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Flood Damage Technicians In Sarasota Discuss Drying Procedures

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians In Sarasota Discuss Drying Procedures Sarasota Flooding in Your Home? Call SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Restoration

Sarasota Often Sustains Tropical Storm Damage and Flooding

If any severe weather ever happens to make its way into Sarasota, many residents could suffer property damage. If flooding occurs, it is possible that water gets into your home. Winds can blow branches and other objects into your windows causing rainwater to leak inside the structure.
 
When moisture gets inside a structure removal using extraction and drying is vital. Whenever mitigating flood damage in Sarasota, extraction takes place first using specialized equipment. After the pumps, wet-vacs and other tools pull out all of the moisture they can, the rapid drying process begins.
 
Rapid drying occurs when our SERVPRO technicians use equipment to create the ideal environment for quick evaporation. After tropical storms water removal is critical. Air movers get set up in the affected region to create airflow that hits wet walls at a 45-degree angle to replace wet air close to the surface with warm, dry air. Dehumidifiers then are placed in the center of the counterclockwise airflow so that they remove the water from the air and exhaust out hot, dry air.
 
The number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for an area gets determined by the size of the affected area and how severe the damage is. Before drying begins, humidity and moisture content are measured inside the affected rooms. Once the levels are recorded, and we have a baseline, we establish a goal for the levels using a dry standard.
 
Normal equilibrium moisture content levels are obtained by taking everyday readings of materials in usual conditions. The accepted moisture levels vary based on the region since what is dry in Arizona might not be the same as what is considered dry in Florida. The equilibrium moisture content levels must be determined in each region of the country.
 
Once the drying goal is determined, our restoration crew returns to your home each day and tests the moisture content and humidity levels. When the readings show that the levels have reached the drying goal, then all equipment gets removed, and the reconstruction stage begins, if needed. For help with drying after a severe thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day.

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When Your Sarasota Home Requires Professional Water Removal

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Sarasota Home Requires Professional Water Removal Finding water damage in your home can sometimes be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and drying out services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Removes Standing Water in Your Home

You might not always consider all of the threats that face your Sarasota home, though when you get posed with some of these situations, the effects can seem overwhelming. In many ways, these immediate and lingering effects from something like a water emergency in your home can be out of your depth to repair and restore on your own. In these cases, choosing professional restoration assistance can make the process move more quickly and get done to the highest quality.
 
Something as seemingly simple as water removal for your Sarasota home can prove challenging to do on your own. With the right equipment and a high level of expertise and experience, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to accomplish this quickly, limiting the possibly irreparable damage common to substantial water damages.
 
This process begins with working to eliminate the source of the damage to your home via visual inspection. Whether the damage is from a defective appliance, your internal plumbing or some natural disaster, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to identify what needs to get done to limit the possibility of further or worsening damages in the immediate future.
 
One of the most detrimental aspects of significant water damage to your home is how widespread the problem can end up being. The longer that pooled water can sit in one area, the deeper it penetrates through surfaces like flooring, drywall or even ceiling materials. Without the ability to get to the problem immediately, these same materials can become irreparably damaged and unsalvageable. In these cases, our team has to remove the severely compromised construction material and prepare the area for the replacement installation to come.
 
While many homeowners have had to seek out professional water removal services in this area, it does not make it any less traumatic when it happens to you. Trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota restoration technicians to help you clean up the mess and remove the water successfully. You can call us anytime you need us at (941) 552-6319.

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Understanding and Cleaning Mold Damage in Sarasota

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding and Cleaning Mold Damage in Sarasota SERVPRO has the skills and experience to remediate mold damage found in your home.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Mold Remediation

Mold is everywhere and in every Sarasota home. The spores that form mold growths are usually inert and harmless but can expand and grow quickly with the right mix of moisture, temperature, and food sources.

It is necessary to understand how mold grows to know how to stop mold damage in Sarasota homes. SERVPRO has studied mold growth in Florida for years and knows to interrupt the growth patterns.

