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Can Someone Bring My Mold Issues Under Control in my Sarasota Business Center?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building hallway with SERVPRO drying equipment stacked on sides near walls after completing job Water damage, if not properly remediated, can lead to mold damage. Don’t let mold damage close your business. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Removes Mold Damage and Educates Business Owners in Sarasota

In Sarasota, not just any cleaning company can legally and reliably help manage a mold problem. Florida law requires specific training and certification for mold remediation companies. Because mold and mildew are constant worries in our warm and humid climate, these stringent requirements help protect businesses from unscrupulous contractors and ensure highly qualified and effective assistance.

Is Mold a Chronic Condition in Our Area?

Mold damage in Sarasota is not an uncommon concern for business owners. Mold spores are everywhere in indoor and outdoor environments, but the problems occur when the following are present:

  • Food source--Organic materials including
  • Building materials (drywall, wood)
  • Inorganic materials coated with organic materials, such as soap scum on tiles, food bits on counters, and dust and grime
  • A suitable place to grow
  • Oxygen, not light, required, making building cavities available
  • Mold spores are tiny, so any habitable nook or cranny with an accessible bit of organic material works
  • Moisture--Crucial element, cannot multiply without water
  • Neglected spills
  • Unmitigated and remediated water damage
  • Overland and storm-based flooding
  • Poorly maintained or installed sprinkler systems
  • Condensation, often connected with inefficient or unmaintained air conditioning systems and inadequate venting of humid air in kitchens, bathrooms, and production areas

Can Mold Remediators Help with Both Current Mold Infestations and Future Risks of Recurrence?

We train our certified mold remediation crews at SERVPRO to thoroughly remove active mold colonies using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed protocols:

  • Contain the affected area
  • Remove the mold and debris, including HEPA filtered vacuuming and thorough wipe down
  • Dispose of moldy materials
  • Inhibit future problems with the application of EPA-registered antimicrobials

We also use our water damage knowledge to locate moisture incursions and risks. Advising our commercial customers on ways to limit and remove moisture sources fast, as molds can begin their life cycle within 24 to 48 hours, is essential to bring chronic mold outbreaks under control.

Rely on SERVPRO of South Sarasota to address your mold remediation needs in your commercial space. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to set up an evaluation.

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Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

What Kind of Safety Precautions Do SERVPRO Technicians Use During Deodorization?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage on wall and ceiling. Soot residue and smoke odors are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the equipment and knowledge to remove the smell.

After a Fire in Your Sarasota Home, Our Technicians Work to Remove Smoke Odors Carefully

The smell of smoke is extremely intense, requiring specific methods for removal. Deodorizers are strong chemicals requiring safety precautions for the behalf of both the occupants of your Sarasota home and our technicians. Some procedures require more safety precautions than others. For instance, using masking agents do not require as much preparation and precautions as fogging a home.

What Types of Deodorization Methods Require Extra Precautions?

SERVPRO Technicians Require Additional Safety Measures for Thermal Foggers and Ozone Generators

During fire restoration in your Sarasota house, deodorization is inevitable. Even the smallest fire can produce odor-causing smoke residue that may last for weeks or even months if left unattended. Our SERVPRO team must take precautions to keep both themselves and the residents of your home safe during the fire deodorization process. Some of the deodorization products used during thermal fogging are flammable, requiring extreme care. Likewise, ozone (activated oxygen) is a toxic gas that can cause harm when inhaled.

What Are Some of the Safety Procedures?

  • Technicians post warning signs on every door of the structure to ensure that anyone entering the home knows that about the fogging or ozone generator.
  • For thermal fogging, our team switches off pilot lights to reduce the fire's risk due to the open flame of a pilot light.
  • Technicians wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and ability to breathe.
  • Residents and pets should not be present for thermal fogging or ozone generator use.
  • Ventilation to remove both odors and fumes are important before occupants and pets return to the home.

For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Handle My Saturated Interior After a Pipe Leak?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages flooring and structural items. SERVPRO has the know how to dry your home and repair the damage.

