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Water Removal from Linoleum Floors in Siesta Key

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged linoleum tiles, each tile cupping from water damage Did you know that linoleum tiles can become water damaged? SERVPRO can quickly dry your floor, minimizing any damage to your home.

Helping Siesta Key Homeowners Who Need Water Removal

Linoleum floors are durable and water-resistant, which is why they are a popular choice in many homes. However, don't fall into the trap of thinking you can ignore standing water or a significant water spill on your linoleum floor – you may need professional assistance. 

If you need water removal in Siesta Key, contact SERVPRO. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our team can get your linoleum floors clean and sparkling in no time. Although linoleum is water-resistant, spills from appliances such as dishwashers can still leave stains behind. There are many popular home remedies for scrubbing linoleum, including:

  • Vinegar and baking soda
  • Borax and water
  • Plain old dish-soap and water  

Why not try one of those? Well, some cleaning agents can cause chemical reactions that could damage the flooring further, and some are more effective than others. It is better to call SERVPRO because we have the knowledge and experience to know what works and what does not.  We also have access to professional-grade cleaning products, and we know which products are best for each water loss situation. We can also check to make sure water has not leaked from the linoleum into other parts of the room. 

If you need water cleanup from a spill on the floor, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

What Happens to Sarasota Theater Carpets During Water Clean-up?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Fleet at commercial construction site performing restoration. No matter the size of your business and scope of the water damage, SERVPRO is on the job ready to restore your property.

SERVPRO is Here to Make Sarasota Water Clean-up Easier

Sarasota is a city of 58,285 in Florida and a hotbed of arts and culture. There are multiple performing arts venues and groups throughout the city.

However, Sarasota's history goes much, much farther back than stage and screen. Records show human habitation in the area as long as 10,000 years ago. The Manasota and Safety Harbor cultures are ancient examples of indigenous activity in the area. 

Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the area was popular with Cubans and Americans, thanks to its abundant fish stocks and sheltered bay. It was a good trading spot. Early maps identify the location as Zara Sota. European settled in the area in the nineteenth century, attracted by its bounty and its favorable climate. Sarasota was officially incorporated as a town in 1902 when it had just 53 residents.

Sarasota's Performing Arts Culture 

Sarasota has a long history with performing arts, dating back to the early twentieth century when it became popular with the Ringling family. Charles Ringling invested in both land and property in the area and helped other entrepreneurs with loans and advice. There are several city landmarks named for the Ringling family, including Ringling Boulevard and John Ringling causeway. You can also take a stroll past John Ringling's winter home. Venetian architecture heavily influenced his estate, especially the Doge's Palace. 

Arts lovers can visit the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum, which has 21 galleries with art from Europe, Asia, America, and Cyprus. The institution offers 21 galleries of European paintings and Cypriot antiquities and Asian, American, and contemporary art.  

If you want to view a show in Sarasota, you can visit several theaters, including: 

  • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall features an unusual seashell-influenced design with an eye-catching lavender color scheme.
  • Asolo Repertory Theatre is the largest repertory theater in the Southeastern United States. The original Asolo Theater was dismantled in the 1930s and stored in crates, and then unpacked for display in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. However, the museum director saw its potential and suggested reinstating it as a fully functioning theater. The reconstructed theater combines the original architectural elements with modern designs.
  • Florida Studio Theater is a non-profit operation that serves the Gulf Coast and runs several theaters, including the Keating Theater, housed in Sarasota's oldest surviving building. The Gompertz Theatre was originally a 1920s cinema.  

Can SERVPRO Restore Theater Carpets During Water Clean-up?

Replacing theater carpets is costly and time-consuming. Thankfully, in many cases, SERVPRO can restore carpets as part of the water cleanup process. 

The key to restoring water damaged carpet is understanding its construction. We need to know: 

  • The construction design, such as whether the carpet is tufted, woven, knitted, loomed, or another method
  • The type of carpet padding, such as rebond, foam, or waffle
  • The installation method, such as tackless, direct glue-down, or double glue-down

Our SERVPRO techs can decide how best to clean and dry the carpet for maximum results armed with this information. If you need to replace the carpet, we can oversee the installation of the new rug. 