Mold spores are very small. Even a mass of hundreds of them is smaller than the eraser on the end of a pencil. They remain inert until enough moisture forces them to expand. It can take just a few drips from a leaky faucet or rainwater that has worked its way into the home.

The now active spores extend hyphae to search for more moisture and food. These extensions resemble roots and serve the same purpose. Many spread across a surface to grow the new colony while others dig into drywall panels and ceiling tiles. These common building materials provide a food source for mold from floor to attic.

Most molds grow in a wide range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the comfort range for most homes, it makes mold a year-round problem. It also, for the most part, excludes SERVPRO technicians from using heat or cold to stop mold growth.

That makes the best way for us to interrupt mold growth is to find and eliminate the source of moisture. In many cases, we find there is a leaking pipe under a sink or in a wall behind the bath or laundry rooms. We can quickly tighten loose fittings and even replace small, cracked connections. If there is a major plumbing issue, we recommend using a licensed contractor to repair the leak before we get started.

Once we eliminate the source of moisture, the mold spores quickly return to their inert state. We use vacuums, cloths and sponges to remove the spores safely without spreading them to clean areas of the home. For thicker layers of mold, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to break up the mold and make it easier to remove from structural and personal property.

Removing mold is not a simple procedure. It takes planning, experience, and the right equipment. If you need our services to rid mold from your home, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 today. We are here for you.

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Specialized Equipment Provides Water Removal Services to Bed and Breakfast Owners in Sarasota

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Specialized Equipment Provides Water Removal Services to Bed and Breakfast Owners in Sarasota SERVPRO Holds the Key to Water Removal in a Sarasota Bed & Breakfast

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Business Open

When a bed and breakfast in Sarasota becomes damaged, it can make occupancy even for a short while hazardous for both guests and your own family. Water can make paint peel, paneling warp, and floors curl and crack. This water can come from leaking joints on pipes, a sink or tub that overflowed, or excessive humidity from damp areas below the foundation.
 
When we encounter a business in Sarasota, including a home-based one, requiring water removal, our first step involves ascertaining the source of the water. Different sources require different approaches. Not all solutions to a situation involving intrusive water provide the best remedy. Our technicians earn IICRC certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and other restoration fields so they know the most appropriate methods for each situation your business may face. We aim to get the problem solved so you can remain in business with as short a delay as possible.
 
When pipes create problems with water, tightening the joints can help immensely, as can ensuring that the connections to the appliance remain tightened, also. Leaks can happen anywhere along the length of a pipe or water line. After we, or larger breaks fixed by a plumber, correct the problem involving cracks and loose joints, often follow up with air movers and dehumidifiers, especially in any below-ground areas.
 
After a water basin overflows, water spreads everywhere below it, both downwards and sideways. We also use the same equipment for this type of water intrusion, but we also use pumping and extraction units to remove any accumulated water first. Because floors always take the brunt of such an overflow, we use equipment designed for such situations. Our InjectiDry mats provide the exact amount of force behind the air currents and rapidly dry the underside of floorboards. Doing so prevents curling and warping that can lead to cracked floors. This equipment also works well for walls because the tubing can direct air into their interior spaces, where moisture can hide.
 
Sometimes, cellars and basements, as well as crawl spaces, hold more moisture than they should at any given time. Fluctuating temperatures can also cause moisture to stagnate under a home. Drying out these areas and then installing a dehumidifier helps keep homes free of excessive moisture. When too much moisture exists in a property, microbial growth can begin, as well as the many different damaging effects on more fragile items in your home.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota has the situation covered no matter what water removal service your bed and breakfast requires. We work hard to make it "Like it never even happened." one business at a time. Call us at (413) 324-1300, so our 24-hour service can help you.

