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Characterizations of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Highland City

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Characterizations of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Highland City Highland City Smoke & Fire Damage Can Be More Damaging than Initially Appears

SERVPRO Can Restore Damaged Properties from Fire & Smoke Incidents

Heating and cooling systems are precious during extreme weather conditions. However, a malfunctioned unit can cause a small fire where the system is housed. A sprinkler may be able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading, but the smoke residues are always conspicuous. 
If a fire accident causes smoke damage to your property, SERVPRO is available to provide the necessary restoration services. Our technicians have years of experience and can reverse the fire damage on your Highland City residence in no time. We have advanced tools and products to deal with any emergency, and follow IICRC guidelines during the restoration process. 

Smoke residues come in different forms and shapes. Some are easier to remove than others. The most common types of soot SERVPRO technicians deal with are fuel oil smoke residues, protein smoke residues, wet smoke residues, and dry smoke residues. 
We use different cleaning methods during the fire damage restoration to eliminate different types of residues. Wet smoke is harder to get rid of than dry smoke. The nature of the smoke residues is determined by the sort of material burning, oxygen levels during the fire, and rate of combustion. 

Dry smoke is easier to remove because it carries few aerosols and transfers small, dry particles on the surfaces. Its odor is less pungent compared to wet smoke and may not require aggressive cleaning procedures to eliminate. However, dry smoke originates from hotter fires, subsequently causing relatively more heat damage and charred belongings.

Wet smoke normally contains a high concentration of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. It, therefore, moves slowly, giving it enough time to penetrate enclosed areas and crevices that are usually not susceptible to faster-burning fires. The smoke leaves extremely hot oily residues on plastic materials, discoloring them in the process. In most cases involving wet smoke, replacing the damaged material is often more recommendable than trying to restore it. 
We plan to offer another blog soon on the problems of smoke odors and how we remove them. Often, especially in small kitchen fires, this is the main problem needing restoration--the air quality and elimination of noxious smells.

Small fires from appliances such as heating and cooling systems can cause moderate to severe smoke damage. When this happens, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands immediately to control the fire damage. We are available 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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Discovering Mold Damage in Your Highland City Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Discovering Mold Damage in Your Highland City Home It can be difficult to keep moisture regulated in your home's basement which allows for mold to grow.

Rely on SERVPRO’s Certified Team to Take Care of Mold Damage Found in Your Home

There are people all around the world that struggle with keeping the moisture regulated in their basements. With the general darkness and proximity to underground water sources and the resulting pressure, many foundations do not get constructed to the standards required to withstand years of this abuse. Such is the case with many Highland City homes whose foundations merely erode and weather over time, allowing moisture to seep through the block wall construction and into the basement. 

While moisture in itself can be a trying and difficult situation to manage, there is a more serious implication to allowing this problem to persist. Allowing a damp basement can often result in the presence of mold damage to your Highland City house, which creates a serious situation for all of the occupants of your home. With the understanding that mold can cause health effects, it is not something that you should leave to thrive unabated nor attempt to remove and remedy on your own. 

There is a reason that our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive and involved training specifically centered around mold remediation and the latest methods of removal and restoration for all variety of fungus. The training makes us fully capable of handling any situation that we encounter, knowing the proper personal protective equipment and gear necessary to remove present mold colonies and restore the damage they caused. 

With any mold remediation, our IICRC certified SERVPRO mold remediation specialists work quickly to quarantine the affected area and prevent mold spores from traveling to new areas. Scrubbers are used to clean surfaces and contents that have active colonies, while negative air chambers prevent circulating spores from leaving the area and seating on new materials. 

Dehumidification and repair of the penetration points are strong steps to the remediation process. Locating the source of the moisture and removing it from the air can greatly limit the possibility of recurrence. 

With all that we know about fungal growths in houses, the present mold is nothing that you should leave to thrive for long. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands team is ready to handle any mold damage you might battle. You can call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962. 

