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SERVPRO: You Can Count On US!

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Company vehicles behind office We are here for our community 24/7!!

SERVPRO: You Can Count On US

Whether your home has been damaged by fire or water or the aftermath of a storm, it can be stressful and traumatic. 

In those situations, you need trained professionals you can turn to for any of your restoration needs.

SERVPRO has been providing water removal, fire and smoke damage removal, mold removal, and other restoration services since 1950! 

We have over 1900 franchise locations throughout the country, so you can trust that you are in good hands with SERVPRO.  

Emergency Response Cleanup

We are known for getting to the scene of any disaster fast and for providing the best service to both residential and commercial properties.

Polk County Water, Fire, Mold Damage Response 

As residents of the Polk County community, we are committed to providing the best possible service in times of need. 

If your home or business experiences a flood or a fire, hurricane damage, or risk a biohazard cleanup, you can count on SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands.

Our training and years of experience make us the standard in the restoration industry.

Our Monthly Newsletter - The Green Gazette!

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

March Green Gazette Cover Page Sign up for our newsletter today!

Do you want to keep up with community events and receive tips on protecting your home or business from disaster?  

If so, sign up for our Monthly Newsletter, The Green Gazette!

Our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands & Highlands County newsletter is filled with all kinds of information that you will not want to miss!  We like to include community events, cleaning tips and fun activities happening within our community.  We often have the opportunity to win a raffle prize!

To sign up for our newsletter, click on the link below.

https://mailchi.mp/SERVPRO9868.com/green-gazette

Let us know what you think!

If you ever have any questions or information you want to be included in the newsletter, feel free to email me at sg@SERVPRO9868.com or text me directly at (863) 617-1976.

The Green Gazette hopes you subscribe today!!  

We're Here to Help®

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician speaking to homeowner Our IICRC Certified technicians are Here to Help!

If you have ever experienced a loss to your home or business, you know how worrisome it can be.  More often then not, one of the first things you want to know is how the situation is going to get resolved.  One of our main priorities at SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is that our customers know and understand exactly what we are going to do to restore their home or business.

Our IICRC Certified technicians are trained to keep customers updated and answer any question they may have.  Since restoration can be a complex process, we want to ensure that our customers know exactly what we are doing and why we are doing it.  We will be with you every step of the way.

If you experience a loss to your home or business, call us at 863-510-5962.

Why Choose SERVPRO? Because SERVPRO is the BEST!!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Many SERVPRO employees carrying out different tasks SERVPRO is the BEST!!

If you have ever had a disaster in your home whether it was flooding and water damage, fire or smoke damage, discovering mold in a hidden corner, or you have a rat infestation in your attic you might wonder who among all the restoration and clean up companies to call.

SERVPRO has over 38 years of experience, highly trained certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, locally owned and operated, and a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  If you don’t believe SERVPRO is the best check it out these testimonials left by some of our customers!

“They took what was a stressful event for me and made it 1000 times better. I was impressed by how knowledgeable they were, how clean they left my house even after having to tear up flooring, and cabinets! Courteous of my animals, kids and my things they had to move! I can not begin to thank you enough for everything!” - Tawni

"We couldn't have been in better hands with our situation.  The technicians were friendly, empathetic, efficient and had a great sense of urgency.  The supervisors were timely and knowledgeable.  We are so thankful!"  - Synthia

If you find your home in need of a restoration and clean-up company, call SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands today at 863-510-5962!

Realtors: We can help your client with the closing process!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Person holding house in one hand and keys in the other We're available 24/7!!

As a realtor, customer service and doing everything you can for your client to differentiate yourself from your competitors is an important part of the business. As we all know, the closing process of buying a home can go smoothly or it can be a headache for all involved. 

We want to assist you in making the process as smooth as possible for your client! As a local leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is equipped and prepared to help your clients with a variety of issues in their home! 

Whether your client needs a carpet cleaning, a duct cleaning, or there is a pesky mold issue that popped up during the home inspection process, our team of technicians is standing by to quickly respond and resolve issues for your client! 

