damage the resident. Restoring power to a property, for example, could lead to an electrical fault or fire without exercising the proper safety precautions. SERVPRO is adept at assessing a property with water intrusion and restoring a safe environment.

What kind of dangers are there in a damaged property?

  • Wet or weakened structural components like staircases, light fittings, and ceilings
  • Damages to the electrical wiring as well as potential electrical currents being conducted by water
  • Slippery flooring or hidden obstacles that could lead to falls and personal injury

When is it safe to return electricity to a wet property?

Water conducts electrical currents, so water restoration professionals in Polk County take extra -care before resetting power.  Creating a safe environment first involves a careful assessment of the power distribution channel. It is vital to shut off all circuit breakers via this box in an emergency to avoid causing electrical damage, especially when water migrates into wall cavities or crawl spaces. SERVPRO technicians may opt to use external power with an industrial generator to run equipment until the building is completely dry before resetting the power. 

What steps make a wet property electrically safe?

  • Shutting off all circuit breakers via the power distribution panel
  • Posting clear signage and lockout tags on the power distribution panel to prevent reactivation of circuitry
  • Use of ground fault circuit interrupters when using electrical equipment within the property

A wet property could be dangerous. For secure restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 or text (863) 617-1976

4 Tips To Prevent Water Damage During a Vacation

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of luggage Protect your home while on vacation

Four Tips To Protect Your Home When You Go Away

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

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

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

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

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

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

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

SERVPRO Can Help with Your Lakeland Water Damaged Home

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Telltale Signs

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

Your Floor Feels Spongier or Softer


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

Your Bathroom Walls are No Longer Straight and Flat


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

Visible Discoloration of the Walls and Ceiling is Present


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

Repairs are Needed from an Experienced and Qualified Company


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

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

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is located in our local communities and proudly responds immediately to all calls 24/7, even on holidays! (863) 510-5962

Water Damage Restoration Needs Count On The Professionals

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

Never Panic when Your Lakeland Home Experiences a Water Damages

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


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

Click here for more about Bartow.

The Crucial Procedures During Water Damage Restoration Process

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal The Crucial Procedures During Water Damage Restoration Process

Importance Of Following Proper Procedures During Water Cleanup 

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

We Can Restore Your Home In Bartow After A Water Damage Emergency

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Get your home back to preloss conditions, contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 now.

Water Damage And Microbe Restoration In Bartow

These days, it is difficult to talk about water restoration without talking about microbes. All types of water contain microbes which are usually not a problem. However, where there are large quantities of standing water that has been left to dwell, these microbes can proliferate forming mold colonies and causing your water category to deteriorate through contamination.

A household with water damage in Bartow should seek immediate help. Microbes can enter your body by being inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Since water provides the perfect conditions for these types of growth, ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned and dried can guard against costly secondary damages.

SERVPRO has a range of drying equipment at our disposal which can be mobilized quickly. For standing water above two inches, we can deploy gas-powered pumps. To help draw moisture from carpets, floors, and fittings, we can use portable water extractors or rapid air-movers.

Most equipment for drying a property uses hot air to move particles around and evaporate moisture. The issue with this method is that it can significantly raise humidity levels in your home. Humidity levels of 65% can provide the ideal conditions for mold spores to settle and proliferate. SERVPRO uses thermal hygrometers to measure humidity levels throughout service and restore them to their natural level in the home.

When surfaces come into contact with water they could become infected with the microbial matter. SERVPRO use a range of chemical agents including anti-microbial treatment, disinfectants, sanitizers, and fungistats. These cleaning chemicals can be applied to surfaces to kill microbes or reduce the likelihood of them spreading and forming fully-fledged colonies.

Water restoration is changing, with an extensive focus on the secondary damages that can become a huge problem for homeowners. We are continually adapting our approach to ensure that we deal with both the primary and secondary issues occurring with property damages.

Get your home back to preloss conditions, contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 now.

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Contact SERVPRO for Your Water Damage Restoration Needs in Lakeland

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

Never Panic when Your Lakeland Home Experiences a Water Damage Incident

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


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

Click here for more about Bartow.

Our Technicians Explain Following Crucial Procedures During Our Water Damage Restoration Process In Lakeland

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 to assist you.

Importance Of Following Proper Procedures During Water Cleanup In Lakeland

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

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

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

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

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

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Let Our Water Damage Specialists Restore Your Home In Lakeland

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

Reacting To Water Damage To Your Lakeland Home

Water damage can affect a home quite unexpectedly, leaving the homeowner at a loss and in need of help. Whether a pipe bursts or a natural disaster is responsible for the onset of overwhelming water damage, it is important to consider the hidden dangers a flood can cause.

When water damage affects a Lakeland home, it is important to seek the most professional advice available, such as that offered by SERVPRO. Even though it may seem like extracting water from the home is the only goal to salvaging the situation, in reality, it takes more than that. Our specialized team of experts is able to walk into the home and offer its professional assessment as to the integrity of the home's structure and any other perils that may be lurking behind its walls.

SERVPRO has been a resource for homeowners for many decades, and we have focused on providing the latest technology for extracting water, drying the structure and its contents and 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 resources as soon as possible. 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.