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Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind SERVPRO Mitigates Smoke and Soot Odors As Part of Fire Damage Restoration in Sarasota

Smoke and Soot Deposits Can Leave Behind Unpleasant Scents--Call on SERVPRO for a Return to Good Indoor Air Quality

Whenever a fire ignites inside your Sarasota home, smoke odors linger inside the building long after the blaze gets extinguished. Smoke also causes soot residues to deposit on surfaces throughout the home. Foul odors may also accompany these combusted by-products.

Different situations dictate many varying ways to deodorize smoke-damaged areas. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Sarasota have the necessary chemicals and knowledge to fight different types of odors. Various kinds of foul odors can exist based on what materials got burned during the blaze.
 
In many cases, just removing all burnt contents and materials and cleaning everything that contains soot is all that is needed to eliminate smoke odors. If unpleasant aromas still exist then deodorant chemicals get sprayed onto affected materials. In some scenarios more advanced deodorization systems get used. Masking is usually not a lasting solution to lingering malodors. Indoor air quality is a goal of every fire and smoke damage restoration service provided by SERVPRO.
 
In severe cases where pungent smells created by smoke are still present after cleaning, often portable ozone machines get used. Ozone machines use activated oxygen or O3 to cause chemical reactions that neutralize smoke smells. Ozone particles are unstable, and often one oxygen atom attaches to a foul odor particle turning the O3 molecule back to O2 which is the oxygen that exists in the air.
 
Once an ozone molecule gives a malodor particle one oxygen atom, the substance gets oxidized, and the unpleasant aromas are neutralized. However, ozone is not safe for any living being, and the area must be free from any people or pets. Ozone can also break down materials such as natural rubber.
 
Due to its toxicity, if an ozone machine gets used the entire area must be sealed off and not inhabited during the process. Sometimes, instead of sealing off the entire house, only the severely burnt areas get treated. Other times, contents get moved out of your home and put into a sealed room off location. The ozone machine works its magic on the contents for as long of a time as needed; then everything gets put back.
 
Ozone machines often get used for eliminating foul odors after fires, cigarette smoke, mold, and mildew. For professional help with smoke deodorization call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 any time of the day.

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Mold Damage Mitigation Facts That Every Siesta Key Resident Should Know

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Mitigation Facts That Every Siesta Key Resident Should Know In order to remediate mold damage, SERVPRO professionals must locate the source of moisture and stop it.

SERVPRO Professionals Locate and Eliminate Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold damage arises when you fail to rectify the underlying causes of moisture accumulation, and it can lead to health effects. To begin with, this type of fungi is not always dangerous - as far as it is outdoors - and it exists naturally within the environment. You need to know how to prevent it from growing in your Siesta Key property.

The presence of the spores in your Siesta Key home does not mean you are about to experience mold damage; the problem starts when they land on damp or wet spots. If you detect its growth, it is time to work with professionals like SERVPRO to solve the issue. Cleaning up the mold is not the solution, we can help you fix the moisture challenges to prevent the problem from coming back.

The most significant challenge with mold is that it spreads if you fail to observe the necessary precautions. Remember the spores are invisible, and if your HVAC system has some contamination, then you risk spreading the spores to clean areas. That is why our SERVPRO technicians establish a negative pressure zone to prevent air movement from the contaminated area.

To avoid exposure to airborne spores, we use Personal Protective Equipment. For instance, we wear N-95 respirators to prevent directly breathing the contaminated air. We also put on gloves that are long enough, as well as goggles that do not have any ventilation. We prefer gloves which are made of natural rubber since they cannot suffer corrosion when we use a bleaching cleaning solution.