Our services include:

  • Water damage, flood, fire & smoke damage & mold remediation
  • Sewage
  • Biohazard
  • Crime scene
  • COVID-19
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Furniture and upholstery cleaning
  • Rug Cleaning
  • Dryer vent cleaning
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning
  • Strip and wax (VCT)

Call us anytime at 863-510-5962!!

Maintenance Tips for Your Florida Home

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Woman with drill making repairs Don't be caught off guard! Maintaining your home is much easier than paying for big repairs!!

Here are some tips that all Florida homeowners need to know!

On a Monthly Basis:

  • Clean or replace air conditioning filters. This helps to keep your air conditioning system operating at peak performance.
  • Flush toilets and run water through all sinks and bath tubs/showers that are not used on a regular basis.
  • Inspect and repair the following caulked areas as necessary.
    • Window & door seals
    • Kitchen & bath areas that are frequently exposed to being wet
    • Flushing areas

On a Quarterly Basis:

  • Check your GFCls (ground fault circuit interrupters) for proper operations by pressing the “Test” button. If the circuit does not trip, replace your GFCI outlet.
  • Clean your faucet aerators & inspect your plumbing for leaks.
  • Check the exterior drainage conditions to ensure that nothing is causing water to stand in puddles for more than 24 hours, and that water from any source is not draining toward your foundation.
  • Inspect and clean all of your exterior vents. Make sure that air flows freely and that each has an operable damper to prevent back flow of outside air and to keep small animals from entering your home.

On a Seasonal Basis:

  • Inspect sprinklers and make adjustments as needed. Timers will also need to be adjusted based on the time of year.
  • Clean and repair gutters. Make sure they are free of debris that could prevent free flow of water. Be sure water from the gutters is being properly deflected away from the home.
  • Inspect roof for loose or missing shingles and check flashing seals. Make necessary repairs. 

On an Annual Basis:

  • Have your Air Conditioner serviced by a professional. Be sure they clean the coils as this can help prevent mold growth.
  • Have your air ducts checked. If your ductwork is not cleaned when needed, it can pollute your home’s air and also increase your electricity bills.
  • Service your lawn mower and yard equipment (blowers, edgers and trimmers
  • Have your home fire extinguishers tested and replace smoke alarm batteries.
  • Have your hot water heater professionally serviced.
  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned by a reputable company like SERVPRO!! 

NADCA - National Air Duct Cleaners Association

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

National Air Duct Cleaning Association Certificate We are NADCA Certified!! (National Air Duct Cleaning Association)

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands is Certified with NADCA!

The National Air Duct Cleaning Association holds the highest standards in the duct cleaning industry.

All NADCA members must have a Certified Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on staff who has taken and passed the NADCA certification examination. Passing the exam demonstrates extensive knowledge in HVAC design and cleaning methodologies. 

Cleaning your HVAC system will help keep your homes and businesses healthy and safe.

We also clean dryer vents!!  

Call us at (863)510-5962 today for an inspection and free estimate.

Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration in your Bartow Home or Business

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Professional Remediation Instant Relief for Property Owners in Bartow Needing Restoration Services--Here Comes SERVPRO!

How SERVPRO Restoration Services Help Bartow Property Owners

With over a century of combined experience between our senior management and our technicians, we can offer unique and highly productive restoration services to the residents of Bartow. While we have a competitive spirit that drives our entire team to excel against the growing competition in the areas we serve, we also have rooted our service in fundamental practices and principles like honesty and integrity. Our SERVPRO professionals know that we are a wise choice because we only offer you and your property what it needs to recover from an emergency.

Fire Damage
Fire damage in Bartow is a situation that can quickly get out of control without the appropriate mitigation tasks and preventative practices implemented by experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Fire recovery is one of the restoration services many homes and businesses require throughout the year, and with the guidance of our owner Jeff Purtell, a retired fireman and EMT, we can approach these situations swiftly and confidently to provide a positive result for our customer.