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Proven Tips to Remove Odors After Lakeland Water Damage

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of how the excess water gets into your home, SERVPRO has the tools to remediate the damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Using an Ozone Machine After Water Damage in Lakeland

Water damage can happen anytime without warning. Just imagine having a leaky roof, bad plumbing, broken refrigerator, and laundry gone wrong. When all this happens, small amounts of water can slowly flow into your establishment. Sometimes, we are so busy with our lives that we are not aware that the floor is wet or that there is moisture on the wall. When these water are left unattended, they can lead to some expensive and outrageous repairs or replacements. Plus, water damage can destroy the structural foundation of your real estate. It can cause your floors to warp up, destroy the texture of your walls, damaged your carpets, and create an unpleasant odor.
 
Water damage in the Lakeland location can become quite troublesome. This situation is especially true if you do not get rid of the excess water as soon as possible. It can form mold, mildew, and odor-causing particles. Even if you spray Lysol or perfume, that can only mask the odor, but not get rid of it. Luckily, there is an advanced technology such as an Ozone machine that can release 03 molecules to react and destroy the odor-causing particles. It can also do the same with bacteria and spores in the air. The primary function of this machine is to release ozone to attach to the particles or spores, and to break them down. However, such equipment requires a lot of skills, expertise, and funding to own one.
 
SERVPRO technicians have all the right tools and skills to help get rid of water damage in your establishment. They can extract excess water from your home, and destroy unpleasant odor with the O-Zone machine. They know how to effectively use the machine to neutralize odor-causing bacteria and particles. Once they get rid of the odor and water, they can walk you through the establishment to ensure that you are satisfied with the results. With SERVPRO water restoration experts, they can provide you with excellent guidance and support to help you 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.

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Our Advanced Equipment Is Better And Faster At Restoring Your Water Damaged Winter Haven Property

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Situations can happen unexpectedly such as a burst pipe, bad plumbing, or leaky roof.

Extraction Tools During Water Cleanup In The Winter Haven Location

Situations can happen unexpectedly such as a burst pipe, bad plumbing, or leaky roof. All of this can invite unnecessary amount of water into your home. If you have just experienced this disastrous result in your establishment, then the first thing on your mind is how to get rid of it immediately. The worst part about water damage is that it can stimulate the growth of mold, bacteria, and mildew. Another issue is that the damage can further destroy the structure and foundation of your home. This problem reveals why it is essential to be well-informed about the water cleanup process, so you are aware of what to expect.

The water cleanup process in the Winter Haven location may require some knowledge and expertise. The most effective method of removing water from the establishment is by utilizing the extraction equipment. It is critical to remove water immediately to avoid costly damages and repair that can escalate further. When you quickly extract the moisture from the environment, it can significantly reduce the drying duration more efficiently.

The SERVPRO technicians can promptly enter your residential area and analyze the situation. They can start the water remediation process immediately by using the extractors to clean the carpet and upholstery. The equipment can also remove water from the floor. The convenient part about the extractor tool is that it is highly portable and can be truck-mounted to provide maximum access inside any infrastructures. Once we extract all the water from the establishment, the SERVPRO water remediation techs can use other advanced equipment to speed up the drying process. When everything is complete, they can walk you through your residential area to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.

If you are ready to extract water from your establishment, then give SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands a call at (863) 510-5962 for a consultation with a water remediation expert. We can promptly send our experts to your residential establishment to get started on the water remediation process as soon as possible.

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Highland City's Water Damage Deodorization Methods

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment and tools to restore your home after a water damage event.

A variety of deodorization methods can be used to restore your home after water damage

Whenever water leaks into your Highland City home, the first goal is to remove all moisture as quickly as possible. As water sits indoors, much damage gets caused as time goes on. Moisture can ruin the structural integrity of building materials inside your house. If water gets left inside for more than 48 hours, mold growth can occur.

After all of the moisture gets extracted and dried out inside a structure, sometimes foul, mildew-like odors exist. SERVPRO's water damage technicians in Highland City have experience using different deodorization methods for buildings affected by moisture. The first step to any deodorization process is to remove the source of the foul odors.

When unpleasant aromas still exist after all moisture gets removed, there are a few different ways that we move forward with the deodorization process. Some chemicals and methods cause chemical reactions with the malodor particles causing them to neutralize. Other methods use better-smelling aromas to mask the unpleasant ones.

In some cases, where it is impractical to pull back the carpet to get to the padding or backing we use injection deodorization methods. Some types of deodorization chemicals get injected into carpet or upholstery using a syringe and needle or a pump and injection needle. In most water damage scenarios, disinfectant chemicals get sprayed onto the affected area using hand or pump sprayers.

In other more extreme scenarios, deodorization chemicals get dispersed using an ultra-low volume or ULV fogger. Wet foggers break down water-based and solvent-based deodorants into tiny particles. The tiny particles then penetrate materials removing the unpleasant odors.

To keep excess chemicals from creating more problems inside the home, we often use ventilation box fans to ventilate the building. The box fans usually get set up before and after deodorization occurs to force air flow through a structure. Sometimes air scrubbers get set up that suck air into a HEPA filter before exhausting it back into the environment. Odor and chemical particles get trapped inside the HEPA filter removing them from the air.

