Siesta Key and Sarasota Residents Can Cut Loose This Holiday Season
Don’t let storm damage keep you from wearing your Christmas Sweater. Let SERVPRO handle your storm damage.
Enjoy a Special Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Event Happening Only in Sarasota
While you could find yourself at a small, boring holiday party at your neighbor's house, you could instead take your festive spirit throughout the city with the 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl. Throw on an ugly sweater from a thrift shop, put on some tacky pants, and get out on the town.
The event begins at 5 PM on December 12th, 2020. Eventbrite is the site for snagging your tickets, a requirement for all of the evening's special performances. You can also contact the organizer directly at (678) 243-8639. Base tickets offer:
- Christmas movie live stream trivia during the crawl
- Registration party
- Themed specials at participating locations
- Themed DJs at several stops
- Ugly Sweater Virtual Bingo
Don't let a need for flood removal in your Siesta Key condo keep you from the fun. SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.
Sea Monsters Visit Sarasota
Let us handle your commercial fire damage restoration while you enjoy the MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.
MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Celebrates Sea Life Diversity and History Through January
Sarasota is a community that welcomes visitors and residents from all over the world and all walks of life. Its beautiful beaches and laid-back attitude can be felt throughout the city as it celebrates its biodiversity and the heritage of those who choose to make it their home. The MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium celebrates the diversity in sea life through its permanent exhibits and cultivation of educational opportunities. Until January 3rd, 2021, visitors can let their love for sea life travel in time by visiting its Savage Ancient Seas exhibit before leaving the institution. Sea monsters from the late cretaceous period are ready to share their story with all who attend. As you plan your visit, here are a few things to know:
- Entry to the exhibit is included in the admission price
- To enter, you must book in advance, and there are limited slots
The MOTE is a non-profit organization, and you can donate by visiting its website. Thanks to the support of its patrons, it has been able to sustain through the current crisis.
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire damage restoration services to commercial buildings as big as MOTE by applying state-of-the-art technology and industry best practices. Business owners can call us at (941) 552-6319 for a quick response and allow us to work for you until the location looks “Like it never even happened.”
Preventing Flood Damage from Affecting Sarasota's Art and Culture
Our Green Fleet is loaded with restoration equipment so that we restore any flood damage you may have.
Sarasota is a Mecca for Music, Art, and Entertainment, a Coastal City with Immense Culture and Artistic Inspiration
Art is a defining component of our heritage in Sarasota, making it vital that we continue to take actions to protect some of our long-standing festivals and events that promote various media and live entertainment. Even during times of change such as we witnessed throughout the past year, the willingness to diversify and grow becomes a powerful tool for the Gulf coast residents and tourists. Whether the sun is shining, or the storm has left a mess, Sarasota is a community that bands together. Long-standing elements in the city like our SERVPRO team can help in these post-storm scenarios too.
Florida Studio Theatre
Since 1973, this theatre has been as much of a symbol of the arts in the community. There are six main branches and programs that have a home in the Theatre, including:
- Mainstage Series
- Cabaret Series
- Children's Theatre
- New Play Development
- Stage III
In total, the many structures that make up the Florida Studio Theatre (FST) take up two blocks. This theatre has a total of five grand performing spaces, including Keating and Gompertz Theatres, the Goldstein and John C. Courts Cabarets, and the Bowne's Lab Theatre. With more than 220,000 attendees every year for its various performances and programs, and a high-level of subscribing patrons, this non-profit theatre is among the largest and most active in the country. Some of the most profitable and memorable performances of recent years include Unchained Melodies, 191 performances of Blue Suede Shoes, and more.
Music of Sarasota
Music has always been a centerpiece of Florida's culture and the arts, especially in coastal communities like Sarasota. Our fixation on live entertainment has provided a welcoming location for music artists and independents and larger troupes like the Sarasota Orchestra that has been in operation since 1949. It would be this talented and nationally recognized chamber music group that developed an annual Sarasota Music Festival to welcome the most recognized educators and gifted pupils of the genre to Sarasota for the three-week event.
