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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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Travel Agencies Impacted by Commercial Flood Damage in Sarasota can Significantly Affect Bookings

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Travel Agencies Impacted by Commercial Flood Damage in Sarasota can Significantly Affect Bookings Sarasota and Florida Have Floods, But SERVPRO Keeps Your Vacation on Track

SERVPRO Keeps Your Sarasota Based Cruise from Being Flooded

Discussing travel plans over soggy carpets that standing water left behind is not a good way to entice would-be travelers to sign up for the latest cruises and vacation packages. The high humidity that is part of Florida's natural climate often prevents evaporation from occurring as quickly as it might happen in a dryer environment.

Sarasota has many tourists who find themselves overwhelmed with the many options available to them once they arrive, but unlike them, buildings with commercial flood damage only have one real viable solution. SERVPRO has the experience and education required to undo the harm caused by such predicaments and make things “Like it never even happened.”
 
Whenever a pipe's bursting open or an overflow of water has created a disaster, getting everything back to how they once were is often the only thing that can save your business. Competition among travel agencies can be fierce at times, making your general overall impression crucial to keeping your customers interested.
 
Being a local business ourselves, our technicians know that your business is an important part of our area's economy. The efforts invested in your enterprise are not replaceable. We know that restoring your building after flood damage is the only way to preserve and protect what you have worked so hard to build.
 
Getting every last drop of water out of your building is paramount to the restoration process. We use large-to-small equipment, working until even the humidity levels are brought back to within normal readings. We use hygrometers before, during, and after the job because these instruments provide highly accurate readings, letting us finish as quickly as possible with no risk of finishing too early. Leaving even the slightest bit of dampness can permit mold and other types of secondary water damage to develop.
 
Because an overflowing sink or broken pipe introduce clean water into your building, carpets can be saved if we begin our work with little delay. Water from even the smallest flooding problems can wick up walls, and also absorb into upholstery on your office furniture. With the increased humidity in the air, even things that were never directly in contact with the water can become ruined. We can help prevent this and other problems from happening.
 
As soon as you know, there is a problem with flooding, calling SERVPRO of South Sarasota to help with the problem can reduce the overall financial costs and prevent damage that might affect irreplaceable items. Our local number is (941) 552-6319 and is staffed all day, every day, and throughout the entire night, as well, to ensure that our neighbors in the community can always reach us when they need help with disastrous situations.

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Mold Damage And Remediation In Your Sarasota Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage And Remediation In Your Sarasota Home When mold grows it also spreads within a home by sending out spores.

Mold Damage

When mold begins to grow inside a home, or underneath exterior parts of the home's architecture, the home can experience damage in those areas. The longer mold is allowed to remain in an area, the more extensive the damage can become, and the risk of mold spreading to other areas of the home also greatly increases.

Sarasota homes that have increased levels of humidity, regardless of the source of that moisture, are often found to have higher rates of mold damage than similar homes with better humidity control. When mold grows it also spreads within a home by sending out spores. These spores are tiny, almost microscopic, and can easily travel through air ducts from one room to another. Vacuuming carpets and rugs without a HEPA filter in place can also allow these spores to spread.

Spores that find themselves in an area that has moisture, cellulose, and is darkened and fairly undisturbed can easily and quickly begin to form new colonies. Cellulose may seem as if it would only encompass areas where plant matter is in abundance, but almost everything in your home that is not a glossy, non-porous item is plant-based and made of cellulose.

Other cellular materials, such as leather or suede, can also permit mold to grow, although not as easily as plant-sourced items might. Often, mold grows on these types of items because of soiled surfaces instead of the makeup of the item itself. Once mold has begun growing, it can be difficult to regain control of a home's interior environment once again. Remediation is the best solution for this problem, and SERVPRO has the experts to help ensure that all stages of remediation are conducted correctly, efficiently, and at the correct time.

Before beginning, all water sources that permit moisture to accumulate in areas that should be dry need to be eliminated. Afterward, when the area is dry, dehumidifiers can be used to strip the air of excess humidity. Moisture meters and infrared scanners show our technicians where these areas are. After the removal of excess moisture from the air, these areas are again checked.

Wherever mold is found growing, cutting away or thorough cleaning is conducted, depending on the material. Some material, such as concrete or natural stone, can be cleaned. Mold grows on these surfaces because of the soil, not the hard and durable items itself. Cleaning these items completely removes the mold. Cleaning drywall cannot adequately remove mold because of the way mold penetrates the surface of the drywall.

For the experts in mold damage and remediation that can make your home safe and secure once again, call us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Our number, (941) 552-6319, is always answered, no matter the time of day or night, and regardless of the date. We are here to answer your call.

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Flooding Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Sarasota Home

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Sarasota Home SERVPRO understands that any flood damage to a Sarasota home needs to be removed and cleaned quickly.

Flood Damage

In most flooding disasters, the water is uncontaminated. Rising creeks and storms may contain small amounts of soil or plant material, but there is not a health concern. If the water comes in too quickly and causes pipes to break or cracks a septic tank, then the restoration process becomes more difficult and dangerous to anyone working to clean it up.

SERVPRO understands that any flood damage to a Sarasota home needs to be removed and cleaned quickly. When the water is contaminated, it becomes even more necessary. Certain types of personal and structural property require immediate disposal and the replacement costs increase accordingly. It alters how we approach cleaning and requires additional methods not needed with clean water.

Once we have the biohazard signs set up, technicians enter the home. As they do so, they spray a disinfectant on every affected area. After completing that, we remove any standing debris and soil. This task still requires basic rakes and shovels, but if it is contaminated, we dispose of it all according to state and federal rules. Now, we can remove the water. The equipment we use (pumps and extractors) is the same with uncontaminated water, but we have to pump it in a tank or tank truck rather than directly into the sewer system.