Sometimes foul odors have multiple sources, so we use a combination of deodorization methods to remove them. If you ever need help with deodorization, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 24/7.

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Aging Appliances Can Flood Your Mulberry Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Make the Call to SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup After a Dishwasher Flooding in Your Mulberry Kitchen

Water Damage in Mulberry, No Matter the Source, Can Be Mitigated with SERVPRO'S Swift Service

When you think of the various ways that Mulberry homes typically get flooded, most people instantly think of severe weather conditions and water pouring through the walls of some weak foundation. While this is undoubtedly the case at times, this is not at all one of the most common reasons that homes in the area find themselves seeking professional restoration services on account of a substantial water emergency.
 
If you want to know what can commonly bring about flood damage to your Mulberry home, the answer would be aging appliances. Often as these machines age, their ability to perform as you would like them to gets inconsistent and unreliable. When your appliances get directly connected to a steady water source, like a washing machine or a water heater, a failure in the seals of these appliances could have disastrous results. Without the ability to recognize that the water is not filling the appliance, these machines can continue to fill and allow considerable volumes to pour onto the floor in a brief time.
 
When our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, our priority is stopping the flow of water if you have not successfully done so yet. Extraction follows shortly after the shutdown, as this aids in preventing more water damage to structural elements of your house as the water sits in a pool around them. The extraction process begins with a pump truck from our fleet and gets completed with wet-vacs with specific attachments to reach difficult areas inaccessible to our truck pump’s vacuum. Technicians are very flexible on the type of equipment we can use to expedite the water removal.
 
While our experienced technicians work to dry the area, we can begin to assess construction elements that have gotten too extensively damaged to get adequately restored. While we have the equipment to dry within walls (possibly an injectidry system) and deep beneath the flooring of the affected areas of your home (drying mats), this process cannot guarantee that the flooding did not irreparably damage individual portions of these areas. In these situations, we can remove the damaged materials and prepare the area for later reconstruction and reinstallation.
 
Appliances do not get built to last forever, and even with the most meticulous of maintenance and upkeep, can fail you over time. If your appliance has left you with a considerable water emergency, you can trust in SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to help you clean up the mess. We are available 24/7 by calling (863) 510-5962.

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Water Damage Technicians in Bartow

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes that break behind walls can silently cause a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the source of the water damage in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Drying Out Your Property to Help Prevent Secondary Mold Damages

Whenever a pipe breaks inside your Bartow home, water possibly spills out ruining contents and building materials. It is vital that the moisture gets removed quickly so that mold growth does not occur. First, all water gets extracted off of hard surface floors and out of carpet and upholstery.
 
Next, drying occurs so that moisture levels get returned to their normal conditions. Bartow's water damage specialists of SERVPRO use air movers that increase the rate of evaporation, thus reducing drying time. Air movers increase evaporation at the surface level by pushing moisture into the air as vapor and replacing the wet air as drier air.
 
The purpose of air moving equipment is to create the ideal environment for moisture removal. The air movers come with carpet clamps on top of the exhaust that get used to force air underneath the carpet, drying out the sub-floor. We have shrouds that attach to the snouts of the equipment allowing air to get pushed into wall cavities and underneath cabinets.
 
The fans get set up in a circular motion so that air hits all walls at a 45-degree angle. The equipment comes with variable speeds (1, 2, and 3) that make them useful in different areas. In places where curtains or other items possibly get displaced, lower speeds (such as 1) get used. When moving air underneath the carpet, higher speeds (like 3) get used to force the carpet to "float."
 
Often, we remove the baseboard and drill holes into the drywall so that air flows into the wall cavities. In some scenarios, wall cavity ventilating systems get used. Most systems consist of a blower and attached hoses that push dry air into wall cavities replacing the moist air.
 
In some cases, venting box or axial fans get used creating high-velocity airflows. Heavy-duty venting box fans have an air moving capability of 3,200 CFM. These fans get used when large volumes of air need to get pushed in situations such as removing mildew odors or drying structural components.
 
Most of the time during the drying process, dehumidifiers get used to remove moisture from the air and add heat to the room. Anytime you need professional drying equipment to remedy your problem call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Water Removal From a Bathroom in Your Eagle Lake Home

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your bathroom has many potential sources. Don't despair if your bathroom suffered water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Certified Technicians Categorize the Water Damage in Your Home and Remediate Accordingly

It is possible for water to leak from anywhere that it runs inside the home. Your Eagle Lake bathroom is susceptible to water escaping from the pipes because there is usually water running to the sink, shower or bath, and toilet. Since most bathrooms have three separate sources of water running into them, they are at high risk of a pipe breaking.

If a pressurized water pipe gets damaged, then an excessive amount of water can pour into the bathroom. When a sizable amount of water ends up on your bathroom floor, having a company that specializes in water removal in Eagle Lake, such as SERVPRO, assist you is a wise idea. Since most bathrooms are relatively small, much water can accumulate inside the room in a small amount of time.

Once water starts flooding your bathroom, it can seep into some places inside the room. Water starts filling the floor; then it spreads into areas that cannot be seen such as underneath the bathtub. It is also possible that water seeps into and underneath the vanity possibly ruining it. Water can also saturate flooring and begin causing damage to the floorboards.