Calling SERVPRO to Your Sarasota Residence Provides You with the Latest Water Damage Techniques

Each part of SERVPRO’s water restoration process gets meticulously planned so that we can ensure optimum results. Our main goal is to return your Sarasota home to preloss condition, which calls for a selection of expert techniques and the latest water removal technology. We are also Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you can count on us to be available 24/7 – ensuring you have quality results whenever you need it!

Even if It Was a Slight Leak, Do I Need to Call a Professional?

Failing to find the slightest amount of moisture left behind in your home poses a potential threat from the onset of secondary damage. Additionally, taking care of all your water damage in Sarasota ensures that your interior is free from the development of mold and mildew. SERVPRO uses powerful, industrial-strength tools and equipment to provide you with the best results.

Even though some consumer equipment is suitable for smaller water removal jobs, our professional-grade equipment and expertise and knowledge create a powerful result. While a DIY project is admirable to take on, water leaks can bring about potential health hazards and long-lasting damage to your structural materials if you do not handle it properly.

Why are Industrial Dehumidifiers Superior to Consumer Equipment?

There are many reasons why our technology is best suited for all kinds of water damage projects, including:

  • We use dehumidifiers that remove a significant amount of moisture from the atmosphere within your interior. Our units remove roughly 100 to 250 pints each day, where a consumer unit removes only 20 to 50 pints each day, which also allows drying to happen at a much faster pace.
  • The units feature smart technology that adjusts heating and cooling elements according to the temperature and moisture content within the zone.
  • Our industrial-grade dehumidifiers include powerful air filters that capture damaging particles such as allergens.

What About the Saturated Drywall in My Home?

Our team utilizes a range of solutions that help identify the impact water has had on the drywall throughout your interior. For example, non-penetrating moisture meters establish a dryline where dampened drywall is unaffected by water. Determining the position of the dryline is elemental for effective drying methods, including:

  • Flood cuts
  • Controlled demolition
  • Positive pressure drying, and more

We look at several factors to determine whether your drywall needs restoring or if a full replacement is best. Physical signs of water damage due to lengthy exposure to water include:

  • Swelling
  • Sagging
  • Crumbling
  • Fungal growth

When your drywall does not show visible signs of damage, it might be possible to restore it on-site.

What is Water Migration and How Do You Check for It?

SERVPRO brings a broad range of specialized devices to your Sarasota home that allows us to determine if water has migrated from one area to the next. Water likes to move to dry spaces while following the path of least resistance. We can learn more about this path by using:

  • Infrared camera technology –this helps to determine the location of the water
  • Hygrometer –this helps provide an accurate measurement of dampness in the zone

Using these two tools in tandem helps us form a clearer picture of how to proceed with drying methods and equipment.

Can I Salvage My Hardwood Floors?

Any hardwood flooring in your home is at risk from damage whenever you have a water loss incident in Sarasota.Whether black hickory, maple, cherry, or another wood species composes your floor, SERVPRO has the skills and techniques to restore it rather than replace it. You must know that waiting for the water to dissipate is not an option when you have hardwood flooring, as the damage could become irreversible. We use a variety of techniques to mitigate the issue, including:

  • Negative air pressure, which helps to suction the water out of the flooring
  • Moisture meters and thermal imaging that allow us to locate moisture pockets in the subfloor
  • Drying mats get put down, and we seal all edges before using high-powered extraction and drying
  • Throughout the drying process, our skilled technicians monitor all of the moisture levels
  • Drying mats and air moving equipment get moved frequently to enhance drying and to meet our drying goals

With any water removal project, it is imperative to check relative humidity within your home to ensure the project is 100% up to our standards. We also use EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to keep mold and mildew from developing and inhibiting foul odors from lingering.

Nothing is more important than making sure that your interior gets back to normal, which is why it is best to call our team at SERVPRO of South Sarasota when you need a water damage service you can count on. With a quick phone call to our office at (941) 552-6319, we can send out a crew to get started with a full and detailed loss assessment.

What is the Best Way to Remove Water from a Sarasota Storage Facility?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of storage facility Storage facilities often include clauses in their contracts excluding responsibility for catastrophes such as hurricanes and fire.

