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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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