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Awaking to a Water Cleanup Nightmare in Sarasota

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Sarasota Property

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Office with chairs and desks floating in a pool of water Our crew is ready to help restore your property

Mold Growth After A Flood In Your Sarasota Property

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

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

Managing Potential Contamination and Mold Infestations

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

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

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

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

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

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Sarasota Home After A Fire

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

odor remover machine known as an ozone generator We use various methods to remove the unwanted odor after a fire such as this ozone generator.

Don’t Let Fire Damage Linger on Your Appliances in Your Sarasota Property

Once you suffer from fire loss, the look and smell of your home are instantly changed. Leftover smoke residue and charred debris often make the interior look a lot worse than it is. The good news is that you can get to the heart of the problem and ensure your home is back to normal faster when you hire the right team of experts for the job.

Calling SERVPRO technicians gives you the prompt response you need to remedy fire damage in Sarasota. We can take a look at all of your affected contents, including any appliances covered in soot and smoke residue. Even though these items may seem like a total loss, we have specialized cleaning methods and products that come to the rescue.

Inspection

It is best that all of the appliances within your home are tested to make sure that they are in proper working condition. After exposure to fire, heat, and smoke damage could bring about hidden issues that a trained expert can detect.

Surface Cleaning

When it comes to your dishwasher, range, or refrigerator, the initial thought might be to replace them. However, SERVPRO technicians have the techniques and cleaning agents at-the-ready to start the surface cleaning process along with proprietary restoration methods to get the job done. In many situations, we can restore them to like-new condition.

Non-absorbent surfaces, such as the outside of your freezer or dishwasher, can attract harsh smoke residue that is difficult to clean with traditional methods. Wet cleaning helps to release the sticky residue, making it easier to wipe away. If a stubborn residue is present, SERVPRO technicians use high-alkaline cleaning agents to break it up and remove it.

Pre-Testing Surfaces

Because some finishes on the household appliances can react poorly to some cleaning agents, our technicians take note of the surface materials on your appliances before cleaning begins. We take special care with chrome and aluminum surfaces so that no pitting or other fire damage takes place.

In some situations, yellowing may develop on appliances exposed to heat. SERVPRO technicians have paste cleaners that gently cleanse the surface without disrupting the finish.

Do you need help cleaning up the fire damage in your kitchen? We are always here to help when you need us at SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Give our team a call at (941) 216-6209, and we can send a team out as soon as possible.

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Storm Flood Damage Sarasota – Communication and Reports

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle sitting in front of a flooded neighborhood. SERVPRO will help you keep your Sarasota flood damage checklist in order.

Flood damage in your Sarasota home is hard let us help you remember it all.

The last thing a homeowner thinks about after their home has undergone significant damage from a storm is completing reports and documenting tasks completed. The client typically focuses on the personal items that can be recovered. Also, the damage to their home and how they are going to recover. Many are very emotional and distraught.

One of the first things SERVPRO tackles after significant storm flood damage in Sarasota is to open a job file that documents everything needed on the job. The equipment, the staff, and the action taken to return the homeowner's home to its original condition. The crew chief discusses the work plan with the homeowner. If the property is insured, the work plan is also discussed with the adjuster. The crew chief aims to bring order out of the chaos.

Managing the Cost of Storm Damage

There is lots of damage caused immediately by the storm. Fast action by SERVPRO can limit the amount of additional damage caused by ongoing exposure to the elements, moisture and mold growth and swelling of hardwood floors, and much more.

We prepare reports documenting all of the work we complete, the concerns of the customer, and the scheduling of restoration work. For example, installing and repairing drywall, replacing underpads, and carpeting, and much more after the home is dried.

Walk-throughs

SERVPRO also schedules walk-throughs and inspections. The chief crew reviews all of the completed work. The crew chief takes notes of any follow-ups that are needed. He or she also completes a walk-through with the client, taking note of their concerns, and preparing instructions for the crew to follow-up before they leave the worksite.

 It is this attention to detail and documentation that goes into the job file that helps SERVPRO deliver quality results and satisfied customers. We aim to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

We also have Contractor Licenses: General: CGC1504870 and Mold Remediation: MRSR3181.