Beyond the noteworthy orchestra, the city has always attracted some of the most prominent names in music. While many of these just passed through with memorable performances at the Jazz Club of Sarasota, such as Gregg Allman, Tommy Dorsey, and even Elvis Presley, others have found Sarasota to be the place they want to settle down. Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Dickey Betts – the guitarist and founding member of the Allman Brothers.
Cultural Festivals Happening in the City
Events can showcase many of the talents and ambitions of many of Sarasota's most promising and talented residents. Festivals range considerably in subject matter from street painting to other media. The common thread tying many of these annual occurrences is the various arts and cultures they all represent. In our growing coastal community, we have many festivals and exhibitions to await, and some of the most popular of these include:
- Sarasota Film Festival – Widely regaled as one of Florida's largest film festivals and one of the most renowned of these throughout the country, despite the early opposition it received from Sarasota's residents. Now, the festival brings together more than 250 independent films and their creators, providing a mecca of content to view and panels for interested parties.
- Harvey Milk Festival – While independent music festivals are not uncommon to find in many cities throughout the country, Sarasota focuses on one of the most influential and powerful voices of the LGBT community, the late Harvey Milk. The entire weekend spotlights various arts. This free event draws in thousands for its live entertainment, gallery showings, films, and discussion.
- Sarasota Improv Festival – The art of improvisation requires fast thinking on your feet and an ability to manipulate props and environments to suit the narratives you create. Those who enjoy this type of show look forward to the Sarasota Improv Festival held annually in the city since 2009. The best in this niche travel from all over the country to share their craft on stages. In more than a decade of running, the festival has hosted some international greats from France, the UK, Mexico, Spain, and Canada.
Is Crawlspace Flooding Damaging to Your Sarasota Property?
Storms and damaging weather events are not uncommon to Sarasota and other coastal communities, so having a plan to clean up after these messes are vital. Understanding your limitations in this regard can ensure that the right steps occur to thoroughly remove water and moisture after flood events to thwart potential mold damage that could result. As a leading storm damage response team in Sarasota County, our SERVPRO team stays prepared for these emergencies with production vehicles stocked with our advanced water removal and drying tools.
The crawlspace of homes is the most likely place to become damaged by flooding situations initially, so we have numerous tools to address these situations. Pooling beneath your home can lead to widespread mold and microbial threats and a weakening and deterioration of your house's structural support. Removing water is the first step, and there are several methods for this. When debris is present, trash pumps are among the favored options, as these can pass solids when necessary through broader discharge and intake hoses.
As a general contracting firm licensed through the state of Florida (#CGC1504870), we have other permanent solutions that can keep damaging crawlspace flooding from becoming a recurring threat. Crawlspace encapsulation coats the surfaces with thick poly-sheeting to prevent moisture exposure. Installing drainage systems and sump pumps can keep the crawlspace dry and prevent any water from reaching the house's main floor.
Flood damage in Sarasota homes can be a threatening situation. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team can help with efficient extraction, cleaning, and repairs to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (941) 552-6319.
Sarasota Bar Crawl with a Twist
We run to restore water damage so you can enjoy your evenings!
Take Crazy Photos in Local Sarasota Bars
Bar crawling will never be the same. Visitors and locals can participate. All they need is the Let’s Roam Scavenger hunt app downloaded to their phones to get started. Visit some of the best local bars in the area, take a photo, complete a video challenge, and compete to be crowned champion of the Bar Hunt!
Use your smartphone to navigate around the town and liven up the evening for you and your family or friends. Your bar hunt includes:
- Participation in the Bar Hunt Challenge Champion contest
- Visit the best bars in town
- Video challenges
- Crazy photo contest
- Free admission
- No reservation required
- Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt App
Visitors can also participate in various Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts to find must-sees and hidden secrets while walking around the city.
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides water mitigation and restoration services to Sarasota residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (941) 552-6319. We are available 24/7 to help with all water mitigation needs.
Take in Holiday Lights by Trolley in Sarasota
Don’t let fire damage ruin your holiday season. Call SERVPRO!
