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Lake Sarasota's Flood Damage Experts Explain The Science Involved with Drying

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lake Sarasota's Flood Damage Experts Explain The Science Involved with Drying When a Clothes Line Won't Do to Dry Out Your Flooded Lake Sarasota Property--Call SERVPRO

Dehumidification and Air Movement Are Key Factors in Drying Interiors after Storms

This summer thunderstorms have been striking all over the country including places near Lake Sarasota. These severe storms are known to bring about weather conditions that can cause extensive flood damage. Wind can blow things into the exterior of your home and create holes for rainwater to pour into and make things wet. If your neighborhood in Lake Sarasota floods, then it is likely that water can enter lower levels of your home.
 
Excessive moisture inside any house can cause problems with contents and structural components. When dealing with a flood damage project in Lake Sarasota, our SERVPRO technicians work towards decreasing the severity of issues by removing moisture as quickly as possible. When materials get wet, they can lose their structural integrity along with their aesthetic appearance. If organic substances stay wet for too long microbial growth can occur.
 
To prevent mold growth, our SERVPRO technicians work towards reducing moisture levels of your contents and building materials in less than 48 hours. First, we extract as much water out of the affected rooms as we possibly can. The next step is the drying process. During the drying stage, we use equipment to manipulate the environment so that the drying speed is increased with the use of powerful air movers and axial fans.
 
As a rule of thermodynamics, everything always wishes to seek equilibrium. Therefore when materials contain more moisture than the air right next to its surface, water will want to evaporate from the wet substances and move into the air. If the air next to an object has more water than the material, water can then move from the air and make the item wetter. Wet to Dry.
 
Our SERVPRO restoration team sets up air movers to push air away from wet surfaces. When we replace the damp air next to wet items with warm, dry air, then more water can evaporate from the wet items, thus speeding up the drying process. The damp air then gets pushed into the center of the room where dehumidifiers sit to suck up the moist air and remove the water in liquid form. This condensation is collected in a pan or run through a hose to a drain. The dehumidifiers then exhaust out warm, dry air to complete the cycle when it gets used in the air flow of the air movers.
 
Since air can hold more water at higher temperatures, we also add heat to the affected areas so that the air can carry more moisture away from the wet materials. We increase the RH relative humidity. It is important that the correct ratio of air movers per dehumidifiers get used or drying may not be as effective. If you ever notice things inside your house got wet after a storm, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Ozone Machines and Hydroxyl Generators Can Remove Fire & Smoke Odors in Siesta Key

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ozone Machines  and Hydroxyl Generators Can Remove Fire & Smoke Odors in Siesta Key SERVPRO Scrapes the Charred Timbers in Siesta Key and then Deals with the Odor Removal

SERVPRO Equipment, Manned by Skilled Technicians, Can Mitigate Odors after House Fires

Fires can leave foul and lingering smoke odors inside your Florida home that may remain inside the structure if they are not adequately dealt with by trained fire damage professionals like us. Fires can also produce smoke and soot residues that can get all over the surfaces in your home, which is why calling our certified company right away may reduce damages to your property.

 
SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Siesta Key have the right equipment to remove various odors from the structure. In some instances, removing burnt and charred items and materials inside the home and cleaning the affected areas may eliminate smoke odors without any further work. However, this is the exception to the rule. Typically, there is always some odor remaining after a house fire. If foul odors remain in the home after the cleaning and removal process, the crew may spray deodorant chemicals to remove the smells. Improving the indoor air quality is a goal of every fire damage restoration service we provide. This "masking" is not a permanent solution to resolving malodorous circumstances but does help in improving the working environment
 
In some cases, the team may need to use more advanced deodorization equipment. If these smoke odors are pungent, our trained SERVPRO team may use portable ozone machines. SERVPRO techs often use ozone machines to eliminate pungent odors from homes after a fire. Ozone machines use the radical oxygen elemental O3 that can neutralize and eliminate strong smoke smells. Note that ozone is not safe for humans, pets, or even houseplants, so if our team employs this device, homeowners and pets must vacate the premises. Due to ozone’s toxicity, our crew may seal off the entire area and remove materials from the property. After the crew finishes using the ozone machine, they can return items to the home and put all contents back in place, if they were removed for the restoration process.