If we notice any moisture condensation on pipes, walls, and windows, that might be a sign of high humidity, we act quickly to reduce it to normal levels. We can set up air conditioners and dehumidifiers - ideally, the degree of moisture in the air should not go above 60%. By using a humidity meter, our SERVPRO technicians are able to measure the actual figures.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is a trusted industry leader that offers both residential and commercial disaster mitigation services. Call us at (941) 552-6319, and we can turn it around “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage Emergency Restoration for Sarasota Homeowners

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Emergency Restoration for Sarasota Homeowners Seeing your home after a storm can cause a great deal of panic. Contact SERVPRO immediately to dry out and the restore your flood damaged property.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Certified Technicians and Equipment to Efficiently Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Natural disasters such as flooding and storms often come unexpectedly, causing extensive damage and loss to homes and businesses in Sarasota. Being victim to flood damage can set you back significantly. You may end up paying thousands of dollars for repairs and restoration, if you do not act fast.
 
Once your home sustains water damage, you need to contact SERVPRO immediately. We have a team of highly trained, highly experienced flood damage restoration experts that can respond quickly to flood damage emergencies in Sarasota. All our equipment is state-of-the-art and approved by the IICRC. It is regularly serviced and maintains ideal environmental friendliness.
 
Every solution from our SERVPRO technicians is designed to provide the best results and maximum efficiency at the job site. Our first priority in every situation is to check that everybody is safe. Anyone who is not vital to the recovery process should be evacuated immediately.
 
Flood water usually comes with structural damage. As such, SERVPRO technicians must assess for sewage pollution, sharp objects, and obstacles within the water. It is also important to wear personal protective clothing to avoid contamination, as well as prevent electrocution by securing any sources of electricity.
 
The initial steps of flood damage restoration also involve turning off main supplies of water, gas, and electricity. If the source of the flood is a burst pipe or leak, our technicians can identify and seal these places where possible. Moving valuable items to a safer place is equally important to prevent additional damage to things such as expensive furniture, crucial documentation, personal items, and electronic equipment.
 
For every project, we prepare a list of items that have sustained flood damage beforehand to make the restoration process easy and seamless. Temperature, humidity, and wood moisture content have a major impact on the integrity of critical facilities and building systems. Our remote monitoring system enables us to monitor these environmental parameters 24/7, depending on your requirements.  
 
In the event you experience a flood damage situation in your Sarasota home, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is available for quick and efficient restoration services. We have a reliable emergency response team that can return your property to preloss conditions in no time, "Like it never even happened."

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Failed Plumbing and Water Removal in Your Sarasota Bistro

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Failed Plumbing and Water Removal in Your Sarasota Bistro Sarasota Bistros Stay Open After Water Damage from the Ocean or Leaks with SERVPRO'S Help

SERVPRO Works Hard at Water Damage Restoration to Keep Your Business Open for Business   

The plumbing system in your Sarasota bistro has to put up with a lot on a daily basis. Since so many people are coming and going in the bathrooms each day, it is essential that you keep up with plumbing maintenance and repairs. Not only can there be plumbing problems like sewer backups and broken pipes, but severe damage can result in your building. Plus, if your plumbing system is not in commission, this creates real problems for your customers and employees. Where there is food service, this could be a closing of the establishment until cleanup and restoration are accomplished.

When your plumbing does fail for any reason, the water damage in your Sarasota building can be enormous. You at least need water removal services and help to get your business dried. Our SERVPRO staff is always here to help you with a water damage emergency. We understand how important it is that your business is back up and running as soon as possible.
 
We first identify the source of the water intrusion and stop it. Then we can determine the severity of the damage and keep it contained to the areas affected. A critical step, this ensures the water damage is adequately mitigated, protecting you from other damage like ruined capital investments and mold. It also stops the loss from getting into unaffected areas during the remediation process. We use thermal cameras and moisture meters to find any hidden water as well.
 
Depending on how severe the damage is, SERVPRO techs may have to remove some materials such as subflooring, flooring, and drywall. Doing so helps to salvage framing and the substructure, plus stop bacterial and mold growth. Then we can extract the excess water, and dry your property back out. When complete, the area is also treated with a disinfectant to keep fungi and microbes at bay.
 
Water removal and remediation services at SERVPRO of South Sarasota are thorough so that your business in Siesta Key, Bee Ridge, or Vamo can be safe again for your employees and customers. Get in touch with us at (941) 552-6319 as soon as you have a plumbing malfunction.