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

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SERVPRO is Available in Sarasota to Deal with Water Cleanup

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van parked in front of a tan fence and blue trash cans. Your Sarasota water damage will need to be addressed as quickly as possible, call SERVPRO.

Water cleaning in your Sarasota home is no problem, let us help.

Even though you try to avoid water damage from happening, water loss events often take place when you least expect it. Whether you have an issue with your plumbing, a structural problem, or an appliance malfunctions, any water cleanup must be addressed as quickly as possible to lessen the impact.

Should you suffer from water damage in your home, SERVPRO is available to help water cleanup in Sarasota to limit the devastation. Not only will we arrive promptly to start an assessment, but we also take the time to monitor the moisture levels in the home to spot any signs of mold growth. It is vital that all of our customers know that inadequate drying from DIY water cleanup spells trouble as it can damage building materials and bring about foul odors.

All of our skilled technicians at SERVPRO have been through rigorous restoration training to include hands-on experiences. This is done to help foster best practices when it comes to mitigating various types of loss. We also engage in regular and ongoing education as the industry changes so that we can bring our customers the latest methods and equipment.

Water Removal

Our technicians employ various equipment when extracting water from homes, depending on the surface area. For tile and wood floors, squeegees are extremely helpful, while weighted extractors, portable extractors, truck mounts, wands, and rovers are good for pulling high levels of water out of carpeting and padding.

Avoiding Mold Growth

Mold spores can quickly germinate given the right conditions, which is why our SERVPRO team works proactively to keep mold growth at bay. We use antimicrobial cleaning agents and industrial-strength sealants to thwart infestations.

Stopping Musty, Foul Water Odors

Water damage can bring lingering odors if any moisture is left within the home. SERVPRO technicians avoid the onset of foul, musty water odors by utilizing moisture detection tools after drying to ensure there is no residual moisture present in the home. Once surfaces are dry, we then wipe them down with high-quality cleaning agents to kill any odor-causing bacteria.

Do you have questions regarding water cleanup? Contact our team today at SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319, and we will send someone out as soon as possible. Before you know it, everything will be, “Like it never even happened.”

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Storm Damage Demolition and Cleanup in Sarasota Is Done Safely by SERVPRO

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van on a brick road in front of white buildings and palm trees Large Condos and Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration—Our Service Vans Inspire Confidence in Our Clients

Maintaining Safety When Restoring Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota

Cleaning up and dealing with other damages left by floods may be the main focus after your Sarasota home floods, but you must follow the right approaches when performing the restoration to guarantee the right outcome. When you call SERVPRO, we strive to maintain high safety standards throughout the process of restoring the damage from flooding.

Planning the loss site

Chaos! One word often used to describe the aftermath of flood damage incidents in Sarasota. Sometimes the restoration process ends up worsening the situation because of the teardown and contents movements involved. Our SERVPRO technicians make an effort to plan the loss site for safety and convenience when doing the restoration. Simple steps that help include planning where to place dumpsters, generators, or other resources. We also cut down debris from materials such as carpets and drywall reducing them to sizes that can fit perfectly into trash receptacles.

Protecting the site

Although the flooding incident causes much of the damages immediately, the site can continue deteriorating over time.  It is also probable to harm the property during the process of restoring it. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to protect the loss site from further damages. The steps may be elaborate such as boarding up openings or setting up containment barriers using plastic sheets inside the structure.  Simple steps such as placing boards over surfaces such as gravel driveways before placing a dumpster also help protect the site.

Recognizing hazards

Dealing with flooding incidents can be risky. Identify existing hazards and preparing for potential ones is the best approach to ensure safe restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians check issues such as slippery floors, tangled cables, and other obstructions that may lead to trip or slip accidents at the loss site. We also check for electrical faults to prevent electrocution. As a precaution, we use GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, to protect our machines when using them in wet conditions.

Floods can continue posing threats even after the water recedes. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to help run the restoration process safely. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Immersion Cleaning Saves the Day After Fire Damages Your Sarasota Boutique

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Cream wood sign that says Antiques in black We know how important your business is. Let us help you get you back to work. Give us a call anytime at (941) 552-6319.