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Water Removal Tools for Highland City Water Damage Approved

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Removal Tools for Highland City  Water Damage Approved  SERVPRO professionals use smaller portable extraction wands to remove water from carpets to protect them from being damaged further.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Water Removal Services

Flooding in most Highland City homes comes from both storms and more common sources. The first task to return each house to its original state is to remove the water. The key to correctly doing it is determining how quickly to accomplish it without causing further damage.

Water removal for Highland City homes like apartments, duplexes, and free-standing houses requires multiples tools and the training to use them. SERVPRO personnel uses large and small capacity pumps to remove standing water over two inches deep and extraction wands for smaller amounts and water trapped in carpets and wood floors.

We maintain various pumps depending on the task. We match the size of the home to the strength of the pump. For apartments and other, small structures a single pump with a lower lift and volume capacity is normally sufficient. Larger homes need multiple pumps with a higher capacity rate.

If there is a large amount of solid material in the water, we have to remove it before engaging the pumps. Once we begin operations, the water goes directly into the nearest sewer. If there is a septic tank, the SERVPRO team pumps the water into a tank truck for removal.

Next, come the extraction wands. Most of these devices we use are portable and connected to a small holding tank we pull along with the wand. For multi-story homes and commercial facilities, we also have extractors where the power source and the holding tank are both mounted on a truck. Each type of extractor has an adjustable rate of speed and vacuum. Many also have a heating component for carpets that we can dry as we remove the water.

Being able to adjust the vacuum and speed rates are important, especially for carpets. They are much weaker when wet, and the chance to pull apart the upper layer of the carpet backing is always a risk. That is why our IICRC-certified technicians prefer to use the portable wands whenever possible and use the truck mounted devices for industrial jobs and very heavy residential carpets with a thick pad underneath.

Pumps and extraction wands are only two of the tools we use to restore your home to its pre-flooded condition. Getting the most out of them and protecting your property requires training and experience. If you need our help, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 today.

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Why Testing Is A Crucial Part Of Our Water Cleanup Process In Lakeland

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Testing Is A Crucial Part Of Our Water Cleanup Process In Lakeland Call us at (863) 510-5962 to get started in protecting your home after a disaster.

Why SERVPRO Tests Various Things During Water Cleanup Jobs In Lakeland Residences

Many of our customers throughout Lakeland ask questions about the work we do in their homes. They can easily see the 'what' and 'how' but the 'why' of many aspects of our methods remains mysterious. We welcome questions about this, as well as tips on how to prevent future situations that can cause their property to deteriorate.

One of these questions is about why SERVPRO tests random things when we arrive to perform water cleanup services in their Lakeland home. They want to know why we test things that never became wet, just like we test obviously affected items.

We test different things that the lost water did not come into contact with because we need to know what is the acceptable amount of moisture content for that type of item. Without this information, we might over-dry the item, or attempt to do so, which wastes resources and time. It can also lead to damage that previously did not exist, and we want to avoid doing that.

Some things change in the amount of moisture content they contain over time. Older items made of wood, such as memorabilia from your past vacations, might contain less moisture than they do now. However, newer ones contain more, and over-drying them can cause them to crack. This is not such an important thing when handling affected textiles such as stuffed toys, but where changes in the amount of moisture content can cause damage, we want to ensure that our work enhances your home, and does nothing to damage it or its contents.

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

Allowing pockets of hidden water to remain while we attempt to dry out your home and get all of the water cleaned up causes our drying equipment to work harder to extract the water vapor from the air. Instead, locating it and extracting it, cleaning the area and then manually drying surfaces, helps keep the rate of evaporation steady and lets our equipment do the job more efficiently.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is here to answer your questions about how water cleanup and our other services can help protect your home from damage and decay. Call us at (863) 510-5962 to get started in protecting your home after a disaster. We serve Eagle Lake, Mulberry, and Medulla, round-the-clock, every day of the year.

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What SERVPRO Experts Can Do To Inspect And Secure Your Home After A Home Fire In Lakeland

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What SERVPRO Experts Can Do To Inspect And Secure Your Home After A Home Fire In Lakeland Let the SERVPRO experts professionally inspect and secure your home after a fire.