Hydroxyl generators are small units that can be very beneficial in neutralizing airborne particulates. These are safe and are often used during the cleanup phase, improving air quality for the technicians and residents remaining in the home.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire damage services homeowners can trust. We are available to help. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 any time of the day or night. Fires can occur at any time and without notice. When there is a fire in your home, our skilled technicians can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage Can Allow Worse Conditions for Your Siesta Key Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Damage Can Allow Worse Conditions for Your Siesta Key Home Mold can spread quickly when adequate moisture exists for it to feed on. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage throughout your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand BOTH Water Damage and Mold Infestations That can Quickly Occur in Your Home

Water incidents in your Siesta Key home might happen from some different causes. However, making certain that the mess is cleaned up and the that the appropriate drying measures get taken are imperative to restoring your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to see the need for professional restoration for water incidents that are not overwhelming and can appear simple to clean up.

One of the biggest concerns with trying to deal with water damage in Siesta Key on your own in your home is doing this job inadequately. If you do not ensure that the area gets dried completely and that the moisture gets entirely removed, you cannot be sure to avoid situations where the damage can worsen in new and hazardous ways.

A good example of this is your toilet leaking from its tank or a supply line. While it might seem like an easy task to clean up the water on the floor here, depending on how long this problem has persisted, this damage could extend far beyond where you can see and into the subflooring of the bathroom. While many bathrooms offer some variety of waterproof floorings like tile or vinyl planking, these are generally only effective when you clean up the mess right away. Otherwise, you do not likely have the same tools and expertise as our SERVPRO technicians to reach the subflooring and get the area dried out.

Persistent moisture in this often inadequately vented area leads to the growth of mold and mildew. Microbial growths in the area can be a potential health risk to your family and anyone else exposed to a forming colony, which ultimately requires our SERVPRO mold remediation team to remove.

One of the important things to remember is that you should react to water damage immediately when you discover it in your home. Allowing moisture to penetrate beyond where you can see can make it a severe challenge for even professional restorers to access, and ultimately allow for mold growth to occur. Let our SERVPRO of South Sarasota restoration specialists help you through the cleanup and drying of your water incident. You can reach us anytime at (941) 552-6319.
 
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Unmitigated Commercial Water Damage and Your Sarasota Retail Shop

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Unmitigated Commercial Water Damage and Your Sarasota Retail Shop A broken water line behind walls in your bathroom can cause a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO right away to evaluate and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Emergency to Help Prevent an Escalation

When a water line bursts in your Sarasota shop's restroom area, the force pushing the water into your business causes thousands of gallons to flood everything quite rapidly. Such water quickly damages the more porous materials first, which means we have time to protect other materials from various types of damages, but only when we work fast.
 
Business owners rely on SERVPRO's technicians to perform commercial water removal techniques in Sarasota that can minimize existing damage and prevent other problems. Our truck-mounted pumps rapidly remove water from your now-saturated store, meaning we can begin drying methods that help keep mold, rust, and other effects of standing water from plaguing your business in the future.
 
When SERVPRO removes water from a building, we increase the temperature inside to help the moisture held by materials to evaporate. Heated air can hold much more water vapor than cooler air can retain, increasing the speed that our extraction equipment can dry out your building. Heated air also keeps water vapor from condensing on surfaces, which can reabsorb the moisture.
 
Removing large and bulky pieces of materials from your business, such as carpeting and padding, means a significant amount of water also leaves your property. When water is clean, such as from a broken water line, we can salvage it for reuse later. Our Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) can explain how floating a carpet saves carpeting from further damage, including stretching. Anything SERVPRO can do to save our customers money and time helps their business resume normal business operations faster and more smoothly.
 
Because water lines and other mishaps can happen suddenly and without any warning, as well as many other disasters, we offer the free Emergency READY Profile Plan to area businesses. Filling out the information gives us a head-start when any disaster affects your business, saving additional time. The sooner we begin mitigating damage, the less subsequent damage your store experiences.
 
When you need water removal services to save your business from flooding, water line breaks, or roof leaks, call us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319. We help protect the businesses in Siesta Key, Vamo and Bee Ridge so they can more easily stay in business and keep our economy healthy.

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Gulf Storms Can Cause Flooding Inside of Your Sarasota Home

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Gulf Storms Can Cause Flooding Inside of Your Sarasota Home Sarasota Storm Cleanup Gets Done Right by SERVPRO

Tropical Storms Affect Sarasota Properties So Call SERVPRO to Help Mitigate the Damages

Living on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico has its charms, but it can also be the site of intense ocean-based storms that can cause flood damage to your home. Florida is beautiful, sunny, and warm at all times of the year. However, the state is known for being hit by tropical storms. It is notably worse for you as a homeowner if a storm hits while you are away on business or seasonally absent. Fortunately, help is not far when these kinds of problems happen.
 
When a severe storm hits, the rushing waters can carry debris in them that can force an entrance into your Sarasota home and cause flood damage. A broken window is a perfect entry point for water, and during a violent storm, nothing is holding the water back. By the time the storm has moved on, your kitchen can be flooded up to your ankles.
 