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Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences Whether the fire is small or large, the situation can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage, including left-over odor.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Including Getting Rid of the Odor Left Behind

Smoldering wastebaskets from still-burning cigarettes pose much less threat now than they did in the past, but Osprey residences can experience fires in other ways. Worn out electrical appliances, defective wiring, and other situations that slowly develop over time can lead to both small and large fires taking place.
 
Residents should take even small amounts of fire damage in Osprey seriously. Our skilled IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) helps homeowners restore their homes after fire and smoke events. Smoke can also come from cigarette smoking and cooking in the kitchen. We handle smoke-related damage regardless of the source.
 
Small fires can produce enormous amounts of smoke. The particles in this smoke can easily mar finishes as well as continually produce a foul smell. Removing charred materials alone cannot undo the damage. These particles also require removal for your home's complete restoration. Cleaning and scrubbing surfaces, alongside the bagging and removal of charred items, only eliminates the particles within those materials and furnishings.
 
Even with the removal of the majority of these smoke and soot particles, many remain behind inside cracks and tiny spaces where even the tiniest brushes cannot penetrate. We use machines that produce either ozone or hydroxyl gases, and thermal fogging equipment. While the gas-producing machinery slowly envelopes the interior of a home, thermal fogging mimics the pathways that the smoke traveled.
 
Able to enter the same areas the fire's heat forced the smoke particles into, the heated fog bonds with the particles and keeps them from disintegrating back into the air. Unable to mingle in the air, they no longer produce the foul odor that often follows a fire. Both hydroxyl and ozone bond with soot particles in a similar manner, and likewise, they keep any remaining soot or smoke residue from producing odors that people can detect.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is proud to serve the communities of Vamo, Gulf Gate Estates, Bee Ridge, and surrounding areas when fire damage, and accompanying problems with smoke, happen in residents' home. Calling our 24-hour line, (941) 552-6319, starts the process of restoring your home "Like it never even happened."

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Expert Water Removal, Cleaning, And Restoration Services for Your Sarasota Area Home

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Expert Water Removal, Cleaning, And Restoration Services for Your Sarasota Area Home No matter how the water enters your home, SERVPRO is here to help extract water and any moisture and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Water Removal Services for Any Type of Water Intrusion Your Home Experiences

You need to understand how to protect your Sarasota home against water intrusions of all shapes and sizes, not the least of which might involve hiring a trusted professional for help when circumstances become severe. Luckily for you, fully-certified IICRC professionals are located right here in your local community.

Water removal services in the Sarasota area can come in handy for a variety of reasons including, broken pipes, faulty plumbing fixtures, malfunctioning appliances, or severe weather conditions, all of which can cause significant damage to your property. 

SERVPRO can respond to your call for help 24/7, day or night, including holidays when it might be hard to find help right away. We understand how important your home and its contents are to you and share your urgency in protecting or restoring cherished personal belongings that might be affected by water entering your home. 

Water removal services make recovering from floods, plumbing failures, groundwater leaks, or hidden problems, easier. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians can use infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate existing problems, help you clean and restore water damage found in your home, and give you suggestions on how to prevent future problems.

SERVPRO technicians can teach you how to identify water problems in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces and use a variety of water extraction equipment should things get out of control. We can provide you with services that help remove any size water problem found on your property, which helps prevent corrosion, rot, mold, and additional damages that often form over time.

You can avoid damages caused by hidden humidity, direct water leaks, and some situations of indoor flooding by learning what to look for and how to respond to situations that might occur. If it has been a while since you had your wall cavities, cupboards, closets, attic, basement, or crawlspace inspected, give us a call for help.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota serves the entire area, offering quality water removal services throughout Vamo, Osprey, and Siesta Key. Contact us for immediate access to the expert personnel, equipment, and resources needed to protect your home, today. (941) 552-6319

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