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Mold Damage in Ridge Wood Heights Retirement Condos

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Ridge Wood Heights Retirement Condos When you find mold in your home after having been away for a few months, it's time to call SERVPRO for a thorough investigation and remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Infestations and Offer Many Preventative Tips

On the move from primary homes further north, seasonal residents of Ridge Wood Heights return to townhouses and condos for the winter season. Opening up their winter homes may reveal some unwanted and unpleasant surprises. Mold damage is a specialty of ours, however, and help soon makes its way to our newly returning neighbors.
 
Sometimes individuals read or are told that windows need to be cracked just a little bit open during hurricane season to equalize pressure if an active storm passes overhead. Unfortunately, that tip is untrue and can lead to mold damage in Ridge Wood Heights from driving rains pushing their way inside. Water may have intruded in other ways -- a leaky pipe, a dripping faucet, a lengthy power outage that allowed humidity to increase over 60 percent, or a water event on another floor that seeped through. Regardless of the cause, our mold remediation team is ready to help you manage your mold damage concerns.
 
When we arrive, the lead technician, or SERVPRO project manager assigned to your job, assesses the mold damage. Non-porous surfaces support mold growth if traces of organic material are present. This can include the oil from your hands on a window sill or soap scum in a shower. Usually, that type of colony can be removed by wiping it down and using antimicrobial treatment to inhibit further growth.
 
Wood, chipboard, curtains, carpeting, or other absorbent materials may need to be partially removed if the mold roots extend into their interiors. Either way, our remediation teams use the EPA’s protocol to abate the mold damage. We contain the moldy area with physical barriers and may add a negative pressure air scrubbers to ensure that no moldy particles escape into unaffected areas. SERVPRO crew members will bag and dispose of the moldy materials according to local rules.
 
Our final task is identifying and planning for elimination of the water source. Depending on the circumstances, that fix will look different. SERVPRO’s understanding of mold growth and damage is comprehensive and we will get to the bottom of the water or moisture issue and remedy it.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ready to remediate your mold damage in your winter location. Call (941) 552-6319 for an appointment to discuss your options.
 
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Fire Sprinklers Can Minimize Fire Damage In Siesta Key Homes

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Sprinklers Can Minimize Fire Damage In Siesta Key Homes A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds.

Sprinklers Can Reduce The Damage Done By A Fire

Fire is fast! A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds. If it happens in your Siesta Key home, you need to be cautious. It takes a few minutes for the whole house to be engulfed in flames or thick black smoke. Heat is more devastating than the actual flames. A fire can escalate room temperatures by up to 600 degrees. This super hot air can melt clothes to your skin and even scorch your lungs when inhaled.

When a fire disaster strikes, every second counts. Having a fire damage restoration company in Siesta Key at hand can come in handy. As a locally based and longstanding restoration company in the area, SERVPRO is uniquely suited to respond quickly to your emergency. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year to restore your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible.

Sprinklers can go a long way towards minimizing fire damage. Sprinklers are designed to control fires quickly, making them highly efficient at reducing property damage. They can suppress a fire before the Fire and Rescue Service arrives. Sprinkler heads work independently, with only the sprinkler nearest the fire activating during a fire emergency. Sprinklers can serve up to 60 liters a minute.

Sprinklers may not be able to prevent a fire from happening, but they can control its advancement and progression. SERVPRO always recommends having at least one sprinkler in every room in the house. Sprinkler systems can be installed to compensate for certain fire safety measures that may not be possible due to the layout and design of the property. You can use a wet or dry pipe system or alternate them seasonally to save some money.

A dry pipe system can come in handy during the winter months as it minimizes the risk of water freezing in the pipes. Frozen water in your pipes can lead to numerous issues when a fire breaks out. You can drain your wet pipe systems after summer. Partial systems can protect higher risk areas of your house. Pre-action sprinkler systems work by activating both the sprinkler head and smoke detection, virtually eliminating the probability of accidental water discharge. It is essential to carry out a fire risk assessment in your building, with the main consideration being fire damage prevention.