Why SERVPRO Handles Fire Debris Cleanup in Lakeland Better

Fire incidents in Lakeland leave a wide range of debris depending on the intensity of the flames and the materials in the affected areas. Smoke forms the smaller debris type while items partially burnt by the flames form the larger kind. Whatever the size, there is a need to remove all forms of remains left by a fire. With a team of certified FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians, we can help you deal with removal and disposal of the remnants after a fire incident.

It is necessary to follow the right procedures for positive results during fire debris cleanup in Lakeland. While the goal is to leave the affected areas clean, it is also good to ensure that nothing useful is tossed in the process. It is easy to throw away items that cleaning or other restorative actions can help save. Our SERVPRO technicians separate burnt items into categories such as unsalvageable and questionable. We then transport the questionable items offsite for further inspection and cleaning helping you save additional items that you would have thrown away.

The ash formed after a fire also requires proper removal especially if the fire was intensive to form it in large amounts. The main problem with ash is its propensity to spread mainly through air currents or if people walk around the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use various advanced equipment to deal with ash without getting it into the air. We use HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners to remove ash residue from areas that wet cleaning can damage further. For other areas, we can use pressure washers.

Soot and other smoke debris spread the most during a fire. The main problem with these residues is the tendency to adhere to surfaces. The adhesion happens because smoke moves through heat currents and, heat opens up pores on many surfaces allowing the residues to penetrate beyond the surface. Smoke residues are also acidic and can, therefore, corrode or stain some surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians handle smoke debris easily because we understand smoke behavior. For example, when synthetic materials burn, the residue left tends to be wet and smeary, thus making it harder to remove compared to smoke residue from natural materials like wood which is dry.

Cleaning fire debris can be a hectic exercise. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland at (863) 510-5962 for a smooth cleanup process. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Lakeland Highlands Duct Cleaning Inspections and Services from SERVPRO Help Control IAQ

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Lakeland Highlands Duct Cleaning Inspections and Services from SERVPRO Help Control IAQ SERVPRO Says Dirty Vent Registers Could Mean Dirty Ducts--Call Us for Cleaning in the Lakeland Highlands Region

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Lakeland Highlands Home

Indoor air quality should be a prime concern for any Lakeland Highlands homeowner. From contaminants that could move quickly throughout your ductwork to even the damaging effects of dust and debris on respiratory systems, improving the function of this air circulation throughout your home is an important step to take. A way to enhance both the efficiency of the HVAC system and the quality of the air it circulates throughout the property is by cleaning the duct system.

Duct cleaning might seem like an unnecessary venture to many Lakeland Highlands homeowners. In some situations, it is. An inspection of your HVAC system is a quick assessment that our SERVPRO professionals can do at your convenience to show you whether or not a service like a duct cleaning is something that can benefit you and your home or not. We strive to do business with honesty and integrity and do not push services on you that you do not need.

Our team has advanced technology and industry-leading equipment to help reduce our impact on your daily life if duct cleaning services are necessary or recommended for your property. Our high-powered vacuum systems attach to ventilation openings to reduce dust and debris circulations while buildup and particulates within the ductwork get extracted. Air scrubbers are also used regularly in cleaning services to catch particulates, mold spores, dust, pet dander, and debris as small as 0.3 microns. Brushes, whips, poly sheeting for containment and even a pleasant deodorizer at the end of the service are in our arsenal of gear and products.

With our 24-hour response services, we do not only utilize this approach for emergencies. Our SERVPRO technicians remain available for after-hours scheduling to better fit into a time slot that suits your daily life.

Improving the indoor air quality of your home might not seem like something that you should worry about, but there are multiple benefits. From improving the quality of breathable air to improving the efficiency of your HVAC system overall, an inspection can help you determine how you could benefit from duct cleaning. Give our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands trained technicians a call today at (863) 510-5962.

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