SERVPRO’s Commercial Water Removal Services Can Restore Sarasota Commercial Property

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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How Do Professionals Remediate Water Damage in Sarasota?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Drawing of car and home on flooded street When our area faces flooding, your home can be affected. Call SERVPRO immediately for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO’S Mitigation Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home To its Pre-Damage Condition

While there are many instances in which Florida homes become affected by rising waters and other natural disasters, Sarasota residents still often delay the restoration process too long searching for inexpensive solutions rather than caring for their property the way that they should. After a flood occurs, many momentary companies pop up out of nowhere offering fast recovery and restoration work for unreasonably low prices. You can avoid these scams and experience quality results by choosing reputable technicians and professionals like our team.

Once your Sarasota home has become flood damaged, many homeowners fall into the pattern of making phone calls and reviewing internet reviews to find a cheap option to remove excess water and dry out the damage. Unfortunately, this is also a path to allowing yourself to get taken advantage of by fake companies or inexperienced workers that ask for money upfront with no intentions of working to restore the damaged property.

One approach that you can take is to reach out to our SERVPRO rapid response team. Our technicians are available 24/7 to offer comprehensive solutions from initial water damage mitigation and loss prevention through extraction and drying efforts that can protect the heart of your home’s construction for easier reconstruction efforts later.

Many homeowners might get tempted to contact their insurance companies before anyone else, but it can be to your benefit to reach our SERVPRO response team first. Our highly trained technicians can quickly identify the full scope of the damage, catalog losses, document areas that require focused efforts and work out an estimation regarding what it would cost to restore the home entirely. Your insurance company requires this information to process a claim, and with our fast response time 24 hours a day, we can help to speed the claim approval process along to get work started on your house quickly.

Water Mitigation Techniques for Your Sarasota Home

Water damage in Sarasota can also be caused by an appliance failure or a supply line break. Damages can spread quickly throughout the affected areas. It is critical at the first sign of trouble to seek out the assistance of highly trained professionals to help you to mitigate the losses you could experience and get to work quickly on restoring the damaged elements throughout the property.

With emergency situations that affect a broad area of your Sarasota home quickly, the water damages could begin to affect materials and contents right away. Our SERVPRO professionals always have a fast 24-hour emergency response team available at a moment’s notice to help you assess the situation and stop things from progressing and getting any worse. This fast response can help you preserve the things that matter most to you.

Mitigation work like our pack-out process can help remove at-risk items from the immediately affected area to prevent irreparable damages. Assessing which items are at risk and in need of this service falls to the hands of our highly trained professional technicians. It is this ongoing training for our technicians that helps them to provide modern techniques and efficient approaches to restoration that save both time and money for the customers we serve.

Slowing the progression of water throughout your home from a faulty appliance or water line break begins with shutting off the supply source. It is the advanced technology we use, from desiccant dehumidifiers to ROVER weighted extraction devices that allow us to ensure that all of the moisture and dampness throughout affected areas drops well below acceptable parameters and prevents secondary effects like mold growth from occurring.

Substantial water damage events that occur within your property must get addressed immediately to avoid situations like oversaturation of the building materials that can result in their failure. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota emergency response team is available 24 hours a day to meet the effects of your disaster as it happens. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (941) 552-6319.

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Can Sprinklers Minimize Fire Damage in Siesta Key Homes?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of flame of fire on a black background A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds.

Sprinklers Reduce Property Damage in Siesta Key

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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How do Experts Handle Water Damage in Sarasota?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Man and Woman standing in room with water on floor No matter how the water enters your home, SERVPRO is here to help extract water and any moisture and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota is BBB Accredited!

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

BBB Accredited Logo with A+ Rated in a circle Accredited and A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau

We are proud to announce our accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. This acceptance means that SERVPRO of South Sarasota meets the high standards set by the BBB. One of the most important is that we work hard in good faith to resolve any consumer complaints as set by the BBB Code of Business Practices.

Our SERVPRO location brings highly trained and experienced technicians on every job. Our goals are to approach every call with professionalism and compassion and save property owners the cost of replacement when losses occur through our advanced restoration services.

