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How Can I Prevent Damage After My Sarasota Washing Machine Leaked?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Looking into washing machine on spin cycle Washing Machine leaks are a significant source a water damage each year. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your home.

SERVPRO is Available to Tackle Water Damage in the Laundry Room of Your Sarasota Home

When a substantial puddle develops after an issue with a leaky washing machine, it could send water throughout tiny cracks and crevices in the laundry room and beyond. Even if you think you can clean up most of the water, it is hidden moisture that poses the biggest threat. Emergency help from our IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO gets you the prompt, reliable service you need.

Is it Possible to Remove the Water on My Own?

With mopping or a wet-dry vacuum, you can remove visible water. However, water migrates to dry areas, so there could be issues looming behind your baseboards or down underneath your flooring. Our team arrives and not only addresses any visible water but also hidden moisture that causes extensive water damage in Sarasota without proper mitigation.

Water always takes the path of least resistance. Once water spills from under your washing machine, it spreads out and hits the walls, structural framing, and nooks and crannies invisible to the naked eye. When you call our water restoration technicians (WRT), we arrive on your property with advanced technology that allows us to facilitate proper drying and moisture detection.

  • We use wet-dry vacuums as well as water extraction tools to remove stagnant water.
  • Moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and other devices help us to locate hidden water pockets.
  • Air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers strategically placed in the water loss zone help amplify dry times.

Our skilled technicians use a specialized formula to determine the right equipment to use to facilitate drying most efficiently. Once everything is dry, the team uses EPA-registered cleaning agents to disinfect, inhibit microbial growth, and prevent foul odors.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota to get the water damage services you need to restore your home to preloss condition. You can reach our team by calling (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Sarasota SERVPRO Steps Up Home Disinfection

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a red background Cleaning and sanitizing are both keys to helping stop the spread of viruses.

We All Play A Role in Slowing the Spread in Sarasota

As we face any type of crisis, we need to take every precaution to protect ourselves, our families, our businesses, and our community. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO is here to help you address the cleaning needs in your Sarasota home or business. 

As individuals in Sarasota, each of us has a role in helping to prevent the spread of this illness by washing our hands, keeping an appropriate social distance, and keeping the surfaces in our indoor environments clean and germ-free. If you are overwhelmed, SERVPRO has services available to not only clean but also to apply disinfectants to minimize the chances of the spread of germs in Sarasota.

Our team at SERVPRO understands the urgency of the situation and is working diligently to help our fellow Sarasota residents. 

  • When we arrive at your property, we make a plan and discuss it with you.
  • We apply EPA-registered solutions designed to help eliminate pathogens on a variety of hard and soft surfaces.
  • We may use specialized equipment to maximize the coverage of antimicrobial products such as foggers and air scrubbers for larger spaces. 
  • We pay close attention to any potential risks and wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job. 
  • We have extensive experience in assisting individuals and organizations when it feels like things have turned upside down.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota by calling (941) 552-6319. In this time of uncertainty, we are clear on the scope of services we provide, and they translate into additional protection for all of us.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

How Does Fire Affect Your Assembly Line in Sarasota?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Workers standing by assembly line in factory If your manufacturing facility has a fire, getting it under control is the first priority. Then you need to contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts in Sarasota Talk About Problems with Manufacturing Equipment

If a fire ever takes place inside your Sarasota manufacturing plant, there might be problems caused by the blaze that do not get noticed immediately. When mitigating any commercial fire damage situation, our SERVPRO experts have the experience to know to check even the most unexpected places. Heat, smoke, and soot can be devastating to your manufacturing equipment. Smoke and soot particles can travel into tiny gaps in your machinery and ruin components. One major part of successful commercial fire damage restoration is knowing where heat and smoke can travel so that we make sure not to miss any issues during the initial inspection. 

Smoke can also make your work environment unpleasant if overpowering burnt smells exist. During most commercial fire damage cases in Sarasota, these partially combusted particles travel around a structure until they come into contact with cooler surfaces. Once smoke hits cooler surfaces, particles stick to them in the form of soot residues. Soils created by smoke can get deep into the tools that make your company money and possibly cause them to malfunction. 

Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and trained to handle various types of situations. Our team knows how fires behave, so we know where to look for smoke and soot damage. We can follow the path of where we think the smoke traveled to figure out whether your machinery got negatively affected. If the damage only exists on the surface of your machines, we can clean off the soot with specialized detergents. If the smoke penetrated deep into your devices, we might have to work with you to call in another professional company to repair your manufacturing equipment. 

We know that any time a disaster occurs at your place of business, it can be costly. Our SERVPRO team always takes the necessary steps to reduce the overall cost of the project to you and your insurance company. If you ever suffer from a fire inside your manufacturing plant, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 seven days a week. 