If you have valuable property in your home, installing fire sprinklers can help minimize fire damage in the event of a fire disaster. If you have an incident, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota. You can reach us anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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Water Removal in a Sarasota Home Depends on the Circumstances to Minimize Losses

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in a Sarasota Home Depends on the Circumstances to Minimize Losses Sarasota Water Damage Is Mitigated with the Help of SERVPRO'S ERP Plan

SERVPRO Provides Water Extraction and Restoration After Damage Caused by Weather and Mishaps

Water damage in Sarasota can be a serious issue that adversely damages buildings and furniture in them. If such a misfortune happens, it is necessary that adequate measures be taken to address the situation. Trust a reliable company.

SERVPRO is undoubtedly one of those companies you should not overlook having been engaged in the task of water removal in the Sarasota area for quite some time. It has in the process of its operations developed some common techniques to extract water from homes.

For a start, the choice of the most appropriate technique largely depends on the amount of water to be extracted. In case the water is standing and is greater than two inches deep, SERVPRO deploys submersible pumps. This produces a high gallons per hour extraction of the unwanted water. If however, the depth of water is less than 2 inches deep, the technicians use truck-mounted extractors with special wands to suction the water from carpets and hardwood flooring.

After all the water has been extracted, the company discharges them directly into a sewer that has been treated or in self-contained tanks. It does not at all dispose of such wastewater in a septic tank. Typically, these tanks are the source of contamination that must be dealt with according to OSHA codes.

Lastly, the company does take proactive approaches to mitigating the effects of water damage by a follow-up inspection to ensure no leaks are still apparent. Ask us about our preventative program for water and fire & smoke damage mitigation called the ERP, the Emergency READY Profile. This plan helps ensure the personal safety of the occupants and reduces damages in the event they are not prevented.

Consider us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Give us a call today through our line (941) 552-6319. We are always available 24/7 to assist with any urgent water damaging event.

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A Smart Plan When You Return To Sarasota Post-Irma

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Smart Plan When You Return To Sarasota Post-Irma Hurricane Irma Left Sarasota with SERVPRO's Help, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tip--Inspect for Hurricane Storm Leakage in Your Home's Structure

When Hurricane Irma’s winds and rains tore through Sarasota, you were enjoying the last weeks of summer several states to the north. Neighbors in Florida report that your home appears to have survived the storm’s fury with no significant damage. Even so, we suggest you carefully evaluate your winter retreat when you arrive to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises to discover.
 
You love the retro look and feel of your Sarasota home, but feel hidden storm damage may lead to permanent problems because of aging structure and fixtures. The windows and doors needed maintenance that you put off in previous seasons. When you open your vacation home for this winter season, consider an inspection by one of our experienced project managers to check for rainwater or wind damage inside.
 
The strength of a Category 1 hurricane stresses dwellings with winds in excess of 75 miles an hour. Your home endured the battering of these high winds and heavy rain, but it is likely that water made its way into the interior at weak points, including doorways and windows with worn weatherstripping and dried-out caulk. Look for telltale signs like staining and bulging of the drywall or plaster around the door and window openings as you reacquaint yourself with your bayside house. SERVPRO crews train for the opportunity to recognize and restore the subtle damage that signals water forced its way through during the height of the storm.
 
Trained technicians measure the moisture content of the walls and floors near the aged windows and doors, determining drying targets. Air movers and dehumidifiers get the drying going while our workers search for any pockets of water hidden between the exterior and interior walls or under floorboards. SERVPRO experts also keep an eye out for secondary damage, especially due to microbial growth, as we treat and reclaim the saturated areas.
 
Mold infests and consumes organic surfaces including wood, wallpaper, chipboard, fabrics, and more. Not much water is needed to encourage the rapid multiplication of mold colonies, and it is a common problem after severe storms where wind-driven rain invades interior spaces, even without much visible damage. SERVPRO offers expert mold remediation crews if needed.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ready to help as winter residents return and face water and possibly mold damage. Call (941) 552-6319 to schedule a walk through with one of our technicians to ensure the comfort and safety of your seasonal stay.