The next step is the hardest for a homeowner. Deciding to restore or replace contaminated property. Porous materials (i.e. fabric on furniture, curtains, and paper) are not salvageable without an excessive amount of effort and cost. If the contaminated water is gray (heavy soil but no sewage), we can attempt to clean it. Unless the item in question has some sentimental value, we recommend disposal and replacement.

If the contaminated water is black (contains sewage or other bio-waste), then it is not safe, and we must dispose of it. The rule also applies to carpets. If needed, we have excellent relationships with most insurance companies and can explain the decision-making process we used to them.

Contaminated structural components (walls, floors, and columns) required pressure washing. As when they walked into the structure, technicians use a disinfectant on every affected surface. To make certain we spray every inch, we may have to move property or even disassemble large items like bookcases to remove them from home. For large items that are contaminated, it may be necessary to remove them to our work center and clean them there.

Cleaning and restoring your home after a flood is not a quick or easy process. When the water is contaminated, the need to do it correctly and efficiently is even more important to avoid losing more property and incurring a massive replacement bill. SERVPRO of South Sarasota has decades of experience in cleaning Florida homes. Call us today at (941) 552-6319 to begin.

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Bubble Bath Gone Wrong Needs Water Removal Services In Sarasota

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bubble Bath Gone Wrong Needs Water Removal Services In Sarasota An overflowing tub of warm bubble-bath can happen to any of us, especially when we are most in need of a moment of relaxation.

Water Removal Services For Overflowing Bubble Bath

An overflowing bubble bath can happen to any of us, especially when we are most in need of a moment of relaxation, but easily distracted is a common chain of events that leads to this exact situation. Scooping up as much water as possible can prevent water from seeping further downwards, engulfing more and more of your floor, and causing additional damage. As soon as possible, though, you should call for experienced people who have the equipment to complete the clean-up efforts that you started.

Sarasota homes might be near the water, but when they are overwhelmed with it only professional water removal services are going to be sufficient. SERVPRO has the equipment needed, and our technicians also have the training and experience required to carry out the process quickly and thoroughly. We can remove excess water and return your home's structure, and the contents within it, back to a normal level of dryness.

Pump trucks are used when there is a great deal of standing water in a home, but when there is less, we begin with hand-held and portable units that extract water from all types of surfaces. Working our way from larger areas into smaller ones, including cracks, crevices, seams, and joints between walls and floors, we remove as much water as possible.

When we have removed as much as we possibly can, we then must rely on evaporation to remove the final traces of moisture. This part is essential because, without it, microbes such as bacteria, mold, and mildew can easily begin to grow, causing their own damage and problems within your home.

To increase the rate that leftover moisture evaporates, we use heaters. This alone is not enough, as the air that carries the increased moisture needs to be circulated. Hence, we implement the use of heavy duty air blowers. Along with opened windows and doors, but only when the air outdoors is less humid than inside, we also use dehumidifiers.

If the water from your intended bubble bath became contaminated or for any other reason produces an unwanted odor, we can also use air scrubbers or hydroxyl machines. Our goal is to make everything in your home “Like it never even happened.”

When things go wrong and then get worse, call us for your in-home disasters. Many of these can be solved by water removal services. We are local, and always available. We are SERVPRO of South Sarasota and can be contacted at even the worst times by calling (941) 552-6319.

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Mold Damage Issues in Sarasota New Construction

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Issues in Sarasota New Construction Mold remediation and prevention is what we do on a daily basis. Call SERVPRO to discuss how best to start the process.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experienced in Remediating Mold Damage in BOTH Old and New Houses

The presumption is only older homes with deteriorating plumbing and aging roofs have mold problems. In fact, current construction standards contribute to mold risk in a number of ways. If you notice a musty scent or see visible evidence of mold growth inside your newer retirement home, invite the professionals from SERVPRO to inspect and assist in abating the problem.
 
Newer homes surprisingly show evidence of mold damage more often than expected. Your Sarasota home is no exception. The reason is simple. New construction techniques result in houses that are airtight. If moisture gets caught inside, there are few ways for it to escape without using an HVAC air exchange system or consistent dehumidification strategies. SERVPRO mold experts advise that humidity levels of 60 percent or above make it easy for mold to take hold. You need to consult with our experts to craft a way to lower the ambient humidity to limit mold danger.
 
More trouble arises if your vacation home midway up the Gulf coast of Florida is closed up for a significant period during steamy weather. Mold thrives in the sub-tropical climate, and if you are not living in the home to run the air conditioning for weeks at a time, the perfect environment for mold growth is created. Air conditioners cool by pulling moisture out of the air, draining it through a series of hoses.
 
If you are absent, arrange for the air conditioning to run enough to maintain an interior humidity level of 30 to 50 percent. You heat a home in northern climes to avoid pipes freezing; dehumidify your Florida home to limit mold growth. Work with a local management company to ensure your ventilation system is exchanging air, allowing your home to “breathe” rather than sealing the hot, sticky air inside.
 
When you return, contact SERVPRO should you notice an off smell or see any evidence of mold growth. Check the air conditioner itself as clogs or kinks in hoses back up water that activates spores. If we find mold, trust us to contain, remove, and disinfect. Humidity reduction is our mission after the mold is remediated and we know dozens of ways to make certain your home has a more healthy humidity level and better air exchange with the outside.
 
Mold damage in new construction meets its match with SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Set up an appointment with an experienced mold troubleshooter by calling (941) 552-6319.

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