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How Do Professionals Dry Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Dries and Deodorizes Your Sarasota Home During Water Cleanup

When water enters the home, it usually carries bacteria and other types of fungi, which can cause staining, especially on carpeted floors, fabrics, and upholstery. Professional assistance can help make sure that the damage is not permanent. By careful assessment of the affected area, the right expertise, and the right equipment, it may be possible to return your property and possessions to preloss conditions.

The hard part of water cleanup in Sarasota properties is ensuring the affected zone is cleared and thoroughly dried. SERVPRO operates a 24-hour call line so that our community can reach us anytime, day or night. On receiving your call, we ask a few questions about the severity of the spill. These are vital to ascertain what type of technician you need as well as what type of equipment we should send.

As a promise to our residents, we commit to a call out within four hours of notification of loss. Our technicians are locally based and can usually reach your property with enough time to mitigate losses effectively. That begins by removing possessions from the affected area. Usually, we can place these possessions in a designated cleanroom. We can pack out items to a cleaning facility where there is significant water damage.

A clean room reduces the overall time it takes to complete a service. It also allows us to bring in portable extraction units or pumps to remove standing water. After removing excess moisture from the room, we can begin to dry deeper, remove subfloor pads, or deploy injectidry systems into wall cavities. We clean visible signs of staining on furniture or walls using a solvent or water-based sanitizes while wet to increase the chances of a full restoration.

Water from pipes or rainfall tends to carry with it bacteria that can cause odors. Our priority is to get your room clean and dry. SERVPRO uses technicians with IICRC certificates in odor control. We can mobilize foggers to clear away unpleasant odors that linger after the room is dry. For powerful odors, we can deploy pellets to help find and neutralize odor particles.

To make the damage “Like it never even happened,” contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

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What Happens to Drywall When Flooding Occurs in Sarasota?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Restoration in Sarasota Can Require Repairing Wet Drywall

During severe rainstorms in Sarasota, winds can cause tree branches to break off and fall onto your roof. Once a hole gets created in your roofing materials, flood damage could take place. For instance, if a branch breaks a hole in your roof, then the rainwater can start with your roofing materials negatively and then begin to flow down into your house.

When flood damage occurs in Sarasota caused by a roof leak, the H2O can flow down your wall studs towards the ground. Moisture coming from your attic and ceiling can saturate a large portion of your drywall when it follows gravity from the top of your wall studs down to your floor. When dealing with wet drywall, professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO knows the construction of your walls.

Drywall consists of a gypsum material with paper on its front face, back, and long edges. The wall material can come in various sizes such as 1/4", 1/2", and 5/8". However, 1/2" thick drywall is the most common when dealing with residential buildings. This gypsum board is then nailed or screwed onto your wall studs, leaving a cavity between each stud.

When inspecting the severity of the issues with your walls, our SERVPRO technicians can start by using a non-penetrating moisture meter to figure out which sections of your drywall got wet. We can then use a penetrating meter that gets pounded into your walls so that we can see the exact moisture content of the gypsum material. We can also use the penetrating meter to measure the moisture content of your wooden wall studs. Once we get readings in the affected areas, we take measurements of moisture in other building materials that we know were not affected to determine how wet the materials got and to establish a drying goal.

If you ever notice that your walls and ceilings got wet due to a leak in your roof after a storm strikes your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Eliminate Fire Odors in My Sarasota Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on ceiling and wall Fires leave smoke and soot residue and odors that are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to remove the smoke.

SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to Get Rid of Foul Smoke Odors in Your Sarasota Home

A common mistake many property owners make after a fire loss is only moving out the burned and smoke damaged items. While this gets rid of the visual evidence that a fire occurred in a Sarasota home, it does little to address the pungent odors that are often left behind. Worse, they can spread to other parts of the house unless adequately cleaned and neutralized. 

What is the Best Method of Fire and Odor Removal?

Engaging a professional service for fire and odor removal in Sarasota residential properties is critical for the best outcome. The elimination of smoke odors is a multi-layered process, and the air quality within the property should get addressed during the fire loss mitigation using tactics like the creation of negative air chambers and equipment such as air scrubbers. 

Common Problem Places in Homes with Fire Odors 

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training in the mitigation of fire loss and know the areas that frequently hold pungent smells in the home after a fire such as:

  • Upholstered furniture and window treatments
  • Carpet
  • Painted walls
  • Insulation
  • Ductwork

Finding and Eliminating Smoke Odors

Since soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see, it is crucial to deploy equipment to capture the airborne particulate to improve the air quality. Another necessary action is putting up containment around the loss area doorways and vents during the fire cleanup and restoration services in Sarasota. The barrier keeps soot from winding up in other areas of the home or the ductwork. 