Recovery comes in multiple stages but always begins with a thorough assessment of the property to ascertain the extent of the damage and what must occur to return a Bartow home to preloss condition. We have decades of hands-on experience with fire damage recovery, and combined with extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can offer area homes and businesses qualified:

•    Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRT)
•    Odor Control Technicians (OCT)
•    Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT)
•    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
•    Water Restoration Technicians (WRT)

We have advanced tools and products that can move us quickly through phases like deodorization and air quality concerns, but often a Bartow home requires more than the restoration services we can offer on-site. We have a highly trained division for content management as well that can carefully handle your possessions and personal belongings removed from the property for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage in our facility. These items can get returned to your home once our on-site technicians have restored the damages.

Storm Damage
When storm damage affects Bartow homes and businesses, we know that every second counts. That is why we are an advocate for readiness and staying prepared for the severe weather threats residents in our area have come to expect. With trailers prepared with our industry-leading equipment and powerful cleaning and disinfection products, we have the stage set for a prompt and effective response in the face of an emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We know that the situation can be stressful enough without trying to heap on restoration services that your Bartow home does not need. Our SERVPRO team approaches storm and flood recoveries with honesty and integrity, which leads to thorough and practical evaluations and inspections to determine what your house needs to return to preloss condition.

Situations like flood damage, which can often result from breaches in the exterior of your Bartow property, can spread quickly without the right containment practices and mitigation approaches beginning immediately. Our professionals have the equipment to slow this progression from the time that we first arrive and can work fast to limit exposed structural elements, construction materials, and personal belongings.

Water Damage
Water damage in Bartow is one of the most common disasters that our SERVPRO team faces, and these are the situations we stay most prepared to overcome. With more than a century of restoration experience, including our extensive training and continued education to maintain our accreditations through the IICRC, we can offer every customer a confident and efficient response that saves them time and money.

Our successes with overcoming water damage over the last several decades stem from a union between our experienced and qualified professionals and the advanced, cutting-edge equipment your Bartow home needs. From discovery tools that can help to identify hidden moisture and dampness pockets out of sight to our growing array of drying and extraction tools, we are prepared for the damage in your home – no matter the severity.

From the first inspection and assessment of your Bartow property through the early mitigation and restoration needed, we can work around the clock to overcome water damage.

Mold Damage
Though our SERVPRO team has more than 100 years of combined experience in restoration services, our experience with mold damage in Bartow is the greatest. We have more than 60 years of expertise in this niche of the industry, which combined with our IICRC certifications to become Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), makes our team among the most qualified and knowledgeable available to residents and property owners in the area.

We strive to provide a full spectrum of services so that our customers do not have to find multiple contractors to handle various effects and mold damages present in your Bartow property. With a Mold Remediation Contractor License through the state of Florida (MRSR211), we have an entire division of highly trained personnel that can address all damages and threats mold introduces to your property. Our restoration services for microbial growth begin with full containment of the organism to prevent further exposure utilizing both physical zipper-lock barriers and our growing array of equipment including negative air machines, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.

No recovery job for mold damage completes without environmental testing to show our Bartow customers that the hazardous conditions have gotten resolved. To prevent any temptation for biased results, we have always used a third-party testing company for these assessments, and have a running success rate of more than 95 percent after the first round of testing for mold concentration and other environmental threats.

We recognize the importance of honesty and integrity in situations where our customers are vulnerable because of a disaster. We offer a broad range of services even beyond these primary branches of the industry to ensure that we make every disaster that threatens the area “Like it never even happened.” You can count on our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands professionals to offer this full list of restoration services anytime you need them by calling (863) 510-5962.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus cleaning lakeland We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

·        Kitchen/Food Areas

·        Bathrooms

·        Schools/Classrooms

·        Offices

·        Retail Spaces

·        Water Fountains

·        Shelving/Racks

·        Sales Counters

·        Carpets and Rugs

·        Stair Handrails

·        Elevator Cars

·        Playground Equipment

·        Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –

(863) 510-5962 SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highslands 

Water Removal Tools & Water Damage

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal 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 smallholding 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.