If you are worried about the carpets in your theater, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

Removing Flood Damage from a Siesta Key Home?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds It’s that time of the year, when storms abound. Should water enter your home, call SERVPRO. We are always available.

SERVPRO Provides Flooding and Storm Cleanup Fast

Flooding, whether from storms, groundswells, or flash floods, is the most common natural disaster in the United States. The average claim filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) totaled $42,000. Total losses have averaged nearly $4 billion per year since 2003.

SERVPRO renders flooding and storm cleanup for Siesta Key homeowners that begins within hours of initial contact. Technicians use commercial-grade inspection equipment, restoration tools, and antimicrobial products to return flooded homes to a pre-damage condition.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Extract Floodwaters?

  • Technicians start with solid waste removal, which includes silt, debris, pests, and sewage.
  • Gas-powered submersible pumps extract water over two inches deep.
  • The pumping process entails removing about two feet at a time while SERVPRO crew members take note of any structural changes.
  • Hard flooring surfaces are cleaned of excess water with squeegee wands.

Wastewater is removed per the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) S500 guidelines to a treated sewer or water treatment facility.

Homeowners can call SERVPRO of South Sarasota for flooding and storm cleanup at (941) 552-6319.

Removing Fire Damage from a Sarasota Eatery?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of restaurant; tables ready for patrons Kitchen fires in restaurants are common. Call SERVPRO of fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO Performs Rapid-Response Fire Restoration

Fire damage is an unfortunate risk in many businesses, particularly restaurants. Kitchen appliance mishaps and electrical failures are among the many causes of this. Sprinklers can mitigate the spread of flames, but the damage requires cleanup by trained professionals.

SERVPRO performs fire restoration services for Sarasota businesses that have been affected by fire damage. Services are performed per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines and local regulations.

How Do Technicians Determine What Cleaners to Use for Fire Damage?

  • Are surfaces porous or nonporous? Porous surfaces, like wood and fabric, can absorb soot. These surfaces require different cleaning methods compared to nonporous surfaces like metal, glass, or plastic.
  • Are soils hydrophilic or lipophilic? A surface otherwise unaffected by water-based cleaners might require a dry solvent to remove sediments.
  • Is wet cleaning or dry cleaning more effective? Many soils are addressed through wet cleaning, but dry-cleaning sponges, alkaline solutions, and solvent cleaners all play essential roles during mitigation.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can be reached at (941) 552-6319 for 24/7 commercial fire restoration.

Searching for Emergency Sarasota Flood Removal?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of white fence When you see our Green Fleet around town, you can rest assured that SERVPRO is on the job to restore your flood damage.

SERVPRO Techs Extract Flooding from Sarasota Homes

Modern-day Sarasota is home to almost 60,000 citizens. This historied area was originally home to both Amerindian tribes and Spanish colonists exploring the area as early as the sixteenth century. The original documented contact between Spanish explorers and indigenous Americans occurred in 1513 after landing at Charlotte Harbor. What surprised the explorers was that the Americans already knew some Spanish, meaning even earlier expeditions had reached the area.

The Sarasota area was first documented in detail by Spanish explorers in the mid-1700s and given the name “Zarazote.” These early sheepskin maps also included what is now Bradenton. In the late 1800s, a massive 60,000-acre land purchase by The Florida Mortgage and Investment Company of Edinburgh greatly expanded the land available for city development. Shortly after that, the town became a haven for Scottish settlers.

Sarasota established a local chapter dedicated to finding sister cities in 1963. This group started not long after President Dwight D. Eisenhower began the diplomacy program in 1956.