We are pleased to display this BBB seal as a mark of our promise to hold the standards of both SERVPRO of South Sarasota and the BBB in the highest regard.

How do Professionals Handle Flood Damage in Sarasota?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Pooling water on floor by door and wall Living in a high-flood area, Sarasota homeowners could deal with flood damage on a regular basis.

There are many things you can do to help your furniture survive after a flood in Sarasota. Not the least of which involves contacting a qualified professional for help. Consider making contact and obtaining a pre-existing relationship before tragedy strikes.

Living in a high-flood area, homeowners in Sarasota could deal with flood damage regularly, making your choice of furniture, home preparations, and adequate home insurance vital to your survival. Luckily, expertly trained flood damage professionals reside right here in our community and are at your disposal 24-hours a day.

At SERVPRO, we cannot stress enough how important it is to act quickly after an incident occurs. Have a professional inspect your home and its contents as fast as possible after a flood. The more time you take to make a decision, the harder it can be to restore your home.

When your SERVPRO technician arrives to assess the damages on your property, take photos of damaged items to present to your insurance company. Work with your technician to determine which items to salvage, considering the severity of damage and cost over sentiment.

Let the SERVPRO team move salvageable contents such as furniture and appliances to a clean, dry area. Always avoid moving saturated items yourself, more substantial pieces may be somewhat cumbersome and lead to injury to yourself or secondary damages to the item itself. Remember, solid wood furniture has a better chance of survival. Technicians can sometimes salvage additional items. However, upholstery or particleboard furniture is more porous and unlikely to withstand a flood.

Our technicians have access to a variety of water extraction and removal equipment, advanced drying techniques, and cleaning and restoration procedures that protect your home. We can help you avoid damages from less impactful floods and even prepare for those that do the most harm.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota for additional information about our services or to schedule your home’s flood damage restoration. We are proud to provide our local community with quality services they can trust, call today (941) 552-6319.

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How Can Fast Professional Response Save Osprey Homeowners Money After Fire Damage?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Heavily fire damaged room with burnt walls and furniture 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 Osprey 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. 

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Convenient Options to Aid Remediation After an Osprey Fire

After a disaster in Sarasota, expenses change. These changes can include unexpected purchases as well as the added costs directly related to the damages. A restoration company that genuinely cares about its customers keeps these in mind as their employees perform mitigation services.
 
SERVPRO's technicians consider many factors when mitigating an Osprey home's fire damage. We use as many cost-saving strategies as we can. Some lost, of these methods are also much more convenient for the homeowners, as well. When situations are a good fit for one of these methods, the homeowners benefit even more. The time after a disastrous event can cause homeowners feelings of high stress, powerlessness, uncertainty, and worse. Helping them in any way possible overcome this added hopelessness is part of our goal.
 
Once we begin cleaning up areas and materials that sustained fire damage, many of the items belonging to the occupants take up valuable space. We need plenty of open space inside your home for our equipment and to maintain a high level of safety for our employees. Because of this need, we often perform a move-out. Removing the furnishings inside a residence open up a great deal more space than many people might realize.
 
Instead of relocating everything in your home to our facility so we can make space for fire damage mitigation work, other options can help you retain more control over your belongings while minimizing costs. We can move several items into a single area, concentrating belongings in one location within your residence. Our technicians might choose a place inside your home, your garage or large shed, or even inside a trailer kept outside on your property. This last option is often only possible in rural areas or larger estates.
 
When we store items on the customer's property, we take the time to clean the ones that became covered in soot, so this sticky substance does not become harder to clean away later. Unpacking items that no longer require cleaning is much more pleasant for the property owner than having to wait for an additional step.
 
Another advantage of this method is the reduction of accidental breakage or damage that can occur during handling. While we are as careful as possible, accidents can still happen and eliminating a step in the handling procedure eliminates much of this risk.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help your family recover after a distressing event involving fire damage happens at your residence. We easily scale our services to tailor-fit your needs as an additional step in keeping your restoration costs low. Residents of Vamo, Osprey, and Bee Ridge as well as other close by towns can contact us at (941) 552-6319.

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