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Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage SERVPRO technicians are trained to tackle to your fire damage restoration needs and restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration Needs After a Storm

Since a hurricane was not enough, residents of Sarasota are dealing with other disasters on top of the rain and flooding. Some homes had the gas lines interrupted which resulted in sparks and fires. The incredible amount of storm damage to our homes has also meant the clean-up process is prolonged compared to past storms. Residents are working together to haul away debris while others are attempting to burn what they can first before removing the rest. Both situations have caused further clean-up.

People forget that sparks and embers can remain lit and travel hundreds of yards before landing on a roof and costing thousands in fire damage to a Sarasota home. Despite the debris, damage, and everything else, SERVPRO is prepared to help our neighbors with every disaster that might deal its way into our town and county.

After flooding and fire, much of our restoration work deals with structural, rather than personal property. What we concentrate on in this situation is the foundation and support structures like wall framing, load-bearing walls, and roof support.

After two disasters, a concrete pad shows some surface damage. It is common, and our technicians are very skilled at surface patching. We wash and clean the pad thoroughly and then apply a layer of concrete over the damaged areas, working the new mix into every crack so that it dries smoothly and leaves little evidence of the previous damage.

Fire usually destroys drywall, but it often leaves the framing and larger support structures intact. Our task at this point is to clean the wood of any residues and perhaps use a deodorizing agent to remove any lingering smells that penetrated the surface.

While some minor scorching is fine and does not present a threat to the home, if flames penetrated the wood, we recommend complete replacement of the affected pieces. We train our SERVPRO technicians to identify the threat and to remove and replace supports. The only time we need to call in a general contractor is when the entire roof shows evidence of compromise.

No matter what the disaster, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here for the community. If you need assistance after a fire, flood, or any other type of damage, we are ready to help. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

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Mold Damage Can Cause Problems in Your Sarasota Home

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Cause Problems in Your Sarasota Home At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we say no to mold!

Got Mold Issues? SERVPRO Has A Solution


With the right conditions, mold begins to expand and grow in less than a day. Once discovered, cleaning and removal should start as quickly as possible. The longer a mold infestation goes untreated; the more damage it causes a home. If left too long, there is the eventual possibility that it can affect the health of the homeowner and other residents.

Not all mold means there is damage to a Sarasota home. The spores that make up a colony are usually inactive and are in every home. Unless they have enough moisture, food, and the right temperature they are incapable of growth. SERVPRO knows that once a colony begins to expand, removal of current growth and stopping new growth at its source are the only way to stop it.

As a restoration company, we perform tasks that most general contractors do not have the training to accomplish. It is necessary to isolate the colony, disinfect the affected areas, scrub the air, remove damaged property, eliminate the source of moisture, and vacuum all loose mold using special HEPA filters designed to trap even a single spore.

Despite the expertise we bring to the table, the best way to stop mold is to prevent it. We have adapted suggestions from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and recommend them to our customers after we have completed work in their home.

Do not install carpet in bathrooms and laundry rooms. These areas are constant sources of water and humidity and laying carpet in them is like laying out food for a pest. If you have rugs in the bathroom, change them out on a regular basis, and clean and dry them.

Always clean bathrooms with anti-fungal and other mold-killing chemical products. The most common anti-fungal agent is bleach. It should be the primary chemical in any cleaner.

Whenever you repaint a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room, be sure to use a paint with a mold-inhibiting chemical added. It does not stop growth completely, but the paint emoves the drywall and wood it covers as a food source.

Finally, check your bathroom ventilation regularly. A proper working fan helps to keep the humidity level at a normal level and prevent dormant spores from expanding into a potential threat.

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If you suspect there is a mold problem in your home, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help. Call today at (941) 552-6319 to schedule an inspection or to begin the restoration process.

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Storage Facilities Dry Out Post-Hurricane With Commercial Water Removal Services In Sarasota

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial  Storage Facilities Dry Out Post-Hurricane With Commercial Water Removal Services In Sarasota Storage facilities often include clauses in their contracts excluding responsibility for catastrophes such as hurricanes and fire.

Commercial Water Removal Services

Storage facilities often include clauses in their contracts excluding responsibility for catastrophes such as hurricanes and fire in places like Sarasota. Such clauses help storage facility owners avoid new financial problems, but serving customers and building relationships with them can take a positive turn when management takes the initiative with a call to SERVPRO for help in containing and solving the problem.