Click here for more information on Highland City.

Discovering Mold Damage in Your Home

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal 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. 

Click here for more information regarding Highland City.

Characterizations of Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration 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.

Info on this city right here.

How Testing Plays A Major Role In The Water Cleanup Process In Lakeland

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leave water clean up to the professionals.

SERVPRO Tests A Variety Of Areas During The Water Cleanup Process

An important area that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is we believe in helping customers understand the process of water damage restoration. At times we get asked questions about the work that is done in properties. Often individuals, families, and businesses can easily see the 'what' and 'how' but the 'why' can be mysterious. We welcome questions about this, as well as tips on how to prevent future situations.  

One question that is asked is often is why SERVPRO tests random things when we arrive to perform water cleanup services in their in homes. People want to know why we test things that haven't become affected. 

The reason is 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. This can also lead to damage that was non-exist, and we want to avoid doing that.

Some items adjust the amount of moisture content they have over time. Older items made of wood, such as memorabilia from your past vacations, might contain less moisture than they do now. However, newer items contain more, and over-drying them can cause them to crack. This is not a major concern when handling affected textiles such as stuffed toys. 

Our teams of experts 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.

If pockets of hidden water to remain during the drying process our drying equipment is then forced 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.

How SERVPRO Experts Inspect & Secure Lakeland Homes After A Home Fire

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Lakeland Fire Restoration Services SERVPRO professionals are focused on salvaging and restoring your personal home items after a fire.

Fire occurrences in Lakeland can create a wide variety of damages depending on the severity of the fire and the debris in the affected areas. Smoke forms a smaller debris type, while items not completely burnt by the flames can create a larger type. Whatever the size, it is necessary to remove all forms of debris created and left by the fire. Our team of professionals can assist with the removal & disposal of the debris. Our team of professionals are highly trained and certified FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians.

During the fire debris cleanup, it is necessary to follow the correct procedures for positive results. While the main objective is to restore the affected areas, it is also important to ensure that nothing useful is thrown away. It can be easy to throw away items that can be saved by accident but with our team, we have an effective process to salvage as many items as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians separate burnt items into categories such as unsavory and questionable. Our team then transport the questionable items off-site for further evaluation and cleaning.

The ash created after a fire also requires careful disposal, especially if the fire was severe in order to form it in large quantities. The main concern with ash is its natural tendency to spread primarily through air currents or when people walk around the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use a wide range of advanced systems to deal with ash without getting it into the air. We use HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners to remove contaminants of ash from areas in which wet cleaning can cause further damage. We can use pressure washers for other areas.

Soot, as well as other smoke debris, have scattered during a fire. The main issue with these contaminants is the tendency to adhere to the exterior. Adhesion occurs because smoke keeps moving through heat flows, and heat opens pores on many surfaces, enabling residues to enter beyond the surface. Smoke residues are also acidic and therefore may corrode or stain some surface areas. Our SERVPRO technicians understand smoke debris easily because we know the behavior of smoke. For example, after organic products are burnt, the left residue appears to be moist and sticky, making it more difficult to clean natural materials such as dry wood relative to cigarette residue. 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.

Bartow Property Damage Problems? Try Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Instant Relief for Property Owners in Bartow Needing Restoration Services--Here Comes SERVPRO!

How SERVPRO Restoration Services Help Bartow Property Owners

With over a century of combined experience between our senior management and our technicians, we can offer unique and highly productive restoration services to the residents of Bartow. While we have a competitive spirit that drives our entire team to excel against the growing competition in the areas we serve, we also have rooted our service in fundamental practices and principles like honesty and integrity. Our SERVPRO professionals know that we are a wise choice because we only offer you and your property what it needs to recover from an emergency.

