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Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage in Sarasota

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage in Sarasota Routine maintenance is essential to keep your gutters clear. Make sure to clean them out once per year to help prevent water damage.

Water Removal for Your Sarasota Home

You might think that clogged gutters on your Sarasota home are not that big of a deal. It is dirty work that is a hassle to deal with and can be slippery and unsafe to climb up there to clean them out. However, you don't think that way when you have water damage in your home, which might not have happened if your gutters had been functioning correctly.

Gutters on homes which do not have regular upkeep can create several different issues for your structure. When you have water intrusion of any kind in Sarasota, you need the help of a professional remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO, to help you clean everything up. Water removal can be tricky so you can trust our experienced and trained staff to do the job right.

If water backs up into your gutters, your roof can be the first victim. The edge of the roof surface and the materials underneath can be damaged by continually being in contact with water. The wood and surface materials start to rot and become weak, and eventually, the surface plus the wood underneath needs replacing. You can also deal with water leaking into your home and running down the walls.


SERVPRO techs are careful to thoroughly dry the affected areas of your home after a water damage emergency. Air movers are useful tools in completing the drying process after removing any standing water. In the case of gutter failure, drying the ceiling of your home may be necessary. We need to direct airflow across the wet ceiling to evaporate the moisture. We do so with the air mover to circulate the warm air which has risen to the ceiling.

Another issue that clogged gutters can cause is water damage to your wood fascia. Backed up water can make the gutter attachments pull away from the fascia, and water that spills over the edge onto the fascia also causes the wood to weaken and rot.

The water which has spilled over can also damage window frames, walls doors, and any other surface below your gutters. These features were not made to have much contact with water, and they rely on your gutters and downspouts doing their job to keep the water away. The excess water can cause warping, rotting, and wakening.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is always ready to help you restore your home in Osprey, Siesta Key, or Bee Ridge after any water damage emergency. If your gutters have failed, call us at (941) 552-6319 so we can clean up the mess and prevent further damage.

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Proof That Fire Damage Remediation Services Are Exactly What You Are Looking For in Sarasota

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proof That Fire Damage Remediation Services Are Exactly What You Are Looking For in Sarasota Restoration after a fire can often seem overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Why You Should Let SERVPRO Handle Debris from Fire Damage in Sarasota

Removing the debris from your home after fire damage strikes might seem like the first logical step to take before calling in a professional damage mitigation and restoration company like SERVPRO to take care of the more challenging aspects of fire damage recovery. However, we generally recommend that you allow our technicians to handle the removal and processing of debris unless it is vital that you retrieve something. Not only can the aftermath of a fire be dangerous, but you could even end up causing additional damage to the building if you are not careful.

The Safety Risks of Fire Damage Debris

Fire damage in Sarasota is not something to be taken lightly. Fire can carry with it a wide variety of health and safety hazards even long after the flames have been put out. Fires can cause physical and chemical changes in materials that may make them hazardous to the touch. Also, many electrical systems and appliances in your home (including modern stovetops and kitchen appliances) may suffer damage to their electrical systems when exposed to open flame or high heat. SERVPRO technicians don heavy protective equipment whenever they handle debris from fire damage because the risks associated with any given object may be difficult to identify and predict.

Do Not Cause More Damage

Any movement in and around the fire-damaged area can cause further problems for your home even if you are exceptionally careful. Touching items covered in ash can transfer fire residues to other parts of the home, and in many circumstances, it may be almost impossible to prevent your shoes from picking up ash and spreading it to undamaged floors. By staying away from damaged areas and allowing SERVPRO professionals to handle as much as possible, you decrease the risk of causing any further harm to your home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has the tools and experience necessary to mitigate and reverse the effects of fire damage without creating additional damages in your home. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to find out how we can help.

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Choosing the Right Strategy for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Siesta Key

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Choosing the Right Strategy for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Siesta Key Don't let water damage take over your business. Contact SERVPRO for all your remediation needs.

Avoid Serious Commercial Water Damage to Your Siesta Key Retail Store Through Restoration

In a retail store, the risk of financial loss is great if water from a faulty sprinkler system damages the products bought for resale. Smoke or fire can also set off the sprinkler system. Water damage in a retail shop also poses the risk of significant disruption to operations.

If your business does not recover from water loss quickly, it can lose customers, which can affect your finances. After a commercial water damage incident in your Siesta Key retail store, you need to get cleanup services to prevent additional destruction like mold growth in the affected areas. You can count on SERVPRO Franchise professionals to assist you with extracting the water and drying the affected structures and contents.

Our water extraction and restoration professionals can handle your emergency at any time of the day or night. We can use advanced extraction equipment like industrial grade wet/dry vacuums to handle the water removal job. We offer complete water extraction and drying services to remove every drop of water and moisture from retail stores.

Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture detection and monitoring devices to locate the wet areas in a structure and define how wet they are compared to typical moisture levels. We use moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials, enabling us to know how far the water has migrated. We also use moisture meters to determine the actual moisture content in various materials and to find out if a structure is dry. Our technicians can use penetrating moisture meters with probes to test for moisture within wall cavities. We can also use non-penetrating moisture meters with sensors to test for moisture in materials. These devices produce readings when placed on the surface of materials. We use the right moisture meter for the surfaces we are testing.

Our technicians can also place heavy duty drying equipment in your retail store like air movers and fans to dry out the affected area thoroughly. We can then clean, sanitize and disinfect the affected area to restore your store to its normal condition.

If there is water in your retail store, SERVPRO of South Sarasota can assist you to remove it. We can efficiently deal with the water damage, making it look “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (941) 552-6319 for water damage restoration services.

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Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Sarasota Home

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Sarasota Home We have the necessary equipment, expertise and years of experience to restore your home so you can rest easy.

Use Flood Damage Cleanup Services in Sarasota to Restore Your Home to its Pre-loss Condition

Floods can occur at any time due to rising groundwater levels, dam failures, overflowing rivers or seas, and heavy rainfall. Flood water can affect walls, floors, soft furnishings and building structures depending on its severity. After a flood, it is critical that a home is assessed immediately and all items affected by water removed and dried promptly. This helps to reduce further structural damage while limiting the chance of mold growth.

Flood waters usually contain hazardous microorganisms. To prevent additional flood damage to your Sarasota home, you need to hire a company experienced in flood damage cleanup such as SERVPRO. We have the resources and expertise to clean up your property to make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.” Our remediation experts understand the importance of dealing with the destruction and harmful remnants left behind after flooding and provide proficient cleanup solutions to our customers.

Our IICRC certified technicians can clean and sanitize your property and possessions to return them to their pre-incident state, helping to reduce the disruption flooding causes and eliminate health risks. We have equipment that can remove water from your home fast. We use submersible pumps with adequate volume capacity and lift capacity when the water in a building is over two inches deep. We pump the water directly into a treated sewer, often a toilet or a septic tank if a home has one. If a large volume of water must be removed, we contact a septic tank company.

SERVPRO technicians extract as much water as possible to speed up drying. After removing most of the water, we use air moving and dehumidification equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. Air movers cause evaporation to speed up drying while dehumidifiers eliminate water vapor from the air to expedite the same. We also use moisture detection devices to determine which areas have water and determine if a structure is dry. Our technicians can also use specialized techniques to clean restorable items like furniture. We also use industrial air scrubbers to remove odors.

After experiencing flood damage, SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you restore your property to its original condition. We are committed to client satisfaction. Contact us any time at (941) 552-6319 for flood damage cleanup services in Sarasota, Siesta Key, and South Sarasota.

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Welcome to a New Look at Siesta Key Water Removal

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Welcome to a New Look at Siesta Key Water Removal Whether water drips on your flooring or comes up from below, the resulting water damage still needs to be addressed. Contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Techniques for Water Removal and Floor Restoration in Siesta Key

Water damage to flooring requires special attention. If the floor can be restored depends on the type of materials it is constructed with, how long it was saturated and how fast remediation efforts began. Whether or not there is carpeting also plays a role.

When SERVPRO tackles water removal on Siesta Key floors, the methods used by our technicians vary from site to site. Restorations cannot begin until both the floor and subfloor meet our standards for dryness when measured with our moisture probes before we begin the next step.

The type of flooring is also critical in determining if it can be restored and the methods used by our technicians. Although we do not make final decisions on removing damaged flooring from the property, our technicians communicate with both homeowners and claims adjusters the current state and probability of restoration.

In clean water cleanups, our technicians use weighted extractors to push water out of padding so carpeting can be dried in place. Hardwood flooring that is not constructed of engineered wood can sometimes be restored on a case by case basis. Drying mats are also referred to as "tenting" over the wood allows it to thoroughly dry by increasing the rate of evaporation from the wood. The boards may show signs of residual cupping or buckling that diminishes as the floor dries. The homeowner can sand any slight remaining warping and refinish.

Concrete is porous and can absorb water. SERVPRO technicians dry it thoroughly and remove any white powdery residue left by water. Application of an EPA-registered disinfectant inhibits the growth of mold.

Tile floors respond to water saturation in different ways depending on the type of tile. Asphalt tile tends to keep a good bond to the subfloor while vinyl tile may lose its grip and require replacement. SERVPRO technicians measure moisture under tile using a nonpenetrating meter to ensure there is no potential for mold.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota knows water removal needs to happen as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage to your flooring. Our emergency services are available 24/7 when you call (941) 552-6319.