See Some of the Most Decorated Neighborhoods in Sarasota on a Festive Trolley
Beginning on the 4th of December 2020, there will be a Holiday Tour of Lights Trolley Tour departing from the Burlington Coat Factory Big Red Sign on Cattlemen at Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota nightly. Tours depart at two different times in the evening, one at 6:15 and one at 8:15 PM, allowing more community members to appreciate these lighted displays.
Tickets for the event are $15.00, and masks are required for those wishing to participate. There are special arrangements and private tours possible if your group meets the requirements for these circumstances. For more information on both the holiday tour or the private tours and special preparations possible for guests, you can directly reach the coordinators (941) 346-3115.
It is hard to appreciate the holiday season's beauty when you need fire damage restoration for your Sarasota home. Let our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team help by calling us today at (941) 552-6319.
Do All Electrical Fires Produce the Same Kinds of Damage?
Help prevent electrical fires by inspecting your outlets and extension cords often for signs of damage.
SERVPRO Professionals Have Access to a Vast Array of Professional Equipment and Cleaning Agents for Restoring Sarasota Homes from All Types of Fire Damage
When an electrical fire occurs in a Sarasota home, they tend to be high heat fires that leave behind light powdery residues known as "dry smoke,". However, the intense heat that can be generated in an electrical fire can cause more damage to the property and contents than other types of fires.
There are five leading causes of electrical fires, and each can deliver significant damage depending on where it occurs in the structure:
- Faulty electrical outlets and appliances
- Improper use of electrical devices such as running a cord under a rug
- Using light bulbs with a wattage that exceeds the rating of the light fixture
- Overloading extension cords and adapters
- Misuse of space heaters (during the occasional Florida cold-snap)
Is Fire Damage Restoration Possible for Carpet and Area Rugs?
In Sarasota homes, the fire damage restoration potential to carpeting and area rugs depends largely on the extent of heat damage, which can result in charring, or in some cases the melting of synthetic fibers. The technicians can test to determine the different dyes, coatings, and materials used and select the most effective restorative applications. While floor coverings often avoid the worst of the heat damage from a fire, they are often severely soiled or scarred by the fallout from hot debris and soot that can collect in the fibers. Water damage to carpets also frequently occurs as part of the firefighting efforts. Our SERVPRO crew understands the need for rapid water extraction to mitigate secondary damages. Testing is also an important step in the cleaning process, to reveal the best method to restore carpets and fine rugs. Steam cleaning, when proven by testing, is often the best method. SERVPRO technicians use their state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products, and training to remove as much of the soils, stains, and odors as possible.
In the event building materials or elements such as tile or carpet require disposal due to damage levels being beyond restoration potential, there is a solution. Our SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #CGC1504870 and can help the homeowner replace the items destroyed by the fire in a seamless transition from restoration to rebuilding.
SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 serves the local community by providing fire damage restoration services. The trained, certified technicians have comprehensive training for the safe handling of discarded materials as we strive to save the property owners the cost of replacement.
What Should Homeowners Know About Handling Dangerous Materials During Flooding?
Did you know that floodwater contains contaminants? SERVPRO can safely remediate the damage.
SERVPRO Helps Evaluate Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota Properties to Determine the Necessary Precautions During Renovation
When a flooding incident affects your Sarasota property, you need to start cleanup and restoration fast. During these processes, you might be exposed to harmful substances. Traces of the contaminants might also remain within the property, thus endangering the well-being of other occupants. SERVPRO can help you manage flood damage incidents safely.
Why does flood damage leave hazardous materials in Sarasota properties? (H2)
- Flooding can expose dangerous materials already in the house
- Floodwaters often contain hazardous materials
- Chemical processes that occur while property remains wet can create new harmful materials
If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, building materials of that time often contained hazardous substances such as lead-based paints or asbestos-laden drywall and flooring. These materials do not typically pose a risk unless disturbed, but the vigorous cleaning and demolition processes necessary to restore a building after a flood can liberate them, resulting in potential exposure. As an Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, we are certified by the EPA to assess hazardous material risk of lead-based paints, and safely remove it. We will also see that the materials in your pre-1978 home are tested for the presence of asbestos, so that a proper asbestos abatement can be performed if necessary.