Removal of Ruined Building Materials 

Should charred and burned items remain on-site, they contribute towards foul odors. SERVPRO technicians identify and remove items that have too much fire loss for restoration services. To assist homeowners who may already be feeling overwhelmed, the techs photograph and document any building materials or contents removed for disposal to assist in the expediting of any insurance claims. Each item gets inspected for restoration potential; non-porous items typically have the best outcome through the various cleaning methods available. 

Insulation and Ductwork Can Hold Fire Odors

These two areas get overlooked in DIY fire cleanup efforts. However, if the HVAC runs post-fire, it can quickly spread odorous soot throughout the home and exacerbate the odor issue. When a portion of the sheetrock gets charred, the insulation within tends to accumulate odors and may require removal. The techs have a specialized vacuum to collect the insulation and prep the wall cavities for the reinstallation of new insulation after completing the mitigation efforts. The techs have the equipment to eradicate odors and allergens present in the ductwork thoroughly.

Water Damage Sometimes is an Issue 

If water got used during the fire extinguishing efforts, a need for extraction is most likely present. The use of moisture detection equipment helps the techs determine the location of all elevated areas of moisture, which is particularly useful for finding the migrated water under floors and within wall cavities. SERVPRO techs have training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR3181, and they know the favorable conditions and early warning signs of a mold infestation. After a water loss cleanup, proactive treatments such as antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants get used commonly.  

Odor Control is a Critical Part of Fire Damage

After the extraction of water and cleanup of the charred and ruined structure and contents in the home, the attention turns to any needed odor control before any building can begin. Some or all the following actions may be necessary: 

  • Use of deodorizing cleaning agents
  • Placement of time-release gel pellets for mild odor control issues
  • Thermal fogging in areas that need more robust scent removal
  • Hydroxyl generators safely capture and neutralize airborne particulate
  • Use of sealant on painted walls where the smoke residues got removed through cleaning, but a slight odor remained
  • Inspection and cleaning of the ductwork in the home
  • Deep cleaning of carpet and upholstery

You Cannot Build Over Odors

The techs can go straight into the repairs and reconstruction process (general contractor license #CGC1504870) with approval from the homeowner and adjuster. This process saves the homeowner from the stress of finding a reputable contractor to pick up where the cleanup efforts ended, plus the techs already know every area in the home that needs addressing. SERVPRO techs are very careful to always work within the scope of the coverage. 

When you need fire and odor removal, DIY efforts are not going to be strong enough. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasotaat (941) 552-6319 and get your home restored to its preloss condition. 

Can My Actions Damage My Property Further After Flooding?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside home No matter the amount of flooding, SERVPRO is your trusted choice for remediation. Call us today!

Enlisting Help from SERVPRO Guarantees Appropriate Response to Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota 

Taking immediate action is one of the widely expected responses to flooding situations since properties continue to deteriorate the longer a flooding situation remains unresolved. However, it is possible to cause more problems while trying to resolve a flooding incident.

Which typical problems can restoration processes create?

Since the restoration of flood damage incidents in Sarasota homes involves several processes, it might be challenging to pinpoint what causes a problem, once it develops. Some of the typical issues our SERVPRO technicians notice in properties that worsen the initial loss include:

  • Spreading contaminants
  • Unnecessary damage to materials
  • Exposing hazardous materials

How easy is it to spread contaminants around the property?

Flooding incidents result in different forms of contamination—incidents involving groundwater deposit a wide range of contaminants collected outside the structure, including biohazards and chemicals. One of the common ways contaminants spread is through foot traffic, whereby people spread the contaminants from the affected area to other sections of the property. However, there are other subtle ways to spread contamination. For instance, processes such as using pressure washers to clean soiled areas or air movers to dry the property can aerosolize contaminants, spreading them throughout the property.

Which actions are likely to expose hazardous materials?

Modern building practices have eliminated the use of hazardous materials such as asbestos. However, the material is still prevalent in older properties. Other hazardous substances like mercury, lead, PCB, and chlorofluorocarbons are present in almost every structure. Exposure mostly happens when removing materials or checking wetness levels using pin-style moisture detectors. Our SERVPRO technicians take precautions when handling different materials to minimize the chances of such exposure. Ordinary materials that may have traces of hazardous substances include:

  • Flooring associated adhesives
  • Attic insulation
  • Cement siding
  • Ceiling tiles

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help restore flood damage without creating additional problems, making it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

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Who Can Restore Documents and Electronics that Are Water Damaged?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Blue water drop figure opening file cabinet When Water Damages Your Office Files and Documents—Try Calling SERPVRO in the Sarasota Area for Innovative Recovery Solutions

Sarasota Businesses Can Call SERVPRO to Recover Important Documents After a Water Incident

Even though we live in a digital age, we still keep paper copies of much of our paperwork. This is especially true in the commercial setting where invoices, checks, and purchase orders are vital to streamlining your business processes.