Coming back to your home the next morning, only to find it flooded, can be overwhelming. However, it is essential for you to call for help as soon as you can. Allowing water to stand in your home untouched for any length of time is never a good idea, as mold can begin to grow in just 72 hours. The quicker SERVPRO can arrive at your home, the better. Make sure to immediately contact your insurance company.
 
When SERVPRO techs get to your home, the first thing they can do is determine the safety of the affected areas. Floods can carry elements like sewage and chemicals with them. These substances can be harmful to your health and require specialized tools to handle. Should your home be impacted by black water, all wet carpets need to be thrown out, as their quality and sanitation cannot be guaranteed, even after cleaning.
 
Once safety is determined, SERVPRO can use tools like submersible pumps, extractors, and wet/dry vacuums to remove the flooded water from your home. These tools can even be truck-mounted if the volume of water in your home is significant enough. After our technicians remove the flooded water, they can make sure the area is sanitary before moving on to ensure your home is up to dryness standards.
 
Should a severe ocean-based storm hit your home and cause flood damage, do not hesitate. Dial (941) 552-6319 to get in contact with SERVPRO of South Sarasota. We make it our goal to arrive at your residence swiftly and strive to return your home to its preloss state whenever possible.

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How Water Extraction Can Return Your Sarasota Property to Its Former State

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Extraction Can Return Your Sarasota Property to Its Former State When water damage affects your home, count on SERVPRO for restoration.

Water Extraction for your home

Extraction is part of the first procedures that we perform when offering water removal services. For us to efficiently perform the procedures, we use specialized equipment to remove water from a structure. We advise any Sarasota resident who experiences flooding or any form of water intrusion to work with a professional. There are chances of making a costly mistake which a professional can point out to prevent further damage.

Cleaning your upholstery and carpets is part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform during water removal in Sarasota. Since extractors have pumps, vacuum systems, and heaters, when using them it is possible to perform both cleaning and water extraction services. While the three components play a role during cleaning, it is only the vacuum unit we use when removing the water.

If we need to access restricted areas within your structure, our SERVPRO team may decide to use a portable extractor. The average weight of this device is between 40 to 90 pounds and has heating capabilities of between 180° F to 212° F. Both its solution and waste tanks can hold 5 to 12 gallons of water. On the other hand, its vacuum system can offer a water lift of 140 inches.

Truck mounts are more powerful and efficient for both restorative cleaning and water removal. They weigh between 500 - 1100 pounds and the capacity of their storage tanks may be around 60 - 100+ gallons. Their vacuum systems have a water lift of around 185.71 to 198.98 inches with their heating capabilities falling between 180° F to 220° F.

When our SERVPRO technicians need to stop water migration, we might decide to use a wand. We prefer using wands when dealing with glue-down carpets and heavier devices for carpets that have thick pads. If the structure has a carpet, then we understand that aggressive extraction may make the carpet to suffer delamination.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, storm, fire, or mold damage-related. You can call us at (941) 552-6319 at any time of the day to benefit from our 24-hour emergency services.

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The Benefits You Get from Fast Calls to SERVPRO for Fire Damage in Osprey

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Benefits You Get from Fast Calls to SERVPRO for Fire Damage in Osprey Don't let fire damage and odor linger in your home. Contact SERVPRO for a timely response and effective remediation.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Damage Left By a Fire in Your Home

After a fire causes damage to your Osprey home, one of the first steps you should take is to call a certified restoration company like SERVPRO. The faster you get us on the line, the sooner we can send out a team of technicians and begin the paperwork necessary to get your home restored back to its normal state with as little financial or legal hassle as possible for you. By calling us immediately after disaster strikes, you get these benefits that come with a timely response to the problem.
 
Minimized Restoration Times
 
Many of the actions SERVPRO technicians do when responding to an initial fire damage call in Osprey are designed to reduce time spent on restoration processes in the coming weeks. The faster we can be in and out of your home, the better, and when we receive a call immediately after the disaster in question, we can take care of many problems immediately (such as imminent structural collapses) rather than deal with their effects later on in the restoration process.
 
Cut Costs
 
Less time spent on restorations also contributes to lower financial expenditures on the project as a whole. Long and complex restorative procedures also incur a greater financial burden than emergency measures put in place in the hours following a fire. A swift call to SERVPRO ensures that as many of the former tasks can be avoided as possible and that any costs borne by you remain low and manageable.