What is necessary when renovating a house with hazardous materials?
- Use of the correct PPE
- Safe removal of materials
- Safe disposal of waste
Renovation involves thorough cleaning of soiled areas, and often requires removal and replacement of non-salvageable materials such as drywall, carpet, and fabric. The processes lead to disturbance and direct contact with the materials. Our SERVPRO technicians take various precautions to ensure the right outcome such as donning the proper PPE, including rubber gloves, boots, respirators, and impervious suits when necessary, to prevent direct contact with hazardous materials.
When we tear down affected areas, we use plastic bags and trashcans to hold the wastes before disposal to prevent the spread of lead paint or asbestos dust. We also arrange for proper removal of the debris rather than sending them directly to the landfill.
Hazardous materials can increase the risk posed by flooding. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to help manage the incident at your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Can Water Intrusion Have a Long-Term Impact on A Vacation Rental Business?
Don’t let a water loss event interfere with your rental business. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for fast remediation.
SERVPRO Evaluates and Determines the Best Water Mitigation Approach in Siesta Key Facilities Affected by Water Spills
As a vacation rental service manager, you are aware of the high expectations people have when they stay at your facility. Keeping them satisfied can be a challenge at times. Water intrusion from burst pipes, faulty fittings, or other sources can cause diverse problems and inconveniences interfering with your operations. SERVPRO can assist you in mitigating the damages caused by water loss incidents at your Siesta Key facility.
Does water intrusion cause other problems apart from wetting materials?
Although wet surfaces and contents may be the primary concern after an incident, the water mitigation processes in Siesta Key properties must address other issues that might inconvenience guests. For most people staying at a vacation rental, their primary concerns include:
- Cleanliness in all areas of the property
- A well-stocked kitchen
- A smooth and efficient check-in process
- Comfort factors such as the bed, noise, and temperatures
Excessive moisture in unwanted areas can negatively impact your guests’ confidence of the cleanliness of your property. Wet building materials or contents in any rental property must be addressed as soon as they are discovered to avoid potential health hazards, damage to materials, and loss of revenue due to vacancy. If the moisture is caught early, restoration of such materials is normally not difficult since it generally requires only extraction and drying. However, addressing the issues in a timely manner may be a challenge for the property or facility manager, and could result in the loss of room nights and guest bookings. Our SERVPRO technicians can expedite the drying process by using superior equipment and techniques.
Removal of condensed liquid through extraction is the fastest way to remove excess moisture from any material. On average, it is 1200 times faster to extract water than to dry it by evaporation. We use powerful, high-vacuum, extraction equipment to remove as much condensed moisture from surfaces as possible before beginning the evaporative drying process.
How viable is an extraction from porous materials?
Extraction with porous materials such as upholstery and carpet is especially important. Our technicians use specialized equipment to maximize the efficiency of the water extraction process with porous materials, pulling embedded moisture from deep within. For instance, we use weighted extraction equipment on carpets, and high-vacuum wands when extracting water from upholstery. Completing the drying process faster opens possibilities of convenient service to your clients.
What sort of potential guest discomforts are likely after a water loss incident?
- Visible mold
- High humidity levels
In the aftermath of a water loss incident in Siesta Key, your vacation rentals may fall short of your guests’ expectations for cleanliness and comfort. As standing water or excessive moisture in wet materials that is hidden in the building begins to evaporate it may be initially detected as high humidity and an odor. The high humidity can reveal itself as condensation on windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces. High humidity might also make the property feel hotter than usual, and unpleasant odors can become more apparent.
Our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to manage humidity, thus ensuring your vacation rental is comfortable enough for guests. We check the moisture levels in all contents and structural materials to ensure optimal dryness before we stop dehumidification and other drying processes. We use both penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to take the readings. Traces of moisture can also remain in the air, causing problems later. We use thermos-hygrometers to check both temperature and humidity levels in the air. Our goal is always to return the RH relative humidity to below 60%.