Bathrooms are a common place for water damage not just due to their three freshwater sources, but the three water drains can cause problems too. If water comes from a fresh source, then it is considered a category one water damage. However, if water comes from the bath, shower, toilet or sinks drain, it is "grey water" or a category two water damage. If there is a sewage backup, there is a good chance that it is "black water."

The techniques a company like SERVPRO uses to mitigate the water damage problem vary depending on the type of water present. Our IICRC certified technicians have the experience and equipment to test the water contamination level. After the water type is determined, the proper mitigation method begins.

If you are dealing with fresh or "white" or "grey" water, repairing the damage with extraction and drying is possible. If the water is "black" water, demolition and deodorization occur.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands understands the best industry water removal techniques for your bathroom. If you ever have a water-related problem in your bathroom call us immediately at (863) 510-5962 for 24/7 assistance.

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Trusting the Professionals to Oversee Water Removal in Your Lakeland Home

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Dishwashers and other appliance don't last forever. Keep an eye on them and should they leak, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians are Up to Date on the Latest Water Extraction Techniques

Damaging water in your Lakeland home might not be something that is always on your mind, but it should be something that you know how to manage when it happens. Appliances, pipes and other water storage implements throughout your home are not designed to last forever. While some of these incidents might be on a smaller scale, restoration and extraction should be done by experienced professional for many reasons.
 
The first reason that you are going to want to trust our team of professionals with the current or future water removal out of your Lakeland home is our knowledge. Years of experience have created a well-oiled machine that knows how to stop the problem from getting worse as well as repair the damages that have already happened.
 
Another reason professionals are to be involved is the equipment needed to assess the full extent of the damage. You might not be able to tell the full range of the damage done, especially if the problem area is within a wall, or only partially visible. Our SERVPRO team can thoroughly inspect the affected area to make sure that the source of the water damage is removed or repaired before getting to work on restoration.
 
Drying the area is only part of an intricate process to restore any level of damage to a home entirely, but it is a crucial one. Given the amount of saturation, it is possible that only drying equipment such as blower fans with heating elements are necessary to eliminate any dampness and moisture. In more extreme cases, portable pumps and pumping trucks can be used to remove larger volumes of water before starting the drying procedures.
 
Restoring the area is not finished until there are no signs that a problem ever existed. The process involves repairing any structural damages, thoroughly cleaning the affected area, and removing any lingering threats (such as the presence of mold).
 
Knowing what to do when an emergency like this happens can save your home from more extensive damages. Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands 24/7 at  (863) 510-5962.

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Why Air Scrubbers AND Dehumidifiers are Important for Repairing Water Damage in Polk County

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Damaged pipes can dump a large volume of water into your home. Call SERVPRO quickly to figure out the cause and then to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Most Effective Tools When it Comes to Dealing with Water Damage in Your Home

When it comes to the clean-up of residential water damage, there are lots of different methods and strategies available for use. The reason for this is that every case is unique. Cracked pipes and burst water mains do not necessarily require the same approach as a backed up toilet or water intrusion from a natural source.

It is up to restoration experts like SERVPRO to select the most effective techniques for repairing water damage in Polk County. We also have to choose the right combination of equipment, so that the drying process progresses as quickly as possible. Our technicians rely on two very important tools to achieve this objective – dehumidifiers and air scrubbers.

Getting to Grips with the Basics

Dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are commonly confused, but they have distinct purposes and operate in different ways. Often, both are present during residential drying, because they complement one another in the right conditions. Dehumidifiers are the more sophisticated device, as they accelerate the rate of natural evaporation.

It is useful for water damaged spaces because the heavy, moisture filled air is forced to transition into a liquid at a faster speed. As long as this water gets captured (and not left to accumulate on surfaces), materials dry much quicker. Dehumidifiers can draw air in at rates of up to 400 CFM.

Air scrubbers, on the other hand, have a slightly different job. They do not influence the level of humidity or change the rate of evaporation. They use rotating fans to draw in the moist air and direct it through a special HEPA filter. Any allergens, airborne debris, and mold spores (which are likely if wet conditions persist for longer than two days) get trapped in the filter.

The Ultimate Drying Team

As air scrubbers ‘clean’ the air, by eliminating irritants, and dehumidifiers dry it, by removing the excess water, they make an excellent restoration team. SERVPRO often introduces both devices to water damaged spaces, because they provide a balanced and comprehensive drying service.

We commonly use larger oscillating fans in proximity to air scrubbers. While they can draw air through the HEPA filter at a rate of up to 900CFM per minute, the addition of fans in larger rooms ensures that all unwanted spores become dislodged from surfaces. Once they are in the air, it is only a matter of time until the filter traps and contains them.

To find out more about the benefits of dehumidifiers and air scrubbers, you can talk to our water damage repair team. SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands deals with floods and leaks of all sizes, so we can help you if your home is a victim. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

Selecting the Right Dehumidifier for Water Removal in Highland City Homes

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

The two main types of dehumidifier are the desiccant and the refrigerant. They both work towards the same goal, but they do it in different ways.

Choosing the Correct Dehumidifier in Highland City Homes for Water Removal 


When flooding strikes, there are all kinds of tools and devices which can be used to remove water and restore safety to a home. While complete remediation is a complex process and involves various stages, water removal is the primary task.