These cities include:

  • Siming District in Xiamen, China, added in 2007.
  • Dunfermline, Scotland, added in 2001.
  • Perpignan, France, and Vladimir, Russia, both of which were added in 1994.
  • Tel Mond, Israel, which was added to the Roster in 1999.
  • Mérida, Mexico, the most recent sister city, was added in 2010.

Sarasota also has two “Friendship cities”: Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, and Busseto, Italy. These locales were introduced in 2017 and 2020, respectively.

Festivals in Sarasota

SRQ hosts several local festivals each year, such as:

  • The annual Sarasota Film Festival, which has occurred since 1998, is now one of the biggest events of its kind in Florida. It features independent films from all over the world.
  • The Sarasota Chalk Festival is the first known international street painting festival in the U.S. that draws its traditions from the Renaissance Italian practice of painting streets.
  • The Harvey Milk Festival advocates civil rights and independent music with a focus on the LGBT+ community. Milk was the first openly gay elected officeholder in California’s history, and the event is held each year during the weekend nearest his birthday.

Can SERVPRO Detect Flood Damage Behind Structures?

Technicians use a multitude of detection tools before initiating Sarasota flood removal services. However, only one is designed to detect moisture inside, underneath, or behind surfaces: the infrared camera. Thermography ascertains locations with potential moisture damage by observing temperature changes.

This tool provides a variety of benefits:

  • Inspection without damaging structures- Penetrating meters allow direct measurement inside surfaces, and infrared cameras are beneficial for a preliminary assessment.
  • Increased efficiency during the measurement phase-Viewing moisture-prone areas based on temperature readings is a much faster process than calibrating meters and sensors to measure individual surfaces.
  • Easier measurement of hard-to-reach areas- High ceilings and other structures that are difficult to access can be measured while keeping flooded properties and team members safe.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can be reached at (941) 552-6319 for flood removal services.

What Does Water Restoration in Sarasota Residences Take?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Complete Simple and Advanced Water Restoration Tasks

Sarasota, FL, is a fascinating place where you can enjoy private sunset cruises, visit botanical gardens, aquariums or participate in local fun traditions such as the Tiki Bar Hop. The city was established in the late 1800s when the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company of Edinburgh purchased 60,000 acres of land to develop the city in 1883. Scottish settlers started arriving in the area in 1885. The town of Sarasota was incorporated in 1902, with only 53 residents. The favorable weather and the area's natural beauty, especially around Sarasota Bay, were the early settlers' main attractions.

Although the area is generally beautiful, the initial 'Ormiston Colony' almost failed because the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company promised people a tropical paradise only to deliver them to a piece of the Florida wilderness. Sir John Gillespie Senior sent his son John Hamilton Gillespie in 1886 to help keep the colony from disbanding. Under his leadership, the settlers cleared the first roads, established a wharf on Sarasota Bay and forty acres of experimental farmland. Gillespie was also the area's visionary for tourism since he constructed the first hotel known as DeSoto Hotel in 1887.

Museums in the Sarasota Area

Several museums, art centers, gardens, and other facilities have been developed in Sarasota over the years, helping keep track of the area's changes over the years. The most notable ones include:

  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art - The official Florida state art museum was established in 1927 to preserve the legacy of John Ringling and Mable Burton Ringling for people in the state. Florida State University has governed the museum since the year 2000. The facility offers a wide range of exhibits, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs. The Bayfront Gardens and the Museum of Art are free on Mondays, but admission fees apply for other sections such as the Circus Museum.
  • Sarasota Classic Car Museum - Car history lovers have a great chance to explore automobiles from yesteryears. Opened in February 1953, the site showcases over 90 exotic, classic, and muscle cars. Phonographs and antique music boxes on display too. 
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - The 15-acre botanical garden is situated at 900 South Palm Avenue at William and Marie Selby's former home. The facility comprises a children's rainforest garden and a living museum. Its primary focus is the research and conservation of epiphytes.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Water Restoration in Sarasota Properties?