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Call Our Crew If A Flood Has Damaged Your Sarasota Home

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Call Our Crew If A Flood Has Damaged Your Sarasota Home Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 when you need flood damage cleaned up in your home.

Flood Damage Can Happen With Even Low Amounts Of Water In Sarasota

Florida is no stranger to flooding from storms, and as water stands in a home, more and more damage occurs. The key is fast turning on damage mitigation for the affected property, and we have the equipment and resources to do the job.

Flood damage in Sarasota is a severe situation. Even an inch of water a home can bring in a myriad of problems such as toxins, chemicals, sewage, debris or even pests like fire ants can be brought in with flood waters. The key to avoiding as much loss to property and possessions as possible is to extract the water and dry the home and contents as quickly as possible.

Why SERVPRO? We know the clock is ticking on damage from flood water and that is why our emergency response is ready 24 hours a day, and we arrive within four hours on-site to begin cleanup.

SERVPRO technicians are certified in a diverse number of restoration types to ensure whatever the damage, we can handle it. Extraction of water is a priority and the saving of home contents. The truck-mounted pumps can pull thousands of gallons of water from a property quickly. For smaller water extraction jobs, teams of technicians cover wet areas with portable pumps. Our specialists can clean items on site, or when more restorative efforts are required, we pack up items and transfer them to another location for cleaning and sanitization. Whatever the situation, we handle it with compassion towards the homeowners and professionalism to get the job done.

As certified techs use specially formulated cleaning products to eliminate fungus, bacteria, and odors from surfaces, other teams of techs inspect the home to see what drywall or building materials need to be removed due to damage. Mold is a particular concern after a flood, and we also hold a Florida State License for Mold Assessment & Remediation. Our technicians know the conditions that harbor mold and how to avoid them.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 when you need flood damage cleaned up in your home. Our local IICRC-certified team is available 24/7 to help property owners avoid as much loss to water damage as possible through our restoration techniques.

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Call Our Professionals When Your Siesta Key Condo Suffers A Water Damage Incident

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Call Our Professionals When Your Siesta Key Condo Suffers A Water Damage Incident If you want to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” and get your tenants back into the property quickly, give our professionals a call.

Restoring Your Water-Damaged Siesta Key Condo Quickly

While you might oversee the rental of multiple condos throughout the Siesta Key area, this also means that you absorb the responsibility for their upkeep and maintenance. This role requires you to obtain the right professional restoration services for your properties whenever water loss incidents occur. Our team can respond 24/7 to any emergency that threatens your properties with the expertise and equipment to make a difference quickly.

With so many people paying a high amount to maintain a residence in one of your condos, they expect you to resolve potential issues and problems like water damage immediately. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24-hour response to any emergency, giving us an advantage over other restoration companies in the area that would make you wait until normal operating hours to arrive. With water damage in Siesta Key being so potentially threatening to the entire property and adjacent units, responding fast to these concerns can help to save you out-of-pocket expenses and time in getting renters back into the unit.

One of the advantages to a fast response to your water-damaged condo is our team’s ability to set up extraction and drying equipment with our initial visit. We have high-powered drying equipment and tools that can work fast to force moisture out of exposed structural elements and can work to protect flooring and contents from tear out or discarding. Our high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers work together to dry out exposed areas of your property quickly.

Our SERVPRO team can double-check our efforts throughout the entire process with our thermal imagery and moisture detection equipment. These tools work to show us moisture pockets throughout the exposed areas, showcasing where more focused drying attention might be necessary.

There might be many concerns when one of the condos you own face water damages, but our SERVPRO of South Sarasota rapid response team can help. If you want to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” and get your tenants back into the property quickly, give our professionals a call 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

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Mold Damage Can Cause Problems in Your Sarasota Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Mold Damage Can Cause Problems in Your Sarasota Home At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we say no to mold!

Got Mold Issues? SERVPRO Has A Solution


With the right conditions, mold begins to expand and grow in less than a day. Once discovered, cleaning and removal should start as quickly as possible. The longer a mold infestation goes untreated; the more damage it causes a home. If left too long, there is the eventual possibility that it can affect the health of the homeowner and other residents.

Not all mold means there is damage to a Sarasota home. The spores that make up a colony are usually inactive and are in every home. Unless they have enough moisture, food, and the right temperature they are incapable of growth. SERVPRO knows that once a colony begins to expand, removal of current growth and stopping new growth at its source are the only way to stop it.

As a restoration company, we perform tasks that most general contractors do not have the training to accomplish. It is necessary to isolate the colony, disinfect the affected areas, scrub the air, remove damaged property, eliminate the source of moisture, and vacuum all loose mold using special HEPA filters designed to trap even a single spore.

Despite the expertise we bring to the table, the best way to stop mold is to prevent it. We have adapted suggestions from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and recommend them to our customers after we have completed work in their home.