Pumping and dehumidification are very different techniques, but they are both designed to carry out effective water removal in Highland City homes. After pumping has dealt with as much standing water as possible, dehumidifiers are used to draw moisture out of porous materials.


Keep reading for information on the different types of dehumidifiers utilized by SERVPRO during restoration and cleanup projects.


Removing Water from the Air


The two main types of dehumidifier are the desiccant and the refrigerant. They both work towards the same goal (extracting water from the air), but they do it in slightly different ways. Desiccant devices pull moisture from the air and into the machine, where it gets captured by a special gel. On the other hand, refrigerant dehumidifiers use icy coil systems to do the same job.


Safe Disposal of Water


It means that they handle excess water in different ways too. While desiccant machines only capture the water and hold it in a receptacle, refrigerant devices actually convert it back into clean, dry air. It is one of the reasons why they are the more common choice for SERVPRO. When combined with air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers are ideal for establishing a controlled, sustainable level of humidity.


Best Times to Operate


Even though refrigerant dehumidifiers are very sophisticated, they are not always a suitable choice. For instance, in conditions below fifty degrees, desiccant machines perform better. Refrigerant dehumidifiers find their optimal conditions above this threshold. They are also very energy efficient, so they are a viable choice even in buildings with low power.


Speed of Water Removal


Desiccant drying machines are particularly handy when it comes to drying out less porous materials (than fabric). They include things like concrete, hardwood, and plasterboard. In contrast, refrigerant dehumidifiers excel when used to treat very porous items like carpets, sofas, curtains, and other soft furnishings.


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The quicker you respond to a flood or leak, the easier it is to dry out a home using dehumidifiers and other restoration equipment. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for fast, effective repairs. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

Important Considerations for Water Removal in Mulberry Properties

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Remove Water with the Help of SERVPRO from Your Bartow Home

Water Extraction Process in Mulberry Depends Upon Varying Factors


When storm and flood damage hits homes in Florida, SERVPRO is a great place to turn for help. We operate a dependable restoration service, which you can find in your area. It means that we can respond to calls and arrive onsite quickly, no matter the size or severity of your emergency.

While an abundance of care goes into every water damage repair plan, our technicians work fast. They have lots of experience and can use humidity and pressure benchmarks to create optimal drying conditions. With our help, water removal in Mulberry is quick and straightforward.

The following considerations form an important part of the extraction and drying process. They may not be relevant to all homes, but they provide a valuable blueprint for most projects.

Prioritizing Humidity Levels
If there is standing water in the structure, the first step is always to extract it. It is not possible to work effectively with large amounts of fluid degrading floors and structural materials. However, the importance of humidity regulation is such that, in some cases, the extraction and dehumidification processes may overlap. In the presence of Class 4 materials (hardwood, plaster, concrete), it is necessary to eliminate deep pockets of saturation as quickly as possible. The relative humidity needs reducing to 40% for successful drying.

Containing the Drying Area
It is common for SERVPRO to set up specialist drying chambers. These are sealed off areas, in which the atmosphere and humidity levels come under scrutiny. It is much easier to maintain a closed drying area than it is an open one, even if the room contains windows and other drying assets. In a contained drying chamber, the grains of moisture per pound (GPP) have to be higher than the outside.

It is carried out by hanging polyethylene sheets around the targeted area. The airflow stays inside, as does any bacteria or microbes present in the water. The size of a drying chamber depends on how far the water has intruded. It may be necessary to set up several chambers within one larger room.

Tackling Awkward Spaces
Sill plates and awkward or concealed spaces (like crawlspaces and ducts) are always the hardest spots to dry. They often require a tailored approach. So, while most of the affected areas can be dried in a broad fashion (with consistently running dehumidifiers and air movers), these spaces have dedicated drying machines.

They get checked and regularly monitored because different angles of projection allow clean air to flow into tight corners and unreachable nooks. Crawlspaces are a particularly tricky proposition, as they are dark, grimy, and capable of filling up fast with water. If standing water is present, a (small) portable extractor is activated inside.

If you are in need of emergency water removal, you can trust SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands to get the job done. You can expect a quick response. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962 to arrange repairs today.

Water Removal Cleanup in Polk County

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Clogged Sewage Leads to Water Damage and Hazards in Your Polk County Home

Wet and Possibly Contaminated, Rely on SERVPRO to Dry out Your Home

When a hose, toilet valve or connection to the toilet and wall bursts, it creates a flood in your bathroom. Controlling the damage is of utmost importance. Water flows out of the wall equal to or greater than the rate of a high powered sink faucet. Stopping the water, getting it cleaned up, and drying out your bathroom is the only option you have to make sure that more damage does not occur.

Water removal in your bathroom in such a case needs to be taken care of by professionals, such as SERVPRO. We can come out to your Polk County home quickly to assess the damage and begin cleanup.Before we even get there, you should turn off the water. There is usually a shutoff valve near a water heater, in the garage, at the curb where the city keeps a shutoff valve, or around the outside of the home. If the valve near the toilet works, you should also shut that off.
You also need to turn off the electricity to the bathroom. Locate the circuit breaker box and cut the power off.