Water spills affect several materials and contents in houses necessitating various steps to restore them to their preloss state. Common steps include:

  • Extraction of standing water
  • Drying of wet materials
  • Cleaning of affected areas
  • Deodorization and other finishing processes

SERVPRO starts the restoration by inspecting the level of damage by considering the extent of moisture migration around the structure and the depth of standing water using advanced equipment like thermal cameras and penetrative moisture meters. After obtaining the information, we can plan the restoration process.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps restore properties affected by water damage. Call us at (941) 552-6319 for assistance.

How Long Should Water Damage Cleanup Take?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe. Even a small leak can case a lot of damage. One call, and SERVPRO can remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Helps Expedite Cleanup in Siesta Key Properties after Water Damage

Water intrusion, whether from clean sources or otherwise, causes a wide range of damage in the affected property, including soiled surfaces, stains, and discoloring materials. Extracting standing water is insufficient to restore a property to its preloss state.

One thing that bothers many homeowners is the uncertainty about the time cleanup, and other restoration processes are likely to take. SERVPRO draws on our technicians' advanced training and experience to estimate how long cleanup and Siesta Key water mitigation is expected to take. Some of the factors we consider include:

  • The area affected by the water.
  • The type of water involved.
  • How long it takes to start cleanup after the intrusion.

Water from unclean sources readily soils the materials it touches, necessitating different cleaning actions and increasing the time taken to resolve the problem. After finishing water extraction and cleaning, there is a need to dry wet areas. If the water affects several rooms, drying is likely to take longer since each room may need to be addressed separately.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps expedite water damage cleanup in Siesta Key properties. Call (941) 552-6319 for immediate assistance.

Sarasota Beaches and Gorgeous Sunsets

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Pier extending out into water We all love water, but not in our homes. Call SERVPRO to quickly restore any water damage you might have.

Museum of Art and the Circus - Sarasota

Sarasota is known for its beaches, resorts, the Sarasota School of Architecture, The Museum of Art, and the islands, known as keys, which separate the gulf from Sarasota Bay. The soft sand on these islands' beaches is known worldwide, which has the consistency of talcum powder. Lido Key and Siesta Key are famous across the United States for their beaches, dining, and activities.

Evidence exists for human occupation in the area over 10,000 years ago. The shoreline extended over 100 miles further west than at present. Once the glaciers melted, the ocean levels rose to create the shoreline we know today. Humans have inhabited this area with reduced shorelines for the past 6000 years and recorded Spanish explorers' first contact in 1513. The federal government held the lands of Sarasota, and in 1842 released these lands to European settlers.

Many families came to the area from the mid-1840s on and into the 1920's developing various businesses and products including cattle, logging, fishing, eventually leading to land development, the Ringling Brothers, and tourism.

Today, Sarasota is visited year-round by tourists from all over the world. There are sporting and cultural activities occurring all year long. There are many upscale shops, restaurants, resort-style hotels, as well as boutique hotels. Exciting things to do while in Sarasota visiting or on a staycation include:

  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Siesta Beach
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • Mote Aquarium
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  • South Lido Country Park
  • Turtle Beach
  • Many fine dining restaurants

There are many locales to visit in Sarasota; however, there are two that the majority of people feel are on the must-do list of places to spend time. One historical / art, and the other, a beautiful beach that is known all over the world.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

John and Mable Ringling are probably best known for the Ringling Circus; however, this couple were also well-known art collectors and have inspired many artists in the community. The Ringling house, built by the Ringling's, is located on Lido Key, one of the islands, and is considered part of Sarasota. Constructed in 1925, the family is on the National Register of Historic Houses. Following a Mediterranean Revival design, the home has been converted to a museum and maintained by Florida State University since 2002.

John Ringling and his five brothers operated the circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth." At one point, his circus traveled across the country by train in over 100 rail cars. He and his wife would winter in Sarasota, building the home of their dreams. Construction started in 1924, cost $1.5 million, which was a considerable amount at that time, had 15 bathrooms, 41 rooms in a five-story mansion with 36,000 square feet. John Ringling traveled through Europe extensively looking for circus acts and, in the process, collected many art objects, old masters, as well as Greek and Roman Sculpture.