Safety Evaluations
 
In some situations, the overall safety of the building and area may be questionable. Without a qualified inspector to evaluate the site, you may be near and around dangerous conditions without realizing it. One of the first representatives we send to the site is always an inspector who gauges not only the extent and expected cost of damages, but also safety risks present throughout the property.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides emergency fire damage restoration services on a 24/7 basis. Call us immediately after disaster strikes at (941) 552-6319.
 
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Commercial Water Removal Services Keeps Manufacturing Lines Up and Running in Sarasota

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Services Keeps Manufacturing Lines Up and Running in Sarasota SERVPRO of South Sarasota can take care of your facility and restore it back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Can Keep Restore Your Sarasota Manufacturing Facility From Water Damage

Responding to minor emergencies as they arise prevents them from escalating into major problems that can shut down assembly lines. Manufacturing facilities in Sarasota do not function well when water plays a role in an emergency. The machinery can suffer a myriad number of problems, including those that put workers' health and safety in jeopardy.

Managers of manufacturing plants in Sarasota can rely on SERVPRO's commercial water removal services to keep things going when a situation involving intrusive water threatens plant operations. We take care of the water at the source so we can concentrate our efforts on removing the water already present. Our Green Fleet's truck-mounted pumps can quickly remove the water covering your factory's floor.

The removal of standing water is only the first step toward protecting your factory's equipment from the damages that water can cause. Wherever the water doused your machinery or other components, rust and corrosion can start affecting metal parts. Drying these off and applying approved oil can stop this chemical reaction from taking place.

Since parts of different assembly lines might remain hidden and we cannot easily clean these sections up, dehumidification and desiccation of the factory may become a priority. When SERVPRO technicians carry out the task of drying the interior areas, they use Injectidry equipment. This uses flexible tubing of various sizes to direct dry, warm air into areas that may contain condensed moisture. As the air leaves the interior, we measure how much humidity that air contains. Using this as a gauge, we can determine when the interior reaches normal humidity levels.

It does not matter where the water from a false alarm that sent your sprinkler system into overdrive or a broken water main went. We locate all traces of water using infrared devices that detect changes in temperature of the materials in your factory. Water may seem hidden behind impenetrable walls or panels, but moisture affects temperature enough for merely slight differences to register on our equipment.

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ready to assist you in overcoming any situation where water removal becomes a necessity. Both large and small amounts of water can create disastrous situations that adversely affect production, finished products, and employee safety. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to protect these assets. Our services are available to businesses in the surrounding area, including Siesta Key, Osprey, and Bee Ridge.

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Mold Damage Experts In Siesta Key Explain Microbial Remediation In Laundry Rooms

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts In Siesta Key Explain Microbial Remediation In Laundry Rooms Moisture and Mold Growth Get Cleaned up in Siesta Key with a Phone Call to SERVPRO

Moisture and a Food Source Can Mean a Mold Infestation--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

Any place inside your Siesta Key home that has appliances is at risk of them breaking and spilling water into the room. Kitchens have dishwashers and water pipes that can break and cause problems. Some bathrooms have water heaters and other water pipes that can malfunction, allowing excess liquid and moisture to enter.

Another area in your house that is prone to water-related issues are laundry rooms. In some cases, the source of mold damage in Siesta Key is a broken washing machine or dryer inside your laundry room. These appliances can malfunction and slowly leak water onto hidden building materials that you do not notice until you move the appliances and see microbe growth. The dryer also provides a warm environment and food source from the cotton fibers trapped in the filter and vent.

After the mold has developed, it is essential that you call our SERVPRO technicians to inspect the damage. If issues are not treated promptly, fungi can quickly spread to other areas of the home. The presence of a fungus can cause health effects with some people. That spores produced by the contamination do not spread into the building’s ventilation system and cause air quality problems is crucial.

Before our SERVPRO restoration team begins work on the area, we section off the affected portion with thick plastic. If the washer and dryer are not contaminated, and it is possible to move them, then we move them into another room of the building during the restoration process. Once the affected area is accessible and sealed off from the rest of the structure, mold removal work can begin.

Once microbes develop, they form structures called hyphae that grow down into materials as well as up above, and across surfaces. If the contamination has been on the affected materials for an extended period, then the growth could be deep requiring that the drywall is torn out to be replaced with new material.

While the contamination is scrubbed off or removed and disposed of in sealed plastic bags, the area gets cleaned with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. Next, SERVPRO techs spray antimicrobial chemicals or a specialized sealant paint on the affected region. After that, we test the moisture content in the affected area and dry out the materials if needed.

If further required, we can leave an air scrubber set up to continue to clean the air. The machine sucks in air and pulls it through a HEPA filter that can trap microscopic spores and other particles. For assistance with remediating fungal growth, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 any day of the week.

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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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