When a pipe bursts or the sprinkler system activates itself, you may find yourself with extensive water damage to your Sarasota business.  Essential documents may be suffering, and computers and servers may also be on the list of damaged crucial office devices.  When everything is soaking wet, you need to reach out to a professional service for quick restoration, if at all possible.

Is air drying enough to save my documents?

Naturally, we all seek to work with what we have at hand. It is not uncommon for our business owners to grab hairdryers and fans to dry their paperwork and preserve it. Although the principle of drying is a valid approach, at SERVPRO, we understand that the process is much more than that. We train to apply sublimation techniques to your paper products to salvage them after the water reaches them--Freeze-Drying. We can do this through any of the below-

  • Using dehumidifiers
  • Vacuum-freezing
  • Vacuum thermal drying

These techniques pay close attention to the states of matter and evaporate water by bypassing the liquid state and encouraging evaporation. Not every piece of paper in your commercial establishment will warrant such specialized attention. Our crew explores the costs and benefits of each of these processes with you before completing them. Together, we come up with a plan that is sensible and mindful of any time and financial limitations there may be.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we put our knowledge and expertise at your service. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and let us develop an action plan with you. Together, we can leave your business, "Like it never even happened."

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Awaking to a Water Cleanup Nightmare in Sarasota

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water pooling on a white tile kitchen floor with white cabinets Don’t let water take over your kitchen, Call the experts at SERVPRO at (941) 552-6319.

You Can Depend on SERVPRO’s Swift Action for Your Sarasota Water Cleanup

About the last thing we expect to encounter first thing in the morning is a water catastrophe in our own home.  Well, one elderly Sarasota couple awoke to just this nightmare a few weeks ago.

Without warning, these homeowners immediately needed water cleanup in their Sarasota condo. The night before all had been fine, and the couple’s residence was in pristine condition.  However, the next morning the husband awoke to find the kitchen’s tile flooring covered in large water puddles. The water leakage was so excessive that the lower kitchen cabinets had become saturated with water, and even the dining area’s carpet in the next room was soaked.  Fast action was required to limit lasting damage to the couple’s condo, as well as prevent water from leaking into the condos below.    

The elderly residents were luckily able to find some water cleanup services in Sarasota that could help. After selecting and calling SERVPRO, technicians were on-site within four hours. Workers quickly determined that the water had come from a dishwasher supply line leak.  After doing so, they got to work suctioning up the puddles of water with a wet vac.  The process continued from there.  Next, SERVPRO professionals set up a dehumidifier and several air movers.  They then drilled ½ inch holes in the drywall behind the cabinets to dry the interior area.  After doing this, workers connected the output of the dehumidifier to the injectidry system to blow warm, dry air behind the drywall. 

The overall effect of these actions was to dry out the air and extract moisture from the carpet, cabinets, drywall, and area behind the wall.  After everything was said and done, technicians checked air humidity and moisture levels in the carpet, cabinets, and area behind the wall.  Once humidity and moisture levels were within the appropriate range, the job was complete.                

Sudden water leaks can happen at any time.  Often, they occur when we least expect and are least prepared for them.  Whenever something like this happens to you, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.    

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Sarasota Property

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold Growth After A Flood In Your Sarasota Property

Commercial customers are very focused on returning to normal business operations after a flood. If the business is not open and receiving customers and employees are not working, recovery can be challenging. Everyone pitches in to remove the floodwaters, debris, and cleanup. But what about mold and contamination from the floodwaters?

SERVPRO provides commercial flood damage restoration services in Sarasota and surrounding areas. We also provide mold remediation and restoration services to clients after a flood event or storm damage. We are available 24 / 7 and can be at your commercial property within four hours of receiving your call to our offices.

Managing Potential Contamination and Mold Infestations

Floodwaters pick up contaminated products, including chemicals, bio-hazards, fecal waste, and more. All of these potentially could be carried into your commercial office. Your employees and customers could be exposed to these bio-hazards if industry cleaning standards are not followed. SERVPRO can keep you safe, preventing your employees and customers from being exposed to serious diseases.

Pockets of moisture may also remain inside hard to reach spaces, under equipment, and areas not flooded. If these areas are not adequately cleaned and dried, mold infestations can occur, causing further health issues for many people, including customers and employees. SERVPRO has a variety of moisture sensors that can detect high moisture areas. We can remove the moisture and prevent the growth of mold infestations.

SERVPRO is also a licensed general contractor: General: CGC1504870, and holds a Mold Remediation license: MRSR3181. We can assist with needed repairs to your office, store or manufacturing facility, saving recovery time, and at lower costs. One call starts the process of reopening your business.

We are also offering our Emergency Ready Program to our clients. Once our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile has been created, clients can save time and follow emergency tips to protect themselves and their commercial buildings during flooding and other events. The program is free. Our objective is to minimize the time your business is on hold as much as possible.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Ridge Wood Heights, South Gate Ridge, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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