Cleaning Methods to Renew Your Business and Merchandise After Fire Damage

Knick-knacks and trinkets vie with elegant gifts at your Sarasota retail shop. Residents and visitors to the city find just the perfect present, with local artisans filling your shelves with beautiful wares. All is good until a quickly quelled blaze coats pottery, jewelry, and other mementos with sticky soot and extinguisher chemicals. Swiftly get back into the business of memorializing the time spent on the beautiful beaches and enjoying our community’s cultural and dining opportunities with help from our content’s restoration experts.

Challenges of Soot Removal for Decorative Items

Fire damage experienced by Sarasota retailers can include harm to both structures and inventory. The intricate details and recessed areas of the gift items you sell collected sticky, malodorous soot during even a brief fire and smoke loss. Many of the articles are one-of-a-kind, the skilled artists happy to share their vision with your customers. Other mass-produced items are cherished for the memories and used as small thank you gifts in an effort to include family and friends in a travel experience. The soiling makes the articles unsalable as is, which can be a hit to your profitability. Dusting or vacuuming are ineffective as cleaning methods, and one by one washing and drying is not practical.

Immersion Cleaning to the Rescue

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians have an answer for materials that can withstand complete saturation. Immersion cleaning is essentially a bath for your goods. Skilled contents technicians dip the sooty items into a basin filled with hot water, and one of SERVPRO’s proprietary concentrated content cleaners. Towels and brushes loosen the residues. Thorough rinsing and drying lead to excellent final results.

Ultrasonic Cleaning as an Option

SERVPRO stocks ultrasonic tanks that trained restorers fill with specialized cleaning agent solutions. High-frequency sound waves create millions of bubbles, by compressing and expanding the solution’s molecules. The bubbles implode, collapsing, or bursting inward. High temperatures and jets of fluid agitate and remove contaminants.

Ultrasonic Technicians Are Highly Trained

Certification is mandatory as the technicians make treatment decisions based on the durability of the affected surfaces/objects and the type of soiling. Technicians manipulate the following when running a load of damaged goods through the ultrasonic system:

  • The level of electrical power
  • The frequency of the sound waves
  • The temperature of the water 
  • The type of cleaning agent and percentage used in solution

Rely on SERVPRO of South Sarasota for answers to severe and challenging commercial fire damage issues. Call us at (941) 552-6319 for a customized inspection and follow through.


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SERVPRO is Sarasota's Choice for Flood Damage Restoration

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle on flooded street Flooding in Florida happens year round. SERVPRO is always standing by to restore your home.

Commitment to Every Customer and the Sarasota Community Is Why SERVPRO Stands Out for Flood Damage Recovery 

It comes as no surprise that our crews are busy during the tropical storm and hurricane season in Sarasota. The confidence you and other residents feel when we arrive to help relies on our years of presence in the community and our track record of success. We also include rebuilding and repair services. Knowing that we are here to help today and willing to be responsive as issues arise in the future is why we are a flooding restoration industry leader. 

How We Differ from “Pop Up” Restorers 

The opportunities to benefit from the tragedy of flood damage in Sarasota are many and tempting when high winds, torrential rains, and storm surges batter the Gulf Coast of central Florida. Although a fast response is critical, commitment to following through using industry best practices and meticulous monitoring is even more critical. Our strict adherence to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is why we ensure outstanding results without annoying or costly surprises after the work completes. If an unintended consequence arises, we are nearby and immediately available while an itinerant contractor long since moved to another opportunity. 

Customer Care and Satisfaction: Always Paramount 

When our employees complete IICRC training, we support their wealth of knowledge and desire to provide top-notch service with comprehensive job management and monitoring protocols. Making sure that the customer, the management team, and the on-site technicians engage in full and transparent communication throughout every flood damage project is why SERVPRO is known for integrity and honesty in the community. Some of the ways we track the project for concurrent knowledge and sense of security that we employ best practices are: 

  • Preparing, presenting, clarifying, and agreeing to the project plan, including obtaining proper permits, inspections, and signatures and looping in insurance carriers 
  • Listening to the customer and responding to concern immediately, including diligence with pretesting methods and response of surfaces and materials to our products, equipment, and other interventions 
  • Maintaining continuity when setting baselines and later monitoring data such as moisture levels -- we strive to assign the tasks to one technician who uses the same devices each time 
  • Keeping meticulous records in a comprehensive job file 
  • Providing “wraparound” rebuilding and other restoration services to save time and expenses 
  • Completing a comprehensive job completion protocol to ensure all issues resolved to the customer’s satisfaction and the highest industry standards 

Extensive and constant flood damage resources for every member of our region facing the devastation of hurricanes and associated storm damage is why SERVPRO of South Sarasota should be your first call. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 to get started on your home's recovery. 