Fire Damage
Fire damage in Bartow is a situation that can quickly get out of control without the appropriate mitigation tasks and preventative practices implemented by experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Fire recovery is one of the restoration services many homes and businesses require throughout the year, and with the guidance of our owner Jeff Purtell, a retired fireman and EMT, we can approach these situations swiftly and confidently to provide a positive result for our customer.

Recovery comes in multiple stages but always begins with a thorough assessment of the property to ascertain the extent of the damage and what must occur to return a Bartow home to preloss condition. We have decades of hands-on experience with fire damage recovery, and combined with extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can offer area homes and businesses qualified:

•    Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRT)
•    Odor Control Technicians (OCT)
•    Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT)
•    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
•    Water Restoration Technicians (WRT)

We have advanced tools and products that can move us quickly through phases like deodorization and air quality concerns, but often a Bartow home requires more than the restoration services we can offer on site. We have a highly trained division for content management as well that can carefully handle your possessions and personal belongings removed from the property for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage in our facility. These items can get returned to your home once our on-site technicians have restored the damages.

Storm Damage
When storm damage affects Bartow homes and businesses, we know that every second counts. That is why we are an advocate for readiness and staying prepared for the severe weather threats residents in our area have come to expect. With trailers prepared with our industry-leading equipment and powerful cleaning and disinfection products, we have the stage set for a prompt and effective response in the face of an emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We know that the situation can be stressful enough without trying to heap on restoration services that your Bartow home does not need. Our SERVPRO team approaches storm and flood recoveries with honesty and integrity, which leads to thorough and practical evaluations and inspections to determine what your house needs to return to preloss condition.

Situations like flood damage, which can often result from breaches in the exterior of your Bartow property, can spread quickly without the right containment practices and mitigation approaches beginning immediately. Our professionals have the equipment to slow this progression from the time that we first arrive and can work fast to limit exposed structural elements, construction materials, and personal belongings.

Water Damage
Water damage in Bartow is one of the most common disasters that our SERVPRO team faces, and these are the situations we stay most prepared to overcome. With more than a century of restoration experience, including our extensive training and continued education to maintain our accreditations through the IICRC, we can offer every customer a confident and efficient response that saves them time and money.

Our successes with overcoming water damage over the last several decades stem from a union between our experienced and qualified professionals and the advanced, cutting-edge equipment your Bartow home needs. From discovery tools that can help to identify hidden moisture and dampness pockets out of sight to our growing array of drying and extraction tools, we are prepared for the damage in your home – no matter the severity.

From the first inspection and assessment of your Bartow property through the early mitigation and restoration needed, we can work around the clock to overcome water damage.

Mold Damage
Though our SERVPRO team has more than 100 years of combined experience in restoration services, our experience with mold damage in Bartow is the greatest. We have more than 60 years of expertise in this niche of the industry, which combined with our IICRC certifications to become Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), makes our team among the most qualified and knowledgeable available to residents and property owners in the area.

We strive to provide a full spectrum of services so that our customers do not have to find multiple contractors to handle various effects and mold damages present in your Bartow property. With a Mold Remediation Contractor License through the state of Florida (MRSR211), we have an entire division of highly trained personnel that can address all damages and threats mold introduces to your property. Our restoration services for microbial growth begin with full containment of the organism to prevent further exposure utilizing both physical zipper lock barriers and our growing array of equipment including negative air machines, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.

No recovery job for mold damage completes without environmental testing to show our Bartow customers that the hazardous conditions have gotten resolved. To prevent any temptation for biased results, we have always used a third-party testing company for these assessments, and have a running success rate of more than 95 percent after the first round of testing for mold concentration and other environmental threats.

We recognize the importance of honesty and integrity in situations where our customers are vulnerable because of a disaster. We offer a broad range of services even beyond these primary branches of the industry to ensure that we make every disaster that threatens the area “Like it never even happened.” You can count on our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands professionals to offer this full list of restoration services anytime you need them by calling (863) 510-5962.

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Characterizations of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Highland City

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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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)

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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