Storage units in Sarasota are rarely watertight and may need commercial water removal services after cataclysmic events. The construction used is often strong enough to withstand most natural catastrophes, although saturation of the environment can drastically affect the contents of units, particularly those with roll-down doors. Getting a facility dry again after events that affect vast areas of Florida is crucial to remaining in business and keeping customer satisfaction high. SERVPRO is always ready to help in even the worst situations.

When events such as off-the-scale hurricanes like Irma leave damage and destruction behind, rebuilding our communities must begin quickly and aggressively. Because we can rely on teamwork and collaboration with 1700 other SERVPRO franchises, we always have the right amount of equipment to complete any size job, in any setting.

Water removal and extraction after a hurricane can take time. However, efforts need to begin as soon as possible. While extracting water and moisture is in progress, damage to stored items slows. Sadly, many losses due to hurricanes happen, but we can reduce this by following international standards for dealing with the aftermath. Enclosing an area with thick tarps, eliminating the humidity through the use of commercial-grade dehumidifiers, and reducing the microbial population with strategically placed air scrubbers is only part of our response.

We have worked on jobs where it was vital to our customers' public image that we remain as unobtrusive as possible while still completing our work. In a situation where our work directly impacts our customers' customers, we can also assist them on a case-by-case situation, if requested. Being bonded and insured, as well as holding IICRC certificates, we understand the implication of privacy and security for the individual renter at your facility and give this the highest consideration. We always treat our customers, and their clients, as if they were family or friends.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota stands ready to conduct initial assessments and contact other franchises so we can help you protect your customers' belongings. Call us at (941) 552-6319 as soon as possible after such an event. We aim to work with you as closely as possible, every step of the way.

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Providing Sarasota Homeowners Answers to Salt Water Flood Damage

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Providing Sarasota Homeowners Answers to Salt Water Flood Damage Flood damage can be even more severe when salt water is involved, call SERVPRO to properly mitigate the damage.

Professionals needed for salt water flood damage

Storms can wreak havoc on your property, resulting in flood damage that exceeds anyone’s expectations. As Sarasota residents, we also have to deal with the potential of salt water invading our homes, which makes it necessary to obtain a trained professional to assist with the cleanup and restoration, after all, is said and done.

As severe weather systems make their way inland, they pick up salt water from the ocean, bringing dangerous chemical combinations directly into our Sarasota homes, making flood damage more severe. Normally, regular cleaning and maintenance keep these chemicals at bay. However, when these storms produce hurricane strength winds, flooding becomes a major issue. 

Hurricanes and storm surges can deliver salty, brackish water to homes as far as a quarter-mile inland, causing damage to metals such as iron or steel, as well as electrical wiring in your home. Just about any material used in your home’s construction takes significantly more damage when exposed to salt water because it carries an electrical charge that penetrates a variety of surfaces with ease.

At SERVPRO we offer IICRC-industry certified professionals who understand that the cure for salt water damage is fresh water. Our technicians take the time to flush your entire electrical system with fresh water, re-inspect everything to assess potential damages, and communicate findings to both you and your insurance company.

As you might think, services like this take a lot of time and effort. SERVPRO technicians help restore appliances and electronic devices, as well as protect your family from possible electrical hazards. We can help protect your home’s foundation, carpeting, furniture, floors, drywall, and roofing, potentially saving as much as possible to limit any losses you might experience.

We make your entire restoration process as stress-free as possible, providing you with solutions that best fit your situation. There is absolutely no reason for you to attempt repairs on your own, SERVPRO has professional technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Help is available, anytime, day or night.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we stand ready to provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources to take action as soon as possible. Notify us immediately after regaining access to your property after a flood; we can help prevent problems from getting out of hand, call today. (941) 552-6319

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Preparation Could Have Saved This Sarasota Homeowner from Flood Damage

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparation Could Have Saved This Sarasota Homeowner from Flood Damage Call SERVPRO to find out tips on how to keep your dishwasher from leaking while you're away from your Sarasota vacation home.