When SERVPRO gets to your home, our trained staff evaluates the kind of water loss to figure out if it is safe. Clean water is handled differently than sewage water or gray water. We use gloves and minimal personal protective equipment for clean water from a supply line break. On the other hand, sewage water has to be handled with all areas of the body covered up, and with a respirator mask to filter the contaminants from the air.

We then remove the excess water and get rid of any items needed. The area is sanitized using an antimicrobial agent which has a residual effect and kills viruses, pathogens, and contaminants in the water to sanitize your bathroom.

Next, we set up our professional drying equipment for thorough drying. We use a combination of heat, air movement, and dehumidification with our equipment to achieve this. Then, we monitor the drying equipment each day until the moisture level returns to normal. A combination of non-penetrating meters, penetrating meters, infrared cameras, hygrometers, and hydro sensors are used to figure out the level of moisture daily to make sure the levels have come down to the right proportions. If needed, we add, move, or take away equipment each day as well to speed up the drying process.

Water removal always needs to be done as soon as possible after the leak has happened. If not, you can risk additional damage and the growth of mold. SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands can come out to your property quickly after you call us. We are ready and standing by at (863) 510-5962 whenever you need us.

Water Damage Restoration Services In Winter Haven

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Winter Haven? SERVPRO Will Even Clean & Dry Your Clothes

Trust the Team from SERVPRO for Total Water Damage Restoration

Water damage can develop in seemingly small areas of a home without you ever actually seeing the amount of harm that truly exists until you have the opportunity to dig into the repair process. A small leak under a sink or an improperly maintained shower head can turn into a major repair bill before you know what hit you. There is a ton of maintenance that comes with owning a home, most of which as a homeowner you simply don't have the proper experience to perform.
 
It is our privilege to provide you with many water damage restoration services for your Winter Haven home. We'll give you the security and comfort of being backed by a certified professional, industry-leading company that has access to experienced personnel and quality services you'll need to get back on your feet, should anything happen to your property.
 
At SERVPRO we offer fast, efficient emergency services designed to fit your unique situation. We work hard to secure the structure of your home, remove any standing water, completely dry affected areas, treat any surfaces affected by water damage, perform all of the repairs necessary to prevent secondary damages from developing ourselves and return your home to a quality pre-damage condition. You won't need to contact anyone else to perform additional services after reaching out to us. We can do the entire restoration and save you money and stress.
 
SERVPRO technicians deploy quality techniques and equipment during your restoration process. Positioning air movers to deliver rapid airflow to wet surfaces, dehumidifiers to produce warm, dry air throughout the affected area to complete drying procedures in a quick and efficient manner. All while keeping the work site completely safe, ensuring limited disturbances to your daily routine during the restoration process.
 
We even have services at SERVPRO that can assist with restoring personal belongings that may have acquired damage during the event. Our restoration includes removing and drying furniture, rugs, carpeting, art objects, lamps, clothing, shoes, books, magazines, and appliances or other loose items found throughout your home. Each of our technicians works with a restore versus replace attitude, taking the proper steps to ensure that everything that is possible to save gets handled correctly.
 
You can even work with our personnel to produce a quality plan to address situations such as this that may occur in your home. It is becoming more important these days to prepare you and your family for future crisis, take this opportunity to plan ahead and make sure that you and your loved ones know what to do when disaster strikes.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands anytime, (863) 510-5962

Hidden Causes Of Water Damage In Bartow

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let a water damage keep you from loving your home, call SERVPRO to get your life back to normal!

There are a ton of different things in your home that you use on a daily basis that could easily cause water damage without you even knowing it. Some may even be happening right now, and there's no way for you to know unless you are trained to look for the signs that may show up. It's not unlikely to be unable to see anything wrong until it is too late to stop the damage, and sometimes the loss exceeds well beyond what you can visually see.

Leave all of your water damage restoration needs in Bartow to the highly trained professionals on our staff. We'll work with you to discover the full extent of harm to your property, walk you through the entire process and complete the repairs you need promptly.

SERVPRO knows that as a property owner, you're likely to understand it when told that some fixtures and appliances need servicing every so often. But a lot of people don't understand that there are simple fixes that can be applied to prevent water damage from becoming a huge problem.

Regularly checking the hidden areas around appliances such as dishwashers, disposals, and even refrigerators that have ice makers can assist you in saving yourself from some significant water damage by realizing that there may be a problem and calling in the professionals at SERVPRO to check it out.

Most modern kitchens consist of a sink with a sprayer nozzle, garbage disposal unit and a dishwasher. Any number of connections that could easily be leaking. Poor installation, no maintenance, and even broken appliances can cause lots of damage to many different areas of your home that you can't even see.

Underneath your kitchen sink is a good example. How long have you let the rot, mold and constant flow of water leaking from the faulty disposal build up? If you realized that having someone out to restore all of the damage in there would save you from further damage to your cabinets, flooring or even your foundation, wouldn't you consider taking care of the small amount of work that has accumulated under that sink now? Instead of waiting until you have bigger problems that you just can't afford.

Take a hint from the professional technicians at SERVPRO and have these things inspected now. A quick fix for a small problem can assist in helping you avoid different levels of excessive damage down the road.