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Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

Some Steps to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Sarasota

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

storm damaged Florida homes Even though the storm season has passed, it does not mean that we are totally out of the woods.  Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Wind-Driven Damage to Sarasota Roofs During Hurricane Season

High winds can be an anticipated and damaging effect of storm events making landfall at the Sarasota coastline. With severe weather threats like these, the potential catastrophe leaves our SERVPRO team on high alert in expectations of assisting homes and businesses that need it. Even during the storm, property owners can recognize situations like wind-driven damages to roofs that allow water penetration. The ensuing flooding could present substantial risks to the structural integrity of the house and its contents.  

Storm and flood damage to Sarasota home requires a specific division of our professionals. Our storm response team can help not only the greater metropolitan area here along the coast but the entire state of Florida. Because of the placement of the city along the Gulf of Mexico, yet also susceptible to storms traveling north from Jamaica and Cuba, we can contend with substantial winds, hail, torrential rain, and full-scale hurricane threats.

Wind-driven damage is typical to structures during the worst of the weather emergencies to strike this coast. Removing shingles, terra cotta roofing tiles, and other materials present immediate vulnerabilities in the defense of your property. Even moisture exposure can become a costly situation as these circumstances can often lead to mold growth and other microbial threats when left unchallenged and unrestored. Even missing soffit and flashing can lead to water penetration. With substantial damage like fallen trees or collapsed roof portions, flooding is a threat that the house also experiences.

When our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at the house and conduct the scope of the job and damage assessment, we can work to offer practical and cost-efficient mitigation strategies. As a restoration team that also features a full in-house division of licensed (#CGC1504870) residential contractors, we can not only provide our customers with the drying and cleaning that their property needs, but have the skills and expertise to handle demolition and build back as well as required.  

Storm damage can cripple the exterior defense of your home under the right conditions, but our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team has both the restoration and reconstruction experience to help. Give our professionals a call anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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Clearing Fire Damage And Odor From Your Home In Sarasota

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged home Odors are an unpleasant part of any home environment.

Clearing Fire Damage and Odor from your Sarasota Home using Sealants and Air Exchange

When restoring your home from a recent fire, one of the toughest challenges is removing all trace of odor. Fires cause materials to combust at high temperatures, during which time they release chemical particles into the atmosphere. Depending on the type of materials burning, these chemicals may create mild or strong malodors with synthetic materials like plastic, generally producing the worse smells.  Odor particles are hard to remove due to their size, measuring in at just 4 microns- a human hair, by comparison, registers at 100 microns.

When you need to restore fire damage and odor in your Sarasota home, you should seriously consider professional assistance. While removing soots, soiling, or debris from a fire may fall under a manageable task, as there are many chemical changes to your indoor space that are invisible to the naked eye. Our approach at SERVPRO is to take in a broad spectrum of odor-controlling methods and equipment to ensure we work practically and efficiently.

You may notice odors are more prominent in your home when water is present. This may be the result of firefighting procedures to put out the blaze or from cleaning surfaces. The nose is more sensitive to smells when moisture is present in the air. Often, as the property dries, odors become less prominent. However, they may remain above the level before the fire.

SERVPRO technicians attempt to loosen bonded smoke particles from surfaces during cleaning. It is sometimes dislodging odors with light vacuuming or agitative machinery. Other times, airing the property by opening windows and placing box fans to encourage air exchange can be effective odor management. However, particles that are subject to high pressure may enter surfaces, making it tougher to remove. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can use sealing primers to lock odors into the surface. A homeowner then has a clean wall for repainting to complete the job.

Odors are an unpleasant part of any home environment. Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

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