Flood Damage Caused by an Ongoing Leak

We recently had a call from a customer who owns a condo, but only visits for holidays and special occasions. More or less leaving the property unattended for the majority of the year. 

The condo in Sarasota recently experienced flood damage caused by a leak in the dishwasher, which made their last visit extremely uncomfortable. They forgot to turn the water off, which led to a slow leak developing in the feed line. This tiny leak caused significant damages to their cabinets, wall, floor, and insulation; it required extensive repairs and mold remediation.

As you may already know, slow leaks are not covered by your insurer, especially in an unattended property. These types of leaks are considered homeowner negligence, making it entirely your problem. Had the owner been around they might have noticed discoloration, spotting at the base of their cabinets, or moisture puddles developing over time, all of which are problems that SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to prevent while you are away.

Water causes extensive flood damage because it can travel quite far. It can travel through your cabinets, into the sub-floor, and up your walls, saturating building materials, causing swelling, cracks, and separation of glued joints. Depending on the type of floor you have in your kitchen, it can pop wood planks, crack tiles, or cause bubbles to form in linoleum. All of these problems require professional attention to correct properly, SERVPRO can help.

Mold becomes a problem rather quickly, another item not covered by standard insurance. It can cause health effects and often requires remediation technicians to control safely. Without the proper tools and experience, mold often persists, returning to the same area over and over.

A regular plumbing company is most likely to refer you to a restoration company, like SERVPRO, when these types of incidents occur. The plumber is there to fix water issues, not perform repairs to your cabinets, drywall, and flooring. A qualified restoration company takes control of everything, offering you a one-stop solution to flooding, mold, and quite frankly, any other environmental issues that come to mind.  

SERVPRO of South Sarasota wants to provide you with the solutions you deserve, call today. (941) 552-6319

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Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota Fires in the kitchen can quickly escalate. Stay safe and call SERVPRO after the fire is under control to begin the remediation process.

Basic Preventative and Maintenance Actions can Help Preclude Kitchen Fires

Your kitchen has the potential to be the most dangerous room in your home. It holds many hazards which can cause unintentional fires and burns. There are some basic safety rules you can follow to keep your kitchen free from hazards. If you have experienced a kitchen fire, you need the professional help of our technicians at SERVPRO. We are a trained and experienced fire damage remediation company who has the tools required to restore your home after a fire.
 
The first thing you should always have in your Sarasota kitchen to prevent fire damage is a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. A smoke detector also needs to be installed and maintained regularly. Any cleaning products should be stored away from children, and do not leave a heat source or fire unattended.
 
Stove and Oven
 
Clean your range and oven regularly and be thorough. Doing so prevents residual grease and food from catching fire. When you are cooking, keep handles of pots turned inward, away from the stove’s edge. Do not wear loose, long sleeves which can hang over the stove while cooking. Keep your eye on the oven at all times when it is on and ensure it is turned off when you are done cooking.
 
Flammable items such as dish rags, towels, and curtains should not be near the stove. Also, be cautious with flammable liquids, since a small spark can ignite vapors from these fluids.
 
Microwave Ovens
 
Ensure all vents are clear of obstructions and the microwave has enough space for air circulation. Do not put foil or other metals in the microwave oven, as they can create sparks and fires. SERVPRO can help you restore your kitchen back to its former condition after a fire in your microwave.

Appliances
 
Do not use appliances which have not been tested and approved by a recognized facility. Keep electrical outlets from being overloaded as well and check for broken or worn wiring on a regular basis. Be sure to make any needed repairs in a timely fashion and keep cords on the counter, so they do not get pulled down accidentally.
 
Deep Fryers and Frying Pans
 
The best thing to prevent fryer fires is to use a fryer with a controlled thermostat. Do not allow grease and fat build up in pans or on the stove, since they can easily catch fire. When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we assess the damage first, including any smoke or soot and water damage. Before we begin any remediation, we go over the plan with you so you can understand all that is happening.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here whenever you need us. If you have experienced a kitchen fire in your home, just reach out to us at (941) 552-6319 so we can help you clean up and repair your home.

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