The professionally trained technicians at SERVPRO of Bartow - Lakeland Highlands are waiting to give you the assistance you need with your water damage restoration. Call us today - (863) 510-5962

Homes Are Affected by Residential Water Damage

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Keep Your Home's Roof in Mulberry In Good Repair to Prevent Water Damage

Don't Let Water Damage Get the Best of You

There are many reasons why a home might experience water damage. Getting the water removed is the first step in repairing any damage. Quick removal of water can also help in reducing the amount of harm that occurs. This is only the first step in completely eliminating any risks of water damage, and unfortunately, many homeowners assume that once the surface is dry, that their job is done. This isn't true, however.

Moisture Below the Surface can Remain Hidden 
Moisture that has seeped into hard but porous surfaces such as paneling, drywall, and even hardwood surfaces can stay there for extended periods of time. Without professional extraction methods, this will result in water damage to your Mulberry home. This will become evident as more time passes. As drywall swells, the paper may feel dry, but will soon crumble and deteriorate.
If most but not all of the water is removed, mold can still set in and grow, creating various hazards. This is also true for paneling. Mold can grow on the inside of the wall, in the dead space, rather quickly. Hardwoods found on stairwells can also become saturated with moisture and become warped over time. This applies especially to cabinet doors and drawers. Drawers that have swollen shut is a common problem when an area has been damaged by water.

SERVPRO Professionals Have the Right Equipment for the Job
Our crews are dedicated and highly trained in IICRC methods in water extraction and water damage repair. We know which method are best in your situation and will provide the highest level of care possible to protect your home from further damage while we mitigate and repair existing damaged areas. From cleaning and painting damaged surfaces to structural repairs of walls, floors, and stairwells, we have you and your home covered. Under cabinets and other hard to reach spaces are no problem.

We take pride in getting your home back to a state in which it feels as if the water damage never happened. Our crews are experienced in using thermosensors that detect water and the drying equipment needed to get your moisture levels to an acceptable level again. The use of thermohygrometers is also part of our detection methods and can give us more detailed readings, including dew point, which allows us to determine when condensation will occur again.

Water Damage Doesn't Need to Lead to More Problems in Your Home
Water damage left unrepaired can lead to many more problems. Protecting your home and your family should be a number one priority and concern. Trust us to rectify the situation and prevent additional problems such as mold, mildew, deterioration of interior structures and safety hazards such as warped and splintering stairs and cabinetry. If you're faced with water damage, don't wait to call SERVPRO of Bartow and Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We will schedule an appointment with you promptly. We work around your schedule and until the job is completed.

Water Damage Telltale Signs

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Suggest to Be Diligent with Any Sign of a Water Leak

SERVPRO Can Help with Your Lakeland Water Damaged Home

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

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

Your Bathroom Walls are No Longer Straight and Flat
When moisture is present over time, structures tend to increase in length on one side more than they do on the other because of uneven drying. This warping appearance is a clear result of water leakage or excessive buildup of moisture and humidity. Also, these contained, dark wall voids become breeding grounds for mold which can lead to unwanted health effects. Call in SERVPRO to inspect for mold growth, and remediate any issues.

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

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

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

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is located in our local communities and proudly responds immediately to all calls 24/7, even on holidays! (863) 510-5962

How SERVPRO Water Damage Specialists Can Help Your Lakeland Property

12/16/2015 (Permalink)

When This Is Not Doing the Job--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Home

Water damage in Bartow is one of the most debilitating events that a homeowner can experience. Owners understand that excessive standing water destroys property, and they seek to take care of the impending task themselves. When small spills are the result of a fixable leak or drip the remediation is straight forward. Grab a mop and pail and remove the water. But make sure to repair the source of the flow of the unwanted water. When large volumes of water have flooded the interior of your home, then SERVPRO suggests that it is time to call in a professional water damage restoration company. The total reconditioning of your property may entail a multi-faceted approach that is beyond your scope. Here are just a few of the restoration services we can provide following an inspection and assessment.

1. Water Removal. The initial priority in your home is eliminating all visible water. Water damage specialists possess the expertise and equipment necessary to complete this process. Delaying water removal increases water damage, loss of personal possessions, and costs.

2. Drying Out. Like water elimination, drying out your property is extremely important following water damage. This process inhibits the growth of mold, reduces the need to discard porous materials such as drywall, and helps preserve structural materials. Remediation specialists use equipment like dehumidifiers and high-output fans (air movers) to complete the process efficiently. This step may take several days or more depending on the severity of the water incursion.

3. Mold Inspection. Molds are fungi that thrive in a warm, moist, and dark environment. Mold spores are present in all home environments. They become active when moisture and food supply (cellulose) are available. Mold colonization can begin as quickly as 48-72 hours after the water intrusion. Ongoing exposure to mold may lead to unwanted health issues. SERVPRO remediates the mold issue.

4. Odor Removal. Musty odors indicate the presence of mold and mildew. Odors can also originate from pooling or absorbed water reacting with carpeting or other fabrics and upholstery. Our technicians employ specialized products and fogging machines to remove odor and then to deodorized. Clean and sanitary ambient air will be the norm again.