Do not install carpet in bathrooms and laundry rooms. These areas are constant sources of water and humidity and laying carpet in them is like laying out food for a pest. If you have rugs in the bathroom, change them out on a regular basis, and clean and dry them.

Always clean bathrooms with anti-fungal and other mold-killing chemical products. The most common anti-fungal agent is bleach. It should be the primary chemical in any cleaner.

Whenever you repaint a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room, be sure to use a paint with a mold-inhibiting chemical added. It does not stop growth completely, but the paint emoves the drywall and wood it covers as a food source.

Finally, check your bathroom ventilation regularly. A proper working fan helps to keep the humidity level at a normal level and prevent dormant spores from expanding into a potential threat.

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If you suspect there is a mold problem in your home, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help. Call today at (941) 552-6319 to schedule an inspection or to begin the restoration process.

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Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota Fires in the kitchen can quickly escalate. Stay safe and call SERVPRO after the fire is under control to begin the remediation process.

Basic Preventative and Maintenance Actions can Help Preclude Kitchen Fires

Your kitchen has the potential to be the most dangerous room in your home. It holds many hazards which can cause unintentional fires and burns. There are some basic safety rules you can follow to keep your kitchen free from hazards. If you have experienced a kitchen fire, you need the professional help of our technicians at SERVPRO. We are a trained and experienced fire damage remediation company who has the tools required to restore your home after a fire.
 
The first thing you should always have in your Sarasota kitchen to prevent fire damage is a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. A smoke detector also needs to be installed and maintained regularly. Any cleaning products should be stored away from children, and do not leave a heat source or fire unattended.
 
Stove and Oven
 
Clean your range and oven regularly and be thorough. Doing so prevents residual grease and food from catching fire. When you are cooking, keep handles of pots turned inward, away from the stove’s edge. Do not wear loose, long sleeves which can hang over the stove while cooking. Keep your eye on the oven at all times when it is on and ensure it is turned off when you are done cooking.
 
Flammable items such as dish rags, towels, and curtains should not be near the stove. Also, be cautious with flammable liquids, since a small spark can ignite vapors from these fluids.
 
Microwave Ovens
 
Ensure all vents are clear of obstructions and the microwave has enough space for air circulation. Do not put foil or other metals in the microwave oven, as they can create sparks and fires. SERVPRO can help you restore your kitchen back to its former condition after a fire in your microwave.

Appliances
 
Do not use appliances which have not been tested and approved by a recognized facility. Keep electrical outlets from being overloaded as well and check for broken or worn wiring on a regular basis. Be sure to make any needed repairs in a timely fashion and keep cords on the counter, so they do not get pulled down accidentally.
 
Deep Fryers and Frying Pans
 
The best thing to prevent fryer fires is to use a fryer with a controlled thermostat. Do not allow grease and fat build up in pans or on the stove, since they can easily catch fire. When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we assess the damage first, including any smoke or soot and water damage. Before we begin any remediation, we go over the plan with you so you can understand all that is happening.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here whenever you need us. If you have experienced a kitchen fire in your home, just reach out to us at (941) 552-6319 so we can help you clean up and repair your home.

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How A Fire At Your Neighbor's Property Can Damage Your Sarasota Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How A Fire At Your Neighbor's Property Can Damage Your Sarasota Home Smoke and soot from a neighboring property can invade your home.

Cleaning Smoke Residue from a Nearby Sarasota Structure Fire

Housefires thankfully do not always occur to just your Sarasota home. However, with the likelihood for any home nearby to experience this disaster, your property could remain at risk for the effects of a massive structure fire. The smoke residue is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when a nearby home catches fire, as the outside and parts of the interior of your home can become affected by the spreading smoke and soot particulates in the air.

The exterior and parts of the interior of your home are susceptible to smoke and soot fire damage in Sarasota when nearby properties battle this disaster. While the primary home experiences the greatest brunt of fire damages and effects including structural damages, your home might only get coated in a thick residue from wet smoke from the smoldering property. Removing this residue requires specialized equipment and the expertise of our SERVPRO professionals, as many conventional cleaning methods can allow your siding or brickwork on the exterior of your home to become stained.

Even more detrimental than the need to clean the exterior of your home is the possibility of this smoke and soot damage reaching inside. Many homeowners run their air conditioning units year round, allowing a constant intake of air from the outside to get treated and forced through the ductwork. When this outside air is thick with soot and smoke particles, these get brought into your HVAC system and can get distributed through your home by bypassing a clogged filter.

Cleaning up the interior of your home, as well as the outside of the property, involves the use of high-powered vacuums that can remove the bulk of the residue resting on the material. Cleaning is an intricate process with industrial-grade solvents and detergents.

Sometimes your home does not have to be the center of the disaster to experience some of the effects. No matter what emergency your home faces, trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota fire restoration technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

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