After the Ringling's passed away in the 1920s, the home passed through several groups and was eventually taken over by the University of Florida. Significant amounts of money were invested in rejuvenating the house, adding buildings, and creating the Museum of Art.

There are four main buildings:

  • The Museum of Art
  • Ca' d'Zan
  • Circus Museum
  • Historic Asolo Theater

New buildings have been added:

  • John M McKay Pavilion
  • Education Center
  • The Circus Museum Tibbals Learning Center
  • The Searing Wing

Plan your visit to ensure that your group maximizes the time spent at the museum. Many people find themselves returning again and again.

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Beach on Siesta Key has been ranked as the number one beach in the United States by several popular online travel sites. Everyone loves the experience of feeling the quartz-crystal powdery sand between their toes. Many liken the feel of the sand to talcum powder due to the softness of the sand. The water and waves are spectacular, and the accommodations for visitors have made this beach one of the top experiences for locals and visitors to Sarasota.

Siesta Key and Sarasota have gone to great expense to enhance your visit:

  • Large parking area for visitors
  • Loads of concessions stands
  • Free trolley rides around the island
  • Siesta Key Village

Another favorite activity is watching the sunsets on the beach or one of the local restaurants along the coast. There are many fine restaurants to choose from, including:

  • Amish
  • Asian
  • Fast Food
  • Continental
  • French
  • Italian
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Sports Bars
  • Steakhouses and
  • Wine Bars

Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits to enjoy all that the key has to offer. Reserve your seat ahead of time to ensure the beach's perfect view and the sunset on Siesta Key.

Avoid Minor Water Damage Incidents Becoming Major Restoration Challenges

Water damage in Sarasota homes and businesses can occur anytime, and often the leak or overflow occurs at the worst possible time. SERVPRO in Sarasota has had years of experience in dealing with water leaks, flooding, and many other catastrophes. That's why our SERVPRO team is always ready to respond 24/7 to emergencies. If we can arrive on-site quickly, we can reduce the amount of damage caused by water.

Many structures are constructed using compressed wood products. These products absorb water and moisture quickly, leading to swelling, and compromised strength integrity. If these wood products are not dried or replaced, they are perfect for mold infestations to occur, leading to odors and potential health effects for many people.

SERVPRO holds a license from the State of Florida for Mold Remediation. Our highly trained team can:

  • Remove mold-infested and contaminated materials
  • Disinfect and clean were possible
  • Apply odor eradication processes
  • Utilize air scrubbers to remove airborne mold contaminants

Don't let minor water damage incidents become major mold infestations that compromise your home's structural integrity and can cause health effects. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage needs.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides water damage restoration assistance to Sarasota urban customers, retail/business companies, and surrounding areas. Call (941) 552-6319.

Sarasota Riverview Performing Arts Center Presents the Bee Gees Tribute Band

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Enjoy Sarasota’s Theater Productions at the Riverview Performing Arts Center

There are always experiences to enjoy in Sarasota. Whether it is relaxing on one of our fantastic beaches, enjoying a snack or dinner in one of our restaurants, or allowing ourselves to be transported back in time in one of our museums, there is something for everyone. The Riverview Performing Arts Center is one place that can transport you back to your younger days enjoying music and theatrical productions affecting all your senses.

The Bee Gees Tribute Band is making their National Premiere at the center. Details are as follows:

  • Date – Jan 23, 2021
  • Time – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

The Bee Gees Tribute band provides an experience that will have you believing the Gibb Brothers are performing live in front of you on stage. The band has perfected the technology and the theatrical performance providing terrific entertainment that will be unforgettable.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire restoration assistance to Sarasota urban customers and retail/business companies, and surrounding areas. Call (941) 552-6319. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs.

Siesta Key and Sarasota Residents Can Cut Loose This Holiday Season

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas Sweater Ornament 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.