5. Damage Repair. The cost-effective policy of cleaning and restoring, rather than replacing, water damaged items will lessen disruption to your lifestyle while decreasing expenses.

Call SERVPRO immediately when you find that your Bartow home has been subjected to water damage. Our industry experts, certified by the IICRC in cleaning and drying techniques with extensive corporate training, work with skill and speed to eliminate your  issues. We will restore your home to pre-water damage condition--"Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is a team of water damage specialists. We get started quickly to get your property dry and back to pre-water damage condition. We use advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get you property dry quickly, including documenting the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. Learn about our water damage training and certificates. We are proud to serve our local communities. Call for help. (863) 510-5962

How To Handle Water Damage In Your Kitchen

10/26/2015 (Permalink)

It Doesn't Look Like 22 Gallons of Water on the Kitchen Floor, Yet!

SERVPRO's Water Damage Service for Your Mulberry Kitchen

Although any area of your property in Mulberry can fall prey to water damage, your kitchen is particularly susceptible. The fact that this room of the house is typically home to appliances like washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, the sink, garbage disposals, and all of the water lines that supply them. Unfortunately, water damage is an unpredictable occurrence. Since water damage can pop up at any moment, it's important that you be prepared to grapple effectively with it. By gaining basic knowledge about where water damage is most likely to occur, inspecting for pooling water, and knowing who to call for assistance, you can mitigate the effects of water damage.

Preventing Water Damage Caused By Appliances

In this contemporary era, many kitchens contain dishwashers and under sink garbage disposals. Although these appliances were developed to make your life simpler and more sanitary, they can also engender frustration because of high incidences of leaks leading to water damage. Even the SERVPRO web page on Water Damage illustrates an overflowing dishwasher. As the dishwasher begins to age, its hoses start to crack and weaken. Once this happens, under sink leakage can lead to water damage. The same is the case for refrigerators that employ a small water supply line for built-in water dispensers or ice makers. To prevent appliance-related water damage, be sure that you inspect your drainage and water lines regularly. Also, be sure to replace them every couple of years or when they start to crack.

The water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO know, your sink base is highly susceptible to water damage. In many cases, the base gets filled with kitchen essentials and cleaning supplies. As such, it is quite easy for a tiny leak to go undetected for a relatively long period of time. If undetected, tiny leaks can evolve into a serious problem. For this reason, it's important for you to inspect the water lines, fittings, and drain lines periodically so that you can detect leakage signs before it's too late. Once a small leak gets going, it can release 22 gallons of water in just one day.

Let SERVPRO's Professionals Assist You

Although learning how to prevent water damage in your Mulberry kitchen is important, you should also know that SERVPRO has trained technicians that will respond to your water leak immediately. A plumber can stop the unwanted water flow. So can we, with the additional feature of removing the pooling water, drying out and cleaning the affected area and items. We can also sanitize to prevent the proliferation of mold growth. The best water damage restoration company out there is SERVPRO. Our professionals are IICRC-certified and follow methodologies to ensure that the water damage in your Mulberry kitchen is dealt with precision and efficacy. We're ready to eliminate all water damage-related issues from your kitchen

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of Mulberry. SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is locally owned and operated. Call (863) 510-5962

SERVPRO, For Lakeland Home Water Damage

9/16/2015 (Permalink)

Quickly Remove this Unwanted Water

For Water Damage, Turn to SERVPRO


Water damage restoration is a process that involves restoring your property in Lakeland to its previous condition after it has been impacted by unwanted water. The cause may be from natural disasters like floods or hurricanes, from a leaky or burst pipe or the aftermath of a fire. Currently, there are no binding government regulations regarding how to complete the water damage restoration process. Nevertheless, the IICRC and RIA have standardized recommendations that a reputable water damage restoration company like SERVPRO would use during the implementation of a restoration process. Please read the brief overview of the coordination involved for the water damage restoration process.

Loss Assessment and Evaluation

When your home is impacted by water damage, this team of water remediation specialists from SERVPRO will assess the structural materials, furnishings, and personal belongings that were affected by the water damage. All items will be listed on the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form, a very professional feature of the SERVPRO assessment process. They will be categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable. The CCIS will aid your insurance adjuster in his assessment. This restoration company has coordinated contacts with over 300 insurance companies and property management companies. Upon receiving a work authorization to proceed with the water removal from your home in Lakeland, SERVPRO will immediately commence with the restoration.

The water removal specialists will then move forward by drying the structure utilizing pumps, vacuums, dehumidifiers and powerful air moving equipment. Moisture probes will be employed to assure that no water or moisture residue is present that may propagate the growth of mold.  Several different types of foggers can be used to destroy mold and to deodorize.

Monitoring

Once SERVPRO completes all restoration processes, following guidelines from the IICRC, they will return to monitor the moisture content, humidity, and temperature of the affected materials and walls. The company's professionals have your best interest in mind and will carefully finalize the inspection of your Lakeland home. 

A professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO possesses the extensive industry knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to expedite and optimize the restoration processes. Our technicians have IICRC training to save your items and to save you money by restoring and not replacing. We offer emergency services, affordable prices, and a team of specialists who are passionate and precise in restoring your Lakeland home.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flood emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. Call us for an immediate response. (863) 510-5962