Can visible mold or musty odors turn guests away?
Most people fear mold because it can cause health effects, so any sign of mold can send people away from your facility. The good thing is our mitigation process can help prevent mold from developing. Our SERVPRO technicians combine various strategies to defeat mold, including:
- Extracting and drying excessive moisture from the property
- Applying antimicrobial products on cleaned surfaces
- Applying deodorizing techniques and products where necessary
Products such as Phenolics and Quaternary compounds are great for fighting fungi and bacteria. Our technicians use cleaning products that contain these agents to halt microbial growth in your facility. When a musty odor is present, we perform deodorization using advanced equipment. Fogging, hydroxy generators, ozone, and deodorizing products such as pairing agents help neutralize any unpleasant odors in the property. Our ULV foggers can disperse water-based deodorizing agents all over the property without over-wetting any area.
SERVPRO of South Sarasota takes water mitigation processes seriously, helping you address any issue that arises, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.
What Techniques Do Professional Restorers Use to Remove Water from Different Types of Flooring?
One Mitigation and Remediation Approach Does Not Fit All Wet Floors, but Highly Qualified SERVPRO Crews Choose and Implement Appropriate Strategies for Water Removal in Sarasota
Most homes in Sarasota feature a variety of flooring materials. Although homeowners expect stability and durability from floor coverings, some types handle water loss better than others. You can count on our managers and crews to use their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses and certifications, combined with hands-on experience to arrive at the most successful result for all of your water-damaged floors.
Is Water Removal and Drying Enough to Save Laminate Flooring?
When Sarasota homes feature laminate flooring, water removal can prove inadequate to restore the appearance and functionality of this engineered material. Laminate floors mimic hardwood, stone, tile, and other desired looks. Manufacturers produce laminate flooring with easy to install strips or panels that float over or glue down to a resilient substrate. The finished laminate product typically is made of:
- A photographic applique layer that resembles a natural surface or ceramic tile
- A transparent protective synthetic layer that overlies the applique
- An inner core layer often composed of melamine resin and fiberboard materials (engineered wood)
Whether it be from a plumbing break, appliance breakdown, or failure of other water sources within a structure, flooding over laminate flooring normally results in rapid delamination of the layers and any adhesives used in installation fail. The foam underpinning, and subfloor also become wet. Water removal and drying can restore the plywood or OSB subfloor, but the laminate nearly always needs at least partial removal and replacement. SERVPRO is a licensed general contractor, prepared to manage the demolition and reinstallation of a laminate floor seamlessly as part of the overall water damage restoration project.
Are Hardwood Floors as Delicate as Laminate Floors?
When discussing plans for hardwood flooring water removal in Sarasota with your SERVPRO project manager, we offer various strategies to remove standing water, dry out residual moisture, and refinish damaged areas. Finished hardwood flooring is dense and naturally resistant to water. Warping or distortion of the planks can occur as water drains between the planks or strip joints and under the baseboards.
Why Do Distortions Occur in Wet Hardwood Floors and What Are Solutions?
- Water trapped between the subfloor and hardwood planks wicks up through the unfinished underside of the hardwood.
- Usually, the malformation is in the form of "cupping," where the sides of the planks or strips swell, pushing up and leaving the center of each section lower, like a cup-bottom.
- The extraction of standing water must be followed by moisture detection and metering to locate the water soaked into the substrate.
- While drying removes most of the distortion, once moisture levels are returned to normal sanding can resolve any residual cupping, and refinishing returns the luster.
Our options to remove the absorbed water include:
- Loosening ends of strips or planks to permit dry, warm air to flow over and under
- Using negative air pressure (suction) to pull water out of several layers, delivered through an adhesive floor mat system connected by hoses to an extractor
- Positioning heaters and air movers beneath the affected subfloor (best results where no ceiling or vapor barriers are present)
- Consistent monitoring of the drying process to a material moisture level of about 12 – 15 percent (or equaling wood floor moisture levels in unaffected areas of your home)
Note: SERVPRO takes monitoring of moisture levels seriously, as "crowning," (a reaction to over-drying that can cause the center of the plank to convex) is not as amenable to sanding and refinishing compared to cupping.
What Challenges are Associated with Drying Tile Floors?
Resilient floors like vinyl and asphalt tiles can handle water damage better, needing pumping of water deeper than 2 inches and squeegeeing and removing residual wetness with truck-mounted or portable extractors. Sometimes glued vinyl tiles loosen and are usually best replaced with new materials. If asphalt tiles show signs of asbestos, licensed remediation technicians must contain and lawfully dispose of the materials, and tile replacement becomes essential.
How Are Ceramic Tile Floors Handled During Water Removal?
In theory, ceramic tile floors should be nearly waterproof. However, over time grout and other sealants can crack or dry out, permitting water to percolate to the subfloor. If it has been wet for an extended period of time, it may not be salvageable due to microbial growth and potential damage to the subfloor. SERVPRO looks for dislodged tiles and musty odors to discern if water has drained through. We also can employ infrared imaging and moisture detectors to test for water incursion. The drying process is similar to that for extracting and drying for hardwood floors:
- We employ floor mat negative pressure extraction systems.
- We loosen tiles in strategic spots to permit access for water removal and to enhance drying.
- We check for mold issues and refer to our certified mold remediation team if indicated.
The IICRC-trained managers and crews of SERVPRO of South Sarasota have a comprehensive understanding of how moisture-damaged flooring materials respond to the many water removal strategies we apply to make it "Like it never even happened." Call for a consultation at (941) 552-6319.
Mold Remediation: MRSR3181
What Should I Do If My Company Needs Mold Remediation?
Knowing the type of mold is important for effective remediation. We can coordinate testing for the specific type and remediate the issue.
Immediately Acting is Vital to Removing Mold from Your Sarasota Business
Business owners in Sarasota understand the importance of maintaining their property and its content. Mold can damage inventory, office furniture, and supplies. More importantly, mold can cause liability issues for business owners if employees or clients are negatively impacted. It needs immediate mitigation, and SERVPRO is here to help your company remove mold growth.
I Think My Business is Infested – How Do I Know for Sure?
Mold can be hidden, but it is relatively easy to detect. If you think your South Sarasota business has a mold problem, it presumably does. Mold removal for your Sarasota business needs to be professional to ensure your company stays in business. There are signs for which your cleaning and maintenance crew can look. They include:
- Darker grout – If the grout in your restrooms or other tiled areas seems darker, it could be mold.
- Musty smells – If you notice moldy or musty smells in any area or coming through your HVAC system, you have a mold problem.
- Visible mold – Even a small infestation can spread rapidly to adjacent areas.
- Damp spots – Moisture leads to mold.
What Should I Do if I Do Detect Mold?
Calling SERVPRO is the first step in mold remediation for your commercial enterprise. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) have the equipment and the skill to properly deal with mold growth. Because mold multiplies quickly, we need to move fast. Shutting down your HVAC system and fans should be done right away. Keep all employees and clients out of the infected area. Do not attempt to have your cleaning crew remove the mold. SERVPRO of South Sarasota can coordinate our licensed mold assessor to test for and identify the specific types of microbial growth and then test upon our completion of remediation to confirm that the area is safe. This vital documentation confirms that business owners have taken the proper steps to provide a safe working environment for their employees.
Commercial Mold Remediation
Our techs begin by containing the area, so the mold does not spread. Physical barriers such as plastic sheeting get used along with negative air machines. Thermal hygrometers and moisture meters are used to detect hidden dampness. The mold remediation process involves removing mold spores from the air with air scrubbers and HEPA filters. Carpet, drywall, and sheetrock may need to be removed if the infestation is bad enough. Replacing these items is part of the restoration process, which is just a portion of our pros' ability to restore your company to preloss condition.
Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for quality mold removal service. Contractor Licenses: General: CGC1504870 and Mold Remediation: MRSR3181.
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